Monday, March 11, 2013

Lenten Devotional for Monday, March 11

SPECIAL NOTE: Dr. Jim Denison will be in the Tall City for AWAKE 7:14, March 24-27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Midland Center
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Dr. Jim Denison's 2013 collection of Lenten devotionals is entitled, "If My People..." and comes at a time that he believes "a Fifth Great Awakening is sweeping the nations, as more people are coming to Christ than ever before in Christian history. How can you join this great movement of God's Spirit?" He goes on to write, "in this year's Lenten devotional guide, we will walk each day with King Solomon as he leads his nation into God's presence and glory. We will commit ourselves to our Father's purpose and experience his transforming power. And we will claim his promise: 'If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land' (2 Chronicles 7:14). 'If My People ...' is more than a Lenten guide - it is God's invitation to intimacy with him. Please join us on this joyous journey."

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Monday, March 11
Are you desperate for awakening?

I was once asked by a journalist if spiritual awakenings have a common denominator, a condition that is necessary for those who experience them. I answered immediately: "desperation."

Before the First Great Awakening, only seven percent of colonial America went to church and many claimed that Christianity was a leftover European institution. Before the Second Great Awakening, depravity was rampant — banks were robbed daily, alcoholism was epidemic, churches were in decline. The economic collapse of 1857 preceded the Third Great Awakening. The Fourth Great Awakening was sparked by a spirit of repentance that swept the churches.

This phenomenon should not surprise us. The fi rst step to awakening is admitting that we need awakening: "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves ..." So long as we believe that our churches are winning enough people to Christ, that our nation is su ciently moral and spiritual, we will not pay the price to join the global movement of God's Spirit.

Complacency is the enemy of awakening. Philip Yancey was right: God goes where he's wanted. Does your country need a mighty movement of God in these days? Do you?

Prior to founding the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, James C. Denison, Ph.D., was pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas, Texas. He also pastored churches in Midland and Mansfield, Texas, and in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. He is also the the author of seven books.

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