Sunday, October 7, 2012

Day Seven: Drawing Near

Revelation 2:4-5 “Nevertheless I have this against you, that 
you have left your first love. Remember therefore from 
where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.”

   James Burns, in his classic work, The Laws of Revival, points to a
declining spiritual fervor and authenticity that always precedes
a spiritual awakening. He comments, “We find preceding each
revival, a spiritual desert.” This spiritual desert is the result of
individual Christians who have departed or defected from
their walk with Christ in such a way that they find themselves
in a wasteland of moral and spiritual decline. Because they
have slowly become more like the world and less in love with
Christ, believers discover that there is little or no spiritual power
available to accomplish God’s work. The result, if this condition is
left unresolved? Spiritual famine in God’s house and in their land.
   Are you praying but have not dealt with your sin? Today, write
down a game plan for repenting of at least one sin you’ve had
for a while. As you repent one step toward God, you will see God
take one step toward you. You will see fresh power appear in
your prayers and service to God.

Prayer Points
   • Pray for a cleansed heart and life as you give your sin to the Lord
   • Pray for an unwavering devotion to return and walk in
obedience to Jesus, your first love

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