3903. The best sermon is one word, "Repent." JG
Not what you think
The most misused word in church may be the word "revival." Every year about this time, ours readies for an annual Spring Revival. One day and three nights of hearing different preachers on prepaid leave from their own church to preach for us; preaching on demand as it were. I's curious how we've made this more important than seeking God's face. Somewhere along the way we got the impression that we need more preaching to see lost people respond and saved people join up. I remind you the root word "revive" means to wake up. The lost are not sleeping but dead (in their sin). It's the church who is sleeping and needs to wake up. If we do, the other things will follow.
Every Wednesday night in choir I hope I'm not called to pray out loud. Why? Because I spend most of my time like the Prophet Jeremiah. How can you pray and not weep for a growing sickness in our church that no one else sees or acknowledges? Revival isn't good preaching and soul inspiring music any more than a nice leather cover makes a Bible. You can't plan revival; it begins spontaneously when God's people realize they haven't been acting like God's people and repent. Until that happens, if it ever does, revival is a show and not a very good one at that.
God, forgive us for making prayer a comma in our indulgence of sin.
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Also: Revival; Preach; Prayer; Repent
This day in past devotionals:
you ignore your sin, you'd better stop looking
up and start looking in. (2001)
you in the right position to hear God? (2002)
word is the standard by which we should be living. (2004)
should be closer to God today than we were yesterday. (2005)
The Son has risen and long ready to judge. (2006)
What deceiver considers the harm his sin will do? (2007)
The term "Christian" might be the most overused and maligned term used today. (2008)
What seems like punishment may carry the greatest reward. (2009)
The enemy of my enemy is my friend - unless his name is sin. (2010)
What'cha gonna do when He comes for... someone else? (2011)
The best sermon is one word, "Repent." (2012)
Devotionals began on January 2, 2006 and are the original creation of James R. Green, Prayertower Webservant Content is derived from his alternating
and sequential survey of both the Old and New Testament to offer insight
2. Resources are derived
from daily devotions of James R. Green called, Just Thinkin'... (2000-2003),
Read the Bible Thru in 365 Days (2004), Pray Thru the Word in 365 Days (2005) and One Minute Devotional (2006-2012).
3. Scripture used from the Holy Bible, New International Version; (c)1978 by New York International Bible Society or God's
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