Awakening - Day 10

Return to Your First Love

God's Word for Today
Read Revelation 2:1-5

Thoughts for Today
Our intimate relationship with Christ and our concern for those He loves are dependent on our love for Him. If we depart from our first love, we need to return. Our renewed love for Him could change the world.

In 1727 Count Nicolas Ludwig von Zinzendorf  resigned from all his governmental responsibilities to provide spiritual leadership for a group of about 300 people who have moved to his estate to escape religious persecution. Internal conflict was about to destroy the community. Zinzendorf and the elders drew up a covenant of brotherly union, and on May 12, 1727, the entire community repented of their divisions, reconciled with their brother, and entered a covenant to live together in harmony.

On August 13, 1727, they had a significant encounter with their Savior at a Lord's Supper observance. During the service, they were deeply touched by their awareness of the sacrificial love of their wounded Savior. They determined that the best way they can express their love for Christ was to win for Him the souls for whom He died. They are battle cry was "to win for the lamb that was slain the reward of his suffering."

Following that encounter with Christ, the Moravian Brethren  were possessed by a zeal for missions. They began a 24 hour prayer watch for the cause of the kingdom, which continued for more than 100 years. During the following 25 years, they sent out more than 100 missionaries around the world. Moravian missionaries were instrumental in leading John Wesley to genuine faith in Christ, and God used him as a key instrument in the First Great Awakening in America and the Evangelical Awakening in England.

It's Time to Pray
1. Thank God for His love shown through Christ's sacrifice. Ask Him to reveal the quality of your love for Him and how to increase your love.
2. Ask God what He wants you to do today to apply what He has revealed. What actions will you take?
3. Pray today by name for a person who has yet to believe in Christ as Savior.

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