In Need of Refreshing?
IN ACTS CHAPTER 3
PETER, IN THE MIDST OF PREACHING HIS SECOND MESSAGE SAID TO THOSE WHO HAD CHOSEN TO HAVE A MURDER GO FREE AND TO HAVE JESUS BE CRUCIFIED,
THAT HE KNEW THEY ACTED IN IGNORANCE AND THAT THEY SHOULD REPENT AND RETURN THAT THEIR SIN WOULD BE WIPED AWAY SO THAT TIMES OF REFRESHING MAY COME FROM THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD LORD.
“And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. 18 But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.
Therefore REPENT AND RETURN, SO THAT your sins may be wiped away, IN ORDER THAT times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; 20 and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you, 21 whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from ancient time. 22 Moses said, ‘ The Lord God will raise up for you A prophet like me from your brethren; to Him YOU SHALL GIVE HEED TO EVERYTHING HE SAYS TO YOU.
REFRESHING = g0403. αναψυξισ anapsuxis; from 404; a recovery of breath, a refreshing:--
TIMES OF REFRESHING ARE FOUND IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD.
IT IS IN HIS PRESENCE THAT WE GET REVIVED
: to make (someone or something) strong, healthy, or active again
: to bring (something) back into use
1: to return to consciousness or life : become active or flourishing
2 : to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state : bring back
3 : to renew in the mind or memory
Synonyms: reanimate, recharge, regenerate, rejuvenate, rekindle, renew, resurrect, resuscitate, revitalize, revivify, rewake, rewaken.
POPPA GOD SENT HIS SON ABBA TO DIE AN UNDESERVED DEATH SO THAT THOSE DESERVING DEATH CAN NOW REPENT AND RETURN TO THE RELATIONSHIP THEY WERE CREATED FOR.
WE WE’RE MADE TO LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF ALMIGHTY GOD.
IN THE PLACE OF INTIMACY WHERE GOD HIMSELF TRANSFORMS US INTO HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS.
POPPA GOD WANTS US TO LIVE REFRESHED REVIVED AND RENEWED!
1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
IN ORDER TO LIVE WITH A RENEWED MIND WE MUST FORGET ABOUT THE PAST.
“ Do not call to mind (REMEMBER) the former (PAST) things,
Or ponder (CONSIDER OR THINK OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ) things of the past.(EXPERIENCES)
19 “Behold, I will do something new,
Now it will spring forth;
Will you not be aware of it?(HAVE FULL EVIDENCE OF IT)
I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,
Rivers in the desert.
20 “The beasts of the field will glorify Me,
The jackals and the ostriches,
Because I have given waters in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert,
To give drink to My chosen people.
21 “The people whom I formed for Myself
Will declare My praise.
WE MUST NOT LIVE IN THE PAST!
WHETHER IT BE PAST FAILURES OR PAST VICTORIES
GOD WANTS TO DO A NEW THING IN US.
HE WILL MAKE A WAY WHERE THERE SEEMS TO BE NO WAY.
AND HE WILL REFRESH US IN THE DRYEST OF PLACES WHERE IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE.
THANK YOU FATHER FOR THE GIFT OF YOUR SON, FOR THE FULFILLMENT OF THE PROPHECY THAT HAS USHERED IN THE ABILITY FOR US TO REPENT OF OUR TIMES OF IGNORANCE, AND RETURN TO YOUR PRESENCE WHERE WE CAN LIVE REFRESHED, REVIVED, AND RENEWED!
Author: Jeannie Smallwood