Times of Refreshing
Acts 3:19, "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord"
Peter proclaimed this as he was preaching at Solomon's Porch immediately after being used to heal a lame man at the gate of the temple. We can see the obvious application from this verse, that people need to repent and be converted to have their sins forgiven.
But what is the application for the believer?
"I've already done that. I've repented and been converted and had my sins forgiven."
But is this just a one time deal? Yes and no.
Once we've repented and believed on the name of Jesus Christ, God forgives our past present and even future sins. He sees us as His Son because we have the privilege of putting on HIS righteousness. So our sins being forgiven is a one time deal, but repenting is a daily process, and something I find myself doing far less often than I should. Not that we have to repent as if God hasn't already forgiven us, but confessing our sin before God is a huge part of being a Christian. Daily. Hour by hour, minute by minute. Oh, if we would only confess our sin to God and our great need for His mercy and grace! I want to be quick to repent (turn from sin) and confess my sin to God that He might set my heart in alignment with His constantly.
Have you ever felt that freshness, that peaceful, relieving, and joyful feeling of knowing you are right with God, having a clean conscience and walking with Him in "simplicity and godly sincerity" as Paul said in 2 Cor. 1:12?
Maybe you feel like that now, or maybe the last time that you felt like that was that first time that you repented and had your sins forgiven, when you first believed. I believe that the only way to have times of refreshing come from the presence of the Lord is through repentance. That's the secret. And it's simple. It's easy. Is there a sin in your life that is keeping you from experiencing the goodness of God in your daily life? "Repent therefore and be converted......so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.