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Refreshing

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Reading: Acts 3: 12-19

Verse Nineteen: “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”.

Peter astonished the crowd by healing a man who was crippled from birth. Yes, it was life-changing for the man physically. But the spiritual change that was possible for him and for all there that day was what was key. Rather than let the moment pass by, Peter seized the attention of the crowd and used it as an opportunity to preach about Jesus.

Peter first attributes the healing to the name of Jesus. It was not by Peter’s power but by God’s. Peter then reminds the crowd that it was they who “killed the author of life”. But he quickly goes on to say that God intervened there too, saying that “God raised Him from the dead” and that he and the disciples are witnesses to this. Peter then reiterates how the man was healed: “by faith in the name of Jesus”.

In our lives we too experience “God moments” – times where the hand or Spirit of God has clearly been at work. Maybe the cancer disappeared or maybe what should have been a disaster ended up with all being okay. Or maybe you followed the small voice of the Holy Spirit and were a part of changing someone’s life. These tangible touches of God come in all sizes and shapes.

Peter seizes the people’s touch by God and helps them to see that the ‘killing’ of Jesus was all part of God’s bigger plan to save the world. He connects the scripture with the crucifixion. Then Peter does something very important: he extends an invitation to faith in Jesus. He says, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord”. The crippled man was ‘refreshed’ before their eyes. Peter is offering a much more life-changing refreshing – the salvation of the soul. May we do the same today.

2 thoughts on “Refreshing

  1. MAN OR WOMEN, IS HELPLESS TO PROVIDE HIS OWN SPIRITUAL HEALING. ONLY THROUGH THE POWER OF JESUS CHRIST , CAN THE BELIEVER “””RISE UP AND WALK”” IN NEWNESS OF LIFE.
    🙂
    THEN YOU FEEL THAT PEACE IN YOUR SOUL.
    THEY THAT BE WHOLE NEED NOT A PHYSICIAN , BUT THEY THAT ARE SICK.
    THE LAME SOUL MUST REALIZE HIS UTTER HELPLESSNESS IN HIMSELF AND TOTAL DEPENDENCE UPON GOD AND MEN OF GOD TO FIND THE HELP HE NEEDS.
    FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST BRINGS SPIRITUAL HEALING.

    REPENTANCE AND CONVERSION ACCOMPANY SPIRITUAL HEALING.
    HEALING, DEPENDS ON OBEDIENT TO THE WORD OF JESUS CHRIST , THEN YOU FIND THAT PEACE IN YOUR SOUL.

    🙂
    GOD HAS SHOWN ME MERCY, IN PROVIDING SALVATION. I IN TURN SHOULD SEEK TO HELP OTHERS FIND THIS SALVATION AS WELL.. MAY I BE FAITHFUL STEWARD OF THE GOSPEL.
    AMEN.

    🙂 GOD IS LOVE
    GOD IS LOVE
    COME LET US SING AND UNITE TOGETHER AND SING
    GOD IS LOVE. 🙂
    🙂

  2. BEEN THINKING , ON REPENTANCE , WITHOUT REPENTING OF OUR SIN, WE WOULD PERISH
    GOD WANTS EVERYONE TO REPENT AND TO BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST .
    ANGELS REJOICE WHEN A SINNER REPENTS..
    WE ALL NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT WE DO.
    GALATIANS CHAPTER 6 TEACHES ME, BEING RESPONSIBLE IS REWARDING.
    🙂

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