Text: Acts 3 (Deuteronomy 29-30)
There is power-filled preaching in Acts. Peter brings the Gospel on the Day of Pentecost and three thousand are saved. He is bold and fearless as he confronts the sin of the people. Soon after, he speaks to the crowd that gathers following a healing miracle at the temple. Moved by the Holy Spirit, he speaks these words:
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord… (Acts 3:19-20).
Whenever we have sin on our lives, we suffer from the negative consequences of our sin, to include being distant from God, guilt, shame and all sorts of pain. But, when we turn from our sin and repent, there is great blessing. Our sins are blotted out. And “times of refreshing” come from the presence of the Lord. “Refreshing” is a beautiful idea. Like a cold drink on a hot day, like fresh air coming in an open window, or like waking from a restful night’s sleep. we receive renewal, cleansing and rejuvenation when we repent. What could be better than that?
in Him, Mike