Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23

Repentance and Refreshment

on October 16, 2013

Acts 3:19
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

On Monday night I was reading material about Jerusalem.  Why Jerusalem?  Well, that’s another post entirely, but I will get to it sometime within the next month or maybe the next six months, but I will get to it. 🙂 Anyway, I came across this verse and it struck me in the core of my heart. 

Have you had those “Ah Ha!” moments?  Have you been digging in the Word and had perspective poured over you regarding the verse you are reading?  I hope so friend.  It is an intamite moment that the Lord has made for just the two of you.  Sometimes we are to share those moments with others, but sometimes they are just for us – right where we are.  For me there is a sweet presence that I feel.  OK.  This is a discussion for another time as well. 

Whew!  I’m chasing bunny trails, so I’ll get back to the verse at hand.

Let’s start with the first part of the verse.  Repent, then, and turn to God so that your sins may be washed out…….  I know what I’m about to say, but sometimes I need reminded of things.  (Just ask my kids and husband how much I need to be reminded of things.) Repentance isn’t a one time deal.  We don’t repent when we accept Jesus as our Saviour and then forget about it.  It’s not like the Ronco Rotisserie where you set it and forget it.  It is a continual process.  If we are to grow in Him, we cannot forget about repentance.  It is dying to self.  Most of us die to ourselves on an hourly basis.  Well, I tend to be that way.  I hope for your sake you are better than I. 

Repentance is an action verb.  (Do you remember those?  If not, message me later.  We can have a lot of fun rehashing an English class.) This part of the passage is full of action.  We are to repent (turn away from whatever sin(s) has been laid upon our heart) and turn toward God (after turning away, I would suggest running to God so you don’t get sidetracked by another turn) and He will wipe out our sins.  Wiping is most certainly an action.  Think of all the things you wipe.  This is not anything passive.  And the best thing is that God is doing this action for us.  We can now rest from all the turning away, and turning to, that is in the verse.  (It’s a good thing God does the wiping because after all this turning, I’m dizzy and I may miss some spots.) 

Another way to think about it is that God cleans up our messes.  He is really the only one that can do it thoroughly.  The rule at my mom’s house is, “If you make the mess, you clean it up.”  Thank goodness God pours out his mercy and grace upon us because there are a lot of messes I’ve made that no amount of wiping would make clean. 

Hmmm.  God is my personal housekeeper – the supreme Mr. Clean – if I only turn away from the mess, to him, and ask that it be wiped away.  Acts 3:19 ERV (Elizabeth Richey Version) 🙂  I wonder if he does windows too. 

The next part of this verse gives me goose bumps and the warm fuzzies inside.  It makes me fall in love all over again. 

Are you tired sweet sister?  Do you feel as if the harder you try, the harder the enemy rails against you?  Are you exhausted to the point of hopelessness?  Do Not Be!  Break the chains of sins’ bondage and find refreshment in the Lord. Just saying it makes you feel better.  Yes?

“…….that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,”  Refreshing may come from the Lord.  I love saying it. 

Why, oh why, do we insist on cleaning up our own messes?  Dirty boys, laundry, a muddy dog and spilled drinks are for us to clean, but soiled thoughts, poisonous words and unclean hearts are not.  We are not capable of such things.  God is more than sufficient to take care of these matters. 

Have you ever been around a child that insists on completing a task you know he/she cannot without catastrophe happening?  We are no different when we try to tame our sinful flesh.  If only the child would allow you to help, you could end their struggle.  That is what God wants to do for us.

Turn sweet sisters.  Turn right now to Him and receive a time of refreshing. 

Blessings & Hugs, Elizabeth


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