TIMES OF REFRESHING
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19
The significance of times and seasons in understanding the scriptures cannot be over emphasized. All through history, God has dealt with men in times and seasons, with each season as a representation of the purposes of God. Seasons as referred to here doesn’t mean the sequential occurrences of nature i.e. winter, summer, spring etc. but rather allotted periods in history where the purposes of God are accomplished as parts of a greater master plan. A word that best describes this in the English language is the word “Epoch”, which means a specific time in history characterized by an event. A more elaborate expression is the Greek variant “Kairos”- which means a moment of opportunity.
This is very powerful because it tells us then that seasons are moments of opportunity in history for men to actualize the purposes of God upon the earth. The challenge however was that many never realised they were in a season and as a consequence failed to rise up to the occasion hence aborting the plans of God for another generation to actualize. The greatest blessing of the believer is the gift of revelation, and because we have revelation, we cannot be blind to what God is doing in our times.
Our opening text talks about a season described as “the times of refreshing”. The Apostle Peter preaching the gospel to a crowd in Jerusalem of both Jews and proselytes (foreign converts to Judaism) uses the expression “times of refreshing” in reference to a season that his audience were fully aware of and understood as a promise. So, what did this expression mean to the Jew of Peter’s day. The word “refreshing” alludes to a kind of restoration, revival and rest. A perfect description that fits this is in David’s 23rd Psalm.
“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
Psalm 23:2-3 KJV
This gives us a clear picture of the promise in the scripture and its impact on the life of the individual believer. It is the constant leadings into experiences of peace, joy and hope for the believer, such that even in the midst of a crisis or challenge the believer is unperturbed by the happenings and his strength is constantly being restored.
Notice that in our opening text it says that the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of God. This is very instructive about the source which is God and the channel through which we will experience this promise of God, which is the Spirit of God. Another old testament scripture that describes this again is in book of Isaiah, this speaks on a broader note about the impact of this promise on the church.
“For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, this is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”
Isaiah 28: 11-12
The prophet Isaiah by prophecy described the spiritual gift of tongues as the manner through which God will speak to His people and also as the “the refreshing”. So, what was a promise to Israel far away to be accomplished is now a reality to us. Glory to GOD!
The times of refreshing are upon us! Through our tongues, we refresh our souls but it gets even better, through our tongues, we can birth revival on the earth, we restore the nations, and we actualize the purposes of God for our generation! What a time to be alive!
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for the revelation of your word by the Spirit. I declare that these are the times of refreshing and as I speak in tongues , my life is refreshed daily, my city is revived and my nation is restored by the Spirit of God. I declare that I have entered into the fullness of this season and I actualize the purposes of God upon the earth . In Jesus name.
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