Seasons of Refreshing

November 21, 2013 | Tags: , ,

Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.

-Acts 3:19

What gets us all jumbled up in knots? What makes us worried about the things we cannot control? What has us at odds with those we love so much? One word: sin. We cannot escape it. We live in a sinful world and we’ve inherited a sinful position. Sin causes us to lose sleep, to lack self-control, and to focus on things that will never fully satisfy us, convincing us that they will. Sin. Our sin is deadly. It leads us down a slow, painful road to disappointment, heartache, shame and regret. It leads us to death, and there is no escaping it on our own.

But God. Two of the most beautiful words in all of life. But God. Take a look at these words in the context of Ephesians 2:1-5:

“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler who exercises authority over the lower heavens, the spirit now working in the disobedient. We too all previously lived among them in our fleshly desires, carrying out the inclinations of our flesh and thoughts, and we were by nature children under wrath as the others were also. But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!

We were dead. But God made us alive. We were lost. But God found us. We were hopeless. But God gave us new hope. But God. The two most beautiful words in all of life.

Jesus took every one of our sins to the cross. Every single one. Do you know what that means? If you have received Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have been set free! So why don’t I feel that freedom?, you may ask. Well, let me ask you a few questions. Do you still sin every day, even if you’ve received Christ? Of course you do, and I do too! Though we’ve been set free spiritually, we still have a sin nature that we will not be completely freed from until we’re in heaven. Therefore, we must be intentional each and every day to confess our sins to God and agree with Him that each action was not good for us or for our relationship with Him. You may say, Oh, that sound painful! But my friend, it is not! It is wonderful! We sit with our loving Father in heaven, open our Bibles, and begin to confess our sins daily. We should begin each day like this. And do you know what happens after that? The most marvelous feeling of refreshment and peace that could ever be! It washes over us like pure, fresh water. The weight off our shoulders disappears and we feel joy! We feel wonderful! It is a gift from God that cannot be matched by the things of this world.

Dear friend, Jesus did not go to the cross on your behalf so you could walk around feeling miserable. Your sins are forgiven in Christ Jesus! But remember: God has always been and will always be a God of relationship. He wants to show you how loving and holy He is by helping you walk through your life. He is personal, specific, and oh, so real. He will take you by the hand and walk you through it. You are not alone. But you must come to Him. You must trust in Him. He longs to help you and show His great love toward you.

Don’t be afraid. Trust in Him. There is nothing He doesn’t see and nothing He doesn’t know. He made you, fashioned you together, and knows exactly what you have been through, what you’re going through, and where He’s taking you. Come to your glorious Savior Jesus and experience the seasons of refreshing only He can provide. Peace with God through Jesus Christ–the greatest gift there could ever be.

By Courtney Silberman

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