Summary: Repent and be converted and the Lord will send revival.
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing ( recovery of breath, revival) shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Ac 3:19-20 TLB
19 Now change your mind and attitude to God and turn to him so he can cleanse away your sins and send you wonderful times of refreshment from the presence of the Lord
This scripture follows the Apostle Peter explaining that there were those that denied Jesus and chose a murderer to be set free and for Jesus to be crucified.
Repent- metanoeho – an bout face , changing one’s heart and mind. A pricking of heart; poignant grief or remorse proceeding from a consciousness of guilt; the pain of sorrow or regret for having offended God, and incurred his wrath; the sting of conscience proceeding from a conviction of having violated a moral duty.
Converted –to twist around, to turn again, to reverse, a revolution
Blotted out- obliterated, pardoned, wiped away
The blessings of repentance
Joe 2:19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
Joe 2:20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
These are the signs of refreshing!
A. Grain - Grain represents God’s Word. I Peter 2:2 says “Long for the pure milk of the Word.” Long for it. Desire it. Pursue it. The proof of desire is pursuit. We will know that we are in a season of refreshing when we begin to pursue God’s Word. We will know that we are being refreshed when we have a new desire to read, digest, and consume His Word. Oh, I know you have experienced Him around the altar but what about His Word. I know you have received words from men but what about His Word. We are showing signs of refreshment when we begin to live on every Word that proceeds out of His mouth.
Mar 4:19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
Word – logos thoughts reasoning motivation. The enemy chokes the breath out of your logos. But if we will repent he will revive his word in us.
I declare that He will refresh this house’s desire for the meat of God’s Word.
B. New Wine – A sure sign of us being refreshed will be significant operation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. When the gifts begin to operate in their fullness as the norm rather than the exception we will have a clear indication that refreshing has come. We need to begin to seek the Holy Spirit and allow Him to operate in our midst!
C. Oil – If you are refreshed you will exhibit power. We will begin to have power to withstand attacks. We will have power over our tongue, our thoughts. I know you got knocked down but when you got up do you have any power? We will have power.
I declare that this will be a house of power! Power to war. Power to fight. Power to defend. Power to expand. Power to expel! Power to bind and power to loose!
D. Enemy will be rebuked – John 10:10 declares that our enemy wants to kill, steal, and destroy us. However, when we are refreshed we will see the hand of the devourer rebuked. We will stand and he will flee. Areas of bondage will be broken. Addictions will be destroyed. Chains will be severed. Habits defeated. Those bound will find freedom. If you are still bound you need to be refreshed. Not enough just to repent. Let Him refresh you so that you can go free.
E. Produce fruit – The fig tree will bud again. When we are refreshed dead areas will be revived and fruit will appear. If we don’t see love, joy, peace, self-control, meekness, then we haven’t been refreshed. We will see fruit! We will know we have been refreshed when we see the person once filled with anger and hate now filled with love. When we see the woman who was depressed now filled with joy unspeakable. When we see the teenager that was out of control now exhibit self-control. When we see the impatient controlled by patience. Then we will know that a season of refreshing has come!