The Times of Refreshing

By David P. Ward

 

 

There is a refreshing that comes over the people of God when they wait on Him.

There is an ATMOSHPERE of His peace that comes when we learn to DRINK from the waters of refreshing.

Isaiah 28:12

King James Version (KJV)

12To 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.

This is a REFRESHING that comes from God!

 

Acts 3:19

The Message (MSG)

19-23"Now it's time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus. For the time being he must remain out of sight in heaven until everything is restored to order again just the way God, through the preaching of his holy prophets of old, said it would be. Moses, for instance, said, 'Your God will raise up for you a prophet just like me from your family. Listen to every word he speaks to you. Every last living soul who refuses to listen to that prophet will be wiped out from the people.'

 

There are SHOWERS OF BLESSING TO REFRESH YOU!

In Acts, we are told to repent so that the Lord's refreshing might come upon us. The writer also adds that this time of refreshing might lead to the coming of Christ.

 

 

Romans 14:17

Amplified Bible (AMP)

17[After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

 

Righteousness, peace and JOY in the Holy Ghost!

 

The Bibles says "He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." (Ps 2:4)

The laughter that comes when the Spirit it moving is actually a laugh of VICTORY.

 

 

Isaiah 55:1

Amplified Bible (AMP)

1WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].

This is not NATURAL water!

This is a spiritual drink for a spiritual blessing!

We must learn to drink from the well, “that never will run dry!”

Matthew 5:6

The Message (MSG)

6"You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat.

 

Mark 2:22

The Message (MSG)

21-22He went on, "No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match. And you don't put your wine in cracked bottles."

Jesus talked about trying to put new wine into old wineskins or containers. The NEW WINE represents the Holy Spirit! The old wineskins is the man that is not born again!

When we receive the Holy Spirit, He changes us from the inside out!

It is God’s will for us to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit!

 

Acts 2:4-19

The Message (MSG)

Acts 2

A Sound Like a Strong Wind

1-4 When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force—no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building. Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through their ranks, and they started speaking in a number of different languages as the Spirit prompted them.

5-11There were many Jews staying in Jerusalem just then, devout pilgrims from all over the world. When they heard the sound, they came on the run. Then when they heard, one after another, their own mother tongues being spoken, they were thunderstruck. They couldn't for the life of them figure out what was going on, and kept saying, "Aren't these all Galileans? How come we're hearing them talk in our various mother tongues?

 

Parthians, Medes, and Elamites;

Visitors from Mesopotamia, Judea, and Cappadocia,

Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,

Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene;

Immigrants from Rome, both Jews and proselytes;

Even Cretans and Arabs!

"They're speaking our languages, describing God's mighty works!"

12Their heads were spinning; they couldn't make head or tail of any of it. They talked back and forth, confused: "What's going on here?"

13Others joked, "They're drunk on cheap wine."

Peter Speaks Up

14-21That's when Peter stood up and, backed by the other eleven, spoke out with bold urgency: "Fellow Jews, all of you who are visiting Jerusalem, listen carefully and get this story straight. These people aren't drunk as some of you suspect. They haven't had time to get drunk—it's only nine o'clock in the morning. This is what the prophet Joel announced would happen:

 

"In the Last Days," God says,

"I will pour out my Spirit

on every kind of people:

Your sons will prophesy,

also your daughters;

Your young men will see visions,

your old men dream dreams.

When the time comes,

I'll pour out my Spirit

On those who serve me, men and women both,

and they'll prophesy.

I'll set wonders in the sky above

and signs on the earth below,

Blood and fire and billowing smoke,

the sun turning black and the moon blood-red,

Before the Day of the Lord arrives,

the Day tremendous and marvelous;

And whoever calls out for help

to me, God, will be saved."

 

This was the REFRESHING that the Prophet Joel was talking about!

 

Joel 2:28

The Message (MSG)

The Sun Turning Black and the Moon Blood-Red

28-32 "And that's just the beginning: After that—

"I will pour out my Spirit

on every kind of people:

Your sons will prophesy,

also your daughters.

Your old men will dream,

your young men will see visions.

 

On the Day of Pentecost, something so supernatural happened! There was 120 people in the Upper Room that early morning. The Bible says in Acts 2:2 that ‘THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BEGAIN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES…”

 

The Holy Spirit came in as a mighty rushing wind, and sat down on each of them. After awhile they all went outside. Some thought as they were speaking in the different languages of people standing outside, they were witnessing of the power of God and testifying to everyone about the goodness of God!

There was something that was real strange. Because of the INFILLING of the Holy Spirit on the 120, it spread like wild fire! 3,000 people were saved in the next 24 hours!

The bystanders also thought the 120 people that were filled with the Holy Spirit were DRUNK! Peter corrected them! Peter said it was early in the morning! No one had time to get drunk!

 

They were drunk on NEW WINE!

 

This is the DAY OF REFRESHING!

This is a time to be FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT!

This is a time of the JOY IN THE HOLY GHOST to come upon you and REFRESH you to overflowing!

 

 

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