A Time of Refreshing

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

As I was reading in the Book of Acts this morning, I came across this familiar phrase that really spoke to me: “Turn to God, so that…times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” All of us could certainly benefit from a time of refreshing from God, especially considering the busy and hectic lives that we often lead. This was a reminder to me this morning to slow down and to allow God to direct my pace of life. It is only when I realize that I am not in control, and I give my worries and doubts over to God, that I can begin to experience this “refreshing” that comes only from the Lord.

How can we be refreshed? For me it involves:
• Time alone with God – quiet, still time
• Listening to God as He speaks through the Holy Spirit and through other believers
• Prayer
• Reading the Bible
• More time contemplating the things of God instead of the things of this world
• Developing a mindset that has its focus on God and not on self

Colossians 3:2(NASB): Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

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