"Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets long ago." Acts 3:19-21
After the Lame beggar is healed, Peter stands up and begins to preach to the crowds. He is preaching about Jesus, and that He is the One that healed this man. He says this is all because of Jesus and His power and nothing about Peter, and the disciples.
This is still the same today, everything is to point people back to Jesus, and not to the minister, preacher, the vessel. Ministry is being a vessel of the Holy Spirit.
Peter tells the crowd how to get right with God, and this is still the same way today!
Our journey to God begins when we REPENT! "Repent therefore..." A change of heart towards our own sin, and to ask God to forgive us of all of our sin. Repentance refers to the feeling of contrition, sorrow and grief over our sin!
When we REPENT of our sin, then there is a TURNING BACK from our sin. We turn around from our sin, and go with the Lord. There is always a change when there is repentance. We no longer continue to walk and live the same way, but we turn back and follow God and His Word! Repentance is not just prayer but it involves walking in a different direction!
Then there is a RESULT - the result is that God forgives us of all of our sins! Our sins are blotted out! That means that they are no longer held against us! That we are justified because of Jesus Christ, which means that when God forgives us, it is "Just As If I Have Never Sinned." What a miracle of God's forgiveness!
Then there is REFRESHING! When we repent, and turn back then God forgives us and then we will experience the times of Refreshing or Revival! We want God to refresh and revive us, bring us back to life and blessing, but we must always do our part first.
We repent and turn around and walk with the Lord, and then we receive the results of forgiveness, refreshing, revival, renewal and all the blessings of God.
Today, help me to repent and turn back and follow Jesus in every area of my life so that I can see God's Results in my life!