Thanks Tam, but my Bday is not until the 9th---the same as John Lennon's. But thanx for the early salutations!…
Last week we learned…”It is the hidden sins in our lives, the small foxes that spoil the vine. If God is the husbandman and we are the vines, we do not have the luxury of being separated from Him. And without confessing our sins they are ever before us, blocking the blessings of God.” But with all the spiritual battles believers fight they do need a time of refreshing…
Times of Refreshing
The word refreshing means recovery of breath or revival, true revival begins with repentance, and then we become renewed and restored by the Holy Spirit, the breath of life.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a right (steadfast) spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence, and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. (Psalms 51:10-11 NKJV)
The way believers war today—it is such a blessing to be refreshed in the spirit and our souls renewed. Giving us the spiritual stamina to be able to continue spiritual warfare at our best.
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalm 16:11 NKJV)
We enter into God’s presence by preparing our hearts. As we come close to the Lord immediately the Holy Spirit reveals any sin to us. Then we confess our sin to the Lord and accept His loving GRACE, mercy, and forgiveness.
Restoration = Grace (Unmerited Favor)
Grace is a gift from God – God’s unmerited favor…”For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10 NKJV)
GRACE = GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS AT CHRIST’S EXPENSE
The grace that saves us is the free undeserved goodness and favor of God; and He saves us, not by the works of the law, but through faith in Christ Jesus, by means of which we come to partake of the great blessings of the gospel; and both that faith and that salvation on which it has so great an influence are the gift of God. The great objects of faith are made known by divine revelation and made credible by the testimony and evidence which God hath given us. And that we believe to salvation and obtaining salvation through faith is entirely owing to divine assistance and grace. God has ordered all so that the whole shall appear to be of grace. We can do nothing without God’s grace.
So you see, repentance is so important to the believer because it is the root of many other blessings and benefits that we receive from God.
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week….Blessings and Peace!
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