THE PROCESS OF REST (PT 3)

THE PROCESS OF REST (PT 3)

THE PROCESS OF ENTERING REST PT. 3 – REFRESHING “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” Acts 3:19 In Acts 3, we see the story of Peter and John healing a lame beggar on the way up to the temple. Those were standing nearby witnessed this miracle and were immediately amazed by Peter and John – so much so that they wanted to worship them. However, Peter’s response to them was incredible. Not only does Peter turn to them and tell them that it was solely by the name of Jesus that this man was healed, but he says that if they repent and return to God, they too will be refreshed. As I’ve mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, entering the rest of God is a process that requires a clear conscience and a heart that returns to the Father. It is then that we find the blessed assurance of refreshing in His presence. In my own life, I have seen this place of refreshing to be easy to grasp in concept, but surprisingly elusive in practice. It here, then, that I wish to caution us on what we consider this “refreshing” to be. Much of the world we live in suggests that rest is physical in nature. When we are tired, we rest (similarly, when we are hungry, we eat). Rest is taught as being reactive. In other words, you need rest when you are tired. You can work and toil up until the...
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