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"Times of Refreshing"
Summary of sermon by Dietmar
Joosten, 22 Sep 2013
|Acts 3: 11-19
In this portion of
Acts we read of someone who could speak words which healed the lame man. It was not a
pious tongue which could say the right words but it was a life filled with authority from
God. Many people around had heard Jesus every day for the past 3 years, but their hearts
were not changed as Peter and John's had been changed.We must have hearts that God has
changed. This previously lame man then clung to Peter and John who had helped him. If a
person is helped by God, he walks with the children of God. We need our spiritual parents.
You are not right if you say you walk alone with God, without the fellowship of other
In verse 19 we read
about experiencing times of refreshing. In our everyday life it's hard working all day in
the sun. However, when you return home and have a cold drink and your shower, you feel
refreshed and revived. You know this effect, you need the cool refreshing water and
cleansing. A person who has worked and sweated all day and then goes home to bed and does
not have a bath or shower would be considered insane. It is the same as a person sitting
through a service and God shows him how dirty and sweaty he is spiritually, yet he leaves
the service without spiritual cleansing. There is no repenting and turning to God.
The devil was thrown out of heaven because of pride. Some people felt they did not need
this man from Nazareth. Educated people often think this. The devil knows the weak place
in the heart of a man.You can think you look so handsome when you look in the mirror. The
heart deceives you. The devil says you will become like God- knowing good and evil. He
attacks there, at your point of weakness. David had sinned but he knew how to humble
himself and get to the heart of God.
There is the story of the
flea and the elephant.The elephant walked over a bridge and with every step the bridge
shook and threatened to collapse. Once across, the flea said, "Did you feel how we
shook that bridge?" He thought he had contributed to the shaking. We are just a
flea, by grace riding an elephant, yet we always want to be the one shaking the bridge.
Peter was in effect saying you have killed this "elephant", you have killed the
Source of life. The life you live determines this.
If I reject and criticise and go against God, I will destroy that life that should be in
me. Sometimes young people are difficult, impossible. Reach out to God who can give you
Maybe you have words
but you dont have life. In another story a man beat his wife so the wife said she'd
go to the witchdoctor. She was told to put a certain medicine in her mouth and hold it
there when her husband returned home. He came home drunk as usual and was amazed that his
wife kept quiet and things changed. We can learn from this to take the Lord into the
heart, and not to talk so much. The Devil will hate it if you humble yourself and you will
find grace with Christ. Bow, humble Yourself. DO what God says. Subject yourself to God
and the devil will have no place in you. Listen attentively. If we don't humble ourselves
we get a root of bitterness within - a grudge against someone and we cannot humble
ourselves before that person.
Turn repent that your
sins will be forgiven. Receive what God is giving. If we want the energy of refreshing
life we must bow. You'll find grace. What is the reason you are here? To do your own
thing? Be wiped clean. Your hearts can be wiped clean. You always think you do right and
that you have your rights. What does God want you to do? Who does not want times of
refreshing? Humble yourself. Pray every day to find this. If you drag your feet all the
time life is difficult.
In James 4v6+7 we are exhorted to resist the devil and humble ourselves. Grace upon grace
will be given. If you always say you are right, the devil will ride you. If you look down
on the weak person or if everything must always end up the way you think it should and you
must always have the last word, beware!
The Bible is a great source of refreshment. Don't you want this? Be re
strengthened. We need this.