Friday 27 September 2013

Acts 3:19-21 “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send Christ Jesus, who was ordained for you before, whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets.”

Peter is preaching on the day the Holy Spirit was poured out.  I can just imagine how that day started like every other since Jesus promised them the Holy Spirit.  The apostles would wake up in the morning with a time of prayer and worship in the upper room.  Then they would gather with about a hundred of the other saints in the temple.  This was the time of Shavuot, the Feast of Ingathering, and there were Jews from all over the world.  The temple was packed!

This was the last day of the feast.  And suddenly a wind from heaven blew upon them.  The presence of God descended upon them with such purity that some people could actually see it, as though it was a fire upon their heads.  And they began speaking in tongues.

Peter preached a message, with such accuracy and boldness that could have only come through the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  About 3000 people received water baptism that day, and were added to the Church of the Lord Jesus.

Peter, moved by the Holy Spirit, spoke of a time when God would restore all things.  The church was birthed in a message of restoration.  It came forth with the promise of restoration.  And to the church God gave this ministry.

When Peter spoke of restortion, he was not only referring to those things in the Old Covenant that God would restore in the New, he was also looking into the future of the naissant church and perceived a season when the church would lose much of her divine glory.  And then would begin a process of restoring all things to her.

We are living in that time when God is restoring so many things to His church.  There have been numerous large-scale moves of the Spirit of God throughout the 2000 years since the church was born.  We have given these names like, reformation and revival.  But in essence, whenever the Spirit of life is moving, He is restoring, reconstructing and renovating.  This is His ministry.  And this is our mission.

This Spirit of life has been moving on you during this fast.  He has been reforming, reviving, restoring, reconstructiing and renovating deep in your life.  And as we enter into the final days, it becomes imperative that you write down in a personal journal what exactly God has done.  This way you can refer to it later on.

Take some time to pray seriously about what God’s call is on your life.  What are His promises to you concerniing the coming year?  God has given you a mission.   Take some time today to write down what that calling is, and to what mission He has called you.

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