Renew, Restore, Refresh Part 1

BY PASTOR MONK

The power of these three words is incredible. We use these words in our everyday conversations. We renew our licenses, we restore our furniture, and we are refreshed by a cool drink of water. But God wants all these words used in a spiritual context as well. King David asked God to “renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10). Later in that same Psalm he begged God to “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation” (vs. 12). When preaching his second sermon in the book of Acts, Peter told his listeners that if they would repent and be converted, their sins would be forgiven, and “the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
 
 
Three powerful words: Renew, Restore, Refresh. But they can only come through Repentance. Psalm 51 was written by David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband, Uriah. The entire chapter consists of Israel’s king begging the universe’s king to forgive him. David never hesitates to call himself a sinner, and he never tries to shift the blame. In essence he says, “I have sinned mightily against You, and I desperately need Your forgiveness.” When Peter invites the Jews to trust Christ as their Savior, he says, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted” (Acts 3:19).
 
 
Do you want renewal, restoration, and refreshment? They are freely available through repentance.

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