Times of Refreshing
As I was awakening the morning of 01/16/17 I heard the words, “times of refreshing are coming “. I then saw 2 alabaster pitchers being poured over me simultaneously. One contained water and the other oil. The water was for cleansing and the oil was anointing for commissioning.
I was prompted to look where the phrase, “times of refreshing ” was found in Acts and found the following:
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
Repentance comes first and then the times of refreshing follow.
This is for the body of Christ and is not directed, in my opinion, to unbelievers.
I took special note that the cleansing and empowering happened simultaneously and were not 2 separate events.
It seems that the longer one is a believer the more hardened one can become to the gospel and the need for a repentant heart.
The Lord says in His word that He dwells with those who have a contrite heart and a broken spirit.
For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
“I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,
A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise.
Repentance must begin in the House of God and with the people who are called by His name.