Beloved, it is absolutely humbling to be part of an Oasis that experiences the presence of the Lord on a continual basis. Throughout our various campuses, general gatherings, phone lines, night vigils, retreats and so on and so forth, we experience the staggering reality of the Lord’s presence. These experiences have caused me to pause for a moment and ponder about what makes our church an Oasis to us and the various communities that we find ourselves located in. I realize that the answer is not too far fetched when we look at the defining scripture or “rhema” (Acts 3:19b) upon which this august ministry is built.
We are absolutely privileged by grace to be an Oasis, where times of refreshing always come from the Lord’s presence. One cannot help but recognize that as a church we are defined strongly by one word and that is REFRESHING. Many a time, we may choose to be “A jack of all trades and a master of none” but the fact of the matter is this singular word defines who we really are. It is a calling of God upon us that we cannot escape. A calling that we must endeavor to be and deliver at all costs and at all times. Over the next few days and weeks therefore, we will keep our focus on “Times of Refreshing” which as already mentioned, is our true calling and primary assignment in this generation.
The context in which these words of scripture (Acts 3:19b) were uttered by Peter is known to most of us. It was preceded by the healing of a lame man at the gate called “Beautiful.” This remarkable miracle gave the Apostle audience among the people. Prior to this incident, the biggest refreshing ever to be recorded in biblical history had occurred in the form of “A sound from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind” on the day of Pentecost. I am inclined to believe that Peter was referring to this event as well as other subsequent events that would occur later on in the Acts of the Apostles and even beyond.
The phrase “Times of Refreshing” is pivotal, for the word ‘time’ translated from the Greek word ‘Kairos’ denotes periods and due seasons of refreshing. Seasons of refreshing are always coming from the Lord’s presence but the climate ought to be conducive for the season to flourish, be sustained and have a long lasting impact. As an Oasis, it is incumbent upon us to create the climate necessary for periodic seasons of God’s refreshing to flourish. We must endeavor to be one of the few or many places where God’s waves of refreshing always feel at home.
It is my prayer that we will learn from the Laodicean Church that had semblances of sophistication but lacked the oil of His presence. To the Church of Laodicea Jesus said, ” Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” Rev 3:20. How can the Christ of Christianity stand at the door of his own Church knocking? Furthermore, the Laodicean Church was described as being lukewarm. This is antithetical to a refreshing; hence Jesus said He would spew them in that state out of His mouth. As the Oasis therefore, may it be our pledge that we will not be slothful in business but fervent in Spirit serving the Lord. May God and his waves of refreshing forever be at home among us and may we dutifully host the Glory of his presence at all times.
Memory verse: “…So that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” – Acts 3:19b (NKJV)
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