Last Sunday, we celebrated the day of love, Valentine’s Day. To most people, this day symbolizes the love they share with their spouse or significant other. This year, this day fell on a Sunday, and it dawned on me that Jesus is the ultimate picture of love. What better way to celebrate love this year than to love on Him through worship and praise?
As I was simply enjoying worship and loving on God with my church family, the presence of God was surrounding us. We were all praising, worshiping, dancing, and crying out to our Father God out of love for Him. It was a beautiful atmosphere. I began to see heaven open up above the stage where the praise team was singing. High above them, a very strong and grand angel appeared holding a large, white pitcher. I looked around again at the scene around me as everyone continued to love on God through their worship.
I heard the Lord say the word, “Refresh.” Then the angel began to pour out oil from the large, white pitcher over each person in the place saying, “Refresh.” It was such a beautiful scene and a picture of the Father’s love for His children.
I began to think about what the word “refresh” means literally. In my mind, “to refresh” meant to make fresh again, just like the word “redo” means to do again. I looked up the word in the dictionary, and it means, “to give new strength or energy to; reinvigorate.” I felt like the Lord was reminding me of times in my life where I felt a freshness of his love and power. I also felt like God was saying that He wanted to give us that freshness through His spirit again in a new and more powerful way than we have known before.
I then thought about when we are in Haiti during the hot and humid rainy season. I feel wet and sticky with sweat. Then add the dirt and dust which just sticks to the sweat making me always feel so filthy and gross. And then I remember the amazing feeling of when I get in a cold shower after a day like that. How refreshing, cool, and cleansing that cold shower feels… That’s what God wants to do in our lives. God wants to refresh us with His love and power in our lives that gives us a new strength, a new energy, and reinvigorates us for the lives He has called us to. How amazing is our Father’s love for us!
Although that was a powerful moment, I think the Lord is saying He wants to refresh all of his children with new life and new energy during this next season of life. So today, I pray that God would refresh us to continue to seek Him and reveal His love through power to the lost world around us! Let us feel his freshness again in new ways that we are strengthened and empowered to serve more for His glory!
As Andrea began to share this encounter with me I was thinking of the scripture in Acts 3:19-21 (NIV):
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything…
I believe this is a prophetic picture of what the Lord is wanting to do. There are many churches and streams of ministries that have gotten caught up in attendance numbers and financial numbers, and this has brought forth a competitive spirit that is not from the heart of God. This competitive spirit is causing divisiveness throughout much of the body, but the Lord is wanting to release a time of refreshing rain over His people. He is wanting to bring forth a unity found in His diverse body.
I think one of the first things that we must do is acknowledge that our drive for success and recognition must be repented of. I truly believe this competitive spirit comes from a place of insecurity and a misunderstanding of one’s value in Christ. Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be successful, but we must be careful that our value is not found in our success, and that success is determined by a daily walk in love with the Lord.
I encourage you to allow the Father to speak to your heart today. He is a good Father and wants to remove far from you the stress and striving to bring you into a place of abiding in His finished work. A place of rest awaits. Enter into the good things the Father has for you.