ACTS 3:19 - Berean Lamp Memory Verse - (Jan 1-8)
The Berean Lamp Memory Verse for this week is:
“Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
As we begin the new year of 2020 today, many people around the world have commented on how difficult 2019 was, and they hope 2020 is a better year in which they can catch their breaths and recover. Many in our own Body suffered from diverse ailments and trials this past year - 2019 is a year that was hard on us all. It reminded me of the Scriptures speaking of the need for "refreshment" from labors and trials - refreshment that comes from God and from our fellow Brothers and Sisters. God understands our needs and He knows we need refreshment as He Himself took refreshment after His labor of creation.
As we begin this new year together, let's seek to refresh one another. And may we all pray that times of refreshing would come to us from the presence of the Lord, "and that He may send Jesus, the Christ appointed for you" (Acts 3:20). Yes, come, Lord Jesus! Even so, Amen.
Other verses to consider:
“Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves” (Exodus 23:12).
“It is a sign between Me and the sons of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, but on the seventh day He ceased from labor, and was refreshed” (Exodus 31:17).
“So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him” (1 Samuel 16:23).
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your body And refreshment to your bones” (Proverbs 3:5-8).
“That I may be rescued from those who are disobedient in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may prove acceptable to the saints; so that I may come to you in joy by the will of God and find refreshing rest in your company” (Romans 15:31-32).
“I rejoice over the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have supplied what was lacking on your part. 18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men” (1 Corinthians 16:17-18).
“For this reason we have been comforted. And besides our comfort, we rejoiced even much more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all” (2 Corinthians 7:13).
“The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains” (2 Timothy 1:16).
“For I have come to have much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother” (Philemon 1:7).