Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/31/14

September 1, 2014

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus ChristI will not leave you all alone …   (John 14:18a)

At times this world can be a lonely place. Even in a crowd we can feel so very alone. The twists and turns of life can make us feel abandoned and desolate. Yet there is One who promises that He will never leave us or forsake us. Never. Let us remember that He is always right beside us; He is walking with us though whatever we are facing, whatever the situation.

Though our heart be breaking, though our thoughts cry out, He is there. Lean on Him. He has not left us as orphans, but He has sent us His Holy Spirit to be with us, to counsel us, to guide us, to comfort us. We are not alone; He is with us every day and every hour.

May you take joy in remembering that the Lord is always with you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/24/14

August 25, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risenIn you, Lord my God, I put my trust.   (Psalm 25:1)

Let us remember in whom to put our trust. You need not have lived that long to know that we live in an uncertain world, and we must be careful where we put our trust. We may trust in our job to provide for us yet an unforeseen turn of events can leave us suddenly without. We might trust in someone to be there for us when we need them only to find they are not there when needed most.

We might trust in our good health to sustain us and our strength to keep us strong only to have affliction leave us struggling to hold on. Let us repent of trusting in anyone or anything other than our Lord, for He is the only one that is absolutely, completely trustworthy, the only one who loves us and always wants the best for us.

May the Lord bless you to put your trust wholly in His hands each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/17/14

August 18, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”    (Mark 11:24)

Let us remember we need always to pray. When things are good, we should pray; when things are not good we should pray. When the weight of things and the trials of life are hard upon us we sometimes struggle to pray. Yet our Lord is ever-faithful, and what He asks is that we pray in faith believing that He hears our prayers and that He will answer our prayers.

May the Holy Spirit prompt us to look to the Lord in prayer every day, first with thanksgiving, and then in petition stating exactly what we want or need. He knows what we need before we even ask, but He wants us to ask. Let us remember to pray not in fancy or religious words, but directly from our heart, speaking to Him as beloved children speak to their Father.

May the Lord bless you as you pray this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/10/14

August 11, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

jesus_white“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”    (Phil. 4:13)

Situations arise in our lives which seem to take great strength or great effort in order to do what needs to be done, and we do not always have the strength that is needed. Some tasks seem beyond our ability to handle in the way they need to be done, or sometimes we despair that they are just more than we can do in the time that we have to do them. We see that what lies before us is overwhelming.

Yet whatever the situation we face there is one who is more than able to see us through, for He is never too weary; He is never too weak; He will always provide what is needed to accomplish what needs to be done. If we turn to Christ Jesus for our strength, He will strengthen us; if we ask, He will make it possible to do what we cannot do on our own. Whatever it is that needs doing, He will see to it that you can do it.

May the Lord bless you with His strength as you face each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/03/14

August 4, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ 4“May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”   (Psalm 33:22)

We must face each day with courage and hope in our Lord, for where the world is concerned there can only be uncertainty. Where there is peace today there may be war tomorrow; where we may have had a friend we will find an adversary. Even in our own lives trust is a precious thing and hope is often a wish that is not fulfilled.

Depending on the circumstances, our friends, our colleagues, our jobs, our health, even our families may fail us at times. Only the Lord and the Lord alone will not fail us, for He promises never to fail us or forsake us, and He never does, for His love is unfailing; His mercies are new each morning. We can place our hope in Him and He will be true to His word. Trust in His unfailing love.

May the Lord bless you with the faith of His unfailing love for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/27/14

July 28, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Warfare Prayer“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.”   (Romans 4:7)

If we love God we strive to be righteous and to keep from sin. But none are perfect except God alone. Try as we might we often fail to control every thought, every word, and every action. Yet He who loves us wants to forgive our sins and transgressions.

He is a loving Father and we are but little children to Him. He sent His son that we might have redemption through His sacrifice, through the blood He shed for us for the forgiveness of sin. And in this He has richly blessed us, for if we are faithful to repent of our sins and transgressions, He is faithful to forgive us. Praise the Lord for His everlasting love and mercy to us.

May the Lord bless you this day with the forgiveness that only He can give.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/20/14

July 21, 2014

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Jesus Christ risen“[We] are being transformed into his image…”   (2 Cor. 3:18)

If we belong to Jesus Christ, if He is our Lord and Savior, we are being made new in Christ, a new creation in Christ. We are to become more and more like Him and less and less as we were when we were unredeemed and lost in sin. Our transition to being a child of God is instantaneous, but this transformation into His image is an ongoing process.

Each day we are to die a bit more to ourselves and become a bit more like Him. The closer we stay to Him the better, for it can be difficult to go through this refining process, everyday to die to self and to live for Christ, but it is His Spirit that leads us, and He is full of grace and mercy. Give yourself into His hands, and be transformed. Let Him make you to be like Christ.

May the blessings of Christ abide with you each day as you give yourself to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/13/14

July 14, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Lords prayer -- Tissot“…and His disciples followed Him.”   (Mark 6:1b)

Jesus said a disciple is not above his teacher, but is to follow and be like his teacher. If He is loving, then be loving. If He calls for repentance, then call for repentance. What the teacher taught, the disciple is to teach. What the teacher did, the disciple is to do.

Likewise, as the teacher was treated, so the disciple should expect to be treated. If people rejected the teacher’s message, they will reject the disciple’s too. Teach it anyway. If the teacher was persecuted for standing for the truth, the disciple will be persecuted also. Stand for the truth anyway. To follow Him calls for obedience; to be obedient is to join in His suffering, but it also means to join in His joy. Take joy in Him who has called you to follow Him.

May the Lord bless you as you faithfully follow Him.

 

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/06/14

July 7, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus is Risen“I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.”  (Psalm 61:4b)

When our hearts are overwhelmed by the distresses of this life; when the news is not good and that which is bad is rising on tide of evil, there is only one place wherein we can be safe. We try to protect ourselves and our loved ones as best we can, but life is challenging and ever-changing, and sometimes unexpected as it can catch us unawares.

But God is never caught by surprise by any situation in our life. He is always there; He always knows; He is always waiting for us to turn to Him, to come to Him. Only in Him can we be secure; only He can protect us from the enemy of our soul and his attacks against us. If we stay close to the Lord and trust Him, He will shelter us; He will keep us and watch over us in every situation.

May you rest in the shelter of His wings this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/29/14

June 30, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

The Lord gives freedom…   (Psalm 146:7)

Jesus Christ risenIt is the Lord’s intent that we be free. He sets at liberty the captives and breaks the chains of the prisoners held in bondage. We have one Lord and One God, yet the world continues to try to intrude, to insert itself between our Lord and ourselves. Other things try to take priority in our lives. We may not have idols of wood or stone, but other idols can get between us and our God.

Work or money can try to take first place in our life; family or friends can become our first concern; a sinful behavior or a bad habit can get control of us if we do not make the Lord the most important thing in our life. Let us not be in bondage but seek the Lord’s mercy. There is freedom in the Lord. When He is first in our life everything else falls into line.

May you know the true freedom that comes from Christ our Lord.


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