Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/17/17

September 18, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“The Lord will deliver us.”  (Isaiah 36:18)

Let us call upon the Lord, the Mighty One, for He is mighty to deliver. He has delivered us from sin and death. Let us worship Him and praise His holy name. He delivers us from the evil one and sets our feet upon solid ground. When the giants rise up in our lives He is mighty to deliver us. He makes a way where there is no way; let us rejoice and be glad. Let us stand strong in our faith in our deliverer, for He is the faithful one. He is never defeated and He always accomplishes what He says He will do and keeps all His promises. He will never abandon us or forsake us. He is our Lord and our deliverer. Let us praise Him.

May you trust in the Lord to deliver you.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/03/17

September 4, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

The Lord Almighty is with us…    (Psalm 46:7a)

The Lord is with us. The world may tremble and shake, our lives may be turned upside down, but He who saved us from sin and death is ever with us for we are His children and He cares for us. In every situation where we might find ourselves, He is already there. There is nothing that can happen nor anything that can ever befall us where the Lord is not there to be with us. He is ever interceding for the saints, for those who belong to Him, and the Lord Almighty hears His voice. His love covers us; His strength upholds us; He helps us in time of trouble. He calls upon us be still and know that He is the Lord God Almighty.

May the Lord bless you with His presence,

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/27/17

August 29, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance.” (Luke 3:8 KJV)

We know that God does not look at appearances, but He looks at the heart. He knows if a heart has turned towards Him. The evidence of a heart that has been brought to repentance is a heart that is changed. It is seen in a life that is changed. It is not a perfect life for none is perfect except the Lord, but it is a life that has turned from sin and is seeking God and His righteousness. It is a life that strives to be obedient to God and to follow His ways. It is a life transformed where the old life has passed away and new life has come. Our thinking has changed; the way we act has changed; the way we speak has changed. A repentant heart is not a heart of stone, but a heart of love, a heart turned to the Lord.

May the Lord bless you with a repentant heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/20/17

August 22, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“He must increase, but I must decrease”  (John 3:30).

As Christians, as children of the Most High God, our desire, our calling, is to become more like Christ, for it is He who justified us by His grace, and by His grace, and only by His grace, can we become more like Him. Let us fight to put the old man, the old nature, to death that we might die to ourselves that Christ might live in us. Let us strive to grow in Christ, to emulate Christ and to be Christ-like in all we do and say. Let us too say that we must become less that He can become more, and may God grant us the grace to become less that He may become more in our life. Less of me and more of thee, O God. Let it be so.

May the Lord bless you to be more like Him each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/13/17

August 15, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“If the world hates you, know that it hated me first.” (John 15:18 CEV)

If we belong to Christ, we should not be surprised that the world hates us. If we belonged to the world then the world would love us, but if we love Christ, the world will not love us for it did not love him. If He was persecuted, we too can expect to be persecuted. To be a follower of Christ is now derided, for if we oppose the world’s values and the world’s view, the world will not love us and it will fight against us for it hates what Christ is and what He taught; what He represents the world hates. For the world loves sin and rebellion; it loves what Christ does not love. It does not want to repent; it does not want to do the things that God says or believe the things that the Lord says to believe. But if we are His children, we must; we must believe; we must do; we must teach His word; we must insist that His way is the right way. We must.

May the Lord bless you to be in the world but not of the world.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/06/17

August 7, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.   (1 John 5:14)

The Lord will answer our prayers, for He is faithful to His word. However, sometimes we pray and we don’t get our prayer answered or it is not answered like we want it to be answered. This is not because the Lord didn’t hear us or because He answered wrongly. The Lord answers prayers that are according to His will. If we pray a prayer that doesn’t line up with His word or is not aligned with His will for us, then we will not get the answer we might want. The Lord always knows what’s best for us, and He will not give us what is not best for us. Pray according to His word and His will, and you will receive His best for you.

May the Lord bless you to pray in His will for your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/30/17

July 31, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Ezekiel:

He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezekiel 37:3)

At times our spiritual life can become bone dry. For some reason we feel like we’re not connected to the Lord as we were before. We may sometimes seem to have lost our motivation to pray, to read the word, to go to church, to seek the Lord. God may seem distant or just not there. A spiritual dryness comes over us and we become dry and withered in our spirit. We may know that we need to get back into the living water that flows from beneath the throne of grace, but not how to get there. Let us begin with calling upon the Lord in repentance and in thanksgiving. Call upon the name of the Lord and recall all He has done for you in the past. Repent of any wrongs and give Him thanks for all He has done. Praise His name, sing to Him a song, pray and read His word aloud. Let His words water your soul and refresh your spiritual life.

May the Lord of glory give you grace this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/23/17

July 24, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.   (Matt. 4:23)

Good things happen when Jesus is present in our lives. If we read and follow His word we learn what He wants us to learn and we can then teach others. Knowing His word we can spread the good news of the kingdom of God to all around us and to the ends of the Earth. And it is Jesus who changes us from who we were before we knew Him to who we are supposed to be. He heals us in all the ways we need to be healed. It is miraculous that He heals us spiritually, mentally, and physically. When we come into the Lord’s presence with praise and thanksgiving we make ourselves available for the power of the Holy Spirit to come over us to heal us and make us whole, and to make us more and more like Christ. Let us come before the Lord with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving; let us come into His presence and be healed.

May the Lord bless you with His presence.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/16/17

July 18, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 2 Timothy:

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  (2 Tim. 2:1 ESV)

We know that God loves us, that He is for us and not against us. We are grateful for those times when He intercedes for us like when we are healed or made well, or when a difficult or seemingly impossible situation is resolved or made right, sometimes in ways that only God can do. But this is not always so. God takes the eternal view on things.

Sometimes He does not change the difficult situation in a wonderful way; sometimes He allows us to go through the fire; sometimes we or our loved one does not get well or fully recover. Sometimes God is more interested in strengthening our faith than in our current situation, for He wants us to turn to Him, to rely on Him, to find our strength in His strength, to know the depth of His grace, to bind ourselves to Christ and Christ alone, for He has said that His grace is sufficient. May it be so with us.

May the Lord bless you with His grace in your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/09/17

July 13, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Malachi:

“For I am the Lord, I change not.”  (Malachi 3:6a)

How can we be sure in a world that is ever-changing? It seems everything around us keeps changing. What is here today may not be here tomorrow. People come into our lives and people go. What we have today we may not have tomorrow. The news says this, the news says that. Yesterday it said this was true, but today it is not. Nations clash and the world is tilted on its axis. Yet there is one who does not change; He is not tossed about by the waves of time and trial. Nothing surprises Him or throws Him off-balance, ever, for the Lord is steadfast and true; He is righteous and always perfect. His timing is perfect; His word is perfect; His love is perfect. He changes not. Let us lay hold of Him who is unwavering and unchanging.

May the Lord be your rock and your righteous blessing.