Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/08/19

December 9, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (God with us).   (Isaiah 7:14)

The Son of God come down to us as a child; O how great are the promises of God. How blessed we are, for the ancients knew the promise, but did not see it come to pass. Yet we live in the time of God’s favor; we have seen His grace and His salvation, for He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to us that we might know Him, and through Him the blessings of His mercy and grace, unto life and life eternal. Glory to God, glory in the highest, for He is with us and we are forever blessed. Praise God Almighty; blessed be His name.

May the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ be yours this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/01/19

December 2, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Prepare the way for the Lord;”

“And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.”    (Isaiah 40:3a;5a)

Come, let us prepare our hearts for this season of joy and celebration in remembrance of the coming of our Lord and Savior. Let us rejoice at the advent of the Promised One, His coming foretold long ago, the glorious prophecy, fulfilled by our loving Father. Let us prepare our hearts by refreshing our hope in Him in whom all grace, all mercy, all faithfulness, all love, and all righteousness rests. Let us fill our hearts with the hope that is in Jesus Christ and His coming, and prepare to share that hope with as many as the Lord allows. Let us prepare to be generous with the love He has given us. Prepare your heart, and rejoice!

May the joy of the Lord and the love of Christ fill your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/24/19

November 25, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

“Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; his love endures forever.” (Jeremiah 33:11)

Let us come before the Lord with thankful hearts and praise Him who loves us with an everlasting love. Thank the Lord who provides for all our needs and gives generously to all who come to Him. Let us bow down before Him and give thanks for the great and many blessings He has poured out upon us, for He provides for our every need and fills us with all that is good. Thank the Lord for sending His son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. Let us praise God for He is good and all He does is good; let us give thanks to Him. Thanks be to God, the Lord Almighty, for all He has done.

May you be blessed as you come before the Lord with thanksgiving.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/17/19

November 18, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

“His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.

I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot”   (Jeremiah 20:9b)

The word of God is true. The word of God is alive. The word of God endures forever. He has planted His word in our hearts. Let the word of God burn in your heart; let the breath of God fan the flames. His word is the word of truth, the sword of the Spirit. Call on the Holy Spirit to ignite your passion for Christ and let the fire burn in your bones. God grant you the grace to release the fire of His word into those He places before you that it may ignite a flame in them that will burn unto eternity. Hallelujah, Lord God Almighty.

May the flame of the word burn brightly within you as you speak it forth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/10/19

November 11, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

“I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.”

“So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!”    (Romans 7:15, 21-25)

O God, we need you. Every day we need you. How impossible it is to be always righteous, to maintain righteous thoughts, to keep a pure heart, to act righteously in all circumstances. How imperfect we are, and how frustrating that is. Unrighteousness and sin plague us. Thank God we have a righteous King who is perfect and who made a perfect sacrifice for us, who forgives us of all unrighteousness and sin, who sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us. We are powerless against sin, but He has overcome, and the blood of Christ Jesus washes us clean. O thank you, Lord. Hallelujah!

May the Lord bless you; may Christ’s blood cover you, and may praise be upon your lips.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/03/19

November 4, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”  (Matt. 4:1-4)

As we wait upon the Lord and anticipate His return, troubles and temptations arise against all who belong to Him, but the Lord is not troubled; He is not tempted. He speaks the truth; He takes up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and He strikes down the attacks of the enemy. Let us too take up the sword of the Spirit and boldly proclaim the Word. Quote the scriptures; speak truth to the lies of the enemy; pray in the Spirit; speak and stand on the word of God. Wield the sword in the power of His might and the enemy must give way before the reign and authority of the Lord Almighty. Thank God that He does not leave us defenseless, but we are armed with truth sharper than any blade. Praise God; bless His holy name.

May the Lord bless you to take up the sword of the Spirit and cut down the enemy with the word of truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/27/19

October 28, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
   (Psalm 18:1-2)

Oh, what a Savior! Our Lord is everything, everything we need or ever will need. When we have no strength, He is our strength. When we cannot stand, He is our rock, our foundation, a fortress against the forces that come against us. When we could not deliver ourselves from sin and death eternal, He came as our deliverer to free us from sin and death, to give us life eternal. What a magnificent God is our God! He shields us in the day of battle; He is our strong salvation; He is our Lord, God Almighty, in whom we trust. Blessed be the name of our Lord God!

May your love for the Lord be your strength as you trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/20/19

October 21, 2019

The week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”    (2 Cor. 13:14)

We know that it is only by God’s unmerited favor and compassion shown to us through His son Jesus Christ that we are forever saved. Because of His ever loving-kindness and mercy, in spite of this fallen world, in spite of ourselves, God gives us grace. He shows us His love through the sacrifice of His one and only son; such love is sacrificial grace. To truly have love for and fellowship with others we must love others above ourselves: we must serve others without expectation of return; we must have the grace to love without being loved in return. Share His grace with those He sends you to, share His love and mercy.

May the Lord give you the gift of being able to be gracious and loving to all around you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/13/19

October 14, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Lamentations:

“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”   (Lam. 3:22-23)

The Lord is merciful. The Lord is faithful. The Lord is compassionate. Regardless of afflictions or troubles that come against us, regardless of the past or what the world has thrown at us, regardless of the evil or unrighteousness that rises against us, we can throw ourselves on the Lord’s mercy for His great love is always there for us. No matter how dark the night has been, no matter how hard the fight, every morning new mercies we see, for the Son of God is risen, for “great is thy faithfulness” of our Lord. The Lord is faithful in what He says, in what He does, and in all His promises. Thank the Lord for His loving-kindness.

May the mercies of the Lord attend your prayers each day and bring blessings upon you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/06/19

October 7, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Exodus:

“The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him…”    
(Exodus 15:2)

In this world we can grow weary; our bodies grow tired; the enemy of our soul wears us down. Yet we must keep standing; we must stand. So where does our strength come from? It comes from the Lord. Yes, the Lord God Almighty, King of Heaven and Earth and all the universe. For we are weak, but He is strong; He is our salvation and our shield. He never grows weary; He never tires; He has defeated Satan. He is our God and we should praise Him; He is our loving Father and we should exalt Him. Sing praises to the Lord, for He inhabits the praises of His people; draw near to Him and He will strengthen you.

May the Lord bless you with His strength this very day as you exalt Him with praise.