Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/01/15

March 2, 2015

This week’s scripture is from John:

jesus_white“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates  you.”  (John 15:19)

Let us remember to whom we belong, for if we belong to Christ then we no longer belong to this world, and it is no longer our home, but we are sojourners passing through this life unto eternal life to be at home with the Lord in heaven.

The world loves those who love the world, but if we belong to Him then we do not belong to the world and the world will hate us as it hates Him, for we are here to do the will of the One to whom we belong, the One who called us out of the world. For He sends us out into the world to spread the Good News, to speak the truth in love, to bring those who believe to Him who loves us. Let us take heart that we might truly follow Him, that we might be friends of Him who chose us to belong to Him.

May the Lord to whom you belong bless you to follow after Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/22/15

February 23, 2015

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus Christ 2“Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”  (John 6:68)

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the living Word and His word is eternal. When the concerns and troubles of life are upon us sometimes they distract us from where we should be seeking our healing and relief. Yet He has given us His word, for He is the word, and His word brings life.

Let us not neglect to spend time in the word, for it is good to be in the word; it is valuable for seeking the answers to our problems and dilemmas; it is full of wisdom, and a light in the darkness. The word is powerful to heal and to bind up, to bear witness and to forgive. The word is truth, and that truth brings life, and that truth leads to eternal life.

May the Lord bless you to be in His word this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/15/15

February 16, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed…”   (Luke 4:18)

Only the Holy One sent by God could claim these words from Isaiah for Himself. Only God’s beloved Son, Jesus Christ, could proclaim this as His ministry on earth, for He is the only one who can heal us from all of our afflictions; He is the only one who can set us free from the captivity of sin and death; He is the only one who can make the blind see, and He is the only one who can free the oppressed from the burdens of this life.

He is the only one anointed of God, a spotless lamb, who could sacrifice Himself, shed His blood, for our salvation. He is the only one who sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for the saints, for only He can heal our brokenness, only He can set us free, for only He loves us everlasting.

May the Lord bless you with the freedom that comes from belonging to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/08/15

February 9, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

Praying Hands2“Therefore, my dear friends … continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”   (Phil. 2:12-13)

Our salvation is not a once-and-done. Certainly, we came to salvation when we repented of our sins and surrendered to Christ and His lordship, for we became justified before God and heirs of His Kingdom. But salvation is a continuous coming before the Lord; it is a labor of love as was God’s sacrifice of His son Jesus for us.

Salvation is not of works, but it is to remain surrendered to the Lord that He might work His will through us to fulfill His purposes in us and through us to others; it is to be in love and to stay in love with the Lord, to seek His face, to enter into His presence, to lay ourselves before Him, as His very own.

May the Lord bless you each day in working out your salvation.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/01/15

February 2, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Jesus Christ 3“And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true”    (1 John 5:20a)

Jesus came that we might know Him and the beauty of His grace. Certainly He came that we might receive salvation and be reconciled to God, but He wants us to know Him, as we are known by Him. The Lord wants us not only to believe, He wants us to become disciples.

He knows us and He wants us to know Him as brother and friend, as well as Lord and Savior. To know Him, to be disciples, we must spend time with Him. He has given us His holy word; He has taught us how to pray; He has sent the Holy Spirit to give us understanding. Let us resolve to know Him who is true, who came for us, and who died for us.

May the Lord bless you with a heart that hungers for Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/25/15

January 26, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus is Risen“But it is good for me to draw near to God…”   (Psalm 73:28a)

We may live in the world, but the world does not love us. The One who created us is the One who loves us, for God is good and His love is pure. If we belong to God and not to the world, He is for us and not against us, for the Lord is jealous for the spirit He has given us, for it belongs to Him.

So let us turn to the One who loves us; let us humble ourselves before our God; let us cleanse our hearts and draw near to God and let Him draw near to us, for He is our strength; He is our loving Father. Let us come into His presence for it is good for us to be close to Him, to bow down, pray, sit quietly, and listen to His heart.

May the Lord bless you this day to draw near to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/18/15

January 19, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_white“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”  (Psalm 29:11)

When the storms of life come upon us, our world can turn upside down with trouble; the turmoil can rob us of our peace and send fear into our hearts, but if we set our mind upon Him who gave Himself for us, His peace will rest upon us, for Jesus speaks to storms and rebukes them with, “Be still,” and they obey Him.

For our Lord is the Prince of Peace and in His peace is strength to weather any storm, in His peace is strength to calm any roiling sea, in His peace is strength to make it to the far shore, to find safe haven. This world may be full of trouble, but in Him peace abounds, in Him we are strong and at peace.

May the Lord bless you with His strength and His peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/11/15

January 12, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Warfare Prayer“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart” (Matt. 15:18a)

God is not concerned with the status or the learning or the wealth or the appearance of men and women for He looks only at the heart. He looks for those who are pure of heart for they are the people He wants and they are the people He can use to build His kingdom. He looks for the repentant. Let us strive to keep our hearts pure, for an impure heart will be betrayed by what our mouth speaks. When words are let fly they cannot be called back.

If there is wickedness or envy or unforgiveness in our heart, our mouth will speak badly of others and we will slander them. Our tongue can be an untamed fire, a viper, a weapon when turned against another, and this defiles us, for the Lord will not find us blameless if we speak ill of others. Let us get control of our tongue by purifying our hearts. Let us be repentant before the Lord and forgive those who may have themselves slandered us. Let us cleanse our hearts and speak in love.

May the Lord bless you to have a clean heart and to speak in love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/04/15

January 5, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Let the old year pass away and let the new year come. As the new year begins it is an excellent time for renewal and refreshing with the Lord. The heart may be deceitful above all things, but our soul always wants to be right with the Lord. It yearns to be near Him and to be in His presence.

Let us prepare our hearts and minds; may the grace of repentance and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ cleanse us of all iniquity and rebellion. May the Lord extend His mercy to us and may He renew a right spirit within us that we might draw near to Him and dwell in His presence. Let us bow down and give ourselves to Him anew.

May the Lord bless you as you bow yourself before Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/28/14

December 29, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

Jesus Christ risen“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”   (Rev. 22:12-13)

Our Lord Jesus is ever faithful and true. Let us likewise be faithful, for His promises are yea and amen. He is sovereign over all the earth, over all that is and all that will be. Despite the rising darkness let us remember that He is soon to return; that He will finish what He started, for He was Lord before the foundation of the world was laid, and He reigns forever and ever. Be faithful as He is faithful. Praise Him, ever praise Him, and keep praying. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

May the sovereign Lord reign forever in your life and bless you in His keeping.



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