Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/23/16

October 24, 2016

This week’s scripture is from John:

jesus_white“Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”     (John 14:27b)

We are living in troubling times when many things in the world seem uncertain and the choices before us offer little comfort or assurance. And the future may not seem as bright as we once thought or hoped. Perhaps we are also experiencing troubles in our own lives and we can’t see if there is any light ahead. We may feel we are straining against the darkness and struggling to keep our head up. But the Lord is not troubled or uncertain, and He has not left us as orphans; we are not alone, for He has sent His Holy Spirit to be with us, to live in us. He has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of peace, a spirit of power, and a spirit of hope. Therefore, let us set our hearts upon the Lord and praise Him; let us turn from our troubles and trust Him who is faithful; let us trust Him who fights for us, the One who is always victorious.

May the Lord bless your heart with peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/16/16

October 17, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Warfare Prayer“We know that the whole creation has been groaning…” (Rom. 8:22 NRSV)

It is clearly seen in these days that the world, that nations, are locked in a titanic struggle between good and evil. It appears that the sons of light and the sons of darkness are taking their places upon the stage of the world. The children of God are under assault spiritually and physically, and in every other way, as they struggle to not be overcome by the rising tide of evil. Those who belong to evil have become bold in their boasting and blasphemies.

Yet the Lord is not unaware; He sees all that is taking place and He laughs as the nations roar and evil has its day, for His day is coming when none will be able to stand against His mighty hand and His word will cut the enemy down like grass before His righteous blade. Let us take up the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and wield it against the dark forces that oppose us and our Lord. Let us call upon Him and pray; pray in His word; pray in power; pray in the Spirit; pray in His holy name.

May the Lord embolden you to pray, and keep praying.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/09/16

October 10, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”     (1 John 1:7 NKJV)

Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the light of God in our dark world, for He is the pure light that came from God that drives away the darkness and brings light to all those who live. If we know Christ as our Lord and Savior then we have the light that He has given us. Let us let the light of Christ shine within us and shine through us, for the light of Christ within us can destroy all darkness of sin, and the light of Christ shining from us can draw others who need to know Christ and His love and salvation. If we walk in His light then we have fellowship with all those who walk in His light, and how great that light is, for in that light the blood of Christ can cleanse us of all sin and darkness. So let us therefore come into the light of Christ.

May the light of Christ shine upon you and through you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/02/16

October 3, 2016

This week’s scripture comes from Colossians:

jesus_white“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”   (Colossians 3:13)

All who belong to the Lord have been forgiven their sins and trespasses by the Lord, by His sacrifice for us, by His blood, death, and resurrection. Some have been forgiven little and some have been forgiven much, but He forgave all. Let us therefore forgive those who sin or trespass against us, for the Lord commands that we do so as He forgave us our sins and trespasses.

Let no one say they will not forgive for the sin was too great against them, for if the Lord forgave those who killed Him, who whipped Him, abused Him, nailed Him to the cross, and crucified Him, what has anyone done to us that is more than that? He forgave those who killed Him; He forgave us. Let us be like our Lord; let us act like our Lord; let us show His love in our forgiveness as He showed His love. Let us forgive others as the Lord forgave us.

May the Lord bless you to forgive as you’ve been forgiven.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/25/16

September 26, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ 4“I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.”   (Psalm 52:8 ESV)

God has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. In our most difficult times, He is there; whether we can feel Him with us or not, He is there; whether we can hear His voice or not, He is there, for He has said He will always be there, and his love never fades and never fails. The love of God for us knows no season; it does not ebb and flow like the tide; it does not come and go like the wind; it does not wear out or grow weary, for His love is everlasting. The Lord is faithful and His love is true; it knows no bounds and it has no limits, for God is love, and we are who He loves. Trust in His love for you and listen to His heart.

May you know the Lord’s love for you as never before.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/18/16

September 19, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

bible-john-closeup-2“Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.”  (Matt. 24:11)

In these days we have seen those who have left the Word of God to go chasing after the doctrines of men or the doctrines of demons, those who have taken it upon themselves to say and to teach that the Word of God does not say what the Word of God says, who have corrupted the Word to fit the times we live in, to redefine what God says is true and acceptable. Let us not be one of those swayed by the words of men, but let us stand true to His Word and the truth that is eternal. Let us stay centered on Christ our Lord, for He is the author and finisher of our faith; He is the Word made flesh, the Holy One of God.

May the Lord bless you to stay in the truth of His word.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/11/16

September 12, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 2 Samuel:

Jesus Christ“To the faithful you show yourself faithful…”     (2 Samuel 22:26a)

It can be difficult in hard times when all seems to be going wrong to remain faithful to the Lord in prayer and in worship. When our life is in turmoil from some personal strife or illness or misfortune we can become overwhelmed with anxiety and despair, and forget to turn to the One who is always faithful. For some it is difficult in good times to remain faithful to the Lord for the pleasures of the blessings of the Lord can cause some to forget the giver of the gifts and not be grateful and faithful in prayer and in worship. Let us remember the Lord who is faithful to us, who loves us and always wants the best for us. Let us strive to always be faithful to Him from whom all blessings flow and who never will leave us or forsake us.

May the Lord bless you in your faithfulness.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/04/16

September 5, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 2 Chronicles:

Jesus Christ 4“Submit to the Lord …”    (2 Chron. 30:8)

Let us come before the Lord and bow down; let us surrender ourselves to His great love, for if we would belong to Him, if we would become His children and His disciples, we must surrender our lives to Him, and we must surrender everything. Let us submit every area of our life to Him; let us hold nothing back, but give it all to Him who loves us and gave Himself for us. Let us therefore repent of all that keeps us from Him, that keeps us from prayer, that keeps us from His word, that keeps us from His presence: including every distraction, every sin, every way in which we go our own way instead of going His way. Let us submit ourselves completely to His mighty love. Let us die to ourselves that we might live to Christ and His love.

May the Lord bless you to surrender to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/28/16

August 29, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 2 Timothy:

Jesus Christ 3“For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine…”  (2 Tim. 4:3a)

If we but look around at the state of the Church, we can see that this time has come upon us. The great apostasy, the falling away, is here, for there are those who no longer believe the truth of the Word, but have turned away from the Word of God to listen to those who teach falsehood and lead the people astray. The people run here and there seeking to fill their itching ears with what they want to hear, so they may believe what they want to believe.

Let us not follow after them but stand true to the Word of God, and believe what the Word says, trusting that the One who gave the Word is true to His Word. Let us always remember that the Lord does not change and He does not change His Word to suit the fashion of the day, for His Word is eternal because its truth is eternal. So let us stand on the Rock of our faith and be not swayed.

May the Lord bless you with resolve and strength to stand upon His Word.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/21/16

August 22, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 1 Peter:

Prayer bowing low (2)“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand …”  (1 Peter 5:6a)

When we come to the Lord through Christ, we do not belong to ourselves anymore, but we belong to the Lord and He dwells in us; we are His. Yet old habits are stubborn. When we think we can do life without God, when we think we can do it ourselves, or when we don’t think, but just try to do it all on our own as we used to do, we are not listening to our Father.

We make our lives more difficult than they need to be when we don’t remember to humble ourselves before Him. We get impatient or go rushing about, and it doesn’t work out, but when we let God be in control, He will work everything out, in His good time. When we bow before Him and turn everything over to Him, then we can rest in the assurance that He who loves us, who gave His life for us, will work all things out for our good, for He is good and all He does is good.

May you humble yourself before God’s goodness and be blessed.