Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/29/16

May 30, 2016

This week’s scripture is from James:

Jesus Christ 4“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”   (James 4:10)

If we believe in Him whom we would belong to, we cannot allow ourselves to straddle the fence. We must decide who will rule our heart, who will sit in charge of our life. If we rule our heart, then He does not; if we are in charge of our life, then He is not. If He is Lord of our life, then we must humble ourselves beneath His mighty love and submit ourselves to God. We must give our heart to Him and let Him rule over us; we need to get out of the way so He can direct our life, for His way is always the best way and His love for us is unfailing. Let us therefore humble ourselves before His mighty love and give ourselves into His hands; let us trust Him to watch over us and take care of us, for He is our loving God and we are His children.

May the Lord bless you as you humble yourself to His mighty love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/22/16

May 23, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 1 Samuel:

“…there is no Rock like our God.”    (1 Sam. 2:2b)

Montana de Oro Feb 2008 054We often struggle when the storms of life break over us. When hardship or illness or mishaps drive us down it can be hard to stand against the onslaught of troubles and rise above them. We often become battered or even broken by the pounding and fury of the storm, and may despair or lose hope. Yet none of these things are greater than our God, for He is our Rock and our salvation. Let us run to the Rock and find refuge from our troubles and shelter from the storm, for the storms that would batter us and the waves that would drown us break against the Rock, and the winds of adversity cannot move Him. Let us then hide ourselves in the cleft of the Rock where we will be safe and find peace as the storm passes by.

May the Lord bless you to hide yourself in Him and in His love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/15/16

May 16, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Jesus Christ 4For all the promises of God are yes in [Christ]…   (2 Cor. 1:20)

When the world and life are too much with us, when the weight of the world is pressing down upon us and the cares of life are too many, it is good to remember the promises of God. He promises He has plans for us for good, for a future and a hope; He promises that when we are weary and burdened He will give us rest; He promises that those who trust in the Lord will find new strength; He promises He will supply all our needs from His glorious riches given to us in Christ.

His Word  promises that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love; He promises that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead we will be saved; He promises He will never leave us or forsake us. How good are the promises of God. Praise Him and speak them aloud over yourself.

May the Lord bless you to lean upon His promises and trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/08/16

May 9, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus risen“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”  (Isaiah 40:28)

The world can be a weary place for us. Day in and day out our lives seem constantly on the go and sometimes we can hardly keep up. The demands of life keep demanding our attention, and there are days when it just doesn’t seem to make much sense and we wonder where to turn. But not so for the Lord, the creator of the heavens and the earth and all the universe, for He is never weary or tired; He is never confused or wondering what to do next, for He is God Almighty, and it all belongs to Him. We too belong to Him. Let us remember that He is our strength and that everything is in His hands, including us. Let us not lean on our own strength and understanding, but let us lean on His strength and understanding.

May the Lord bless you to lean on Him, the everlasting God.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/01/16

May 2, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_white“The salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord; he is their stronghold in time of trouble. The Lord helps them and delivers them…”    (Psalm 37:39-40a)

God sees things from an eternal perspective and He does not change His laws or ways. When the nation kept sinning and breaking God’s laws, and God’s patience was running out, He would punish His people, Israel, by saddling them with an evil king who had little regard for God and who would pervert the laws and ways of God. If the people did not learn and repent of their sins, then that king would be followed by another one just as bad, and sin and corruption would continue. Yet to those who belonged to Him, God remained true. Though they too had to suffer the hardships brought by evil, those who trusted in Him, God stood beside. Those who had faith, God delivered. Let us have faith in Him to whom we belong.

May the Lord bless you to stand strong in Him in these days.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/24/16

April 25, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Oak acorns B&W“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”   (Hebrews 11.1)

For the Lord said if we but have faith the size of a mustard seed, then nothing would be impossible. Faith is knowing; faith is trusting. Faith is not wishing and being unsure what will happen. If we scatter seed it will grow. We do not hope seeds will grow, we know seeds grow. That is what they do. What is more, we know that if we plant a mustard seed, then a mustard plant will grow. If we plant an acorn a mighty oak will grow. The tree is already in the seed. The Lord already put it there. We must know that we know and forsake doubt; we must know and have faith that what we know is what is true and it will happen as the Lord wills it to happen. Faith is believing in what we know. Faith is knowing without having to see the tree.

May the Lord bless you with an abiding faith in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/17/16

April 18, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risen“Blessed are those who have learned to [praise] you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.”  (Psalm 89:15)

Let us lift our hearts and shout aloud to the Lord and praise His holy name. Let the praises from your lips make a joyful noise unto the Lord and bring you into His presence. May you practice the presence of the Lord and come into the light of His countenance. Draw near to the Lord that He might draw near to you. Enter in to the Lord’s presence with thanksgiving and praise and worship. Let the joy of the presence of the Lord be a blessing to you. Let His face shine upon you and give you peace. May the light of the Lord’s presence be the light in your life and may the blessings of praising the Lord forever bless your life.

May you come into the light of the Lord’s presence as you praise Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/10/16

April 11, 2016

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus Christ -- Heinrich Hofmann“And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life.'”     (John 6:35a)

God gave his people manna in the desert that they might live, but he has given us His Son, Jesus, as Lord and Savior, for Jesus is the bread of life who came down from heaven to bring life to the world that our hearts might not hunger or thirst again but for Him. For in Him is life, and for those that believe, life eternal. It was His body broken for us; it was His blood spilled for us; it was His life given for us that we might have the life that He gives. So let us take of the bread that is Christ Jesus and let us eat of it that we might acknowledge His sacrifice for us, for it is the Father who draws us and the Spirit who gives life.

May the Lord bless you with the life He gave for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/03/16

April 4, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

Jesus risen“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”     (Phil. 1:6)

Thank the Lord for His salvation; thank Him that we can come to Him each day and bow before Him to seek His face and ask forgiveness when we stumble or fall. How frustrating it can be, though we try our best to be righteous, to be shown our shortcomings and spiritual imperfections. Yet the Lord who loves us, the one who began a good work in us, is not finished with us and He will continue His work in us until the day that Christ returns. Let us not then lose heart or turn away, but let us run to Him who knows us better than we know ourselves and still loves us; let us turn to Him who forgives our shortcomings and who is working to perfect us in Christ. Let us praise Him and thank Him; let us worship and bow down.

May the Lord bless you with His mercy and grace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/27/16

March 28, 2016

Happy Easter! This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus is RisenBut the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, [just] as He said.”   (Matthew 28:5-6)

He is risen, He is risen, He is risen! Thank God, thank God, thank God Almighty. Jesus Christ is alive forevermore. He sacrificed Himself that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. He is the bread of life, the Holy One, the Son of God; He sealed the new covenant in His blood that we might have the forgiveness of our sins, that we might have salvation and eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to know His love and the beauty of His grace.

May the beauty of the Lord’s sacrifice bless you each and every day.


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