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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/14/16

August 15, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:

Open Bible 2008 rev“A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel…”    (Proverbs 1:5 NASB)

Life can be very challenging and we are often tested with many trials. We don’t always know what to do in every situation, but God always knows. When situations arise, let us first go to our Lord in thanksgiving and prayer. Let us come into His presence and then patiently await His counsel. Let us also look into the Word of God and search it that we might learn to see His wisdom and His grace in every page. Let us with diligence study the truth of His word to know as He would have us know that we might do as He would have us do. And finally let us not forsake the counsel of those wise in God’s ways and wisdom.

May the Lord bless you to know Him and seek His counsel.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/07/16

August 8, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risen“Lord Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.”  (Psalm 84:12)

Our Lord, our God, King of heaven and earth and all the universe, is the mighty one, all powerful and all knowing, full of compassion and mercy, faithful and true. He is the living God, full of power and glory. His word is truth and His breath is life. Whatever He speaks comes to pass; He stretches out His hand and it is done, for there is none like Him. His is the power to create; His is the power to bring life; His is the power to make right; His is the power to save. Blessed are we when we depend on Him. Blessed are we when we depend not on our own understanding or our own devices but trust in Him, for His love for us is the greatest of all blessings. Let us humble ourselves beneath His mighty hand and praise His holy name.

May you always for everything put your trust in the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/31/16

August 1, 2016

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

jesus_white“Occupy till I come.”    (Luke 19:13 KJV)

Many are eagerly awaiting the Lord’s return. As our world becomes awash by tides of evil and perversion, and our lives become an ever-increasing struggle against the encroaching darkness it can be difficult not to fall into despair. Even those who are adept at prayer and spiritual warfare, who faithfully storm the gates of heaven with their prayers, are feeling the weight and oppression of the deepening darkness.

In the increasingly fierce spiritual warfare, some have been wounded and some discouraged; yet the Lord calls to his own; He calls his faithful, “Occupy till I come.” Let us therefore rise up, put on the armor of God, and march into the battle. Let us continue to preach the good news, baptize new believers, make disciples, and teach them His word. Let us continue to help and pray for the sick and the less fortunate, the oppressed and the lost. Let us continue to work and to be like Christ in this world until He returns.

May the Lord bless you with His protection and His strength as you trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/24/16

July 25, 2016

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” (2 Cor. 13:11)

In these days of uncertainty and strife, we can at times feel troubled and quite alone, but if we are in Christ Jesus, if we are a child of God and we belong to Him, then we are not alone, for in Christ we have a world of brothers and sisters as well as our heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit, for we know that He will never, never leave us or forsake us. Let us therefore be comforted and remember to encourage ourselves and our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us remember each day to love one another and to pray for each other. Let us not neglect to call upon the Lord everyday for all our brothers and sisters in Christ.

May the Lord encourage you each day to pray and keep praying.