Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/11/15

October 12, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Warfare Prayer“Lord, I am not worthy …”    (Matthew 8:8)

God is a holy God, and when we think upon the sins and transgressions He has forgiven us, we can feel so unworthy of Him and His love. The truth is we are unworthy of Him and His love, but we should rejoice for Christ is worthy and through His blood, death, and resurrection we receive His righteousness and we are made worthy in Christ.

We need never use our unworthiness to belittle ourselves before the Lord or believe He cannot love us, for He sees us through the blood of His son Jesus Christ and through Him we are redeemed and seen as worthy, worthy to be children of the Most High, worthy to partake in His sacrifice for us, worthy to be His possession, worthy to be loved by Him who loves us. God loves us.

May the love of God for you be a blessing to you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/04/15

October 5, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

Jesus Christ…keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus  (Hebrews 12:2a)

So many things in our life demand our attention. The concerns of the day can easily carry us away from where we should be and what we should be focusing on. Work situations, family issues, worry, financial troubles, illness, relationship problems, even the state of the world can overwhelm our attention and rob us of our peace.

So let us remember to not focus on ourselves, but to look to the One who loves us, for the Lord wants to be the focus of our life. He wants to be and should be the center of our life, for He cares for us, and if we will look to Him first, if we will focus on Him instead, then the other things in our life will fall into proper perspective and we will see Him working all things out for the good of those who love Him.

May the Lord bless you as you keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/27/15

September 28, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

Jesus B&W“And they overcame [the accuser; the devil] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” (Rev. 12:11)

Even if we belong to the Lord, we often come under oppression from evil in the form of an affliction or temptation or illness. In these times we do not experience the full blessings the Lord has for us. Yet the Word of God tells us how to overcome the evil that can infiltrate our life. First be submitted to the Lord who gave Himself for us; be submitted under the shed blood of Christ, and be thankful for all He has done and continues to do in your life.

Then declare aloud the promises of God: I am a child of God, the Most High; I am a joint heir with Jesus in the kingdom of God; under the blood of Jesus, I am forgiven and set free from sin and all the plans of the evil one; I am a new creation in Jesus Christ, cleansed in His blood and righteousness; I am sanctified to be a blessing to others. Speak out your testimony of salvation and declare your authority under the blood of Christ. Command in Jesus’ name that evil depart and it will flee.

May the Lord embolden you to declare His promises and to overcome in His name.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/20/15

September 21, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus Christ 4“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

God is love, and God’s love for us is the greatest power, the greatest good, the greatest gift that exists in heaven or on the earth. It is stronger than life or death; it is greater than anything in the spiritual realm, good or evil; it is beyond time and eternity. No other powers above the earth or below the earth or beyond the earth can match it, and nothing in all creation, not the highest mountains or the lowest valleys, not even the furthest reaches of the universe can separate God’s love from us. God’s love is pure, complete, righteous, and holy; God’s love is inescapable. God so loves us that He sent His only son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the love that He has for us, and that we might then give that love to others.

May the blessings of God’s love be yours each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/13/15

September 14, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

jesus_white“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”    (Matt. 24:12-13)

Trouble is loose in the world and evil is rising like a tide. Wickedness and perversion seem to be taking hold as in the days of Noah. What the scriptures say must not be done is celebrated and condoned even by those who should be upholding the Word, and corruption has crept into the public trust. The truth has become a casualty in the courts and in the government. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are facing persecution for their beliefs and the ungodly are emboldened to vilify them and curse God.

In the world we are seeing war and preparations for war, and God’s people threatened and killed for their faith. What is evil is called good, and what is good is called evil. It makes the heart sick and the head reel to see it happen. Yet the Lord himself calls us; He admonishes us to stand firm in Christ and not to bow to evil, for the one who calls us is faithful and true, and His word is the Word of Truth which stands forever and ever.

May the Lord strengthen you in these days to stand firm for the truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/06/15

September 7, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Jesus Christ 4“God is love.” (1 John 4:16b)

When the great Bible scholar was asked what was the most profound truth he had learned from all of his many years of reading and studying the scriptures, he paused for a long moment, then said, “Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so.” What an amazing and singular truth. John says love is not that we loved God, but God loved us and He sent His one and only son Jesus to show us the extent of His love, and to show us how to love as God loves, to love God and to love others as ourselves, to love our brothers and sisters that we might be known by our love and that our love might bring others to Christ.

May the Lord fill you with His love and may that love overflow on others.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/30/15

August 31, 2015

This week’s scripture is from John:

Jesus Christ“For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.”  (John 12:47b)

The Word of God tells us that Jesus did not come to condemn us but to save us, for it is the Law that brings condemnation for it shows us where we fall short of the righteousness of God. In this fallen world and in our fallen state we cannot but fall short, and we certainly cannot save ourselves for our righteousness is not righteous before the Almighty Holy God. Though all are guilty and deserving of judgment, Jesus did not come to judge; He came to save us from condemnation, to save us from all unrighteousness and sin. He sacrificed Himself that we might obtain His righteousness and be forgiven. Praise God for sending His son Jesus that we might know salvation and the mercy of His grace and love.

May the Lord bless you to know the depth of His love for you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/23/15

August 24, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

Jesus Christ 4“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering … and by his wounds we are healed.”  (Isaiah 53:4,5)

We know the Lord heals, for when we get sick or injured, we generally get well, and at times the Lord does miraculous healings when illness or injuries that should be fatal or terminal are dramatically turned back and the person afflicted lives or is restored to health. Yet it is not just our physical bodies that the Lord heals, for the Lord is concerned with more than our physical well-being. The Lord also heals our soul. He heals the brokenhearted; He heals us emotionally and mentally from wounds and trauma that life has inflicted upon us. He heals our suffering. If we will bring our brokenness before Him, the Lord is faithful to heal us in the way we most need to be healed, for all are broken and all need His healing touch.

May the Lord bless you with healing, body and soul.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/16/15

August 17, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risenBlessed is the one who trusts in the Lord… (Psalm 40:4a)

The world is full of trust. Some trust in their wealth to save and sustain them; some trust in their good health and strength to carry them through; some trust in might and force to save and protect them, and some trust in government to watch over them and take care of them. Others trust in their good works to save them or their knowledge and intellect.

Yet there is only one in whom we should trust, for He has a wealth of love for us and His strength is greater than any other. He governs with mercy and grace; He sent His son to save us and not by works, and His wisdom is beyond all we can know or imagine, for He is the Lord God Almighty, King of Heaven and Earth and all the Universe. In Him only should we trust.

May the Lord bless you greatly as you trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/09/15

August 10, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Praising God“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…”  (Matt. 6:33)

How easy it is to become preoccupied by the demands of the day. There are so many things we need to do and so many things that need our attention. From the time we rise until we go to bed at night, our lives are so busy and so full of work and family and friends and life. We go, go, go.

Too often we neglect our time with the Lord who is the one that should be our priority every day. We get so busy in the morning, and by night time we are too tired to remember to pray. Yet our Heavenly Father who loves us should be the first one in the morning and the last one at night to receive our prayers and thanks. Let us be mindful to seek the Lord each morning and evening, to pray and worship and praise Him who watches over us.

May the Lord bless you to seek Him and His righteousness.


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