Archive for January, 2010

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/15/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from 1 Thessalonians:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”    (1 Thess. 5:16-18)

What blessings the Lord has poured out upon us. May we be ever mindful to thank the Lord with rejoicing and prayers for His surpassing love towards us as seen in our Lord Jesus Christ. May we give thanks in every circumstance, for we belong to Him and He is ever with us, through every trial as well as every blessing. May we learn to ever live in His presence and give thanks.

The Lord bless you and keep you as you come to Him with a thankful and joyous heart.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/08/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from 1 Corinthians:

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”

“For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”          (1 Corinthians 2:12,16)

Let us rejoice and be glad that God has given us His spirit, and now we have the mind of Christ Jesus. Let us be thankful for what has been freely given through the Holy Spirit, for the gifts of the Spirit are a great blessing to us. By the Holy Spirit we are set apart from the spirit of the world, yet it is by the Spirit we are used to bring blessings into the world, the greatest being the revelation of Jesus Christ. Thank God for His great gift.

May the Lord bless you with the gifts of His Holy Spirit and the mind of Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/01/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Ezekiel:

“The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him.”

“For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!”   (Ezekiel 18:20b, 32)

It is good to remember in these days that the Lord is just. Though wickedness increases, even in high places, the Lord does not hold against the righteous the acts of the unrighteous, but He credits each by what they have done. Though the nation fall into unrighteousness, we must remain righteous and teach others to do likewise and not to turn to the ways of the world, but to repent and live unto the Lord, for He alone is just and true; He alone is our salvation. Praise be to God.

I pray the Lord bless you with His righteousness and give you strength for the days ahead.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/25/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
      And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
      When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
      Nor shall the flame scorch you”          
(Isaiah 43:2).

Let us remember that He who redeemed us is faithful and though all manner of troubles come against us, He is ever with us. Though waters block us or the waters rise about us, they shall not overcome us; though we encounter the fires of afflictions, the Lord is our salvation and He will not let us be destroyed by flames of adversity, but we will come forth as silver refined in the furnace, pure and set apart.

May the Lord bless you this week with His presence and with His peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/18/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”      (Eph. 2:10)

Let us be mindful to keep our eyes on Jesus, for whom we were created and to whom we belong. Let us remember that in spite of life’s storms and the assaults of the enemy, we are here to do good works and to spread the good news, by His grace, works He prepared for us before the foundation of the world. For we are indeed God’s workmanship and His willing servants. Let us rejoice in that and be thankful as we go about the work He has set us to do.

May the Lord bless you and the work of your hands for His purposes and His pleasure.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/11/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort;

Who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”     (2 Cor. 1:3-4)

When troubles come, may we remember to bless and praise the Lord God Almighty, for He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Father of all mercies and compassion, the God of all comfort. It is He who comforts us in our affliction with His merciful kindness and steadfast love, and with the comfort He gives us we are to comfort others in their affliction as He comforted us.

May the Lord comfort you with His tender mercies, and may you comfort others as He comforted you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/04/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
       my hope comes from him.

 He alone is my rock and my salvation…”    (Psalm 62:5-6a).

May the Lord keep us ever mindful of where our hope comes from, for in Him alone can we find rest for our weary souls. In God, and in God alone, can we hope; He is our rock: unmovable, unshakable; He is our salvation, and there is no other, for no other loves us as He does. He sent His Son that we might find rest in Him when we are weary and burdened, for this is His promise, today, tomorrow, and always. Look to Him and He will give you rest.

May the Lord bless you with the hope that comes from Him, and find rest for your soul.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/27/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“The LORD is faithful to all his promises
       and loving toward all he has made.

  The LORD upholds all those who fall
       and lifts up all who are bowed down”    
(Psalm 145:13b-14).

Thank God that He is loving and faithful. Do not let go of God’s promises. Believe the promises of His Word, for they are yea and amen in Christ. Believe if He has promised you healing, believe if He has promised salvation for one you’ve been praying for, believe if He has said He still has a work for you to do, believe God’s promise, believe His Word, for it never fails. He lifts up those who have been bowed down, for He is the Faithful One. Remember today to thank God and praise Him for His faithfulness.

I pray that this day, and each day, you will praise the Lord for His love and faithfulness towards you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/20/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
         In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths”    
(Prov. 3:5-6).

When difficult days come, and trying circumstances are upon us, our own understand is often not enough. Our strength and our wisdom fail, but we know that we can trust in the Lord with all our heart, for He does understand and His strength never fails. If we acknowledge Him and give ourselves into His arms He will be the lifter of our head, and He will direct our paths and show us the way we should go.

May you trust the Lord with all of your heart in all circumstances.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/13/09

January 4, 2010

This week’s scripture is from the Psalms:

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD forever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.

For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.”   (Psalm 89:1-2)

Let us be ever mindful of the great mercy of the Lord and His exceeding faithfulness. His mercies are new every day and His faithfulness is perfect, beyond measure. Let us remember to proclaim the Lord’s mercies and faithfulness to all who will listen, to every generation, to the very heavens, in praise and adoration. Thank you, Lord.

May the Lord bless you in your time of need and always.