Archive for August, 2011

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/28/11

August 29, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Exodus:

“The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’”    (Exodus 33:14)

These days it seems there is always much work to do, but sometimes the tasks before us seem too big for us, the weight of them too much for us to bear, the needs are so great and there are so many. We shoulder our burdens like baggage and struggle to keep going, but we who belong to the Lord are not meant to do so; we are meant to be servants.

It is not the Lord’s intent that we bear the weight, for He tells us that His burden is light. If we will faithful follow Him and the path that He has for us and turn our burdens over to Him, He will not only bear them for us, but He promises to give us rest. God is so good. Let us lay down our burdens and surrender them to our Lord that we might have rest in Him.

May the Lord grant you rest as you turn your burdens over to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/21/11

August 22, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Praise the LORD!
         
         Praise, O servants of the LORD,
         Praise the name of the LORD!
Blessed be the name of the LORD
         From this time forth and forevermore!
From the rising of the sun to its going down
         The LORD’s name is to be praised.”
    (Psalm 113:1-3)
         

Praise the Lord!  How blessed we are to able to praise the Lord, for only those who know Him can sing His praises and bless His name. Praise the Lord!  How blessed we are to be servants of the Lord Most High, for only those who are called by His name are called to serve Him. Praise the Lord!  How blessed we are for we are His and He is ours for now and forever. Praise Him, Praise Him, Praise His Holy Name. Let us never stop praising the Lord.

May the Lord bless you as you praise Him, praise Him, praise Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/14/11

August 15, 2011

This week’s scriptures are from John and Ephesians:

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”      (John 17:3)

” … that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”     (Ephesians 1:17)

To know Him, the one true God, and His son Jesus Christ is the most important thing anyone can know. For Jesus said that we must know Him, for not all who call Him “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven just because they prophesied in His name or in His name drove out demons or even performed miracles–if they did not know Him and do the Father’s will. He will say, “I never knew you. Away from me…” We need to know Him and the only way we can get to know Him is to spend time with Him, to hear His voice and His heart. Yes, we have obligations and service to perform, but what does it mean if we don’t know Him as He wants to be known? How can He call you friend if you don’t really know Him?

May the Lord bless you with a heart and a spirit to know Him and know Him better each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/07/11

August 8, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“For He shall give His angels charge over you,
         To keep you in all your ways.”   
  (Psalm 91:11)

We are never alone when we belong to Christ, for the Lord loves us with an everlasting love. He watches over us; He sends His angels to guide us, to care for us, to protect us, to fight for us, even to heal us. All about us their unseen presence is keeping vigilance; when we pray, when we call upon His name, at His command His angels take flight to do His bidding. He does not leave us alone; He does not leave His children unguarded. He sends angels to minister to the broken-hearted, to lift up the downfallen, to strengthen the weary, to comfort the afflicted, to deliver from danger, to give a message of hope. He cares for you.

May the blessings of the Lord be yours, and may His angels watch over you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/31/11

August 1, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Ezekiel:

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”   (Ezekiel 36:26)

Perhaps our hearts are not of stone, but are there stones in your heart? Are there hard places where God’s love cannot flow?  Surrender your whole heart to the Lord. Let there be no hardness in our hearts: no unforgiveness, no anger, no prejudice, no unbelief, no unrighteousness. Let us search our hearts and lay them before God that we might be obedient, repentant, righteous children and servants open fully to God’s heart. Let the love of God for the lost and the wanderer, for the misled or backslidden, for those hard to love, soften our hearts toward them, for only by His heart are they won, only by His love.

May the Lord bless you as you open your heart to Him.