Archive for November, 2011

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/27/11

November 28, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Job:

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.
Accept instruction from his mouth and lay up his words in your heart.”
   (Job 22:21-22)

If we would have peace, then we must trust God, for how can we be at peace when life comes hard against us, when our hearts are breaking within us, when our world is split by strife and grief, when troubles and hardship mark our days? Without God, peace eludes us. Our soul cries out against the turmoil in the world and that in ourselves, but to no avail. Only the Prince of Peace can quiet our troubled hearts and calm our souls; only by surrendering ourselves to Him can we have that peace that we seek. For it is by the Lord and the Lord alone that we can know peace, live in peace, and be at peace with God, and ourselves.

May the Lord grant you peace of heart and peace of mind through Jesus Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving !

November 24, 2011

 

Praise God for His blessings and for His faithfulness. Give thanks in all circumstances.

 “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty …”   (Revelation 11:17a)

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/20/11

November 21, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.”                   
(Psalm 136:1)

Thank God, Thank God, Thank God. Let us come before the Lord with thanksgiving and thank Him for all His wondrous blessings. Let us thank Him for His goodness; let us thank Him for sending His son Jesus Christ that we might know the righteousness of God, that we might have salvation in His name. May our hearts overflow with His blessings, and may we bless others with the blessings He has given us. Let us count our blessings, and let us thank the LORD for His love and mercy. Let us bow our hearts before Him and praise Him with our lips. Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, and give thanks.

May words of thanksgiving rise from your heart as you praise the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/13/11

November 14, 2011

This week’s scripture is from John:

“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.’”   (John 4:13-14)

Though life might be flowing quickly past us, we can be in a dry season where the spiritual land seems parched, where nothing seems to be blooming or growing, where the wind of the Holy Spirit has become still, where we find ourselves thirsting for righteousness, and our heart cries out for wellsprings of water to flow, to give us life. Then our tears and our brokenness bring forth the living water; Jesus wells up in us like a spring of water, overflowing, refreshing, renewing us with new growth, extending our roots deeper, allowing us to reach further, and we have joy again as we bask in  the blessings of the Son of God.

May the Lord fill you with living waters and make you a fount of blessing to others.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/6/11

November 7, 2011

This week’s scriptures are from Psalms:

“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?

Or who may stand in His holy place?

He who has clean hands and a pure heart …” (Psalm 24:3-4a)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”    (Psalm 51:10)

Though we live in a fallen world, we are called to be righteous, we are called to be pure, we are called to be holy as He is holy. Yet we know how
impossible this is for us to do. We struggle against sin, but sin abounds; we try to separate ourselves from the world, but the world intrudes. We may despair, but God knows our heart; He calls us to repentance, to be cleansed, for we cannot be clean without God; we cannot be pure without God. We cannot be righteous; we cannot be holy without God. It is only by His grace that we are saved and only by His favor that we can live righteously, pure, and holy. Thank God, for He cares for you.

May the Lord bless you anew with a clean heart and a steadfast spirit.