Archive for January, 2012

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/29/12

January 30, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Nehemiah:

“… for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  (Nehemiah 8:10b)

So many are suffering these days; hardships and hindrances dog our steps. We see the world sinking into corruption. Oppression is a daily struggle with the enemy. Affliction and trouble intrude in our life. Disappointment and depression shadow our days. We cry out for relief, for healing, for strength, for a word. Our burdens weaken us; our joy ebbs.

Surrender your brokenness to the Lord, for He is preparing for the day of the Lord. This is not the season of despair, He says; this is the time of purification. He is cleansing His people; He is sending them through the refiner’s fire. All of the sins still that cling, all of the broken places, all of the dross will be burned off in the fires of refinement until we come forth strong and pure, a clean reflection of our Lord. All is in His hands. Rejoice, and praise God for He is purifying us; He will restore our joy.

May the joy of the Lord be your strength as He continues to bless you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/22/12

January 23, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Exodus:

“The LORD is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise him…”    
(Exodus 15:2)

The world makes us weary; our bodies grow tired; the enemy of our soul wears us down. Yet we must keep standing; we must stand. So where does our strength come from? It comes from the Lord, yes, the Lord God Almighty, King of heaven and Earth and all the universe. For we are weak, but He is strong; He is our salvation and our shield. He never grows weary; He never tires; He has defeated Satan. He is our God and we should praise Him; He is our loving Father and we should exalt Him. Sing praises to the Lord, for He inhabits the praises of His people; draw near to Him and He will strength you.

May the Lord bless you with His strength this very day as you exalt Him with praise.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/15/12

January 16, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made,  their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”    (Psalm 33:4-6)

Let us rededicate ourselves to reading the Word of God, for the Word is righteous, the Word is truth, the Word is a fount of life, a gift from God for guidance — for wisdom, for comfort, for joy, for peace, for praise, for protection, for inspiration, for healing; a blessing for the heart, for the mind, for the soul. The Word is the breath of God, the power of creation, the witness of salvation, the tongue of the Spirit, the revelation of eternal life, the everlasting love of the LORD. Thank God. Let us pray, “Open my heart and my mind to this your Word, O LORD, place it on my tongue, make it part of my very being, and let me speak love into the people and situations I encounter each day.”

May the Lord inspire you to open His word and walk in its blessings each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/08/12

January 9, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus Tempted -- by Tissot

“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

“Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”     (Matt. 4:1-4)

As we wait upon the Lord and anticipate His return, troubles and temptations arise against all who belong to Him, but the Lord is not troubled; He is not tempted. He speaks the truth; He takes up the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, and He strikes down the attacks of the enemy. Let us too take up the sword of the Spirit and boldly proclaim the Word. Quote the scriptures; speak truth to the lies of the enemy; pray in the Spirit; speak and stand on the word of God. Wield the sword in the power of His might and the enemy must give way before the reign and authority of the Lord Almighty. Thank God that He does not leave us defenseless, but we are armed with truth sharper than any blade. Praise God; bless His holy name.

May the Lord bless you to take up the sword of the Spirit and cut down the enemy with the word of truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/01/12

January 2, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Genesis:

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”    (Genesis 1:1-3, 31)

God is good, and all He does is good. He was in the beginning, and by His Word everything that is or ever will be came into existence. He spoke into that which was empty and dark, and there was light dispelling the darkness, just as Jesus, the Living Word, then came into this sin-darkened world and brought the light of salvation. Everywhere the light of God’s word goes, the darkness is dispelled and God’s goodness breaks into the light. Praise God for sending the light into our lives.

May the light of God’s word continue to shine in your life as you share it with others.

Happy New Year 2012; Blessings to You

January 1, 2012

May the Lord bless you this year to come.