Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/29/12

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.

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