Archive for April, 2012

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/29/12

April 30, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“In your anger do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent
… trust in the LORD.” 
     (Psalm 4:4-5)

We cannot enter the Lord’s rest if we are angry, for that is sin. There is an anger that is righteous, that rails against the injustices of the world and evil, but there is another anger that is unrighteous that can lead to rebellion and sin. It often disguises itself in more subtle forms such frustration, bitterness, disappointment, or despair when we rail against those things that are thrown up against us, the twists and turns that life takes, the things that we worked for or wanted that didn’t happen or the things that we never wanted that came anyway: hardship, illness, disease, persecution, failure, death, loss. These eat away at the soul, wrack the body, and dim the spirit. But the Lord says, the Lord commands, that we trust in Him, that we give up our grief and our sorrow, that in our anger we do not sin by not trusting in Him, for He is the Lord God Almighty, He cares for us, and we must always give ourselves into His hands and trust Him.

May the Lord bless you to enter into His rest by giving up all anger and disappointments to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/22/12

April 23, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”    (Psalm 91:2)

We live in a fallen world, torn by strife and corrupted by sin. Truth is in short supply. Those who are wise in their own eyes deceive the people and lead them astray from the word of God. Satan goes about in and throughout the Earth spreading his lies, destroying lives, chaining his victims to ruin and death. Even our own hearts are deceptive and untrustworthy. There is only one in who we can trust: the Lord God Almighty, King of Heaven and Earth and all the universe. Only in Him can we find our hope and our happiness, only in Him can we find rest for our souls and protection from the onslaught of the enemy.

May the Lord be your refuge and your fortress, and may He bless you with truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/15/12

April 16, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith …  (Hebrews 12:2a)

We get lost, we get preoccupied, with the world, with work, with life. The enemy moves subtly against the saints, distracting and hindering. Opposition can be quiet yet consistent, using up our time, pulling us away, drying up the hours, occupying our thoughts, turning about in our mind, slowly wearing down the day until it is gone and weariness drops us off to sleep, short on prayer, lacking in the Lord, missing time in His word, leaving things undone. We chastise ourselves, but tiredness takes us down. Lift up your heart, saints, turn your eyes on Jesus, look up to the Lord of Glory, turn every thought, turn every situation, over to Him, set your gaze upon Him, call upon Him, let Him be your strength, praise His name.

May the Lord bless you not to be distracted or hindered, but to rise up in the power of Jesus Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/08/12

April 9, 2012

Happy Easter!  This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, [just] as He said.”     (Matthew 28:5-6)

He is risen, He is risen, He is risen! Thank God, thank God, thank God Almighty. Jesus Christ is alive forevermore. He sacrificed Himself that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. He is the bread of life, He is the Son of God, He sealed the new covenant in His blood that we might have the forgiveness of our sins, that we might have salvation and eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to know His love and the beauty of His grace.

May the blessings of the Lord’s sacrifice strengthen you as you follow in His ways.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/01/12

April 2, 2012

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

“Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.  And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Blessed is the kingdom of our father David
That comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!”                 
(Mark 11:7-10)

Praise the Lord; raise your voice! The Lord is come; blessed be His name. Shout Hallelujah! He is come! He is come! He is come! The Prince of Peace, the Lord of Salvation, the Lord of Lords, is come and we are blessed. Glory to God in the Highest! Sing, cry out! The Lord reigns! Here is the Lord, the Holy One, the Son of God. Rejoice you saints. Raise your voice; raise your hands; lift your hearts. Praise the Lord! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! Blessed be His name!

May the blessing of the coming of the Lord bless your heart with joy.