Archive for July, 2013

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/28/13

July 29, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Micah:

Ancient sandals“He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you / But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God…” (Micah 6:8)

How hard we try to please God. We often strive to please God, to be good servants. If we love God we try to be good disciples; we try to keep ourselves busy with “the Lord’s work.” We want to feel worthy of His love for the great sacrifice He made for us; we want to win souls for the kingdom, and to spread the Word and love of God into our world. Yet what is it that the Lord requires of us? What does He say is good?  Busyness? Accomplishments? Certainly He has work for His faithful, but what He wants from each of us is what is on God’s own heart. He wants what is right, but most of all He wants us to walk with Him.

May our merciful God bless you to do as He wants us to do.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/21/13

July 22, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

photo credit: Church of the Living God

photo credit: Church of the Living God

“Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand…”        (Jeremiah18:6b)

A lump of clay cannot shape and mold itself; it needs the potter’s hands to shape and mold it. It is the potter who knows what the clay should be made into and how it should be shaped by his hands to make it come out just right. Have you truly given yourself into the potter’s hands? The clay must submit to being worked, watered, kneaded, turned, drawn, and ultimately shaped to be made into something useful. Give yourself into the hands of the Lord, for He is our potter and we are but clay in His hands. Let Him mold and shape you into what He created you to be, for that will be the best thing you can ever become.

May you give yourself totally into the Potter’s hands and let Him shape you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/14/13

July 15, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Ezekiel:

Ezekiel -- Valley of Dry BonesAnd He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live.'”  (Ezekiel 37:3-5)

In empty times our lives can feel like dead, dry bones. What once was so alive and vibrant in us has somehow become lifeless, and no matter how we strive or how much we call out, we seem to be sitting in a desert so dry that perhaps even our tears are gone, and we can barely speak of our dryness. Hope has abandoned us, and though we put on a good face, inside we are feeling dry and empty, and we are just going through the motions of life. We may wonder, where is God?

Yet God never abandons us. Even if we can’t feel He is there, He is. God always has a way when there seems no way; God always has a plan when it seems impossible that anything can succeed or change. God always wants the best for us, regardless of our circumstances. He restores hope, but our hope lies not in ourselves, but in our Lord. With His breath He will restore us; His spirit will revive us. What was dry, brittle, or dead in your life will be alive in the Lord. The word of the Lord is life. New live He will give you.

May the Lord fill you with hope, and may you live in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/07/13

July 8, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

Jesus is Risen“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  (Mark 12:30)

If we seek God will we not find Him? He told us to seek Him and His kingdom first and all else would be added to us. We are to love Him who first loved us and sent His son to die for us. Is not our worship to love God as He loves? And how is that? According to our Lord, it is completely, totally, all in all, first with all our heart, for God looks at the heart, then with all our soul, for He has saved our souls from death, then with all our mind, for we are to have the mind of Christ, and finally with all our strength, for He is our strength. If we love Him fully with every part of our being we are loving Him as He loves us, for His love is all-consuming; it never falters; it never fails; it never ends. God is love, and He loves us.

May God’s love overwhelm you with love for Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/30/13

July 1, 2013

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Praising God“Praise the Lord!”

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.”
(Psalm 106:1)

When life is going well, praise the Lord. Thank Him for His goodness and mercy. When is life is not going well, praise the Lord. Thank Him for His goodness and mercy. When troubles come, praise the Lord. Thank Him for His goodness and mercy. When illness or injury strike, praise the Lord. Thank Him for His goodness and mercy. When the money is running out, praise the Lord. Thank Him for His goodness and mercy. When things are going wrong, praise the Lord. Thank Him for His goodness and mercy. In every situation, praise the Lord. Thank Him and praise His holy name, for He inhabits your praises and He will pour out His love and mercy upon you.

May you rise up and praise the Lord.