Archive for January, 2015

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/25/15

January 26, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus is Risen“But it is good for me to draw near to God…”   (Psalm 73:28a)

We may live in the world, but the world does not love us. The One who created us is the One who loves us, for God is good and His love is pure. If we belong to God and not to the world, He is for us and not against us, for the Lord is jealous for the spirit He has given us, for it belongs to Him.

So let us turn to the One who loves us; let us humble ourselves before our God; let us cleanse our hearts and draw near to God and let Him draw near to us, for He is our strength; He is our loving Father. Let us come into His presence for it is good for us to be close to Him, to bow down, pray, sit quietly, and listen to His heart.

May the Lord bless you this day to draw near to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/18/15

January 19, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

jesus_white“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”  (Psalm 29:11)

When the storms of life come upon us, our world can turn upside down with trouble; the turmoil can rob us of our peace and send fear into our hearts, but if we set our mind upon Him who gave Himself for us, His peace will rest upon us, for Jesus speaks to storms and rebukes them with, “Be still,” and they obey Him.

For our Lord is the Prince of Peace and in His peace is strength to weather any storm, in His peace is strength to calm any roiling sea, in His peace is strength to make it to the far shore, to find safe haven. This world may be full of trouble, but in Him peace abounds, in Him we are strong and at peace.

May the Lord bless you with His strength and His peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/11/15

January 12, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Warfare Prayer“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart” (Matt. 15:18a)

God is not concerned with the status or the learning or the wealth or the appearance of men and women for He looks only at the heart. He looks for those who are pure of heart for they are the people He wants and they are the people He can use to build His kingdom. He looks for the repentant. Let us strive to keep our hearts pure, for an impure heart will be betrayed by what our mouth speaks. When words are let fly they cannot be called back.

If there is wickedness or envy or unforgiveness in our heart, our mouth will speak badly of others and we will slander them. Our tongue can be an untamed fire, a viper, a weapon when turned against another, and this defiles us, for the Lord will not find us blameless if we speak ill of others. Let us get control of our tongue by purifying our hearts. Let us be repentant before the Lord and forgive those who may have themselves slandered us. Let us cleanse our hearts and speak in love.

May the Lord bless you to have a clean heart and to speak in love.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/04/15

January 5, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburst“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)

Let the old year pass away and let the new year come. As the new year begins it is an excellent time for renewal and refreshing with the Lord. The heart may be deceitful above all things, but our soul always wants to be right with the Lord. It yearns to be near Him and to be in His presence.

Let us prepare our hearts and minds; may the grace of repentance and the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ cleanse us of all iniquity and rebellion. May the Lord extend His mercy to us and may He renew a right spirit within us that we might draw near to Him and dwell in His presence. Let us bow down and give ourselves to Him anew.

May the Lord bless you as you bow yourself before Him.