Archive for September, 2015

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/27/15

September 28, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

Jesus B&W“And they overcame [the accuser; the devil] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” (Rev. 12:11)

Even if we belong to the Lord, we often come under oppression from evil in the form of an affliction or temptation or illness. In these times we do not experience the full blessings the Lord has for us. Yet the Word of God tells us how to overcome the evil that can infiltrate our life. First be submitted to the Lord who gave Himself for us; be submitted under the shed blood of Christ, and be thankful for all He has done and continues to do in your life.

Then declare aloud the promises of God: I am a child of God, the Most High; I am a joint heir with Jesus in the kingdom of God; under the blood of Jesus, I am forgiven and set free from sin and all the plans of the evil one; I am a new creation in Jesus Christ, cleansed in His blood and righteousness; I am sanctified to be a blessing to others. Speak out your testimony of salvation and declare your authority under the blood of Christ. Command in Jesus’ name that evil depart and it will flee.

May the Lord embolden you to declare His promises and to overcome in His name.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/20/15

September 21, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

Jesus Christ 4“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

God is love, and God’s love for us is the greatest power, the greatest good, the greatest gift that exists in heaven or on the earth. It is stronger than life or death; it is greater than anything in the spiritual realm, good or evil; it is beyond time and eternity. No other powers above the earth or below the earth or beyond the earth can match it, and nothing in all creation, not the highest mountains or the lowest valleys, not even the furthest reaches of the universe can separate God’s love from us. God’s love is pure, complete, righteous, and holy; God’s love is inescapable. God so loves us that He sent His only son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the love that He has for us, and that we might then give that love to others.

May the blessings of God’s love be yours each and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/13/15

September 14, 2015

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

jesus_white“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.”    (Matt. 24:12-13)

Trouble is loose in the world and evil is rising like a tide. Wickedness and perversion seem to be taking hold as in the days of Noah. What the scriptures say must not be done is celebrated and condoned even by those who should be upholding the Word, and corruption has crept into the public trust. The truth has become a casualty in the courts and in the government. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are facing persecution for their beliefs and the ungodly are emboldened to vilify them and curse God.

In the world we are seeing war and preparations for war, and God’s people threatened and killed for their faith. What is evil is called good, and what is good is called evil. It makes the heart sick and the head reel to see it happen. Yet the Lord himself calls us; He admonishes us to stand firm in Christ and not to bow to evil, for the one who calls us is faithful and true, and His word is the Word of Truth which stands forever and ever.

May the Lord strengthen you in these days to stand firm for the truth.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/06/15

September 7, 2015

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Jesus Christ 4“God is love.” (1 John 4:16b)

When the great Bible scholar was asked what was the most profound truth he had learned from all of his many years of reading and studying the scriptures, he paused for a long moment, then said, “Jesus loves me, this I know for the Bible tells me so.” What an amazing and singular truth. John says love is not that we loved God, but God loved us and He sent His one and only son Jesus to show us the extent of His love, and to show us how to love as God loves, to love God and to love others as ourselves, to love our brothers and sisters that we might be known by our love and that our love might bring others to Christ.

May the Lord fill you with His love and may that love overflow on others.