Archive for January, 2017

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/29/17

January 30, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Praying HandsHear my prayer, O God…  (Psalm 54:2)

If we belong to the Lord, we know He will hear our prayers for He is faithful and true. If we are righteous and repentant, He will hear our prayers for so He has promised. If we are faithful in praying, He will hear our prayers, for this is what His word says. Let us not be lax in prayer to our Lord, but let us continually come to Him in an attitude of prayer and humble ourselves before Him. Let us learn to pour out our hearts before Him and trust Him with every piece of our life. Let us learn to lay our burdens down before Him and take up our cross and bear it each day as we give ourselves into His hands and into His loving care.

May the Lord bless you as you pray.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/22/17

January 23, 2017

This week’s scripture comes from Acts:

Jesus Christ 2“The Lord’s will be done.”  (Acts 21:14)

Sometimes it can be difficult to know the will of God for our lives. We wonder what He would have us do, and when, and where? We’ve learned that the Lord’s timing is not the same as our timing. Even when we might receive a word from the Lord on what to do or what He wishes to happen, it often is not as soon as we might think or wish. Then again we can be occasionally surprised that things will happen fast, faster than we could have hoped or made them happen. Yet if we try to make the will of the Lord come to past before its time it will not turn out right. We find that we cannot open doors that He has not opened for us, nor can we close a door He wants open. Learning these things is wisdom if we also learn to wait upon the Lord, to pray and give thanks, to trust and be patient knowing that in His good time His will, will be done.

May the Lord bless you with patience and trust as you seek His will for your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/15/17

January 16, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 1 Chronicles:

Praising GodHe answered their prayers, because they trusted in him.  (1 Chron. 5:20)

We know that when we ask anything in accordance with God’s will that He will give us what we ask for, for it is His good pleasure to give to those who ask Him believing that He will answer them. But to receive what the Lord has for us, we must believe that He will give us what He has promised; we must believe that He will answer our prayers, and we must ask for what it is that He wants us to have.

Let us therefore pray to the Lord for every good thing that He wants us to have; let us search the scriptures to know what it is that He wishes for us to have. Let us come before Him with sincere and clean hearts, hearts full of repentance, and pray earnestly, believing in His everlasting goodness and grace. Let us trust in Him that He will always give us what is best for us, that He will provide for every need, and bless us with His love.

May you trust in the Lord and pray with an open heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/08/17

January 9, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

Jesus Christ 4But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  (2 Cor. 12:9)

We are not always as strong as we would like to be spiritually. Often we stumble or fall; or sometimes we simply have not the strength to rise to the occasion in the spirit. We don’t always pray as we should or worship as we should. We can fail to put God first in our lives. At times it seems as if we are hampered by spiritual forces fighting against us, by spirits of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Yet it has pleased the Lord to use the weak things of earth to make His power known, for it is by His grace and His grace alone that we can call on His name, that we can stand before the storms of darkness, that we can speak His name and proclaim His salvation to a dying world, for it is in His grace and love that we find strength.

May the grace of the Lord be your strength.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/01/17

January 3, 2017

This week’s scripture comes from Revelation:

Man holding arms up in praise against a sunburstThen He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”   (Rev. 21:5a)

Our God is in heaven and He reigns in righteousness and holiness. In Him is all goodness and mercy, and everything that is true and ever will be. In Him all is light and there is no darkness. God makes everything new through Jesus Christ, His son. In Christ we are a new creation, and we are restored to our Father in heaven. We are now a new person, for the old person is dead in sin and trespasses, but in Him we have new life — a new spirit, a new heart, a new promise, a new hope, a new future — for He is ever with us. Renew yourself in the Lord and bow before His throne. Worship Him and let Him make you anew. Praise the Lord for renewing your life. Praise Him for His mercy and grace.

May the Lord Almighty bless you anew this day and each day in this year to come.