Archive for August, 2017

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/27/17

August 29, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance.” (Luke 3:8 KJV)

We know that God does not look at appearances, but He looks at the heart. He knows if a heart has turned towards Him. The evidence of a heart that has been brought to repentance is a heart that is changed. It is seen in a life that is changed. It is not a perfect life for none is perfect except the Lord, but it is a life that has turned from sin and is seeking God and His righteousness. It is a life that strives to be obedient to God and to follow His ways. It is a life transformed where the old life has passed away and new life has come. Our thinking has changed; the way we act has changed; the way we speak has changed. A repentant heart is not a heart of stone, but a heart of love, a heart turned to the Lord.

May the Lord bless you with a repentant heart.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/20/17

August 22, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“He must increase, but I must decrease”  (John 3:30).

As Christians, as children of the Most High God, our desire, our calling, is to become more like Christ, for it is He who justified us by His grace, and by His grace, and only by His grace, can we become more like Him. Let us fight to put the old man, the old nature, to death that we might die to ourselves that Christ might live in us. Let us strive to grow in Christ, to emulate Christ and to be Christ-like in all we do and say. Let us too say that we must become less that He can become more, and may God grant us the grace to become less that He may become more in our life. Less of me and more of thee, O God. Let it be so.

May the Lord bless you to be more like Him each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/13/17

August 15, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“If the world hates you, know that it hated me first.” (John 15:18 CEV)

If we belong to Christ, we should not be surprised that the world hates us. If we belonged to the world then the world would love us, but if we love Christ, the world will not love us for it did not love him. If He was persecuted, we too can expect to be persecuted. To be a follower of Christ is now derided, for if we oppose the world’s values and the world’s view, the world will not love us and it will fight against us for it hates what Christ is and what He taught; what He represents the world hates. For the world loves sin and rebellion; it loves what Christ does not love. It does not want to repent; it does not want to do the things that God says or believe the things that the Lord says to believe. But if we are His children, we must; we must believe; we must do; we must teach His word; we must insist that His way is the right way. We must.

May the Lord bless you to be in the world but not of the world.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/06/17

August 7, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 1 John:

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.   (1 John 5:14)

The Lord will answer our prayers, for He is faithful to His word. However, sometimes we pray and we don’t get our prayer answered or it is not answered like we want it to be answered. This is not because the Lord didn’t hear us or because He answered wrongly. The Lord answers prayers that are according to His will. If we pray a prayer that doesn’t line up with His word or is not aligned with His will for us, then we will not get the answer we might want. The Lord always knows what’s best for us, and He will not give us what is not best for us. Pray according to His word and His will, and you will receive His best for you.

May the Lord bless you to pray in His will for your life.