Archive for October, 2018

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/28/18

October 29, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Colossians:

“Having disarmed principalities and powers [forces of evil], He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them [by the cross].”   (Colossians 2:15)

In this season that celebrates evil and pays homage to darkness, let us remember that Christ is the victor. Regardless of the sin in this world, regardless of the attacks of the enemy against us, regardless of the battles we are forced to wage, let us never forget that the devil is already defeated. The fight between good and evil, between God and Satan, is not in doubt. Jesus has already won, and won completely and decisively. When Christ went willingly to the cross where He suffered, bled, and died for us, then rose again from the grave, He destroyed the works of darkness; He declared victory over Satan, sin, evil, and death, once and for all. For Jesus is King, Jesus is Savior, Jesus is Lord. It is finished; He triumphed.

May the joy of the risen Lord be your strength this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/21/18

October 22, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds…”   (Hebrews 10:23-24)

Ours is a living hope, a hope assured by faith in Jesus Christ. Our hope lies in God’s faithfulness; our hope lies in Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We can hold fast our confession of hope and never doubt because God is completely faithful, completely trustworthy. His promises never fail; His word is always true. Let us therefore encourage each other to exhibit Christ’s love, to love our neighbors as ourselves, to love each other as He loved us, to shed His love abroad into the world through His word, to do deeds of righteousness for His namesake, to share our hope, to show His love by what we do for each other and for others.

May the Lord bless you with the assurance of His love and faithfulness.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/14/18

October 15, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 2 Chronicles:

“Submit to the Lord …”    (2 Chron. 30:8)

Let us come before the Lord and bow down; let us surrender ourselves to His great love, for if we would belong to Him, if we would become His children and His disciples, we must surrender our lives to Him, and we must surrender everything. Let us submit every area of our life to Him; let us hold nothing back, but give it all to Him who loves us and gave Himself for us. Let us therefore repent of all that keeps us from Him, that which keeps us from prayer, that which keeps us from His word, that which keeps us from His presence: every distraction, every sin, every way in which we go our own way instead of going His way. Let us submit ourselves completely to His mighty love. Let us die to ourselves that we might live to Christ and His love.

May the Lord bless you to surrender to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/07/18

October 8, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 1 Peter:

Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. (1 Peter 5:8b-9a)

Satan knows his time is short and he is filled with rage. It spills into the world as a tide of darkness and evil, rising against those who belong to the Lord. Wickedness comes out of the shadows and spiritual warfare is loosed upon God’s faithful. Yet let us remember Him who is faithful, and stand firm in Him. Let us call upon the name of the Lord and resist the devil. Let us take up the sword of the spirit, the word of God, and strike the enemy’s lies with truth and cut down his wickedness with Christ’s righteousness. Let us stand firm upon the rock of our salvation for He is our strength, our shield, and our rampart. Against the Lord, evil cannot stand; against His authority, evil must bow. Praise God and stand firm in the faith.

May the Lord bless you to stand firm in Christ.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/30/18

October 1, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:  

“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”   (2 Cor. 10:4-5).

The Word reminds us that we are involved in warfare between good and evil, but the Lord does not leave us unarmed. Let us be mindful and encouraged that the weapons God has given us – worship, praise, and prayer – are powerful in the Lord, for what can stand against the Word and the might of the Lord. No stronghold of the enemy, no clever argument, nothing that exalts itself against the Lord can long stand, but we must also bring our own thoughts as prisoners so that they obey Christ, for in Christ we find the victory. Armor yourself and fight – speak the Word, sing His praises, pray and keep praying. Amen.

May the Lord strengthen you and bless you each day for the challenges placed before you.