Archive for February, 2020

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/23/20

February 24, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“O LORD, You are my God;
I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name;
For You have worked wonders,
Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness
[and truth].”   (Isaiah 25:1 NASB)

When the cares of this world or the challenges of life rise hard against us let us remember that it is the Lord God Almighty who holds everything in His hands and nothing man does or can do will change His plans. And nothing life can throw against us can change God’s plan for us, for His love for us is absolute. The Lord’s plans are always carried out according to His perfect will, according to His purposes, for He is ever faithful and true. He works wonders for us to behold, even Christ, fulfilling His promises made long ago. Stand on the promises of God, for He who promises is true and His faithfulness perfect in His love.

The Lord bless you as you thank God and praise His name, remembering His wondrous works, in Christ Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/16/20

February 17, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

“…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”   (Ephesians 6:18)

Pray and call out to God. Jesus prayed continually, sometimes all night; He instructed his disciples to pray, and to keep praying. He prayed for them, and He prayed for us. He told them that His house was a house of prayer, and the faithful are to always be fervent in prayer. Every spiritual battle is won in prayer; every soul won is won through prayer. Prayer and praise are mighty to save, so pray, pray in the Spirit, and pour out your heart to God. He who is faithful will not forsake the prayers of a righteous servant.

May prayer be on your lips each day in every circumstance, and the blessings of the Lord be upon you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/09/20

February 10, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits–

who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion…  
(Psalm 103:1-4)

Praise the name of the Lord. How great is His love toward us. These days we seem to be engaged in continual spiritual warfare, and casualties abound. Though we may despair and our hearts break within us, the Lord is there. Lift your soul to Him. Praise God Almighty. When deep calls out to deep, when our soul cries out to Him, He is there. Praise his holy name. When darkness, sin, or disease comes again us, when the mouth of the pit looms before us, He is there. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord who wraps us in His love and ever-lasting kindness, for He is our redeemer and our salvation. Praise his holy name.

May the Lord of life and all goodness bless you as you praise his holy name.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/02/20

February 3, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be a house of prayer’…” (Luke 19:46)

As always Christ is not only the author and perfecter of our faith but our example. In every circumstance, in every situation, Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven. He taught us not to rely on our own resources, but to bring every concern, every burden, before the Lord. Often He would withdraw to be alone with the Lord, to pray, to give Him glory. Let us remember to take everything in our lives before the Lord as well, for He cares for us, and only He can make a way where there is no way. The way is through prayer.

May the Lord bless you with a prayerful tongue and a thankful heart.