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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/29/20

March 30, 2020

This week’s scripture is from the Psalms:

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
But the Lord delivers him out of them all”
 (Psalm 34:19 NKJV).

When the storms of life are breaking over us and a sea of trouble has been loosed in the world, it is good to remember who is our strength and our salvation. When affliction comes against us and dark clouds have gathered, let us remember He who is faithful, He who holds our lives in His loving hands. When we are tossed by the winds of illness or trouble or persecution, or set upon by the enemy of our souls, let us remember to call upon the Lord who delivers us out of all our afflictions and calms our fears. Let us not fail to praise Him and to pray, for His love for us is never-ending. Praise the Lord, for He cares for you.

May the Lord bless you and deliver you from fear and affliction.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/22/20

March 23, 2020

This week’s scripture is from the Psalms:

“O LORD God Almighty, who is like you?
You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you.

You rule over the surging sea;
when its waves mount up, you still them.”
(Psalm 89:8-9)

In this troubled time, let us remember that the Lord is our strength. He is greater than anything that can come against us, for He is the Father of all mercies, the God of all comfort, and in Him can we trust, for He is ever faithful and true. When our lives are troubled and waves are crashing over our shores, it is good to remember who it is that can still the waters and return us to peace. God Almighty is His name, and in Him can we find peace, for He is ever with us, and before Him fear must flee and the burdens of our heart bow down. In His love He sent His son, so turn your eyes upon Jesus and call upon the name of the Lord, for He ever cares for you and He will watch over you and comfort you. Turn to Him and let His peace surround you. Give yourself into His loving embrace. Rest in Him and He will give you peace.

God bless you in these days, for His love for you is mighty.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/15/20

March 16, 2020

This week’s scripture is from 2 Timothy:

“For God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.”     (2 Tim 1:7 WEB).

If we have come to salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ, if we belong to Him who has redeemed us for all eternity by His blood, death, and resurrection, we are not to harbor a spirit of fear for we have received the Holy Spirit of God Almighty, the spirit of power, love, and self-control. For the Lord says we are to cast our cares upon Him for He cares for us; He will take up our burdens for us, and in Him we are to be anxious for nothing. The Lord said to His followers, “Do not be afraid.” He is come that we not live in fear but that we trust in Him and in the righteousness and truth of His word, for He holds us in the palm of His hand and nothing in this world can snatch us away. Rest in Lord. Rest in His love. Rest and be at peace.

May the Spirit of the Lord drive out fear and give you peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/08/20

March 9, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“God looks down from heaven
on the children of man
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.”
   (Psalm 53:2 ESV)

It is God’s intent that we seek after Him, for His word says to seek Him first, and His kingdom and His righteousness, and all we need will be given to us. We are to seek and continue seeking; we are to knock and keep knocking. The Lord awards our persistence by letting us enter in to His presence and rewarding us with all the blessings He has for us. It is not for His sake that He calls to us to come to Him, but for ours. It is His desire to be the Lord of our lives in every way and in every aspect, for there is no better place for us to be but with the Lord. Let us remember to seek after Him, to pursue the One who loves us, for He wants to be found; He wants to be known; He wants his sons and daughters by His side. Let us earnestly seek to worship Him, to pursue relationship with our Lord, and to enter in to His presence.

May your heart yearn every day for the fellowship of the Lord who loves you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/01/20

March 2, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Colossians:

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)

The Lord has redeemed us from all of our sins, all of the sins we committed before we first believed and all sins since, according to our repentance. Jesus took upon Himself all the sin that ever was and ever would be, and by His sacrifice, by His blood, He brought us into redemption and delivered us from the power of the enemy of our souls. We now live in the light of the Son of God, the Holy One, and if we are faithful to confess our sins and repent, then He is faithful to forgive us, for He shed His blood and died once and for all for everyone who will believe and come into the Light. All who will come are redeemed by His blood by His mercy and His grace. So let us humble ourselves before the Lord and confess our trespasses that we might continue in His love and in the power of His redemption and forgiveness.

May you know the blessing of the Lord and the redeeming power of His blood.

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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/26/20

January 27, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)

Let the people of God be ready. Let those who belong to the Lord prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord, for in these last days the Lord will pour out His Spirit over every people and every land as He calls forth His own. He will place prophesy in the mouths of the sons and daughters on whom He pours His wonder and His grace. Not the prophecies of men, but the prophecies of the Lord God Almighty. Prophecies that speak of the mighty truth and love of God.

He will send the young men visions, visions of the Lord God Almighty, visions of His son Jesus Christ, and He will call the young men and women forth. And in those days the old men will dream dreams, but not the dreams of old men. Theirs will be the dreams that God gives, dreams that come from heaven, dreams of the wonder and the glory and the goodness of God, dreams from the mind and heart of God. Dreams of eternity, living in God’s pure love. Let us prepare ourselves, beloved, for the Lord is preparing to send forth His Mighty Spirit. Praise God.

May you prepare your heart for the Lord for the days to come.