Posts Tagged ‘Bible’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/24/20

May 25, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Hear my prayer, O Lord…”(Psalm 143:1a)

Let us go to a quiet place and draw near to the Lord our God; let us bow our head and our heart before Him and pray and seek His face. Let us worship His holiness and give Him thanks for all the ways He provides for us, for He is faithful and full of mercy, and in Him lie hope and forgiveness. Let us learn the language of supplication, and in every situation, whatever the circumstances, let us, like Christ, go first to our Father in prayer. If we face troubles, let us pray; if we are sick, let us pray. If we don’t know what to do, let us pray. If we wish to do the Lord’s will, let us pray. Pray to the Lord, for He is faithful to hear you.

May the Lord bless you each day to spend time with Him in prayer.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/17/20

May 18, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Philippians:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

How important it is to spend time in prayer. How easy it is to allow our troubles to distract us from prayer and to be plagued with anxious thoughts, to worry about our situation and to despair about tomorrow. When it seems that things will never get better we need to stop and turn to the Lord, for the Lord is able, and where there does not seem to be a way, the Lord can make a way, and where all seems lost, the Lord can be found. Let us take hold and trust the Lord, for nothing can happen to us that He cannot handle for us. Let us trust in Him to whom we belong and let us praise Him and give thanks that in every situation He is with us; let us go to Him in prayer and seek His face that we might find our peace in Him.

May the Lord bless you as you pray and give Him thanks.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/10/20

May 11, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Let him trust in the name of the Lord
And rely upon his God.”
(Isaiah 50:10 NKJV)

Let us trust in the One who called us; the one to whom we belong, for He is the one who knows us, the one who made us, for He saw us before we were born. He saw the moment we came to be; He knitted us together in our mother’s womb. He knows the number of our days; He knows every breath we will take; He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows that which is good about us and that which is not, and yet He loves us with an everlasting love. What does He not know? What can He not do? Let us trust in the Lord; let us come before Him believing, in prayer, for He cares for us. Let us ever trust in the Lord.

May the Lord bless you to put your trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/03/20

May 4, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.
(Psalm 136:1,26)

Let us give thanks to the God of heaven, for He is good and all He does is good. Let us praise Him for His goodness to us, for His love is everlasting. It knows neither times or seasons; there is never a time when the Lord is without love. He does not forsake us or stop loving us even when we are disobedient. When we belong to the Lord, we can always depend on His love, for God is love. His love never gives up; His love never fails; His love sets us free, for He sent His beloved son to show us His great love for us, and He sacrificed Himself for us that we might be able to love God and be reconciled to Him. How great is the love of God for us. How great His goodness and mercy to us. Let us give thanks to God for His great love.

May the Lord of Heaven bless you with His love this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/26/20

April 27, 2020

This week’s scripture is from John:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   (John 16:33)

Though we can sometimes wonder why God allows our lives to be marked by trouble, we know that this fallen world can be a dark and troublesome place where we find ourselves struggling against the darkness and against the pain of suffering, sin, sickness, and death. Yet, there is a strange comfort in Jesus’ words acknowledging that we will have trouble in this world, for it reminds us that trouble comes from this fallen world and not from our Lord, for in Him, and Him alone, we can find peace from the troubles of this life. Try as we might we have not the power to overcome, but Jesus has overcome the world. He has defeated the darkness; He has triumphed; He is victorious, and if we are in Him and He is in us, then we too can overcome the world through Him, for in Him we have life and victory and peace. Let us rejoice and be glad, for we can have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. What a great blessing!

May the Lord bless you today with an abiding peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/19/20

April 20, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”

You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
(Psalm 91:1-2,5-6)

Our world has been shaken. The foundations of the nations of the world have been shaken. Nations are reeling. Death stalks about the globe claiming its victims. The markets fall and people have taken to their homes to hide from the plague that spreads across the continents. As the numbers climb fear grips the hearts of the people. Our lives have been shaken. Our world has been shaken. We are shaken.

But the Lord our God is not shaken. God’s word is not shaken. God’s love for us is not shaken. God’s promises are not shaken. The Lord God Most High is still here with us. Let us call upon the Lord. Let us turn to the Lord and seek shelter in His ever-loving arms. Let us bow down and pray for He hears our prayers and He will answer us. Let us trust in Him who is trustworthy. Let us turn fear out of our hearts and turn our hearts back to Him, for the heart set on the Lord will not fear, for He will remove fear and bring peace to our hearts. Let us seek Him who ever seeks us and find peace in His promises for He cares for us. Let us draw close to the Lord and find rest under the shadow of His wings.

May you be blessed to seek the Lord and rest in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/12/20

April 13, 2020

Happy Easter! This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, [just] as He said.”     (Matthew 28:5-6)

He is risen, He is risen, He is risen! Thank God, thank God, thank God Almighty. Jesus Christ is risen; He is alive. He sacrificed Himself that we might be reconciled to God our Father, that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace, for He is the bread of life, the Holy One, the Son of God; He sealed the new covenant in His blood that we might have the forgiveness of our sins, that we might have salvation and eternal life. Thank you Lord Jesus. How blessed we are to know His love and the beauty of His grace.

May the blessings of the Lord’s sacrifice strengthen you as you follow in His ways.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/05/20

April 6, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand [firm].” (Ephesians 6:13)

This is not the time to be separated from God. These are not the days to let Satan get between you and the Lord. We are not ignorant of the devil’s schemes, of his campaign of fear and discouragement, of his continual attacks against us and against our faith. These are the days to lean hard into worship and prayer. This is the time to put on the full armor of God and take up the sword of the Spirit, the sword of Truth, the Word of God, and to step into the gap and seal the breach. Let us not draw back except to regroup and renew our strength in the Lord. Then let us go forth every day in His strength and by the power of His blood to trample the enemy of our souls, to drive him away like leaves before the wind. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen.

May the Lord strength you in these days to worship and pray and stand firm.

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.