Posts Tagged ‘devotional’

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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/30/17

July 31, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Ezekiel:

He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezekiel 37:3)

At times our spiritual life can become bone dry. For some reason we feel like we’re not connected to the Lord as we were before. We may sometimes seem to have lost our motivation to pray, to read the word, to go to church, to seek the Lord. God may seem distant or just not there. A spiritual dryness comes over us and we become dry and withered in our spirit. We may know that we need to get back into the living water that flows from beneath the throne of grace, but not how to get there. Let us begin with calling upon the Lord in repentance and in thanksgiving. Call upon the name of the Lord and recall all He has done for you in the past. Repent of any wrongs and give Him thanks for all He has done. Praise His name, sing to Him a song, pray and read His word aloud. Let His words water your soul and refresh your spiritual life.

May the Lord of glory give you grace this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/23/17

July 24, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.   (Matt. 4:23)

Good things happen when Jesus is present in our lives. If we read and follow His word we learn what He wants us to learn and we can then teach others. Knowing His word we can spread the good news of the kingdom of God to all around us and to the ends of the Earth. And it is Jesus who changes us from who we were before we knew Him to who we are supposed to be. He heals us in all the ways we need to be healed. It is miraculous that He heals us spiritually, mentally, and physically. When we come into the Lord’s presence with praise and thanksgiving we make ourselves available for the power of the Holy Spirit to come over us to heal us and make us whole, and to make us more and more like Christ. Let us come before the Lord with prayer, praise, and thanksgiving; let us come into His presence and be healed.

May the Lord bless you with His presence.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/16/17

July 18, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 2 Timothy:

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  (2 Tim. 2:1 ESV)

We know that God loves us, that He is for us and not against us. We are grateful for those times when He intercedes for us like when we are healed or made well, or when a difficult or seemingly impossible situation is resolved or made right, sometimes in ways that only God can do. But this is not always so. God takes the eternal view on things.

Sometimes He does not change the difficult situation in a wonderful way; sometimes He allows us to go through the fire; sometimes we or our loved one does not get well or fully recover. Sometimes God is more interested in strengthening our faith than in our current situation, for He wants us to turn to Him, to rely on Him, to find our strength in His strength, to know the depth of His grace, to bind ourselves to Christ and Christ alone, for He has said that His grace is sufficient. May it be so with us.

May the Lord bless you with His grace in your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/02/17

July 4, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Galatians:

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.”   (Gal. 5:13a)

Our freedom is found in Christ alone, for in Christ we are set free from the bondage of sin and death. Christ calls us to be free by being in Christ and following Him. Let us celebrate our freedom in Christ by giving it to others. Let us follow His commandment to spread the Good News of salvation, for coming to salvation in Christ is coming into the freedom found in Christ. Let us explore our freedom in Christ by drawing ever closer to Him who sets us free, for the closer we are to Him the more free we will be from the bondage and sin of this world. Find your freedom in Christ and be free as He wants you to be free.

May the Lord bless you with the freedom found only in Christ Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/18/17

June 19, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”  (John 4:48)

Certainly Jesus performed signs and wonders, and many remarkable miracles, several of which are recorded in the scriptures, including feeding 5000 people with a boy’s lunch and healing the sick, the lame, and the dying, casting out demons, and even raising the dead to life. Some of us have been fortunate enough to see miracles in our own lives or in the lives of others in our time which have taken place through the power of Jesus’ blood and the Holy Spirit, but our faith does not rest in miracles or signs and wonders. Our faith, our belief, our trust rests in Him who is holy and righteous, the One who brought us salvation, the greatest miracle of all, that we might be reconciled to the Father and know Him. Christ is the greatest of miracles.

May the Lord bless you to believe.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 06/11/17

June 12, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Matthew:

“And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Matt. 6:13 NET)

A time of trial and testing is never pleasant, but sometimes the Lord uses such times to build us up spiritually. Such times force us to flex our spiritual muscles and thereby strengthen us to stand against temptations, against the wiles of the enemy of our soul, the accuser who continually delights to point out our failures and number our sins against us before the Lord. But there is One who sits at the right hand of the Father continually making intercession for us, who can deliver us from the evil one, for He is the One who was without sin, who sacrificed Himself that we might be able to stand and resist evil and temptation in His name and by the power of His blood. Let us not fail to call on Him in times of trial and temptation.

May the Lord bless you and deliver you from evil.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/14/17

May 15, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and will remind you of all that I said to you.”   (John 14:26)

What great comfort, what great guidance, we receive from God’s word, for His words are the words of life, words to live by. What a great treasure is opened before us whenever we open the books of the Bible and look into them. There before our eyes in those glorious lines and verses are the pearls of God’s wisdom, the precious silver of His timeless truths, and the lustrous gold nuggets of grace that bring us comfort and joy. Here we are reminded of the promises of God, of the depths of His mercy, of the all-surpassing love that He has for each of us. All these things the Holy Spirit will remind us if we will but ask of Him. Let us not neglect to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us, to help us understand God’s word, to guide and direct us.

May the Holy Spirit counsel and teach you as you call upon His name.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/07/17

May 8, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome… (Deut. 10:17)

How great is God, what is it He cannot do? What is beyond His power if you call on Him? He is the great God above all gods, above all that there is or ever will be. He created the heavens and the earth and all the universe. He put stars and planets in their places, and set the galaxies to spin. He created the earth and everything in it, all the creatures that live and all the plants that grow. He set everything in motion and He stands outside of time, shepherd over all of creation. He created you; He knew you before you were born, and He knows the number of your days and everything about you. He knows you better than you know yourself, and He loves you because you belong to Him. What can He not do if you call on His name?

May you bow before the greatness of your Lord and God and trust in Him.