Posts Tagged ‘devotional’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/15/17

October 16, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

I have put my trust in the Lord God  (Psalm 73:28b NKJV)

God is all and is in all, what more do we need? He is the Lord God Almighty; He provides for every need. The Lord is with us and has promised to never leave us. He owns the storehouses of heaven; there is no need that He cannot supply. If we lack anything that He wants us to have all we have to do is ask and He will give it to us. Through Christ Jesus He will pour out blessing, for our sufficiency in Christ is always enough and in Him we can find whatever we need for the Lord is faithful and true, and His love for us is merciful and everlasting. Let us trust in the Lord and bring our hearts before Him. Ask of Him and He will open His arms. Pray and He will hear. Believe in His promises and He will deliver them. Trust in Him.

May you trust in Him who loves you with an everlasting love.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/08/17

October 9, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  (Psalm 127:1a)

The Lord gives us life, and He gives us the ability to build our life, to make a life from what He gives us. But if we want to have success in our life, if we want our endeavors to produce fruit, if we want to have a life worthy of living, we labor in vain if we build carelessly or unwisely, for the wise builder makes the Lord first in everything in life: First in us, first in family, first in work, first in ministry, first in whatever we would build in our life. If we are wise we go to the Lord first before we even begin planning. For the Lord should be first and He wants to be first in everything in our life. Let Him who gave us life be first in our life.

May the Lord bless you to seek His plans for your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/27/17

August 29, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance.” (Luke 3:8 KJV)

We know that God does not look at appearances, but He looks at the heart. He knows if a heart has turned towards Him. The evidence of a heart that has been brought to repentance is a heart that is changed. It is seen in a life that is changed. It is not a perfect life for none is perfect except the Lord, but it is a life that has turned from sin and is seeking God and His righteousness. It is a life that strives to be obedient to God and to follow His ways. It is a life transformed where the old life has passed away and new life has come. Our thinking has changed; the way we act has changed; the way we speak has changed. A repentant heart is not a heart of stone, but a heart of love, a heart turned to the Lord.

May the Lord bless you with a repentant heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/20/17

August 22, 2017

This week’s scripture is from John:

“He must increase, but I must decrease”  (John 3:30).

As Christians, as children of the Most High God, our desire, our calling, is to become more like Christ, for it is He who justified us by His grace, and by His grace, and only by His grace, can we become more like Him. Let us fight to put the old man, the old nature, to death that we might die to ourselves that Christ might live in us. Let us strive to grow in Christ, to emulate Christ and to be Christ-like in all we do and say. Let us too say that we must become less that He can become more, and may God grant us the grace to become less that He may become more in our life. Less of me and more of thee, O God. Let it be so.

May the Lord bless you to be more like Him each day.

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.