Posts Tagged ‘devotional’

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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/30/17

May 1, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;       the whole earth is full of his glory.”       (Isaiah 6:3)

The Lord God Almighty is a holy god; there is none like Him. His spirit is the Holy Spirit; His very name is holy. There is no other god like Him. Everything about Him is holy. His love, His grace, His mercy are holy. He lives in the Most Holy Place; all of heaven worships Him as holy. All He does is holy; His glory fills the earth and we are to glory in His holy name. He is the One and Only, holy and mighty. He is the One who makes us holy; we are to be holy because He is holy. He has set His people apart, for He too is set apart. Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Lift your voice and give Him praise, holy is His name.

May the holiness of God bow your heart in worship and adoration.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/23/17

April 24, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

“…they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day…” (Acts 17:11)

How important it is to read the Word of God, to know the Word of God, to study the Word of God, for the Lord speaks to us through His word. We want God to speak to us; we want God to hear us. We want to hear God when we pray and when we have tough questions, and questions only He can answer. When we know His word, then He can speak to us through His word, for when we pray He will bring to mind His word; He will bring to mind a passage or a story or a parable or a person or remind us what Jesus said, and we will have our answer. We will know what we should do or what is the right path for us. He will give us answers; He will give us wisdom and hope, grace and peace. He will speak through His word to us. So let us be reminded to indulge ourselves in the Word of God, to read the living word and get life from it.

May the Lord bless you to read His word daily and be blessed by it.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/09/17

April 10, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

“Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.  And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the [palm] trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”                  (Mark 11:7-10 NKJV)

Praise the Lord. Raise your voice! The Lord is come. Blessed be His name. Shout Hallelujah! He is come! He is come! He is come! The Prince of Peace, the Lord of Salvation, the Lord of Lords is come and we are blessed. Glory to God in the Highest! Sing, cry out! Praise His holy name. The Lord reigns! Here is the Lord, the Holy One, the Son of God. Rejoice you saints. Raise your voice; raise your hands; lift your hearts. Praise the Lord! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! The Lord is come! Blessed be His name! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen.

May the blessing of the coming of the Lord fill your heart with joy.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/02/17

April 3, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:

“I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.”   (Proverbs 8:17 ESV)

When we are in love, we will pursue and seek out the one we love. We are tireless in our efforts to get close to them, to get to know them, to spend time with them, and to just be with them. Our Lord wants us to know Him; He wishes to be sought after by us and to be found by us. Let us not neglect to seek after the Lord; let us keep in the Word; let us keep in prayer; let us keep in fellowship with other believers; let us keep in worship; let us keep in thanksgiving; let us keep coming into His presence and seeking His face. Let us each day put aside the busyness of life for a time and spend that time with our Lord. Let us not fail to seek Him who loves us, who gave Himself for us, but let us remember to draw near to Him.

May the Lord bless you to know Him even more.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/26/17

March 27, 2017

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself…”  (2 Cor. 5:18-19 NRSV)

He who loves us has redeemed us. He has paid the price that we could not pay; He made the sacrifice that we could not make; He laid down His life for our life. Though we were sinners and undeserving of His great love, we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, for in Christ we are reconciled to the Almighty, our sins are forgiven and not held against us. We are restored to be children of the Most High God. We are lifted up that we might come into His presence with open hearts and contrite spirits; that we might bow down and worship Him who gave His only begotten son that we might know the power and beauty of His mercy and grace; that we might then know Him who loves us with an everlasting love.

May the Lord bless you through Christ again this day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/19/17

March 20, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Proverbs:
“…the Lord disciplines those he loves… (Proverbs 3:12a)

If we belong to the Lord, we trust Him to watch over us and to take care of us, for He promises to take up our burdens, to provide for us, to heal us, and to deliver us from temptations and evil. Like a loving father He leads and guides us, if we let Him, if we will submit to the discipline of discipleship. If we truly wish to learn of the Lord and learn from Him, we must give ourselves completely into His hands, no holding back, no holding back. Discipline is not always pleasant, but let us exercise our faith believing that He who loves us always wants what is best for us and He will disciple us to the extent that we trust and obey Him. Let us therefore agree to the Lord’s discipleship and not pull back but embrace Him whose love is eternal.

May the Lord bless you with His loving discipline.