Posts Tagged ‘devotional’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/25/18

November 26, 2018

This week’s scripture is from John:

“The light shines in the darkness …

 “The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.” (John 1:5a, 9)

Thank God that He is true and always keeps His promises, for He sent His Son into this dark world to be our light and our salvation. Long it was foretold that He would come. Now He is the light of the world and a lamp unto our feet. He has brought us into the light, and how blessed we are that His light can shine through us, for truth lives in the light and He lives in us. Hallelujah!  Thank you, Lord!

May the light of God’s blessings be yours this day and every day.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/02/18

September 3, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Daniel:

“Peace be multiplied to you.

“I thought it good to declare the signs and wonders that the Most High God has worked for me.

“How great are His signs,
And how mighty His wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And His dominion is from generation to generation.”
    (Daniel 4:1b-3)

Let us never forget that we serve a God of miracles for He is a wonder-working God and nothing is impossible with God. He heals, He provides, and He makes a way when there is no way. He shows himself in miracles great and small, and in the everyday miracles that form our very lives and that testify to His grace. May He forgive us if we take them for granted.

His wonders are on display in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and on the lands. The universe is a miracle of awesome wonder, magnificent and marvelous to behold; the tiniest particle of an atom is beyond our brilliance, and understanding life is still the greatest mystery of all. Yet above it all is the Lord God Most High, the Everlasting King, who in His miraculous grace loves us. He loves us. Hallelujah!

May the God of miracles, the God of grace, the God of glory, bless you this day and every day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/22/18

July 23, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Lamentations:

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him…”   (Lam. 3:25)

We know that the Lord is good and all that He does is good, especially to those who belong to Him, those whose hope is in the Lord, in the beauty of His grace, in the majesty of His mercy, in the depth of His mighty love, in the splendor of His salvation, in the power of His blood, death, and resurrection. Let us seek earnestly the One who loves us with an everlasting love; let us open our eyes to His living word; let us open our hearts to trust in Him, and let us learn to fill our mouths with our praises and with our prayers, to Him, for those who seek Him will find Him and their hope will rest in the Lord. Praise the Lord.

May the Lord bless you with His goodness as you seek after Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/01/18

July 2, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“‘…with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,’ says the LORD your Redeemer.”   (Isaiah 54:8b)

Who is like the Lord? His mercies never end. No matter our circumstances, no matter the challenges before us, no matter what we’ve done or what has been done to us, no matter what arises or what falls, the Lord’s kindness to us through Jesus Christ is always there; His compassion made the way for our redemption in Him, and through Him to eternal life. How kind is our Lord, how loving. What a comfort.

May the Lord bless you this day with His kindness and His compassion.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 04/22/18

April 23, 2018

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)

The Lord did not promise us a trouble-free life. He knew that this fallen world can be a dark and troublesome place, where we find ourselves struggling against the darkness and the pain of suffering, sin, injury, and want. Try as we might we have not the power to overcome, but the Lord does, for He took the weight of sin and death upon Himself, and by His sacrifice, by His blood, death, and resurrection, He did overcome the world. He has defeated the darkness; He has triumphed; He is victorious, and in Him we can have peace. Let us rejoice and be glad, for we can have peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise His holy name.

May the Lord bless you today with an abiding peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 03/04/18

March 5, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.”   (Hebrews 2:1)

It is so easy to let the cares of this world draw us away from where our attention should be. The concerns, the busyness, the fullness of life get between us and God. Soon we are neglecting our daily devotions, our Bible reading slips, our worship drops off, our pray life becomes sporadic; we are not spending time with our Lord. We have drifted away. Yet He has not drifted away from us; He never leaves us nor will He ever forsake us. He is still right where He was, waiting for us. Let us remember who we belong to and who He is: the Son of the Most High God, the Righteous One, the Anointed One, the Holy One. Let us not neglect the One who loves us and gave His life for us. Let us hold tight to Him and draw near, once again.

May the Lord bless you to keep close to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/25/18

February 26, 2018

This week’s scripture is from John:

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”   (John 14:27)

Let us call upon the Lord. How often our hearts are troubled within us for we live in a troubled world. Yet in the midst of trouble Jesus promises us peace, for Jesus is the way to peace for our troubled hearts, and our troubled world. Because of His sacrifice for us, because of His blood, death, and resurrection, we have peace with God, and that peace brings peace to our hearts. Because He lives, we believe and have life eternal. So let us turn our eyes upon Jesus and praise God for His goodness. Let us lift up the One who makes our hearts glad and rejoice in Him who is our Lord and Savior, the Prince of Peace.

May the peace of Jesus Christ reign in your heart as you turn to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/18/18

February 19, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”                (Romans 15:13)

In these trying times our hearts may be heavy, but let us be mindful where our hope comes from, for He is faithful to all who trust in Him. He is our source of hope and all that is good, for by His Holy Spirit we carry the joy of the Lord within us. Blessed are they who rejoice in the Lord and who fill their days with the hope that lies in Christ Jesus. Let our hearts be at peace as we remember from whom our hope comes, for He who rules over our hearts is coming again to rule and reign over all things with mercy and grace.

May your heart overflow with hope and joy and peace as you trust in Him who is faithful.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/11/18

February 12, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

For all the promises of God are yes in [Christ], and in him Amen…”   (2 Cor. 1:20 JUB)

When life and the weight of the world are pressing down upon us, and the cares and burdens of life are too many, it is good to remember the promises of God. He promises He has plans for us for good, for a future and a hope; He promises that when we are weary and burdened He will give us rest; He promises that those who trust in the Lord will find new strength; He promises He will supply all our needs from His glorious riches given to us in Christ. His Word promises that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love; He promises that if we confess with our mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead we will be saved and have eternal life; He promises He will never leave us or forsake us. How good are the promises of God. Praise Him and speak them aloud over yourself.

May the Lord bless you to lean upon His promises and trust in Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/04/18

February 5, 2018

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.”  (Luke 10:27a)

Praise God; the Lord, the Lord is One. Let us be one with the Lord, for the Lord is not part but whole. The Lord gives us His all, for we are not saved in part but in whole. Let us therefore come to the Lord not in part but in whole. He gives us the whole of salvation, for Christ is the holy sacrifice for our redemption. Let us therefore surrender ourselves completely to the Lord, with all we have and with everything we are, with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength, all our mind, for the Lord held nothing back to redeem us unto Himself. Let us hold nothing back from the Lord, but let us trust Him completely and love Him fully.

May the Lord give you the strength to surrender to His love completely.