Posts Tagged ‘devotional’

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.

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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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/28/18

January 29, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 2 Corinthians:

“For the love of Christ compels us…”  (2 Cor. 5:14a)

Let us rejoice in the love of Christ; let us rejoice in the power of His love; let us rejoice in the grace and mercy of His love. For without His love where would we be, for all that we are or can ever hope to be are made manifest in His love.

May the love of Christ strengthen us to be faithful servants of Him who loves us.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/14/18

January 15, 2018

This week’s scripture is from 1 Corinthians:

“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”      
(1 Cor. 15:57-58).

In these days, let us remember Christ who has the victory already in His hands, but let us also be mindful of the necessity to strengthen the people, for many are weak in the Lord, and when times get hard they may fall away. Wherever the Lord has placed you be it preacher, teacher, neighbor, friend, stand firm and speak the Word boldly; teach them how to be strong in the Lord. Show them the true power of love, which is stronger than evil, stronger than hate, stronger than death. Be steadfast in the Lord, and labor in the Truth. Take heart for the Lord is coming.

May the Lord bless you with boldness and opportunity to speak the Word into the lives of others.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/07/18

January 8, 2018

This week’s scripture is from John:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men”   (John 1:1-4).

It is good to remember that everything begins with the Lord, for He is the living Word, who is with God and was sent by God. When God spoke the Word, everything that is came into existence, everything in the universe, everything in the world, including all life and all the living. Since the beginning, Our Lord Jesus Christ has been the light of life, the light of the world, and He remains our light in the darkness. He is the light of our salvation and our light unto eternity. Praise God for sending the light. Praise God for sending His son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the glory of His grace. Praise His holy name.

May the light of the Lord shine upon you and light your way.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/31/17

January 1, 2018
This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”   (Rev.1:8).

The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, our Lord and our God. In these days and months ahead, let us remember Him who is sovereign over all the earth, over all time, over all history, over all people, over everything that ever has been, is, and ever will be. May we be in awe of Him who is Lord of All, Most High God, the Almighty One, who loves us and sent His Son that we might know Him and the beauty of His mercy and grace, now and forevermore; blessed be His name. Praise God; Praise God.

May the Lord God Almighty ever reign as the Lord of your life through His son, Jesus Christ.