Posts Tagged ‘encouragement’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/16/20

February 17, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

“…pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”   (Ephesians 6:18)

Pray and call out to God. Jesus prayed continually, sometimes all night; He instructed his disciples to pray, and to keep praying. He prayed for them, and He prayed for us. He told them that His house was a house of prayer, and the faithful are to always be fervent in prayer. Every spiritual battle is won in prayer; every soul won is won through prayer. Prayer and praise are mighty to save, so pray, pray in the Spirit, and pour out your heart to God. He who is faithful will not forsake the prayers of a righteous servant.

May prayer be on your lips each day in every circumstance, and the blessings of the Lord be upon you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/09/20

February 10, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.

Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits–

who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion…  
(Psalm 103:1-4)

Praise the name of the Lord. How great is His love toward us. These days we seem to be engaged in continual spiritual warfare, and casualties abound. Though we may despair and our hearts break within us, the Lord is there. Lift your soul to Him. Praise God Almighty. When deep calls out to deep, when our soul cries out to Him, He is there. Praise his holy name. When darkness, sin, or disease comes again us, when the mouth of the pit looms before us, He is there. Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord who wraps us in His love and ever-lasting kindness, for He is our redeemer and our salvation. Praise his holy name.

May the Lord of life and all goodness bless you as you praise his holy name.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 02/02/20

February 3, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

“It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be a house of prayer’…” (Luke 19:46)

As always Christ is not only the author and perfecter of our faith but our example. In every circumstance, in every situation, Jesus prayed to His Father in heaven. He taught us not to rely on our own resources, but to bring every concern, every burden, before the Lord. Often He would withdraw to be alone with the Lord, to pray, to give Him glory. Let us remember to take everything in our lives before the Lord as well, for He cares for us, and only He can make a way where there is no way. The way is through prayer.

May the Lord bless you with a prayerful tongue and a thankful heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/26/20

January 27, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

“In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” (Acts 2:17)

Let the people of God be ready. Let those who belong to the Lord prepare themselves for the coming of the Lord, for in these last days the Lord will pour out His Spirit over every people and every land as He calls forth His own. He will place prophesy in the mouths of the sons and daughters on whom He pours His wonder and His grace. Not the prophecies of men, but the prophecies of the Lord God Almighty. Prophecies that speak of the mighty truth and love of God.

He will send the young men visions, visions of the Lord God Almighty, visions of His son Jesus Christ, and He will call the young men and women forth. And in those days the old men will dream dreams, but not the dreams of old men. Theirs will be the dreams that God gives, dreams that come from heaven, dreams of the wonder and the glory and the goodness of God, dreams from the mind and heart of God. Dreams of eternity, living in God’s pure love. Let us prepare ourselves, beloved, for the Lord is preparing to send forth His Mighty Spirit. Praise God.

May you prepare your heart for the Lord for the days to come.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/19/20

January 20, 2020

This week’s scriptures are from John:

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”    (John 8:31b-32)

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.    (John 8:36)

Free. Free. Free. How good it is to be free in Christ, to know the freedom that comes with being a child of God, to know that your sins are forgiven and you have the promise of eternal life with Him. He came full of grace and truth, and that truth sets us free. In this world there are chains, but Jesus, the very Son of God, came, suffered, died, and rose again that we might know Him and the power of His love. We are His disciples, believers in His gospel, followers of His word, travelers in the Way, children of His mercy and grace, captives set free. What a blessing! Let us not fail to follow His teachings, to act on His word, to share the gospel, and to love as He has loved us.

May you remain in Jesus Christ, and may the truth of the Word continue to set you free.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/12/20

January 13, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”    (Jeremiah 29:11)

Life does not always go as planned. Regardless of how carefully we plan, life can take unexpected turns. Our plans may not work out. We might find ourselves at a dead-end, or stuck at a crossroads, and not know what to do. We might feel lost or hopeless, but the Lord knows what to do; He always knows, and His plans never fail. If we belong to Him, we should give our lives into His hands, and our plans for our life should be His plans for our life, for God’s plans are always for whatever is best for us, whatever will help us and draw us closer to Him, whatever will make us more like Christ. For God is good and all He does is good. Let us remember to always seek Him to learn His plans for our life. Let us pray and read His word and seek His face, for He is our provision, and in Him is our hope and our future, in Christ our Lord.

May you be open to the Lord’s leading in your life and for your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 01/05/20

January 6, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“The LORD is faithful to all his promises
and loving toward all he has made.”
(Psalm 145:13b)

Thank God that He is loving and faithful. Hold tight to God’s promises. Believe the promises of His Word, for they all find their fulfillment in Christ our Lord. For the Lord is for us and not against us. If He has said He will answer your prayer, then believe He will answer your prayer; if He has said He has forgiven, then believe He has forgiven; if He has promised salvation, then believe in your salvation; if He has promised healing, then believe He will heal; if you are still waiting on God’s promises, then believe He will do what He has promised. Believe the promises found in God’s Word for He is ever faithful and He never fails, for His love never fails. Remember to thank God for His love and faithfulness. Praise Him, and give thanks.

May the Lord’s love and faithfulness be a blessing in your life.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/29/19

December 31, 2019

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.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/22/19

December 23, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Luke:

Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
(Luke 2:10-14)

Praise the Lord God Most High for the glorious gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, the greatest gift ever given, our salvation come to bring us peace and reconcile us to God our Father. How great the gift; how great the giver. What incredible love; what wonderful news; what exceeding joy. How can we but praise Him and worship His holy name, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Praise God Almighty; praise His Holy Name. Glory to God! Glory to God! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

May your prayers and praises rise up to the Lord, and may He shed joy and peace abroad in your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/15/19

December 16, 2019

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulders. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Let us praise God as we gather together and celebrate the advent of Christ’s birth, for He came that we might know Him and the beauty of His grace, that through Him all creation might know salvation, that the peace of God might reign in us. Thank God that He sent His Son. Blessed be His name, and blessed are we to receive so great a gift, so wonderful a savior. May we forever praise His name and preach the good news, that some might believe and receive eternal life in Christ.

May the Lord bless you this Christmas season with all the blessings of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.