Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/29/20

November 30, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:     

“Prepare the way for the Lord;”

“And the glory of the Lord will be revealed.”     (Isaiah 40:3a;5a)

Come, let us prepare our hearts for this season of joy and celebration in remembrance of the coming of our Lord and Savior. Let us rejoice at the advent of the Promised One, His coming foretold long ago, the glorious prophecy, fulfilled by our loving Father. Let us prepare our hearts by refreshing our hope in Him in whom all grace, all mercy, all faithfulness, all love, and all righteousness rests. Let us fill our hearts with the hope that is in Jesus Christ and His coming, and prepare to share that hope with as many as the Lord allows. Let us prepare to be generous with the love He has given us. Prepare your heart, and rejoice! 

May the joy of the Lord and the love of Christ fill your heart.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/22/20

November 23, 2020

This week’s scripture is from 1 Chronicles:    

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chron.16:34)

In this season of Thanksgiving let us come with humble hearts into the Lord’s presence and give thanks for all He has done for us, for what He does is good and He makes all things work to the good for those who love and belong to Him. Let us bow our hearts and our heads, and give thanks for the great and many blessings He has poured out upon us, and for His everlasting love. Thank the Lord that He provides for every need, that He never leaves us or forsakes us, but He is ever with us. Thank the Lord for sending His son Jesus Christ that we might know Him and the mercy of His grace. Thank the Lord, thank the Lord.

May your heart overflow with gratitude and thanks to the Lord.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/15/20

November 16, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“I will wait on the Lord … And I will hope in Him.”   (Isaiah 8:17)

In all things the Lord is our hope. We wait patiently upon Him who is our salvation, for in this world, evil schemes in darkness; the enemies of His people take counsel together; and men seek God where God is not. Even in our own lives none of us escapes unscathed from the things that come whether hardships or troubles, illness or injury, adversity or persecution. Yet there is One in whom we can hope, in whom we can trust, to stand by us, to be there for us, for if all is against us, He is for us. We know our hope is not in this world or in this life, our hope is in Christ, and Christ alone, and not far off, but here and now. If we wait upon Him, we will find He is already here, for He is faithful and true, and He loves us and saves us.

May you always find your hope in the Lord as you wait patiently upon Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/08/20

November 9, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
   a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name trust in you,
   for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
  (Psalm 9:9-10)

Let us remember to trust in the Lord, for the Lord is greater than any troubles we face. In these days our hearts may grow heavy within us, for yesterday saw destruction and tomorrow is uncertain, yet we have one in whom we can trust, for the Lord is with us. He is our refuge; the Rock of Ages is there for us, our rock of salvation. He never leaves us or forsakes us. We can trust in Him and call upon His name, for His name is the name above all names, and in His name we can trust. Seek Him, pray, and call upon His name, for He is faithful and true. He will not abandon those who belong to Him. Trust, trust in the Lord.  

May the Lord be your refuge and your strength as you seek His face this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 11/01/20

November 2, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“Blessed are those … whose hope is in the Lord their God.”  (Psalm 146:5)

We trust in the Lord. We, who believe, live under the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot be separated from His love. Regardless of the trials of life we face, regardless of the troubles before us, we do not despair like the world despairs, for we do not hope like the world hopes. We are not to worry about tomorrow for He holds tomorrow in His hands. We do not trust in riches or wealth; we do not trust in power or works. We do not trust in politics or governments. We trust in the name of Him to whom we belong, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Our hope is not a vain wish; our hope is the assurance of life in Christ and Christ alone, now and forever, for He who promised is faithful, and His word is true. Trust in the Lord.

May the blessed hope of Jesus Christ rest upon you this very day and give you peace.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/25/20

October 26, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

“Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?” 
(Acts 4:25)

Thank the Lord that He is sovereign; He is above all things in heaven and on earth. He sees the nations, the whole world, raging in spiritual warfare, a fight between good and evil. He sees the battle raging in the hearts and souls of people everywhere, a great conflict between darkness and light. Yet let us always remember that God reigns, our Lord is always in complete control even when we are not, even when the world is not. He is sovereign over all the earth and all that is in it. It is only by His word and His will that things happen, for He is God Almighty. He has complete authority; He has complete power. He knows the end from the beginning: He is alpha and omega. All that has happened, all that is happening, and all that will ever happen are part of His plan for the salvation and the redemption of His church and His people.

May your heart rise up and praise the Lord, for He reigns.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/18/20

October 19, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Romans:

“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”     (Romans 5:5 NKJV)

Let us remember the Lord has given us the Holy Spirit. In these troubling days we may become weary and our hearts grow heavy, for if we look to this world for hope we will be disappointed for it is fallen and passing away. It is the Holy Spirit residing in us who reminds us of Him in whom our hope rests. Let us remember Him in whom we trust for He does not disappoint but pours out His love upon us and strengthens us through His Holy Spirit. It is good to know that we are no longer citizens of this world, but we have a heavenly home set aside for us if we belong to Jesus, for He is our blessed hope, our shield, and our deliverer. In Christ, and Christ alone, lies our hope. Let hope abound in your heart that Christ might be glorified. Place your trust not in this world or in these days, but trust in the One who loves you. May the love of God assure you this very day of the hope we have in Christ Jesus.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/11/20

October 12, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Deuteronomy:

“I will proclaim the name of the LORD.
       Oh, praise the greatness of our God!”  
(Deut. 32:3)

Praise the Lord! There is never a time when we should not be praising the Lord, whether good times or bad times, whether in sickness or in health, whether rich or poor, whether up or down, whether the Lord speaks or is silent, whether in plenty or in want, whether under Satan’s attack or at peace. Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, praise the Lord. Praise Him for His goodness, praise Him for His righteousness, praise Him for His holiness, praise Him for His blessings, praise Him for His provisions, praise Him for His faithfulness, praise Him for His mercy and grace, praise Him for His Son, praise Him for His salvation, praise Him for His everlasting love towards us. In everything and in every situation, praise the Lord.

May your lips ever sing praises to the Lord God Almighty.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/04/20

October 5, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Ephesians:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.   (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

Thank God the Lord reigns on High, for we are living in a time of turmoil, where unrest rises in the streets, party rises against party, and voices clash in discord. Yet these are but shadows, for we are caught in a titanic struggle between good and evil, an ongoing spiritual war in the heavenly realms where the forces of good and the forces of evil battle for control and their fighting spills over on the world and ignites chaos and destruction. Yet we need not despair for the Lord is with us. He sits on high, high above all darkness, high above all wickedness. So let us remember to call on the Lord; let us remember to put on our spiritual armor, wash ourselves in the blood of Christ, and fight with prayer and worship against the evil behind the events of our day, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness.  

 May you rise up and fight with prayer, praise, and worship.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 09/27/20

September 28, 2020

This week’s scripture is from Revelation:

“Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,

who was, and is, and is to come.”        (Rev. 4:8)

Let us come and bow down before Him, for our God is holy; He reigns on high from everlasting to everlasting; He is Lord Almighty; He is faithful and true; He created the heavens and the earth; He sent salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ; He holds eternity in His hands; all He does is holy, and everything He is, is holy, and there is no other like Him. Let us bow our hearts and our heads before Him and give Him honor and glory and praise; let us give Him thanks and throw our crowns down before Him, for He is the Holy One, the Great God who made us and who loves us. Let us love Him who first loved us, and let us worship Him who is holy. Amen.

May your heart yearn for Him who is holy, and may your worship flow.