Posts Tagged ‘faith’

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 06/04/17

June 5, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Mark:

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 15:16)

Let us be obedient to the Lord’s command. Let us proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ into a lost and dying world, that He is the way, the truth, and the life, that He came that we might believe, repent, and be forgiven of our sins. Let us be bold to tell others what the Lord has done, and what He has done for us. His story in your life is the greatest witness you can give. Tell others how He came into your life and what He has done in your life, how you’ve been saved and how you are living out your faith in Him. Be His witness in your life, for then the Holy Spirit will draw them and bring them to repentance and new life. Share the good news, let them hear it, for faith comes by hearing and the message is through our Lord.

May the Lord make you bold to speak the good news to others.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 05/21/17

May 22, 2017

This week’s scripture is from Acts:

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”   (Acts 13:38)

He came that we might know Him; He sacrificed himself and bled and died that we might be forgiven for our sins and receive eternal life. We know that if we are faithful to confess our sins He will forgive us. Let us not hold back, but let us come humbly before the Lord and freely confess our sins. Let us remember to forgive those who have wronged us for He forgives us in the same measure as we forgive those who have sinned against us. If Jesus forgave those who killed him who are we to not forgive those who have wronged us? We must forgive. And let us not neglect to forgive ourselves for our sins as well, for who are we to not forgive ourselves for our wrongs when the Lord has forgiven us? Forgive and be forgiven. Trust in Him.

May you be blessed by the Lord’s forgiveness and mercy.

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.