Posts Tagged ‘strengthen’

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/26/14

October 27, 2014

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

Jesus Christ risen“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.”      (Psalm 105:4)

Let us remember He who is faithful, and to seek Him first in every circumstance that life sets before us, for He is our strength and our righteousness. When the burdens of this life are too heavy for us to bear, He is strong enough to bear them.

When fiery trials or troubles press against us and we are weakened by oppression, infirmity, or sorrow; He has the strength to turn the tide of tribulation, for, though we may weaken, the Lord is still strong. When we are without strength, He wants to be our strength, for when we are weak, but submitted to the Lord, then we are strong. Let us praise the Lord, and ever seek His face.

May the good and gracious Lord bless you with His strength this very day.

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Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 12/4/11

December 5, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Isaiah:

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: Behold a virgin shall be with child and give birth to a son, and shall call His name Immanuel” (God with us).    (Isaiah 7:14)

The Son of God come down to us as a child; O great are the promises of God. How blessed we are, for the ancients knew the promise but did not see it come to pass, yet we live in the time of God’s favor, we have seen His grace and His salvation, for He sent His Son Jesus Christ to us that we might know Him, and through Him the blessings of His mercy and love, unto life and life eternal. Glory to God, glory in the highest, for He is with us and we are forever blessed. Praise God Almighty.

May the blessings of Our Lord Jesus Christ be yours this very day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 10/16/11

October 17, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Hebrews:

“For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”     (Hebrews 6:10)

We know we are not saved by works and our salvation does not depend on works, but that does not mean that the Lord forgets about the works done in His name by those who minister in His name. Indeed, He planned good works for you to do before you were born or born again, and He knows the love you have shown in His name and the love you have shared in His name. The Lord delights in the good works done in His name to spread His kingdom, for the scripture says that some plow, some plant, and some harvest, and the angels of heaven rejoice at every sinner brought to grace. His workers will not go unrewarded, nor will He ever forsake those who belong to Him and serve in faithfulness and love.

May the Lord bless you with the assurance that He has seen your faithful labors.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/28/11

August 29, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Exodus:

“The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’”    (Exodus 33:14)

These days it seems there is always much work to do, but sometimes the tasks before us seem too big for us, the weight of them too much for us to bear, the needs are so great and there are so many. We shoulder our burdens like baggage and struggle to keep going, but we who belong to the Lord are not meant to do so; we are meant to be servants.

It is not the Lord’s intent that we bear the weight, for He tells us that His burden is light. If we will faithful follow Him and the path that He has for us and turn our burdens over to Him, He will not only bear them for us, but He promises to give us rest. God is so good. Let us lay down our burdens and surrender them to our Lord that we might have rest in Him.

May the Lord grant you rest as you turn your burdens over to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/14/11

August 15, 2011

This week’s scriptures are from John and Ephesians:

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”      (John 17:3)

” … that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him…”     (Ephesians 1:17)

To know Him, the one true God, and His son Jesus Christ is the most important thing anyone can know. For Jesus said that we must know Him, for not all who call Him “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven just because they prophesied in His name or in His name drove out demons or even performed miracles–if they did not know Him and do the Father’s will. He will say, “I never knew you. Away from me…” We need to know Him and the only way we can get to know Him is to spend time with Him, to hear His voice and His heart. Yes, we have obligations and service to perform, but what does it mean if we don’t know Him as He wants to be known? How can He call you friend if you don’t really know Him?

May the Lord bless you with a heart and a spirit to know Him and know Him better each day.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 08/07/11

August 8, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Psalms:

“For He shall give His angels charge over you,
         To keep you in all your ways.”   
  (Psalm 91:11)

We are never alone when we belong to Christ, for the Lord loves us with an everlasting love. He watches over us; He sends His angels to guide us, to care for us, to protect us, to fight for us, even to heal us. All about us their unseen presence is keeping vigilance; when we pray, when we call upon His name, at His command His angels take flight to do His bidding. He does not leave us alone; He does not leave His children unguarded. He sends angels to minister to the broken-hearted, to lift up the downfallen, to strengthen the weary, to comfort the afflicted, to deliver from danger, to give a message of hope. He cares for you.

May the blessings of the Lord be yours, and may His angels watch over you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/31/11

August 1, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Ezekiel:

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”   (Ezekiel 36:26)

Perhaps our hearts are not of stone, but are there stones in your heart? Are there hard places where God’s love cannot flow?  Surrender your whole heart to the Lord. Let there be no hardness in our hearts: no unforgiveness, no anger, no prejudice, no unbelief, no unrighteousness. Let us search our hearts and lay them before God that we might be obedient, repentant, righteous children and servants open fully to God’s heart. Let the love of God for the lost and the wanderer, for the misled or backslidden, for those hard to love, soften our hearts toward them, for only by His heart are they won, only by His love.

May the Lord bless you as you open your heart to Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/24/11

July 25, 2011

This week’s scriptures are from 2 Peter and James:

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world…”      (2 Peter 1:3-4)

… and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”    (James 1:27b)

At times the corruption and pollution in our world feels like it leaves us tainted or stained simply because it is all around us. Like mud on a rainy day, we cannot avoid it. We cannot open a newspaper or turn on the internet without seeing reports of filth, degradation, perversion, and wanton sin paraded before us. Just being exposed to it makes one feel unclean. Thank God that Jesus’ blood cleanses us of all iniquity and unrighteousness. Thank God that Jesus shed His blood that we might “escape the corruption in the world” that threatens to consume us. Praise Him for his divine power and His promises that we can be free, free in Christ, filled with the Holy Spirit. Thank God that He sent His incorruptible Son.

May the Lord of Glory place a hedge of protection around you, and bless you and keep you.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/17/11

July 21, 2011

This week’s scriptures are from Mark and Luke:

“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”                   (Mark 1:35)

“Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”   (Luke 5:16)

Often our lives seem to move at a hectic pace and the demands on our time and for our attention are constant; we can barely get the things done that need to get done or attend to those that need us. If we get a moment or two somehow the world intrudes to disrupt us and another call disturbs our rest. Though called to serve, serving can weary us. Let us remember the One who called us; let us remember the One from whom our strength comes. Jesus knew and He would withdraw to quiet places alone to pray, to be with the Father, and to renew His strength. Let us remember to do likewise.

May the Lord bless you and refresh you as you spent time alone with Him.

Strengthen and Encourage the Brethren 07/10/11

July 11, 2011

This week’s scripture is from Jeremiah:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
      whose hope is the LORD.” 
  (Jeremiah 17:7)

Blessing follows belief, for the Lord pours out His blessings on those who believe in Him and trust in His holy name. In every situation the Lord is our hope and our salvation. Call on His name and He will answer; pray and He will hear; seek Him first and He will provide for every need. Never does the Lord leave His children forsaken; those who trust in Him shall not want; though hardship or trouble arise all around us, He never leaves us as orphans, for we are the children of the King of Glory, and our hope, our confidence, is in Him who gave Himself for us. Praise be to the Lord Almighty and to Jesus Christ His son and to the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. Thank you, Lord.

May the Lord pour out His blessings and mercies upon you as you trust in Him.