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Bread by Faith Devotionals
  1. Today

    August 18: Acts 17:1-9

    KJV Key Verse: Acts 17:3
    3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whomI preach unto you, is Christ.

    Devotion:
    When you start talking to people about Christ you are generally going to find some people listen, some disagree, and some may even turn violent! People who are going to act normally and listen (or not) will probably not put you off your stride and they will not interfere with what you believe. Those who do listen may encourage you or even discourage you; but they should not be able to change your mind about Christ! On the other hand, the people who are going to rebel and even go out of their way to stop you from speaking are going to be the ones who do challenge your faith the most.

    Even as an adult teaching young children you will still get those who seem hell-bent on stopping you from teaching others about Christ. Fortunately, children are a bit easier to side track when they try to interrupt teachings; but peers will always tend to get the better of you if you do not have faith that Christ will carry you through.

    If Christ is in your conversation, teaching or discussion, then you can know He will make sure His Word will get told in some way. You can know that whatever happens will be to His glory (so long as you are willing to allow Him in). You can know He will carry you through the discussion and even get others to listen.

    Paul was able to tell a lot of people about Christ and how His life lived up to the prophesies which foretold of His coming and His resurrection. He was able, through use of the scriptures, to convince many of the truth... But there was a substantial group who would not accept the truth because it would mean them having to give up their “self made rules” and follow the truth. They would rather use the law of the land to put down the Law of Christ and were willing to use whatever means it would take... That also meant taking other believers and dragging them through the mill to try and turn people against Christian teaching. We need to be aware of people like that, but also to place our trust in Christ!

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you like it when people side-track your conversations?

    How willing are you to allow Christ to win the conversation?

  2. Day -1

    August 17: Luke 1:1-4

    KJV Key Verse: Luke 1:4
    4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

    Devotion:
    How often have you been frustrated by other people who have not told your story properly. I mean, here you go, trying to explain things properly to one person, and they go off and tell someone else something different and have the cheek to say you told them that! I am sure we have all been there at some stage, and may well have been the one who got the story wrong too!

    Luke must have got a bit frustrated by the “broken telephone syndrome” when he would do his best to go out and preach God's Word as it was told to him only to have others get it wrong and then for them to explain it incorrectly to others. He decided to make sure they got the whole truth by writing it all down and giving it to the church as a written document; that way they could not get it wrong! If only things were as simple as that in real life!

    No matter how much we write things down and explain it to people, some will always come up with their own ideas. Some will even think their ideas must be better than yours and start telling others their own ideas in preference to the truth. That is just part of human life – each one of us seems to want to be known in some better way than others. Until we can let go of that need to be recognised in some way more than others, we will continue to bend the rules, bend the truth and go off on our own ideas!

    God wants us to come forward humbly to accept His Word as the truth and to faithfully recount His word to others. This does not mean we have to stick to reading His Word directly from the scriptures and nothing else... What it does mean is that we need to find out the truth before we start spreading it to others. What good would it be if I started to tell you how to make birds nest soup if I did not even know what ingredients to use? We need to find out the truth by reading all of it so that we can understand it, only then can we get to grips with telling others about it...

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you like talking to others about things you know nothing about?

    How much do you actually know about God's Word?

  3. Day -2

    August 16: 1 Timothy 1:5-11

    KJV Key Verse: 1 Timothy 1:8
    8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

    Devotion:
    The aim of God's Law is to allow everyone to see where they are going wrong, so we can make amends in our lives to admit to our mistakes and follow God. Its design is fulfilled when many, (who are sinners like us) through their repentance towards God, come forward to exercise their new-found Christian love. I have tried to show, over the past days and weeks, Christian love is a love which goes further than just saying you love one person or one God. As believers we are in a relationship with Christ which allows us to grow into more than just another person that goes to church once in a while... God's law is not here to trip up those who try to follow it, nor to batter the Christian round the head through constant humiliation (that is abuse); it is here to bring people to the point where they want to be able to say sorry.

    Just like all good ideas, it's not going to work too well if it is not used as it was designed. We have many people abusing God's Word around the world by taking it out of context and using it to spread lies rather than the truth. They make it sound so good by using a few words from it here and there and backing it up with a few more until it sounds plausible – but doing a little bit of reading from where they say they are getting those words will allow you to see the truth rather than their lies. I have seen scientists, atheists and even supporters of witchcraft refer to words from the bible to try and support their own claims – if they took those same words in context, it would blow their claims out of the water! If only more people would be willing to read up and check!

    You see, because people refer to a word or two from the bible, others will be more willing to believe what they are saying – even if it is not the truth! If man is not willing to use God's Law for it real design, then people will not see the Law for what it is. We need to stand up and be counted as the ones who are willing to step up to the mark and show that we know what God's Law stands for and how we are willing to show others the whole truth as well!

    Points to Ponder:
    How many times have you taken what your parents told you to use it against them?

    Do you really think that anyone will get away with bending God's truth?

  4. Day -3

    August 15: Romans 7:9-13

    KJV Key Verse: Romans 7:12
    12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

    Devotion:
    As I look back on my life as a new Christian (many years ago) I can see how I changed a little, but what is striking to look back on now is how much I used to sin; and guess what, I still do sin! We think of ourselves as people who are “ok”, not as bad as others but maybe not quite as good as some; what we are doing is leaving out The Law. As soon as we start to compare ourselves with God's Law, we start to see how much we do sin and how much we do have to let go of. As Paul writes, we become as dead people because there is so many little things we do not do as we did before.

    The more we start to try and live as Christians the more we try to bend rules so we can live within our own comfortable world still. We like to think we are doing the right thing by bending the rules just a tiny bit so that we can still do some of the things from our past. Does that then make it ok to do a little sin? I think not...

    It was God's Law that showed us we were sinners to start with. It was God's Law which showed us what we were doing wrong and that same Law which told us the punishment for our sins was death. That is why we turned to God in the beginning. Why then do we not have the strength to turn our backs on that life once and for all? Why then do we hanker after that life even after we know it is wrong?

    The Law was made to be perfect, holy and just. It will always be perfect, holy and just. We are the ones who pick it up and change a few things so we can go with a “law” that fits our needs. We are the ones who corrupt it and pass it on as the real thing when it is not! Sin is what has corrupted the law and will continue to corrupt it in the same manner as dirty hands make other things dirty by covering the clean stuff with dirt... We need to take the law in its perfect, holy and just state and try our best to apply that law to our lives to show people the real law and not the dirty ‘copy’ we like to keep for a while! The commandments have not changed since they were given to Moses thousands of years ago – why should we think we could change them now?

    Points to Ponder:
    How many times have you “interpreted” rules to suit yourself?

    Are you still trying to change God's Laws for your own sin?

  5. Day -4

    August 14: Romans 12:1-2

    KJV Key Verse: Romans 12:2
    2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    Devotion:
    How do you react when people do things for you? Do you say thank you? Do you do things for them in return? Well, think on that a bit more… God is in control of this world – by Him everything exists and continues to exist. When we look at it, we receive things from God every day, constantly – yet how do we react? All we are, all we have, all we can do is all because of Him. After all He has done for us, is anything not acceptable to do for Him? After all He has done for us, is it not our reasonable service to do something for Him… anything…

    Whilst we continue to live on this world, it is very difficult to let go of the ways of the world and even the things which surround us. It is very difficult to stand up for something which goes against the worldly ways – unless we are tempted to do something strange! How easily we give in to the temptations and yet how we reject being different to do the right thing! We are so caught up in things surrounding us, so caught up in the past and even the present that we grasp all we can and live our lives according to all we see and feel only.

    When we become Christians we need to let go of the world as it is. Let go of our old ways which have lead us to do the things we did. Let go of the past that we have created in our old ways. Our greatest problem is probably the fact we conform our lives to the world and not to Christ. The world is not with God – why should we continue to do things to satisfy the world?

    I’m not saying we should simply forget about everything we have done. God does not want us to do that because He has allowed us to walk the path we have so far for a reason. We need to embrace our past experience so we can learn exactly what we have done. By doing so we can know the way of the world; but by embracing God we can also know the way of God. With those two ways in hand we can then choose the right path which is our reasonable reaction for everything that He has already done for us!

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you think that nothing can change the way that you are?

    Have you let God have a go in your life?

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