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Bread by Faith Devotionals
  1. Today

    February 23: John 14:25-27

    KJV Key Verse: John 14:27
    27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth , give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid .

    Have you ever been in a situation where someone told you that they could do something for you, but you insisted on trying to get things sorted out yourself. Finally, in frustration after not being able to fix things, you go back to them and they fix it within a few minutes or even seconds! I certainly have been. It's our pride or conceit which stops us from listening to people who can actually do things for us, and even want to do things for us!

    Can you now imagine just how frustrated Christ gets with us! He has continued to tell us we can depend on Him for anything and how we must do – and yet we continue to tell Him we can manage it by ourselves! We continue to think we are in control and understand all things, when, truth be told, we fail miserably most of the time! God understood that in the beginning and gave us the opportunity to have someone come to help us out; first Christ, then the Holy Spirit.

    Christ plainly reminded us He would leave the Holy Spirit to indwell us when we believe in Him. He reminds us here that the Holy Spirit will not only be with us but will help us to remember things about His teachings. In other words, we may well not be able to remember all the things we read from the bible, but the Holy Spirit certainly will be able to help you remember them when we need to... all we must do is listen!

    If we had listened to that person who told us they could fix things in the beginning, we would have got things done a whole lot quicker. If we listen to Christ now and believe He is able to help us, then we will be able to move forward in His will a whole lot quicker... We just have to listen! He wants to guide us. He wants to help us. He wants to protect us. Why not let Him?

    Points to Ponder:
    Are you too proud to accept help?

    How well do you actually listen to God?

  2. Day -1

    February 22: John 14:23-24

    KJV Key Verse: John 14:23
    23 Jesus answered and said unto him,If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

    If we really do love someone then we will be more than willing to do things for and with them. We will be encouraged from within to listen to what they have to say and obey them when they tell us things which should be done. The same is with Christ. If we love Him, then we should be willing to do things for Him and to listen to what He has written and also what He says to us. We should be willing to live according to His will. As we grow up, we (eventually) leave home and make a home for ourselves. When we find the one who we want to spend the rest of our life with, we get married and live together – that is the way God designed us and the way we should continue to be.

    Christ put things quite clearly, if we are willing to love Him, then He will not only continue in His love for us, but also be willing to come to us and live with us. That is not to say that Christ will literally knock on your door and move in with you, but the Holy Spirit will live within you. Christ never lifts Himself above God the Father nor above the Holy Spirit. He declares “We will come...” meaning that He, The Father and The Holy Spirit are one and the same. What a privilege it is to know that Christ wants to live inside each of us.

    So when we turn to Christ in love, He in turn comes to live in us. That means we need to be ever more vigilant about how we live our lives. For with God with us, we have a Comforter, Guide and Protector living in our lives. With Him living in our lives we are exposing Him to everything we do, right and wrong! How would you like to take your best friend to the worst place you can think of? It's not what we would think of doing – so why do we continue to expose Christ to all things we do in our lives?

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you protect your loved ones from bad things?

    Do you allow yourself (and God) to be exposed to bad things in your life?

  3. Day -2

    February 21: John 8:31-38

    KJV Key Verse: John 8:34
    34 Jesus answered them,Verily, verily, I say unto you*, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

    You will be amazed at how many things have control in your life, the things you hear, the things you see and the things you do all act towards what you think and do. They normally get to you in that order as well. First you hear about something, then you get around to seeing it and then you get around to doing it. By that stage you have accepted it into your life and it becomes a part of your life. What you probably have not done is to think about whether it is the right thing or not – you just heard others were doing it, saw someone doing it and now you want to do it... we have come back to us wanting things in our lives.

    We think we own our lives and that we are able to do anything with our lives. We think we alone are the ones who should be in charge of our own selves; that is why we do not listen to good advice! The advice may well be good, it may well help us, but we object to others having control of our lives, so we rebel against those suggestions. Straight away we have rejected something from our lives because we think we know better. The most common thing which is rejected in anyone's life has got to be solid Christian advice.

    First you hear about the rebel who has a good time. Then you see a film portraying someone who rebels against society and seemingly wins out at the end. So, you start to think you should be able to rebel as well; you start to change your life to fit it with some rebellious ideas you have thought up. You may well know they are not correct, but the more you allow them in your life, the more normal you think they are! The only normal thing we should be doing is listening to the best advice on earth – the advice our God gives us through our bibles. Christ came to make sure people stood up and took notice. He made sure we would have enough information recorded so that generation after generation could hear the truth and act upon it – not against it!

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you think you would make a good escape artist?

    How can you escape from the truth?

  4. Day -3

    February 20: Jude 1:5-7

    KJV Key Verse: Jude 1:5
    5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

    One thing nobody is going to escape is the final judgement. Not a nice thought, but something which has got to be remembered all the time. We are living in a world that has been created by God, is maintained by God and will ultimately perish or be changed through God. This world is but here under God's grace and nothing more. We like to think we are in control of things and that we can control various things about this world, but we are only changing how we live in it.

    At the allotted time we will all have to face up to God's wrath. From the beginning of time He has shown how people will not get away with evil and how we have to pay for doing things our own way instead of His ways. Just because civilisation was almost entirely wiped out thousands of years ago, we don't tend to think about it. God saved the Israelites from Egypt thousands of years ago, yet few people believe it. Christ came to earth only 2000 years ago, yet man insists on taking those truths away from us now too. God has shown what has happened in the past and has warned about what will happen in the future – yet man continues to try and ignore the truth.

    Pride, lust and want will continue to separate us from Christ until we do acknowledge Him as Lord. No matter how clean a life we try to live, no matter how good we are, our hearts still have evil in them. Even when we inwardly acknowledge Him as our Saviour, our hearts still have that evil. No amount of outward displays of Christianity will prevent us from facing God's wrath. The only thing which will keep us from paying the penalty is our total inward belief that Christ is our Saviour and He paid our debt. Only then will Jesus be able to stand up and say “I know this person. I have paid for their sins. They are not guilty”.

    Points to Ponder:
    How much do you believe your friends?

    How much do you believe the bible?

  5. Day -4

    February 19: Jude 1:1-4

    KJV Key Verse: Jude 1:3
    3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

    The whole basis of this letter is summed up in the first few verses – watch out, evil is about. Jude's letter was written to specifically remind all saints in Christ that we do tend to follow earthly ways and very quickly lose sight of God and His ways! As you can see, it is not just a problem for us nowadays, but something that has been going on even in the days following Christ's time on earth. Jude was going to write a doctrinal work on salvation but instead writes of his grave concerns for the way we conduct our Christian lives.

    All of us are guilty of allowing things into our lives which are not Christian. We all follow our human nature at some stage in our lives and that is exactly what we have to remember. Not only do we need to watch what we do and say, but we have to be aware of those people in our lives who we think we should follow. We need to make sure we are following them because of their correct and faithful teaching of Christ and not because they sound good or look good! We need to make sure we do learn from God's Word so we can compare what we are doing with what Christ would have us to do. How else are we to know what is right and wrong unless we are able to delve into God's Word on a regular basis and listen to His teachings?

    Most of us look upon the bible as being a very complicated and huge book which would be worse to read than something as long as “War and Peace”. But the difference between God's Word and any other book is that it is all relevant. Most books have a lot of fluff in between the interesting parts; God's Word has interesting stuff between the interesting stuff! It is not a book to sit down and read in a day or two and then discard. It is a book which we need to read slowly whilst thinking about each part that we do read.

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you like reading?

    Digest the bible slowly and it will stay with you for longer.

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