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Bread by Faith

Bread by Faith Devotionals
  1. Today

    February 26: Galatians 6:1-6

    KJV Key Verse: Galatians 6:4
    4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

    When you go into an unknown situation, it is always good to know someone is looking out for you and even better if they have been in the situation you are heading for so they can guide you through it. As Christians we need to be looking out for each other as well as looking out for people who are not Christians; the problem comes when we have to face the things others face because we might be tempted to give in to the temptations facing them, just as they may want to give in.

    Jesus led the disciples through their lives when He was with them, guiding them and showing them what was best. He also guided them away from any sins in their lives where He could. He did not ban them from sin but rather gently showed them a right way of approaching things so they could make an informed choice in their own lives. This is what He would like us to do – the problem being we do not always know what is best for others…

    The best we can do is to listen to the Holy Spirit and do what He says is right for each of us. In doing so we become better examples for others to follow and examples through which they can gain strength. Part of that is in carrying each others burdens. Not only is this what Christ wanted of us but also the example He showed us so we could follow. Christ continues to say we should share our burdens with Him so we may find strength and guidance through His example.

    When we begin to raise our thought about ourselves and our abilities above what we are capable of, we only fool ourselves because others will see through our deception! So each of us needs to watch what we do and what we are capable of doing, without comparing ourselves to others. When we do start comparing ourselves to others we become disillusioned with our own lives and things break down. Christ wants us to live our own lives, but when we learn more about Him, we should be willing to share that information with others freely.

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you keep to yourself?

    Or do you share your life with your friends?

  2. Day -1

    February 25: John 3:19-21

    KJV Key Verse: John 3:21
    21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

    No matter how much we try to tell people about the gospel truths, we will not be able to reach all people; people have grown to love the darkness and the wrongs ways of living. We do have an uphill task of trying to tell people about this amazing light which Christ has brought into the world, not to blame people or show them up, but to give them the option of finding out the truth and following that truth as a choice!

    The more we live in the world and live by the rules of the world, the more we move away from God and get stuck in the worldly ways. These ways are often the wrong ways and it seems a lot easier to go with these ways just as the rest of the people around us are doing. Why rock the boat when you can move ahead just like everyone else? Well, if the road everyone is on leads to the wrong destination, we need to come to our senses and get off the common road and head back to the right destination!

    Christ warned us the road to the wrong destination would be free and easy to go forward on, but would ultimately lead to spending our lives away from God and certainly not going to live in Heaven with Him for eternity! The road to heaven may not be an open highway, it may not be easy and it may go through many torturous ways, but we can be certain it will lead to us being able to spend our eternity with Christ in heaven.

    If we continue to go along this wrong highway for too long, we will lose sight of the road to heaven and get so caught up in the wrong ways we may even convince ourselves these wrong ways are the right ways. They are not! We need to open our eyes and see the world and its ways for what it is, adjust our ways and try to stay walking with Christ along the rough and ready road which will give us eternal life.

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you like sticking with the crowd?

    Are you ready to step out and know you are on the right path?

  3. Day -2

    February 24: John 7:6-9

    KJV Key Verse: John 7:7
    7 The world cannot* hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

    Have you noticed how you support the ‘bad’ person in some movies, or how you go against the good person because they are spoiling all the fun? There are so many times in our lives where we go against what we think we should because it makes sense for us to do so or it seems to please more people to do so…

    This does not make these things right and should not mean we support those things – but what do the people around us see when we go against what is right or support the bad people? They see us rebelling against what is right and they may well turn away from righteousness in order to support you or to go the same way they see you going. This is nothing new, we are followers of people and we like to fit in with the crowd so we can be part of the crowd – a certain amount of anonymity in our lives gives us peace.

    Jesus was nothing like that – but He knew when to stay away from the crowd because of what they would have planned against Him. He knew it would eventually come to this, but He also knew the time was not right. We don’t tend to get such insights in our lives and we blunder forward bouncing between things, hoping to make it through to the other end. The world will probably not hate us for doing this or for being whom we are; unless we stand up for Christ in everything we do.

    When we stand up for God and follow His will in our lives, we may well find there are a lot of people who do not like what we are doing because it either throws light onto the dark things they are involved in, or it allows others to see you as righteous and not them. The world wants to envelop people and gather everyone together so we can all hide behind each other! God wants us to stand out from the crowd and make a difference – just wait for God’s timing and don’t turn away!

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you like hiding behind others?

    Will you stand up front and be the example?

  4. Day -3

    February 23: Luke 6:23-26

    KJV Key Verse: Luke 6:25
    25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

    There is always another side to the coin… we were reminded yesterday how God is willing to bless all those who are in need, those who are poor, those who are weak and those who are struggling. The other side of the coin points to those who have all they need, more money than they need, more food than they need and who are not willing to step forward and offer help to those who have not…

    To these, God issues a warning. The poor and needy will rejoice and leap for joy because they will have everything they need in heaven, but those who have been spoiled here on earth will not be spoiled in heaven. The rich are warned they have already received their comfort because they have spent it all on themselves. Those who have had more food than they needed have eaten all they could. Those who have laughed at the expense of others have had their laughs.

    The kingdom of God is based on holiness and justice! That means there is no place for sin no matter how small or insignificant we think it may be. That sin may be the ignorance we feigned about other who were in need, the things we held back from others when we saw them in need, the things we overlooked because it did not please us to look at them. We may think of ourselves as being upright people – and that we may well be. But what are we ignoring around us.

    Look to the people around you. Don’t just glance but look long and hard. Do you realise what is going on in your communities? Are you turning a blind eye to the needs of the few in your community? God wants us to have open eyes, open hearts and be willing to see and hear exactly what is going on around us. He wants us to step forward and make a difference to those people we have ignored in the past. He wants us to show people how great the Kingdom of Heaven is going to be by being His examples right here and right now!

    Points to Ponder:
    How do you look at the poor people?

    Are you willing to make a difference?

  5. Day -4

    February 22: Luke 6:20-22

    KJV Key Verse: Luke 6:21
    21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

    The more people gathered around Jesus, the more He wanted to tell them about the kingdom of God. The more people who gathered to be healed and blessed, the more He wanted to bless them in the positions they were in. He did not wait until the right amount of rich people gathered together before He addressed the crowds. He did not wait until the right amount of sick people gathered before He healed people. He worked with the people who gathered there and then!

    Too many times in our lives we wait until the right opportunity arises or we wait until the right people hear our message before we deliver what we have promised; we give in to the ways of the world instead of making the ways of the world. Look around you at the people who are close by – what do you see and what do you hear? Do you hear gossip and bragging, do you see flamboyance and degradation?

    What is God laying on your heart? Is He giving you a heart to step out of your daily routine and help people who have no routine? Is He asking you to leave your lifestyle behind and go and be with people who are poor and in need? Is He asking you to step forward and be with people of great stature? We cannot impose our ways or our wants on God; we have to listen for His ways and His desires. He is the one who does know what is best for the people you see around you, be it with your eyes, hearing with your ears or watching over news channels…

    God blesses the poor because they do not see the riches of heaven in their world. God blesses the hungry because they do not have the opulent lifestyle of some others. God blesses those who weep because they are in need of comfort when the world has taken them away from that comfort. God blesses the people who hate you and your Christian ways because He wants them to see what they can have if they would turn to Him. Wherever God is calling you, step forward, one step at a time and move on with Him!

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you have a heart to serve other people?

    What is God asking you to do – and will you listen?

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