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Bread by Faith

Bread by Faith Devotionals
  1. Today

    December 16: Matthew 8:2-10

    KJV Key Verse: Matthew 8:8
    8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

    We may look back at the times of Jesus and think it must have been easy to believe in Him because of the miracles He did. This passage shows the different levels of faith which were around at the time; we may well fall into the same category as the leper being that our faith is strengthened only when Christ does something for us or when we can see Him. Whatever our faith, we can relate to the words in this passage today.

    If we are like the leper, then we do seek physical evidence about Christ’s power so our faith can be strengthened; but it is only that, we have had to have faith in the beginning in order for it to be strengthened. If we are going to walk around waiting for physical evidence before we believe, then we are going to be disappointed. Yes there is plenty of physical evidence, but if we have not seen it and believed already, then we will continue to see it and continue to not believe. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Romans 10:17 NIV)

    If we are like the centurion, then we have a sure faith because we have already seen the evidence and have already depended on the evidence. As the centurion described it, he saw people around him with faith all the time. Because of his position, they did what he said, believing that it would be for the best. He had his position in the army because of his ability. Christ has an even higher position and He has it because He is the Son of God. Whatever He says is for the betterment of all. Whatever He asks of us, we should be doing. Our faith needs to be just as sure as our belief that those in power will do the right thing too. Jesus came to earth not to demonstrate His power and give us all something tangible to hold on to, He came so He could save us from our sins. All that He did was show His love for us in the best possible way...

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you trust and listen to people in power?

    Do you trust and listen to God?

  2. Day -1

    December 15: Isaiah 7:10-17

    KJV Key Verse: Isaiah 7:14
    14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel*.

    Ahaz was a king who was not intent in keeping Israel walking with God; instead he commanded idols be made to be worshipped. Isaiah had word from God and confronted him on more than one occasion, this being one of them. The simple words from Isaiah would be that Ahaz would have nothing to fear from the nations surrounding him if he would trust God again, but even though Ahaz openly said he would not tempt God, that is exactly what He was doing behind the scenes! Nothing can be hidden from God.

    This was happening almost 750 years before Christ was born and yet the word was quite explicit from God. Jesus (Immanuel) would be born of a virgin and would be King of the Jews (...before both kings). God was telling Ahaz another king (as well as the king of the land) would be born but both kings would not like the land. Herod certainly did not like Israel because of how he treated it. Jesus would flee from the land because He would be chased even before He could understand what was happening. In other words, Jesus was born as a human child and that child would have to be brought up just like any other child – but that child would be like no other child!

    Ahaz was a pretender. He was pretending to support God in front of Isaiah and yet behind the scenes was readying himself to worship idols. He did not have faith in God. He did not fear God. Isaiah must have thought he was alone in standing up and giving Ahaz certain warnings of what was to come (certain as in they certainly would come to pass). That is how we may feel sometimes when we stand up and proclaim Christ as our Saviour when all around us people are instead using His name in vain. But just like Isaiah, we have to remain true and faithful to God and He will then support and protect us just as He was willing to support and protect the king Ahaz who was rebelling against Him. Christ wants to support us. He has proven that to us. We just need to have faith in Him...

    Points to Ponder:
    How are you rewarded when you trust others?

    Are you wholly trusting God?

  3. Day -2

    December 14: Luke 1:26-38

    KJV Key Verse: Luke 1:38
    38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

    What a glorious event we need to praise God for! Christ was to come into this world miraculously as a human; His Father being God. Mary was worried by the words used by the angel to greet her... The angel’s words to her were to signify just how important her position was to be as the earthly mother of our Saviour and how much she would have to care for her son. God had chosen Mary because she was a virgin, proof He can and does work miracles, giving Mary a Son without her sleeping with any man. The angel wanted her to know that God had ordained this and she had no need to worry about anything; indeed her sister would also be having a child some six months before her – another miracle.

    We all do worry to some extent about what we are going to call our children sometimes reading through books of names to pick one out; the angel told Mary what her child would be called because this child is someone special. His name is Jesus! He is our Saviour. He is the head of our church. He is our Creator. His name is above all names. He is the Son of God. What a stir this name causes. His name brings people to their knees. His name brings comfort and joy.

    But all this is only true for those who know Him... Too many people do not know the true story of Christmas. Too many people do not know the true love that God showed us by allowing His Son to come to earth as a human being, to be lowered to our earth after being in heaven. Too many people do not know the things they do against God. Too many people do not know the price Christ had to pay so we would be able to be free.

    The Christmas story has to be told. The Christmas story has to be heard. We need people to know just how much God loves us and how much He was willing to do to show us that love. We need to know what we have to do in order to get God back into our lives. What better time to start telling the story than now?

    Points to Ponder:
    What are you doing this year?

    Are you celebrating the birth of Christ?

  4. Day -3

    December 13: Proverbs 2:1-9

    KJV Key Verse: Proverbs 2:6
    6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

    How many times have you worked really hard for something and found you could not quite do enough to get it, or that when you did get it, it was not as good as you thought? How many times have you returned saying “well that was a waste of time”? We do tend to judge things by how much we have to do in order to gain them. We also give more honour to things we have had to work harder for. When we get caught up in the way of the world, we then lose sight of the true worth of things but rather give them worth according to how much other people want them...

    Sometimes it takes a big change in your life to start to allow you to realise just what things are actually important in your life. After a life changing event, you begin to see things as they really are and not from the tainted view of the world... It is because we have begun to see their true worth. We can then look back and wonder how we ever got caught up in things to such an extent we forgot about the true meaning of so many things.

    We need to earnestly and honestly seek heavenly wisdom because in doing so we will find true worth and true meaning. When we find that sort of truth, we can look back and see the work we have done was totally worth it. Just because God gave us a free gift does not mean we can sit back and do nothing about it after receiving that gift; we still have to be diligent about what we do with it. We need to seek, we need to ask, and we need to come forward, because Christ has already promised us He will answer. It is the ones who do come forward that will receive the blessing. It is the ones who are diligent that will know the true worth. It does not take us long to look for money when we lose it; why should it take so long for us to look for heavenly wisdom when we are in need of that too? Walking with God means we do have to keep up... we cannot expect Him to drag us forward as if we are in a trailer or cart; we need to be exerting effort to keep walking with Him!

    Points to Ponder:
    What work lead to your biggest disappointment?

    Are you making sure you keep walking with Christ?

  5. Day -4

    December 12: Galatians 3:19-24

    KJV Key Verse: Galatians 3:22
    22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

    If God’s promise was good enough for salvation, why then do we have the law, way we call the Old Testament? If Christ’s gift of salvation to us is perfect, why should we have all the laws written in our bibles? The answer is surprisingly simple... By reading our Old Testaments we can find out that even God’s chosen people (the Israelites) were sinners, and yet His promise to send a Saviour for us stood from the beginning. How did the Israelites know they were doing things wrong? They knew they did wrong because they had the law given to them from God via Moses. That is the one thing which allowed them to know what they were supposed to do and allowed them to see what they did wrong in God’s sight.

    The law was not intended as a means by which the Israelites could discover a way to be justified but rather as a means by which they could discover they were sinners. It is not until we understand that we are sinners we can turn to God and ask for His forgiveness. The bible gives us all of that knowledge and even pointed the Israelites towards the truth Christ would come to be their Saviour. Moses was the mediator at that time, being the person in the middle hearing the woes from each side and trying to find a way forward for both sides. He had to explain God’s rules to the people and also to take the peoples worries back to God.

    The fantastic truth is the law promised that by the faith of Jesus Christ we would all be able to receive salvation. It was a promise which spanned time, a promise which would stand true for all those before and all those to come; a promise that whosoever believes on His name should receive everlasting life. But before our faith came, man was kept under the law so the faith that was to come could be understood by all. What a perfect gift God gave to us. What a perfect explanation before the gift. What a perfect end and His gift...

    Points to Ponder:
    How do you know when you have done something wrong?

    Have you read your bible to understand God’s law?

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