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Bread by Faith Devotionals
  1. Today

    February 25: Proverbs 30:1-6

    KJV Key Verse: Proverbs 30:4
    4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

    Devotion:
    Agur’s words may have seemed strange at the time they were written, but now that we know what Jesus has done for us, we know more about what his words mean. Agur compares himself to an animal in his understanding of both life and the scriptures, but he knows what he is writing is of great importance. He obviously was beginning to have an understanding of the scriptures and what was to come before his revelation of just Who was to come!

    The more we come to know about the scriptures, the more we find out we do not know and the more we wish we were able to understand more! As long as we continue to know that there is more, and we are simply students, then we will continue to grow. We must never grow weary of learning about God and never give up trying to find out more; because with that knowledge we are able to give others some understanding and to encourage others. Agur thought nothing of his own position, yet we read his words with awe.

    Every word which comes from God and which has been recorded over time is for our benefit. Every word is the truth and will give us wisdom and understanding. Every word is for our guidance. Why should we ever think we can add to it by inventing our own rules and regulations? Why should we ever think we can do anything better than the God who is the knowledge of everything? We need to read His Word and accept it as the truth that it is, accept it for what it is – God’s Word!

    Points to Ponder:
    How often do you read or listen to things to find out more information?

    How much of that time is for learning more about God?

  2. Day -1

    February 24: John 14:28-31

    KJV Key Verse: John 14:31
    31 But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.

    Devotion:
    Each one of us needs to think more along the line of what Christ was doing here than we do in our lives. We all think about how long we may live and what we will do when we get there. We all think about how we have a certain number of years ahead of us based on the average lifespan of humans. Whilst that may well be so for the average person, we should not be living like the average person.

    We need to be separating ourselves from this world by showing people that we dare to be different – like Daniel showing everyone he would continue to praise God in the face of anything. We need to show people we are willing to do God's work in the face of anything. Stand up and be proud to be a Christian knowing that when you do, you are lifting Christ up to be glorified and nobody else. We need to make sure He is the focus of our attentions and not the things of this earth that surround us.

    There will be times when the things of this earth overshadow us or trap us into doing things. There will certainly be times when the things of this earth tempt us away from Christ. Each of these times we have to remember just who our focus should be on. We need to remember who should be in the centre of our lives. We need to lift Christ up to show we have a mission in life. That mission should be exactly what Christ has told us to do: “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to everyone”.

    Christ continued to make sure everyone understood that He did things because God bid it, not because He wanted it Himself. We must cast aside our selfishness and lift God up in our lives...

    Points to Ponder:
    How many years do you think you have to live?

    Would you have done enough for God if He called you home tonight?

  3. Day -2

    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 .

    Devotion:
    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?

  4. Day -3

    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.

    Devotion:
    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?

  5. Day -4

    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.

    Devotion:
    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?

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