BREAD OF LIFE MINISTRIES

DEVOTIONS DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE, EDIFY & MAKE YOU THINK!!
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

LIVING TO PLEASE GOD

Romans 12:1-2 New Living Translation
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
            If you truly want to worship the Lord, live a holy life. I don’t feel this means you must cloister yourself away from the world, unless you know in your heart that is what God is calling you to. It means to live a holy, godly life in spite of the world around you. It means to focus on one thing in the midst of a hundred other things. We have responsibilities to family and church, but if our personal relationship with Christ is the driving force in our life then we will incorporate every other area of our life with our walk with God.
            Paul had told the Roman believers not to imitate the customs and behavior of the world, for nothing the world does is pleasing to God. We can do as we please but not all things are for our benefit. The Lord knows what we could never know and that is the future of things. He knows where we’ll end up if we go it alone as opposed to following the path he has charted for us. The only way we can grow into the person God knows we can be is to draw close to him and listen. 
            We all like to talk, perhaps a little too much at times. God needs us to listen to the still, small voice of the Spirit as he speaks to our spirit. Those things that apply to the church in the Apostles day hold true for us today. So when Paul admonishes, instructs or praises his contemporaries, we need to stiffen up and look at ourselves hard in the mirror. Is God talking to me thru his word? We must be teachable. If we aren’t, well, the Holy Spirit isn’t going to ram teaching down our throat. You need to be willing to receive what God wishes to share with you. Trust God in all areas of your life and you will become a mighty force for God. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

BUILDING UP OTHERS

Romans 15:2 New Living Translation
“We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord.”
            Paul’s statement previous to the above verse is that we are to be considerate of others who are not as spiritually mature as us. He also writes that we aren’t to just please ourselves. Sorry folks, but we are supposed to be on the bottom of the totem pole. God first, spouse second, others third and ourselves last. 
We should always seek to encourage and edify those around us, whether they are a believer or non-believer. Be real, not fake. God knows we aren’t perfect so let the world see you in your rawest form. I don’t mean we should be course or rude, but we are what we are and until the Lord’s work is done we’ll not be finished. Be relevant, be genuine, be forgiving, be merciful … allow God to use you, for he uses the lesser things to bring down the prideful. 
            This is precisely why I have been banging the drum about imitating Christ. Once we’re redeemed we have a job to do, a responsibility, so to speak. God doesn’t need us, but chooses to use us to minister as his Ambassadors to a fallen world.  As Pastor Rick Warren famously said, “It’s not all about you!” That’s a hard pill for some of us to swallow, but it’s a necessary metamorphosis that must take place so we can be more like Christ. Our plans need to be placed on the back burner at times, but the Lord never short changes his children. Trust him and do that which you feel impressed to do. If it’s the Spirit of God you’ll either immediately or eventually know it. 
            If you’re anything like me, and I pray you are not, you would have horrible concentration. Is it any wonder I call some of my writings “Thoughts From a Random Mind”. But the Lord can enable me to focus when it is most important and since he is no respecter of persons he can enable you as well. Talk to him like you would a most trusted friend. Try to do more listening than talking. You can listen to him speak to your heart thru the reading of his word, listening to a sermon or the lyrics from a meaningful song. Hone your focus to where you can fixate on something or someone and draw from them all the Lord wants you to have. In the end you will be blessed and others will begin to see Christ in you. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Thoughts From a Random Mind

GRACE – God’s favor, which is totally undeserved.  I’m not sure any of us are fully aware of the magnitude of this gift that God freely offers to us all. It’s like being sentenced to death only to receive a reprieve at the last possible moment. It’s like being given the power to change the resulting consequences for a big mistake made. It’s like being lifted out of quicksand by a strong-armed man. It’s all that; however, in reality nothing compares to the grace that lies before us. In fact I don’t think there are words in any language that adequately describes or defines the grace of God. 
            God’s grace is motivated by his deep, abiding, never-ending, everlasting love for his creation.  Nothing compares to such a love. It is infinite and eternal. Even the deepest, most passionate worldly love ends over time, but this could never be true of God. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning of all things and the end of all things, therefore as long as God IS his love shall exist and so will his grace. 
            You are worthy of his love and favor because he says you are and not because of anything you have or could ever do. Isn’t that spectacular news? Now go live like you believe it! rlkeller

Monday, May 21, 2018

GOD USES WHAT THE WORLD CASTS ASIDE

1 Corinthians 1:26-29 New Living Translation
“Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world; things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.  As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.”
            This word from Paul is for all the Christians who feel they are not worthy of being used by Almighty God. It isn’t what you have or don’t have in the way of finances or material goods that matter, it’s what gifts he has given you and how you use them. The Lord gives gifts to all his children. It’s a matter of finding out what it or they are and seeking to use them with the Spirits assistance for the advancement of the Kingdom of God. That is an integral part of his will for your life.
            The interesting thing about all this is that it matters not how much or how little money you have, because money is inconsequential. Just a tool used by God to accomplish his will. It has no bearing on who he chooses to use. You can be the most powerful and influential man or woman on earth, but in spite of that, your power would still pale in comparison to the unlimited power of the God who created all things.
            The Lord uses the opposite of what the world would use. The world uses the most beautiful, most wealthy, most popular, strongest individuals to accomplish their purposes. Those individuals are financially compensated for their time and talent. God calls people who are not self-absorbed, but rather may think very little of themselves. God can only those who are willing to surrender control and be used, without compensation, to accomplish his purposes which are always for the betterment of the recipient.  So take heart brother / sister, you are of great value to the Lord and he wants to use you. Simply ask him to show you what your gifts are if you don’t already know and how they can be used for his glory. Then wait for the Holy Spirit to lead you. Whatever you ask according to his will for you he will do when the time is right. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.

THE FOOLISHNESS OF THE CROSS

1 Corinthians 1:18 New Living Translation
“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.”
            We live in a corrupt society, just as the Corinthian believers did at the time of Paul’s writing. There was a lack of unity and order in the local churches and Paul was addressing these issues in this first letter to the brethren. Those in society scoffed at the message of the cross, no doubt thinking of it as a crutch for the weak willed. Living what we believe flies directly in the face of the philosophy of the world, which is exactly what Paul was instructing the Corinthians to do. Foolishness is foolishness, no matter what form it comes in and man hasn’t changed all that much. For all his advancements he still looks right past that which can save him in his attempt to grab at the brass ring. 
            As we pray for those who are perishing, we also must live out our faith daily so there is a godly example for them to see. It’s only natural that the world will buck at the message of the cross. The world doesn’t have to DO anything and that baffles them, because that’s what they were taught. Work hard to attain that which you most want. Now they are being asked to simply accept something that cannot be seen. That’s illogical. The truth confounds the wise. The message is simple. Our response can get complicated.
            There is no doubt that destruction is coming for those who shun the gospel. There will be no escaping it. A reckoning is coming; a settling of accounts. For those who are believers in Christ, draw ever closer to the Lord. For those who chuckle and continue to go their own way, better make sure you’re right. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.