Bread By Faith NKJV

  1. February 23: Hebrews 8:7-13

    NKJV Key Verse: Hebrews 8:9
    9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord.

    If people continue to break the laws, the law-makers soon look for ways in which they can change the laws or the punishment to dissuade people from breaking those laws again. When we look back over the Old Testament, we may well think to ourselves God was very patient the way He continued to give Israel instruction after instruction for so long; but then if we look into our lives nowadays, we wonder how Christ can put up with all the things that we do. It’s all a matter of self-judgment really because we need to take a long look at what we are doing in our lives before we can think about what others are doing or have done. But God has also given us the bible so we can see what others have done wrong in the past and try to avoid doing that in our own lives.

    We (mankind as a race) have been the ones walking away from God all the time. He has faithfully set forward the law and has given it to us multiple times too... and yet we still choose to diverge from those laws which were written in stone! God made a covenant with Israel and they in turn started out by honouring that covenant from their side; unfortunately, they were the ones to break their end of the covenant on many an occasion, leaving God no choice other than to carry out a just sentence upon them.

    Christ has made an excellent covenant with everyone promising He will save each one of us who turn to Him. It is not that we have to live in hardship or work ourselves to death in order to gain our reward; Christ simply wants us to believe in Him and follow His commandments. They are not grievous commandments and we no longer have to make sacrifices to atone for our sins – He has done that for us too! Our commandment is simply to do what is right for all that He has already done for us.

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you set limits on your friendships?

    Are you treating Christ as your best friend?

  2. February 22: Hebrews 8:1-6

    NKJV Key Verse: Hebrews 8:6
    6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.

    As you read through the Old Testament you get to know about the priests who would have to stand before God and give sacrifices for the sins of the people of Israel. It may seem unfair that one man should have to stand up and do all the work for all the sins of the whole country, but this is the way God said things must happen. When the people listened and obeyed God, things would go along smoothly and when they rebelled, they would have to pay for what they did wrong. When they followed God without question, He continued to help them without question and made them into a great nation. As you continue to read through the bible you find out how they squandered their inheritance and ended up being a broken nation because of their belief they could cope by themselves. When the priest failed the people, the country would have to pay as a whole as they sunk into sin...

    We are still very much like that, but we have one great advantage nowadays – we are dependent upon a High Priest who will never fail us! That does not mean we will not sink into sin because as soon as we start to believe we can go it alone we sink faster than Peter probably did when he tried walking on water. So long as we reach out and depend on our Saviour Jesus Christ to lift us up, we will continue to be safe and secure. Our substance is Jesus Christ. Without Him we would be lost in sin. With Him we have a Priest who will never let us down; One who has already paid the sacrifice for our sins and One who continues to secure our paths.

    We serve a Priest who no longer has to give sacrifice according to the law given to Moses because He has already paid that sacrifice. His new promise to us is that we will be eternally secure if we believe in Him and what He has done for us. Our bibles tell us of everything we need to know to reach out and grab hold of Christ’s hand as He holds it out to save each one of us.

    Points to Ponder:
    Can you always depend on everyone?

    Are you trusting the one whom you can actually depend on?

  3. February 21: 1 Timothy 3:14-16

    NKJV Key Verse: 1 Timothy 3:16
    16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

    Being able to read the letters Paul wrote to various people concerning Christ is a privilege as well as a great learning tool. The words chosen by Paul were meant to inspire Timothy just as they are set in our bibles to inspire each one of us. Paul was hoping to be able to get to Ephesus to see Timothy but could not make any promise so made sure Timothy got as much detail in the letter(s) as possible. For this single account we need to take note and remember we can reach others by simply writing to them.

    I can imagine things beginning to change after a short while of Christ’s death and resurrection – just as we have things change nowadays. Everyone was witness to what happened, and many were shown the truth, yet those who did not want to believe were not going to let go! We are faced with people like this all around us who seem to be afraid at the truth and will do as much as possible to prevent things from going as planned. The truth may now have been raised as a controversy by some who rejected Christ, but Paul was writing to set things straight!

    There is a great mystery – how can a man be born to a virgin, live a life, die and be raised from the dead... This goes against all our physical laws. But God made sure Jesus’ life was out of the ordinary to ensure we remember Him for what He is! Christ’s human existence was a miracle from beginning to end to show us anything is possible through God. He was, and always has been the second person in our God Head; He was there during creation and will be there at the end of time. He took on human form and nature so He may be visible to all without any man fearing his life. He did this all so He could show us His most extraordinary love for us. He came in person. We may not be able to go and visit all our friends in person, but we can encourage them through our bibles and through our communications.

    Points to Ponder:
    How often do you communicate with others?

    How often do you communicate with God?

  4. February 20: John 10:22-30

    NKJV Key Verse: John 10:30
    30 I and My Father are one."

    One of the hardest things we have to grasp is that God is three persons but one God. We can do what we like to try and explain it by earthly means by comparing Him to and egg with shell, yolk and white or by the three ways in which water can exist as solid, liquid and gas; but none of these comparisons can truly give us insight into how this is true as much as the bible can do for us. Each time we read about God being three persons or one God we have it in context and the old languages describe it adequately for us to know the truth without having to fully understand how it is possible.

    There are many things in our lives which we accept as the truth without having to understand fully, my favourite explanation being how a wing is able to lift a huge aeroplane into the air when it moves through the air. Many people do not know the scientific reasons for why an aeroplane can fly but just about everyone trusts aeroplane flight implicitly – because they can see that it happens. If you were to tell this to a person from Victorian times, they may well think you are mad because they cannot see it happening, but we do see it happening so we can believe. As Christians we can see God working in our lives and know Him as real – if only we were able to bring others forward to see how real He is...

    Our text today shows us Christ has done everything to bring us forward and see He is real. We are the ones who doubt and stay behind in the shadows of unbelief. The original text describes verse 30 as being more like “I and Father, we are one” because it uses the plural form showing us Christ is distinct from God the Father, being further strengthened by Him reminding us that only God the Father knows of the returning time of Jesus. But we are also told everything Christ did was of the Father, from the Father and for the Father – in other words they act in perfect unison as one because they are one (as said by Christ Himself). We don’t have to fully understand but we are given enough details for us to know the truth for what it is...

    Points to Ponder:
    Do you accept aeroplanes can fly?

    Do you accept God is real?

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