Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – April 19, 2021
Are You Known By Jesus—As One Of His?
John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me.”
Do you know God? Some might consider that an awkward question. Nevertheless, it is a valid and very important question. The apostle Paul said that one of his chief goals on earth was to know Jesus. In Philippians 3:8-11 we read, “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
But an equally valid and important question is, “Does God know you?” In our text, Jesus gives three characteristics of any true Christian. First, as one of Christ’s “sheep”, a Christian will “hear (His) voice”. Second, Jesus’ followers will be marked by the fact that He “knows” them. Third, a true Christian will be obvious because he desires to follow Jesus obediently.
The second of these characteristics is fundamentally important. It is not enough for someone to say he knows about Christ. Christ Himself must acknowledge that person as His own. I know of the president of the United States, but he does not know me. Even so, many people know about Jesus, but they do not know him personally, nor does He know them as their Savior and Lord.
Are You Known By Jesus—As One Of His? If you are, Celebrate it today!
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – April 12, 2021
The Key To Serving God—Consistent Prayer!
Daniel 6:7, 9–11 “All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counselors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions…. Therefore King Darius signed the written decree. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days. Then these men assembled and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.”
Today will be filled with choices. Since you are reading this devotional, you made a conscious choice to seek the Lord and His truth. Many of the choices we make each day are small, even trivial. But some are very important—life changing even. One of those big choices is to seek the Lord in Prayer. As we acknowledge God in prayer each day, not only do we enjoy the fellowship we experience with our heavenly Father, we also grow in His grace.
Daniel is a great example for all of us. When persecution came, he was able to stand strong and seek the Lord in prayer, even when he was threatened with death for praying to any god, other than the Persian King. Of course, Daniel knew there was only one true God— the God of the Hebrews. Notice the Bible says that, “Daniel prayed and gave thanks before His God, as was his custom.” He didn’t wait until trouble came, before he sought the Lord in prayer. He made a conscious choice to seek the Lord three times each day. He did not fear the king, or death.
Is it any wonder why God entrusted Daniel with so much. The visions of the end time and the return of Jesus Christ, alone, require a lifetime to probe and discern. As a prophet of God he is a towering figure in the Bible. He is one of the few people in the Bible of whom the scripture records no “bad report.” I believe the key to his faithful service to God was his consistent prayer to the Lord.
May we commit today, to choose to seek the Lord in prayer. It is then that we will be able to stand for Him when our day of testing comes. It could be today!
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – April 5, 2021
Sometimes God Will Answer “Yes”—And Sometimes God Will Answer “No”!
Acts 12:2-3 “Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also.”
There are times when we do not have all the answers. One such time is when the question comes up, “What if the answer from God is No”? In our text we find that the newly born church is in trouble. One of their leaders, James, is killed by Herod the King. This brought great joy to the unbelieving Jews. If there was one thing Herod wanted to do, it was to please the Jewish leaders.
Do we believe the church was praying for James to be delivered? I certainly do. When Herod then arrested Peter, thinking to do the same to Him, the Bible says, “Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” (Acts12:5) In Peter’s case God intervened, and sent an angel to deliver him. Did God love Peter more than James? Of course not. Peter and James were both part of Jesus’ inner circle, yet it was not God’s sovereign will to save James from a martyr’s death.
How did the church react? Did they stop praying? Did they get angry with God? Did they get bitter toward God? Did they try to get even with Herod? The answer to these questions is, “No”!
There are times when we must accept God’s answer because we trust His love and wisdom. The purpose of prayer is not to conform God to our will but to adjust our will to His, even, “When the Answer is No”.
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – March 29, 2021
Recognizing the Voice Of God!
1 Samuel 3:8-11 “And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. Then he arose and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you did call me.” Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” Then the Lord said to Samuel…”
There are many voices calling to us each day. I remember when I was growing up in South Georgia, one voice I always listened to was my father’s. I loved my dad, and would do almost anything to please him. The one thing I learned early on that made him happy, was for me to listen for his voice. If he asked me to do something, or gave me instructions on how to get it done, he wanted to be sure I was paying attention to him. He wanted to be sure I was listening to his voice.
After I became a believer, I discovered early on, that my heavenly Father was also pleased when I listened to His voice. One of the most important things in a Christian’s life is to be able to recognize God’s voice, and heed His instruction. As a young man, Samuel had an occasion when God spoke to him, but he did not understand it was the Lord speaking. After going to Eli the priest three times, thinking it was him calling, Samuel was told to go back and lie down again, and when God called to him, he was to answer the Lord with the words, “Speak, for your servant hears.” I believe those simple words are some of the sweetest words our Lord can hear from us. He is pleased when we listen for his voice.
The longer we walk with the Lord, I believe the easier it is to recognize His voice. It is the quest of a lifetime. One we are privileged to be part of as we move through this world. Take joy today, in knowing that the Lord loves you enough to speak to you. Believe me, He is pleased when you listen!
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – March 22, 2021
Are You Willing To Give God Your Best Today?
Deuteronomy 17:1 “You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the Lord your God.”
God has always been committed to giving us His best. He created and fashioned this world just for us. We have air to breath, food to eat, water to drink, and we have just the right amount of gravity on earth so that we can walk around easily. He didn’t put those things on the moon, but then, I’m not convinced He really intends for us to live there!
Most importantly, when we needed a Savior, God the Father gave His only Son, to die the sinner’s death on a cruel cross, so that we can have forgiveness of sin, and have a place in His heavenly home. He spared no expense—He Gave His Best!
The offerings we give back to God will reveal our hearts. Do we really appreciate all he has done for us? In the Old Testament, God required high standards for sacrifices. They were to represent, by faith, the perfect offering God would give for our salvation—Jesus, the Father’s very best.
May our hearts overflow with gratitude for God’s loving provisions of grace and mercy. God takes great pleasure in the person who gives to Him cheerfully, out of a willing heart. Trust Him as you give him your best today!
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – March 15, 2021
May The Lord Bless You Today!
Numbers 6:24-26 – The Lord Bless you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you peace.”
God loves to bless His children. He provided this wonderful prayer of blessing to Aaron and the priest of Israel to be used when praying over His people. It can, and should be used by Christians today.
How should we pray for God to bless us today?
“Bless us with your Protection.” “The Lord bless you and keep you.” Keep means to watch or protect.
“Bless us with your Presence.” “The Lord make His face to shine upon you (and) lift up His countenance upon you.”
“Bless us with your Pardon.” “The Lord…be gracious to you.” Israel was prone to wander rebelliously into sin. Apart from God’s grace, none of them would have entered the Promised Land. God saves and sustains us as well.
“Bless us with your Peace.” “The Lord…give you peace.” God gave Israel peace, and He continues to grant peace to His people today.
The Lord desires to bless you today. As your pastor I have prayed this prayer for you. I encourage you today, to pray this prayer for your family, and for at least one other family?
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam—March 8, 2021
Allowing God To Live His Life Through You!
Galatians 2:20 “ I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Living the Christian life is freeing! When the Lord Jesus takes control of our lives, we rise to new heights and experience new dimensions we would have never known apart from Him. The Christian life is indeed “the exchanged life”. His life for ours. When we find people who are difficult to love, His unconditional love moves us to care on a level we never imagined. When we feel weak, Christ demonstrates His strength in our lives. When we face situations and problems beyond our understanding, we only have to ask, and His wisdom is available for sorting it all out and finding the right solution. When we are not sure just how we should pray for someone, the Spirit of our God guides us. It is our Lord living His life through us!
Since this is the case, rather than worrying about what we will face in life, we can continually release every area of our life to Jesus’ control. We must resist the temptation to try to do it ourselves. As we “abide in the Vine” (Jesus) we can allow God to do in and through us what only He can do. We are then blessed, and we are able to bless others.
Allowing God to live His divine life through us—Now that’s a wonderful way to live a life!
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South Luverne Baptist Church
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam—March 1, 2021
The Word Of God—It Is Our Life!
Deuteronomy 32:45-47 “Moses finished speaking all these words to all Israel, and He said to them: “Set your hearts on all the words which I testify among you today, which you shall command your children to be careful to observe–all the words of this law. For it is not a futile thing for you, because it is your life, and by this word you shall prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to possess.”
In our text today, The Lord had gathered the Israelites at the Jordan to review the years they spent wandering in the desert. They were on the edge of the Promised Land, but before they were to enter, God wanted them to be careful not to make the mistake their fathers made in disobeying His Word. Their parents died without seeing the Promised Land because of their failure to follow the Lord’s Commandments. In fact, even Moses was soon to leave them because He failed to honor God by obeying His Word. The Word of God is not just a helpful group of preventive warnings, helpful suggestions, or inspirational thoughts. It is our life itself! Without it we cannot go on. Without it we have no direction. Without it we cannot be born again. In Romans 10:17 we read, “So then, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” God had assured the Israelites that, His Word was essential to their very living! Our respect for God’s word is revealed not only by what we say, but what we do. To disregard the Word of God is to disregard life itself. To obey God’s Word is the best way to know all the blessing the Lord has in store for us! As God commanded His people on the edge of the Promised Land, so is He commanding us today:
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”