Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – November 23, 2020
Is That A Measuring Cup In Your Hand?
Luke 6:37-38 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
One of the great marks of genuine believers is their willingness to forgive others who have hurt them. Sadly this one element is often what keeps many people apart, and many of God’s blessing left on His table. It has been said, “Holding on to bitterness and unforgiveness toward someone is like drinking poison in hopes that it will hurt the other person.” God assures us that thinking like that is only going to make things worse.
In our Scripture passage today, Jesus mentions, judging, condemning, forgiving, and giving. He makes it clear that we should be careful how we portion out these things to others, because God will measure them back to us in the same way. In light of this important truth from God’s own mouth, may we consider wisely how often we judge, how severely we condemn, how graciously we forgive, and how freely we give? After all, God will use the same measuring cup for us, as he looks at our lives. Be assured, my friends, this process starts in this life, and leads into the next!
Obviously, the burden of my heart today is forgiveness. God may be speaking to you concerning one of these other areas of life. The point is, “What size measuring cup is going to be in your hand today?”
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – November 16, 2020
There’s Power In His Name!
John 14:13-14 “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
There’s no other name like Jesus. There’s no more powerful name than Jesus. There’s no more lovely name than the name of Jesus!
What a promise our Lord gives us concerning His name. We can ask the Father what we will, and it will be done! Of course, this is not a blank check. Our request must be in keeping with bringing God glory. Jesus holds His name far higher than the majority of those who seek his hand. He wants to give graciously, but He will also only move in keeping with His sovereign will and His perfect glory!
What’s so special about His name? Well, for one thing, His name is above every name. In Philippians 2:9-11 we read, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and has given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” The fact that every created being in all the universe will bow to Him, cannot be underestimated. Satan craves for that position. In fact, that has been His goal since his rebellion in heaven, before this world was created. He even tried to get Jesus to bow before him when Jesus walked this earth. But my friends, Jesus does not bow to any, for His name is above all. That fact is the key to understanding who Jesus really is.
There is power and authority in His name. Everything we do and everything we pray should be for God’s glory. As we seek to glorify God and to grow closer to Him, we will see “His answers” to our prayers!
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – November 9, 2020
Living A Life Of Praise For The Lord!
Psalm 145:10-13 “All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom, And talk of Your power, to make known to the sons of men His mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of His kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.”
Because God is a good God, and He performs good acts, he deserves adoration, praise and worship from all whom He has created. It is our distinct pleasure, as His people, to give Him the praise He deserves.
When God made the universe, and all that exist, the Bible says that He declared it “good”. We read in Genesis 1:25, “And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.” God’s “inherent goodness” is reflected in His natural order. Psalm 19:1 tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Creation shouts praise and honor to our God in ways that are often undetected by mankind.
God also displays His Glory through those of us who have been redeemed from our “sinful life of rebellion”. He accomplishes this through the salvation brought to us by His Son Jesus. We find this marvelous truth declared in Ephesians 2:10; “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
We are His “masterpiece.” Shall we not, this day, “live a life of praise for him”?
Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – November 2, 2020
We Are All Sowing and Reaping
James 3:17-18 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
I grew up in South Georgia. If there was one thing I discovered, it was that there was a lot of sowing and reaping going on around me. Not only did we seem to always live next to large plots of land that was farmed, but my dad always wanted to get in on the fun. We didn’t have a large area to work, but what we did have, was worked by hand. Since there were eight of us kids, we all got to join in the work. I was glad that when I became a teenager, my dad let me go to work for some of the “big spreads”, where I discovered the large tractors did most of the work. I always enjoyed driving a big tractor! But there was also another thing I observed. Whatever we sowed, that is exactly what we got in the harvest. Every time!
In God’s spiritual economy, that same thing is true. If your life is producing strife, jealousy, and bitterness, consider what you are planting in your mind and in your heart. The wisdom of the world, and its approach to living life, will produce worldly fruit. Planting wisdom from the Lord will yield an abundant harvest of peace and gentleness. This “peace and gentleness” will be used by the Lord to feed others the “sweet fruit of the gospel”.
So remember, what you sow today, you will soon reap. That promise from the Lord can give us great encouragement, as we “sow the fruit of righteousness”.
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Weekly Bread With Bro. Sam – October 26, 2020
Exodus 3:4-5 “So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
Wherever God meets us, that place becomes holy ground. Moses discovered this truth one day when he was on the backside of the Sinai Desert. God got his attention when He caused a bush to burst into flames, yet the bush was not consumed. When Moses approached, God told him to take “his sandals off his feet”, because the place where he was standing was holy ground. Moses was to learn that day, “that it is God’s presence in a place that makes it holy!” It was from this place, that Moses received his call to be Israel’s deliverer.
Wherever God meets us becomes a sacred place for us. Abraham had Bethel (Genesis 12:8; 13:1-4), Elijah had Mt Carmel (1 Kings 18:20-40), the woman of Samaria had Jacob’s well in Sychar (John 4:1-29), Saul of Tarsus, who became Paul the Apostle, had the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-9). I have Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, near Albany Georgia, where I met the Lord Jesus in salvation, and a military barracks in South Korea, where the Lord called me to preach His Word!
We all have special places which hold spiritual meaning that we cherish. Of course, we do not worship the place, but the one who meets us there. If God is calling you from a burning bush, remove your sandals. Why? Because you standing on “Holy Ground.”