Bread Box for the Broken – Chapter 1

Bread Box for the Broken

By Rebecca J Wetzler

Purposeful Overcomer Sharing the Fruit of Faith

August 29th through September 4th

August 29  II CORINTHIANS 5:14–17

For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 

Dear Lord,

No words can express my deepest gratitude for salvation through Your sacrifice. You lived to die for me, the ultimate and final sacrifice, so that all may have eternal life through You. Death had no hold on You, for You rose from the dead to sit again at the right hand of the Father, keeping watch over my soul. Your love compels me to live for You, as I am a new creation with You in my heart. I am forever convinced You are my Lord and Savior!  

August 30 II CORINTHIANS 5:18–21

All this is from God, who reconciles us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Your merciful reconciliation. If not for Christ’s sacrifice, the filth of sin would forever taint my soul; I would be lost without hope of entering into Your Holy Presence, never sharing in Your righteousness. In Him, hallelujah, my sins are covered by Your grace; in honest repentance I may humbly come before You. Send me as an ambassador of Your message within the circle of my influence. Through the way I live my life, may I inspire others to be reconciled to You through Jesus Christ. 

August 31 II CORINTHIANS 9:6–8 

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for the resources you provide, sometimes just in the nick of time, sometimes in ways I never imagined. Help me use your generosity as the example for me to be generous back towards You, not only with my time and talent, but with my resources as well. I want to be a cheerful giver, please help me, when resources are low and I fear for tomorrow, to remember my life is in Your hands. You give me my work abilities, my willingness to volunteer, the desire to give back a portion of the resources you have given me. May I always honor You with everything I have and everything I do.

September 1 EPHESIANS 1:3–8

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.

Dear Lord,

You had the plan of salvation for all mankind before the beginning of the world. While Old Testament spoke of the Jews as God’s chosen people, the New Testament reveals You predestined Christ’s salvation to be available for both Jew and Gentile alike. You freely offer spiritual blessings to any and all who will believe in Your saving grace through Jesus Christ. You chose each one of us to be holy and spiritually blameless in Your sight, which is only accomplished through the redemption found in His shed blood. I pray forgiveness for my transgressions, and that I daily grow in Your wisdom and understanding so I may be about the Lord’s business all the days of my life.  

September 2 PHILIPPIANS 1:3, 6, 9–11 

I thank my God every time I remember you … being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus … And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. 

Dear Lord,

It is difficult to be confident when there are deceitful messages being spread all around us. My loved ones, myself, may be misled by teachings that sound right when first presented. I pray for those, including myself, in whom You began a good work that You will bring to completion in Jesus Christ on the appointed day. Along with the Biblical disciple, I pray that my love for You may abound more and more. I want to grow in knowledge and wisdom of You through Your Word. Deepen my insight to who You are within me, filling me with the fruit of Your righteousness through Jesus Christ. 

September 3 PHILIPPIANS 1:18–19, 27 

But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance … Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. 

Dear Lord,

Sometimes I cannot help but question other people’s motives when they do questionable things in Your Name. Are they doing it for their own glory or Yours? But here in Your Word the point is made, whether motives are false or true, if the truth of Christ is being preached, it does not matter, Your Word is being shared. Regardless of what others are doing, I am to conduct myself worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ. My motives need always be pure— always for Your glory, regardless what is thought of me. I do not want to be the cause of anyone stumbling or falling away because they discover false motives in my actions. I look to You for keeping my motives pure. 

September 4 COLOSSIANS 1:12–14

… and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 

Dear Lord,

Along with my laundry list of needs, I try to remember to thank You daily for some small or large blessing in my life. For the ability to breathe and see, for mountains and flowers, for a monthly income on which to live, for being born in the USA, and most of all for my beloved children and family. But, really, the most precious of all is the forgiveness of sin and the eternal inheritance in the Kingdom of Heaven; I am ashamed to say it may seem I take it for granted since I have been a believer from childhood. Please know I am always grateful for this most precious gift, and it is why I love and serve You, my Savior.

Rebecca Wetzler, originally a California girl, has lived in Alaska since she was eight years old. From early in life she was an avid reader, and subsequently developed an interest in someday writing her own books. Her favorite school subject was English writing assignments. To support her two children, she completed an accounting degree, towing her interest in writing along by minoring in English. Her successful career included advancing from an accounts payable clerk to a financial analyst–a far cry from the Christian author of her heartfelt dreams.