My Daily Bread

Revelation 4 - 7

01. 03
Sing Praise to God

What I am about to post is a reminder for me and maybe for you that we ought to praise the Lord at all times. In reading Revelation 4 – 7, I came across so many verses where praise is directed toward the Lord.

First, in Revelation 4, the scene of Heaven is illustrated. Some of us may not have been translated to Heaven, but God is so good, He showed us what Heaven is like in Revelation. And everyone 24/7 praises Lord God Almighty in Heaven. Here it goes:

In Revelation 4:8- 11 (NLT) -- Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,

"Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come."

Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,

"You are worthy, O Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
and they exist because you created what you pleased."

In Revelation 5:9-14 (NLT) -- And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God's people. 9 And they sang a new song with these words:

"You are worthy to take the scroll
and break its seals and open it.
For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.
And you have caused them to become
a Kingdom of priests for our God.
And they will reign on the earth."

Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. And they sang in a mighty chorus:

"Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing."

And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:

"Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever."

And the four living beings said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.

In Revelation 7: 9 – 12 (NLT) -- After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a mighty shout,

"Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne
and from the Lamb!"

And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God. They sang,

"Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and strength belong to our God
forever and ever! Amen."

Matthew 4:17

12. 13
Show me Your Glory Lord

From that time Jesus began to preach and say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17(NASB).

Jesus came to earth 2000 years ago with a message and that was "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." As we celebrate His birth this Christmas, we (and especially me) also need to take Jesus' message 2000 years ago seriously and that is to "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

Christmas, I sense, is not only celebrating the birth of Jesus but also celebrating His second coming. And the message, I believe, of His second coming is the same, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."

What is repentance? According to bibletruths.net, and I quote, "Repentance is, biblically viewed in the setting of salvation, a change of mind or will that is produced by godly sorrow and the goodness of God that results in a change or reformation of life (Matt. 21: 29; 2 Cor. 7: 10, Rom. 2: 4; Matt. 21: 29)."

Let's pray: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

1 Kings 19

12. 9
Direct Communication with God

The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by." Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" 1 Kings 19:11-13 (NIV).

During this holiday season, most people have a tendency to be busy with shopping, preparing for the holiday meal, etc., which is fine. But remember to slow down and spend time with the Lord. Usually, it is during the quiet times we spend with the Lord that He speaks to us. Andrew Murray,a South African writer, teacher, and Christian pastor, wrote many years ago, "We need time with God - to realize His presence; to wait for Him to make Himself known; to consider and feel the needs we plead for; to take our place in Christ; to pray till we can believe that we have received. Take time in prayer, and pray down blessing on the mission work of the Church." He also wrote, "Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!"

Isaiah 33:22c and Isaiah 35:4c

12. 3
Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Your Anger

"He will save us" Isaiah 33:22c and "But He will save you." Isaiah 35:4c. Are you facing some sort of dilemma in your life at this time? God promises that He will save you. As you read Isaiah 33 - 35 today, you will notice that in the midst of turmoil and God's wrath on all nations, He is still a loving God. He will save you. He will make things right in the end. He will never leave His children in the dust. So, "Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; The recompense of God will come, But He will save you." In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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