My Daily Bread

Revelation 7:9-12

11. 26
Joy

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."

Further in Relevation 7:14b, it states, "These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white."

What I got from these verses is to focus on the scene in heaven rather than the tribulation itself...to give God all the blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength. We can look unto Jesus to emulate him in Hebrews 12:2 (NASB), "fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Jesus knew the end..the joy..and was able to endure the sufferings on the cross. We also know the end of tribulation..the joy that it will bring; hence, we can give thanks to God and worship Him forever and ever. Amen.

Colossians 4:2

11. 25
Make Music unto the Lord

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2 (NASB).

On this Thanksgiving Day and everyday in our lives, let us remember to include thanksgiving to God in our prayers. In the New Testament, Paul did just that. In the Old Testament, Daniel, David and the other patriachs thanked God as well. In Daniel 2:23a, Daniel prayed, "To You, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, For You have given me wisdom and power." Daniel always remembered to give God all the thanks and glory for all that God had done for him. And we know that God gave Daniel supernatural means to know and interpret dreams.

In Psalm 138, David prayed, "I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart; I will sing your praises before the gods. I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name. As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord, for all of them will hear your words. Yes, they will sing about the Lord's ways, for the glory of the Lord is very great. Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble, but he keeps his distance from the proud. Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me. The Lord will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don't abandon me, for you made me."

Let Daniel and David's prayers be also our prayers this Thanksgiving Day. Amen.

Psalm 100

11. 24
Sing Praise to God

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

Romans 1:8

11. 23
Rejoice in the Lord Always

In Romans 1:8, we see that Paul sure knows how to give thanks to God. "First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world." He gave thanks to God right tat the beginning of his letter to the church of Rome. All throughout Paul's various letters to the churches, he gave thanks to God. In 1 Corinthians 1:14, Paul wrote, "I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius." Paul thanked God for everything and it showed in his writings. Philippians 1:3, "I thank my God every time I remember you." 1 Timothy 1:12, "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service." 2 Timothy 1:3, "I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers." Philemon 1:4, "I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers." Even during Paul's persecution, he gave thanks to God. Throughout the New Testament, we can learn a lot from Paul and that is to give thanks to God no matter what.

Father in Heaven, we thank You. We thank You for everything...food, clothing and shelter. We love You, Father God. In Jesus' Name. Amen

1 Thessalonians 5:16-22

11. 22
Rejoice in the Lord Always

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22(NIV)

This Thanksgiving week may bring lots of activities for some of us. There may be work to catch up, Christmas shopping to do, house to decorate with Christmas lights, relatives and guests to entertain, etc. But let's not forget to give thanks to our Heavenly Father for all that He has done for us. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 says that in everything, yes everything, give thanks. So when you are out shopping, give thanks to our Heavenly Father for excellent health. When you are cooking the Thanksgiving meal, give thanks to our Heavenly Father for good food. In everything, give thanks...even during adversity. Not that we give thanks for the adversity, but for all the other things God gives us...air to breathe, rain, loved ones, etc. There are so many things we can give thanks for. Always carry with us a grateful heart and have thanksgiving on our lips.

And when we give thanks to Father God, we are doing His will. Continuing with 1 Thessalonians 5:18, it says that it is God's will for us when we give thanks in all circumstances. A lot of times, we ask God what is Your will for us. Well, giving thanks in all circumstances is God's will for us. So let's remember to give thanks to God not only this week but everyday of our lives.

Father in Heaven, thank You so much for everything. Thank You for the sun, the rain, the air we breathe, food, clothing and shelter. Thank You for Your Son Jesus Christ who died on the cross for us that we may have eternal life. Thank You for our loved ones. Thank You for protecting us. Thank You for surrounding us with Your love. Thank You for Your Word. And the list goes on, Father, for all that You give us and do for us. We love You, Father God in Heaven. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Revelation 6:9-11

11. 10
Pray Without Ceasing

Revelation 6:9-11 (NLT) When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony. They shouted to the Lord and said, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?" Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters—their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred—had joined them.

Matthew 10:17-20 (NASB) Jesus said, "But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you."

Father in Heaven, we pray for the Christians who are under persecution all over the world. Give them strength. Give them Your protection. Comfort them, Father, and bless them. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Psalm 122:6-9

11. 8
Latter Rain

Psalm 122:6-9 (NLT) Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say "May you have peace." For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.

When I read these verses, I sensed that there is such a longing for peace in Jerusalem. Well, these verses are still applicable today. With all the pressure that the world is putting on Israel, we need to pray for peace there. We need to pray for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, that God will give him wisdom in dealing with all that is going on in Israel. We need to pray that he will stand firm in the promises of God for Israel.

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling." Words of Jesus in Matthew 23:37 (NASB)

Father in Heaven, we pray for peace in Jerusalem. We pray for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Please give him wisdom to make the right decision for Israel. We pray for Your protection for Jerusalem. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Revelation 22:7, 12, 20

11. 7
Show Me Your Glory Lord

"Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book." Revelation 22:7 (NLT)

"Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. Revelation 22:12 (NLT)

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon!" Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Revelation 12:20 (NLT)

Father in Heaven, help us to get ready for Jesus' coming. Help us to be the pure bride that You want us to be. As Revelation 22:17 says "The Spirit and the bride say, "Come." Let anyone who hears this say, "Come." Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life." In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Matthew 11:28-30

11. 3
God's Favorite

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

We are all familiar with the verses for today. But how many of us actually apply them to our daily lives? At times, when we work and work so hard, it is time for us to rest at the feet of Jesus. To some people, rest may seem a waste of time. But it is not. Rest is a time that we can get replenished and refreshed so we can have more energy to do more later. If our Heavenly Father rested after taking six days to create the earth, how much more should we rest. And how much more should we rest specially if we are tired and burdened with finances, work, etc. We need to release life's stress in our body by resting. Resting in the presence of God will give us peace from our stress. It will give us an opportunity to commune with God and hear from Him. So, my encouragement today for us is to rest and soak in the presence and Glory of God.

Father in Heaven, help us to rest at Your feet. Help us to cast all our burdens at the foot of the cross. Give us Your peace and speak to us about the direction of our lives. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Psalm 7:11

11. 2
Explode for God

With all that is going on, we sometimes wonder, "Lord, do You see all the wicked things that are going on?" The answer is yes. God is still on His throne. He still has full control of all the things that is going on in the world. He sees everything...from the minute to the humongous. And one day, He will judge the world. Psalm 7:11 says that God is a righteous judge. And a God who has indignation every day. Indignation is defined as anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. And our God is that? Yes, that is what the Bible says. We all know God as a loving Father. Yes, He is that, too. But His righteous anger can arouse when there are injustice and unrighteousness going on. Psalm 7:12-13 (NLT) says, "If a person does not repent, God will sharpen his sword; he will bend and string his bow. He will prepare his deadly weapons and shoot his flaming arrows." We can take the word "person" further to include nations, kings, government leaders, etc. Wow! What a God we serve, and He loves His children.

Father in Heaven, You are so awesome. You love me so much, and I thank You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Proverbs 1

11. 1
Meditate on the Word of God

In Proverbs 1, the word that jumps out at me today is "knowledge." What is knowledge? How does one acquire knowledge? To me, knowledge is the fear of the Lord. In Proverbs 1:7, it says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. The fear of the Lord is in Proverbs 1:10 -- My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. In Proverbs 1:15 -- My son, do not walk in the way with them (sinners), keep your feet from their path. That is the fear of the Lord. So, one acquires knowledge by reading, meditating and applying the Word of the Lord every single day. When we acquire knowledge, we also acquire wisdom and instruction. And that, too, is the fear of the Lord.

Wisdom shouts in the street; she lifts her voice in the square. (Proverbs 1:20) Do you hear wisdom? Are you responding to wisdom? While we have calmness in our lives right now, let us seek wisdom. Let us pursue wisdom. So we can live securely and be at ease from the dread of evil. (Proverbs 1:33)

Father in Heaven, help us to have the knowledge of Jesus Christ in our lives. Help us to apply Your Word in our lives that we may be walking Bibles. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

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