Bible Breakfast to jumpstart your day

Bible Breakfast to jumpstart your day

Psalms 23:2‭-‬3 “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul…” By nature sheep won’t lie down unless they are free from fear of threats, free of friction with fellow sheep, free from pests, and free from hunger. It often takes a shepherd to make his sheep lie down and rest. Could it be that our Good Shepherd allowed the Coronavirus pandemic to make us, His forever busy sheep, to lie down and rest for better quality lving now and later?

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Isaiah 40:31 “…those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Reap four benefits of waiting on God, as revealed in this Word: (1) receive renewed strength; (2) rise and soar with vision above your circumstances; (3) endure hardship without being worn out; (4) live through trials without being discouraged. Oh how we need those benefits in the days of COVID-19!

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2nd Chronicles 7:14 “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” The context of this popular verse is King Solomon’s prayer of dedication for Israel’s first Temple. God’s reply to Solomon’s prayer starts in verse 12; it is about God Himself sending calamity on His people due to their “wicked ways.” Ouch!

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3rd John 1:2 “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” Spiritual prosperity or wellbeing is the root and foundation of total, physical health. God’s prescription for optimal health starts with the spirit worshiping God, the soul feeding on Bible reading, biblical meditation, prayer, biblical preaching & teaching, Christian music. Such vibrant spirituality makes mental, emotional and physical health likely, with healthy nutrition!

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Exodus 20:3‭-‬4 “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image…” One thing the Coronavirus has done is expose and make a mockery of the many idols that compete with God for our attention, devotion and passion: sports & athletes; power & position; politics; work & busyness; and so on. Won’t it be great if the COVID-19 pandemic awakens us to make God our only source, our one and only God again?

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Psalms 27:1: “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” If the two questions posed in this verse were, “What shall I fear?” and “Of what shall I be afraid?”, the answer on both counts would remain the same: “I will fear no one and nothing; I will be afraid of no one and of nothing.” Does “nothing” include this Coronavirus and its fear-driven impacts? Yes!

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Exodus 15:26 (God) said, “If you will listen carefully to Yahweh your God and do what is right in His eyes, …then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am Yahweh Rapha (the LORD your health and healer).” Let’s believe that Coronavirus is not Heavenly Father’s will for His children. He plans health and healing for us through Jesus Christ the Great Physician. Remain enrolled in His divine health plan, and keep praying it over yourself and your household.

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Psalm 56:8 “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle…” So deep is God’s compassion that He is pictured as collecting our tears as keepsakes memorabilia. Charles H. Spurgeon said, “Tears are the diamonds of Heaven; sighs are a part of the music of Jehovah’s court and are numbered with ‘the most sublime strains that reach the majesty on high.'” In eternity, God will empty out the bottles of tears while He wipes away our tears and the pains and memories associated with them.

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Psalm 56:8 “You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?” David Jeremiah comments, “In some way God captures our tears in His bottle and our pain in His Book. . . He cares for every heart pang. If He has captured your tears in His bottle, then let the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit bring comfort to your heart. And if He has written your hurts in His heavenly book, open His earthly Book and find a promise.”

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Psalms 33:10‭-‬11 “The LORD frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the LORD’s plans stand firm forever throughout all generations.” Though the world order is quickly breaking down and in chaos, God’s plans remain intact. God has a global plan for the nations, and He has a personal plan for you. Woodrow Kroll said, “The God who knows you best knows the best for you.”

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Exodus 18:21, “…select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them to be rulers…” In this advice from Jethro to Moses, his son-in-law, we see four criteria for selecting leaders in the church. They must be competent (able to do the assignment), reverent (devoted to worshipping God), committed (we can count on them), and content (not greedy for money or power). Such leaders model such behavior for God’s people to follow.

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Psalms 42:2‭-‬3 “My soul thirsts for God… When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, while they continually say to me, ‘Where is your God?'” This worshiper had gone through a crisis that left him sad, depressed and tearful. Yet his desire to worship and be close to God grew stronger like thirst for water. O Lord, in our hurt, pain, suffering or sorrow, let us draw closer to, not farther from, You; it is when we need You most!

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Exodus 17:9 “And Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.'” So, Moses told Joshua, “You and the men fight the enemy forces; I will be interceding for you to prevail.” Tony Evans said, “To prevail against enemy attack, you must both make contact with Heaven and take responsibility…on earth.” First, pray in faith; then take wise, timely action. That’s God’s plan for victory.

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Daniel 3:19 “Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He…commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated.” Out of raging anger, King Nebuchadnezzar dumped his former and only godly friends, the ones who truly cared about him, into the fiery furnace. The king made a fool of himself due to raw, swift anger. Ben Franklin said, “Whatever begins in anger, ends in shame.”

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1st Peter 4:12 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.” Suffering is as normal to our Christian walk as falling is to a toddler learning to walk. But our loving Father promises to walk with us through our trials by fire. In his hymn, “How Firm a Foundation,” George Keith sang, “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie, My grace all sufficient, shall be thy supply.”

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Daniel 2:20 “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His.” David Jeremiah said, “We face many problems as we press onward toward heaven… But we have the powerful grace of God around us, the powerful hand of God upon us, the powerful presence of Jesus with us, and the powerful promises of God beneath us. To Him belongs all power, might, glory, and honor!” His all-powerful hand will help us handle whatever life or Satan throws at us.

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Genesis 50:20 “You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result — the survival of many people.” Tony Evans said, “Joseph had discovered the secret of forgiving your enemies: you need the right view of God… Only when we choose to let God be the God of vengeance…does the leash (of unforgiveness) disappear, allowing us to march forward toward the destiny God has in store for us, which will always include bringing Kingdom benefits to the lives of others.”

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Luke 12:6‭-‬7 “Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” John Cummings wrote, “Make sure of that one fact, that my everlasting Father takes care of the hairs of my head; that my heavenly Father watches over me with a love that never falters and with a patience that is never exhausted.” God cares enough to keep up with the details of my life.

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Revelation 3:11; 22:20 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who testifies to these things says, ‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” Except for the return of Christ, we lack real hope for a better world. Billy Graham said, “Bible teaching about the Second Coming of Christ was thought of as ‘doomsday’ preaching. But not anymore. It is the only ray of hope that shines as an ever-brightening beam in a darkening world.”

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Joseph’s brothers told his Egyptian steward that they found in their bags the same money they spent earlier to buy food from him. In Genesis 43:23, the steward replied, “Peace to you. Don’t be afraid. Your God and the God of your father must have put treasure in your bags. I received your money.” How come this Egyptian invoked the name of the God of Israel? It seemed Joseph’s faith had impacted his staff. Being God’s witness in the workplace may impact an employee, employer, or coworker.

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1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬8,13 “Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not selfish, is not quick-tempered, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love does not rejoice over bad behavior but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends… Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.” Why? Because “God is love” (1 John 4:8)!

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Genesis 41:14,41,45 “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon. . . And Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.’ And Pharaoh gave him Asenath as a wife… So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.” After 13 years of slavery and incarceration, Joseph was released from prison, promoted to viceroy, and given a wife, all in one day. This is called exaltation; it skips and spans multiple rungs up the promotional ladder; and it
is how God restores the “lost years” of our lives.

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Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our HOPE WITHOUT WAVERING, because (the God) who promised us is faithful.” Biblical hope is expectation of a better future, based on God’s firm promise to His people. John F. Walvoord wrote, “In the nature of Christian faith a solid hope for the future is essential. Christianity without a future would not be basic Christianity.” Whether sick, bereaved, or whatever your condition, there is always hope if you are a believer in the God of the Bible and in Jesus Christ, His Son. There is no such person as a hopeless Christian.

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Daniel 2:23, Daniel prayed, “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might.” The wisdom that God gives has might or power attached to it. Such powerful wisdom is God’s gift to His dedicated servant who prays to receive it. Anne Graham Lotz comments, “At great risk to himself, again and again, [Daniel] maintained his undivided devotion to God. In turn, God gave him knowledge and skill.”

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Colossians 1:5 “The hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel.” One of the key ways God gives His people hope is through prophecy — a divine forecast of the future. David Jeremiah said, “Today always goes better in the light of God’s tomorrow.” Tim LaHaye explained, “Bible prophecy helps us to better understand the future and realize the urgent need to spread the gospel. It motivates us to personal purity and gives us hope in a hopeless age.”
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Leviticus 19:18 “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow human being, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh.” David Jeremiah comments, “Jewish religious teachers thought the command to love one’s neighbor implied hating one’s enemy. But Jesus corrected that misinterpretation of Leviticus, saying we are to love both neighbors and enemies (Matthew 5:43-44).” Thomas a Kempis said, “In Jesus and for Him, enemies and friends alike are to be loved.”

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Mark 8:35‭-‬36, Jesus speaking, “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake and for the sake of the Gospel, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul?” Have you experienced buyer’s remorse? It’s that sick feeling you get when you realize you made a bad buying decision, got a raw deal, or bought something you really didn’t need. Trading in Jesus for the world will always result in buyer’s remorse of eternal magnitude. William Jenkyn said, “To forsake Christ for the world is to leave a treasure for a trifle.”

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Isaiah 35:8 “And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there.” Mike and Susan Blankenship wrote, “Those who travel the ‘Highway of Holiness’ do not care as much for the things of this life as their eyes are set on a greater goal—making it into Jesus’ loving arms inside of Heaven.”

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Ephesians 4:31‭ “Be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Forgiveness is perhaps the most difficult behavior for a Christian; it is so contrary to human nature. Adolph Coors IV said, “The beginning of true forgiveness is a relationship with Jesus Christ.” We cannot understand and extend forgiveness until we have experienced God’s forgiveness through Jesus. Lord, help me to forgive as You have forgiven me!

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Leviticus 27:30 “…all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, belongs to the LORD. It is holy to the LORD.” David Jeremiah comments, “The easiest way to make sure we remain faithful to give the Lord His tithe is to build our personal or family budget around ninety percent of our income instead of one hundred percent.”

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2nd Corinthians 9:12 “For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God.” The word “administration” translates the Greek word “oikonomia,” the root for the English word “economy” or “economics.” Dr. David Jeremiah said, “Human administrators are just small players in God’s great eternal economy. Our trust is in Him and His ‘administrative ability,’ not in man.”

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Genesis 1:27 “So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.” As Bible believers, let us accept, appreciate and celebrate the God-given gender differences between male and female; let us resist all attempts and pressures to erase those unique differences.”

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Isaiah 40:31 “…those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles…” David Jeremiah points out, most jet planes fly between 28,000 and 35,000 feet above sea level. The Concorde jetliner could fly 60,000 feet high. Current versions of the U-2 spy plane soars up to 70,000 feet high. May we, like eagles, strive to rise and soar higher as God’s power lifts us. Johnson Oatman, Jr. sang, “Lord, lift me up and let me stand, By faith on heaven’s tableland, A higher plane than I have found, Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

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Colossians 3:23 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Dr. David Jeremiah comments, “Give your best… Whatever you do today, do it as if you are working, cooking, driving, playing, or serving God Himself—for truly you are.” Someone said, “Live your best, act your best, and think your best each day, for there may be no tomorrows.”

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2 Chronicles 33:12-13, “…he…humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him…. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD was God.” Franklin Graham called King Manasseh “the most wicked man in the Bible.” Dr. David Jeremiah comments, “Manasseh’s new beginning reminds us that no one is beyond God’s grace. If you’re praying for a loved one who seems far from God, don’t give up… Keep praying to the God who gives new beginnings.”

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Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and energetic. It is sharper than a double-edge sword, penetrating between soul and spirit, joint and marrow, detecting the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Elisabeth Elliot said, “We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.” The Bible is the only book that reads us as we read it. The more I read the Word, the better I know me.

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Galatians 1:10 “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Do you care too much about what people think or say about you — how you look, what you do, where you live, what you drive? You shouldn’t. Only be concerned about Jesus; His opinion of you is all that matters. Adolph Coors IV said, “We wouldn’t worry so much about what others think about us if we knew how seldom they do.”

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John 13:15 “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.” 1st Peter 2:21 “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” Jesus calls us to follow His example of serving and suffering. In The Imitation of Christ, Thomas à Kempis said, “Whoever wishes to understand fully the words of Christ must try to pattern his whole life on that of Christ.” Lord, help me model You as I serve and when I suffer.

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Revelation 1:1 “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John.” The most attractive feature of the Book of Revelation is this: JESUS. This book shows us the implications of Christ’s redemptive ministry as the sacrificial lamb of God, His resurrection from the dead as the victorious one, His return as the hope of Earth, and His reign as King of kings and Lord of lords!

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Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” Notice the divine-human teamwork: We make our future plans, then God guides our daily steps so that His WILL can influence our PLANS. The Lord needs your active partnership during your journey through time. May God help you make the plans, make the choices, and take the actions needed for you to experience a Happy New Year and a Fruitful New Decade!

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1 Peter 4:10-11 “God has given each of you a gift from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. . . Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ…” Billy Graham says that none of us has every spiritual gift, but God has given every Christian at least one spiritual gift. What is your spiritual gift? Once you identify it, use it for one purpose: to glorify God by serving in ways that build up the church, which is the body of Christ.

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Matthew 2:2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” The Magi were seekers after Christ; they found Him and experienced Christmas joy in His presence (Mat. 2:10-12). Rick Warren says seekers ask questions, study, watch what is happening around them, and do whatever it takes to find answers: “If you are genuinely serious about discovering the truth, you can’t miss it. God won’t let you.”

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Luke 2:11,14 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Here and now, we experience the last Christmas of the decade. Let’s remember, “Jesus came to Earth to give us the gift of himself. Too many of us celebrate his birthday without accepting this free gift of salvation. It goes unwrapped year after year after year…,” said Rick Warren. “This Christmas, open up the most important present you’ve been given: a new relationship with God through Jesus.” Merry Christmas: family, church, friends, and all who love Messiah Jesus!

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Matthew 1:21 “…call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Luke 19:10 “the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Rick Warren explains the salvation that Jesus was born to bring: “Jesus came to rescue us. We can’t solve all of our problems on our own… Jesus came to recover us. We all long to recover parts of our lives that have been lost… Jesus came to reconnect us… Jesus came to Earth on the first Christmas to reconcile us to God, to give us harmony with him again.”

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1 John 2:25 “This is the promise that He has promised us—ETERNAL LIFE.” 1 John 5:11 “This is the testimony: that God has given us ETERNAL LIFE, and this life is in His Son.” Eternal life is spiritual life, the highest quality of life, including the afterlife, that a person can receive from God only by faith in Jesus Christ. Peter Prosser explains, “Eternal life refers not only to duration of life but quality of life. It is a present life of grace and a future life of glory.”



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