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Daily Bible Podcast Day 262 – Ezekiel 47-48, Luke 2

July 20, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

‘Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.’” ~Luke 2:13-14

Observation:
Simeon has been waiting for the Messiah his whole life and has been promised he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. Simeon waited a long time to see Jesus. I imagine this could have been frustrating for him. Even though he new he would live to see the Messiah he didn’t know when it would happen.

Application:
Even those things that God has promised are not fulfilled instantly. Simeon had to wait years for a promise to be fulfilled to him. I need to be careful about my own impatience when it comes to God’s timing.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for Your wonderful promises. Help me to have the patience to receive them in Your timing, not grow frustrated if they seem to me to take too long. Provide assurance of Your promises through the Holy Spirit, as You did for Simeon, and may I be too busy doing Your will to notice if Your timing is not mine.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 261 – Ezekiel 45-46, Luke 1

July 19, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’

Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.'” ~Luke 1:26-30

Observation:
Mary is greeted by an angel with the words that she is highly favored. Still she is nervous. Even though, or perhaps even because, she seems to know it is God’s messenger talking to her, she is troubled. I wonder if at that moment Mary had an idea that the plans she had made for her own life were about to be completely changed. She took it better than I would have. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” (v. 38)

Application:
While God isn’t likely to make His plan for my life known to me in as direct a way as He did for Mary, that doesn’t absolve me of responsibility to obey. God’s will is contained in His word and like Mary, I am often nervous that God’s call will result in the changing of my plans. Perhaps a good prayer to pray is an echo of Mary’s submission.

Prayer:
Father, I have to admit that I often worry that following Jesus will result in the change of my plans. I even “know” that Your plan is better than mine, but still I struggle. Help me to have Mary’s attitude and simply say, “I am the Lord’s servant, may Your word to me be fulfilled.”

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 260 – Ezekiel 42-44, Revelation 22

July 18, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” ~Revelation 22:12-13

Observation:
This makes me wonder what God’s definition of “soon” is. It’s been almost 2,000 years since John wrote down these visions and the events described have not literally come to pass yet. I believe them to be an accurate description of what will happen, but when is not known to us. Also, Christ’s reward for our deeds does not imply salvation by works, merely that there is a reward for good works.

Application:
I am impatient and I want to know the mysteries of God and when all these things will happen. God, though, isn’t on my timeframe and has His own purposes that will be fulfilled before all this happens. My job is to trust Him and do my best to follow His commands, so that I might earn the reward He has for me.

Prayer:
Father, I’m not always good at being patient and I don’t like not knowing things. Help me to learn the lessons that You would have me learn and to not worry about when these things will happen. Let me be worried about earning my reward, not about when the “end” will come. You had the wisdom and power to start everything and You have the wisdom to bring it to an end in Your timing. Help me to be obedient with whatever time I have left.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 259 – Ezekiel 40-41, Psalm 128, Revelation 21

July 17, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
who walk in obedience to him.
You will eat the fruit of your labor;
blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house;
your children will be like olive shoots
around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing
for the man who fears the Lord.” ~Psalm 128:1-4

Observation:
The Old Testament particularly advances the idea that those who fear God will be blessed in certain ways while still on earth.

Application:
Does this still apply? Does God still offer earthly blessing for those who fear Him? What does it mean to fear Him? Does it mean to actually be afraid of Him or is it more of a deep and profound respect? I am going to read up on what it means to fear God.

Prayer:
Father, Your word promises blessings for those who “fear” You, but I don’t think I completely understand what that means. Please speak to me as I try to learn what this means, but more than that, give me the “fear” that You want me to have through Your Spirit. I want this family blessing very much and ask that You impress on me how to obtain it.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 258 – Ezekiel 38-39, Psalm 145, Revelation 20

July 16, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.

The Lord is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.” ~Psalm 145:8-9

Observation:
God is good to everyone he has created, even those who reject Him. Despite this rejection, He withholds His anger for a time and loves enough to try and reconcile everyone to Him.

Application:
God was and is patient with me. He has given me many blessings, even when I sin against Him.

Prayer:
Father, You are rich in love and slow to anger. You are compassionate to everyone You have created, even those who don’t deserve it. Even when I don’t deserve it. Never let me forget how deep Your love is and help me to have the same attitude of compassion and patience with others, even those who are against You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 257 – Ezekiel 36-37, Psalm 110, Revelation 19

July 15, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.'”

Observation:
God is telling the Israelites in exile about returning them to their land, but He does not do so primarily for their benefit. He is doing it in order that His Name might be glorified.

Application:
If much of the grace that God has shown me is not even for my benefit (even though it does benefit me) then I am missing much of the point when I fail to live for God’s purposes. God’s actions are for His own glory, not mine. I am just fortunate that God shows His glory through His mercy.

Prayer:
Father, this is a hard idea to grasp, that while the grace You have shown me is for my benefit and because of Your love, it is also not just or even primarily for my benefit. I don’t pretend to understand, but You are God and You have a claim to everything You have created. Thank You that Your love leads to grace and redemption. I will try to make my life more and more about You and not miss the point so much.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 256 – Ezekiel 33-35, Revelation 18

July 14, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.'” ~Ezekiel 33:6

Observation:
God is speaking to Ezekiel, telling him that if he doesn’t warn the people, their blood will be on his hands. While I don’t believe this to be true regarding Christians and our attempts (or not) to warn and convert our neighbors, I still suspect that there could be some sorrow over opportunities missed.

Application:
I don’t want to come to the end of my life and be confronted with the people that I could have helped repent but didn’t. Even though I don’t think I’ll be held accountable for those people, I still don’t want to see that happen.

Prayer:
Father, help me to feel a sense of urgency about Your service and my part in it. I don’t want to miss opportunities to lead others to repentance. Help me to make the most of my time and not waste it chasing after things that aren’t as important as the souls of those around me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 249 – Ezekiel 29-32, Revelation 11

July 7, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘I will bring them back from captivity and return them to Upper Egypt, the land of their ancestry. There they will be a lowly kingdom. It will be the lowliest of kingdoms and will never again exalt itself above the other nations. I will make it so weak that it will never again rule over the nations.'” ~Ezekiel 29:14-15

Observation:
God is speaking through Ezekiel. At the time of this writing, Egypt was a mighty nation that had ruled over many. We know today of its riches and power through archaeological findings. However, Egypt drew God’s punishment. As a result, the once-great kingdom has never again been great. Today, it is certainly not a world power as it was many years ago.

Application:
Anytime I might start to doubt or forget the greatness of God, I only need to think about the “predictions” made ahead of time that came true. Egypt was brought low by God and remains so to this day, as further proof of God’s dominion.

Prayer:
Father, You are great and powerful and whatever You want to happen, happens. Help my occasional doubts of Your Kingship. Show Your power in my life to break down spiritual strongholds and spiritual enemies. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 248 – Ezekiel 25-28, Revelation 10

July 6, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“By your great skill in trading
you have increased your wealth,
and because of your wealth
your heart has grown proud.” ~Ezekiel 28:5

Observation:
Tyre and its king were rich because of their trade. Their wealth made them proud and sinful and gloat over the destruction of Israel. Because of these things, God intends to destroy them as well. The verse says that they grew proud because of their wealth.

Application:
I (and really everyone in America today) is wealthy beyond the king the Tyre’s wildest dreams. He could never never have imagined the amount of food from far off places and incredible modes of transportation, the technology, etc. Has my wealth made me proud? Jesus elsewhere certainly suggests that wealth is not a road to salvation and may indeed be the opposite under many circumstances.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t ever want my wealth to get in the way of obeying Your will. Help me to live within my means and not take for granted my blessings. I know that it is only Your mercy that kept me from being born in a much poorer place and/or time. Protect me from any pride that might flare up in my heart and may I always remember that “my” wealth can’t buy me anything of eternal spiritual value.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 247 – Ezekiel 22-24, Revelation 9

July 5, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.” ~Revelation 9:20-21

Observation:
The people on earth, even after supernatural signs and punishment from God, still do not turn from their sin. They seem to us as incredibly hard-headed.

Application:
I’m hard-headed too. Perhaps the “signs” I see aren’t as obvious as the ones shown in Revelation, but I also can read about the signs of previous times as well as the ones to come. They all point to repentance if only I’ll pay attention to them.

Prayer:
Father, I repent again. Help me turn from those things that continue to separate me from the life that You want me to live and the reward that You have for my faithfulness. May I not miss the signs and go on being hard-headed.

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