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Daily Bible Podcast Day 047 – Leviticus 26-27, Acts 23

December 17, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, 4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.
“I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.” ~Leviticus 26:3-6

Observation:
God is making a promise to the Israelites to bless them with success and security if they keep His commands.

Application:
I know that, as Christians, we don’t exactly fall under the Old Testament Law any longer, but I wonder how much this promise still holds. Does God continue to bless the lands of those that are obedient to him. Does that necessarily mean that lands that are blessed are following His command and those that face hardship are not?

Prayer:
Father, bless us your followers as we obey you. May our hard times serve as reminders to reflect on whether we are in obedience. May I count my blessings, even if it seems I have few, and view them as gifts from You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 046 – Leviticus 25, Psalm 25-26, Acts 22

December 16, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“For the sake of your name, Lord,
forgive my iniquity, though it is great.” ~Psalm 25:11

Observation:
David makes what seems like an odd request. We would expect David to ask God to forgive his sin for David’s sake, but that isn’t what he asks. David expects the benefit to acrue to God, not just himself. I think this is one of the reasons God chooses to forgive. Doing so brings glory to Him, not just benefit to us.

Application:
I usually want forgiveness for my reasons. I want forgiveness because I don’t want to be under judgment. I need to focus more on the Glory that God should be receiving from me as a result of forgiveness. As in other things, I should be focusing on God instead of myself.

Prayer:
God, may the forgiveness you show me benefit Your name more than it benefits me. Don’t just forgive me, but do so in a way that brings Glory and fame to you. If it is selfesh to desire forgiveness only for myself, may I desire it for Your sake as well.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 045 – Leviticus 23-24, Psalm 24, Acts 21

December 15, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.” ~Psalm 24:3-6

Observation:
The person who can approach God is one who doesn’t trust in idols or false gods. Those who seek God will receive His blessing.

Application:
People don’t bow down to physical idols the way they did when David wrote this, but we have our own forms of idol worship and our own false gods.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to place trust in anything other than You. Forgive me when I place trust in my possessions or politics. May You be the only One I worship. Please bless me as I do my best to seek You.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 044 – Leviticus 20-22, Acts 20

December 14, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again.'” ~ Acts 20:22-25

Observation:
Paul is the man. He doesn’t know what’s going to happen, but he knows prison is involved. He knows his life is in danger and he will never see his friends again. All the same, he goes.

Application:
I wish I had Paul’s courage. I also wish the Spirit spoke to me as clearly as it spoke to Paul. Would I be willing to face prison or death for the sake of Jesus? I’d like to think so, but I just don’t know.

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, give me the courage and conviction of Paul. Strengthen me to do whatever it is You want, whatever it costs me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 043 – Leviticus 18-19, Psalm 13, Acts 19

December 13, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?

But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.” ~Psalm 13:1-2,5-6

Observation:
Despite feeling like he is forgotten and that his enemies are defeating him, David still trusts in God’s unfailing love and sings a song of praise.

Application:
No matter what my circumstances, no matter how I’m feeling, I need to have a song of praise in my heart.

Prayer:
God, no matter what is going on in my world, I want to always be singing Your praises.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 037 – Leviticus 1-3, Acts 13

December 7, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses.'” ~Acts 13:38-39

Observation:
Through Jesus, we can be set free from our sin. This is something that can’t be done merely by following a bunch of rules. “Everyone who believes is set free…”

Application:
The thing I don’t exactly understand is what does it mean to be “set free from sin.” Does it mean that I should stop sinning? Because I’m pretty sure that I believe (unless I’m missing something) but I don’t always feel set free from my sin. I wish I knew what I was missing.

Prayer:
Father, I believe. Set me free from my sin. I know that following a set of rules won’t do it for me. Set me free.

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