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Daily Bible Podcast Day 076 – Deuteronomy 32-34, 1 Corinthians 2

January 15, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” ~1 Corinthians 2:4-5

Observation:
Paul didn’t rely on strong arguments or persuasive speech. He merely partnered with God in showing His power.

Application:
How many times, when I am talking to others, do I try to rely on the strength of my argument to persuade them of the truth of the Gospel? It’s not to say that people can’t be convinced with speech, but Paul relies on a demonstration of the Spirit’s power. I wish I knew what it took for the Spirit’s power to manifest.

Prayer:
Father, send Your Spirit. Our words aren’t good enough, but Your power can’t be denied. Have You abandoned us? Why do we seem to have so little power? We want the lost to see Your power and turn to you. Please show us how to recieve Your power once again.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 075 – Deuteronomy 30-31, Psalm 40, 1 Corinthians 1

January 14, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” ~1 Corinthians 1:28-29

Observation:
God uses the weak. It makes sense if you think about it. God wants people to realized that He is at work. That’s why weak people get the job. That way, when something amazing happens, people look at the weak person and realize that it was God who did it.

Application:
It’s easy to get discouraged that I’m not a great leader or famous or effective or whatever. I have weaknesses and it seems like things would be better if I didn’t have them. But, this is exactly why God might choose to use me for some purpose. That way, people can realize that it must have been Him, not me. My job is to be faithful and give Him the bragging rights.

Prayer:
Father, use my strengths and weaknesses to help make You known. I’ll do my best to be faithful, but I want to see You move and I want to be a part of Your plan of redemption. As much as I am able, I will give You the credit. It’s not like any good thing I have is apart from You anyway.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 074 – Deuteronomy 28-29, Galatians 6

January 13, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ~ Galatians 6:7-9

Observation:
Paul is using really strong language here to let us know that working to please our sinful nature ultimately leads to destruction. “At the proper time,” which is probably longer than our impatience would like, we will see a good “harvest” if we persist in doing good.

Application:
Continuing to do good is hard. I am naturally impatient. I have trouble sitting still and I don’t want to wait for things. It’s too easy to slip back into a place where I am chasing after earthly desires. Paul warns us strongly to keep doing good, or else we risk destruction.

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, it is hard to persist in doing good. I often fall back to the priorities of this world. Help me to avoid destruction by sowing good seed and help me to be patient and not forget that I will reap a good harvest in Your timing, not mine.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 072 – Deuteronomy 22-24, Galatians 4

January 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?'” ~Galatians 4:8-9

Observation:
Paul encourages us not to turn back and become slaves of the same wicked forces that ensnared us before we knew God.

Application:
What are the forces that I am tempted to return to? What would re-enslave me if I don’t stand firm?

Prayer:
Holy Spirit, give me strength to stand against and turn away from the “miserable forces” that would see me enslaved again. I want to stand in your power and be free.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 071 – Deuteronomy 19-21, Galatians 3

January 10, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?'” ~Galatians 3:5

Observation:
Paul is pointing out to the Galatians that it isn’t adherence to a set of rules that “earned” them the Holy Spirit, but their faith in Jesus. This passage is important today, since many fall into thinking that being a Christian is mostly about following rules. But, Paul points out that the Spirit is given through faith, not piety.

Application:
First, to the extent that I do, I need to stop expecting rule-following from non-believers and new believers. The Spirit will help produce heart (and therefore behavior) change, but faith is what should be encouraged, not obedience to rules.

Prayer:
Father, send me Your Spirit fresh, not because I already follow “the rules”, but because I have continued faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Help me to not expect behavior from others, but help them have faith and profess it. Spirit, help me to grow in my likeness to Christ, as I want to be free of my sin.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 070 – Deuteronomy 16-18, Psalm 38, Galatians 2

January 9, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?'” ~Galatians 2:14

Observation:
Paul is calling Cephas out for demanding a standard from Gentiles that he himself does not uphold. Cephas is being a hypocrite and forcing standards that the Gospel itself does not require.

Application:
I know that I have been guilty at times of criticizing others, particularly non-believers, for not living by standards that aren’t even required by the Gospel. I’m sure there have also been times where I’ve been guilty of the same failing.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to be a hypocrite. The unbelieving world seems to hate hypocrisy in the church most of all. Help me to be in line with the truth of the gospel without inventing or expecting standards that You don’t expect. Help me to be full of grace toward others and at the same time give me wisdom and bravery if I am to confront anyone in the church about hypocrisy, but mostly I just want it out of me.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 069 – Deuteronomy 13-15, Galatians 1

January 8, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.'” ~Galatians 1:10

Observation:
Paul makes it clear not only that he is not seeking the approval of people, but that being a servant of Christ is often contrary to pleasing people.

Application:
Who am I trying to please? I don’t think of myself as a people-pleaser, but certainly there are times I hold back in some way in order to not offend others. Sometimes, maybe most of the time, this is a good thing, but I suspect that I am holding back the Gospel for fear of how others will react or perceive me.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t want to unnecessarily offend people, but at the same time I want to please You. Please help me through Your Spirit to know which things would please You for me to say and which would please You to have me not say. Help me to not fear how people will react in situations where I am supposed to share Your word.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 068 – Deuteronomy 10-12, Mark 16

January 7, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’” ~Mark 16:6-7

Observation:
Mary and Mary show up to the tomb with the intention of completing Jesus’ preparation for burial. They are surprised and alarmed that He isn’t there, despite the fact that Jesus had told them and the disciples what was going to happen; that He would be killed and rise from the dead. They didn’t remember what He had told them.

Application:
Over my life Jesus has “told” me various things through His word. Yet, I forget them and then am occasionally surprised when what He said would happen happens.

Prayer:
Jesus, help me to better remember and internalize Your word. Not just so that I will be prepared for life’s happenings, but also that I will be more the man that You would have me be.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 067 – Deuteronomy 7-9, Mark 15

January 6, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, ‘The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.’ No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people.” ~Deuteronomy 9:4-6

Observation:
One of the hard things about the Old Testament is knowing when something applies to the modern Christian. Things like animal sacrifices clearly do not, but other things are not so clear. I think it is safe to say that this passage still applies on a personal level. For instance, I did nothing to deserve being born where I was. How could I have deserved it? Because of this, it makes no sense for me to gloat about my nationality, since I had no part in it.

This also makes me wonder if our country is blessed due to our righteousness (I suspect not since we have relatively little), or if other countries are merely being punished for their wickedness. Or is God even in that business of using nations to punish wicked nations any longer?

Application:
Whatever the case is on the level of international relations, clearly I have no business being proud of where I was born. I had nothing to do with it. I can give thanks to God for the undeserved blessing he has shown by having me born where I was, but I certainly don’t deserve to be prideful. If there’s anything that this last year has taught me, it’s that no one deserves any good thing they have.

Prayer:
Father, thank you that for some reason you allowed me to be born where I was. So many people have it worse than I do and they didn’t deserve that either. I pray that I will never be prideful of my circumstances or my geographical location. I also pray that I will be merciful to others who find themselves in worse circumstances.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 066 – Deuteronomy 5-6, Psalm 43, Mark 14

January 5, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.'” ~Mark 14:38

Observation:
Jesus has asked the disciples to keep watch while he goes off to pray. Each time, they fall asleep. It isn’t that they don’t want to be obedient, it’s that their bodies betray them. They are exhausted, so they are unable to do as Jesus asks.

Application:
I know that my flesh is likely to lead me into temptation. Like the disciples, when I am tired I am more likely to not do things I should. I know that my church needs my talents, but when I am tired, I am less likely to give them.

Prayer:
Father, help me to minimize those things in my life that make me unnecessarily tired. I don’t want to miss opportunities to serve and bless others because I am tired from something that perhaps is less important to Your kingdom. Help me to know which activities deserve my energy and which don’t.

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