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Daily Bible Podcast Day 255 – Daniel 3-4, Psalm 81, Revelation 17

July 13, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, he said, ‘Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?’

Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, ‘This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you. You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.'”

Observation:
Nebuchadnezzar is all about his own glory and power but God wants his heart. God puts him into what we would see as a pretty rough place in order to change Nebuchadnezzar’s heart.

Application:
Could it be that my own rough patches are times when God is trying to use my circumstances to get me to acknowledge and bow to Him?

Prayer:
Father, whether I am in plenty or in want, may I always acknowledge Your power and Your control over all things, especially “my” life. I want to put You first without having to be shown tough love as a reminder the way Nebuchadnezzar was. I have no power of my own and live entirely at Your mercy God. May I never forget that.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 254 – Daniel 1-2, Revelation 16

July 12, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“‘Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.'” ~Revelation 16:15

Observation:
No one knows when Christ is going to return and the end-game of the world is going to play out. We should be ready.

Application:
As a believer in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, I am “ready” for whatever end I will see, whether it is simply my own demise or I happen to be alive when the apocalypse goes down. Either way, my eternal destiny is secured. However, am I accomplishing what I should be in whatever time I have left?

Prayer:
Father, make me mindful that I don’t have unlimited time. Remind me that the concerns of this world are not the most important. Help me to do the work that You have for me, that I might see a good return with the time I have left. I don’t want to leave work unfinished and so leave others unaware.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 253 – Lamentations 3-5, Revelation 15

July 11, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.'” ~Lamentations 3:22-24

Observation:
The Lamenter (as it were) is experiencing unspeakable hardship. He has seen his people destroyed and those left behind are starving. Yet, what does he do here? He acknowledges God’s goodness and faithfulness. Even though he is likely hungry, he says that God is his “portion” and that he will wait for Him. The Bible certainly operates from the idea that all people are deserving of God’s wrath, so that the amazing restraint, love, and forgiveness that God shows is amazing.

Application:
I have only a little experience with hardship. That I have experienced I can’t say that I was very good about God being my portion or that I waited patiently for Him. I have, however, been angry with God even though, “he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone,” (v. 33) and the fact that God doesn’t owe me anything.

Prayer:
God, I know that You don’t owe me anything, but I’m still upset about some of the things that have happened. Show compassion and healing if You will, but either way help me to rely on You and find You to be enough for all my worries and needs.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 252 – Lamentations 1- 2, Obadiah, Revelation 14

July 10, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“The visions of your prophets
were false and worthless;
they did not expose your sin
to ward off your captivity.
The prophecies they gave you
were false and misleading.” ~Lamentations 2:14

Observation:
Israel is conquered and sent into captivity. God allowed this to happen due to Israel’s great sin. The prophets had not told the people about their sin, that they could have listened and repented. Sin can still place us in captivity today. Even those of us who are Christians can be “captive” to sin and lose the effectiveness of our witness.

Application:
How much of captive am I to my sin? I know that Christ was sent to proclaim freedom from sin and that my freedom is to be used to do good works. Breaking the hold of sin gives us the ability to do more for others.

Prayer:
Father, I know that Your desire is for me to be free from sin in order to do good works in Your name. Help me to escape temptation and see opportunities to serve others. Your kind of freedom is the only freedom that really matters. Help me to be free.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 251 – Jeremiah 42-44, Psalm 48, Revelation 13

July 9, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
in the city of our God, his holy mountain.” ~Psalm 48:1

Observation:
The Psalm reflects on God’s unfailing love, His power, His judgments.

Application:
As with many of the Psalms of praise, I am reminded to try harder to make my whole life one of praising God, not just my Sundays.

Prayer:
Father, You are worthy of all praise. Help me to worship You always, not just on Sundays. I will try better to praise at all times and in all things, because You are worth it.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 250 – 2 Kings 25, 2 Chronicles 36, Jeremiah 40-41, Revelation 12

July 8, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah. Any of his people among you may go up, and may the Lord their God be with them.’” ~2 Chronicles 36:23

Observation:
At this point, most of the Hebrews are in exile in Babylon, sent their by God for their evil and disobedience. After the time God chose was fulfilled, God began to use the pagan king of Babylon to do His will. God is able to use those who appear to be the enemies of His people to do His work and to benefit His people.

Application:
Just because someone appears to be an enemy of God or His people, it does not mean they are not doing God’s will. Does this mean that the outcome of an action should be examined as well as the heart of the actor? Bad actors can produce benefits to God’s kingdom and His people.

Prayer:
Father, I know that You are able to make all things work together for the good of those who love You and are called by You. I know, as Cyrus proves, that even some who appear to be against You are actually fulfilling Your purposes. Help me to be wise enough to see what is really going on and what I should do. Help me not to worry about those who seem to be working against You. Most of all, accomplish Your will on earth using whatever means and whoever You choose and help me to trust You enough not to worry about the “bumps in the road” if indeed they are bumps at all.

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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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Daily Bible Podcast Day 246 – Ezekiel 20-21, Psalm 111, Revelation 8

July 4, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Great are the works of the Lord;
they are pondered by all who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures forever.” ~Psalm 111:2-3

Observation:
This Psalm is one of Praise to God for His deeds and attributes. People who delight in the works of the Lord spend time thinking about them.

Application:
How often do I just reflect on the attributes and deeds of God? How often do I think of His creation, or His mercy, or His salvation, or His majesty?

Prayer:
Father, I probably don’t think about You enough. My daily life and even the earth itself are filled with what should be daily reminders of how great and merciful You are. Through Your Spirit, help me to be more mindful of Your hand in the world and to reflect on You when I see it. I will praise You for Your mighty acts and awesome love.

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