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Daily Bible Podcast Day 269 – Ezra 4, Psalm 113, 127, Luke 9

July 27, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.” ~Psalm 127:1-2

Observation:
The Psalm is telling us that God is in charge and that nothing we do ultimately stands against His wishes.

Application:
I spend a lot of time planning my future. There are things right now that I am worried about. Ultimately, though, what will happen is in God’s hands. It doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t plan or work, just that I should worry and obsess about what I have little control over.

Prayer:
Father, You know my desires for my family’s future. I pray that You will bring my plans in line with Yours. Make Your will clear to me and help me to follow it. Give me a heart of peace about the future, and help me remember that worry can’t add a single day to my life.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 009 – Genesis 23 and 24, Luke 9

November 9, 2012 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?'” ~Luke 9:23-25

Observation:
Jesus is speaking here to his disciples, who don’t know that he’s going to the cross yet. It must seem strange to them to have Jesus talking about them being willing to be executed as criminals. Their understanding of the Messiah is of a King who would politically save His people.

Application:
I don’t know if I’m prepared to take up a cross. I’m not exactly sure what my cross might be; it’s one of the reasons I’m doing this. To learn what God wants from me. It is really hard to accept that it might be something very difficult. Maybe it won’t require my life, but what if it does? What good are all my other pursuits if I lose my soul in the process.

Prayer:
Father, I don’t know how ready I am to carry a cross. I’d like to say that I’m prepared to do anything You ask, but I don’t think that’s true yet. Right now I like my life too much. Help me to see what I’m supposed to do. I’ll try to do my best with what you show me.

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