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Daily Bible Podcast Day 364 – Revelation 15-18

October 30, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to hand over to the beast their royal authority, until God’s words are fulfilled.” ~Revelation 17:17

Observation:
The kings of the earth will abdicate their authority to the beast so that God’s purposes will happen. Even the aggrandizement of the beast, which would appear to be bad is something that God has ordained in order to carry out His will.

Application:
There are many things in life that are obviously working in opposition to God’s will. Ultimately, though, I don’t need to be afraid of them, since even obviously evil things can be allowed in order to bring God’s plans about.

Prayer:
Father, I trust You that Your will will be done on earth, at least in the end. Help me not to be anxious about the evil that I see in the world. I know that it is being allowed for reasons that I don’t fully understand, but so that ultimately Your purposes will be fulfilled.

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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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