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Daily Bible Podcast Day 365 – Revelation 19-22

October 31, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” ~Revelation 20:10

Observation:
We win. Satan will someday be captured and unable to deceive any longer.

Application:
This is a reminder of whose side I need to be sure that I am fighting for. I belong to God, but am I working as one who wants to win His reward?

Prayer:
Father, thank You that I am among those who believe in the name, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I look forward to Your ultimate victory, even as I wonder at Your timing. I know that Your ways are perfect, so I do my best to be patient. Help me to make good use of my time until either the end comes or my end comes.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 257 – Ezekiel 36-37, Psalm 110, Revelation 19

July 15, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.'”

Observation:
God is telling the Israelites in exile about returning them to their land, but He does not do so primarily for their benefit. He is doing it in order that His Name might be glorified.

Application:
If much of the grace that God has shown me is not even for my benefit (even though it does benefit me) then I am missing much of the point when I fail to live for God’s purposes. God’s actions are for His own glory, not mine. I am just fortunate that God shows His glory through His mercy.

Prayer:
Father, this is a hard idea to grasp, that while the grace You have shown me is for my benefit and because of Your love, it is also not just or even primarily for my benefit. I don’t pretend to understand, but You are God and You have a claim to everything You have created. Thank You that Your love leads to grace and redemption. I will try to make my life more and more about You and not miss the point so much.

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