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Daily Bible Podcast Day 349 – James 1-5

October 15, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” ~James 1:22-25

Observation:
The implication is that the believer who doesn’t obey the word is forgetting who he (the believer) is. That is, we have a new identity but are living as if we didn’t.

Application:
This one often seems hard. I need to be daily reminded what I’m supposed to be doing and do them. I also need to avoid those things I shouldn’t be doing.

Prayer:
Father, help. Self-discipline is often something I have difficulty with. Give me Your power to not only do what I should be doing, but to avoid those that I should not be doing. I need Your hands on my shoulders to turn me the way that I should go.

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Daily Bible Podcast Day 202 – 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chronicles 32, James 5

May 21, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” ~James 5:16

Observation:
James encourages the believer to approach God in accordance with his mood. If in trouble, pray. If happy, sing praise. The prayers and anointing of the elders will heal those who are sick.

Application:
Confession is the road to healing, but it’s also hard to confess your failings to others. This is certainly true in my experience, although recently seems to be bearing fruit.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for bringing people into my life for mutual confession and prayer. Please continue to strengthen those ties and further heal both them and me. I want to be a righteous person and one who is effective and powerful in prayer. Keep working in me.

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