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Daily Bible Podcast Day 363 – Revelation 10-14

October 29, 2013 in Podcasts

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Scripture:
““If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.”

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.” ~Revelation 13:10

Observation:
This verse reinforces something that we all know. We are not in charge. If God’s will is for something to happen, it will happen. There’s nothing we can do about that.

Application:
I need to show patience and endurance in my trials. God’s purposes are the one’s that will prevail and anything that happens to me is in line with what God is doing. This is hard to accept sometimes, but true.

Prayer:
Father, sometimes it is hard to trust that truly everything is under Your control. The world seems like it is headed the wrong way. Help me to patiently endure and stand firm, especially when I don’t understand the big picture.

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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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