Joshua 3:1-4:24 ~ Luke 14:7-35 ~ Psalm 80:1-19 ~ Proverbs 12:27-28
Today is April 11th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today to take the next step forward and, yeah, we turned the page yesterday, ending the story of Moses and the children of Israel and moving into the story of Joshua and the actual crossing of the Jordan into the promised land. So we’ll pick up where we left off. We’re reading from the Contemporary English Version this week, Joshua chapter 3, verse 1 through 4, verse 24.
In the book of Luke today Jesus unpacks what being a follower is, what being one of his disciples actually has to look like. He says, “You have to love me more than you love anyone and you have to pick up your cross and follow me. You have to love me with all your heart and you have to go where I’m going.”
This isn’t new. This is the great commandment – love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind and all your strength. And then he illustrates this with a couple of stories, both to illustrate the fact that you have to understand this and you have to count the cost of it and decide whether it is a cost you are willing to pay because it is all of you, all that you have, all that you will ever be forever. That is the cost of being a disciple of the Savior. And Jesus is basically saying if you’re not ready to do that, then you’re not ready for this.
He goes on to say, “You cannot be my disciple unless you give away everything you own.” So does that mean you just randomly tomorrow find the first person that crosses your path and give your house to them? No, it is that you understand that it is not your house to give away. You already gave it away. It belongs to God. Everything you are, everything you own you have given to God, understanding that now you are a steward of his resources. Your source is God. Your source of life, your source of provision, your hopes for the future, everything is wrapped up in God and everything you steward is part of God’s kingdom.
We could say that is semantics, but it is quite a bit more than semantics because when you’re living from that place you live differently. You’re not trying to hoard things unto yourself. You’re trying to steward things on behalf of the king and his kingdom. And this is what it looks like to be a believer. This is what it looks like to be a disciple.
Holy Spirit, we invite you to well up within. Spirit of Christ within, show us the places that we’ve kind of walled off from you, we’ve segregated from you and said ‘this is ours and not yours and you can’t have this, this is mine.’ Show us the places that we’ve counted the cost and turned back. Show us the places that we haven’t counted the cost at all. Show us what it means to love you with all of our hearts. Jesus, the truth is our hearts have been broken many times and we have fragments of history that can be haunting. Only by the power of your Holy Spirit can our hearts be full, can we love you with all of our heart, so we need you to be able to even do this. So come into those places and heal us. We know that our only hope is in you and our hope is in you. Show us day by day through this process of sanctification, this process of being set apart as holy to you every day more and more how to do that today. Come, Holy Spirit, we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Www.DailyAudioBible.com is home base. It’s the website. It’s where you find out what’s up and, man, in the book of Joshua, right? We are in the promised land. We have crossed the Jordan River after all of this time. I mean, almost since the beginning of the year we have been moving toward this day and we’ve gotten to cross over and our feet are now in the promised land and that is where we’ll spend the majority, not all, but the majority of the rest of the Bible. I’ve been mentioning that we’ll be taking another pilgrimage there. You can plant your own feet on the soil of the promised land and watch these stories come to life before your very eyes as you have the ability to just turn in a circle, see this 360-degree view of how these stories and their geography took place. We’ll be going back February 19th through March 4th of 2018 and you can find out all the details at www.DailyAudioBible.com. Just look for Israel 2018 and you’ll find out what you need to know. You can also just go to www.DailyAudioBibleIsrael.com and that will take you there as well. So consider coming along. We’ll look forward to seeing you in the promised land.
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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports
Hi, this is Eric from Minnesota. This is my first time calling and could use some prayer for our family. My wife recently lost her wedding ring and it was… Kind of a back story, the last few years have been pretty tough. I had a business partner that cheated me over and we lost everything, lost our house, car, most of what we owned and the wedding ring was one of the few nice things that we had left over from that and pretty much is irreplaceable. She has been very depressed, also not sleeping because of our little daughter who hasn’t been feeling well, but the lack of sleep along with the loss of the wedding ring has really gotten her down and I just reach out to you guys for some prayer that it would be found, that God would give us a little miracle and we would find it somewhere. It would really mean the world to her. God bless.
Hi family, this is Salvation is Mine in San Leandro, CA. Today is Saturday, April 8, 2017. I wanted to call in and pray with Karen from St. Louis who called in on April 1st about being single and alone. Oh my dear sister, I so feel your pain. I have been praying and asking God for someone in my life for several decades and it still hasn’t happened. I had boyfriends or men friends or whatever you want to call them, but the situations have not worked out for several different reasons, so I do understand your pain. So right now, family, can we please pray for Karen and the like for being single, not just women, but men who have been praying to the Lord for a companion, a spouse, a friend even? So family, let’s pray. Dear Heavenly Father, we come before you right now thanking you for everything that you’ve given us. In our hearts, Lord God, there is a piece missing and that is a companion, a friend, a husband, a wife. Lord God, you did not make us to be alone because you made the first man and woman as a couple, so we know you did not make us to be alone. Dear Father God, we get so broken and we get so tired of being alone and we don’t understand why. Please open our hearts and our minds and our eyes to see what it is that you want us to fix in ourselves to be ready for the spouse or the companion or the friend that you are going to send us. Help us to be mindful of you first and foremost and give you honor, glory and praise and thank you for what you’re about to do in our lives. God bless you all. God love you. God keep you. Amen. Bye-bye.
Hi family. This is Biola from Maryland calling from The More Conference. I have with me Annette A. and Bold River, (I’m a virgin). This sister has never called into the DAB. She couldn’t. She just prays and prays. Anyway, family, I am so happy that we are all here. We’ve having an awesome time in the Lord. Annette, my crazy Nettie right here beside me. You know when Nette goes on and on, you know. And Jill, thank you so much for such a wonderful __________. Brian, you are awesome. Every single husband that sends their wives here, God bless you. You rock! And I just met Mern from Norway. Oh my God! Brother, God bless you for sending your wife all this way. Oh hallelujah! Hallelujah. God is good. Yes he is. Alright guys. Love you. Bye. Love you all. __________.
Hello. I’m Connie A. here in Sydney. I would like to lift up someone today or two people particularly. It’s April the 9th and I heard a message for a little boy called Lester from his great-grandmother’s sister called Sherry in California. Lester has leukemia and he is really, really young. And also Kathy who is the sister-in-law of Sandy from Texas. I would like to pray for those __________ or anyone whose really suffering a lot and struggling to overcome serious illness. Father God, may both these people, Lester and Kathy, or anybody who is struggling right now just to be alive be healed as your living streams of water flows through them. By the power to death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ who heals us through his own stripes that he suffered so much on our behalf, Holy Spirit, bring rest, peace and a ceasing of struggle to their bodies so that the blood of Jesus can heal miracles in their bodies. I pray and ask you, Father, that you will intercede for them through your beloved son, Jesus, who heals and who responds to all who asks in his name. I pray that the enemy has no hold over any accusation made against them through their bloodline, that they be cleansed from carrying anything they unknowingly are holding onto that does not belong to them. Thank you, Father. We praise you and thank you. Thank you, Father, for being a good, good merciful father to all of us whose hearts are asking for healing. In Jesus’ name, bless Lester and Kathy. Strengthen them and anyone else who has childlike faith and trusts in your power to heal them. God bless.
Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. This is Stanley from Maryland. I would like to say hello and this call is specifically for Drew in Texas. Drew in Texas and the others that have been praying for me as I continue this adventure as a teacher in Washington, D.C., first year, I want to thank you guys so much. Drew, I want to thank you personally for your prayer. And also for just calling in for the first time. It’s awesome. You are much appreciated and I just want to bless you, brother, and I thank you so much for reaching out. Your words of encouragement and your heart I just truly adore. And so I pray for you and I bless you. I’m looking forward to what God has in store for me and how he is working through me. So I’m looking forward to calling back with a praise report and God is showing me that he loves me and he has a plan and a purpose for my life. I just want to thank you again. Thank you, Brian, and thank you, everyone else, for all you contribute to this wonderful community. God bless.
The man had lain there for 38 years by a pool he believed held relief. An angel would trouble the water sometimes and that was a common belief. The pool was known as Bethesda and history has verified it was there. It had five porches called porticos and two pools that the porches would share. Thirty-eight long, unproductive years that man had lain on his back waiting for someone to give him a hand, but his thinking was on the wrong track. Waiting for someone outside of himself to take him to a place that had power, wallowing in self-pity, alone on a mat, those 38 years made him sour. Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be well? Well, take up your mat and just put in to action the things that you want. Your desire shouldn’t only be talk.” In like fashion I’ve lain on my back for many long years, waiting for help instead of challenging my fears. Every time the angel troubles the water, someone gets there ahead of me. It’s comfortable being a victim for everyone to see. Life is unfair, the problem is too much. You can see I was dealt a bad hand. Take up your mat. Life isn’t fair, but stand up and walk like a man. It isn’t the water contained in the pool. Superstition is never the way. It’s the power of God contained in his Son, all things to him must obey. Attitudes truly can cripple and self-pity will bring a man down. Alone on a mat, flat on your back, Jesus is always around. Behold, he stands at the door and he knocks. If you want to be healed, let him in. God will always have pity on you. His Son is our ultimate friend. BlindTony1016@gmail.com. It was so nice hearing your voice again, brother David F. from the Western Front.