2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22 ~ Romans 8:22-39~ Psalm 18:37-50 ~ Proverbs 19:27-29
Today is the 24th day of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you as we dive head first into the week and into God’s word. And we’re actually reading from the Gods Word translation this week. Today, second Chronicles chapter 11 verse 1 through 13 verse 22.
OK. So, for days we’ve been traveling with Paul through the book of Romans as he’s laying out his case. He started with Abraham and moved forward. So, we went through Abraham’s faith and how he was made righteous through that faith, through his believing, as opposed to some ritual or custom the hadn’t even been invented yet. And we moved into the law, the mosaic law and its effect, its way of actually revealing sin because there was no other way to expose it, the inability to live up to it. And then he connects Jesus and how he fulfilled the law and how now, through Him, we are under a different law, one of grace because we cannot earn our way, we cannot achieve perfection in the law, even if we could completely keep it, which no one was able to do. Which brings us to this pinnacle, this mountaintop vista that we get today. All of that. We are kind of climbing up the mountain and now we get a view. Union with God, children of God through Jesus with a Holy Spirit that can live and pray with and through us and search our hearts and intercede for God’s people. And then we take the step and look around us and see the world as it really is. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God. This is true because He already knew His people and He already appointed them to have the same form as the image of is Son. We’re talking about Christ-like here. His son is the firstborn among many children. You are one of those children. You were just named in the bible. I am one of those children. He approved of those whom He had called and He gave glory to those whom He had approved of. That’s us guys. That’s us. What Paul is effectively saying is, Jesus begins a new kind of race, a new kind of people, people that hadn’t been seen on this planet since Eden. Jesus is the firstborn among this new thing, with a God and humanity intertwined, occupying the same space at the same time. Which is one of the central things in Sneezing Jesus, which brings up the question, so, are we are we talking about gods then? Are we gods then? No. But we are God-like. We are made in His image and He is within us. We have been reborn into this new thing and we can choose it at will. So, it begs the question, why do we live so much less than what is available? And the thing is, as hard as this might be to get our minds around, I just read it out of the bible. But the thing is, these are the foundational truths of our faith. We have always been saying this. It has just gotten diminished to the point of metaphor, allegory, and self-help. I guess, to that I would say, do you want to help yourself? Then be Christ-like. And, so, Paul sums this up. What can we possibly say about all this? His answer, his conclusion, like, as he’s looking at everything that he’s written here, all that he is outlined, all that he has come to. What can we say about it all? If God is for us, who can be against us? God didn’t spare His own son but handed Him over to death for all of us. So, You will also give us everything along with Him? Who will accuse those whom God has chosen? God has approved of them. Who will condemn them? Christ has died and more importantly He was brought back-to life. Christ is in the honored position, the one next to God, the Father, on the heavenly throne. Christ also intercedes for us. So, you see, it is impossible for us to be alone. It is impossible for us to be abandoned. We’ve reached this point in the book of Romans and it’s like, you almost have to sit down. You almost have to look at the way that you’ve been living and realize, what am I doing? How is it that I have gotten so entangled? How is it that I am so over extended? How is it that I am so over obligated? Why is my life so small? Why does fear swirl around me? Why does it underpin everything about me? Why am I operating out of anxiety so much of the time? Why do I fear what is coming? Why am I stuck in what has already been? Because that’s obviously what comes up. And that’s obviously what was coming up from Paul because he goes immediately on to say, and we need to hear this, all of us need to hear this. What will separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can trouble, distress, persecution, hunger, nakedness, danger, or violent death separate us from His love? The one who loves us gives us an overwhelming victory in all these difficulties. Right? So, it’s back to that question. Why am I doing this when so much more is available? Paul reaches his conclusion, which must become our own conclusion. I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love, which Christ, Jesus our Lord shows us. And He did. He showed us with His very life what this looks like. We can’t be separated by death or life, Paul says. We can’t be separated by angels or rulers. We can’t be separated by anything in the present or anything in the future. We can’t be separated by forces or powers in the world above or in the world below. We can’t be separated by anything in creation.
I don’t even know what to say. What else is there to say? I hope that this is sinking in. It’s sure sinking in for me. So, you know that feeling that is not in your head, that is in your gut, that is in your heart, that is down there right now that is welling up inside of you? This flutter. That’s called hope. Recognize that feeling because that is your faith rising up. That is what happens when the good news becomes your good news. This is the good news of the gospel and it brings light and life. Can’t you feel it? That essence is what we’re to be sneezing into the world. That is the good news. And, so, you realize, it is devoid of ritual and custom and stereotype. It is not about religion. It is not about behavior modification. It is about transformation - being made something else, something integrated, and in union with God. And it is always present. Nothing can take it away from you. You can just choose to ignore it and live devolved and small. But why would we do that for another minute? Why would we ever do that when this is what is being offered? It’s like somebody bringing a semi-truck full of cash, one billion dollars, and somebody opening up a suitcase with a $1 bill in it and us choosing the suitcase with the $1 bill instead. I’m just thinking, well, I can carry the suitcase and I understand the $1 bill. I’m gonna stick with what I think that I know. What we find in the book of Romans today is one of the most beautiful depictions of what it looks like to walk with God - what is actually available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Like something that we are inside, that is beyond time, that will always be, that will go on forever, that will go on beyond any way we have a way to comprehend. It is around us and within us and lasts forever. This is very, very good news. This is very, very, very good news for the human race. This is what restoration looks like. Why not embrace it with all of our heart, mind and will? Why not fall face first into it? Like, how much more do we need to go through life to finally realize, this is not working? This isn’t working without God. This isn’t working by me trying to compartmentalize Him and make all of my ruling decisions within my own knowledge. Why don’t we embrace our faith fully, all in - all in heart, mind, body, will, strength, love, relationships, all of it.
So, Jesus. It seems like we do this and then we regress into old, tired, worn paths. And then we see it again and then we do it and we enter into that rest. But the distractions always come to seduce us back, to pull us back. And so, right now, we break ties with everything that would pull us back, the things that would cause us to regress. We break those vows that we’ve made with all of that stuff, the things that just keep pulling us back. We break from that. We are new creations. Those things do not have a hold over us unless we allow it. And we don’t. So, come Holy Spirit because we’re walking forward and we are at a fast clip right now. We’ve missed out on things with You, memories that could have been made with You that we omitted, that we ignored, times that we could have spent together, good news and light that we were completely oblivious of sharing. We are walking a new path, one of collaboration, a narrow path, one that leads to life. Come, Holy Spirit, and lead us forward. We ask in the name of Jesus. And we invite You, Holy Spirit, to help us never forget this moment. This moment matters. Right now matters. May it affect the rest of our days. May we never forget. When we feel the pull to go back into old patterns and paths, remind us, Holy Spirit, that we have a choice in that, we don’t have to do that, we don’t have to go there. Help us. Come, Holy Spirit, we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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