Ezekiel 3:16-6:14; Hebrews 4:1-16; Psalms 104:24-35; Proverbs 26:27
Today is the second day of November, welcome to the daily audio Bible. I’m Brian and it’s great to be here with you as we get ourselves settled into this new month. And even as we do that, were settling into the book of Ezekiel in the Old Testament and the book of Hebrews in the New. And things get moving rapidly as we move toward the end of the year because we move through some shorter material, books of minor prophecy that are shorter and letters from the apostles that are shorter. So, we’ll be touching seven of the books of the Bible in the month of November but that’ll happen a little later. Ezekiel will take us out into the final week of the month and Hebrews will take us into next week. So, today, Ezekiel chapter 3 verse 16 through 6:14. And we’re reading from the Good News translation this week.
Okay. In the book of Hebrews, we come to what is certainly a very popular portion of Scripture, but it also happens to be one of the guiding scriptures for what we do here every day - the word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword, it cuts all the way through to where soul and spirit meet. So, where is that? Where do soul and spirit meet? I’ve heard this Scripture all my life and just always kind of moved past it by thinking, well, it goes very, very deep. That’s the point. It’s something that can penetrate. But where do soul and spirit actually meet? Where is it that our true selves, our spirit and our awareness or consciousness, where do these come together other than the very, very place of our identity, the eternal places within us. So, the writer of Hebrews is telling us that the word of God can counsel and rebuke and correct us at that deep of a level, at the place where all of our constructs and all of our personality and all of the things that we do to make the world work fade away into what is true and implant truth at that place, thereby forming us as people and changing our convictions, ambitions, and coping mechanisms. The word of God can speak to us there. And, you know, if you’ve been on the journey this year, you can already see that. You can already bear witness to the truth of that. We can all agree, the scriptures judge the desires and thoughts of the heart, exactly as Hebrews tell us today. And there aren’t many things in this world that can speak that deeply or that can navigate through the maze of who we are - our wounds, our history, our convictions, our worldview and everything else that goes along with that. But the word of God can and does. And, so, we can see, so clearly, what gift it is to have the Bible in our lives every day. But this passage goes on and tells us why. It’s not as popular. You probably can’t quote it. But it goes on to tell us why. There is nothing that can be hid from God. Everything in all creation is exposed and lies open before his eyes and it is to Him that we must all give an account of ourselves. And with that awareness we see the irreplaceable gift of the Scriptures in our lives, being able to speak to us far deeper than really anything else can, and to guide us along the path that leads us to truth. That’s what this is all about. That’s why we’re doing this every day. We’re coming together for community around the global campfire but the essential piece that can’t be missing is the scriptures spoken over us aloud every day because this is powerful stuff. This is stuff that can change us at the level of our identity. It can bring out into the open who we really are. And isn’t that what we spend our whole life searching for? And isn’t the renewal and transformation and sanctification what we seek? That’s why we just did this Global Campfire Initiative - to further strengthen and build community wrapped around the rhythm of the scriptures being spoken aloud every day. And, as I’ve already said, I thank you humbly, those of you stepped forward into this, so that we can continue to bring the spoken word of God to anyone who will listen anywhere on this planet any time of day or night because it’s potent. It orients us at the level of our identity toward God.
Father, we rejoice in and thank You for the gift of Your word in our lives, not only through the rhythm of what we do at the Daily Audio Bible as a community every day but through the personal transformation that You bring about in our lives through Your word every day. We thank You for this gift and we open our hearts to Your Holy Spirit and we invite Your word to speak into the places where soul and spirit meet. And we acknowledge that nothing can be hidden from You, all of creation is exposed and lies open before Your eyes, and we want that to be true of us. Willingly, we open our hearts to You completely. We trust You completely. Come Holy Spirit. We pray in Jesus name. Amen.
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Community Prayers and Praise Reports:
Good morning DABbers. This is To Be a Blessing in California. I wanted to thank the woman in Indiana. I apologize, I don’t remember your name. But you saying God will make a way that I heard the other night when I wasn’t able to sleep and I found myself worrying. I didn’t know I was worrying until I heard the Psalm and it gave me such peace to remind me of the sweet love that Jesus has for us and that we don’t have to worry because He’s got us, He’s taking care of us. What a gift that was for me and I know that it was for many others. I’m praying for you all. I’m praying for Terry and his situation. I’m praying for Karen and her needs. I’m praying for Heather in Illinois. I’m praying for Blind Tony and Victoria S. I’m praying also for Sharron, who is learning by faith how to walk with Jesus even more. Speaking the Word, let God bless you and nourish you with His word and we will be victorious. What an amazing thing that will be. And that is to be victorious. God bless you all. Have a great day. Bye-bye.
Hi family. How are you this fine, fine day? This is Viola from Maryland. I hope you are all doing well. I’m about 2 weeks behind but it’s all good. I did say that I was in school. Brian and Jill, God bless you. But being in school hasn’t stopped me from praying for you. I pray that God will continue to protect you as you go on your journey to different states to promote Sneezing Jesus and I pray in the name of Jesus that everyone that we have given the book to will come to know the Lord. And I heard your prayer request for quitting cigarettes sister. You keep praying out to God so He is able to help you quit. I pray that when you smell cigarettes or you even see them, it will bring you sickness, it will be disgusting, as a matter of fact you will not have any desire for it anymore, in the name of Jesus. This is one of those things I did not want in my life any more. It was so horrible. It smelled. I couldn’t stand the smell of it and I pray the same for you in Jesus’ name. Edgar, good to hear from you. So, you are in ___ brother. I pray that God will keep you and uphold you there and help you in the name of Jesus. Jay from New Jersey. I did hear your prayer request and every time since that prayer request and the lord has placed on my heart to pray for you. Brother, I pray for you today, that the Lord will give you a heart, a heart to follow after you, a heart that seeks passionately for Him in the name of Jesus. And that God will strengthen you so that you will not fall and that your heart’s desire. What does God say, that the ___. I pray in the name of Jesus that God will deliver you fully. Gabriel, young sister, I heard your prayer request and first of all I pray that God will comfort you as ____ over the person that killed themselves and I pray that God will use you as salt and light in the name of Jesus. I want to give a shout out to my good friend Nevi. Nevi, I haven’t heard form you in a while. Text me. Okay? Asia, my sister from Munich, I pray for you from time to time. And I want to pray for…
Hi. This is Max from Tennessee and I’m calling in for Jaqueline and her husband. You said he’s looking to divorce and he’s been threatening. So, I just pray, Father, Spirit of the Lord, I just pray that You come and be very close to them in Jesus’ name. Both of them are believers. Her husband’s being very deceived right now. So, I pray Your grace over them that you will bring comfort to Jaqueline and that you would bring sobering truth to her husband in the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jaqueline, if you’d like to reach out to me, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org I’d love to share my testimony with you and testimony from people in my life as well. Love you. God bless you. Have a wonderful day.
Hi Daily Audio Bible. This is Rebecca from Michigan. Today I went to the church that is close to my house. It’s in a movie theater called Imagine theater. We kind of rent a room in the theater. But after the theater, there’s like a bar in it. So, I went to the bar, not to drink alcohol, but I sat at the bar to talk to the bar tender girl. Right now she’s a single mom just like me except my child is 31 and hers is maybe 2. And she’s younger than me. I’m like old enough to be her mom. We started talking and I talked about the church and you know she was talking about how she wanted to read the bible and I told her about Daily Audio Bible. So, you might get a bar tender listening to Daily Audio Bible. So, pray for the girl at Imagine theater, the bartender. I don’t remember what her name was. God knows everybody’s name. So keep her in your prayers. I told her how she could listen to it, how you guys pray for people, and how Brian talks about what we just read and how she can relate it to her life. Yeah. Pray for her. And you know you guys, I’ve been trying to decide if I should get another job or something because I’m doing ___ for ___ university and I don’t just go to work. I love my job and I love working with ids and I like driving but it doesn’t really support me and I don’t have any health insurance and I…