Daniel 11:2-35; 1 John 3:17-24; Psalms 122:1-9; Proverbs 29:1
Today is December 3rd. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s good to be here with you today at the threshold of a shiny, sparkly new week. And this will lead us into the first full week of the last month of the year, December. And today is the first Sunday of Advent. We begin the season of Advent today and we can talk about that in a little bit. This week we will read from the English Standard Version and we will pick up where we left off yesterday in the book of Daniel chapter 11 verses 2 through 35.
Alright. So, we had a short reading in first John today, but there’s a lot in there and in a lot of ways, first John mimics or harmonizes with the ideas found in the book of James. So, John asks a provocative question and then uses that question to reveal the posture of life and heart that assures us that we are intertwined with God. So, here’s the question. ‘If anyone has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Which brings up the important question, is God’s love within you for your benefit alone? Does He just want to love and restore you and that’s the end of the story or does He love and restore us so that He can love through us? Aren’t we to be known by our love for one another? Isn’t God’s love present in us the thing that lets the world now we belong to God? Right? Didn’t Jesus say, by this all men will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another as I have loved you. And John, as did James, tells us that this isn’t just something you can talk about. Like, you can’t just hear this stuff and then talk about it. You become a hearer and then you talk about it, but that leads you to action. And John makes that clear, ‘little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.’ And then he turned toward our posture of heart by telling us, ‘by this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before Him’. So, when he says ‘by this’ what’s he talking about? Well, he’s talking about everything we just talked about. We are sure that God’s love is in us and He is loving people through us when we’re willing to do more than just talk about loving them, and by this we’ll know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before God. For whenever our heart condemns us, John says, God is greater than our heart and He knows everything. So, what does this mean? Well this word, condemn, literally translated, means to see accurately, to catch yourself. So, when you see your heart shutting down, when you see yourself closing off, when you are receiving the generosity and love of God within yourself, but are not willing to pass that on, to allow it to flow out of you because you don’t feel like it or whatever, then our posture is to understand that God is greater than our heart. What we’re doing, how we’re closing off, why we’re closing off, why we’re shutting down, why we’re unwilling to be a conduit of God’s love. God knows everything and He is pulling us out of that and calling us higher. He is greater than what we’re feeling or what we’re seeing. And then John goes on to show the other side of that coin. ‘Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God.’ So, in other words, if we are living open and we aren’t understanding that the generosity and love of God that flows into us is something that we don’t deserve, and yet it is our unmerited reality, and part of its purpose isn’t just for us alone, it’s that it is to flow out of us and God is loving people through us, then we’re connected to a much larger story, one that keeps us from self-absorption, because it’s not all about us. It never was. It’s about us receiving God’s goodness and then giving it away in every conceivable way, knowing that there is an endless supply. And the more of God’s love that we can demonstrate in and to this world, the more of God’s love that will be in this world, and things will change around us. And this is why whatever we ask, we receive from Him. Because we keep that commandment and we do what pleases him. Right? So, when we live open hearted, allowing God’s love to flow out of us toward everyone and everything, whatever we ask, we receive from God because were in total alignment. Or as John says it, ‘we abide in God and God abides in us, a perfect and holy collaboration, where we become like Christ, and love as He does. It’s a beautiful picture of our reality. And it’s a beautiful picture of what is available, but it challenges us to examine the posture of our own heart. Are we self-absorbed and selfish? If so, then we’re becoming a stagnant pond. Things are flowing in, but nothing is flowing back out. If our hearts are open, then it’s going to compel us to do more than talk about it. It’s going to compel us to do it, to love. And we live from this place, we realize that there is no shortage and we can always be full because we are intertwined with God. And in this scenario, He will give us whatever we ask for because whatever we’re asking for is in alignment with His wishes. We are truly collaborating. We are actually being the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. And God is loving through us. And there is no shortage. Pretty big stuff to think about today and most definitely compelling this time of year.
Father, we enter into that. We see so clearly that life isn’t about me and mine, but about You and Yours. All that we have has been given from Your hand and there is no lack or shortage in Your kingdom. And You have invited us all to be the vehicle by which Your love is poured out into this world in every conceivable way. And we turn our hearts toward You. We open our hearts to You. Even when we don’t feel like we can open our hearts to others, we open our heart to You and reach beyond ourselves to Your endless supply of love and mercy and grace. And may this pour out of us, spilling all around us, infecting this world with light, and life, and good news. We ask this in Your precious name. Amen.
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As I mentioned at the beginning, today is the first Sunday in the season of Advent. Advent, of course, meaning, coming or arrival. And it’s just a season that we turn our hearts toward understanding and contemplating the mystery of the arrival of the Savior of the world and our continued longing for his return. It kind of sets us or resets us by allowing us some space to contemplate the reason this season exists at all. So, when you got the Daily Audio Bible today, there was an additional program and that is chapter 1 from the Audio Addition of Sneezing Jesus and chapter 1 is called Advent. So, you can use that to just reset and aim your heart toward the arrival of the Savior. So, be sure check that out.
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Hey Daily Audio Bible. This is Rebecca from Michigan and I think allot of you guys are like…are like…making me pause and stuff in my heart. I know I need more than two minutes to talk to you but I’m going to use what I have. But I know my mom once told me that God was more forgiving than people. And my grandfather would always say’s, when you fall down, get up and do it again. And I think Dave from New Jersey really has be pondering that, I’ve made mistakes and I’m…you know…I’m so glad I found Jesus Christ in my life because if I didn’t find Him none of us would be on here talking to each other, none of us would be on here praying for each other because we’ve all messed up, we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God. We’ve all messed up in our lives some way, maybe not the way someone else on here has, but we have all messed up. And I know that if you have a child and the child messes up, you do not turn your back on this kid, you do not disown that child, you love that child enough that you would put down your life for this child, you would discipline him out of love and you would hug him and you would kiss him and you’d still receive him even though he’s messed up. You still love your child. And that’s the same way with God. He still loves us. No matter what we’ve done, He still loves us. And one of the things I learned at financial __ university and I probably already knew it anyways is that when God gave His Son, He gave everything, He gave it all. And in return He wants all of us…He wants all of you…He wants all of me…
Good morning or afternoon or evening Daily Audio Bible family. This is John from Bethlehem Pennsylvania. I hope everyone is doing well today and that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, for those of you that celebrated Thanksgiving. For those of you that didn’t, I hope you are able to give thanks in some way, shape, or form, and have an attitude of gratitude in everything that you do. I love you guys. Specifically, I wanted to call today in response to Glenn’s prayer. Glenn from Irving Texas, I hope you’re listening. Today’s the 28th and I heard your prayer request on the 27th podcast. Glenn, you called in and said that you’re addicted to pain medication and alcohol and that you’ve tried everything you could to quit and you’ve been asking God to take it away from you and the urge just keeps coming back. And Glenn I hope I encourage you. I had an addiction to alcohol and various and sundry drugs at a point in time in my life. And I don’t know if you’re anything like me or if you can relate the same way but that addiction…you know…I would find myself saying like…oh…like ok…today’s the day I’ll stop doing that and I thought I was asking God for his help to overcome that and then when it came time to come hang around with the people I was hanging around with and they were doing all sorts of things too, I just kept on doing the same thing and I’d convince myself that tomorrow was just another day I maybe I’d just pick it up then. But then just one day…I made the decision…I had to make the decision…and I did it with God…the whole entire time…to just stop doing that. Glenn, I encourage you to just make that decision in your mind that you can stop. You can do everything through Christ. And I want you to know that I’m praying for you. You can stop doing this right now. Today. I love you and I believe in you.
This is Cheryl in Arizona. Duane from Wisconsin, I heard you mention my name another time from my other call regarding the anxiety. Thank you so much for your prayers. Absolutely appreciate them, they are invaluable. Chery, from British Columbia Canada, I love hearing your voice when you sing and when you talk it is so lovely. Thank you so much for your prayers. Oh, my goodness. This just so touched my heart, I listened to all of this this morning. Today is…I don’t even know what the date is…but it’s Tuesday. Ah…let’s say…Kayla from Nashville, I want to let you know, I listened to your prayer request and then you mentioned my name and said you were praying for me and it just absolutely blew me away. I want to let you know that I love you, absolutely, and you are so loved. There’s something about hearing our name mentioned and I want you to know that I’m praying for you as well. And then Phil in Sydney I heard your call talking the anxiety and sleep issues and other things going on and what God has done for you and how you had already prayed for me. Oh, God bless you so much. Thank you. That was so encouraging. I’ve listened to these a number of times today and I can’t tell you all how much I love you, every single one of you. You are my precious DAB family and I thank God for all of the you, including those who don’t call in that are part of this community. And I do covet your continued prayers. I have some big decisions ahead of me that I can’t go into right now. But thank you all so much for praying. And again, I love you. Brian and Jill, tremendous blessing that you are. Thank you. Bye-bye everyone.
Hi Daily Audio Bible family this is Laura from San Diego. I just wanted to call and give you a report. I had asked for prayer for my small group and not feeling really a part of the community. And, thank you for praying, it’s been matter of prayer for me too. But I feel like I’ve moved through the hurt, I guess, into a place and wanting to create that community, just like I hear you guys doing for each other when you call in and pray for each other. So…and I was thinking about Wind Farm and how Brian described the wind of…or the word of God coming out of our mouth and it’s created…it’s a Wind Farm…he’s making us…God is creating us into these people who can breathe life into dead bones all around us all the time. And, so, that’s what I’ve been convicted to do in my small group, is to create that community to speak that life to people who may be more of a taker than a speaker. And anyway, I just like wanted to share that thought. Thank you. Love you guys. Bye.