Judges 7:1-8:16, Luke 23:11-43, Psalms 97:1-98:9, Proverbs 14:7-8
Today is the 27th day of April. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it is my pleasure to be here with you today. It’s an honor to be here with you today as we lock arms and hearts and take the next step forward into the Scriptures. And we’re getting going pretty strong in the book of Judges at this point and we have begun the story of Gideon. We began that yesterday and we will continue it today. Judges chapter 7 verse one through 8:17. And we’re reading from the God’s word translation this week.
Okay, so, in the book of Judges we continue the story of Gideon. And we can think, oh, the stories over, he defeated Midian, but story the stories not over. It actually has some twists and turns out in front that really begin to show us the condition of the culture, right? So, we went for months from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph to Egypt, out of Egypt, into the wilderness, wandering in the wilderness, finally crossing the Jordan River. Like, it took us months to take this journey. And when we cross the Jordan River with the children of Israel, the beginning of the book of Joshua, we had an intact society with an order of life and laws to live by. And now we’re in the future from that time. There is no Moses there is no Joshua. Things have begun to disintegrate. And as we continue through the book of Judges we’ll be able to see what that looked like and how far they had actually slipped away from where they started. But God did come to Gideon. And we watch the way in which God counterintuitively whittled down an army of 32,000 men to 300, that 1%. And He had gone before them. People had heard what was happening. This army down in the Jezreel Valley wanting to pillage and destroy the crops, they had heard that Gideon was raising up an Army. So, they were afraid. There was actually going to be a battle. This wasn’t just their annual pilgrimage across the Jordan River to pillage the crops of the Israelites and keep them week and subservient. There was going to be a fight. And, so, they were afraid and they were ready. And these 300 men that Gideon had…I mean…when they started blowing rams horns and breaking pottery and waving torches, they looked like a fast horde descending upon the Army and they all fled in fear. They all ran away and fought each other. It’s a brilliant story. It’s a beautiful story, but when we apply it to our lives we look at the obstacles that we’re facing, the battles that may be out in front of us, whether we’re fighting for our own heart, we’re fighting for our family, our job, or whatever. Whatever it is that were facing, we try to get our ducks in a row. We try to get everything in order and navigate and see how well we can do when sometimes the battle is the Lord’s. And we see this so many times portrayed in Scripture, that the battle is the Lord’s. And we don’t just see that with words, we see the story unfold where He has gone before and no one had to do anything but watch. Sometimes we get ourselves into battles that we weren’t meant to fight and we realize that diving into that is actually displaying our lack of faith because it certainly takes a lot more faith to stand still and see the salvation of our God then to rush in and start swinging. And a lot of the time we find the we’ve done a lot more damage to ourselves and to those around us by rushing in when we should’ve stood still and we should’ve taken the time to listen and obey.
Father, we are guilty of that, of rushing in and causing mayhem when we never even asked. We’re guilty of that. And we can see that You have no problem being counterintuitive. Your wisdom is above our wisdom period. And you are all powerful and we are not. And, so, we acknowledge this, that we’ve done this and we invite You into this because we’re all facing something. Come, Holy Spirit, show us the way forward, the next steps, how it is that we can give this to you and rest, rest with You and follow Your lead. Come Jesus. We pray in Your mighty name. We ask. Amen
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Hey DABbers. This is Slave of Jesus from North Carolina. Alright, Holy Spirit let’s roll. Lord, we amen to all of the prayers for Dylan out there. I also amen all the prayers for Brian with Crohn’s. Lord we ask You to watch over Stuart and his being relieved from drinking. And I think it was Bill W. with great accountability stuff. He left his email of there for anyone who wants to call. Bill if you think you need an accountability partner but, you know, you’re kind of like, well, I don’t know…this whole email thing, you can always make like a Gmail or Hotmail and just have it auto forward to whatever your regular one is. If you’re not quite ready to reach out to the community, give us your real email, you can always do something like that and try it out. But it’s a great way to do accountability. Lord, we ask you to watch over Billy from Montgomery. Amen to his prison ministry for the KIROS Team. Lord we ask you to watch over Gavin in Alabama. Amen to the prayers for his wife and his marriage. Amen for his tennis game. Use it, maybe use as an opportunity to talk to people about God, not to be pushy on it, but just tell them what He’s done in your life. Amen to the story about Mark S. and honoring God with our bodies. You called in and had a ton of Scripture weapons in that one thing. And I use one of those. I don’t use it in a way for sexual addiction but now I realize that I’ve been maybe taking it out of context when I use it…just…just…about taking care of my body. But those Scriptures were really focused on that. Amen to prayers for Paul in Houston in his marriage. Amen for… Amen for the whole Daily Audio Bible. We just love you guys. Amen to Wayne. Amen to his prayers for his son Nicholas. And ask you to watch over all of us so that we can fight till the end. Love you all. Have a great day.
Hi Daily Audio Bible. This is Rebecca from Michigan and it’s April 24th. Can you pray for my dad? Because he’s talking about being with his mom. I hear him talk about wanting his mama and wanting to be with his mom. And it’s kind of depressing. And it’s messing my mind up. And his mom passed away in 1980. My dad will be 86 in July and my mom’s 80 years old. They’ve been married like 62 years. And it’s like, I’m like hearing this and it’s like, he’s usually by himself when he’s doing this and I don’t know if he’s praying and telling God that he wants to be with his mom. But his mamma’s not here no more. So, while I’m hearing this I’m kind of like, okay, I’m feeling kind of bad. And, you know, I’m their kid, so I’m feeling like I’m the cause of it or something, you know, making him feel bad or something. So, I’m trying not to let my mind go there. So, if you could just pray for him I would appreciate it. Thank you Daily Audio Bible. Bye.
Hello. My name is Teria. I am fairly new to Daily Audio Bible about, I don’t know, maybe four months now. And my sister and her fiancé just had a baby about 2 ½ weeks ago and she was born with pretty serious health issues. She’s been in the hospital in the NICU for two weeks and I’m just asking for prayer because my sister is having a real hard time. It’s hard to see your child go through something. They said she has MMA. So, it’s a metabolic disorder where she can’t process proteins or fat. So, she can’t process any food. It becomes poison to her body. So, please lift them up in prayer and I just pray that they get closer to Jesus and get closer to God through all of this. They are saved but this is just a tough thing for everybody. The baby’s name is Destiny. My sister’s name is Sheila and her fiancé’s name is DJ. And, so, please everybody, just lift them up in prayer because…sometimes…when I’m so hurt the prayers don’t come out. I don’t…I don’t know what to say when I’m upset. And, so, my mind goes blank when I try to pray for them. Because I…it’s just tough. So, please. Thank you so much. Bye.
Hello beautiful family. This is Sonja from Tampa, a Living Testimony. I heard the broadcast on April 21st and I heard your cry Karen from St. Louis. You said that you were turning 60 and that you pretty much have lost hope in ever finding a partner. While I’m here to tell you sister not to lose hope because God is an awesome God. I just became engaged at age 62 and I have found my true soulmate and love of my life with all the attributes of love, kindness and gentleness. It had been seven months since I had lost my dad and I had the following conversation with God. Lord, it’s time for me to get up and stop grieving so much because my choice in You is my strength. I felt so broken and lonely during my dad’s departure and I told God this, if I never find my soulmate I will be content Lord because I know that You are my God who is always with me and You will never leave me nor forsake me. I’ve been blessed beyond measure with family and friends that I love and cherish but most importantly in my relationship with You God, which is priceless. Karen, two weeks later, unexpectedly, someone I had known for over five years but never paid any mind to came into my life and we have been together for four years now and soon to be married. Karen, my sister, if He did it for me He’ll do it for you. God bless you all.
Hi. My name is Troy I’m from. Amarillo Texas. This is the first time that I’ve called. I’ve been listening for, I guess about a year now. This has been life changing for me and very motivational. And I’m calling today because I have a prayer request for my mom and my stepmom, specifically. My mom has just been diagnosed with RA, Rheumatoid Arthritis, about a month ago, and she’s going downhill really quick. And it is really taken a toll on her spirit. And I just want to reach out and try to get other people praying because I know the power of prayer is…is…is amazing. So, I also want to ask…my stepmom…she had cancer a couple years back. And they are thinking that the radiation treatments really messed with some nerves in her neck and in her head and she’s been in excruciating pain for about three years now and she needs to be delivered from that. So, thank you so much for praying that for me. If you want to reach out to me my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again. Bye.