2 Samuel 2:12-3:39, John 13:1-30, Psalms 119:1-16, Proverbs 15:29-30
Today is May 24th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is, as always, a pleasure and an honor to be here with you today. I’m excited that we can take the next step forward as we continue this adventure that we’re on through the Bible this year. We have fully gotten ourselves into the book of second Samuel and we’re continuing with the story of David’s life and we see his humble posture and we see how that has turned the hearts of the people toward him. And today, David will become king of all Israel. Second Samuel chapter 4, 5, and 6. And we’re reading from the New Living Translation this week.
Okay. So, in in the book of John we are obviously moving toward the passion story. And as I’ve mentioned, this is the final time we’ll be coming this way this year. So, it’s important that we drink deeply and embrace the story of our salvation. Jesus is at his Last Supper having this meal and He tells His friends, the time is so short. And it would’ve been just hours. Jesus was enjoying the final hours of His earthly freedom and He was spending some of that time with his closest friends. And it’s here that we get a direct commandment from Jesus. And we have to ask ourselves if we’re obeying this commandment. Jesus said, I’m giving you a new commandment. I am only going to be here so short of a time. So, I’m giving you a new commandment, love each other, just as I have loved you, right? Just like I’ve loved you, you should love each other. Your love will prove to the world that you are my disciples. So, think about it for a second. How does Jesus love us? And when you think of the love of Christ for you, what does that represent in your life? What does that mean to you? Because whatever that means to you, that is how you are to love. And that is how the world will know that you belong to Jesus. So, if we want to really embrace this story, knowing that we won’t come through this story again in the Bible this year, then we have to consider deeply this commandment and whether or not we are adhering to it. Are we known by our love for Jesus? And is that love known and expressed through our love for one another? That’s something we should think about today but it’s not just something we should give some passing the thought to and then forgetting about. It’s something we should be thinking about every day/ It’s something that we should generally be thinking about all the time. Am I revealing Christ in this situation? Am I showing the love of God in this situation? Am I allowing the life of Christ within me to spill out of me into the world in this situation? If we’re not then we need to consider what this commandment, this new commandment to love one another really means to us because this is one of the last things that Jesus had to say to his friends, before he entered into the time of suffering that would lead to his death whereby making all of everything that Jesus had done on this earth possible for us to do, which he said. I’m telling you the truth, Jesus said. Anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done and even greater works because I am going to be with the Father. So, let’s give it some thought. Are we listening and obeying Jesus commandment?
Jesus, we acknowledge that this isn’t something that we can do in our own strength and this isn’t something we can do if we don’t love You with all that we are, how can we love with Your love unless we have Your love within us. So, come Holy Spirit and well up within us, we pray. Let us see those around us with Your love, let us have Your heart toward the world, and let us reveal You in the world as Your hands and feet. Come, Jesus, we pray. In Your holy name we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hi. This is Kim from Kentucky and it’s Monday morning, May the 21st and I just listened to the podcast and was listening to the prayers and Joyce called and because she’s graduating from med school the 19th. Glory be to God. Joyce, I’m a pediatrician in Eastern Kentucky and I still remember so well the days of med school and what an accomplishment. God bless you. And as you head into your residency, whatever that is where God has led you, to the place he’s led you, I know you will be his light there and you will make such a difference. I wish I had known the Lord so much better in my residency times like I do now. I would have been such a better doctor. But you do. And praise Gods glory. And I just want to quickly say, a couple of days ago Brian read in first Samuel, it was chapter 23 and 24, and it was about David and him being on the run and Saul right at his heels. I mean, like he was gonna get caught by him it sounded like and how the enemy can be right on our heels but God will send something that turns the enemy around, just like He did Saul. And at the end it said that that place was called the Rock of Separation. I never had got that before. That really resonated in my ears. In another translation it says the Rock of Escape. And I don’t know when David wrote it but then Psalm 18, he talks about the Lord being our rock, my rock and my refuge. And that just really blessed me and I wanted to bring that out and I just pray that it will encourage someone today that just needs to know, the enemy beyond your heels but Jesus Christ is our rock. Let’s pray…
This is Vickie from Arizona and I am calling just with an update. My husband passed away on Wednesday and he is, hopefully, in the arms of Jesus. I thank you for everybody who prayed. It seemed like his death was very peaceful. I mean, he never said, we never had the talk that he accepted Jesus but I have to believe in my heart because it was so peaceful. He went to take a nap and he never woke up. My friend was here, my girlfriend, was here with him and I was at work because we really didn’t think…we thought he had more time. So, if you would just lift up our family as we now transfer to the next chapter of our life without him. And just that God would give me wisdom beyond my understanding because I’ve been married for my whole life, we were 37 years in, but I’ve never known anybody but him. So, such a, you know, just, just a new chapter. That’s what I say. So, I just ask for prayers for wisdom. And that the peace that passes all understanding would just take over the things that I can’t deal with, that God will show me how to deal with them. So, I just thank you for your prayers. I covet your prayers. I love you. Thank you so much for your prayers. Thank you for praying for Boyd. Thank you for praying for my family. Have a blessed and prosperous day. And thank you Brian and Jill for this platform to just even be connected to all these wonderful people of God. And I love you. Thank you. Bye.
Hello Daily Audio Bible family. This is Terry the trucker. It’s Monday the 21st. I just wanted to say to everyone, have a blessed day. And for all those that have called in for prayer, I’m praying for each and every one of you daily. But the Lord’s laid it on my heart that there’s a lot of people that listen that don’t call. For what reason, I don’t know, but I know I listened last year off and on for pretty much the whole year, but off and on. I had to catch up but I never would call in knowing I needed prayer. I don’t know if it was pride, shame, for what I was asking for prayer for. But whatever your need is, the Lord knows. And I’m praying for you and I know there’s a lot of other people that are. You don’t have to call in. All you have to do is believe and have faith. That’s all he says…and have faith. But I wanted you to know that whatever your need is that I’m praying for you. You all have a blessed day. I have a praise report also. It’s gonna to be three days I believe. I just about huffed now but it’s 23 days, no drugs, no alcohol. Thank you Lord and thank you all for the prayers. I am truly blessed. You all have a great day. God, bless.
Hello my name is Evanya, Evan. And it’s been a while since I called. I lived in California. And I don’t know, I think some of you maybe remember, but I was dealing with issues with alcohol and drugs and a really bad relationship with my mother. And now am in Nicaragua in Central America and I’m calling from here. Just wanted to check in and ask for prayer. I heard a testimony of Terry and…who also was dealing with alcohol problems, drug addiction. And I totally understand. I can relate to you. It’s been very difficult for me. So, I’m just asking for prayer from my Daily Audio Bible family. Thank you so much. Bye-bye.
Good morning Daily Audio Bible family. It’s Monica in Kentucky and it’s May 22nd and I’m calling to pray for Cherry Chase Cherry pie. Dear heavenly Father, I just lift up my sister Cherry Chase Cherry pie and the struggles that she’s having with her job. Lord, it’s bad enough to have a difficult name, but to have that compounded with racism, that’s so present that she can feel it in her group, in her team, it’s just unfathomable to me because I’m white and because I blessed to work in a ministry and I don’t have to struggle with this. It’s hard enough without that being an extra added layer of job stress, pain, and frustration. So God, I just ask you to give Cherry just an extra dose of everything that she needs to do her job above reproach and in excellence so that there is no room for false accusation. Just fill her with so much love peace and joy that her coworkers look at her in complete amazement and embrace her as their sister. And Lord I just ask for justice. I ask for complete and total justice. I mean, you promise that in the end, but I actually pray that there be justice for her in the situation. Lord, you are the God of justice. And, so, I do ask that You would bring justice for her in this situation, peace, joy, prosperity, and justice. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.