1 Chronicles 15:1-16:13, Romans 1:18-32 , Psalms 10:1-15, Proverbs 19:6-7
Today is the 13th day of July. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian as has been the case every day for a while now and it’s great to be here with you today for the next step forward in life and in the Scriptures. So, in the Old Testament we are reading through the book 1 Chronicles and the reign of David and in the New Testament, we’ve just begun the first of the letters of Paul, the book of Romans. So, we’re reading from the New International version this week. First Chronicles chapter 15 verse 1 through 16, verse 36.
Okay. So, we’re just getting going in the book of Romans. And as we’ve said several times, this is the first of Paul’s letters. And we’ll be journeying through Paul’s letters for a while now. So, we’ve moved past the greetings and why this letter is being written and Paul’s desire to come to Rome and all of that and he’s kind of launched into what he has to say today. And he’s not speaking to the Romans, in particular in what he’s saying. He’s speaking about all of humanity in what he’s saying today. He’s kind of starting at the beginning. And if you go back and read the passage today that we just read, you know, like if you had to boil it all down, distill it all down to what is being said here, it is that humanity has no excuse for not knowing God. God has always been a part of the story and He created the world we live in and He created our species of humanity. So, all you have to do is look around to know there’s a God. Like, it’s everywhere. The evidence of God is everywhere you look, but essentially what Paul is saying is, but humanity has forgotten who it is. And just let me quote Paul, “for although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal human beings and birds and animals and reptiles.” So, Paul’s starting at the beginning of our story and saying, effectively, here is how things became the way that they are. People abandoned who God was and then they forgot who they were. And then according to Paul, and I’m quoting again, “God gave them over”, which is essentially saying, God let them go the way that they were choosing to go. And where they went, according to Paul, and quoting Paul, is that “they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator who is forever praised.” Amen. So, now that we know Paul is doing, sort of starting at the beginning of the story and going all the way through the story explaining why things are the way that they are and what can be done about it, we get some understanding about the territory that we’re walking into. And some of the territory that we’re walking into is so good that it’s too good to be true. And one of the things that we will get out of the book of Romans and out of the letters of Paul is, if all of this is really available to me why am I living less than this. And we should keep that in mind, because it’s a question we should ask ourselves often as we consider the implications of what Paul will tell us over time. But we’re just getting going and Paul is starting at the beginning of the story and working his way forward.
Father, we thank You for that. We thank You for the book of Romans. We thank You for the opportunity to start at the beginning and work our way forward and find ourselves in all of this. And we certainly invite Your Holy Spirit at every step of the way to show us the ways in which we are living less than You have called us to live, the ways in which we are settling for things that we don’t even want anyway when such a glorious adventure is what we are invited into. Come Holy Spirit, we pray. Plant the words deep into our hearts. Cultivate the fruit of the Spirit within us. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Hello everybody. Hey, this is Annette from Oklahoma City. SarahJane, you are the woman. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is God ordained. Thank you in so many ways I couldn’t even list. Hey everybody, I, because of the nature of my job and the things that I’ve been involved in lately, some things went wrong, I had nothing to do with it but unfortunately I got caught up in it. I didn’t do anything wrong. Thank you. But I had to go in front of, kind of like I board, and I hate to call it testifying because it wasn’t that formal but it was really scary and I kind of knew that was going to come but I didn’t know is that it was going to come today and Candace from Oregon, my sister, I’m a little bit behind on Saturdays community prayer and today is the 10th which is my DAB birthday. Woo hoo. So, anyways, but Candace, when I walked into the meeting, I heard your song, [singing], no, never alone, Annette you’re never alone [singing ends]. Hey, I just wanted to thank you and that really touched me and obviously it was timely. But I just wanted to thank you guys and keeping me in prayer and hopefully this all will just get straightened out and everything is okay. I’m fine. It’s no big deal. Just the companies trying to be pushy and things are…they’re just trying to avoid the system. That’s all it is. So, I love you. I will see you in Tennessee. Woo hoo. I can’t wait. Have a great day. Bye-bye.
Hi there. My name is Melissa and I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible since the beginning of the year. My husband Anthony and I are in need of direction from the Lord regarding where we should move our family and I was wondering if you guys could all pray for us. I’ve really appreciate the show and just moving forward in God’s word has truly been refreshing for me. We have three small children and it’s been a huge gift to me as I listen to it when I’m driving in the car. And, thank you Ali. I am so grateful for your prayer. Bye.
Father God, thank You so much for where You have placed us. Thank You for our homes and our villages, towns, and cities that we live in. Thank You for our workplace, Lord. Thank You for the place we volunteer at. Thank You for that community group we go along too. Thank You for our church. Lord, I want to lift up our workplaces, especially to You and pray a blessing on those places. Lord, these are our places where we’ve got the opportunity to shine and to be Jesus to people who don’t know You and who probably won’t come across or probably won’t walk into a church. Lord, help us be salt and light, help us be love, and please Lord, keep a strong especially as we face opposition and come up against the enemy and just the hate that is around. Help us be above that Lord. Lord, we also lift up our bosses and the boards of trustees, the boards of directors, and the council boards, that You’d be giving them wisdom on how best to bless the workplace on what decisions they need to make. If there’s any cuts that need to happen Lord, that they would do that the Right Way. Lord, in this time of uncertainty when many workplaces have…are going through cuts…budget cuts and things like that Lord, I pray that You’d be a comfort to the employees. Lord, thank You for our brothers and sisters in that situation. And I pray Lord, that You would be a comfort to them in that. In this time of uncertainty, I pray that You’d be our strength and our security and __. In Jesus’ Holy and precious name. Amen. Good morning guys. This is Michaela from Gloucester in the UK also known as Beloved by Him. Hope you have good and blessed day wherever you are.
Good morning family. This is Cherry Chase. I was going to say Cherry Pie but we’ve got another Cherry Pie on the line now. So, I’m just going to stay with Cherry Chase. I’m calling for Beautiful in California. I think that’s what you said your name was. I just want to let you know that I am covering you on your job. I do understand where you are and where you’re coming from. I myself am going through the same and have been on my job for years and going with new people that I’ve never worked with. I’ve worked for the same people for like 15 years and now getting ready to a whole new set of people. You know the routine. I’ve already been praying for my own job. So, I’m definitely covering you on your job and asking for peace and favor in your direction. I also wanted to pray for Cherry Pie. I am lifting you up as well as God continues to cover you as well. And I want to say hello to Asia. I haven’t heard from you in a while. Hope all is well. Hope everybody’s doing well and is blessed. I’m going to continue to pray for everyone and you all guys continue to pray for me and keep lifting me up on my job and covering me as well. You guys have a great and wonderful and marvelous and blessed day because I am.