Job 28:1-30:31 , 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 , Psalms 42:1-11 , Proverbs 22:7
Today is the 28th day of August. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure to be here with you today as we move through these final days of this month. But no matter what day or week or month it is we have a custom around here, and it’s always been the custom, we take the next step forward. And we do that by picking up where we left off yesterday, and that will lead us back into the book of Job. We’re reading from the Gods Word Translation and we’ll read Job 28, 29 and 30 today.
Okay. So, how are you smelling today? Did you get a nice shower? Are you clean and sparkly? I mean, this is what Paul invited us to consider today, what we smell like. I mean, we know that if we leave our bodies unkempt, eventually we will be emitting an odor that is not welcome. It will be invisible but it’ll be repellent. Paul applies this to our spiritual lives. He says, God uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere like a sweet aroma. Our lives are a Christlike fragrance rising up to God. And aromas change atmospheres. I mean, just think about it. Some of you out there are like scented candle lovers and you’re always burning a candle. Doesn’t matter whether you are a candle burner or not. If you walk into a room where a scented candle has been burning you are greeted with an aroma that sets an atmosphere, right? If you walk into the kitchen and some chocolate chip cookies have just come out of the oven, the aroma not only sets the atmosphere, it may also persuade you into action. So, let’s think about it for second. What do you think your words smell like. What fragrance do your actions emit, right? Your thoughts, words, and deeds produce the aroma of Christ. Does the impact of your life alter the atmosphere in subtle yet real and profound ways when you offer your presence in the situation because you’re bringing the aroma of Christ, or is the fragrance of your life repellent? There is some pretty stark things to think about today. Let’s think about it. Let’s consider the aroma we are releasing into the world through the choices that we make, the conversations that we participate, and the actions that we take.
Father, we invite you into that. We don’t usually think about what we might smell like spiritually speaking. And yet considering whether the aroma of Christ is around our lives and in our homes is very poignant. And, so, Holy Spirit come, show us the things that are rotting and stinking in us and in our lives and relationships so that we might rid ourselves of what is foul and that the aroma of Christ may replace it. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hey family. This is Melisa. I’m calling for Jay from Tennessee. I heard your call Jay. And I just want you to know that I have prayed for you. First Corinthians 10:13 says, and God is faithful, He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. He provided you a way out and you took it and I’m so proud of you Jay. You could’ve done the opposite. So, you keep…stay the course. Don’t look to the right. Don’t look to the left. You look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. And know that we’re praying for you, we’re lifting you up. I have weightlifters and, you know, sometimes people gonna walk away from you. My first husband, he told me I didn’t dress sexy enough and I preached at him too much. But, you know, I’m living for Jesus regardless. You can walk away, you can stay but the Scriptures that helped me were Psalm 19:11, I’ve hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. And another one is Psalm 119:37, turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things. So, you hold on Jay. We’re praying for you. We’re lifting you up. You stay the course. Know that we’re praying for you and we love you brother. You all have a good day. Love you Brian and Jill. Bye-bye.
Hi this is Jerry calling from Duluth Minnesota. It’s been a while since I’ve called. I would appreciate your prayers greatly on behalf of my family, particularly my son in law. I have three daughters. All three who are married and their spouses have done stupid things or have abandoned them. Right now I am on my way to pick up a son a law that was arrested last night on domestic abuse and disorderly conduct because he was drunk and hit my daughter. And I’m picking him up and not quite sure what I’m going to say or do or what. He has been going through depression and, obviously, self-medicating with alcohol. He does know the Lord but he does, in my opinion, not following obviously the ways of what God would have him to do. A similar situation happened about a month ago and he vowed that he wasn’t going to drink again and well it’s happened again. So, it’s kinda like two strikes. The Bible says if we want wisdom we just ask of God __ and doesn’t abandon us. I pray that God would give us wisdom in this situation with our adult children and pray that you would also pray for us as well. Appreciate you all very much. God bless. Bye.
Jay, this is for you. To Be a Blessing from California. I heard your message from your girlfriend breaking up with you because you wanted to stand on the side of God. You knew where that situation was going and you said I’m not going to do it, I’m making a decision for Jesus. She was probably __ about what took place and then to feel rejected? But here’s the thing to think about. You know, as Christians, we can be Christians by action, which is what you did. We can be Christians by just lip service. And I don’t know about you but anyone else from the family lying around the campfire but I’ve been a Christian with lip service and I’ve been in similar situations. And, you know, men who are Christian and me being a Christian, it was all a go, all systems go. But God wants us to be different, to show the world who He is as to honor him by honoring others and honoring our bodies. So, I’m just praying for you because I know that hurts, but I also know that God’s got you and will keep you and will help you in all His ways. Acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Thank you so much for sharing that. I’m sorry you’re hurting but I’m praying for you to get over the hurt and to continue to hold your head up and to look into the face of Jesus and say I want to follow You 110%. I am all in. God bless you. To Be a Blessing from California.
Hi, this is Tony from Germany and I’m calling in association with…a lot of the calls were made on August 25th. So, the one is about Terry the truck driver. And my heart goes out to you especially with the loss of your dog. I’m just celebrating having my kitty. I’m missing a person and having my kitty from eight years and he brings such joy. I’m just glad that the Lord protects him. So, my heart goes out to you. A lot of times when we were in a situation like this it’s a time to reassess. And from that what comes out of that if we are leaning into the Lord, many beautiful things are revealed and they help us grow or we are able to help others. But it has brought to mind that, perhaps we need to have a buddy system because what if you were unconscious and you could not call and we could not be supporting you in prayer. And, so, it’s just something that, you know, for example, maybe those who are not connected on Facebook with a Daily Audio Bible friend or otherwise connected, perhaps have your spouse or a loved one call us if something happens to you so that we can be supporting in prayer. And the other thing is, Emily from Australia, there is hope if what you’re dealing, it’s not in your mind but your doctor may need your help. It typically needs to be a partnership. Research, research, research and together you and your doctor will be able to find out what is going on. There is hope. You will get better…