Job 37:1-39:30 , 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10 , Psalms 44:9-26 , Proverbs 22:13
Today is the 31st day of August. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you. Gosh…this is the end of another month. We just sailed through summertime didn’t we. Of course, here in the south summer lasts a little longer, but let’s not get into all that, let’s get into what we came here to do, which is to take the next step forward as we continue to move our way through the Bible this year. This week we’re reading from the God’s word translation and back into Job. Today, Chapter 37 verse 1 through 39 verse 30. And by way of reminder, Job and his friends have been having a very long conversation. And one of the friends was a little bit younger so he kept silent, but he has been keeping silent no longer. And Elihu will continue to speak in today’s reading…and then…God will show up.
Okay. So, as we move to the conclusion of Job, which will happen tomorrow. Let’s remember how the story began, right? Job experienced this unexpected really like, unthinkable, unfathomable tragedy in his life, where everything systematically fell apart. And what followed was intense discussion between Job and his friends about the nature of God and what God does and doesn’t do. And all of this discussion was pulled out by Job’s claim that he was innocent, that what he was dealing with was not something that he deserved and he assumed that God was judging him without cause. So, Job asked a lot of questions. His friends attempted to give a lot of answers, all while trying to defend God and to show Job that he was the one that was wrong, that pride was the thing that had led to his downfall, and that he needed to repent, when all the while Job is saying, everything you’re telling me I already know. I want to have an audience with my Creator, like I want to talk to God in person. So, today…so today Job got what he wanted. God showed up. And every time that we go through Job and God shows up and begins to speak it’s like, so powerful. I wish I had a deeper booming voice for that part. Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. Ahhh… I mean for starters, we just have to acknowledge how terrifying it would be to hear the voice of God speaking such things as a result of what we’d been saying about him. And you just have to put yourself in Job’s shoes. Yes, it has been an absolutely unspeakably bitter time, but he probably wasn’t thinking about that so much when God showed up and said I have some questions for you, right? And God asks some serious questions today. And as we move to conclude Job tomorrow God will continue to speak we’ll finally get to hear what Job has to say after he’s endured all of this and ultimately got what he wanted, an audience with God.
Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for Your almighty power. You are the sovereign God and we were able to hear from You in Job today and experience that to some degree, and You are the sovereign God. We humble ourselves before You. There is a lot more going on than we know about, and there are things that we are never going to sort out or figure out but You know all things and You have created us and You are our Father. You know what we don’t. You know what we don’t need to know. We trust in You. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.
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Hey, what’s up everybody? It’s Miguel from Santa Rosa leaving a follow-up message from earlier today. I had started talking about fasting. And, so, had another point I wanted to bring up on that. And especially for those of you that struggle with any sort of addiction or habits or some sort of a vice of a sin that you have trouble with. I want you to hear this as well. So, recently I was doing a day of fasting, just a simple day and towards the evening, towards the end of the day, I had walked into the kitchen simply just to talk to my wife about something and there were some crackers there on the counter and simply out of impulse I had reached for one in the middle of my fast and I stopped before I grabbed one and realized what was going on. And I had a moment of realizing, wow, what an impulse. And I realized through the spirit talking to me at that moment about when you’re doing a fast, you become keenly aware of your impulses, of your habits, whether they be good or bad, you become keenly aware of what your body wants to do. And what I was shown in that moment is just…whatever addiction or habit you might have, those are impulses, those are things that your body is been trained to do, a lot like simply just reaching for a cracker when you’re hungry. So, when you fast it’s actually an act of training your body. Does not Scripture talk about that every now and again, that we ought to train our bodies, that we have to be masters over our own bodies? So, let me invite you, that if you have an addiction or habits or vice or something like that that you are trying to break. Perhaps, the Lord might be calling you to fast and train your body. Fast and pray against whatever it is that you are struggling with and may you be released in Jesus name.
Hi. This is Shannon from Salem Oregon and I heard the message played on August 25th from a dear sister whose grandchildren are walking in darkness. And this is what the Lord gave me to speak over you and pray over you tonight. From Ephesians 6:10-12. Finally my sister stay strong in the Lord in his mighty power put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes for our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authority, against the powers of this dark world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. So, Lord we come to You and we lay before You all of these family members all of these friends in our lives who are walking in darkness under the influence of these spiritual forces of evil. And things look hopeless at times but God we refuse to give into the discouragement and to the lies of the enemy. And we stand together as an army because that’s what You’ve made us. And we choose to put on this armor that You’ve given us and stand together holding up our shield of faith believing that You love every one of these people that are walking in darkness right now, believing that You will shine Your light on them and that they will walk into it. And we will struggle against the spiritual forces of evil and not against the people that are in front of us. Help us to love them and not struggle against them. Help us to do our battles in the spiritual realm using every…
Yes. This is Ramona and I’m calling from Alabama. Good morning Daily Audio Bible family members and others. I am calling just to pray for those of us who feel like our prayers are insignificant because of hearing about other people’s issues that seem a lot tougher or harder to deal with than some of the things that we may call in or want to call in for. That’s the way we just think as humans, your issues are worse than mine. And, to a degree, that is true but your prayers are not insignificant. If God cares about the very hairs on our head, if He collects our tears and keeps them in a bottle, then He cares about every little detail of our lives. So, if it’s an issue that is affecting you then it affects us as the body of Christ and we need to be sensitive to whatever prayer is called in and requested. So, from diffing a well to get water as the caller that I just heard to someone having an incurable disease. If it affects you it’s your issue, it’s very real, it affects us as the body of Christ and it effects God. He cares, He’s very detailed, and He sees all and knows all. So, go ahead and call with whatever prayer request and we will pray for you. Once again Ramona from Alabama. I love you all. Have a blessed life. Goodbye.
It’s the August 28th, 2018 and this is Angel from California. I had called in and asked for your continual prayers because I was gonna go to my primary doctor after having surgery, brain surgery. I had six aneurysms embedded in my brain and I got released the following day. And the doctor says that I’m doing very well. So, I wanted to report that to you. A sister called in just recently and she had an accent either Nigerian or Liberian accent and you are from Maryland. Sister, I want to say that I laughed so hard. You made me laugh. You made me so much…having so much joy in my life. You are such an inspiration to all of us. And Victoria Soldier, what a blessing you are my sister. I want to be just like you. God bless you. You never…when you call in…you never ask for any prayers but please ask. We would be so happy to pray for you my sister. Mac from Australia, you requested prayer for your mother because she’s going to go to surgery on August the 30th. I just want to tell you my brother that I’m praying for your mom. Let’s continue to pray for Carolyn, she was diagnosed with Lyme cancer according to the doctors she had pesticides in her spine and she had twins and is a believer. Let’s lift her up, her husband and family in prayer brothers and sisters. Drew from the bay area, thank you for praying for me. Praying for Buck and I’m praying for Luke, your father and Karen…and for your dad’s impressions. Lori from North Carolina, let him…