Isaiah 12:1-14:32, 2 Corinthians 13:1-14 , Psalms 57:1-11 , Proverbs 23:9-11
Today is the 13th day of September. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and a joy and an honor to be here with you today. How? We’re getting pretty close to the middle of the month, the middle of another month, but we’re not there so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We are here, September 13th and this week we’ve been reading from the New International Version. So, we’ll pick up where we left off yesterday. Isaiah, chapter 12 verse 1 through 14 verse 32 today.
Okay. So, when we finish the letters found in the Bible, often w’ll find a closing benediction. And, ya know, it feels just like it’s a just a word of encouragement, a little pat on the back, a little blessing, but these benedictions are so rich and so full of instruction for life that we shouldn’t blow by them. We should actually receive them, allow the words to wash over us as a blessing because they will speak volumes into our lives. So, for example, the closing benediction to second Corinthians is, “brothers and sisters, rejoice. Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All God’s people here send their greetings. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” Doesn’t that just lift you inside, that blessing pronounced thousands of years ago, washing across history, and encouraging us today. Paul, of course, was blessing the congregation at Corinth and inviting them to be together in unity. So, it’s certainly an encouragement for us to do the same in our faith communities, but also in all of our communities, including the community of our home, including the community of our marriage. So, think of this blessing from the perspective of your marriage. Brothers and sisters, rejoice strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. You see, follow that today and tomorrow and into next week consistently and watch what happens because you might bear witness to the miraculous in some of your relationships.
Holy Spirit, we invite you into that. We have just taken this through our minds and it is seeping into our hearts but we need you to cultivate and plant it in our lives so that it may be the fruit of the Spirit within us. Come, we’re listening, and we see, wow, here it is in black and white, very very simple to understand, things that can practically change the atmosphere in our relationships. Come Holy Spirit we pray. Lead us into all truth. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hey everybody it’s Margo from Australia. I’m afraid I have another break from my 30 day challenge of paying for mental health today. So, I would really love it if you could pray for me and my husband. I’m just…well…I want to be a bit real with you for a moment. Every now and then I think about going to Liberia next year and just have a little bit of a freak out…cause I’m just normal…I’m human. Sometimes I get a little bit scared. And I couldn’t sleep last night. Laying in bed awake. What if this? What if that? What if I hate it? What if I can’t do any good? What if I don’t bring anyone to Jesus? What if, what if, what if? Anyway, I woke up this morning and texted a few people and my dad texted back and said, well, on the other hand, what if you didn’t go and you missed out on God’s best? So, that was some pretty good advice. I forgot to put my timer for this call. So, I’ll just have to guess. But I would love it if you would keep praying for us but there’s no doubt in our mind about what we’re doing. Certainly, would never question what we’re doing but some days it’s a little bit scary and it’s a bit scary to leave everything we know and all our friends and family and kind of think, oh my goodness, what if I hate over there? And I have to keep reminding myself…well…the happiest and safest place to be is in the center of God’s will. Anyway, thank you so much for your prayers. It’s so lovely to be able to reach out to you guys and know that you’re praying. Have a great day everyone. Bye.
This is Stephanie from Maryland and North Carolina. Long time DAB listener. I want to encourage those who are going through family challenges. Prayer changes family situations. Keep praying and standing on God’s promises. This year I witnessed restoration and healing in my family and members came back to the Lord. I want to pray for those who are grieving and mourning. And in Jesus’ name, I lift up all who have lost loved ones, whose fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, aunts, cousins, and friends have transitioned. I pray in Jesus’ name that you will send people to come alongside them, give them hugs, give them words of encouragement, that you would send Your love and demonstrate the love of God. Jesus understands our mourning and because He wept when His friend Lazarus died, but our hope and expectation is in Jesus and He will heal our broken hearts. In Jesus’ name. Amen. Shalom, and thanks for the Hardin family and to the DAB team and to my family and friends in Lawana. Shalom. This is Stephanie from Maryland and North Carolina.
Hi neighbors its Lisa the encourager. I hope you all are doing great. I just wanted to share with you something that I learned this past Sunday. And I just thought it was very…it was just a great thing that really sunk into my soul. And I just wanted to share with each one of you. It’s from John 15. It’s John 15:5 and a verse that we’re very familiar with but I…it was really talking to be at different ways. So, I just wanted to share that with you. It’s, I am the vine and you are the branches if you remain in me and I and you, you’ll bear much fruit and apart for me you can do nothing. And, so, we know that Jesus gave this message and that He was the vine and we were the branches and how each one of us are to be commended. So, I want to tell you all that you’re doing exactly what Jesus commanded you to do because you’re listening to the Daily Audio Bible. So, you are the branch that is sucking everything you can out of that vine because you’re listening to the Daily Audio Bible every day and trying to get the nutrients that you need. And it says, if you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done to you. The gospel says if you keep My commands you will remain in My love just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love. And just like we learned not too long ago that Jesus is praying for each and every one of us. I just thought this was so beautiful because I want to say to every one of you, great job, good job. And, you know, give yourself a pat on the back. And you know we always say that things we’re doing wrong, all the things that we haven’t done, and all the times that we screw up but you know what, you’re doing something great because you’re listening to the Bible every day. So, God loves that and you’re making Him smile and He is pleased with you. And I love you all….
Hi it’s Gloria from New York City. It’s just a few minutes after I called but I hope this gets played cause I hung up and I continued to listening to the community prayer line and the first call I heard after I just hung up after the last call to you guys was Kathy from Kentucky. And…oh Kathy…I also…I know Terry lost his dog a few weeks ago as well. Kathy, I heard you…and…it just made me think about how it’s tied into, you know, how many of us are lonely. You know, I’m still trying to go to sleep at night and I just say often to God, I’m just so lonely Lord. I’m just…I’m so lonely. I have a couple…three cats right now actually. But I’m so sad for you and am I’m praying for you tonight and I’m going to keep you in my prayers. So sweet and so special to have these wonderful pets that we get to have as companions. I believe that you did do the right thing. I had a puppy that got very sick once and I tried to save her and I regretted not actually putting her down sooner. And she suffered so much. It was so sad. I am praying for you that you will find companionship but mostly that you’ll feel comfort in all of your brothers and sisters out here, that the Lord has provided us. And I just want to and with…I don’t say thank you enough. I don’t thank Brian and Jill and your whole family and everybody who’s working on the Daily Audio Bible. It’s amazing, amazing, amazing that we get to do this, that you do this every single day. Thank you so much.
Good morning DABbers. I am a Burning Bush that will not be Devoured for the Glory of Our God and King. This is Walda calling from Charlotte. I am heading north this morning, it’s Sunday funday. Oh family, I need prayer for myself. I have been experiencing some anxiety over the past…I’d say…a week now. I’m not sure why. I know that God did not give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of love, boldness, and of a sound mind and I pray that over myself and anyone else that struggling with anxiety, that we do not have to believe everything we think. Family, please pray for my son Emmanuel. He lives in Wilmington and he’s trying to escape the storm. Please pray that he makes it home before the storm hits. Praise God for his journey, his sobriety. And he’s is tugging and tugging since his overdose last spring actually…he’s been sober for over six months now…praise the Lord. Pray for all those who are struggling with addiction problems __ and the list is long and I pray for deliverance in Jesus’ name and I praise God for just holding onto them until they reach what God has assigned them to reach. Well anyway, I am babbling. I love you all. I love you all. Brian thank you so much. God bless you and your family. I will be in touch. Bye.