Jeremiah 8:8-9:26, Colossians 3:1-17, Psalms 78:32-55, Proverbs 24:27
Today is the 7th day of October. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today as we get going into our week here and get back and into the rhythm of the workweek. And we’ll pick up where we left off. That’s what we do every day no matter whether it’s weekend or weekday or holiday or whatever, we have a rhythm that we keep that allows God’s work…His word to speak into our lives every day. So, this week we’re reading from the New International Version. Today, Jeremiah chapter 8 verse 8:29 verse 26.
Ok. Let’s talk about our diet for second or let’s at least use our diet as a metaphor. So, let’s say we’re hungry, we walk in the kitchen, there’s two big bowls full of things and we gotta pick what were gonna eat and in one bowl is sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, idolatry, anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, filthy language and lying. And then we look over in this other bowl, there’s tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, peace, and love, right? Those two bowls are full of very different things. If they were foods, they are so non-complementarity that if we tried to mix them on a plate and eat them, they would clash, it would not be a good meal and yet mixing from those two bowls is likely our normal diet. Ouch or ewe, which ever one we prefer. Paul had a conviction and his conviction was that Jesus actually transforms us into a completely different person with a completely different appetite. So, think about these two bowls that we just described sitting on the kitchen counter full of stuff that we’re gonna consume. Which bowl you can go to? Which bowl is going to be more healthy for you? Right? It’s like having two bowls, one full of candy and one that’s a nice salad, right, with maybe some seeds and berries in it, right? Everything in that bowl, as soon as we eat it our body is going to know what it is and know what to do with it and it’s gonna turn it into energy and muscle and bone and everything that we need to stay alive or we can turn to the candy and kill ourselves slowly. And the irony, because we just talked about this spiritually, the irony is that we are…our diets are probably of those mixed bowls. So, for everything that we put in our mouth that helps our body we put something in her mouth that hurts our body. So, can we walk up into the kitchen to these two bowls and take a nice bite of rage, then reach over and grab a piece of patience and try to consume them together? Or can we reach into the bowl and grab a bar of slander and then reach over into the bowl and get up slice of forgiveness and throw them into our mouths at the same time? We have some things to consider because we are trying to mix these things up, whether in spirit or in body. And in both cases, we are not being led to perfect health. And in this day and age it’s a busy, busy, busy world, right? So, we don’t necessarily always think about the bowls that we’re choosing from, what our source of food might be. We’re running and grabbing whatever we can because we’re too busy to pay attention, but it doesn’t matter the same effects happen in our body. We’re still going to get sick. We won’t be able to say, “well I was just too busy to be healthy. I was too busy to pay attention to my spiritual health and so I was just grabbing whatever I could grab and not paying attention to the fact that I was getting sick.” Paul gave us a little…a little tool that we can carry around with us, but we’ll have to slow down enough to at least have a pause to know that we’re making a decision toward health spiritually or physically or toward unhealth. Paul says, “look, whatever you do, whatever you choose to do, whatever you choose to say, however it is that you’re going to conduct yourself, understand that you’re representing the Lord Jesus. Do everything that you do in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” So, if our life is too busy and we’re not paying attention to our health in any kind of way, we can…we can look in the mirror that the Scriptures gave us today and consciously understand what we’re feasting upon because that’s what we’re going to turn into. So, this tool just lets us say, “Can…like can I say this in the name of Jesus? Can I…am I representing Christ if I walk down this path?” If we go back to Paul’s lists or if we go back to those two bowls on our counter, it’s crystal clear which one of them represents Christ, and which one doesn’t. And, so it kind of boils down to what are you going to eat today because that’s what you are going to become eventually.
Father, we invite You into that because if the metaphor holds true then we do have to admit that we eat things that are not good for us and we eat things that are good for us and we do this in our Spirit and then we wonder why we’re week or why we’re spiritually starving or why things aren’t working. And it’s because we’re making ourself sick. And, so, Holy Spirit come. We want to feast upon tenderhearted mercy and kindness and humility and gentleness and patience and forgiveness and peace and love. We don’t even have to watch ourselves. We can consume as much of that as we want until we’re full up. And we pray Holy Spirit that we would be full up so that it would spill out of our lives and affect the world and all of our relationships. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.
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Community Prayer and Praise:
Hey, DABbers this is Slave of Jesus in North Carolina. Alright Holy Spirit let’s roll. Boy, I had a lot of problems. I’m using an old school phone number to call in. The app was telling me I had the wrong password even though I had the same password. So, I had to reset it, it still wasn’t working. The enemy does not want me to make this call. That’s why I gotta make this call. I was hoping tomorrow was going to be 40 days of my fast and I was gonna tell you about my great struggles and how we’re getting to that and instead I am in the emergency room parking lot getting ready to deal with my daughter who was brought here the of the police. So, I hope my wife forgives me for using female names. I have an agreement not to use it but I ask you to pray for my daughter Jordan and my wife Deborah and that the guardian angels, I know you won’t get this after, that they just surround her and that the enemy would not give her the horrible ideas that it tends to give her from time to time. And, so, Lord we ask this in Jesus mighty name, and I know you guys will be praying. Alfaio, I’m like two weeks behind in my DAB and listening there. It was good to hear you call my name out as I was pulling up to the hospital here. So, perfect timing as usual. Love you all. Have a great day.
This is the first time I’ve ever called. I’m calling to ask for prayers for my daughter, her husband, and their family. They’re talking about separation and I’m just praying against it and hoping that you pray with me that the Spirit will convict each one of them to look inside of each of them instead of pointing fingers at each other. They have two young daughters under 10 and also a grandson under 10.
Hi family this is Serah from Nebraska. Lisa from Michigan, I cannot tell you how comforting and how much I was filled with hope when I heard your message. I was brought to tears. It truly gave me hope. So, thank you so much. Casey is officially in remission as of Monday, today is October 3rd. As of Monday, he was officially in remission. Tomorrow, Friday, they’re doing a spinal tap just to make sure like none of the leukemia is in his spinal fluid. It’s just precautionary. I’m trying not to let my anxiety get the best of me and so far, I’ve been doing really good with relying on God and just letting Him handle it. I just want to thank everyone on here. I know that there are people who have called in, prayed for Casey and myself and there are people who have done what I do and just prayed while hearing it. And I just want to thank all of you. We have seriously been so, so blessed and it has amazing to see and hear. I’ve been having Casey listen to all the prayers that are for him and he is just in so much awe. We love you and we thank you. Bye-bye.
Good morning DAB family my name is Jeanette and I’m calling from Canada. DAB was introduced to me by a very good friend of mine and I have been so blessed. Now, I have two prayer requests. __ radiation and chemotherapy for breast cancer, I am having severe neuropathy, which produces frequent periodic sensations, which make life sometimes unbearable. Second request. My daughter is into her second year following her master’s degree in healthcare management graduating with honors but after numerous interviews no one will give her a chance because of her inexperience. How can she gain experience without being hired? A mother’s heart is breaking for her daughter as these disappointments just lowers her self-esteem. We need your prayers. We’re desperate for my body and a job for my daughter. God bless you all as you continue to intercede for others. And Brian and Jill, you are such a blessing to me. And, you know, I’m a more recent listener because of my friend but I’ve never had anything so inspirational enter my life as this DAB. And, so, family thank you for praying for all the requests that come into you and I pray too. So, have a blessed day today all of you. God hears your prayers and He answers because He said he would. So, we believe Him and we trust him. You all and have a great day.
Hi Daily Audio Bible family this is Carl also known as the Forgotten One since it seems like I’m forgotten about anyway. I’m pretty sure this prayer won’t get played it either. Today’s 3rd of October. I’m calling because we…we really do need a breakthrough. We’ve been looking for jobs and we’ve been getting turned down here, here and there, here and there, getting promises that we’ll get the job and then next thing you look around we get an email saying something totally different. Unemployment didn’t fall through and we live in a hotel and we pay by the week. And I know they’re gonna want us out of here if we don’t have the money. I’m very frustrated right now because I really don’t know what else to do. Everybody keeps saying pray, pray, pray. God already knows what I need. God already knows what I need. Everybody keeps saying pray pray pray. God already knows what I need. I have prayed but I don’t want to keep bugging him with the same stuff. I don’t want to keep going back bugging him and bugging him over and over and over again. He heard me twice before. I don’t wish this on nobody. Earlier this year we were sleeping in cars and stuff even though we were working until we found out that we could stay in a hotel and pay weekly. We were sleeping in cars. I don’t wish this on nobody. I don’t wish this on nobody. I don’t wish this on nobody. I already feel like I’ve fallen…I’ve fallen from grace anyway. I just recently came back in…into the fold because I was…I left God three years ago because of some things that somebody did to me…
Good morning Daily Audio Bible family I am Claudia from London England. This has been a blessing to me. This is my first time for me to call. I’ve been __ part of this family and please pray for me as I am going through a lot at the moment as I come back from __ legs to walk __. So, there’s a lot going on there and I’m hoping and believing that God will bless me with favor __ a job soon. And I’m so happy to be part of this family. I tend to listen every day and I’ve been listening for like nearly a year now and this has been a blessing to me and I’m also trying to get my friends and family also to listen to be part of this wonderful family. Thank you, Brian for this community that you…you…God has used you to bring us together, people all over the world. Thank you, so much Daily Audio Bible. I’m happy to be a part of this. Thanks. Bye.