2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10, Romans 7:14-8:8, Psalm 18:1-15, Proverbs 19:24-25
Today is the 22nd day of July, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is truly an honor and a privilege, to be here with you today, as we gather around the Global Campfire and take our next step forward through the Scriptures. It is awesome to be here together with you, today. So, let’s take that next step forward, which will lead us back into the book of second Chronicles and the reign of King Solomon. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week, second Chronicles chapter 6 verse 12 through 8 verse 10.
Okay so, in the letter to the Romans today, Paul had some things to say that everybody should be able to fully, completely, understand and relate to. Even though, this letter is thousands of years old, it’s immediate. Paul said, I don’t understand my own actions. I do not do what I want but I do the very thing I hate. We can probably all relate to that; we probably have all found ourselves in those predicaments before. And how does this work, with all that Paul has been saying about being free from the claims of sin and the law just being there to reveal our transgression like, how does this work? He’s saying, basically, I know what’s right, but I can’t do it. Paul goes on to say, if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law that it is good. So, it’s not I who do it, it’s sin that’s with in me. So, Paul is saying this battle between good and evil, right and wrong, darkness and light, is a war that is waged within ourselves and the choices that we make reveal the Victor, and what becomes apparent is we can’t do this anymore than anyone could obey the law perfectly. So, what do we do? Paul says, wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death. Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Then, he goes on to say something very famous; there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus, from the law of sin and death. So, the law is a good thing because it reveals sin, which is a bad thing. But the law cannot save you from your sins, it can simply reveal them to you, only Jesus can remove them from you and save you. The law is a revealer, not a Redeemer. The work of Christ didn’t condemn the law, it condemned the sin that the law reveals. Or quoting Paul “the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God is done with the law, weakened by the flesh could not do by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh”. And then, He goes on to say, for those who live according to the flesh, set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, set their minds on the things of the Spirit, for to set the mind on the flesh his death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. And we live in the tension between the two. And if this sounds like a fairly, highly theological formula, just consider that there is a practical option here. We can walk by the flesh or walk by the Spirit, we can follow the path of sin to its conclusion or we can turn to the Spirit and walk the path of peace. And so, when something comes up in our lives, whether it’s a compulsion or an addiction or a person or an item or whatever, when we feel pulled toward that thing, knowing that it’s not good for us, what if we just try what Paul is saying and understand that we can turn to the Spirit and walk by the Spirit, turning away from something that will be harmful for us and reaching to God for mercy in the moment, to give us the strength that we need. Like, what would be the downside of just trying to live that way, the way that Paul is suggesting. What if we practice it today and if Paul is right, and I believe he’s right, maybe we can practice it tomorrow and then practice it the next day and keep practicing it and see the fruit of it, see how it begins to shape our lives.
And so, Holy Spirit, we certainly need You in that, we’re talking about You, we’re talking about turning to You, when we turned to other things for comfort. You are the comforter, and we turned to all kinds of other things to bring comfort to us that really just steal things from us in the end. And we are grateful and humbled and do not deserve forgiveness. We don’t deserve the mercy, that You bestow upon us every single day, but we do accept it. We can’t earn it, but we do accept it. And in response, we should just turn away from it and do everything that will destroy us. We should turn to You, who have offered such grace and mercy in our lives. So, Holy Spirit, that’s what we do now, we turn to You and walk with You, but we ask for Your help as we feel the pull to all kinds of other things throughout the course of this day, in the coming days because this is the nature of life. May we turn to You, the one who actually knows it’s a narrow path that leads to life. Holy Spirit, come into this we pray, in the name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.
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Prayer and Encouragements:
Hi family, this is Rula from Sydney, Australia. I was just calling to answer one of the prayer requests that was made on the 15th of July, Justin from Virginia. I just wanted to reach out to you. I’ve recorded a message over 20 times and I have struggled to place words together to pray for you, not because I’m not praying with you or praying for you but because I just struggle with prayer and I struggle with words. So, I’ve tried to pray for you, to record the prayer but I just don’t know what to say. Because that’s just me, I don’t know what to say. I can’t, it takes me forever to type an email for work. It takes me forever to string together my thoughts. It takes me forever to put together a prayer. I’m praying for you, I love you. I heard your cries; I heard your prayers. And I know the whole family is praying for you. And I was listening to, in my attempt to record something or to pray for you, I thought, I’d listen to the podcast on the 18th of July and I’ll tell you what Justin, it, everything, from the reading, from Brian’s words and from the prayers that happened afterwards and even to the two minute silence at the end of the prayers. All of it spoke to my heart and it’s exactly what I wanted to say to you. I just wanted to say when the enemy attacks, just plug yourself into the word, plug yourself into the Daily Audio Bible community and into the Daily Audio Bible. And that gives you strength and that gives you a peace that transcends all understanding. Praying for you Justin. Be strong.
Hello everybody. This is God’s Smile Puddle and Peter Puddle. The reason why we said that, is because in the UK, yesterday and today it is really, really hot. It’s above 30 degrees. I know a lot of you, American, USA, are in Fahrenheit. So, you’ll have to work that out but, yeah, were in Centigrade over here. We rarely go over the 20’s the low 20’s here in the UK. We’re not climatized to this at all, are we Peter? No, and we’re only having two days of it so, you know, ha ha ha, weeeee. We got three fans running in the house, we have no a/c over here in the UK because you know, by the time the heat comes, it’s gone at some point. Yeah, it’s going tonight. I hope it goes. Back down to 20 degrees tomorrow. Sleeping with no clothes on, no covers. Bed clothes on, ah, well, be clothes on. I stand corrected, Peter, shall we sing quickly. Have we got time to sing? We’ve got a minute, come on, let’s squeeze it in. Father in heaven, How we love you. We lift your name in all the earth. May your kingdom be established in your graces. And your people declare your mighty works. Blessed be the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come. Blessed be the Lord God Almighty, who reigns forevermore. Thank you Lord that You reign. I’ve been through a bit of a storm these last few weeks. So, I’ll be quiet and times ticking away. Kiss kiss, bye bye.
Hi, this is Victorious Soldier, just calling to pray for the person that, the precious little boy that’s 18 months old that choked. I want to pray for that mom and that little precious boy that God will work a miracle of the kind of God he is. Gracious Father, we just ask you to touch that precious little baby and what he’s going through Lord. Oh Father, and touch that mother and that family. Lord, in the name of Jesus, you are a miracle worker, nothings impossible for you. You touch those doctors, you touch their mind Lord, everlasting to the everlasting. Father, you have your way. You touch Father, those who are going through anxiety, those who are going through depression. Lord, and you also, we ask you to touch Renzo, Lord, and encourage him and let him know that the Lord is with him. He said he would never leave us, nor forsake us. Let it be in the praise, God, and let God have his way. When the praises go up the blessings come down. Let God have his way. And I say that to those going through anxiety and to praise up the Lord. And even in your anxiety, He will give you joy unspeakable and full of glory. And Lord, we give you the glory. I want to thank Brian and Jill and all and tell Jill a belated Happy Birthday. And to all the people of God. Joe the Protector, it’s good to hear from you. We are still praying for your daughter. And I’m still praying for Blind Tony’s family. And all the people of God. Have a great day. Love you all.
Good morning my DAB family. It’s Susan from Canada, God’s Yellow Flower calling. And I just heard July 20th I think it’s Janet from the UK, who’s mom had a bad fall and she has to fly to the U.S. to make a decision. So, let’s pray family. Lord God, you know this situation better than anybody. You know exactly what’s wrong, where the bleeding is, you know Janet’s mothers lifespan. You have every step planned from before she was born. So, we pray Your hand in this whole situation. We pray for a smooth travels for Janet to come to the U.S., we pray for traveling mercies and safety. And we pray for wisdom and strength as she goes through this very difficult decisions she has to make and seeing her mother so very, very ill. We pray, Lord God, in the blessed name of Jesus, that you would grant Jan this wisdom she needs. Jesus, Jesus, the strength she needs, the courage she needs and the rest she needs. She needs rest in You, dear Lord. Bring her the peace that surpasses all understanding. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Hello, this is Leanne, Lily of the Valley. I’ve been listening to the Daily Audio Bible for a few years now. I’m from Florida. And I just want to say, thank you Brian and Jill for all that you’ve done and continue to do for us. But I’m calling to pray for the young lady that’s in London and going through the nursing test. Just keep the faith. I am doing the same thing with taking the state board test in Florida. It’s not easy but just knowing that God is in control. And the right time is your time. And I’m calling regarding the young man that saying that he’s too old to, to become a pastor or a priest. You’re never too old if that’s what God calls you to do. I am coming in from the nursing field and now, I mean an accountant and now I’m going into the nursing field. I thank God for every step that he has made in my life. And he will continue to do the same for you. Thank you Daily Audio Family, love you guys.