Lord, I Need to Stop the Sacrifices—Hebrews 10:18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-10:39

Heavenly Father, I’m so thankful for Your Son. Your total forgiveness for my past, present, and future sins leaves me speechless.

And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. —Hebrews 10:18

This verse made me realize that when You forgive, that’s it—no more sacrifices, no more guilt, no more feelings of condemnation and no more feeling like a failure. After I’ve asked for forgiveness these feelings are not in Your plans for me.

Lord, when You forgive, that settles it!

Lord, teach me to walk in total forgiveness!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-12:29

Lord, I Want the Skill to Recognized the Difference Between Right and Wrong—Hebrews 5:11-14

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28

Heavenly Father, we don’t know who wrote Hebrews but it sure sounds as if he was tired of dealing with Christians who acted like babies. He had a deep desire was to see these believers have a personal passion to know You through Your Word.

There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. —Hebrews 5:11-14

Lord, I saw a statistic that said 80% of church goers don’t read the Bible daily.  Very few Christians attend Bible studies. Most churches don’t have Sunday School anymore. This really scares me. Where’s the training these verses speak about? If we compared the first-century believers study time to today’s average believer we would be shocked.

Lord, how are we going to make it?

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. —1 Timothy 4:1

Jesus, knowledge of You and Your Word doesn’t come from church attendance, it comes through training–individually and through the local church. Unfortunately, these verses are today’s reality. Everyday, countless Christians are making choices that go directly against Your Word.

Holy Spirit, as we transition to a new year, I pray You will draw us to Your Word. Give us a supernatural hunger to know You through Your Word.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-10:39

Lord, I’m Trembling With Fear at the Thought of Failing to Experience Your Rest—Hebrews 4:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:19-22, Hebrews 1:1-4:13

Heavenly Father, has this verse ALWAYS been in the Bible?

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. —Hebrews 4:1

You’re probably laughing but I don’t ever remember reading this. Wow! Once again it goes to show that Your Word is living and applicable to every season of our lives. You have called me to a season of rest and suddenly this verse “appears.” You definitely have my attention.

Lord, the more I know about Your rest the more I long for it. Yes, I’m trembling in fear at the thought of missing it!

 

Holy Spirit, teach me how to enter Your rest.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28

Lord, This is My Best Gift This Christmas—2 Timothy 2:11-13

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-4:18

Heavenly Father, this is definitely a trustworthy saying:

 

This is a trustworthy saying:

If we die with him,
we will also live with him.
If we endure hardship,
we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.

 —2 Timothy 2:11-13

Father, other than Your Son, Your faithfulness is my most cherished gift this Christmas. It’s been a tough year. There have been times when I’ve been faithless and unfaithful. This year will pass, the memories of the tough times will fade but Your faithfulness to me and Your willingness to be close to me, when I couldn’t even stand myself, makes this year a memorable one in my journey of faith.

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” —Deuteronomy 31:6

Jesus, where would I be without You?

Great is Your faithfulness!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:19-22, Hebrews 1:1-4:13

Lord, I Want to Do Good By Meeting the Urgent Needs of Others, but.. —Titus 3:12-14

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-21, Titus 1:1-3:15, 2 Timothy 1:1-18

Heavenly Father, I want to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others...

I am planning to send either Artemas or Tychicus to you. As soon as one of them arrives, do your best to meet me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to stay there for the winter. Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos with their trip. See that they are given everything they need. Our people must learn to do good by meeting the urgent needs of others; then they will not be unproductive. —Titus 3:12-14

I definitely can relate to Paul. Productivity is always my focus. I measure everything by return on investment—how much time do I invest and what are the results? Knowing that the Apostle Paul has some of my quirks, gives me comfort.

Productivity can be a good thing but I wonder…

Lord, please forgive me if I’m being disrespectful, and friends who are reading this remember I’m talking to my daddy God and I can ask Him anything…

…I wonder, if Paul’s jail time was factored into Your plan so that he would slow down and focus on one of Your top priorities for him—writing a large part of the New Testament. Lord, I’m a “do-er” and it can really be hard to be still and a just be. The needs of people stir me up and keep me feeling like I’m missing the mark. It’s like whatever I’m doing I feel like I should be doing something else. I wonder if Paul ever felt this way.

Lord, I don’t believe my 2015 sabbatical is just a season of resting and waiting, I think it’s also a season of clarification, re-direction and peace. Holy Spirit, You led Paul to jail to get Your will accomplished. I know You’re doing the same for me.

Yes, this is oversimplifying, but it seems that if every believer allowed You to direct our day, our steps, and our thoughts, the urgent needs of others would be met and we would be Your kind of productive. LORD, I WANT THIS!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. —Proverbs 3:5-6

Lord, during this Christmas season we are surrounded by needs. Speak loudly and show us who, where, when, how and IF we are to meet those needs and then give us the peace to carry out Your direction with no regrets or feelings of failure. Make Your calling for this day crystal clear.

Jesus, prince of peace, lead me today.

In the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-4:18

Lord, The New Year’s Coming, It’s Time to Workout—1 Timothy 4:6-8

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-6:10

Heavenly Father, I wonder if I’m the only person who has thought about exercising as they were stuffing yummy Christmas goodies in their mouth. My thoughts go something like this, “I really shouldn’t eat this, it’s not good for me but it’s no big deal because it’s Christmas, it’s a time of feasting and I’m going to start working out January 1. Those extra five pounds will only be on me for a week or two.”

If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed. Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” –1 Timothy 4:6-8

Yep, it’s that time of year when the world decides to change every bad health habit they have accumulated throughout their life—in one day.

Yes, physical training and our health are important and I am making my New Year plans, but Lord, I don’t want to miss the most important training regiment for 2015– training for godliness. While the benefits of physical training are many, they cannot compare to the benefits godliness promises in this life and the life to come.

Holy Spirit, I have to take responsibility for my spiritual training, but can You help me create a customized training plan for 2015? A plan that sets me up for success. For the last five years my “godliness training plan” has included reading the One-Year Chronological Bible from cover-to-cover. This year it’s gonna be a new training plan, with new muscles to work on, and new things to learn.

Jesus, help me to find balance between physical and spiritual training. Help me to keep my priorities lined up with 1 Timothy 4:6-8.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-21, Titus 1:1-3:15, 2 Timothy 1:1-18

 

Lord, What Causes Quarrels and Fights Among Us? —James 4:1-3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: James 4:1-5:20, 1 Timothy, 1:1-2:15

Heavenly Father,

What is causing the quarrels and fights among  you(us)? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you (us)?

Lord,

You (we) want what you (we) don’t have, so you (we) scheme and kill to get it. You (we) are jealous of what others have, but you (we) can’t get it, so you (we) fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you (we) don’t have what you (we) want because you (we) don’t ask God for it. And even when you (we) ask, you (we) don’t get it because your (our) motives are all wrong—you (we) want only what will give you (us) pleasure. —James 4:1-3

Jesus, it sounds like evil desires and impure motives cause the quarrels and fights among us. James wasn’t talking about quarrels and fights with non-believers, he was talking about the church.

Holy Spirit, bind us together with love. Help us to grow in our relationship with You to a point where our motives are Your motives.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 3:1-6:10

Lord, I Want Pure Wisdom—James 3:13-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: James 1:1-3:18

Heavenly Father, I seek Your wisdom like a treasure hunter looking for his greatest find!

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. —James 3:13-18

I don’t desire the world’s wisdom. It’s corrupt and disorderly. I want to be a peacemaker in this troubled world.

Holy Spirit, show me how to plant seeds of peace.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: James 4:1-5:20, 1 Timothy 1:1-2:15

Lord, Our Appetites Are Out of Control—Philippians 3:19-21

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

Heavenly Father, our world is headed for destruction, just like Paul predicted. The appetites of Your people are out of control. Over indulgence in Sex, food, alcohol, drugs, and material possessions are rampant. Moderation and abstinence have become a thing of the past, even in Your church.

They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. —Philippians 3:19-21

Holy Spirit, wake us up! We are citizens of heaven! We are supposed to be different from the world.

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. —2 Chronicles 7:14

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: James 1:1-3:18

Lord, Help Me to Be Less Demanding and More Loving—Philemon 1:8-9

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Philemon 1:1-25, Philippians 1:1-2:11

Heavenly Father, these verses spoke to me:

That is why I am boldly asking a favor of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do. But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me—Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus. —Philemon 1:8-9

Lord, I expect a lot of myself. My high expectations sometimes lead to unreasonable demands on the people I love. It’s interesting that my expectations for the world are pretty low but for me and the branches of my family tree—we’re supposed to be perfect!

Jesus, I am learning to lower my expectations. I’m learning to give myself and my loved ones the grace that You died for. I definitely haven’t arrived, but I’m not where I used to be.

Thank You for Your grace.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

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