Lord, Please Leave Me—Luke 5:8-9

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26, Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:18-22, Matthew 9:14-17, Luke 5:33-39

Heavenly Father, I can relate to Peter.

When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him. —Luke 5:8-9

Lord, some days I have similar thoughts. Some days, I think,”Lord, I’m such a mess. How do You put up with me?”

As we read through the gospels, we see many of Peter’s antics. He was a zealous and passionate. He often allowed his passion to take over and Jesus had to clean up his messes. He reacted with the first thought that came into his head rather than taking the time to think things through. He over-promised and under delivered. He thought he was fearless. He thought he was strong.

Lord, I’m with Peter, when I see You in all Your Glory it causes me to see myself in all my sin.

Jesus, Your presence shines a light on my sinful nature and it is so painful. I’ve served You all my life. I get so frustrated when I act like I don’t even know You (just like Peter).

Peter didn’t really want You to leave him and neither do I. If You sent me a transcript of my prayers over the last few weeks, “Lord, please DON’T leave me” is probably the prayer I’ve prayed the most. Thankfully, Your Word assures me You will never leave me (Hebrews 13:5).

Lord, Peter and I don’t always mean what we say. Thank You for knowing the intent of our heart when we cry out in desperation.

Thank You for NOT answering Peter’s prayer.

Thank You for being with me!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 5:1-47, Mark 2:23-28, Matthew 12:1-8, Luke 6:1-5, Mark 3:1-6, Matthew 12:9-14, Luke 6:6-11, Matthew 12:15-21

Lord, Why Am I Here? —Mark 1:35-39

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:14-15, Matthew 4:12-17, Luke 3:23a, John 4:46-54, Luke 4:16-30, Mark 1:16-20, Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37, Mark 1:29-34, Matthew 8:14-17, Luke 4:38-41, Mark 1:35-39, Luke 4:42-44, Matthew 4:23-25

Heavenly Father, wondering why I’m on this earth isn’t something I’ve thought that much about. Most of my life I’ve felt I had a purpose but these days I’m entering into a new season and I have more questions than answers. Jesus, knew why You sent Him. He stayed focused oh His purpose. He didn’t let the needs and demands of the masses pull Him away from Your plans for His time on this earth.

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons. —Mark 1:35-39

Today’s biggest tug-of-war is in my mind.  Ultimately, my purpose and everyone on this planet’s purpose is to know You and cause others to know You. I guess my questions are more about the “how” than the “what.” Do I turn left, right, go straight, or do a 180 and return to something I’ve done in the past?

Or do I wait at this crossroad and rest like Elijah (1 Kings 19)?

You are the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrew 12:2). When You speak I move. Until then, I wait.

I trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26, Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:18-22, Matthew 9:14-17, Luke 5:33-39

Lord, How Can I Be a True Worshiper?—John 4:23-24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: John 3:1-4:45, Luke 3:19-20

Heavenly Father, I’ve been mediating on these verses for a couple of weeks. I’ve heard them and quoted them for years but one day I just stopped and said, “Lord, what does it really mean to worship You in spirit and in truth?”

But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” —John 4:23-24

These verses in yesterday’s reading added to my questions.

Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart. —John 2:23-25

The commentary in my Bible used this verse to further explain John 2:23-25

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is? —
Jeremiah 19:9

It scares me to think of the hundreds of devotions and prayers I written and shared over the last four years. Lord, how many times have I misinterpreted Your truth?

Lord, if You don’t trust my human nature, how can I trust it?

I was at a loss.

Until.

You led me to these verses:

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. —John 16:5-13

The Spirit of truth will guide me into all truth!

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WILL GUIDE ME INTO ALL TRUTH!

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WILL GUIDE ME INTO ALL TRUTH!

Jesus, this is how I can worship You in spirit and in truth. This is how I can trust that I’m communicating Your truth instead of my own personal musings. This is how I can walk in confidence that my sinful, human nature isn’t directing me. Your Holy Spirit that You sent to this earth will guide me in all truth!

Holy Spirit, fill me with Your Spirit of Truth so I can be a true worshipper!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:14-15, Matthew 4:12-17, Luke 3:23a, John 4:46-54, Luke 4:16-30, Mark 1:16-20, Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37, Mark 1:29-34, Matthew 8:14-17, Luke 4:38-41, Mark 1:35-39, Luke 4:42-44, Matthew 4:23-25

Lord, Prepare Me for Satan’s Next Opportunity—Luke 4:13

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-15, John 1:19-2:25

Heavenly Father,You faced Satan with Your head held high and overcame his temptations with Your Word.

When the devil had finished tempting Jesus, he left him until the next opportunity came. —Luke 4:13

Your Word clearly shows us who You are, who we are, and who Satan is. Our power to defeat the enemy is in this knowledge. No wonder Satan does everything within His power to keep of from reading and studying Your Holy Scriptures.

Lord, thank You for Your Word! Holy Spirit, draw me to it more and more each day.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 3:1-4:45, Luke 3:19-20

Lord, Sometimes I Don’t Know What to Think—Luke 2:48

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-23, Luke 2:41-52, Mark 1:1b-8, Mathew 3:1-12, Luke 3:1-18, Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 3:13-17, Luke 3:21-22

Heavenly Father, today I saw this verse in a new light.

His parents didn’t know what to think. “Son,” his mother said to him, “why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been frantic, searching for you everywhere.” —Luke 2:48

The story of Mary and Joseph leaving Jesus at the temple was one I first heard as a small child but as I read it today it gave me comfort as a parent and an aging adult who spends a lot of time shaking my head over the inconsistencies and self-centeredness in today’s world.

Mary and Joseph were parenting the son of God. Jesus was sinless, yet his parents went through three days of hell when they realized he wasn’t with them when they started home to Nazareth (Luke 2:41-52). Their first thoughts were “why have you done this to us?”

Lord, I must admit that I’ve asked myself this question many times over the years as a parent. The answer Jesus would give and the answer my kids would give would most likely be the same one: “I wasn’t thinking about you at all.” In Jesus case, He was about His Heavenly Father’s will for His time on earth. In the case of my kids, they were thinking about their life, their agenda, and their ideals.

This is really hard for parents to understand because from the time we find out we’re pregnant everything we do is for our children. It is a rude awakening when we realize that the opposite is true with them—the moment a child is born they begin the fight for their independence from their parents.

Lord, I’m sure You understand this because You are a parent. You sacrificed Your son so that we can be with You in heaven and most days it’s all about us and we don’t think about You or Your Will at all.

For Mary, this was a turning point. Jesus was only twelve but she knew the tearing away had begun and it was going to be painful.

Then he returned to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. And his mother stored all these things in her heart. —Luke 2:51

Heavenly Father, I want to follow Your example as a parent. The most important gift You gave Your children is the freedom of choice. Help me to encourage my children, grandchildren and future generations to experience Your gift of choice. I pray they choose You!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:12-13, Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-15, John 1:19-2:25

Holy Spirit, Come Upon Me—Luke 2:25-27

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-80, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-40

Heavenly Father, sometimes when I read Your Word I sound like I’m window shopping at my favorite mall. “I want that” and “I want that” and “Oh, I need that!”

Those were exactly my thoughts when I read these verses:

At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. That day the Spirit led him to the Temple… —Luke 2:25-27

Lord, I want to be…

  • Righteous
  • Devout
  • Eagerly waiting Your return

I want the…

  • Holy Spirit to come upon me
  • Spirit to lead me

Jesus, before You came it was rare for Your Spirit to come upon people. We live in such an amazing time. Your death, burial, resurrection, and return to heaven not only gave those who accept You as their savior the promise of eternal life but You Sent the Holy Spirit to live within us as our constant counselor, comforter, and guide.

Holy Spirit, as this day begins, please come upon me and lead me to the places, situations, and people who are part of Your plan for my day.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 2:1-23, Luke 2:41-52, Mark 1:1b-8,Matthew 3:1-12, Luke 3:1-18, Mark 1:9-11, Matthew 3:13-17, Luke 3:21-22

Lord, May Everything You Have Said About Me Come True—Luke 1:38

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1a, Luke 1:1-4, John 1:1-18, Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23b-38, Luke 1:5-38

Heavenly Father, there are so many voices in the world and in my head telling me what I should be and how I should think. You are the only voice I want to follow.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. —Luke 1:38

Lord, Mary trusted You completely. It would have been easy for her to doubt. I’m sure over the course of her life she was the subject of gossip and criticism but she made a decision to believe You and what You said would come true in her life.

Lord, I want the faith of Mary. No one knows me better than You. You made me. You know what I’m capable of being, You know how my life is going to play out. You are the only one who will never leave me.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me,O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!—Psalm 139:14-19

Lord, may everything You say about me come true!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-80, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-40

Lord, I Want My Name On This Scroll—Malachi 3:16-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Malachi 2:10-4:6, Joel 1:1-3:21

Heavenly Father, this is who I want to be—a person who fears You and always thinks about the honor of Your name. I want to be Your special treasure.

Then those who feared the Lord spoke with each other, and the Lord listened to what they said. In his presence, a scroll of remembrance was written to record the names of those who feared him and always thought about the honor of his name.

“They will be my people,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “On the day when I act in judgment, they will be my own special treasure. I will spare them as a father spares an obedient child. Then you will again see the difference between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.” —Malachi 3:16-18

Lord, I have failed You many times. Show me when my heart begins to stray. I want to serve You in a way that honors Your name for the rest of my life.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1a, Luke 1:1-4, John 1:1-8, Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23b-38, Luke 1:5-38

Lord, Give Me Cause for Great Joy—Nehemiah 12:43

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 12:27-13:6, Nehemiah 5:14-19, Nehemiah 13:7-31, Malachi 1:1-2:9

Heavenly Father, I can’t imagine the feelings of the people of Judah as they gathered to celebrate the completion of the new wall of Jerusalem. Yes, they were happy because things were getting back to normal and the finished wall made them feel safe but I think there was another reason for their joy.

Many sacrifices were offered on that joyous day, for God had given the people cause for great joy. The women and children also participated in the celebration, and the joy of the people of Jerusalem could be heard far away. —Nehemiah 12:43

Lord, You knew this project would be something that would unite this divided group of people. You knew the power of working towards a cause that is so big that it’s impossible for one or two people to make it happen. You knew the power of teamwork. Nehemiah was Your chosen leader for this project and You gifted him with a supernatural understanding of the power of joy.

And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” —Nehemiah 8:10

Jesus, when you came to earth and died for us, Your message and Your kingdom became our “cause for great joy!” Help us to unite and work as a team to help others to know You more.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Malachi 2:10-4:6, Joel 1:1-3:21

Lord, Help Me to Learn From The Mistakes of Others—Nehemiah 13:26-27

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, 1 Chronicles 9:1b-34

Heavenly Father, Nehemiah was an amazing leader. He gave us so many lessons on leadership, character, and perseverance. The lesson in these verses focuses on learning from the mistakes of others.

Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?” I demanded. “There was no king from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives. How could you even think of committing this sinful deed and acting unfaithfully toward God by marrying foreign women?”—Nehemiah 13:26-27

Lord, as I read the Bible I’ve asked myself the same question Nehemiah asked, “how could they do that again and again?” Why didn’t they learn from the mistakes of their ancestors?

Learning from the mistakes of others is what the Bible’s all about. Adam, Abraham, Noah, Saul, David, Solomon, Peter—they all made their fair share of mistakes. Your Word gives us a look into the consequences of those mistakes and encourage us to learn from their poor choices.

There’s an old cliché that says experience is the best teacher, but that’s not true. By the time you’ve personally learned the all the lessons, you’re too old to use the knowledge. Learning from the experiences of others is the best teacher.

Lord, help me to learn from the mistakes of others and help others to learn from my mistakes.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 12:27-13:6, Nehemiah 5:14-19, Nehemiah 13:7-31, Malachi 1:1-2:9

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