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Lord, I Want to Keep Away from This—1 John 5:21

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-5:21, 2 John 1:1-13, 3 John 1:1-15

Heavenly Father, I want to keep away from anything that might take Your place in my heart.

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.—1 John 5:21

Holy Spirit, teach me, guide me, show me, convict me when I stray and draw me close to You!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

Dianne

 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jude 1:1-25, Revelation 1:1-2:29

Lord, This World is a Problem—1 John 2:15-17

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:1-4:6

Heavenly Father, the things of this world are like magnets pulling us away from what pleases You.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. —1 John 2:15-17 (emphasis mine)

Lord, why do we think we can love “the world” AND You?

Because we have the mind of Adam and Eve. We want it all!

  • We want physical pleasure
  • We want everything we see
  • We want to enjoy the pride of achievement

But it’s a mirage—it’s slowly fading away.

Lord, everyday it’s a choice– You or the world. I want to choose You. Holy Spirit, give me wisdom and discernment to be able to recognize the tricks and traps the enemy uses to draw me away from You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-5:21, 2 John 1:1-13, 3 John 1:1-15       

 

The First Christmas Gift Was Recycled–1 John 2:7-8, 1 John 4:7-8

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-5:21, 2 John 1:1-13, 3 John 1:1-15

Have you opened all of your gifts?

How long will it take for the new to wear off?

How long will it take for that new outfit, gadget, or toy to wind up in the Goodwill pile?

Did you know that the gift God gave us on that first Christmas was recycled?

Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.  —1 John 2:7-8

When Jesus gave us the command to love one another it wasn’t anything “new.” The first time God mentioned it was in Leviticus 19:18…

…but they didn’t get it.

They could not understand love.

So God had to show us love.

That’s exactly what he did 2000 years ago when He sent His only Son to a lowly stable. Telling us about love didn’t work, so He showed us how to love.

Yes, He sent Jesus to earth to pay the price for our sins, but it was also the greatest display of love we will ever see.

As Jesus grew EVERYTHING He did was about love. Through that love, the Truth of God was revealed. He restated that commandment in John 13:34-35.

This is the message the world needs– 

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16

–but they’re not going to get it from the Christmas story, as beautiful as it is…

They’re not going to get it from the latest gift or gadget.

They’re only going to “get it” if we live the love of Christ out in our daily lives.

The problem is many of today’s Christians are so caught up in receiving, they’ve done nothing to develop the discipline of giving and showing the love of Christ.

As we enjoy the final moments of this Christmas Day let’s make 2014 the year of love.

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

Jesus, teach us how to love!

Merry Christmas!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jude 1:1-25, Revelation 1:1-2:29

Do You Know What I Know? –1 John 3:16-19

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:1-4:6

Do you see what I see?

Do you hear what I hear?

Do you know what I know?

Listen to what I say…

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. —1 John 3:16-19

Friends, if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we KNOW what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.

My prayer on this Christmas Eve is that those who don’t know Him will see, hear, and know Christ because of our love, compassion and actions!

Harry and I send Christmas love and blessings to you and yours!

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-5:21, 2 John 1:1-13, 3 John 1:1-15

The First Christmas Gift Was Recycled–1 John 2:7-8, 1 John 4:7-8

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-5:21, 2 John 1:1-13, 3 John 1:1-15

Have you opened all of your gifts?

How long will it take for the new to wear off?

How long will it take for that new outfit, gadget, or toy to wind up in the Goodwill pile?

Did you know that the gift God gave us on that first Christmas was recycled?

Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.  —1 John 2:7-8

When Jesus gave us the command to love one another it wasn’t anything “new.” The first time God mentioned it was in Leviticus 19:18…

…but they didn’t get it.

They could not understand love.

So God had to show us love.

That’s exactly what he did 2000 years ago when He sent His only Son to a lowly stable. Telling us about love didn’t work, so He showed us how to love.

Yes, He sent Jesus to earth to pay the price for our sins, but it was also the greatest display of love we will ever see.

As Jesus grew EVERYTHING He did was about love. Through that love, the Truth of God was revealed. He restated that commandment in John 13:34-35.

This is the message the world needs– 

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. –John 3:16

–but they’re not going to get it from the Christmas story, as beautiful as it is…

They’re not going to get it from the latest gift or gadget.

They’re only going to “get it” if we live the love of Christ out in our daily lives.

The problem is many of today’s Christians are so caught up in receiving, they’ve done nothing to develop the discipline of giving and showing the love of Christ.

As we enjoy the final moments of this Christmas Day let’s make 2013 the year of love.

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8

Jesus, teach us how to love!

Merry Christmas!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jude 1:1-25, Revelation 1:1-2:29

Do You Know What I Know? 1 John 3:16-19

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 1:1-4:6

Do you see what I see?

Do you hear what I hear?

Do you know what I know?

Listen to what I say…

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.  If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. —1 John 3:16-19

Friends, if we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we KNOW what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.

My prayer on this Christmas Eve is that those who don’t know Him will see, hear, and know Christ because our love, compassion and actions!

Harry and I send Christmas love and blessings to you and yours!

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-5:21, 2 John 1:1-13, 3 John 1:1-15

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