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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

Spirit of the Lord, Come Upon Me—2 Chronicles 20:14

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53, 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30

Heavenly Father, this is such an amazing story of Your supernatural power. It’s also a great example of the way You use individuals to change a situation.

O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”

As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.

He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel.  But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”  —2 Chronicles 20:12-17

Lord, I know that Jahaziel’s experience wasn’t the norm in those days. Your Spirit only came upon people in rare instances. This was long before Jesus came to earth, died, ascended to heaven, and left us with The Comforter, Your Holy Spirit. I think we sometimes forget that if we have accepted You as our Lord and Savior Your Spirit lives within us.

Jahaziel’s words changed the mood in an instant! King Jehoshapat and the people of Judah went from being terrified and discouraged to bowing in awe, praising You and shouting as loud as they could. After Jahaziel’s message King Jehoshaphat confidently challenged all the people to believe in You and to stand firm. He even appointed singers to lead the army.

Wow! What a difference a few anointed words of encouragement can make!

Jesus, our words can also change the mood in an instant. Lord, I pray that You will prompt me daily to speak words of encouragement, hope, and inspiration into the lives of everyone You put in my life. Spirit of The Lord, come upon me. I want to be Your messenger.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 1:1-18, 2 Kings 3:1-27, 1 Kings 22:41-49, 2 Chronicles 20:31-37, 1 Kings 22:50, 2 Chronicles 21:1-4

Lord, Help Me to Know That You Are the Lord, MY God—1 Kings 20:13

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 20:23-22:9, 2 Chronicles 18:1-8

Heavenly Father, it is my desire to know, r-e-a-l-l-y know that You are the Lord of my life.

 Then a certain prophet came to see King Ahab of Israel and told him, “This is what the Lord says: Do you see all these enemy forces? Today I will hand them all over to you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” —1 Kings 20:13

I know there is always a struggle  between MY desire to be Lord and my desire for You to by my Lord. Sometimes I struggle because Your way is the hard way and I want the easy way. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of  the battles of life.

But…

If there is no battle, there can be no victory. Lord, as I look back on my life I realize there are two, very different scenarios that have caused me to ‘know that You are the Lord MY God:”

1. During the heat of the battle when I was wallowing in the depths of despair and realized You were so close I could almost feel You touching me.

2. During times of victory. Lord, You and I have a history. Over and over I’ve faced impossible situations and You have fought for me. Many times the battles were within me but all the battles were overwhelming and stacked against me. Our history of fighting together and winning together makes my relationship with You stronger than any human relationship.

Lord, thank You for reminding me that the added benefit of  fighting through the battles of life is seeing You supernaturally fight for me, it’s knowing that You are My God. You’re not just Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s God. You’re not just Paul, Peter and John’s God. You’re not just the preacher’s God or my parent’s God.

You. Are. My. God.

Jesus, I Love You.

Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53, 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30

Lord, I Need Your Special Strength–1 Kings 18:46

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16:1-10; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 1 Kings 15:23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19; 1 Kings 17:1-7

Heavenly Father, when I read the story of Elijah, I long to see the kind of miracles he saw.  I’m amazed at Elijah’s physical and mental strength, but I’m most amazed by his faith.  He didn’t just believe, He acted on what he believed.

What faith it took for Elijah to call all the Israelites together and challenge the Baal worshipers to a “worship war.” (1 Kings 18:19-24)

Elijah also challenged the Israelites to get off the fence:

Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.  –1 Kings 18:46

Lord, help us today to stop “hobbling between two opinions.”  Help us to follow You with our whole heart.

Jesus, give us Your special strength.  Allow us to be a part of the miracles You are doing today.  Lord, when we begin to waver, come along side us and remind us of Your plans, Your Kingdom, and Your power.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 20:23-22:9; 2 Chronicles 18:1-8

Lord, I Don’t Want to Miss My Chance–2 Chronicles 16:7


Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16:1-10; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 1 Kings 15:23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19; 1 Kings 17:1-7

Heavenly Father, today’s reading is a clear reminder that misplaced trust can completely change the outcome of our lives.

At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. 

Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you.  The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” — 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

Lord, I don’t want to miss my chance to make a difference in this world and Your Kingdom.  I want to be someone who relies on You, not leaders, popular opinion, or the latest fad or craze. I want to be fully committed to You Lord.

Lord, strengthen my heart for Your Plans.  Make Your will clear.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16:1-10; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 1 Kings 15:23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19; 1 Kings 17:1-7

Lord, I Don’t Want to be Strong—2 Chronicles 12:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 13:1-14:24; 2 Chronicles 12:13-14; 2 Chronicles 11:18-23; 2 Chronicles 12:1-12; 1 Kings 14:25-28; 2 Chronicles 12:15-16; 1 Kings 14:29-15:5; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22; 1 Kings 15:6-8; 2 Chronicles 14:1-8; 1 Kings 15:9-15; 1 Kings 14:19-20; 1 Kings 15:25-34; 2 Chronicles 14:9-15:19

Heavenly Father, the last couple of years have been a time of struggle and weakness. Most people consider me to be a strong woman of faith. That has been my desire but this season has required a depth of trust that I do not have.  You’ve known that all along. You’ve told me many times, “Dianne, this trial is too big and You are too weak to handle it. You have to let it go and trust Me to handle it.”  I’ve considered this a dark time in my spiritual life, a time where I’ve failed You over and over. I keep waiting for “my” strength to kick in, like a double shot of espresso.

As I read these words I thought, “Lord, I don’t want to be established and strong if it causes me to abandon You.”

But when Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the Lord, and all Israel followed

him in this sin. —2 Chronicles 12:1

Rehoboam thought “he” established himself. He thought “he” was strong. He thought “he” made it happen.

In today’s Christian world, it seems negative and unspiritual to boast in our weaknesses. Many Christian leaders think we’re supposed to wait until the trial is over and then write a book about how You brought us through our difficult season but we’re not to talk about it when we’re in the midst of it—it shows a lack of faith, trust and a lack of leadership. Well Lord. I have a lack of faith, trust, and I’m not sure anyone should follow me.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. —2 Corinthians 12:9

Lord, I say with Paul, the only reason I’m in the vertical position is because of Your grace. I am weak. Show Your power in my life.

Lord, I know that my faith, trust, and strength are developed in the trials of life. When I come to the end of this season I pray that I don’t abandon You. Let me use the lessons learned during this difficult season to cause others to know You more.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen.

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22, 2 Chronicles 16:1-10, 1 Kings 16:1-34, 1 Kings 15:23-24, 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19, 1 Kings 17:1-7

Lord, Help Me to Remember Solomon’s Final Words–Ecclesiastes 12:13-14


Today’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14, 1 Kings 12:1-20; 2 Chronicles 10:1-19; 1 Kings 12:21-24; 2 Chronicles 11:1-4; 1 Kings 12:25-33; 2 Chronicles 11:5-17

Heavenly Father, Solomon’s last words sound like something I should have framed on my wall:

That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.  –Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

  •  Fear God
  • Obey His commands
  • It’s everyone’s duty
  • God will judge us for everything we do

Holy Spirit make this personal for me.  Remind me of these words.  Lord, I want to fear You and obey You.  Help me.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 13:1-14:24; 2 Chronicles 12:13-14; 2 Chronicles 11:18-23; 2 Chronicles 12:1-12; 1 Kings 14:25-28; 2 Chronicles 12:15-16; 1 Kings 14:29-15:5; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22; 1 Kings 15:6-8; 2 Chronicles 14:1-8; 1 Kings 15:9-15; 1 Kings 14:19-20; 1 Kings 15:25-34; 2 Chronicles 14:9-15:19

Lord, Help Me to Learn From the Mistakes of Solomon—1 Kings 11: 9-10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 11-43, 2 Chronicles 9:29-31, Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Heavenly Father, it’s sad that Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible, who through Proverbs shared so many nuggets of wisdom is now teaching us by his mistakes.

The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.  He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord’s command.  —1 Kings 11:9-10

Lord, I’ve always thought that Solomon’s ridiculous number of wives (700 wives, 300 concubines) were a sign that he was some kind of sex addict but I saw something in my commentary that made me think that sexual pleasure wasn’t all that was on Solomon’s mind.

Solomon made a practice of marrying foreign women to solidify political alliances, in spite of Gods clear instructions that the king of Israel should not do this. As a result, Solomon began to add the religious practices of these foreign wives to his worship of the Lord.  “Chronological Life Application Study Bible,” Tyndale House Publishers

Father, I think I get it. Power was Solomon’s issue. These women were his ticket to growing his name and influence throughout the world. I’m sure his chest got pretty puffed up when it was known throughout the land that he was “man enough” to have this many women in his life.

If we drill down past Solomon’s power problem we see that pride is at the root of his downfall.

Lord, I know pride has been the source of many of the tough times I’ve experienced. It has been the ruin of many. It’s ironic that Solomon wrote this Proverb.

All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. —Proverbs 8:13

Lord, continue to expose pride in my life. Help me to be teachable and repent quickly from this sin that destroyed Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-6:12

Lord, Help Me Be Content–1 Kings 4:20

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 4:1-34; Psalm 72; Psalm 127

Heavenly Father, in a day where we are programmed to be discontent at every turn, contentment seems like a mirage that we can never obtain. In Solomon’s day the people of Judah and Israel were very contented with plenty to eat and drink (1 Kings 4:20).

Lord, I know there are many people in our country and the world who don’t have enough to eat, but there are billions who have plenty.  Why aren’t we content?

Why do we continually need bigger, better, and more?

Lord, I believe true contentment is an attitude not a destination.  Help us to remove the scales from our eyes that cause us to see the glass have-empty.  Help us to see how abundantly we are blessed.

Lord, help us to be content.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1:1-4:27

Lord, Help Me to Answer the Hard Questions? –2 Chronicles 9:1


Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 8:1-18; 1 Kings 9:15-10:13; 2 Chronicles 9:1-12; 1 Kings 10:14-29; 2 Chronicles 9:13-28; 2 Chronicles 1:14-17

Heavenly Father, the Queen of Sheba was on a mission.  She wanted to test King Solomon.  Was he as wise as she had heard?

When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s fame, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions. –2 Chronicles 9:1

Solomon passed the test with flying colors!

She exclaimed to the king, “Everything I heard in my country about your achievements and wisdom is true! I didn’t believe what was said until I arrived here and saw it with my own eyes. In fact, I had not heard the half of your great wisdom! It is far beyond what I was told.  How happy your people must be! What a privilege for your officials to stand here day after day, listening to your wisdom! Praise the Lord your God, who delights in you and has placed you on the throne as king to rule for him. Because God loves Israel and desires this kingdom to last forever, he has made you king over them so you can rule with justice and righteousness.”   —2 Chronicles 9:5-8

Lord, You received the glory for Solomon’s wisdom.  Solomon’s ability to answer the hard questions brought honor to Your Name.

I want my life to be like Solomon’s.  No, I’m not a king, a government official, someone in authority but I am Your representative.  I am a daughter of the One, True God!  I do have Your Word to rely on.

Lord, help me to answer the hard questions.  Help me to represent You well!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 4:1-34; Psalm 72; Psalm 127

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