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Lord, I Need Your Courage—1 Thessalonians 2:2

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 17:16-18:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5:11

Heavenly Father, I’m not a doomsday prophet but it’s easy to see the day is coming when a line in the sand will be drawn and I will have a choice, Your Son or serious negative consequences.

Lord, I want the courage of Paul, Silas, and Timothy.

You know how badly we had been treated at Philippi just before we came to you and how much we suffered there. Yet our God gave us the courage to declare his Good News to you boldly, in spite of great opposition. —1 Thessalonians 2:2

Jesus, the last couple of nights as I’ve drifted off to sleep, thoughts have crossed my mind about what it would happen if I had to choose You or death.

Jesus, You chose me over death. I want to have the courage to stand tall and strong for You, in spite of the great opposition.

Holy Spirit, You know the future, equip me with supernatural courage to boldly declare the good news of Jesus whatever the consequences.

In the mighty Name of Jesus. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23

I Wish I Could Pray Like _________ –2 Thessalonians 1:11-12


Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23

I wish I was a better at praying.  I have friends who seem to touch the throne of God with their prayers, each word sounds so beautiful and “godly.”  My prayers seem pretty plain.

Don’t get me wrong, I know God is more concerned with our heart than our delivery but I would love to verbally express my love, devotion, and faith in the God, who changed my life forever, in a way that He deserves.

The Apostle Paul sure had a way with words when he prayed.  Here are a couple of prayers he prayed in Thessalonians:

Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.  God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful. —1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.  Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ. —2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

The things that Paul prayed for the Thessalonians, I want in my life:

  • Make me holy in every way
  • Keep my whole spirit, soul and body blameless until Christ comes again
  • Enabled me to live a life worthy of His call
  • Give me the power to accomplish all the good my faith prompts me to do
  • May the name of Jesus  be honored because of the way I live
  • I will be privileged to be honored when Jesus is honored

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

Now that’s a pretty powerful prayer!  Those are definitely things I need and want in my life but have trouble finding the words.  I don’t have to; I can use Paul’s words.

If you’re struggling with knowing how to pray or finding the words to pray to convey your heart, use the scriptures, we can turn just about anything in the Word of God into a prayer.

I’ve done this many times.  I like to write them out and add my name, my family’s name, or someone the Holy Spirit has brought to my attention.

Over the years God has prompted me to write prayers of encouragement to people I’ve met along the way, using this method.  Those prayers were straight from the Word of God; so I was just sending a prayer or love-letter for God, I was His delivery agent!

If you’re like me and you wish you were better at praying, go straight to the Word of God.  Your Bible is your greatest guidebook for prayer.

Knowing God more through His Word, means knowing how to pray powerful, heart-felt prayers!

I’m so glad to be on the Journey with you!

Sending Blessings Your Way!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 18:24-19:20, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3:23

Whose Dreams Are You Pursuing? —1 Thessalonians 2:4


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 17:16-18:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5:11

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to hear B.G. Nevitt speak at the C.L.A.S.S. Writers Conference.  He  told us that “God’s dream lives in us.”  It was such a moving message; it caused me to do some serious soul-searching.  To close out the conference Gerry Wakeland, C.L.A.S.S. President asked us to write our dream on a piece of paper and bring it forward and “ceremonially” give it back to God.

This question flashed through my mind:

Dianne, whose dreams are you pursuing?

Yours or God’s?

I’ve always been a goal-setting type of person. It’s easy to dream and set goals to reach that dream but to dream “God” dreams and set “God” goals is a whole different way of thinking.

In today’s reading the Apostle Paul gave us a filter to run every dream, vision, goal, priority or task through to help us pursue God’s plans for our lives rather than our own selfish desires:

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people (*or ourselves). He alone examines the motives of our hearts. —1 Thessalonians 2:4 (emphasis, *comment mine)

Our purpose is to please God.  That’s it. End of story.

Is it realistic to think we can please God in EVERYTHING we do?

I know I miss it many times, but if I get up each day and filter my plans and ambitions through the question, “Will this please God?” I won’t miss it as much!

As I look to 2014 with many things spinning in my head, I pray that my focus will be to please God and Him alone.

What dreams do you have for 2014?

Heavenly Father, show us Your purpose.  Breathe the passion of  Your dreams into our hearts.  Help us to wait for your dreams.  Use us for Your Glory.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23

God’s Dream Lives in Us—1 Thessalonians 2:4


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 17:16-18:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5:11

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to hear B.G. Nevitt speak at the C.L.A.S.S. Writers Conference.  He  told us that “God’s dream lives in us.”  It was such a moving message; it caused me to do some serious soul-searching.  To close out the conference Gerry Wakeland, C.L.A.S.S. President asked us to write our dream on a piece of paper and bring it forward and “ceremonially” give it back to God.

This question flashed through my mind:

Dianne, whose dreams are you pursuing?

Yours or God’s?

I’ve always been a goal-setting type of person.  One of my favorite workshops to facilitate is called Prayerfully and Proactively, Planning and Prioritizing. Most of time prayer is the missing piece in goal-setting.

In today’s reading the Apostle Paul gave us a filter to run every dream, vision, goal, priority or task through to help us pursue God’s plans for our lives rather than our own selfish desires:

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people (*or ourselves). He alone examines the motives of our hearts. —1 Thessalonians 2:4 (emphasis, *comment mine)

Our purpose is to please God.  That’s it. End of story.

Is it realistic to think we can please God in EVERYTHING we do?

I know I’ve missed it many times, but if I get up each day and filter my plans and ambitions through the question, “Will this please God?” I won’t miss it as much!

The hard part is waiting.

Being willing to wait for God’s best.

As I look to 2013 with many things spinning in my head, I pray that my focus will be to please God and Him alone.

What dreams do you have for 2013?

Heavenly Father, show us Your purpose.  Breathe the passion of  Your dreams into our hearts.  Help us to wait for your dreams.  Use us for Your Glory.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23

God’s Dream Lives in Us—1 Thessalonians 2:4


Last year I had the opportunity to hear B.G. Nevitt speak at the C.L.A.S.S. Writers Conference.  He  told us that “God’s dream lives in us.”  What a moving message; it caused me to do some serious soul-searching.  To close out the conference Gerry Wakeland, C.L.A.S.S. President asked us to write our dream on a piece of paper and bring it forward and “ceremonially” give it back to God.

This question flashed through my mind:

Dianne, whose dreams are you pursuing?

Yours or God’s?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 17:16-18:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5:11

I’ve always been a goal-setting type of person.  One of my favorite workshops to facilitate is called Prayerfully and Proactively, Planning and Prioritizing. Most of time prayer is the missing piece in goal-setting.

In today’s reading the Apostle Paul gave us a filter to run every dream, vision, goal, priority or task through to help us pursue God’s plans for our lives rather than our own selfish desires:

For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people (*or ourselves). He alone examines the motives of our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (emphasis, *comment mine)

Our purpose is to please God.  That’s it. End of story.

Is it realistic to think we can please God in EVERYTHING we do?

I know I’ve missed it many times, but if I get up each day and filter my plans and ambitions through the question, “Will this please God?” I won’t miss it as much!

The hard part is waiting.

Being willing to wait for God’s best.

As I look to 2012 with excitement, I pray that my focus will be to please God and Him alone.

What dreams do you have for 2012?

Heavenly Father, show us Your purpose.  Breathe the passion of  Your dreams into our hearts.  Help us to wait for your dreams.  Use us for Your Glory.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23

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