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Lord, I Don’t Believe These Are Just Clever Stories—2 Peter 1:16-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:12-14, 2 Peter 1:1-3:18

Heavenly Father, it’s two days before Christmas. Your Christmas story is being told around the world. Lord, it’s not just a story to me, it’s a historical fact.

For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes when he received honor and glory from God the Father. The voice from the majestic glory of God said to him, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”We ourselves heard that voice from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain. —2 Peter 1:16-18

Jesus, I didn’t see Your majestic splendor with my own eyes. I didn’t hear that voice from heaven but because Your Holy Spirit makes Your Word come alive, I know You and I know Your Word is true.

Father, thank You for Jesus!

Amen and amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

It’s December 23rd: Who or What’s Controlling You?–2 Peter 2:19 (NLT)

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:12-14, 2 Peter 1:1-3:18

I know it’s a bad day to ask this.  It’s December 23; Christmas preparations and activities are definitely determining our plans for the day.  I have last-minute shopping and wrapping to do myself, but now that I think about it, maybe this is the best time of the year to ask this question…

Who or What’s Controlling you?

In 2 Peter 2:19, Peter says, we are a slave to whatever controls us.

I looked up the word control in my online dictionary…

Control: The power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events.

Here’s my paraphrase Peter’s statement:

We are a slave to whatever has the power to influence or direct our behavior or the events of our lives.

Who determines who or what has this special power?

Didn’t we take care of this question when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior?

Salvation is a gift God gave us.  Accepting the gift is the easy part.  Sadly, this is where many Christians stop and then they wonder why they go through life being controlled by people, situations, and sinful thoughts and behaviors.

Everyday WE make a choice, every day WE determine who or what has the power to control us.

Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. –Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

As we go through this day WE get to choose…

  • The joy of the Lord or the anger, sadness and depression of the world
  • The holiness of the season or the commercialism of the media
  • To spend time reflecting on the birth of our Savior or worry about everything that didn’t get bought, baked, decorated, or cleaned for the season
  • To focus on our blessings or our lack

The world tells us to take control of our lives, but the Bible tells us to give that control to Christ–it’s a choice.

If you have a few minutes, listen to Carrie Underwood’s thoughts on allowing Jesus to take control…

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Jesus, we choose YOU!  Heavenly Father, take control of our thoughts, plans, and outcomes of this day.  We give up the power to control, we trust you with our day, our Christmas, and our future.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

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

It’s December 23rd: Who or What’s Controlling You?–2 Peter 2:19 (NLT)

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:12-14, 2 Peter 1:1-3:18

I know it’s a bad day to ask this.  It’s December 23; Christmas preparations and activities are definitely determining our plans for the day.  I have last-minute shopping and wrapping to do myself, but now that I think about it, maybe this is the best time of the year to ask this question…

What or Who’s Controlling you?

In 2 Peter 2:19, Peter says, we are a slave to whatever controls us.

I looked up the word control in my online dictionary…

Control: The power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events.

Here’s my paraphrase Peter’s statement:

We are a slave to whatever has the power to influence or direct our behavior or the events of our lives.

Who determines what or who has this special power?

Didn’t we take care of this question when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior?

Salvation is a gift God gave us.  Accepting the gift is the easy part.  Sadly, this is where many Christians stop and then they wonder why they go through life being controlled by people, situations, and sinful thoughts and behaviors.

Everyday WE make a choice, every day WE determine what or who has the power to control us.

Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. –Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

As we go through this day WE get to choose…

  • The joy of the Lord or the anger, sadness and depression of the world
  • The holiness of the season or the commercialism of the media
  • To spend time reflecting on the birth of our Savior or worry about everything that didn’t get bought, baked, decorated, or cleaned for the season
  • To focus on our blessings or our lack

The world tells us to take control of our lives, but the Bible tells us to give that control to Christ–it’s a choice.

If you have a few minutes, listen to Carrie Underwood’s thoughts on allowing Jesus to take control…

YouTube Preview Image

Jesus, we choose YOU!  Heavenly Father, take control of our thoughts, plans, and outcomes of this day.  We give up the power to control, we trust you with our day, our Christmas, and our future.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

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

What or Who’s Controlling You?–2 Peter 2:19 (NLT)

I know it’s a bad day to ask this.  It’s December 23; Christmas preparations and activities are definitely determining our plans for the day.  I have last-minute shopping and wrapping to do myself, but now that I think about it, maybe this is the best time of the year to ask this question…

What or Who’s Controlling you?

In 2 Peter 2:19, Peter says, we are a slave to whatever controls us.

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:12-14, 2 Peter 1:1-3:18

I looked up the word control in my online dictionary…

Control: The power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events.

Here’s my paraphrase Peter’s statement:

We are a slave to whatever has the power to influence or direct our behavior or the events of our lives.

Who determines what or who has this special power?

Didn’t we take care of this question when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior?

Salvation is a gift God gave us.  Accepting the gift is the easy part.  Sadly, this is where many Christians stop and then they wonder why they go through life being controlled by people, situations, and sinful thoughts and behaviors.

Everyday WE make a choice, every day WE determine what or who has the power to control us.

Choose you this day whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15 (KJV)

As we go through this day WE get to choose…

  • The joy of the Lord or the anger, sadness and depression of the world
  • The holiness of the season or the commercialism of the media
  • To spend time reflecting on the birth of our Savior or worry about everything that didn’t get bought, baked, decorated, or cleaned for the season
  • To focus on our blessings or our lack

The world tells us to take control of our lives, but the Bible tells us to give that control to Christ–it’s a choice.

If you have a few minutes, listen to Carrie Underwood’s thoughts on allowing Jesus to take control…

YouTube Preview Image

Jesus, we choose YOU!  Heavenly Father, take control of our thoughts, plans, and outcomes of this day.  We give up the power to control, we trust you with our day, our Christmas, and our future.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller


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

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