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Amen! Come Lord Jesus!—Revelation 22:20-21

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 19:1-22:21

Heavenly Father, we’re at the end of the book–Your last words.

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”

Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!

May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. —Revelation 22:20-21

Jesus, thank You for hope for the future. You ARE coming soon!

May Your grace be with us in the coming year!

In Jesus Name!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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Dear friends, it’s been my joy and privilege to lead “The Journey” for the last five years. 2015 begins a new season for me but one thing will stay the same: I can’t make it a day without God’s Word.

The “One Year Chronological Bible” is my absolute favorite daily Bible reading plan. Before I read the Bible chronologically it was like puzzle pieces scattered on the table, but after six trips through this book, it has become one story—the greatest story ever told!

If you enjoy using the devotions and prayers from “The Journey” to supplement your reading, here are instructions for using it in the coming year.

1. Each morning visit dianneguthmuller.com as you begin your devotional time.

2. Go to archives (right side of home page) and select month/year and then scroll down to that day’s reading. FYI: 2014-prayers, 2013-devotions

You can also use the categories (right side of home page) and search for books of Bible or topics.

Thank you for your trust!

I pray God’s blessings on You in the coming year!

—Dianne

Lord, Put Your Plans In My Mind in 2015—Revelation 17:17

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 15:1-18:24

Heavenly Father, I know I’m pulling this verse out of context but it shows me something about Your sovereignty and Your ways.

For God has put a plan into their minds, a plan that will carry out his purposes. They will agree to give their authority to the scarlet beast, and so the words of God will be fulfilled. —Revelation 17:17

Lord, as I approach a new year, my mind thinks about what these next 365 days will bring. I know You are bringing change in my life. I’m sure there is change ahead for my fellow travelers on the Journey. Reading Revelation, especially today’s reading, causes me have feelings of fear of the unknown. But this verse gives me peace for the coming new year.

Lord, put Your plans in my mind in 2015. Let those plans carry out Your purpose for my life.

I trust You with this new year!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 19:1-22:21

Lord, Wisdom is Needed Here —Revelation 13:16-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 11:1-14:20

 

Heavenly Father, this is a familiar verse for many Christians and a lot of non-Christians. It’s a verse that is overwhelming to say the least but I noticed something as I read these verses today that immediately turned into “neon” and got my attention.

He required everyone—small and great, rich and poor, free and slave—to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead. And no one could buy or sell anything without that mark, which was either the name of the beast or the number representing his name. Wisdom is needed here. Let the one with understanding solve the meaning of the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man.His number is 666. Revelation 13:16-18  

“Wisdom is needed here.”

Lord, I don’t understand what’s real and what’s symbolic in Revelation. I don’t know if we’re getting close to this time for if it’s thousand of years away. I don’t know how all this can take place but I believe if You said it will happen, it will happen.

Lord, wisdom is needed here, right now, in today’s world. I need wisdom in my world.

You tell us in Your word that we need wisdom we should ask.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5

Lord, I need Your wisdom.

I make this request in the Name of Jesus Christ!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 15:1-18:24

Lord, There’s a Whole Book About These People?   — Jude 1:1-25

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

Heavenly Father, I counted the phrase “these” people five times in the 25 verses of Jude. Who were “these” people?

Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.  I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. –Jude 1:3-4

Lord, as I read through this short book written by Jesus’ half-brother, Jude, it is clear that You have a problem with these people.

Here are just a few things Jude tells us about “these people:”

-Sexually immoral and perverse

-Defy authority

-Scoff at supernatural beings

-Scoff at things they do not understand

-Do whatever their instincts tell them

-Grumble and complain

-Brag loudly about themselves

-Flatter others to get what they want

Jesus, so what are we supposed to do about “these people?”

But you, my dear friends, must remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ predicted. They told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not have God’s Spirit in them.

 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.  Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. –Jude 1:17-23

Jesus, give me eyes to see “these people” as You see them. Give me a heart of compassion.

Lord, I don’t want to be one of “these people.” Please keep me from falling away and don’t every leave me!

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen. —Jude 1:24-25

 

Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6:17

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       

 

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

Lord, Why Am I Always Surprised? —1 Peter 4:12

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 2:4-5:11

Heavenly Father, I am not comparing myself to the early Christians who suffered tremendous persecution. I haven’t been persecuted for my faith, ever. But I’ve walked through some things that felt like fiery trials and I was definitely surprised and yes Lord, it felt as if something strange was happening to me.

Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world, —1 Peter 4:12-13

Jesus, I want to be glad but I haven’t been. Now that the storm has passed and the lessons are becoming clear, I’m at least thankful. I’m thankful for the lessons and I’m thankful You didn’t leave me but I’m still working on being glad.

Thank You for Your grace.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Lord, I Want the Skill to Recognized the Difference Between Right and Wrong—Hebrews 5:11-14

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28

Heavenly Father, we don’t know who wrote Hebrews but it sure sounds as if he was tired of dealing with Christians who acted like babies. He had a deep desire was to see these believers have a personal passion to know You through Your Word.

There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. —Hebrews 5:11-14

Lord, I saw a statistic that said 80% of church goers don’t read the Bible daily.  Very few Christians attend Bible studies. Most churches don’t have Sunday School anymore. This really scares me. Where’s the training these verses speak about? If we compared the first-century believers study time to today’s average believer we would be shocked.

Lord, how are we going to make it?

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. —1 Timothy 4:1

Jesus, knowledge of You and Your Word doesn’t come from church attendance, it comes through training–individually and through the local church. Unfortunately, these verses are today’s reality. Everyday, countless Christians are making choices that go directly against Your Word.

Holy Spirit, as we transition to a new year, I pray You will draw us to Your Word. Give us a supernatural hunger to know You through Your Word.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-10:39

Lord, I’m Trembling With Fear at the Thought of Failing to Experience Your Rest—Hebrews 4:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:19-22, Hebrews 1:1-4:13

Heavenly Father, has this verse ALWAYS been in the Bible?

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. —Hebrews 4:1

You’re probably laughing but I don’t ever remember reading this. Wow! Once again it goes to show that Your Word is living and applicable to every season of our lives. You have called me to a season of rest and suddenly this verse “appears.” You definitely have my attention.

Lord, the more I know about Your rest the more I long for it. Yes, I’m trembling in fear at the thought of missing it!

 

Holy Spirit, teach me how to enter Your rest.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28

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