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Lord, How Can People Like Us Be Saved? —Isaiah 64:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 63:15-66:24, 2 Kings 20:20-21, 2 Chronicles 32:32-33

Heavenly Father, I have never known this kind of hopelessness. As a young child I learned about Your Son, Jesus. When I was ten years old I knew how “people like us” can be saved and I accepted Jesus as my savior.

You welcome those who gladly do good,
who follow godly ways.
But you have been very angry with us,
for we are not godly.
We are constant sinners;
how can people like us be saved? —Isaiah 64:5

Lord, the people of Israel knew it was impossible to keep The Law. They felt like constant failures. Yes, I read the stories of their pride and stubbornness and criticize and judge but the truth is “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23) The only difference between my sins and the Israelites’ sins is they had their sins recorded in Your Word and my sins have only been seen by a few people.

I feel so bad for them. Every time they sinned they felt worse, more hopeless, and more doomed.

Jesus, without Your sacrifice on the cross I would know that kind of hopelessness.

Thank You Lord for making a plan for our salvation:

1. Admit we were born in sin, have a sinful nature, and can’t be good enough on our own. (Romans 3:23)

2. Believe that the One, True, Living God who made the universe and everyone and everything sent His one and only son to rescue us from the consequences of our sinful nature and eternal death. (John 3:16)

3. Confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that You raised him from the dead.  (Romans 10:9)

4. Accept Your free gift of salvation.

Lord, Thank You for making a way for me to be saved!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 21:1-9, 2 Chronicles 33:1-9, 2 Kings 21:10-17, 2 Chronicles 33:10-19, 2 Kings 21:18, 2 Chronicles 33:20, 2 Kings 21:19-26, 2 Chronicles 33:21-25, 2 Kings 22:1-2, 2 Chronicles 34:1-7, Jeremiah 1:1-2:22

Lord, Help Us Find the Time and a Way to Do What is Right–Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1-11:6

Heavenly Father, the state of our world must make You so sad.  Have we as a society completely lost our way?

Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right… —Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

Where are the wise people who find a time and a way to do what’s right?

This past week, I had an experience that really troubled me. I was assisting my mom with a legal matter. I had talked with my her the night before and ask her if she had informed the family of the person we would be confronting the next day. She said she hadn’t. We talked about it and decided it was the right thing to do, so she contacted the family. When we got to the attorney’s office yesterday and told him there was a change in plans because this person’s family wanted to be involved he said in a tone that added “stupid” to the end of the question, “why did you do that?” I told him because it was the right thing to do and we decided that we would not want to be treated that way so we handled the situation by applying the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12)  He did not like it. He felt we had caused a simple situation to be complicated and caused it to take way too much time. To his surprise everything worked out better and quicker that he had originally planned.*

*Some details were changed changed in this scenario to provide anonymity 

Yes, it was within the boundaries of the law to handle the situation the way the attorney suggested, yes it appeared to be easier to do it the attorney’s way, but it wasn’t right.

Jesus, doing what is right gets harder everyday. The only way we can live a victorious Christian Life is through constant communication with You, through prayer and Bible study. Holy Spirit, help us to do the right things in the small things so that we can stand strong when the big decisions arise. Yesterday, proved that our only true counselor is the Holy Spirit.

Lord, help us to make Your way, our way!  The enemy of our soul works tirelessly to keep us so busy that we don’t have time to do what’s right–we’re always cutting corners, sliding by, looking for the easy way out…

Holy Spirit, speak loudly.  Speak clearly.  Convict us of our sins.  Help us to turn from our wicked ways. Help us to find the time and make a way to do what’s right!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotions: 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

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, Give Me the Desire to Do Your Will–1 Kings 8:58

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 8:54-66; 2 Chronicles 7:1-10; 1 Kings 9:1-9; 2 Chronicles 7:11-22; 1 Kings 9:10-14

Heavenly Father, Solomon’s prayer is my heart’s desire:

May he give us the desire to do his will in everything and to obey all the commands, decrees, and regulations that he gave our ancestors.  — 1 Kings 8:58

Lord, I feel like the cares of this world and my selfish human desires are constantly trying to pull me away from my desire to do Your will.  Lord, like Solomon I ask You to give me the desire to do Your will.

Holy Spirit, speak loudly and continually so that I become who You created me to be.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’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


Lord, I Want to Please You–1 Samuel 15:22-23

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-17:31

Heavenly Father, it’s so easy to be critical of Saul. It’s so easy to see his mistakes but Saul’s mistakes are our mistakes:

But Samuel replied,“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?

Listen!

Obedience is better than sacrifice,

and

submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,

and

stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.

So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”       –1 Samuel 15:22-23

Lord, at times I act just like Saul.  I’d much rather give an offering of money or time than be obedient to the things You’ve told me to do in Your Word.  I would rather claim ignorance than submit to Your command to study the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15).

Jesus, help me to realize that knowing Your Word and rebelling against it is sin and refusing to study God’s Word because we think ignorance is bliss is just plain stupid! Lord, wanting my way more than Your way is making ME god of my life instead of You. Lord, help us to heed the words You spoke through Samuel.

God, forgive me for being like Saul.  I want a heart like David.  Have Your will in my life today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-19:17; Psalm 59; Samuel 19:18-24

Lord, Don’t Give Me What I Want—1 Samuel 8:4-9

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Today’s Scripture Reading:1 Samuel 4:12-8:22

Heavenly Father, when I read these words I saw our country, I saw our young people, I saw myself. EVERYDAY we override Your plans and Your Word, just like the Israelites. EVERYDAY You probably say, “Give them way they want! They don’t trust me. They are rejecting me, again.

Finally, all the elders of Israel met at Ramah to discuss the matter with Samuel. “Look,” they told him, “you are now old, and your sons are not like you. Give us a king to judge us like all the other nations have.”

Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for it is me they are rejecting, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me and followed other gods. And now they are giving you the same treatment. Do as they ask, but solemnly warn them about the way a king will reign over them.”  —1 Samuel 8:4-9

 Lord, why would I prefer “my way” when I can have YOUR WAY?

My way only sees a small part of the puzzle of life, plus I see it through the fog of my environment, emotions, and prejudices.

Your way factors in the past, present, and future of my life AND every person I will ever meet. Your ways are eternal, my ways are all about instant gratification.

Yes, Your ways are higher than my ways (Isaiah 55:8).

Yes, I won’t really understand  until I get to heaven.

Yes, sometimes I feel as though You’ve made the wrong choice.

But Lord, I trust you more than I trust myself.

Jesus, I choose Your way.

In Your Mighty and Trustworthy Name I pray. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25

Lord, Decide What is Right—Judges 11:27

Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 9:22-11:28

Heavenly Father, there is so much I don’t understand. Our country is so polarized. Christians can’t even agree over the easy things, much less the hard ones. Lord, sometimes I just don’t know what is right. Thankfully, I’m not the judge but I am concerned. I do care.

Therefore, I have not sinned against you. Rather, you have wronged me by attacking me. Let the Lord, who is judge, decide today which of us is right—Israel or Ammon.” —Judges 11:27

Lord, show me what is right. Holy Spirit, give me a supernatural understanding of Your Word. Help me to stand strong. Help me to articulate Your Word to others.

Lord, I want to know You more.

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 11:29-15:20

Lord, Teach Me to Cling Tightly–Joshua 23:8


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 22:1-24:33

Heavenly Father, Joshua gave the Israelites some amazing advice:

Rather, cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now. —Joshua 23:8

As I thought about that advice I wondered, “Exactly how do I do that?”

Then I remembered Joshua’s words in the previous chapter…

But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you.

  • Love the Lord your God
  • Walk in all his ways
  • Obey his commands,
  • Hold firmly to him
  • And serve him with all your heart and all your soul. —Joshua 22:5

 

Lord, I want to  “clinging tightly” to You. Teach me, help me and please “cling tightly” to me; don’t ever let me go!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 1:1-3:30

Lord, What am I Hiding? Joshua 7:13


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:1; 1 Chronicles 2:7; Joshua 7:2-9:27

Heavenly Father, as I read the story of Achan I immediately thought of my own life, my own heart…

What am I trying to hide away for myself that it Yours and Yours alone?

“Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you.” —Joshua 7:13

Lord, show me the things in my life that You want set apart for You and Your service.  Some possibilities that come to mind:

  • My body
  • My talents and abilities
  • My time
  • My days on this earth
  • My tithe

Holy Spirit, teach me.  I do not want to hoard the things that You want set a part for Your service.  Lord, forgive and have mercy on me when I make a mistake.  Make me like you Jesus.

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 10:1-12:6

Lord, I’ve Never Traveled This Way Before–Joshua 3:4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27

Heavenly Father, I can relate to Joshua and the children of Israel.  In today’s reading they were heading into the unknown. Yes, it was their Promised Land, but it was a place they had never been before.

We humans are a crazy bunch.  Many times we would rather live in a “known” hell than an “unknown” heaven.

Lord, it takes guts to step out into the unknown.  It takes confidence in our ability to hear Your voice.  How many times have I missed something new and exciting in my life because I told myself that it wasn’t really “God speaking.”

Jesus, it’s almost been five years since I walked away from a career I had worked so hard to develop.  I knew I had heard Your voice.  I knew You had a plan, but I had never traveled this way before.

As I began my journey You made a stop for me to learn, rest, and find a new passion and then at just the right time, You said, “Step into the water!” I said Lord, I’ve never traveled this way before.  I’ve never crossed a river without a boat.

I’m was scared but I decided to do what Joshua did.  I followed You Lord.  You are guiding me.  I’m trusting You to speak loud enough for me to hear.

Lord, I’m ready; bring on the day’s adventure!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 


 

 

 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:1; 1 Chronicles 2:7; Joshua 7:2-9:27

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