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Lord, I Don’t Want to Ignore the Obstacles You Put in My Way—Ezekiel 3:20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 3:16-4:17, Jeremiah 27:1-28:17, Jeremiah 51:59-64

Heavenly Father, while this verse concerns a particular time in the Jew’s captivity and it’s before Jesus came and redeemed us, I see a clue into Your nature.

“If righteous people turn away from their righteous behavior and ignore the obstacles I put in their way, they will die. And if you do not warn them, they will die in their sins. None of their righteous acts will be remembered, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. —Ezekiel 3:20

You,

the God of the Universe,

the One, True God who knows the beginning, middle, and end…

puts obstacles in our way to get Your Will accomplished in our lives.

So, sometimes when I’m rebuking Satan for getting in my way, it might be You using obstacles to goad (an instrument shepherds used to direct the sheep) me in the direction You want me to go.

The apostle Paul (Saul before his conversion) learned this lesson on the road to Damascus. Saul, was a Pharisee, one of the very religious of the day. He continually fought every obstacle that came his way in the name of religion, until this “come to Jesus” meeting…

We all fell down, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.’ —Acts 26:14

Lord, I know I have an enemy who uses obstacles to attempt to destroy my soul, but I also know You use obstacles to change my direction. Holy Spirit, give me supernatural wisdom to recognize Your leading and submit to Your obstacles and not turn away from righteous behavior.

Jesus, I trust You to get Your Will accomplished in my life.

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: Ezekiel 5:1-9:11

Lord, I’m Afraid to Surrender—Jeremiah 38:19-23

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 37:11-38:28, Ezekiel 1:1-3:15

Heavenly  Father, surrender is such a negative word. We equate it with failure, lack of effort, and weakness but sometimes surrender is our only option for survival. Our surrender is God’s way of getting His Will accomplished in our lives. Such is the case in this message Jeremiah gave to King Zedekiah.

 

“But I am afraid to surrender,” the king said, “for the Babylonians may hand me over to the Judeans who have defected to them. And who knows what they will do to me!”

Jeremiah replied, “You won’t be handed over to them if you choose to obey the Lord. Your life will be spared, and all will go well for you. But if you refuse to surrender, this is what the Lord has revealed to me: All the women left in your palace will be brought out and given to the officers of the Babylonian army. Then the women will taunt you, saying,

‘What fine friends you have!
They have betrayed and misled you.
When your feet sank in the mud,
they left you to your fate!’

All your wives and children will be led out to the Babylonians, and you will not escape. You will be seized by the king of Babylon, and this city will be burned down.” —Jeremiah 38:19-23

Lord, surrender is a key discipline in knowing You and serving You. Our first surrender comes when we accept You as our Savior and from that day forward we are constantly surrendering our will to Your will.

I am currently in a season of surrender and just like King Zedekiah I’m playing the “what if” game. Lord, if I obey, trust, and surrender it may not turn out the way “I” want it to. I’m afraid people I love will be hurt if I don’t take control of the situation. Can You lay out Your plan for me BEFORE I surrender?

Lord, I’m sure You’re laughing. I know, that wouldn’t be surrender, that would be negotiation. Help me to overcome my fear and completely surrender this situation to You.

Jesus, You are the greatest example of surrender. Teach me, coach me, and convict me to follow Your example of surrendering my will to the will of my Heavenly Father.

“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” —Luke 22:42

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: Ezekiel 3:16-4:17, Jeremiah 27:1-28:17, Jeremiah 51:59-64

Lord, I Don’t Want to Lead People Astray—Jeremiah 50:6

Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:15-40, Jeremiah 49:34-51:14

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Heavenly Father, the world is full of shepherds (Christian Leaders, pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets, and anyone to attempts to lead or mentor someone to know Jesus). I wonder how many of us have led someone astray from the path You planned for them. This is the part about ministry that scares me to death.

“My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds have led them astray
and turned them loose in the mountains.
They have lost their way
and can’t remember how to get back to the sheepfold. —Jeremiah 50:6

Holy Spirit, if my words, testimony, life. or blog is leading anyone astray please, please, please show me.

Rescue any mis-guided “sheep” from my mistakes. Show them Your Truth. Show them how to get back into Your sheepfold.

Forgive me. Correct me. Teach me.

If all else fails, silence me. I’d rather say nothing than lead one of Your children astray.

Lord, anoint me to hear, receive, and walk in Your direction AND correction!

I want to cause others to know Your more. —Philippians 4:13

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: Jeremiah 51:15-48, 2 Kings 24:10-17, 2 Chronicles 36:10, 1 Chronicles 3:10-16, 2 Chronicles 36:11-14, Jeremiah 52:1-3a, 2 Kings 24:18-20a, Jeremiah 37:1-10

Lord, Exile Seems Like Punishment—Jeremiah 24: 4-10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 23:33-24:10, Jeremiah 29:1-31:14

Heavenly Father, the more I read Your Word the more I realize how complex, intricate, and amazing You are! This scripture passage is yet another example of “Your ways are higher than my ways!”

Then the Lord gave me this message:“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: The good figs represent the exiles I sent from Judah to the land of the Babylonians. I will watch over and care for them, and I will bring them back here again. I will build them up and not tear them down. I will plant them and not uproot them. I will give them hearts that recognize me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly.

“But the bad figs,” the Lord said, “represent King Zedekiah of Judah, his officials, all the people left in Jerusalem, and those who live in Egypt. I will treat them like bad figs, too rotten to eat. I will make them an object of horror and a symbol of evil to every nation on earth. They will be disgraced and mocked, taunted and cursed, wherever I scatter them. And I will send war, famine, and disease until they have vanished from the land of Israel, which I gave to them and their ancestors.” —Jeremiah 24:4-10

You leave the “bad figs” in their homeland and send the “good figs” away. I’m sure the Jewish people must have been so confused. The “bad figs” thought You were endorsing their behavior by letting them stay. The “good figs” felt as though You were punishing them because You sent them away. Both groups were completely wrong!

Lord, this is a huge lesson for me. How many times do I see a situation through my humanness and think You have forsaken me! Just like the Jewish people, there have been many times when You sent me away from a relationship, job, community, ministry or church and I felt cast aside, abandoned, and mistreated only to realize months or years later that You divinely rescued me.

Lord, I trust You.

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: Jeremiah 31:15-40, Jeremiah 49:34-51:14

Lord, Thank You for Being Close and Far Away at the Same Time—Jeremiah 23:23-24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 49:1-33, 2 Kings 24:5-7, 2 Chronicles 36:6-8, 2 Kings 24:8-9, 2 Chronicles 36:9, Jeremiah 22:24-23:32

Heavenly Father, Your ability to be everywhere at the same time is more than I can comprehend.

Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the Lord.
“No, I am far away at the same time.
Can anyone hide from me in a secret place?
Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?”
says the Lord. —Jeremiah 23:23-24

 

Lord, You see me! The good, the bad, and the ugly and You LOVE ME!

Lord, intervene for the hurting on the other side of the world AND bless the hopeless living in my neighborhood. You are a big enough God to do it all—AT THE SAME TIME!

You don’t miss a thing! Lord, I’m amazed by You!

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: Jeremiah 23:33-24:10, Jeremiah 29:1-31:14

Lord, Jeremiah Struggled With Forgiving too! —Jeremiah 18:23

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 16:1-18:23, Jeremiah 35:1-19

Heavenly Father, You called Jeremiah to a very tough job; being the leader that predicted and pronounced the 70 year exile of the Jews to Babylon. It was so hard on him that he became known as the weeping prophet. In many ways he reminds me of Moses. There were times when the Israelites’ stubbornness, idolatry, and disobedience got on his last nerve and he wanted You to kill them. This verse is one of those times.

Lord, you know all about their murderous plots against me.
Don’t forgive their crimes and blot out their sins.
Let them die before you.
Deal with them in your anger. —Jeremiah 18:23

Lord, thank You for showing us the humanness of your chosen people. I have a situation I’m dealing with right now that has my emotions swinging from save ’em to kill ’em (exaggerating to make a point). Satan wants to send loads of condemnation my way as I process my feelings, but just like Moses, Job, Joseph, and countless other men and women serving You, there are times when forgiveness happens in phases and only through the counseling and teaching of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, thank You for not casting me, Jeremiah, and some of my modern-day friends aside we process through our anger.  Give us supernatural mercy for those who’ve mistreated, angered, and hurt us.

Lord, thank You for forgiving me. I want to be like You! Help me be quick to forgive.

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: Jeremiah 49:1-33, 2 Kings 24:5-7, 2 Chronicles 36:6-8, 2 Kings 24:8-9, 2 Chronicles 36:9, Jeremiah 22:24-23:32

Lord, Thank You for the Boasting Instructions—Jeremiah 9:23-24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 8:4-11:23

Heavenly Father, boasting and bragging have always gotten on my nerves. It irritates me so much that I constantly analyze my conversations (after I’ve had them) to look for any possible slip ups and yes, I slip up. I’m not saying that I’m so humble I don’t ever have prideful feelings. I just know how annoying it is and I don’t want to be “that girl!”

I looked up boasting in the dictionary and it means to talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities. Lord, You know Your creation so well. You knew we would think we were “all that” so You gave us boasting instructions.

This is what the Lord says:
“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom,
or the powerful boast in their power,
or the rich boast in their riches.
But those who wish to boast
should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord
who demonstrates unfailing love
and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth,
and that I delight in these things.
I, the Lord, have spoken! —Jeremiah 9:23-24

Lord, I accepted You as my Savior when I was 10 years old. I’ve known about You all my life but to boast that I truly know You and understand that You are the Lord is hard for me to do. Please don’t misunderstand that statement, every day my desire is to know You more but I feel You are so magnificent, mighty, and holy that I’ve barely begun to know You and barely understand what Your Lordship over my life and this world encompasses. I love to boast about who You are and what You have done in my life but boasting about my knowledge of You…Lord, I need You to show me what that looks like.

Thankfully, You added to these instructions through Apostle Paul in Galatians:

As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. —Galatians 6:14

 Jesus, crucify my interest in this world and show me how, when, where to boast about the sacrifice You made for me. Help me to know You more so that my life and “boasting” will cause others to know You.

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: Jeremiah 12:1-15:21

Lord, Help Me to Handle This Situation With Wisdom and Discretion—Daniel 2:14-16

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:1-3:30, Jeremiah 71:1-8:3

Heavenly Father, wisdom and discretion are character traits that are missing in many of Your followers. Our culture has conditioned us to think, if we think it we should say it—unfiltered and unrehearsed. Daniel’s life is a shining example of the power of wisdom and discretion. In today’s story wisdom and discretion saved Daniel’s life and the lives of many Babylonians and Jews.

When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, came to kill them, Daniel handled the situation with wisdom and discretion. He asked Arioch, “Why has the king issued such a harsh decree?” So Arioch told him all that had happened. Daniel went at once to see the king and requested more time to tell the king what the dream meant. —Daniel 2:14-16

Lord, I have a situation that I need Your supernatural wisdom and discernment. I have so many thoughts running through my head. Only You Lord can sort through them and help me to know how to think and feel. Only You know what should be said and what should be cast into the sea of forgetfulness.

Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips. —Psalm 141:3

Lord, sometimes I don’t trust my judgment but I trust You to get Your will accomplished in my day!

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: Jeremiah 8:4-11:23

Lord, Stand Beside Me—Jeremiah 20:11

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 19:1-20:18, Daniel 1:1-21

Heavenly Father, I love the visual this verse imprints on my mind.

 

But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior.
Before him my persecutors will stumble.
They cannot defeat me.
They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated.
Their dishonor will never be forgotten. —Jeremiah 20:11

 Lord, thank You for standing beside me in life’s battles.

Thank you for this promise:

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. —Deuteronomy 31:8

Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:1-3:30, Jeremiah 7:1-8:3

Lord, Haven’t I Had Enough Pain Already?—Jeremiah 45:3-5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 25:15-38, Jeremiah 36:1-32, Jeremiah 45:1-46:28

 

Heavenly Father, Your Word is the greatest gift You gave us other than Your Son. How does my time with You in Your Word ALWAYS speak to where I am and ALWAYS encourage me? I don’t understand HOW it happens but I KNOW it does.

I spoke words very similar to these yesterday:

You have said, ‘I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven’t I had enough pain already? And now the Lord has added more! I am worn out from sighing and can find no rest.’ —Jeremiah 45:3

Lord, as I read Your message to Baruch I tried to figure out how it could apply to my life…

“Baruch, this is what the Lord says: ‘I will destroy this nation that I built. I will uproot what I planted. Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! I will bring great disaster upon all these people; but I will give you your life as a reward wherever you go. I, the Lord, have spoken!’” —Jeremiah 45:4-5

These are the thoughts running through my head:

  • My life isn’t just about me, my wants, desires, comfort and needs. There’s a bigger plan (Don’t seek great things for myself).
  • If I keep my eyes on You, my life will be a reward for the trouble and pain

Jesus, I know there’s a purpose for the pain. I’ve seen it happen over and over in my life. Seeing You use my pain and suffering to “work all things together for my good” (Romans 8:28) has been a reward for the tough times but they’re still tough times.

Yes, I’m overwhelmed.

Yes, there’s been a lot of pain.

Yes, I’m worn out.

Yes, I need some rest.

BUT

Lord, I see this life through a pin-hole. You see the beginning, middle and the end. I KNOW You know what You’re doing. Knowing that everything about my life has a purpose, including the pain—especially the pain, gives eternal meaning to each day. Sounds like the “The Purpose Driven Life to me!

Lord, it’s a new day! Let’s do it!

I trust You.

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: Jeremiah 19:1-20:18, Daniel 1:1-21

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