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Lord, Help Me Offer Peace to Others–Leviticus 7:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 7:1-8:36

Today’s Devotion: Did Change Occur?

Heavenly Father, peace is very important to You.  You gave detailed instructions for peace offerings in Leviticus.  It seems that peace offerings weren’t mandatory.  They were an expression of thanksgiving, a fulfillment of a vow, or a voluntary offering.  It seems that peace offerings are a way to show our love to You.

Lord, offering peace is difficult.  We wouldn’t mind giving You a grain offering like the Israelites, but literally offering peace to others in today’s world doesn’t come natural. Turmoil seems to be our default setting.

Jesus, You are the ultimate peace-offering (Isaiah 9:6).  You willingly gave Yourself to bring peace to our violent, sinful world.  Your time on the earth is a recorded example of living a life of peace.  Help us to realize that replacing peace with rage and anger is a way to worship You.  Help us to give the world a gift they cannot give…

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27

Holy Spirit, awake us from our complacency!  Awake us from our “all about me” attitudes. Help us to offer peace to everyone we come in contact with each day.  Our “peace offering” could be Your way of reaching the lost in our sphere of influence.  Help us to be sensitive to Your leading.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Lord, I Didn’t Know That Was Wrong–Leviticus 4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 4:1-6:30

Today’s Devotion: Unintentional

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses made it very clear that saying, “I didn’t know” was no excuse for sin.

How many times have we said…

It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

Lord, you must laugh when we think that attitude will work in our relationship with You.  After all, You know every thought we’ve had or ever will have.

Jesus, I’m so thankful for the assurance of my salvation (Romans 10:13).  I’m thankful for the grace you’ve extended to me all the while knowing that I not perfect.  But Lord I also know that You expect me to love You enough to strive for a pure heart (Matthew 5:8).

Knowing Your Word and Your nature is one of the ways we strive for a pure heart.

Lord, help us not to be deceived into thinking ignorance is bliss. Draw us to Your Word.  Teach us Your Ways.  We want to be like You!

Lord, forgive us for taking Your Word for granted.  Show us the areas in our lives that aren’t pleasing to You.

Lord, we want to know You more!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Leviticus 7:1-8:36

Lord, Help Me to Wait for Your Instructions–Numbers 9:8

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 8:1-9:14; Leviticus 1:1-3:17

Today’s Devotion:  Yes, No, Let Me Check

Heavenly Father, Moses’ dependence on You is a great example for all Christ followers.

When some of the Israelites had been ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body they came to Moses asking, “Why should we be prevented from presenting the Lord’s offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?” (Numbers 9:4-7, my paraphrase)

Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.” Numbers 9:8

Lord, help us to…

  • Believe that You care about the details of our lives
  • Remember to STOP and ask for instructions
  • Wait for Your instructions
  • Remember that no answer means wait, not do whatever we think is right

Lord, we’re waiting on You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 4:1-6:30

Lord, Thank You for Always Being With Me–Numbers 7:89


Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 7:1-89

Today’s Devotion:  See the Need and Meet it

Heavenly Father, the relationship You had with Moses was amazing!  I often try to imagine what it must have been like to have been Moses.

Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the Lord, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. The Lord spoke to him from there.   Numbers 7:89

But the more I think about it the more I realize that I can have a relationship like Moses.

  • I can meet with You whenever I want
  • I can wait for Your instructions
  • I can be visibly changed by being in Your presence (Exodus 34: 29-34)

Lord, the great news is I don’t have to go to the Tabernacle to be with You.  You are with me every second of every day!  I am never alone!

Jesus, forgive me for taking Your Presence for granted.  I pray that my whenevers will become more frequent. You are worthy of first place in my life. I am so blessed to be Your child.  Speak loudly Lord.  Direct my steps today!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 8:1-9:14; Leviticus 1:1-3:17

What’s Our Badge of Holiness? Exodus 39:30


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 37:1-39:31

Holiness.  What’s the first thing you think of when you hear that word?

When I was in the 9th grade my family moved from Panama City, Florida to a very small town 50 miles North called Cottondale.  In one-red-light towns there aren’t many housing options, so my family bought the only house available that would work for our family.

I guess you could say our new house was on “holy” ground.  In our backyard was a grave yard that connected to the Methodist church.  Across the street was a monument company that made headstones and vaults for caskets.  To the right of us was an old-fashioned “holiness” church.

Since my room was on the holiness church side (I’m sure glad I didn’t have to look at the grave yard) I love to watch the folks arrive on Sundays and Wednesdays.  All the women looked alike: hair in a bun, no makeup, long skirts.

Was their outward appearance their “badge of holiness”?

Aaron, the first high priest of the Israelites was given a “badge of holiness” by the Lord that attached to his turban.  This “badge” had the words inscribed, HOLY TO THE LORD.

The word holy in this particular context means apartness, holiness, sacredness, and separateness.

Aaron’s plate, sacred emblem…his badge of holiness was designed by God to set him apart from everyone else.  I wonder if the little ladies at the holiness church were also trying to set themselves apart?

Maybe, the badge of holiness was more for Aaron than the Israelites.  Remember, just a few chapters ago, right after he was anointed to be the high priest, he helped the Israelites create the golden calf and watched as they gave it credit for rescuing them from Egypt.

Maybe, God decided that Aaron needed to have something on his body that reminded him he was set apart for sacred duty.

Who knows, maybe that’s what the little ladies at the holiness church had in mind also.

No, Jesus doesn’t tell us in His Word that we have to dress a certain way (except modestly of course), but it’s very clear that He expects the world to know Him by our love (John 13:35)

Humm…sounds like the supernatural kind of love that only comes from God should be our badge of holiness.

Heavenly Father, set us apart with Your badge of holiness.  Help us to love others in such a way that points them to You.  Lord, make us holy because You are holy.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 39:32-40:38

Lord, Does My Life Reflect Your Greatness? Exodus 18:8-12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:1-19:25

“Praise the Lord,” Jethro said, “for he has rescued you from the Egyptians and from Pharaoh. Yes, he has rescued Israel from the powerful hand of Egypt! I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because he rescued his people from the oppression of the proud Egyptians.”

I almost forgot about Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law. It seems like such a long time since Moses left Midian.  I’m still amazed that Jethro allowed Moses to take his daughter on a journey to rescue the Israelites when he did not worship the God of the Israelites.

The Midianites were thought to be worshippers of many gods; not unlike today’s world.  We have an infinite number of religions with many gods.  It makes me think of all the unrest in the world.  If we trace the problem to the root, most of the time it’s a battle to see whose god is greater.

What if?

What if God’s display of greatness in our lives caused a person who did not believe in Jesus to say, “I know now that the Lord is greater than all other gods, because of the miracles I saw in ________________’s life.”  [Insert your name in blank]

I truly believe this is the main reason we are on this earth.  Think about it, heaven is going to be a much better place than life on this earth.  Once we accept Jesus we’re ready to go.

Why doesn’t Jesus just “beam us up” as soon as we say “yes” to Him?

Because He expects us to pay it forward. To live a life that reflects His goodness, His power and His greatness so that others will want to know Him more.

Is God doing great things is Your life?  Is He bringing you through hard times and meeting your needs?  Are you allowing others to see and hear about God’s greatness in your life?

Or… are you saying, “I’m a private person, I don’t want people to know my business”?

I can certainly understand feeling that way, but if sharing your journey could introduce another person to the one, true, living God of the universe, wouldn’t it be worth it?

Let’s let our light shine!

Heavenly Father, show us how to reflect Your greatness today.

In Jesus’ Name.   Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-22:15

Lord, Is Today a “Stand Still” or “Get Moving” Kind of Day? Exodus 14:13-16


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 13:1-15:27

Today’s Devotion:  Stand Still…No, Get Moving

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses told the Israelites:

“Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:13-14

And then in the very next verse You said to Moses:

“Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving! Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea. Divide the water so the Israelites can walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. Exodus 14:15-16

Jesus, this is just one more example of the benefit of a daily relationship with You.  Every day and every situation calls for a different strategy.  We only know the past and the present.  Actually, we only know our one-dimensional view of our past and present.  But You Lord, understand the past, present and future and the“why” of it all. You and You alone have the ability to work it all together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Holy Spirit, teach us to seek you each day to know if we should Stand Still or Get Moving. Lord, we believe You speak and we believe that we can hear You!

Thank you for leading us through the wilderness to the land of promise You have made for us!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 16:1-19:25

Lord, Is My Heart Stubborn? Exodus 7:14


Today’ Scripture Reading:  Exodus 7:14-9:35

Today’s Devotion:  God Could Have

Heavenly Father, as I read about Pharaoh’s stubborn heart today I began to examine my own heart.  Lord, Pharaoh called on Moses in the pain of each plague, but as soon as the final remains of the blood, frogs, gnats, flies, death of the livestock, boils or hail were gone, his heart was hardened.

How many times have I done the same thing? Cried, begged, and promised to allow You to be the Lord of my life, until the answer came and the pressure was released and then I immediately returned to my old ways of doing life my own way and doing my own thing.

Lord, forgive me for having a stubborn heart. Forgive me for making promises that I don’t honor.

Jesus, forgive me for refusing to listen to Your warnings (Exodus 7:16).  Forgive me for not believing You are who You say You are and You will do what You say You will do.

Holy Spirit, show me where I fall short.  Lord, take away my stubborn, stoney heart and give me a heart that’s tender and responsive to Your voice.

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. Ezekiel 36:26-27

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 10:1-12:51

In the Potter’s Hands

I found this poem few days ago in my treasure chest.  I wrote it in 1997.  I had lost a lot:  a 22 year marriage, a really good friend, a successful career, my house, my car.  Jesus, the potter has been so faithful to me!

In the Potter’s Hands, written in 1997, by Dianne Miles (Guthmuller)

 

Here I am…high upon this shelf…isolated…lonely…

How long have I been here?

…days, weeks…maybe months.  I’ve lost track of time…I don’t like it here…I’m so bored.

But, it’s much better than the other places I’ve been.

First, there was that wheel…Round and round and round and round.

The Potter’s thumbs were constantly pushing and probing…one time He almost crushed me.  I don’t even feel like myself…

Who am I? … What am I? … Where am I? …Oh…I’m so tired

No!!! No!!!! …Not that!!!! …Not the fire…What did I do? …What did I say? …I’m sorry… I’ll be good… I’m sorry I didn’t turn out the way You planned …Please, oh please don’t destroy me …Why are You so mad at me?

Pushing me… crushing me… burning me alive…Is there anything left? …What do I look like?

Now, He’s ignoring me…how long has it been?  It’s a long way down.  It’s so high on this top shelf… I’m afraid… I think the Potter is disappointed in the way I turned out… What if He forgets about me? …I guess He’s decided to use me to balance this shelf.

Wait!!!! …He’s coming this way… He’s looking at me… staring at me… He’s smiling… He’s reaching for me…

Where am I going?…  I don’t know… I don’t care…

 …I’m in the Potter’s Hands

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