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Lord, What Can I Bring to You? — Micah 6:6-8

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Micah 6:1-7:20, 2 Chronicles 32:1-8, 2 Kings 18:13-18, Isaiah 36:1-3, 2 Kings 18:19-37, Isaiah 34:4-22

Heavenly Father, I’ve attended church all my life. It’s so easy to be a Christian robot and walk in the traditions and rules of the modern day church rather than follow the ways of Your scriptures. For many years I looked to pastors, teachers, evangelists, and Christian counselors to tell me what I should bring to You. I never personally asked, “Lord, what can I bring to You?”

What can we bring to the Lord?
Should we bring him burnt offerings?
Should we bow before God Most High
with offerings of yearling calves?
Should we offer him thousands of rams
and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Should we sacrifice our firstborn children
to pay for our sins?
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God. —Micah 6:6-8

Lord, I’m thankful for the godly leaders You have placed in my life throughout the years. I’m thankful that pastors, teachers, evangelists, and Christian counselors are a part of Your plan. I’m sorry that I relied on them to tell me what offerings You desired for my life. For so many, we would rather get a spiritual list of “frequently asked questions” than build a relationship with You through Your Word and prayer. Coming to You daily and asking “what can I bring to You today” is a bigger commitment than we want to make.

To do what is right, to love mercy and walk humbly with You—Lord, I can’t do this with a list of rules. I must follow You closely.

Jesus, show me what can I bring You today.

 


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 19:1-19, Isaiah 37:1-20, 2 Chronicles 32:9-19, 2 Kings 19:20-37, Isaiah 37: 21-38, 2 Chronicles 32:20-23

Lord, I Want to See You–Isaiah 6:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Amos 7:1-9:15; 2 Kings 14:28-29; 2 Kings 15:8-29, 6-7; 2 Chronicles 26:22-23; Isaiah 6:1-13

Heavenly Father, I want to see You; REALLY see You, like Isaiah.

Are there things that are hindering me?

I know Isaiah REALLY didn’t see You until King Uzziah died.  I don’t want to have people, plans, or things between You and me.  Show me my heart.

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.  Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew.  They were calling out to each other,

   “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!
      The whole earth is filled with his glory!”  —Isaiah 6:1-4

Lord, before Isaiah could be used he had to be cleansed.  Show me the things in my life that aren’t pleasing to You.

Then I said, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7 He touched my lips with it and said, “See, this coal has touched your lips. Now your guilt is removed, and your sins are forgiven.”

Then I heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?”

   I said, “Here I am. Send me.”

 And he said, “Yes, go, and say to this people,

   ‘Listen carefully, but do not understand.
      Watch closely, but learn nothing.’  —Isaiah 6:5-9

Father, let me see You. Reveal my sinful ways, and then cleansed me and use me for Your Glory today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Amos 7:1-9:15; 2 Kings 14:28-29; 2 Kings 15:8-29; 6-7; 2 Chronicles 26:22-23; Isaiah 6:1-13

Lord, Help Me to Be Loyal Like Elisha–2 Kings 2:2

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 2:1-25; 2 Kings 4:1-44

Heavenly Father, in today’s world loyalty is a lost art.  When the going gets tough, most people just pack up and leave.  Whether we’re talking about marriages, families, friendships, churches, the workplace, or one’s dreams and goals…

“till death do us part”

isn’t cool in the 21st century.

Elisha was extremely blessed because he committed himself to being by Elijah’s side till the end of his ministry:

And Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Bethel.” But Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you!” So they went down together to Bethel.  –2 Kings 2:2

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to Jericho.” But Elisha replied again, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together to Jericho.  —2 Kings 2:4

Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, for the Lord has told me to go to the Jordan River.” But again Elisha replied, “As surely as the Lord lives and you yourself live, I will never leave you.” So they went on together.  —2 Kings 2:6

Lord, Elisha was hungry for Your Spirit:

When they came to the other side, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I can do for you before I am taken away.”

And Elisha replied, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit and become your successor.”  

“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah replied. “If you see me when I am taken from you, then you will get your request. But if not, then you won’t.” —2 Kings 2:9-10

Father, did You grant His request because of his loyalty, commitment, and desire?

As they were walking along and talking, suddenly a chariot of fire appeared, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two men, separating them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven.  Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father! My father! I see the chariots and charioteers of Israel!” And as they disappeared from sight, Elisha tore his clothes in distress.

Elisha picked up Elijah’s cloak, which had fallen when he was taken up. Then Elisha returned to the bank of the Jordan River.  He struck the water with Elijah’s cloak and cried out, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then the river divided, and Elisha went across.

When the group of prophets from Jericho saw from a distance what happened, they exclaimed, “Elijah’s spirit rests upon Elisha!” And they went to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.  –2 Kings 2:11-15

Heavenly Father, show me where to place my loyalty.  Show me where and when to give my total commitment. I want a double portion of Your Spirit.  I want to succeed in all that You’ve called me to do.  I want the spirit of Elisha!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 5:1-8:15

Lord, I Don’t Want to Miss My Chance–2 Chronicles 16:7


Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16:1-10; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 1 Kings 15:23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19; 1 Kings 17:1-7

Heavenly Father, today’s reading is a clear reminder that misplaced trust can completely change the outcome of our lives.

At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. 

Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you.  The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” — 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

Lord, I don’t want to miss my chance to make a difference in this world and Your Kingdom.  I want to be someone who relies on You, not leaders, popular opinion, or the latest fad or craze. I want to be fully committed to You Lord.

Lord, strengthen my heart for Your Plans.  Make Your will clear.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16:1-10; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 1 Kings 15:23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19; 1 Kings 17:1-7

Lord, Forgive Me for Being a Slacker—Joshua 18:1-3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 18:1-19:48

Heavenly Father, when I read these verses today I thought, “why did they wait?”

Now that the land was under Israelite control, the entire community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tabernacle. But there remained seven tribes who had not yet been allotted their grants of land.

Then Joshua asked them, “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you? —Joshua 18:1-3

I did some investigating and the word wait in this verse means “to be slack.”  A slacker is a person who habitually avoids work or lacks work ethic.

Lord, so the reason these seven tribes had not taken possession of their land was because they were lazy? At first, I thought maybe they were afraid, but there’s no mention of it. Wow! Being a slacker isn’t just a 21st century phenomenon!

Lord, I’m not an habitual slacker but I do have times when I’ve not done what You wanted me to for the day, just because I didn’t want to make the effort. Calling people on the phone and writing cards and letters are some of the things I procrastinate on the most. It scares me to think of the opportunities I missed, the things I could have done to bring glory to You, if only I would have followed through on the “God thought” that walked through my mind. Lord, forgive me.

Lord, I can’t do EVERYTHING but I would like to do what You want me to do today. Holy Spirit, show me and help me to do it and not be a slacker!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 ©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua q9:49-21:45, 1 Chronicles 6:54-81

Lord, I Want to Make “Life” Choices—Deuteronomy 30:19-20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 29:2-31:29

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading You reminded the Israelites they had a choice. You are an amazing God who wants us to choose You, but You never make it our only option.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  —Deuteronomy 30:19-20 

Lord, heaven and earth are witnessing my choices. My choices are either causing others to know You more or pushing them away from You. I want to ALWAYS choose life but there are many times I have made bad choices that certainly weren’t “life-giving.” Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness for those times I’ve failed you.

Father, I want my descendants, my future generations, to live eternally. It’s a great responsibility to know that my choices affect their lives. Holy Spirit remind me when I’m tempted to make a move in the wrong direction that my children’s spiritual and eternal lives are more important than my temporary pleasures or needs. Lord, help me to remember that it’s not about me! Jesus, cover my inadequacies with Your grace and remind me that every  choice I make is important. Anoint me Lord to make the right choices.

Jesus, today I choose life. I choose to love You, obey You and commit my life firmly to You. Give me the passion, strength and discipline to follow-through on my commitments.

Lord, than you for giving of the key to our lives in Your Word.

I choose life!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52, Psalm 90

Lord, It’s Beyond My Power to Do This–Genesis 41:16


Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 40:1-23; Genesis 35:28-29; Genesis 41:1-57

Heavenly Father, help us realize there are many things in our life that are beyond our power to control.  But Father, help us to know even more, You are all-powerful and nothing is too difficult for You.

Holy Spirit, help us to see that coming to the end of ourselves is not a bad thing, it’s a great thing.  As we can see from today’s reading Joseph had to get to a point where His only hope was God to be able to be used greatly by God.

“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.” Genesis 41:16

Heavenly Father, Your plan + our desperate situation = the makings of a miracle!

Lord, help us to focus on Your power, Your strength, and Your sovereignty!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 42:1-45:15

Lord, I Want to be Hotter than Last Year–Revelation 3:15-16

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

I know this is not your standard New Year’s Resolution.

Yet, when I read today’s scripture this is my desire for 2014.

I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! —Revelation 3:15-16

HOT——————————————————————————COLD

As 2013 comes to an end, it’s a great time to do some self-reflecting…

What has first place, second place or even third place in our daily lives?

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.      —1 John 5:21

Are we striving to keep God’s Commandments?

Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. —1 John 5:3

Are we living in fear?

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.   –1 John 4:18

Do we love our Christian brothers and sisters?

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?  And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. —1 John 4:20-21

Are we constantly improving in our love, faith, service and our patient endurance?

I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.   –Revelation 2:19

Do our actions meet the requirements of our God?

I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.   —Revelation 3:1-3

Heavenly Father, as 2014 approaches help us to be hotter than we were last year.  Help us Lord, to recognize our areas of lukewarmness and to seek Your help to grow closer to you in this new year!  We’re excited to serve you in 2014!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 7:1-10:11


Are You Afraid to Open Your Gifts?–2 Timothy 1:6-7

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Timothy 6:11-21, Titus 1:1-3:15, 2 Timothy 1:1-18

I’m afraid. No, I actually I have a phobia, of frogs and lizards.  The unfortunate thing is my grandchildren know it.  When I see them bringing me a “gift” that’s wrapped a little funny and they’re laughing with a devious laugh I get a little scared.

During this season of gift-giving do you have gifts you are afraid to open?

This time of year Christians and some non-Christians reflect on the gift of the Christ-child.  God sending His Son to earth to die on the cross for our sins is the greatest gift we will ever receive.  But in today’s reading Paul reminds Timothy (and us) about some other “gifts” God gave us.

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.  For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. –2 Timothy 1:6-7

What are spiritual gifts?

Here are several scriptures that talk about spiritual gifts:

Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12

What spiritual gifts have you left in the package because of fear or shyness?

I wonder how the Holy Spirit feels about us not opening our gifts?

When I was a little girl we would go to my grandparents every Christmas morning.  My Mom would rack her brain to think of something to get my Granddaddy for Christmas.  After finding something she thought he would like and wrapping it in beautiful Christmas paper, my brother and I would rush into the house excited to see him open his gift.

EVERY YEAR he did the same thing…

He received the gift and then set it aside to open it at a more convenient  time.

Friends what gifts has God given you that you’ve left unopened because of fear, shyness, or just thinking you don’t have the time or skills?

As we approach this new year let’s take to some time to sit down and open our spiritual gifts and make plans to use them in 2014.  If God has given you a gift, He will equip you to use it for His Glory!

Heavenly Father, show us the gifts You’ve given us.  Help us to step out in faith and use them to bless others in 2013.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Timothy 2:1-4:18

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