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Lord, The Sun’s Down and I’m Still Angry. What Do I Do? —Ephesians 4:26

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:1-5:14

Heavenly Father, I’ve learned a lot about anger this year. There have been some nights when I went to bed angry and as You predicted through the Apostle Paul, anger gave Satan a foothold in my life.

And “don’t sin by letting anger control you. ”Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. –Ephesians 4:26-27

Lord, thankfully I’ve moved past the anger and have learned some great lessons but it would have been much simpler if I would have turned it completely over to You before the sun went down.

Because I allowed anger to marinate, I gave Satan access to my mind. I was miserable. I knew I needed to forgive, yet something was holding me back; or should I say someone.

Lord, I believe You, the God who made me, answered my prayer and showed my how to fight this anger virus I had allowed to corrupt my thinking.

I sensed You saying that aggressive action was required to take back the foothold I had given to Satan.

I’m a person who loves solitude and silence. I can stay in my home for eight hours with no television or music—just silence, and be totally happy. Holy Spirit, I believe You told me that silence wasn’t good for me in this season. These were the instructions you gave me:

No silence allowed! Other than my morning quiet time, I was to have either Christian podcasts, Christian music, or Christian books going in my head every waking moment.

This doesn’t mean that I can only listen to Christian music forever, it means desperate tines call for desperate measures. I had to take back the ground I have given to my enemy. It was war but You taught me how to fight differently.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. –1 Corinthians 10:3-5

Jesus, I definitely had strongholds of human reasoning, false arguments, and rebellious thoughts. Saturating my mind with Your Word was re-teaching me to hear, obey, and submit to You. The second part of this assignment was capturing every thought that fueled the anger and replacing with Your Word.

Lord, I immediately made this change. I’m amazed how quickly the heaviness lifted. In a matter of days I felt the anger and hurt disappear. I am completely free from the anger and very grateful!

The thing I will never forget about this difficult season is the way You stayed so close to me. I know You didn’t approve of my lingering anger but You were with me in an unusual way. I even felt You speak to my spirit, “I understand. I get angry too. You will get through this and I will not leave you.”

Lord, thank You for never abandoning me! Thank You for going ahead of me and leading me through this difficult season.

 

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” —Deuteronomy 31:6

I love You!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:15-6:24, Colossians 1:1-23

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, Help Me to be Strong and Courageous–Joshua 1:6-7


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Joshua 1:1-2:24

Heavenly Father, did Joshua have a problem with fear and anxiety? It certainly seemed like it.  In the last few chapters (Deuteronomy 31, Joshua 1) You’ve told him to be strong and courageous, Moses told him to be strong and courageous and the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh told him to be strong and courageous.

Lord, thank you for including this in Your Word.  Thank You for choosing the weak to do mighty things.  Thank you for choosing Joshua!

I think anyone would be afraid to take Moses’ place!

Lord, fear and anxiety are tools that Satan uses everyday to “try” to stop us from reaching our Promised Land. Our enemy tells us we’re not good enough, we can’t do it. Jesus, help us to be strong and courageous.  Help us to seek You, listen for Your direction and then do as Joshua, move out with strength and courage and take the land!

Jesus, help us to overcome our feelings of fear and anxiety so that Your will is accomplished in our lives.

In Your Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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


Lord, Teach Us to Realize the Brevity of Life—Psalm 90:12

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

Heavenly Father, Moses was 120 years old when he died. Few people in today’s world live to be that old and no one in today’s world leads a nation of a million plus people until their 120 years old! In human standards Moses’ life wasn’t brief but in eternity’s standards it was just a blink.

Lord, Moses lived life to the fullest. Help me to learn from his wisdom.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. –Psalm 90:12 

Jesus, if it’s left up to me, I will waste my days. Lord, guide, direct and teach me like You did Moses. Help me to go to You daily so that I may grow in Your wisdom, not the wisdom of the world. Lord, guide my days. Get Your plan accomplished in my life.
Lord, help me to walk out this scripture each day so that Your plan for my life comes to pass:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.
 Seek his will in all you do,
    and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Lord, I give this day to You.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Joshua 1:-2:24

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, Help Us to Include You in Our Celebrations–Deuteronomy 26:11


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:1

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading to You instructed the Israelites on living in the Promised Land.  One of the things that jumped off the page at me was Your instructions on celebrations.

Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. —Deuteronomy 26:11a

I had to ask myself, “Why do we celebrate in today’s culture?”

Lord, we love a “par-tay,” but how often are we consciously celebrating Your goodness to us, our family, our city, our country, or our world?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. —James 1:17 NIV

Lord, forgive us for excluding You from our celebrations.  Forgive us for not acknowledging the many, perfect gifts You give us.

Holy Spirit, teach us to find creative ways to build our parties around You. Help us to be an example for our future generations.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller


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

Lord, Help Me to “See My Neighbor”–Deuteronomy 22:1, 4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Heavenly Father, from today’s reading it is apparent that caring for my neighbor is important to You…

If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. 2 If its owner does not live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it. 3 Do the same if you find your neighbor’s donkey, clothing, or anything else your neighbor loses. Don’t ignore your responsibility.“If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its feet! —Deuteronomy 22:1-4

The problem is that too many times I choose NOT to see my neighbor’s need or I choose NOT to get involved enough to know there is a need.

There are so many hurting people that it can be overwhelming.  It’s easy to become callous and num to the hurting in this world.  Lord, show me “who is my neighbor” today and then show me again tomorrow.

Lord, in today’s independent, selfish culture help me to really “see my neighbor.”  Help me to make a conscious effort to add value to their lives.

Jesus, help me to realize this is a command not a suggestion…

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” —Matthew 22:36-40

Holy Spirit, give me Your eyes to “see my neighbor” today.

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IN Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:1

Lord, Help Me to “Get Up and Resume the Journey” –Deuteronomy 10:11

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 10:1-12:32

Heavenly Father, sometimes I want to quit.

S-o-m-e-t-i-m-e-s…

  • My goals seem impossible
  • I doubt my calling
  • I’m just plain tired
  • I don’t feel capable
  • I don’t feel worthy

But,

The words Moses spoke to the Israelites keep ringing in my ears:

Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’ —Deuteronomy 10:11

When you spoke those words to Moses, he was at the height of his frustrations with the Israelites.  Aaron had just led them in the design and worship of the golden calf.  Lord, help me to remember that my frustrations, lack of understanding, doubts or fatigue does not change Your plans for my life.

Jesus, give me a renewed enthusiasm to resume the journey. Lord, lead me so I can lead others.  Help me to take possession of the Promised Land of goals and dreams You have for my life.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-16:17

Lord, Help Me to Never Forget—Deuteronomy 6:12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:29

Heavenly Father, You know us so well. You know that when things are going well, we tend to put You on the back burner of our lives.  You know that we can easily forget that You provide everything good in our lives. Lord, You warned the Israelites about forgetting in Moses last message to them before they entered the Promised Land.

“The Lord your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build. The houses will be richly stocked with goods you did not produce. You will draw water from cisterns you did not dig, and you will eat from vineyards and olive trees you did not plant. When you have eaten your fill in this land,  be careful not to forget the Lord, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.  Deuteronomy 6:10-12 

Lord, I don’t want to forget all the blessings You send into my life. I don’t want to forget all the times I’ve lived in houses I didn’t build, eaten goods I didn’t produce, drank water from cisterns I didn’t dig and have eaten from vineyards and olives trees I did not plant. Lord, everywhere I look your provision is there!

I will not forget!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 10:1-12:32

Lord, You Have Only Begun to Show me Your Greatness—Deuteronomy 3:24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33

Heavenly Father, I can’t begin to count the number of times I’ve heard and sang along with Chris Tomlin’s song, “How Great is Our God.” When I read Your Word I often say, Lord, You are great! I’ve seen Your greatness displayed in my 50-plus years on this earth many times but I’ve certainly never been eye-witness to Your greatness like Moses. Yet, Moses says “You have only just begun!”

 ‘O Sovereign Lord, you have only begun to show your greatness and the strength of your hand to me, your servant. Is there any god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do?  —Numbers 3:24

Lord, in these difficult days thinking about the future can be scary, but I know the future is filled with You showing Your greatness in ways that are exceedingly, abundantly more than anything Moses could have imagined (Ephesians 3:20). Jesus, help me to live each day with expectancy of Your greatness!

Jesus, there is no god in heaven or on earth who can perform such great and mighty deeds as you do!

I’m amazed by Your greatness!

Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9:29

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