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Lord, Did You Change Your Mind? —Numbers 25:1-3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 25:1-26:65

Heavenly Father, I know we live in a different time; we no longer living under The Law. Thanks to Jesus, there is grace for our mistakes. But if sexual sin and idolatry made your anger blaze in the days of The Exodus, how do You feel about it now? Lord, did You change Your mind?

While the Israelites were camped at Acacia Grove, some of the men defiled themselves by having sexual relations with local Moabite women.  These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab. In this way, Israel joined in the worship of Baal of Peor, causing the Lord’s anger to blaze against his people. —Numbers 25:1-3

Lord, if You held us to the same standards of the Israelites, we’d all be dead! But, just knowing You’re not going to “strike me dead” isn’t enough for me. I don’t want Your anger to rage over my choices. I want to live a life that is pleasing to You.

Father, I think sexual sin and idolatry still make Your angry. You sent Jesus to give us an update on the things that are most important to You when He came to this earth.

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” —Matthew 22:36-40

Jesus, show us our idols. Show us our sexual sins.

Holy Spirit, show us how to live a life that’s pleasing to our God. Convict us when our lives make You angry.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 27:1-29:40

Lord, I Want to Travel and Camp at Your Command —Numbers 9:18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 39:32-40:38, Numbers 9:15-23

Heavenly Father, our world is so different from the days of The Exodus. We are so independent. We do what we want and ask You to come with us. A cloud or a fire—it was so easy for the Israelites to know when to move! It was so easy for them to know Your Will for their day!

Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp. In this way, they traveled and camped at the Lord’s command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle.  If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the Lord.   —Numbers 9:17-19

Holy Spirit, show me how to translate this kind of obedience into today’s world. I want to follow You.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayer no sooner than it left my lips! I am amazed!

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, as this day begins I trust You with all that it brings. I will not rely or depend on my understanding of  the day. I want to carry out Your Will for every moment of this day. Lord, show me which path to take.

Father, remind me to pray this prayer every day for the rest of my days so that I can travel and camp at Your command.

In Jesus’ Name.

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 7: 1-89

Jesus, I Want to Wear Your Badge of Holiness —Exodus 39:30

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

Heavenly Father, as I read through today’s reading I was amazed at the in-depth explanation of each item in Your Tabernacle, I was in awe of Your attention to detail and the great care that went into making each item. But something caught my eye and I got so excited when I began to see how it all fit together…

Aaron was the first high priest of Israel, a human being, anointed to be Holy to the Lord:

Finally, they made the sacred medallion—the badge of holiness—of pure gold. They engraved it like a seal with these words: Holy to the Lord. They attached the medallion with a blue cord to Aaron’s turban, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.         —Exodus 39:30

Aaron, and his future generations were just symbols and placeholders for the true High Priest…

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.  –Hebrews 4:14-16

Lord, Jesus You don’t need a “badge of holiness” because You faced all of the same testings as we do and yet You did not sin. Aaron was just like the rest of us, no sooner than Moses left him he started making idols (Exodus 30:1-29). Lord, thank You for making a way for us to be holy.

Lord, thank you for being our high priest. Thank you for standing in the gap for us on our worst days…

 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:34

Father, as we read more and more about the priests of Israel, help us to remember that because of Your Son, Jesus we are Your living stones that You are using to being your permanent temple and even more than that we are Your holy priests.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. —1 Peter 2:5

Jesus, I want to wear Your badge of holiness. I want others to see You in my daily life. Show me how to live that life today!

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 39:32-40:38, Numbers 9:15-23

Lord, Stir My Heart and move my spirit. I Want to Be Willing–Exodus 35:22

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 35:1-36:38

Heavenly Father, this song by Hillsong has a line that says, “Break my heart for what breaks Yours.” Father, I want a heart that is willing; I want a heart that is stirred; I want a heart that is broken for what breaks Yours. 

So the whole community of Israel left Moses and returned to their tents.  All whose hearts were stirred and whose spirits were moved came and brought their sacred offerings to the Lord. They brought all the materials needed for the Tabernacle, for the performance of its rituals, and for the sacred garments. Both men and women came, all whose hearts were willing. They brought to the Lord their offerings of gold—brooches, earrings, rings from their fingers, and necklaces. They presented gold objects of every kind as a special offering to the Lord.   —Exodus 35:20-22

I don’t want to live some superficial life that is all about me and mine.  I want to live a life that makes a difference in eternity. Lord, I want a heart like Yours. Jesus, help me to understand that I have unique gifts, specialized skills, and world-changing abilities that You have been developing in me since You made me in the womb (Psalm 139:13-18).  Lord, I know I can’t do everything, but I can do something. Please show me where, when, and how to make a difference in this world.

Lord, there are so many hurting people.  Help my heart to be tender towards them.  Use me today to lift someone’s burden; use me today to point someone to You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

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

Lord, Help Me to Wait Well–Exodus 32:1


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-34:35

Heavenly Father, as I read about Aaron and the children of Israel worshipping a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain talking to You, I got really mad.  I thought, “Stupid Israelites!”  “How could you do that after all God had done for you; after all the miracles you had seen?  “And Aaron, You had just been anointed to be a priest over all of Israel and you made the idol for them!”  “What is wrong with you?” “Why couldn’t you wait, you knew Moses was with God?”

But then I thought, “Dianne, you don’t wait well either.”  “How many times have you taken matters into your own hands because things weren’t ‘happening fast enough’?”

Lord how many times has our impatience gotten in the way of Your plans for our…

  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Careers
  • Finances
  • Ministries
  • Spiritual growth

Jesus, forgive us for our impatience.  Forgive us for thinking others things or people (golden calves/idols) can do what only You can do.  Help us to trust Your timing.

Help us to say with Moses “Lord, if You don’t personally go with us, then we don’t want to go at all. For Your presence among us sets us apart from all the other people on the earth.”  (Exodus 33:15)

Lord, give us grace for the waiting room.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 35:1-36:38

Lord, What’s My Assignment? –Exodus 31:1-6

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 29:1-31:18

Heavenly Father, I love the fact that You, the God of the universe chose, appointed, and assigned particular people to do particular things to build the Tabernacle.  What’s just as exciting is You “filled them with Your Spirit,” which gave them the “wisdom, ability, and expertise” to complete their “calling” with excellence! (Exodus 31:1-6)

Lord, I know the same holds true today.  Many times throughout my life You have given me wisdom, ability, and expertise to do something that needed to be done; something I had no idea how to do in my understanding.  I’m sure Bezalel and Oholiab were honored to be chosen, but they may have left like Moses (and me)… “Lord, I don’t think I can do this.”  Just like Moses, they did it “afraid” and it turned out to be “exceedingly, abundantly, more than they could have expected.” (Ephesians 3:20)

Jesus, I pray that today, we will be looking for Your assignments.  Help us to realize that, “You qualify those You call.”

Holy Spirit, speak loudly.  We don’t want to miss our opportunity of a lifetime.  Help us to see any task great or small that has been assigned by our Heavenly Father as an honor and a privilege.  Help us to jump at the chance to be used!

Jesus, give us supernatural discernment to know when the enemy of our soul is trying to keep us from accomplishing our “divine assignments.”  Help us to be strong in You and Your power (Ephesians 6:10-12).  Use us for Your Glory today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-34:35

Lord, Help Us to Be Socially Responsible–Exodus 22 & 23


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 22:16-24:18

Heavenly Father, Your tenderness towards your creation is amazing!  In today’s reading You got real specific with the Israelites, You spelled out many regulations that showed us Your Heart. Lord, help us to care about what You care about.  Help us to be responsible in the areas that are important to You:

  • Socially
    • You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way.  Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt (Exodus 22:21).
    • You must not exploit the widow or orphan (Exodus 22:22).
    • If you lend money to any of my people who are in need, do not charge interest as a money lender would (Exodus 22:25).
    • You must not dishonor God or curse any of your rulers (Exodus 22:28).
  • Justice-
    • You must not pass along false rumors.  You must not cooperate with evil people by lying on the witness stand (Exodus 23:1).
    • You must not follow the crowd in doing wrong (Exodus 23:2).
    • Take no bribes, for a bribe makes you ignore something that you clearly see.  A bribe makes even a righteous person twist the truth (Exodus 23:8).

Lord, in Micah 6:8 You require us…

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

 

Jesus, help us.  Give us Your wisdom to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with You.  Help us to choose Your Word as the pattern for lives.  Draw us to the hurting and mistreated.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’ Scripture Reading: Exodus 25:1-28:43

Lord, Thank You for Rest —Exodus 20:8-11

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1–22:15

Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us enough to command us to rest.

“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.  Exodus 20:8-11

Lord, in these four verses You teach us so much.

  • Leaders and parents shouldn’t just tell those they lead what to do but they must lead by example. It’s the only way to lead.
  • You, the God who sees everything took time to rest, so we, Your children should rest as well.
  • We have the ability to make a day holy or unholy.
  • Pulling away from the world and dedicated a day to you each week is a holy act.
  • The day we rest each week is blessed by God

Father, time with You is healing to our body, minds and spirits. Thank You for loving us enough to command us to rest from the cares of the world.

 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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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.” —Exodus 18:10-11

Heavenly Father, 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.

Lord, what if?

What if Your display of greatness in our lives caused a person who did not believe in Your Son 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]

Jesus, I truly believe this is the main reason we are on this earth.  This thought crosses my mind from time to time…heaven is going to be a much better place than life on this earth.  Father, once we accept Jesus, why don’t You just take us to heaven?

Why don’t You  just “beam us up” as soon as we say “yes” to Your Son?

Lord, I believe You expect us to pay it forward. To live a life that reflects Your goodness, Your power and Your greatness so that others will want to know You more.

Lord, help us to tell our story to those You place in our path. Help us to let our light shine!

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

In Jesus’ Name.   Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, 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

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 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!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

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