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Lord, This is My Best Gift This Christmas—2 Timothy 2:11-13

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

Heavenly Father, this is definitely a trustworthy saying:

 

This is a trustworthy saying:

If we die with him,
we will also live with him.
If we endure hardship,
we will reign with him.
If we deny him,
he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful,
he remains faithful,
for he cannot deny who he is.

 —2 Timothy 2:11-13

Father, other than Your Son, Your faithfulness is my most cherished gift this Christmas. It’s been a tough year. There have been times when I’ve been faithless and unfaithful. This year will pass, the memories of the tough times will fade but Your faithfulness to me and Your willingness to be close to me, when I couldn’t even stand myself, makes this year a memorable one in my journey of faith.

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

Jesus, where would I be without You?

Great is Your faithfulness!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:19-22, Hebrews 1:1-4:13

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, I Have Regrets—2 Corinthians 7:10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

Heavenly Father, for many November 30th signals the Christmas season. While that’s true for me as well, it also begins a month where my introspective nature rehashes the previous year’s choices and looks forward with excitement to a new year. Unfortunately, this year my mind wants to focus more on failures than successes.

Lord, when I read this verse I immediately began to mentally list some of my 2014 regrets.

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. — 2 Corinthians 7:10

The more I looked at the sentence, there’s no regret for that kind of sorrow, I realized that my failures had led me to repentance and that’s a good thing. Lord, my feelings of failure, worthlessness, and worldly sorrow aren’t coming from You.

Jesus, Your Word tells me You are kind, tolerant, and patient with me:

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? –Romans 2:4

You do not condemn me.

 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1

 

Godly sorrow is tender, thankful, and hopeful not self-deprecating, unworthy, and embarrassing.

Holy Spirit, when negative thoughts cloud my thinking help me to ask myself, are these thoughts…

Kind?

Tolerant?

Patient?

If the answer is “no,” give me the boldness to knock down the stronghold of human reasoning and destroy false arguments.

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. –2 Corinthians 10:3-6

If the answer is yes, then may I have godly sorrow that will destroy every proud obstacle that would attempt to keep me from knowing You.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14, Acts 20:7-12

Lord, I Thought I Had Earned My Forgiveness Badge —2 Corinthians 2:5-8

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13

Heavenly Father, in 2010, my first year of leading “The Journey” You taught me a powerful lesson about forgiveness. This was the scripture that illuminated the page of my Bible on November 29, 2010:

I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. —2 Corinthians 2:5-8

On that day these verses were a sign to me that I had made it through the Phases of Forgiveness. As I read each word, I knew that was the way I felt; I no longer wanted that person who had hurt me to suffer or be overcome by discouragement. I was finally free from the hurt. I had truly forgiven.

Lord, I thought I had earned my forgiveness badge and was on to other lessons…

You must have laughed.

Unfortunately, this year I returned to forgiveness school. Thankfully, I can say that I’m about ready to graduate from this session but it has been very hard; maybe harder than the last time.

Lord, thank You for forgiving me for not wanting to forgive. Thank You for Your grace while I was in the process. Thank You for walking with me on my journey through the Phases of Forgiveness.

Thank You for never giving up on me.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

Lord, Does My Denial Disqualify My Calling? —Matthew 26:69-75

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:53-65, Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:66-72, Matthew 26:69-75, Luke 22:54-62, John 18:25-27, Mark 15:1, Matthew 27:1-2, Luke 22:66-71, Matthew 27:3-10

Heavenly Father, I really feel bad for Peter:

Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”

But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.

A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”

Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed.

Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly. —Matthew 26:69-75

Peter’s words “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you” (Matthew 26:34) waved the red flag to Satan, the enemy of Peter’s soul. Satan said “Game On” and crafted a plan to get Peter to do the very thing that he never wanted to do—deny his Lord.

The same evil that caused Judas to betray Jesus caused Peter to deny Him. Satan used fear to get his plan accomplished in Peter’s life. He was afraid for his life, afraid for Jesus, afraid for the future and afraid of failure.

Jesus, Matthew recorded Your conversation with Peter (Matthew 16:17-19) where You changed his name and said You will build Your church upon this rock (Peter). I’m sure Peter thought his denial disqualified him for Your calling but the next time You saw him You did his first training session on building Your church (my interpretation) and there was no mention of denial, roosters, or fireside chats, just a check to make sure he still loved You and a charge to get to work and feed Your sheep.

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. —John 21:15-17

 

Lord, we all go through times of fear and doubt. We all make mistakes. Many times we choose the same path as Peter. We make grand claims to love and serve You at all costs and then we adversity strikes, we deny You.  But that does not diminish Your plans for us. You’re not even surprised by it. You understand the spiritual battle that’s raging much better than we do.

Lord, help me to realize the only way I can fail is to quit. Help me to learn from my mistakes and grow beyond them.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 15:2-5, Matthew 27:11-14, Luke 23:1-2, John 18:28-40, Mark 15:6-15, Matthew 27:15-26, Luke 23:13-25, John 19:1-16, Mark 15:16-20, Matthew 27:27-31, Luke 22:63-65

Lord, Sometimes I Don’t Practice What I Teach—Matthew 23:1-4

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 12:28-34, Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:35-37, Matthew 22:41-46, Luke 20:41-44, Mark 12:38-40, Matthew 23:1-12, Luke 20:45-47, Matthew 23:13-39, Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4

Heavenly Father, I really don’t want to go here. I really don’t want to admit that sometimes I don’t practice what I teach, but You and I both know it’s true. But it’s hard admitting it to the whole world!

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden. –Matthew 23:1-4

Lord, being a teacher is a gift AND a curse. EVERYTHING new that I see, read, hear, think, or learn, I immediately want to share it with the world. When I think of all the “instruction” I’ve given the corporate world, the church, the cyberworld, and my family over the years…all I can say is “Lord, help me! There is no way I can live up to it all.”

I feel bad about not practicing what I teach about health, food, sleep, time management, worry, fear and many more things

but

Not always living out THESE verses is what really upsets me:

One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength. ’The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” –Mark 12:28-31

Lord, I don’t always love You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I don’t always love my neighbor as myself. I fail You. I misunderstand You. I don’t always follow through on my promises.

Jesus, trying to live out these verses, also known as the greatest commandment, is a tall order. Yes, I’ve failed at it but I won’t stop trying. I won’t stop writing. I won’t stop teaching. I won’t stop serving You.

I won’t stop striving to practice what I teach.

As Steve Furtick said on a podcast, “The opposite of success isn’t failure. The opposite of success is unfaithfulness. Lord, if I am faithful to You, even my failures will turn into successes.”

Jesus, thank You for Your mercy and grace when I fall short!

Thank you for helping me practice what I teach!

In Your mighty name! Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 13:1-23, Matthew 24:1-25, Luke 21:5-24, Mark 13:24-31, Matthew 24:26-35, Luke 21:25-33

Lord, Forgive Me from Seeing Things From a Human Point of View—Mark 8:32-33

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 8:22-30, Matthew 16:13-20, Luke 9:18-20, Mark 8:31-9:1, Matthew 16:21-28, Luke 9:21-27, Mark 9:2-13, Matthew 17:1-13, Luke 9:28-36

Heavenly Father, this verse reminds me once again that Peter and I have a lot in common.

Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things.

Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. “Get away from me, Satan!” he said. “You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”—Mark 8:31-33

This verse completely describes my state of mind over the last two years—I have been seeing things merely from a human point of view. Jesus, Peter didn’t want to see You suffer. Just hearing the words, “You would be killed” caused him so much pain that his emotions got the best of him and he lashed out and began to reprimand You, the Son of God!

Lord, watching the people I love suffer is much more difficult than suffering myself. Just like Peter my emotions have made me crazy. I’ve done a lot of reprimanding from my human point of view. I don’t like to think Satan has used me but if You said those words to Peter then I’m sure You’ve said them to me.

Jesus, forgive me for getting in Your way. Forgive me for playing god and thinking “I” have the answer. Forgive me for allowing the enemy of my soul to use me. Forgive me for my lack of trust.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 9:14-29, Matthew 17:14-21, Luke 9:37-43a, Mark 9:30-32, Matthew 17:22-23, Luke 9:43b-45, Matthew 17:24-27, Mark 9:33-37, Matthew 18:1-6, Luke 9:46-48, Mark 9:38-41, Luke 9:49-50, Mark 9:42-50, Matthew 18:7-35

Lord, Thank You for Permission to Ask Questions—Luke 7:20-23

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-17, Matthew 11:1-19, Luke 7:18-35, Matthew 11:20-30, Luke 7:36-50

Heavenly Father, thank You for putting this passage in Your Word.

John’s two disciples found Jesus and said to him, “John the Baptist sent us to ask, ‘Are you the Messiah we’ve been expecting, or should we keep looking for someone else?’”

At that very time, Jesus cured many people of their diseases, illnesses, and evil spirits, and he restored sight to many who were blind. Then he told John’s disciples, “Go back to John and tell him what you have seen and heard—the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. And tell him, ‘God blesses those who do not turn away because of me.’” —Luke 7:20-23

Jesus, John the Baptist had given his life to be Your messenger. Now he found himself in prison with a lot of time on his hands and the questions began to surface.

I think John knew his days on this earth were numbered. He had led a busy life without much time for reflection. Now he finds himself with nothing but time and begins to question his calling and wonder if it was worth it.

Lord, You understood his need for validation. You could have answered John’s questions with a simple “yes or no” but You wanted him to know the prophetic message he preached throughout his life was coming to pass.  I believe You were saying, “John look, at the fruit of your labor. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. John, I understand your questions. I understand your doubts but don’t lose faith now. God’s blessings await you.”

Jesus, I’ve served You all my life. Right now I sort of feel like John. I have questions. I have time on my hands to think, analyze and be tormented by my mistakes. I question my calling, my identity, and my effectiveness for Your Kingdom. Lord, today I choose to focus on You, the many miracles You done in my life and through my life. I choose to stand tall in my faith and look for Your blessings in this day.

Lord, thank You for permission to ask questions. Thank You for Your affirmation!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Luke 8:1-3, Mark 3:20-30, Matthew 12:22-45, Mark 3:31-35, Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 8:19-21, Mark 4:1-9, Matthew 13:1-9, Luke 8:4-8, Mark 4:10-20

Lord, “What if” is Not My Problem—Matthew 6:31-34

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-7:6, Luke 6:37-42, Matthew 7:7-20, Luke 6:43-45, Mathew 7:21-29, Luke 6:46-49

Heavenly Father, I’ve never really been a person who worries about things that might happen. “What we will eat, what we will drink or what we will wear” isn’t something I think that much about. I trust You to meet my needs but I have different kind of worry problem.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. —Matthew 6:31-34

Lord, my problem isn’t the “what-ifs.” My problem is reality.

My problem is the now, not the future.

It’s not imaginary, it’s real.

It’s happening as I write these words.

I’m living in a battleground. Casualties are everywhere. I’m too weak to fight. I know it’s a spiritual problem, I know spiritual warfare is the answer but worry and fear are my default positions. I want to be strong and courageous…but I’m not.

Lord, refresh me and replenish my energy to stand strong in this battle. Teach me how to find peace in the turbulent times. I release my worries to You. Jesus, fight for me.

Jesus, thank Your for standing with me.

For God has said,“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”—Hebrews 13:5

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-17, Matthew 11:1-19, Luke 7:18-35, Matthew 11:20-30, Luke 7:36-50

Lord, You Will Go to Great Lengths to Humble the Proud—Daniel 4:28-33

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 8:29-9:1a, Daniel 4:1-37, Ezekiel 40:1-37

Heavenly Father, the story of Nebuchadnezzar leaves me shaking my head. Did this really happen?

A mighty king goes from wealth, power, and pride in all “he” had built to a grass-eating, wild animal driven from human society. (Daniel 4)

Surely not.

But when I put this into a modern-day scenario, it’s something that happens all the time.

A wealthy, successful person who seems to have it all—intelligence, charisma, looks, and a beautiful family quickly builds a name for themselves and starts to believe “they” singlehandedly made it happen. As my mama says, “they get to big for their britches.” They take all the credit, want all the glory, and see themselves as unstoppable.

Until…

The stock market crashes, their business goes bankrupt, or their spouse gets fed up and leaves. They go from daily opportunities to zero opportunities. In desperation they turn to alcohol, sex, or drugs to num the pain and before You know it they’re living on the streets eating out of dumpsters–180 degrees from the person they were. It happened so fast they didn’t know what hit them.

Lord, You talk a lot about pride. You actually say you hate it.

There are six things the Lord hates—
no, seven things he detests:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord in a family. —Proverbs 6:16-19

Yes Lord, You hate pride but You don’t hate us. You love us and You see the potential that’s hidden below our prideful exterior. You will go to great lengths to humble us so we can we useful to Your Kingdom.

“When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.

“Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.” —Daniel 4:36-37

Lord, thank You for putting Nebuchadnezzar’s story in Your Word. It gives us hope—anyone can change, with Your help.

Redeem our lives in spite of our prideful hearts. Help me to identify prideful areas in my life. I would rather correct them with Your help than to be sent to the pasture to eat grass for pride removal.

Make me like You Jesus.

In Your Great Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 40:38-43:27

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