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Lord, Help Me to Know That You Are the Lord, MY God—1 Kings 20:13

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 20:23-22:9, 2 Chronicles 18:1-8

Heavenly Father, it is my desire to know, r-e-a-l-l-y know that You are the Lord of my life.

 Then a certain prophet came to see King Ahab of Israel and told him, “This is what the Lord says: Do you see all these enemy forces? Today I will hand them all over to you. Then you will know that I am the Lord.” —1 Kings 20:13

I know there is always a struggle  between MY desire to be Lord and my desire for You to by my Lord. Sometimes I struggle because Your way is the hard way and I want the easy way. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of  the battles of life.

But…

If there is no battle, there can be no victory. Lord, as I look back on my life I realize there are two, very different scenarios that have caused me to ‘know that You are the Lord MY God:”

1. During the heat of the battle when I was wallowing in the depths of despair and realized You were so close I could almost feel You touching me.

2. During times of victory. Lord, You and I have a history. Over and over I’ve faced impossible situations and You have fought for me. Many times the battles were within me but all the battles were overwhelming and stacked against me. Our history of fighting together and winning together makes my relationship with You stronger than any human relationship.

Lord, thank You for reminding me that the added benefit of  fighting through the battles of life is seeing You supernaturally fight for me, it’s knowing that You are My God. You’re not just Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s God. You’re not just Paul, Peter and John’s God. You’re not just the preacher’s God or my parent’s God.

You. Are. My. God.

Jesus, I Love You.

Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53, 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30

Lord, I Don’t Want to be Strong—2 Chronicles 12:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 13:1-14:24; 2 Chronicles 12:13-14; 2 Chronicles 11:18-23; 2 Chronicles 12:1-12; 1 Kings 14:25-28; 2 Chronicles 12:15-16; 1 Kings 14:29-15:5; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22; 1 Kings 15:6-8; 2 Chronicles 14:1-8; 1 Kings 15:9-15; 1 Kings 14:19-20; 1 Kings 15:25-34; 2 Chronicles 14:9-15:19

Heavenly Father, the last couple of years have been a time of struggle and weakness. Most people consider me to be a strong woman of faith. That has been my desire but this season has required a depth of trust that I do not have.  You’ve known that all along. You’ve told me many times, “Dianne, this trial is too big and You are too weak to handle it. You have to let it go and trust Me to handle it.”  I’ve considered this a dark time in my spiritual life, a time where I’ve failed You over and over. I keep waiting for “my” strength to kick in, like a double shot of espresso.

As I read these words I thought, “Lord, I don’t want to be established and strong if it causes me to abandon You.”

But when Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the Lord, and all Israel followed

him in this sin. —2 Chronicles 12:1

Rehoboam thought “he” established himself. He thought “he” was strong. He thought “he” made it happen.

In today’s Christian world, it seems negative and unspiritual to boast in our weaknesses. Many Christian leaders think we’re supposed to wait until the trial is over and then write a book about how You brought us through our difficult season but we’re not to talk about it when we’re in the midst of it—it shows a lack of faith, trust and a lack of leadership. Well Lord. I have a lack of faith, trust, and I’m not sure anyone should follow me.

Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. —2 Corinthians 12:9

Lord, I say with Paul, the only reason I’m in the vertical position is because of Your grace. I am weak. Show Your power in my life.

Lord, I know that my faith, trust, and strength are developed in the trials of life. When I come to the end of this season I pray that I don’t abandon You. Let me use the lessons learned during this difficult season to cause others to know You more.

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, Who Am I? –2 Chronicles 2:5-6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:16-28; 1 Kings 5:1-18; 2 Chronicles 2:1-18; 1 Kings 6:1-13; 2 Chronicles 3:1-14; 1 Kings 6:14-38

Heavenly Father, Solomon was wise enough to know just how inadequate he was as a temple builder for the God of the universe.

“This must be a magnificent Temple because our God is greater than all other gods. But who can really build him a worthy home? Not even the highest heavens can contain him! So who am I to consider building a Temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices to him?”  —2 Chronicles 2:5-6

Lord, the message for me in this passage is that yes, Solomon knew he was inadequate, but he also knew You had appointed him to do it.

He did it anyway!

I know I’m inadequate to preach and teach Your Word, but I believe You’ve appointed me.  Lord, I can do all things through You (Philippians 4:13).

Lord, I pray for my friends today who feel inadequate in the things You’ve called them to do.  Help them (and me) to know that You qualify the called, not call the qualified.

Use us for Your Glory.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 7:1-51; 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22

Lord, My Load is Too Heavy—Psalms 145:14

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 144-145, 88-89

Heavenly Father, I’ve spent the last 30 minutes desperately trying to find another scripture for today’s prayer. I kept hearing this voice in my head saying, “your last few prayers have been sad, you need to lighten it up.” What’s really going on is I’m afraid my last few prayers are revealing more about me than I want to share. I am bent very low beneath the loads of my life and I don’t want anyone to know.

Lord, but Your Spirit rose up in and said, “Dianne, yes you’re  low. Yes, you’re tired and weary. Yes, you feel like you have no faith but You know how to fight the enemy of Your soul. My daughter, you’ve been here before. You know to do. Take the fiery darts of the enemy (Ephesians 6:6) and throw them back at him. Take the very thing he’s using to cause you to want to hide and face this pain in secret and bring it into the light. Dianne, will you allow Me to use your pain to help others? Will you be transparent and real?

Lord, I don’t feel strong enough. I’m really too consumed with my pain to care about anyone else, but I trust You.

The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. —Psalms 145:14

Yes, Lord I will tell the world that I’m bent low. I’m tired. I’m angry, I’m sad and I feel You are far from me. But Jesus I will also tell the world that I know You will rescue me! I know You understand and have not forsaken me. Holy Spirit, how would I make it without Your Word? It’s like medicine to my soul.

Thank you for loving me when I’m completely unlovable.

I trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 50, 73-74

Lord, I Look to You for Protection—Psalm 18:30

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 22:1-51, Psalm 18

Heavenly Father, You amaze me! You are so faithful. Each day I open Your Word, wondering if and hoping that You will show me a truth, something I can share with my fellow travelers. Each day You come through. Today this verse stood out like a neon sign. It wasn’t the whole verse, it was just one phrase.

 

God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. —Psalm 18:30

Lord, this is an amazing promise. You will be a shield, You will protect ALL (Everyone) who look to You for protection. Lord, when I look to this world for protection instead of You, does it tie Your hands? Does it limit Your ability shield me from the trouble in this world? This is one of those instances where it’s seems as if it’s a conditional promise–You have a part and I have a part. With each passing day in this world we live I am feeling less and less protected but Lord You’re right there saying “Dianne, look to Me for protection.”

Jesus, I saw this in action this week. I was taking a walk one morning. I went out of my subdivision and got on the main road. It has a walking/bike path. I’ve walked this road for years and have always felt safe. I reached my halfway point so I turned around and headed home. I was in a section that didn’t have any houses, just woods, Suddenly, I saw this white, work van stop on the opposite side of the road from me about 50 feet ahead.

Immediately, I felt fear rise up. I did all the things I should do to be on the safe side—pulled out my phone, plugged in 911 and had it ready to hit the send button, and got the information off the truck and then I began to pray. I asked You for protection.

Father, what happened next was amazing! I began praying out loud. My prayers became more powerful. I felt a wave of confidence come over me. I KNEW You were going to protect me. As I walked I got more and more demonstrative with my prayer: Hands raise, fingers pointing at that van and saying Jesus, Jesus, and getting louder and louder. I felt so covered in Your protection that I literally believed if this man came toward me he would fall under the power of the presence of God. Did I look weird? Probably. I did care? Nope.

Lord, only You know that man’s intention but after I passed by his van he started the ignition and turned around and went in the opposite direction. You taught me such a powerful lesson:

If I look to You for my protection You will be my shield

Thank You Lord for making Your Word come alive in my life. Thank You for boldness to believe You mean what You say!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 24:1-9, 1 Chronicles 21:1-6, 2 Samuel 24:10-17, 1 Chronicles 21:7-17, 2 Samuel 24:18-25, 1 Chronicles 21:18-22:19

Lord, If You Are With Us, Why Has This Happened? Judges 6:13


Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 3:31-6:40

Today’s prayer was written three years ago. I still pray this prayer for these special friends and anyone dealing with “why God?”

Heavenly Father, I’m so glad Gideon asked You this question.  It tells me it’s okay for me to ask You “why?”

Lord, my heart is breaking for my friends. They lost their child in a tragic accident.  I’m asking this question on their behalf today, “Lord, if You are with us why did this happened?”

“Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.”  —Judges 6:13

Lord, You didn’t answer Gideon’s question and I don’t believe the answer to my “whys” will come while on this earth, but You did answer him:

Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!  —Judges 6:14

The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.  —Judges 6:16

Lord, we don’t know what this day holds, but we can take comfort in these three things:

  1. We have strength that we may not know we have
  2. God knows the situation He is allowing us to walk through; He knows we can get through it
  3. He will be with us

 

Father, help my friends to make it through the day!  Show us how to love and comfort them during these dark hours.  We are so grateful to know that You are welcoming this sweet young man into Your presence.  Jesus, thank You for eternal life.

We trust You.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Judges 7:1-9:21

Lord, I Believe All of Your Promises Will Be Fulfilled–Joshua 21:45

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 19:49-21:45; 1 Chronicles 6:54-81

Heavenly Father, I am so encouraged by Your Word.  I am amazed by You, overwhelmed by Your love for me and excited about my future in Your Kingdom!

Lord, Your Word tells me that You never play favorites.

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. —Acts 10:34

The promises You made in the Bible are for me!  When my life on this earth is over I will be able to say with the children of Israel:

Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given

to the [family of Israel] <——

was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.  –Joshua 21:45

Jesus, thank You for Your Word!  Thank You for Your promises!

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 22:1-24:33


Lord, I’m Feeling Defeated—Joshua 17:16-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 15:20-17:18

Heavenly Father, some days we just feel defeated. Some days the world seems too hard, the opposition seems too strong:

The descendants of Joseph responded, “It’s true that the hill country is not large enough for us. But all the Canaanites in the lowlands have iron chariots, both those in Beth-shan and its surrounding settlements and those in the valley of Jezreel. They are too strong for us.”

Then Joshua said to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph, “Since you are so large and strong, you will be given more than one portion. The forests of the hill country will be yours as well. Clear as much of the land as you wish, and take possession of its farthest corners. And you will drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.” Joshua 17:16-18

Holy Spirit, remind us today that You are never defeated, life is never to hard for You, and You are stronger than all our opposition. Help us to look at life’s challenges and think, “That’s nothing for my God!”

Lord, we trust You!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 18:1-19:48

Lord, I Want a Different Attitude–Joshua 14:12


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 12:7-15:19

 

Heavenly Father, I want a “different attitude.”

But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land. –Numbers 14:24

Lord, I want to “wholeheartedly” follow You.

So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.’ –Joshua 14:9

Lord, I want to be able to confidently say, “Lord, I did what You asked of me, please bring the things You promised to fulfillment.

So when Caleb said, So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. —Joshua 14:12

Lord, this is just one more reason we need to read Your Word–it’s full of Your promises; promises for all of Your children.  If we don’t know what You’ve promised, how will we know to claim them.

Father, today I’m believing You to bring a promise to fulfillment that You put in my heart many years ago.  Lord, give me my mountain!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Joshua 15:20-17:18

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


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