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Lord, I’m Trembling With Fear at the Thought of Failing to Experience Your Rest—Hebrews 4:1

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

Heavenly Father, has this verse ALWAYS been in the Bible?

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. —Hebrews 4:1

You’re probably laughing but I don’t ever remember reading this. Wow! Once again it goes to show that Your Word is living and applicable to every season of our lives. You have called me to a season of rest and suddenly this verse “appears.” You definitely have my attention.

Lord, the more I know about Your rest the more I long for it. Yes, I’m trembling in fear at the thought of missing it!

 

Holy Spirit, teach me how to enter Your rest.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28

Lord, I Believe It Will Be Just As You Said—Acts 27:23-26

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 24:1-26:32 

**This devotion is for December 5th’s scripture reading

Heavenly Father, forty-plus years of being a Christian has taught me many things but this truth is one that I’m continually learning through life’s challenges:

Believing in God and believing God are two different things.

 Paul believed in You AND He believed You would do what You said You would do.

For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’ So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said. But we will be shipwrecked on an island.” —Acts 27:23-26

Lord, You said it and that settles it…

But sometimes it doesn’t.

What I mean is, sometimes it doesn’t settle it for me. I allow fear, and doubt to cloud my thinking. Thoughts like “Lord, You meant that for Paul but You didn’t really mean it for me. You really aren’t going to come through and rescue me from my storm.”

Holy Spirit, coach me when I get in these places. I want a supernatural gift of faith to believe when I’m tempted to doubt.

Lord, it will be, just as You said…

I trust You. In Jesus Name. Amen an Amen

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 28:1-31, Ephesians 1:1-2:22

Lord, Don’t Let My Family Tree Be Deceived and Fooled—2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-3:18, Acts 18:4-23

Heavenly Father, it’s funny how our thoughts change as we enter different seasons of life. As I read these verses from the viewpoint of a mother and grandmother approaching sixty years of age, my thoughts turn to my future generations.

Don’t you remember that I told you about all this when I was with you? And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will kill him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by the splendor of his coming.

This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth. —2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

Lord, I don’t want my children, grandchildren and future generations being deceived and fooled into believing the lies of “the man of lawlessness.”

Heavenly Father, I declare in the Name of Your amazing Son, Jesus Christ that my family tree will be a mighty oak of righteousness, standing strong in the midst of the evil of this world. Each leaf of this tree will bring good news to the poor, comfort the brokenhearted, and proclaim that captives be released and prisoners be freed. Those who mourn in this world will stand under the branches of this strong tree and be blessed, comforted, protected and encouraged.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me,
for the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted
and to proclaim that captives will be released
and prisoners will be freed.
He has sent me to tell those who mourn
that the time of the Lord’s favor has come,
and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies.
To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins,
repairing cities destroyed long ago.
They will revive them,
though they have been deserted for many generations. —Isaiah 61:1-4

In the mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 18:24-19:20, 1 Corinthians 1:1-3:23

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, Rescue My Friends From Their Deepest Fear—Jeremiah 39:15-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 39:11-18, Jeremiah 40:1-6, 2 Kings 25:8-21, Jeremiah 52:12-27, 2 Chronicles 36:15-21, Lamentations 1:1-22

Heavenly Father, when I read this passage I immediately thought of  a special couple. The husband is battling stage four cancer and the wife is battling her greatest fears. They been together since they were teenagers and look forward to growing old together.

The Lord had given the following message to Jeremiah while he was still in prison:  “Say to Ebed-melech the Ethiopian, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: I will do to this city everything I have threatened. I will send disaster, not prosperity. You will see its destruction, but I will rescue you from those you fear so much. Because you trusted me, I will give you your life as a reward. I will rescue you and keep you safe. I, the Lord, have spoken!’” —Jeremiah 39:15-18

Just like Ebed-melech theEthiopian, who rescued Jeremiah from the cistern, they have served You well. They’ve served You as pastors and now during the midst of this two-year cancer battle they have opened their home to many missionary families. There home is like a bed and breakfast retreat for missionaries who are home on fur-low. When I visit them my desire to serve You through life’s tough times is strengthened. I always leave inspired and encouraged.

Jesus, rescue them from their fear and keep them safe. Give this mighty man of God his life as a reward.

There are many others who are suffering with fear of a shortened life because of illness. Lord, please add each of their names to this prayer.

Lord, hear my prayer,

In the mighty name of Jesus. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Lamentations 2:1-4:22

Lord, Do With Me As You Think Best—Jeremiah 26:12-15

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:1-4, 2 Kings 23:31-37, 2 Chronicles 36:5, Jeremiah 22:1-23, Jeremiah 26:1-24, 2 Kings 24:1-4, Jeremiah 25:1-14

Heavenly Father, the level of faith, trust, and confidence Jeremiah had in the message You gave him, the boldness he had to proclaim that message and the peace he had in the outcome is humbling to say the least.

Then Jeremiah spoke to the officials and the people in his own defense. “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this Temple and this city,” he said. “The Lord gave me every word that I have spoken. But if you stop your sinning and begin to obey the Lord your God, he will change his mind about this disaster that he has announced against you. As for me, I am in your hands—do with me as you think best. But if you kill me, rest assured that you will be killing an innocent man! The responsibility for such a deed will lie on you, on this city, and on every person living in it. For it is absolutely true that the Lord sent me to speak every word you have heard.” —Jeremiah 26:12-15

But there’s more to this biblical principle…

At this time Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim was also prophesying for the Lord. And he predicted the same terrible disaster against the city and nation as Jeremiah did. When King Jehoiakim and the army officers and officials heard what he was saying, the king sent someone to kill him. But Uriah heard about the plan and escaped in fear to Egypt. Then King Jehoiakim sent Elnathan son of Acbor to Egypt along with several other men to capture Uriah. They took him prisoner and brought him back to King Jehoiakim. The king then killed Uriah with a sword and had him buried in an unmarked grave. —Jeremiah 26:20-23

Lord, Jeremiah stood strong after he delivered the message You gave him. Uriah ran away in fear after he delivered Your message. Jeremiah lived, Uriah died.

Lord, fear is a destructive emotion. It paralyzes, it destroys, it steals Your best for us. It’s an epidemic in today’s world. I want the faith, trust, and confidence of Jeremiah to live each day of my life following Your leading. I want to walk through this life in peace.

Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the demon of fear as soon as it begins to creep into my mind. Teach me to fight fear through the power You have given me as Your child.

Lord, Jeremiah looked his possible assassins in the face and said “do with me as you think best.” I say, my Father, my creator, my Savior “do with me as YOU think best!”

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 25:15-38, Jeremiah 36:1-32, Jeremiah 45:1-46:28

Lord, I Can’t— Jeremiah 1:6-12

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 21:1-9, 2 Chronicles 33:1-9, 2 Kings 21:10-17, 2 Chronicles 33:10-19, 2 Kings 21:18, 2 Chronicles 33:20, 2 Kings 21:19-26, 2 Chronicles 33:21-25, 2 Kings 22:1-2, 2 Chronicles 34:1-7, Jeremiah 1:1-2:22

Heavenly Father, the words “I can’t” have crossed my lips or my mind many times. Just like Jeremiah I always have a reason.

  • I’m too busy
  • I’m too young
  • I’m too old
  • I’m too tired
  • I’m too stressed
  • I’m too sick
  • I’m too afraid

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,

“Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
 Today I appoint you to stand up
against nations and kingdoms.
Some you must uproot and tear down,
destroy and overthrow.
Others you must build up
and plant.”
Then the Lord said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?”

And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.”

And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching,and I will certainly carry out all my plans.” -Jeremiah 1:6-12

Lord, there are several lessons for me in this passage.

1. You hear all of my “I cant’s”

2. You don’t want me giving excuses (“Don’t say, ‘ I’m too young'”)

3. You have assignments for me (“You must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you”)

 

4. You don’t want me to fear what people say or think about me (“Don’t be afraid of people)

5. You will go with me and protect me ( “I will be with you and will protect you”)

6. You speak to me (If you spoke to Jeremiah You will speak to me, if I will listen)

7. You equip me to do what You call me to do (“I have put My words in your mouth)

8. You appoint me to carry out Your mission for my life (“Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms”)

9. You are watching me and will get Your plans accomplished in my life (“I am watching and will certainly carry out all my plans”)

Lord, bring these nine things to my remembrance when I want to say, “I can’t.”

Jesus, I CAN do all things because of the strength You give me. — Philippians 4:13

Lord, accomplish Your plans in my life.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 2:23-5:19

Lord, Why Do Good People Die Before Their Time? —Isaiah 57:1-2

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 52:13- 57:21

Heavenly Father, so much about this life doesn’t make sense. Evil, suffering, death—there is no formula to follow. The evil live long lives, the good die prematurely. Pain and suffering happen to those who try so hard to avoid it and people who live on the edge and flirt with death seem to flourish.

Lord, I’ve served You and read Your Word long enough to know that there is no “one answer” to life’s hard questions. You are God and only You know “why” things happen but this scripture gives me insight and comfort. It shows me Your heart. It lets me know You are looking out for Your children’s best interest.

Good people pass away;
the godly often die before their time.
But no one seems to care or wonder why.
No one seems to understand
that God is protecting them from the evil to come.
For those who follow godly paths
will rest in peace when they die. —Isaiah 57:1-2

I’ve had people I love die “before their time.” I still shake my head in disbelief knowing they’re gone from this world. “It doesn’t make sense,” or “God doesn’t make sense” is the thought that crosses our minds. The longer I live and the more evil I see, the more I start to understand that it’s not You who doesn’t make sense, it’s living in this world that doesn’t make sense.

Father, once again I’m reminded that I see life through a pin-hole and You see and know it all. It all comes down to trust. Do I trust You to do what’s best for me and the people I love?

Lord…

I don’t always trust You.

I want to trust You.

I need to trust You.

If I can’t trust You, who can I trust.

I’m trying to trust You.

I have moments of trusting You.

I’m learning to trust to more everyday!

Lord, help me to trust You when life doesn’t make sense.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:1-63:14

Lord, Smooth Out the Path Ahead of Me—Isaiah 26:7

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 24:1-27:13, Isaiah 29:1-24

Heavenly Father, as I look into the future there is so much that can be feared but as Your child I don’t have to be afraid.

But for those who are righteous,
the way is not steep and rough.
You are a God who does what is right,
and you smooth out the path ahead of them. —Isaiah 26:7

Lord, smooth out my path for today. Help me to stay right behind You.

I trust You!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:1-33:24

Lord, Help Me to Not Fear Bad News—Psalm 112:7

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 107, Psalms 111-114

Heavenly Father, there is so much bad news these days. I can’t remember when I’ve sat down and purposely turned on a news channel, read a newspaper, or visited a news site on the internet.

They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. —Psalm 112:7

Lord, if I’m completely honest, there’s been too much  bad news in my little corner of the world the last few years. It has been so bad that I cringe when the phone rings.

Frankly, I can’t deal with “the world’s” bad news because I’m too busy dealing with “my world.” As I look at these words in print, my first thought is, “sounds like a cunning plan of the enemy of my soul to stop God’s mission for my life.”

Lord, Psalm 112 is a description of who I want to be. Lord, help me to not fear bad news and trust confidently in You.

Praise the Lord!
How joyful are those who fear the Lord
and delight in obeying his commands.
Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.
They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

Lord, let this be so in my life.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 115-118

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