Archive - Finances RSS Feed

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

Unknown

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

Lord, Am I Keeping Myself From Prospering? —2 Chronicles 24:20

images-1

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 11:1-3, 2 Chronicles 22:10-12, 2 Kings 11:4-12, 2 Chronicles 23:1-11, 2 Kings 11:13-16, 2 Chronicles 23:12-15, 2 Kings 11:17-21, 2 Chronicles 23:16:21, 2 Kings 12:1-16, 2 Chronicles 24:1-22, 2 Kings 10:32-36

Heavenly Father, Your timing is perfect! If I had not attended last night’s LeadHer meeting and heard my friend Haylee Weedn give an amazing talk on the first step to financial freedom I may have skipped over this verse. Haylee said that first step is knowing YOUR purpose for my life and then Your purpose should determine how I spend my money.

 

Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, “This is what God says: Why do you disobey the Lord’s commands and keep yourselves from prospering? You have abandoned the Lord, and now he has abandoned you!” —2 Chronicles 24:20

After last night’s message this is what this verse says to me:

Dianne,

Why do you neglect our relationship?

Why do you stay so busy rushing around doing things that are meaningless?

I have a plan and purpose for your life and your day. Your money, time and talents are what funds My purpose for you. When you don’t communicate with Me, You don’t know how to best use your money, time, or talents so you are keeping yourself from prospering.

Lord, my desire is to have every area of my life, including my finances support Your plans. Speak Lord, I am listening.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-11, 2 Kings 12:17-21, 2 Chronicles 24:23-27, 2 Kings 13:14-25

Lord, Help Me to Know When to Quit–Proverbs 23:4-5


Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 22:17-24:34

Heavenly Father, Your Word tells me that Solomon was very wise and very rich. Most of the rich people I’ve observed in my life are always trying to get richer, yet Solomon gave us advice that seems to contradict that philosophy:

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit.
In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle.  —
Proverbs 23:4-5

Father, I’m sure many people are like me and thinking, “I will never be rich, so this is not my problem.”

But

Aren’t most of us just like rich people…always wanting just a little more than we have now?

Lord, I know I’m guilty of this.  “If I just have this, t-h-e-n I’ll be happy.”

Lord, help me to simplify my life.  Help me to simplify my needs.

Help me to know when enough is enough.  Lord, help me to know when to quit.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Song of Songs 1:1-8:14

Lord, Help Me to Share–1 Samuel 30:23

 Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-31; 1 Chronicles 12:20-22; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; 1 Chronicles 10:1-14; 1 Chronicles 9:40-44; 2 Samuel 4:4; 2 Samuel 1:1-27

Heavenly Father, selfishness is so prevalent in today’s world.  I must confess that some days I think the older I get the more selfish I become.  I certainly don’t want to be one of those grouchy old people who has to have everything “their way!”

Thank You Lord for the example of David.

Then David returned to the brook Besor and met up with the 200 men who had been left behind because they were too exhausted to go with him. They went out to meet David and his men, and David greeted them joyfully.  But some evil troublemakers among David’s men said, “They didn’t go with us, so they can’t have any of the plunder we recovered. Give them their wives and children, and tell them to be gone.”

But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us.  Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” From then on David made this a decree and regulation for Israel, and it is still followed today.  —1 Samuel 30:21-25

Lord, You have given me so much.  Help me to remember that EVERY good and perfect gift is from You (James 1:17).  Help me to “share and share alike” as David said.

Lord, help me to follow David’s example by asking You for guidance.  Holy Spirit, I know that if I bring my selfish tendencies to You, You will help me replace them with a heart like David’s.

Lord, use who I am and what I have to bless someone today.  I give myself to You!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 2:1-3:5; 1 Chronicles 3:1-4a; 2 Samuel 23:8-17; 1 Chronicles 11:10-19; 2 Samuel 23:18-39; 1 Chronicles 11:20-47

Lord, Show Me What Belongs to You–Leviticus 27:30-32


 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 27:1-34; Numbers 1:1-54

Heavenly Father, in Leviticus 27:30-32 you told the Israelites what belonged to You.

One tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy.  If you want to buy back the Lord’s tenth of the grain or fruit, you must pay its value, plus 20 percent.  Count off every tenth animal from your herds and flocks and set them apart for the Lord as holy.

Lord, in today’s world possessions and “stuff” can sometimes seem like the golden calves of the Israelites days.  We don’t “see” You in our daily lives so we begin to worship the tangible, material things.

Jesus, help me to realize everything we have belongs to You.  Help me to hold onto my possessions loosely.  Help me to ask You each day what I’m to give away and what I’m to keep.

Holy Spirit, anoint me with a spirit of generosity.  I want to be the hands of God.  Use me to bless someone today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 2:1-3:51

Lord, Help Me to Wait for Your Instructions–Numbers 9:8

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 8:1-9:14; Leviticus 1:1-3:17

Heavenly Father, Moses’ dependence on You is a great example for all Christ followers.

When some of the Israelites had been ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body they came to Moses asking, “Why should we be prevented from presenting the Lord’s offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?” (Numbers 9:4-7, my paraphrase)

Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the Lord.” Numbers 9:8

Lord, help us to…

  • Believe that You care about the details of our lives
  • Remember to STOP and ask for instructions
  • Wait for Your instructions
  • Remember that no answer means wait, not do whatever we think is right

Lord, we’re waiting on You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 4:1-6:30

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, it’s Tough to Make Bricks Without Straw–Exodus 6-9

 

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 4:18-7:13

Heavenly Father, I can so relate to the Israelites’ struggles in today’s reading:

Then Moses and Aaron returned to Egypt and called all the elders of Israel together. Aaron told them everything the Lord had told Moses, and Moses performed the miraculous signs as they watched. Then the people of Israel were convinced that the Lord had sent Moses and Aaron. When they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. —Exodus 4:29-31

That same day Pharaoh sent this order to the Egyptian slave drivers and the Israelite foremen:  “Do not supply any more straw for making bricks. Make the people get it themselves!  But still require them to make the same number of bricks as before. Don’t reduce the quota. They are lazy. That’s why they are crying out, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifices to our God.’  Load them down with more work. Make them sweat! That will teach them to listen to lies!” –Exodus 5:6-9

Lord, just like the Israelites…

Sometimes things get worse:

  • It’s tough to make bricks without straw
  • It’s tough to pay the bills without a job
  • It’s tough set a good example for your children when your weighted down by the baggage of your past
  • It’s tough to believe God when everything is falling apart
  • It’s tough to go on when you lose someone you love
  • It’s tough to reach out to the hurting world when you feel as if you’re barely hanging on yourself

Just like Moses…

We don’t understand:

  • Why have You brought this trouble on your own people?
  • Why did You send me?
  • Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people.  And You Lord, have done nothing! (Exodus 5:22-23)

Father, thanks to Your Word, we know that You did rescue the Israelites, You were working, and You were in complete control. Help us to have that same confidence and trust in You during our seasons of “making bricks without straw.”

Jesus, let our lives be a story of deliverance, just like the Israelites.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 7:14-9:35

God, Did You Send Me Here?–Genesis 45:5


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 42:1-45:15

But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives. —Genesis 45:5

Heavenly Father, surely You didn’t send me here?

This can’t be Your best for me.

My current situation just couldn’t be in Your plan for my life.

God, would you really allow this to happen to me?

Father, if we’re honest we all ask these questions from time to time. Jesus, use the story of Joseph to give us hope in our difficult places.  He went through thirteen years of being in a place he would have never chosen to be.  Lord, You orchestrated every detail of those thirteen years so that at the exact time and place You would use Joseph, one person, to save the whole Jewish race.  Help us to see this as more than a Bible story, help us to really believe that You did this for Joseph and You will rescue us as well.

Lord, there are folks reading this prayer who are fighting for their lives. I have friends and family who have children and grandchildren who are chronically ill; waiting for a miracle.  Everywhere we go, people are stressed and overwhelmed.  Some haven’t had a job in months. Many are wondering if You have forgotten them…wondering if You really love them.

Lord, let us grab on to Joseph’s story and realize that if You had a plan for Joseph’s pain, You have a plan for ours as well.  Help us to really believe that You see every tear and understand the depth of our pain.  Let us grasp the fact that You are all-powerful and are a miracle-working God.

Holy Spirit, send supernatural hope to everyone who reads this prayer.  Help them to be refreshed and renewed in their hard place. Fill them with belief and trust in You.

Jesus, squeeze every bit of good You can get out of our hard times. If we have to be in this place, use it for Your Glory, use it to cause others to know You more.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen an Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 45:16-47:27

What Did You Lose in 2013? –Revelation 18:19-20


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 15:1-18:24

What can come into our world and destroy life as we know it in a single moment?

  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Job loss
  • A house fire
  • Foreclosure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Stock Market crash

John prophesies in Revelation 18:19-20, about this type of loss.

And they will weep and throw dust on their heads to show their grief. And they will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for that great city! The shipowners became wealthy by transporting her great wealth on the seas.  In a single moment it is all gone.” Rejoice over her fate, O heaven and people of God and apostles and prophets! For at last God has judged her for your sakes.

Can loss be good?

Have you ever looked back on a time of loss and realized it was the best thing that ever happened to you?

I’m not necessarily saying it’s good to lose something, but the changes that happened in our lives because of loss can be good.

To me the death of a loved one, friend, or mentor is the worst kind of loss, yet even in the worst circumstances good can come from it.

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. —Isaiah 6:1

I’m sure Isaiah continued to grieve for King Uzziah, but because of his death, Isaiah saw God in a new and much bigger way.

As the year 2013 comes to a close, take a minute and count your losses but don’t forget to record the good that has come from each loss.  My prayer is that with each loss you’ve experienced you’ve been like Isaiah and seen God in a new and much bigger way!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 19:1-22:21

Page 1 of 612345»...Last »
%d bloggers like this:
google53dcbfa4313dec77.html