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What Are You Focusing On?–Acts 20:21


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 20:13-21:36

“He’s sort of cocky.”

Do you know someone who fits that description?

What if I told you that person could change the world for Christ?

The Apostle Paul sounds a little cocky, a little self-absorbed at times in his letters to the Corinthians.

Why did the Holy Spirit want us to see that side of Paul?

After all, if it’s in the Bible, there’s a lesson to be learned.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from the Apostle Paul:

  • God can use us in spite of and because of our personality
  • God can used us in spite of and because of our past
  • We have a choice, just like Paul, we can focus on our mistakes or we can focus on the job God has for us to do

Paul focused on one thing:

I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord –Jesus. Acts 20:21

Does the enemy of your soul ever say to you, “You aren’t worthy to be used because of your past?”  Maybe he says you’re not worthy because of your present.

Paul dealt with those thoughts as well; he considered himself the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).  I’m sure the fact that he actively persecuted the early church and watched as Stephen was stoned to death, because of his faith in Christ, crossed his mind when he penned those words.

But…

He stayed focused on the message he was called to give and God used him to turn the world upside down for Jesus Christ.

There are things about my personality that I wish were different, there are mistakes I’ve made that I’m not proud of, but God has a job for me to do while on this earth; He has a message for me to bring.

The question is…

Will I focus on the message or myself?

What about you; what’s your life’s focus?

What’s your message for the world?

Heavenly Father, fill me so full of Your Spirit.  I want to be able to focus on Your plans, not my weaknesses.  I want Your thoughts.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 21:37-23:35

2 Life-Changing Words—Luke 23:39-43

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 15:21-24, Matthew 27:32-34, Luke 23:26-31, John 19:17, Mark 15:25-32, Matthew 27:35-44, Luke 23:32-43, John 19:18-27, Mark 15:33-41, Matthew 27:45-56, Luke 23:44-49, John 19:28-37

I’ve read, heard, and seen the story of the crucifixion many, many times throughout my life.  It really came alive for me during the years that I worked on the Passion Play project at our church.

Today I saw something new…

Jesus was crucified between two criminals.

Was it a coincidence?

Did it just happen to be their day to die?

I don’t think so.  As I read the account of the crucifixion in all four gospels it seems that every detail was either fulfillment of prophesy or final life lessons from Jesus; He was still teaching, loving, and forgiving as he died for the sins of the world.

These two criminals represent every person who has or will ever meet Jesus.

God used these two criminals to simplify the plan of salvation:

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”

But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die?  We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.”  Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”  –Luke 23:39-43

Both criminals met Jesus

Both heard the message

And then came the fork in the road…

Decision Time—

One criminal immediately rejected the Messiah, his only hope and died in his sinful state.

The other criminal immediately acknowledged

  • his sinfulness
  • that he deserved to die
  • that Jesus did not deserve to die
  • that Jesus was God
  • that Jesus was his only hope

And then he asked Jesus to remember him when (not if) he came into His Kingdom.  Today that second criminal is in heaven with Jesus.

The plan of salvation acted out…

  • Meet Jesus
  • Accept Him
  • Reject Him

Remember me—2 words

That’s all it took.  The gospel of Jesus Christ is a simple message; let’s not complicate it.  But let’s also not minimize it; yes, it’s a simple plan, but it was bought with a difficult prize—the suffering and death of the Son of God.  If you haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, do it today.  It will be the best decision you ever made.

Heavenly Father, thank You for the simple plan You design for my redemption. Jesus, thank You for dying for my sins.  Lord, I pray that those who haven’t accepted You as their savior will do so today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 15:42-47, Matthew 27:57-61, Luke 23:50-56, John 19:38-42, Matthew 27:62-66, Mark 16:1-8, Matthew 28:1-7, Luke 24:1-12, Mark 16:9-11,  John 20:1-18, Matthew 28:8-15

Can God Use Me Even Though I’ve Denied Him?–Luke 22:54-60

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

I’m a Christ follower.

I’m a Christian.

I believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word.

I believed Jesus died on the cross for my sins.

It’s pretty easy for me to type these words and announce to the unknown blogosphere that I’m a Christian.  But what about the days when I’m in a situation where my faith could cost me

  • My reputation
  • My status
  • A promotion
  • A new job opportunity
  • My selfish desires

What happens on those days?

 

Too many times I’ve chosen the world and the opinion of others and denied Jesus, just like Peter.

So they arrested him (Jesus) and led him to the high priest’s home. And Peter followed at a distance.  The guards lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter joined them there.   A servant girl noticed him in the firelight and began staring at him. Finally she said, “This man was one of Jesus’ followers!”

But Peter denied it. “Woman,” he said, “I don’t even know him!”

After a while someone else looked at him and said, “You must be one of them!”

“No, man, I’m not!” Peter retorted.

About an hour later someone else insisted, “This must be one of them, because he is a Galilean, too.”

But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.  –Luke 22:54-60 NLT (Explanation mine)

Have you ever thought, “How could Peter do that?”

But when we really think about it, most of us have denied Jesus many more times than Peter.

There’s a significant message in Peter’s denial.  So significant that it is recorded in all four of the gospels.

This account tells me…

  • ANYONE can deny Jesus  (Matthew 16:13-18)
  • The first step to denying Christ is following Him at a distance (Matthew 26:58)
  • Jesus knows that we’re going to deny Him but he still chooses to use us
  • Those God chooses to use mightily will be tested
  • We deny Jesus in different ways; sometimes with our words and sometimes with our actions

I remember a time years ago when my words and my actions were saying two different things.  My words were proclaiming Christ as Lord of my life but my actions were denying Him.  When I came to my senses I repented and God forgave me. But occasionally the enemy of my soul reminds me of that time and tries to convince me that God cannot use me because of my denial.

Because of Peter’s story, I know that’s a lie.

Jesus told Peter He was going to be the rock (foundation) of the church (Matthew 16:13-18) BEFORE Peter denied Him.  And that’s exactly what happened!

Do you feel you cannot be used of God because of your times of denying Christ?

If you’ve denied Christ repent, move close to Him and be about your calling!

Heavenly Father, we’re so thankful you understand our humanness.  Forgive us for denying You in our words and our actions.  Help us to overcome the enemy’s attempts to keep us from being all that You called us to be.  Use us for Your Kingdom and Your Glory.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Mark 15:2-5, Matthew 27:11-14, Luke 23:1-12, 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

2 Things to Do When You’re Exhausted from Grief–Luke 22:45-46

Today’s Scripture Reading: John 18:1-2, Mark 14:32-42, Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46, Mark 14:43-52, Matthew 26:47-56, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:3-24

When we hear the word grief the first thing that usually comes to mind is death, but over the years I have found grief is present when people, relationships, hopes, or dreams are lost.

Grief is sorrow over loss

What are some things you are grieving over today?

In Luke 22, Jesus and the disciples left the upstairs room and went to the Mount of Olives.  He has just told the disciples about the sorrow that was coming, as they arrived at the olive grove Jesus told them to “Pray that you will not give in to temptation” (22:40).  Then He walked a short distance from them to be alone to pray.  When he returned he found them sleeping:

At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief.  “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.” –Luke 22:45-46

The disciples were definitely experiencing loss.  Things certainly weren’t working out the way they had planned.  Their rabbi, teacher, and lord had just told them He was going away.  They didn’t understand it all, but they knew things weren’t ever going to be the same…they were exhausted from grief. There have been many times when I have been exhausted from grief:

  • As a teenager I wanted my family to be free from conflict
  • As a young wife I wanted my husband to understand me
  • As an expectant Mom I wanted my first child to live
  • As a Mom of teenagers I wanted them to serve God and not rebel
  • As a wife of a 20+ year marriage I didn’t want a divorce
  • As a daughter I didn’t want my Dad to die prematurely
  • As a woman I didn’t want my friend to die of A.I.D.S
  • As a Mom I didn’t want my children to experience divorce
  • As a Mom I never wanted my children to experience the pain I’ve experienced

In EVERY ONE of these situations I experienced the exhaustion of grief.

So what do we do?

Just lie down and give up… No way!  We do what Jesus told the disciples to do…

  1. Get up
  2. Pray, so that you will not give in to temptation

So instead of giving up we must get up!

Jesus knows that the times we are most vulnerable to the enemy’s temptation is when we’re exhausted from grief.

In our humanness we want to do the opposite.  We want to stay down, pull away from the Lord, and turn to the world for comfort…don’t do it!

Run into the arms of your Heavenly Father!

During my times of grieving I would imagine my Heavenly Father sitting in a very, very big rocking chair on a very large front porch.  In my imagination I would use my last bit of strength to crawl to His feet.  He would reach down, sit me on His lap and rock me and stroke my hair.  I found comfort and rest in His arms. If you are exhausted from grieving today, go to the God who made you.  Rest in Him today.

Heavenly Father, I pray for those who are exhausted from grieving today.  Comfort them.  Give them the strength to get up from their despair and pray so they will not give in to temptation. Reassure them of Your love.  Restore their hope.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’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

Famous Last Words: “I’ll Never Do That!” –Matthew 26:31-35

Today’s Scripture Reading: John 13:31-38; Mark 14:27-31; Matthew 26:31-35; Luke 22:31-38; John 14:1-15:17

Between my personality and my upbringing I grew up to be a very judgmental young woman.

Not only did I look upon others with judgment, but I went to the next step and said,

“I’ll never do that, or my kids will never act like that, or no one will ever treat me that way.”

No Way!

Not Me!

Needless to say, I’ve had to eat a lot of those cocky words.

Peter knows just how I feel…

On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,

God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’

But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”

Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

“No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.  –Matthew 26:31-35

Yep, me and my good friend Peter have a lot in common.

We both

  • Love the Lord
  • Have great zeal to serve Him with our whole heart
  • Think we’re stronger than we really are
  • Have to learn everything the hard way–through our mistakes

But

There was good news for Peter

and

There’s good news for me

and

you too, if you are in our club.

Jesus is praying for us!

“Simon (Peter), Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”  –Luke 22:31-32

Not only is Jesus praying for us;

He already has a plan to use our mistake(s) to strengthen others, once we repent.

This really gives me hope, because Satan has told me that God really can’t use me as He originally planned because of sinful mistakes I’ve made since God called me to be His disciple.

Friends, just as in Peter’s case God knew about our sinful mistakes before we made them.

Yes, Peter denied Jesus

But…

He also repented

and

God used him to turn the world upside down for the cause of Christ.

And…

God will do the same with You and me, if we repent and use our mistakes for God’s Glory!

Heavenly Father, thank You for not giving up on me.  Thank You for wanting to use me in spite of my sins. Thank You for forgiving me. Help me to strengthen my brothers and sisters in Christ.  Use me for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 15:18-17:26

How a Building Caused Me to Feel Shame–Ezekiel 43:10-11

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

Some of my earliest memories are in church. In those early years my mom took us to church a couple of times a week. Somewhere around the age of 9 I began to understand the gospel. At this young age I started to grasp the magnitude of my sin.

 

I know, 9 year olds don’t have a lot of sin, right?

 

What I mean is, I began to understand I had inherited a sinful nature from my ancestor Adam.

 

A battle began in my young heart.

 

A battle for my soul.

 

Every Sunday, as our pastor  preached I would feel the need to walk down the aisle and make a public confession of faith in Jesus Christ, but something held me back.

 

I would think things like…

 

“I’m too young. “

 

“This is what the adults do.”

 

“I’m not a bad kid.”

 

So each week I would put it off.

 

The weeks turned into months, the conviction was so strong that the moment we drove into the  parking lot and I saw the church that feeling would come over me…

 

Lord, I’m ashamed of my sin!

 

Those childhood memories came rushing back when I reach these verses in today’s reading…

 

 “Son of man, describe to the people of Israel the Temple I have shown you, so they will be ashamed of all their sins. Let them study its plan, and they will be ashamed of what they have done.  –Ezekiel 43:10-11

 

The people of Israel had abandoned their God, their laws, and traditions. Their Temple had been destroyed and they were in Babylonian exile. God knew that when they saw the plans for the new Temple that He personally designed, the magnitude of their sins would flash before them…and they would feel shame.

 

In today’s culture the thought of God wanting us to be ashamed and feel shame doesn’t fit with our “I’m okay and your okay” way of thinking.

 

But

 

The only way we can come to Christ is through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes we need to be ashamed and experience the feeling of shame to be able to break free of our sins.

 

Thankfully, during my 10th year of life, I walked that aisle, confessed my sins, accepted Jesus as my Savior, and began to live my life for him.

 

What about the feelings of shame?

 

The minute I walked down the aisle they were gone!

 

Has it ever returned?

 

Yes, when I’ve gone against God’s Word but God’s forgiveness is only a prayer away!

 

Here’s the good news.

 

God does not want Christians to live a life of shame. Whether you accept Him as your Savior when you’re 10 or 100, whether your sins are as innocent as a 10-year-old or as depraved as the worst sinner; HE WILL TAKE AWAY THE SHAME!

 

But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.  –1 John 1:9

 

If we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us

 

AND

 

Cleanse us from all our wickedness!

 

Our job is to accept that forgiveness and be free.

 

If you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior and asked for His forgiveness and you’re still feeling shame and condemnation, that is not the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

 

Recognize where that shame is coming from, assign it to the proper owner (the enemy of your soul)…

 

AND…

 

Be free my friend!

 

In Jesus’ Name be free!

 

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 44:1-46:24 

Are You Gloating? Stop it! –Obadiah 1:13

Today’s Scripture Reading: Lamentations 5:1-22; Obadiah 1:1-21; 2 Kings 25:22-26; Jeremiah 40:7-41:18

Gloating defined: To feel or express great, often malicious, pleasure or self-satisfaction:

When was the last time you had great pleasure and self-satisfaction over someone else’s pain?

I wish I could say that since I became a Christian (in the 5th grade) I’ve never gloated, but of course, that would be a lie.  Today’s reading made it very clear to me just how much the Lord hates gloating!

“Because of the violence you did to your close relatives in Israel, you will be filled with shame and destroyed forever. When they were invaded, you stood aloof, refusing to help them.

Foreign invaders carried off their wealth and cast lots to divide up Jerusalem, but you acted like one of Israel’s enemies.

  • You should not have gloated when they exiled your relatives to distant lands.
  • You should not have rejoiced when the people of Judah suffered such misfortune.
  • You should not have spoken arrogantly in that terrible time of trouble.
  • You should not have plundered the land of Israel when they were suffering such calamity.
  • You should not have gloated over their destruction when they were suffering such calamity.
  • You should not have seized their wealth when they were suffering such calamity.
  • You should not have stood at the crossroads, killing those who tried to escape.
  • You should not have captured the survivors and handed them over in their terrible time of trouble.  —Obadiah 1:10-14

In these verses the prophet Obadiah was talking to the Edomites.  Remember the story of Jacob and Esau?  The Edomites were the descendants of Esau and they were really mad about the whole birthright thing (Genesis 25:19-34).  Because of this the Edomites hated the Jews (Jacobs descendants) and did their best to cause them pain and suffering whenever possible.

The more I think about this, unforgiveness is most likely at the root of our gloating.  I know that most of the “gloating” I’ve done has been wrapped up in anger, hurt and unforgiveness.  It was true of the Edomites as well, they never really forgave Jacob for stealing their birthright and blessing.  No matter how unfair it is, we have to forgive.  Forgiveness is a process and the way you know you’ve truly forgiven is when you have the opportunity to gloat and you don’t!

(For more help with unforgiveness read The Phases of Forgiveness)

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I’ve enjoyed the pain of others.  Shine a light on my heart and make me clean.  Lord, help me to forgive quickly and totally.  Help me to give grace to others as You have given it to me.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 42:1-44:30; Ezekiel 33:21-33

It’s My Parent’s Fault. Right? Jeremiah 31:30

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 31:15-40; Jeremiah 49:34 through Jeremiah 51:14

How many times a day do we hear people blaming their dysfunctions on their parents?

It seems that this is nothing new; the Jews in Jeremiah’s day did this so much they turned it into a proverb:

The parents have eaten sour grapes, but their children’s mouths pucker at the taste. —Jeremiah 31:29

This proverb was actually true in those days; they were living under the curse of Exodus 34:7

I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.”

But in today’s reading Jeremiah speaks of a day when the people will no longer quote that proverb.

The Day is coming when…

All people will die for their own sins—those who eat the sour grapes will be the ones whose mouths will pucker. –Jeremiah 31:30

Ever since Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent, (Gen.3:11-13) human beings have shifted the blame for our sins, faults and shortcomings to anyone and anything we could find to remove the guilt for our own shoulders.  In the last century psychologists have sought to trace the main source of adult’s problems back to their childhood.  While we know our parent’s genetic disposition and the environment they created for us played a role in

  • Our physical features
  • Our personalities
  • Our self-esteem
  • Our values

Jeremiah 31:27-34 assures us,

–WE are not punished for our parents sins!

–WE are accountable for our sins!

Friends, if you mark in your Bible make sure you highlight, underline and star* Jeremiah 31:31-34.  This Old Testament passage is the bridge to the New Covenant .

“But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day,” says the Lord. “I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.And they will not need to teach their neighbors, nor will they need to teach their relatives, saying, ‘You should know the Lord.’ For everyone, from the least to the greatest, will know me already,” says the Lord. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”

This covenant was inaugurated on Christ’s death and will be ultimately fulfilled during the millennial reign of Christ when Israel acknowledges their sin and turns to the Messiah for forgiveness (The Bible Knowledge Commentary).  When Jesus died on the cross, all the accountability for our sins was placed on Him, not our parents.  Our sinful nature came from our original parents, Adam and Eve and Jesus’ death on the cross broke that curse.  All we have to do to be free from our original parent’s sins is

  • Admit we have a sinful nature (Romans 3:23)
  • Recognize we need a savior (Romans 6:23)
  • Believe that Jesus Christ, the son of God died on the cross at Calvary to rescue us for our sinful ancestry (Romans 5:8)
  • Receive God’s gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • Confess to others that Jesus is our savior (Romans 10:9-10)
  • Enjoy the promise of eternal life in Christ (John 3:16)

All parents do things right and do things wrong.  Let’s be thankful for the good things and nail the bad things to the cross of Christ, and leave it there!  Blaming our sins on our parents won’t save us, but accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior will provide true freedom from our past.

Dear friend, if you are reading this and you’ve never accepted Jesus Christ as your savior, I pray that today is your day for salvation!

 

Be free in Jesus’ Name!  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 51:15-58; 2 Kings 24:10-17; 2 Chronicles 36:10; 1 Chronicles 3:10-16; 2 Chronicles 36:11-14; Jeremiah 52:1-3a; 2 Kings 24:18-20a; Jeremiah 37:1-10

One Thing That May Be Stealing Your Peace–Isaiah 26:3

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

 

Toxic as ANYTHING containing poisonous material capable of causing sickness or death.

In the last few months I’ve read several books and attended a couple of seminars on our bodies’ detoxification process and how important detoxing is in today’s toxic world.  I have changed several things in my life to improve my body’s ability to get rid of the toxicities in my life.

I realized I need to do this in my spiritual life as well.  My pastor did a series on this topic and asked us this question:

Could it be that our spiritual enemy is grooming us to receive the poison that will eventually be the death of us spiritually?

I say yes, I believe Satan, the enemy of our soul is doing everything he can to…

    • Send us to an early grave
    • Cause us to live a life full of depression, anxiety, and spiritual emptiness
    • Keep us from being the witness God’s called us to be
    • Cause us to turn completely away from the salvation Jesus provided for us

Our food has changed in the last 50 years, so has our culture.  If we’re not careful we can unknowingly allow harmful, even poisonous things in our lives through our daily choices, whether it’s what we eat, drink, read, watch or listen to; we must be responsible.

How do we detox our spiritual lives in a way that keeps us move toward God and away from the toxic influences of this world?  Pastor Phil suggested we ask ourselves these three questions:

  1. Am I being entertained by sin?
  2. Is it pleasing to God?
  3. Does this lure me away from Christ?

I’ve always been pretty guarded when it comes to protecting myself from the toxicity of the world, but as I listened to my pastor’s message  I realized there were a couple of areas in which I have become desensitized.  Thanks be to the conviction of the Holy Spirit I am now aware and will make the changes necessary to move closer to God and farther and farther from the influence of the enemy.

I came home from church and began to read today’s scriptures and this verse jumped off the page at me:

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you all whose thoughts are fixed on you!  –Isaiah 26:3

No wonder the enemy is working so hard to corrupt our minds–he wants to steal our peace! No wonder he is using anything he can to desensitize us to the evil in this world–if our thoughts aren’t fixed on You Lord, we are easy pickings for the enemy.

Heavenly Father, show me the things in my life that are toxic to my spiritual health.  Create in me a clean heart (Psalm 51:10). Keep me in perfect peace as I learn to fix my thoughts on You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:1-33:24

 

**I’m reading a book called Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel that is helping me to evaluate my spiritual health. It’s an easy read but very thought-provoking.

 

 

Who or What are you Counting on?—Psalm 130:5

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 128-130, 132; Psalms 134-135

I am counting on the Lord;

yes, I am counting on him.

I have put my hope in his word.

–Psalm 130:5

Who or what are you counting on today?

How many people do you know have counted on a job, a retirement account, a parent or spouse, or a host of other things to make them feel secure and happy?

How many lost that dream of security and happiness, because what or who they counted on failed them?

What was the psalmist counting on the Lord to do? (Psalm 130)

  • To hear his cry
  • To pay attention to his prayer
  • To keep His word and not keep a record of their sins
  • To forgive them
  • To bring His Word to pass

Yes, Lord.  Count me in with the psalmist!  I’m counting on You for each of these things too!

Doesn’t it feel like we keep getting the same message each day with just a slight change in wording?

It seems that many of the psalms are saying the same thing.  In the Hebrew language repetition is their way to underline and highlight, in other words—it’s really important!

So whether we need protection, a safe placea God who’s mightier than the seas…OR a God we can count on; the Bible tells us our God is “all that” and so much more!

 

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The Holy Spirit wants someone  to know “It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been able to count on anyone in your life, you can count on God!”

Father, I pray for my friends today.  Help each of us to know more each day–we can count on You and Your Word. Thank you for this journey, Father.  We put our hope in Your Word Lord.  We are counting on You!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 136; Psalm 146-150

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