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Lord, There’s a Fight Going on Inside Me—Galatians 5:16-17

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18, Acts 15:1-21

Holy Spirit, I want You to guide my life.

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. —Galatians 5:16-17

Lord, I’ve known You since I was a little girl but sometimes I wonder, “Am I ever going to destroy my sinful nature?”

From everything Your Word tells me, the answer is no. As long as I’m on this earth the fight will continue. But that sinful, evil nature will become smaller and smaller as I submit my human nature to You.

This story is the perfect visual…

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Holy Spirit, You represent everything good about me. My evil nature doesn’t have a chance against You. I already know how the story ends—YOU WIN!

Holy Spirit, today I choose to feed the God woman in me. I choose to rely on Your guidance, listen to Your voice and make a conscious effort to silence the voices of my sinful nature.

Looking to You for guidance today.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 15:22-Acts 17:15

Lord, Do We Still Have to Obey the Old Testament Laws? —Galatians 3:19

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 14:21-28, Galatians 1:1-3-23 

Heavenly Father, I love Your Old Testament! The stories of the patriarchs and prophets build my faith. But it can be challenging to understand how the law of the Old Testament and the free gift of salvation Jesus died to give us fit together into today’s world.

Why, then, was the law given? It was given alongside the promise to show people their sins. But the law was designed to last only until the coming of the child who was promised. God gave his law through angels to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people. —Galatians 3:19

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Is there a conflict, then, between God’s law and God’s promises? Absolutely not! If the law could give us new life, we could be made right with God by obeying it. But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ. —Galatians 3:21-22

Lord, the Bible I’m using has some commentary on this question—do we still have to obey the Old Testament Laws?

When Paul says that non-Jews are no longer bound by these laws, he’s not saying that the Old Testament Laws are of no value to us today. One way to think about the Old Testament laws is to think about three categories:

Ceremonial law-Related to Israel’s worship. While we are no longer bound by ceremonial laws, the principles behind them—to worship and love a holy God—still apply.

Civil law-Dictated Israel’s daily living. Because modern society and culture are so radically different, some of these guidelines cannot be followed specifically. But the principles behind the commands should guide our conduct.

Moral law-A direct command of God—for example the Ten Commandments. It required strict obedience. It reveals the nature and will of God, and it still applies to us today. We are to obey this moral law, not to obtain salvation, but to live in ways pleasing to God. —Chronological Life Application Study Bible

Holy Spirit, I know these are man’s thoughts. Give me Your wisdom and Yours alone to apply Your Word to my daily life.

Jesus, thank You for releasing me from the prison of sin. Thank You for Your grace. Thank You for Your law. Teach me how to know You more through both.

In Your mighty and awesome name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6;18, Acts 15:1-21

Lord, Strengthen Me to Bear the Consequences of My Mistakes—Ezekiel 23:35

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:17-23:49, 2 Kings 24:20b-25:2, Jeremiah 52:3b-5, Jeremiah, 39:1, Ezekiel, 24:1-14

 

Heavenly Father, I know the message You gave Ezekiel was directed at the Jews during their exile to Babylon but I also know that consequences weren’t just reserved for the Your rebellious children of long ago.

“And because you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You must bear the consequences of all your lewdness and prostitution.” —Ezekiel 23:35

The principle of consequence goes all the way back to Adam. We are still bearing the consequences of his sin. Because of Adam’s poor choice every baby born into this world is born into sin.

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. —Romans 5:12

But because of Your love for us, You sent Your son so that we don’t have to bear the consequences of Adam’s sin.

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. —Romans 5:17

Jesus, it’s easy to feel free from my mistakes because of Your sacrifice. It sure would be nice not to have to deal with the consequences of  my poor decisions.

But Your Word says otherwise:

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. —Galatians 6:7-8

Jesus, I’ve made so many mistakes but because of Your love and sacrifice, my past, present, and future sins are forgiven. All I have to do is admit them and ask for Your forgiveness.

And then…

I have to deal with the consequences.

Sometimes, Your grace and mercy completely blot out the consequences of my mistakes but most of the time consequences are Your tools to teach, train, and grow me.

Lord, strengthen me to bear the consequences of my mistakes with grace and trust. Help me to learn from them quickly and never make the same mistake again. Use my mistakes and their consequences to get Your will accomplished in my life.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. —Romans 8:28

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: Ezekiel 24:15-25:17, Jeremiah 34:1-22, Jeremiah 21:1-14, Ezekiel 29:1-16, Ezekiel 30:20-31:18

Lord, Thank You for the Boasting Instructions—Jeremiah 9:23-24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 8:4-11:23

Heavenly Father, boasting and bragging have always gotten on my nerves. It irritates me so much that I constantly analyze my conversations (after I’ve had them) to look for any possible slip ups and yes, I slip up. I’m not saying that I’m so humble I don’t ever have prideful feelings. I just know how annoying it is and I don’t want to be “that girl!”

I looked up boasting in the dictionary and it means to talk with excessive pride and self-satisfaction about one’s achievements, possessions, or abilities. Lord, You know Your creation so well. You knew we would think we were “all that” so You gave us boasting instructions.

This is what the Lord says:
“Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom,
or the powerful boast in their power,
or the rich boast in their riches.
But those who wish to boast
should boast in this alone:
that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord
who demonstrates unfailing love
and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth,
and that I delight in these things.
I, the Lord, have spoken! —Jeremiah 9:23-24

Lord, I accepted You as my Savior when I was 10 years old. I’ve known about You all my life but to boast that I truly know You and understand that You are the Lord is hard for me to do. Please don’t misunderstand that statement, every day my desire is to know You more but I feel You are so magnificent, mighty, and holy that I’ve barely begun to know You and barely understand what Your Lordship over my life and this world encompasses. I love to boast about who You are and what You have done in my life but boasting about my knowledge of You…Lord, I need You to show me what that looks like.

Thankfully, You added to these instructions through Apostle Paul in Galatians:

As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. —Galatians 6:14

 Jesus, crucify my interest in this world and show me how, when, where to boast about the sacrifice You made for me. Help me to know You more so that my life and “boasting” will cause others to know 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: Jeremiah 12:1-15:21

Are You Too Important to Help Someone? — Galatians 6:2-4

Today’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18; Acts 15:1-21

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. 

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.–Galatians 6:2-4

Can you believe these words are in the Bible?

I am continually amazed at how applicable the scriptures are to our day-to-day lives.

Once again, the Apostle Paul tells it like it is:

  • Share each other’s burdens because this is the law of Christ
  • If you think you’re too good to do anything that’s legal, honest, and morally right, you’re just plain crazy
  • You are not that important
  • Do your job to the best of your ability and be happy about it
  • Stop comparing yourself to others

I Love the Word of God!

He puts me in my place!

Heavenly Father, when will we ever get it?  Taking care of the hurting, sick, lonely, widowed and orphaned is the way You want us to “be the church.” Holy Spirit, show me how to make carrying other people’s burdens a part of my daily life.  Use me to be Jesus to the hurting.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 15:22-17:15

Are You a People-Pleaser? –Galatians 1:10

Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 14:21-28; Galatians 1:1-3:23

Sometimes I wish I could be like the Apostle Paul.  He really didn’t care what people thought.  He is the perfect example of the way God uses us within the parameters of our personality.  Our Heavenly Father doesn’t change our temperament when we get saved, He just sands us down a bit and uses our uniqueness for His Glory.

Paul was bold and blunt.  He was definitely not a people-pleaser.

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.  I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. 

–Galatians 1:6-10

While I don’t consider myself a people-pleaser, I’m definitely not as bold as Paul. There have been times when I’ve missed it.  After those times I’ve often thought, “If I had been bolder maybe there would have been a different outcome, maybe that person would have come to know Christ?”

I don’t necessarily think Paul was telling us to be “like” him, i.e. bold, loud and in your face.  I think it was more like, “You must care more about what Jesus thinks than what people think.”

This makes me ask, “Do I really believe what I really believe is real?”

If we can ever get a glimpse of the reality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we will be God pleasers; just one more reason to be in God’s Word each day.

The more I know Him, the less of a people pleaser I’ll be.

Oh, that I could ALWAYS hear God’s voice and ALWAYS obey!

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I’ve been a people-pleaser.  Forgive me for the times I’ve made You small so that I could seem big to others.  Lord, I want to know You more.  I want to please You!  I want to hear You. I want to do what You tell me to do. Speak loudly Lord, Your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18; Acts 15:1-21

Are You Too Important to _______________? — Galatians 6:2-4

Today’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18; Acts 15:1-21

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. 

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.–Galatians 6:2-4

Can you believe these words are in the Bible?

I am continually amazed at how applicable the scriptures are to our day-to-day lives.

Once again, the Apostle Paul tells it like it is:

  • Share each other’s burdens because this is the law of Christ (not all that other stuff we try to obey)
  • If you think you’re too good to do anything that’s legal, honest, and morally right, you’re just plain crazy
  • You are not that important
  • Do your job to the best of your ability and be happy about it
  • Stop comparing yourself to others

I Love the Word of God!

He puts me in my place!

Heavenly Father, when will we ever get it?  Taking care of the hurting, sick, lonely, widowed and orphaned is the way You want us to “be the church.” Holy Spirit, show me how to make carrying other people’s burdens a part of my daily life.  Use me to be Jesus to the hurting.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 15:22-17:15

Am I a People-Pleaser? –Galatians 1:10

Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 14:21-28; Galatians 1:1-3:23

Sometimes I wish I could be like the Apostle Paul.  He really didn’t care what people thought.  He is the perfect example of the way God uses us within the parameters of our personality.  Our Heavenly Father doesn’t change our temperament when we get saved, He just sands us down a bit and uses our craziness for His Glory.

Paul was bold and blunt.  He was definitely not a people-pleaser.

I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you.  I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. 

–Galatians 1:6-10

While I don’t consider myself a people-pleaser, I’m definitely not as bold as Paul. There have been times when I’ve missed it.  After those times I’ve often thought, “If I had been bolder maybe there would have been a different outcome, maybe that person would have come to know Christ?”

I don’t necessarily think Paul was telling us to be “like” him, i.e. bold, loud and in your face.  I think it was more like, “You must care more about what Jesus thinks than what people think.”

This makes me ask, “Do I really believe what I really believe is real?”

If we can ever get a glimpse of the reality of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, we will be God pleasers; just one more reason to be in God’s Word each day.

The more I know Him, the less of a people pleaser I’ll be.

Oh, that I could ALWAYS hear God’s voice and ALWAYS obey!

Heavenly Father, forgive me for the times I’ve been a people-pleaser.  Forgive me for the times I’ve made You small so that I could seem big to others.  Lord, I want to know You more.  I want to please You!  I want to hear You. I want to do what You tell me to do. Speak loudly Lord, Your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18; Acts 15:1-21

Can You Talk to God for Me? Exodus 20:19


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-22:15

When the people heard the thunder and the loud blast of the ram’s horn, and when they saw the flashes of lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, they stood at a distance, trembling with fear.

And they said to Moses, “You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!”

“Don’t be afraid,” Moses answered them, “for God has come in this way to test you, and so that your fear of him will keep you from sinning!”

As the people stood in the distance, Moses approached the dark cloud where God was.

Exodus 20:18-21

As I read these words my first thought was one of judgment.  “Those dumb Israelites, they had the privilege of being in the “literal” presence of the one and only living God and they let fear steal that awesome experience.”

But once again observing the Israelites is like looking at ourselves in a mirror.

What keeps you from experiencing God?

  • Fear of being convicted of sinful choices
  • God is at the bottom of your priorities
  • You don’t really believe He hears you
  • “God time” doesn’t fit into your plans
  • It doesn’t seem like God is there
  • God’s always there, I’ll catch Him later
  • Distractions by media (phone, computer, TV, etc)
  • A busy brain, can’t seem to focus (this is me)

We have it so much better than the Israelites.  We have Jesus as our mediator.  He’s our constant connection to our Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit is our constant connection to Jesus.

Yet, we would prefer to hear our preacher give us a one hour, once-a-week God update and then be on our way to the important things; pleasure and making a living.

What keeps you from experiencing God?

Heavenly Father, forgive us for being like the Israelites. Forgive us for all the missed opportunities.  Holy Spirit, don’t stop calling us, don’t stop reminding us.  Help us to overcome the carefully crafted distractions of our day, designed by our enemy to keep up from spending time with You.   Lord, teach us and guide us as we seek to know You more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 22:16-24:18

You’re Only Fooling Yourself, You Are Not That Important–Galatians 6:2-4

Can you believe these words are in the Bible?

I am continually amazed at how applicable the scriptures are to our day-to-day lives.

Today’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18; Acts 15:1-21

Once again, the Apostle Paul tells it like it is:

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. 

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.–Galatians 6:2-4

Here’s my commentary, not that you need one; Paul made it pretty clear:

  • Share each other’s burdens because this is the law of Christ (not all that other stuff we try to obey)
  • If you think you’re too good to do anything that’s legal, honest, and morally right, you’re just plain crazy
  • You are not that important
  • Do your job to the best of your ability and be happy about it
  • Stop comparing yourself to others

I Love the Word of God!

It puts me in my place!

Heavenly Father, when will we ever get it?  Taking care of the hurting, sick, lonely, widowed and orphaned is the way You want us to “be the church.” Holy Spirit, show me how to make carrying other people’s burdens a part of my daily life.  Use me to be Jesus to the hurting.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 15:22-17:15

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