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Lord, Jeremiah Struggled With Forgiving too! —Jeremiah 18:23

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 16:1-18:23, Jeremiah 35:1-19

Heavenly Father, You called Jeremiah to a very tough job; being the leader that predicted and pronounced the 70 year exile of the Jews to Babylon. It was so hard on him that he became known as the weeping prophet. In many ways he reminds me of Moses. There were times when the Israelites’ stubbornness, idolatry, and disobedience got on his last nerve and he wanted You to kill them. This verse is one of those times.

Lord, you know all about their murderous plots against me.
Don’t forgive their crimes and blot out their sins.
Let them die before you.
Deal with them in your anger. —Jeremiah 18:23

Lord, thank You for showing us the humanness of your chosen people. I have a situation I’m dealing with right now that has my emotions swinging from save ’em to kill ’em (exaggerating to make a point). Satan wants to send loads of condemnation my way as I process my feelings, but just like Moses, Job, Joseph, and countless other men and women serving You, there are times when forgiveness happens in phases and only through the counseling and teaching of the Holy Spirit.

Lord, thank You for not casting me, Jeremiah, and some of my modern-day friends aside we process through our anger.  Give us supernatural mercy for those who’ve mistreated, angered, and hurt us.

Lord, thank You for forgiving me. I want to be like You! Help me be quick to forgive.

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 49:1-33, 2 Kings 24:5-7, 2 Chronicles 36:6-8, 2 Kings 24:8-9, 2 Chronicles 36:9, Jeremiah 22:24-23:32

Lord, Help Me to Think About Your Promises Instead of My Problems—Psalm 119:147-148

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 119

Heavenly Father, thank you for Your Word. In these two verses lie the answer to living in this troubled world.

 

I rise early, before the sun is up;
I cry out for help and put my hope in your words.
I stay awake through the night,
thinking about your promise. Psalm 119:147-148

Yes, I get up early.

Yes, I cry out for help.

And sometimes I stay awake during the night…

But

My many times I feel hopeless and focus on my problems not Your promises. Lord, forgive me. Your Word is full of promises and I have seen them fulfilled many times in my life. Holy Spirit, remind me of this verse when I begin to worry and fret.

Thank You for Your merciful ways.

Lord, 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: Psalms 120-121, 123, Psalms 125-126

Lord, Thank You For Your Favor—Psalm 84:9

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 47-49, Psalms 84-85, 87

Heavenly Father, You have blessed me in so many ways. Your grace and mercy are overwhelming. When this Psalm was written it was only the selected few who were blessed with Your favor. But Jesus changed everything.

O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob. Interlude
O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.
A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked. —Psalm 84:8-10

Lord, You are the reason my life makes sense.

Lord, I agree with the psalmist, ANYWHERE that You are is better than the best this crazy world has to offer.

Thank You for Your favor. Thank You for Your anointing.

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 1-2, Psalm 10, Psalm 33, Psalm 71, Psalm 91

Lord, I Know You Will Provide–Psalm 37:25-28

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 35-38

Heavenly Father, we are living in tough times.  I’m sure they’re nothing compared to what past generations have suffered but many of your people are worried about putting food on the table for their families.

David, gave us words to hold onto in tough times:

Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread. The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing. Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the  land forever. For the Lord loves justice, and he will never abandon the godly. —Psalm 37:25-28

Lord, I remember a time many years ago when I wasn’t sure how I was going to feed my family.  I was a single Mom of two teenage daughters.  It was a very tough time.  We were so short on food that my daughters would tell their friends “you can come over but we don’t have any food!”  We laugh about it now, but it was one of the most embarrassing times of my life.  When you can’t provide the basic needs of your family it leaves you feeling worthless.

I will never forget this one Saturday morning. I looked out the window and saw this strange car backing into my driveway.  I had no idea who it was, until I saw this sweet Asian lady from my church.  She came and knocked on the door and said in her broken English, “The Lord bought you groceries!”  She didn’t stop until she unloaded about $200 worth of groceries.  My girls and I were in awe.  We hadn’t told anyone we needed food, but Lord You knew.

Lord, times are tough and they may get tougher but with David I say, “I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.

Jesus, we trust You to provide for us! Lord, I pray for anyone reading this  who’s concerned about feeding their family.  Holy Spirit, supernaturally make a way for them to have nutritious, healthy food for their family.

Holy Spirit, speak to my heart.  Help me to share what I have with those in need.  I want to be generous to others.

Give me a heart like Yours, Jesus!

Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 39-41; Psalms 53, 55, 58

Lord, You Know What I Am Really Like—2 Samuel 7:20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-17, 1 Chronicles 17:1-15, 2 Samuel 7:18-29, 1 Chronicles 17:16-27, 2 Samuel 8:1-14, 1 Chronicles 18:1-13, Psalm 60

Heavenly Father, it’s no wonder you loved David’s heart (Acts 13:22).  Your Word tells us that the feelings in our heart flow out of our mouth (Luke 6:45). David was so good at putting his feelings into words.

 

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed,

“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?

“What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord.2 Samuel 7:18-20

Lord, we have so many versions of ourselves we even sometimes get confused. We have the version strangers see, the version coworkers see, the version our church family sees, the version our family sees, and the version nobody sees but You.

Lord, only You know what I’m really like.

Jesus, help us to realize You know it all–our thoughts, our attitudes, our ego issues, our selfishness, our hidden anger, resentment and bitterness—You know how much we think and care about You.

 

AND, YOU STILL LOVE, ACCEPT AND FORGIVE US!

 

That’s just amazing!

Lord, help me to spend time being real with You today. Change me and make me into the person You want me to be!

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 8:15-18, 1 Chronicles 18:14-17, 1 Chronicles 6:16-30, 50-53, 31-48, 2 Samuel 9:1-10:19, 1 Chronicles 19:1-19

Lord, Thank You for Your Merciful Ways! –Judges 2:18

Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 1:1-3:30

Heavenly Father, Your mercy, patience, and long-suffering amaze me!  The Israelites are driving me crazy and I’m just reading about them!

After that generation died, another generation grew up who did not acknowledge the Lord or remember the mighty things he had done for Israel. The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight and served the images of Baal.  They abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They went after other gods, worshiping the gods of the people around them. And they angered the Lord.  They abandoned the Lord to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth. Judges 2:10-13

Lord, thank You so much for giving us the real story in Your Word.  The ups and downs of the Israelites give me so much hope.  Most days I am just like them.  Some days I’m probably worse.  As I read about You mercy it causes me to love You even more.  It lets me know it’s okay to ask for forgiveness–again.

Whenever the Lord raised up a judge over Israel, he was with that judge and rescued the people from their enemies throughout the judge’s lifetime. For the Lord took pity on his people, who were burdened by oppression and suffering. —Judges 2:18

Jesus, today’s reading reminded me of a song Will and Crystal Yates wrote and recorded called Merciful Ways.  As I sat and listened to the words my eyes filled with tears. Your mercy and kindness toward the Israelites was just the beginning of Your mercy.  Your death on the cross for me was the ultimate act of mercy.

Lord, help me to give as much mercy as I need to receive!  Give me a heart like Yours.

I thank you my God for Your merciful ways!

 

In Jesus’ Name!  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Lord, Help Me Not to Judge–Job 34:7

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 32:-34:37

Heavenly Father, I noticed something in Job today I’ve never really seen before.  It’s a book about judging others and just how wrong we can be.  Today we heard from “friend” number four; a feisty, arrogant, young guy, who was so wrong about Job.

Lord, how many times do we do this?  How many times do we judge people to their face?  How many times to we judge them behind their backs?  How many times do we judge them in our minds?

Forgive us, Lord God.

Help us to learn from this example that things are not always as they seem.  It’s much better to err on mercy than judgement.

Jesus, help us to learn from these words you spoke while you were on this earth:

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?

Hypocrite!  First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. —Matthew 7:1-5

Holy Spirit, baptize us with compassion and mercy so that we can be Jesus not judge, to everyone we meet today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 35:1-37:24

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Jesus and Thank You for Job—Job 16:21

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 15:1-18:21

Heavenly Father, once again in today’s reading Job cries out for a mediator.

I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends.  —Job 16:21

I looked up the definition of the word mediator…

“The achieving of fellowship and reconciliation between separated parties.” (Dictionary of Bible Themes)

And then I found this verse in 1 Timothy 2:5-6:

For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time. 

Lord, the book of Job is one of the oldest in the Bible, yet Job knew there was a separation and he knew he couldn’t fix it. I’ve read Your book of Job many times but never has it been so clear to me that one of the reasons you gave us Job’s story is to show the desperation we would feel if we didn’t have our mediator, Jesus Christ.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Son. Thank you for giving Him to us at just the right time. Thank you for freedom and thank you for Job!

Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow Scripture Reading: Job 19:1-21:34

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 Causes Quarrels and Fights?–James 4:1-3

Today’s Scripture Reading:  James 4:1-5:20, 1 Timothy 1:1-2:15

When was the last time you got in an argument or fight with someone?

When was the last time you got mad with someone and either quarreled or did the passive-aggressive thing and gave them the silent treatment?

Was it before you became a Christian, last year, last month, last week, yesterday, or five minutes ago?

What is causing the quarrels and fights among you?

  • Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you?
  • You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it.
  •  You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.
  • Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

James 4:1-3

Wow!  

That’s tough to hear, especially when we throw in the fact that James was talking to Christians.  But if you’ve been a Christian more than 30 minutes you know that Jesus saved us because we can’t save ourselves.

The sooner we come to terms with the fact that there’s a war going on inside us, the sooner we’ll be able to recognize jealousy, envy and wrong motives as the “evil desires” James was talking about.

To have those pure motives mentioned in James 4:3, we must learn to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), determine who’s talking–The Holy Spirit, Satan, or your own fleshly desires, and then make a conscious decision to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit rather than our evil desires.

Will we still have quarrels and fights?

Most likely, but if we are open to the teaching and correction of the Holy Spirit within us we will learn from our mistakes and those quarrels and fights will become the exception rather than the norm.

Heavenly Father, help us to have the pure motives You talked about in today’s scripture. Help us to recognize our evil desires and intentionally choose NOT to act on them.  Make us like You Lord.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Timothy 3:1-6:10

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