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Lord, It Happened Just As You Promised—2 Kings 23:15-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 23:1-20, 2 Chronicles 34:29-33, 2 Kings 23:21-28, 2 Chronicles 35:1-19, Nahum 1:1-3:19

Heavenly Father, reading Your Old Testament is life-changing. It tells me so much about Your character. I love the fact that You chose multiple authors to write the Bible. It shows me You are a consistent God. One of the most important messages I get from reading Your Word cover-to-cover is YOU KEEP YOUR PROMISES!

The king also tore down the altar at Bethel—the pagan shrine that Jeroboam son of Nebat had made when he caused Israel to sin. He burned down the shrine and ground it to dust, and he burned the Asherah pole. Then Josiah turned around and noticed several tombs in the side of the hill. He ordered that the bones be brought out, and he burned them on the altar at Bethel to desecrate it. (This happened just as the Lord had promised through the man of God when Jeroboam stood beside the altar at the festival.)

Then Josiah turned and looked up at the tomb of the man of God[a] who had predicted these things. “What is that monument over there?” Josiah asked.

And the people of the town told him, “It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and predicted the very things that you have just done to the altar at Bethel!”

Josiah replied, “Leave it alone. Don’t disturb his bones.” So they did not burn his bones or those of the old prophet from Samaria. –2 Kings 23: 15-18

Lord, when I read Your Word much is it is a historical document, telling me what has already happened but in the time of its writing much of it was prophetic.

How exciting it must have been for King Josiah to realize You were using him to fulfill Your plan.

Jesus, there are more promises to be fulfilled in both Your Old and New Testaments. My favorite is You are returning to this earth to take Your followers to heaven. Lord, I know it will happen, just as You promised!

Lord, use me to fulfill Your promises.

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: Habakkuk 1:1-3:19, Zephaniah 1:1-2:7

Unanswered Prayers: 5 Things to Remember—Daniel 10:12-13

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Daniel 10:1 through Daniel 12:13; Ezra 4:24-5:1; Haggai 1:1-15

Can you imagine standing on the beach in Destin and looking up and seeing a man …

  • Dressed in linen clothing?
  • With a belt of pure gold around his waist?
  • With a body that looked like a precious gem?
  • With a face that flashed like lightning?
  • With eyes flaming like torches?
  • With arms and feet that shone like polished bronze?
  • A voice that roared like a vast multitude of people?

And oh by the way, all the other folks on the beach run and hide, so you are alone witnessing this amazing vision.

And then he says,

I’m sorry I’m late, but a funny thing happened on the way to answer your prayer…(Daniel 10:12-13)

Do you believe in angels?

Daniel, chapter ten is one of the most important chapters in Scripture for angelology (the study of angels).  This chapter suggests that an invisible war is constantly fought in the spiritual world which has great impact on the course of nations and the experience of individuals.

It’s really nice to think about having angels to protect us and to watch over our loved ones, but we really don’t want to think about demons hovering over us, delaying our prayers and trying their best to destroy us spiritually and even physically.

Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.  But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Daniel 10:12-13

Friends there’s a war going on.  It began in the Garden of Eden and will continue as long as we’re on this earth—God and Satan, good and evil, angels and demons.

But there’s good news:

  1. God hears every prayer (Daniel 10:12)
  2. God sends angels to answer our prayers and fight for us (Daniel 10:12-13)
  3. God sends angels to strengthen and encourage us (Daniel 10:18-19)
  4. We are precious to God (Daniel 10:11,19)
  5. We do not have to be afraid (Daniel 10:19)

We must not be discouraged when our prayers are not answered immediately. God hasn’t forgotten us.  He’s fighting for us and working all things (even Satan’s demons) for the good of those that love him and are called to according to His purpose for them.  (Romans 8:28)

Heavenly Father, teach us to pray believing You hear and answer our prayers. Give us a boldness to stand against the enemies of our soul.  Holy Spirit help us to be strong and rest in Your peace.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 1:1-6; Haggai 2:10-19; Ezra 5:2; Haggai 2:20-23; Zechariah 1:7 through Zechariah 5:11

Do You Want Jesus to Come in 2013? –Rev. 22:20-21


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

Today we arrive at the end of the Book.

The last words.

It’s amazing how these two verses of scripture sum up the New Testament and the book of Revelation…

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus!  May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.    —Revelation 22:20-21

The last thing Jesus said was He is coming soon!

John encouraged Him to come.

Can we say with John that we want Jesus to come soon?

Or would we rather He wait until we have had our fill of the wilder side of life, get married, have children, see our children become adults, enjoy our grandchildren, or maybe when we’re a 100 years old; yeah, that would be a great time for Jesus to come again.

I don’t know about you, but I hold on to this world too tightly.  My daily life seems like more of a reality than heaven.

What can we do to make Jesus and heaven more of a reality in our lives?

  • Make our time with Him our highest priority
  • Read the scriptures that talk about heaven
  • Meditate on being with Jesus in heaven
  • Put this world in its place–it’s a very small piece in our timeline compared to the eternity we’ll spend with God
  • Realize there are people who will be eternally separated from God if we don’t share Jesus with them
  • Choose the things of God over the world’s trappings

When I was a kid my parents would watch gospel music on T.V. every Sunday morning before church.  I can still remember this song that the “Happy Goodmans” sang…

What A Beautiful Day

As I wake up with the morning, of each day that passes by,

and I listen to the sounds upon my ear,

I can’t help but keep a watch toward the eastern sky,

and I wonder if the trumpet will be the next sound that I hear.

What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again,

what a beautiful day for him to take his children home,

how I long to see his face and to touch his nail scared hand,

what a beautiful day for the Lord to come again.

All my earthly disappointments and my trials here below,

fade away when I remember his last words,

he said he’d return and receive his children unto him

and I’m longing to look upon the face of my dear Lord.

This song never fails to come to mind when I’m taking an early morning drive along the bay or across one of the bridges near where I live. As I look toward the beautiful eastern sky I sing “What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again!”

Lord, help us to look to Your second coming with excitement!

Oh that we could be like little children.  My fiveyear-old grandson Nolen said to his Dad after open one of his presents, “Dad, can I take this toy that Santa brought me to heaven and show it to Jesus?”

Jesus, help me to be like Nolen.  When I have a great day or a bad day, let my first thought be,  “I want to take it to Jesus!”

I say with John, “Come Lord Jesus!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

One Event I Can’t Plan–Matthew 24:36-39

Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 13:32-37, Matthew 24:36-51, Luke 21:34-38, Matthew 25:1-46

Do you have your day planned?

How about your week, month, or year?

I’m definitely one of those planner types.  I unconsciously plan.  I want to be spontaneous.  I think spontaneous people are fun, but not having a plan feels like jumping out of a plane without a parachute to me…and that certainly doesn’t sound like fun.

But there’s one event I can’t plan…

However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.

When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day.  In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat.  People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. —Matthew 24:36-39

No one knows the day or hour…

How often do you think about Christ’s return?

Do you really believe He’s going to literally return to judge the world?

Do you live your life as though He could return today?

I think most of us are like the folks Jesus was talking about; our goal is to enjoy life…that’s our plan for our day, week, month, year, and life.  We live for the happy times; banquets, parties and weddings…not for eternity.

I do not believe Jesus has a problem with banquets, parties, and weddings; He attended those events when He was on the earth.

His concern is our day-to-day priorities—where does the Kingdom of God fit in our daily life?

Are we longing for His return?

Are we concerned for those in this world who do not know Jesus?

  • If we rarely take the time to spend with the Lord in our day-to-day life, we’re probably not longing for His return.
  • If we hardly ever mention Jesus to others we’re probably not too concerned about their spiritual state.

Yes, if we knew the day and hour, we could plan for it, we would be ready.  Jesus referred to Himself as the bridegroom and the Church as the bride.  Other than the birth of a child, I don’t think there is anything most women long for and plan for more than their wedding day.  That’s the kind of expectation Jesus wants us to have for His return.

Yes, not knowing the day or hour of Jesus’ return is tough, but if we’re His bride we’ll awaken each day and think, “Today could be the day I will see Him!”

Heavenly Father, help us to see Your return as our reason for being. Help our expectation of your return to grow with each passing day.  Holy Spirit, cause our hearts to be tender and burdened for those who do not know You.  Jesus, help us to be Your witnesses!  Jesus, come today!

In Your Holy Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:1-2, Matthew 26:1-5, Luke 22:1-2, Mark 14:10-11, Matthew 26: 14-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Luke 22:3-6, Mark 14:12-16, Matthew 26:17-19, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Luke 22:7-13, John 13:1-17, Mark 14:17-26, Matthew 26:20-30, Luke 22:14-30, John 13:18-30

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