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Lord, I Want the Skill to Recognized the Difference Between Right and Wrong—Hebrews 5:11-14

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28

Heavenly Father, we don’t know who wrote Hebrews but it sure sounds as if he was tired of dealing with Christians who acted like babies. He had a deep desire was to see these believers have a personal passion to know You through Your Word.

There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong. —Hebrews 5:11-14

Lord, I saw a statistic that said 80% of church goers don’t read the Bible daily.  Very few Christians attend Bible studies. Most churches don’t have Sunday School anymore. This really scares me. Where’s the training these verses speak about? If we compared the first-century believers study time to today’s average believer we would be shocked.

Lord, how are we going to make it?

Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. —1 Timothy 4:1

Jesus, knowledge of You and Your Word doesn’t come from church attendance, it comes through training–individually and through the local church. Unfortunately, these verses are today’s reality. Everyday, countless Christians are making choices that go directly against Your Word.

Holy Spirit, as we transition to a new year, I pray You will draw us to Your Word. Give us a supernatural hunger to know You through Your Word.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-10:39

Lord, I’m Trembling With Fear at the Thought of Failing to Experience Your Rest—Hebrews 4:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 4:19-22, Hebrews 1:1-4:13

Heavenly Father, has this verse ALWAYS been in the Bible?

God’s promise of entering his rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to experience it. —Hebrews 4:1

You’re probably laughing but I don’t ever remember reading this. Wow! Once again it goes to show that Your Word is living and applicable to every season of our lives. You have called me to a season of rest and suddenly this verse “appears.” You definitely have my attention.

Lord, the more I know about Your rest the more I long for it. Yes, I’m trembling in fear at the thought of missing it!

 

Holy Spirit, teach me how to enter Your rest.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28

Lord, Can We Talk Parent-to-Parent? —Matthew 26:39-56

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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

Heavenly Father, can we talk parent-to-parent?

How did You control Your urge to snatch Your son out of the Garden of Gethesemane as he repeatedly pleaded for His suffering to be taken away? How did You do it? I know Your heart was breaking.

He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.

So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!” —Matthew 26:39-46

Lord, the hardest trials I’ve ever experienced have been watching my children suffer. It’s heartbreaking to helplessly sit on the sidelines watching their lives head down a road “I” would never want them to travel.  But there’s something harder than that—watching Your only Son suffer for sin He didn’t commit when You have the ability to rescue Him in an instant!

Father, in my humanness I don’t know how You did it but as I read today’s scriptures I saw two reasons why You, Your Son, and Your Holy Spirit were willing to go through this pain and suffering:

1. It was Your will. That’s settled it for Your Son. He didn’t want to go to the cross and die but Your will and Your plan were more important and His human suffering.

The second reason came later in this chapter:

“Put away your sword,” Jesus told him. “Those who use the sword will die by the sword. Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for thousands of angels to protect us, and he would send them instantly? But if I did, how would the Scriptures be fulfilled that describe what must happen now?”

Then Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there teaching every day. But this is all happening to fulfill the words of the prophets as recorded in the Scriptures.” At that point, all the disciples deserted him and fled. —Matthew 26:52-56

2. You do not lie. Repeatedly, in Your scriptures Your Son’s birth, death, and resurrection were predicted. You could have sent angels, You could have rescued Jesus with one word, but it is not possible for You to lie, so You kept Your Word and sent Your Son to rescue ME from sin and eternal death so that Your scriptures were fulfilled!

So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. —Hebrews 6:18

Lord…

When I am fretting, crying, pleading for You to rescue my children from their suffering, help me to remember You know, You care, and You understand.

When I’m searching for reasons and answers, remind me that Your will and Your plans are bigger and better than mine and Your scriptures are being fulfilled in the lives of my children.

Lord, let Your Will be done in the lives of my children, grandchildren, and future generations. May we serve You all the days of our lives!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:53-65, Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:66-72, Mathew 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

Lord, “What if” is Not My Problem—Matthew 6:31-34

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-7:6, Luke 6:37-42, Matthew 7:7-20, Luke 6:43-45, Mathew 7:21-29, Luke 6:46-49

Heavenly Father, I’ve never really been a person who worries about things that might happen. “What we will eat, what we will drink or what we will wear” isn’t something I think that much about. I trust You to meet my needs but I have different kind of worry problem.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. —Matthew 6:31-34

Lord, my problem isn’t the “what-ifs.” My problem is reality.

My problem is the now, not the future.

It’s not imaginary, it’s real.

It’s happening as I write these words.

I’m living in a battleground. Casualties are everywhere. I’m too weak to fight. I know it’s a spiritual problem, I know spiritual warfare is the answer but worry and fear are my default positions. I want to be strong and courageous…but I’m not.

Lord, refresh me and replenish my energy to stand strong in this battle. Teach me how to find peace in the turbulent times. I release my worries to You. Jesus, fight for me.

Jesus, thank Your for standing with me.

For God has said,“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”—Hebrews 13:5

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-17, Matthew 11:1-19, Luke 7:18-35, Matthew 11:20-30, Luke 7:36-50

Lord, Why Am I Here? —Mark 1:35-39

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:14-15, Matthew 4:12-17, Luke 3:23a, John 4:46-54, Luke 4:16-30, Mark 1:16-20, Matthew 4:18-22, Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37, Mark 1:29-34, Matthew 8:14-17, Luke 4:38-41, Mark 1:35-39, Luke 4:42-44, Matthew 4:23-25

Heavenly Father, wondering why I’m on this earth isn’t something I’ve thought that much about. Most of my life I’ve felt I had a purpose but these days I’m entering into a new season and I have more questions than answers. Jesus, knew why You sent Him. He stayed focused oh His purpose. He didn’t let the needs and demands of the masses pull Him away from Your plans for His time on this earth.

Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. Later Simon and the others went out to find him. When they found him, they said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

But Jesus replied, “We must go on to other towns as well, and I will preach to them, too. That is why I came.” So he traveled throughout the region of Galilee, preaching in the synagogues and casting out demons. —Mark 1:35-39

Today’s biggest tug-of-war is in my mind.  Ultimately, my purpose and everyone on this planet’s purpose is to know You and cause others to know You. I guess my questions are more about the “how” than the “what.” Do I turn left, right, go straight, or do a 180 and return to something I’ve done in the past?

Or do I wait at this crossroad and rest like Elijah (1 Kings 19)?

You are the author and finisher of my faith (Hebrew 12:2). When You speak I move. Until then, I wait.

I trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26, Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:18-22, Matthew 9:14-17, Luke 5:33-39

Lord, Thank You For Being My Lawyer—Jeremiah 51:36

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Today’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

Heavenly Father, once again I stand amazed by Your Word! I don’t remember seeing this verse before…

This is what the Lord says to Jerusalem:

“I will be your lawyer to plead your case,
and I will avenge you.
I will dry up her river,
as well as her springs, —Jeremiah 51:36

Heavenly Father, You were Jerusalem’s lawyer! You stood up for them. They didn’t deserve it. They couldn’t pay for Your services but You believed in them enough to  represent them.

Lord, making sure we have a lawyer, advocate, and representative is a large part of Your nature. It runs through every ounce of Your DNA.

For Christ did not enter into a holy place made with human hands, which was only a copy of the true one in heaven. He entered into heaven itself to appear now before God on our behalf. —Hebrews 9:24

I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. —John 14:25-26

The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit representing me and interceding on my behalf—Lord, You would do this for me?

Thank You for being my lawyer!

I am blessed to be Your child!

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 37:11-38:28, Ezekiel 1:1-3:15

Jesus, I Want to Wear Your Badge of Holiness —Exodus 39:30

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 37:1-39:31

Heavenly Father, as I read through today’s reading I was amazed at the in-depth explanation of each item in Your Tabernacle, I was in awe of Your attention to detail and the great care that went into making each item. But something caught my eye and I got so excited when I began to see how it all fit together…

Aaron was the first high priest of Israel, a human being, anointed to be Holy to the Lord:

Finally, they made the sacred medallion—the badge of holiness—of pure gold. They engraved it like a seal with these words: Holy to the Lord. They attached the medallion with a blue cord to Aaron’s turban, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.         —Exodus 39:30

Aaron, and his future generations were just symbols and placeholders for the true High Priest…

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.  –Hebrews 4:14-16

Lord, Jesus You don’t need a “badge of holiness” because You faced all of the same testings as we do and yet You did not sin. Aaron was just like the rest of us, no sooner than Moses left him he started making idols (Exodus 30:1-29). Lord, thank You for making a way for us to be holy.

Lord, thank you for being our high priest. Thank you for standing in the gap for us on our worst days…

 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:34

Father, as we read more and more about the priests of Israel, help us to remember that because of Your Son, Jesus we are Your living stones that You are using to being your permanent temple and even more than that we are Your holy priests.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. —1 Peter 2:5

Jesus, I want to wear Your badge of holiness. I want others to see You in my daily life. Show me how to live that life today!

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 39:32-40:38, Numbers 9:15-23

When’s the Last Time You Cried Like a Baby? –1 Peter 2:1-3


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 13:1-25, 1 Peter 1:1-2:3

When was the last time you had a really good cry?  Yes, guys, I’m talking to you too!

What caused you to “cry like a baby?”

  • A sad movie or book
  • A relationship gone sour
  • The loss of someone important to you
  • Hurt feelings
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of life

After reading today’s scripture I’ve got a feeling God sometimes wonders why we have a full-on crying session over earthly things and never shed a tear over the things He commands us to “cry out” about.

So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.  Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,  now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. —1st Peter 2:1-2

When was the last time you got so frustrated with your own deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy and unkind speech that your cried like a baby for “pure spiritual milk” ?

The King James Version translates pure spiritual milk as the “sincere milk of the Word.”

I like to think that most Christ followers want to grow in the “full experience of salvation,” but statistics show that most Christians don’t read the Bible.

What would happen to our spiritual lives, our families, our churches, and our workplaces if we wanted the full experience of salvation so much that we cried out to God to be taught by Him through His Word?

Heavenly Father, help me to desire the things that you want me to desire.  Give me a heart that craves spiritual milk.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 2:4-5:11

What’s Your First Thought When You Hear the Word “Discipline?”–Hebrews 12:6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-12:29

What’s your first thought when you hear the word discipline?

  • Pain
  • A spanking as a kid
  • Self-control or the  lack thereof

How about extreme love?

Love = discipline

Discipline = love

…that’s what the Bible says.

God’s discipline proves His love for us.

For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one

he accepts as his child.  —Hebrews 12:6

So if…

  • God doesn’t give us everything we want, exactly when we want it, and allows hard things to come into our lives to make us strong
  • Parents hold their children accountable to daily chores, respect for adults, and keeping their word
  • Employers expect an honest day’s work for a day’s pay, which includes completing tasks on time with a high degree of excellence
  • Humans push away from fleshly addictions (drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, food, caffeine, T.V., Computers, etc) and implement healthy habits such as exercise, life-long learning, and helping others

…we are somehow loved by God, others, and ourselves?

Hummmm…

What are your thoughts on the connection between love, discipline and a healthy, productive life?

Heavenly Father, the average person in today’s world doesn’t want to discipline themselves or others and they certainly don’t want to be disciplined by anyone, including You.  Holy Spirit, show us the importance of loving and being loved through discipline. Help us to hold out for the greater good rather than settling for a mediocre life.  Help us to follow your example Jesus. Lord, help us to accept Your discipline.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 13:1-25, 1 Peter 1:1-2:3

Who Have You Motivated Today? –Hebrews 10:24

Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-10:39

We all enjoy being around inspiring people.  I became a motivational classes and workshops believer after my first experience at a Mary Kay meeting, twenty-seven years ago.  In today’s reading, the Lord tells us that we’re to think of ways to motivate one another.

 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.–Hebrews 10:24

Does this surprise you?

Christians are supposed to think of ways to motivate other Christians to acts of love and good works.

Isn’t that the preacher’s job?

When I look around the average church in America, most people walk through the doors like a cement statue, daring the pastor to “move” them. Today’s Christian looks to the church and the pastors to meet their needs and if they don’t, they quickly look for a place that does. It’s quite different from what the writer of Hebrews instructed.

How do we motivate another person?

By inspiring them to take action.

I think there are two ways to do this:

  1. Give inspirational and instructional messages
  2. Live a life that inspires

The greatest leadership principle I’ve ever learned is the importance of leading by example.  Most of us aren’t gifted to inspire with words, but everyone can inspire by example.

If all the world were just like you, would there be acts of love and good works taking place?

Heavenly Father, help us to realize our purpose on this earth is bigger than just having a comfortable life.  Help us to realize other people need us; other people need our example.  Use us for Your Kingdom today.  Fill us so that we can motivate others to acts of love and good works.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-12:29

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