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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

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

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

Lord, Help Me to Understand—Jeremiah 4:22

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 2:23-5:19

Heavenly Father, these words You spoke through Jeremiah to the people of Judah and Jerusalem jumped off the page at me.

I feel this way sometimes:

“My people are foolish
and do not know me,” says the Lord.
“They are stupid children
who have no understanding.
They are clever enough at doing wrong,
but they have no idea how to do right!” —Jeremiah 4:22

  • Foolish
  • Stupid
  • No understanding
  • Clever enough to do wrong
  • No idea how to do right

But, this is not who I am! My feelings are wrong! This is not what my God says about me!

Yes, I make mistakes, misunderstand, do wrong, have no idea which way is right but I have something (actually it’s someone) the exiled Jews didn’t have.

I have You Jesus! You are my Savior, my intercessor and my advocate. You make me look good to my Heavenly Father. 1 John 2:1

Holy Spirit, I also have You. You help me understand. You teach and counsel me. You comfort me when I do wrong and teach me how to do right.  You also bring Your Word to my remembrance at just the right time. John 14:26

Yes, I can relate as I read about the Jews being exiled because of their pride, stubbornness, and idolatry but I choose to focus on who I am in Christ.

Lord, thank You for helping me to understand.

 

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 5:20-6:30, 2 Kings 22:3-20, 2 Chronicles 34:8-28

Lord, How Can People Like Us Be Saved? —Isaiah 64:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 63:15-66:24, 2 Kings 20:20-21, 2 Chronicles 32:32-33

Heavenly Father, I have never known this kind of hopelessness. As a young child I learned about Your Son, Jesus. When I was ten years old I knew how “people like us” can be saved and I accepted Jesus as my savior.

You welcome those who gladly do good,
who follow godly ways.
But you have been very angry with us,
for we are not godly.
We are constant sinners;
how can people like us be saved? —Isaiah 64:5

Lord, the people of Israel knew it was impossible to keep The Law. They felt like constant failures. Yes, I read the stories of their pride and stubbornness and criticize and judge but the truth is “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23) The only difference between my sins and the Israelites’ sins is they had their sins recorded in Your Word and my sins have only been seen by a few people.

I feel so bad for them. Every time they sinned they felt worse, more hopeless, and more doomed.

Jesus, without Your sacrifice on the cross I would know that kind of hopelessness.

Thank You Lord for making a plan for our salvation:

1. Admit we were born in sin, have a sinful nature, and can’t be good enough on our own. (Romans 3:23)

2. Believe that the One, True, Living God who made the universe and everyone and everything sent His one and only son to rescue us from the consequences of our sinful nature and eternal death. (John 3:16)

3. Confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that You raised him from the dead.  (Romans 10:9)

4. Accept Your free gift of salvation.

Lord, Thank You for making a way for me to be saved!

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: 2 Kings 21:1-9, 2 Chronicles 33:1-9, 2 Kings 21:10-17, 2 Chronicles 33:10-19, 2 Kings 21:18, 2 Chronicles 33:20, 2 Kings 21:19-26, 2 Chronicles 33:21-25, 2 Kings 22:1-2, 2 Chronicles 34:1-7, Jeremiah 1:1-2:22

Lord, Restore My Crushed Spirit and Revive My Courage—Isaiah 57:15

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:1-63:14

Heavenly Father, when I read the words, “restore the crushed spirit and revive the courage” my first thought is I WANT THAT!  I’m like a crazed teenager in her favorite store wanting everything she sees and hoping her parent will buy it for her if she begs hard enough.

The high and lofty one who lives in eternity,
the Holy One, says this:
“I live in the high and holy place
with those whose spirits are contrite and humble.
I restore the crushed spirit of the humble
and revive the courage of those with repentant hearts. —Isaiah 57:15

Father, I know that our salvation is free because of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross but from this verse and many, many others it’s clear that we have a part to play in our growth and maturity. Lord, I want to do my part.

Lord, teach me to be humble. Help me learn from Your example. Holy Spirit, show me the areas in my life where pride is driving me. The cares of this world have crushed my spirit. Restore my joy, spunk, and adventurous attitude so that I can run into each day with excitement.

Jesus, I need courage. I repent and ask for forgiveness for the times I took off on my own trying to pretend to be courageous or looked to other people or things to give me to courage. Lord, revive the courage You placed in my spirit when You made me. I don’t want fear to cause me to miss Your best for me.

Thank You for Your Word!

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: Isaiah 63:15-66:24, 2 Kings 20:20-21, 2 Chronicles 32:32-33

Lord, Give Me Your Words of Wisdom—Isaiah 50:4-5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 48:12-52:12

Heavenly Father, everywhere I turn I find weary people, people weighted down by the cares of the world. Just yesterday I spoke with a dear friend who found out her husband’s cancer is back with a vengeance. My post 9 Things to Do When You Feel Hopeless has been viewed over 12,000 times. At least once a week I receive desperate comments from people who find this devotion and think because I wrote it I somehow can give them words of encouragement and hope. Lord, I do not have the strength, words, or understanding to comfort anyone. I am weary myself from the challenges in my life.

But…

I stand on this promise:

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me
and opens my understanding to his will.
The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me,
and I have listened.
I have not rebelled or turned away. —Isaiah 50:4-5

Lord, today’s a new day with new opportunities to comfort and encourage the weary. It’s a great day to share Your comfort and hope with others. Give me Your words. Give me Your wisdom. Open my understanding.

Jesus, give me the strength and wisdom to comfort others as You have comforted me.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. —2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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: Isaiah 52:13-57:21

Lord, You Won’t Throw Me Away! —Isaiah 41:8-10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40:1-44:5

Heavenly Father, we live in a disposable world. In the United States we produce 1.35 billion pounds of garbage a day. Unfortunately, our disposable ideology has moved from “stuff” to people. We kill the unborn because a child would be an inconvenience or embarrassment. The aged in our country are seen as a liability rather than an asset.

But You Lord, think differently:

“But as for you, Israel my servant,
Jacob my chosen one,
descended from Abraham my friend,
I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
and will not throw you away.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. —Isaiah 41:8-10
 

Jesus,  I know Isaiah was prophesying about Israel but because of Your sacrifice on the cross this applies to me as well. I know You chose me. You created me in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139). You will not throw me away. The world may cast me aside, but Lord You are with me!

Heavenly Father, strengthen me and help me. Hold me up with Your victorious right hand!

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: Isaiah 44:6-48:11

Lord, I’m So Glad You Know Me Well—2 Kings 19:27

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 19:1-19, Isaiah 37:1-20, 2 Chronicles 32:9-19, 2 Kings 19:20-37, Isaiah 37:21-38, 2 Chronicles 32:20-23

Heavenly Father, I sometimes forget that You Know Me through and through. You know where I live, when I come and go, when I’m happy or sad, and You know when I’m mad, frustrated, and angry.

“But I know you well—
where you stay
and when you come and go.
I know the way you have raged against me. —2 Kings 19:27

When life gets hard and I wonder if You see me—You Know.

Yes, in this verse You were speaking through Isaiah to King Hezekiah about King Sennacherib of Assyria but it’s true of every person who ever was or will be conceived. Lord, I can’t fathom it but I believe it–You Know me!

Jesus, I want to know You (Philippians 3:10). I know that as a human being I’m not capable of knowing You like You know me but I want to know You more than I do today.

Lord, come near to me. Let me see You through Your Word and through Your creation. Lord, speak to me.

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: 2 Kings 20:1-11, Isaiah 38:1-8, 2 Chronicles 32:24-31, Isaiah 38:9-22, 2 Kings 20:12-19, Isaiah 39:1-8

Lord, Where are the Heroes? —Isaiah 32:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:1-33:24

Heavenly Father, I typed the word “heroes” into my search box and this picture of a television series was the first one that popped up. I scrolled through hundreds of pictures and all I saw were movie heroes and cartoon super-heroes.

Lord, Isaiah prophesied these verses many years ago. The resemblance of today’s world shocked me. In 2014, ungodly fools are definitely our heroes and scoundrels are respected over the honest and ethical.

In that day ungodly fools will not be heroes.
Scoundrels will not be respected.
For fools speak foolishness
and make evil plans.
They practice ungodliness
and spread false teachings about the Lord.
They deprive the hungry of food
and give no water to the thirsty.
The smooth tricks of scoundrels are evil.
They plot crooked schemes.
They lie to convict the poor,
even when the cause of the poor is just.
But generous people plan to do what is generous,
and they stand firm in their generosity. —Isaiah 32:5-8

Lord, I want to be generous. Help me to stand firm and not be sucked in to the attitudes and values of this selfish world.

Jesus, You are our hero. When You return the ungodly will no longer be heroes. Isaiah 32:5-8 will be a faint memory and Isaiah 32: 1-3 will be our new normal. You are the righteous king that Isaiah spoke about.

Look, a righteous king is coming!
And honest princes will rule under him.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land.
Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth,
and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it. —Isaiah 32:1-3

Lord, bless the real heroes in today’s world who are generous with their time, talent, and treasure. Jesus, come soon and show this world what a righteous leader and heroic king looks like!

Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 34:1-35:10, Micah 2:1-5:15

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