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Lord, Teach Me to Cling Tightly–Joshua 23:8


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 22:1-24:33

Heavenly Father, Joshua gave the Israelites some amazing advice:

Rather, cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now. —Joshua 23:8

As I thought about that advice I wondered, “Exactly how do I do that?”

Then I remembered Joshua’s words in the previous chapter…

But be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave to you.

  • Love the Lord your God
  • Walk in all his ways
  • Obey his commands,
  • Hold firmly to him
  • And serve him with all your heart and all your soul. —Joshua 22:5

 

Lord, I want to  “clinging tightly” to You. Teach me, help me and please “cling tightly” to me; don’t ever let me go!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Lord, I Believe All of Your Promises Will Be Fulfilled–Joshua 21:45

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 19:49-21:45; 1 Chronicles 6:54-81

Heavenly Father, I am so encouraged by Your Word.  I am amazed by You, overwhelmed by Your love for me and excited about my future in Your Kingdom!

Lord, Your Word tells me that You never play favorites.

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. —Acts 10:34

The promises You made in the Bible are for me!  When my life on this earth is over I will be able to say with the children of Israel:

Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given

to the [family of Israel] <——

was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.  –Joshua 21:45

Jesus, thank You for Your Word!  Thank You for Your promises!

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 22:1-24:33


Lord, Forgive Me for Being a Slacker—Joshua 18:1-3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 18:1-19:48

Heavenly Father, when I read these verses today I thought, “why did they wait?”

Now that the land was under Israelite control, the entire community of Israel gathered at Shiloh and set up the Tabernacle. But there remained seven tribes who had not yet been allotted their grants of land.

Then Joshua asked them, “How long are you going to wait before taking possession of the remaining land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given to you? —Joshua 18:1-3

I did some investigating and the word wait in this verse means “to be slack.”  A slacker is a person who habitually avoids work or lacks work ethic.

Lord, so the reason these seven tribes had not taken possession of their land was because they were lazy? At first, I thought maybe they were afraid, but there’s no mention of it. Wow! Being a slacker isn’t just a 21st century phenomenon!

Lord, I’m not an habitual slacker but I do have times when I’ve not done what You wanted me to for the day, just because I didn’t want to make the effort. Calling people on the phone and writing cards and letters are some of the things I procrastinate on the most. It scares me to think of the opportunities I missed, the things I could have done to bring glory to You, if only I would have followed through on the “God thought” that walked through my mind. Lord, forgive me.

Lord, I can’t do EVERYTHING but I would like to do what You want me to do today. Holy Spirit, show me and help me to do it and not be a slacker!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 ©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua q9:49-21:45, 1 Chronicles 6:54-81

Lord, I’m Feeling Defeated—Joshua 17:16-18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 15:20-17:18

Heavenly Father, some days we just feel defeated. Some days the world seems too hard, the opposition seems too strong:

The descendants of Joseph responded, “It’s true that the hill country is not large enough for us. But all the Canaanites in the lowlands have iron chariots, both those in Beth-shan and its surrounding settlements and those in the valley of Jezreel. They are too strong for us.”

Then Joshua said to the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, the descendants of Joseph, “Since you are so large and strong, you will be given more than one portion. The forests of the hill country will be yours as well. Clear as much of the land as you wish, and take possession of its farthest corners. And you will drive out the Canaanites from the valleys, too, even though they are strong and have iron chariots.” Joshua 17:16-18

Holy Spirit, remind us today that You are never defeated, life is never to hard for You, and You are stronger than all our opposition. Help us to look at life’s challenges and think, “That’s nothing for my God!”

Lord, we trust You!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 18:1-19:48

Lord, I Want a Different Attitude–Joshua 14:12


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 12:7-15:19

 

Heavenly Father, I want a “different attitude.”

But my servant Caleb has a different attitude than the others have. He has remained loyal to me, so I will bring him into the land he explored. His descendants will possess their full share of that land. –Numbers 14:24

Lord, I want to “wholeheartedly” follow You.

So that day Moses solemnly promised me, ‘The land of Canaan on which you were just walking will be your grant of land and that of your descendants forever, because you wholeheartedly followed the Lord my God.’ –Joshua 14:9

Lord, I want to be able to confidently say, “Lord, I did what You asked of me, please bring the things You promised to fulfillment.

So when Caleb said, So give me the hill country that the Lord promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. —Joshua 14:12

Lord, this is just one more reason we need to read Your Word–it’s full of Your promises; promises for all of Your children.  If we don’t know what You’ve promised, how will we know to claim them.

Father, today I’m believing You to bring a promise to fulfillment that You put in my heart many years ago.  Lord, give me my mountain!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Joshua 15:20-17:18

Lord, Help Me Not to Panic–Joshua 10:10


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 10:1-12:6

Heavenly Father, it seems like anxiety and panic attacks are a part of life for so many in the difficult times we live.  It’s interesting to me that You caused the Israelites’ enemy to panic and they were defeated by a hailstorm!

The Lord threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along the road to Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11 As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the Lord destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword. —Joshua 10:10-11

Panic is a powerful weapon Satan uses against us everyday.

How many times have we found ourselves totally defeated

because

we

allowed

anxious thoughts to turn into panic,

which caused us to make decisions

that moved us away

from

God’s best for our lives?

Lord, open our eyes and reveal our enemy’s tools.  Help us to live by the words of Joshua:

“Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged,” Joshua told his men. “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord is going to do this to all of your enemies.” —Joshua 10:25  (Joshua’s come a long way from the the first day we met him.

Lord, fight for us today!  Holy Spirit, fill our minds and spirits so full of peace and confidence in You that anxiety and panic cannot enter.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 12:7-15:19

Lord, What am I Hiding? Joshua 7:13


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:1; 1 Chronicles 2:7; Joshua 7:2-9:27

Heavenly Father, as I read the story of Achan I immediately thought of my own life, my own heart…

What am I trying to hide away for myself that it Yours and Yours alone?

“Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you.” —Joshua 7:13

Lord, show me the things in my life that You want set apart for You and Your service.  Some possibilities that come to mind:

  • My body
  • My talents and abilities
  • My time
  • My days on this earth
  • My tithe

Holy Spirit, teach me.  I do not want to hoard the things that You want set a part for Your service.  Lord, forgive and have mercy on me when I make a mistake.  Make me like you Jesus.

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 10:1-12:6

Lord, I’ve Never Traveled This Way Before–Joshua 3:4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27

Heavenly Father, I can relate to Joshua and the children of Israel.  In today’s reading they were heading into the unknown. Yes, it was their Promised Land, but it was a place they had never been before.

We humans are a crazy bunch.  Many times we would rather live in a “known” hell than an “unknown” heaven.

Lord, it takes guts to step out into the unknown.  It takes confidence in our ability to hear Your voice.  How many times have I missed something new and exciting in my life because I told myself that it wasn’t really “God speaking.”

Jesus, it’s almost been five years since I walked away from a career I had worked so hard to develop.  I knew I had heard Your voice.  I knew You had a plan, but I had never traveled this way before.

As I began my journey You made a stop for me to learn, rest, and find a new passion and then at just the right time, You said, “Step into the water!” I said Lord, I’ve never traveled this way before.  I’ve never crossed a river without a boat.

I’m was scared but I decided to do what Joshua did.  I followed You Lord.  You are guiding me.  I’m trusting You to speak loud enough for me to hear.

Lord, I’m ready; bring on the day’s adventure!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 


 

 

 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:1; 1 Chronicles 2:7; Joshua 7:2-9:27

Lord, Help Me to be Strong and Courageous–Joshua 1:6-7


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Joshua 1:1-2:24

Heavenly Father, did Joshua have a problem with fear and anxiety? It certainly seemed like it.  In the last few chapters (Deuteronomy 31, Joshua 1) You’ve told him to be strong and courageous, Moses told him to be strong and courageous and the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh told him to be strong and courageous.

Lord, thank you for including this in Your Word.  Thank You for choosing the weak to do mighty things.  Thank you for choosing Joshua!

I think anyone would be afraid to take Moses’ place!

Lord, fear and anxiety are tools that Satan uses everyday to “try” to stop us from reaching our Promised Land. Our enemy tells us we’re not good enough, we can’t do it. Jesus, help us to be strong and courageous.  Help us to seek You, listen for Your direction and then do as Joshua, move out with strength and courage and take the land!

Jesus, help us to overcome our feelings of fear and anxiety so that Your will is accomplished in our lives.

In Your Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27


What Are Your Reminders of Your Promises to God? –Joshua 24:25-27

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Joshua 22:1 through Joshua 24:33

Right before Joshua died he summoned all the tribes of Israel together.  Joshua reminded Israel of their amazing journey with the Lord.  Then Joshua gave the Israelites a challenge:

So Fear the Lord and Serve Him Wholeheartedly.  –Joshua 24:14

Then Joshua did something all godly leaders do; he led by example:

Choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.  –Joshua 24:15

Next, Joshua stirred up the people and challenged them by saying “you are not able to serve the Lord, for He is a holy and jealous God.”  (Joshua 24:19) I counted four times the Israelites came back and said, “Yes, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua made a covenant with the people that day and recorded those things in the Book of God’s Instructions.  As a reminder of their agreement, he took a huge stone and rolled it beneath the Terebinth tree beside the Tabernacle of the Lord.

Joshua said to all the people, “This stone has heard everything the Lord said to us.  It will be a witness to testify against you if you go back on your word to God.”  –Joshua 24:25-27

There are several occasions during the Israelites’ journey to the Promised Land where they were told to take rocks or stones and make a memorial.  Stones have been used for many things along our journey through six books of the Bible (can you believe we finish Joshua today?):

  • Jacob used a stone for his pillow  (Gen. 28:18)
  • Zipporah used a flint knife (sharp stone in the KJV)  to circumcise her son (Ex. 4:25)
  • God gave Moses the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone (Ex. 24:12)
  • Aaron’s had stones on his ephod with the names of the tribes of Israel engraved on them (ex. 28:12)
  • Stones were used to killed people who brought evil into the camp (Deut 21:21)
  • They set up stones when they crossed over the Jordan to build an altar(Deut. 27:4-8)
  • Twelve stones were a sign to future generations of the faithfulness of God (Josh. 4:6)

Rest, purification, instruction, holiness, correction, worship, reminders of faithfulness, reminders that God hears our promises…I need these rocks in my life.

Yesterday, we talked about all the promises that God made to us in Bible.  Today we are using “rocks” to remind of us our promises to Him.  Here are a few of my reminder “rocks”.

  • My old Bibles
  • My journals
  • My wedding ring
  • Pictures of my family
  • Scripture plaques in my home
  • Songs
  • Books

What are your reminders of your promises to God?

Praying for you today…

©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Judges 1:1 through Judges 3:30

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