Archive - leadership RSS Feed

Lord, I Want Pure Wisdom—James 3:13-18

images-3

Today’s Scripture Reading: James 1:1-3:18

Heavenly Father, I seek Your wisdom like a treasure hunter looking for his greatest find!

If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. —James 3:13-18

I don’t desire the world’s wisdom. It’s corrupt and disorderly. I want to be a peacemaker in this troubled world.

Holy Spirit, show me how to plant seeds of peace.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Lord, These Four Things Could Change The World—2 Corinthians 13:11

images-3

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14, Acts 20:7-12

Heavenly Father, I know You know this, but our world is in a mess. When I look at the desperation, it’s overwhelming. What can I do? I’m only one person.

Dear brothers and sisters, I close my letter with these last words: Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you. —2 Corinthians 13:11

Paul, knew about changing the world. He knew that being an example was the only way to usher in change. He gave the Corinthians four ways to live that will cause others to know You.

1. Be joyful

2. Grow to maturity

3. Encourage each other

4. Live in harmony and peace

Lord, help me not to expect these things of unbelievers. They only have one problem, they don’t know You. Help me to use these four things to reach out to the lost and hurting of this world.

When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. Holy Spirit, help me to hold myself to a higher standard than the world. —1 Corinthians 9:22

Lord, these four things are my desire. Let each one be displayed in my life today!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 20:13-21:36

Lord, Give Me Cause for Great Joy—Nehemiah 12:43

images-4

Today’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 12:27-13:6, Nehemiah 5:14-19, Nehemiah 13:7-31, Malachi 1:1-2:9

Heavenly Father, I can’t imagine the feelings of the people of Judah as they gathered to celebrate the completion of the new wall of Jerusalem. Yes, they were happy because things were getting back to normal and the finished wall made them feel safe but I think there was another reason for their joy.

Many sacrifices were offered on that joyous day, for God had given the people cause for great joy. The women and children also participated in the celebration, and the joy of the people of Jerusalem could be heard far away. —Nehemiah 12:43

Lord, You knew this project would be something that would unite this divided group of people. You knew the power of working towards a cause that is so big that it’s impossible for one or two people to make it happen. You knew the power of teamwork. Nehemiah was Your chosen leader for this project and You gifted him with a supernatural understanding of the power of joy.

And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!” —Nehemiah 8:10

Jesus, when you came to earth and died for us, Your message and Your kingdom became our “cause for great joy!” Help us to unite and work as a team to help others to know You more.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

Click here to visit blog

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Malachi 2:10-4:6, Joel 1:1-3:21

Lord, Help Me to Learn From The Mistakes of Others—Nehemiah 13:26-27

Unknown

Today’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 11:1-12:26, 1 Chronicles 9:1b-34

Heavenly Father, Nehemiah was an amazing leader. He gave us so many lessons on leadership, character, and perseverance. The lesson in these verses focuses on learning from the mistakes of others.

Wasn’t this exactly what led King Solomon of Israel into sin?” I demanded. “There was no king from any nation who could compare to him, and God loved him and made him king over all Israel. But even he was led into sin by his foreign wives. How could you even think of committing this sinful deed and acting unfaithfully toward God by marrying foreign women?”—Nehemiah 13:26-27

Lord, as I read the Bible I’ve asked myself the same question Nehemiah asked, “how could they do that again and again?” Why didn’t they learn from the mistakes of their ancestors?

Learning from the mistakes of others is what the Bible’s all about. Adam, Abraham, Noah, Saul, David, Solomon, Peter—they all made their fair share of mistakes. Your Word gives us a look into the consequences of those mistakes and encourage us to learn from their poor choices.

There’s an old cliché that says experience is the best teacher, but that’s not true. By the time you’ve personally learned the all the lessons, you’re too old to use the knowledge. Learning from the experiences of others is the best teacher.

Lord, help me to learn from the mistakes of others and help others to learn from my mistakes.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 Click here to visit blog

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Nehemiah 12:27-13:6, Nehemiah 5:14-19, Nehemiah 13:7-31, Malachi 1:1-2:9

Lord, I’ve Lost My Enthusiasm—Haggai 1:14-15

images-5

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

Heavenly Father, I know the power of enthusiasm. God-given enthusiasm has been one of the most important tools in my life as a leader. But these days I’m at a place where my enthusiasm fire has almost burned out.

So the Lord sparked the enthusiasm of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the enthusiasm of Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the enthusiasm of the whole remnant of God’s people. They began to work on the house of their God, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, on September 21 of the second year of King Darius’s reign. —Haggai 1:14-15

Lord, I believe Zerubbabel, Jeshua, and the remnant of Your people who were returning from exile were burned out as well. I can just imagine what it must have been like to dream for years to return to their homeland, only to find the city, temple, and walls completely destroyed when that day finally arrived.

They must have thought, “where do you start when everything around You has been leveled to the ground?”

Lord, I understand this feeling. Just like Your people returning from exile, You’ve given me knowledge, skills, and abilities to do what You’ve called me to but the job seems overwhelming, especially since I’ve lost my passion and enthusiasm—My “want to” is gone!

Jesus, spark my enthusiasm, like You did for Your people returning to their homeland. Fan the ambers of my heart and get me going again. Ignite my love for people and my desire to help them. Move me from burned out to fired up. Lord do this for the honor of Your Name and the Glory of Your Kingdom.

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: Haggai 2:1-9, Zechariah 1:1-6, Haggai 2:10-19, Ezra 5:2, Haggai 2:10-19, Ezra, 5:2, Haggai 2:20-23, Zechariah 1:7-5:11

Lord, Am I Encouraging Your People to Sin? —Ezekiel 44:10-14

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 44:1-46:24

Heavenly Father, living the Christian life is a huge responsibility. Our example can cause someone to follow or abandon You.

And the men of the tribe of Levi who abandoned me when Israel strayed away from me to worship idols must bear the consequences of their unfaithfulness. They may still be Temple guards and gatekeepers, and they may slaughter the animals brought for burnt offerings and be present to help the people. But they encouraged my people to worship idols, causing Israel to fall into deep sin. So I have taken a solemn oath that they must bear the consequences for their sins, says the Sovereign Lord. They may not approach me to minister as priests. They may not touch any of my holy things or the holy offerings, for they must bear the shame of all the detestable sins they have committed. They are to serve as the Temple caretakers, taking charge of the maintenance work and performing general duties. —Ezekiel 44:10-14

Holy Spirit, convict me if I’m saying or doing anything that would cause one of Your children to stumble. (1 Corinthians 8:9)

My desire is to cause others to know You more. (Philippians 3:10)

Lord, teach, guide, and counsel 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: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, Ezekiel 29:17-30:19, 2 Kings 25:27-30, Jeremiah 52:31-34

Lord, I Don’t Want to Lead People Astray—Jeremiah 50:6

Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:15-40, Jeremiah 49:34-51:14

images

Heavenly Father, the world is full of shepherds (Christian Leaders, pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets, and anyone to attempts to lead or mentor someone to know Jesus). I wonder how many of us have led someone astray from the path You planned for them. This is the part about ministry that scares me to death.

“My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds have led them astray
and turned them loose in the mountains.
They have lost their way
and can’t remember how to get back to the sheepfold. —Jeremiah 50:6

Holy Spirit, if my words, testimony, life. or blog is leading anyone astray please, please, please show me.

Rescue any mis-guided “sheep” from my mistakes. Show them Your Truth. Show them how to get back into Your sheepfold.

Forgive me. Correct me. Teach me.

If all else fails, silence me. I’d rather say nothing than lead one of Your children astray.

Lord, anoint me to hear, receive, and walk in Your direction AND correction!

I want to cause others to know Your more. —Philippians 4:13

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 51:15-48, 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

Lord, Help Me to Receive Your Correction— Zephaniah 3:1-2

Unknown-1

Today’s Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 2:8-3:20, 2 Chronicles 35:20-27, 2 Kings 23:29-30, Jeremiah 47:1-48:47

Heavenly Father, I don’t like to be corrected. I’ve lived my life trying to correct myself so that I won’t need to be corrected by others.

What sorrow awaits rebellious, polluted Jerusalem,
the city of violence and crime!
No one can tell it anything;
it refuses all correction.
It does not trust in the Lord
or draw near to its God.  Zephaniah 3:1-2
 

While it would be great to never need correcting it is not possible on this earth in our humanness. Lord, I need Your correction. I also need the correction of others.

Lord, the greatest tool of the enemy of my soul is the lethal injection of pride.  The”You can’t tell me anything. I know it all” syndrome.

In Your Name Jesus, I say this attitude is not welcome in my soul. Holy Spirit, when the demons of pride and stubbornness  try to block Your correction, give me the wisdom to recognize where they’re coming from and the boldness to refuse to receive them. Lord, I receive Your correction and refuse Satan’s destructive plans for my life.

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 Chronicles 36:1-4, 2 Kings 23:31-37, 2 Chronicles 36:5, Jeremiah 22:1-23, Jeremiah 26:1-24, 2 Kings 24:1-4, Jeremiah 25:1-14

Lord, Let Me Proclaim Your Power to This New Generation—Psalm 71:18

Unknown-2

Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 1-2, Psalm 10, Psalm 33, Psalm 71, Psalm 91

Heavenly Father, I don’t consider myself old and gray but I’m definitely closer to old age than youth. I have a passion to see this scripture fulfilled in my life.

Now that I am old and gray,
do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
your mighty miracles to all who come after me. —Psalm 71:18

Lord, many years ago this scripture became the verse that helped me see my purpose. This is the reason I’m on this earth:

To leave a trail for anyone You send into my life that leads them straight to You.

Many people may look at my life and see trials, hardships, and mistakes and think Your power hasn’t been displayed but I know that You and You alone are the reason I have been able to thrive during life’s triumphs and failures.

Jesus, I’m thankful for the level of worldly success You’ve given me but it means nothing if my purpose isn’t fulfilled.

Help me to accomplish my purpose today.

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 92-97

Lord, My Heart is Willing, But I’m Too Busy—2 Chronicles 29:31

Unknown-1

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 29:3-31:21

Heavenly Father, I’m taking a bit of liberty with this scripture today. It’s really about offerings but when I saw the words “all whose hearts were willing” my brain immediately thought, “Lord, there are so many desperate needs around me. People who just need a call, visit, their dishes washed, or a meal delivered. I want to help them. I’m willing, but I’m so busy. I just don’t have time.”

Then Hezekiah declared, “Now that you have consecrated yourselves to the Lord, bring your sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings to the Temple of the Lord.” So the people brought their sacrifices and thanksgiving offerings, and all whose hearts were willing brought burnt offerings, too.  —2 Chronicles 29:31

Maybe, this verse is more accurate than I thought. When I give to others it is definitely an offering of worship and many times it’s a sacrifice. I think the sacrifice word is the problem. In 2014, in America, sacrifice is a dirty word. We want our lives to be easy, comfortable, and all about us.

Lord, the enemy of our soul uses our fast paced and self-centered culture to keep us so busy with me, my, and mine that we “don’t have time” to care about anyone else. As Christians we expect the “church” or some social organization to care for the needs of the hurting because that’s why we pay our tithes or taxes. We’d rather just throw money at it and feel like we’d done our part.

We have been deceived into thinking that benevolence or caring for others in their time of need is a spiritual gift, some have it and some don’t. I know everyone doesn’t enjoy cooking or visiting people in the hospital but when the day comes when I’m the one in need and no one has the time or the desire to reach out to me, I see things from a completely different perspective.

Lord, I know from personal experience that the quality of the meal or the eloquence of someone’s words is the last thing on my mind when I’m in need. The ONLY thing I’m thinking when someone shows up to check on me or bring a meal is, THEY STOPPED THE CRAZINESS OF THEIR WORLD TO CARE ABOUT ME!!!

Jesus, continue to convict me of this need in my circle of influence. Help me to realize a meal from the deli at Publix means just as much as slow-cooked meal from home. Remind me that a 5 minute visit can mean the world to someone. Show me what I need to stop in my life so I can be Your hands and feet to the hurting world.

Lord, use me as Your representative today.

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: Proverbs 25:1-29:27

Page 1 of 2712345»1020...Last »
%d bloggers like this:
google53dcbfa4313dec77.html