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Lord, Don’t Put Me in Charge—Isaiah 3:1-15

images-5Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 1:21-5:30

Heavenly Father, I know that Isaiah was speaking of the coming devastation of Judah by the Babylonian army in these verses but I couldn’t help but think about leadership in today’s world, especially the church.

In those days a man will say to his brother,“Since you have a coat, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!” But he will reply,“No! I can’t help. I don’t have any extra food or clothes. Don’t put me in charge!”  —Isaiah 3:6-7

Gone are the days when people decide to become leaders because of a strong moral conviction to do the right thing. Now days there’s usually an ulterior motive– power, money, climbing the ladder, or personal agendas.

What happens when all the “perks” of leadership go away?

No money, no fame, no success plan?

Who would want to be a leader if there are no benefits?

Lord, as Your people, help us to rise to the occasion in these days of leadership famine. Help us put our selfishness aside. Make us givers instead of takers. Help us to serve others with a pure heart.

Lord, help us to say “yes, I’ll be in charge and lead others to You.”

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 16:19-20, 2 Chronicles 28:26-27, Isaiah 13:1-16:14

Lord, Help Me Encourage My Children to Do Right—2 Chronicles 22:3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Chronicles 21:8-20, 2 Kings 8:23-29, 2 Chronicles 22:1-7, 2 Kings 9:1-10:17, 2 Chronicles 22:8-9, 2 Kings 10:18-31

Heavenly Father, this verse jumped out like a flashing,neon sign as I read today’s scripture:

Ahaziah also followed the evil example of King Ahab’s family, for his mother encouraged him in doing wrong.                      —2 Chronicles 22:3

What a terrible thing to have said about a parent!

My first thought was Lord, “I” would never encourage my children to do wrong! I take my role as a parent very seriously. While that is true, I felt a pause come over me and I thought,”No, I don’t encourage my children to do wrong with my words but do I encourage them to do wrong by my example?”

I love to read about great leaders and look for leadership lessons in the lives of all kinds of people.  I’m so passionate about leadership that I’m a part of a  national women’s ministry called LeadHer that equips women to be the leaders You have called us to be. One of the founding principles of this organization is every woman is a leader. We all have people we influence but for those of us who are parents our greatest opportunity to influence is in the lives of our children.

Lord, the number one thing I’ve learned about leadership through secular study and following You all my life  is there’s only one way to lead:

By example.

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Holy Spirit, show me the areas where my words and my actions don’t line up. Allow my life with all it’s twists and turns, successes and failures, to lead my children straight to You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 11:1-3, 2 Chronicles 22:10-12, 2 Kings 11:4-12, 2 Chronicles 23:1-11, 2 Kings 11:13-16, 2 Chronicles 23:12-15, 2 Kings 11:17-21, 2 Chronicles 23:16-21, 2 Kings 12:1-16, 2 Chronicles 24:1-22, 2 Kings 10:32-36

Lord, I Need Your Special Strength–1 Kings 18:46

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16:1-10; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 1 Kings 15:23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19; 1 Kings 17:1-7

Heavenly Father, when I read the story of Elijah, I long to see the kind of miracles he saw.  I’m amazed at Elijah’s physical and mental strength, but I’m most amazed by his faith.  He didn’t just believe, He acted on what he believed.

What faith it took for Elijah to call all the Israelites together and challenge the Baal worshipers to a “worship war.” (1 Kings 18:19-24)

Elijah also challenged the Israelites to get off the fence:

Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.  –1 Kings 18:46

Lord, help us today to stop “hobbling between two opinions.”  Help us to follow You with our whole heart.

Jesus, give us Your special strength.  Allow us to be a part of the miracles You are doing today.  Lord, when we begin to waver, come along side us and remind us of Your plans, Your Kingdom, and Your power.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 20:23-22:9; 2 Chronicles 18:1-8

Lord, I Don’t Want to Miss My Chance–2 Chronicles 16:7


Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16:1-10; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 1 Kings 15:23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19; 1 Kings 17:1-7

Heavenly Father, today’s reading is a clear reminder that misplaced trust can completely change the outcome of our lives.

At that time Hanani the seer came to King Asa and told him, “Because you have put your trust in the king of Aram instead of in the Lord your God, you missed your chance to destroy the army of the king of Aram. 

Don’t you remember what happened to the Ethiopians and Libyans and their vast army, with all of their chariots and charioteers? At that time you relied on the Lord, and he handed them over to you.  The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. What a fool you have been! From now on you will be at war.” — 2 Chronicles 16:7-9

Lord, I don’t want to miss my chance to make a difference in this world and Your Kingdom.  I want to be someone who relies on You, not leaders, popular opinion, or the latest fad or craze. I want to be fully committed to You Lord.

Lord, strengthen my heart for Your Plans.  Make Your will clear.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 15:16-22; 2 Chronicles 16:1-10; 1 Kings 16:1-34; 1 Kings 15:23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11-17:19; 1 Kings 17:1-7

Lord, Help Me to Learn From the Mistakes of Solomon—1 Kings 11: 9-10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 11-43, 2 Chronicles 9:29-31, Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Heavenly Father, it’s sad that Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible, who through Proverbs shared so many nuggets of wisdom is now teaching us by his mistakes.

The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.  He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord’s command.  —1 Kings 11:9-10

Lord, I’ve always thought that Solomon’s ridiculous number of wives (700 wives, 300 concubines) were a sign that he was some kind of sex addict but I saw something in my commentary that made me think that sexual pleasure wasn’t all that was on Solomon’s mind.

Solomon made a practice of marrying foreign women to solidify political alliances, in spite of Gods clear instructions that the king of Israel should not do this. As a result, Solomon began to add the religious practices of these foreign wives to his worship of the Lord.  “Chronological Life Application Study Bible,” Tyndale House Publishers

Father, I think I get it. Power was Solomon’s issue. These women were his ticket to growing his name and influence throughout the world. I’m sure his chest got pretty puffed up when it was known throughout the land that he was “man enough” to have this many women in his life.

If we drill down past Solomon’s power problem we see that pride is at the root of his downfall.

Lord, I know pride has been the source of many of the tough times I’ve experienced. It has been the ruin of many. It’s ironic that Solomon wrote this Proverb.

All who fear the LORD will hate evil. Therefore, I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech. —Proverbs 8:13

Lord, continue to expose pride in my life. Help me to be teachable and repent quickly from this sin that destroyed Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-6:12

Lord, Help Me to Walk With Integrity in Front of My Children–Proverbs 20:7


Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 20:1-22:16

Heavenly Father, Your Word is amazing!  This verse in Proverbs touches my heart:

The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.   –Proverbs 20:7

Lord, my desire has always been to live a life of integrity in front of my children.  I have failed many times, but have done my best to keep pressing toward that goal.

Now that my children are parents themselves, my one piece of advice for them and other young parents is…

 Lead by example–What you do speaks much louder than what you say

Lord, I don’t think this just pertains to parents with children at home.  I still believe my children and now my grandchildren are watching my life.

Jesus, my number one goal in life is to live a life that points my family to You.  Lord, I’m not perfect but if I run to You in my success and my failures, then my children and grandchildren will have an example to follow in their easy and tough times.

Thank you for my children and grandchildren.  May they know Your more through my life.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 22:17-24:34

Lord, Give Me Passion for My Calling

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 7:1-51, 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22 

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Solomon was a man on a mission. He was hard at work. He was in tune with Your desires and plans. His brain was is project manager mode for years. There was no sitting on the throne, eating grapes and being fanned by beautiful women in his daily life (I’m sure he managed to squeeze in some time in for this 🙂 ). Between building the Temple and building his palace, Solomon worked on building projects for 20 years.

How did he keep his motivation high over that many years?

Lord, from reading Your Word it seems that Solomon was in the center of Your will for his life. I’ve seen this in my life and the lives of many others, when humans get in their sweet spot–where Your plans, our talents and abilities and a noble cause align–there is a supernatural fire or passion and causes ordinary people to accomplish extra-ordinary things.

Solomon was a great example of living life with passion but Jesus, You were the greatest example. EVERYTHING You did on this earth was because of Your passionate love for us and Your desire to give us eternal life.

Father, during this season of my life there are many things I “can” do, but my desire is to passionately live out my calling until my time on this earth is done. Lord, give me the wisdom of Solomon to live out my calling.

Anoint me with passion today!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 8:1-11, 2 Chronicles 5:1-14, 1 Kings 8:12-21, 2 Chronicles 6:1-11,1 Kings 8:22-53, 2 Chronicles 6:12-42

Lord, Who Am I? –2 Chronicles 2:5-6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 3:16-28; 1 Kings 5:1-18; 2 Chronicles 2:1-18; 1 Kings 6:1-13; 2 Chronicles 3:1-14; 1 Kings 6:14-38

Heavenly Father, Solomon was wise enough to know just how inadequate he was as a temple builder for the God of the universe.

“This must be a magnificent Temple because our God is greater than all other gods. But who can really build him a worthy home? Not even the highest heavens can contain him! So who am I to consider building a Temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices to him?”  —2 Chronicles 2:5-6

Lord, the message for me in this passage is that yes, Solomon knew he was inadequate, but he also knew You had appointed him to do it.

He did it anyway!

I know I’m inadequate to preach and teach Your Word, but I believe You’ve appointed me.  Lord, I can do all things through You (Philippians 4:13).

Lord, I pray for my friends today who feel inadequate in the things You’ve called them to do.  Help them (and me) to know that You qualify the called, not call the qualified.

Use us for Your Glory.  In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 7:1-51; 2 Chronicles 3:15-4:22

Lord, Thank You For Observant Friends–2 Samuel 14:1

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12:26-31; 1 Chronicles 20:2-3; 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33

Heavenly Father, I’m not sure that King David and Joab were friends, but Joab definitely acted like a friend in today’s story.

Joab realized how much the king longed to see Absalom. So he sent for a woman from Tekoa who had a reputation for great wisdom. He said to her, “Pretend you are in mourning; wear mourning clothes and don’t put on lotions. Act like a woman who has been mourning for the dead for a long time.  Then go to the king and tell him the story I am about to tell you.” Then Joab told her what to say.  —2 Samuel 14:1-3

Lord, we all have times in our lives when we need someone to help us get our head on straight.  Sometimes we’re just too close to the situation, we truly “can’t see the forest for the trees.”

Jesus, thank you for using my friends to encourage, challenge, trouble-shoot, counsel and correct.  Lord, help me to be that kind of friend.  Give me the grace and mercy to be a friend that builds others up, always.  Teach me to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) to my friends AND family.

Lord, help me to be a “Joab” kind of friend to someone today!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 15:1-17:14

Lord, Was This David’s Defining Moment ? —2 Samuel 10:7

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 8:15-18, 1 Chronicles 18:14-17, 1 Chronicles 6:16-30, 50-53, 31-48, 2 Samuel 9:1-10:19, 1 Chronicles 19:1-19

Heavenly Father, I saw something in today’s reading that has me saying,

“Oh my!”

Today was the last day of reading before David sins with Bathsheba (yes, I turned the page). I love the story of David but dread getting to the part about Bathsheba. David’s my hero. He was amazing handling Saul and his enemies while remaining kind and humble. I don’t want to watch him fall.

In today’s reading David was still the hero riding in on his chariot to save the day. He was saving the honor of his men and responding to a threat by neighboring countries but something was missing.

When David heard about this, he sent Joab and all his warriors to fight them. —2 Samuel 10:7

Lord, the only reason I noticed this missing piece is because this year as I’ve read David’s story a particular phrase has jumped off the page in neon colors many times.

The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim. So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”

The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.” —2 Samuel 5:18-19

I didn’t go back and research this but I’m pretty sure that every time up until this point David asked, “Lord, should I go out to fight.”

Lord, this time David didn’t ask You. He made a snap decision and moved forward with HIS plans. Yes, David and the Israelites won the battle but I wonder if this was the defining moment when David decided he was now powerful enough, wise enough, and smart enough to call the shots. In tomorrow’s reading he chooses to stay home from battle. I don’t think he asked You about that either.

Jesus, the minute I saw this all I could say was “Oh me!” I do the same thing. I move forward with my plans without thinking about asking You. Sometimes I do ask but I don’t wait for an answer. Lord, over the years I have made some big mistakes because I thought I could handle it by myself.

David’s pride, my pride. It’s all the same.

Lord, forgive me for doing life MY way. Holy Spirit, teach me, remind me to ask should I go (do, fight, say yes, etc) and then help me to wait for Your answer.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 20:1, 2 Samuel 11:1-12:14, Psalm 51, 2 Samuel 12:15-25, 2 Samuel 5:14-16, 1 Chronicles 14:3-7, 1 Chronicles 3:5-9

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