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Lord, Help Me to Accept Responsibility for My Mistakes–Deuteronomy 1:37


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:20

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses was reviewing the Israelites’ journey through the wilderness. I was confused my Moses statement:

And the Lord was also angry with me because of you. He said to me, ‘Moses, not even you will enter the Promised Land!” —Deuteronomy 1:37

It seemed that Moses was blaming Your decision for him to NOT enter the Promised Land on the Israelites. When I read the original journey in Numbers it definitely seemed like Moses fault to me:

So Moses did as he was told. He took the staff from the place where it was kept before the Lord.  Then he and Aaron summoned the people to come and gather at the rock. “Listen, you rebels!” he shouted. “Must we bring you water from this rock?”  Then Moses raised his hand and struck the rock twice with the staff, and water gushed out. So the entire community and their livestock drank their fill.

But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!”  This place was known as the waters of Meribah (which means “arguing”) because there the people of Israel argued with the Lord, and there he demonstrated his holiness among them. –Numbers 20:9-13

Lord, I realize there may be more to this than I understand, but to me it seems like Moses was saying to the Israelites, “It’s your fault I got so mad.”  “It’s your fault I didn’t demonstrate God’s holiness.”

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ACTIONS!

Lord, forgive me for the times in my life I’ve blamed other people for my mistakes.  Help me to accept responsibility for my mistakes. Holy Spirit, remind me of the lessons learned from these mistakes.  Use my mistakes for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Deuteronomy 3:21-5:33

Lord, Show Me My Boundaries–Numbers 34:1-2


Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 34:1-36:13

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading You defined the physical boundaries of the country of Israel.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you come into the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your special possession, these will be the boundaries.” –Numbers 34:1-2

Father, in today’s world we don’t like boundaries.  We don’t want to be told something is unacceptable in all circumstances.  We think having boundaries make us prisoners.

Jesus, Your Word defines our boundaries.  Every line was drawn with the extreme love that only a parent can feel.  Father, your love abounds in Your boundaries.

Holy Spirit, help us to look for Your boundaries.  Help us to see them as signs of love.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:20

Lord, Help Me to Write Down My Progress–Numbers 33:2

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 32:1-33:56

Heavenly Father, You have brought me so far as I journeyed to “Know You More.”  Just like the Israelites most of the lessons I’ve learned have been from my mistakes.

Thank you for telling Moses to keep a written record of the Israelites’ progress.  Every time I read about their journey I learn so much.

At the Lord’s direction, Moses kept a written record of their progress.  –Numbers 33:2

Lord, help us to realize the lessons learned from our spiritual journey should be written down.  I know everyone’s not a writer, but everyone can make a list of blessings, prayers answered, and questions for God (which He will answer).

Holy Spirit, I pray that today You will awaken us to the importance of keeping a record of our spiritual journey.  Lord, help the record of our journey to be a road map for future generations.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 34:1-36:13

Lord, Help Me Finish Well–Numbers 31:1-2

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 30:1-31:54

Heavenly Father, as I read Your instructions to Moses the words, “Finish well” came to mind.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “On behalf of the people of Israel, take revenge on the Midianites for leading them into idolatry. After that, you will die and join your ancestors.” —Numbers 31:1-2

Lord, this was Moses’ last assignment before leaving this earth.

I wonder how he felt?

What was he thinking?

  • I’m tired of this job, why do I have to do this?
  • I’m retiring, what do I care if these people win or lose?
  • These people have been driving me crazy for 40 years I think I’m going to tell everybody what I “really” think of them!

Lord, I’ve seen this scenario played out too many times in the corporate world and the church world–in the last two weeks of a person’s career they ruin their reputation and cause people to say, “Thank God they’re gone!”

Jesus, help us to realize our job is to make our last days our best days.  Paul made it very clear:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing. —2 Timothy 4:7-8

Lord, whether we’re working for  ourselves, a small or large company, or a church or community organization; whether we’re a volunteer or getting a salary, help us to realize finishing well is one of the ways we worship You.  It’s a way to show the world we’re different.

Lord, help us to apply this to our whole life as well. Help us to continue to serve You and cause others to Know You More, all the days of our lives!

Father, I’m sure Moses heard these words from You.  I pray that we will as well.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. –Matthew 25:21

Holy Spirit, strengthen us at the end of our race.  Give us the determination to finish well for the Glory of God.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 32:1-33:56

Lord, Did You Change Your Mind? —Numbers 25:1-3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 25:1-26:65

Heavenly Father, I know we live in a different time; we no longer living under The Law. Thanks to Jesus, there is grace for our mistakes. But if sexual sin and idolatry made your anger blaze in the days of The Exodus, how do You feel about it now? Lord, did You change Your mind?

While the Israelites were camped at Acacia Grove, some of the men defiled themselves by having sexual relations with local Moabite women.  These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab. In this way, Israel joined in the worship of Baal of Peor, causing the Lord’s anger to blaze against his people. —Numbers 25:1-3

Lord, if You held us to the same standards of the Israelites, we’d all be dead! But, just knowing You’re not going to “strike me dead” isn’t enough for me. I don’t want Your anger to rage over my choices. I want to live a life that is pleasing to You.

Father, I think sexual sin and idolatry still make Your angry. You sent Jesus to give us an update on the things that are most important to You when He came to this earth.

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” —Matthew 22:36-40

Jesus, show us our idols. Show us our sexual sins.

Holy Spirit, show us how to live a life that’s pleasing to our God. Convict us when our lives make You angry.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 27:1-29:40

Lord, I Want to Know You Like Balaam. —Numbers 24:15-16

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 22:1-24:25

Heavenly Father, as I read the story of Balaam I was so impressed with his discipline. He would not answer King Balek or his messengers questions without consulting You first. He wasn’t tempted by gifts or the trapping of the king. Like a little girl in a candy story who just saw her favorite candy, I say “Lord, I want that! I want that kind of relationship with You.”

Lord, I want to know You Like Balaam.

Balaam told Balak, “Don’t you remember what I told your messengers? I said, ‘Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the Lord.’ I told you that I could say only what the Lord says! —Numbers 24: 12-13

Lord, let me see myself as Balaam did:

Decree of Balaam son of Beor,
decree of the man with 20/20 vision,
Decree of the man who hears godly speech,
who knows what’s going on with the High God,
Who sees what The Strong God reveals,
who bows in worship and sees what’s real.

Numbers 24:15-16 [The Message]

 Lord, in today’s world it is so hard to know what’s real, to know what’s truth. Help me to follow You closely, spend time in Your Word, wait for You to reveal my next steps and worship You in everything I do.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 25:1-26:65

Lord, I Want to Demonstrate Your Holiness to Others–Numbers 20:12

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 19:1-21:35

Heavenly Father, Moses is one of my top five heroes of the Bible.  He is the most amazing leader…

Yet, he failed to demonstrate Your holiness to the people of Israel.  He lost his patience, in public, and deliberately did it “his” way.

I sound like a broken record Lord, but that’s me.  I’ve done things just like Moses…lost my patience, in public, and deliberately did it my way. I feel pretty certain You have allowed me to go through some hard times in my life to teach me patience.  I certainly haven’t arrived but I’m a whole lot better than I was in my 20s.

Lord, during those “fit-pitching” (a very southern term) times the last thing I was thinking of was demonstrating Your holiness.  It was all about me and my frustrations.  I guess Moses got caught up in himself as well.

Holy Spirit, remind me that I represent my God every time I interact with another person.  Help me to demonstrate Your holiness.

Jesus, I’m so grateful You came and made a way for imperfect, screwed-up people to make it to our Promised Land, Heaven.  Yes, we may go limping from some of life’s hard lessons, but if we keep our faith in You we will arrive.

Thank You Jesus for demonstrating Your holiness to the world on Calvary.

In Your Name we pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 22:1-24:25

Lord, Help Me to Respect Your Leaders–Numbers 16:11

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 16:1-18:32

Heavenly Father, as I read the rebellious words that Korah, the Levite and his friends from the tribe of Reuben spoke to Moses and Aaron I cringed at their nerve.

They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?” —Numbers 16:3

Lord, are Your people guilty of rebellion against Your chosen leaders in today’s world?

I’m afraid so.  It’s so easy to read this story and think, “How dumb can you get?”  “Who in their right mind would question Moses and Aaron’s special anointing?”

But don’t we do the same things Sunday after Sunday. On the drive home for church or over lunch we pick apart our pastor’s…

  • Message
  • Delivery
  • Choice of clothing
  • Hair style
  • Length of sermon

Lord, help us to understand that when we criticize our spiritual leaders we’re really criticizing You.

Moses said to Korah: The Lord is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! —Numbers 16:11

God, help us to realize how much You despise disrespect of Your chosen ones.

He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel. —Numbers 16:31-33

Holy Spirit, show us our areas of rebellion. Convict us when we gossip, complain, and act in ways that aren’t pleasing to You.  Stirring up trouble and sowing discord are definitely sinful acts.

Lord, forgive us and help us to repent and change our ways.

Lord, help us to realize respecting our spiritual leaders is respecting You and that Your leaders are accountable to You and You will deal with them.

We trust Your judgment Lord.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’ Scripture Reading: Numbers 19:1-21:35

Lord, Forgive Me When I Whine–Numbers 11:10

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 11:1-13:33

Heavenly Father, sometimes I whine and complain; just like the Israelites.  Please forgive me.  I know You see my whining as a lack of trust.  EVERY TIME I gripe, complain and whine about my circumstances, You hear it and you are offended by it.

Moses heard all the families standing in the doorways of their tents whining, and the Lord became extremely angry. Moses was also very aggravated. —Numbers 11:10

Lord, I know it’s okay to talk to You about anything that concerns me.  Moses came before You voiced his frustrations about the Israelites and sometimes You voiced Your complaints as well (Exodus 32:7-9).

But it seems that it’s the whining about…

  • Your will
  • Your provision
  • Your plans
  • Your ways

…to other people, that is displeasing to You.

It’s like we’re advertising our lack of trust.  It’s definitely not a way to reach the lost and hurting of the world. I sort of like gossiping or talk about You rather than to You.

Holy Spirit, convict me of my whining, gossiping and complaining.  Remind me to go to Jesus when I don’t understand.  Change my heart oh Lord!  Give me a heart that trusts You!  Make me like You, Jesus!

In Your Holy Name!  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 14:1-15:41

Lord, Please Bless and Protect Me–Numbers 6:22-27

Today’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 6:1-27; Numbers 10:1-36

Heavenly Father, I want Your special blessings, but sometimes I just don’t know how to pray.  Thank you for including prayers of blessings in Your Word.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:                             ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27

Jesus, the Israelites could only receive this blessing when Aaron or his sons spoke it over them, but because of what You did for us on the cross of Calvary, Your followers are royal priests; we can speak this blessing over ourselves and our household. Lord, once again  remind us that we are your chosen people, your royal priests:

But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9

Lord, bless me and protect me.  Lord, smile on me and be gracious to me today.  Lord, show me Your favor and give me Your peace today.

(Insert the names on your prayer list in the me space)

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Numbers 11:1-13:33

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