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Lord, Our Appetites Are Out of Control—Philippians 3:19-21

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

Heavenly Father, our world is headed for destruction, just like Paul predicted. The appetites of Your people are out of control. Over indulgence in Sex, food, alcohol, drugs, and material possessions are rampant. Moderation and abstinence have become a thing of the past, even in Your church.

They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. —Philippians 3:19-21

Holy Spirit, wake us up! We are citizens of heaven! We are supposed to be different from the world.

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. —2 Chronicles 7:14

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Lord, I Can Do Nothing On My Own—John 4:30

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Today’s Scripture Reading: John 5:1-47, Mark 2:23-28, Matthew 12:1-8, Luke 6:1-5, Mark 3:1-6, Matthew 12:9-14, Luke 6:6-11, Matthew 12:15-21

Heavenly Father, it’s hard to fathom that Your son was fully man when He was on this earth. His dependence on You serves as an example of what our relationship with Your son should be.

I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will. —John 5:30

Jesus, I can do nothing on my own but I can do everything through You who give me strength (Philippians 4:13).

Lord, strengthen me for the day that lies ahead!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 3:7-19, Luke 6:12-16, Matthew 5:1-12, Luke 6:17-26, Matthew 5:13-48, Luke 6:27-36, Matthew 6:1-4

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

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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, I Can’t— Jeremiah 1:6-12

 

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Today’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

Heavenly Father, the words “I can’t” have crossed my lips or my mind many times. Just like Jeremiah I always have a reason.

  • I’m too busy
  • I’m too young
  • I’m too old
  • I’m too tired
  • I’m too stressed
  • I’m too sick
  • I’m too afraid

“O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!”

The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said,

“Look, I have put my words in your mouth!
 Today I appoint you to stand up
against nations and kingdoms.
Some you must uproot and tear down,
destroy and overthrow.
Others you must build up
and plant.”
Then the Lord said to me, “Look, Jeremiah! What do you see?”

And I replied, “I see a branch from an almond tree.”

And the Lord said, “That’s right, and it means that I am watching,and I will certainly carry out all my plans.” -Jeremiah 1:6-12

Lord, there are several lessons for me in this passage.

1. You hear all of my “I cant’s”

2. You don’t want me giving excuses (“Don’t say, ‘ I’m too young'”)

3. You have assignments for me (“You must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you”)

 

4. You don’t want me to fear what people say or think about me (“Don’t be afraid of people)

5. You will go with me and protect me ( “I will be with you and will protect you”)

6. You speak to me (If you spoke to Jeremiah You will speak to me, if I will listen)

7. You equip me to do what You call me to do (“I have put My words in your mouth)

8. You appoint me to carry out Your mission for my life (“Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms”)

9. You are watching me and will get Your plans accomplished in my life (“I am watching and will certainly carry out all my plans”)

Lord, bring these nine things to my remembrance when I want to say, “I can’t.”

Jesus, I CAN do all things because of the strength You give me. — Philippians 4:13

Lord, accomplish Your plans in 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: Jeremiah 2:23-5:19

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

Constantly Measuring and Never Measuring up—Philippians 1:6

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Philemon 1:1-25, Philippians 1:1-2:11

Many of us, including me, get all reflective this time of year?

  • Did I meet my goals?
  • What did I do well?
  • What did I learn?
  • What do I need to work on next year?

I’ve always been a goal-setter, even before I knew there was such a thing.  I guess it’s part of my personality.  But believe me, just because I’ve always “set” goals doesn’t mean I’ve always met them.  The down side to setting goals about everything is a mindset of constantly measuring and not always “measuring up.”

In today’s reading Paul gives this “bar raising, goal-setter” a verse that brings peace and rest and lets me know that God is continually working in my life and He won’t be finished with me until Christ returns.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. —Philippians 1:6

Does this mean it’s all up to God to get me to where He wants me to be?

I don’t think so.  The analogy that comes to mind is farming…

I’ve never heard of  God planting a field, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting the crop without a farmer.  But I’ve also have never heard of a farmer bringing a crop to harvest without the help of the Lord.

I think it’s the same way in the growth plan God has for our lives…

God won’t do it without us and we can’t do it without Him.

Where are you on the continuum of growth in your walk with Christ?

Beginning——————–Continuing————————Finished

Where do you want to be in 2014?

What is it that you need to do to reach your goals?

How will you make your goals a reality?

What is your part?

What is God’s part?

It would seem that if God’s plan is to begin, continue and finish; that should be our plan as well.

What are you going to begin, continue, and finish in 2014?

Heavenly Father, thank You for the things You have begun, continued and finished in my life this year.  I’m so excited about a new year to serve You.  Show me where to begin, help me to continue, and cheer me on as I finish the plans You have for me.  Holy Spirit, speak loudly, direct boldly, and correct immediately on next year’s journey.

Resting in Your plans.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

Do You Need a Filter For Your Mouth? –Philippians 4:8

Today’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

When I was a young mom, one of my favorite things to do during Sunday morning church services was to stop by the nursery, check on my baby, and visit with all the other moms.  We would sat in creaky rockers, feed our babies, and solve the problems of our little world.

While it was great to have some much-needed adult conversation, I often went home feeling guilty.

No matter where the conversation started it always seemed to end up sounding more like gossip or husband-bashing. But the guilt wasn’t enough to keep me from participating in these weekly “problem-solving sessions.” Until one day I had a “God moment.”  I can’t remember if the preacher preached about this particular scripture verse or it just came to mind; all I know is this verse began to churn inside of me.  Since my brain loves check lists I began to see this verse broken down with check boxes beside each phrase:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is…

  • True 
  • Honorable
  • Right 
  • Pure
  • Lovely 
  • Admirable

Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  —Philippians 4:8

This verse became a filter for my mouth.  If I couldn’t answer yes to the questions is it true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable, then I should be quiet or leave the conversation.  Too many times the only way I could resist was to leave.

But,

As the years moved forward  I kept using my mouth filter and I began to get better. It became easier to be in a group and only contribute positive, uplifting comments to the conversation.

Believe me I still make mistakes, but as soon as I do the Holy Spirit brings my filter to mind and says, “Dianne, was that true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable? Immediately I will feel the need to ask God and the person(s) I was talking with for forgiveness.

Maybe you don’t need a filter for your mouth, but if you do take a minute and commit this verse to memory, it will make all the difference if you struggle with gossip or negativity.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word.  It truly is life-changing.  Holy Spirit, fill me to overflowing with your Spirit. Continuing to mold me into the person You planned for me to be.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

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

Constantly Measuring and Never Measuring up—Philippians 1:6

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Philemon 1:1-25, Philippians 1:1-2:11

Many of us, including me, get all reflective this time of year?

  • Did I meet my goals?
  • What did I do well?
  • What did I learn?
  • What do I need to work on next year?

I’ve always been a goal-setter, even before I knew there was such a thing.  I guess it’s part of my personality.  But believe me, just because I’ve always “set” goals doesn’t mean I’ve always met them.  The down side to setting goals about everything is a mindset of constantly measuring and not always “measuring up.”

In today’s reading Paul gives this “bar raising, goal-setter” a verse that brings peace and rest and lets me know that God is continually working in my life and He won’t be finished with me until Christ returns.

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. —Philippians 1:6

Does this mean it’s all up to God to get me to where He wants me to be?

I don’t think so.  The analogy that comes to mind is farming…

I’ve never heard of  God planting a field, weeding, fertilizing, and harvesting the crop without a farmer.  But I’ve also have never heard of a farmer bringing a crop to harvest without the help of the Lord.

I think it’s the same way in the growth plan God has for our lives…

God won’t do it without us and we can’t do it without Him.

Where are you on the continuum of growth in your walk with Christ?

Beginning——————–Continuing————————Finished

Where do you want to be in 2013?

What is it that you need to do to reach your goals?

How will you make your goals a reality?

What is your part?

What is God’s part?

It would seem that if God’s plan is to begin, continue and finish; that should be our plan as well.

What are you going to begin, continue, and finish in 2013?

Heavenly Father, thank You for the things You have begun, continued and finished in my life this year.  I’m so excited about a new year to serve You.  Show me where to begin, help me to continue, and cheer me on as I finish the plans You have for me.  Holy Spirit, speak loudly, direct boldly, and correct immediately on next year’s journey.

Resting in Your plans.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

The More I Thought About It, The Hotter I Got! Psalm 39: 1-4

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 39 through Psalms 41; Psalms 53, 55, 58

Do you talk to yourself?

If you said, “yes” you’re in good company.

King David did as well:

I said to myself, “I will watch what I do
and not sin in what I say.
I will hold my tongue
when the ungodly are around me.”
But as I stood there in silence—
not even speaking of good things—
the turmoil within me grew worse.
The more I thought about it,
the hotter I got,
igniting a fire of words:
“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.    —
Psalm 39: 1-4

Friends, this is amazing to me, approximately three thousand years ago, “the man after God’s heart” struggled with holding his tongue, struggled with turmoil within and struggled with thinking, chewing, and dwelling on something so long that it ignited a fire of words.

This is very comforting to me.

I know– misery loves company…

I want to please the Lord, but I’m just so…ugh…human!

I do pretty well with the average people on the street, business associates, friends and acquaintances.  It’s the people I LOVE the most that get the worst of my tongue.  No, I’m not talking profanity; I’m talking about my opinion…

I can’t seem to NOT give it!

I’m trying to teach, train, help, and fix my family. My motive is love, but I’m sure it doesn’t always sound or feel like love!!!

I will say that I’ve gotten better over the years, but it is still a struggle for me.  The tongue has been one area the Holy Spirit has worked on me throughout my life.  I remember when I was a young mom, sitting in the nursery and “chatting” with other moms.  I would go home and feel convicted over gossiping.

At the young age of 22 the Lord pointed me to Philippians 4:8…

 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.        

I literally began asking myself after a phone or in-person conversation:

Was that true, was it honorable, right and pure, lovely, and admirable?

Most times I would have to repent, but I slowly began to learn what I was supposed to think and talk about.  Believe me I’m not perfect, but I’m a whole lot better than I used to be.

After reading verse 4 of David’s prayer I think I have a new question to ask when I’m tempted to try to fix my family.

Does this thing that bugs me have anything to do with eternity?”

If the answer is “No” with the help of the Lord I’m going to let it go!

I join King David in this prayer:

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.

Remind me that my days are numbered— 

how fleeting my life is.

In Jesus Name Amen!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 61 through Psalms 62; Psalms 64 through 67

I Found a Filter For My Mouth–Philippians 4:8

As a young mom, one of my favorite things to do during Sunday morning church services was to stop by the nursery, check on my baby, and visit with all the other moms.  We would sat in creaky rockers, feed our babies, and solve the problems of our little world.

Today’s Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:12-4:23

While it was great to have some much-needed adult conversation, I often went home feeling guilty.

No matter where the conversation started it always seemed to end up sounding more like gossip or husband-bashing but the guilt wasn’t enough to keep me from participating in these weekly “problem-solving sessions.” Until one day I had a God moment.  I can’t remember if the preacher preached about this particular scripture verse or it just came to mind; all I know is this verse began to churn inside of me.  Since my brain loves check lists I began to see this verse broken down with check boxes beside each phrase:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is…

  • True 
  • Honorable
  • Right 
  • Pure
  • Lovely 
  • Admirable

Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.  —Philippians 4:8

This verse became a filter for my mouth.  If I couldn’t answer yes to the questions is it true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable, then I should be quiet or leave the conversation.  Too many times the only way I could resist was to leave.

But,

As the years moved forward  I kept using my mouth filter and I began to get better. It became easier to be in a group and only contribute positive, uplifting comments to the conversation.

Believe me I still make mistakes, but as soon as I do the Holy Spirit brings my filter to mind and says, “Dianne, was that true, honorable, right, pure, lovely and admirable? Immediately I will feel the need to ask God and the person(s) I was talking with for forgiveness.

Maybe you don’t need a filter for your mouth, but if you do take a minute and commit this verse to memory, it will make all the difference if you struggle with gossip or negativity.

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word.  It truly is life-changing.  Holy Spirit, fill me to overflowing with your Spirit. Continuing to mold me into the person You planned for me to be.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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

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