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What Did You Lose in 2012? –Revelation 18:19-20


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 15:1-18:24

What can come into our world and destroy life as we know it in a single moment?

  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Job loss
  • A house fire
  • Foreclosure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Stock Market crash

John prophesies in Revelation 18:19-20, about this type of loss.

And they will weep and throw dust on their heads to show their grief. And they will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for that great city! The shipowners became wealthy by transporting her great wealth on the seas.  In a single moment it is all gone.” Rejoice over her fate, O heaven and people of God and apostles and prophets! For at last God has judged her for your sakes.

Can loss be good?

Have you ever looked back on a time of loss and realized it was the best thing that ever happened to you?

I’m not necessarily saying it’s good to lose something, but the changes that happened in our lives because of loss can be good.

To me the death of a loved one, friend, or mentor is the worst kind of loss, yet even in the worst circumstances good can come from it.

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. —Isaiah 6:1

I’m sure Isaiah continued to grieve for King Uzziah, but because of his death, Isaiah saw God in a new and much bigger way.

As the year 2012 comes to a close, take a minute and count your losses but don’t forget to record the good that has come from each loss.  My prayer is that with each loss you’ve experienced you’ve been like Isaiah and seen God in a new and much bigger way!

In gains or in losses, my source of strength, my source of hope is Christ alone!

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© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 19:1-22:21

4 Ways to Prepare for a Fight and Expect to Win–Revelation 12:11


Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 11:1-14:20

How many fights did you have in 2012?

Who were they with?

What were they about?

Did you win or lose?

Did you win the battle and lose the war?

Maybe,

you

were

fighting

the

wrong

person…

I can’t imagine what John must have thought and felt when he received the visions that later became the book of Revelation.  I wonder if he really understood the spiritual battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, God and Satan before God let him peek behind the curtain?

There’s really only one battle in this world and it’s not with family, friend, or foe; it’s with the enemy of our souls.  If we could fully grasp what John is telling us in Revelation we would change our fighting strategy and direct every ounce of our fighting power at the source of all anger, frustration, trials and troubles–Satan and his even schemes.

Revelation 12:11 shows us four things we must do to fight and win this spiritual battle that constantly affects our physical world:

  1. Understand, accept and proclaim the fact that Jesus Christ came to this earth and shed His blood to make us a winner
  2. Believe that somehow God will use every tough place and fiery trial we go through for His Glory and our good
  3. Tell others about the tough places and times our God has brought us through
  4. Value eternal life and winning this spiritual battle more than our short time on this earth

This is a tall order.  I guess it explains why so many Christian people live defeated lives;  we aren’t prepared to fight.

Friends, as we come to the end this one year study of God’s Word and the year 2012, let’s determine to be different in 2013, let’s get focused on the real enemy, prepare for a fight and expect to win!

Heavenly Father, forgive us for being so worldly, for allowing ourselves to be deceived by our real enemy.  Holy Spirit, show us how to fight and win for the Glory of Your Kingdom!  Help us to realize our testimony scares the enemy and sends him running!  Give us the courage to be bold in this new year!  Thank you for sending Your Son!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 15:1-18:24

Tattoos and the Book of Revelation–Revelation 7:3-4

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 7:1-10:11

Revelation talks a lot about seals.  Seals show ownership and approval through imprints or marks and provide security and denote endorsement.  I wonder if our 21st century obsession with tattoos is preparing the world for the “marks” to come?

In the days that John speaks of in Revelation seals or marks are going to tell the world …

  • Who owns you
  • Who’s approval you are seeking
  • Who makes you feel the most secure
  • Who’s endorsement is most important
  • What imprint or mark you want to carry for all eternity

In today’s reading we see  144,000 from the tribes of Israel being marked with the seal of God.  In Revelation 13, the beast representing Satan requires everyone to be given a mark on the right hand or forehead.  In Old Testament days circumcision was a sign of belonging to the God of Israel.  In the New Testament believers were sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).

Will the seal of God be a tattoo?

Will the mark of the beast be a tattoo?

I have no idea, but I guess it could be.  What do you think?

The more important question is what displays our ownership to Christ to our everyday world?

Jesus told us in John 13:34-35 what our mark should be:

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

The world will know that we are His by our love…

…it sure would be easier just to get a big Jesus tattoo, put a Jesus sticker on our car, or say, “I love Jesus, how about you?” on Facebook.

Heavenly Father, help us to live a life today that displays Your mark on our lives!  Teach us to love like you love!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 11:1-14:20

Lord, I Want to be Hotter than Last Year–Revelation 3:15-16

Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6:17

I know this is not your average run of the mill New Year’s Resolution.

Yet, when I read today’s scripture this is my desire for 2013.

I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! —Revelation 3:15-16

HOT——————————————————————————COLD

As 2012 comes to an end, it’s a great time to do some self-reflecting…

What has first place, second place or even third place in our daily lives?

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.      —1 John 5:21

Are we striving to keep God’s Commandments?

Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. —1 John 5:3

Are we living in fear?

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.   –1 John 4:18

Do we love our Christian brothers and sisters?

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?  And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. —1 John 4:20-21

Are we constantly improving in our love, faith, service and our patient endurance?

I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.   –Revelation 2:19

Do our actions meet the requirements of our God?

I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.   —Revelation 3:1-3

Heavenly Father, as 2013 approaches help us to be hotter than we were last year.  Help us Lord, to recognize our areas of lukewarmness and to seek Your help to grow closer to you in this new year!  We’re excited to serve you in 2013!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 7:1-10:11


One Reason Not To Worry About the Future–1 Kings 11: 27-40

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ecclesiastes 11:7 through Ecclesiastes 12:14; 1 Kings 12: 1-20; 2 Chronicles 10:1-19; 1 Kings 12: 21-24; 2 Chronicles 11: 1-4; 1 Kings 12: 25-33;  2 Chronicles 11: 5-17

Rehoboam… Jeroboam–Who’s Who?

Was it hard for you to keep them separated?  I had to go back several times to get it straight.

  • Rehoboam was Solomon’s son who became the King of Israel after Solomon died
  • Jeroboam, was one of Solomon’s officials who had fled to Egypt from King Solomon

When I first read today’s scriptures I thought, “Rehoboam, you should have listened to your elders and kept all of Israel as your kingdom.”

But then I read …

1 Kings 12:15:   So the king paid no attention to the people.  This turn of events was the will of the Lord, for it fulfilled the Lord’s message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh.

1 Kings 12: 19:   And to this day the northern tribes of Israel have refused to be ruled by a descendant of David.

If you go back to June 5th’s reading you will see where this was prophesied: 1 Kings 11:27-40

Folks let’s not miss the significance of this—we read the Bible as history but when the word was given to Jeroboam by the prophet Ahijah it was a prediction of the future.  It happened just as He said!

One of the benefits of reading the whole Bible is realizing how many times God said it and then it happened!

We live in troubling times but if we read scriptures like Matthew 24 and the Book of Revelation we can know that these events were prophesied two thousand years ago and are the will of the Lord, and will come to pass.

Let’s determine to spend less time fretting over the things we cannot control and more time seeking the Lord for his will for our lives during these historic times.  Jesus is coming soon!  We need to be busy about His business!

 Blessings!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Kings 13:1 through 1 Kings 14:24; 2 Chronicles 12:13-14; 2 Chronicles 11: 18-23; 2 Chronicles 12: 1-12; 1 Kings 14: 25-28; 2 Chronicles 12: 15-16; 1 Kings 14: 29 through 1 Kings 15:5; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22; 1 Kings 15: 6-8; 2 Chronicles 14: 1-8;1 Kings 15: 9-15; 1 Kings 14:19-20; 1 Kings 15: 25-34, 2 Chronicles 14:9 through 15:19

Do You Want Jesus to Come in 2012? Rev. 22:20-21


Today we arrive at the end of the Book.  The last words.

It’s amazing how these two verses of scripture sum up the New Testament and the book of Revelation…

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 19:1-22:21

He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”Amen!  Come, Lord Jesus!  May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people.    Revelation 22:20-21

The last thing Jesus said was He is coming soon!

John encouraged Him to come.

Can we say with John that we want Jesus to come soon?

Or would we rather He wait until we have had our fill of the wilder side of life, get married, have children, see our children become adults, enjoy our grandchildren, or maybe when we’re a 100 years old; yeah, that would be a great time for Jesus to come again.

I don’t know about you, but I hold on to this world too tightly.  My daily life seems like more of a reality than heaven.

What can we do to make Jesus and heaven more of a reality in our lives?

  • Make our time with Him our highest priority
  • Read the scriptures that talk about heaven
  • Meditate on being with Jesus in heaven
  • Put this world in its place–it’s a very small piece in our timeline compared to the eternity we’ll spend with God
  • Realize there are people who will be eternally separated from God if we don’t share Jesus with them
  • Choose the things of God over the world’s trappings

When I was a kid my parents would watch gospel music on T.V. every Sunday morning before church.  I can still remember this song that the “Happy Goodmans” sang…

What A Beautiful Day

As I wake up with the morning, of each day that passes by,

and I listen to the sounds upon my ear,

I can’t help but keep a watch toward the eastern sky,

and I wonder if the trumpet will be the next sound that I hear.

What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again,

what a beautiful day for him to take his children home,

how I long to see his face and to touch his nail scared hand,

what a beautiful day for the Lord to come again.

All my earthly disappointments and my trials here below,

fade away when I remember his last words,

he said he’d return and receive his children unto him

and I’m longing to look upon the face of my dear Lord.

This song never fails to come to mind when I’m taking an early morning drive along the bay or across one of the bridges near where I live. As I look toward the beautiful eastern sky I sing “What a beautiful day for the Lord to come again!”

Lord, help us to look to Your second coming with excitement!

Oh that we could be like little children.  My fiveyear-old grandson Nolen said to his Dad after open one of his presents, “Dad, can I take this toy that Santa brought me to heaven and show it to Jesus?”

Jesus, help me to be like Nolen.  When I have a great day or a bad day, let my first thought be,  “I want to take it to Jesus!”

I say with John, “Come Lord Jesus!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

What Did You Lose in 2011? Revelation 18:19-20


What can come into our world and destroy life as we know it in a single moment?

  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Divorce
  • Job loss
  • A house fire
  • Foreclosure
  • Bankruptcy
  • Stock Market crash

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 15:1-18:24

John prophesies in Revelation 18:19-20, about this type of loss.

And they will weep and throw dust on their heads to show their grief. And they will cry out, “How terrible, how terrible for that great city! The shipowners became wealthy by transporting her great wealth on the seas.  In a single moment it is all gone.” Rejoice over her fate, O heaven and people of God and apostles and prophets! For at last God has judged her for your sakes.

Can loss be good?

Have you ever looked back on a time of loss and realized it was the best thing that ever happened to you?

I’m not necessarily saying it’s good to lose something, but the changes that happened in our lives because of loss can be good.

To me the death of a loved one, friend, or mentor is the worst kind of loss, yet even in the worst circumstances good can come from it.

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Isaiah 6:1

I’m sure Isaiah continued to grieve for King Uzziah, but because of his death, Isaiah saw God in a new and much bigger way.

As the year 2011 comes to a close, take a minute and count your losses but don’t forget to record the good that has come from each loss.  My prayer is that with each loss you’ve experienced you’ve been like Isaiah and seen God in a new and much bigger way!

In gains or in losses, my source of strength, my source of hope is Christ alone!

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In Christ Alone,

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 19:1-22:21

4 Ways to Prepare for a Fight and Expect to Win–Revelation 12:11


How many fights did you have in 2011?

Who were they with?

What were they about?

Did you win or lose?

Did you win the battle and lose the war?

Maybe, you were fighting the wrong person…

Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 11:1-14:20

I can’t imagine what John must have thought and felt when he received the visions that later became the book of Revelation.  I wonder if he really understood the spiritual battle between good and evil, heaven and hell, God and Satan before God let him peek behind the curtain?

There’s really only one battle in this world and it’s not with family, friend, or foe; it’s with the enemy of our souls.  If we could fully grasp what John is telling us in Revelation we would change our fighting strategy and direct every ounce of our fighting power at the source of all anger, frustration, trials and troubles–Satan and his even schemes.

Revelation 12:11 shows us four things we must do to fight and win this spiritual battle that constantly affects our physical world:

  1. Understand, accept and proclaim the fact that Jesus Christ came to this earth and shed His blood to make us a winner
  2. Believe that somehow God will use every tough place and fiery trial we go through for His Glory and our good
  3. Tell others about the tough places and times our God has brought us through
  4. Value eternal life and winning this spiritual battle more than our short time on this earth

This is a tall order.  I guess it explains why so many Christian people live defeated lives;  we aren’t prepared to fight.

Friends, as we come to the end this one year study of God’s Word and the year 2011, let’s determine to be different in 2012, let’s get focused on the real enemy, prepare for a fight and expect to win!

Heavenly Father, forgive us for being so worldly, for allowing ourselves to be deceived by our real enemy.  Holy Spirit, show us how to fight and win for the Glory of Your Kingdom!  Help us to realize our testimony scares the enemy and sends him running!  Give us the courage to be bold in this new year!  Thank you for sending Your Son!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 15:1-18:24

Tattoos and the Book of Revelation–Revelation 7:3-4

Revelation talks a lot about seals.  Seals show ownership and approval through imprints or marks and provide security and denote endorsement.  I wonder if our 21st century obsession with tattoos is preparing the world for the “marks” to come?

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 7:1-10:11

In the days that John speaks of in Revelation seals or marks are going to tell the world …

  • Who owns you
  • Who’s approval you are seeking
  • Who makes you feel the most secure
  • Who’s endorsement is most important
  • What imprint or mark you want to carry for all eternity

In today’s reading we see  144,000 from the tribes of Israel being marked with the seal of God.  In Revelation 13, the beast representing Satan requires everyone to be given a mark on the right hand or forehead.  In Old Testament days circumcision was a sign of belonging to the God of Israel.  In the New Testament believers were sealed with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13).

Will the seal of God be a tattoo?

Will the mark of the beast be a tattoo?

I have no idea, but I guess it could be.  What do you think?

The more important question is what displays our ownership to Christ to our everyday world?

Jesus told us in John 13:34-35 what our mark should be:

So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.  Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”

The world will know that we are His by our love…

…it sure would be easier just to get a big Jesus tattoo, put a Jesus sticker on our car, or say, “I love Jesus, how about you” on Facebook.

Heavenly Father, help us to live a life today that displays Your mark on our lives!  Teach us to love like you love!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Revelation 11:1-14:20

Lord, I Want to be Hotter than Last Year–Revelation 3:15-16

I know this is not your average run of the mill New Year’s Resolution.

Yet, when I read today’s scripture that is my desire for 2012.

Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6:17

I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! Revelation 3:15-16

HOT——————————————————————————COLD

As 2011 comes to an end, it’s a great time to do some self-reflecting…

What has first place, second place or even third place in our daily lives?

Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.      —1 John 5:21

Are we striving to keep God’s Commandments?

Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. —1 John 5:3

Are we living in fear?

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.                   –1 John 4:18

Do we love our Christian brothers and sisters?

If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?  And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. —1 John 4:20-21

Are we constantly improving in our love, faith, service and our patient endurance?

I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.                   –Revelation 2:19

Do our actions meet the requirements of our God?

I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.   —Revelation 3:1-3

Heavenly Father, as 2012 approaches help us to be hotter than we were last year.  Help us Lord, to recognize our areas of lukewarmness and to seek Your help to grow closer to you in this new year!  We’re excited to serve you in 2012!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 7:1-10:11


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