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Lord, Sometimes I Forget That These Three Things Aren’t My Job—John 17: 15-19

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Today’s Scripture Reading: John 15:18-17:26

Jesus, I’m sure I’ve seen this before but it feels like my very first time!

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged. —John 16:5-11

Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross and rising from the dead for my salvation but these verses remind me that Your return to our Heavenly Father is what sealed the deal on our righteousness and provided us with a 24/7 advocate, Your Holy Spirit to continually accomplish these three things:

Convict the world of…

  • It’s sin
  • Your righteousness
  • The coming judgment

Holy Spirit, as a speaker, writer, and teacher I know You’ve used me as Your instrument of conviction but I also know there have been times when I set out on my own to conviction crusade. Let’s just say there’s a world of difference in Your results and mine.

Holy Spirit, if convicting the world is Your job, what is my job as Your disciple?

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. –1 Corinthians 9:22

Holy Spirit, help me remember these words spoken through the Apostle Paul and find common ground with those I come in contact with today. When You see me taking on Your role, as CCSRJ (Chief Convicter of sin, righteousness, and judgment) STOP me, silence me, and move me, but when You choose to speak or work through me help me to go, speak and move under Your anointing with confidence.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit thank You for being MY God. Thank You for life. Thank You for redemption. Thank You for conviction. Thank You for being my advocate.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 18:1-2, Mark 14:32-42, Matthew 26:36-46, Luke 22:39-46, Mark 14:43-52, Matthew 26:47-56, Luke 22:47-53, John 18:3-24

Lord, I Sometimes Forget—John 10:10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: John 10:1-42, Luke 13:22-14:24

 

Heavenly Father, I sometimes forget that You said …

 

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. –John 10:10

 

Lord, life on this earth feels like a tug of war. It’s funny, Satan’s entices us with promises of a rich and satisfying life, yet a life of serving him ends in poverty, death, and destruction. You tell us to take up our cross and follow You…

 

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?  For the Son of Man will come with his angels in the glory of his Father and will judge all people according to their deeds. –Matthew 16:24-27

 

…And offer us a rich and satisfying life.

 

Jesus, I want Your best life, a rich and satisfying life. Give me discernment to recognize the deceptive tools of the enemy of my soul. Thank You for reminding me that nothing is worth more than my soul.

 

In Your great and powerful Name! Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 

 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Luke 14:25-17:10, John 11:1-37

Lord, I Don’t Want to Become Desensitized to the Detestable Sins Being Committed—Ezekiel 9:3-5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 5:1-9:11

Heavenly Father, this passage in Your Word is causing me to do some soul-searching.

Then the glory of the God of Israel rose up from between the cherubim, where it had rested, and moved to the entrance of the Temple. And the Lord called to the man dressed in linen who was carrying the writer’s case. He said to him, “Walk through the streets of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of all who weep and sigh because of the detestable sins being committed in their city.”

Then I heard the Lord say to the other men, “Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! —Ezekiel 9:3-5

Lord, have I become calloused to sin?

Everyday I hear about the senseless suffering of thousands because of heinous sins being committed in our world. It’s easy to weep and sigh when someone’s sin personally affects me but what about the defenseless people down the street,in the cities and towns across America and in foreign countries?

Lord, I’m no Bible scholar so I can’t analyze these verses and decide if it relates to yesterday, today, or tomorrow but I know that if You were angered at the apathy of Your children towards detestable sin in Ezekiel’s day, You are still angered by it.

In today’s culture we are bombarded with words, images, and ideologies contrary to Your Word and Your ways during every waking moment of our day. Things that weren’t okay 20 years ago are embraced today. The analogy of the frog in the pot of boiling water has definitely come to pass in our country in regards to acceptance of unacceptable behavior.

Our politically correct culture has told us we can’t love the sinner with out accepting the sin. Lord, I must admit I’m not sure how to do it. How do I weep and sigh over the sins of our world and not get angry at the sinner?

Jesus, what would You do if You were living in today’s world?

Lord, I want to live out the rest of my days on this planet in a way that’s pleasing to You. I want to love the unlovable. There’s so much I don’t understand but for today I will…

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. —Proverbs 3:5-6

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 10:1-13:23

Lord, Where are the Heroes? —Isaiah 32:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:1-33:24

Heavenly Father, I typed the word “heroes” into my search box and this picture of a television series was the first one that popped up. I scrolled through hundreds of pictures and all I saw were movie heroes and cartoon super-heroes.

Lord, Isaiah prophesied these verses many years ago. The resemblance of today’s world shocked me. In 2014, ungodly fools are definitely our heroes and scoundrels are respected over the honest and ethical.

In that day ungodly fools will not be heroes.
Scoundrels will not be respected.
For fools speak foolishness
and make evil plans.
They practice ungodliness
and spread false teachings about the Lord.
They deprive the hungry of food
and give no water to the thirsty.
The smooth tricks of scoundrels are evil.
They plot crooked schemes.
They lie to convict the poor,
even when the cause of the poor is just.
But generous people plan to do what is generous,
and they stand firm in their generosity. —Isaiah 32:5-8

Lord, I want to be generous. Help me to stand firm and not be sucked in to the attitudes and values of this selfish world.

Jesus, You are our hero. When You return the ungodly will no longer be heroes. Isaiah 32:5-8 will be a faint memory and Isaiah 32: 1-3 will be our new normal. You are the righteous king that Isaiah spoke about.

Look, a righteous king is coming!
And honest princes will rule under him.
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind
and a refuge from the storm,
like streams of water in the desert
and the shadow of a great rock in a parched land.
Then everyone who has eyes will be able to see the truth,
and everyone who has ears will be able to hear it. —Isaiah 32:1-3

Lord, bless the real heroes in today’s world who are generous with their time, talent, and treasure. Jesus, come soon and show this world what a righteous leader and heroic king looks like!

Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 34:1-35:10, Micah 2:1-5:15

Lord, Am I Dressed Appropriately? –Isaiah 11:5

Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 8:1-11:16

Heavenly Father, I know modestly is important.  You addressed it in scripture, but in today’s reading I saw something about dressing appropriately that may be more important than modesty.

He will wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment. –Isaiah 11:5

Wow! I wonder how many folks think about putting on righteousness and truth when they’re getting dressed each morning?

I know it’s not my first thought when I look in the mirror each day.

Jesus, Isaiah was prophesying about You.  He was telling us that You would wear righteousness like a belt and truth like an undergarment.  What an amazing example You set for us while You were on this earth.

Father, I want to be fully and appropriately dressed each day of my life on this earth.  I want to be a display of righteousness and truth for Your honor and Your glory.

Holy Spirit, show me what I’m doing right and show me where I’m falling short.  When I look in the mirror each day help me to think about righteousness and truth rather than wrinkles, extra pounds, or the latest fashion. Thank You for being my teacher.

Lord, You made me in Your image.  Let me be a reflection of Your goodness.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 12:1-6; Isaiah 17:1-14; 2 Chronicles 28:16-21; 2 Kings 16:10-18; 2 Chronicles 28:22-25; 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chronicles 29:1-2; 2 Kings 15:30-31; 2 Kings 17:1-4; Hosea 1:1-2:13

Lord, Show Me the Pagan Shrines in My Life –2 Kings 15:34-35

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 15:32-38; 2 Chronicles 27:1-9; Micah 1:1-16; 2 Kings 16:1-9; 2 Chronicles 28:1-15; Isaiah 7:1-25

Heavenly Father, as I read through 1st and 2nd Kings there seemed to be many “godly” kings who did not destroy the pagan shrines and allowed their people to offer sacrifices and burn incense in these places.

Jotham son of Uzziah is one example:

Jotham did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight. He did everything his father, Uzziah, had done. But he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifices and burned incense there. He rebuilt the upper gate of the Temple of the Lord.  –2 Kings 13:34-35

Lord, do we do the same thing in our lives today?

What do pagan shrines look like in the 21st century?

Father, I don’t want it said of me…

Dianne did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, but she did not destroy the pagan shrines in her life.

Holy Spirit, show me the idols in my life.  Show me the things I unknowingly worship more than the One, True, God.  Remind me Lord that anything I desire more than You is an idol.

Jesus, I want to be more like You today.  Help me.

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 8:1-11:16

Lord, Help Us Find the Time and a Way to Do What is Right–Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 7:1-11:6

Heavenly Father, the state of our world must make You so sad.  Have we as a society completely lost our way?

Those who are wise will find a time and a way to do what is right… —Ecclesiastes 8:5-6

Where are the wise people who find a time and a way to do what’s right?

This past week, I had an experience that really troubled me. I was assisting my mom with a legal matter. I had talked with my her the night before and ask her if she had informed the family of the person we would be confronting the next day. She said she hadn’t. We talked about it and decided it was the right thing to do, so she contacted the family. When we got to the attorney’s office yesterday and told him there was a change in plans because this person’s family wanted to be involved he said in a tone that added “stupid” to the end of the question, “why did you do that?” I told him because it was the right thing to do and we decided that we would not want to be treated that way so we handled the situation by applying the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12)  He did not like it. He felt we had caused a simple situation to be complicated and caused it to take way too much time. To his surprise everything worked out better and quicker that he had originally planned.*

*Some details were changed changed in this scenario to provide anonymity 

Yes, it was within the boundaries of the law to handle the situation the way the attorney suggested, yes it appeared to be easier to do it the attorney’s way, but it wasn’t right.

Jesus, doing what is right gets harder everyday. The only way we can live a victorious Christian Life is through constant communication with You, through prayer and Bible study. Holy Spirit, help us to do the right things in the small things so that we can stand strong when the big decisions arise. Yesterday, proved that our only true counselor is the Holy Spirit.

Lord, help us to make Your way, our way!  The enemy of our soul works tirelessly to keep us so busy that we don’t have time to do what’s right–we’re always cutting corners, sliding by, looking for the easy way out…

Holy Spirit, speak loudly.  Speak clearly.  Convict us of our sins.  Help us to turn from our wicked ways. Help us to find the time and make a way to do what’s right!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Devotions: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14, 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

Lord, What Do Think of My Choices? –Leviticus 18:1-3

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 17:1-19:37

Heavenly Father, as I read about the many ways in which the Israelites could become defiled, I thought what does that word really mean?

Dictionary.com agrees with the biblical meaning of the word defiled:

  1. To make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debased.
  2. To violate the chastity of.
  3. To make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate.

Lord, many things in these two chapters of defilements are still seen as sinful acts by today’s Christ followers, but there are several things that we wouldn’t think twice about; like trimming the hair on our temples or trimming our beards (Leviticus 19:27).

Heavenly Father, what do You think about our choices?

Lord, it would be so easy to talk about the sinfulness of our country, celebrities, or next-door neighbors and then we could be off the hook.

But, that’s not what our prayer journey is about.  This year we’re focusing on ourselves and our lives as it relates to Your Word.

So Lord…

What do You see in me?

What do You think about my choices?

What areas in my life seem foul, dirty, unclean, or in violation of the chastity You expect from Your children?

In my humanness I want to say, “We don’t have to live by the Levitical law!”  While that is thankfully true, I still believe we are called to live a life that is pleasing to You Lord, a life that’s not defiled.

Holy Spirit, speak to us.  Show us the areas in our lives that need some work.  We want to be pure in Your eyes.  Jesus, make us like you!  Help us to have a clean heart (Psalm 51:10).

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 20:1-22:33

Lord, Help Me Find Wisdom–Job 28:23-24

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 26:1-29:25

Heavenly Father,  today I seek Your wisdom.  The kind of wisdom Job talked about:

God alone understands the way to wisdom; he knows where it can be found, for he looks throughout the whole earth and sees everything under the heavens. —Job 28:23-24

Lord, in today’s world information is everywhere; opportunities to gain knowledge are at our fingertips, but there seems to be very little true wisdom.  I think it’s because we don’t know where to find it.

Job’s search for wisdom led him straight to You:

And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘The fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”

Job 28:28

Holy Spirit, help me to understand what it means to fear You.  I think in my natural mind I sometimes see this kind of fear as “God’s gonna get you!”  Help me to understand that fearing You means showing You respect through my reverence to You and Your Name and through my pursuit of righteousness and discipline of obedience. Teach me Lord.  My greatest desire is be filled with Your wisdom.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 30:1-31:40

To Self-Promote or Not…That is the Question—Luke 14:7-11

Today’s Scripture Reading:  John 10:1-42, Luke 13:22-14:24

Have you ever been around someone

who constantly

tells you how wonderful

THEY are?

You know, the kind of person who can take any topic and turn it to their favorite subject—themselves.

I’ve been in sales all my life and taught sales training and coaching for over 20 years; I know there are times when we need to promote our product, service, business, or just ourselves, but there’s a right and a wrong way of doing it.

Today’s reading teaches us the right way…

When Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this advice:  “When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?  The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table!

“Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” —Luke 14:7-11

In Jesus’ day, as today, there were “status symbols” that helped people enhance and protect their high standing in society. If you were invited to the “right homes” and if you were seated in the “right places,” then people would know how important you really were. The emphasis was on reputation, not character. It was more important to sit in the right places than to live the right kind of life.

Experts in management tell us that most people wear an invisible sign that reads, “Please make me feel important”; if we heed that sign, we can succeed in human relations. On the other hand, if we say or do things that make others feel insignificant, we will fail. Then people will respond by becoming angry and resentful, because everybody wants to be noticed and made to feel important.

This kind of attitude betrays a false view of success. “Try not to become a man of success,” said Albert Einstein, “but try to become a man of value.” While there may be some exceptions, it is usually true that valuable people are eventually recognized and appropriately honored. Success that comes only from self-promotion is temporary, and you may be embarrassed as you are asked to move down (Prov. 25:6–7).

When Jesus advised the guests to take the lowest places, He was not giving them a “gimmick” that guaranteed promotion. The false humility that takes the lowest place is just as hateful to God as the pride that takes the highest place. God is not impressed by our status in society or in the church. He is not influenced by what people say or think about us, because He sees the thoughts and motives of the heart (1 Sam. 16:7). God still humbles the proud and exalts the humble (James 4:6).

Humility is a fundamental grace in the Christian life, and yet it is elusive; if you know you have it, you have lost it! It has well been said that humility is not thinking meanly of ourselves; it is simply not thinking of ourselves at all. Jesus is the greatest example of humility, and we would do well to ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to imitate Him (Phil. 2:1–16). From Warren Wiersbe’s Bible Exposition Commentary

Heavenly Father, we trust You to put us the appropriate seat at the table!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Luke 14:25-17:10, John 11:1-37

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