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Lord, I Have Regrets—2 Corinthians 7:10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

Heavenly Father, for many November 30th signals the Christmas season. While that’s true for me as well, it also begins a month where my introspective nature rehashes the previous year’s choices and looks forward with excitement to a new year. Unfortunately, this year my mind wants to focus more on failures than successes.

Lord, when I read this verse I immediately began to mentally list some of my 2014 regrets.

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. — 2 Corinthians 7:10

The more I looked at the sentence, there’s no regret for that kind of sorrow, I realized that my failures had led me to repentance and that’s a good thing. Lord, my feelings of failure, worthlessness, and worldly sorrow aren’t coming from You.

Jesus, Your Word tells me You are kind, tolerant, and patient with me:

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? –Romans 2:4

You do not condemn me.

 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1

 

Godly sorrow is tender, thankful, and hopeful not self-deprecating, unworthy, and embarrassing.

Holy Spirit, when negative thoughts cloud my thinking help me to ask myself, are these thoughts…

Kind?

Tolerant?

Patient?

If the answer is “no,” give me the boldness to knock down the stronghold of human reasoning and destroy false arguments.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. –2 Corinthians 10:3-6

If the answer is yes, then may I have godly sorrow that will destroy every proud obstacle that would attempt to keep me from knowing You.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14, Acts 20:7-12

Lord, Change the Way I Think—Romans 12:2

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-14:23

Heavenly Father, the behavior and customs of this world can be a huge distraction. As I sit here with You, my mind wants to wander to social networking sites and plans for the day. I’m constantly pulling my thoughts back to You. I’m sorry. You deserve my full attention.

Lord, I don’t want to think and behave like the world. Please change the way I think.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. —Romans 12:2

Holy Spirit, I feel You’re leading me to make some drastic changes in 2015. I believe You’re answering this prayer. Change is scary. Lord, I’m nervous, but I’m willing.  I believe You are directing me to Your will for my life in this coming year. Good, pleasing and perfect sounds wonderful. Let it be so in my life!

I trust You.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 15:1-17:27, 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4

Lord, Thank You for Understanding My Groanings—Romans 8:26-28

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-10:21

Heavenly Father, Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses. It has carried me through many difficult times. But today the verses preceding this well-known verse jumped out like a neon sign.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.  —Romans 8:26-27

Lord, this year has been a season of weakness. I have been weary physically, emotionally, and mentally. Yet, this will go down as a year of extreme closeness to You. You were there through it all. As my human defenses were stripped away, I was left with my spirit (wo)man. I had no words, I had no solutions, I had no brilliant ideas. I was just here and You were very close and somewhere is the trauma, You became enough.

Lord, I’m beginning to understand this verse:

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. —John 3:30

Holy Spirit, You are helping me in my weakness. You have translated my pain, tears, sadness, and brokenness into groanings my Heavenly Father understands. Thank You for praying prayers that are in harmony with God’s will for my life–

Because…

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. —Romans 8:28

Lord, I trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-14:23

Lord, Who Will Free Me From This Life That is Dominated by Sin and Death? —Romans 7:21-8:3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-8:17

Heavenly Father, this passage amazes me! Paul lets me see into his heart and it looks just like mine.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love God’s law with all my heart.  But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. —Romans 7:21-8:3

Father, thank You for sending the answer—Your only Son, Jesus Christ!

Jesus, thank You for freeing me from the power of sin that leads to death!

In Your Great Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-10:21

Lord, Help Me to Seek Praise From You, Not From People—Romans 2:28-29

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 2:1-4:25

Heavenly Father, I want my heart right with You. It’s a natural human reaction to seek the praise and affirmation of others when we feel inadequate, rejected, or unappreciated. I don’t want be led by my humanness, I want a daily heart change that is produced only by Your Spirit.

For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. —Romans 2:28-29

Lord, show me how to live this day in a way that pleases You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-8:17

Lord, I Have No Excuse—Romans 1:18-20

images-3Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Acts 19:21-20:6, Romans 1:1-32

Heavenly Father, I want to know You more. The truth about You is everywhere.

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. —Romans 1:18-20

Help me to stop and take in Your qualities as I go about my day. I don’t want to miss a thing!

 

In Jesus Name! Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 2:1-4:25

Lord, Strengthen Me to Bear the Consequences of My Mistakes—Ezekiel 23:35

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:17-23:49, 2 Kings 24:20b-25:2, Jeremiah 52:3b-5, Jeremiah, 39:1, Ezekiel, 24:1-14

 

Heavenly Father, I know the message You gave Ezekiel was directed at the Jews during their exile to Babylon but I also know that consequences weren’t just reserved for the Your rebellious children of long ago.

“And because you have forgotten me and turned your back on me, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: You must bear the consequences of all your lewdness and prostitution.” —Ezekiel 23:35

The principle of consequence goes all the way back to Adam. We are still bearing the consequences of his sin. Because of Adam’s poor choice every baby born into this world is born into sin.

When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. —Romans 5:12

But because of Your love for us, You sent Your son so that we don’t have to bear the consequences of Adam’s sin.

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ. —Romans 5:17

Jesus, it’s easy to feel free from my mistakes because of Your sacrifice. It sure would be nice not to have to deal with the consequences of  my poor decisions.

But Your Word says otherwise:

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. —Galatians 6:7-8

Jesus, I’ve made so many mistakes but because of Your love and sacrifice, my past, present, and future sins are forgiven. All I have to do is admit them and ask for Your forgiveness.

And then…

I have to deal with the consequences.

Sometimes, Your grace and mercy completely blot out the consequences of my mistakes but most of the time consequences are Your tools to teach, train, and grow me.

Lord, strengthen me to bear the consequences of my mistakes with grace and trust. Help me to learn from them quickly and never make the same mistake again. Use my mistakes and their consequences to get Your will accomplished in my life.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. —Romans 8:28

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 24:15-25:17, Jeremiah 34:1-22, Jeremiah 21:1-14, Ezekiel 29:1-16, Ezekiel 30:20-31:18

Lord, Thank You for Answering My Cries —Psalm 99:6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 98-100, Psalms 102, 104

Heavenly Father, I’m no Moses, Aaron, or Samuel but I know Your hear me and answer me when I cry out for help.

Moses and Aaron were among his priests;
Samuel also called on his name.
They cried to the Lord for help,
and he answered them. —Psalm 99:6

Do I always feel Your presence?

Do You always answer how I would like?

Do You answer when I would like?

Do You always say “yes” to my requests?

No, no, no and no.

But You have promised to never leave me alone when life isn’t going my way (Matthew 28:20) and to use these times for my good and Your Glory (Romans 8:28).

Lord, I don’t believe this just because Your Word says so, I’ve seen it happen over and over in my life.

I trust You.

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: Psalms 105-106

Lord, I Didn’t Know That Was Wrong–Leviticus 4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Leviticus 4:1-6:30

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading Moses made it very clear that saying, “I didn’t know” was no excuse for sin.

How many times have we said…

It’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission.

Lord, you must laugh when we think that attitude will work in our relationship with You.  After all, You know every thought we’ve had or ever will have.

Jesus, I’m so thankful for the assurance of my salvation (Romans 10:13).  I’m thankful for the grace you’ve extended to me all the while knowing that I not perfect.  But Lord I also know that You expect me to love You enough to strive for a pure heart (Matthew 5:8).

Knowing Your Word and Your nature is one of the ways we strive for a pure heart.

Lord, help us not to be deceived into thinking ignorance is bliss. Draw us to Your Word.  Teach us Your Ways.  We want to be like You!

Lord, forgive us for taking Your Word for granted.  Show us the areas in our lives that aren’t pleasing to You.

Lord, we want to know You more!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Devotion: Leviticus 7:1-8:36

Jesus, I Want to Wear Your Badge of Holiness —Exodus 39:30

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 37:1-39:31

Heavenly Father, as I read through today’s reading I was amazed at the in-depth explanation of each item in Your Tabernacle, I was in awe of Your attention to detail and the great care that went into making each item. But something caught my eye and I got so excited when I began to see how it all fit together…

Aaron was the first high priest of Israel, a human being, anointed to be Holy to the Lord:

Finally, they made the sacred medallion—the badge of holiness—of pure gold. They engraved it like a seal with these words: Holy to the Lord. They attached the medallion with a blue cord to Aaron’s turban, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.         —Exodus 39:30

Aaron, and his future generations were just symbols and placeholders for the true High Priest…

So then, since we have a great High Priest who has entered heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to what we believe. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.  –Hebrews 4:14-16

Lord, Jesus You don’t need a “badge of holiness” because You faced all of the same testings as we do and yet You did not sin. Aaron was just like the rest of us, no sooner than Moses left him he started making idols (Exodus 30:1-29). Lord, thank You for making a way for us to be holy.

Lord, thank you for being our high priest. Thank you for standing in the gap for us on our worst days…

 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:34

Father, as we read more and more about the priests of Israel, help us to remember that because of Your Son, Jesus we are Your living stones that You are using to being your permanent temple and even more than that we are Your holy priests.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. —1 Peter 2:5

Jesus, I want to wear Your badge of holiness. I want others to see You in my daily life. Show me how to live that life today!

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 39:32-40:38, Numbers 9:15-23

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