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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

Lord, Help Me to Wait Well–Exodus 32:1


Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 32:1-34:35

Heavenly Father, as I read about Aaron and the children of Israel worshipping a golden calf while Moses was on the mountain talking to You, I got really mad.  I thought, “Stupid Israelites!”  “How could you do that after all God had done for you; after all the miracles you had seen?  “And Aaron, You had just been anointed to be a priest over all of Israel and you made the idol for them!”  “What is wrong with you?” “Why couldn’t you wait, you knew Moses was with God?”

But then I thought, “Dianne, you don’t wait well either.”  “How many times have you taken matters into your own hands because things weren’t ‘happening fast enough’?”

Lord how many times has our impatience gotten in the way of Your plans for our…

  • Relationships
  • Health
  • Careers
  • Finances
  • Ministries
  • Spiritual growth

Jesus, forgive us for our impatience.  Forgive us for thinking others things or people (golden calves/idols) can do what only You can do.  Help us to trust Your timing.

Help us to say with Moses “Lord, if You don’t personally go with us, then we don’t want to go at all. For Your presence among us sets us apart from all the other people on the earth.”  (Exodus 33:15)

Lord, give us grace for the waiting room.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 35:1-36:38

Lord, Is History Repeating Itself? –Exodus 10:1-2

Today’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 10:1-12:51

Heavenly Father, my country and our world are on my mind today.  Many of the men and women leading our country and other nations throughout the world seem very stubborn…only wanting their way, only promoting their agenda!

Lord, You tell us in Your Word that YOU made Pharaoh stubborn (Exodus 10:1).  Are you making today’s leaders stubborn?”

Lord, are Your goals for our world the same today that they were in the days of the Exodus? (Exodus 10:1-2)

  • To display Your miraculous signs to those who don’t know You
  • To provide real-life examples of the supernatural power of God to tell future generations
  • So that Your people, those who believe in You, will “Know You More”

Lord, may Your Kingdom come.  May Your Will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10)

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 13:1-15:27

Lord, What is Your View of Suffering?

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 40:6-42:17

Heavenly Father, I read this commentary in the margin of my Bible that shared four views of suffering…

Satan’s view: People believe in God only when they are prospering and not suffering. This is wrong.

The view of Job’s friends: Suffering is God’s judgment for sin. This is not always true.

Elihu’s view: Suffering is God’s way to teach, discipline, and refine. This is true, but an incomplete explanation.

God’s View: Suffering causes us to trust God for who He is, not what He does.  —Chronological Life Application Bible

Lord, I don’t want to be like a spoiled child, only sweet, kind and nice when I’m getting MY WAY. No one wants to suffer but I trust You to never leave me. I trust You to help me to get through life’s tough times. I trust You to have a plan for the pain. I trust You to use my suffering for Your Glory and my good!

Lord, thank You for Job. Thank You for giving us the back-story of his suffering.

We trust you.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Exodus 1:1-2:25, 1 Chronicles 6:1-3a, Exodus 3:1-4:17 

Lord, Help Me Not to Judge–Job 34:7

Today’s Scripture Reading: Job 32:-34:37

Heavenly Father, I noticed something in Job today I’ve never really seen before.  It’s a book about judging others and just how wrong we can be.  Today we heard from “friend” number four; a feisty, arrogant, young guy, who was so wrong about Job.

Lord, how many times do we do this?  How many times do we judge people to their face?  How many times to we judge them behind their backs?  How many times do we judge them in our minds?

Forgive us, Lord God.

Help us to learn from this example that things are not always as they seem.  It’s much better to err on mercy than judgement.

Jesus, help us to learn from these words you spoke while you were on this earth:

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.  For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.

And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?

Hypocrite!  First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. —Matthew 7:1-5

Holy Spirit, baptize us with compassion and mercy so that we can be Jesus not judge, to everyone we meet today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Job 35:1-37:24

Lord, Help Us to Do What’s Right–Genesis 4:7

 

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Gen. 4:1-5:32, 1 Chronicles 1:1-4, Gen. 6:1-22

 Heavenly Father, thank you for recording the words You spoke to Cain:

“Why are you so angry?” the Lord asked Cain. “Why do you look so dejected? You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master.” —Genesis 4:6-7

 Lord, these words are just as true today as they were with your second generation humans.  Life is easier when we do what’s right.  Holy Spirit help us to “see” with spiritual eyes the sinful world that is crouching at our door, eager to control us.

Help us to go on the defensive and subdue sin and be its master instead of living weak, depressed lives that have no eternal impact on our families, communities or world.

Jesus, help us to realize we are our brother’s keeper.  Lord, we can’t make a difference in the whole world, but we can make a difference for one or two.  Holy Spirit, speak loudly; speak over the noise of this world and let us know who we are to reach for Your Kingdom.  Keep us awake at night for our lost and hurting world.

Lord, forgive of our sins and shortcomings!  Make us like You Jesus!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 7:1-10:5, 1 Chronicles 1:5-7, Genesis 10:6-20, 1 Chronicles 1:8-16, Genesis 10:21-30, 1 Chronicles 1:17-23, Genesis 10:31-32

Does God Really See Everything? Hebrews 4:13 (NLT)

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Timothy 4:19-22, Hebrews 1:1-4:13

Naked and Exposed, no thanks!  I’ll keep myself covered and hidden!”

We do have a choice, right?

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable. –Hebrews 4:13

We humans love to think we have a choice about EVERYTHING, but when it comes to God’s  watchful eye, which the writer of Hebrews tells us about in today’s reading, there are no multiple choices–everything about you and me is naked and exposed to God.

We can hide our physical, emotional, and spiritual flaws from people but we cannot hide them from God.

When my husband Harry was four or five years old he thought he was hiding a late night visit to his sister’s room from his parents.

To keep his parents from seeing him walk across the top of the stairs, he hid behind a small pillow that covered his face.  Harry thought his parents couldn’t see him because he couldn’t see them. They saw the pillow with legs walking across the upstairs landing and immediately knew who it was and where he was going!

Aren’t we the same way with God,  we try to use all kinds of “pillows” to hide our disobedience and sin.  We think  if we can’t see God, He can’t see us…it’s just as crazy as Harry thinking his parents didn’t know he was behind the pillow.

What are you hiding behind the pillow today?

Blessings in Jesus!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:14-7:28


Can I Recover From My Poor Choices?–Acts 27:21

Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 27:1-44

If we’re honest, there are many times we could say to someone, “I told you so.”  In today’s reading Paul didn’t just think it, he said it!

No one had eaten for a long time. Finally, Paul called the crew together and said, “Men, you should have listened to me in the first place and not left Crete. You would have avoided all this damage and loss. But take courage! None of you will lose your lives, even though the ship will go down. For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me, and he said, ‘Don’t be afraid, Paul, for you will surely stand trial before Caesar! What’s more, God in his goodness has granted safety to everyone sailing with you.’  So take courage! For I believe God. It will be just as he said.  –Acts 27:21-25

Paul handled his “I told you so” moment quite differently than most of us.  He used it as an opportunity to encourage and point them to God.

Paul wasn’t just encouraging the crew, this was written for you and me.  God knew we were going to “choose the wrong door” from time to time.

God knew we were going need an encouraging “I told you so” from time to time.

Here’s what I believe God is telling us through Paul’s story.

  • There will be times when we do not listen to the voice of God
  • There will be consequences to our bad choices
  • Our ship may go down but we will be safe if we don’t jump out of the boat
  • If God says it, it will come to pass

Are there consequences to my bad decisions?  Definitely

Will God help me and show me a way to recover from it?  Absolutely

Will He miraculously make my mistake go away? Probably not

Heavenly Father, forgive me when I make the wrong choice.  Thank You for Your forgiveness. Thank You for encouraging me, and not dwelling on the “I told you so.” Fill me with Your Spirit today!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 28:1-32; Ephesians 1:1-2:22

What Are You Focusing On?–Acts 20:21


Today’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 20:13-21:36

“He’s sort of cocky.”

Do you know someone who fits that description?

What if I told you that person could change the world for Christ?

The Apostle Paul sounds a little cocky, a little self-absorbed at times in his letters to the Corinthians.

Why did the Holy Spirit want us to see that side of Paul?

After all, if it’s in the Bible, there’s a lesson to be learned.

Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned from the Apostle Paul:

  • God can use us in spite of and because of our personality
  • God can used us in spite of and because of our past
  • We have a choice, just like Paul, we can focus on our mistakes or we can focus on the job God has for us to do

Paul focused on one thing:

I have had one message for Jews and Greeks alike—the necessity of repenting from sin and turning to God, and of having faith in our Lord –Jesus. Acts 20:21

Does the enemy of your soul ever say to you, “You aren’t worthy to be used because of your past?”  Or, maybe he says you’re not worthy because of your present.

Paul dealt with those thoughts as well; he considered himself the worst of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15).  I’m sure the fact that he actively persecuted the early church and watched as Stephen was stoned to death, because of his faith in Christ, crossed his mind when he penned those words.

But…

He stayed focused on the message he was called to give and God used him to turn the world upside down for Jesus Christ.

There are things about my personality that I wish were different, there are mistakes I’ve made that I’m not proud of, but God has a job for me to do while on this earth; He has a message for me to bring.

The question is…

Will I focus on the message or myself?

What about you; what’s your life’s focus?

What’s your message for the world?

Heavenly Father, fill me so full of Your Spirit!  I want to be able to focus on Your plans, not my weaknesses.  I want Your thoughts.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Acts 21:37-23:35

What is Godly Sorrow? 2 Corinthians 7:10


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

“Jeremy, tell Allison you’re sorry!”

Jeremy muffled under his breath, “sorry.”

Then  in my “Mom” voice I sternly said, “Nope, that’s not good enough.”

“Say it like this:  ‘Allison, I’m sorry for ___________.  Please forgive me.’”

Jeremy would grudgingly mouth the words. Was he really sorry? At that time, probably not.

When is the last time you told God you were sorry?

How did you say it?

What did your body language say?

Were you really sorry?

Were you just going through the motions?

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 7:10-11

Godly sorrow, is this a worn-out term that’s no longer relevant for today’s “educated and intellectual culture?”

I say a very loud “NO!”

Do we really believe God sees and disapproves of our sinful behavior (and we all have it, by the way)?

I remember a time in my life when I was completely deceived.  No, I wasn’t a young Christian, I knew better.  I was like Eve in the garden… Satan said, “God really didn’t mean “that” was a sin.  Try it, you’ll like it.”

I bit the apple.  The funny thing about it… I was so deceived that I didn’t feel bad about it.  I knew the Word of God. I knew this was one of those black and white areas of the Bible; there was no question about God’s stand on this topic.  But somehow I thought, “This situation is different, it’ll be okay.”

There was no sorrow and certainly no godly sorrow.

Until…

… Some time had passed and the Holy Spirit began to show me my sinful state.  It was like a supernatural magnifying mirror, you know one of those kinds that show every wrinkle, bump, and imperfection.

With tear-filled eyes I can say that the godly sorrow came that day.  The depth of God’s disappointment hit me in a way I’d never felt before; it felt like physical pain.

“Sorry” wasn’t good enough for this situation.  I spent days and weeks journaling, crying, and grieving over my sin.  Yes, the Lord forgave me as soon as I asked but my sorrow over my sin still lingers today.

There is no regret for this kind of sorrow…it led me away from sin and to true repentance.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your conviction.  Thank you for your forgiveness.  Please continue to show me the things in my life that aren’t pleasing to you.  Lord, use me for Your Glory, in spite of my failings and shortcomings.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

If you have a couple of extra minutes read Psalm 51.  King David gave us a great example of godly sorrow:

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Have mercy upon me, O God,

According to Your lovingkindness;

According to the multitude of Your tender mercies,

Blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,

And cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions,

And my sin is always before me.

Against You, You only, have I sinned,

And done this evil in Your sight—

That You may be found just when You speak,[a]

And blameless when You judge.

Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,

And in sin my mother conceived me.

Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,

And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;

Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me hear joy and gladness,

That the bones You have broken may rejoice.

Hide Your face from my sins,

And blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,

And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me away from Your presence,

And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,

And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors Your ways,

And sinners shall be converted to You.

Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God,

The God of my salvation,

And my tongue shall sing aloud of Your righteousness.

O Lord, open my lips,

And my mouth shall show forth Your praise.

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;

You do not delight in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit,

A broken and a contrite heart—

These, O God, You will not despise.

Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;

Build the walls of Jerusalem.

Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,

With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;

Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

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

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