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There’s Something You Need More Than Sleep—Mark 1:35

Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:14-15; Matthew 4:12-17; Luke 3:23a; John 4:46-54; Luke 4:16-30; Mark 1:16-20; Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1:21-28; Luke 4:31-37; Mark 1:29-34; Matthew 8:14-17; Luke 4:38-41; Mark 1:35-39; Luke 4:42-44; Matthew 4:23-25

Are you a morning person or a night person?

What’s early for you?

For Jesus, it “a great while before day” (KJV) meaning between three to six a.m. (Word Pictures in the New Testament)

Before daybreak, the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray. —Mark 1:35

The amazing thing about Jesus rising at such an early time of day is the fact that the previous day was very busy; He preached in the synagogue and had a huge healing service.

I know, Jesus is God, but while He was on this earth He was fully man and experienced the same physical and emotional limitations you and I do today.

Friends, there is nothing as tiring as preaching, teaching, and praying for people.  Literally, your passion, enthusiasm, and anointing from God are flowing out of you to those with whom you are ministering. I love people. I love ministering to others. But I can’t give out what I haven’t taken in!  This holds true in any area–ministry, family, friends, career, or community.

When you are called to give to others there’s something you need more than sleep; it’s emotional and spiritual restoration.  If you aren’t being filled and refreshed spiritually you will have nothing to give and eventually burnout.

Why did Jesus get up so early?

  • To be alone with God
  • To get away from people
  • To pray and receive strength and guidance for the day

Do we have to get up between three and six a.m. each day?  Of course not, but getting up 30 minutes earlier than you normally do to read your Bible and spend some time with the God of the universe  will…

  • Set your priorities for the day—  God first!
  • Refresh and restore your emotions so you will be able to give to others
  • Give you the strength and wisdom to face whatever the day holds

Are you running short on time and energy at the end of each day?

What would Jesus do?

  • Get up a little earlier
  • Get alone with God
  • Pray for strength and wisdom for the day

Experts agree that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.

30 minutes a day X 21 days = an emotionally and spiritually stronger YOU!

Will you accept the 21 day challenge?

Heavenly Father, help us to make our time with You a top priority in our life.  Help us to be determined to set aside time to spend with You.  Honor the efforts of each person who accepts this challenge.  Holy Spirit, draw us to You like a magnet.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Luke 5:1-11, Mark 1:40-45, Matthew 8:1-4, Luke 5:12-16, Mark 2:1-12, Matthew 9:1-8, Luke 5:17-26, Mark 2:13-17, Matthew 9:9-13, Luke 5:27-32, Mark 2:18-22, Matthew 9:14-17, Luke 5:33-39

Are Your Church Services Too Long?—Nehemiah 9:1-4

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Nehemiah 8:13 through 10:39

Did you go to church last Sunday? Did the service last an hour, an hour and a half?  How long did you stand up during worship?  How much scripture did your pastor read?  How much time did you spend in prayer and worship?

Probably not as long or as much as the Israelites did on October 31st 445 B.C.

On October 31 the people assembled again, and this time they fasted and dressed in burlap and sprinkled dust on their heads.  Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners as they confessed their own sins and the sins of their ancestors.  They remained standing in place for three hours while the Book of the Law of the Lord their God was read aloud to them. Then for three more hours they confessed their sins and worshiped the Lord their God. The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Kenani—stood on the stairway of the Levites and cried out to the Lord their God with loud voices. –Nehemiah 9:1-4 (emphasis mine)

I know, it’s easy to say, that was then and we just don’t do things like that any more.

A couple of years ago I attended a Sunday Service at Park West Church of God in Knoxville, Tennessee.  I always enjoy attending this church when I am visiting my daughter, son-in-law, and grandsons.   They had a guest speaker, Dr. Hong Yang and his wife Dr. Esther Yang.

Dr. Yang’s grandparents and parents were committed communists and local leaders in the Chinese Revolution of 1949.  As a young teen, Dr. Yang was an enthusiastic youth leader in the communist party, until he began to question some of the doctrines and went to the library for answers, checked out a Bible and found Christ.  Ever since that day, his mission has been to put the life-changing Word of God in the hands of as many people in the Asian Pacific area as possible.

Dr. Yang and his wife have literally devoted their lives to bringing the gospel message to their homeland of China.  Dr. Yang has been imprisoned, tortured, and banned from entering the country.  He also told us of many others, some in his family who have been severely tortured; many have been sentenced to years in prison.

In today’s American churches pastors are trying to figure out how to get people to attend once a week for an hour.  For the 21st century Christian, thoughts of the unsaved in foreign countries rarely crosses our minds and certainly doesn’t keep us awake at night.  Most of us just want to check the “church” box on Sunday mornings and go and “enjoy” our day and our life…

Friends we have to fight against the selfishness and self-centeredness of our culture.  We must be different.

Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourself  from them, says the Lord. —2 Corinthians 6:17a

Heavenly Father, forgive us for our self-centeredness.  Teach us and show us how to live a life that has Your Kingdom as our top priority.  Jesus, You know our weaknesses (Matthew 26:36-41), strengthen us in our spirit so we live a life that causes others to know You more.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Nehemiah 11:1 through 12:26

The Number One Predictor of Success—Ezra 7:8-10

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Ezra 4:7-23; Ezra 7:1 through 8:36

Are you getting ready to begin a new project, business, or field of study?

Would you like to know if you will be successful in that endeavor?

We all know people who have started something and quit or “seemingly” failed.

Is there one predictor of success?

Paul Graham, an essayist, programmer, and investor believes there is…

The most important predictor of new business start-up success is determination. At first we thought it might be intelligence. Everyone likes to believe that’s what makes startups succeed. It makes a better story that a company won because its founders were so smart. The PR people and reporters who spread such stories probably believe them themselves. But while it certainly helps to be smart, it’s not the deciding factor. There are plenty of people as smart as Bill Gates who achieve nothing.

In most domains, talent is overrated compared to determination—partly because it makes a better story, partly because it gives onlookers an excuse for being lazy, and partly because after a while determination starts to look like talent.

Ezra agrees with Paul Graham:

Ezra arrived in Jerusalem in August of that year.  He had arranged to leave Babylon on April 8, the first day of the new year, and he arrived at Jerusalem on August for the gracious hand of his God was on him.  This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel. —Ezra 7:8-10

How many times do we look at someone and think, “Wow, everything seems to come so easy for them!”

It’s never “easy” to be successful; easy means with little or no effort.  It certainly wasn’t easy for Ezra.

Most people in his day couldn’t read or write. The majority of the Israelites were disobeying the Law rather than obeying.

But Ezra was determined to be what God had called him to be.

If you’ve been on our journey one day or all year, you can personally attest to the difficulty of developing a habit of reading, studying, and applying God’s Word.  Compared to Ezra we have it so easy, Bibles are everywhere and study helps are in abundance, but it takes just as much determination in our day-to-day study to obey God’s Word as it did in Ezra’s day.

Friends, let’s make a choice to be an Ezra and determine to know God through His Word!

Heavenly Father, help us to determine to be a student of Your Word.  Holy Spirit, teach us how to apply it to our daily lives. Help us to live a life that preaches Your Word to others.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ezra 9:1 through Ezra 10:44; Nehemiah 1:1 through 2:20

3 Ways to Have Infectious Influence—Daniel 6:1-28

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Daniel 6:1-28; Daniel 9:1-27; 2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Ezra 1:1-11; 1 Chronicles 3:17-19a

I was doing a Google© search on the word “influence” and right below the word influence was the word “influenza”.

Humm…

I had to know more about these two words that have the same root yet stir up a completely different  reaction—one, very good and one, very bad (I have some bad flu memories!).

The word “Influence” comes from the Latin word, “influere” which means “to flow into”. And the word “Influenza” originally used in Italy, from the Medieval Latin word influentia, which meant influence of the stars.

So could we say that if a person of influence infects those in whom they “flow into” with their attitudes, values, and beliefs—they have infectious influence—influence that goes viral?

Daniel had this infectious influence.  When we read the story about Daniel in the lion’s den, we say,”YES, I will dare to be a Daniel!”  But, are we willing to do what Daniel did?

He had a great work ethicA set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and diligence (answers.com)

  • Capable (6:3)
  • Faithful (6:4)
  • Always responsible (6:4)
  • Completely Trustworthy (6:4)
  • Respectful to those in authority (6:21-22)

 

He practiced spiritual disciplineA habit or regular pattern in your life that repeatedly brings you back to God and opens you up to what God is saying to you.(spirithome.com)

  • Consistent Prayer Life (6:10)
  • Purposed Not to defile himself (1:8)
  • Study the Word of God (9:2)
  • Fasting (9:3)

 

He trusted God with the areas that weren’t in his control

  • God gave Daniel great abilities (6:3)
  • God rescued him from an impossible situation (6:21)

 

Daniel woke up every day with a choice:

  • Infect/influence others
  • Be infected/influenced by others

 

What was the result of Daniel’s daily choice to influence others?

King Darius the Mede sent a message to the people of every race and nations and language throughout the world (6:25-28):

Peace and prosperity to you!  I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel.

  • For he is the living God and he will endure forever
  • His kingdom will never be destroyed
  • His rule will never end
  • He rescues and saves his people
  • He performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth.
  • He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.

You and I can be a person of infectious influence, just like Daniel if we do these three things:

  1. Display a consistently strong work ethic
  2. Live a disciplined spiritual life
  3. Trust God through the hard times and impossible situations

Heavenly Father, help us to live a life that has infectious influence for Your Kingdom.  Anoint us with the abilities to accomplish the plans you have for our lives.  Help us to see our hard times and impossible situations as opportunities to trust You in a way that will cause others to want to know You and serve You.  Jesus help us to have the determination to live a life of integrity and spiritual discipline for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Ezra 2:1 through Ezra 4:5; 1 Chronicles 3:19b-24

Is Ignorance Really Blissful?—2 Chronicles 36:15-16

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 39:11-18; Jeremiah 40:1-6; 2 Kings 25:8-21; Jeremiah 52:12-27; 2 Chronicles 36:15-21; Lamentations 1:1-22

My husband Harry has often said that he believes God instituted parenting so that we could understand His heart.  When we see our Heavenly Father through the lens of a parent, our parent; His Word and His ways are overflowing with love, mercy, and kindness.

From the first day I found out I was pregnant with my first child until this very moment my desire for my children has always been to lead them to Christ and to protect them from the tough things in life.  I want to teach them every lesson I’ve learned so they don’t have to make the same mistakes.

My love for my children pales in comparison to the way our Heavenly Father loves us.  My life experience and knowledge of the world is like looking at life through a pinhole compared to the knowledge of our God, who simultaneously sees, knows, and understands the past, present, and the future.

But in the same way my children some times go their own way and do their own thing, we ignore the warnings of our Heavenly Father and choose our own way instead of following the One who divinely knows best.

Can you hear God’s parental side coming out in 2 Chronicles 36:15-16?

The Lord, the God of their ancestors, repeatedly sent his prophets to warn them, for he had compassion on his people and his Temple.  But the people mocked these messengers of God and despised their words. They scoffed at the prophets until the Lord’s anger could no longer be restrained and nothing could be done.

“Mocked these messengers of God and despised their words…”

Sometimes the only way we will learn is to be forced to live with the consequences.  This goes for all of the human race not just children.  I wonder if our God is saying to Himself (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and maybe even the angels…

“I have provided the people of the 21st century with my guidebook to victorious living on this earth, the Bible.  I love them so much I’ve recorded my words to warn them of the pitfalls of this earthly life and to teach them how to be Jesus to the world.  But my people insult me;  they don’t even know what my Word says.  Ignorance of my Word is no excuse for disobedience.”

In a message a year ago, Kraig Krempa, executive pastor at Niceville Assembly said, “What we read is how we’re supposed to live, but by-in-large the church doesn’t read the Bible.”

When we as Christians stand before God, we won’t be able to blame parents, teachers, authors or pastors for their misinterpretations or our lack of knowledge of God’s Word; it’s our responsibility to know Him through His Word.  But the mercy of the Lord is amazing; He sent the Holy Spirit to be our interpreter, IF we open the Bible and spend time with Him, He will teach us!

Ignorance certainly won’t be blissful the day we stand before our God!

Heavenly Father, Your Word is life to us! Being ignorant of Your Word is a tool that Satan has used since the Garden of Eden.  Help us to resist this enemy whose number one goal is to keep us from Knowing You.  Holy Spirit, draw us to your Word, teach us your ways, make us like You and use us for Your Glory!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Lamentations 2:1 through Lamentations 4:22

Why Do People Stay On Their Self-Destructive Path? –Jeremiah 8:4-5


Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 8:4-11:23

Do you ever want to ask a co-worker, friend, or family member…

Why are you determined to destroy your health, finances, career, or family?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and asked yourself this same question?

In Jeremiah 8:4-7, the God of the universe gives us a glimpse of His frustrations with His children who continue to take the wrong path:

 “Jeremiah, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord says:

“‘When people fall down, don’t they get up again? 

When they discover they’re on the wrong road, don’t they turn back? 

Then why do these people stay on their self-destructive path?
Why do the people of Jerusalem refuse to turn back?

They cling tightly to their lies and will not turn around.
I listen to their conversations and don’t hear a word of truth.

 Is anyone sorry for doing wrong?
Does anyone say, “What a terrible thing I have done”?

No! All are running down the path of sin as swiftly as a horse galloping into battle!
Even the stork that flies across the sky knows the time of her migration, as do the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane.

They all return at the proper time each year.

But not my people!

They do not know the Lord’s laws.”

This makes me so sad.  How many times the Lord, must have looked at my life and said, “What’s wrong with this girl?  Doesn’t she get it?  She’s on the wrong road, why doesn’t she turn back?”

I believe we’re living in the age that Matthew 24:24 talks about, where “even God’s chosen ones can be deceived.”  We must stay close to Him and stay close to His Word.  When you have a question about a path you’re thinking of taking, ask yourself, “What does the Bible stay?”  And don’t move until you find HIS answer.

This was the problem in Jeremiah’s day “they did not know the Lord’s laws;” it’s a big problem in today world too. God’s Word is the solution to getting off the path of self-destruction. Make it a part of your daily life and your path of choice will be completely different.

 

Heavenly Father, forgive us for neglecting Your Word.  Teach us Your ways.  Show us the path we should take.  Holy Spirit, bring Proverbs 3:5-6 to fulfillment in our lives:

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.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 12:1-15:21

God’s Word ALWAYS Produces Fruit—Isaiah 55:11

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 57:21

Every job I’ve ever had, has had something to do with sales.  From selling watermelons to the beachgoers on highway 231 in the panhandle of Florida, to selling towels on the telephone at Sears, to selling cosmetics and leading a unit of women in Mary Kay Cosmetics, to teaching bankers how to lead a sales team; it was all about producing!

There’s one thing about sales, you can be the top sales person one month and received national praise and recognition with everyone asking you, “How did you do it?” and by the end of the next month be a nobody because you fell to the bottom of the leader board.  The ultimate aspiration of any serious sales person is to have a reputation of ALWAYS producing.

Always is a l-o-n-g time, and sooner or later even the best-of-the-best will have something to get them off track and out of focus…

Unless you are the Living God of the Bible:

It is the same with my word.

I send it out, and it always produces fruit.

It will accomplish all I want it to,

and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

So, anytime and every time God’s Word is spoken, read, written, heard, typed, or discussed it will–

  • Always produces fruit
  • Accomplish all that God wants it to do
  • Prosper everywhere God sends it

Does this scripture apply–

  • When I read the Bible but don’t understand it?
  • When I put a Bible verse on Facebook?
  • When I have scripture songs playing while my children sleep?
  • When I commit scripture to memory?
  • When I have pictures and plaques in my home with verses from God’s Word?

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

What a great scripture for us to focus on as we come to the end of the seventh month of our journey!  Stay focused, keep reading.  Everything you read is lodging deep within your spirit to be downloaded to your memory bank at just the moment you need it the most.

We don’t have to understand “how” God’s Word can always produce fruit, we just need to trust God that it does.

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.  “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” Isaiah 55:8

Heavenly Father, thank You for the assurance that Your Word will produce fruit; not because of anything we do but because it’s YOUR Word!  Holy Spirit help us to live this out.  Give us creative ways to lodge the Word in our heart.  Fan our desire to read and know You and Your Word.  Help us to pass Your Word to others so that they will know You more.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 58:1 through Isaiah 63:14

One Thing That May Be Stealing Your Peace–Isaiah 26:3

Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 24:1-27:13; Isaiah 29:1-24

 

Toxic is ANYTHING containing poisonous material capable of causing sickness or death.

In the last few months I’ve read several books and attended a couple of seminars on our bodies’ detoxification process and how important detoxing is in today’s toxic world.  I have changed several things in my life to improve my body’s ability to get rid of the toxicities in my life.

I realized I need to do this in my spiritual life as well.  My pastor did a series on this topic and asked us this question:

Could it be that our spiritual enemy is grooming us to receive the poison that will eventually be the death of us spiritually?

I say yes, I believe Satan, the enemy of our soul is doing everything he can to…

    • Send us to an early grave
    • Cause us to live a life full of depression, anxiety, and spiritual emptiness
    • Keep us from being the witness God’s called us to be
    • Cause us to turn completely away from the salvation Jesus provided for us

Our food has changed in the last 50 years, so has our culture.  If we’re not careful we can unknowingly allow harmful, even poisonous things in our lives through our daily choices, whether it’s what we eat, drink, read, watch or listen to; we must be responsible.

How do we detox our spiritual lives in a way that keeps us move toward God and away from the toxic influences of this world?  Pastor Phil suggested we ask ourselves these three questions:

  1. Am I being entertained by sin?
  2. Is it pleasing to God?
  3. Does this lure me away from Christ?

I’ve always been pretty guarded when it comes to protecting myself from the toxicity of the world, but as I listened to my pastor’s message  I realized there were a couple of areas in which I have become desensitized.  Thanks be to the conviction of the Holy Spirit I am now aware and will make the changes necessary to move closer to God and farther and farther from the influence of the enemy.

I came home from church and began to read today’s scriptures and this verse jumped off the page at me:

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you all whose thoughts are fixed on you!  –Isaiah 26:3

No wonder the enemy is working so hard to corrupt our minds–he wants to steal our peace! No wonder he is using anything he can to desensitize us to the evil in this world–if our thoughts aren’t fixed on You Lord, we are easy pickings for the enemy.

Heavenly Father, show me the things in my life that are toxic to my spiritual health.  Create in me a clean heart (Psalm 51:10). Keep me in perfect peace as I learn to fix my thoughts on You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 30:1-33:24

 

**I’m reading a book called Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel that is helping me to evaluate my spiritual health. It’s an easy read but very thought-provoking.

 

 

I Just Found The Most Amazing Deal on a… Psalm 107:1-2


Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalm 107, Psalm 111-114

“I just got an amazing deal on a pair of shoes!”

“I just had the most amazing customer service experience at that new store!”

“That restaurant has the best food I’ve ever tasted!”

“Go get your hair done at my friend’s salon. You will love it!”

 

I do this all the time. When I have good experience, find a new product, get a great deal, or learn something new I want to share it.

 

For many of us when we find a great deal we tell everyone we know.

 

Except

 

When it comes to our relationship with God.

The greatest deal we will ever find is having Jesus Christ pay the price for our sins and make a way for us to have eternal life. (John 3:16)

 

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!


His faithful love endures forever.

Has the Lord redeemed you?

 Then speak out!


Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies. –Psalm 107:1-2

 

Why is it so easy to tell your neighbor about a great restaurant but so difficult to share the goodness of your God?

I’m sure there are many reasons, but one that comes to mind is political correctness. We have been programmed by our culture that we need to be careful not to offend anyone.

God is not telling us to push our beliefs on others, He’s telling us to speak out and tell others what He has done for US!

 

It’s all about attracting not attacking!

 

I promise you that if you share your story of the goodness of your God with others, at some point, usually when their life is falling apart they will come to you, asking for prayer, asking for counsel.

Is it hard for you to share your story? Why?

 

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not speaking out about our redemption. Give us courage to share our story with others. Holy Spirit, direct us. We need Your discernment to know when to speak and when to be silent. Lord give us boldness to proclaim your faithfulness.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 115-118

We are What We Worship–2 Kings 17: 14-15

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 28:1-29; 2 Kings 17:5; 2 Kings 18:9-12; 2 Kings 17:6-41; Isaiah 1:1-20

Have you heard the cliché, “We are what we eat”?  The saying on this t-shirt says it all about the food most of us eat in today’s world—fast, cheap, and easy.

In the 21st century that’s pretty much the way we want to worship—fast, cheap, and easy.

  • “We don’t have time to go to discipleship classes  AND worship on Sunday morning…No way that’s our family time!” –We want to get in and get out.
  • “I’ll worship when it’s convenient”—in other words, worship can’t cost me any time, money or energy, if it does, I’m outta here.
  • “I don’t understand the Bible and I just can’t overcome my bad habits; it’s just too hard to serve the Lord!”

So just like we are what we eat; we are what we worship:

But the Israelites would not listen. They were as stubborn as their ancestors who had refused to believe in the Lord their God.   They rejected His decrees and the covenant He had made with their ancestors, and they despised all His warnings. They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves. They followed the example of the nations around them, disobeying the Lord’s command not to imitate them.     –2 Kings 17: 14-15

It’s so easy to read these two verses and say, “Those bad Israelites, they were so stubborn.

  • Why did they refuse to believe in the Lord?
  • Why didn’t they obey His decrees and keep the covenant their ancestors had made?
  • Why didn’t they listen to warnings from Almighty God?
  • Why in the world would they worship idols when they had the one true God to worship?
  • Why would they act like the nations around them when they were God’s chosen people?

I wonder what future generations will think about the 21 century church.

Will they say—

  • Why did they refuse to believe God and allow Him to be the Lord of their lives?
  • Why didn’t they obey His decrees and keep the covenant when they had a Bible in every room of their house?
  • Why didn’t they listen to the warnings written in Daniel, Matthew, and Revelation?
  • Why in the world would they worship the idols of time, pleasure, and materialism when they had the one true God to worship?
  • Why would they act like the people of the world when they had been rescued by Jesus Christ and given the Holy Spirit to help them become who God planned for them to be?

They worshiped worthless idols, so they became worthless themselves.

Father, we don’t want to become worthless!  Show us the idols in our lives.  Draw us to you Lord.  Help us not to be deceived.  Use us for Your Glory today!

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 1:21 through Isaiah 5:30

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