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Lord, I Want to Be the Kind of Believer Who Believes These Two Things–1 Corinthians 8:4-7

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-11:1

Heavenly Father, this passage is so relevant for today’s world:

So, what about eating meat that has been offered to idols? Well, we all know that an idol is not really a god and that there is only one God. There may be so-called gods both in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship many gods and many lords. But for us,

There is one God, the Father,
by whom all things were created,
and for whom we live.
And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom all things were created,
and through whom we live.

However, not all believers know this. Some are accustomed to thinking of idols as being real, so when they eat food that has been offered to idols, they think of it as the worship of real gods, and their weak consciences are violated.                       —1 Corinthians 8:4-7

Lord, in churches across America there are many different types of “believers:”

There are people who…

–believe in God, the Father

—believe Jesus was a good person and/or prophet

—believe in Jesus as Savior

—daily surrender to the Lordship of Jesus

—believe idols and other religions are real

Lord, help me not to be deceived by the man-made gods and religions of this world. Help me to recognize that if Jesus Christ isn’t welcome and isn’t Lord, it’s a false religion. I want to keep my faith pure, holy, and true. Help me to be the kind of believer that knows and lives my life with the burning conviction that…

There is one God, the Father,
by whom all things were created,
and for whom we live.
And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ,
through whom all things were created,
and through whom we live. 

In the Name of the Son of the most High and One, True God–Jesus Christ!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:2-13:13

Lord, There’s a Fight Going on Inside Me—Galatians 5:16-17

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:24-6:18, Acts 15:1-21

Holy Spirit, I want You to guide my life.

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. —Galatians 5:16-17

Lord, I’ve known You since I was a little girl but sometimes I wonder, “Am I ever going to destroy my sinful nature?”

From everything Your Word tells me, the answer is no. As long as I’m on this earth the fight will continue. But that sinful, evil nature will become smaller and smaller as I submit my human nature to You.

This story is the perfect visual…

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all.
“One is Evil – It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is Good – It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Holy Spirit, You represent everything good about me. My evil nature doesn’t have a chance against You. I already know how the story ends—YOU WIN!

Holy Spirit, today I choose to feed the God woman in me. I choose to rely on Your guidance, listen to Your voice and make a conscious effort to silence the voices of my sinful nature.

Looking to You for guidance today.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 15:22-Acts 17:15

Lord, Today There’s Gonna Be a Fight—John 19:11

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 15:2-5, Matthew 27:11-14, Luke 23:1-12, John 18:28-40, Mark 15:6-15, Matthew 27:15-26, Luke 23:13-25, John 19:1-16, Mark 15:16-20, Matthew 27:27-31, Luke 22:63-65

Jesus, as I read the details of Your arrest and trial I kept thinking, “this was senseless and crazy!” “How did things deteriorate so quickly?” “One minute everyone’s singing Your praises and the next minute they’re yelling ‘crucify You!'”

This explains it.

Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. So the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.” —John 19:11

It was Your plan. It was Your time. It was Your will.

There was a fight going on.

Holy Spirit, some days I wish I could see into the unseen world Paul talks about:

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. —Ephesians 6:12

Lord, yes it can be scary to think about “mighty powers in this dark world,” but You said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above.”

Lord, You are in control. You win. Your followers win. I win!

But…

In this world there will be a fight…

I’m so thankful I’m on the winning team!

Lord, give me eyes to see the “real battles.” Teach me how to fight!

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. —Ephesians 6:18

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 15:21-24, Matthew 27:32-34, Luke 23:26-31, John 19:17, Mark 15:25-32, Matthew 27:35-44, Luke 23:32-43. John 19:18-27, Mark 15:33-41, Matthew 27:45-56, Luke 23:44-49, John 19:28-37

Lord, Does My Denial Disqualify My Calling? —Matthew 26:69-75

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:53-65, Matthew 26:57-68, Mark 14:66-72, Matthew 26:69-75, Luke 22:54-62, John 18:25-27, Mark 15:1, Matthew 27:1-2, Luke 22:66-71, Matthew 27:3-10

Heavenly Father, I really feel bad for Peter:

Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of those with Jesus the Galilean.”

But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.

Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said.

A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.”

Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying—I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed.

Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly. —Matthew 26:69-75

Peter’s words “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you” (Matthew 26:34) waved the red flag to Satan, the enemy of Peter’s soul. Satan said “Game On” and crafted a plan to get Peter to do the very thing that he never wanted to do—deny his Lord.

The same evil that caused Judas to betray Jesus caused Peter to deny Him. Satan used fear to get his plan accomplished in Peter’s life. He was afraid for his life, afraid for Jesus, afraid for the future and afraid of failure.

Jesus, Matthew recorded Your conversation with Peter (Matthew 16:17-19) where You changed his name and said You will build Your church upon this rock (Peter). I’m sure Peter thought his denial disqualified him for Your calling but the next time You saw him You did his first training session on building Your church (my interpretation) and there was no mention of denial, roosters, or fireside chats, just a check to make sure he still loved You and a charge to get to work and feed Your sheep.

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.”

“Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.

Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.”

“Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.

A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”

Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”

Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep. —John 21:15-17

 

Lord, we all go through times of fear and doubt. We all make mistakes. Many times we choose the same path as Peter. We make grand claims to love and serve You at all costs and then we adversity strikes, we deny You.  But that does not diminish Your plans for us. You’re not even surprised by it. You understand the spiritual battle that’s raging much better than we do.

Lord, help me to realize the only way I can fail is to quit. Help me to learn from my mistakes and grow beyond them.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 15:2-5, Matthew 27:11-14, Luke 23:1-2, John 18:28-40, Mark 15:6-15, Matthew 27:15-26, Luke 23:13-25, John 19:1-16, Mark 15:16-20, Matthew 27:27-31, Luke 22:63-65

Lord, I Want to Walk in Your Light—John 12:35-36

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 14:3-9, Matthew 26:6-13, John 12:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19, Luke 19:41-44, John 12:20-36

Jesus, as evil and darkness roll in like fog, fear is so overwhelming that many see suicide as the only way out. These statistics from The Jason Foundation speak loudly and clearly to the darkness that is overtaking our culture. Sadly, our children are the ones who are suffering the most.

  • Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2010 CDC WISQARS)
  • Suicide is the THIRD leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2010 CDC WISQARS)
  • More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED.
  • Each day in our nation there are an average of over 5,400 attempts by young people grades 7-12.

Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them. —John 12:35-36

Lord, Your light is more powerful than the darkness but some days I feel the darkness trying to pull me in. I put my trust in Your light. Holy Spirit, help me stay to close to Your light. Help me to carry Your light to those who are overwhelmed by the darkness.

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. —Matthew 5:13-15

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 12:37-50, Mark 11:12-14, Matthew 21:18-22, Mark 11:15-19, Matthew 21:12-17, Luke 19:45-48, Mark 11:20-33, Matthew 21:23-27, Luke 20:1-8

Lord, Stand Beside Me—Jeremiah 20:11

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 19:1-20:18, Daniel 1:1-21

Heavenly Father, I love the visual this verse imprints on my mind.

 

But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior.
Before him my persecutors will stumble.
They cannot defeat me.
They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated.
Their dishonor will never be forgotten. —Jeremiah 20:11

 Lord, thank You for standing beside me in life’s battles.

Thank you for this promise:

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. —Deuteronomy 31:8

Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Daniel 2:1-3:30, Jeremiah 7:1-8:3

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, My Load is Too Heavy—Psalms 145:14

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 144-145, 88-89

Heavenly Father, I’ve spent the last 30 minutes desperately trying to find another scripture for today’s prayer. I kept hearing this voice in my head saying, “your last few prayers have been sad, you need to lighten it up.” What’s really going on is I’m afraid my last few prayers are revealing more about me than I want to share. I am bent very low beneath the loads of my life and I don’t want anyone to know.

Lord, but Your Spirit rose up in and said, “Dianne, yes you’re  low. Yes, you’re tired and weary. Yes, you feel like you have no faith but You know how to fight the enemy of Your soul. My daughter, you’ve been here before. You know to do. Take the fiery darts of the enemy (Ephesians 6:6) and throw them back at him. Take the very thing he’s using to cause you to want to hide and face this pain in secret and bring it into the light. Dianne, will you allow Me to use your pain to help others? Will you be transparent and real?

Lord, I don’t feel strong enough. I’m really too consumed with my pain to care about anyone else, but I trust You.

The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. —Psalms 145:14

Yes, Lord I will tell the world that I’m bent low. I’m tired. I’m angry, I’m sad and I feel You are far from me. But Jesus I will also tell the world that I know You will rescue me! I know You understand and have not forsaken me. Holy Spirit, how would I make it without Your Word? It’s like medicine to my soul.

Thank you for loving me when I’m completely unlovable.

I trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 50, 73-74

Lord, I Look to You for Protection—Psalm 18:30

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 22:1-51, Psalm 18

Heavenly Father, You amaze me! You are so faithful. Each day I open Your Word, wondering if and hoping that You will show me a truth, something I can share with my fellow travelers. Each day You come through. Today this verse stood out like a neon sign. It wasn’t the whole verse, it was just one phrase.

 

God’s way is perfect.
All the Lord’s promises prove true.
He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. —Psalm 18:30

Lord, this is an amazing promise. You will be a shield, You will protect ALL (Everyone) who look to You for protection. Lord, when I look to this world for protection instead of You, does it tie Your hands? Does it limit Your ability shield me from the trouble in this world? This is one of those instances where it’s seems as if it’s a conditional promise–You have a part and I have a part. With each passing day in this world we live I am feeling less and less protected but Lord You’re right there saying “Dianne, look to Me for protection.”

Jesus, I saw this in action this week. I was taking a walk one morning. I went out of my subdivision and got on the main road. It has a walking/bike path. I’ve walked this road for years and have always felt safe. I reached my halfway point so I turned around and headed home. I was in a section that didn’t have any houses, just woods, Suddenly, I saw this white, work van stop on the opposite side of the road from me about 50 feet ahead.

Immediately, I felt fear rise up. I did all the things I should do to be on the safe side—pulled out my phone, plugged in 911 and had it ready to hit the send button, and got the information off the truck and then I began to pray. I asked You for protection.

Father, what happened next was amazing! I began praying out loud. My prayers became more powerful. I felt a wave of confidence come over me. I KNEW You were going to protect me. As I walked I got more and more demonstrative with my prayer: Hands raise, fingers pointing at that van and saying Jesus, Jesus, and getting louder and louder. I felt so covered in Your protection that I literally believed if this man came toward me he would fall under the power of the presence of God. Did I look weird? Probably. I did care? Nope.

Lord, only You know that man’s intention but after I passed by his van he started the ignition and turned around and went in the opposite direction. You taught me such a powerful lesson:

If I look to You for my protection You will be my shield

Thank You Lord for making Your Word come alive in my life. Thank You for boldness to believe You mean what You say!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 24:1-9, 1 Chronicles 21:1-6, 2 Samuel 24:10-17, 1 Chronicles 21:7-17, 2 Samuel 24:18-25, 1 Chronicles 21:18-22:19

Lord, Protect Me from Human Schemes—1 Samuel 26:17-19

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-27:7, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 27:8-29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:19, Psalm 56

Heavenly Father, I’ve read David and Saul’s story many times. I’m always amazed. David’s complete reliance on You to get Your will accomplished in his life almost seems superhuman, but it wasn’t. David was just a man, but he was a man who knew he had been called by You, the God who made him for a distinct purpose. I think David was always mindful of where he came from; a sheep pasture on a hill in the middle of no-where. He believed that if YOU wanted him to be king YOU would make it happen. There was no scheming on his part but he knew that may not be the case with everyone.

Saul recognized David’s voice and called out, “Is that you, my son David?”

And David replied, “Yes, my lord the king. Why are you chasing me? What have I done? What is my crime?  But now let my lord the king listen to his servant. If the Lord has stirred you up against me, then let him accept my offering. But if this is simply a human scheme, then may those involved be cursed by the Lord. For they have driven me from my home, so I can no longer live among the Lord’s people, and they have said, ‘Go, worship pagan gods.’  —1 Samuel 26:17-19

Lord, in today’s world it’s hard to know what to believe. Greed, manipulation, half-truths, and un-truths being sold as absolute truths through the media, government, and even in Christian organizations and churches. Nothing is worse than humans using Your Word to manipulate others.

Jesus, I say with David, Lord, if You are stirring things up in the world or just in MY little world, so be it. Let me learn from it and grow from it but if these are simply human schemes, protect me. Give me supernatural discernment and peace that You are in control. I will trust You take care of the situation.

Lord, I trust You to fight my battles for me.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-31, 1 Chronicles 12:20-22, 1 Samuel 31:1-13, 1 Chronicles 10:1-14, 1 Chronicles 9:40-44, 2 Samuel 4:4, 2 Samuel 1:1-27

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