Archive - The Power of Words RSS Feed

Lord, Forgive Me For My Idle Words—Matthew 12:36

images-2

Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 8:1-3, Mark 3:20-30, Matthew 12:22-45, Mark 3:31-35, Matthew 12:46-50, Luke 8:19-21, Mark 4:1-19, Matthew 13:1-9, Luke 8:4-8, Mark 4:10-20

Heavenly Father, I’m a words girl. I always have an opinion. I’m always teaching, always counseling. This verse makes me want to install a sipper on my mouth, lock it, and throw away the key.

You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” —Matthew 12:34-37

Lord, I’ve spoken many idle words in my life. Your Word say our words are a reflection of our heart. These days I feel like my heart is broken and my words reflect it—sadness, anger, bitterness, gossip. It feels like the words come spewing out uncontrollably. Holy Spirit, I need Your help. Please heal my heart.

I really think silence is my best answer during this season. I don’t know how to be silent. Please help me.

Lord, forgive me for my idle words. I say with David…

Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips. —Psalm 141:3

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:10-23, Luke 8:9-18, Mark 4:21-29, Matthew 13:24-30, Mark 4:30-34, Matthew 13:31-52, Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 8:23-27, Luke 8:22-25

Lord, May Everything You Have Said About Me Come True—Luke 1:38

Unknown-1

Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 1:1a, Luke 1:1-4, John 1:1-18, Matthew 1:1-17, Luke 3:23b-38, Luke 1:5-38

Heavenly Father, there are so many voices in the world and in my head telling me what I should be and how I should think. You are the only voice I want to follow.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. —Luke 1:38

Lord, Mary trusted You completely. It would have been easy for her to doubt. I’m sure over the course of her life she was the subject of gossip and criticism but she made a decision to believe You and what You said would come true in her life.

Lord, I want the faith of Mary. No one knows me better than You. You made me. You know what I’m capable of being, You know how my life is going to play out. You are the only one who will never leave me.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me,O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!—Psalm 139:14-19

Lord, may everything You say about me come true!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

Click here to visit blog

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-80, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:1-40

Lord, Give Me Discernment As I Encourage Others—Ezekiel 13:22

images-1 Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 10:1-13:23

Heavenly Father, encouragement is a powerful communication tool that motivates and inspires. You challenge us throughout the scriptures to encourage one another. This verse validates the power of our words.

You have discouraged the righteous with your lies, but I didn’t want them to be sad. And you have encouraged the wicked by promising them life, even though they continue in their sins. —Ezekiel 13:22

Lord, encouraging others comes naturally to me but just like all the gifts You give us we need Your discernment. Encouragement and it’s antonym discouragement are tools that can be used for to build up and tear down.

How many times have I made a comment to  a friend, work associate, family member or stranger on the street that knowingly or unknowingly caused them to allow discouragement to fill their heart?

AND

How many times have I encouraged someone in their sins through my words and actions (or lack of words or actions) causing them to see it as approval of their poor choices?

Holy Spirit, I need You. Without Your direction, counsel, and correction I can do more harm than good.

Take control of what I say, O Lord,
and guard my lips. —Psalm 141:3

Lord, I trust You to get Your will accomplished through my life today.

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 14:1-16:63

Lord, I Don’t Want to Lead People Astray—Jeremiah 50:6

Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 31:15-40, Jeremiah 49:34-51:14

images

Heavenly Father, the world is full of shepherds (Christian Leaders, pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets, and anyone to attempts to lead or mentor someone to know Jesus). I wonder how many of us have led someone astray from the path You planned for them. This is the part about ministry that scares me to death.

“My people have been lost sheep.
Their shepherds have led them astray
and turned them loose in the mountains.
They have lost their way
and can’t remember how to get back to the sheepfold. —Jeremiah 50:6

Holy Spirit, if my words, testimony, life. or blog is leading anyone astray please, please, please show me.

Rescue any mis-guided “sheep” from my mistakes. Show them Your Truth. Show them how to get back into Your sheepfold.

Forgive me. Correct me. Teach me.

If all else fails, silence me. I’d rather say nothing than lead one of Your children astray.

Lord, anoint me to hear, receive, and walk in Your direction AND correction!

I want to cause others to know Your more. —Philippians 4:13

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: Jeremiah 51:15-48, 2 Kings 24:10-17, 2 Chronicles 36:10, 1 Chronicles 3:10-16, 2 Chronicles 36:11-14, Jeremiah 52:1-3a, 2 Kings 24:18-20a, Jeremiah 37:1-10

Lord, Give Me Your Words of Wisdom—Isaiah 50:4-5

images-4

Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 48:12-52:12

Heavenly Father, everywhere I turn I find weary people, people weighted down by the cares of the world. Just yesterday I spoke with a dear friend who found out her husband’s cancer is back with a vengeance. My post 9 Things to Do When You Feel Hopeless has been viewed over 12,000 times. At least once a week I receive desperate comments from people who find this devotion and think because I wrote it I somehow can give them words of encouragement and hope. Lord, I do not have the strength, words, or understanding to comfort anyone. I am weary myself from the challenges in my life.

But…

I stand on this promise:

The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom,
so that I know how to comfort the weary.
Morning by morning he wakens me
and opens my understanding to his will.
The Sovereign Lord has spoken to me,
and I have listened.
I have not rebelled or turned away. —Isaiah 50:4-5

Lord, today’s a new day with new opportunities to comfort and encourage the weary. It’s a great day to share Your comfort and hope with others. Give me Your words. Give me Your wisdom. Open my understanding.

Jesus, give me the strength and wisdom to comfort others as You have comforted me.

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. —2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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: Isaiah 52:13-57:21

Lord, Show Me When to Sing—Proverbs 25:20

images

Today’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25:1-29:27

Heavenly Father, this year I have discovered the power of vinegar. Drinking a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day has cured my acid reflux. Vinegar has so many uses and I use a lot of it in my house but I certainly don’t want it poured on an open wound. It burns like crazy on a little scratch, so I’m sure it would set me on fire if poured on a serious wound.

Singing cheerful songs to a person with a heavy heart is like taking someone’s coat in cold weather or pouring vinegar in a wound. —Proverbs 25:20

Lord, how many times have I poured vinegar on someone’s wounds by trivializing their pain with clichés or offering canned advice. You told us through Solomon in Ecclesiastes 3:1-9, there’s a season for everything.  Sometimes, a person needs to cry, grieve, and be sad. No, this can’t go on forever, but moving through the grieving process is a healthy thing and it should not be rushed.

Jesus, help me to realize that a sincere “I’m sorry,” means more than MY words of wisdom.

Lord, comfort those who have a heavy heart today.

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: Proverbs 30:1-31:31

Spirit of the Lord, Come Upon Me—2 Chronicles 20:14

Unknown-4

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 22:10-28, 2 Chronicles 18:9-27, 1 Kings 22:29-35, 2 Chronicles 18:28-34, 1 Kings 22:36-40, 51-53, 2 Chronicles 19:1-20:30

Heavenly Father, this is such an amazing story of Your supernatural power. It’s also a great example of the way You use individuals to change a situation.

O our God, won’t you stop them? We are powerless against this mighty army that is about to attack us. We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help.”

As all the men of Judah stood before the Lord with their little ones, wives, and children, the Spirit of the Lord came upon one of the men standing there. His name was Jahaziel son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite who was a descendant of Asaph.

He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel.  But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”  —2 Chronicles 20:12-17

Lord, I know that Jahaziel’s experience wasn’t the norm in those days. Your Spirit only came upon people in rare instances. This was long before Jesus came to earth, died, ascended to heaven, and left us with The Comforter, Your Holy Spirit. I think we sometimes forget that if we have accepted You as our Lord and Savior Your Spirit lives within us.

Jahaziel’s words changed the mood in an instant! King Jehoshapat and the people of Judah went from being terrified and discouraged to bowing in awe, praising You and shouting as loud as they could. After Jahaziel’s message King Jehoshaphat confidently challenged all the people to believe in You and to stand firm. He even appointed singers to lead the army.

Wow! What a difference a few anointed words of encouragement can make!

Jesus, our words can also change the mood in an instant. Lord, I pray that You will prompt me daily to speak words of encouragement, hope, and inspiration into the lives of everyone You put in my life. Spirit of The Lord, come upon me. I want to be Your messenger.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 1:1-18, 2 Kings 3:1-27, 1 Kings 22:41-49, 2 Chronicles 20:31-37, 1 Kings 22:50, 2 Chronicles 21:1-4

Lord, I Don’t Want to Be a Troublemaker—2 Samuel 20:1

images-2

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 19:31-20:26, Psalm 7, 2 Samuel 21:1-22, 1 Chronicles 20:4-8

Heavenly Father, these words jumped off the page at me: There happened to be a troublemaker. 

How terrible to be recognized in Your Word as a troublemaker!

There happened to be a troublemaker there named Sheba son of Bicri, a man from the tribe of Benjamin. Sheba blew a ram’s horn and began to chant:

“Down with the dynasty of David!
We have no interest in the son of Jesse.
Come on, you men of Israel,
back to your homes!” —2 Samuel 20:1

Lord, there have been times in my life when being a troublemaker was my claim to fame. Just like Sheba I made trouble with my mouth. It’s always been a challenge. It was so bad when I was in my 30s that the Holy Spirit felt I needed a scripture song to remind me to keep my mouth shut unless it met the following criteria:

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. —Philippians 4:8-9

These verses were set to music and I heard them over and over in my head. It was so convicting that I had to keep myself completely away from some of my friends because I couldn’t control my mouth when I was around them. I’m sad to admit this, but it’s true.

Lord, I don’t want to allow the sin of gossip to creep into my life. I realize that an emotion that feeds gossip is jealousy.  I actually had this happen yesterday and felt emotions, entertained thoughts, and made comments that were traits of a troublemaker.

Jesus, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for convicting me quickly. Forgive me and help me to go straight to You when feelings of jealousy creep into my life.

Lord, help me to remember this formula:  Jealousy + gossip = a full-fledged troublemaker

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

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

Oh God, You are My God—Psalm 63

images-1

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 17:15-29, Psalm 3, Psalm 63, 2 Samuel 18:1-19:30

Heavenly Father, everyday I hear people calling on You and many of them don’t even know You. OMG (Oh My God) is used by the world as a texting abbreviation. It’s so sad. Today’s world is using Your Name, calling out to You in one breath and cursing You in the next breath.

Lord, forgive me for using Your Name as a filler word or trendy phrase. It is a privilege to call out to You. Accept the words of King David as my prayer today.

 

 

O God, you are my God;
I earnestly search for you.

My soul thirsts for you;
my whole body longs for you
in this parched and weary land
where there is no water.

I have seen you in your sanctuary
and gazed upon your power and glory.
Your unfailing love is better than life itself;
how I praise you!

I will praise you as long as I live,
lifting up my hands to you in prayer.

You satisfy me more than the richest feast.
I will praise you with songs of joy.

I lie awake thinking of you,
meditating on you through the night.

Because you are my helper,
I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your strong right hand holds me securely.

But those plotting to destroy me will come to ruin.
They will go down into the depths of the earth.
They will die by the sword
and become the food of jackals.

But the king will rejoice in God.
All who trust in him will praise him,
while liars will be silenced.

–Psalm 63

 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 19:31-20:26, Psalm 7, 2 Samuel 21:1-22, 1 Chronicles 20:4-8

Lord, Thank You For Observant Friends–2 Samuel 14:1

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12:26-31; 1 Chronicles 20:2-3; 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33

Heavenly Father, I’m not sure that King David and Joab were friends, but Joab definitely acted like a friend in today’s story.

Joab realized how much the king longed to see Absalom. So he sent for a woman from Tekoa who had a reputation for great wisdom. He said to her, “Pretend you are in mourning; wear mourning clothes and don’t put on lotions. Act like a woman who has been mourning for the dead for a long time.  Then go to the king and tell him the story I am about to tell you.” Then Joab told her what to say.  —2 Samuel 14:1-3

Lord, we all have times in our lives when we need someone to help us get our head on straight.  Sometimes we’re just too close to the situation, we truly “can’t see the forest for the trees.”

Jesus, thank you for using my friends to encourage, challenge, trouble-shoot, counsel and correct.  Lord, help me to be that kind of friend.  Give me the grace and mercy to be a friend that builds others up, always.  Teach me to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15) to my friends AND family.

Lord, help me to be a “Joab” kind of friend to someone today!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 15:1-17:14

Page 1 of 41234»
%d bloggers like this:
google53dcbfa4313dec77.html