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Lord, Just For Today…—John 14:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: John 13:31-38, Mark 14:27-31, Matthew 26:31-35, Luke 22:31-38, John 14:1-15:17

Heavenly Father, I’m living on an emotional roller coaster. One day I’m up, the next day I’m down. One day I’m calm the next day I’m crazy. I really don’t know how to keep my heart from being troubled for more than a day or two at a time.

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. —John 14:1

I think I trust You, but my actions look more like panic than trust.

Lord, I surrender…again. Help me to trust You just for today…

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen.

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 15:18-17:26

Lord, What Should I Cut Off or Gouge Out? –Mark 9:42-50

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 9:14-29, Matthew 17:14-21, Luke 9:37-43a, Mark 9:30-32, Matthew 17:22-23, Luke 9:43b-45, Matthew 17:24-27, Mark 9:33-37, Matthew 18:1-6, Luke 9:46-48, Mark 9:38-41, Luke 9:49-50, Mark 9:42-50, Matthew 18:7-35

Heavenly Father, I’ve read these scriptures many times. I’ve always gotten so caught up in cutting off limbs and gouging out eyes that I’ve missed Your simple, yet profound message.

If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands. If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It’s better to enter eternal life with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It’s better to enter the Kingdom of God with only one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, ‘where the maggots never die and the fire never goes out.’

“For everyone will be tested with fire. Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other.” —Mark 9:43-50

Lord, I’d like to keep my arms, legs, and eyes but I think there are some things I need to cut off or gouge out but before I start chopping and poking, I had to stop and think, “What is sin… Really?”

I went searching through commentaries and Bible dictionaries and this was the definition that made the most sense to me:

“The failure or refusal of human beings to live the life intended for them by God their creator.” (Eerdmans’ Bible Dictionary)

When I think about coming up short in the life You intend for me, I would have to put distractions at the top of my list of reasons for sin.

There’s so much I can learn, do, hear, see, think, feel, and touch that I miss Your still-small-voice calling me in the direction You have for me. I settle for my plan b, c, or d instead of Your plan A.

Jesus, living a life on this earth that is fulfilling and pleasing to You is simple, if we know what to keep and what to cut off. Show me the areas in my life where distractions are causing me to sin. I want the best life, the one that You’ve had planned for me since the beginning of time.

I trust You!

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 7:1-9, Luke 9:51-56, Matthew 8:18-22, Luke 9:57-62, John 7:10-8:20

 

 

 

 

Lord, I Trust You With the Consequences—Mark 7:36

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 7:24-30, Matthew 15:21-28, Mark 7:31-37, Matthew 15:29-31, Mark 8:1-10, Matthew 15:32-16:4, Mark 8:11-21, Matthew 16:5-12

Heavenly Father, from today’s reading it seems that all people are really the same. All it takes to get something to go viral is to tell people not to tell anyone.

Jesus told the crowd not to tell anyone, but the more he told them not to, the more they spread the news. –Mark 7:36

Jesus, there’s no mention of You finding that person and chastising them for being disobedient. You told them what You wanted them to do but it was their choice to obey or disobey. Their choice directed affected You but You trusted Your heavenly Father with the consequences.

Lord, I’m learning to trust You with the consequences. Holy Spirit, remind me when You see me slipping.

Have Your will in my Life.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 8:22-30, Matthew 16:13-20, Luke 9:18-20, Mark 8:31-9:1, Matthew 16:21-28, Luke 9:21-27, Mark 9:2-13, Matthew 17:1-13, Luke 9:28-36

Lord, This Is a Struggle For Me—Luke 8:26-56

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 5:1-20, Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:26-39, Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading there were three miracles.

1. After You healed the demon-possessed man You instructed him to go back to his family and tell them everything You had done for him (Luke 8:26-39).

2. After You healed the woman with the issue of blood you instructed her to go in peace (Luke 8:43-48).

3. After You raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead You instructed her parents not to tell anyone what happened (Luke 8:40-56).

Lord, these are amazing and faith-building to read but there’s another piece of these stories that fascinates me. In the first miracle You instructed the man who was healed to tell the world, in the second miracle You left it up to the woman who was healed; You only told her to go in peace. In the third miracle You told the parents to be silent. No reason was given for these different responses.

I have no problem telling the world when You’ve taught me something or given me wisdom or discernment on an issue. But I really have a problem keeping quiet when You’ve done something amazing or shown me something. Every time I see a great quote or scripture I want to tweet it or post it on my Facebook page. I ALWAYS want to share the lessons I’ve learned from my mistakes. The problem is just because I know it doesn’t mean I need to share it.

Holy Spirit, if You prompt me to share , I know You will use it but if I’m just out there on my own, without Your blessing, it’s like spitting in the wind!

Lord, there are several areas in my life right now where I have strong opinions. I have strong convictions. I have experiences and scriptures constantly floating around in my head. I’m really having a problem knowing when it’s You and when it’s me.

Holy Spirit, speak loudly. Tell me when to be silent, when I have freedom, and when I am definitely supposed to share.

Lord, please forgive me. Use my mistakes to grow me into the servant You’ve planned for me to be.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:27-34, Mark 6:1-6, Matthew 13:53-58, Matthew 9:35-38, Mark 6:7-13, Matthew 10:1-42, Luke 9:1-6

Lord, “What if” is Not My Problem—Matthew 6:31-34

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:5-7:6, Luke 6:37-42, Matthew 7:7-20, Luke 6:43-45, Mathew 7:21-29, Luke 6:46-49

Heavenly Father, I’ve never really been a person who worries about things that might happen. “What we will eat, what we will drink or what we will wear” isn’t something I think that much about. I trust You to meet my needs but I have different kind of worry problem.

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. —Matthew 6:31-34

Lord, my problem isn’t the “what-ifs.” My problem is reality.

My problem is the now, not the future.

It’s not imaginary, it’s real.

It’s happening as I write these words.

I’m living in a battleground. Casualties are everywhere. I’m too weak to fight. I know it’s a spiritual problem, I know spiritual warfare is the answer but worry and fear are my default positions. I want to be strong and courageous…but I’m not.

Lord, refresh me and replenish my energy to stand strong in this battle. Teach me how to find peace in the turbulent times. I release my worries to You. Jesus, fight for me.

Jesus, thank Your for standing with me.

For God has said,“I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”—Hebrews 13:5

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-17, Matthew 11:1-19, Luke 7:18-35, Matthew 11:20-30, Luke 7:36-50

Lord, How Can I Be a True Worshiper?—John 4:23-24

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Today’s Scripture Reading: John 3:1-4:45, Luke 3:19-20

Heavenly Father, I’ve been mediating on these verses for a couple of weeks. I’ve heard them and quoted them for years but one day I just stopped and said, “Lord, what does it really mean to worship You in spirit and in truth?”

But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” —John 4:23-24

These verses in yesterday’s reading added to my questions.

Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart. —John 2:23-25

The commentary in my Bible used this verse to further explain John 2:23-25

“The human heart is the most deceitful of all things,
and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is? —
Jeremiah 19:9

It scares me to think of the hundreds of devotions and prayers I written and shared over the last four years. Lord, how many times have I misinterpreted Your truth?

Lord, if You don’t trust my human nature, how can I trust it?

I was at a loss.

Until.

You led me to these verses:

“But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. The world’s sin is that it refuses to believe in me. Righteousness is available because I go to the Father, and you will see me no more. Judgment will come because the ruler of this world has already been judged.

“There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. —John 16:5-13

The Spirit of truth will guide me into all truth!

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WILL GUIDE ME INTO ALL TRUTH!

THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH WILL GUIDE ME INTO ALL TRUTH!

Jesus, this is how I can worship You in spirit and in truth. This is how I can trust that I’m communicating Your truth instead of my own personal musings. This is how I can walk in confidence that my sinful, human nature isn’t directing me. Your Holy Spirit that You sent to this earth will guide me in all truth!

Holy Spirit, fill me with Your Spirit of Truth so I can be a true worshipper!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’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

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

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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!

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

Lord, Thank You for the Prayer Lesson from Queen Esther—Esther 8:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Esther 5:1-10:3

Heavenly Father, when I read Esther’s request to King Xerxes I immediately thought, what a humble and gracious way to make a request. My second thought was how much more respect You, the King of this world deserve than an earthly king.

Then Esther went again before the king, falling down at his feet and begging him with tears to stop the evil plot devised by Haman the Agagite against the Jews. Again the king held out the gold scepter to Esther. So she rose and stood before him.

Esther said, “If it please the king, and if I have found favor with him, and if he thinks it is right, and if I am *pleasing to him, let there be a decree that reverses the orders of Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, who ordered that Jews throughout all the king’s provinces should be destroyed. For how can I endure to see my people and my family slaughtered and destroyed?” —Esther 8:3-6

Today’s culture of casualness has definitely made its way into the church. We would rather think of You as our friend (John 15:14-16) than our ruler and king. You are our friend, our ruler, our king, our savior, and so much more; because of that You deserve our honor and worship. Jesus, teach me how to have an intimate, yet respectful relationship with You. I don’t want to forget that You are the ruler of my life and this world. You have the last word. This is Your Kingdom (Luke 4:43) not mine.

Esther considered it an honor just to be accepted into her king’s presence. There were no demands, no “name-it-claim-its,” and no expectations. She was humble, thankful, and respectful.

Her request was simple:

–If it please You

–If I have found favor with You

–If You think it’s right

–If you approve (*meaning of second pleasing)

And then she shared her request.

Esther wasn’t praying to You that day. In fact, Your Name isn’t mentioned in the book of Esther, but I see You in this book. I see a powerful lesson on prayer.

Lord, I have a special request I’m bringing to You today.

–If it please You

–If I have found favor with You

–If You think it’s right

–If You approve of my request

Then, please answer my prayer.

 

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: Ezra 4:7-23, Ezra 7:1-8:36

Lord, You Are My Strength—Zechariah 12:5

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Zechariah 9:1-14:21

Heavenly Father, I don’t feel strong.

You’re probably thinking, “Finally. Just like the people of Jerusalem, she’s worn herself down and come to the end of her false sense of strength. Now I can be her strength. Now I can take over.”

And the clans of Judah will say to themselves, ‘The people of Jerusalem have found strength in the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, their God.’ —Zechariah 12:5

Lord, I will find strength in You alone.

 

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When I am weak, You are my strength.

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: Ezra 6:14b-22, Ezra 4:6, Esther 1:1-4:17

Lord, Thank You for Three More Reasons to Trust You—Ezekiel 27:17-20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, Ezekiel 29:17-30:19, 2 Kings 25:27-30, Jeremiah 52:31-34

Heavenly Father, these four verses show me three things about Your character:

1. You don’t miss a thing

2. You see our hard work

3. You always pay your debts

On April 26, the first day of the new year, during the twenty-seventh year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, this message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, the army of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon fought so hard against Tyre that the warriors’ heads were rubbed bare and their shoulders were raw and blistered. Yet Nebuchadnezzar and his army won no plunder to compensate them for all their work. Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon. He will carry off its wealth, plundering everything it has so he can pay his army. Yes, I have given him the land of Egypt as a reward for his work, says the Sovereign Lord, because he was working for me when he destroyed Tyre. —Ezekiel 29:17-20

Lord, thank You for three more reasons to 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: Daniel 7:1-8:27, Daniel 5:1-31

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