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Lord, I Want Your Mark—Revelation 7:3-4

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 7:1-10:11

Heavenly Father, the thought of being “marked with Your seal” caused me to linger with these verses.

Wait! Don’t harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have placed the seal of God on the foreheads of his servants.”

And I heard how many were marked with the seal of God—144,000 were sealed from all the tribes of Israel…—Revelation 7:3-4

Yes, these verses are about the Jews but I would love to have Your seal on my forehead.

But more than an outward brand, I want my thoughts and actions to reflect Your mark.

Jesus, I want my life to cause others to know You!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 11:1-14:20

Lord, You Know It ALL! —Revelation 3:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6:17

Heavenly Father, I noticed something similar as I read John’s messages to the seven churches.

EphesusI know the things you do (Revelation 2:2).

SmyrnaI know about your suffering and your poverty. I know the blasphemy of those opposing You (Revelation 2:9).

PergamumI know you live in the city where Satan has his throne, yet you have remained loyal to me (Revelation 2:13).

ThyatiraI know all the things you do (Revelation 2:19).

SardisI know all the things you do (Revelation 3:1).

PhiladelphiaI know all the things you do (Revelation 3:8).

LaodiceaI know all the things you do (Revelation 3:15).

Lord, You know it all! You must laugh at Your children for thinking You only know what we tell You. It reminds me of Adam and Eve…

At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.Genesis 3:7

Adam and Eve thought fig leaves would hide their nakedness from You. Just like our ancestors, we don’t really, really, really believe You know EVERYTHING.

Lord, You see the good stuff, the bad stuff and everything in-between. You also see the injustice we endure.

Jesus, there’s a lot about me I wish You didn’t know but the great news for me is You know it all and still love me.

I’m in awe of that!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 7:1-10:11

I’m Definitely In Over My Head…

Good Evening friends,

You may have noticed that my site has been down over the last few days. Bluehost, the site that hosts my blog, shut it down because of some kind of virus. Talk about in over my head, I have no idea what language they’re speaking, but thankfully after some help from tech support, we’re  up and running.

Below, you’ll find December 20th and 21st prayers. Today’s will be up in a bit, on a separate post.

I apologize for the inconvenience.

I hope You are enjoying the Christmas season!

 

Blessings to You and Yours!

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December 20th Prayer: Lord, Can You Give Me a Heads up? Hebrews 11:7

Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-12:29

Heavenly Father, I’ve often thought about this verse. It amazes me that there was only ONE righteous person in the world, You saw his righteousness, and You honored his obedience by warning him of things to come.

 It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith. –Hebrews 11:7

Lord, I want You to see me as a righteous woman who obeys You. I’m concerned about the future. I have questions. Will You warn me and show me what to do when situations arise that have never happened before? Will You use me to save my family?

I trust You with my future.

Strengthen my faith.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

December 21st Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:1-25, 1 Peter 1:1-2:3

Heavenly Father,

Now may the God of peace—

    who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus,

the great Shepherd of the sheep,

    and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—

may he equip you with all you need

    for doing his will.

May he produce in you,

    through the power of Jesus Christ,

every good thing that is pleasing to him.

    All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. –Hebrews 13:20-21

 

Lord, let these verses come to pass in my life and the life of everyone who reads this prayer.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

Lord, I Need to Stop the Sacrifices—Hebrews 10:18

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 8:1-10:39

Heavenly Father, I’m so thankful for Your Son. Your total forgiveness for my past, present, and future sins leaves me speechless.

And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices. —Hebrews 10:18

This verse made me realize that when You forgive, that’s it—no more sacrifices, no more guilt, no more feelings of condemnation and no more feeling like a failure. After I’ve asked for forgiveness these feelings are not in Your plans for me.

Lord, when You forgive, that settles it!

Lord, teach me to walk in total forgiveness!

Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:1-12:29

Lord, Help Me to Seek Praise From You, Not From People—Romans 2:28-29

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 2:1-4:25

Heavenly Father, I want my heart right with You. It’s a natural human reaction to seek the praise and affirmation of others when we feel inadequate, rejected, or unappreciated. I don’t want be led by my humanness, I want a daily heart change that is produced only by Your Spirit.

For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. —Romans 2:28-29

Lord, show me how to live this day in a way that pleases You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-8:17

Lord, Humanly Speaking, It Looks Impossible—Mark 10:27

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 18:9-14, Mark 10:1-12, Matthew 19:1-12, Mark 10:13-16, Matthew 19:13-15, Luke 18:15-17, Mark 10:17-31, Matthew 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30

Jesus, if You lived in today’s world this story most likely would have made it to many social networking sites and this verse may have been the suggested tweet:

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” —Mark 10:27

What was the impossible situation?

In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” —Mark 10:25

Lord, this explains a lot. America is one of the richest countries in the world. These statistics are from 2012 but if a person makes $34,000 a year they are in the global élite, the top 1% of income earners in the world! Half of the world’s richest people live in the United States.

Jesus, it’s definitely getting harder and harder for the average person to make a decision to serve You. Statistics from Barna show that if a person doesn’t accept You as their Savior by the age of 14 there’s only a 14% chance of them making that decision later in life. I wonder if the prosperity of our country is affecting these numbers?

Lord, as I watch the events of each day unfold, our situation seems impossible. Becoming a Christ follower and living a life that names You as our Savior is getting harder and harder.

But Jesus, You said NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!

I choose to believe You. I choose to believe that You will make a way for the rich to be saved and You will make a way for me to live a life that honors You and causes others to know You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 20:1-16, Mark 10:32-34, Matthew 20:17-19, Luke 18:31-34, Mark 10:35-45, Matthew 20:20-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-19:27

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, Please Lay Your Hand of Blessing on My Life Today—Ezra-7:6-10

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

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading King Artaxerxes of Persia ordered the rebuilding of Jerusalem to be stopped. He thought the rebuilding would harm his interests (Ezra 4:17-22). Years later this same king gave Your servant Ezra everything he asked for as he led the second group of exiles home to Jerusalem.

What changed?

Your gracious hand of blessing and favor came upon Ezra and that season.

This Ezra was a scribe who was well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given to the people of Israel. He came up to Jerusalem from Babylon, and the king gave him everything he asked for, because the gracious hand of the Lord his God was on him. —Ezra 7:6

Lord, I’m not sure I can expect to have Your hand of favor on every season of my life, but it’s definitely my desire. Ezra knew You through Your Word and because of that Your gracious hand was upon him.

He had arranged to leave Babylon on April 8, the first day of the new year,and he arrived at Jerusalem on August 4, 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 7:9-10

Lord, I want to know You. I want to move when You say move, speak when you say speak, and be silent when you say hush! 🙂

I want Your gracious hand of blessing and favor on my life today. If there something I need to start, stop, or change, please show me.

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 9:1-10:44, Nehemiah 1:1-2:20

Lord, Am I Encouraging Your People to Sin? —Ezekiel 44:10-14

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 44:1-46:24

Heavenly Father, living the Christian life is a huge responsibility. Our example can cause someone to follow or abandon You.

And the men of the tribe of Levi who abandoned me when Israel strayed away from me to worship idols must bear the consequences of their unfaithfulness. They may still be Temple guards and gatekeepers, and they may slaughter the animals brought for burnt offerings and be present to help the people. But they encouraged my people to worship idols, causing Israel to fall into deep sin. So I have taken a solemn oath that they must bear the consequences for their sins, says the Sovereign Lord. They may not approach me to minister as priests. They may not touch any of my holy things or the holy offerings, for they must bear the shame of all the detestable sins they have committed. They are to serve as the Temple caretakers, taking charge of the maintenance work and performing general duties. —Ezekiel 44:10-14

Holy Spirit, convict me if I’m saying or doing anything that would cause one of Your children to stumble. (1 Corinthians 8:9)

My desire is to cause others to know You more. (Philippians 3:10)

Lord, teach, guide, and counsel me.

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

Lord, Help Me to Jealously Guard My Reputation—Ezekiel 39:25

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-39:29, Ezekiel 32:1-16

Heavenly Father, one of the things I love about Your Word is the insight it gives me about Your character. You are the most amazing leader. You do it the right way—by setting an example for Your children to follow.

“So now, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will end the captivity of my people; I will have mercy on all Israel, for I jealously guard my holy reputation! —Ezekiel 39:25

You jealously guard Your holy reputation!

Lord, I know I have a reputation. I know it takes years to build and minutes to destroy but do I have a holy reputation?

Today’s Christians use the term “our testimony” to describe the example we live on this earth.  Is our testimony our holy reputation?

Lord, many believers in today’s world, operate in a “live and let live” mode but Paul tells us that our example is what causes others to know You or turn away from You. Our example can cause another person to stumble.

So if what I eat causes another believer to sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live—for I don’t want to cause another believer to stumble. —1 Corinthians 8:13

We need to guard our holy reputations just like You do because it’s Your holiness that causes people to know that You are the Lord their God (Ezekiel 39:27-29)

Causing someone to stumble in their relationship with You is serious business.

But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. —Matthew 18:6

Jesus, You came and set us free from the law and made a way for us to live a life of grace but we sometimes forget that just because we “can” do it doesn’t mean we “should” do it. We are accountable to You for our reputations. Help us to think twice and let everything we do be done for the glory of Your name and Your holy reputations!

In Your amazing Name. Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 32:17-33:20, Jeremiah 52:28-30, Psalm 137, 1 Chronicles 4:24-5:17

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