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Surely God Will Come to Help You–Genesis 50:24

Today’s Scriptures:  Genesis 47:28  through  Genesis 50:26

Before I read today’s scriptures, I “thought” I knew what I was going to write about.  You see Genesis 50:10 is one of my top five favorite scriptures…

But Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid of me.  Am I God, that I can punish you?  You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. —Genesis 50:20

The last sentence of this verse has helped me to make sense out of things that haven’t made sense in my life.  It has also helped me to understand some of the crazy stuff we’ve been reading in the book of Genesis.  We’ve seen of so much evil and deceit, but now as we come to our last verses of the book, Joseph ties a bow on it all and shares his God-given wisdom on “why bad things happen to good people”.  Personally, I could not have made it through my life without this verse.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen God use things that were meant to hurt me for my good!  I would not be writing this blog today if it weren’t for the painful times in my life.  Thank you Lord for putting this sentence in you Word!

But, today I found another jewel!  It’s like the sequel to Genesis 50:20…how did I miss this all these years?

Right before Joseph died he was talking with his brothers.  He said to them in Genesis 50: 24:

soon I will die, but God will surely come to help you and lead you out of this land of Egypt.

Then in verse 25 of that same chapter, Joseph actually made his brothers swear an oath

… and he said, “When God comes to help you and lead you back, you must take my bones with you.”

Joseph knew that he knew that as sure as God had precisely-down-to-the-last-detail arranged to use his thirteen years as a slave to rescue the Israelite nation God would, absolutely, positively rescue them from Egypt and return them to their promised land.  There was not one doubt in Joseph’s mind; it was so real that made his brothers promise to take his bones with them so he didn’t miss the trip!

As I look back on my life (here comes that 20/20 hindsight), I am so thankful that I had some serious trials very early and that through God’s grace, I ran to Him in my pain.  Because now, in my 50’s I can say with Joseph, surely God will come to help you and lead you back.

I know that I know, just like Joseph, that He will make a way to take the evil, sadness, and pain that has been done to you, by you, or through you and use it for your good AND GOD’S GLORY!  If he did it for Joseph and he did it for me; he will do it for you!

Praying for you!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scriptures:   Job 1:1 through Job 4:21

The Phases of Forgiveness—2 Corinthians 2:5-8

Today’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13

“Nana, I’m sorry.”

“Of course I forgive you.”

It’s so easy to forgive my grandkids.

But what about the people in our lives that aren’t so easy to forgive, the people who have deeply hurt or disappointed us?

I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me.  Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough.  Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement.  So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. —2 Corinthians 2:5-8

Forgive and Comfort?

The last thing I want for my grandchildren is discouragement.  I can’t stand it when their hearts are broken because they’ve disappointed me; so it’s easy to comfort them.

But forgiving and comforting an adult, who should know better, so they won’t be discouraged—WHAT!

I’m the one who needs comforting…

I thought forgiving was hard, but forgiving and comforting…

How is that possible?

There’s only one way… with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Depending on the depth of the hurt it may take a while.  In the past I’ve gotten upset when I couldn’t instantly forgive and forget, but over years I’ve learned that there are phases of forgiveness.

As Paul said, in today’s reading…it’s time to forgive.

Let’s get started:

A phase is a distinct stage of development.  The phases may be different for each person.

Here are the 10 phases of forgiveness I’ve experienced:

Phase 1—I can’t forgive.  I’ve been hurt, I’m angry, I want to hurt back.

Phase 2—I don’t want to forgive. The other person(s) doesn’t deserve to be forgiven.

Phase 3—I should forgive (Matthew 6:14-15, Luke 17:3-4) but it’s so hard—Lord help me!

Phase 4—I’m trying to forgive but I can’t stop thinking about it and talking about it (Luke 6:45).

Phase 5—I have moments of forgiveness, a minute here a second there.

Phase 6—I have periods of forgiveness.  The pain is starting to going away!

Phase 7—I am completely free of the pain of unforgiveness!

Phase 8—I want the person(s) who hurt me to be free of the pain as well.  I don’t want them to be overcome with discouragement (2 Corinthians 2:5-8).

Phase 9—I make an effort comfort and encourage the person(s) who hurt me.  I free them from the responsibility of the pain they caused me (Job 42:10).

Phase 10—I forget the pain (not necessarily the event) the person(s) caused me.

The example from the Bible that comes to mind is Job.  Job was so angry at his three friends for accusing him of sinning against God.  Job worked through the phases of his anger throughout the forty-plus chapters of Job.  In Job 42:10, Job prayed for his “friends” and released them from their responsibility of hurting him and then the Lord made Job prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before.

One of the biggest mistakes we make in the area of forgiveness is thinking we can go straight to phase 10.  This is the reason so many people are still living with the pain of the past–they don’t want to work through it, they just want to forget it.  That’s just not possible!

If you allow the Holy Spirit to walk you through each phase of forgiveness you will be truly free from the pain and sincerely want the best for those who’ve hurt you.

What a mighty God we serve!  Only through Him can we forgive and comfort!

Heavenly Father, I pray for my friends who are struggling with unforgiveness today.  Holy Spirit help them walk through each phase of forgiveness until they are truly free from the pain of the past.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

“Isn’t This The Same Man?” Acts 9:21

Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 8:1b-9:43

Take a minute and think about the most evil, despicable, and wretched person you’ve heard of.

Was it…

      • Hitler
      • ben Laden
      • Stalin
      • Mao Tse-tung

Maybe is was some serial killer that terrorized your community?

Or someone who personally hurt you or a close family member?

What if…

God asked you to go to that person and pray for them and be His messenger of healing to that person?

Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”

Yes, Lord!” he replied.

The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”

“But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”

But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.  And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” 

–Acts 9:10-16

I don’t know about you, but many times I read over this kind of stuff in the Bible and don’t let it really sink into my spirit.  Saul was a really bad person.  He was one of the witnesses and agreed completely with the killing of Stephen (Acts 8:1).

Yet, in an instant he was a changed man.

All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?”  –Acts 9:21

If you had been one of the disciples, how would you have felt to have Saul, now know as Paul as a part of your ministry team?

Would you have been able to go to Straight Street(Acts 9:11) and welcome Saul into the family of God?

Heavenly Father, this story causes me to examine myself.  It once again, makes me realize that Your will and Your plan come in packages that boggle the human mind.  Your ways are definitely higher than my ways (Isaiah 55:8).  Lord, help me to give mercy to everyone who crosses my path.   Lord, help me to love my neighbor.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 10:1-12:5

How Can I Live a Christian Life as an Imperfect Human Being and Not Bring Dishonor to the Kingdom of God? — Mark 16:19-20

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-2:47

When the Lord Jesus had finished talking with them, he was taken up into heaven and sat down in the place of honor at God’s right hand. And the disciples went everywhere and preached, and the Lord worked through them, confirming what they said by many miraculous signs. — Mark 16:19-20

I want the Lord to work through me. I want Him to confirm what I say about Him and His Kingdom by many miraculous signs. No, I’m not one of the original twelve disciples but I’ve accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I am one of His disciples.

What an honor and privilege to be used for His glory and purpose but what about the times when I venture out on my own and bring dishonor to my Savior?

I’m concerned about those days when I decide to take off on my own agenda, my own way of handling things, and my own way of speaking my mind. My concern is the damage I have done and can do to the future of His Kingdom and the eternal destination of those who don’t know Him.

How can I live this Christian life as an imperfect human being and not bring dishonor to the Kingdom of God?

Is it even possible?

The Bible says it is…

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” — Acts 1:8

The power of the Holy Spirit will help us to be His witnesses.

It will help us NOT to bring dishonor to the Kingdom.

It will help us to be witnesses of the love of Jesus Christ.

It will help us to cause others to know Him more.

We must stay close to the power source. We must ask God to stand watch over our mouths (Psalm 141:3). We must ask our Heavenly Father to send the Counselor, the Comforter, the Holy Spirit into our hearts to help us to live in a way that points others to Jesus.

Heavenly Father, forgive us we when fail You. We need more of You and less of us! Make us like You Lord!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Acts 3:1-5:42

Lord, I Don’t Deserve This!—John 11:4

 

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Luke 14:25-17:10, John 11:1-37

“I know God…I love God… I serve God…

Why is this happening to me?  Why is this happening to my family?  “I just don’t deserve this, Lord!”

I’ve had these thoughts many times in my life.

  • Why would I carry a baby for 8 months and then lose him?
  • Why would I get a divorce after 22 years of marriage?
  • Why did my Dad die before he got to meet his great-grandchildren?
  • Why would my friend die of A.I.D.s?
  • Why am I a Cystic Fibrosis carrier?
  • Why have my daughters had miscarriages and struggled with infertility?
  • Why does my granddaughter have Cystic Fibrosis?

 

I will never completely know the answer to these questions this side of heaven but I do believe the Bible addresses this question in John 11.

Jesus was good friends with one particular family. He loved these people like his own siblings.  He spent a lot of time with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  Jesus was out-of-town the day Lazarus got sick.  Mary and Martha sent Jesus a message and told Him that Lazarus was very sick.

When Jesus heard the news He answered their questions before they could ask them.  He also answered my question that day:

But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” John 11:4 (emphasis mine)

For the glory of God!

For the glory of God!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!

Has God received glory in the “why God” times of my life? I sure hope so– I pray  that I have done my part is pointing others to Christ in the difficult times of life, because I KNOW that He has done His part!

As I was thinking about this scripture this morning, the Lord reminded me that I have had some other things happen in my life, I don’t deserve…

I don’t deserve…

  • To have Jesus come to earth and die for my sins; I don’t deserve to be totally forgiven
  • To be been blessed with giving birth to three amazing children when many women have no children
  • To be married to an amazing man who is my greatest fan and cheerleader when many divorced women are lonely and sad
  • To still have my grandma and mother with me when so many don’t have any of their parents with them at my age
  • For all of my children to have been able to have children; when so many would do anything to be able to conceive a child
  • For God to help the  doctors and researchers to find a cure for the Cystic Fibrosis(C.F.) gene defect when so many in years past have lost their lives to this terrible disease
  • For my granddaughter Ayla who has C.F.to be healthy, happy, and full of life when many kids with C.F. are very sick

…There sure is a lot in life I don’t deserve.

When you think about it, God allows us to go through hard times and good times and they’re

BOTH

for the glory of God.

Why?

Because our time on this earth is for two reasons:

  • To know and accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior
  • To cause others to know Him

The bottom line of life on this earth is bringing Glory to Jesus!

Heavenly Father, help us to get a glimpse of Your purpose for our life.  I pray that our good times and tough times both bring glory to Your Name and Your Kingdom.  Help us to trust You and know that You are using our lives to cause others to Know You more!

In Jesus Name’.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  John 11:38-57, Luke 17:11-18:8

Why God? –John 9:1-5

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: Luke 12:35-13:21, John 9:1-41

Last night I sat and listened to a friend share her testimony. She’s a beautiful, smart, feisty, forty-year-old who’s battled Multiple Sclerosis since she was thirty-three. She lights up the room with her smile and never has an unkind word to say.

As I drove home, I found myself asking…

Why?

It’s a question I’ve asked before.

My sweet granddaughter, who’s five years old has Cystic Fibrosis. When we were first introduced to this genetic disorder I said, “Absolutely not!” “God, I know you will come to our rescue. This is from the evil one. I know you will protect us from this life-altering disease.”

When the diagnosis was confirmed, I cried out to God.

I asked why.

The older I get, the less I know. There’s so much about walking out my life being “in this world and not of it” (John 15:18-21) that I don’t understand.

But

God’s word helps me make sense of these “whys.”

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”  –John 9:1-5

I can tell you that I see the power of God in the life of my friend and my granddaughter. God is and will continue to do amazing things to bring attention and glory to His Kingdom as they thrive in the midst of overwhelming difficulties.

 

Friends, we are on this earth to do two things:

 

  • Know Jesus
  • Cause others to know Him

 

The party’s not here, it’s in heaven.

 

Lord, I want people to see You in and through my life. Whether I’m having a great day or walking through the fires of life, let my life point others to You.

 

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: John 10:1-42, Luke 13:22-14:24

4 Things to Remember When You Have a Change in Plans– John 4:4

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

I am the type of person who has to have a “have to” to get anything done.  Deadlines, goals, calendars, and checklists are what move me forward.

I have always wanted to be one of those people, who spontaneously moved through life and have a ball doing it, but it’s not the way God made me, so I’ll just live vicariously through those “fun” people and stick with my planning.

However, there are times when I’ve made my plans and “life” changes them.  The more I read and understand God’s Word, the more I realize that when those changes come, many times it’s a divine appointment…

In John 4:4, Jesus had to go through Samaria on the way.

This was the shortest route from Judea to Galilee but not the usual way. The other route was through Perea, east of the Jordan River.  In Jesus’ day the Jews, because of their hatred for the Samaritans, normally took the eastern route in order to avoid Samaria.  But because He was on a divinely appointed schedule, it was necessary that Jesus go through Samaria. (The Bible Knowledge Commentary & The Bible Exposition Commentary)

Why?

Because going through Samaria would cause him to meet a woman there and lead her into saving faith, the kind of true faith that would affect an entire village.

A divinely appointed schedule…

It’s no surprise to us that Jesus had a divinely appointed schedule; after all, He was God.

What if I told you that you and I have a divinely appointed schedule as well?

When I’m having a day that seems like a complete disaster I try to remember…

1. What the Bible says about my schedule–

  • Proverbs 3:5-6- 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.
  • Psalm 37:23- The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.
  • Jeremiah 29:11- For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
  • Proverbs 16:9- We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
  • Isaiah 30:21- Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
  • Romans 8:28- And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

2. To look for the Divine Appointment

Did the change happen to

  • Protect me or my loved ones
  • Share Jesus with someone
  • Teach me a spiritual truth
  • To set up an opportunity
  • To make a way for me to bless someone
  • To lighten the load of my day
  • To test my trust in God’s promises

3. To work with God not against Him in my divine appointments

  • Relax
  • Pray
  • Trust

4. That changes in other people’s schedule may be divine appointments for them

  • Giving them grace may be my part in their divine appointment
  • I can’t believe these promises for myself and not believe them in the lives of others

So, as you begin your day…

make your plans

and

determine your schedule

…but rest in the knowledge that the God of the universe will order your steps and get His will and purpose accomplished in your life.

We trust you Lord!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 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

Help Wanted: Able-bodied Men and Women Who can Stand–Ezekiel 22:30-31

Today’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 22:17-23:49; 2 Kings 24:20b-25:2; Jeremiah 52:3b-5; Jeremiah 39:1; Ezekiel 24:1-14

Are you looking for a job in the Kingdom of God?

I certainly hope your answer is yes?

Because I’ve found a couple of jobs that are available.

It seems that in Ezekiel’s day there was no one willing to take these two jobs.

“I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one. So now I will pour out my fury on them, consuming them with the fire of my anger. I will heap on their heads the full penalty for all their sins. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!” –Ezekiel 22:30-31

God is a good parent, a Heavenly Father who says what He means and means what He says.  Just like earthly parents, disciplining His children is tougher on the Him than His children.  He wanted someone to rebuild the wall of righteousness and stand in the gap so He no longer needed to pour out his fury, but there was no one.

Friends, this is why He sent His Son, there was no one who could rebuild the wall of righteousness or stand in the gap.  So He sent His only Son to rescue you and I from the full penalty for our sins (John 3:16).

But…

once you accept Jesus as Your Savior and receive the righteousness He came to give, it’s time to go to work!

God expects us to stand in the gap for the lost and hurting.  He expects us to be Jesus to them.  He expects us to show them what the righteousness of Jesus Christ looks like.

Yes, it takes love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

Yes, you may get dirty, sweaty, and tired.

But,

knowing that You were that “someone”  God was looking for to rebuild and stand in the gap,

and

knowing that you said “yes” to the job, makes it worth it all!

 

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sending Your Son to build the wall of righteousness and stand in the gap for me.  Help me to pay that forward to someone today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 24:15-25:17; Jeremiah 34:1-22; Jeremiah 21:1-14; Ezekiel 29:1-16; Ezekiel 30:20-31:18

Are You Showing Your Zedekiah Tendencies? Jeremiah 37:1-4

Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 51:15-58; 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

I read something today that reminded me of today’s culture. To be perfectly candid, it reminded me of myself.

Zedekiah son of Josiah succeeded Jehoiachin son of Jehoiakim as the king of Judah. He was appointed by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.  But neither King Zedekiah nor his attendants nor the people who were left in the land listened to what the Lord said through Jeremiah.

Nevertheless, King Zedekiah sent Jehucal son of Shelemiah, and Zephaniah the priest, son of Maaseiah, to ask Jeremiah, “Please pray to the Lord our God for us.”  Jeremiah had not yet been imprisoned, so he could come and go among the people as he pleased.  –Jeremiah 37:1-4

Can you relate to this?

When things are going well, we plug our ears to the voice of the Lord, but when things start to go bad the first thing we do is go to a man or woman of God and ask for prayer.

I guess the Lord is use to our schizophrenic tendencies.

I wonder how different our lives would be if we listened to the Lord constantly and allowed Him to lead us.

I know,

our sinful,

Zedekiah tendencies get in the way, but our God said:

We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.  –Philippians 4:13

Thankfully we’re not living in the days of Zedekiah, we can say the name “Jesus” and He immediately hears us.  We don’t have to ask someone to go to God for us.

But

Do we take advantage of that?

I remember a time in my life when the first thing I did when trouble knocked on the door was to call “someone” to pray.  I wonder if the Lord thought to Himself—I’m right here, why didn’t you talk to Me about it.

I’m determined to overcome my Zedekiah tendencies.  How about you?

Heavenly Father, forgive me when I ignore You.  Forgive me when I try to take my life into my own hands.  Thank you for loving me enough to correct me and teach me.  Make me like You, Jesus.

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 37:11-38:28; Ezekiel 1:1-3:15 

Two Things to Remember About Quitting—Jeremiah 45:1-5

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 25:15-38; Jeremiah 36:1-32; Jeremiah 45:1 through Jeremiah 46:28

“I’ve had it, I can’t do this anymore; I quit!”

When’s the last time you felt this way?

You’re not alone.

Matter of fact, you have biblical company…

“I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven’t I had enough pain already? And now the Lord has added more! I am worn out from sighing and can find no rest.” —Jeremiah 45:3

When Baruch began his journey with Jeremiah he had visions of greatness.  Most likely, he could have gotten a job in the palace since his brother was on the king’s official staff. Instead, Baruch chose to identify with Jeremiah and do the will of God. He also may have thought traveling around with a prophet would be his ticket to making a name for himself.  Baruch’s discouragement came when the realities of his “job” clashed with his personal aspiration of greatness–running for his life (Jeremiah 36:19) was not what he had in mind.

God gave Jeremiah a word of encouragement to pass along to Baruch:

Baruch, this is what the Lord says: ‘I will destroy this nation that I built. I will uproot what I planted.  Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! I will bring great disaster upon all these people; but I will give you your life as a reward wherever you go. I, the Lord, have spoken!’

Advice and encouragement, two things we all need when we’re having a “Baruch moment”:

  1. Don’t build your hopes on the future of this world, because everything will be destroyed. The grass is not greener on the other side–that “soft job” in the palace, would have led to death or exile in Babylon.
  2. Your life will be spared, so you don’t have to fear the enemy.

During times of discouragement the last thing in the world we want to hear is “be thankful;” count your blessings!” But in reality, Baruch should have been thankful; he was going to escape the disaster of Jerusalem and Judah when everyone else would perish.  It’s funny how when it all comes down to living or dying everything seems to settle into its proper place.

It was probably twenty-five years ago when I heard Sue Kirkpatrick, one of Mary Kay Cosmetics’ National Sales Directors speak at a conference and say…

“When I get stressed and overwhelmed—ready to have a “come-a-part”; I ask myself, ‘what does this have to do with eternity’ and everything seems to fall in place.”

As Warren Wiersbe said in Be Decisive, God was proving to Baruch the reality of a promise that would be written centuries later:

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  –Matthew 6:33

Friends, Jesus gave us words of advice and encouragement for our Baruch days:

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

Lord, I pray for my friends who may be discouraged today.  Give them advice and encouragement to finish the race.

In Jesus Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 19:1 through Jeremiah 20:18; Daniel 1:1-21

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