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January 5, 2010–Do You Really BELIEVE God?

Today’s Scripture:  Genesis15: 1-17:27 

I know it seems like I can’t get very far in each day’s reading before I “camp out” and get on my soap box.  Today is no different, but this scripture is one of my favorites, so I just can’t help it!  I’m sure you’ll be hearing that a lot before the year is over!  🙂

 Genesis 15:6—An Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted it to him as righteousness because of his faith.

 Abram Believed God. 

 A couple of years ago I read one of Beth Moore’s books called Believing God.  It simplified Genesis 15:6 for me. 

 Beth shared five things that we need to believe to be able to move from believing in God to BELIEVING GOD.

 We need to believe…

1. “God is who He says He is.”

2. “God can do what He says He can do.”

3. “I am who God says I am.”

4. “I can do all things through Christ.”

5. “God’s Word is alive and active in me.”

 

Believing God is such a foundational truth in the life of a Christian that the Lord put it in the Bible three more times:  Romans 4:3, Galatians 3:6, and James 2:23.

The first time I remember this scripture becoming real to me was many years ago when I was playing the organ in church.  It was a Sunday morning and we were in the middle of the worship service and my eyes locked on to this woman out in the congregation and almost immediately my heart was filled with compassion for her.  I prayed for her as I was playing the organ and then I felt this urge to get off the organ bench and go pray with her.  Immediately I thought. “I can’t do that; everyone will look at me.”  They’ll think I’m trying to be super-spiritual!

 I thought for a minute…

  • What this my idea?  No, I would never think of that.
  • Was this in line with God’s Word?  I think so.
  • Did I feel as if the Holy Spirit was speaking to me?  Yes.

 All of a sudden this scripture (Gen.15:6) came to mind.  I’m sure I didn’t know the address; I never know the address…

I felt the Holy Spirit reassuring me:

Dianne–

 If  you are doing this because you

  • believe Me
  • believe I can do anything
  • believe you are my child
  • believe you can do anything if I enable you to do it
  • believe you are hearing Me because My Word is alive and active in you

 Then, even if you didn’t hear everything exactly right or say everything exactly right, I will count it to you as righteousness because of your obedience to act by faith.  And, “Oh, by the way, I’ll clean up any mistakes you make!”  So, go ahead and believe Me.  This was the point in my relationship with Jesus where I began to move from just believing in God to BELIEVING GOD!

Can you share a time with you moved from believing in God to believing God?  

 Blessings in Jesus!

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January 4, 2010—Lose the Pride, Find the Unity

If you’re behind, don’t worry about catching up; just complete the current day’s reading.  God is big enough to keep you from  missing anything you really need to know!  You can do this!

I’m believing in you! 

Today’s scriptures:  Gen. 11:1-26, 1 Chron. 1:24-27, Gen. 11:27-14:24

 There are so many amazing truths in today’s reading; I am relying on you to help me find them all, but I was stopped in my tracks by the first nine verses.

 Here are two lessons I learned from the Tower of Babel.

 1. Pride will send you away from God and from the people you love–In Gen. 11:4, Noah’s descendants said, Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky.  One   meaning for the Hebrew word in the original language for “sky” was heaven, as in the abode of God.  From the commentaries I read it seemed as though these folks thought building a tower to the heavens would get them closer to God and make them famous, like God.  But as they were physically trying to move closer to God, their impure motives ultimately moved them away from God AND the people they loved.

 2. Nothing is impossible when people are united. After reading the story of the Tower of Babel, I think unity, which can be further defined as speaking the same language (understanding where another person is coming from), is the most powerful human tool we have on this earth.  It is so powerful that God watched and said, (my paraphrase) “…we better do something, these folks are united and they are speaking the same language.  With this going for them they can accomplish anything they set out to do!”   

 King David said in Psalm 133:1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! (NIV) And the Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:18 As much as it is possible, live in peace with everyone (GWT). )  What could we do in this new decade if we just took the advice of these two men who are still affecting the world today by their divine, God-given wisdom.

 Unity does not come easy; it has to be fought and sacrificed for.  The funny thing is the biggest sacrifice we will have to make to have unity is our pride (wow! What a connection!) Replacing unity for pride in families, friendships, churches, communities, and nations could change the world!  Wait, just unity in families could change the world.

Join with me in a commitment to make 2010 a Romans 12:18 year! 

The Bottom Line:  Lose the Pride, Find the Unity

Have a  Blessed  Day!

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January 2, 2010–It’s only day two and I have so many questions!

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 Genesis 4:1-26, Genesis 5:1-32, 1 Chronicles 1:1-4, Genesis 6:1-22

Today’s reading leaves me with many questions.  It would be very easy, especially if you’re an analytical thinker to get bogged down in thoughts like: who did Cain think was going to kill him (Gen. 4:14), where did Cain’s wife come from (Gen. 4:17), and who are the sons of God (Gen. 6:2). 

There are two things you can do when you have these questions:

1. Do your research.  There are many free resources.  Here are a few that I use:

2. If you don’t have the time to dig for the answers, then make a note of the question in the inside front cover of your Bible, do your research later and rest in the confidence that God is God and He will reveal these things to you when you need to know them.

Last year when I read the passage about Cain having sexual relations with his wife (Gen 4:17), I wrote a note in the margin, “where did Cain’s wife come from?”  When I began reading this passage today, I thought, “I need to know this.” So I went to some resources I trust— Resources that believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of the Living God and looked for some answers.  Here’s the link to the interesting information I found.  If you have time, check it out. 

Where did Cain Get his Wife?

The passage that touched my heart today was in Genesis 6: 5-8

 The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil. So the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth. It broke his heart. And the Lord said, “I will wipe this human race I have created from the face of the earth. Yes, and I will destroy every living thing—all the people, the large animals, the small animals that scurry along the ground, and even the birds of the sky. I am sorry I ever made them.
 But Noah found favor with the Lord.

 It would be easy for me to compare Noah’s day to the 21st Century, but that’s not what went through my head.  My heart felt so sad when I read verse 7, And the Lord was sorry he had ever made them and put them on the earth.  It broke his heart.  I wondered, “How many times have I broken the heart of God?”  I whispered to Him, “Father, forgive me for breaking your heart.  I hope you aren’t sorry you made me.”  And then I read verse 8:

 But Noah found favor with the Lord.

Can you imagine God looking down and saying, ______________ (insert your name) was a righteous man/woman, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he/she walked in close fellowship with Me. (Genesis 6:9, italics added)

 Dear Heavenly Father,

This is my goal for 2010, to  live in Your favor, be found blameless (thanks to the sacrifice Jesus made for me) and to walk in close fellowship with You!

In Jesus’ Name!

Amen and Amen

** What new nuggets of information, biblical truths, and personal applications did you find in today’s reading?

Thanking God for you!

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Word of God Speak

 There are only 5 days until the “2010, Journey to Know Him More” begins. Whether you’ve prayed about this for weeks and made a serious commitment or today is the first time you’ve heard of “the journey”; come and go with us! 

One Word from the living God and you’ll be changed forever.  YOU can hear Him, if you build a relationship with Him and that’s what the “journey” is all about.

One Chronological Bible +365 days @ 15 minutes a day= Knowing the character, personality, and heart of the God of the Universe.  Wow!

As January 1, 2010 is quickly approaching, the enormity of a 365-day journey is a little scary; I would definitely say you and I have set a BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal).  But it will just be another thing on our to-do list unless the Word of God speaks to us and through us.  So, I’d like to ask God to anoint us to hear Him speak:

Father God, I pray right now for each person who has planned to take this journey and for each person You want to take this journey who hasn’t yet said yes; maybe they haven’t even heard about it; call them, pursue them, make your plans clear to them.

Holy Spirit, teach us how to hear you.  Speak loudly Lord.  Draw us to your Word.  Jesus, give us supernatural determination to know You!

Jesus, help us not to quit!  Even it we miss a few days, help us to overcome our tendency to think we’ve missed too much so we’ll just quit.  Help us to just move to the current date and expect you to speak on that day.  This is not an exercise in perfection, but an experience to Know YOU.

I speak against the enemy of our soul who does not want any of us to do this—you are not welcome here!  “We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13)

Lord, change us with your Word!  We surrender to you.  Help us to be compelled to write down what you say and share it with others.

Holy Spirit, I pray that you will not only speak to each of us, but make us willing to share what you are speaking on the daily blog posts.  Lord, I know you have called me to lead this journey, but I know so well that You can and will speak through anyone who is willing to be obedient to share.  I thank you in advance for the active participation we will experience on this journey.

Jesus, even though we’re from all over the world and don’t know each other, help us to connect with You as our glue.  I pray that our time together is a place where the Fruit of the Spirit is practiced (Galatians 5:22) and where love, acceptance, and forgiveness is felt by everyone.

Father, I dedicate this Journey, this blog, and this year to Your Glory, honor and praise!

In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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**Please take 3 minutes and listen to this song by Mercy Me.  For me, it’s a continuation of the above prayer.

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One of the Greatest Christmas Miracles in History

I have been having a wonderful time reading Mark Batterson’s new book, “Primal”.  I am almost to the end and I am going to devote a whole post to share my take aways in a couple of days, but I just finished reading Mark’s telling of the story of  Jasper Toe and thought sharing this story was was the best Christmas gift I could give.  I pray that as  we “Know Him More” this next year we will also be able to “Hear Him Better” .  I want to hear the Holy Spirit and be willing to say “yes” to His instructions like the missionaries in this story.  I pray that you take the time to watch the video. 

Blessings in Jesus,

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2010, My Year to Begin to “Be” the Church

 

 I have be “doing” church a long time, actually my whole life. I know God is calling me to “be” the church in this coming year in new and authentic ways.  What does “being” the church really mean in today’s culture?  For me, Jesus Christ made it clear in the following three scripture passages. 

 The Greatest Commandment: Matthew 22:36-40

Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”  Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

 Whatever You Did for the Least of These You Did for Me:  Matthew 25:35-36

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

 Great Commission-Matt 28:18-21

Then Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

 I pray that these words of Jesus affect:

… Every word I say

… Every word I write

… Every thought I think

… Every deed I do

… Every person I reach out to

….Every _________________________ (what would you add?)

Jesus, show us how to be like you in this coming year!

Amen and Amen!

I’m Stressed that I’m Stressed!

resting from stress   

Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Days…

What have we committed to?  To be more exact, what have “I” committed to?

For the past 10 days my life has been different.  Don’t get me wrong, it has been the good kind of different, mostly good anyway…but it has been different from the slower pace of my semi-retired lifestyle.  It has been filled with grandkids, dropping off and picking up in car lines, a chili cook-off at my house for 20 people, church, more grandkids, weenie roasts, smores, hot-tubing it, a minor hurricane, shopping, teaching, attending a 4th grade play, a major checkbook problem, cooking, lots of cooking, eating, laundry…and a trip to the hospital for one of those sweet grandkids that almost involved stitches. No wonder I’m tired.  Needless to say, I’ve been a little more stressed than usual. Not only am I stressed, but I’m stressed that I’m stressed!  You see, I’ve always been comfortable with busyness, loudness, 10 things going on, deadlines, etc.  Coming to the realization that I can’t do it all is pretty tough for a girl who wants to do it all.  I don’t want a slower pace!  I think my age slowing me down in going to be harder on me than wrinkles and gray hair, and that’s saying a lot!

This morning the last of the grandkids headed home to Tennessee and since then I’ve been thinking about our “Journey to Know Him More” (see previous post).  During the busyness of the last ten days I kept thinking, ‘I’m sure glad I haven’t started my journey yet!  How would I find time to post on my blog everyday?” 

Guess what?

During our 365 day journey in 2010, we will have lots of “life” going on.  Let’s commit right now to give each other grace.  None of us have a clue what 2010 holds so we’ll make a plan and then  take it one step at a time.   As your tour guide for this journey, I plan to  do whatever it takes to post each day Monday-Friday. We will have an open format on the week-ends so that anyone who finds a nugget and wants to share can do so.   That’s Plan A but  some days plan “A” may not work, some days we may have to resort to plan “Z”, but let’s start the journey.  We’ll never get anywhere if we don’t begin.

Shalom! (…p-e-a-c-e-)

Come and Go With Me!

AEGM16RCAGE2EJRCATWK4BICAVDUPIXCAIE1N2TCA9GZYHYCAWF590RCAX23LAYCA1BXLuggageHave you ever prayed, “Lord, I really want to know you more?”  “Lord, I’m serious, I want to know you, but I just don’t know how.”  Maybe you’ve tried to read the Bible and pray but it just feels like words moving through the air.  Maybe you’re not even sure you believe there is a God.  Come and go with me, I’m taking a trip in 2010,  a 365 day trip, a journey to know the God of the Universe…are you up for it?  Whether you are Christ follower or just curious, this journey is for you.  As the tour guide for this trip I can promise you one thing—a life-changing experience!  Come and let’s do life together as we take this journey to “Know Him More.”

 When you decide you want to go on a trip, what do you do to prepare?

  • Know the desired destination and what you hope to gain?
  • Set aside the time for the trip
  • Gather the things to need to take with you on the trip

 I’ve traveled a lot in my life. I retired from my job a little over a year ago, but the 5 years before I retired I traveled almost every week.  I found out very quickly that I had to know the purpose and the desired outcome before I could justify traveling and then I had to allow the proper about of time to get to my destination.  And I have certainly learned the hard way that I needed to have the right tools to help me get to my destination. 

 So let’s look at the travel plan for this journey:

 

Step OneFocus on the  T r e a s u r e

 You (Exodus  6:7)

 Those in authority over you (Exodus  7:5)

 Your children and grandchildren (Exodus 10:2)

 The Whole World (1 Samuel 17:46)

  Just like the Israelites in the Old Testament, when you are finished with this 365 day journey YOU

                …will know that “I Am” is the Lord Your God

Step 2:  Commit to Make the Time: 

 The journey begins January 1, 2010

 Set aside 15 minutes a day

 Subscribe to receive Dianne’s blog via email each day

Go to dianneguthmuller.wordpress.com. Click on [subscribe to Dianne

Guthmuller] enter your email and type in the security word/then you

will receive an email asking to verify the subscription

 Tell everyone you know that you are going to do this—this is the

commitment part

 Visit Dianne’s blog daily to gain motivation from others who are

 traveling on this year-long journey with you and to share what you are

 personally learningNLT Chronological Bible

Step 3: Gather Your Tools for the Trip 

 Chronological Bible (New Living Translation)- This particular Bible is

written in the order in which things occurred.  It’s easy to understand and

reads like a story.  You can purchase at most book stores or online at

amazon.com (costs approx.  $18)

 Journal– Can be as simple as a spiral notebook.

 Internet Access–  

 Step 4:  Record your thoughts as You Ask Yourself:

 What does this passage say about God?

 What does it tell me to do?

 What promise can I hold onto?

 Step 5Take the journey and share your thoughts with

             Dianne  and others who want to “Know Him More”

             at her blog:     

                           dianneguthmuller.wordpress.com

I’m praying that you take this trip with me.  I’m not a Bible scholar but the Word of God has been my compass, my calm and my comfort for over 25 years and I get more passionate about Jesus Christ and His Word every time I hold His Holy Word in my hands.  I look forward to sharing that passion with you.

Don’t analyze this or worry about completing the whole year,  just subscribe to my blog,  get your New Living Translation Chronological Bible, enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas season and meet me here January 1.

I don’t want to go without you!

Love,

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