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Today’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 42-46

O God, we have heard it with our own ears—
our ancestors have told us
of all you did in their day,
in days long ago:
You drove out the pagan nations by your power
and gave all the land to our ancestors.
You crushed their enemies
and set our ancestors free.
They did not conquer the land with their swords;
it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory.
It was your right hand and strong arm
and the blinding light from your face that helped them,
for you loved them.

You are my King and my God.
You command victories for Israel.
Only by your power can we push back our enemies;
only in your name can we trample our foes.
I do not trust in my bow;
I do not count on my sword to save me.
You are the one who gives us victory over our enemies;
you disgrace those who hate us.
O God, we give glory to you all day long
and constantly praise your name. –Psalm 44:1-8

 This psalm from today’s scripture reading was written about the nation of Israel, but it could just as easily be our 2012, July 4th prayer as a nation. God has done so much for our great country! We are so blessed! I am thankful for all who have sacrificed to make this nation what it is today, but it has been God who has given us favor, it has been God who has given us victory over our enemies. He deserves our praise on this anniversary of our freedom!

This past Sunday, my pastor, Phil Daniels shared a message that I immediately knew  would be my July 4th post.  Phil’s message takes everything we’ve read this year, especially as we’ve studied the children of Israel, kings and prophets and shows us how it relates to today’s culture and to the future of our great country.

Birthdays are a time to celebrate but they’re also a time to reflect. I pray that you will make the time watch this video and pray for our nation today.

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Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. –2 Chronicles 7:14

Heavenly Father, forgive us, show us how to return to the nation You planned for us to be, show us how to humble ourselves. Heal our land and God bless America!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 47-49, Psalms 84-85, 87

What’s Your Top 5?–Proverbs 25:1 through Proverbs 29:27

 

Today’s Scripture ReadingProverbs 25:1 through Proverbs 29:27

Happy Friday Everyone!  Today begins the second half of our journey.

Can you believe it, we’ve been reading everyday for six months?

Is this a life-changing experience or what?

I really appreciate your faithfulness to this study!  I know “It’s Not about Me,” Max Lucado is constantly reminding me of that fact as I’m reading his book by that title, but knowing we are doing this together makes it much more fun!

Here’s one more thing I like about reading the Chronological Bible

If I were just reading through the Proverbs I would barely notice this verse:

These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah. –Proverbs 25:1

But, because I’m reading about Hezekiah and all the good he’s doing and I read about his dad Ahaz and all the bad he did, it’s a B-I-G reminder that keeping the Word of God close and reading it everyday helps us to be great leaders in our homes, workplaces, churches and communities.

I have read today’s scriptures twice trying to narrow down a topic, but there’s so many amazing nuggets it’s just impossible to choose one, so I decided to give you my Top 5 Proverbs for the day.  What’s your Top 5?

Here’s my Top 5:

  • It’s God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them (25:2).
  • A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls (25:28).
  • As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend (27:17).
  • As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person (27:19).
  • Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but a person is tested by being praised (27:21).
  • Discipline your children, and they will give you peace of mind and will make your heart glad (28:17)

Oops!  That’s six.  Oh well, I just can’t choose which one to delete!  🙂

As I read and re-read each verse in these five chapters I was amazed how these Proverbs covered it all.  We got expert advice on—

  • Dealing with those in authority over us
  • Our neighbor
  • Our self
  • Our enemies
  • Our employer
  • Our spouses
  • Our children

Where else can we go and find answers to every question we will ever have in one volume? There’s only one place–the Living word of God!

I’m so thankful for God’s Word!  As I lay my hands on the pages I’m brought to tears that the God of the Universe would make a way for me to know Him!  Friends, we are blessed!

Thanks for being that iron that sharpens me!  I pray I do the same for you!

Blessings!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Proverbs 30:1 through Proverbs 31:31

A Different Kind of Hunger–Amos 8:11-13

Today’s Scripture ReadingAmos 7:1 through Amos 9:15; 2 Kings 14:28-29; 2 Kings 15:8-29, 6-7; 2 Chronicles 26:22-23, Isaiah 6:1-3

I like to eat.  On most days I eat four or five times a day.  I may not have any food in the house that I want to eat but there’s always something to eat in my pantry and frig.  Needless to say, I have never experienced a famine.

My knowledge of famines is limited; mostly what I’ve read in the Bible.  Most of the famines I remember were sent by God.

Do you remember any be attributed to Satan?

In today’s reading God sends a different kind of famine:

“The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread or water
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
People will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from border to border
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.
Beautiful girls and strong young men
will grow faint in that day,
thirsting for the Lord’s word.”

                                                    –Amos 8: 11-13 

In the days of the kings, God only spoke through prophets.  But Amos prophesied of a time when the children of Israel would desperately inquire of the Lord, but He would not answer– not by dreams, not by Urim, and not by prophet.

The feeling we have when we are told we have to fast for 24 hours is probably the same feeling we would have if  we were told we would not be able to hear from the Lord;  immediately we would have an overwhelming need to hear His authoritative Word.

When Jesus went back to heaven He told us in John 14:16-18 that He would not leave us alone; He would send the Holy Spirit to comfort and counsel us.  We are so blessed; we have the Bible and the Holy Spirit; we can hear from God 24/7.

What would it be like if tomorrow you awoke to find there was no Bible in your home, the library, the church or online?

Then add to that, no Holy Spirit to counsel, comfort and guide you…

Would we notice these changes the minute we woke up or would it take us days to notice because we aren’t connecting with God on a daily basis?

We have no idea how dark a world can be without the Word of the Lord.  Amos said that the Israelites would be staggering from sea to sea, searching for the word of the Lord.

I saw a movie a couple of years ago called “The Book of Eli.”   It was not my kind of movie ; I kept my eyes covered about half the time–I just don’t like violence and suspense.  This movie did a great job of portraying what it would be like if there were no Bibles, except one, and the great lengths people would go to get that one copy.  It was an amazing visual of this scripture in Amos.  As graphic that “The Book of Eli” was, I don’t believe it skimmed the surface of what it would really be like to be in a world without Him.

Thank you Lord for Your Word and Your Spirit!  Let us never take it for granted!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

Blessings in Jesus!

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Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading2 Kings 15:32-38; 2 Chronicles 27: 1-9; Micah 1:1-16; 2 Kings 16:1-9; 2 Chronicles 28:1-15; Isaiah 7:1-25

A 7 year old’s Top 5 Leadership Secrets — 2 Kings 11

Today’s Scripture Reading:   2 Kings 11:1-3; 2 Chronicles 22:10-12; 2 Kings 11:4-12; 2 Chronicles 23:1-11; 2 Kings 11:13-16; 2 Chronicles 23:12-15; 2 Kings 11:17-21; 2 Chronicles 23: 16-21; 2 Kings 12:1-16; 2 Chronicles 24:1-22; 2 Kings 10:32-36

Theodore Roosevelt was 42 years old when he became President of the United States; he was the youngest president in the history of our country to hold that office.

Can you imagine if we had a seven-year old president?

Joash was 7 years old when he became king of Judah and reigned in Jerusalem for forty years! He must have done something right, especially if we compare him to his father Ahaziah who was twenty two years old when he became king and reigned for only one year.

Joash’s secret to success was Johoiada the priest

  1. Joash lived with Johoiada the priest in the Temple of God and in the presence of God for the first six years of his life.
  2. Johoiada, a great leader and man of integrity, was Joash’s right-hand man .
  3. The first thing that happened after Joash was crowned king was Jehoiada presented him with a copy of God’s laws.
  4. Joash made a covenant between Jehoiada, the Lord and the people that they would be the Lord’s people.
  5. Joash did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight throughout the lifetime of Jehoiada the priest.

Whether you’re seven or forty-seven godly counsel is an important part of being a leader.

Joash was fortunate that Jehoiada lived to a very old age, but no sooner than the priest died Joash sought counsel in an ungodly group, the leaders of Judah and they persuaded him to abandoned the Temple of the Lord, the god of his ancestors, and began to worship Asherah poles and idols instead.

In today’s political world wise counsel is just as important as it was in Joash’s day, and it’s just as hard to find as it was in those days.  Too many times advise is given to use and manipulate rather than for the good of the country.

Father, we pray that you put wise, Godly counsel in the reach of our country’s leaders.  Holy Spirit, draw our leaders to you.  Prompt us as your people to pray for them.  Remind us daily of Your promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14:

Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

In Jesus Name, we pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Kings 13:1-11; 2 Kings 12: 17-21; 2 Chronicles 24: 23-27; 2 Kings 13:14-25

Are You Having Trouble Finding God?—2 Chronicles 15: 15

Today’s Scripture Reading1 Kings 13:1 through 1 Kings 14:24; 2 Chronicles 12:13-14; 2 Chronicles 11: 18-23; 2 Chronicles 12: 1-12; 1 Kings 14: 25-28; 2 Chronicles 12: 15-16; 1 Kings 14: 29 through 1 Kings 15:5; 2 Chronicles 13:1-22; 1 Kings 15: 6-8; 2 Chronicles 14: 1-8; 1 Kings 15: 9-15; 1 Kings 14:19-20; 1 Kings 15: 25-34, 2 Chronicles 14:9 through 2 Chronicles 15: 19

Do you find yourself envious when you hear people talking about their relationship with Jesus?

Have you tried to pray and feel as though you’re talking to yourself?

Do you want to know Him more but you just haven’t figured out how to do it?

Don’t feel alone if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, I think we all feel this way from time to time.

We definitely saw great examples of how “not” to find God in today’s maze of scriptures.  It seems as though the children of Israel chose to worship an idol quicker than they chose to worship the Living God .  We’ve seen this many times throughout our journey.

It’s easy to stand in judgment of their idol worship, but I think we better choose not to go there… today’s children of God do the same thing.

I heard a definition of an idol years ago that has stuck with me:  Anything (time, talent, treasure) I give myself to more than my Lord is an idol.

Israel had to lay down their idols before they could find God.  They had to earnestly seek Him.

All in Judah were happy about this covenant, for they had entered into with all their heart.  They earnestly sought after God, and they found him.  And the Lord gave them rest from their enemies on every side.  –2 Chronicles 15:15

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.  –Hebrews 11:6

If you feel like God is a million miles away, pursue Him.  Push other things aside and spend time with Him.  Turn off all distractions, and be truly alone with Him.  Expect to find Him. I promise you, He will exceed your expectations!

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. —Jeremiah 29:13

Learning to seek Him!

 Blessings!

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading1 Kings 15: 16-22; 2 Chronicles 16: 1-10; 1 Kings 16: 1-34; 1 Kings 15: 23-24; 2 Chronicles 16:11 through 17: 19; 1 Kings 17: 1-7

Is Your Life Meaningless?–1 Kings 11:1-3


Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 11:1-43; 2 Chronicles 9:29-31; Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites.  The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.  —1 Kings 11:1-3

Have you ever insisted and persisted to do something “anyway” when you knew that You were going against your conscience, the law, your parents, your supervisor or your God?

How did that work for you?

Probably about as good as it did for Solomon…

The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.  He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the Lord’s command.  So now the Lord said to him, “Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants.   –1 Kings 11:9-11

    • God chose Solomon to be the king
    • God was so impressed with Solomon that he offered to give him anything he asked for
    • Solomon asked for wisdom and God gave it to him, plus riches, and so much more
    • Solomon did amazing things: Built a beautiful temple for the Lord, built a gorgeous home for himself, rebuilt the city of his father, ruled justly, wrote all the amazing Proverbs that are still guiding us today
    • Solomon worked very, very hard
    • But, then Solomon forgot where his wisdom and riches came from
    • He began to believe his own press and decided to go against the will of God
    • He thought he was above it all
    • He thought he needed to experience it all…so he did

The great thing for us is Solomon did it all and told us what he learned from the thrill of going directly against the will of the Living God…

“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”

What do people get for all their hard work under the sun?  

Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again.  The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea.  

Everything is wearisome beyond description. 

No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.

History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.  —Ecclesiastes 1:2-9

I wonder how many of you feel this way today?  Never satisfied.

There’s only one thing that can truly satisfy–filling that place in the deep, quiet, depths of our soul with a relationship with the One, True, God.  Not just a head knowledge of God, not just a “Santa Claus” mentality of God, but knowing we have a Friend, Savior, King, and Trusted Advisor who knows what’s best for us…

Then, life is never meaningless. It’s an adventure, a wild ride, a well-thought out plan with the perfect destination!

Heavenly Father, forgive us for wanting to go our own way.  Forgive us for never being satisfied.  Call us out to be different.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 1:12-6:12

Would You Attend Solomon’s Conference? — Proverbs 22:17 – 23:22

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 22:17 through Proverbs 24:34

A one-sheet is a single page document which is designed to provide a summary of information about the expertise of a professional speaker to prospective clients.  If Solomon had a “One-Sheet” it would have possibly looked like this.  I’m sure he could have preached a sermon or developed a seminar on each of these topics; now that’s a speaking portfolio!

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Solomon’s Thirty Wise Sayings

Proverbs 22:17 – 24:22
Listen to the words of the wise; apply your heart to my instruction.  For it is good to keep these sayings in your hearts and always ready on your lips. I am teaching you today—yes, you—so you will trust in the Lord.  I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge.  In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you:

  1. Don’t rob the poor; don’t exploit the needy in court.
  2. Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people.
  3. Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt or put up security for someone else.
  4. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers set up by previous generations.
  5. Do you see any truly competent workers?  They will serve kings rather than work for ordinary people.
  6. While dining with a ruler, pay attention to what is put before you.  If you are a big eater, put a knife to your throat; don’t desire all the delicacies, for he might be trying to trick you.
  7. Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich.  Be wise enough to know when to quit.
  8. Don’t eat with people who are stingy; don’t desire their delicacies.
  9. Don’t waste your breath on fools, for they will despise the wisest advice.
  10. Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers; don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.
  11. Commit yourself to instruction; listen carefully to words of knowledge.
  12. Don’t fail to discipline your children.
  13. My child, if your heart is wise, my own heart will rejoice! Everything in me will celebrate when you speak what is right.
  14. Don’t envy sinners, but always continue to fear the Lord.
  15. My child, listen and be wise; keep your heart on the right course. Don’t carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons.
  16. Listen to your father who gave you life, and don’t despise your mother when she is old. Get the truth, and never sell it; get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. So give your father and mother joy!
  17. My son, give me your heart; may your eyes take delight in following my ways. A prostitute is a dangerous trap; a promiscuous woman is as dangerous as falling into a narrow well.
  18. Who has anguish? Who has sorrow? Who is always fighting? Who is always complaining? Who has unnecessary bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new drinks.  Don’t gaze at the wine, seeing how red it is, how it sparkles in the cup, how smoothly it goes down.
  19.  Don’t envy evil people or desire their company.
  20. A house is built by wisdom and becomes strong through good sense. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with sorts of precious riches and valuables.
  21. The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.  So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers.
  22. Wisdom is too lofty for fools.
  23. A person who plans evil will get a reputation as a troublemaker.  The schemes of a fool are sinful; everyone detests a mocker.
  24. If you fail under pressure, your strength is too small.
  25. Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die; save them as they stagger to their death. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “look, we didn’t know.”
  26. My son, eat honey, for it is good and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste.  In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul.  If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.
  27. Don’t wait in ambush as the home of the godly, and don’t raid the house where the godly live.
  28. Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall; don’t be happy when they stumble.
  29. Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked.
  30. My son, fear the Lord and the king. Don’t associate with rebels, for disaster will hit them suddenly.

I know some of these sayings sound a little foolish, but if you read all of today’s scriptures Solomon explained the “why” of each one.  I could definitely see Solomon speaking at a mega church or leadership conference on one of these topics!

Would you travel to hear him speak?

We’re moving into Song of Songs, also known as Song of Solomon; we’ll pick up the rest of the Proverbs in a few days.  Can you believe we’re in our sixth month of this journey…amazing!

Blessings!

 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Song of Solomon 1:1 through Song of Solomon 8: 14

5 Things to Do When Life Doesn’t Make Sense—Proverbs 3: 5-6

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 1:1 through Proverbs 4:27

Have you ever had a time in your life when you just didn’t understand how God could allow something to happen?

I’ve been there many times in my life.

There have been things I’ve experienced that left me wondering…

“God, why would you allow this to happen to me?”

Or…

“God, why did you give me this beautiful gift and then take away?”

There are just some things we would rather not have at all than to have them for just a minute and then in an instant, they’re gone.

What do I do when I feel this way?

Remember

  • All of the tough times God has brought me through
  • How He has used those tough times to help me to minister to others
  • How God has worked my tough times out for my good and His Glory
  • That I see life through a pin-hole and my Heavenly Father, the God of the Universe sees and knows the big and eternal picture
  • The party is in heaven not on this sinful earth

Pray

  • Tell God all the details of my pain– every question, and concern
  • For God’s love and comfort to be greater than my grief
  • For my faith to be strengthened
  • For scripture to be brought to my remembrance
  • For God to be glorified during this difficult time

Read His Word

  • Expect Him to speak to me
  • Record it when He does
  • Hold my Bible, sleep with it when I need a physical reminder of God’s Presence

Be Alone With Him

  • I call it “Porch Time”
  • Not praying , not reading just being with Him

Wait

  • For time to pass
  • The unknown to be known
  • Heaven to make all things clear

Today’s scriptures in the Proverbs had so many  truths but Proverbs 3: 5-6 (This is one you should memorize) jumped off the page as the blueprint for tough times.

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.

 

Father, I trust you and I’m going to do my best not to depend on my own understanding!

 

Amen and Amen!

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Proverbs 5:1 through Proverbs 7:27

It’s Time to Worship—Psalm 66: 1-2

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 61 through 62; Psalm 64 through 67

When I read the Psalms I sometimes forget they were songs. Theses Psalms are equivalent to today’s top worship songs, such as Chris Tomlin’s, “How Great is Our God,” and Jennie Lee Riddle’s “Revelation Song.”  Whether you’re a charismatic worshiper or someone who enjoys the consistency and beauty of a more liturgical style of worship, today’s scripture is a call to worship the one, true, living God.

Shout joyful praise to God, all the earth!

Sing about the glory of his name!

Tell the world how glorious he is!    –Psalm 66: 1-2

As I read these two verses several times I noticed…

It doesn’t say shout, sing and tell—IF

  • You’ve had a good week, everyone’s healthy, and you had a great hair day
  • You’re a gifted shouter, singer, or teller
  • You’re feeling it
  • You’re at church

Jehovah God is worthy of our praise.  Just like the psalmist reminded the children of Israel of God’s faithfulness in Psalm 66:6; we need to remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness to us.  What I find interesting is the psalmist sang about a miracle that had happened several generations earlier.  In our instant gratification society, we don’t spend enough time remembering.  I guess Jesus knew how we would be so he told us to observe the Lord’s Supper to remember what He did for us on Calvary.

When the psalmist penned these words Jesus had not came to the earth, died on the cross, and rose from the dead.  For those of us who have asked Jesus to come into our hearts and be our Savior and Lord we have more than enough to shout, sing and tell.

Today, let’s shout and proclaim Jesus as our Lord; sing to the top of our lungs of His greatness, and tell the world about our Savior so that they may know Him more!

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Psalm 68-70; Psalm 86, Psalm 101

BEWARE: What’s In Your Heart WILL Come Out of Your Mouth!

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Psalms 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21

David speaking to the Lord:

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart?
    Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant from deliberate sins!
    Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt
    and innocent of great sin.

14 May the words of my mouth
    and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you,
    O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.  —Psalm 19: 12-14

In this Psalm it seems as though David said everything that every human being trying to live for God has thought at one time or another.

It is comforting to me to pray this Psalm to my God.

You see, I have a problem; I tend to think I’m better than I am.

Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of things that bug me about me, but I know that some of the things that bug me don’t bug my Lord and some of the things that don’t bug me really bug my Lord.

The problem is Satan, my spiritual enemy distracts me with silly things so I don’t notice the heart things—the hidden faults.

I’m worried about check lists:  Daily Bible reading, prayer, church attendance, etc. and my heavenly Father is looking to see why I am doing those things— He goes straight to the heart!

If my heart isn’t right it doesn’t matter how much I read, pray, or go to church—it’s the “why” that counts.

The interesting thing about the way God wired us is– what’s in our heart WILL eventually come out of our mouth.  David knew this and prayed for both to be pleasing to God.  So the lesson for us is:

  • If you don’t like what’s coming out of your mouth check your heart
  • If you’re controlling your mouth but have sin in your heart; watch out, it will come out when you’re least expecting it

In Psalm 119: 9-11, an unknown psalmist (it sure sounds like David to me) gave us instructions to keep our heart pure:

How can a young person stay pure?  By obeying your word.
I have tried hard to find you— don’t let me wander from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

Heavenly Father, we don’t want to be controlled by sin.  We  join with David and ask you to show us our hidden sins and faults.  We want a pure heart; continue to draw us to Your Word.  Help us to treasure Your word and read it, meditate on it, memorize it, and talk about it so that we might not sin against You!

Thank you Lord for speaking through Your Word!

 

©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Psalms 22, 23, 24, 25, 26

 
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