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Where Does God Speak to You?–Genesis 46:1-4

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Today’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 45:16-47:27

Does God speak to you in church? In the shower?  Through other people?  When you’re praying or reading His Word? When you’re enjoying the beauty of His creation?  In a dream? In the car?

God spoke to Jacob when he traveled…

For most of my working life I have been a road warrior.  Whether is was driving around my three-county area making Mary Kay deliveries or leaving town on Mondays and returning on Fridays teaching bankers how to sell; I’ve spent a lot of time in my car.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been driving down the road AND trying to write down something God placed in my mind.  I have been “off the road” for a couple of years and I really miss my time with God in the car.

With all of Jacob’s wives and drama, plus his responsibilities as a businessman, I’m sure he didn’t have much quiet time.  I know this is true in my life as well.

I guess the only time God could get me and my friend Jacob’s attention was when we were away from the daily routine.

It would be so much better it we could hear from God everyday.  I know, God didn’t speak that often in Old Testament times, but that’s not the case today.  Thanks to Jesus’ death, resurrection, and return to heaven, He is now our constant intercessor, talking to the Father about our prayers and the Holy Spirit is our 24/7 direct line to Jesus.

Would you like to hear from God more often?  How bad do you want it?

Enough to stop and listen?

David Jeremiah writes in his book, “Prayer, the Great Adventure”:  Unless I’m badly mistaken, one of the main reasons so many of God’s children don’t have a significant prayer life is not so much that we don’t want to, but that we don’t plan to.  If you want to take a four-week vacation, you don’t just get up one summer morning and say, “Hey, let’s go today!”

Isn’t that how most of us treat our prayer life; we’re waiting to be “inspired” to pray?

I wonder if Jacob spent time each day talking and listening to God, asking for direction and guidance for the day?

Or… did he do like I’ve done for most of my life.  “Good Morning God, this is what I’m doing and where I’m going, please bless it!”

Satan, the enemy of our soul has sold us a lie, “The busier we are, the less time have to give to God.”

  • God doesn’t need our time, we are the ones who need His time.
  • The busier and crazier our lives get the more we need His discernment, guidance, and peace.

Martin Luther said it best:

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”

Friends, it doesn’t make a difference where we pray, the important thing is to make time daily to be with God.  Let’s commit to one another that we won’t wait until we “find the time” to pray or until we get away from it all like Jacob.  Let’s make 2012 the year that we planned to pray!

Heavenly Father, forgive us for taking You for granted.  Help us to realize our need to spend time with You each day.  Please don’t stop speaking to us! Holy Spirit, teach us to make time to seek You!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 47:28-50:26

How to Find Favor With Your Boss–Genesis 30:27

Today’s Reading:  Genesis 30:25-31:55

The Lord has blessed me because of you.  Tell me how much I owe you.  Whatever it is, I’ll pay it. (Gen 30:27)

Laban, Jacob’s father-in-law spoke these words to Jacob when Jacob asked to be released to go home to his own country.

Just imagine…  you walked into work and your boss calls you in his office and says, “There’s something I need to tell you.  The Lord has blessed me because of you.  I would like to give you a raise.  How much would you like?”

You’re laughing aren’t you?  I know this sounds crazy, but I really believe we can find favor with those in authority over us IF we do what Jacob did.  He had an amazing work ethic. Let’s look at some of the high points (I’ve included some of yesterday’s reading so we can get the whole picture):

  • Jacob was always looking for more efficient ways to do things (Gen. 29:7)
  • Jacob saw the need and took care of it.  He didn’t wait to be asked or told. (Gen. 29:10)
  • Jacob began working for Laban before his salary was discussed. So when Jacob asked to marry Rachel for his wages, Laban agreed because he knew Jacob was someone he could trust to take care of his daughter.  (Gen. 29:15)
  • Jacob respected Laban’s authority when he was forced to marry Leah before Rachel.
  • Jacob worked fourteen years for the woman he loved.
  • Jacob was decisive.  When Laban asked him how much his wages should be, he immediately had an answer.  He thought about this ahead of time. (Gen. 30:31-33)
  • Jacob found creative ways to work around Laban’s deceitful ways. (Gen. 37-43)
  • Jacob knew God had been with him. (Gen. 31:4)
  • Jacob listened for the voice of God and to the voice of God, and then he obeyed the voice of God. (Gen. 31:10-13)
  • Jacob was honest about his feelings.  “I rushed away because I was afraid.” (Gen 31:31)
  • Jacob treated Laban’s business like it was his own for 20 years.  (Gen. 31:38-39)
  • Jacob was a hard worker. (Gen. 31:42)
  • Jacob showed as much respect for Laban on their last day together as their first by making a covenant to always respect their boundary lines. (Gen. 31: 45-54

Jacob was living out the promise God made to Abraham in Genesis 12: 2-3

I will make you into a great nation.  I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.  I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt.  All the families on earth will be blessed through you.

 There’s some really good news for those of us who have accepted Christ as our Savior; Abraham’s promise is for us too!

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.  Galatians 3:29

On this Wednesday, January 11, 2012, let’s go out and live like we’re Abraham’s kids by being a blessing to others!

Blessings in Jesus!

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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Do You Really BELIEVE God? Genesis 15:6

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.

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

 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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©2012, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Genesis 18:1-21:7

Was God There at Your Beginning? Genesis 1:1


Today’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:-3:24

Happy New Year!

As I’ve anticipated this first post, the phrase from Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God” has been constantly going through my head.  It’s funny that the first three words of the Bible draw a line in the sand and cause you to ask yourself:

“Do I really believe God was there in the very beginning?”

The answer is either “yes” or “no”; not maybe or sometimes.  I know I’m talking about absolute truth in a world that makes its truth up as it goes.

My answer is yes. I do believe literally that God has always been and He is the One who spoke the world into existence.

Let’s make this personal, was God there at your beginning?

Was He there the day you were conceived, the day you were born, the day you were abused or mistreated, the day you lost a loved one, the day you got married or your first child was born, the day you ___________?

The hardest part of reading the Bible is applying it to our lives.  It’s easy to read it as a theory but to say “God said it, I believe it and I’ll stake my life on it” is another story entirely.

What we’re really saying when we say “yes” and mean it is “God, since you were there in the beginning, I trust you with my past, present and my future!”

In the first chapter of Genesis I counted the phrase “Then God said” nine times and in that same chapter the phrase “and that’s what happened” was said six times.

My friends, can we take hold of this powerful truth:  God said it and it happened!

Can we believe this in the depth of our souls?

God was there in the beginning and EVERYTHING God said happened!  God spoke YOU into existence!

Thank you Jesus for being at all my beginnings!  I trust you!

Amen and Amen

I’m praying for you!  Happy New Year!

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©2013, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Genesis 4:1-5:32, 1 Chronicles 1:1-4, Genesis 6:1-22

When’s the Last Time You Cried Like a Baby? 1 Peter 2:1-3


When was the last time you had a really good cry?  Yes, guys, I’m talking to you too!

What caused you to “cry like a baby?”

  • A sad movie or book
  • A relationship gone sour
  • Hurt feelings
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of life

After reading today’s scripture I’ve got a feeling God sometimes wonders why we have a full-on crying session over earthly things and never shed a tear over the things He commands us to “cry out” about.

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Hebrews 13:1-25, 1 Peter 1:1-2:3

So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.  Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment,  now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.

When was the last time you got so frustrated with your own deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy and unkind speech that your cried like a baby for “pure spiritual milk” ?

The King James Version translates pure spiritual milk as the “sincere milk of the Word.”

I like to think that most Christ followers want to grow in the “full experience of salvation,” but statistics show that most Christians don’t read the Bible.

What would happen to our spiritual lives, our families, our churches, and our workplaces if we wanted the full experience of salvation so much that we cried out to God to be taught by Him through His Word?

Heavenly Father, help me to desire the things that you want me to desire.  Give me a heart that craves spiritual milk.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 2:4-5:11

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