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Lord, Help Me to Receive Your Correction— Zephaniah 3:1-2

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Zephaniah 2:8-3:20, 2 Chronicles 35:20-27, 2 Kings 23:29-30, Jeremiah 47:1-48:47

Heavenly Father, I don’t like to be corrected. I’ve lived my life trying to correct myself so that I won’t need to be corrected by others.

What sorrow awaits rebellious, polluted Jerusalem,
the city of violence and crime!
No one can tell it anything;
it refuses all correction.
It does not trust in the Lord
or draw near to its God.  Zephaniah 3:1-2
 

While it would be great to never need correcting it is not possible on this earth in our humanness. Lord, I need Your correction. I also need the correction of others.

Lord, the greatest tool of the enemy of my soul is the lethal injection of pride.  The”You can’t tell me anything. I know it all” syndrome.

In Your Name Jesus, I say this attitude is not welcome in my soul. Holy Spirit, when the demons of pride and stubbornness  try to block Your correction, give me the wisdom to recognize where they’re coming from and the boldness to refuse to receive them. Lord, I receive Your correction and refuse Satan’s destructive plans for my life.

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: 2 Chronicles 36:1-4, 2 Kings 23:31-37, 2 Chronicles 36:5, Jeremiah 22:1-23, Jeremiah 26:1-24, 2 Kings 24:1-4, Jeremiah 25:1-14

What’s Being Sung Over You?—Zephaniah 3:17

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Zephaniah 2:8 – 3:20; 2 Chronicles 35:20-27; 2 Kings 23:29-30; Jeremiah 47:1-48:47

Think back over the last couple of days; what has gone into your senses?

  • What conversations, opinions, and gossip have you listened to?
  • What movies, videos, T.V. programs and 24 hour news shows have you watched?
  • What books and magazines have you read?
  • What music and radio programs have you listened to?

Do you ever feel bogged down by the overwhelming amount of “stuff” that’s going into your spirit through multi-media throughout the day?

Do you ever ask yourself, “Why am I so tired?  All I’ve done is watch T.V., surf the internet, and listen to music.”

We live in a wonderful time.  Information is everywhere!  If I have a question about anything—I type it into the search box on my computer and voila—I have an answer.

If all this information is so wonderful why am I so mentally tired?

Jesus said in Matthew 6: 22-23

Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

I know this is an over-used cliché but I truly believe the mental exhaustion, lack of motivation, and spiritual darkness that many of us experience is the “garbage in, garbage out” syndrome that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:23-23.

In Zephaniah 3:17, our Heavenly Father shows us what the flip-side of the “garbage in, garbage” out syndrome looks like:

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Can you picture this verse?

Your Heavenly Father is living among you, saving you from the “stuff” that’s sucking the life out of you.  It makes Him happy to be with you.  You are free from stress because the Lord has calmed ALL your fears.  The God of the Universe is singing happy songs over you 24/7.

If God is living among you (and He is), would He enjoy the things you watch, hear, talk about and do on a daily basis?

Are you unwittingly causing your emotional exhaustion, sadness, and spiritual darkness by not being a wise steward of your senses?

If you need things to change—YOU may have to change!

 

Your Heavenly Father is singing life, joy, and peace over you.

Are you drowning out His songs of love with the noise of the world?

Lord, sing over me today!

 

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Chronicles  36:1-4; 2 Kings 23:31-37; 2 Chronicles 36:5; Jeremiah 22:1-23; Jeremiah 26:1-24; 2 Kings 24:1-4; Jeremiah 25:1-14

When Everything Falls Apart—Habakkuk 3:17-19

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Habakkuk 1:1 through Habakkuk 3:19; Zephaniah 1:1 through Zephaniah 2:7

Even though

  • The fig trees have no blossoms
  • There are no grapes on the vine

Even though

  • The olive crop fails
  • The fields lie empty and barren

Even though

  • The flocks die in the fields
  • The cattle barns are empty

Yet, I will

  • Rejoice in the Lord
  • Be joyful in the God of my salvation

The Sovereign Lord

  • Is my strength
  • He makes me as surefooted as a  deer
  • Able to tread upon the heights

In December 1993, I was coming to the end of a year of Bible reading; it wasn’t the Chronological format so Habakkuk came in December instead of August.  That day is still very vivid in my mind.  I can remember where I was, what chair I was sitting in, even what time of day it was.

As I read Habakkuk 3:17-19, I didn’t really think much about it. I had no clue I was moving into a season of death, destruction, and loss and that God would use this scripture to assure me of His sovereignty and my ability to survive.

Months later as the devastation began; the Holy Spirit brought this scripture and that time of Bible study to my remembrance.  In a five-year period my best friend and mentor tragically died, I went through a divorce after 22 years of marriage, my Dad died, my children rebelled, my Mom had to be hospitalized from severe anxiety and depression from the load of long-term care-giving, my business failed, I lost my home, and lost my car.

Yes, everything fell apart and so did I, but I had a promise that kept me going, “The Lord God is my strength; he will make my feet like deer’s feet.  And He will make me walk on my high hills.”

Habakkuk believed that God would make his feet strong and steady. He would keep him on his feet in the midst of the difficulties around him.

I found a book during this season of my life that made this scripture come alive for me:  Hinds’ Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard.  It’s an allegory dramatizing the journey each of us must take before we can live in “high places.”

Many years have passed and the pain and heartache of that time are hard to recall, but the faithfulness, supernatural strength, and provision of my God that sustained me during that time are as fresh on my mind as if it were yesterday. God has my restored joy and excitement for life ten times over.  I have been truly blessed.  Yes, over the years I’ve had to walk on other high places (i.e. hard times) but each time my trust in Him has reached new heights.

Is everything falling apart in your life today?

Most likely your Heavenly Father wants to make you stronger through it rather than rescue you from it; look to Him to supernaturally keep you on your feet so that you can make it to the heights He has planned for you.

Even though _____________________________(fill in the blank with your trials)…

The Sovereign Lord

  • Is my strength
  • He makes me as surefooted as a  deer
  • Able to tread upon the heights

He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. –Psalm 18:33

Heavenly Father, when everything falls apart Your arms hold me together!

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Praying for you today!

 

© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Zephaniah 2:8 – 3:20; 2 Chronicles 35:20-27; 2 Kings 23:29-30; Jeremiah 47:1-48:47

 

What’s Being Sung Over You?—Zephaniah 3:17

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Zephaniah 2:8 – 3:20; 2 Chronicles 35:20-27; 2 Kings 23:29-30; Jeremiah 47:1-48:47

Think back over the last couple of days; what has gone into your senses?

  • What conversations, opinions, and gossip have you listened to?
  • What movies, videos, T.V. programs and 24 hour news shows have you watched?
  • What books and magazines have you read?
  • What music and radio programs have you listened to?

Do you ever feel bogged down by the overwhelming amount of “stuff” that’s going into your spirit through multi-media throughout the day?

Do you ever ask yourself, “Why am I so tired?  All I’ve done is watch T.V., surf the internet, and listen to music.”

We live in a wonderful time.  Information is everywhere!  If I have a question about anything—I type it into the search box on my computer and voila—I have an answer.

If all this information is so wonderful why am I so mentally tired?

Jesus said in Matthew 6: 22-23

Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

I know this is an over-used cliché but I truly believe the mental exhaustion, lack of motivation, and spiritual darkness that many of us experience is the “garbage in, garbage out” syndrome that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:23-23.

In Zephaniah 3:17, our Heavenly Father shows us what the flip-side of the “garbage in, garbage” out syndrome looks like:

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Can you picture this verse?

Your Heavenly Father is living among you, saving you from the “stuff” that’s sucking the life out of you.  It makes Him happy to be with you.  You are free from stress because the Lord has calmed ALL your fears.  The God of the Universe is singing happy songs over you 24/7.

If God is living among you (and He is), would He enjoy the things you watch, hear, talk about and do on a daily basis?

Are you unwittingly causing your emotional exhaustion, sadness, and spiritual darkness by not being a wise steward of your senses?

If you need things to change—YOU may have to change!

 

Your Heavenly Father is singing life, joy, and peace over you.

Are you drowning out His songs of love with the noise of the world?

Lord, sing over me today!

 

 

© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Chronicles  36:1-4; 2 Kings 23:31-37; 2 Chronicles 36:5; Jeremiah 22:1-23; Jeremiah 26:1-24; 2 Kings 24:1-4; Jeremiah 25:1-14

What’s Being Sung Over You?—Zephaniah 3:17

Today’s Scripture Reading:  Zephaniah 2:8 – 3:20; 2 Chronicles 35:20-27; 2 Kings 23:29-30; Jeremiah 47:1-48:47

Think back over the last couple of days; what has gone into your senses?

  • What conversations, opinions, and gossip have you listened to?
  • What movies, videos, T.V. programs and 24 hour news shows have you watched?
  • What books and magazines have you read?
  • What music and radio programs have you listened to?

Do you ever feel bogged down by the overwhelming amount of “stuff” that’s going into your spirit through multi-media throughout the day?  Do you ever ask yourself, “Why am I so tired?  All I’ve done is watch T.V., surf the internet, and listen to music.”

We live in a wonderful time.  Information is everywhere!  If I have a question about anything—I type it into the search box on my computer and voila—I have an answer.

If all this information is so wonderful why am I so mentally tired?

Jesus said in Matthew 6: 22-23

Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.  But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!

I know this is an over-used cliché but I truly believe the mental exhaustion, lack of motivation, and spiritual darkness that many of us experience is the “garbage in, garbage out” syndrome that Jesus spoke about in Matthew 6:23-23.

In Zephaniah 3:17, our Heavenly Father shows us what the flip-side of the “garbage in, garbage” out syndrome looks like:

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Can you picture this verse?  Your Heavenly Father is living among you, saving you from the “stuff” that’s sucking the life out of you.  It makes Him happy to be with you.  You are free from stress because the Lord has calmed ALL your fears.  The God of the Universe is singing happy songs over you 24/7.

Please don’t take my next statement as living under the law or the heavy load of legalism…

If God is living among you (and He is), would He enjoy the things you watch, hear, talk about and do on a daily basis?  Are you unwittingly causing your emotional exhaustion, sadness, and spiritual darkness by not being a wise steward of your senses?

If you need things to change—YOU may have to change!

Your Heavenly Father is singing life, joy, and peace over you.  Are you drowning out His songs of love with the noise of the world?

I challenge you today to unplug, get quiet and listen as your Heavenly Father sings songs of love over you.  You aren’t what the world is telling you, your Heavenly Father delights in you!

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©2011, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  Zephaniah 2:8 – 3:20; 2 Chronicles 35:20-27; 2 Kings 23:29-30; Jeremiah 47:1-48:47
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:  2 Chronicles  36:1-4; 2 Kings 23:31-37; 2 Chronicles 36:5; Jeremiah 22:1-23; Jeremiah 26:1-24; 2 Kings 24:1-4; Jeremiah 25:1-14

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