Lord, Help Me Not to Panic–Joshua 10:10


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 10:1-12:6

Heavenly Father, it seems like anxiety and panic attacks are a part of life for so many in the difficult times we live.  It’s interesting to me that You caused the Israelites’ enemy to panic and they were defeated by a hailstorm!

The Lord threw them into a panic, and the Israelites slaughtered great numbers of them at Gibeon. Then the Israelites chased the enemy along the road to Beth-horon, killing them all along the way to Azekah and Makkedah. 11 As the Amorites retreated down the road from Beth-horon, the Lord destroyed them with a terrible hailstorm from heaven that continued until they reached Azekah. The hail killed more of the enemy than the Israelites killed with the sword. —Joshua 10:10-11

Panic is a powerful weapon Satan uses against us everyday.

How many times have we found ourselves totally defeated

because

we

allowed

anxious thoughts to turn into panic,

which caused us to make decisions

that moved us away

from

God’s best for our lives?

Lord, open our eyes and reveal our enemy’s tools.  Help us to live by the words of Joshua:

“Don’t ever be afraid or discouraged,” Joshua told his men. “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord is going to do this to all of your enemies.” —Joshua 10:25  (Joshua’s come a long way from the the first day we met him.

Lord, fight for us today!  Holy Spirit, fill our minds and spirits so full of peace and confidence in You that anxiety and panic cannot enter.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 12:7-15:19

Lord, What am I Hiding? Joshua 7:13


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:1; 1 Chronicles 2:7; Joshua 7:2-9:27

Heavenly Father, as I read the story of Achan I immediately thought of my own life, my own heart…

What am I trying to hide away for myself that it Yours and Yours alone?

“Get up! Command the people to purify themselves in preparation for tomorrow. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Hidden among you, O Israel, are things set apart for the Lord. You will never defeat your enemies until you remove these things from among you.” —Joshua 7:13

Lord, show me the things in my life that You want set apart for You and Your service.  Some possibilities that come to mind:

  • My body
  • My talents and abilities
  • My time
  • My days on this earth
  • My tithe

Holy Spirit, teach me.  I do not want to hoard the things that You want set a part for Your service.  Lord, forgive and have mercy on me when I make a mistake.  Make me like you Jesus.

In Your Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 10:1-12:6

Lord, I’ve Never Traveled This Way Before–Joshua 3:4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27

Heavenly Father, I can relate to Joshua and the children of Israel.  In today’s reading they were heading into the unknown. Yes, it was their Promised Land, but it was a place they had never been before.

We humans are a crazy bunch.  Many times we would rather live in a “known” hell than an “unknown” heaven.

Lord, it takes guts to step out into the unknown.  It takes confidence in our ability to hear Your voice.  How many times have I missed something new and exciting in my life because I told myself that it wasn’t really “God speaking.”

Jesus, it’s almost been five years since I walked away from a career I had worked so hard to develop.  I knew I had heard Your voice.  I knew You had a plan, but I had never traveled this way before.

As I began my journey You made a stop for me to learn, rest, and find a new passion and then at just the right time, You said, “Step into the water!” I said Lord, I’ve never traveled this way before.  I’ve never crossed a river without a boat.

I’m was scared but I decided to do what Joshua did.  I followed You Lord.  You are guiding me.  I’m trusting You to speak loud enough for me to hear.

Lord, I’m ready; bring on the day’s adventure!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 


 

 

 

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:1; 1 Chronicles 2:7; Joshua 7:2-9:27

Lord, Help Me to be Strong and Courageous–Joshua 1:6-7


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12; Joshua 1:1-2:24

Heavenly Father, did Joshua have a problem with fear and anxiety? It certainly seemed like it.  In the last few chapters (Deuteronomy 31, Joshua 1) You’ve told him to be strong and courageous, Moses told him to be strong and courageous and the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half-tribe of Manasseh told him to be strong and courageous.

Lord, thank you for including this in Your Word.  Thank You for choosing the weak to do mighty things.  Thank you for choosing Joshua!

I think anyone would be afraid to take Moses’ place!

Lord, fear and anxiety are tools that Satan uses everyday to “try” to stop us from reaching our Promised Land. Our enemy tells us we’re not good enough, we can’t do it. Jesus, help us to be strong and courageous.  Help us to seek You, listen for Your direction and then do as Joshua, move out with strength and courage and take the land!

Jesus, help us to overcome our feelings of fear and anxiety so that Your will is accomplished in our lives.

In Your Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Joshua 3:1-6:27


Lord, Teach Us to Realize the Brevity of Life—Psalm 90:12

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52, Psalm 90

Heavenly Father, Moses was 120 years old when he died. Few people in today’s world live to be that old and no one in today’s world leads a nation of a million plus people until their 120 years old! In human standards Moses’ life wasn’t brief but in eternity’s standards it was just a blink.

Lord, Moses lived life to the fullest. Help me to learn from his wisdom.

Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom. –Psalm 90:12 

Jesus, if it’s left up to me, I will waste my days. Lord, guide, direct and teach me like You did Moses. Help me to go to You daily so that I may grow in Your wisdom, not the wisdom of the world. Lord, guide my days. Get Your plan accomplished in my life.
Lord, help me to walk out this scripture each day so that Your plan for my life comes to pass:
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.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Lord, I give this day to You.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 33:1-34:12, Joshua 1:-2:24

Lord, I Want to Make “Life” Choices—Deuteronomy 30:19-20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 29:2-31:29

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading You reminded the Israelites they had a choice. You are an amazing God who wants us to choose You, but You never make it our only option.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live! You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him. This is the key to your life. And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”  —Deuteronomy 30:19-20 

Lord, heaven and earth are witnessing my choices. My choices are either causing others to know You more or pushing them away from You. I want to ALWAYS choose life but there are many times I have made bad choices that certainly weren’t “life-giving.” Thank You for Your grace and forgiveness for those times I’ve failed you.

Father, I want my descendants, my future generations, to live eternally. It’s a great responsibility to know that my choices affect their lives. Holy Spirit remind me when I’m tempted to make a move in the wrong direction that my children’s spiritual and eternal lives are more important than my temporary pleasures or needs. Lord, help me to remember that it’s not about me! Jesus, cover my inadequacies with Your grace and remind me that every  choice I make is important. Anoint me Lord to make the right choices.

Jesus, today I choose life. I choose to love You, obey You and commit my life firmly to You. Give me the passion, strength and discipline to follow-through on my commitments.

Lord, than you for giving of the key to our lives in Your Word.

I choose life!

In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 31:30-32:52, Psalm 90

Lord, Help Us to Include You in Our Celebrations–Deuteronomy 26:11


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:1

Heavenly Father, in today’s reading to You instructed the Israelites on living in the Promised Land.  One of the things that jumped off the page at me was Your instructions on celebrations.

Afterward you may go and celebrate because of all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household. —Deuteronomy 26:11a

I had to ask myself, “Why do we celebrate in today’s culture?”

Lord, we love a “par-tay,” but how often are we consciously celebrating Your goodness to us, our family, our city, our country, or our world?

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. —James 1:17 NIV

Lord, forgive us for excluding You from our celebrations.  Forgive us for not acknowledging the many, perfect gifts You give us.

Holy Spirit, teach us to find creative ways to build our parties around You. Help us to be an example for our future generations.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller


Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 29:2-31:29

Lord, Help Me to “See My Neighbor”–Deuteronomy 22:1, 4


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Heavenly Father, from today’s reading it is apparent that caring for my neighbor is important to You…

If you see your neighbor’s ox or sheep or goat wandering away, don’t ignore your responsibility. Take it back to its owner. 2 If its owner does not live nearby or you don’t know who the owner is, take it to your place and keep it until the owner comes looking for it. Then you must return it. 3 Do the same if you find your neighbor’s donkey, clothing, or anything else your neighbor loses. Don’t ignore your responsibility.“If you see that your neighbor’s donkey or ox has collapsed on the road, do not look the other way. Go and help your neighbor get it back on its feet! —Deuteronomy 22:1-4

The problem is that too many times I choose NOT to see my neighbor’s need or I choose NOT to get involved enough to know there is a need.

There are so many hurting people that it can be overwhelming.  It’s easy to become callous and num to the hurting in this world.  Lord, show me “who is my neighbor” today and then show me again tomorrow.

Lord, in today’s independent, selfish culture help me to really “see my neighbor.”  Help me to make a conscious effort to add value to their lives.

Jesus, help me to realize this is a command not a suggestion…

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.” —Matthew 22:36-40

Holy Spirit, give me Your eyes to “see my neighbor” today.

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IN Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:1

Lord, Help Me Not to “Frighten Anyone Else”–Deuteronomy 20:8


Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9

Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that fear is contagious.  Thank you for reminding me that fear has no place in battle.

Then the officers will also say, ‘Is anyone here afraid or worried? If you are, you may go home before you frighten anyone else.’ –Deuteronomy 20:8

Lord, help me to recognize fear in my life. Help me to ask myself when I feel the spirit of fear creeping in, “Is this from my God?”

Holy Spirit, remind me of the words of 2 Timothy 1:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

Jesus, I don’t want to be one of those chosen to sit out and go home before I frighten the troops. I want to be strong in Your power.  I want to be used to bring glory to You and Your Kingdom.  I want to be on the front lines, causing others to “know You more.”  Teach me how to turn off the fear!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading:Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19

Lord, Teach Me to Fear You–Deuteronomy 14:23

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-16:17

Heavenly Father, in our western-thinking, modern world, being “fearless” and being willing to take risks are signs of success, so when we read Your Word and it says…

You must set aside a tithe of your crops—one-tenth of all the crops you harvest each year.  Bring this tithe to the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—and eat it there in his presence. This applies to your tithes of grain, new wine, olive oil, and the firstborn males of your flocks and herds. Doing this will teach you always to fear the Lord your God. —Deuteronomy 14: 22-23

…we have a hard time understanding this kind of fear.  When we plug-in our twenty-first century definition of fear it seems like You want us to be afraid of You like some kind of abusive father, which we know is incorrect.  I guess it’s just one more example of the importance of understanding the history and context of the Bible.

I looked up the Hebrew definition for this type of fear in Deuteronomy 14:23.  The actual Hebrew word is  yare’.  A more accurate way for us to interpret this word to reverence or stand in awe.

Malachi 2:5 helps us to understand this further: The purpose of my covenant with the Levites was to bring life and peace, and that is what I gave them. This required reverence from them, and they greatly revered me and stood in awe of my name.

Heavenly Father, from my own personal experience I can say, Your provision in my life throughout my years of tithing has caused me to reverence You and stand in awe of You. Time and time again I have seen You make a way when there was no way! When You make a promise, it will come to pass.

Lord, teach us about this kind of fear.  Forgive us for our lack of respect and reverence.  Holy Spirit, show us the areas in our lives that aren’t pleasing to You.

We trust You, Lord.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 16:8-21:9

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