Lord, I Have Regrets—2 Corinthians 7:10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

Heavenly Father, for many November 30th signals the Christmas season. While that’s true for me as well, it also begins a month where my introspective nature rehashes the previous year’s choices and looks forward with excitement to a new year. Unfortunately, this year my mind wants to focus more on failures than successes.

Lord, when I read this verse I immediately began to mentally list some of my 2014 regrets.

For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. — 2 Corinthians 7:10

The more I looked at the sentence, there’s no regret for that kind of sorrow, I realized that my failures had led me to repentance and that’s a good thing. Lord, my feelings of failure, worthlessness, and worldly sorrow aren’t coming from You.

Jesus, Your Word tells me You are kind, tolerant, and patient with me:

Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin? –Romans 2:4

You do not condemn me.

 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. –Romans 8:1

 

Godly sorrow is tender, thankful, and hopeful not self-deprecating, unworthy, and embarrassing.

Holy Spirit, when negative thoughts cloud my thinking help me to ask myself, are these thoughts…

Kind?

Tolerant?

Patient?

If the answer is “no,” give me the boldness to knock down the stronghold of human reasoning and destroy false arguments.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.  We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. –2 Corinthians 10:3-6

If the answer is yes, then may I have godly sorrow that will destroy every proud obstacle that would attempt to keep me from knowing You.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 11:1-13:14, Acts 20:7-12

Lord, I Thought I Had Earned My Forgiveness Badge —2 Corinthians 2:5-8

 

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13

Heavenly Father, in 2010, my first year of leading “The Journey” You taught me a powerful lesson about forgiveness. This was the scripture that illuminated the page of my Bible on November 29, 2010:

I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. So I urge you now to reaffirm your love for him. —2 Corinthians 2:5-8

On that day these verses were a sign to me that I had made it through the Phases of Forgiveness. As I read each word, I knew that was the way I felt; I no longer wanted that person who had hurt me to suffer or be overcome by discouragement. I was finally free from the hurt. I had truly forgiven.

Lord, I thought I had earned my forgiveness badge and was on to other lessons…

You must have laughed.

Unfortunately, this year I returned to forgiveness school. Thankfully, I can say that I’m about ready to graduate from this session but it has been very hard; maybe harder than the last time.

Lord, thank You for forgiving me for not wanting to forgive. Thank You for Your grace while I was in the process. Thank You for walking with me on my journey through the Phases of Forgiveness.

Thank You for never giving up on me.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 6:14-10:18

Lord, I Need to Stop _______ Before I Can Start ________ —2 Corinthians 1:9-10

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 15:1-16:27, 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4

Heavenly Father, I have always been strong, independent and self-reliant. You have used hard times to chisel away my strength and force me to rely on You. The funny thing is I “thought” I was relying on You before those hard times hit. Little did I know…

In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. —2 Corinthians 1:9-10

Holy Spirit, in this verse Paul tells us that relying on You is learned, it doesn’t come natural. Like Paul I had to reach the point where no human, including myself could rescue me, before I released control.

Lord, I know I still have a way to go, but I am learning to stop relying on myself and rely only on You.

Thank You for Your grace while I’m learning.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 2:5-6:13

Lord, Change the Way I Think—Romans 12:2

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-14:23

Heavenly Father, the behavior and customs of this world can be a huge distraction. As I sit here with You, my mind wants to wander to social networking sites and plans for the day. I’m constantly pulling my thoughts back to You. I’m sorry. You deserve my full attention.

Lord, I don’t want to think and behave like the world. Please change the way I think.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. —Romans 12:2

Holy Spirit, I feel You’re leading me to make some drastic changes in 2015. I believe You’re answering this prayer. Change is scary. Lord, I’m nervous, but I’m willing.  I believe You are directing me to Your will for my life in this coming year. Good, pleasing and perfect sounds wonderful. Let it be so in my life!

I trust You.

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 15:1-17:27, 2 Corinthians 1:1-2:4

Lord, Thank You for Understanding My Groanings—Romans 8:26-28

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-10:21

Heavenly Father, Romans 8:28 is one of my favorite verses. It has carried me through many difficult times. But today the verses preceding this well-known verse jumped out like a neon sign.

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.  —Romans 8:26-27

Lord, this year has been a season of weakness. I have been weary physically, emotionally, and mentally. Yet, this will go down as a year of extreme closeness to You. You were there through it all. As my human defenses were stripped away, I was left with my spirit (wo)man. I had no words, I had no solutions, I had no brilliant ideas. I was just here and You were very close and somewhere is the trauma, You became enough.

Lord, I’m beginning to understand this verse:

He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. —John 3:30

Holy Spirit, You are helping me in my weakness. You have translated my pain, tears, sadness, and brokenness into groanings my Heavenly Father understands. Thank You for praying prayers that are in harmony with God’s will for my life–

Because…

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. —Romans 8:28

Lord, I trust You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 11:1-14:23

Lord, Who Will Free Me From This Life That is Dominated by Sin and Death? —Romans 7:21-8:3

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-8:17

Heavenly Father, this passage amazes me! Paul lets me see into his heart and it looks just like mine.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.  I love God’s law with all my heart.  But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.

Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. —Romans 7:21-8:3

Father, thank You for sending the answer—Your only Son, Jesus Christ!

Jesus, thank You for freeing me from the power of sin that leads to death!

In Your Great Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 8:18-10:21

Lord, Help Me to Seek Praise From You, Not From People—Romans 2:28-29

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Today’s Scripture Reading: Romans 2:1-4:25

Heavenly Father, I want my heart right with You. It’s a natural human reaction to seek the praise and affirmation of others when we feel inadequate, rejected, or unappreciated. I don’t want be led by my humanness, I want a daily heart change that is produced only by Your Spirit.

For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. —Romans 2:28-29

Lord, show me how to live this day in a way that pleases You.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
 

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 5:1-8:17

Lord, I Have No Excuse—Romans 1:18-20

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Heavenly Father, I want to know You more. The truth about You is everywhere.

But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. —Romans 1:18-20

Help me to stop and take in Your qualities as I go about my day. I don’t want to miss a thing!

 

In Jesus Name! Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Romans 2:1-4:25

Lord, I Want Your Superpowers—1 Corinthians 14:1

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:1-15:58

Heavenly Father, I hope You don’t feel my title is disrespectful. The special abilities Your Spirit give are nothing less than mind-blowing. When I consider the life-changing impact these spiritual gifts can have on a person, group, church, city, state, country, or world; I definitely consider them superpowers.

Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives—especially the ability to prophesy. —1 Corinthians 14:1

Lord, in addition to prophesy, what are Your special abilities?

Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. —1 Corinthians 12:1-11

This sentence jumped out at me: A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

Lord, I want Your spiritual gifts. I want the Your special abilities. I want to prophesy, because Paul said I should desire it. I want all You have for me!

Give me Your superpowers to help others!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 16:1-24, Acts 19:21-20:6, Romans 1:1-32

Lord, Put Me Where You Want Me—1 Corinthians 12:18-20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:2-13:13

Heavenly Father, as we approach the Thanksgiving/Christmas season my mind jumps ahead to the new year. 2015 is going to be a year of change for me. Doors are closing. Seasons are ending and times of rest and refreshing are approaching.

But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. —1 Corinthians 12:18-20

Lord, I’m anxious to see what this year holds and where You put me within Your body in this new season.

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.                     —1 Corinthians 12:12

I’m Yours. Use me for Your glory!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

 

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:1-15:58

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