I Watch From The Distance

June 20                 

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I listen and wait, watching from a slight distance as I briefly let go of so much that I cannot control. It’s difficult and… it won’t be long, I’m sure, until I once more attempt to take control once more, though secretly knowing this is a pretty stupid thing to do. It never turns out well. But for this brief moment, it does feel good.

Why do we hang on when it is so obvious we can’t control things to a more favorable outcome then when God has control? When Faith is tested, will I found to be lacking or trusting? I am glad of this, that at least God keeps testing my faith so that it may grow and fully mature. I want to learn to let go before it becomes obvious that I am out of all my viable, “human” options.

My development is ongoing and, funny as it is, I do see occasional progress… occasional. A great measuring stick for me, personally, is an awareness that I no longer desire control. It’s just that I haven’t quite knocked out the instincts of attempting to seize control back from The Lord. It’s like a defective reflex that hasn’t quite been fixed. But each moment that I’m able to step back and watch on from the distance is a good sign that God’s Holy Spirit is making at least some progress! That is a small consolation for someone who is fully aware that there is still a great amount of progress still to be made!

Peace, Sean Gutteridge


Today’s Scripture: 1 John 5:4

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.


I Wait With Hope

June 19                 


Hope rests always within my grasp and that’s the good news. Unfortunately, you gotta go through fear to get to it. There’s no way around it. That’s not really a bad thing, just painful. God allows me always to know Hope exists, that it’s real, that it is always attainable – this is the very essence and character and meaning of Hope. To BE Hope it MUST be attainable. But without fear, Hope becomes meaningless and void of any value. And for God’s master plan to succeed Fear must also always be present. Those who seem always in the constant companionship of Hope haven’t eliminated fear. They’ve simply mastered fear, understanding that their Hope in Christ will always be more powerful then their fear in all other things.

Ultimately, God needs us to recognize fear and see it for what it is: no match for His Hope – so that eventually, we will come to fear only Him. There is no room to fear anything else. I wait with Hope for the fulfillment of what He desires to see completed. And at this place, fear has no choice BUT to take a backseat. Peace today, Sean Gutteridge.

Today’s Scripture: Micah 7:7-8

7 But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

8 Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.

Courage Waits For Me

June 18                 

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At times, I become so entwined within my own irrelevant ideas and irrational fears, I forget who it is that directs my footsteps. The moment of clarity comes when clear conscious prevails upon my moral and self-based thinking to lift my eyes to Him who is the true author of morality and all things good and holy. Like a smashed window, the shards of Gods Truth lay splintered, everywhere and there is no way of avoiding at the very least those tiny slivers of Truth unless… I am to retreat back from where I came. And I can tell you – I have no desire to go back there.

To be encouraged is to lose one’s self IN courage. Courageousness is never found but bestowed upon us from another. It cannot be bought, purchased nor even borrowed and it certainly can’t be stolen. And so many passages implore the believer to “be strong; be courageous; have courage;” which means the courage rests within us, as if it is something we’ve already been given and must now activate. Yes… courage lies within us but it is not of our own making. It has already been given us by God, Himself. It isn’t lost, it simply goes unused, overlooked and neglected.

Look back in the mirror. You just might see something different then what you saw initially. It lies there longing to be used. Peace, SAG

Today’s Scripture: Philemon 1:4-6

4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers,

5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints,

6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.

My Doubt Has Purpose 

June 17

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Do not doubt that God has a purpose for your life. It is a prayer not only for myself but especially for my children that God would have mercy on them (and myself) for ever doubting this to be true… even for us. We will never be complete until we begin to see ourselves as God does: full of promise and potential. Why else would He pour so much into us if He wasn’t confident of all that we can accomplish?

It seems to be our nature to doubt, but do not let your doubt in yourself become doubt for what The Lord will do through you. Instead, let your doubt turn to self awareness of what you cannot do without Him. So we may BE weak and come to embrace our weakness just so long as we never cease to believe what God desires to do through us. Let your doubt turn into an even stronger trust and belief in the Grace and Power of Christ, Jesus. Bring your doubt before the Lord and He will bring your doubt to heel. He will use your doubt to further exhibit His Power and strength. And He will have mercy upon you even in the midst of that doubt… once you acknowledge that despite this doubt you are still willing to believe that He will ultimately do all that He has promised to do! Even my doubt will reveal the beauty and power of God’s Grace!

Peace, Sean Gutteridge


Today’s Scripture: Jude 1:22

22 And have mercy on those who doubt;

A Restless Truth

June 16

A Holy restlessness should not be avoided; it leads me to get up and ask the Lord “What are You needing of me, God?”

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Compassion for the unbeliever is not having compassion on their sin, but having compassion on their unwillingness to believe or to have doubt about the tremendous love and saving power that we already know about. Pastor Matt Porter preached once that “… knowing this person or that might possibly go to hell because they do not yet know Jesus as Lord should keep me up at night…”. This stinging reality is all too real of a Truth, and yet… how often DOES this keep me up at night, let alone even cross my mind?

The Holy Spirit saves but we carry the message of that salvation as Christ-Followers. The moment we become liaise faire as to whether or not someone’s broken heart finally unlocks the Truth of it, embracing it with tear-stained joy; the second we cease emphatically preaching that gospel of Christ in Love and abandonment, we have stopped being capable of compassion. The love of Christ should fill us with such burning in our hearts as to see every doubter believe in Christ. The love of Christ should tear at our souls to the point of wanting to do whatever we can – say whatever Words the Spirit of God places on our lips – rush in to any potentially harmful scenario necessary – just for the possibility of turning a doubting heart towards God. The love of Christ should keep us up at night, trying to learn how He wants us to get His message through to the unbelieving world in which He has placed us.

Yes… we pound the sin but we protect the sinner. Truth will be restless. Truth will also bring with it Hope… a Hope that an unbelieving heart has always longed for but never experienced – until now. Don’t let your callousness consume you nor your cynical pride rise to replace the wonderment of what we already know is true: that Christ died for us, He forgave us and He has saved us… for the very purpose of spending eternity with us. He wants that doubting heart now just as badly as He first wanted you.

Peace. Sean Gutteridge


Today’s Scripture: Jude 1:23

23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh.

Caught By Exhaustion

June 15

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Exhaustion finally catches me and persuades me to sleep… but only once we’re completely done. It isn’t until the very end that I begin to collapse under the week of strain and sweat and all-out effort for The Lord. I’m glad to be in the shadows for once, it reminds me that I’m still doing this calling for (most of the time) all the right reasons. It isn’t often, but God will reveal on occasion the generous, good parts of my heart. And He usually does so in these states of exhaustion.

For the glimpse of seeing one life impacted, whether momentarily or (hopefully) eternally, it is all my spirit needs to begin looking forward to the next… the next mission, the next Sunday, the next directive from theLord, the next day. This is the last thought I have before falling into a deep sleep… it is a good thought to sleep on!

Peace, today. Sean G.

Today’s Scripture: Jude 1:24-25

24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,

25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

Shared Greatness

June 14

 I can spell greatness but I’m not sure I can define it…

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The definition of great is difficult to articulate. What God determines to be great and my perception of great are vastly different. God’s view of greatness and what may be great reflects ONLY His glory and His Will while my perception is rooted almost entirely upon selfish ambition and how I am perceived in certain circumstances. When my heart is near God’s, my definition drastically changes. Suddenly how I look has no bearing upon what was great and what was not.

The smallest, almost unnoticeable things catch God’s eye. A heart’s response, a kind reply, a selfless act of sacrifice. These are the things that God takes notice of. Don’t dwell on trying to be great or even wondering whether you’ve found greatness or done something great. Instead, tune your heart into the obedience found within faithfully following God’s leading and suddenly, quite by accident, you will find yourself consistently stumbling upon the Greatness of God. In this, you will also be found sharing in His Greatness, as well.

Peace, Sean Gutteridge

Today’s Scripture: Nehemiah 4:14

And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.”

He Will Stoop Low

June 13

If EPIC Failure leads to EPIC Greatness, well… I’m on the right track!


My life feels void of any Epic greatness, sprinkled throughout with nothing more then one Epic failure after another. I am drowning in the spit of my own ambition and well thought-out plans. I need to read the story of Nehemiah again. Or the story of Ester. Or even of David. The going is tedious and slow in the valley, sometimes even slower then it is climbing the mountain. But for different reasons. In the valley, it is cold and dark. Danger and death lurk round each corner. There are bandits and wild beasts down in the valley and our fear and caution slows with each step. Sometimes it’s hard to see any progress made in the valley. Climbing the mountain is more strenuous physically where the strain down below is more mental and emotional. The adrenaline and excitement pushes us further on up but it takes discipline and faith to keep us plodding onward down low.

The issue is trust in both places but faith dissipates more quickly in our valleys while it hangs with us like the mist as we climb. God feels closer when I climb but strangely absent the lower I get. He is just as close down here as He is up there! I just struggle at times believing that He’d stoop down here to meet me. He will stoop low to bring me high. He does and He will… when I call on Him.

Peace, to you today. Sean G.


Today’s Scripture: 2 Samuel 23:2-7

2 “The Spirit of the LORD speaks by me; his word is on my tongue.

3 The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God,

4 he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth.

5 “For does not my house stand so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire?

6 But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand;

7 but the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire.”

He Reads My Heart

June 12

Where faces may try to lie, a heart can never hide from God

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Faces say so much where words fail to tell the complete story. What does my face say in those moments of sadness or pain? Does my face reveal the joy when God’s Spirit encompasses me? What things are betrayed or given away when I try smiling despite a twinge of anguish in my heart? Sometimes my face can lie and even succeed in not telling the entire truth but my heart will eventually give me away.

I have a terrible poker face. That’s why I never play for serious money! So when I’m upset or angry, wearing my emotions upon my sleeve, I understand that I really need to address it quickly. My wife reads me better then anyone which is why lying to her is pretty much pointless! But more people are like this then we realize, when you look carefully. And what an amazing tool of ministry this can turn into. Watch faces and you will tell who is hurting. And so often, when I pick up on this, even a simple word of encouragement can make so much difference in someone else’s situation.

God’s Holy Spirit doesn’t read faces, but He does read hearts and so, He always knows what I need to hear… whether it’s being encouraged, or motivated, or just plain corrected. I am grateful for this. My heart can never hide from God… and that’s a very good thing, indeed.

Peace, today. SAG


Today’s Scripture: Habakkuk 2:1

I will take my stand at my watch-post and station myself on the tower, and look out to see what he will say to me, and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

Habitual Gratitude

June 11

Gratitude is habitual. Done often enough, gratitude becomes contagious.


I owe much to so many and yet I seldom stop to let those “many” know how grateful I am for whatever they may have done. I think there is real power in the verbal exchange of our exultations to others. I can certainly tell of the countless moments when a kind word of encouragement has been used by the Holy Spirit at just the right moment to keep me from being swept away in my own quiet moments of discouragement, despair or doubt. It is just as important to express these words of gratitude as it is to receive those same words.

How much more important, then, would it be to express my words of gratitude to God the Father? I talk a great deal so often of how important it is to remember what God does for me but in this instance, gratitude goes well beyond remembering. Gratitude rises from such a deep place within me that it springs forth. Gratitude is that sudden realization of who I was and who I am. Gratitude is the fortuitous comprehension (however brief) of where I would be had Christ NOT interceded on my behalf. Gratitude is a powerful gift God uses to lovingly show me how far we’ve come together and also… how far He wishes us to go. This certainly translates to the many saints He has used along our path to arrive here at this very moment today… so be generous with this gift of gratitude – but always start first with the One who deserves most of our gratitude to begin with. He’ll begin to point out who else might also enjoy a little bit of His gratitude as well. Trust me… It’s a powerful tool!

Peace, today and… Thank You! Sean Gutteridge


Today’s Scripture: 2 Samuel 7:18-22

18 Then King David went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far?

19 And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord GOD. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord GOD!

20 And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord GOD!

21 Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it.

22 Therefore you are great, O LORD God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.