Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2008

Strength in Faith

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7/8/2006

Judges 16:6

And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.

 

My strength is in the faith God has given me.  He’s given me the faith to believe, when I gave Him my life and acknowledged Jesus, His only begotten Son, as my Savior and Lord of my life, He accepted me as more than His creation.  He accepted me as His child.  I know how a parent feels about a child.  I would lay down my life for any of my children.  That is what Jesus did for me.  Through the trials and testings of my walk with God, He has grown in me faith to know He will not leave me or forsake me.  Reading His written word, the Bible, has increased the faith.  This faith is the only strength I have.  Apart from this, I can do nothing of value.  It is God’s working through me that anything of value can come.  I continue to find when I do something without prayer I get into trouble.  I have a great strength within me.  I have the power of God’s Holy Spirit.

 

Prayer

 

Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit and the gift and fruit of faith You have and are growing within me.  Continue to mature the faith and work through me to Your glory and pleasure.

July 30, 2008

Love Does Cost

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Love Does Cost

 

God’s pure Love is free to all

For Jesus paid the cost.

He left the throne of His blessed Home

And came to save the lost.

He showed us what God’s pure Love is,

For that He was despised.

He hung in love upon the cross

For us He sacrificed.

 

If we want to let His Love

Flow through us from His Life

We must share the cost with Him

And give to Him our life.

If we take for us our life

His love can never flow,

For then we feed upon our greed

And love from Him can’t grow.

 

When you think you cannot feel

Love for fellow man

Just as God’s love to flow through you

And into every man.

It matters not what ‘err you feel

Your will releases love.

Don’t let the cost deter your will

Or God’s love will be lost.

 

When you love you may get hurt

They spat in Jesus’ face.

But even when they rant and rave

There’s nothing you need fear,

For if you’ve given Him your life

He’s filled you with His Life

And as you let His pure love flow

it soon will change all lives.

 

Love Does Cost

 

            So many relationships are broken because someone no longer “feels” love for the other.  We cannot control the way we feel.  God has commanded us to love each other.  Why would He command us to do something over which we have no control?  Love is more than just a feeling.  Love is an action.  God commands that you act out love for one another even when you don’t feel like it.  The action of love may be costly to the way you feel but you will find that if you act in love because you love God, you will begin to yield more to Him and enable Him to change your feelings.

            It may not be too difficult to love someone e who love you and strives to please you but what about someone e who always seems to irritate you?  Spend time praying for someone you have a difficult time loving and then choose to act in love to that person.  If they refuse to accept your love, consider it a sacrifice of love to God and continue in it, allowing God to work a miracle in the relationship.

            You will find that the more love you give others, the more love God will be able to give to you.

 

July 29, 2008

The Onion

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The Onion

 

All these years of earthly life

Have made me just the same

As the layers of the skins

Of the onions God has made.

Layers upon layers more

Have hidden me so deep

Until not even I could see

What lay within the core.

 

Then, my Lord, You took Your knife

And pierced the outer skin.

And one by one the layers left

To only show more skin.

But somewhere down below the deep

I know there is a core

For I am in Your Image made

Through Jesus Christ my Lord.

 

As each layer peels away

I think I’ve found the core.

But then I find that there’s much more

Before I see the core.

I think, my Lord, that it will take

All of my earthly life

To peel all layers off of me

And show Your glorious Light.

 

But even in this process, Lord,

As years and layers fade,

Each one allows Your light to shine

More glorious every day.

Keep peeling off the layers, Lord,

Until all men can see

Jesus Christ shine out through me

Bright and pure and free.

 

 

 

The Onion

 

                Do you sometimes wonder if you’ll ever learn?  Does it seem as if God is always having you walk out the same things over and over?  when I complained of this to a friend he said that we are just like onions.  to someone who is going through the process of finding out who they are, this was not a comforting thought.  There was also the fear that when all the layers were finally gone, there would be absolutely nothing left.

                To have Jesus within us is an instantaneous event.  He comes within us to reside the moment we invite Him by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior.  He will not leave unless we push Him out.  to become translucent enough for others to see Jesus in us is a long, painful process.  We must shed the artificial layers we have built around us until we finally see our inner core.  If this were accomplished instantaneously we would be in mental and emotional shock.  God works slowly and steadily within us giving our minds time to comprehend and our emotions time to adjust.

                Even in this process our loving Father already sees us as perfect and loves us with His perfect love.  Allow Him to love you as He clears away the layers that cover His Image in you.

July 28, 2008

My Father’s Voice

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My Father’s Voice

 

My Father’s voice is very soft

As tenderly He speaks,

The words of love and guidance

That keep me from defeat.

I only need to listen

For His still small voice.

And let Him speak His love to me

He’s given me a choice.

 

Sometimes I interrupt Him

My thoughts run to and fro.

Sometimes I just don’t listen,

I’m busy, don’t you know,

Sometimes I speak unceasingly

Don’t even pause for breath,

As he waits in silence

For me to seek His breath.

 

If you want to hear Him speak

Just ask His Spirit in.

He really wants to speak to you

And be more than a friend.

All you need to do to hear

Is say, “My Father, speak,

Your little child is listening

As in me You do speak.”

 

Tender, sweet yet firm and strong

Is my Father’s voice.

Loving, guiding, patient, wise

Is His still small voice.

 

 

                One of the first lessons needed to be learned to be a successful traveler is how to her God’s voice.  Before you can hear the voice of God you must have accepted God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior and publicly confess Him as such.  If you have done this, God’s Holy Spirit has taken up residence within you.  It is this Spirit that enables you to hear God’s voice.

                Because His Spirit is so very close (within you) it is easy to mistake his voice for your own thoughts.  Sometimes God does speak audibly to some of His children but usually He speaks through His Spirit within you.

                How do you learn to differentiate between His voice and your own thoughts?  the quickest way I know to learn is to write.  Write your prayers as a letter to your Father.  Then write your thoughts after your prayers.  After a little practice you will notice that the thoughts you write after your prayers are slightly different from your own manner.  Check these thought in God’s written Word for confirmation.  If they agree with the thoughts in the Bible, you have heard God’s voice.

                As your confidence builds in hearing your Father’s voice, you will hear Him more frequently.  Anything worthwhile takes time and practice.  In times of illness or struggles, nothing is more reassuring than being able to talk and listen to the One Who knows and loves you best.

July 26, 2008

I Am God’s Child

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I Am Your Child

 

I am Your child.  Oh what a joy.

It means so much to me.

It is hard to comprehend

And also to believe.

A love so deep that You would give

Your Son upon the tree.

 

I am Your child by Your Son’s death

Upon that Calvary tree.

It is Your gift that sets me free

To be made one with Thee.

I ask You, God, to burn the chaff

That makes me unlike Thee

Until the world can look at me

And see Your love flow free.

 

2/13/2006

1 John 3:1

Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and [such] we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

1 John 3:2

Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is.

 

What an awesome fact.  When I accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, I became a child of God.  With that come all the privileges and responsibilities.  As His child, I am a representative of Him here on this earth.  What I think, do and say all reflects to those around me the very essence and nature of God.  Do my actions reflect His love?  Do my word reflects His love, peace and joy?  I must keep yielding to the work of His hands and allow Him to shape my into the person who will best manifest His nature.  Every morning I give myself anew to Him.  Every night I reflect on my thoughts, words and actions of the day, asking forgiveness for things outside of His nature and asking for His power for the next day.

 

Prayer

 

Father God, thank You for the gift that cost You so very much.  Help me to be pleasing to You by manifesting Your character to those around me.

July 22, 2008

The Bible

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The Bible

 

No matter how I feel

Your Word is always real

If I am down You’ve words of hope

And when I’m up You’ve words of praise

When I can’t trust You’ve words of faith

And when I sin You’ve words of grace

Thank You for providing me

With Your Word which I can read.

 

2/27/2006

 

Proverbs 30:5

Every word of God is tried: He is a shield unto them that take refuge in him.

 

 

My Bible reading this morning was a Psalm of lament.  I am very joyful and reading this psalm on this morning proved to be quite difficult.  I could not relate to it.  There have been times in my life when all I wanted to read were the psalms of lament and desperation.  There are also psalms of praise and rejoicing.  What tender love God has to include a full range of emotions in His written Word.  It doesn’t matter what my emotion or problem, someplace in the Bible is God’s word which will speak to my heart, mind and spirit.

 

 

July 20, 2008

Walk the Path

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Walk the Path

 

When I find I must walk a path I do not want to walk

I think about the path my Lord and Savior had to walk

I hear him plead to Father God, “Is there no other way?

I don’t want this, but even so, I’ll go if You say so.”

 

I think how it was just for me He had to walk His walk

He had no sin; it was my sin that caused God’s Son His walk.

So it’s with tears, I cry to God, “I do not like my path.

But if You choose to leave me here, I’ll walk while I have breath.

 

Though I would like to know, “Why me?  Why must I walk this path?”

I choose to trust Your wisdom, God, and trust You’ll light my path.

I know You know my tears that flow from pain upon this path

don’t hide from You the joy I have for Your Love lights this path.

 

My sister, Dib, I pray for you each night when I’m in bed.

Your mind’s confused and you would choose to walk a different walk.

You think you must do all the things you did before this walk

You cry, “Lord, why?  Please take me back to how I was before?”

 

But we’re not here to do the things we think that we must do.

We’re here to learn to love our God and love each one we meet.

Part of love is to be loved, and now, Dib, its your turn

to let the ones God brings your way learn how to love and pray.

 

So when you think of looking back, read Matthew, chapter 6

What’s past is past; tomorrow’s not, the only time is now.

Don’t worry what tomorrow brings or what you used to do.

Just take this day, a gift from God, that’s all He wants of you.

 

Ginger Chapman

February 8, 2008

July 17, 2008

The Wilderness

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The Wilderness

 

The wilderness is rugged,

I feel so cold and lone.

My eyes look back to Egypt

where I felt at home.

But Jesus Lord, my Master

had a plan for me,

He kicked me out of Egypt,

so He could set me free.

 

How long must I wander?

Lord, do You hear my groans?

Your fire it is burning,

I don’t think I’ll last long.

Yet, my Lord, I trust You.

Strengthen my weak faith.

A vessel you will make me

when all my bars You break.

 

Lord, my God, the river,

I know it’s down this road.

Take my hands and lead me

down this rugged road.

Your crystal goblet make me.

Praise God, I’m free from Sin.

Fill me, Lord, and use me

so others may come in.

 

Prayer:  Father God, as You lead me up and down the mountains and through the wilderness of spiritual growth, help me to have an open mind, heart and spirit to the lessons You have for me.  Bring me into the oneness Jesus prayed for us to be.  I give You myself,  Mold and shape me into Your image through me to all those I meet on my path.

 

 


The Wilderness

 

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:7-11

 

            When they first stepped into the wilderness the Hebrew children were a short walk from the Promised Land.  Why did they have to wander for forty years?  The moment we ask Jesus Christ to save us and be Lord of our life we are a short walk from the Promised Land.  Why do we have to wander so long before we can come into a real relationship with Him?

            Living in such an intellectual time it seems we should be able to learn all we need from reading the Bible and from the testimonies of other great saints.  Surely we are smart enough not to make the same mistakes others made.

            Just as a muscle cannot grow without exercise, our spirit needs exercise to grow.   Walking through life in openness to God will bring about this growth.  We must each take our own walk in spiritual growth.  We cannot know God personally through someone else’s experience.  We must taste and see for ourselves in order for God’s love to become a reality in our life.

            This book is a collection of poems and writings intended for the encouragement of the saints who are walking through their wilderness.  Though many of the chapters relate to physical suffering, each one deals with a lesson that each traveler needs to learn sometime during life’s journey to the Promised Land.

            I pray that you will reflect on this journey in prayer and commit to God your willingness to walk through the wilderness with Him.  The Hebrew children did enter the Promised Land and you will also.

July 16, 2008

Trusting

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Trusting

 

Trusting You, I now can do

With all my heart and mind

I need no longer understand

The paths You put me on

But trusting You with those I love

Is something I yet lack

Although I know You love them more

And will not turn Your back

 

Help me, Lord, trust You more

With children dear to me

As I pray, remind me, Lord

You love them more than me

Help me not insist You work

The way I think You should

Lord I thank You that You love them

Much more than I every could.

 

2/26/2006

 

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding

 

 

 

I have learned to trust God by walking through the fiery furnace of life.  He has always been faithful to my every need.  He has brought me through the valley of the shadow of death and up on the top of the highest mountain many times.  It is now a natural choice to trust Him with all that happens in my life.  Trusting God with all that happens in the lives of my children is much harder.  It hurts deeply to watch my children suffer through their problems.  It’s hard not to give them my own solutions.  My head knows God has each of them in the palm of His hand.  They each know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  I force myself to choose to trust God with their lives.  I choose to believe He will bless them through the valleys of the shadow of death and up on the tops of the highest mountains just as He has me.  I love my children and want for them the relationship I have with my Lord.  With continued practice, my trust of God with my children will become more natural. 

 

Prayer

 

Lord, I thank You for the privilege of raising such beautiful children.  I know they belong to You and I trust Your best for each of them.  Help me resist the temptations to take them back into my own hands.

July 15, 2008

Thankful Prayer

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Thankful Prayer

 

Father when I pray to You

There’s many things I say

I ask You for the things I want

And pray for friends in need

Sometimes I cry and throw a fuss

When things aren’t as I want

I forget to give You thanks

For giving me my life

 

Father, when I pray to You

Let it be in thanks

Thankful for You holding me

Safely in Your hand

Let me always thankful be

For You have set me free

Change my attitude to praise

For all You send my way.

 

2/25/2006

 

Philippians 4:6

In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 

“In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving…”   I’ve never really noted the words “with thanksgiving.”  That puts quite a different slant on my conversations with God.  I’ve sent many a prayer of supplication in an attitude of complaint and murmuring.    I have no trouble being thankful when I have nothing but praises, when everything seems to be going my way.  What a difference it would make to always be thankful.  There’s no reason not to be.  My name is written in God’s book of life.  He is in control of my life and nothing can ever separate me from His love.  I must choose to be thankful by keeping my eyes on eternity and not blowing up the importance of the moment in my time and space.

 

Prayer

 

God, forgive me for the attitudes of complaints and help me dwell in the attitude of thanksgiving in all things.

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