Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2009

Delight in the Law of the Lord

Psa 1:2

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

 

 

Is your delight really in the law of the Lord?  The law of God is contained in the Holy Bible.  Do you mediate on it day and night?   If you don’t read and study the scriptures, you cannot know the law of the Lord.  When you do read and study the scriptures and learn to practice the law of the Lord, you will learn to delight in it.  I call the Holy Bible, “the Manufactures Manuel.”  In it you find the best laws for a full abundant life, the first being
”Love the Lord your God with all your might and all your strength.”  Meditating on the word you read brings deeper meaning for where you are in your walk at this time.  What joy it is to have the God of the universe give us direction for our lives.  He alone sees how the past, present and future fit into our life and He alone knows the best steps for us to take.  What joy it is not to have to fret or worry about the future.  Take time each day to read a little of God’s Holy Word and mediate on what you read throughout the day and night.

January 30, 2009

To Laugh or Cry

 

In Ecclesiastes we read that there is a time for everything under God’s purpose – including a time to laugh and a time for weeping.  Romans 12:15 says, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” (NAS).  Someone who made light of our suffering has hurt most of us at some time.  Is there ever a time to laugh with those who weep?

 

Familiar is the saying “Laughter is ht best medicine.”  While I cannot agree that laughter is the best medicine, when applied at the right time and in the right way, it can certainly be a tremendous help in the healing process.  Applied the wrong way and at the wrong time it can make a person feel guilty, unloved, put down, unaccepted, etc.  How do you determine when to cry with someone you love or when to encourage him or her with laughter?

 

When most people first encounter a negative situation, which brings suffering and/or depression, there is usually an initial period of time of shock and an inability to really be in touch with their feelings or their thoughts.   Very seldom would this be an appropriated time for laughter.  As time progresses and the initial shock has worn off there may really be a need not to take the situation so seriously.  How can an outside (defined as anyone outside of the person himself) discern when enough time ahs lapsed or the person is too serious?  No one really knows that except God.  Without a time of intercessory prayer and a willingness to be sensitive, we have no right to attempt to change the way a person feels.  If we have been interceding for the one suffering and he is confident of our love and acceptance, then not only will our weeping with him be a comfort. But our laughter will be accepted as coming from joy in God and not insensitivity to the struggles he feels.

 

Yes, we are to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep, but sometimes we are also to laugh with those who weep.  Emotions do not always match the situations. Don’t try to box them in any more than you should try to box God.  Pray, discern, be sensitive and allow your feelings to be seen in your actions and emotions.

January 29, 2009

Idenity

Gen. 1:26 Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…'”

 

            So often I have watched my children struggle with a task too difficult for them.  When they were young, they usually allowed me to assist them and teach them how best to do it.  When they became confident in who they are as individuals they will again allow me to assist them, but during the in-between years, they would rather struggle than allow me to help.  It is very frustrating to now the answer and have the power while you must stand by and watch someone struggle.  It takes great love to stand aside quietly and be willing and ready to give assistance when asked without saying, “You should have asked earlier” or “I knew you couldn’t do it.”

            Imagine the tremendous frustration, love and patience God has as He watches us.  Here is an all-knowing, all-powerful Father Who had unlimited resources for His children.  All we have to do is ask Him to release His power of knowledge and it is ours.  Yet most of us still live in the in-between years.  We are no longer all-trusting babes.  Neither are we sure who we really are.  In our search for identity we fall into the world’s snare of independence.  We look for our identity within our own abilities and achievements

            We forget that we have been created in the image of our Father.  Our identity is in Him.  It is by looking to Him, seeing Him and knowing Him that we can come to see and know ourself.  The more we look to Him, see Him, and know Him, the more confident we will become in who we are in Him.  The more confident we are of who we are in Him the more we will release Him to let all He has flow to and through us.  His work is already finished.  All answers and power are already there.  We only need to come to the place where we can release them into our time and space.

            Push on with me.  Let us discover ourselves by looking to our Creator/Father and freeing Him to give us what He already has for us.

January 28, 2009

Holiness

Holiness

 

You shall be holy unto Me, for I the Lord am Holy.  What is “holiness”?  How can we, mortal man born in sin, possibly be holy?  Surely God does not really mean this.  Surely God would not command us to be something we cannot be.

 

No, God does not command us to be something we are not.  Yes, God does really mean just what He says, “Be ye holy as I Am Holy.”

 

The Greek word from which “holy” is derived means consecration to God.  To be consecrated to someone or something means to be totally set-aside for that person or thing.  In and of ourselves through our natural birth, we cannot be any more than fleshly, sinful beings.  That sinful nature received in that birth is replaced by our spiritual birth when we invite Jesus into our life as Lord and Savior.  At this time, God recons our old sinful nature as dead and gone and see us, through the blood of Jesus, as Holy and Perfect in Him.

 

Why do we not see this evidenced in our lives?  We do not reckon our old nature dead.  We have grown accustomed to that nature to the point of fondness and do not want to turn it loose.  We rationalize that it’s not really all that bad.  We think if we discipline our actions to appear “good” all is well within.

 

God says our “good works are as filthy rags.”  We think our actions can form who we are.  God says our actions will be an outflow of who we are.

 

Can we be “Holy” while we hang on to even one small part of our original nature?  No.  Holiness is without sin.  Sin is not an action – actions are a result o sin.  Sin is separation from God.  If we allow any part of our old nature to remain, it takes the pace of where God’s holiness wants to reside.

 

God says, “You cannot serve two masters.”  We are either His or not.  We are either for Him or against Him.  There is no halfway or any fraction of the way possible.  There is no gray.  We are either holy or sinful.

 

We cannot desire to become holy until we see we are not holy.  Stand against the fear with which Satan would threaten you and ask God to show you your filthiness.  It will hurt but pain is part of the process of healing.  Look at your filthiness in God’s eyes and determine to have no more to do with that nature.  Then free God to put your sinful nature to death and to work in you His holiness.  This is not a short, one-time process.  This is something that must be walked out in God’s way and timing.  This is something, which you must be willing to co-operate with Him and have Him accomplish.

 

We can be holy unto Him if we would set our minds to trust His wisdom and love and release to Him control over every part of our being.  He will not do it for us.  He will do it in us.  To do something for someone does not always take their direct participations.  To do something within someone cannot be done without their involvement.

 

Allow God to show you your filthiness until it really makes you  “sick”, until you cannot gear to walk on in like manner, but desire to repent as much as your lungs desire air.  When you allow God to bring you this low, your great desire to be holy will enable you to walk out the dying process making room in your mortal body for the eternal, holy, being god desires to create in you.

January 27, 2009

Old Wine Skins

“Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”  Matt 9:17

 

 

Old Wine Skins

 

            Change is a very hard thing for many people.  We tend to form habits easily but have a hard time breaking them.  We feel security and safety in tradition  We are prone to seek the familiar and comfortable.

            The Hebrew children fleeing Egypt across the wilderness had the same problem.  They did not want to stay under the cloud of God’s Spirit as it moved.  The unfamiliar wilderness made them forget the severe hardships of slavery in Egypt.  They had pleaded for God to release them from their bondage for generations, yet, when finally released, when asked to follow a new direction, they murmured and complained and wanted to return back to their bondage.

            This is still a problem today.  We tend to fall into bondage to the past.  God brings about new direction and we resist, even though we have continually asked for His direction.  Freedom is a scary thing.  We don’t know what limits their are.  We fear loss of security. 

            Freedom in the Spirit is a choice God give us to make.  We can choose to trust Him and be open to His new directions for us or we can set our heels in firmly on our ruts and resist to move forward with Him.  I’ve spent a lot of my walk with my heels sunk firmly in my ruts.  Praise God, He knew what was buried deep in my heart under my fears and insecurities that He kept pulling me down His new paths for me.  Eventually He allowed me to see my skid marks and understand my resistance.  Now the walk is so much easier and full of joy.  Even in the midst of battle there is nothing but peace and joy.  I would rather be fighting disease under God’s protection than to have a heelthy body in the midst of the bondage of slavery. 

            His path for each of us is special and made just for us.  He alone knows how we are formed and what we need to become a reflection of Him.  He send the right people into our lives to sand off our rough edges and give us His direction. 

            Get into your prayer closet and ask God to show you where your heels are entrenched.  Choose to will to allow Him to move you on down new paths under His cloud.  God will not choose for you.  He will enable you to follow through after you have chosen.  You will be in for new vistas you never dreamed possible.  You will come to know your heavenly Father in a much more intimate and complete way.  Your joy will be abundant.  “Let loose, let God.”

January 26, 2009

Send Someone

Romans 10:14 (SV) How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Nothing gets your attention faster than serious medical problems. After a series of major medical problems I wondered why I was still on this earth. What have I done for God? What was it God still wanted to use me for while here? Then I had a vision. I saw God’s tears. I saw the faces of loved ones and friends who weren’t walking with God. This really got me to thinking. Not only do I let God down when I don’t speak up, I am guilty of causing someone to miss eternal life with God. Why do I stay silent? Do my actions speak? Do my words speak? When a door is opened in conversation do I walk through in boldness? Why am I afraid to speak out? Why do I say I don’t want to offend or turn someone off? On judgment day, how many will point to me and say, “She never told us.” I know if I saw someone in physical danger I would do all within my ability to warn them or save them. Why don’t I do the same for those in eternal danger? God loves all of His creation. If I really love God, I will also love all of his creation. We are all called to be ministers of God’s word. We are all called to speak out. Prayer Father, forgive me for the times I’ve been afraid to speak up. Give me wisdom and boldness and love to speak when they are ready to hear and You are ready to speak.

January 25, 2009

Communion with God

Scripture reading: Matthew 6:6-15

 

            Have you given yourself  time to learn the “art” of praying unceasingly?  Prayer is communion with God.  Jesus said, “Unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3 (NAS).  After you took the step of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, did you allow yourself to become a child?

            A small child talks to his parents unceasingly.  He asks about everything   He thinks out loud.  Have you become a little child with your Father?

            Talk to Him all day every day.  If you are alone, talk out loud.  If others are present, talk silently.  Tell Him how you feel, what you think, what you’re doing.  Ask Him what you should do next.  Tell Him about your family, your friends, your concerns.  Be sure you also allow your Father time to talk to you.  He not only wants to tell you what to do, He wants to share His thoughts, feelings and concerns with you.

            Be ready as a small child to be spontaneous in your reactions to the One you love.  Be open in simple trust.  You cannot build a relationship with someone you don’t know.  Allow your Father to show you how well He knows you and loves you.  As He reveals yourself to you, He will also reveal Himself to you.

            Practice this art of communion with God.  Get serious with Him and allow Him to get serious with you.  You will be joyfully surprised and delighted with the process of your union with God.

 

Prayer: Father, teach me to keep my thoughts on You.  Teach me to talk to You about everything and everyone.  Teach me to give You time to talk back to me.  Help me release Your Spirit within me to pray when my mind must be about other things so that all my thoughts will be on Your foundation.

January 24, 2009

Stone and a Slingshot

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1sa 17:40 (SV)

And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in the shepherd`s bag which he had, even in his wallet; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine.

 

Stone and Slingshot

 

He was just a small young boy sent on a simple errand.  When David arrived to bring supplies and check on his older brothers he could not understand why no one would answer Goliath’s challenge.  What was different about the boy, David?   None of the men trained in warfare would face Goliath.  David had a gift of faith.  He knew he was of God’s chosen.  David knew if he walked according to the will of God, God would protect him.  He stepped out in faith and trust.  David did not wear man’s armor.  He knew that armor was not made for him.  He chose to wear God’s armor of faith.  He walked with calmness to face the giant.  He calmly picked out a few small stones.  Then David declared God’s power.  I too, can be like David.  Wherever, when ever and however God would use me, I can walk in faith.   He will equip me for the task at hand.  My job is to be willing to obey.  When I walk in obedience and faith I can leave the results to God.  The question is not the size of the task at hand.  God equips for every task regardless of size or difficulty.  The question is, am I willing to go, do and speak what He bids?  It only took a small stone and a slingshot in the hand of a boy to save a nation.  

 

Prayer

 

Father, help me stayed tuned to your voice and walk in immediate obedience to any task you have for me.  The size of the task is not the issue.  The act of obedience brings you glory.

January 23, 2009

Happy Birthday

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Isa 44:24

“This is what the Lord says– your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb: I am the Lord, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,

 

 

Today is my birthday and I marvel at the path God has walked with me.  Though I was raised to go to church, I didn’t really know Jesus as my Lord and Savior until my mid 30’s.  He has seen me through serious illnesses, cancer, and heart problems from the chemo and radiation, low times and high times.  He has blessed me with children and many grandchildren.  He has blessed me with His gift of preaching and teaching others to grow in Him.  Through the valleys and mountains, He has continued to draw me ever closer to Him.  I seldom reflect on the past for He has taught me to live in the moment.  I don’t worry about the future because I know that is securely in His hands.  I praise Him for the people He has put in my life.  I have a dear friend who is 108 years old.  She has shared many things with me.  The one, which had the most impact, was, “A day without learning something new about my Lord is a day wasted.”  That one sentence continues to motivate me to continue into the Scriptures and my prayer times with God.  It is so true, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.” Psa. 42:1

I have a passion to continually be aware of my God’s presence with me.  He is the Source of the ever full, abundant life I have and continue to live.  Thank You, God.  My prayer is for you to experience such passion for our God.

January 22, 2009

Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney

 

I have the power of attorney

to use my Master’s name.

He gives me full authority

to speak within His will

I only need speak in His name

then stand and watch in faith

as walls fall down and lives rise up

because of His saving grace.

 

 

John 14:14

If ye shall ask anything in my name, that will I do.

 

 

My parents gave me power of attorney for them.  This gave me the power to use their bank accounts, sell their possessions, accept or deny medical treatment for them or anything else in an legal capacity.  My signature had all the authority as theirs did.  When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, He gave me His power of attorney.  I have full authority to use His name.  I can speak the name of Jesus for healing.  I can speak His name for knowledge.  When I use His name I can rest in the fact that His power will overtake the situation.  What awesome power.  What awesome responsibility.  When I served my parents, I knew their will and only served to accomplish their will to their good.  My love for them would constrain me from using their power in any other way.  My love for Jesus keeps me from using His name for anything not according to His will.  I knew my parents will because we had talked and I had spent a life time of watching them.  I know the will of God because He gives it in His written word, the Bible.  I read and study it.  I also talk to Him and listen to what He says.  What love and trust He has in me.  I pray daily that I never let Him down.

 

Prayer

 

Thank You, Lord for entrusting me with the power of Your name.  Help me always hear Your will before I speak Your name. 

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