Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 28, 2009

My Strength

Psa 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

 

We are raised to be independent and do things in our own strength.  God created us to be co-dependent on Him and to have fellowship with Him.  It is God’s strength that protects us from the fiery darts of Satan.  He is our shield.  Trusting in Him brings us help for the challenges and joy for our heart.  When has your heart last leapt for joy?  If it has been more than one day, your eyes aren’t focused on what the Lord is doing.  There is so much to give Him thanks for.  There is something new every day, yea even many times a day.  Ask God to focus your mind, eyes, heart and spirit on Him throughout the day that your joy may be full.

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February 27, 2009

Binding Satan

Rev 3:15-16

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm-neither hot nor cold-I am about to spit you out of my mouth

 

 I have a sermon on this.  These verses have always sobered me.  I’ve often wondered how we know when we are hot or just lukewarm.  Where is the cross over?  We have a covenant prayer group during lent season at our church.  We warned the members that when the actively follow God and the Holy Spirit is moving through them making a difference in other people’s lives, they can expect Satan to try to infiltrate their lives and give them problems.  I’ve walked long enough with the Lord that I know Satan has no power over me.  Satan knows it.  But, all of a sudden during our prayer time it hit me.  I do have a very week spot – my adult children.  And that is where Satan is hitting me for my boldness to spread God’s word, light and love.  One of our daughters and her family have been going through some really rough waters.  Even when the take the right steps, it seems for every step forward, they are pushed back  two steps.  We have concentrated on helping them physically and financially along with prayers, but, it didn’t occur to me to bind Satan from their lives.  This doesn’t mean all of our problems come from Satan’s interference in our lives.  A lot are of our own doing or the influence of a world separated from God.  We must pray for discernment.  Our daughter and her family also need to bind Satan and his inpact on them.  I expect to see God work in a wonderful, miraculous way through their lives now that we are binding the power of Satan from that family.  In Matthew 16:17 we read:  whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

This includes binding Satan and all his demons.  Get ready, daughter.  Things are about to change for you and your family.

February 26, 2009

Telling All

Psa 26:7

proclaiming aloud your praise and telling of all your wonderful deeds.

 

 

We are very quick to ask for prayer.  How often to we share the prayer answers?  How often do we tell others what God is doing in our life this very day?  Sometimes we are so busy we are unaware of God’s presence with us.  We are unaware of the wonderful deeds He does for us.  Ask Him to open your eyes and keep them open so you can see His work in and around you.  Then, be sure to tell others and give praises to God.

February 25, 2009

He Guides the Humble

Psa 25:9

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

 

 

Webster defines “humble” as “marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful;”  If we are truly humble before our God, we are not demanding and we are truthful.  We acknowledge our need for God and His guidance.  How do we receive His guidance?  Mostly through the study of His written word, the Holy Bible.  This is our roadmap to this life path we are walking.  Using it every day will assure us of an abundant life.  We must study it and hide the words in our hearts and minds so we can access them in times of need.  Sometimes we act like a two year old wanting to do things “our way.”  This only leads to trouble later on.  Only God knows the way best for us.  Studying His Word and learning how to hear His still, quiet voice are as essential as oxygen in the air for our lungs.  Praise God for keeping us on the right way, His way.

February 24, 2009

King of Glory

Psa 24:9

Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.

 

Although David was referring to the temple gates and doors, this can also apply to us.  Are our heads lifted up to God or gazing at our navel (looking at ourselves)?  Are the doors of our minds and hearts open for the King of glory to come in?  We are consumed with busyness in today’s world.  Are we making time to commune with Him each day?  Are we making time to serve Him or are we too consumed with striving for worldly riches?  We must be careful not to close doors on the King of glory.  Like the virgins who kept their lights burning while waiting for bridegroom, we must keep our hearts and minds open and ready to receive all He has for us.  Let us be sure to keep watch.  The King of glory will come in.

February 23, 2009

Goodness and Love

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Sometimes we are so familiar with certain Scripture passages we fail to discern their meanings. Scripture is like an onion. There are layers of meaing that will fit any circumstance we face in this life. God has shown me a different meaning to this verse in this very familiar Psalm. What follows in the shadow of where I have walked? Do I leave a trail of goodness and love? As a child of God and His servant, it is my job to shed the goodness and love He give me to other I meet on my life’s journey. I need to watch what I do and say and be sure what I leave behind me reflects God’s goodness and love.

February 22, 2009

Lent

Psa 22:17 I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me.

This psalm is a prophecy about the crucifixion of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope you take time today to take out your Bible and read the entire psalm. Wednesday is the first day of Lent. This is a season of preparation, confession and cleansing. Many people give up something during Lent. That is a good thing if that giving up gives you more time to commune with God. It is also a good time to add something, such as daily Bible study, a more effective prayer life, a decision to help at least one person, maybe even a stranger, every day. Pray between now and Wednesday and ask God what you can do to make this season more meaningful to your spiritual life.

February 21, 2009

Exalted God

Psa 21:13

Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might.

 

 

Be exalted is defined: of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style.  We cannot exalt God.  He is exalted in His strength.  We can sing songs about exaltation and we can praise Him.  He is the highest in intellect.  He is the highest in creation.  He is the one worthy of praises.  It is His gift that allows and enables us to praise Him.  Praise Him is a privilege.   It is in praising Him that we find His joy flowing in us.  What a wonderful way to start and end our day giving praises to our Lord, God.

February 20, 2009

Successful Plans

Psa 20:4

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

 

 

Wow!  What a prayer blessing that is.  The desire of my heart is to reflect the love of God through me to others.  We’ve been caring for our 2 year old granddaughter and, after school, her other 4 siblings.  At our age, this can and is exhausting even thought all children are very well behaved.  When I read this psalm, even though David wrote it with a king in mind, it encourages me to push on.  Many times we are just physically tired and need encouragement to regain our momentum.  Psalms is a wonderful place to go.  In addition to the child-care our church has just been blessed with a wonderful gift of a new keyboard with an organ box.  There are two large instruction manuals.  The keyboard is not hard to master but the organ box is a new concept with all sorts of dials and buttons.  Some in the church are impatient to hear the new sound and are quick to complain.  Since my desire these next few weeks is to learn how to use this new organ box to it’s fullest and I know God wants a joyful noise, my discouragement which had me so low Wednesday night has turned to anticipation.  God has promised my plans will succeed.  What is left for me to do is roll up my sleeves and get busy with confidence and joy.  Thank You God for sustaining and encouraging me.

February 19, 2009

Our Words

Psa 19:14

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 

 

I always quote this verse before every sermon I preach.  I’m sure you’ve heard it often.  But this is a good verse to pray every morning as we arise from bed.  What a beautiful day it would be if every word we spoke and every thought we had during the day were pleasing to our God.  Sounds impossible?  Scripture says all things are possible through God.  We need to ask God to help us guard our words and thoughts throughout each day.  We need to reaffirm that during the day as many times as it takes.  Then, on our beds at night, we need to confess the words and thoughts we know would not be pleasing to God and ask for His power to move beyond them.

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