Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 20, 2009

Our Legacy

 

Ps 78:4 We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.

 

Are we passing on to our children and our grandchildren all the wonderful ways God has provided for us?  It is so important to share the wonders of God which we have seen with others.  This encourages their faith and help them to grow in the love and knowledge of God.  God is at work every day and there is something new to share everyday.  Be sure to pass His works on to your children and grandchildren.

April 19, 2009

Meditate

Ps 77:12 I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.

What a wonderful thing to do – meditate on all of God’s works and His might deeds. Just thinking of what He does in and through me today is a good bit to meditate on and to praise and thank Him. Apart from His work in and through me, I can do nothing of value. I am in awe at how He manages to work through such a sinful person as I. I stand in amazement that He, the God of all creation, loves me enough to send His Son, Jesus, to show me how to live and to die on the cross for my sins. What an awesome God.

April 18, 2009

God Judges

Psa 75:7 But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.

As humans, we are so prone to judge others. Judging others make us feel better about our own faults and failings. But Scripture says it is God who judges. When we find critical words coming out of our mouths we must stop the quickly and turn the words into positive words. Scripture also says we are to build up the saints –our fellow believers. We cannot do this through criticism. We need to release our sinful need of judging and critiquing to God and watch what He does.

April 17, 2009

Who Orders Our Day

Psa 74:16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. The Psalmist recognizes all time belongs to God. Do we recognize that today? We are so busy running around about other things. Do we ask God what we should be about each day and each night? God created us to have fellowship with Him. How often do we do that? These are questions each Christian must face with total honesty. Start making the practice of giving the day to God before you get out of bed in the morning. If you’re like me, you’ll have to re-new giving Him the day many times in the day. Days are so much better when ordered by God.

April 16, 2009

Seeking Counsel

 

Ps 73:24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.

 

The psalmist was accustomed to looking to God for counsel.  How often we created difficulties for ourselves by not seeking God’s counsel before we make a decision.  Prayer should be our first response to any situation.  A big part of prayer is listening to what God would say to us through His Holy Spirit.  He speaks through His written word, the Holy Bible, through the still, small, inner voice, through the mouths of others who know Him and, sometimes through circumstances like closing and opening doors for us.  We must be willing to listen and ready to hear.  Pray for God to open your ears, mind and heart to all He would say to you.

 

April 15, 2009

Our Adult Children

Psa 72:1

Of Solomon. Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.

 

 

This entire psalm is David’s prayer for his son, Solomon.  It is  wonderful prayer, asking God for blessings on Solomon and looking forward to David praising God before His throne while, at the same time, Solomon would praise God on this earth.  It is a gentle reminded for us, as parents, to pray for our children and their relationship, as adults, with God.  What a wonderful legacy to leave them – the legacy of parent praising God in heaven while the children praise God while still working on this earth. 

April 14, 2009

All the Day

Psa 71:8 Let my mouth be filled [with] thy praise [and with] thy honour all the day.

Wow! Let my mouth be filled with praise and words that honor God all day. Makes me stop to think. Has everything I said today been either praise to God or something that would honor Him? Have I passed on information about someone that I should have left unsaid? What about critical words or words said in anger or haste? There are many times I’ve let words slip out of my mouth that I wanted to take back. Oh God, help me to check with You before I speak. Let all the words of my mouth bring You honor and glory.

April 13, 2009

Rejoice and be Glad

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Psa 70:4 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation always say, “Let God be exalted!”

Our gladness is in seeking and exalting God. God created us for fellowship with Him and nothing else or no one else will ever be able to bring us the gladness fellowship with God can bring. I have learned when I am very tired, I revive quickly when I praise and worship God. Being in His presence energizes me. Being in His presence brings me joy and makes me want to rejoice even more. Easter is not just one day. The celebration of our resurrected Lord is for every day while we await His coming for His Bride, the church – us.

April 12, 2009

He Is Alive

Jhn 20:14-16

At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.  “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).

 

Mary did not expect to see Jesus alive again.  Therefore, when she looked at Him, she did not recognize Him.  But, when He said her name, she recognized His voice.  That is so true of us today.  There are many times we could see Jesus, in faces of believers, in nature, but we are not expecting to see Him so we miss Him.  It is sad that so many even miss Him when He calls.  They do not know the sound of His voice.  He said His sheep hear His voice and know it.  Start with hearing Him through Scripture, the Holy Bible.  Then, when you pray, practice listening and writing what you hear.  Gradually you will hear His voice and, with practice, will be able to recognize Him more quickly.

 

Have a Happy Easter and tell someone Jesus is alive.

April 11, 2009

The Day Between

Mat 27:62-66 The next day, the one after Preparation Day, the chief priests and the Pharisees went to Pilate. “Sir,” they said, “we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again. So give the order for the tomb to be made secure until the third day. Otherwise, his disciples may come and steal the body and tell the people that he has been raised from the dead. This last deception will be worse than the first.” Take a guard,” Pilate answered. “Go, make the tomb as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure by putting a seal on the stone and posting the guard. The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday was a Sabbath. The disciples were huddled together in fear. The religious leaders of the day were still afraid of Jesus. Even though it was the Sabbath, they went to Pilate to ask him to be sure the door to the tomb of Jesus was locked. You already know that the lock and soldiers couldn’t keep Jesus locked inside the tomb. Our hearts are like the tomb. We have areas or doors in us that we keep locked. Take time on this day – the day between the end of death and the beginning of resurrection – to ask God to reveal any locked doors within you and choose to open them to Him this day.

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