Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2009

Love Received

Eph. 3:19  and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.

 The amount of love Christ has for us is really beyond our knowledge and comprehension.  We are too full of sin and self-doubt to be able to accept, let alone comprehend such pure and total love.  To start receiving His love, we must accept His love as being unconditional and undeserving.  Love is not something to be earned though we, as humans, expect our love to be earned, deserved or warranted.  Love is a gift given by the one who loves.  To be realized, it must be accepted in the same way it is given, a gift with no strings attached, no requirements, just a gift from the giver regardless of our reaction or response.  To realize Christ’s love, we must first accept it as a fact with our brains.  Reading what He has done for us in the Bible and listening to what He does for others through their testimonies will help with our head knowledge.  We must also acknowledge our unworthiness of such love yet acknowledge our need and confess our willingness to receive His love.  The Holy Spirit will work in us to make all this possible.

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May 30, 2009

God Rejoices Over Us

 

Zep 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.   He will take great delight  in you, he will quiet you with his love,   he will rejoice over you with singing.”

 Wow!  What beautiful promises.  God is with us and has all the power necessary to save us.  He delights in us.  Sometimes, when I see how we act, it amazes me that He could ever delight in us.  If we allow Him, when we are scared or upset, He will quiet us with His love.  And then He really blows my mind away; He rejoices over us with singing.  Have you ever rejoiced over anyone with singing?  What love He has for us.  Thought questions:  how do we respond to such love?

May 29, 2009

Witness

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses  in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When we allow Jesus to enter our hearts we receive the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit Who gives us the power to live according to God’s commands.   God created us to fellowship with Him.  He want all of His creation to fellowship with Him and it is through the power of His Holy Spirit that we are able to testify of God and witness throughout the ends of the earth.  Without the power of the Holy Spirit our witness is powerless.

May 28, 2009

Created

Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created

This is the start of God’s written word. In the beginning God created.. That is where we must all start. We must come to God through His only begotten (not created) Son, Jesus Christ. We are God’s creation by physical birth. We become God’s adopted children through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is only through accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives that we can become children of God. That is where we start. That is only a start. As children of God we grow in Him through the gift of His Holy Spirit. Many of us stop with our re-birth through Jesus and don’t allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into a more mature relationship with our Father. We all receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. We must learn to allow Him to work within us. Welcome Him into your life and grow into Oneness with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

May 27, 2009

Worship the Lord

 

Ps 29:1 –2 Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory   and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

 How often have you said, “I’m too tired or sick or busy to worship God today?”  There have been many day I have felt too sick or tired or thought I had more I had to do that day than I had time to do but, to worship God is not a suggestion.  It is a command from God.  So, I start out half-heartily worshiping Him.  If it is in church, my eyes and mind might be on how someone is dressed or how they sing rather than on God.  But, as I allow myself to continue going through the motions of worshiping and I real in my thoughts onto what I am saying or singing, I capture my mind onto God and away from the distractions of others.  Eventually, I find I am worshiping Him and I also find I am feeling better because my mind is off myself and on to my God and my King.  It is not what we feel like that determines our worship of God.  It is the splendor of His holiness.

May 24, 2009

Approaching God’s Throne

 

2Ch 26:18 they confronted him and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD God.”

 Uzziah had much pride and decided he could do whatever he wanted.  He had also been unfaithful to God.  Because of this, God would not honor Uzziah’s prayers or sacrifices.  When we approach God in praise, worship or prayer we must check our hearts.  We must humble ourselves and confess our sins before we can approach His throne of grace.  Confession is something we must do daily, even multiple times daily.  We confess wrong actions, wrong words and actions not done and words not spoken.  After confession we can approach the throne of God with confidence He hears us and will answer.

May 23, 2009

The Lens

 

Ge 1:12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds I and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 

 My husband recently gave me the camera I’ve been wanting for a long time.  I happened to bring it to me when I went to church to practice for Sunday morning worship.  In the front yard of a church is a magnolia tree in full bloom.  I decided to take a picture of one of the lower blossoms.  When I got home I downloaded it on the computer and was delighted to see a bee in the bloom and could even see the veins in the leaves of the bloom.  I did not see this as I was photographing.  This was the picture seen by the lens of the camera and then conveyed to me on review.  So often this is how we see the spiritual things of our lives.  We are so occupied with the task at hand, we often miss what God wants us to see until we reflect on it later and find we missed something special.  We must learn to look at things through the “lens” of God’s spirit.

May 22, 2009

Heal Our Land

2Ch 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Are you a Christian? If you are, you are called by God’s name. His instructions here are to humble yourself which means to confess and ask forgiveness for your personal sins, and then to pray earnestly to Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to enable you to turn back from your sins and to help you pray. He will forgive our sins. Then we must pray for our land: the people in it and the leaders who lead it. We must be as specific as we can, praying for individuals and for things that are set before congress for votes. Our prayers are the strongest, mightiest weapons on the face of this earth. Our prayers are stronger than any ego in government. It is past time for us to get on our knees and pray for the United States of America, founded by Christians for a Christian nation who would honor God, the Creator.

May 21, 2009

A New Song

 

Ps 33:1-3 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

 When our oldest daughter was a toddler she sang all the time.  She sang about anything and everything.  She would sing about singing.  She would even sing about going potty and making a “stinky”.  That might be following God’s word about singing a new song a little far, but I would encourage you to try singing throughout your day.  It does not have to sound good.  It doesn’t have to be in key or in a certain rhythm.  It just has to be words from the heart sung to our Father, God, Creator.  If you know how, you can even play an instrument with a new song.  It can even be using a kitchen spoon and beating out a rhythm on a saucepot while singing words of praise and joy.  It is a beautiful day to lift your spirits when you are tired or a little depressed.  Give it a try.  Sing a new song unto your Lord, today.

May 20, 2009

Revival

 

Ps 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 Our church has just finished a 3-day revival.  Many church people don’t like the word “revival” and see no need to have one.  Just like a good night’s sleep is important to our body, a revival is important to our spirit.  Revivals do not question your salvation or your commitment or your love for God, they give you mega doses of spiritual vitamins to strengthen and refresh you.  We all need our times of refreshing.  Even Jesus needed those times and would withdraw to be re-energized by His Father.  Next time you hear of a church having a revival, take some time out and let God refresh your spirit.

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