Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 30, 2009

Guard Our Hearts

 

Pr 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

 Guard our heart.  How do we do that?  By immersing ourselves in God’s word, the Bible and by prayer (2-way) with our God. We guard our heart by refusing to read or watch anything, which is contrary to God’s directions for us.  We are told to think on whatever is good, lovely, etc.  When I hear God’s name used in vain in a movie or TV show, it chills my heart.  I just want to walk away.  Walking away is guarding my heart.  As eyes can become used to darkness, we can become used to sin – anything that separates us from God.  Let’s stay in God’s Word and in our quiet times with God.  His Holy Spirit will help us guard our hearts and experience life abundant with God.

June 29, 2009

Many Children

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Pr 31:28 Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:

 

I am very blessed.  I have been caring for anywhere from one (age 3) to 5 (age 16) grandchildren.  This morning number 6 joined us (age 7).   As you can imagine, I will be quite busy so my devotions might not be daily.  Take advantage of this time and read some of the older devotions.  Take the scripture verse and read the entire chapter where the verse is located.  Read the cross-references and allow God to speak to you directly.  Enjoy your one on one time with your God.

June 28, 2009

Heaven’s List

 

The Holy Bible, New International Version

Rev 3:5

He who overcomes m will, like them, be dressed in white. n I will never blot out his name from the book of life, o but will acknowledge his name before my Father p and his angels. . Pradis CD-ROM:Rev 3:5. The Holy Bible, New International Version

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He who overcomes  will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life,  but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.

There is a book in heaven above

Two columns is its width

One column list the names of lost

My name was in this list.

One day at church a lady smiled

It made me pause to think

What does she have that I don’t have

What is there that I missed?

 

Then my eyes were opened wide

I saw a second list

This one had names that were found

A cross showed on this list

And as I bowed in awe and prayed

I saw blood shed for me

And a pierced hand scratched me from lost

My name’s on the found list.

 

I stand amazed at how much love

It took to cleanse my sin

And move my name from lost to found

On God’s most precious list.

Then I saw the tears He shed

For names on that lost list

I prayed, “Lord, use me as You will

To add to Your found list.

 

My friend, if you don’t know the cross

Stained by the blood of Christ

Your name is on God’s list of lost

Just bow before the cross

When you ask God’s only Son

To free you from your sin

You’ll find His pierced hand move your name

From lost to God’s found list.

June 27, 2009

Priorities

 2Ti 2:15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

 There are many needs in our world today.  The biggest need is God and the only way God will be in this world is through His only Son, Jesus Christ.  Today’s church and the church members have let their knowledge of the gospel grow cold.  The Gospel of Jesus must be preached, sung, prayed shared and taken out of the church to the homes, the neighbors, the work place, the towns, cities, states, nations and people.  The gospel gives us our creator’s instructions for living, working and everything we were created to do.  It tells us how to avoid evil and how to be full of health and joy.  For this we need to immerse ourselves.

 We can’t live it if we don’t know it.  We must study it on our own and with otherr4s.  With others involves church services, Sunday school and other Bible Study groups.  The more often we are together the more immersed we can become.  None of this will occur if we do not desire it.  Just as you cannot get your body into shape without discipline, you cannot get your spirit, and thus your body, soul and mind into shape without the discipline of the gospel.  When you hear a sermon you should always be able to take something out of it to apply to your life, when you open the Bible and study a passage you should always come closer in knowledge and relationship to God.  Our thirst for God should be more than our thirst for food or drink or any other material thing created by God.

 As you meditate today, measure your life against the gospel.  You might want to ask yourself the following questions:

            How often do you speak of the things of God?

            How often do you share His Gospel with others?

            How often do you assemble with other believers?

            What is your goal for the day, the week, the month, the year, your life?

            What consumes most of your thoughts?

            What consumes most of your time?

             Who do you spend your time with?

 We each miss many opportunities to grow closer to God and know Him better.  We all miss opportunities to share God with someone who doesn’t know Him.  Let’s try to take better advantage of those opportunities.  Know, share and live His Gospel.

June 26, 2009

Praise in Any Situation

Psalm 78:45,46  He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labor unto the locust.

 So often when difficult times come our way, whether financial, weather, health, etc. we murmur and complain and ask where is God?   Corry Ten Boone had the answer to the flea infestation in their crowed bunkhouse in a Nazi prison camp.  She said the fleas were keeping the guards out and enabling them to study the Bible they were able to smuggle in.  She said to praise God for the fleas.

 We find it hard to praise God for major problems and minor inconveniences and irritations as well.  We need to learn to look up and ask God what He has for us in each situation.  A change of heart and attitude brings a new and fresh perspective to any situation. 

Psalm 78:45,46

He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them. He gave also their increase unto the caterpillar, and their labor unto the locust.

 

So often when difficult times come our way, whether financial, weather, health, etc. we murmur and complain and ask where is God?   Corry Ten Boone had the answer to the flea infestation in their crowed bunkhouse in a Nazi prison camp.  She said the fleas were keeping the guards out and enabling them to study the Bible they were able to smuggle in.  She said to praise God for the fleas.

 

We find it hard to praise God for major problems and minor inconveniences and irritations as well.  We need to learn to look up and ask God what He has for us in each situation.  A change of heart and attitude brings a new and fresh perspective to any situation.

June 24, 2009

Jonah Attitude

Jonah 4:1-2 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry. He prayed to the LORD, “O LORD, is this not what I said when I was still at home? That is why I was so quick to flee to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God; slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.

We, as humans, are very self-centered. We enjoy seeing others get in trouble or paying for their mistakes. It makes us feel better about ourselves. This was true with Jonah. He knew God was compassionate and slow to anger and had a strong idea God would forgive Nineveh and resend the calamity He wanted Jonah to announce. That feeling is common among children siblings. They are quick to “tattle” because they like to see someone else get into trouble. God said we are to put away childish things and this feeling is definitely childish. We should rejoice when people turn away from their sins, their wrong ways, confess to God and try to walk in His righteousness. God loves our fellow man just as much as He loves us. Jesus said we are known to be His by the way we love one another. Lets be encouraging to others and rejoice with them and for them.

June 23, 2009

Receiving Directions

Psalm 78:14

In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.

 Have you had to make a decision and whished God would send a cloud or a light of fire to show you the way?  Well, He has done that.  He has given us His written Word, The Bible to direct us.  He has also given us His Holy Spirit to speak with us.  His Holy Spirit will not yell.  He has a still, quiet inner voice within us.  It is up to us to learn to listen and respond to His quiet leadings and promptings.  This takes practice.  Sometimes we might hear amiss but our mistakes are never as big as God’s ability to redeem them.  Study His Word and take time to listen after prayer.  He says “My sheep know my voice.”  Have you learned His voice?  If not, ask Him to help you learn to listen.

Share Our Faith

Mt 28:19-20  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, g  baptizing them in  the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 So many Christians don’t know how to share their faith.  They think preachers and missionaries should be the ones to do it.  We don’t have to be a Bible scholar, a preacher or a missionary to share what is important to us.  We are sharing our faith by the way we act and speak.  We share our faith waiting in a long line at a cash register by how we wait and how we react with the cashier when we finally get our turn.  We share our faith by the way we drive.  Everything we do and say is an opportunity to share our faith.  We share our faith on Sundays when our neighbors see us get into our car to go to church.  We share our faith at restaurants or fast food places by holding hands and asking God to bless the food.  Many times I have stood in Wall-mart praying for a friend who was distraught with a problem.  We can share our faith with a needed smile, handshake or hug.  We need to remember, people are always watching and listening to us.  So is God, our Father.  Let’s be sure what we say and do shares our faith in a way that invites others to want the same faith.

June 22, 2009

Thirsty

Psalm 42:1

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

 A thirsty deer will go after the water regardless of obstacles or danger.  How much do we seek after God?  Do we seek him by delving into His Word?  Do we seek Him through frequent times of prayer and meditation?  Where does our seeking Him come into play with all the other things we seek?  Do we say we’re too busy to go to church, study the Bible or pray?  We know where our heart is by our priorities.  God created us to have fellowship with us.  Are we responding to our Creator?  Every so often, we need to take stock of our priorities.  Even if we aren’t aware of it, our soul does thirst for God.

June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day

 

Ro 8:15-16  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”   The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

 On Father’s Day we take time to honor our earthly fathers and think about the fathers who have passed on.  Hopefully, you have a Father even more important than your earthly father.  If you have received the Holy Spirit by accepting Jesus, the only Son of God by birth, you have been adopted as “sons” (or children) of God and may address Him as “Abba”, or Father.  If you have this privilege, be sure to take time today to thank Him for adopting you into His family.  As I have written in an earlier devotion, we are only God’s creation until we come to Him through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  Not only should we thank Him today, we should thank Him and praise Him every day.

 Happy Father’s Day, God my Father.  Thank You for loving me.

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