Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 27, 2009

TAKING A BREAK

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My readership is down so I am taking  a break to work on a book.  If I have enough comments on this break I will resume.  Keep up your daily communications with God and stay into His “Handbook” (the Bible)

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July 26, 2009

God’s Way, Not Ours

 

Jnh 4:1 But Jonah was greatly displeased and became angry.   

  Basically, Jonah was saying, if “You don’t do it my way I don’t want a part of it.”  God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn them.  Jonah knew if the citizens repented and turned to God He would not destroy them.  First Johan tried to run away from having any part in it.  God found Him and he was thrown into the sea and swallowed by a big fish.  Jonah went with an unwilling spirit (like the little boy who was told to sit down but said inside he’d be standing up).  Nineveh did repent and Jonah sulked.  We are so often like Jonah.  We have a preconceived idea of how things should be done or what should happen.  When it doesn’t, we either get angry at God or show anger by saying, “This is my ball and if you don’t play my way, I quit.”  God want us to be lovingly and trustingly obedient to all He says.  If we can’t follow Him in the little things, how will be following Him in the bigger things.  It is important to get into His word and learn what He wants and obey.  In proverbs, so full of wisdom, I have underlined in green highlighter what He says to do and in red highlighter what He says not to do.  It really helps for easy reviewing.  Let us resolve to learn to hear, know, trust and obey our God.

July 25, 2009

Power of God’s Word

 

Isa 55:11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty

Many years ago I was led to place a large print New Testament Bible at the front door of someone I only met once.  She had shared her husband had glaucoma and had limited vision.  I signed a note in the front of the book, “With love from Jesus.”  There was no way they could know who left the Book.  Several years later I had the Christian radio station on while painting the kitchen and heard a testimony from a man.  He said someone had left a large print New Testament Bible on his front door step, he read it and received Jesus as his Lord and Savior.   The opened up a Christian book store.  Several months later my door bell rang and this lady was at the door.  She said God “told” her I had left the book and wondered if she “heard” right.  I said I was the one who left it.  She shared they had passed the book to another couple who accepted Jesus as a result and traced the passing of the New Testament to five other couples who all accepted Jesus when they read it.  After that they lost track of it.  God’s Word does not return empty.  It is powerful.  We are to be obedient in small things and leave the rest to God.  Occasionally, He blesses us by allowing us to see some of the ripples of our obedience.  The occasional glimpse is encouraging to continue in obedience.  Too many “glimpses” might bring about a pride problem.

July 24, 2009

Start Praying

 

Col 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

 

Now that we have reviewed some of the stumbling blocks of prayer, what do we do next?  We determine to make a habit of prayer.  I have used the acronym of  ACTS when learning how to pray:

            A – adoration, I always start with words of love and praise to God

C – confession.  I confess my sins and ask Him to reveal anything that separates us

            T – thanksgiving.  I thank Him for blessings and for previous answers to prayer

            S – supplication.  I intercede for others and ask for wisdom and other needs

When we don’t know what to pray, we have a lot of prayers recorded in the Bible.  Psalms is a very good place to start.  Make a commitment today to pray at least 3 times at day and be sure to take time to listen after you pray.  He wants to talk to you.

July 23, 2009

The Bible

 

Pr 28:9 If anyone turns a deaf ear to the law, even his prayers are detestable.

 Indifference to God’s written word is another stumbling block for answered prayer. God gave us His written word so we can know Him and serve Him with our whole hearts and minds. Our ability and desire to maintain a close relationship with Him is hampered when we fail to read, study and meditate on His written Word.  This is as important to our spirits as eating food is to our bodies.  We cannot rest on the fact we have read the entire Bible through from front to back a few times.  Unless we have the entire Bible memorized we are not immersed in His word.  Let us be sure to read, study and meditate on at least a few verses of His word every day.  Several times a day would be even better.  The best vitamin would be to join a Bible study group.  There is much to be said for the encouragement of others.  Being held accountable helps us stay disciplined.

July 22, 2009

Giving

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Pr 21:13 If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.

Lack of generosity is another prayer stumbling block. God is a generous giver and He expects the same of us. What He gives us, He expects us to share with His other children. He doesn’t expect us to share just out of obedience but out of love with joyful hearts. This not only applies to our money and other material things. He also expects us to share the talents He has given us. For another reference see 1 Tim. 6:17-19. There is always a need to share food, school supplies and clothes. Maybe you can get into the habit of buying a few extra cans or packages of food and pass them on each week. When you buy a new piece of clothing, consider giving something you have, in good condition, to another who can’t buy new clothing. There are so many ways to share. We had a call in a church years ago to help a family furnish their house. A friend reached into her linen closet to get some old, worn sheets. As she pulled them out, she felt God say, “I give you My very best and all you can give Me is your worn out?” She put the worn out sheets back and pulled out a new set she had just bought. It changed her outlook on giving forever. Whether you are the giver or the receiver, it is all from God’s hand. Let it be a true reflection of Him.

July 21, 2009

Resentments

 

Mt 6:15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. 

 

Conflict in relationships is another deterrent to answered prayer.   Being resentful or argumentative with others will affect communication with the Father.  The word “others” is all inclusive: wife husband, child, sibling, and another church member, neighbor.  The list goes on and on.  So many of us carry another’s careless remarks on our shoulders, so to speak.  Carrying something on our shoulders will eventually weigh us down.  People speak without thinking.  We sometimes hear what they are saying in the wrong light or perceive what they are doing with our motives rather than theirs.  We are too easily hurt of put off with others.  I praise God He gives me more latitude with my speech, actions and thoughts than all those around me.  Let’s quit holding things against others.  If you’re like me, you have a full time with yourself and your own relationship with God to spend time judging or holding something against another.

July 20, 2009

Motives

 

Jas 4:3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, kthat you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

 

Wrong motives are another reason our prayers are not answered.  Why do we ask for the things we do?  Selfish desires won’t receive affirmative answers. God wants us to pray for His will to be done–not ours.  The best way to learn to pray God’s will is to pray scripture.  Pray your way through proverbs or pray the psalms.  Pray the prayer Jesus taught us.  Even when we pray for others, we must check our motives.  I’ve heard many prayers for others sound like a desire to manipulate another person.  Sometimes it’s hard to be honest with ourselves but, face it, God knows what is in our hearts and minds.

July 19, 2009

Prayer

Jn 14:14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.

Wavering faith. Doubts about God’s character or dependability diminish our trust in Him. Therefore, we must not allow feelings to dictate what we believe. This does not mean we can ask with presumption. We ask with confidence that God hears our prayers when we are living in obedience to His word. It is not our faith but God’s faith that works the miracles and result. We do our part by being obedient. The results are up to God. It is God we believe, not ourselves. There are other things, which can separate us from His power. We’ll look at them another day. Today, let us believe what He says and do what He says. “Love Him with all our hearts, minds and strength.”

July 18, 2009

Obedience

 

Lev 18:4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the LORD your God.

 We had a standoff with our 3-year-old granddaughter.  She kicked the dog and we told her not to kick the dog.  Then she moved closer and kicked the dog again.  We put her in her chair for a time out and she tried to get up and move her chair.  We sat her in her chair again and told her to stay there.  She faked a cry for a while.  We said she could get up after she told the dog she was sorry.  She kept saying, “NO!”  This went on for about 20 minutes before she was finally ready to tell the dog she was sorry.  That is so much like many of us with God.  We know His laws, His precepts we should live by, but so often we try to exert our own self-dependence and say “No.”  He tells us to obey and be careful to follow.  This is not because He wants to be bossy.  This is because He knows what is best and following Him will keep us out of trouble.  Let’s try to grow up from our 3 year old assertive stage and follow our Lord and King.

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