Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 28, 2009

Memorizing Scripture

Psa 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

 In children’s Sunday school we are learning to memorize scripture.  I demonstrated some scripture songs to show them how they could learn in a fun and easy way and then we made up a tune to that week’s scripture verse.  That same day I was invited into the adult Sunday school class to demonstrate scripture songs.  I challenged them to make up a tune to go with a scripture verse they wanted to memorize that week.  Memorization is the way to hide God’s words in our hearts.  Music makes an easy way for most people to memorize.  The rhythm and tune helps jog our memory of the words.  Why not give it a try.  It can be an original tune or a tune you already know that just seems to fit the words you are trying to memorize.  Join Paul’s exhortation to Timothy:

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

September 27, 2009

Be Holy

1 Peter 1:15-16 But just as He Who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: “Be holy, because I Am Holy.” Wow! What a command. I am a sinner saved by grace. How can I possibly be holy? What is holiness? God’s holiness is His total freedom from anything evil. There is no darkness, sin or evil in God. Because of His holiness, He demands us to be holy. For us sinful children there are two types of holiness. We have the holiness in our acceptance and belief in Jesus Christ Who shares God’s holiness. We are also to have a holiness, which we work for. We work for it by learning to hate all sin within us and working to be obedient to all God’s words. Praise God for His gift of the Holy Spirit Who can work out the sin in us and work in God’s holiness. This is part of the meaning of James where he writes, “faith without works…” (James 2: 14-26) We must work to become holy. We must desire to become holy not because that would make us victorious over sin but because that will show God’s victory over our sin. If you really love Him with your whole heart, mind and strength, roll up your sleeves and get to work. Recognize all sin as sin within yourself, study His word, spend time in prayer (don’t forget the listen part) and grow into all God has created you to be.

September 26, 2009

Sin is sin

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Sin is any disobedience to God’s laws, which are found in His written word, the Holy Bible. There are laws in the Bible written by man for the times and the culture. We must discern correctly between these laws. Only man puts a rating system on sin. Man thinks some sins are not as bad as other sins and should be overlooked. God sees sin as sin and abhors all sin. Rationalization or saying the end justifies the means or saying we are still growing in that area do not justify the sin and make it any less in God’s eyes. All sin must be confessed. After confession and receiving God’s forgiveness, we must ask His Holy Spirit to empower us to stand our ground against a repeat. This takes determination, discipline and responsibility on our part. Let us quit “white-washing” our “little” sins, as there are no “little” sins. Let us acknowledge sin as sin and confess and move on into holiness under God.

September 25, 2009

When It Is Too Much

Ro 8:26 -27 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.   And he who searches our hearts  knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes  for the saints in accordance with God’s will.

It is incredibly hard to watch someone you love go through a difficult time and not be able to help them; not be able to know what to say or do for them.  This is one time to allow the Holy Spirit to pray through you.  Weep or groan or whatever but before the Lord our God.  Cry out to Him to help, to direct, to do whatever necessary to bless and help your loved one through their difficult situation.  We may not know what to do for them but God does know.  Release them to Him to work out His will and pleasure in their lives.  Then be sure to thank Him for the answered prayer.  This is the step of faith.  He has promised to answer our prayers and we must choose to trust His timing and His way of answering.

September 24, 2009

Comtemplative Prayer

I see several of you have not given up on my returning to writing devotions.  I can’t guarantee to be back daily but I will be back.  The Lord has been reminding me of contemplative prayer.  In Matthew 14:23 we read, “After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone . ”  There are many reference to Jesus doing this.  I used to wonder what He could pray about all night long when I learned about contemplative prayer.  That is when you get before God and listen.  You do not ask for things, you listen with paper and pin in hand (for me).  Sometimes you bask in the reality of His very real Presence.  Sometimes He speaks words of encouragement or comfort.  Sometimes He speaks words of direction and inspiration.  John Wesley was a practicer of contemplative prayer.  The more he had to do in a day, the earlier he got up to spend time in prayer.  I asked our prayer group this past week to try it.  Set the timer for five minutes so you don’t need to worry about the time and take that time to be quiet and listen.  Don’t be concerned about thoughts that enter your mind.  Don’t dwell on them.  Write them down and move on to hear more.  Five minutes, at the start, will seem like a long time.  In our day and age, we get nervous about silence.  We are so accustomed to noise be it music, TV, traffic, etc.  The noises drown out the still, quiet voice of our God.  Give it a try for a week.  You will probably want to increase your time after that.  You will be in my prayers.

 

 

 

 

Mt 14:23

After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. j When evening came, he was there alone,

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