Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 29, 2009

Loking Back and Forward

Jn 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

 As 2009 ends and 2010 begins, many of us will take time to think back over the past year and wonder and make plans for the new year. The most important question is, “What about your life during the past year communicated the love of God to others?” The question for the next year, “How can you better show the love of God in your life to others you meet?” Love is expressed in many ways: a smile, a door held open, a phone call, a visit, an encouraging word.” The lack of love is also shown by what words come out of your mouth: a complaint, a bad word about someone else, gossip. Take time to reflect on the past year. Ask God to show you how you can better show and share His love with others during the next year. Let all people know you are His disciple by the way you show love for another.

December 26, 2009

Blessed are the Meek

Mt 5:5 Blessed are the meek,

So often this verse is misunderstood. The problem is in the word “meek.” Many think meek means weak. Those involved with horses understand “meek” is used to describe a stallion that has been domesticated. The stallion is still a powerful as he was before taming but that power is now under control of the rider. We are to use our power, the talents God gives us, under His control and direction. We are to be sensitive enough to His gentle touch on our reigns to know what direction He wants us to go. It is for God’s glory that we were created and given dominion over this earth. Are we meek? Are we under the control of our God? Do we feel His gentle nudge as the stallion feels the gentle pressure of the rider’s knee? Are our eyes ready to see the needs He puts in front of us? Be sure to take time to tune into the One Who holds your reigns.

December 25, 2009

Light Overcomes Darkness

Isa 9:25-26 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

Many years ago we were in Carlsbad Caverns When we got into the center of the biggest “room” of the cave the guide asked us to stand very still. Then he turned off the lights to let us see what total darkness looked light. The he struck a match and we were amazed at how much light that tiny match flame shed in the huge cavern. Darkness cannot take over light. Light can and does overtake darkness. Jesus came into this world to bring God’s light. When we accept Him His light comes into us. It is up to us to let that light shine out to others in this world. Are you letting His light in you shine out? This world is consumed with darkness. It is up to us to let His light shine.

December 24, 2009

Eyes Have Seen Salvation

Lk 2:30-32 For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

These words were said by Simian when he saw Jesus being brought to the temple for His name dedication. Tonight is Christmas Eve. I will be substituting for the organist at our church’s 6PM candlelight service. Our tradition is to go to an 11:00 candlelight service, which we have done every year of our marriage. We will go to a big church with bell ringers and glorious music. After that we ride around and look at the lights. When we get home it is Christmas day. We take time to thank God that we have seen His salvation in our own lives. We think Him for including gentiles with His blessing. We thank Him for giving us the ability to share His Great News with others through our ministries. We thank Him for the joy and love surrounding us and pray for those who don’t know His joy and love. We also pray for those who are persecuted because they do know His joy and love. I will probably shed some tears as I pray for those and for the ones who are separated by wars. But tonight and tomorrow are times to rejoice and praise God and give Him the glory for His wonderful gift to us. Have you seen the light of His revelation? If not, you can do so right now. Just accept His Son, Jesus, Whose birth we celebrate now, as God’s only Son, sent down in the form of human man, experiencing all we experience and dying on the cross without sin of His own but with our sins so we can be forgiven and adopted as children of God, the Father Almighty. Confess you are a sinner and ask Him to be the Lord of your life. Thank Him for forgiving you, forgive yourself and tell someone Jesus is your Lord and Savior. You’re life will never be the same again.

December 23, 2009

Transmissions

Ps 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God;

Yesterday our 16-year-old grandson asked to drive the golf cart. He was in a hurry as he was backing up and put it in drive without stopping, which resulted in a stripped transmission. That golf cart will not go anywhere now. We are much like the gears of a transmission. Between reverse and drive you must go through neutral. Being in a hurry in life without slowing down our “engines” (our brains and our bodies) results eventually in “stripping our gears.” We will soon find we cannot proceed anywhere. We must take time to “be still and know our God.” We cannot do this in constant activity. During these last 2 days before Christmas, don’t be so busy that you don’t take time to “be still and know your God.” These days are all about His Gift to us. We express His love by giving to others but let’s not forget to give Him the gift of our attention and love.

December 21, 2009

In the Midst of Joy

Gal 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

A group of us went caroling tonight. We went to the houses of those who were house bound. At one of the houses the lady is bed bound in the last stages of her battle with cancer. I hung back after the others left and prayed for her. As I left I say her husband with tears in his eyes. It meant so much to him that someone would stop and pray. In the midst of this joyous season there are many who suffer – physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually. We must be sure not to be so wrapped up in our joy that we fail to share the burdens of those around us who are suffering. Go do something for someone who is suffering today, be it a phone call, a visit or an errand.

December 19, 2009

His Favor Rests

Lk 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

God gets the glory and people He favors get peace. Who does God favor? He favor’s those who accept His Son, Jesus, into their hearts and lives as Lord and Savior. Only through Jesus can we give glory to God and only through Jesus can we find peace. Peace is in the heart and mind of the believer. It is freedom from worry about the future because we know our future is in God’s hands. It is peace from the stress and fear of separation from God our Creator and Father. It is an inner contentment in enjoying how God created us and the world around us. As we prepare to celebrate the first coming of Jesus, let us not forget to glorify the Father in preparation for the second coming of His Son when He returns for His Bride – the church – the believers who know, worship and love Him. Let us never forget that the manger of hay laid in the shadow of the cross to make the peace possible.

December 18, 2009

A Christmas Gift

Heb 13:3 Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Every week I get a download of what is happening around the world in the Christian community. There are so many Christians who are not allowed to celebrate Christmas or even practice their faith in the open. They are being put into prisons, killed and abused for their faith. It is so important for each of us to remember to pray for the persecuted Christians every day. The prayer of faith can move mountains. How more important it is for us to free those from persecution through our persistent prayers. What a beautiful Christmas gift – the gift of your prayers.

December 16, 2009

God’s Family

Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Our church had their Christmas party last night. We celebrated with another church down the road as our guests. They are not the same denomination but we have been doing many things together. The members of both churches are learning to expand their concept of family. We all belong to the family of believers in Jesus Christ, God’s Son, born as a full man, lived to show how we are to live, crucified for our sins, and risen again to show us God’s gift of eternal life for His Family – us. We have a way to go in our “family” Though a few of us have dared to cross the “line” you can see one drawn down the middle of the fellowship hall; members of one church together on one side, the others on the other side. It is quite natural to want to be with those you know best and have the most in common, but, if you don’t mix, you’ll never know anyone else better or discover what you might have in common. The same is true when we combine worship services. At family reunions, I have watched immediate family members mingle and fellowship with more “distant” family members. This is what we need to do in God’s Family. Do not be afraid of other members of the family. Enjoy getting to know them better. After all, you will all be spending eternity together.

December 11, 2009

The King is Coming

Mt 24:36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

We are just about to enter the third week of the Advent season – the season of preparation for the coming of God’s Son. What have we been doing to prepare ourselves for this great celebration? If the Son of God were to come for His Bride, the believers in His Church, would you be among them? Let this season be one of reflection. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of holiday preparation rob you of quality time in two-way communication with the Father. Let’s be sure our spirits are healthy and ready to join our Father for eternity.

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