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March 31, 2010

Humble Yourself

Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

As we approach Good Friday we turn our minds on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. There can be nothing more humbling than being stripped naked and hung on a cross for all to see. We are told to humble ourselves before our Lord and given the promise that He, our Lord Himself, will lift us up. What a beautiful promise. But what does it mean to humble ourselves. Webster defines humble as “being modest, not proud, doing something out of the goodness of your heart, not for yourself, self-abasing.” To be humble you must put others before you. I grew up with very low self-esteem. This has made it easy for me to realize that without God’s Holy Spirit within me, enabling me, I can do nothing of any value and I am a person of no value. It is only through God’s grace and the gift of His Holy Spirit and the love and power of that Spirit within me that gives me any purpose or value in this life. Good Friday is a good time to ask God to show us if there are areas with us where we need to humble ourselves before Him. We must be ready to hear and receive what He shows us about ourselves, accept it, confess it, ask forgiveness for it and ask His Spirit to fill that area with His grace. We are no better than any other human on the face of this earth. When we humble ourselves before our Lord, we are changed by His grace into a new creation and old things pass away. We are sinners like all of humanity but, by God’s grace, we are forgiven and can let His love flow through us.

March 25, 2010

God-Centered

Ps 150:1 Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.

We have a 4-year-old granddaughter who, at every commercial for toys, points to the TV and says, “I want that.” We reply, “You want everything you see, don’t you?” She answers with a very assured, “Yes.” Unfortunately, most of us never outgrow that self-centered desire for having everything we want. Consider our prayer times. How much time do we spend asking God to give things, do things, fix things, bless us with things or circumstances versus how much time we spend thanking God for what he has given us, done for us, blessed us with, etc. Along with thanking Him, how much time do we spend just telling Him how much we love Him, how marvelous He is, how majestic He is, etc. If we are honest with ourselves, we find our prayers are very self-centered instead of God-centered. He already knows what we need and what is best for us. What does it do for you when you hear one of your children say thank you or “I love you.” God wants to hear His children say thank you and I love you. I believe you get the message. Let’s all try harder to be less self-centered and more God-centered.

March 24, 2010

God Still Speaks

1Co 2:9-14 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 God spoke to the prophets in the Old Testament and God speaks to His children today. Anyone who has accepted God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior, has received Him into their heart and life, has received the Gift of God’s Holy Spirit Who equips them to hear God. Our problem isn’t God speaking to us but our taking the time to listen to Him. In our electronic age we constantly have noise around us. Rarely does a person get a chance to sit in silence. When we do, our minds run to and fro with all the business in our lives. When we read scripture or have our prayer time we should always have a paper pad and pen to write. After reading or praying, write what comes into your mind immediately after your reading or praying. Most often, it is God speaking through His Holy Spirit in that inner, quiet voice which we could misinterpret to be our own thoughts. Whatever God says to us is important enough to write down so we can meditate on it and learn to understand it and see if there is an action required. Whatever He says is always in agreement with His written Word, The Holy Bible. Anything you think you hear that conflicts with the words in the Bible are not from God but from self or Satan, the false imitator. Confirm what He says in the Bible then make it part of your life by acting on it or making necessary changes in your thoughts or actions. Depending on where we are in our lives, God’s word is not always easy to hear. Many times we don’t want to hear because God speaks truth and sometimes we don’t want the truth. My prayer for each of us is that we will learn to take the silent times necessary and spend at least as much time listening to God as we spend talking to Him and asking Him for all the things we think we need or want.

< 1Co 2:9-14 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

God spoke to the prophets in the Old Testament and God speaks to His children today. Anyone who has accepted God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior, has received Him into their heart and life, has received the Gift of God’s Holy Spirit Who equips them to hear God. Our problem isn’t God speaking to us but our taking the time to listen to Him. In our electronic age we constantly have noise around us. Rarely does a person get a chance to sit in silence. When we do, our minds run to and fro with all the business in our lives. When we read scripture or have our prayer time we should always have a paper pad and pen to write. After reading or praying, write what comes into your mind immediately after your reading or praying. Most often, it is God speaking through His Holy Spirit in that inner, quiet voice which we could misinterpret to be our own thoughts. Whatever God says to us is important enough to write down so we can meditate on it and learn to understand it and see if there is an action required. Whatever He says is always in agreement with His written Word, The Holy Bible. Anything you think you hear that conflicts with the words in the Bible are not from God but from self or Satan, the false imitator. Confirm what He says in the Bible then make it part of your life by acting on it or making necessary changes in your thoughts or actions. Depending on where we are in our lives, God’s word is not always easy to hear. Many times we don’t want to hear because God speaks truth and sometimes we don’t want the truth. My prayer for each of us is that we will learn to take the silent times necessary and spend at least as much time listening to God as we spend talking to Him and asking Him for all the things we think we need or want. p>1Co 2:9-14 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

God spoke to the prophets in the Old Testament and God speaks to His children today. Anyone who has accepted God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior, has received Him into their heart and life, has received the Gift of God’s Holy Spirit Who equips them to hear God. Our problem isn’t God speaking to us but our taking the time to listen to Him. In our electronic age we constantly have noise around us. Rarely does a person get a chance to sit in silence. When we do, our minds run to and fro with all the business in our lives. When we read scripture or have our prayer time we should always have a paper pad and pen to write. After reading or praying, write what comes into your mind immediately after your reading or praying. Most often, it is God speaking through His Holy Spirit in that inner, quiet voice which we could misinterpret to be our own thoughts. Whatever God says to us is important enough to write down so we can meditate on it and learn to understand it and see if there is an action required. Whatever He says is always in agreement with His written Word, The Holy Bible. Anything you think you hear that conflicts with the words in the Bible are not from God but from self or Satan, the false imitator. Confirm what He says in the Bible then make it part of your life by acting on it or making necessary changes in your thoughts or actions. Depending on where we are in our lives, God’s word is not always easy to hear. Many times we don’t want to hear because God speaks truth and sometimes we don’t want the truth. My prayer for each of us is that we will learn to take the silent times necessary and spend at least as much time listening to God as we spend talking to Him and asking Him for all the things we think we need or want.

1Co 2:9-14 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

God spoke to the prophets in the Old Testament and God speaks to His children today. Anyone who has accepted God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior, has received Him into their heart and life, has received the Gift of God’s Holy Spirit Who equips them to hear God. Our problem isn’t God speaking to us but our taking the time to listen to Him. In our electronic age we constantly have noise around us. Rarely does a person get a chance to sit in silence. When we do, our minds run to and fro with all the business in our lives. When we read scripture or have our prayer time we should always have a paper pad and pen to write. After reading or praying, write what comes into your mind immediately after your reading or praying. Most often, it is God speaking through His Holy Spirit in that inner, quiet voice which we could misinterpret to be our own thoughts. Whatever God says to us is important enough to write down so we can meditate on it and learn to understand it and see if there is an action required. Whatever He says is always in agreement with His written Word, The Holy Bible. Anything you think you hear that conflicts with the words in the Bible are not from God but from self or Satan, the false imitator. Confirm what He says in the Bible then make it part of your life by acting on it or making necessary changes in your thoughts or actions. Depending on where we are in our lives, God’s word is not always easy to hear. Many times we don’t want to hear because God speaks truth and sometimes we don’t want the truth. My prayer for each of us is that we will learn to take the silent times necessary and spend at least as much time listening to God as we spend talking to Him and asking Him for all the things we think we need or want.

March 18, 2010

Walk as Jesus Did

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,Family,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:59 am

1Jn 2:6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

That’s a pretty strong command. We must walk as Jesus did. Our first task is to study the Bible and learn how it was Jesus walked. Just what did He do on this earth. One thing I’ve noticed over and over. Jesus was never too busy to stop and help anyone. He was on his way to heal the daughter of an “important” person and stopped to heal a “person of no worth.” He was busy teaching adults and stopped to bless children. All throughout his ministry he stopped what he was doing or going and ministered to the need at hand. How often do we tell a child, “Not now, I’m busy.”? How often does someone ask for a volunteer to do something and we just sit there with our mouths shut and our eyes turned down. We think we have “enough on our plate.” Who is in control of our life? If we give each day to God, He is in control of the things that pass our way. Granted, not every need we hear about is for us to answer. The question is, when a need is presented, do we ask God if He wants to use us to meet that need or do we just quickly say no or try any other means to avoid getting involved. Next time someone asks for help, we need talk to God about it before we are so quick at saying we can’t.

March 17, 2010

Use the Bibie

 Ps 1:1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.

 Someone asked me the other day, “How do you read, study and understand the Bible?”  I looked at his Bible.  It was a King James Version, looked new and unused.  The Bible is like a manufacturer’s handbook.  It is to be studied, marked up and used to great extent.  Anything we need to know about the life process is contained in the Bible. 

 The first thing we need to do is compare various translations and pick out the one that is easiest for us to read and understand.  Depending on where you’re from, the type of words you use, we all speak a little differently.  The translations say the same things but in different ways.  Pick a couple of verses that are the most meaningful to you and read them in several different translations.  You will know which translation fits your vocabulary the best.

 Many people are afraid to underline in their Bibles.  They fear that shows irreverence.  We do not worship the Bible, we worship the One Who inspired it through the hearts, minds and hands of those who actually pinned it.  Underlining helps us learn and re-find passages quickly.  Depending on how much you study the Bible, ever so many years it is good to purchase a new one.   As we grow in the Lord, our understanding grows and the passages we need most change.  We don’t want to continue to go to the passages that spoke to us mostly when we were ‘babes in Christ” when we have grown into adolescents or older.

 Use the Bible every day.  Mark in it, write notes in the margins.  Make it your own personal handbook of instructions for life.  Memorize verses so they can come quickly to your mind as you make decisions throughout your days.  You will be amazed at your growth and understanding of God and His Word and the impact it will have on your decisions.

March 11, 2010

What to do with Jesus

Jn 18:38 –39 “What is truth?” Pilate asked. With this he went out again to the Jews and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. But it is your custom for me to release to you one prisoner at the time of the Passover. Do you want me to release ‘the king of the Jews’?”

We are fast approaching Good Friday when we remember what it cost Jesus to redeem us. Pilot did not know what to do with Jesus. We must all make a decision, “What will we do with Jesus?” We can choose to ignore Him. We can choose to be His enemy. We can choose to acknowledge Him as a mere man who was mistaken about Himself. We can choose to believe Him but walk our own way. We can choose to believe IN Him and accept Him into our heart, mind and life as our Savior and as Lord of our life. All of us have freedom of choice. As Lent season is fading, take time to decide what you will do with Jesus. Whatever you do or don’t do is a choice you must live and die with. Will you live with Jesus for all eternity? Will you allow Him to live through you through His Holy Spirit? Based on what I’ve experience (and thousands and thousands of others) you cannot loose with that decision. I pray this Easter find you a real member of God’s chosen. I pray your name be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. I pray this be the most exciting Easter you will ever experience. What will you do with Jesus?

March 10, 2010

Father’s Love

Luke 15:20-32

Lk 15:31 “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.

The prodigal son is really about the father. It begins with the father and ends with the father. It describes a father’s love for his children. Love does not hold on but allows freedom for the one loved. Whatever the loved one does or does not do, does not change the love the father has. Do you have someone you are love possessively? If you have children, are you allowing them to grow and learn to make their own decisions? It is very hard to let loose of one you love. Your responsibility is not to hang on at all costs, but to love at all cost and communicate that love. Our Heavenly Father loves us with “no strings attached.” Whether we love Him or not, His love is there for us. What are you doing with your Father’s love?

March 9, 2010

Trust and Obey

Jdg 7:7 The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the other men go, each to his own place.”

I encourage you to read Judges and the writings about Gideon. What a man of obedience. He knew to obey God and leave the results to Him. I have been in a place of belief of obedience many times. One time, my husband was working for a man who was anti-Christian. His wife was in the hospital having a baby and they did a biopsy on her leg and found melanoma. The Lord said to go pray for her. I knew her husband could make things even harder for mine if I went so I phoned m husband. He said, “If He told you to do it, go do it.” I went during the business day thinking her husband would be at work but, no, he was there. I chatted for a while, expecting him to leave but he wouldn’t. She shared how they were into a non-Christian religion. I finally said I needed to go but would she mind if I prayed for her first. She was polite and said that would be okay. I held her hand and simply said,” In the name of Jesus, Christ, be healed.” Then l left. The next morning they took her down for surgery on her leg. They looked at it and decided they should do another biopsy first because the looks had changed drastically. They found no cancer cells and canceled surgery. Eventually the boss got fired. Many years later the phone rang. The caller identified herself as this lady and said, “As a result of your prayers, my husband and I have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and are in full time Christian work.” Wow! I did not have the faith she would be healed. I only did what the Lord impressed upon me to do and left the results to Him. That is all He asks of us. Just trust Him and obey. You might want to get a hymnal and look up that beautiful hymn entitled, “Trust and Obey.” What is God telling you to do today?

March 8, 2010

Sound Doctrine

2Ti 4:3-4 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths We are already seeing this occur, even in our churches.

It seems if someone doesn’t like what God’s Word says, the find an excuse to change it to make it say what they want. We see it with abortion, sexual activity, greed and all manner of lusts. It is so important to be in the Word of God and read it in an open attitude of prayer to receive all the levels of meaning the Holy Spirit will give to us. Don’t be one who turns the ears away from the truth to validate actions of lust. Be strong in God’s Word and in your commitment to Him.

March 7, 2010

Seasons

Ecc 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

The sky is gray but we can see the Tulip trees and the Dogwood trees begin to burst forth with their colors. The gray and brown skeletons branches of the other trees are showing a hint of green. This is nature’s promise of a spring soon to come. This brightens the look of the gray skies. We have many seasons in our lives and in our spiritual lives. Sometimes our spirits seem to be in the gray of winter. It is so important to know where to look for the promise of fresh life. We look to God’s Word. He is faithful to His promises and we can always find a promise that will put energy in our steps, joy in our hearts and a smile on our face. Be sure to be in His Word daily and hide it in your heart and mind for quick retrieval.

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