Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 29, 2010

Joy Complete

 

1Jn 1:4 We write this to make our joy complete

The apostles were writing to testify that Jesus, the Son of God, died and rose from the dead to give us eternal life with God.  How does the writing make their joy complete?  When you are given a precious gift, you want to show it to all who will look.  Showing it and/or telling about it makes the gift even more special and makes you happier.  God has given us the most special gift ever given – forgiveness of our sins and life eternal with Him.  When we realize the preciousness of that gift, we have to tell about it to make our joy complete.  There is nothing more exciting or joyful to talk about with others than the love of God through Jesus Christ.  My husband likes to rock.  When he starts to talk about things of God he starts rocking faster and faster.  After awhile I have to tell him to be quiet for a while because he is making me motion sick.  If you find yourself losing the joy of our Lord, try talking about Him to someone else.  Share His love and joy and your joy will be made complete in Him.

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April 28, 2010

Don’t Miss His Answer

 Mt 14:25-26  During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage!  It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

 The disciples were calling out to God.  I don’t know what they expected: a hand reaching down from heaven to calm the seas, angels coming, a voice commanding the seas to be calm, the storm just abating.  There’s no way to know.  I do know they were not expecting to see Jesus walking on the water toward them.  They thought He was a ghost or some kind of vision.  So often when we pray we pray with preconceived ideas on how our prayers should be answered.  Theses ideas are so strong in our mind that we miss seeing God’s answers.  We need to learn to focus our mind on the One Who is our answer, trust Him and allow Him to show us what, when, where and how to do.  We look for the complex and complicated and for the really big things and, like Moses on the mountain, learn God does not speak through the bright flashing light or loud thunder or strong wind, He speaks through a gentle breeze and a soft voice.  I guess He knows people listen better to something said quietly rather than things yelled.  When you have a need to present to God, take courage, express your need and stay open to whatever answer He provides.  He is faithful and He always answers.  We’re the ones who miss His answers.

April 26, 2010

A Book for Gaining Wisdom

Pr 1:1 –6 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 

 I am so thankful for the book of Proverbs.  It is full of little nuggets of wisdom and very sound advice. I try to memorize a lot of them.  Not only can Proverbs give us good advice, they also can help us understand others.  Many times a verse of Proverbs has popped into my consciousness when making a decision or trying to decide what to respond to another.  Take some time today and read through a few chapters of Proverbs.  You might want to include a few proverbs every day as part of you’re your Bible study time.  They are indeed helpful, insightful and good for discretion not to mention enjoyable reading.

April 25, 2010

It’s Sunday, Yea

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Ps 95:2-3 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.  For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.

 Yea.  It’s Sunday.  We have the privilege of going to church to join with other saints in worship and praise to God.  I am so thankful for the freedom to do this.  I amps also thankful that God allows us to do this, that He wants our thanks and that he allows us to extol him with music and song.  When you sing in church you are singing to God.  Don’t be concerned that someone will hear how your voices sounds or that you can’t sing the right nights.  Fathers enjoy hearing their children whatever their voice sounds like or whether the tune is recognizable or not.  Sing to Him with joy and thanksgiving.  If you have prayers or responsive readings in your service, be sure to read boldly and with conviction.  It is not to those around us we are singing or speaking to.  It is the One Who gives us life, the One Who gave His only begotten Son to the cruelest death on a cross that we might have life, abundantly and eternal.

April 24, 2010

All Works for Good

 

Ro 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called  according to his purpose.

 Really?  All thingswork for good?  How can this be.  There are deaths, accidents, murders, suicide, wars, natural disasters, illnesses, all matter of enotional, physical, financial and spiritual hurts.  How can any of these things that hurt us so much possible wlrk out for our good.  Have we really been called according to His purpose?

 Yes, all His of mankind have been called according to His purpose.  We have been call to fellowship with God.  To love Him and to be loved by Him.  We are called to walk with Him and let Him walk with us.  We are called to glorify Him and bring glory to Him.  But, how can we do this when our heart is breaking?

 It may mot look like God iw working good for us in a situation but we can be so filled with hurt, pain, anger, mistrust, etc. that our eyes are blinded from allowing us to see the good evolving.  Sometimes we are trying to go it alone when we really need prayer partners and other supporting people around us.  The Psalms are full of prayers from a heart of grief or fear but they end in a decision to trust God Who has always been and will always be faithful and true to His Word.  Our responsibility is to choose to trust Him and allow the healing to take place as we watch the good evolve.  As Job said, “Though He may slay me, I will trust Him.”  Let us choose to trust and let the good come, not only for us to see and feel but as a witness to God’s glory, love and power.

April 23, 2010

Instructions on the Way

Ps 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.

When we make plans for our days or any decision the first thing we should do is seek God’s counsel. We seek Him through prayer – our question of what we should do or where we should go along with listening to His response – and through His written Word. Any decision that disagrees with the precepts in God’s written Word is wrong. We cannot make excuses or play games with it if we truly want to walk in the way God wants us to walk. Pre-conceived ideas about our path must be put away. God has had surprises for me all along my path. He’s taken me places I never would have thought possible. His way might seem difficult at times. Difficulty is for learning. His way is definitely the way to joy. As I look back on the ways I thought difficult, I see them as wonderful times of learning and drawing closer to God, growing in trust and faith. Remember to always seek Him. He has promised to watch over us.

April 22, 2010

Not As It Seems

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 Isa 11:3.-4  He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.

 

We are so easily deceived with our eyes.  When we look on someone we are so quick to judge by what we see, or think we see.  We fail to ask God to allow us to see others the way He does, as children maybe lost and/or confused, who He loves greatly.  This photo was taken by one of my grandsons.  It appears to be a butterfly liting on a flower.  The flower is actually silk.  I found the butterfly on the ground of a parking lot, fluttering one wing. I picked it up and held it in the wind hopeing it would fly but, it was in the process of dying.  I brought it home and placed it in the silk flower.  Comments on the photo were, “Nice capture.”  Actuallly it was a nice set-up.  When we look at others we need to know all is not as it seems.  We do not know where they have walked, what they are facing.  We need to quit judging and remember we are all loved by God and are to love each other and reach out and help each other. 

April 21, 2010

Intense Love

 

Isa 29:13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.

 It is hard to be honest with ourselves about how much we really love God.  We are commanded to love Him with our whole hearts but we keep many parts of ourselves from Him.  We go to church service and politely sing and read responses.  We give of our extra cash or maybe we even tithe 10% of our income.  We might consider that more than enough.  We don’t want to threaten our current life-style.  We don’t want to give up some of our extra activities to attend an extra service, a Bible study a prayer group or Sunday school.  We are lukewarm.

 I sat next to a visitor the other Sunday who lives on someone else’s property in a tent and rides a bike or walks everywhere.  I watched her put all her money she had into the collection plate.  After church I invited her to join us for lunch.  She said, “How did you know Ii was praying someone would invite me to lunch?”  She only has hot meals when someone offers to take her out.  In spite of her circumstance she, like the widow in the Bible who gave of her last mite, gave all she had in faith of God’s provision.  She really loves God and talks to all she meets about His love for her and for those she meets.  She is not lukewarm.  She is intensely in love with God. 

 I don’t want to be lukewarm even if it means getting out of my comfort zone or wherever He might lead me.  Won’t you join me in the prayer, “Lord, work within me and bring me to an intense love of You.  Help me get away from feeling life is about me and my accomplishments to life is about You.  Help me to be pleasing to You.

Self Exam

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:24 am

 

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you —unless, of course, you fail the test?

 It is really hard to look at ourselves honestly.  This is best done in prayer, asking God to show us what is in us that is not of Him.  Being “on fire” for God is not reserved for preachers, missionaries or the “fanatics.”  We are all to be wholly committed to Him.  One test is checking how are time is spent.  How much time do we watch TV, do sports, recreations, socializing, reading novels, planning vacations, etc versus how much time do we spend in the Bible, in prayer.  Are we reading the Bible and praying because we should or because we really want to.  What is our favorite thing to do?  Do we share God’s Word with others or are we afraid we are interfering with their private lives.  Do we share what God does for us or are we afraid people will think we’re a little strange.  There are many questions we can ask ourselves.  When God calls me home, I want to hear Him say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant.”  I have a long way to go to make that possible.  This takes time, energy and commitment.  It takes determination and dedication.  It will be costly to my life-style and comfort zone but the result will be more than worth the effort.

April 20, 2010

Follow As Sheep

Jn 10:14 “I am the good shepherd.  I know my sheep and my sheep know me—

 It is hard for us to relate to sheep and shepherds.  Most of us don’t know much about them.  Sheep are very dumb animals.  But they do know their shepherd.  Everything else they will either freeze in fear or run.  They have learned their shepherd so well that the trust his leading and will follow him anywhere when he calls to them and leads them.  However, we, as sheep, have all gone astray.  We seldom listen for the voice of our Shepherd.  Many of us don’t even know His voice from any of the voices around us.  Sometimes we even confuse our own voices for His.  When we do recognize His voice, we think we have the right to question what He says, “Do you really mean that, Lord?  Is that really right, Lord?”  Our questioning can go on and on.  We also tend to delay following where He leads us with statements like, “I’m too busy for that now, Lord.”  I need or want to do this first.”  “Not now, Lord.”  I think you get the idea.  Our problem is, we don’t really love Him more than our selfish selves.  He laid down His life for us but we don’t want to be inconvenienced for Him.  It is our loss, not His, that we don’t follow.  We are the ones who are missing out on blessings.  We turn our eyes only to the inconveniences or difficulties rather than the One Who is able to give us the wisdom and strength to walk through any circumstance and come out victorious with Him.  Let us ask Him to help us to love Him passionately and completely.  Let us know deceive ourselves on how much we really love Him.  Until we recognize our lack we cannot grow.

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