Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 18, 2010

A New Song

 

Ps 33:1-3 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.

 I was talking to the children in children’s church about memorizing scripture.  I have trouble just memorizing words, but when set to music I find it much easier.  People in dire situations have told how scripture they had memorized or hymns they are often sung are what got them through their situations.  I opened the Bible and demonstrated how to sing a few scripture verses.  A young boy asked, “What if you don’t know any tunes?”  Then we got into how to make a “new song.”

When our oldest daughter was a toddler she sang all the time.  She sang about anything and everything.  She would sing about singing.  She would even sing about going potty and making a “stinky”.  That might be following God’s word about singing a new song a little far, but I would encourage you to try singing throughout your day.  It does not have to sound good.  It doesn’t have to be in key or in a certain rhythm.  It just has to be words from the heart sung to our Father, God, Creator.  If you know how, you can even play an instrument with a new song.  It can even be using a kitchen spoon and beating out a rhythm on a saucepot while singing words of praise and joy.  The young boy caught on.  In a moment he was beating a rhythm on the table with his hands and singing his own little tune with the words, “Jesus loves me.”    It is a beautiful day to lift your spirits when you are tired or a little depressed.  Give it a try.  Sing a new song unto your Lord, today.

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May 17, 2010

Hidden in our Heart

Ps 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. that I might not sin against you.

 I was doing Children’s church and we were discussing God’s written Word the Bible.  They were having a little trouble finding the references so I show them how, if you open the Bible in the center, you find the Psalms.  If you take the front half and open it in half you find the end of the Pentateuch, the books of Moses, the first five books of the Bible.  If you take the second half and open it in half you will find the end of the gospels and the beginning of the letters to the churches.  As I was showing them this, I realized I used the Bible on my computer so much that I have trouble finding some of the books quickly.  On the computer I only need to type in the first few letters of the book I want and it opens right to it.  In order to hide His word in our hearts, we must be into His written word and study it.  We also talked about singing the scripture verses to make it easier to memorize them.  If we don’t have His word in our hearts and minds, it is harder to know what is sin, what would not please Him, what would separate us from Him.  The children are eager to use their Bibles.  Let us join them.

May 16, 2010

The Little Things

Romans 13:12  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

How many times have you re-committed to follow God’s word in all things and found you did not follow through?  For Christians, it is not the big things that trip us up.  It is the little things that prove to separate us from God.  We pray and study His Word for the big decisions in our lives but tend to make the little ones on our own.  We might just tell what we call a “little white lie,” only to find that one little like leads to a string of lies to support the first lie.  We might just say it wont hurt to miss church one week – we just don’t have enough time to do everything we want.  Soon that one-week of missing becomes a habit.  Let us commit to ask God about all things and allow His Holy Spirit to work in and through us.

May 15, 2010

Eagle Wings

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  

Many think waiting upon the Lord means to sit around and do nothing.  There are two forms of the word “wait.”  One means to bide one’s time and the other means to serve.  Waiting on the Lord means serving Him.  When we serve him we are able to mount over worldly problems with the strength of eagle wings.  Eagle wings are strong and able to take the bird to great heights quickly.  For many years I lived across from Jamie Buckingham.  He was the ghostwriter for “Tramp for the Lord,” a book about Corrie Ten Boon.  She was in her late 80’s when she flew from California to Florida to meet with him.  When she got to his home she was very tired.  She went to her room to rest and he made a pot of coffee.  As he poured his cup she appeared in the kitchen door.  He said he thought she was tired and needed to rest.  She said she did rest, but when you rest in the Lord it doesn’t take long to recover.  That has stayed with me for many years.  I may tire when the Lord works through me but it doesn’t take long to be ready to soar with Him again.

May 13, 2010

First Sin

Ge 3:6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 

 Eve looked at something with her eyes and saw it looked good.  It was “advertised” (by Satan) to be able to give her wisdom if she would eat it.  Advertising has not changed.  The entire object of advertising is to convince us that what we are seeing or hearing about will be good for us or lead us to some objective.  Eve knew that this one fruit was forbidden by God to eat.  Eve’s eyes were on self-gratification rather than on God.  We have not changed.  It is by the desire for self-gratification through food that sin entered mankind.  We continue in it.  Food is not the only thing that produces self-gratification.  Some look for it through drugs, alcohol, smoking, money, power, fame and many other ways.  Part of self-control, one of the fruits of the Holy Sprit, is knowing the difference between what God says in the Bible is good for us and what our physical eyes and the world would say.  It is so important to our Christian walk to study God’s Word and make them a part of our daily lives.  We have become so soft.  We cannot stand a moment of discomfort.  We desire a life of ease, sometimes at the cost of our relationship with the One Who loves us most and knows us best.  He gave the ultimate sacrifice so we would not have to pay our debt.  Thank You, God.

May 12, 2010

Self-control

 

Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.

  Look around in your church or anywhere.  It is getting harder and harder to find people who practice the fruit of self-control.  We tend to have excuses for eating large orders of French fries.  Look at the pates at a church supper, piled high with food.  It is so easy to come up with excuses to eat more than we need and things we that don’t promote good health.  Sin is sin.  Gluttony is gluttony.  We are not being forced to make wrong decisions in our food choices; we choose them.  We hide from ourselves that we are not being obedient to God.  We deceive ourselves into thinking we put God first in our lives when in actuality we put our own fleshly desires first.  The average Christian today is a poor witness to the world.  Fruit grows by use.  It is up to us to choose to practice self-control.  As we practice it, that fruit will grow (and many of us will shrink).  It is not a matter of looking good but of being healthy.  Our body is a temple of God, which houses His Holy Spirit.  A body in poor health impedes the flow of His Holy Spirit.  Let’s all choose to get with it.  Let’s put God first in all things, including in what, when and how much we eat.

May 10, 2010

Joy of Salvation

Ps 13:5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

So many times our eyes are on the problems in and around us that that is all they see.  We often fail to look to God, our source of wisdom.  We tend to be downcast or worried about the problems rather than rejoice that our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  All problems on this earth are temporal – they have an end to them.  Our salvation is for all eternity.  When we keep things in perspective they don’t seem so bad.  We can then get our mind on God, our source of wisdom and, with His guidance, work our way through the problems with joy and thanksgiving for the grace of salvation.

May 9, 2010

A Mother’s Love

 1Co 13:7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Happy Mother’s Day.  It is such a privilege to be a mother.  It still amazes me that God would trust me enough with one of His precious creations.  Now I am a grandmother to eight beautiful grandchildren.  But a mother’s love never stops for her own.  We silently stand by our adult children and inwardly weep as they walk their trials and tribulations.  We constantly pray for them to be in the center of God’s will and purpose for their lives on this earth.  We try hard to keep our mouths shut until asked for advice then don’t give it without a lot of prayer.  Our role in our children’s lives may change as they grow but a mother’s love never changes.  The same is true with God’s love.  No matter what we do or how disobedient we are or what we do with Jesus, God’s love for us remains true.  Thank You God for loving me and teaching me to love.

May 8, 2010

Prayer Hinderances

Ge 4:7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.

 Abel brought a sacrifice of atonement.  He confessed he was a sinner and was offering a sacrifice of repentance.  Cain was sacrificing an offering of thanksgiving and expected God to accept that without any confession and repentance.  That is why Cain’s sacrifice was rejected and Able’s accepted.  It is a heart attitude.   When we pray, we must first check our heart attitude.  We need to acknowledge and confess our sins, ask forgiveness and ask God, through His Holy Spirit, to enable us to turn from our old nature and live through His grace in the new nature He gives us.  After that we can turn to thanksgiving and supplications.  Let’s always be sure sin does not lie in the way of our prayers.  Let us guard ourselves against the egotistic thinking of we’re not that bad.  Any thought or action that is not in line with God’s commands is sin.  It doesn’t have to be something big or in the open to be sin.  We must check our thought life as well.

May 7, 2010

Effective Prayer

Jas 1:6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.

 Yesterday was the National Day of Prayer.  So many times many feel their prayers are not heard or at least not answered.  There are things that can stand in the way of effective prayers.  The first is doubt.  We either believe God or we don’t.  We cannot be selective in our times of belief.  We cannot let our faith we swayed by how we feel or the circumstances we face.  God is always faithful, regardless of how we feel or what we face.  God always hears and answers a true believer.

 Another problem is our hearts.  Are we being obedient to God’s commands?  He tells us we are to love each other and be at peace with each other.  Are we holding something against someone?  There can be no unforgiveness in our hearts for effective prayer.

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