Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 30, 2010

From Trials to Answers

 

Jas 5:11 As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance  and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.  The Lord is full of compassion and mercy

 Our family has been going through a “Job” episode lately.  All throughout I felt like a spectator even though the different trials included me.  It’s like I was just watching to see what God would allow to come our way next.  Sometimes I even felt like laughing at all the trials.  Now it is looking like the trials of this period are ebbing and the blessings of answers are coming.  It is a sweet and sour moment.  When I am in a trial, I feel even closer to God.  I find myself more intent on being sure my ear is tuned to His gentle, quiet voice.  When things are going smoothly, it is hard not to be wrapped up in the business of life.  It makes it hard to keep ears tuned to the quiet guidance.  Guidance comes a little louder in trial times than it does in peaceful times.  I still look forward to see how God unfolds all the answers and needed provisions the trials created.  How wonderful it is to know nothing can touch us without first passing through our Father’s hand.  All answers are found in Him

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June 29, 2010

One Body in Christ

 

Isa 56:7 these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.

 This was spoken by God hundreds of years before Jesus came to earth in the form of a man.  God says we are all equal in His eyes.  Our salvation does not depend on our race, gender, nationality, age, characteristics, doctrines, political views and on and on.  Our salvation depends on entering into God’s house through His Son, Jesus.  We are so into doctrine and thinking all should believe exactly as we do.  Not only is Christianity split from Judaism, it is split within itself.  We are to encompass the differences of others and concentrate on the fact we are all brothers and sisters.  Brothers and sisters do not all think the same, act the same, talk the same but they are unified by love.  We should be unified in our various churches by the love of Jesus.  We should be able to worship together, pray together and reach out to one another in the love of Jesus.  At least once a year our church celebrates Easter Sunday morning with a neighboring church of a different denomination.  We do a few other things together throughout the year.  Individual doctrines are not relevant.  What is relevant is our love for Jesus and for our extended family.  We need to put away the attitude of “we’re better than you” or “we are right and you are wrong.”  We need the family of God to be unified in His love so those not yet in the family will see God’s love in us and want to enter in.

June 28, 2010

Our Legacy

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Lk 12:20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool!  This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

So much time of many people is spent in worrying about the future or playing the “what ifs” about the past.  The only promise we have of life is the second we are experiencing.  The next second is not a promise.  Planning is nice as long as it is not all consuming or in anxiousness.  There is nothing we can do to change the passage of time.  There is nothing we can do to change history of past time.  What counts is what we do with the time of the present.  Are we consumed with preparations for ourselves for the future?  Are we consumed with regret for things done or left undone in the past?  It is the here and now which should consume us.  Who are we spending the “here and now” for?  Is our God in the forefront of our mind, speech and actions?  Are we ready to meet our Maker before we take our next breath?  We must face that possibility.  What legacy will we leave behind after we leave this earth?  If we just leave material riches they will be consumed.  I want to leave seeds of God’s love and power and peace which can continue to grow long after I am in the presence of my God.

June 27, 2010

Praising Through Trials

Jas 1:2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,

 Here we go again.  We are still attending to the needs of our daughter after her accident.  On the way to take a granddaughter to speech therapy we were stopping behind a row of traffic.  We looked in the rear view mirror and saw a car speeding toward us.  We knew it was not going to stop.  The four cars in front of us also saw her approach and knew she wouldn’t stop.  Sure enough, she banged into us pushing us into the rear side of the truck in front of us, we veered to the left, it veered to the right and the lady went between us and hit the next car.  Life is full of unexpected trials.  Many are our own doing but others cause some around us.  This is just a fact of life.  In every trial we face we can depend on God’s provision.  Sometimes we know the reason for the trial, sometimes not.  We need to realize trials are just a natural part of life and praise God in and through them.  We praise Him we were not hurt, nor was our 4-year-old granddaughter.  None were hurt except for the lady who caused the accident.  She is in our prayers.  We need not fear possible trials of the future.  We walk through trials in praise and thanksgiving for the opportunities to draw even closer to our God.

June 26, 2010

Know It All

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Ac 1:7 He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

 The computer age has made in most of us a determination to know reasons for everything that happens.  Our news media milks that desire and even the most intimate details of people get aired around the world.  We Christians are no different.  When the Spirit leads us to do something we often ask why.  We are so into God as a loving Father we forget Who He really is.  We have no concept of kingship anymore.  We have forgotten He has the power and right to snuff out our very breath before we take our next one.  We forget we are to obey, not to ask why.  Asking is a sign of not trusting.  So many parents use the words, “because I told you so” to their children’s questions of “why.”  How can we possibly validate our questions of “why” to God?  Lets spend more time learning to obey what He has told us to do in His Word, the Bible, and less time trying to figure out the whys.

June 25, 2010

Delight

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Ps 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.

 We find the law of the Lord in the Holy Bible.  The question is, do we really delight in the law of the Lord, and do we meditate on it day and night?  Is the Bible just a book on our bookshelf or coffee table gathering dust?  Do we at least take it out on Sunday for a once a week outing to church?  There is no delight in that.  To delight in something we desire to immerse ourselves in it.  Is the Bible our primary, first choice book to read?  Do we think about what we read in it or do we just skim over it so we can tell ourselves we read it?  In today’s world there is no excuse not to read the Bible.  We can carry it on our I-pods, our lap-tops or, the old fashioned way, a printed book on paper.  Do we keep one handy to read when we are waiting on something or someone?  What a wonderful use of time that is.  We need to face the question, “Where is our delight?”  If it is not in the law of the Lord we must pray and ask Him to quicken within us a hunger and thirst for His law and then we must be sure we have ether an electronic copy or a printed copy available to us.

June 24, 2010

Share with Christ

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Ro 8:17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs —heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

 Wow!  We may share in the glory of Christ.  His glory is being in the presence of the Father.  However, that promise is connected to a stipulation.  We must also share in His sufferings.  To share in someone’s suffering we need to have an intimate relationship.  We really need to know them.  Our question is, do we really know Christ.  Do we spend enough time with Him through prayer, meditation and Bible study to know what sufferings He has?  Every so often I am overwhelmed with the sorrow He must feel when He sees what people do to each other.  It seems physical and emotional abuse is running wild in our society.    We tend to compare ourselves with others and think we’re not so bad.  Jesus said if you even call someone “stupid” you are guilt of murder.  To share in His sufferings we must love all of His creation.  Next time we feel the need to criticize someone, we need to remember Jesus loves them as much as He loves us.  It just might help us change the way we view others.

June 23, 2010

Carrying Other’s Burdens

 

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

This has been a very hectic week.  We are indeed carrying the burdens of our daughter and her family.  She is recovering from a bad auto accident.  What is a blessing is neighbors of ours are aware of the extra burdens we are carrying and are doing a meal for our daughter and her family.  But physical help isn’t the only way to carry another’s burdens.  Many of he physical burdens can’t be shared.  The real carrying is in lifting others up in prayer before God’s throne of grace.  Our daughter is aware of several church prayer chains and individuals praying for her.  This is beautiful emotional and spiritual medicine.  When you are in pain it is often difficult to pray.  It is so nice to know that others are praying in your stead.  We must be open to how we can carry the burdens of others.  This takes our praying and asking God how we can help pass His love and peace and wisdom to others.  After we hear how we can help, we must be sure to follow through with our actions.  In the process, we are more blessed than the one we are helping.  Ask God who He wants to help through you tomorrow.

June 21, 2010

The Gap

Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Amazing.  We are created in God’s own image.  When I look at myself, I don’t see God’s image.  When others look at me I’m sure they don’t see much of a reflection of God’s image.  When Eve and Adam disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, they caused a big gap between God and man, His creation.  We are born with that gap.  When we accept Jesus, God’s Son, as Savior and Lord of our lives and receive His gift of His Holy Spirit, that gap begins to decrease.  Unfortunately, so many people think that’s all they need to do.  The gap remains.  It is up to us to allow God’s Spirit to work within us, shrinking that gap and allowing more and more of His image to show through us.  This happens by Bible study, alone and with others, prayer, alone and with others, meditation both on His written Word, the Bible, and in response to our prayers, and many other ways.  We cannot just appear at a once a week church service and expect that gap to shrink.  The gap closes by God reaching out to us and us responding to Him.  How big is your gap?  It’s hard to be honest but we can’t hide anything from God.  We can only deceive ourselves.  Let’s have the courage to get honest with ourselves and put ourselves in the situations where we can respond to God’s Holy Spirit.

June 20, 2010

Leave the Past

 Phil 3:13-14  Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 We must not forget the things that are behind till they are confessed and forgiven.  We need to ask God for forgiveness, maybe ask others for forgiveness, maybe make restitution and we need to forgive ourselves.  Only after that are we free to forget what is behind and moved forward without guilt to what lies ahead.  Once we have confessed something to God, it is over and not to be brought up again.  There is no expiration date on God’s forgiveness.  Human nature seems to want to rehash the past or even boast how “bad” they were in the past.  Our talk should be on how good God is.  If there is still a millstone from the past, get on your knees and confess it to God.  Follow through with whatever He leads you to do then get moving on with Him in the here and now.

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