Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 21, 2010

Joy and Happiness

Ps 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation  and grant me a willing spirit,  to sustain me.

My husband has a saying, “Joy is from inside, happiness is from things or events outside.”  So many people mix up “joy” and “happiness.”  Joy is from God.  Joy is found in our salvation given to us when we accept Jesus, Christ, God’s only Son as our Lord and Savior.  He died on the cross without sins and took on our sins so when God looks at us, He sees the blood of atonement of His Son.  That is real joy.  Because of this sacrifice, we have forgiveness of our sins and eternal life.  Through our walk in this life we experience different emotions: sadness, grief, fear, happiness, anger, serenity.  The list can go on.  But joy is only experienced through God.  Joy is our bedrock that sustains us through all our other emotions.  We can be full of joy even when walking through grief.  Do you have God’s joy in you?  If not, confess to him you are a sinner.  Ask Him to forgive your sins.  Ask Jesus to come into your heart, mind and life as not only your Savior but as the ruler of your life.  Then thank God for forgiving your sins and thank Jesus for coming into your heart and mind and life.  Joy may come instantly are it may come gradually.  Each one is different.  You will come into the joy of your salvation.

October 20, 2010

A Pure Heart

Ps 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

 

Is this your prayer?  It is mine.  But this is not a one way prayer.  We cannot just sit and think God will do all the work to create clean hearts in us.  Our hearts are cleansed through the study of God’s written Word and through prayer – a two-way conversation with God.  It is when His Word is hidden within our hearts and minds He is able to clean us.  It is in growing in the knowledge of Him we can receive His renewal of a spirit that will stay strong and consistent in Him.  If your prayer is from this 10th verse of Psalm 51, get into His Word and get on your knees.  He will reward you with a pure heart and a steadfast spirit.

 

October 19, 2010

Pruning the Roses

 

Scripture reading: John 15:1-8

 

This morning I pruned my rose bushes.  I cut off all the dead branches.  I cut off all the dead flowers.  Some of the cuts were pretty severe.  These cuts were necessary to keep more growth coming.  It is that way with us.  God prunes us by allowing storms into our lives.  The storms cut away at the things that separate us from God.  The cutting can hurt.  Some of our “blooms” have been part of us for a long time and we’ve grown to love them.  God knows how deeply the cut needs to be so more of His fruits can branch out in us.  Our job is to be sensitive to the workings of God in us so we can quickly let loose of the “old bloom” and let His new one come forth.

                        Praise God when you feel there is nothing left of you but stubble..  He is shaping you into a beautiful image that will bring forth abundantly beautiful yield.  Don’t resist the fall and winter pruning.  Allow God to cut away not only the dead growth, but anything that will not conform to the beauty of His Image.  Sometimes we think He is cutting too deep and there will be only twigs left.  Praise God for the quicker we release what He is cutting from us, the quicker spring comes.

            After spring comes and we bloom more of His fruits shine out through us.  Just as with our eart, season repeat.   After each pruning season you will find ourselves stronger and healthier with an ever-increasing yield.

October 18, 2010

Business

 

Gal 5:7 You were running a good race.   Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth?

 

It was a very busy week.  There were many demands on my time.  So many of us live that way.  Sometimes we have so many demands from so very many different sources we might feel we are running “to and fro.”  It is so important for a Christian to stay focused.  We can’t answer every call on our time.  We must learn to pray over our calendar schedule and stay focused on what God wants to do through us.  So often, the first thing people give up when they are busy is the prayer time.  By prayer time I mean the time we give God equal time to speak to us as we spend speaking to Him.  We can learn from John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist church.  The busier his day was going to be, the earlier he got up to have more time in prayer.  He knew his source was God.  I know apart from God I can do no good thing.  If He is not working through me, I am wasting my time in the light of eternity.  Let’s stay in His Word, the Bible and stay in communion with God.  Let’s use our energy for things that count in eternity.  That doesn’t mean we don’t do dishes, clean houses or any other of life’s necessary chores.  It means we keep balance, spiritual and physical balance.  There is a scripture that says, “Whatever you do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord.”  We can’t just put His name on what we do or say.  We must be about letting Him do through and in us.

 

October 11, 2010

Prayers

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Dear Readers;

I have 2 sermons to give at 2 different churches Sunday and meetings at our church all week.  Sorry I won’t be able to write any new devotions until things calm down a little.  Would appreciate your prayers as I share God’s Word with other churches.

Also, please pray for our church (and all United Methodist churches) as next Sunday is laity Sunday and many will be sharing for the first time.

October 10, 2010

The Mouth of a Donkey

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Nu 22:28 Then the LORD opened the donkey’s mouth,

 

Many times as I prepare to write a devotion or share with a group of people I think, “Who am I to say anything?  What have I to offer that others don’t know better than I?”  Then I remember God opened the mouth of a donkey to speak.  Since God can speak through a donkey I guess it isn’t too much harder for Him to speak through me.  In fact, He wants to speak through each one of us.  All of us have something He wants to say through us to others.  Through our unique testimonies we encourage each other to continue to grow in the Lord.  We each should take every opportunity to share with others what God is doing in our life today.  Testimonies of the past are interesting but if our testimony is only of the past we are not growing.  Take time today to share with someone what God is doing in your life today.

 

October 9, 2010

The Spirit Intercedes

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“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26-30).

 

Yesterday we considered being silent and giving God a chance to tell us what to pray.  Sometimes, even in silence, we might find it hard to know what to pray.  In times like those, I just ask God to release His Holy Spirit to pray through me.  Sometimes I quote a verse or two from the Bible, sometimes I sing and sometimes I just go back into silence, listening for that still, calm voice that I have grown to know to be God speaking deep within me.  In the world, we like to think we have the answers.  In reality, we have no answers to anything.  God is the One with all the answers.  Practice listening.  Listening connects our prayers to God’s power.  When we pray according to God’s will, we can wait in confidence and faith, knowing God will respond to our prayer.

 

October 8, 2010

Be Still

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

 

How do you start your prayer time?  Do you begin with silence?  Do you still your heart and mind and listen to God to hear what He wants to say before you start doing all the talking?  If your prayers seem to lack power, if they don’t seem to get answered, maybe you’re praying for the wrong things.  Prayer is the connection God gives us to Him through His Holy Spirit.  We don’t start the connection, God does.  We must learn to hear His voice in our hearts to be able to understand His will.  We can’t pray if we don’t know how to hear Him.  We cannot hear Him if we are not silent.  In this day and age we are unaccustomed to silence.  Silence makes a lot of people anxious.  We are accustomed to noise all around us throughout our days.  We even make our own internal noises; our minds run to and fro about so many things.  It is so worth our time to learn to be silent before our God.  It is in our silence that we can truly know Him.

 

October 7, 2010

Testing by Experience

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Eph 5:10  Testing by experience what is well pleasing to the Lord

Even though I’ve read it many times, I’ve not really noticed that verse before.  It tells how to know what pleases our Lord.  We test by experience.  What kind of experiences do we use to test what pleases Him?  The experience of Bible study is one very good place to start.  It is full of statements that show us what pleases God.  Comparing what we do or think with the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit is a very good gauge.  You know what they are: (Gal 5:22) love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Checking against these fruits of His Holy Spirit can really change how we act, what we say and what we allow ourselves to think.    I know in my life there are many times I fail to display some of these fruits.  I tend to be inconsistent in allowing these fruits to grow within me.  This is why I start and end my days asking God for a fresh re-filling of His Holy Spirit.  As I put my roots deeper into the vine, the Tree of Life, Jesus, God’s Son, Who gave His life for me, I will grow stronger and more and more of His Fruits will grow and be seen and felt by others.  It is in allowing these fruits to grow and be seen that will draw others to the Giver of these Fruits.

 

October 6, 2010

Eyetest

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Mt 13:16 But blessed are your eyes because they see,

My husband had an eye exam today.  It was very thorough.  They even took pictures of the inside of his eyes.  The result was good vision.  We need to test our spiritual eyes.  Do we look, expecting to see the workings of God?  So many people fail to see His work.  We see it through nature, through the elements He set in place in this universe and through people around us.  So many people are attuned to seeing only themselves; their wants, their likes and dislikes.  We need to changes our prayers from “give me’s” and “do for me’s” to “open my eyes to see what You would have me see this day.  Give it a try.

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