Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2011

Numbered Days

Job 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Mt 6:27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life

Every six months we have been having lunch in a near-by city with a cousin who flies in for her cancer check-up.  She’s been cancer free for over 2 years.  Today she told me she just bought 6 more months.  She feels she’s living with a shoe being held over her head and is waiting for it to drop.  God is the One Who numbers our days.  Some people usurp God’s control and take their own life, but God even has the power to stop that.  God hold our lives in His hand and no amount of worrying can change it.  God’s desire for us is to be at peace with our future and fellowship with Him, allowing Him to flow through us to others while our days are on this earth.  Instead of fretting over something we have no control, lets bask in His joy, peace and love and share His light with those around us.

 

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January 30, 2011

Idols

1Jn 5:21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

There was a specific television show I liked.  It was at 2 in the afternoon.  It was a good show, a cooking show.  After awhile I found I was trying to schedule my day around it and was disappointed whenever something took me away from it.  I’ve shared the 3 scripture verses I pray every day.  This show was becoming an idol by virtue of my determination to always watch it.  God answered the scripture prayer even though I was unaware the show was becoming an idol to me.  He moved the show to a station we don’t get with our TV service.  At first I was upset.  Then I saw what the show had grown to mean to me and how it was God Who intervened.  I now have better use of my time.  While out of state, I saw the same show for a few minutes and realized it no longer was a lure away from time I needed to be doing something else.  Praise God for His wisdom and power to protect my use of time He gives me on this earth.

 

January 29, 2011

Passing Comfort

2Co 1:4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

 

We met some friends we haven’t seen for many years.  While talking, they both said how much it meant, and still means, that my husband sat with her husband while she was undergoing open heart surgery.  My husband didn’t think it was anything irregular or special to sit with a friend.  He certainly didn’t know it meant so much that it still comforts them many years later.  We have no idea how our actions can impact others.  They can impact in two ways: negatively or positively.  The choice is really ours.  We must learn to put ourselves in the others’ shoes and reach out the way we would like if we were in their situation.  At the same time, we need to understand not everyone has the same needs or reacts the same.  I’ve found when I pray about how to reach out to someone, God is faithful to give me the wisdom needed in the situation.  It may be just a smile or listening ear or sitting with someone for a time like my husband did. It doesn’t take great works to have an impact on someone else’s life.   Usually, people just want to know someone else cares.  Let’s keep our eyes and ears open to the needs around us and pass on the comfort God gives us.

 

Pray Scripture 3

Eze 36:27 And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.

 

This is the third verse I pray for myself, my family and a short list of others in my church.  I don’t know about you but I need all the help I can get to keep the decrees and laws God has given us in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  All too often I put my own desires and comforts ahead of making myself available to God and what He might want to do through me, It’s not that God is ultra legalistic and wants us to keep His decrees and laws for their sake.  He has given us those decrees and laws because He knows they are best for us.  Following them keeps us in a closer relationship with God and with others.  Following them keeps us a peace with God, with others and with ourselves.    I ask Him daily to put His Spirit in me and move me to follow Him in all I do, think and say each day.

 

 

 

January 28, 2011

Pray Scripture 2

Eze 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

 

This is the second verse of scripture I pray daily.  Our heart suffers from other people people’s insensitivities each day.  It suffers from disappointments.  We need it renewed each day so we don’t build up grudges.  We also need to be rebathed in His Holy Spirit each day.  Things we do and don’t do throughout our day can tend to make us numb to the urgings of God’s Holy Spirit.  Our hearts can be hardened through the trials of the day to God and to others.  We need them softened by God so our love can stay open and fresh: our love for God and our love for others and for ourselves.  Praying this is like praying to be “new every morning” I thank God He will keep my heart pliable to reach out in love to Him, to others and to receive the love from Him and from others.

 

January 27, 2011

Praying Scripture Daily 1

Eze 36:25 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols.

 

There are 3 scripture verses I pray for myself, each person in my family, and a list of people in my church.  This is the first verse.  I pray these verses because I know when I pray scripture I am praying God’s will.  This first verse is asking for a refreshing from sins.  Some of our sins are sins of habit, and though we confess them, we find we repeat them.  We need God’s clean water, His Holy Spirit, to work within us to cleanse us from our impurities and the idols we have put in front of our relationship with God.  You say you have no idols?  Have you ever decided to go to a different thing such as a sporting event or staying home to watch a TV show when you should have joined in the “assembling of the saints” in church?  Have you ever said no to a need in church you were capable to meet but just didn’t want to do it?  We have idles of sports, TV, money, the list can go on and on.  We need a daily “sprinkle of clean water” to keep us clean.  I thank God that He is patient with me and answers this prayer each and every day I pray it.

 

January 26, 2011

One Match

Mt 4:16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light;

 

Have you ever been in total, physical darkness?  I have.  We were in Carlsbad Caverns, deep underground.  We were in this big cave/room and told to stand very still.  Then the guide turned off the light.  It was absolutely dark.  Our eyes never adjusted, as there was not one iota of light able to penetrate through the dense rock.  Then the guide lit a match.  Just one little match.  The entire cavern room was light and we were able to see everything.  This is true for us as Christians.  We are the little match in this dark world.  The question is are we letting our lights shine and be seen by those still living in darkness.  We might think it takes a very gifted person like an evangelist to shine the light but in reality each one of us has the potential to let God’s light shine.  We need to be quick to witness to God’s love and power to all who will listen.  Are you letting your light shine?

 

January 25, 2011

Testing Ourselves

Gal 6:4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else.

I got down this far in my morning Bible reading and had to stop and meditate.  Test my own actions.  How often do I do that and how do I do it?  My testing basis is in I Corinthians 13 where Paul defines the characteristic of love.  I can also test to see if my actions exhibit the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit.  Meditating on this I must admit many of my actions fall painfully short.  There are times I fail to consider the good of another and times I am unkind in what I say or do. Besides my own sinful nature, the pace of today’s living also impacts our actions.  We are so overly stimulated and fast paced that we fail to stop and think before we speak or do.  Early in my Christian walk I tried to train myself to pray first and speak and/or act second.  This is something, which is still not a natural response for me.  It takes time to learn to remain sensitive to God’s Holy Spirit and to the needs and feelings of others.  I’ve allowed the fast pace of my life to interfere with my checking everything out with God.  This is something I must work on.  How about you?  Being totally honest with ourselves about our own faults can be scary and difficult.  We can be our own worst critics.  We need to be sure we test ourselves in prayer with God and listen to His gentle nudging.  We need to allow God to remove the shadows within us, which block His Light from shining through us to others.

 

January 24, 2011

Past and Future

Phil 3:13 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 was sitting on a porch looking out on a lake.  I looked at that same lake a few decades ago.  Back then, it was a Boy Scout Camp and we were considering buying it and turning it into a retreat center.  God took us a different direction and we forgot about the camp.  Now, decades later, we are back but it is not a camp.  It is a private farm where they raise Arabian horses, shih-tzu dogs and a variety of other animals.  Our oldest daughter manages the facilities for the owner.  Our daughter also takes in abused and neglected horses, brings them back to health and teaches children how to ride and care for the horses.  She has a beautiful ministry, which includes helping emotionally challenged or physically challenged children.  I would have never dreamed that what we thought we would be doing and couldn’t would be the location for our oldest daughters\’s ministry.  We let go of one of our dreams and God used it to fulfill our daughter’s dram.  I also never would have guessed I would ever be writing or preaching.   Many people miss God’s blessings because they hang on tight to the past.   We settle for the good and don’t wait for the best.   To grow, we must always be opened to changes God brings into our lives.  Our dreams are smaller than God’s vision for us.  Go ahead a dream but be willing to see other directions God would take you.

 

January 23, 2011

Another Year

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Ex 15:26b for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

Today is my birthday.  It is a miraculous day because I had stage 4-breast cancer 14 years ago.  Going through a serious illness and coming out in health changes one’s attitude to life.  There is not a morning I don’t wake up and thank God for another day with my family, another day on this earth and another opportunity to allow Him to flow His love, peace and light through me.  There are days I forget as I get into the day and I block God’s work through me with my own selfish desires.  At night, as I lay on my bed, I ask God to show me where I left Him in the day and ask forgiveness.  It is so important to confess daily.  When we confess, God is quick to forgive.  We have no guarantee as to where we will wake up the next morning; it might be in our own beds or it might be standing before the throne of God.  When I stand there I want to see Him smile and say, “Well done my child.”  I still have a lot of cleaning out selfish desires and a lot more of allowing the fruits of God’s Spirit to grow in me before that will happen.  But today, I say, “Thank You, God, for another birthday.”

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