Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 31, 2011

Unconditional Love

Pr 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.

The love God has for His children goes beyond any human reason.  God loves the murderer and the adulterer (Read about David in the Old Testament).  God loves the one who looks away to another (Read about Solomon and his lust).  God loves those who deny Him (Read about Peter’s denial three times in the gospels of the New Testament).  God wants us to love others in the same way.  Let’s check ourselves out.  Do we keep score of hurts, of disappointments, of perceived or real wrongs done to us?  Do we complain about how others treat us?  If we are honest with ourselves, we all have that problem – some more than others.  No amount of wrong done to us can change God’s command of unconditional love.  It’s amazing what can happen to someone who is loved unconditionally.  Look how David, Solomon and Peter changed.  But our motive for loving unconditional must not be for someone else to change their behavior.  It must be because we Love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds and strength and we love our neighbors (all created mankind) as ourselves.  Is this hard?  Yes, when we put ourselves first.  Let’s ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us put Him first and choose to love those He puts around us.

 

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March 30, 2011

Callused Hearts

Mt 22:14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”  (Recommend starting with verse 2 to get the full story.)

The people the king invited to his banquet had callused hearts.  They considered the things on their “to do” list were more important than the king’s banquet.  So many of us have callused hearts today.  For many, the things of God rank on the bottom of our “to do” lists.  Church attendance is abandoned by sleeping in or outings or chores.  Bible study is ignored.  Sharing the learning of God’s word in small groups is considered too time consuming.  Praying continually is not understood and considered impossibility in today’s age.  During the rest of this Lenten season let’s check our hearts.  Are we really putting God, His kingdom and His word first place in our minds, hearts and lives?  After we’ve honestly answered that question we need to determine to make changes in our priorities with the help of God’s Holy Spirit.

 

March 29, 2011

Hear God

Isa 30:21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice v  behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

God doesn’t want to read our minds.  He can and knows our thoughts even before we do but He created us to have fellowship with Him and with each other.  He wants us to talk to Him, to tell Him what’s on our minds and to take time to listen to what’s on His mind.  In the quiet of the morning or when ever we choose to have our major prayer time of the day, we need to be sure we give God equal time to speak to us.  He doesn’t speak in an audible voice though He can.  He speaks through His Holy Spirit within us.  We need to take time to write down what is in us.  He puts His word to us in us through His Holy Spirit.  It’s our choice to listen.  Let’s ask ourselves, “Are we listening?”  If not, why?  There is no need to fear for God loves us more than we can ever imagine.  With enough practice in writing what we hear we will learn to hear on the go as well.  Let’s take time today to listen and write what we hear.  Then let us learn to hear throughout our day.

 

March 28, 2011

Living Word

Mk 16:20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs  that accompanied it.

.Ro 10:8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:  that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming:

Many of us refer to the Bible as “The Living Word.”  That is true.  God’s Word as recorded in the Bible is living – applicable to the continuing present.  But there is also another Living Word.  We are to be God’s living word.  His word is to be in our hearts, minds and our lives.  People are to see and hear God through us.  As we quickly approach the end of the Lenten season lets check out ourselves.  How are we personifying God’s Living Word?  What areas are we lacking?  What attributes of love are we not showing?  What fruits of the spirit are we quenching with our thoughts, words and actions?  When we receive Jesus into our hearts and lives we become new creations.  Are we new or are we still just like the rest of the world?  Do we blend in or do we light up?  These are not pleasant questions but are necessary if we want to be pleasing unto our God.

 

March 27, 2011

Whatever We Do

Col 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

This is a wonderful verse.  Take it literally.  Everything we do must be with a thankful heart and with an attitude of doing His will in all things.  If it means picking up someone’s dirty laundry off the floor, do it with a thankful heart.  If it means doing someone elses job at work and them getting the credit for it, do it with a thankful heart.  If it is extra exercise to get of extra pounds, do it with a thankful heart.  In every situation we find ourselves in there is always something to be thankful about and worthy of our working it out according to God’s pleasure.

With everything we do, we thank God for giving us a faith that leads to action.

 

March 26, 2011

Universe Expance

Ne 9:6 You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, l even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

I watched a show on PBS on astronomy and telescopes.  They have found they don’t know how big space is.  They do know there was a start.  They describe it as “the big bang.”  I know it was the voice of God.  We tend to make God much smaller than He is.  This is because our minds are small.  We have trouble taking in things we do not understand or haven’t experienced.  The vastness of the universe shows the vastness of God.  The universe is very complex with it’s gases, stars, planets, suns, nebulae, black holes white holes and who knows what else.  It is also very colorful.  Take time today to praise God for His creation and being allowed to be part of it.  It is a might love that reaches down to a small creation (man) and put His Son on a cross to take on our sins.  There is no deserving on our part.  It is only grace and love on God’s part.  Thank You, God.

 

March 25, 2011

Parts of the Body

Ro 12:4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,

In youth group we played a game.  Each person was a different part of the body.  They could only do what that part of the body did.  The eyes had to direct the brain.  The brain had to direct the mouth.  The mouth had to direct the legs, arms, hands, etc.  The goal was to locate an open Bible across the room, navigate through the room, pick up the Bible and read the verse out loud.  They found this took careful thinking.  We related it to how the body of Christ works and how much we need each other.  This is one of the reasons we assemble in church together.  We need to share and encourage each other in our walk with God.  My question for you today is do you know what part of God’s body you are called to function?  If not, take some time during this Lenten season and ask Him to show you where you fit.  I once asked Him what part of the body I was and asked if I could be a little toe.  His response, “Little toes keep balance.”  At the time, that was not where I could function.  Pray, ask, listen and respond.  Each part of the body of Christ is important and needed.  Even the “lesser” parts that are not noticed much.  We all need to gather together and function.

 

March 24, 2011

Mind, Soul and Spirit

Mt 22:37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

I test myself fairly regularly on where I am with the Lord, my God.  One of the tests is this verse.  I really want to love Him with all my heart, soul and mind.  I must admit, my daily schedule doesn’t show it.  There are many aspects involved in loving this way.  One is how I treat my physical body.  My physical body is a dwelling place for His Holy Spirit on this earth.  My job is to keep it healthy by eating right, exercising right and giving it the right amount of rest.  Yesterday I was invited into a Facebook group that makes each member accountable for getting mind, body and spirit in healthy order.  This is done through positivie words of encouragement as we share our struggles and victories with each other.  I strongly recommend everyone get with someone for encouragement in their spiritual growth.  God did not intend for us to grow by ourselves.  If He had, he would have stopped with the creation of Adam.

 

March 23, 2011

Beauty of Creation

Ps 96:1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Forgetting about daylight savings I was ready for my morning walk before the sun rose.  Just as dawn was breaking I stepped into the road and started walking.  I was serenaded by a variety of birds, each one singing their own unique song.  As I was walking and praying and enjoying the music I expressed my thanks to God for creating such beautiful music and allowing me to hear it.  We tend to be too busy to take time to enjoy this beautiful earth God has entrusted to our stewardship.  It is springtime and today we drove to a town famous for it’s azalea garden.  The variety of colors again brought to mind the beauty of God’s creation.  He didn’t have to make flowers of different colors.  He could have made a black and white world if He wanted or an all gray world or anything else.  Instead He places music and colors around us.  Let’s be sure we enjoy what God has created and thank and praise Him for His beauty.

 

March 22, 2011

God Is Not Slow

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2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,  as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

 

So often when we are in a time of trial and have prayed for a solution we think God is not answering the prayer.  We forget that for God, the most important thing is our spirit, our real and inner selves.  He wants us to be healthy and united with Him so we can live with Him for eternity.  Our trials are learning rooms of God’s school.  It is not that He enjoys seeing us suffer.  It is that He is willing for us to learn to be united with Him.  I know I am a slow learner.  There are times I throw temper tantrums because I don’t like where I am or what is occurring around me and it seems God is not doing anything.  When I settle down and take time to listen after praying I find God’s wisdom and timing are best.  He is not slow.  We are slow in responding.  We must be honest with ourselves and be more willing for God to work out the chaff in us so we may truly become one in Him and He in us.

 

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