Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2011

What We Eat

Jn 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am  the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty

Mt 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body

There is a saying, “We are what we eat.”  That may apply to our physical bodies to a great extinct.  It also applies to who we are inside – the inner man.  Jesus is the bread of life and we are to eat and digest His word.  We do this by Bible study, individual and in groups.  We also do this through communion – the elements of the Last Supper.  This can seem just like another ritual when we don’t prepare for it.  Before we partake of it we are told to make sure our hearts are right.  We must make sure we haven’t done wrong to anyone and make sure we have forgiven anyone who has done wrong to us.  If it is not a spiritual experience, if it doesn’t make us more aware of God’s love and how much our salvation cost Him, we are taking it amiss.  Let us always prepare in prayer with God before eating His written word or partaking of the elements of the Last Supper.

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August 30, 2011

Never Changes

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:03 am
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Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

 

Some put their trust and security in their ability to work.  Work will come to an end some day.  Some put their trust and security in money.  The value and amount of money will come to an end some day.  Some put their trust in their physical looks.  Looks become less attractive with age.  Some put their trust and security in governments.  Governments can fall or change.  There are so many material and temporary things people put their trust and security in.  Then, when those things change or disappear they are in trouble.  There is only One Who never changes.  Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  We are to put our trust and security in Him.  He has promised never to leave us or forsake us.  He is our source for peace, security and love.  If you are having trouble with peace, security or love, take time right now to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and life.  Problems of life will come and go but He will never leave you.  If you have already done this but are wrestling with insecurity and/or lack of peace, ask God for a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit.  He is faithful.

August 29, 2011

Let’s Be Hot

Rev 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth

Many people have the wrong interpretation of what is happening in the world today.  There are wars, terrorists, economic instability, political and government instability and natural disasters.  We tend to put our emphasis on those things in relation to our own comfort, security, prosperity or political preferences.  We fail to see God is trying to get the attention of lukewarm and cold people.  He doesn’t want a single person lost from Him.  When things get tough a lot of people turn their attention to God.  Fear and insecurity seem to awaken the need of something missing inside us – God’s peace.  God wants more than the outer circumstances to catch the attention of people.  He wants us to be active and vocal in telling and showing others the way to God’s peace.  God is our Source.  It is more important to know we will not be “spit out of His mouth” than any other thing.  All others are temporary.  God is eternal.  Lets be hot.  Lets be vocal.  Lets be active.

August 28, 2011

Living Sacrifice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:18 am
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Ro 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship

With our triple digit temperatures we are having to get up before dawn to do our walking in the mornings.  Why do we do this?  In our sedentary world of push buttons and remotes our bodies do not get the exercise they need.  It is our responsibility to keep our bodies healthy and energetic for God to use.  In spite of the heat, I enjoy the walking early as the birds are waking up.  It is a good time to talk with God about the day ahead.  It is also a good time to appreciate God’s workmanship in His creation.  The early dawn, the sunrise, the bird songs all contribute to a worship experience.  After the walk and a cold cool-down (back into air conditioning) I am energized for the day ahead.  I’ve had time to listen to God for direction.  I am alive for God’s use here on this earth.  Our bodies are to be offered as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.  To do that we must take care of them by exercise, eating right and proper rest.  Ask yourself today what you might need to change to present your body to God as a living sacrifice.

August 27, 2011

Denominationalism

“This people draws near to me with their mouth and honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far removed from me. But they serve me in vain because they teach teachings that are nothing but the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:8–9).

Only God knows the real condition of our hearts – the center of our being.  We need to be open to His Holy Spirit to reveal to us areas where we have not allowed His light to penetrate.  There are areas where we may be serving Him in vain because we have not allowed Him into that area or we have altered His word to our comfort and put that interpretation on to others.  In whatever we do in word or deed we are to do it in the name of the Lord.  But doing it in His name does not mean our heart is right.  There is a danger in denominationalisms.  That danger is in putting the extra commands we have made in a denomination onto all Christians.  We want everyone to believe and act as we do because that makes us feel better about ourselves.  Let us be sure we, ourselves, draw near to God in love and leave requirements of others to Him.  We are to share His love and light the way to God through Jesus Christ.  The Holy Spirit will do the inner working in each of us.

August 26, 2011

God’s Purpose, Our Work

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Creation,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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Pr 19:21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’S purpose that prevails.

 

Each one of us is full of plans.  We have plans for this day and for days to come.  Some of our plans are put on us by others.  There is nothing wrong with plans as long as we are flexible.  God created each one of us for His purpose.  The major purpose is fellowship with Him.  He also has work for us to do in His name and through His power.  This work is to spread His love and word to the ends of the earth and make preparations for the coming of His Son, Jesus for His bride, us, the church of believers.  God’s purpose is that not one person will be left out.  Our job is to let each one know through our words and actions.  We get into problems when our plans rub against God’s purpose for us.  Each of us has a different job in preparing for His Kingdom on earth.  What He calls you to do is different than what He calls me to do yet each of us serves the same purpose/goal.  We must each listen to Him through scripture and through the gentle voice of His Holy Spirit. Let us learn to submit all our plans and all our ways and all our thoughts and actions to God for confirmation or correction.  It continually amazes me that God would choose to work through sinful people like me.  What an awesome God we serve.

August 25, 2011

Prepare

Mt 24:7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

God’s word tells us that the sign of ending times would be the increasing of natural and man-made disasters.  He also tells us we are to prepare for His Kingdom to come on earth.  We need to be more concerned about preparing for His Kingdom here on this earth more than we are to be concerned about natural or man-made disasters.  How are we to prepare for His Kingdom?  We need to make sure we love the Lord our God with all our hearts, mind and strength and our neighbors.  We need to be sure our lamps are letting His light shine brightly, we need to be sure all around us have heard about God and His Son, Jesus, and have seen and felt His love through us.  We may think one of the most important things we can do for our future is to put money in an IRA.  In actuality the most important thing we can do for our future is obey God, love God, worship God and share God with others.  Be sure you share God with someone today.  Opportunities are all around us.

August 24, 2011

Repentance

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:26 am
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Heb 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

We seem to love using the word, “but.”  We like to find reasons for our disobedience or sinful behavior.  Mankind has looked for excuses ever since Adam and Eve in the Garden.  We don’t like to call sin, sin.  We rather say we messed up because so and so or circumstances.  In 1 John 1:9, God tells us we need to confess our sins.  This is not for God’s benefit but for our own.  When we confess sin as sin we are taking responsibility for our actions or thoughts and we are actually looking at what we have done, said or not done or not said.  When we do confess them we are forgiven and cleansed.  If you’re like me, sometimes you find yourself on a treadmill of repetition.  That also puts us on a treadmill of guilt.  When we do confess we must be sure we acknowledge God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves.  Then we need to incorporate the power of God’s Holy Spirit, asking to be strengthened and not repeat the same sin.  Sometimes we will but we must not wallow in guilt.  Guilt means we don’t really believe in God’s forgiveness.  When we see sin as God sees it our willingness for true repentance will become stronger and our desire to be upright will also be stronger.  Sin is sin.  It separates us from fellowship with God.  Let us be quick to confess and quick to repent and move on in fellowship and obedience with God.

August 23, 2011

Resting

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:42 am
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Matthew 11:28 Come to me,all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

 

What do you do when you are too tired to care?  You are too tired to care about those you love.  You are too tired to care how you feel or what happens to you.  You are too tired to continue the struggle.  It even seems you are too tired to care about God.

You need to rest in God’s love.  You can give up actively caring without totally giving up but you cannot do it in your own strength.  You do not have any strength.  In Zechariah 4:6b we read, “Not by might nor by power, but by My spirit says the Lord of host.” (NAS)

Human nature strives for self-dependence.  Even when you want to let go and let God, all within your mortal flesh seems to fight to hold on.  How do you let go?  How do you find the strength to rest when you are so tired?

Human will is an amazing thing.  It can keep you from the very thing you desire.  When combined with the Holy Spirit it can bring the desires God has placed within you to fruition.  Tell God how you feel and allow Him to bathe you in His peace and love.  Allow God to use your imagination.  Picture a meadow and allow His Spirit to take you there.  Let your body relax as your loving Father uses your imagination to show you how He cares for you.

If you are willing, God will bring you to Isaiah 26:3, “you will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trust in You.” (NIV).  After this time of rest you will once again be able to care and take up your active part.

August 22, 2011

Our Light

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:09 am
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Mt 5:15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

 

Think about light.  Why do we use it?  We use it to see.  We want to see what is safe, what might be in our way, what is dirty and needs to be cleaned or gotten rid of, what is clean and good and ready for use, etc.  God tells us we are to be lamps.  We are to demonstrate what is good and ready for use – use by God in helping His Kingdom to come to earth.  We also are to alert to what is dirty – evil and not of God.  We don’t always want to be lights.  Sometimes it is because we know others won’t see the likeness of God in us.  Sometimes it is because we don’t want to risk offending others.  We seem to seek the approval of fellow man rather than the approval of God.  We need to take regular time to reflect and check our lamp – is it clean and allowing God’s light to shine, are we allowing it to shine everywhere we go and are we open and honest in what the light shines on?   I like the child’s song, “This Little Light of Mine, I’m going to let it shine…Won’t let Satan blow it out….Let it shine ’til Jesus comes,” and many other verses.  Ask yourself: is my light shining?  What is it shining on?  What do I see?  What do others see?  What does God see?  May our lights shine to reflect the love and glory of God through Jesus Christ.

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