Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2011

Taking Credit

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:22 am
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Da 2:25 Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.”

I’ve read and studied Daniel several times but this morning I re-read this chapter and noticed something.  If you’ll read the verses before this verse you’ll see Daniel went to Arioch.  Here Arioch says he is the one who found Daniel.  How quick we are to take credit for things we don’t do.  I encourage you to read more of Daniel and see how he is so quick to give all credit to God.  We can learn so much from Daniel.  I choose to write less today in hopes we will all spend more time reading and meditating on God’s Word.  Have a great day with God.

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October 30, 2011

The Potter

Jer 18:4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Life is full of many things that hurt our inner selves and leave scars.  Scars of themselves are not so bad but when the hurt did not heal properly scar tissue can form.  Scar tissue can interfere with the normal, healthy body processes.  When this happens, surgery is needed to remove this scar tissue.

Because emotional hurts are unpleasant and painful, we tend to avoid them by pushing them down to our unconscious level.  This has the opposite effect to what we intend.  Although they may lie seemingly dormant for years, they are building up unhealthy scar tissue.  Many times this is seen outwardly by emotions and actions we don’t understand.  It can be seen in a sick body or in a nervous disorder.  When this has happened, major surgery is needed.  There is only one surgeon qualified for this kind of surgery.  His name is Jesus.  He alone understands our hurt and pain.  He knows just where the incision is needed and how much should be cut away.  He may use the hand of a trained counselor or a friend.  The process might seem painful but the result brings pure health and peace.

How can we avoid developing scar tissue?  We must be willing to look at each hurt or disappointment when it comes.  We must ask God to show us why it hurts and what to do about it.  There has already been much written and said on forgiveness.  Forgiveness is definitely a major portion of the healing process but it is not the entire portion.  Allow God to show you every aspect of the hurt.  Allow Him to reach deep into your innermost being and bring healing.  Allow Him to renew your mind in the situation.  The choice is yours.  You can choose to be hurt, depressed, resentful, or proud, or you can choose to allow God to do His work.

October 29, 2011

Consistency

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

What a beautiful prayer.  The question is, do we really mean it?  We are so well behaved in church.  We watch what we say, we praise God and we guard or actions.  How are we when we are away from other Christians?  What do we say when another driver cuts us off?  What kind of expression is on our faces when we are having to wait for something or someone longer than we think we should?  When we ask for a steadfast spirit we are asking to be consistent in our speech, actions, obedience and love of our God.  We really do have a choice.  We really do have control of our responses.  Let us try to remember God sees and hears all we do and think.  Let us choose to be steadfast and pleasing to God.

 

October 28, 2011

Can’t Pray

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:49 am
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Ro 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit  himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express

Sometimes, due to your physical condition or other problems, it seems you cannot pray.  What is prayer?  Prayer is communion with God.

If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit is within you and continually interceding for you.  When you cannot pray, orally acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit within you.  Let Him pray for you.  Try to realize how much love it took for God to give us His Holy Spirit as a constant intercessor.  Allow Him to be your Comforter as well.  Try to relax and become aware of His Presence.

If you are able, call a friend and tell them of your need.  People are blessed when they intercede for others.  Many times they get so busy they forget.  Bless them by asking for their prayers.

Practice your awareness of God’s Holy Spirit within you while you are not quite so disturbed.  Remind yourself throughout the day that He is there.  Talk to Him and thank Him for being there.  Thank your Father for sending Him to you.  Thank Jesus for dying so you could receive Him

The more you become aware of His Presence on your better days, the easier it is to feel His Presence on the other days.  Then you can rest in trust while the Spirit prays.

October 27, 2011

Always Thankful

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:44 am
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Ps 105:3 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we read, “In everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (NAS).  How in the world are we supposed to give thanks in pain and suffering?  Read the verse again.  Notice it says IN everything give thanks not FOR everything give thanks.  Notice it also says IN CHRIST JESUS not IN THE WORLD.

I cannot thank God for my pain and illness or many other major difficulties but there are so many things in spite of those for which I can truly thank Him.  While I’m walking through a difficult situation, I can thank Him that Jesus died for me.  I can thank Him that my name is written in His book.  I can thank Him for His love.  I can thank Him for the eternity I will spend with Him free from tears, pain and sorrow and in total joy.  I can thank Him that no matter how it looks to me, He is in control of all that touches my life.

The physical world seems all-important to me now for that is where I reside.  This world (and its problems) is in reality nothing more than a temporary condition.  I must make God’s priorities my priorities.  It is not easy when so closely involved in the world but through Christ all things are possible if I will.

As I have practiced giving thanks for God and His love in all situations in which I find myself, I find His joy overrides the situation more and more.  In a spirit of thanksgiving I find I can turn my thoughts away from my temporary situations and toward my loving Father and His eternal love, joy and peace.

For everything, I am not truly thankful. In everything I truly rejoice.  In everything I give thanks for the love of God through Christ Jesus.  He left His throne for a time to physically suffer and die on the cross that I might spend all of eternity with Him.

October 26, 2011

Lamps Burning

Mt 25:13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour

Do you take this verse seriously?  We need to be ready and watching for the return of Jesus.  Many Christians put this in the back of their mind.  Some don’t believe He will come in their lifetime so they don’t need to be ready.  Jesus said He didn’t know the time or day of His return.  He said on the Father knows this.  But in telling the parable of the 10 virgins He told us how important it is for us to be ready at any time.  He said we must keep oil in our lamps.  We are the lamp fixture for God’s light to shine through us.  We must keep current on confessing sins and turning to God.  We must keep being filled daily with His Holy Spirit.  We must keep learning to continually abide in His presence.  The question is, where are we?  Are our lamps burning with the power of His Holy Spirit?

Gossip

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:36 am
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Pr 11:13 A gossip betrays a confidence,  but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

 

You say you don’t gossip?  So often gossip is disguised.  Even at church prayer groups there is gossip.  It is hidden in the form of a prayer request.  We think we must know all the details before we can pray for someone.  All we need to know is they are in need of prayer.  God already knows their needs.  We need only lift their name up before the throne of grace of God.  Gossip is disguised as passing on news of another.  We so often think that gossiping is only in sharing the bad about someone.  Gossiping is talking about someone else’s business with an uninvolved party.  We need to guard our mouths and be sure what we share is needed and will not hurt another.  Let us be trustworthy.

October 25, 2011

God Is Watching

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:21 am
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Pr 5:21 For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and he examines all his paths.

We full ourselves when we think God won’t notice all of our actions.  We may be able to hid some of the things we do from others.  We may even be able to deceive ourselves on what we ourselves are doing from time to time.  I know I’m very good at rationalization.  God is always with us.  When we are on our computers God is with us watching.  When we watch TV God is with us watching.  When we read a book God is with us watching.  The question is are we comfortable with what we are doing, watching or reading sitting along beside God?  Let’s think about that next time we pick a movie, go on the internet or read a book.  God is watching.

October 24, 2011

God’s Work

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:24 am
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Phil 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Have you ever condemned yourself for the way you felt about something?  It really hurts our pride in our own ‘goodness’ when we feel something that is not in accordance with who we think we are or who we would like to be.  We do have a choice in the ways we act or the ways we express our feelings.  We cannot do anything about the ways we feel. We can yield our feelings to God for Him to bring them into oneness with Him.  As we yield our feelings more and more to Him, it will reflect more in our actions.

Ask God to help you use the time you have spent in condemning yourself to yielding and trusting Him for His promise to complete His good work in you.  Praise Him while He works.  When you express your feelings in the wrong way, acknowledge it.  Accept God’s correction and walk on.  Praise God for the things in your life that make you feel the way you do.  Offer them to God and allow Him free reign.  He is the Master Craftsman.   His handiwork is perfect and without spot or blemish.

October 23, 2011

With God Every Day

Mt 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

My friend said she had been going in circles all day looking for some important keys.  I asked her if she had asked God to show her where they are and she said no.  We so often try to solve our problems on our own without seeking God.  My nephew lost his Air Force ring in my parent’s back yard.  He hired a man with a metal detector who could not find it.  As I left for an errand I said, “Look up.”  I meant for Him to ask God.  He walked around the yard and looked up and there was his ring hanging on a twig of a tree branch.  My friend asked God as she was in bed last night and He showed her where the keys were.  He also showed me as I prayed for my friend.  We make life so hard on ourselves in our effort to be independent.  God intended us to be co-dependent on Him as He teaches us obedience and love by allowing us to take part in His preparation for the Kingdom of Heaven to come on earth.  The question is do we want to include God in all we do and think throughout each and every day?  He wants to be included and He will bless us and others through us.

 

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