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December 31, 2011

Can Do All

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:35 am

Phil 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength

It was a day of fasting for me and I was busy at home caring for little ones. During the day I was in and out of the refrigerator for things for the family. There was one piece of homemade lemon meringue pie in the refrigerator. Every time I opened the door my eyes fell on that one piece of pie. The temptation became more acute each time. Toward the end of the afternoon it was as if I could hear that pie calling, “Come eat me. You know you want me.” I finally opened the refrigerator door and said to the pie, “I love God more than I love you. You no longer have a hold over me.” Guess what? That worked. I was no longer tempted by that piece of pie and finished out my day of fasting. As we look toward the New Year we can be confident that where ever God takes us and whatever God asks of us, we will be able to go and do through His power He puts within us. We can do nothing in and of our own strength or wisdom. All strength and wisdom come from God. We indeed can do everything through Him Who gives us strength.

December 30, 2011

Patches

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:14 am
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Mt 9:16 “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse

Another important reason for leaving the past things done and undone is they won’t fit with the new. Old habits stifle and shrink the possibilities of new habits. Sometimes it is hard to be open to new things and new ways. It can be frustrating. Getting a new cell phone or computer requires patience and a learning curve. Walking into new ministries or places God would have us go requires patience and a learning curve as well. As we pray about the coming New Year and what God would have us doing we need to be open to totally new things. That doesn’t mean He would have us change all things but we must be open. Remember, we are each an important part in preparing the way for Jesus to return for us, bringing His Kingdom on earth.

December 29, 2011

Short Accounts

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:01 am
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La 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Now that we have cleaned our inner house we can push on that God’s love and compassion for us is continually new each and every morning. I believe in keeping “short accounts” with God. This means reviewing my day at night and confessing the dos and didn’ts of the day, putting them under the blood of Jesus. In the morning God sees only the blood of Jesus. The sins of the day before are gone – gone forever. All things are new. As this year comes to a close start practicing short accounts with God. Maybe it can become a habit in the New Year.

December 28, 2011

An Extra Post to Answer a Question

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God's Word — by ginrich @ 9:15 am
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Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ c will enter the kingdom of heaven, d but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (New International Version)

I appreciate comments but don’t post them so those commenting have a choice of privacy. There was a question on the post-entitled “Advent 24.” The question was, “How do I do that?” Since the subject was making Jesus Lord of our lives I assume that is what the questioner was asking. To make Jesus Lord of our lives we must first believe He is the only begotten Son of God and came down both as fully God and as fully man in the form of a baby to grow and experience all we experience. We must believe He died on the cross for all of our sins and that He physically rose from the dead so we could have eternal life in His very presence. After belief comes accepting the belief and confessing we are sinners and receiving His forgiveness for our sins. Then we ask Him into our hearts and minds, ask Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit and ask Him to be the Lord – the director – the ruler of our lives. We may not feel anything on an emotional level for faith is not an emotion. Faith is the train engine that leads the way. Emotions are the caboose that follows along at the end of the train. Some trains are longer than others. Do not be concerned about feelings. Feelings will eventually fall into place. It is our will to believe and accept and trust God to bring all into proper relationships. After doing this we must spend time in prayer with Him, which means listening as well as talking. It takes time to learn to recognize His voice within us and I find writing a journal helps. Write your prayers and write what comes into your mind after. Eventually you will hear and recognize. It is also important to become familiar with the Holy Bible – the Manufacturers Instruction Book. Go to a store or on the Internet and look at the same verses in several translations and pick the one that speaks to you the best. My prayers are with you as you seek to make Jesus Lord of your life.

No Regrets

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:19 am
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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,

Part of confessing and cleaning the old is forgiving ourselves, giving up regrets for what we’ve done,said or haven’t done or said and pushing on to what God has ahead for us. So many of us live with regrets. We think often on we should have or shouldn’t have. This puts an unneeded weight on our minds, emotions and spirit. We cannot change the past. What is past is over. We must learn to accept it is over, we have confessed to God, He has forgiven us and no longer holds it against us, we have accepted His forgiveness, we forgive ourselves, we have made atonement if it is possible and we shut the door and move forward. We think it is a sign of humility to bemoan how sinful we have been. It is an affront to God. He says we are wonderfully made. He deemed us worthwhile to sacrifice His Son, Jesus as the atonement for our sins of commission and the ones of lack of commission. We need to accept what God has, is doing and will continue to do for us and turn from our lacks in the past, praise for our past blessings and push forward with whatever God has for us. As we approach the new year let us finish our emotional and spiritual house cleaning so we are free to push ahead in love, joy, peace and confidence with our God, our Father, our Creator and allow His Light to shine through us into this dark world.

December 27, 2011

Cleaning Time

Philippians 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

Ever since a young child I have always dedicated the week between Christmas and New Years to clean my room. As an adult I go through the house and donate or trash what can be donated or trashed. After I met Jesus as my Lord I started adding something to the house cleaning. I now include spiritual cleaning during that week. I take time to ask God what in me needs to have His light shed and where I need His cleansing. This time goes deeper than my normal times of confession and repentance through the year. I have a long way to take hold of the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit, which reflect His image, but I am determined to push on with Him. Won’t you join me?

December 26, 2011

The Day After

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,devotion,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:08 am
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Hebrews 13:1 Brotherly love must continue.Brotherly love must continue.

In preparing for Christmas day many of us were practicing brotherly love through giving to others. Many also experience a let down after all the excitement of the day. Some experience disappointment because the day or the things given or received didn’t meet expectation’s. What to do when experiencing any of those emotions? This verse tells us. We must continue in brotherly (or sisterly) love. We do this by continuing to give of our time,
talents and blessings God has given us. Depression and disappointments come when we are into ourselves. Let’s focus on God and be sensitive to the needs we see around us.

December 25, 2011

Advent 29

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,devotion — by ginrich @ 1:06 am
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Luke 3:6 And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’

Blessed Christmas.  Jesus, God’s Son and God’s salvation has come for all mankind to see.  Do you see Him?  He came for our sins and will return for us.  We prepared to celebrate His first coming.  We are to prepare for His return.  We are to tell all mankind of His coming so all mankind will see God’s salvation in the person of Jesus, God’s only Son.  When we come to Jesus we are adopted into God’s family.  Before that we are only God’s creations.  Now we are His adopted children and share God’s blessings with Jesus.  God has so much love to give He wants all His creations to come into His family.  Advent is over for this year but the time of preparation continues.  We must be the voices crying in the wilderness of this earth.  We must be the lamp stands from which God’s light stands.  Enjoy the love of God and go forth and share it.

December 24, 2011

Advent 28

Filed under: Advent,Christmas — by ginrich @ 1:57 am
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John 9:5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

This is Christmas Eve.  It is a day and night full of lights.  Many of us go to candlelight services.  Light is inviting.  Light brings joy and peace.  Light reveals things.  While Jesus walked in this world He said He is the Light for the world.  He is no longer physically walking here.  He expects to be able to walk through us, His followers.  We have His light in us and are to let it shine.  Candles in the windows are to show where the welcome is for those who enter.  We are to show where God’s welcome is to those who will choose to enter His gates.  Tonight is an exciting night.  Tonight we prepare our hearts to celebrate the most important birthday ever.  Tomorrow we will celebrate Jesus, God’s only Son came.  Have you welcomed Him into your heart and life?  Is your candle lit for others to see?

December 23, 2011

Advent 27

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christmas,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:43 am
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Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.

This world is a wilderness.  People are running wild.  They are full of fear and anger.  The normal tendency is to look out for “me” – number one.  Everyone else can look out for themselves.  We are in a desert without living water.  Those of us who have found the Source of the Living Water – Jesus Christ, God’s Son – are called to be a voice calling to all who will listen.  We have the ministry of making on this earth a highway for our God.  Only a few travel country roads.  Highways are built for many.  We are to be sure all who are within hearing distance of us hear about Jesus.  He has come on this earth and He is coming back.  Are we ready?  How about our families, neighbors, friends and strangers we meet?  Are we letting our voices be heard?  Let us speak out.

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