Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 19, 2012

Always Present

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:42 am
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Psalms 139:7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? (The Holy Bible, New International Version.)

There is no place in any existence where God’s Spirit and presence is lacking. He is present everywhere. There is nothing hidden from Him. He sees us when we are lying, disobeying, wasting time, gossiping, complaining and anything else. He even knows every thought we ever have. What blows my mind is, in spite of His all knowing and all presence He still loves us. We deny Him through our words and actions in our disobedience yet He continues to love us and draw us to Him. He never causes us harm. He only wants the best for us. Yet we find things to complain about. We murmur under our breath. We worry and fret. When we find ourselves complaining or becoming dissatisfied with our lives, our situations or our relationships we need to get on our knees, confess our selfishness and thank and praise God for loving us in our sin to be willing to send His Son, Jesus Christ, to demonstrate His love for us and shed His blood so we can be united with God.

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February 18, 2012

Filling Station

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:07 am
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Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Many times we get swept up in over-work. We become exhausted. This is a good barometer of our relationship with God. If we are so busy we probably have been ignoring our quiet time with God. This affects our focus. We become out of touch with our purpose—to love and praise God and spread His word and light to others. John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist denomination, was a good example of how we should schedule our time. The more he had to do in a day, the more time he allotted to spend one-on-one time with God. He was aware of where his source of wisdom, power and energy came from. It’s very much like a car. If we don’t fill up the tank with fuel the care won’t go. We must be sure we fill our tanks (our spirit and our mind) with the fuel God has for us. Let us be sure to take ourselves to the filling station (a quiet place with God) every day.

February 17, 2012

Fickle Heart

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:24 am
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Hebrews 3:12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Few Christians ever admit to having a sinful, unbelieving heart or that they every turn away from God. Actually we tend to have fickle hearts. Many only go to church when it is convenient for them. Many only occasionally open the Bible to read, let alone to study. Many are very fickle in their prayer life, only thinking about talking to God when they have a really big problem. We need to guard against inconsistency. Being too tired, too uncomfortable or too inconvenienced is no excuse to not worship, serve and obey God. Consistency takes discipline. Discipline takes effort. Effort takes motivation. When we tend to want to slack in our obedience to God we must think of what God has done and is doing for us. Our tiredness, inconvenience or uncomfortableness doesn’t compare to what Jesus walked through in our place. When we stop to really reflect on the price paid for our forgiveness we find our fickle hearts ebbing and motivation for consistency in commitment gaining. Our question today is do we have a fickle heart today or this week? Let us guard against it. Let us continue to go in the living God’s direction.

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:01 am
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Hebrews 4:11 Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience. (New English Translation)

I encourage you to read all of the 11th chapter of Hebrews.  In this busy age full of overextended people with overextended schedules it is important for Christians to know how to enter God’s rest.  When Corrie Tem Boon was in her 90’s she flew from California to Florida to talk to my neighbor, Jammie Buckingham, who was ghost-writing her book, “Tramp for the Lord.” She was very tired after the long flight and went upstairs to rest.  Before a pot of coffee could be brewed she was back down.  Jamie asked, “I thought you were going to rest?”. Corrie replied, “When you’re in the Lord rest comes quickly.”. I have always remembered this and use it to see what has me so tired on occasion.  It usually means I’ve taken on things that are not in God’s plan for me.  Yes, we can become very tired when about God’s   work but rest will come quickly when we look to Him.

February 16, 2012

Always Listening

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:41 am

Psalms 10:17 You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When our son was an infant and we would put him in the church nursery I had to be careful and sit a good distance away from the nursery wall. This was because I could recognize his slightest cry over the cries of others. God is that way. He is always listening and knows the cry (or voice) of each one of us. Like a mother’s ears are always tuned to the cry of her children, God is even better and more consistent at hearing and identifying. There is nothing we can say or think that God doesn’t hear. This is because He loves us. He loves us so very much that He was willing to be separated from His Son for the first and only time to allow His Son, Jesus, to take on our sins for all times. God had to turn away from Jesus at that time because God has no sin and is not in the presence of sin. This amount of love is impossible for us to understand. Praise God we don’t need to understand this depth of love in order to accept it. All we need do is open our heart and mind and life to God’s Son, Jesus and commit to walk in the way He showed us how to walk. How beautiful it is that there is Someone Who is always listening for us. Should we not be always listening for Him?

February 15, 2012

Drifting

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:12 am
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Hebrews 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Drifting away from God and His precepts is a very real danger. It can happen so slowly we are not aware of it happening. We can drift back into old habits and associations. How do we keep from drifting? We must stay in God’s Word daily. Failing to expose our mind to His Word brings opportunity for us not to think about God or what He tells us in His written Word. Failure to spend time in prayer (2-way communication) causes us to be unhearing of His still, small voice within our spirits. Failure to gather with His other children regularly causes us to be less sensitive to reaching out in love, which brings about coldness. God’s written Word, prayer and the gathering together with other believers are like a lifeboat. If the lifeboat is not at ready on the ship at all times it is not available for use when needed. It we don’t stay grounded in the provisions God has supplied when a storm comes we won’t know how to connect to our Source of life. Our question is are we staying well connected or are we drifting in any of those areas?

February 14, 2012

Confession

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:54 am
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blood of JesusPsalms 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Confession comes from the Greek word “homologeo.” “Homo” mans the same and “logeo” means to speak. When we confess to God we are agreeing with God. We cannot blame others or confess for others. We are admitting to God our separation from Him through actions, words or inactions. We are coming clean with God and getting a clean heart and mind. To do this we must admit to ourselves our rebellion to God. With the confession comes the request for God’s forgiveness. God looks to see if the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, covers us. That blood covers us if we have accepted Jesus as God’s Son and asked Him to be our Savior and Lord (boss). When God hears our confession and sees the blood of His Son He forgives us and remembers (no longer counts against us) the sins no more. This is hard for our finite minds to in-capture. We are so good at remembering the injustices or presumed injustices of others against us. We are so slow at forgiving. Once we realize Jesus said we are forgiven AS we forgive others we will find it easier to forgive others as well as ourselves. Let’s not let a day go by without ending it with confession so we can start each new day with a clean heart.

February 13, 2012

God Is

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:16 am
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Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

God has no limits. We are limited in our intelligence, relationships, responsibilities, time and patience. God knows no limits. God is limitless. No one can put limits on Him. We can only put limits on what we receive from Him. God forces no one to receive from Him yet He is always there, waiting to give whatever is needed. His love and patience are beyond our comprehension. Anytime we limit in our thinking what God can do we are denying Who God Is. God is the “I AM.” He never not existed and never has an end. Likewise everything about Him always exists and will never end. With such assurance why does our faith falter? Next time we feel our faith falter let’s remember Who God Is – the Great I AM.

February 12, 2012

Love Is Commitment

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God's Word — by ginrich @ 2:18 am
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Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (The Holy Bible, New International Version.)

The love of humans is an emotional love. It bases its existence on feelings in the self. It turns on and off by desires, self-gratification and moods. God’s love is based on commitment. God does have feelings/emotions but His love never turns off because of disappoints. Even when we sin God loves us. Even when God is angry He still loves us. We, as humans, often fail to understand real love. We confuse our misconception of love experienced by humans as a reflection on God’s love. This leads us to trying to persuade God of His love by bartering with Him. His love is not for trade or sale. His love is through His mercy and grace through His Son Jesus Who came to bridge the gap between mankind and God and show us God’s unconditional love. He commanded us to do the same – love unconditionally. We have trouble loving our fellow beings that way and even have trouble loving God that way. We make it about how we feel and what we want and don’t want. Let us pray for God to help us become more God and other focused and less self-focused. Let us learn to practice the commitment of unconditional love both of God and of mankind.

February 11, 2012

Be Careful

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:21 am
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Hebrews 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (The Holy Bible, New International Version.)

This is a very good caution. We tend to move ahead too fast and make decisions too fast without remembering what we’ve read in God’s written Word or what He has gently spoken to our spirits. So often we miss the quiet, inner voice of God because we aren’t careful to listen or to recognize Him. We live very distracted lives. We tend to think we are humans with a little spiritual experience but we are really spiritual beings living a human experience. We are in the human experience only temporarily. Our spiritual being is from the time we accept Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, into our heart, mind and lives all the way through eternity which has no end. It would be so much better for us to be more careful to pay attention to what we hear in our spirits rather than what the temporal world is saying.

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