Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 31, 2012

Be Dressed

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Luke 12:35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Be dressed and ready for service? How do we do that? We can’t live our lives always dressed. Jesus is meaning for us to be dressed in His salvation. We are robed in His righteousness. We can take that robe off by turning our backs on Him and going our own ways. What is our service? Our service is worshiping God through our words, our thoughts and our actions. Are we always ready to give God the credit or do we like to take credit for His work through us as being our own credit? Keep our lamps burning? Our lamps are to burn so others can see God’s light shining in and through us. (See devotion titled “The Globe”) The only way I can stay dressed ready for service and keep my lamp burning is through what I call spiritual breathing. First I exhale by confessing my sins to God as soon as I’m aware of them. Then I inhale by asking Him to fill those places in me with His Holy Spirit. This is a multiple times a day event for me. There are many times I open my mouth and let words come out that hurt even though that is not my intention. There are many times I should open my mouth that I choose to stay silent. There are times I should pick up the phone and call someone going through a struggle or who is lonely and times I should make a visit but I fail to do either. Life is full of choices. We need to learn to choose according to God’s word and the furthering of His Kingdom here on earth.

March 30, 2012

Worry

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:30 am
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Luke 12:22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

It is so easy for us to worry. Jesus said there is nothing in our lives to cause us to worry. There is nothing we can change by the process of worrying other than changing good health to bad health. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything. I didn’t have much trouble replacing worry with faith when it came to my own life. I found it a lot more difficult (and still do at times) not worrying bout others who are near and dear to me. There are many times I go through the physical motions of lifting my fists up to God, opening my hands and reminding God that these dear ones are in His care. The time I would spend worrying I spend in intercessory prayer. We need not worry about our future because our future is in the hands of God. We cannot alter that by worry. We would do better to spend our worry time in praise time to God. Not only does it draw us closer to Him, it also brings more joy into our lives. As soon as we are aware of starting to worry about anything let’s immediately address God and let Him know we are thankful everything is under His control regardless of how it might look to us. I’ve read the last chapter and I know God is the Victor.

March 29, 2012

Possessiveness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:16 am
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Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We take great pride in what we consider “our generosity.” Yet, at the same time, we make sure we have ample of everything plus lots of things we don’t really need. It is hard to fight the impulse. We are bombarded with others telling us we need this and that. Others judge us by the car we drive, how we dress and where we live. People have been killed because they didn’t look like they belonged in a certain place. Let’s face it, a human life and worth is judge by the passions they own. Jesus said we should watch out for this. He said we should to be on our guard against all kinds of greed. Greed can be for money, material possessions, power and even time. I find time is harder to let loose than possessions. Possessions are replaceable but time isn’t. Our question is are we watching how we are using our time? Are we on our guard about being so possessive with our time we fail to be at the places and do the things God would have us do? Yes, He’ll still get done what He wants done but in our possessiveness of our time we could very well lose the joy of God doing something through us.

March 28, 2012

Listening

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:01 am
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Luke 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Where it might be against the law to worship God through Jesus would there be enough evidence against us to convict us of guilt? What kind of evidence would they need? We would have to have a consistent life between our words and our actions. Many give lip service to Christianity. Many go through some outward actions like attending a Christian church service several weeks of the year. This is not enough evidence. Besides always believing with our words and our actions we must be willing and able to believe in hard times. There is no room in heaven for a “fair weather Christian.” If we really believe we will walk through storms with our faith in tact. Jesus tells us that when we walk through storms, even the storm of being put on trial for our faith, He will be with us through His Holy Spirit. If we don’t learn how to hear Him speak to us during our times of prayer and meditation when all is well we will probably not be able to hear Him during times of struggle and stress. Our question is are we listening every day? Are we learning to recognize His voice within us in all situations? Let’s practice listening.

March 27, 2012

Prayer

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:42 am
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Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (New International Version)

Just as a baby needs to be taught to talk a new Christian believer needs to be taught to pray.  So many people have grown up hearing very formal prayers with King James like language.  Prayer is normal conversation with our Father God.  We use the same vocabulary we use every day.  We recite the prayer example Jesus gave many times.  We are so accustomed to saying it we can repeat it without thinking about it.  Jesus was nit giving us the exact words to say but what we should include in our prayers.  We start with the address: Our Father.  There is no one else we are to pray, only to our Father, God.  We know this because Jesuse placed “Our Father” in heaven.  Next come acknowledgement and praise as to Who our Father God is.  We are to pray for His will – the coming of His kingdom which means His will is to be done on earth because it is done in heaven.  Next ( not the first thing in our prayer) we are to ask for our needs.  He already knows our needs but He wants us to be aware of them and know the difference between needs and wants.  We are to confess our sins to be forgiven.  God already knows our sins but often we don’t realize them ourselves.  We acknowledge we only receive as much forgiveness as we accord to others.  We ask for His power to resist temptation and end with thanksgiving and praise.    
Our question is how are we praying?

March 26, 2012

Balance

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:28 am
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Luke 10:40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” ( New International Version)

I’ve written about the Mary/Martha contradiction before (see archives).  Most of us are a mixture of the two personalities.  In our busy electronic age it is becoming even more a challenge not to be distracted.  Keeping a healthy balance mentally emotionally physically and spiritually takes effort.  It would not be so hard on us if we would put our prayer life into proper perspective.  In our pride we think we are capable of making most decisions on our own.  We only need to consult God on the really big things.  Surely he doesn’t want us to ask about everything.  As we grow in fellowship and obedience with God we do learn what decisions to make in line with His will and purpose for our walk on this earth.  This is a learning process.  I’ve found the more time I spend with the Lord through Bible study, prayer and meditation, the more time I want to spend with Him.  I pray during this Lenten season we are all developing good habits that will produce a Christ-centered, God-balanced walk. 

March 25, 2012

Growth

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:25 am
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Luke 10:27     The expert answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

People like to justify their thoughts and actions.  This man knew what the scriptures said.  He wanted to justify his actions with a question.  He follows Jesus’s agreement with the scripture with the question, “Who is my neighbor?”. 

We have great difficulty loving the Lord our god with all our hert, soul and strength.  We have difficulty really loving ourselves.  Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor.  On occasion it is easier to rech out to some who are in dire need if we judge the need not coming from their own cause.  This isn’t love but sympathy.  Real love was displayed by Jesus.  He stretched out His arms on the cross even though we didn’t, don’t nd never will or can deserve it.  It is love without judgement.  Our love is connected with judgement: judgement of God when things don’t go our way, judgement to ourselves when we don’t meet our own expectations and judgement of others when they don’t meet our own expectations.  No where in scripture is judgement mentioned as prt of love.  Our question is how do we love the way Jesus does?  First we must be sure we confess we are sinners and in need of God’s mercy and grace through His only Son, Jesus.  Then we must invite Him into our heart, soul and body as our Lord and Savior.  When we do this we receive His Holy Spirit.  Then we must continually allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and grow His love in and through us by Bible study, prayer, meditation and fellowship with others who are also allowing Him to bring them growth.  As a living being we cannot stay static.  We either continue to grow or we gradually wane and die.  We cannot sit piously in a church and go through the actions.  If we are the same as we were yesterday we have waisted a day.  What do you choose?

March 24, 2012

Challenge

Filed under: Advent,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:56 am
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Luke 10:27     The expert answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

People like to justify their thought and actions.  This man knew what the scriptures said.  He wanted to justify his actions with a question.  He follows Jesus’s agreement with the scripture with the question, “Who is my neighbor?”. 

We have great difficulty loving the Lord our god with all our hert, soul and strength.  We have difficulty really loving ourselves.  Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor.  On occasion it is easier to rech out to some who are in dire need if we judge the need not coming from their own cause.  This isn’t love but sympathy.  Real love was displayed by Jesus.  He stretched out His arms on the cross even though we didn’t, don’t nd never will or can deserve it.  It is love without judgement.  Our love is connected with judgement: judgement of God when things don’t go our way, judgement to ourselves when we don’t meet our own expectations and judgement of others when they don’t meet our own expectations.  No where in scripture is judgement mentioned s prt of love.  Our question is how do we love the way Jesus does?  First we must be sure we confess we are sinners and in need of God’s mercy and grace through His only Son, Jesus.  Then we must invite Him into our heart, soul and body as our Lord and Savior.  When we do this we receive His Holy Spirit.  Then we must continually allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and grow His love in and through us by Bible study, prayer, meditation and fellowship with others who are also allowing Him to bring them growth.  As a living being we cannot stay static.  We either continue to grow or we gradually wane and die.  We cannot sit piously in a church and go through the actions.  If we are the same as we were yesterday we have waisted a day.  What do you choose?

March 23, 2012

One Foound

Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Luke 15:5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus tells two parables, two stories pointing to a truth. In each parable something is lost then found. He is referring to the human race He created as being lost from Him. He said when one repents there is great rejoicing in heaven. He says when one is found it is joyfully accepted and put into the proper place. Our question is do we seek diligently for those who are lost. The shepherd left his comfort zone and his companions to find that lost sheep. The woman diligently cleaned until she found her coin. We, believers, have experience the joy in heaven when we came to know our Lord and Savior. We now are called to seek the lost and lead them into the way of everlasting life. Our question is what are we doing and do we really rejoice when we hear a new believer testify to God?

March 22, 2012

Prayer

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Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (New International Version)
 
Just as a baby needs to be taught to talk a new Christian believer needs to be taught to pray.  So many people have grown up hearing very formal prayers with King James like language.  Prayer is normal conversation with our Father God.  We use the same vocabulary we use every day.  We recite the prayer example Jesus gave many times.  We are so accustomed to saying it we can repeat it without thinking about it.  Jesus was nit giving us the exact words to say but what we should include in our prayers.  We start with the address: Our Father.  There is no one else we are to pray, only to our Father, God.  We know this because Jesuse placed “Our Father” in heaven.  Next come acknowledgement and praise as to Who our Father God is.  We are to pray for His will – the coming of His kingdom which means His will is to be done on earth because it is done in heaven.  Next ( not the first thing in our prayer) we are to ask for our needs.  He already knows our needs but He wants us to be aware of them and know the difference between needs and wants.  We are to confess our sins to be forgiven.  God already knows our sins but often we don’t realize them ourselves.  We acknowledge we only receive
As much forgiveness as we accord to others.  We ask for His power to resist temptation and end with thanksgiving and praise.    
Our question is how are we praying?
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