Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 20, 2012

Light

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:15 am
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John 3:20-21 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus spoke often about light and salt. He tells us we who believe and follow Him are the light of the world and we are to shine. In actuality it Is God’s Light that fills us believers and we are to allow it to shine through us. Light shines to the outside. It benefits no one if it only shines within itself. Light makes it possible for us to see dirt. It makes it possible to see options and also stumbling blocks. People tend to prefer darkness. We don’t want to see the dirt in our lives and hearts. How do we turn on the Light to see the darkness within ourselves? We get into God’s Word. God’s Word if Life and Light. When we get into His Word we realize how dirty we are. When we allow His Light to sine on our dirt we are then able to confess it, turn away from it and walk in obedience and fellowship with God. Our question is are we willing to let our light shine on our thoughts, words and actions as well as allow others to see what God’s light shines on in our lives and there’s?

April 19, 2012

Everything in Love

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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John 13:34 “A new command give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

My husband was preaching on being serious about God. During it he made the statement, “Any activity that doesn’t produce love is wasted.” We tend to get so tied up in business we get lost in the tide. So much of what we do is done from habit or self-indulgence. . We need to slow down and ask ourselves why we are doing the things we are doing. Is there any value in the task at hand? Is it for someone’s benefit? Scripture tells us whatever we do in word or in deed we are to do in the name of the Lord. We cannot and dare not do anything in the name of our Lord if it is not done in love. This brings to mind a very good booklet I read many years ago that had a great impact on my life. It is called “Practicing the Presence” by Brother Laurence. It is now a free e-book and I highly recommend it. It seems we, as busy human beings, need continuous reminders of why we are here and what we are about. Thank you, Richard, for reminding me.

April 18, 2012

Doorframe

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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Deuteronomy 6:9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (The Holy Bible, New Inter. national Version)

Why did God want everyone to write His commandments on the doorframes of the houses and on the gates? When we leave our house we walk out the door, turn around and lock it. When we turn around we can see the doorframe. When we go out of our yards we pass through our gates. God wants us to be reminded of His commands to us as we go out into the world. His commands are the basis on which we are made and are there for us to be able to have full fellowship with God. We are unable to do this in and of ourselves so God the Father sent God the Son, Jesus, to show us how to do this. We still fail and God knew we would so Jesus, the Son, shed His blood on the cross in exchange for our own blood. We still fail so God the Father and God the Son sent God the Holy Spirit to live in and through us to give us the power to remember, obey and serve Him and have fellowship with Him. Yet we still fail. We fail because we don’t write His words on the doorframes of our houses and on our gates. In the verse before He said to put them on our foreheads as well. We are to have His Word, Jesus, in the forefront of our minds and on all that enters into us. We cannot enter a house without going through the doorframe. Likewise we should not let any thought enter us without first going through the doorframe of the Holy Spirit. Our question today is are we staying connected with the Holy Spirit? Let’s not start our day without asking God to bathe us afresh in His Holy Spirit to guide us throughout the day God entrusts to us.

April 17, 2012

Reaching Out

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:21 am

Jeremiah 22:16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?” declares the LORD. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

What does it mean to really know God? Jesus said if we know Him we also know the Father because they are One. In Jeremiah God gives us one example of what it means to know Him. We defend others. We don’t stand by and say, “Oh, isn’t that a shame.” We do something to help out. A few days ago the news told about a mayor who went into a burning house to save a neighbor. That definitely is reaching out. But we also need to learn to reach out in the “small” ways. Sometimes all that is needed is a hand to hold. Sometimes a meal is needed or a phone call. It sees we are so wrapped up in our own hectic schedules we fail to notice when others are hurting. A friend shared with me how someone told her their own church did not reach out to them when they were hurting. That is so very sad. We need to be sure the world sees Christians as loving, caring people. Our question today is are we willing to open our eyes and see what needs are probably right around us? Maybe even next door.

April 16, 2012

Frustration

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:16 am
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by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

I got frustrated.  Trying to print out a simple birthday card and the printer wouldn’t work  after quite some time of trouble shooting I finally got the card printed out.  My steam engine to make it through the day was clogged.  Time to sit and rest.  Just sitting might be restful for the physical body but when frustrations disturb our peace it’s time to take a break with God.  It was a beautiful morning so I took my tablet with various versions of the Bible and sat on the porch.  The cool morning breezes started calming me down enough to open a Bible and bathe myself in God’s written words.  Often when I read I get the feeling of being hugged.  The Bible is full of instructions but it is also full of love.  Our question today is what will we do when we find frustrations crowding out God’s peace?  We can try on our own to push on or we can look to our Source of love, strength and energy – God.  Frustration behind and peace and energy restored, the remainder of my day was peacefully and energetically productful.

April 15, 2012

Bones

Luke 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

There is a man who has claimed he found the bones of Jesus. It sees he wants his moment of fame. There are many reasons these bones are not the bones of Jesus. The main reason is Jesus said He still had his bones after He was resurrected. The disciples witnessed this. There are other problems with this man’s claim also. He’s claiming something that cannot be proven. We don’t have a DNA on Jesus. This man can only claim the bones belonged to a man crucified around the same time as Jesus. Crucifixion was a very common form of torture the Romans used for anyone against the government. It is not surprising bones of crucified men during that period are being found. The same man claims these bones are buried near the bones of a woman named Mary. Mary was a very common name – it still is. Does all this matter? Not to me. Even if somehow Jesus shed His bones on this earth before He ascended back up to heaven it would not change my belief. I know Jesus is the Son and Word of God. I know He came to walk this earth to show us some of God the Father. I know He died on a cross to take on my sins for all eternity. I know 3 days after He died on that cross He rose back to life and walked this earth another 40 days to show us through Him we to can have life after our physical bodies die. I know He physically rose through the clouds into heaven and will come back for us in the same manner so we can attend His wedding feast and be in the glorious Presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity. I know all this based on witness of the past and on my own experiences. Our questions today is will we let someone’s new claims change what we have experienced ourselves and bring doubt or will we choose to stand on what we, personally know to be true. Jesus died once for 3 days but is alive even today so we can be alive for all eternity.

April 14, 2012

Are We Sleeping?

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:53 am
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Matthew 26:45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This is a question we must each ask ourselves. Are we sleeping and resting? None of us know when it is our last hour on this earth. None of us know when Jesus will come back for His Bride (the body of believers). What are we doing? Are we too tired to share His power and glory and Words with others? Are we too tired to reach our hand out to those in need? What are we doing with our time? Is what we doing going to last into eternity or will we have forgotten it by th3 next day? Let’s not be found sleeping and resting when God is moving. We must stay alert – keep our spiritual eyes and ears open to the movement of God on this earth and in the people of this earth. God will have His way. His purpose will be fulfilled. Our question is will we be part of it or will we miss it? Ask today and everyday for a refreshing infilling of His Holy Spirit to make our eyes, ears and hearts attuned to His movement. Let us be found working when He calls for us.

April 13, 2012

Choices

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:48 am
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blessedDeuteronomy 4:39 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

We all have choices to make every day. Today I had to choose if I would walk, what route I would walk and how long I would walk. Before that choice I made a choice before I got up from bed. I had to choose Who would own the day—Who would direct my schedule. It would be easy to just “go with the flow” with the various demands on my time. But this day doesn’t belong to me. This day belongs to God. It is He Who made the day. He has only loaned the day to me. I can choose to take the day as my own and do what I want with it or I can choose to be a willing vessel for God to use His day through me in the way that is best for His glory and His purpose. Each of us must choose. The question is whose day do you choose this to be? . When we choose self a lot of it is wasted and cannot be recovered. When we choose God we are blessed.

April 12, 2012

Caretakers

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Creation,devotion,God's Word — by ginrich @ 1:04 am
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(NET) Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it.

I enjoy taking walks as dawn is breaking.  The gentle light gives everything a gentle calmness. The birds are singing their morning songs. The budding flowers are opening to greet the sun.  As I was taking this all in and praising God for the beauty of His creation I started to think how much we, mankind, God’s creation have misused and abused the creation around us that God commanded us to care for and manage.  In spite of our abuse and lack God’s creation is still awesome and beautiful.  The question each of us must ask, are we obeying God’s command in this?   I know I waste a lot of material goods.  I know I fail to recycle all that could be recycled.  I often fail to realize that in my failure in this I am being disobedient to God.  I must learn to think of God before I buy, use or toss.  We are each called to be good caretakers of all that is in this world.

April 11, 2012

Binoculars

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:30 am
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Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Yesterday we thought about the rear view mirror – looking back behind us to what is already past. Many of us have even more trouble trying to live in the future. We can’t wait until something happens or something changes. Maybe it’s we are nervous, concerned or afraid of what might be. We try to use binoculars to see what might be ahead for us. Jesus has a very simple answer for that. He said not to worry about what is not yet. We have enough trouble living the day we are in without borrowing from a day that is yet to come. It’s important to read the verses before this verse. Jesus is telling us how to live this way – without concern for the past in the rear view mirror or the future in the binoculars. He tells us we are to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness. That word “seek” is in the present tense. This is what we are to be about – seeking Him in the here and now. We are not to wait until tomorrow to seek Him. We might not have a tomorrow. We are not to sit on the fact we sought Him yesterday. Yesterday is over. We are to actively seek Him today. This is a continual seeking. Our question is are we seeking Him each today we have? How do we seek our God? We seek Him through Bible study, meditation on His Word, and prayer – both active and listening prayer. Let us not get too concerned about what was or what might be and continually seek our God. That leads to a full and abundant life in the present.

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