Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 29, 2012

Watching

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:34 am

1Corinthians 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”   (The Holy Bible, New International Version)
 
The hardest thing we can ever do is to watch a loved one slowly slip away from us.  I have watched loved ones slowly slip away and watched Hospice patients slowly slip away.  Almost as hard is also watching a friend who is watching a loved one slip away.  Even when we know they are headed to a far better place it is a very difficult thing.  It is not so much concern for the one slipping away but loss of their companionship with us that makes it so difficult.   When we are in this process quite often we feel alone in our growing grief.  God has been there.  He watched as His only Son, Jesus suffered a slow, painful death on the cross.  He knew what the outcome would be yet I believe He was in pain watching.  We sometimes feel God is not with us.  Maybe we’ve prayed for healing for our loved one or friend.  We tend to see healing is only in our time and space.  God’s view of healing is sometimes quite different. There is nothing wrong with grieving over the temporary separation that is approaching as long as we don’t allow ourselves to be swallowed up by it.  How do we keep from being swallowed up?  We allow our friends to stand by us.  We allow ourselves tears of grief while at the same time praising and thanking God for His perfect wisdom and His continue presence and control of all around us.  As a friend we remember prayer is most important. Touch is also important.  Words sometimes should not be said.  Just knowing someone is there and cares about our feelings can bring about healing of growing grief.  If you know someone facing this today, send them a note and say a prayer letting them know you are praying for them and are there for them.  — 

June 28, 2012

The Highway

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:28 am
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Isaiah 35:8 A thoroughfare will be there-it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not travel on it; it is reserved for those authorized to use it fools will not stray into it.

God has prepared a thoughfare.  Some translations call it a highway.  It is a path God made for us through our life on this earth.  Our question is why do we choose the off road paths over the road God points us to in His written word-The Holy Bible? There are some cracks on the highway, some speed bumps and some intersections but if we travel this life with our eyes on God, these dangers will not deter us.  We are the ones who make our walk difficult.  God has, does, and will continue to supply us with all we need.  We are to keep our tanks full with His Holy Spirit at th gas station of prayer and meditation and follow the map of our highway, the Bible our GPS.  Let’s stop looking for other roads, fuel sources and GPS’s and use the tools and gifts God freely offers us through Jesus Christ.  

June 27, 2012

Know Intimatly

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:21 am
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 Ephesians 3:19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to a all the fullness of God.

There are several different Greek words for our one word “know.” There is the intellectual knowing.  There is the acquaintance or friendship knowing.  There is the intimate marriage knowing.  In this verse Paul is talking about the intimate knowing.  Satan knows Jesus as God’s only Son but it is not an intimate knowledge; only factual.  To know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge we must have an intimate relationship with Him.  We must know Him on an intimate and deep level.  It is only after we come to that level that we can be filled up with the fullness of God.  Our question is do we want to be intimate with God?  To do that we must be real to ourselves and to God.  To be filled with the fullness of God we must be willing not to be full of ourselves.  It isn’t our nature to place anyone or anything ahead of self.  This is only possible through the power of God’s Holy Spirit.  Let us pray today for God to fill us with a burning desire to know Him intimately.

June 26, 2012

Betraial

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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Luke 22:48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We all understand what it feels like to be betrayed. We’ve had friends turn their backs on us, gossip about us and tell lies about us. We’ve had family members who won’t speak to us even though they can’t remember why their mad. There are many ways and forms of betrayal. Jesus was betrayed. He was betrayed by on of His select 12 disciples, a disciple who held the trusted position of treasure for their small group. Jesus knows how it feels to have a close, trusted friend betray you. Yet Jesus did not get mad at Judas. He questioned why he chose a kiss to betray Him but never did Jesus say anything harsh to Judas. Peter also betrayed Him, not just once but three times in a row. Jesus’ response is to ask if Peter loved Him and gives Peter a position of responsibility. Our question is how to we react when we are betrayed? Actually we should not react but should respond. Do we respond in love and compassion with forgiveness? Jesus knew God was using Judas to complete His ministry. If not Judas someone else would have been used. When we are betrayed there is always a lesson and growth in our relationship to God to gain. Next time we are betrayed let us look to God, forgive the betrayer and move on with God’s plan for our lives.

June 25, 2012

Peace Detector

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:48 am
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Colossians 3:15  Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body a to this peace), and be thankful.

Peace is a good gauge of where we are in our trust and obedience to God.  Anytime we don’t have peace it means something has crept in between God and us.  Often we miss it because we only look for big things.  We humans put grades and sizes on sin.  God sees all sin as equal.  Sin is sin. And separates us from God for God will not look at sin.  When we feel His peace slipping away we must fall on our knees and ask Him to reveal to us our sin, confess it, ask and receive forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to reapply the blood of Jesus on us.  Our question is are we so busy about so many things that we don’t notice when peace first starts to slip away?  We would grow much closer if we would check on His peace within us every day.

June 24, 2012

Pilot Boat

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:27 am
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John 16:13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak on his own authority, but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you what is to come. 

When we were at the beach we saw a line up of ships waiting to get into port.  They are not allowed to navigate into port without a pilot boat to show them the way.  We have a pilot boat to show us how to navigate while on this earth.  Our pilot boat is God’s Holy Spirit.  This pilot boat come to us when we receive God’s Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives.  All believers are given this pilot boat but not all follow it.  Not following the pilot boat is dangerous be as life’s channel is deep and the port has many dangers hidden.  The pilot boat shows us through God’s written word, the Holy Spirit and through prayer and meditation where the hidden dangers hide and how to stay in the safe channel.  Our question is are will following the pilot boat?

June 23, 2012

Learning

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:57 am
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Psalms 119:7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Many think life is a game and treat it according. Life is not a game. Life on this earth is a training ground for eternal life in heaven in the very real Presence of God the Creator. Heaven is a real place and we will have things to do in heaven. One of the most precious things we will be able to do is praise our God. We learn how to praise Him here in this life on earth. We practice in our own times of devotions and meditations and we practice when we gather together with some of His other children in collective worship services. We also train in various ministries and responsibilities according to the talents and gifts God gives us. We will be joyfully busy in heaven. But to get there we need a ticket. Our ticket is the blood of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. When we accept Him as our Savior and the director of our life we are washed in His blood and given His Holy Spirit, our ticket to heaven. Our question is do we have our ticket and are we actively training for our time in heaven or are we treating life here as a game? Let us choose to be diligent in our training.

June 22, 2012

Come Together

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Church,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:12 am
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Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

There is a man in our church into his 90’s. He is on hospice with congestive heart failure and must use a walker. It is hard for him to get around. He is also on oxygen. Yet he says if he is able to get out of bed to go to the bathroom he will be in church on Sunday to worship His God. He doesn’t complain. He doesn’t use physical pain or tiredness or walking disability to keep him from the corporate worship of God. He is such a good example to all of us. So many of us use excuses from time to time: too tired, hurt too much, burned out and on and on. Some of us even use lesser reasons than physical: hasn’t had time to play golf or take the boat out, etc. This past lent season I did a series on Jesus’ last walk to Jerusalem. Was He tired? I’m sure He was. Yet He set is face steadfastly toward Jerusalem. Next time you are tempted to omit corporate Sunday (or Saturday) worship think of our elderly man in our church or, better yet, thin of Jesus and His steadfastness walk to face the cross in Jerusalem. What can there be more important than gathering with His children to worship and praise Him while encouraging each other in His love?

June 21, 2012

More On Containers

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:09 am

Ephesians 1:7 In him a we have redemption through his blood, b the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace

In order to fill a container there must be space.  If our container is full of self: self-pity, pride, self-righteousness or any of the other selfs, there is no room for God’s Holy Spirit.  Our container must also have the right lining.  If we are not lined with the blood of Jesus, God’s Son, Who shed His own blood on the cross for us, we cannot be filled with His Holy Spirit.  Our question is have we lined our container with the blood of Jesus?  All we need do is acknowledge our sin, our separation from God, ask Jesus to come into us and direct our life and He will line our container with His blood.  We will have an initial filling of His Holy Spirit but we are leaky containers.  We need continual filling.  It’s up to us to maintain the space in our container so there is always room for His filling.  Are you being filled today?

June 20, 2012

Filling Containers

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Ephesians 3:19 and thus to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled up to a all the fullness of God.

When we need to fill a container with water we must hold that container lower than the source.  Unless there is a forced pressure water will only flow down.  It is the same with us.  Whatever we place over us,  be it money, power or anything else will be what flows into us.  When we humble ourselves before God, recognize ourselves as sinful and God as the highest power, His Holy Spirit can run into us.  Our question is how much of His Holy Spirit will we allow to flow into us?  That is determined by our relationship to God.  As with any container being filled, the higher the container is held, the less it will hold.  I pray we each recognize our sinful and unworthiness before God, and allow Jesus, God’s only Son to hold us at the right level to be completely filled with His Holy Spirit.

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