Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2012

Grandchildren

Deuteronomy 6:5 You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. 

Sometimes those of us who grew up in church as children. whose going to church was part of the family routine, are at a disadvantage.  We were raised to go to church, give to the church, do for the church and behave the way the church says we should behave were just part of our lives as much as saying please and thank you.  It was something we were expected to do to fit into the group we were a part of.  We said the right things and did the right things.  It’s hard to realize God has no grandchildren.  Each one of us, regardless of our upbringing, must recognize and confess we are sinneres with no hope of eternal life in the Presence of God.  We cannot be good enough.  There are not enough right things to say.  It is only through a personal and real relationship with Jesus, God’s only Son and through our confession, His blood and His forgiveness that we can be a part of God’s family.  Until then we are only a part of God’s creation.  Our question is are we willing to admint, no matter how good we think we are or others think we are, no matter how much we “do” for church or for others, we are nothing more than sinners separated from the Presence of God by our very nature?  The only way to God is to confess our sinfulness and ask Jesus to cover us with His shed blood.  It is only through His blood that God can see us as worthy, through His Son, to dwell with Him.  Are we coasting as church members are have we really gotten on our knees and met Jesus for our very own selves?

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August 30, 2012

Lamb

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John 1:29 On the next day John a saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Revelation 12:11 But a they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

A lamb is described as a dumb animal.  It doesn’t know safety or where to go without a guide.  Lambs must have shepherds to care for them and shepherds will use trained dogs to help them keep the lambs together.  At the same time lambs represent meekness.  They have no sence of pride.  They are content with grazing and drinking from calm waters.  They are content with just being.  Jesus was represented as a lamb.  He was a lamb in His willingness to follow the Father’s lead.  He said He could only do what the Father did and say what the Father says.  He was also a lamb in His humility.  Though He was the very nature of God and a very real part of God, He humbled Himself to a baby of a poor family and walked in submission to them as He grew into a man.  He was also a lamb in that He became the blood sacrifice for our sins – each and every one of us for all time.  It is through His blood we receive forgiveness of our sins, our separation from God and are adopted as His chidren – more than just His creation.  As His children we are to follow the example of Jesus and be as lambs.  We have a lot of spots and blemishes Jesus never had but they are covered in His blood.  Our question is, as lambs, do we know the voice of our Master?  Are we true to the nature of a lamb and follow the call of His voice?  When we don’t we get lost and He will come find us but we could get pretty hurt in the process.  Let’s choose to keep our ears open for our Shepherd’s voice and stay in the safety of His watchful eyes and bountiful love

August 29, 2012

Our Whole Hearts

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Isaiah 12:5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done magnificent things,
let this be known a throughout the earth!

In my younger days I was a professional singer.  In my sinful nature I was proud of my voice.  I was in a really big church and enjoying 1000 people singing praises to God and heard Him say within me, “Who has the most glorious praise music for Me?”  Smugly I answered, “Me, Lord.”  Next to me was a tall, lanky man who was unable to sing or clalp in any known rhythm or on any known key.  This man was unaware of anyone around him.  He was fully tuned in to praising and worshiping God.  To God that man was the most glorious singer.  Ouch.  As I looked at that man I started understanding.  God wants our love and praises from our hearts, not from our training or our minds.  When we praise Him, He wants it to be with all of our being.  It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of our voices, tunes, rhythms, dancing or anything.  What matters is are we emersing ourselves into praises of, to and for God.  Even an old church hymn can be sung in an attitude of totaly abandonment to the worship and praise of God.  Our question is, when we sing in church, even if we can’t “carry a tune in a bucket” are we really concentrating on God or on what others think of us?  Let us choose to sing with our whole hearts, even if we can only speak the words.  Let’s make sure God hears regardless who might be around.

August 28, 2012

Ulterior Motives

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:02 am

Colossians 3:17  And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

So much of the “good” we do we do with ulterior motives.  Everything we do in words or deeds are to be for the glory of God.  Often our motives are for our own glory or praises of others for ourselves – our perceived goodness.  We want to be know as good and generous to others.  We may not broadcast our “good works” but we find some indirect way for others to hear about them.  We may outwardly dismiss them to appear humble while inside we are proud of what we have done.  The Bible says all our good works are as filthy rags.  It is imposible to be good enough for God.  Mostly because we don’t have pure hearts.  We don’t give our hearts entirely to Him and live entirely for Him.  It’s only through His grace and the gift of atonement through His Son that God forgives our lack of pure hearts.  The quicker we recognize our hearts are not pure the sooner God’s Holy Spirit can work on them. Gaining a pure heart is a life-time experience.  Everytime I have a victory in one area of my life I find there are more areas waiting for cleansing.  Our question is are we willing to call out with the Psalmist, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me?  This can be a painful prayer as God will allow us to see our motives for what they really are.  Once again, the choice is ours to make

August 27, 2012

Come Together

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Church,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:05 am
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1 Corinthians 5:4  When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus, and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of our Lord Jesus,

Sunday worship and I missed it.  I had to stay home so as not to infect anyone else with a verry bad cold.  I would have interrupted the service with my continual coughing and sneezing.  Watching a service on  television is not the same.  You feel more like a spectator and less a participant. We have a very loving and hugging church.  Everybody is greated and hugged as they enter.  We share the love of God with each other in a very tangible way.  Those who say they can go it alone, that they don’t need to gataher with a group of other believers are just fooling themselves.  A coal without being with other coals will just burn out.  The same with the believer.  We need the encouragement and love and enthusiasm of other believers to encourage us to “stay our walk.”   Though our prayer times and devotional times mean much to us we miss the vitamin boost of collective worship and praise.  There is more power when we gather together as one.  It cold be the next Sunday worship your voice is the one God wants to speak through to another.  Our question is are we willing to be a part of God’s family and be at all the family meetings?  

August 26, 2012

Panic Button

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Joshua 1:9 I repeat, a be strong and brave! Dont be afraid and dont panic, for I, the Lord your God, am with you in all you do.” 

My friend and neighbor has a panic button she wares around her neck.  I got a phone call from the emergency service saying paramedics were on there way as she did not answer her phone after pushing the panic button.  I grabbed her key and searched her house.  It was empty.  I looked in the garage and the car was there but the golf cart wasn’t.  I heard her cell phone ring and found and answered it.  It was her son from another state; they had called him also.  The ambulance arrived and I said she wasn’t here, we would drive around the neighborhood looking for her golf cart.  As we were about to leave she drove up in her golf cart.  She had no idea what had happened. The panic button is not supposed to have a range outside of the house and she was a couple blocks away. She didn’t know she had pressed it.  God has given us a panic button to push anytime we need Him.  It is formally called prayer.  There are many types of prayer.  We have our morning and/or evening devotions of prayer time.  We have our intercessory prayers for governments and peple.  We have our prayers of worship and praise.  Most of these prayer times are planned.  But what about sudden needs?  Our first rersponce should be to cry out to God.  Even before we are aware we need help God’s Holy Spirit within us knows and is already crying out to God for wisdom, comfort, deliverence or whatever else we need.  There is no need for us to ever panic as God moves faster than our own emotions and minds can move.  He is here before our needs, will see us through our needs and will have glory after our needs.  Our question is will we choose to listen to His Holy Spirit within us to guide us through any situation or will we choose to look for another type of panic button?  

August 25, 2012

Inside the Package

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1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Dont be impressed by his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. God does not view things the way men do. People look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

We sinful humans are so good at judging others quickly.  We take a short look and make our decision  about someone we hardly know.  We also try to package oursleves to be judged by others the way we hope.  Sometimes it is a little disconcerting that God sees inside our pakages.  I am so very grateful that when He looks inside me He finds the love of His Son, Jesus.  It is only through Jesus that I can be found acceptable by God the Father.  When I look at others I try to remember to ask God to let me see them as He sees them.  I find I’m much more sympathetic and want to understand when I try to look through God’s eyes rather than my own, sinful, judgmental eyes.  Since God knows our hearts even better than we know our own hearts I find I must ask His Holy Spirit to reveal to me what is in my own heart.  At first this is a scarry prayer.  Once we really realize what sinful people we are it becomes easier to agree with God, accept His love and forgiveness and allow His Holy Spirit to remove the chaff in us and grow the fruits of His Holy Spirit in us.

August 24, 2012

Surprises

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Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content in any circumstance.

We didn’t expect that accident or that trip to the emergency room.  What do we do when life throws in an unexpected surprise?  It all depends on Wno we see as the director of our life.  Paul, who wrote the letter to the  Philippians knew that all things touching his life must first pass through God’s hands.  That doesn’t mean God orchestrated the surprise event but that He allowed it in the life of one of His children.  Our question is what is the atttude we choose when we find these surprises in our lives?  Attitude is a choice.  We can choose to be angry at the perceived inconvenience, we can choose to be a complaomer to all who will listen or we can choose, like Paul, to be content and look for God’s hand in each and every surprise that comes our way.  We may not be able to choose what surprises cross our path but we can choose our attitude, our responce to these surprise events God allows our way for our good and His glory and purpose.  

August 23, 2012

Pliable

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Ephesians 4:22 You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside a the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires,

I have written a devotion on this blog every day for about 4 years.  That doesn’t count the ones published  before this blog.  Sometimes I’m tired and I think about reposting an old devotion.  I can’t do that.  Each day is a day that I grow closer to my Lord.  Each day some of the fruits of His Holy Spirit grow a little within me.  If we are the same tomorrow as we are today we have waisted a day, a day that God would give us more growth in Him.  Any testamony about what God did in and through us in the past is outdated   Our question is what is God doing in and through us this very day?  What are we going to allow Him to do?  Are we willing to be the pliable clay for Him to continue to mold and shapePL acording to His will and purpose or are we going to be like dried out clay, not able to be shapen afresh?  The choice is ours.  God is waiting each and every day

August 22, 2012

Wake Up

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Matthew 24:36 “But as for that day and hour no one knows it- not even the angels in heaven a- except the Father alone.

Every day brings us 24 hours closer to the time Jesus comes for His Bride, the Church of believers.  Every breath brings each one of us closer to our last breath on this earth.  None of us knows when either will take place.  We need to wake up to the importance of this.  As Christians we have no fear of either taking place.   But what about our family memberes, our friends, our neighbors and others who do not know Jesus.  These people will be denied the Presence of God for all eternity.  These people will be condemed to the fires of hell.  What are we doing to prevent this?  Our question is are we willing to wake up to their plight and tell them about Jesus and His salvatioin for our sins, our separation from God?  This is not a “get around to it sometime” thing.  We need to understand the urgency of the plight of those who have not received forgiveness of their sins through the blood of Jesus, God’s only Son.  There is no other way into the very real Presence of God, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  Will someone miss out because we didn’t take the time tto tell them?  I pray not.

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