Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 21, 2012

Assurance

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Psalms 18:33  He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged 
terrain. 

We were on a day trip and out in the middle of a dirt road in a national forest when some deer suddenly ran out in front of us.  They ran across the road with swift feet and seemed to have the assurance they would get to the other side.  As they ran across I admired their gracefulness.  There was no sign of fright.  I’m not sure they were even aware of our car.  Their feet were swift and firm.  God gives us the agility of deer when we walk the path He has laid out for us.  When we find our steps unsure or uneven we probably have veered off the path for us.  We stay on the path through faith and obedience.  As faith grows our obedience grows and our walk become as sure as a deer.  The terrain doesn’t matter to a deer; its steps are sure.  Our trials need not alter the assurance of our faith in God’s provision and the steadfastness of our walk through His love and the power and wisdom of His Holy Spirit within us.  Our questions is are we always looking to Him?  Any trial we face has a “God Reason.”  The way we walk can bring glory to God and can deepen our faith.  The way we walk can witness to others of the love and faithfulness of God.  We can choose to walk with insecurity or fear or we can choose to walk with the confidence that God is faithful in all He says and all He allows to come our way.  As the deer looked straight to their destination as they ran, let us look to our destination as we walk this earth – our destination of eternal life with God.  With that promise there is nothing to fear and no reason to walk with hesitation.

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October 20, 2012

Check It Out

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2 Timothy 3:16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

Sometimes when I’m walking in the early morning I can start to see a slight reflection of the coming sun.  It is mixed with the reflection of many man-made lights.  This makes it hard to determine which is making the reflections.  It is the same when we hear someone read som of God’s written word to us or read an excerpt written by someone (including me).  Man is able to take the words of someone else out of context and shape them into proving what he wants to prove.  This is why whenever we hear someone cite scripture or reprint it in another text (like this one) it is our responsibility to go to the Bible and read what comes before and after it to know the context and the meaning the Holy Spirit wants us to hear.  Taking it as it is given by another fallible human is how many cults get their seed to start.  Our question is are we willing to take the time and learn for ourselves or would we rather consider ourselves to be  babies who trust any bottle put into them?  We alone are responsible for what we do with what we hear or read.  Let’s make sure we feed on God’s Word.  I pray al my readers check out what I write and ask God in what way it applies to you in your time and space.  That is why these devotions are short.  They are not designed to give a teaching but to give a jump-start to your thinking and a place to start your meditations and Bible studies.  May God bless you as you seek, along with me, to grow in His knowledge and love and grace.

October 19, 2012

Content Not Packaging

Hebrews 10:7 “Then I said, ʻHere I am: I have come – it is written of me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.ʼ”

A friend is a pastor of a church where they won’t let him read scripture from his lap top or tablet.  They insist he can only read scripture from a bound book.  It seems they are more interested in the covering rather than the content  Scripture was first written on stone then on papyrus rolled into scrolls.  Jesus read from a rolled up scroll.  What really matters is whether we read and study the scripture.  It can be on an expensively bound book with gold trimmed pages, on a computer, a tablet or a cell phone.  The packaging doesn’t matter but the content does.  It is the same with us.  Our packaging is not as important as our content.  When people look at us are we presenting an outward package that commands their attention away from God’s Light within us?  We are taught to accent our positive parts of our body.  Our question is are we accentuating the positive parts of our inner being – God’s Holy Spirit and the fruits of His Spirit growing within us?  Let us be sure we spend more time on our content rather on the packaging.  Reading and studying God’s written Word can be done on whatever device or printed form is available and readable for us.  Them more types of packaging we have of His Word the more available it is for us to have with us and use.  The more we use His Word the more it get’s into our hearts.  The more it gets into our hearts the more it can be reflected and shined to light the way for others.  

October 18, 2012

Almost Missed It

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Psalms 113:3 From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised! 

We had a late night and when I woke at my normal time I said Good Morning to God and told Him I was tired and not going to walk that morning.  I rolled over to go back to sleep.  I kept hearing Him say to walk so after an hour I finally got up and dressed and headed out for my walk.  I usually walk an hour or more before the sunrise.  This time I was surprised by the beautiful, red sunrise.  I had to look through a lot of trees to see it.  I found the trees interfering with my view.  That is how it is when we look at the Son risen.  We have a lot of interference and don’t see Him in all His beauty or power.  Our trees blocking our view can be many different things: too much in our schedule, to interested in other things, thinking we can only see Him at church, disobedience and on and on.  Our question is do we want to see the Son of the living God throughout our day or are we more interested in the trees of our distractions?  The Son Risen brings light to our path.  It was much easier for me to be walking after the sun rise than in the dark before the early light.  It is easier for our life’s walk if we will look through all our trees of distractions to see the risen Son and allow His Light through His Holy Spirit light our way throughout the day.

October 17, 2012

Neighbors

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Galatians 5:14 For the whole law can be summed up in a single commandment, namely, “ You must love your neighbor as yourself.” 

We live in a membership neighborhood so loving our neighbor is not that hard to do.  Both sides of us and across the street go to our church.  But Jesus was asked, “Who is my neighbor?” and we probably all fall very short of His answer.  Our first question is do we love ourselves?  There are plenty of people who harm others because they no longer have hope for themselves.  They are angry and their own lives no longer matter to them so others don’t either.  We can be very selfish without loving ourselves.  It really takes God’s love in us to enable us to love ourselves.  Then there is loving our “neighbors” the way God has put love for ourselves in us.  To love someone we must want the best for them.  The best is the love of God.  Sometimes that love is only conveyed by our reaching out to their needs: food, shelter, jobs, education, acceptance.  It is so easy to smugly say they got in trouble on their own.  I’m so glad that is not God’s attitude.  Before I asked Jesus to enter my life I got in troubles on my own.  Yet, in spite of me, my attitudes and my actions, God reached out to me through Jesus, forgave me, adopted me into His family and gave me the gift of His Holy Spirit to love and be loved.  Are we willing to accept God loves His creations so much that He gave His Son, Jesus  out of love for each and every one of mankind on this earth?  Who are we not to allow His Holy Spirit to reach out through us in love.  If we ask Him, He will give us the wisdom needed to reach out to each one He sends our way.  Let us embrace the potential that all are called to rebirth and reshaping into the image of God.

October 16, 2012

Tempations

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Galatians 5:9  A little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise! 

Sometimes we think, “Just this one time won’t hurt.”  We buy a boat and are too busy on Saturday to put it in the water.  Just one time on Sunday won’t hurt.  Before long we find we are in the water every Sunday.  Maybe it’s what we call a “white lie.”  This one little like won’t matter.  Before long we have to tell another lie to cover up the first lie.  Temptations, given a chance, soon become habits.  God cautions us about what we consider “little things”.  Just as yeast will blow up a ball of dough, giving in to a little things we know is not pleasing to God grows into multiple little things and soon big things.  We need to be on our guard.  At the end of each day it is good to take some time with God and ask Him to show us any “little things” we’ve allowed to slip into us.  I like to call it spiritual breathing.  We exhale the things we did during the day through confession to God and we inhale His forgiveness and refilling of His Holy Spirit.  Nothing is more refreshing than a big breath of fresh air.  

October 15, 2012

Trials

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Proverbs 3:5  Trust a in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.

There are times in our walk with God He tries to show or tell us of what is about to be.  Many times we don’t want to see or hear it.  We’re like Scarlet O’Hare in “Gone With the Wind” when we say I think about that tomorrow and we hope it goes away before tomorrow comes.  The real issue is our trust level in God.  We are emotional beings and our emotions are slower in the walk than our spirits and intellects.  We have the knowledge God is in control, is always with us, never allows more than we can bear but our emotions aren’t always in agreement.  When God shows us an upcoming trial it’s usually a place our emotions don’t want to go so we do all we can to turn away from it.  We are unaware He will give us all we need to face the trial as it comes along.  This is true even when the trial is involving a loved one.  What trials involve loved ones involve all those around them.  We don’t want to see one we love go through a hard time.  We aren’t sure of our own trust level in God for our loved one.  We fail to remember He loves them even more than we do.  We fail to remember He gives us each what we need at the time we need it.  Our question is how do we get our emotions to agree with the trust and faith we have in our God?  We quit concentrating on the why of the trial and start to open our heart to God and the how we are to walk the trial.  We open our hearts and minds through prayer and strengthen our faith through meditation on God’s written Word, the Holy Bible.  We allow other believers to help and to encourage us.  I’ve not only grown much and learned much in my own trials, I have also grown and learned as I walked with someone else in their own trials.  James was very right when He wrote for us to consider it joy when trials come our way, whether it is to walk them ourselves or walk with someone else.  They all bring us into a closer relationship with the One true living God.  We can welcome what we see or hear coming our way or the way of a loved one with full confidence that God is sufficient to supply all our needs.

October 14, 2012

Day Planner

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Psalms 5:3 Lord, in the morning you will hear me; in the morning I will present my case to you and then wait expectantly for an answer. 

How much time passes after we wake up before God hears from us?  Do we start our day thanking Him for the new day?  Do we present what we see as facing us this new day to Him?  Do we wait and seek His wisdom and His direction for the day He has given us?  If we could only learn to make this a habit we would find our days much more joyful and fruitful.  We are not here on this earth for our own self-seeking desires.  We are here to allow God to work through us to increase His family.  When we are walking with God we find our desires are His desires because He places His desires in us through His Holy Spirit.  God loves us and does not force us to speak to Him, to listen to Him or to seek His wisdom and direction.  He patiently waits for us to desire Him.  It is in Him and through Him that all our desires are met.  Let us learn to seek Him first and to present Him with our “to-do” list for deletions and additions.  Let’s ask God to be our “day planner.”

October 13, 2012

One Mind

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2 Corinthians 13:11  Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice, set things right, be encouraged, agree with one another, live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Many versions say “be of one mind” instead of “agree with one another.  They both mean the same things.  So many churches split, so many people go “church hopping” because others have a different view them they have.  In some hearts and minds there is no room for varied ideas or opinions.  When Paul wrote for us to be of one mind or to agree he was not saying we couldn’t have different opinions or ideas or viewpoints.  He was saying we all agree to seek and serve God through Jesus, His Son.  We are all different parts of His Body and are expected to function and see things in different ways according to the Holly Spirit’s work in each of us.  We can live together, work together and worship together with out all looking, thinking, sounding and working the same.  The things we disagree about are minute in comparison to eternity to the fundamental belief, worship and obedience to God.  Our question is will we choose to live in love and peace with all believers or will we disobedient to God and petty in our relationships with others and seek our own way?  As with most things, the choice is ours.

October 12, 2012

Crying Out

Exodus 14:15  The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.  

If we read the preceding verses we will se Moses did not cry out to God.  He did tell the Israelites not to fear for God would save them but he did not cry out to God.  Why did God say He heard Moses cry out to Him?  God hears what is in our hearts.  Moses was new at leading so many people.  He was nervous and was still learning to depend on God.  He had seen God’s faithfulness through the plagues against the Egyptians and the safety of the Israelites.  He believed God would fulfill His promise.  Yet his heart had the normal fear we all experience when facing a trial.  We have faith in God’s promise yet our normal emotions sometimes fear.  God hears our fears held in our hearts.  He hears them as a cry to Him even when we’re not aware we are crying to Him.  It is the spirit He has placed in us that cries to Him.  It is His Holy Spirit He has given us that cries out and gives us His wisdom and shows us His way through our trials.  Moses stood back and watched for God’s answer.  God gave him direction and the waters were parted.  We need to stand and listen and watch for God’s answers when we face our trials.  God never changes.  He is faithful.  He has promised to always be with us.  We only need to open our ears and our eyes.

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