Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 30, 2012

Music

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Ephesians 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord,

Singing and making music in our hearts.  Music is a beautiful way to praise God, to think on scripture verses and to experience the fullness of His joy in our hearts.  When we sing aloud in church we sometimes go on automatic because we know the songs so well we don’t have to really think about them.  When we pay attention to what we are singing it can stay in our hearts and we can hear it as we walk through our days.  I sing in my head a lot.  I hear the words and the tunes.  It lifts me up when I face trials.  It reminds me how to reach out to others.  The season of Advent is upon us.  Chirstmas music is in the air.  A good bit of the music is very worldly.  That doesn’t need to keep us from singing and hearing the beautiful carols about the season of Advent..  Since you are reading this you have an internet connection.  I encourage you to look up some of your favorite Christmas caroles and find out about who wrote the words and how they came about.  The songs have a lot more meaning when we know the situations that gave them birth.  Let us make Advent a season of beautiful words and music to our God in honor of His Gift, Jesus, to us.

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November 29, 2012

Seeking

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Hebrews 11:6  Now without faith it is impossible to please him, for the one who approaches God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

Many think once they believe in Jesus as the Son of God they no longer need to seek God.  They consider they have found God.  We are to continually seek God.  Seeking is a word of action.  God says whoever seeks Him will find Him.  We need to seek Him every day in everything we do and every thin that comes our way.  Our question is do we want to seek Him or would we rather go our own way?  As we learn to seek Him each and every day our knowledge of Him and our love for Him grows.  As we continue to seek Him we reflect more of His love to those He sends our way.  Without continual seeking there is no continual knowing.  Let us seek Him with all our hearts throughout all our days.

November 28, 2012

Citizens

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Romans 2:13  For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous before God, but those who do the law will be declared righteous. 

As citizens of any country we must obey the laws of that country.  We who have received Jesus into our hearts and lives are first citizens of heaven and must obey the laws of God over and above the laws of earth.  That doesn’t mean we don’t obey the laws of earth unless they are in conflict with the laws of God.  To obey the laws of God we must know the laws of God.  We are blessed to have the laws of God recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Jesus said they could be summarized by the first 2 commandments given by God to Moses:  (Matthew 22:37-39) Jesus said to him, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”  Our question is do we really believe and obey?  Doing this is impossible in and of ourselves.  It takes the presence of God’s Holy Spirit within us to love God, others and ourselves in this way.  My prayer for all of us as we approach the Advent season is for each of us to let more and more of His Holy Spirit to flow in and through us.

November 27, 2012

Compassion

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Ephesians 4:32  Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. 

One of our granddaughters was at a large chain store with her family on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  She saw 2 women fighting over a pillow and she called it a pillow fight.  There were also several other fights in that store over things.  This is they way of the worldly.  It is an attitude of mine, for me, get out of my way.  A lot of church members think because they don’t have physical fights they are above reproach.  God says to be kind to one another.  This means in our words as well as our actions.  So many churches explode when members disagree over finances or other things.  What we agree on is Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and the only way into God’s family, forgiveness and eternal life.  All else is up for interpretation.  We can love each other and be kind and compassionate and forgiving even when we don’t always agree on finances, ministry or other aspects of church ministry or business.  During holiday times people get tired and become more sensitive.  Let’s keep our sensitivity for the compassion and love for others rather than what we want for ourselves.  God will bless us as we bless others.

November 26, 2012

Nothing Can Separate

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Romans 8:39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I was trying to open a sealed bottle.  Many things today are so sealed for our protection that it becomes a struggle to open them and get into the contents.  As I was trying to open the bottle I was reminded of this verse.  It is so comforting to know that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God.  We can choose to ignore that love.  We can refuse to believe that love.  We can refuse to live in that love.  Whatever we do or don’t do with that love will not change the fact that God loves us.  He loves us so  very much He sent His Son, Jesus, to show us His love and die and rise for us so nothing but our own stubbornness can separate us from Him.  Our question is do we choose to receive such a love?  If we do choose to receive it do we share it?  We can only retain so much love.  When we share the love God puts in us we are able to receive even more love.  Receive and accept His love today and pass it one to someone else.

November 25, 2012

Trust

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Psalms 188:8  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. 

Someone said to me, “i can’t afford it so I guess I’ll just have to trust God.”  Trust in God is not a last hope.  Trust in God is our first hope.  We look to Him for all our needs.  We trust He is true to His word of always being with us, of giving us all we need and giving us wisdom when we ask.  We all must come to a place where we find we cannot live our lives on our own.  We need God in our life.  He created us to need Him and to fellowship with Him.  We need to follow His instructions to us.  When we realize this and put our trust in Him there is nothing we need worry about.  We can walk through this life on earth in confidence we are walking with God and He will provide everything we need for this life.  Our lives on this earth are very short in comparison with the eternity we will spend with God or will spend separated from Him.  The only way to walk with God and spend eternity with Him is to accept Jesus, God’s Son, as our Lord and Savior.  There is no other way.  I pray you have opened the door of your mind, heart and life to Him.

November 24, 2012

God’s Creation Diversity

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Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

We took one of our granddaughter to an East Texas swamp for camping.  The diversity of God’s creation is amazing.  We have travel this country and elsewhere and are always blessed and amazed by the diversity of God’s creation.  I have no favorites.  I enjoy and am blessed with all the variety: the desert, mountains, valleys, canyons, rivers, oceans, lakes, swamps, streams and on and on.  It is good to enjoy the beauty with loved ones but it also most blessed to draw alone and enjoy the quiet sounds of nature as we soak in the beauty and magnitude of our God.  I pray that we all can slow down from time to time to enjoy His creation where ever we are and thank Him for allowing us to be a part of His creation.  Let’s not stop there.  Let’s continually thank and praise God for sending His Son Jesus to show us God’s love, stretch out His arms on the cross, take on our sins which separate us from God Who is without sin, allow us to ask to be forgiven and rose to life eternal to show us when we follow Him we also have life eternal with God the Father, God the Son Jesus and God the Holy Spirit.

November 23, 2012

Drawn to God by God

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John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, a and I will raise him up at the last day.

Do you have a loved one who doesn’t know Jesus?  We need to persevere in prayer that God will draw our loved ones to Him and pray they open their hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit.  Actually we need to  pray that God draws all men to Him.  It is not God’s will for any to be lost from Him but many will refuse to respond to the draw of God.  We are to pray for these people every day.  We may not know them, it may seem we need not care about strangers but we must remember God loves each and every person and wants them to come into His Family.  The only way they can do that is to respond to the draw of God’s Holy Spirit through His Son, Jesus.  God has given us the joyful responsibility of praying for them and then sharing with them, showing them the door to open to let Jesus into their minds, hearts and lives as their Lord and Savior.  Our question is do we love God enough to be concerned about what He desires?  If we do, let us pray and share the Good News with those God puts around us.

November 22, 2012

Out of Context

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1 Timothy 4:4 For every creation of God is good and no food is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.

We can take any verse out of the Bible and make it say what we want it to say.  Today, Thanksgiving in the United States, we could interpret this verse to mean we can stuff ourselves with all the food we can find as long as we are thankful for it.  It is so important not to read just one verse.  Even though I only quote one verse in most of these devotions I hope each reader takes their own Bible and reads the verses before and after the one quoted.   Whenever we take anything out of context we can have the wrong understanding.  Politicians have had their careers ruined by people quoting just one sentence they said out of the context they said it.  Today, let us be thankful for the entire Bible and all the people who were willing to listen to His Holy Spirit and record the words of God, the walk of Jesus and the events of the early church of believers.   

November 21, 2012

Where Are You

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Genesis 3:9  But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

God still asks the same question of each of us.  “Where are we?”  God created us to have fellowship with Him.  He walked in the Garden of Eden to be with Adam and Eve.  They disobeyed Him and tried to hide from Him.  God sent Jesus to walk this earth to re-establish our fellowship with God.  We still try to hide from God.  We hide through our lies, our deceit, our pretence to be what we are not.  We hid in our failure to admit our failures.  We hid through work, through business, through efforts to look like more than we are.  In our hiding we only deceive ourselves and maybe some of those around us.  God sees us as we really are.  In spite of seeing us this way He still loves us.  He already knew what Adam and Eve did before He took His walk in the garden.  He wanted them to realize what they did.  He wanted genuine confession.  Instead of confession each one pointed blame somewhere else.  We are good at finding excuses or naming others as reasons for our failures.  God wants us to take responsibility for our own lack of fellowship with Him.  He sent Jesus to show us this.  Jesus stretched out His arms on the cross to take us into Him.  Our question is where are we with God and with ourselves?  As we prepare to celebrate the upcoming holidays let us also celebrate truthfulness with ourselves and with God.  We have nothing to lose by being trruthful as God already knows the truth and we have everything to gain.  Let us each ask God’s Holy Spirit to reveal our disobedience in thought, word and deed every day and start each day new with God in continual restored fellowship through His Son, Jesus, Christ.

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