Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 21, 2013

Always Present

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Exodus 25:14. and put the poles into the rings at the sides of the ark in order to carry the ark with them.

At the time of the Hebrews wandering in the wilderness the presence of God was symbolized as being contained in the ark of His covenant with them. They were instructed to carry His presence with them wherever they go. We are also instructed to carry His Presence with us wherever we go. Today, since Jesus Christ, God’s Son has already come, died and risen for our sins and has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within each believer we are to carry His Presence with us wherever we go. Sometimes we are embarrassed to have His Presence with us in some situations. Maybe we’re doing something, saying something, watching something or hearing something we know would not be pleasing to Him. Our question is are we really wanting to be in God’s continual Presence? Let us live, act and talk knowing He is always with us, always seeing us and always hearing us.

May 20, 2013

The Tongue

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James 3:8-9 But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in Gods image.

Our tongues are amazing. They are not very big but they can do many things. Without them we could not taste, swallow or talk. We use them to make faces. We can use them to move food off of our teeth. Our question is, when we use our tongues to talk, what are we allowing them to say. Many times I tend to let my tongue move and shape words along with my lips before I put my brain and heart into gear. Once the tongue lets out a word it can not be taken back in. Our question is how do we keep our tongue trained for the good rather than the bad that would hurt others? First we must desire to give our tongues over to God to be used for His glory and His purpose. When it becomes our desire we ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us listen to Him before we use the tongue to speak. When we mess up (and we will) we quickly ask God’s forgiveness. We might have to ask the forgiveness from another person as well. The hardest one to forgive is ourselves. Let us remember if God forgives us who are we not to forgive ourselves. Let’s just recommit the use of our tongue to God and move on. May our tongue taste well and as we use it to speak may the words we speak taste well to our God.

May 19, 2013

Seeing the Small Signs

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1 Kings 18:44 The seventh time the servant said, “Look, a small cloud, the size of the palm of a mans hand, is rising up from the sea.” Elijah then said, “Go and tell Ahab, Hitch up the chariots and go down, so that the rain wont overtake you. ”

Please read the entire chapter. There was a drought. Ahab had given up on God answering the prayer for rain and had gone back to his normal things. Elijah stayed in prayer, knowing God would answer. His servant came back repeatedly from looking for signs of rain telling Elijah there was nothing. Elijah told him to quick bringing back negative news and just come when he saw a sign. It was just a little cloud but Elijah knew the faithfulness of God and told his servant to hurry or the rain would overtake him. How often are we like Ahab, giving up, or the servant, negative. We miss the little signs that God sends us because we look for the big signs. Missing the little signs means not standing in faith. Our question is do we only want to wait until we can see the big thereby missing the small signs of promise? Let us pray for God’s Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the little seeds which, united with our faith, will grow into the big.

May 18, 2013

Walking in Faith

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2 Kings 3:16-17. and he said, “This is what the Lord says, Make many cisterns in this valley, for this is what the Lord says, You will not feel any wind or see any rain, but this valley will be full of water and you and your cattle and animals will drink.

The people needed water. They hadn’t seen rain in a long time. They prayed for rain. God instructed them to show their faith by digging cisterns to catch the rain. They did this in spite of no sign of rain coming. They did this in obedience to God and faith that He is true to His word of supplying their needs. Our question is when we pray and ask God do we pray in faith? Do we live according to the assurance that God will indeed answer our prayers and supply our needs? Let’s get really honest with ourselves about our faith level and obedience level. Honesty will open us up to the workings of God’s Holy Spirit to water and fertilize the seed of faith in us and bring it growth.

May 17, 2013

Encouragement

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1 Thessalonians 5:11. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, just as you are in fact doing.

We are so good with criticizing and finding fault with others. We do this mostly to feel better about our own lacks ans faults. Here we are told to encourage one another. When we are encouraged we feel stronger. Encouragement gives us confidence. There are enough temptations and evil in the world to face. Encouragement gives us incentive to keep on keeping on. Encouragement can come in many forms. A smile given at the right time, a nod of the head and even two simple words like “than you” can give encouragement to another. it takes confidence in ourselves to be willing to encourage someone else. Our question is are we willing to encourage someone else to feel good, do well, be happy or be successful? We are not in a competition to do better or be better than others. We are on a team, God’s team. Team players know how important each player is and give each other encouragement. Let us be team players for God’s team. Let us encourage one another to walk in obedience and share the light and love of God.

May 16, 2013

The Axe and the Handle

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2 Kings 6:5-7 As one of them was felling a log, the ax head dropped into the water. He shouted, “Oh no, my master! It was borrowed!” The prophet asked, “Where did it drop in?” When he showed him the spot, Elisha cut off a branch, threw it in at that spot, and made the ax head float. He said, “Lift it out.” So he reached out his hand and grabbed it.

Here is an interpretation. The ax head represents the power of God. The handle is our willingness to hold onto the head (hold on to God’s power). Many things loosen the axe head from the handle: un-confessed sins of action and/or omission, pride, old habits held dearly. We all can add many things to this list. The prophet throwing in the branch represents us calling to God in prayer. Depending on the cause of the axe head loosing from the handle our prayers take on different words. Through God’s forgiveness the Holy Spirit comes into the water (the problem) and brings back the axe head, (God’s power). But no one will reattached the head to our handle. It is up to us to bend low (in humility), reach into the water (our inner self), pick up the axe head and put it back on our handle. Our question is are we willing to be this honest with ourselves? Better yet, let us endeavor to keep the handle (our relationship with God) tightly attached to the axe head (God’s power). We do this through the study of His written word (the Holy Bible), meditation, prayer and obedience.

May 15, 2013

our Garden

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Matthew 13:8. But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.

Soil becomes hard and cracked overtime. Weeds and thorns manage to grow in that kind of soil but useful and/or beautiful plants can’t survive in such a soil. To bring the soil about into usefulness for the good plants the soil must be plowed and prepared. Weeds and stones must be removed, the soil watered and fertilized. As people age they become like unplowed soil; weeds, rocks and cracks appear from hurts and sins. Fruit bearing seeds are planted in us by the hand of God. He allows us to go through various trials to plow up our soil. Confession and repentance removes the weeds and forgiving others removes the rocks. Meditation and pray water the seeds in the plowed soil and the Holy Spirit, through the written word and the Living Word (Jesus) fertilizes the seeds and brings them in to tasty, beautiful, useful and ripe fruit. Our question is do we allow God to use these things to ripen His fruit in us or would we rather keep our weeds and stones? We must have the courage to look at our soil and fruit and ask God to show us what parts of our garden have been closed to His beautiful work.

May 14, 2013

Gnarls and Scars

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James 1:2. My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials,

I Ike old trees. Trees with lots of gnarls. The gnarls give the old trees character. Each one is unique and different from all others. A gnarl is a twisted growth. We have gnarls also. They appear differently on us. Many are visible through actions or attitudes. They come from past sins in our lives. Things we’ve done or were done to us that left a scar. Scars are good if they aren’t picked at. A scar means healing has or is taking place. When we look at a scar we are reminded of the cause. If the scar has been allowed to heal completely it serves to remind us what not to do. These kind of scars are healed through confession and forgiveness. Sometimes they require restitution for compleat healing. God is the healer. When we try to heal them on our own the scar can be very ugly. We don’t know how to heal them like God does. Our question is have and are we allowing God to heal our scars or are we trying on our own? Are we scratching at old scars and reopening them or are we praising God for a lesson learned, walking in His (and our) love and forgiveness and moving forward with a character which shows through actions and attitudes, the love and forgiveness of our God?

May 13, 2013

Fragments

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John 6:12. When they were all satisfied, Jesus said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces that are left over, so that nothing is wasted.”

Jesus is a good steward. With Him, nothing is to go to waste. We tend to leave bits and pieces by the wayside. This blog is full of fragments. These fragments have been collected over the years of my walk with my Lord, Jesus. Many times I think what I write is not worth much to anyone. I write in obedience to God. He says His word will not return void. I have confidence that the scripture verse I quote will benefit the readers and entice them to read the Bible for themselves. The interpretation I give is just a jump-start to get the readers to open their minds and hearts to what God would tell them. There are fragments all around us. Some are In a conversation overheard as we pass by. Our question is what will we choose to do with the fragments? We can leave them lay, we can store them or we can her them with others that they will meld together for the glory of God.

May 12, 2013

Acknowledgement

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Luke 12:8. “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before Gods angels.

We must acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God before men for Him to acknowledge us before God the Father. Our question is are we open about our belief? Are we willing to let others see and hear of our love for God? So often we think our spiritual beliefs should be kept private. Not only are we concerned about what others would think of us if they knew our beliefs, we are also concerned that our beliefs might offend others. This kind of attitude makes us appear to be ashamed of our relationship with Jesus. I want God to hear Jesus say I am His. My prayer is that His Holy Spirit will give me the boldness and courage to be open with all round me and let them see and hear of my love for God through Jesus, His only begotten Son.

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