Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2014

Anniversary

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Mark 10:7-9. Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Today we celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The first 10 years were hard but we stayed together because we were both raised to believe there is no option of divorce. Then we found a real, personal relationship with Jesus rather than just being church members. We learned marriage must be a triangle with Jesus at the top and each of us on the bottom 2 angles. All 3 angles are equally connected by straight, direct lines. We have descended into deep valleys and risen high atop mountains always together, God and us. A good and blessed marriage is available for each and every one as long as you and your spouse have Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and the head of your marriage as well as each of you as individuals.

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July 30, 2014

Jealously

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

John 3:30. He must increase, but I must decrease.”

We must ask ourselves how we feel when someone else gets praised for what they do and we don’t. How about when someone else gets the credit for something we did? What about when someone’s ministry gets more notice than ours? Jealousy is a human trait. It was jealousy that caused Cain to slay Able. The human, self-centered, sinful emotion of jealousy is behind much of the pain, suffering and terror in this world. We are told we are not to be in this world but apart from it. This means we are not to give in to self-centered emotions. To conquer jealousy takes a loving commitment to love others as God loves. He wants His best for each of His children. Do we want the best for others only after we’re sure others consider us to be the best?

July 29, 2014

Our Own Tools

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1 Samuel 17:39-40. and David strapped his sword over his armor. And he tried in vain to go, for he had not tested them. Then David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” So David put them off. Then he took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine.

David had the wisdom to use the tools God had given him and he had practice with instead of using the tools of another. So often we try to copy the way others do their tasks. God gives each of us the appropriate means to do the tasks He gives us in the way best suited for us and for His glory. Just because someone does the same type of things we do in a different way doesn’t mean their way is right for us or our way is right for them. So often we criticize others because their method is different from ours. This way of thinking doesn’t apply to harmful or illegal methods but to differing ways of doing things. Let us learn not to judge but rejoice when other’s are successful even when it’s done in a different way or the outcome differs.

July 28, 2014

No Strings

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Acts 4:36-37. Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field that belonged to him and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet.

Barnabas gave all the money from the field he sold to the apostles without any strings attached. He didn’t tell them how it was to be used and expected nothing back from his gift. It was a true gift to be used at the discretion of the receivers. We must consider how we give. Do we insist our gifts be used in the way we want? Do we not give if we aren’t sure how the gift will be used? Granted we are to be wise in our giving but when God’s Holy Spirit prompts us to give do we give generously, freely and gladly?

July 27, 2014

Reputations

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Matthew 10:38. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.

Peter said no to eating food that is tabooed to Jews probably because he was more concerned about his own reputation than his obedience to God. We must admit we struggle with the same fear. We question, “What will my friends think of me if I ….?” We fear telling someone they will go to hell without Jesus because we’re afraid it will hurt our relationship with them. What about our relationship with God? Shouldn’t that be our first concern? Let’s take time today to reflect where we are in our concern for our own reputations

July 26, 2014

More Obedient

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Acts 10:13-14. And there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.”

Wow. This is after Pentecost and Peter is still saying no to Jesus. Before we condemn Peter too much we must look at ourselves. How often do we reject a word in the Bible? How often do we reject what we hear the Holy Spirit whisper to us while we are praying? Before we say we never reject the word in the Bible we must review all it tells us to do: love our enemies, forgive as God forgives are just 2 of the many instructions. Let’s ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us be more obedient to all He says to do.

July 25, 2014

God’s Way of Listening

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Isaiah 50:5. The Lord God has opened my ear,and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward.

Our question is how do we learn to be a good listener? We ask God to open our ears to hear others as He hears them. We must learn to tune our minds in to what they are saying rather than thinking about what we want to say. Thinking about our own words while someone else is talking is going back to our sinful nature. When we listen God’s way we listen with our entire being, our ears, our hearts, our minds and our eyes. The same words can and do have different meanings depending on the expression of the face and voice. So often we miss a ministry opportunity because we only listen to the words rather than the person. Let’s always ask God to open our listening ears which include our hearts, minds and eyes.

July 24, 2014

Good Listener

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Luke 2:46. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Jesus was (and still is) a good listener. After listening He would ask questions, not because He didn’t know the answers, but to encourage the speakers to think further. He still does this through His Holy Spirit today. Our problem is we like to do all the talking. We tend to think we have all the answers. We have a double lesson to learn through this. One is listening to those around us. We need to listen with listening minds then ask questions to clarify what we think we heard and, if needed, guide the speaker into deeper thought. The second lesson is the listening prayer. We need to take more tome in listening to the Holy Spirit than we spend talking. Let us practice the art of being good listeners.

July 23, 2014

No One Too Bad

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Acts 7:58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul.

This act of stoning Stephen began Saul’s vendetta against all Christians. He got a letter to kill all Christians he could find. Saul truly thought he was doing the right thing for God and the Jewish faith. Then, on the road to Emmaus to find and kill more Christians Saul had a life changing experience. He heard and saw Jesus. He was blinded from this encounter and his name would be changed from Saul to Paul. Later his sight was restored and he became an apostle preaching the way to God through Jesus. He is responsible for a good portion of our New Testament. This shows us that no one is too bad for God to bring about a life changing conversion into the reality of Jesus as Lord and Savior. This should encourage us never to give up on anyone. We must continue to pray in faith and witness through our words and actions. It is God’s will for all to come to Him but He wants us to do our part.

July 22, 2014

Showing Spiritual Maturity

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

James 3:8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

The tongue cannot be tamed. It reveals what is in our hearts and minds. In Psalms 51 David prays for a clean heart and steadfast mind, not a clean tongue. Our tongues show our spiritual maturity. As we mature spiritually we become more discerning to the others around us and less needy to give quick voice to our own opinions and judgements. We also learn to use our ears to hear in the way God hears, through love and patience. This takes spiritual growth through prayer, Bible study and meditation as we experience life for ourselves. Let’s listen to our own tongues and see how we are maturing.

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