Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 30, 2016

Creation

Genesis 2:2 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. (NIV)

John 19:30 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (NIV)

When God finished creation after six God days (with God a day is as a thousand years or more and a thousand years or more is as a day), all things that exist or ever will were created and finished except for the atoning of the sins of mankind.  Jesus finished that on the cross.  I learned that all was finished sitting on my porch swing one day and having a vision of songs and words and other things floating around in the air.  God spoke to my heart and said all that is or will be in our time and space are already created by Him and waiting for us to see, hear and latch on and bring into our time and space.  We sometimes thing we’re so smart and cleaver with what “we” create.  All creation comes from God and is just there waiting for us to unite with His creation.  The question we must answer is what is it that we, as individuals, are to see, hear and bring into being in our time and space.  Each of us as a unique calling in this process.  Many things are delayed by our distraction on other things.  Let us learn to ask God each day what He is waiting for us to hear, see and bring forth.

November 29, 2016

Advent

Matthew 3:3 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” (NIV)aD

Sunday was the first day of Advent.  Advent is a time of preparation for celebrating the birth of our Savior.  So many churches and believers no longer acknowledge the Advent season.  Preparing for celebration is a good thing to do.  We prepare in many ways in our homes by decorating, baking, sending Christmas cards, etc.  We must also prepare our hearts.  We are inundated by so much commercialism that sometimes it’s hard to remember what Christmas is really about.  Taking time to prepare our hearts keeps the “Christ” in Christmas.  This is a good time to discipline our meditation, scripture and prayer time.  This is also a good time to review how we are doing in giving our time and our finances to spreading the good news of the coming of Jesus into our world and our lives.  John, the Baptizer, gave his time, and eventually his life, calling all to prepare to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  During these 4 weeks of Advent, let us join the baptizer in preparing not only ourselves, but preparing others to receive Jesus into our lives, minds and hearts.

November 28, 2016

Gifts

Proverbs 18:16 16 A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. (NIV)

Giving gifts at Christmas started from the Magi who came with gifts for Jesus.  Then the tradition became of giving to show a desire and appreciation for a relationship.  Now they seem to be obligatory.  We are in a rush to open them, say a quick thank you then move on to open the next gift.  A gift should be something from the heart that says I appreciate our relationship.  It doesn’t need to be material.  The best gifts are those of service and time.  Our question this season is what gift will we bring to the Christ Child?  Will we offer Him from our best?  How about a gift of time?  Why not pray and ask Him where He wants us to donate a gift of time?  Let us be more prayerful as we think on what gifts to give to whom and give of our best to exemplify the relationships we appreciate.

November 27, 2016

Plans

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:37 am

Proverbs 16:3 3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. (NIV)

So many people misinterpret this proverb.  They think they can make their own plans and then ask God to bless them.  What this proverb says is listen to the establish plans He has made for us, then commit to do them in His timing and His way.  My husband always wanted a flow chart.  He wanted to see all the steps between point A and point Z.  It took him awhile to learn God wants us to trust Him to the point that we can place the heal of our foot down before we know which direction the toe of our foot will point.  If our ears are tuned to His quiet voice within us we will always hear, “This is the way, walk in it.”  I find it easier because I don’t enjoy the planning stage of anything.   This doesn’t mean we should never plan.  Our plans should always be open for review and adjustment.  We can and should make plans but only as we listen to God and, when we find they need adjustment or changing, be very flexible and adjust or change as needed to always be in His perfect will and timing.  It is only by the grace of God that we draw our next breath.  Let us rejoice that He, Who knows the future, will always lead us on the right path.

November 26, 2016

Misspoken

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Proverbs 15:1 1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (NIV)

For many this is a 4-day weekend.  Many are trying to do too much.  People are getting tired.  Tempers tend to flare and words are spoken without thought.  Quite often harsh words are spoken before thought is given to why we are angry.  We just erupt.  In this day of so many things being instantaneous, we thing we should speak instantaneously.  So many misspoken words would never be spoken if we would take just a quick moment and check out what we think we want to say with what God wants us to say.  It’s in the scripture.  We are to use words that build one another up, not words to tare others down.  Harsh and angry words never mend; they always tear down.  When we are tired we tend to think less and react more.  Let us commit our day and time to God before we arise from our beds.  God has our day planned and it will never be more than we can withstand.  When we start with praise it is harder for anger to enter.  Keep our celebrations during this holiday season full of love, peace and encouragement. 

November 25, 2016

Black Friday

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:29 am

Matthew 6:20 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:20 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (NIV)

Today is called “Black Friday.”  I believe that is correctly named.  It is a day we are encouraged to buy “treasures” on this earth that we don’t necessarily need and that might put us in debt.  Some people wait for hours to buy their “treasures.”  Some people actually get into fights over “treasures.”   We listen to our sinful nature saying, “I want, I need, It’s mine. Etc.”  Black is a color representing mourning.  I guess we are to mourn the loss of our hard-earned money being replaced by “treasures” that will break, wear out and maybe even stolen.  The “Black Friday” I’m most familiar with celebrating is three days before Easter.  It is the day Jesus died a horrible death on a Roman cross and put into a borrowed grave.  He did this just for me and you to restore our relationship with God and rebirth us into the way God originally created us.  On that “Black Friday” I mourn my sinful nature and that God had to go to such an extreme as to send His only Son to this earth of sinful people to die for us and take on our sins.  It’s strange that Thanksgiving day precedes “Black Friday.”  I think it should be reversed because I am so very thankful for God’s grace and willingness to sacrifice His Son for me.  I like to quickly turn my mourning in to joy of the resurrection of God’s Son and my rebirth. 

November 24, 2016

Understand

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:33 am

Luke 24:45 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. (NIV)

In the art museum in Rome, Italy there are boxes next to each painting.  If coins aren’t fed into the box the lights on the paintings go off.  It is the same with our understanding of God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  If we neglect feeding our spirits with prayer, communication with God, giving Him the time to open our minds, His Light that gives us understanding of the written word goes off.  Let us be sure that Light never fades.  Let us give thanks for His Light.

November 23, 2016

Distractions

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Matthew 6:6 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV)

I put the water into the coffee maker and the grounds in the holder.  There was a commotion outside and I went to investigate.  When I got back inside I discovered I didn’t put the mug under the maker and coffee was everywhere.  At least it was a 1-cup coffee maker.  Distractions are dangerous things.  That is why we are told to go into our room, close the door and pray.  We need a place, at least once a day, where we can talk with our Father without any distractions.  Distractions keep us from listening fully.  We pray throughout the day but we pray in the midst of distractions and hearing is filtered by those distractions.  We need a time every day when we can hear clearly what God would tell us.  Try to set one place in your home that is free from any distractions (people, electronics, needed attention to cleaning, etc.)  and spend some time every day without any distractions talking and listening to the One Who knows you best and loves you the most.

November 22, 2016

Omission

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James 4:17 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. (NIV)

When we ask God to reveal sins we need to confess, be forgiven and repent by choosing not to repeat them we fail to remember that there are also sins of omission.  Sins of omission are opportunities we have missed where God was going to do or say something through us.  God is bigger than our omission and will bless someone else who is willing to listen and act but we, through our omission, are the ones who have missed a blessing.  Asking God to reveal to us what we have missed during our day is a way to sharpen our hearing.  Let us practice listening, confessing the omissions He reveals to us, and put more action in our lives for God to bless others through us.

November 21, 2016

Praises

John 8:15 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. (NIV)

As a retired professional musician, it is very hard not to sit in judgement when music is presented at church.  I learned a long time ago that God hears our music very differently from the way we hear it.  We were all enjoying singing our praises to God.  The man next to me was clapping way off the beat and singing notes I didn’t know even existed in our musical scales.  I hear God ask me who was singing the most beautiful praises to Him.  I felt very smug until I heard Him say it was the man next to me.  God said He listens to the heart doing the praise, not the voice.  Since then I have tried to tune in to the person’s heart rather than their notes, rhythm or pronunciation.  I must admit many times I must remind myself of what I learned to be able to relax and join inwardly with the person presenting their praise to God.  All praises to God are beautiful and perfect.

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