Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 27, 2019

Triggers

Filed under: anger,glory,God,habits,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid every weight and entangling sin.  Let us run with endurance the race set before us.  (Tree of Life version)

We all have triggers that set us off to do or say things.  Some triggers are good.  Some triggers get us back into habits, thoughts, words or actions we have been trying to get out of our lives.  It is important to identify those triggers. One of my triggers is having a container of ice cream in the house.  Since I’ve identified that trigger, I no longer buy ice cream to take into my house.  I do buy it when I visit one of my children’s houses, enjoy one dish with them and leave the rest with them.  Though this trigger is important to my physical health, it’s minor compared to triggers that lead us to fits of anger or other temptations that cause us not to reflect the love of God.  When we say or do something we know is wrong we must take time to identify the trigger that lead to that action.  It takes endurance to run this race of our walk on this earth in a way that will reflect the glory of God.  Let us perceiver with determined discipline

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June 25, 2019

Be Angry

Filed under: anger,depression,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Ephesians 4:26 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, (NIV)

There are 2 important things to note in this verse.  The first is we are not told not to be angry.  Instead we are told not to sin in our anger.  It is how we express our anger and to what we are angry that are called sin.  Remember how Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple?  He didn’t hit the money changers.  His anger was not at them but at what it was they were doing.  We are not to be angry with the person but with what it is the person is doing.  People sin out of their own past hurts or out of false teaching or deceptions.   The second thing we must notice in this verse is that our anger must be short-lived; the sun must not go down on our anger.  We are to deal with our anger right away.  We are not to harbor our anger.  Harboring anger brings about hate, bitterness, depression and can even bring about physical illness.  Being angry is not a sin.  How we express our anger and what causes our anger are the thing that can lead us into sin.  Let us learn to be wise in our anger.

June 14, 2019

Antidote

Filed under: anger,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,praise,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Hosea 14:4 4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (NIV)

Most of Hosea deals with the sins of Israel and the punishment for their sin by God.  But, as we read on to the last chapter we find God’s love and mercy are stronger than mankind’s sin.  This is so very encouraging.  As much as we would like not to sin, we are sinners.  We are in a fleshly body with a carnal mind living among other sinners and temptations.  God provide what we can call an antidote for our prone to sinning.  He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus to leave His God-head nature and clothe Himself in a fleshly body to demonstrate to us how God intends for us to live  Knowing we still wouldn’t live that as Jesus demonstrated, God allowed His Son to die as the perfect Lamb for a one time for all sin offering.  Three days later Jesus rose from the death to show us we, through our belief and following Him, can have life eternally with God.  Even though we bear the consequences in the here and now of some of our sins, God forgives and forgets them.  He no longer holds them against us and allows us to have an intimate relationship with Him.  He has every right to be angry with us.  So often we take Him for granted.  So often we treat Him like a Genie in a bottle.  So often our prayers are full of “I wants” rather than praise for Who God is and thanks for what He has done and continues to do for us.  Let us work to be less into ourselves and our wants and more into Who God really is and what He has done and is doing.

May 4, 2019

Humble Prayer

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,Father,garden,God,Jesus,Obey,praise,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

1 Corinthians 10:11 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. (NIV)

As 1/3 of my daily Bible reading comes from the Old Testament, I am reminded of God’s anger against those who refused to honor, worship and respect Him.  Entire groups of people suffered from the stubbornness of their leaders.  We, too, are being complacent in following our leaders.  We are allowing laws to be passed that are against the commands of God. So many of us just raise our hands and say, what can we do about it?  We have the strongest weapon available to mankind.  We have prayer.  God promised to heal our land if we would only humble ourselves and pray.  Prayer is more than lifting up a few words and asking God to heal our land or work within our leaders.  Prayer is real conversation.  Two-way conversation.  How much do we want our land healed?  Enough to not only really petition God but enough to offer ourselves in any way He will work through us?  Each of us must ask ourselves if we are really humbling ourselves before God, if we are really wanting our nation healed (this applies to all nations.).  We must pray as intensely as Jesus prayed in the garden before His crucifixion.  He spent time pleading with the Father.  He ended giving Himself to the Father’s will.  Let us follow His example.

March 1, 2019

Grumbling

Filed under: anger,God,mercy,praise,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Philippians 2:14 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, (NIV)

Wow.  No grumbling and no arguing.  There are so many things about which we like to grumble.  My biggest one is what I consider to be bad weather.  Along with this verse we might combine Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)  If we are grumbling about anything we are not being content.  The same is true when we argue.  Doing either of these implies we don’t believe God is in control of all that touches us.  No matter what we face, there is always a positive side to anything we consider to be an adversity.  Suffering, something most of us don’t really experience, produces endurance and faith.  We tend to grumble about the most inconsequential of things.  Instead of being negative, let’s always look for the positive in and through all situations we face.  Instead of arguing, let us remember arguing doesn’t change anyone’s mind but does hurt relationships.  In all we do and in all we experience, let us maintain an attitude of praise and thanksgiving to God for His grace and mercy.

 

December 19, 2018

Revenge

Filed under: anger,God,grace,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:40 pm

1 Samuel 25:26 26 And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.  (NIV)

Human, sinful nature wants to get even (revenge) when others do us harm.  This is a normal, sinful characteristic of our nature, our desire to put self first.  Reading all of 1 Samuel 25 we find David had protected the family and workers of Nabal.  When David needed Nabal’s help, Nabal responded with hate for David.  This made David mad and he wanted, as most of us would, to get even with Nabal; to pay him back for his antagonism and for turn his back on David when David had been so good to him.  Nabal had a very intelligent wife. It seems she was stepping in on behalf of Nabal but actually she was protecting her household and also protecting David from further problems.  It comes down to trusting God to punish those who have done wrong.  We are not to judge others. Jesus demonstrated this on the cross when He called out, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.”  When others do us harm we are to pray for them; we are to lift them up before God’s throne of grace that He will work within them and bring them humbly before His throne.  This doesn’t mean people why have done wrong against the laws of the land go without consequences.  Living out the consequences of our behavior is separate from the forgiveness of God and others.  We live out the consequences of our decisions in the state of forgiveness from God (and others) as we learn to change our choices.  God took Nabal out of the picture while the rest of Nabal’s family were free from bearing the consequences of Nabal’s self-centered choices.  Let us learn to respond in love and forgiveness when others offend us.  Let us love them into the Kingdom of God.

November 25, 2018

Seek Silence

Filed under: anger,Easter,God,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:27 pm

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)

Habakkuk 2:20 20 The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (NIV)

There are many reasons we don’t hear God.  We have unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, anger.  We are surrounded by noise.  We are continually thinking and planning and worrying.  God says for us to go into our room or closet, close the door and have our conversation with Him.  Most of us are afraid of silence.  We can’t still our thoughts.  We don’t want to think about the things that bother us.  It takes time and practice to learn and be comfortable in silence.  Once we learn, it is beyond my ability to describe the peace and the feelings that envelop us in the silence.  As we are enveloped, we begin to hear the still, soft voice of our Father.  As we do this, we find we seek our prayer closet more and more.  It is so worth the effort and discipline.  Let us go into our special prayer “closets” regularly.  Let us be still and experience and know our Father God.

November 22, 2018

By God’s Spirit

Filed under: anger,faith,God,Holy Spirit,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:49 pm

Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (NIV)

God deserves all the glory because He created and is in charge of all things.  Moses learned this the hard way.  When in the wilderness and they were out of water, God told Moses to strike the rock so water would gush out (the rocks in that desert hold water).  God was allowing Moses to get the glory to ensure the respect he needed as the leader of the Hebrews.  Later on, when water was again needed, God told Moses to speak to the rock.  That was for God to get the glory to encourage faith from the Hebrews.  Moses was tired and angry at the situation and, instead of speaking to the rock as God instructed, Moses hit the rock.  Because of that act Moses never got to the Promised Land.  So often we wonder why we don’t succeed at something.  If we check our motives, how we are trying to look good, competent, powerful to others and claim the glory for ourselves, we have the answer.  We like to do things by might and by power.  God is God.  He is in charge and expects, actually demands to be obeyed.  This takes trust and faith.  Trust and faith grow by experience.  God has reasons for what He does. Let’s choose to trust and obey even without understanding.

November 21, 2018

Put Off the Old Self

Filed under: anger,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Colossians 3:5-10 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (NIV)

There’s at least a months’ worth of devotions in these verses.  It takes a brave determination to look at them honestly.  We like to think we don’t sin.  But there are some of these things we are told to put to death that we all do.  The most common is lust.  Lust includes many different things.  Some lust after food.  Just look at the obesity rate in this nation.  Others lust for tobacco, alcohol, money through gambling, power over other people, sex outside of marriage and on and on.  We are also to rid ourselves of anger which includes when we’re driving in traffic and others cut us of.  We are told not to lie to each other but we have all been guilty of what we call “harmless, little, white lies.”  We pretend we lie to not hurt others but mostly it’s to protect the image of ourselves we want to show.  I pray we regularly take time to carefully go over these verses from time to time and check how we are doing.  Then confess to our Father the things we have not been able to keep away, ask and accept forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in those areas.  These are all from our old self and we are to put on the new self, renewed in the knowledge in the image of God.

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