Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 11, 2020

Search and Test

Filed under: anger,anxious,commands,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 139:23 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  (NIV)

Do we really want God to search us and know our hearts?  Are we really willing to know what God sees in our hearts?  It takes courage to be open to what is really in us.  We like to think the best in us. Scripture commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit can dwell in us only where we give Him room.  Places within us that still have doubt, bitterness, unresolved anger give no space for the Holy Spirit.  As we allow God to search us and reveal to us what is really in our hearts, the next step involves God bringing us into a time of testing.  It is through the testing that we see what is in us and can learn how to make room for the Holy Spirit to flow in and through that area.  It is because of this process that we read in James 1:2-3 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. So, next time we find ourselves going through a trial, let us remember God is searching us and testing us to reveal areas where we haven’t allowed His Holy Spirit to dwell.

December 31, 2019

Thanksgiving in Our Hearts

Filed under: anxious,God,grace,heart,scriptures,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

We are so good at petitioning God for the things we want.  We might even make promises of if He then we will.  We beg, we nag.  In this scripture verse we are told to ask with thanksgiving.  We tend to wait to see our answer before we thank God.  God wants us to thank Him as we ask the first time.  It is a privilege unearned to be allowed to talk to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  We should be continually thankful to God.  We need not be anxious about anything for God is in control of all that touches us.  Actually, He is in control of all – everything.  We are told to give thanks in everything.  There are no exceptions.  It is by the grace of God that we can even breathe.  We may be in pain, we may be facing tremendous problems but we can be assured as we look to God with thanksgiving in our hearts and in our words, He is faithful to not only stand with us but to give us the wisdom, grace and peace to walk through the problems.  Let us always present our requests to God with true thanksgiving in our hearts, minds and words.

June 2, 2019

Choices

Filed under: anxious,God,Uncategorized,worry — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (IV)

I was having a bad day.  I was looking at all the expensive projects waiting for my attention and grew more and more anxious about them.  Then I remembered this verse.  I talked with my Father, thanking Him for the wisdom He would give me at the right time.  I thanked Him that I only had to face one project at a time.  I chose not to be anxious.  I chose to trust God and His promises.  God has given each of us the ability to choose.  We can choose to believe or not believe.  We can choose to trust or not trust.  We can choose to be anxious or choose peace in the One Who has absolute power over everything.  The choice is ours.  Next time we find ourselves slipping into worry or anxiousness, let us remember Whose we are and Who is true to His promises.

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