Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 25, 2019

Tunnel Vision

Filed under: bless,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 9:23 23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV)

We are not very good at denying ourselves.  Let’s say we are about to leave our house to go out and have a relaxing dinner.  The phone rings, we almost ignore it but decided to answer it.  It is a friend who really needs someone to come over and listen and talk.  We really want to go out and enjoy the dinner so we put the friend off and say we will come over the next day.  We don’t like to be inconvenienced from our own plans.  Because of this we miss a lot of what I like to call divine interruptions.  These are events given to us by God allowing Him to work through us.  God will use someone else when we ignore His calling on us but we are the ones who will miss a blessing.  We need to be always ready to see and hear any opportunity God gives us to be a vessel for Him.  I don’t like to shop.  When I have to go to the store, I have tunnel vision.  I see or hear no one.  My goal is to get what I need as quickly as I can and get out of the store.  God has been dealing with me on my tunnel vision.  I have been blessed many times being able to stand in a store aisle and pray with someone or give someone some much needed money.  The only tunnel vision we should have is the tunnel vision on the movement of God and how He might flow through us.  This is denying our self, taking up the cross of what might be an inconvenience or interruption of pre-made plans and following His lead in allowing God to flow through us.

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March 12, 2019

Delight for Scripture

Filed under: Bible,bless,God,God's Word,Lord,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Psalms 1:2 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night  (NIV)

The psalmist is describing someone who delights in the law of the Lord; the person who meditates on God’s written word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  When we read the entire psalm we find that person is blessed.  We must ask ourselves, do we really delight in reading and meditating on the scriptures?  Does reading a meditating on the scriptures bring us joy?  The psalmist goes on to say that person is fruitful – productive.  He also says that person is prosperous in all he does.  Prosperous doesn’t refer to money but to success in accomplishments.  When we find we’re not productive in God’s Kingdom, the things we do don’t end in success, we must check our relationship to God’s written word.  Are we not reading and meditating on it with a feeling of thankfulness?  Has the Holy Bible lost its influence on our lives, what we think, say and do?  Let us delight in the Words God has given us and meditate on them daily.

January 18, 2019

Blessed to Give

Filed under: bless,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Genesis 12:2 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, you will be a blessing. (NIV)

There is a lot of teaching going around about giving so you will get back.  It comes from a misunderstanding of Luke 6:38  Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” God doesn’t want us to give out of a desire to get.  He wants us to get out of a desire to give.  But, to do this we must know how to be good stewards.  This applies to our entire life, not just our finances.  If we are in debt, we are not good stewards of our finances.  If we have a lot of garbage, we are not good stewards of the food we buy.  If we need a storage shed for all of our possessions, we are not good stewards of our material goods.  God blesses those who know how to be good stewards.  He does that because He knows if we know how to be good stewards, He can trust us with the blessings because we will know how to share the blessings with those who need them.  Giving involves more than money.  We give of our talents, our time, our food and our material blessings.  It isn’t something we have to do.  It is something we enjoy doing because it is a joy to share the love God gives us with others.  The more we share, the more room we have to receive.  Let be good stewards with all God blesses us and give in joyful wisdom out of an abundance of love for God.

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