Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 15, 2018

Individuls

Filed under: Christ,faith,Father,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:25 pm

John 21:22 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (NIV)

We tend to always be concerned with other people.  What they do, what they say, how God is using them.  We look with a coveting eye making sure we do, get or appear a little better and are angry or jealous if someone else appears to have something we want or think we should have or do.  Jesus wants us to be dependent on the Father, not on others.  He wants us to go to Him first with our questions and problems.  We can go to others after we hear from our Father and get confirmation we are hearing correctly.  The direction God has for each of us is individually planned by Him.  Our faith is individual.  Our faith doesn’t depend on what anyone else does, doesn’t do. Says or doesn’t say.  Our faith depends on our choice to believe and trust.  Let us remember God is our Source for everything.  He is also the Source for others.  What He asks of us to walk and what He asks of others to walk are individually planned by Him for each one of us.  Though we are One in the Body of Christ, we are still each an individual child of God.  Let us develop an intimate relationship with Him more intimate than with any of our brothers or sisters in Christ.

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November 14, 2018

Experiential Learning

Filed under: devotion,Father,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:51 pm

Luke 6:36 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (NIV)

I recently broke my kneecap and sprained the ankle on my other leg.  I had to wait 5 days for the surgeon to come back to town so I had my knee in a brace that made my leg stick straight out, no bending.  Trying to walk with crutches with no weight on the knee and a sprained ankle that had to bear my weight was an effort so, I mostly stayed in the recliner chair.  Frustration arose as I looked and saw things I wanted or needed that were out of reach.  Humility reigned when I need to depend on others for food or water.  As I prayed about my situation, asking God why He didn’t heal the break instantly which I knew He could, He talked to me about those who are permanently handicap.  I always respected the handicap and would help with anything evident but I had never put myself in their position.  I hadn’t thought about how frustrating and humiliating it was in their position.  Sometimes we just don’t seem to learn by reading or listening to sermons.  Sometimes we can only really learn by experience.  We truly don’t know what someone else must endure yet we are so quick to judge.  We watch others thinking we know how they should feel or act (meaning the way we would) without ever knowing their history or really knowing how we would feel or act in a similar situation.  Let us learn to be as merciful as our Father is.  We have a long way to go to be that merciful.

October 17, 2018

Fathers

Filed under: Creation,devotion,Family,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Romans 9:19-21 19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?(NIV)

Our relationship with our earthly fathers is different than it was in the writing of the epistle of Romans.  At that time fathers were the unquestionable ruler of the family.  They told their children what they would do, when they would do it, who they would marry – basically everything that would ever involve the children.  The children accepted the rule of the father.  Today in our culture children feel free to disagree both in words and in actions with their fathers.  This has affected us in how we relate to God.  Because we see Him as our Father we tend to forget to acknowledge with our word and actions Who He really is.  We think we know best what and when to do with our lives and only go to the Father when we get into trouble.  We forget we belong to God.  We thin we belong to our own self.  In actuality we don’t have the right to decide in and of ourselves what we will do with our time on this earth.  That right completely belongs to our Father, God.  It is He Who has made us and not we ourselves.  Let us remember when He made us He made us out of love and He has only the best for us planned for our time on this earth.  Let’s take the easy way and flow with Him.

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