Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 5, 2011

The Curtain

 

Mt 27:51 At that moment the curtain of the temple  was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split

 

The curtain of the temple separated the people from the presence of God.  The room behind it was called the Holy of Holies and only one priest could enter it for a short period of time once a year.  When Jesus died on the cross that curtain was torn from the top to the bottom opening up the Holly of Holies to enable all people to come into the presence of God.  Even though that curtain was torn it still exists today.  It exists in the hearts of the believers.  Some have allowed God to tear the curtain in their hearts, which separates them from the very real presence of God.  Others have yet to do it.  It is a painful process.  The curtain is made up of very real self-things: pride, insecurities, love of money, materialism, bitterness and on and on.  We cannot tear the curtain ourselves.  The hand of God tore the Tabernacle curtain and so must our curtain be torn.  We must will to allow ourselves to be open to the tearing process.  We must ask God to tear the curtain.  When the process starts, we must remember the pain is only temporary.  The pain is to remove the remnants of sin nature within us and make room for God’s presence in each of the areas of our life and heart where we have kept Him out.  This is an ongoing process.  With each area that comes into God’s presence we will desire more and more.  Ask Him today to start and/or continue that process within your heart and life.  The more I know of God, the more I feel His presence, the more I want to know and feel.  Am I totally there?  No.  But each day, as I allow God to work within me, I come a little closer.  I want to do my part in God’s answering Jesus prayer for me to be one in Him and He in me.  My part is the willingness to have the curtains in my mind, heart and life torn, the old sinful nature removed and His Holy Spirit flowing in and throughout.

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May 10, 2010

Joy of Salvation

Ps 13:5 But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

So many times our eyes are on the problems in and around us that that is all they see.  We often fail to look to God, our source of wisdom.  We tend to be downcast or worried about the problems rather than rejoice that our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  All problems on this earth are temporal – they have an end to them.  Our salvation is for all eternity.  When we keep things in perspective they don’t seem so bad.  We can then get our mind on God, our source of wisdom and, with His guidance, work our way through the problems with joy and thanksgiving for the grace of salvation.

November 26, 2009

Thaksgiving

1Ch 16:34 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Today is Thanksgiving. Most of us have a lot to be thankful for.

Many have families around them and will gather around the table to share a feast. There are also many who have no family and/or no feast to share. We will be serving Thanksgiving dinner to some 300-400 people/families in our community. As I pour their drinks I will be praying that hey will come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord and that they will be able to give thanks to God for His gift. After we finish serving we will go to our daughters house and share a feast with 5 of our 8 grandchildren. The children are already planning to say at least one thing for which they are thankful. Whether you find yourself alone, with friends or with family, be sure to make this a day of thankfulness to God. He is good and His love does endure forever. Praise His glorious name.

November 12, 2009

Psalm 100 A psalm. For giving thanks. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he, who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations

This is a very busy time of year and sometimes it is hard to remember to take time to give thanks. Psalms 100 is a very good prayer to memorize, read, or sing. Read it over in quiet and really consider what it says we are to do and how we are to do it. I have found nothing to energize me as much as actually singing or calling out words of thanksgiving and praise to my Lord. It melts the problems and burdens I have forgotten to pass on to Him, relaxes my nerves and muscles, and replaces gladness for tiredness. Give it a try today.

January 16, 2009

The Moon

The Moon

 

Thank You, Lord, for making

the moon to shine at night

When it’s full it’s glorious

Shining every bright

Yet I enjoy its stages

From full down to a slice.

My God, I sing Your praises

For the beauty of the night.

 

Everything has it’s stages.  Our life on this earth has various stages.  As a child, we are always looking forward to the next stage rather than enjoying the stage we are.  As adults, we tend to look to the future rather than enjoying the day the Lord has given us.  How often do we say, “When this happens…..” or “When this is over…..”  What is past is past and no longer in our control.  What is in the future is unknown to us and in God’s control.  We must learn to enjoy each day God has given us.  We must learn to look to the challenges and privileges of that day.  We can put the past in God’s hands and trust His plans for our future.  “This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

July 8, 2008

Song of Praise

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Song of Praise

8/18/2000

 

Praise You, God, You are so great.

Praise You, God, my sin You take.

Praise You God, You’ve given me

Your Holy spirit so full and free.

 

I ask You, God, keep drawing me

Closer, God, on bended knee.

Teach me how to set You free

To have Your way inside of me.

 

My precious one, I hear your prayer.

I know how much you strive and care.

Be patient, dear, it’s Me, you see

Who works in you My love to see.

 

John 17:11

And I am no more in the world, and these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep them in thy name which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we [are].

 

Wow.  That’s exciting.  Jesus prayed of me.  Not only did He pray for me but he prayed that I would be one with God even as He is one with God.  That really blows my mind.  Jesus said He only prays the will of the Father.  Therefore, it must be God’s will for me to be one in Him.  All I need to do is furnish the desire and be available for God to work His will in and through me.  He is the maker.  He is the one who will make me one.  When life gets hard and things don’t seem to go my way, I can praise God for allowing me into His firery furnace to burn away the chaff that separates us.  I need not strive but need to make myself willing and available.

 

Prayer

 

Thank You, Jesus, for praying for me.  Thank You that You desire for us to be one.  Thank You that all I must do is be pliable and let You work Your way within me.  Help me be ever ready to respond to Your creative ways.

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