Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 8, 2017

Running the Race

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2 Timothy 4:7 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (NIV)

 To run a race, we must prepare for it.  Racers spend a good deal of their time in training.  They train regardless of weather.  They train when they would rather do something else.  They train because they have a goal they most definitely want to achieve.  They know the only way to achieve that goal is to train.  We, as believers and followers of Jesus are also in a race.  We’re in a race to harvest believers before Jesus returns.  But it takes training to win that race.  Our training consists of our knowledge of the written Word of God, the Holy Bible, and how to apply that word to our own life.  As we learn this, we gradually begin to show God through our words and actions.  As we gradually show God through our lives, we gradually grow in faith and boldness to share this with others.  A racer doesn’t train for a 5-mile race before they can run a 2-mile race.  We can’t win people we don’t know until we win those in our own family.  The race begins in the home front.  When we are not in condition for the race in our own homes, there is no way we are in condition for other places.  Let us train to run the race all the way to the end.

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October 12, 2017

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Acts 13:22 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ (NIV)

 Luke 10:40-42 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her (NIV)

 I so want God to say I am a woman after His own heart.  I so much want to be that woman.  God said that about David.  Reading about David’s life we see he made a lot of mistakes and times of sinning against God, yet he was a man after God’s own heart.  In spite of all his sins, he longed to love and please and obey God.  Mary was also evidently a woman after God’s own heart.  She had a desire to put listening to Jesus as more of a priority than being about serving.  God had asked me to think about how much time I spend serving Him verses time I spend being with Him.  We can be so busy in our ministry or in day to day activities and responsibilities that we push personal one on one time with God back until we realize we are barely making nay time for Him.  John Wesley knew how to avoid this time trap of mixing up our priorities.  The more he had on his schedule for the coming day, the earlier he rose to have more time in prayer and communion with God.  Our first priority is on our knees.  There is nothing we can accomplish for God or for any other person or purpose without the wisdom and work of God through us.  Let us learn what John Wesley knew so well.  God first in our hearts, mind and time personally, one on one, before ministry or even life can start.

September 10, 2017

Salt Shaker

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Matthew 5:13 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (NIV)

 Salt had over 60 uses today.  In early civilization Salt was one of the world’s main trading commodities.  I was also considered a symbol of a covenant of salt with God and sprinkled on man’s offerings to sow trust in God.  Jesus said we are to e the salt of the earth.  Not only does that connotate our value, it also means we are the element to keep the earth from spoiling.  Our bodies are the salt shaker.  If we just let the salt sick in the shaker it is of no value.  Salt must be shaken out of the shaker to be effective.  If we let it sit long enough the shaker will clog.  God uses tribulation to encourage us to shake the salt out of the shaker.  Our question is are we shaking the salt of God out around the people He brings around us?  God loves us enough to shake us up so we can participate in the work He called us to.  Let’s choose to keep shaking.

August 30, 2017

Noah

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Genesis 7:12-13 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. (NIV)

 It’s only the 3rd day of rain from Harvey with a minimum of 3 more expected.  I’ve been wondering how Noah and his family endured 40 days of the sound of rain yet even looking at water for another 130+.  As I contemplated and read Noah’s account I saw God had provided him with a lot of animals to care for.  But, that wouldn’t be enough to keep sanity through so very much.  As I read more about Noah, I saw it was his complete trust and obedience of God which enable him to stay at peace with the assurance all would be well for God was in control.  Our attitude as we face trials is a choice.  We can choose to fear, complain, be depressed or choose to remember Who is in control.  When we choose to look to God, trusting Him and obeying Him while giving Him praise and thanks, there is no room in our spirits for doom and gloom.  Keeping the right attitude by choice brings the emotions into order.  Cabin fever (in my case) quickly vanishes and the time of trial comes into line with the time of eternity.  No matter what situation we find around us, we can take joy in the knowledge that God never leaves or forsakes us and will bring us to live with Him for all eternity.

August 7, 2017

Pay Attention

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Isaiah 28:23 23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. (NIV)

 This is an admonition from God.  We are to listen, hear and pay attention.  He has provided several ways for us to hear and listen.  We hear His voice as we read, study and meditate on His written word, the Holy Bible.  We also can hear His voice through circumstances.  Circumstances can encourage us in the direction we are headed or they can shut the door, turning our direction elsewhere.  We also can her His voice through His Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit’s voice is quiet and easy to miss if we don’t listen for Him to speak.  We learn to hear Him as we meditate on His written word, pray and meditate.  Gradually we become familiar with the gentle sound of His voice.  It is so very important for us to practice turning our ears to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.  His voice is within us because He dwells within us from the time we accept Jesus, God’s Son, into our heart, mind and life.  Learning to hear takes time and practice.  Our question is, do we want to listen for, hear and pay attention to what He would say to us?  If so, we must choose to spend the time one on one with Him without worldly interruption.  Let us be sure to go into our prayer closet regularly and hear, listen and pay attention to what the One Who loves us so much He took our sin on Himself.  Let us give Him our best time and attention.  He gives us His.

May 21, 2017

Make Time

Matthew 6:26 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (NIV)

 I had some free time yesterday and was sitting on the porch watching the birds.  They were flitting from tree branch to tree branch and singing the unique song God had given each one.  Though they were alert to danger, they were content doing what God created them to do.  They seemed to do it so naturally.  It mead me thing about me and other humans.  We tend to forget what God intended us to do.  He created us for fellowship.  Fellowship with Him and fellowship with one another.  Fellowship is our main business, yet we always seem to busy.  It seems we want to be too busy.  We mistakenly think our worth is tied to how much we get done rather than our relationship with God and each other.  Our priorities get out of order so easily.  What do we do about this?  We learn to start our day with fellowship and worship with and of God.  We ask Him to help us keep our priorities straight.  We think twice before we tell someone we’re too busy to be or talk to them right now.  We choose to make time.  Let us make time for God and for each other.

February 22, 2017

Mercy

Matthew 9:13 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ (NIV)

 When we are trying to live a life of obedience to God’s precepts we tend to become judgmental of those who don’t appear to be trying to live that way.  Instead of just not condoning their actions we judge the person.  Jesus didn’t judge the person and He had every right to do so.  Instead, He showed mercy and led them to turn away from their actions and encouraged them to follow His way.  How much more peaceful this world would be if, instead of sitting, thinking and speaking in judgement we showed mercy to the person we have been judging.  Showing mercy is not the same thing as agreeing with the action.  Showing mercy is accepting the person as one who is loved by God and setting an example both of God’s love and acceptance of the individual while showing the joy of following the precepts of God.  Let us quit pointing our fingers, saying harsh and judgmental words and encourage others by accepting them as people of value and showing them the love and joy that is available when following the precepts of God.

January 23, 2017

Ememies

Matthew 5:43-47 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? (NIV)

 I spent several months visiting most all the churches in my area.  I was looking to see what God was being allowed to do and not allowed to do in the various churches.  I found out a lot.  The big churches had their official greeters so I was greeted at the door.  Yet, even when the congregation was asked to shake the hand of those around them I found backs turned to me as they were shaking and talking to their friends.  The little churches had no official greater and, sad to say, a majority of them had no interest in welcoming a stranger except for the minister.  There was one church, a small church where I was the only one of my race.  Every person in that church came and welcomed me before the service than every person spoke to me and invited me back after the service.  I’m sure none of the churches considered me to be an enemy.  If they had a hard time welcoming a stranger coming into their church on a Sunday for the worship service, how would they obey the above verses.  The word love in these verses comes from the word “agape.”  This is not an emotional love but a love that wants God’s best for others.  But we are God’s hands, feet and mouth on this earth and it is up to us to communicate God’s love to ALL we meet.  Their race, gender, age, social status, profession or even religion doesn’t change our responsibility.  God’s desire is for all mankind to know and accept His love.  We must ask ourselves if we are being a good channel for His love.

December 21, 2016

Genealogies

Matthew 1:1-2 (NIV) 1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:

 I’m not big on genealogies.  I’ve tried to get interested in my family’s genealogy but just can’t seem to pay much attention even though I’ve read it and been told it many times.  In the Bible, many times I tend to speed read through the genealogies.  Genealogies are part of the prophecy of the coming of Jesus.  They help tie the Old Testament and New Testament together.  In Judaism, females were basically in sequential though genealogy isn’t possible without them.  But there are 4 women listed in the genealogy of Jesus.  I will be looking at each one the next 4 days.  One prophecy said the Messiah would come through the linage of David.  The significance of the number 14 is only for the superstitious.  Some think it is because of the multiple of the number 7 which represents completeness.  If you’re interested in numerology there are several numbers in the scripture which would make interesting study.

November 15, 2016

Good or Best

Romans 8:28-29 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (NIV)

Proverbs 19:21 21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (NIV)

One of my children is applying for a new position in their job.  It looks like a very good opportunity.  Many times we see something good and go after it.  But God wants more than the good for us.  He wants the best.  When we push hard to gain what we see as good, when we force doors open to gain it, sometimes we are settling for only the good when God has the best lined up for us at the right time.  It is hard to wait.  I’ve learned by experience not to force open doors for something I think is good.  I’ve learned to wait on God’s timing and find delightful surprises of things so much better than the good I was after.  We have a hard time waiting.  We live in a world of instant access.  God knows when we are ready to move on to something new.  We need to learn to be content where we are, yet, at the same time, always being ready to move on with God to something new.  When He moves us in His time we can be assured that He has also equipped us for success in the new.

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