Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 15, 2012

Growing

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Luke 2:52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and with people.

We are almost half way thtough the Advent season.  We’ve looked at the characters involved and, hopefully, we have all thought about what traits in those characters we most closely relate and what traits we would like to see increased in us.  We are on this earth to love, serve in obedience to God and grow in both love and service.  We have already found favor with God through receiving His Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Through His Holy Spirit we can grow in wisdom, in our character and in even more favor with God and with those who see how we live.  Our question is do we want to keep the discipline necessary for that growth?  When school is out for extended vacations the children tend too forget some of what they learned and the teachers must start back revewing what has already been taught.  When we skip days without getting into the Word of God and without meditating on it and listening to Him we also slip backwards.  Let us never get so busy or distracted that we miss the opportunity to grow daily with our God.

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December 4, 2012

Not the only Season

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Luke 1:5-6  During the reign of Herod king of Judea, there lived a priest named Zechariah who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah, and he had a wife named Elizabeth, who was a descendant of Aaron. They were both righteous in the sight of God,

Now Elizabeth comes into the picture.  She is also from a long line of priests.  Scripture says she was considered to be righteous but she was without a child which was considered a big blemish on a woman. Apparently her righteous life kept her from being judged by that stigma.  When Zechariah comes home mute from his temple service Elizabeth is probably stunned.  He has to write motes to tell her what happened.  Unlike her husband, Elizabeth believes the angel’s message from God.  Apparently she believes strongly enough to follow through with what is necessary for it to come about.  In a few months she is carrying the promise of God.  We can only imagine the changes God would have to make if Elizabeth did not believe and did nothing to carry through for the fulfillment of God’s promise.  Our question is are we believing the promises of God not only through our faith but also through our actions?  God says to tithe 10% of all we have.  He says in addition we should also give.  He says this not because He needs this but because we need to do this.  During this season even those who don’t normally give change and give to the needy.  it makes them feel good.  We have another question to face.  Is this season the only season for giving?  Let us carry the season of  Advent with us every day of the year.  It all belongs to God anyway, not us.  Let us listen to His Holy Spirit and give when we see a need cross our path.  God is faithful to supply our needs.

December 3, 2012

Zachariah

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Luke 1:13  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John. 

We start the characters of the Advent season with Zechariah.  He was from a long line of priests and was a priest himself.  He was chosen by lot to be the priest that day to serve in the Holy place of the temple.  He and his wife, Elizabeth were old and had prayed for decades for a child but it appeared their prayers were unanswered.  In spite of the unanswered prayer they continued to worship God and Zechariah continued to serve as a priest.  While he was in the Holy Chamber an angel, the messenger of God, appeared to him and told him their prayers were finally to be answered.  Zechariah did not believe it to be true.  There was no way God could  see they would have a baby now that they were so old.  His disbelief in God’s message left him mute.  Our question is what do we believe about God’s ability and willingness to answer our prayers?  Sometimes we are so intent on what we ask and so sure we won’t get it that we totally miss what God gives us.  We may ask what is good for us but God gives us what is best for us and  always in the right time.  Let’s ask God to keep us tuned to His messenger, the Holy Spirit, to listen and believe and trust as we serve and worship our God.

December 1, 2012

Love in Action

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John 3:16   For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Tomorrow is the first Sunday in Advent, the season for preparing and celebrating the first coming of Jesus, God’s Son.  During this season we want to be with those we love.  The birth of Jesus in human flesh started with God wanting to be with those He loves – the people He created.  Notice nothing is said about God feeling love for the world but that God loved the world.  Feelings can come into loving but love is an action.  God took the action of love in sending His Son Jesus to us to demonstrate His love for us.  Jesus didn’t demonstrate it through emotions though emotions were present.  He demonstrated God’s love through action.  He met people were they were, He met their needs, He taught them about the love of God, He prayed for them and He stretched out His arms on the cross for them.  Each one of us is a part of “them” who Jesus came to love.  As we enter the Advent season let’s check our loving, our loving of God and our loving of the people God loves (all people).  Our question is are we showing God’s love in action?  Are we picking and choosing who we will show that love to?  Does God bring a stranger across our path to love but since we don’t feel “love” we turn our backs and walk away?  Let us pray for God’s Holy Spirit to make us more aware of needs around us and allow God to love through us.  It might be buying a stranger a meal, letting someone into your traffic lane, holding the door for someone, letting them in line in front of you.  There are numerous ways to allow God’s love to flow through us in ways that don’t seem important to us but they might change the heart and direction of another.  

November 30, 2012

Music

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Ephesians 5:19 speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music in your hearts to the Lord,

Singing and making music in our hearts.  Music is a beautiful way to praise God, to think on scripture verses and to experience the fullness of His joy in our hearts.  When we sing aloud in church we sometimes go on automatic because we know the songs so well we don’t have to really think about them.  When we pay attention to what we are singing it can stay in our hearts and we can hear it as we walk through our days.  I sing in my head a lot.  I hear the words and the tunes.  It lifts me up when I face trials.  It reminds me how to reach out to others.  The season of Advent is upon us.  Chirstmas music is in the air.  A good bit of the music is very worldly.  That doesn’t need to keep us from singing and hearing the beautiful carols about the season of Advent..  Since you are reading this you have an internet connection.  I encourage you to look up some of your favorite Christmas caroles and find out about who wrote the words and how they came about.  The songs have a lot more meaning when we know the situations that gave them birth.  Let us make Advent a season of beautiful words and music to our God in honor of His Gift, Jesus, to us.

December 25, 2011

Advent 29

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Luke 3:6 And all mankind will see God’s salvation.’

Blessed Christmas.  Jesus, God’s Son and God’s salvation has come for all mankind to see.  Do you see Him?  He came for our sins and will return for us.  We prepared to celebrate His first coming.  We are to prepare for His return.  We are to tell all mankind of His coming so all mankind will see God’s salvation in the person of Jesus, God’s only Son.  When we come to Jesus we are adopted into God’s family.  Before that we are only God’s creations.  Now we are His adopted children and share God’s blessings with Jesus.  God has so much love to give He wants all His creations to come into His family.  Advent is over for this year but the time of preparation continues.  We must be the voices crying in the wilderness of this earth.  We must be the lamp stands from which God’s light stands.  Enjoy the love of God and go forth and share it.

December 23, 2011

Advent 27

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Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.

This world is a wilderness.  People are running wild.  They are full of fear and anger.  The normal tendency is to look out for “me” – number one.  Everyone else can look out for themselves.  We are in a desert without living water.  Those of us who have found the Source of the Living Water – Jesus Christ, God’s Son – are called to be a voice calling to all who will listen.  We have the ministry of making on this earth a highway for our God.  Only a few travel country roads.  Highways are built for many.  We are to be sure all who are within hearing distance of us hear about Jesus.  He has come on this earth and He is coming back.  Are we ready?  How about our families, neighbors, friends and strangers we meet?  Are we letting our voices be heard?  Let us speak out.

December 19, 2011

Advent 23

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Mt 4:16 the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

 

We are born in darkness for we are born in sin.  We live in darkness because we live in sin.  God is Light.  When Jesus came to this earth He brought God’s Light with Him.  The Light of God overtakes the shadow of death.  It is our choice whether we continue to live in darkness and the shadow of death or choose God’s Light, Jesus, and the eternal life He gives us.  Jesus paid the ultimate cost for this Light to shine for us by leaving His throne and experiencing all we experience on this earth, then dieing a painful death and rising from death showing that His Light conquers death.  All we must do is believe, accept and follow Him.  God’s Light is not for us alone but for all His creation.  We must share the Light He gives us with others.  Our question is do we have His Light in us?  If so, are we allowing His Light to shine on others?

December 17, 2011

Advent 21

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Mt 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

He will save His people from their sins.  What a wonderful thing.  There is no way we can save ourselves from our sins.  There is no way we can ever be good enough.  Jesus was sent by God the Father to save His people from their sins.  Who are His people?  His people are those who believe Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth to die on the cross and take on our sins, that they want Him to be the Lord of their lives and have taken Him into their hearts and minds and desire to walk in obedience to all He said.  When we have done this we become ‘His people.”  Each of us must answer if we are among His people.  We must do more than believe and accept.  We must live the way He showed and taught us to live.  Advent is quickly coming to a close.  Let each of us be sure we are ready to help prepare the way for our Lord.

December 16, 2011

Advent 20

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Zephaniah 3:14The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.

What a beautiful promise.  This promise was made hundreds of years before it was fulfilled.  We now celebrate the fulfilling of this promise.  Jesus Christ, our King, has come.  He has taken our sins on Himself.  He has shown us God’s love.  He has shown us how to live.  He has promised never to leave us so we never need to fear.  As we prepare for His coming for His Bride (all believers) we celebrate His first coming.  Our celebration should last more than just during Advent.  We should be celebrating every day of our earthly lives.  When we celebrate something we make it known to all around.  Today let’s make our celebration known to those around us.

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