Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 1, 2012

Accidents

Haggai 1:5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

To get into our nearest town we must turn from a gravel road onto a highway where the cars are going 70 MPH or greater. Last week there were two major accidents just down the road from us. One of them left us sitting in stopped traffic for over and hour with frozen food in our car. These accidents were both caused by people not being careful. They were distracted when driving and though looking they did not see. We tend to go through our days like that many times. We don’t see things God would show us and we don’t hear things He would tell us. We are distracted by our own thoughts and plans. We have determined our schedule for the day and don’t want any interruptions. God tells us to give careful thought to our ways. He tells us to guard our hearts and minds. He tells us to stay our minds on Him. We learn to do this by practicing. Weight lifters don’t start by lifting several hundred pounds. They start with small weights and gradually build up. They call this “working out.” We are to “work out” God’s instructions to us through study and meditation. We cannot expect to know what He wants if we don’t learn to hear Him. Hearing God and living out His purpose in our lives takes practice and time. Let us not be discouraged as we learn to see and listen. With practice we can become clearer in our vision and hearing. Our question is who our what do we want to direct our lives? Our choices are: our infallible shortsightedness or God Who is all knowledgeable and all seeing.

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April 13, 2012

Choices

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blessedDeuteronomy 4:39 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other. (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

We all have choices to make every day. Today I had to choose if I would walk, what route I would walk and how long I would walk. Before that choice I made a choice before I got up from bed. I had to choose Who would own the day—Who would direct my schedule. It would be easy to just “go with the flow” with the various demands on my time. But this day doesn’t belong to me. This day belongs to God. It is He Who made the day. He has only loaned the day to me. I can choose to take the day as my own and do what I want with it or I can choose to be a willing vessel for God to use His day through me in the way that is best for His glory and His purpose. Each of us must choose. The question is whose day do you choose this to be? . When we choose self a lot of it is wasted and cannot be recovered. When we choose God we are blessed.

March 31, 2012

Be Dressed

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Luke 12:35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Be dressed and ready for service? How do we do that? We can’t live our lives always dressed. Jesus is meaning for us to be dressed in His salvation. We are robed in His righteousness. We can take that robe off by turning our backs on Him and going our own ways. What is our service? Our service is worshiping God through our words, our thoughts and our actions. Are we always ready to give God the credit or do we like to take credit for His work through us as being our own credit? Keep our lamps burning? Our lamps are to burn so others can see God’s light shining in and through us. (See devotion titled “The Globe”) The only way I can stay dressed ready for service and keep my lamp burning is through what I call spiritual breathing. First I exhale by confessing my sins to God as soon as I’m aware of them. Then I inhale by asking Him to fill those places in me with His Holy Spirit. This is a multiple times a day event for me. There are many times I open my mouth and let words come out that hurt even though that is not my intention. There are many times I should open my mouth that I choose to stay silent. There are times I should pick up the phone and call someone going through a struggle or who is lonely and times I should make a visit but I fail to do either. Life is full of choices. We need to learn to choose according to God’s word and the furthering of His Kingdom here on earth.

January 6, 2011

Choices

Ge 3:12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Ever since Adam humans have tried to place blame on others for their own choices.  Eve did not force Adam to eat of the fruit yet Adam placed the blame of his actions on Eve.  We have not changed.  It seems we don’t want to take responsibility for our own choices and actions.  We are full of excuses.  We need to understand we are the only ones responsible for our choices.  It is not the fast food industry responsible for the obesity epidemic in our country – it is that we fail to choose the right foods, the right portions and when to close our mouths.  We have choices in all of our actions.  We can choose to “go with the flow” of those around us or choose to follow the directions in God’s Word.  Let us choose this year to learn to take responsibility for our choices and move forward with God.

 

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