Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 16, 2013

Seeking

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Psalms 105:4 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives! Seek his presence continually!

The word “seek” means to search for, to go after or to inquire. In Psalms 119:2 we read, “How blessed are those who observe his rules, and seek him with all their heart,”. Sometimes we fear if we truly seek after, go after and inquire after God with all our heart there would be no room in our lives for anything else. How wrong that is. When we diligently seek to walk consistently with God we have more people and things in our lives that bring an abundance of joy. Joy because we are in the right relationship. God is our train engine. Everything else in our lives are the cars being pulled by the engine. The cars do not choose where to go; they follow the engine. The engine must have fuel or it will stop. Our fuel is prayer and meditation on God’s word which fuels the engine with His Holy Spirit. The engine must be kept clean through confession. Our question is are we properly maintains our engine?

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November 21, 2012

Where Are You

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Genesis 3:9  But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

God still asks the same question of each of us.  “Where are we?”  God created us to have fellowship with Him.  He walked in the Garden of Eden to be with Adam and Eve.  They disobeyed Him and tried to hide from Him.  God sent Jesus to walk this earth to re-establish our fellowship with God.  We still try to hide from God.  We hide through our lies, our deceit, our pretence to be what we are not.  We hid in our failure to admit our failures.  We hid through work, through business, through efforts to look like more than we are.  In our hiding we only deceive ourselves and maybe some of those around us.  God sees us as we really are.  In spite of seeing us this way He still loves us.  He already knew what Adam and Eve did before He took His walk in the garden.  He wanted them to realize what they did.  He wanted genuine confession.  Instead of confession each one pointed blame somewhere else.  We are good at finding excuses or naming others as reasons for our failures.  God wants us to take responsibility for our own lack of fellowship with Him.  He sent Jesus to show us this.  Jesus stretched out His arms on the cross to take us into Him.  Our question is where are we with God and with ourselves?  As we prepare to celebrate the upcoming holidays let us also celebrate truthfulness with ourselves and with God.  We have nothing to lose by being trruthful as God already knows the truth and we have everything to gain.  Let us each ask God’s Holy Spirit to reveal our disobedience in thought, word and deed every day and start each day new with God in continual restored fellowship through His Son, Jesus, Christ.

April 5, 2012

Preparation

Luke 22:8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare for the Passover celebration. They were unaware this would be their last meal with Jesus. They were unaware He would be taken away by one of their own and scourged and nailed to the cross. They got caught up in the celebration and could not see the signs of increasing aggression. Their minds were still filled with the celebration of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our minds, too, are filled with many things. As we look toward tomorrow (what we call Good Friday) we are thinking of shopping for new Easter outfits, eggs and candy. Some are busy preparing for guests. Not many churches have a service on Thursday to prepare for Friday. Not many churches have services on Good Friday. Even few people attend. We are too busy doing things that will quickly be forgotten. Our question is are we searching our hearts and lives for the things that separate us from God? Are we allowing ourselves to realize what He did for us? Are we admitting we did not, do not and never will deserve such love and grace and mercy? Let us take time today to realize who we really are without God’s Holy Spirit in us. Let us prepare today for confession tomorrow and a determination to turn our backs on our carnal attitudes and get our priorities, God’s priorities, in order in our hearts, minds and lives.

March 6, 2012

Prayer

Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

As Jesus was headed toward Jerusalem, He took time apart to pray. His disciples noticed how often He went apart from them to pray and asked Him to teach them. Jesus knew how important it is for His followers to be able to plug into the power of prayer. Though we often recite the example Jesus gave them, He intended it to be a model for us to pray. He begins the prayer with addressing God, the Father then goes into adoration and praise of God. So often we start with our needs and wants rather than taking the time to praise God. He then praise for God’s will – God’s Kingdom to come on earth just as it is in heaven. That is His desire over and above the fleshly desires. After that He prays for the basic needs while walking this earth along with confession of sins (wrong attitudes, wrong things done, things left undone) and includes our willingness to forgive those who have wronged us. He then asks for strength to keep from temptations and ends with praise and confession of all of creation belonging to God. This doesn’t mean we can’t have “mini prayers” during the day but we should take time out during the day for real conversations with God, beginning our in the way Jesus taught us and taking time to listen to God’s response. Our question is, when we pray are our priorities in line with those Jesus taught us?

February 27, 2012

Temptations

Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We have looked at the three temptations of Jesus. These three temptations cover all temptations: hunger for the wrong things, worship of the wrong things, pride and materialism. Jesus was tempted in all that we are tempted. We may not be taken up on a high panicle and told to jump tempt God with our careless and dangerous choices. We may not have been offered to possess all that is in the world and rule over it but we do desire more and more possessions and we do want to rule over someone or something. Through all these temptations Jesus faced, He defeated them through quoting scripture. Do we even know scripture well enough to recall it when we are faced with a temptation? Do we even recognize a temptation? A temptation is anything that would separate us from our unity with God. Today is a day to contemplate and ask God to show us areas where we have given into temptations and made him less than first place in our minds, hearts and desires. Be honest. We all have those places in us. After confession and forgiveness let us resolve to be into God’s written word, The Holy Bible, more so we can recognize temptations and stand against them.

February 25, 2012

Pride

Matthew 4:6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The second temptation was the Pride of life. While the first temptation was aimed to war against man using the weak flesh, the second was geared to war against the human spirit and its pride and haughtiness. This temptation aims for those who are strong, who have life of church involvement, and practice the church rites and rituals. When we boast, and show pride because of our dedication to church events, the gifts God has given us and His work in our life; we are living a false life of piety. Satan tempted Jesus misusing the scripture twisting it to imply that one can jump from the top of a pinnacle and not be hurt. We have seen many who appear on the top of their world give into a temptation because they considered themselves above temptation. They considered themselves as being above all. Then we see them fall. All of us are tempted with pride from time to time. It is a false pride because it covers up our deep-rooted feelings of not being good enough or doing good enough. God says our goodness is as filthy rags. We can never, in and of ourselves, be good enough or do good enough. It is only through the shed blood of Jesus and through God’s grace that any good can come out of us and that good is because God graciously gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit. Today is a day to contemplate areas where we have built up too much pride. Today is a day to acknowledge that without God in us, we are nothing. The hardest part is being honest with ourselves. Then, after confession we must accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves and move on using the gifts and grace God gives us and give the credit and glory to God.

February 14, 2012

Confession

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blood of JesusPsalms 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Confession comes from the Greek word “homologeo.” “Homo” mans the same and “logeo” means to speak. When we confess to God we are agreeing with God. We cannot blame others or confess for others. We are admitting to God our separation from Him through actions, words or inactions. We are coming clean with God and getting a clean heart and mind. To do this we must admit to ourselves our rebellion to God. With the confession comes the request for God’s forgiveness. God looks to see if the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, covers us. That blood covers us if we have accepted Jesus as God’s Son and asked Him to be our Savior and Lord (boss). When God hears our confession and sees the blood of His Son He forgives us and remembers (no longer counts against us) the sins no more. This is hard for our finite minds to in-capture. We are so good at remembering the injustices or presumed injustices of others against us. We are so slow at forgiving. Once we realize Jesus said we are forgiven AS we forgive others we will find it easier to forgive others as well as ourselves. Let’s not let a day go by without ending it with confession so we can start each new day with a clean heart.

January 29, 2012

Be Ready

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Matthew 24:44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I was reading through scripture looking for something to say about not knowing what to write today when I came across this. I didn’t think God had anything to say through me today. After 4 years of writing a daily devotion I thought there was nothing to say. I was so wrong. We must always be ready for our Lord Jesus to come. This is a daily, and maybe even a minute by minute preparation of a state of readiness. What does it take to be ready? We need to stay updated on confessing our sins, receiving forgiveness and thanking God for forgiveness. We need to be found in the center of His will for our lives at every instant. We need to be found working for His coming and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. How can we be always working for this? We stay in an attitude of readiness. Just like an emergency worker is always listening for the alarm we are to be always listing for God to speak to us. We need to be always ready to change direction when He calls. We need to be always ready to say as Samuel did, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Our question today is are we ready and listening?

As a side note I ask your prayers for a friend named Daisy. It is really pouring on her right now with a husband in ICU, the sudden death of her daughter-in-law and her own illness with an infection.

December 27, 2011

Cleaning Time

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead

Ever since a young child I have always dedicated the week between Christmas and New Years to clean my room. As an adult I go through the house and donate or trash what can be donated or trashed. After I met Jesus as my Lord I started adding something to the house cleaning. I now include spiritual cleaning during that week. I take time to ask God what in me needs to have His light shed and where I need His cleansing. This time goes deeper than my normal times of confession and repentance through the year. I have a long way to take hold of the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit, which reflect His image, but I am determined to push on with Him. Won’t you join me?

September 15, 2011

Pacemaker

 

Ps 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.

 

Due to damage from chemo and radiation I have a pacemaker that controls my heart.  Because of it my heart is usually able to beat at a steady pace.  God also has a pacemaker for our spirits.  His precepts (His commands) are His pacemaker for our lives.  Living in obedience to His precepts keeps our spirits beating (flowing) in the right rhythm with Him.  Just like I had to have surgery to put the pace maker in, we need God’s surgery of forgiveness through the cross of Jesus, His Son, to bring His Holy Spirit and His precepts into our hearts and minds.  From time to time I must endure more surgery to change the batteries.  We also need to continue in confession of sins and refilling of forgiveness and His Holy Spirit to keep our batteries (spirits) charged.  Let us take time to see how our heart spirits are doing.  It may be time for recharging.

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