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September 2, 2013

Not My Will

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Luke 22:42. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done.”

Most of us are really good at telling God what we want Him to do or make possible for us. Our question is how often do we tell God we want to do His will and really mean it. This is more than tacking on “if it be Your will” at the end of our prayers. It is more than just saying we want God’s will. It is a heart and mind attitude of not only wanting God’s will to be done but also wanting to be involved in the coming about of God’s will. God’s will shall always ultimately be done. The question is will we have the blessing of being part of it.

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March 25, 2012

Growth

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:25 am
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Luke 10:27     The expert answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

People like to justify their thoughts and actions.  This man knew what the scriptures said.  He wanted to justify his actions with a question.  He follows Jesus’s agreement with the scripture with the question, “Who is my neighbor?”. 

We have great difficulty loving the Lord our god with all our hert, soul and strength.  We have difficulty really loving ourselves.  Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor.  On occasion it is easier to rech out to some who are in dire need if we judge the need not coming from their own cause.  This isn’t love but sympathy.  Real love was displayed by Jesus.  He stretched out His arms on the cross even though we didn’t, don’t nd never will or can deserve it.  It is love without judgement.  Our love is connected with judgement: judgement of God when things don’t go our way, judgement to ourselves when we don’t meet our own expectations and judgement of others when they don’t meet our own expectations.  No where in scripture is judgement mentioned as prt of love.  Our question is how do we love the way Jesus does?  First we must be sure we confess we are sinners and in need of God’s mercy and grace through His only Son, Jesus.  Then we must invite Him into our heart, soul and body as our Lord and Savior.  When we do this we receive His Holy Spirit.  Then we must continually allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and grow His love in and through us by Bible study, prayer, meditation and fellowship with others who are also allowing Him to bring them growth.  As a living being we cannot stay static.  We either continue to grow or we gradually wane and die.  We cannot sit piously in a church and go through the actions.  If we are the same as we were yesterday we have waisted a day.  What do you choose?

November 18, 2011

Understand God’s Will

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:42 am
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Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

If we don’t know and understand God’s will for us we are to be considered foolish.  How do we know God’s will?  We find it in the Bible.  He wants us to walk in love and obedience being imitators of His Son, Jesus Christ.  To understand this we must be into His written word – the Manufacturer’s Manual – The Holy Bible.  It is through prayer and meditation that we are led to understanding what and how our Lord wants to use us.  He doesn’t need us.  He can do all He wants on His own.  He is allowing us to be joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  As joint heirs, we have joint responsibilities.  We must grow in our understanding, put our foolish ways of self-indulgence, and prepare this world for the coming of Jesus for His Bride – the Church of believers.

September 13, 2011

Passport

Mt 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

 

We live in the kingdom of this word, a kingdom of sin.  To enter the Kingdom of God we need a passport.  Our passport is the blood of Jesus.  He died on the cross to take on our sins then He rose from the dead to show us the eternal life that is ours through Him.  We get our passport when we ask Jesus into our hearts and minds and lives and recognize Him as our King.  We are to be obedient to our King.  Jesus left us with an instruction manual for living in His Kingdom.  We call the instruction manual the Bible.  The more we read and study the Bible the more we know of God’s will.  The more we know of God’s will the more we will fulfill it.  We fulfill it with love place in us for God by His Holy Spirit.  Jesus summarized God’s will in two commands: Love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our minds and all our strength and Love our neighbors as ourselves.  He defined neighbor as anyone on this earth.  Let us check our passports and be sure we carry the official seal – the blood of Jesus over us in our heart, minds and actions.

September 1, 2011

Perseverance

Phil 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

We humans are impatient.  We lack perseverance.  When things don’t happen when they should or when they become more difficult than we think they should be we give up.  We move on to something else.  I’m so glad Jesus had energy of His will, steadfastness.  He had a fire of love in His heart for God’s will.

Just read about Christ’s struggle in Gethsemane.  Read His last words on the cross when He cried out to His Father about being forsaken.   What willpower in the midst of severe anguish.  If He, through His love, had not remained strong we would not have the forgiveness of our sins.  We would have empty, meaningless lives on this earth. Jesus even showed concern for a criminal, concern for His mother and forgiveness for the ones who crucified Him in the midst of severe pain.  He trusted His Spirit to His Father.  We need to think about this the next time we feel discouraged in prayer or in ministry or anything else.  We need to remember our goal is to help prepare the people on this earth for the Kingdom of God, which is to come.  We will never experience what Jesus went through.  Praise God, He did it so we wouldn’t have to.  Let’s be determined to run our race until all have the Prize.

August 19, 2011

Nothing Is Impossible

Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the Lord?

Luke 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God”

We may agree in words that nothing is impossible for God but do our actions show it?  Abraham believed God would bless him with a child but then did his own thing.  Those two family lines have been at war ever since.  I’m glad the Bible gives accounts of those who didn’t believe and then saw it come to pass.  My earthly father didn’t believe God could have his way with a family member.  I believe He will and continue to pray.  Just because we don’t see the evidence of God at work in a particular situation doesn’t mean He is not working.  We have a fairly short orientation of time and space.  God has no limits on time or space.  When my faith begins to falter about a prayer answer I sing a song that has the words, “Nothing is too difficult for Thee…Oh great is God, great in power and mighty in deed…..absolutely nothing…is too difficult for thee.”  Singing all the words of this song over a couple of times puts my faith back where it needs to be.  That faith, which is a gift and fruit from God, unites with His power bringing about on earth His Kingdom.  Next time you don’t feel or see God working out your need or request, remember how He worked out requests throughout the Bible and through your life.  Nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing.  Nothing is too difficult for God.

August 16, 2011

Open Our Mouth

Mark 7:32–35 After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man’s ears. Then he spit and touched the man’s tongue. He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means “Be opened!”). At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

Once again we see Jesus spit combined with touch.  But what strikes me about these verses is that Jesus looked up to heaven with a deep sigh.  He must have been tired.  Not only physically from the constant press of people wanting something from Him, but also spiritually from given forth so much.  After He looked up to heaven He only needed to say one word – open.  What power.  In this instance Jesus took the man aside.  I imagine He was moving him away from so much noise.  We also need to move away from so much noise.  We are surrounded with all sorts of noise.  We need to take time away in the quiet and look up to heaven.  We need to pray, listen, meditate, study the scripture and be prepared to open our mouths in love and ministry to those around us.  We are quick to open our mouths to gossip, criticize and complain.  We need to open them to praise, uplift and spread the love and light of God to those around us.  Let us take time alone with God regularly so when we are amidst the noise of this world we can open our mouths and speak plainly of God.

August 14, 2011

Compassion Not Judging

Mt 8:16 When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick

Jesus healed all the sick.  He didn’t judge them.  He didn’t give them a lecture or preach first.  He met their need.  He didn’t tell them it was their fault.  He had compassion on them.  We are to do as Jesus did.  When someone around us is sick, we are to meet their needs.  We are not to judge the reason they’re sick.  We are to have compassion for them.  We are to pray for their healing, not lecture them about faith.  Many of the sick had friends who brought them to Jesus.  Do we bring our sick friends to Jesus?  Do we pray for them and tell them of His love and His healing?  Sickness takes many forms: some physical, mental, emotional, financial or spiritual.  All are to be ministered to with compassion not with judgment.  Most people are pretty good at judging themselves though they might not admit it out loud.  Our society is becoming less and less compassionate and more and more stressed and angry.  We may claim not to be judgmental but most of us are, even if we don’t give voice to our judgments.  Being judgmental shows up in our prayers.  Jesus said He didn’t come to judge but to heal and save.  Judgment comes when He returns.  Knowing this we must remember we have no right to judge anyone.  Ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you keep from judging.  As soon as you recognize you are judging someone else, turn that judging into prayers for the person – prayers for God’s work in that person and prayers for forgiveness for your own judging.  Let us reflect God’s acceptance and love.

August 13, 2011

Come Home Seeing

Jn 9:7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”  (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Yes, this is the Scripture we read yesterday.  Yesterday we talked about receiving the miracle of sight.  Today we talk about coming back to God and thanking Him.  The man came back seeing.  He not only had his blind eyes changed to seeing eyes, he was able to see Jesus.  As we read the rest of the chapter we see the man’s faith.  He stands against the leaders and attests to the miracle of Jesus.  He doesn’t side step the questions of the leaders but stands his ground.  He even invites the leaders to believe.  He pays a price for this.  He is thrown out of the temple.  We are not told any more about this man but I suspect he traveled with those who followed Jesus.  God forgives sin in our lives every day.   He does miracles everyday.   Do we thank Him?  Do we testify to others sharing what God has and is doing in our lives?  So often we are so consumed with self we fail to give God glory by sharing His works with others.  We act as if what God does for us is for us alone.  Sometimes we might have to bear a cost for sharing.  Are we willing?  Do we really love God first before all else?  We need to stop “playing around with our faith and be vocal about it.  We need to live in the open so others can see.  As we go about our day, what are others seeing?  More important, what is God seeing and hearing?

August 12, 2011

Pool of Siloam

Jn 9:7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”  (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

I hope you don’t just read this one verse but get the context by reading the entire chapter of John 9.  Some people would read this as Jesus not doing a complete job.  Jesus went to the blind man.  The blind man did not go to Jesus.  Jesus reached out to the man unasked.  He man didn’t know Jesus.  Jesus reached down into the dust of the earth to heal the man’s eyes.  Then He gave the man a choice.  Trust enough in His power to obey and go the Pool of Siloam and wash or remain in doubt and remain blind.  The man chose to trust and went and washed and was healed.  Many times we don’t see the miracles of God because we remain in doubt or we don’t obey what He has already told us.  The blind man was taking ownership of the miracle Jesus was offering him.  God does not force us into belief or obedience.  He does not force us to step out in faith.  When we experience a need we need to check and see if God has already provided it but we are remaining blind to it through lack of faith or obedience.  The lack is never with God.  It is always with us.  The word Siloam means sent.  God sends each of us to a place of trust (faith) and obedience.  Let us go to our pool of Siloam today.

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