Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 4, 2011

Happiness

Ps 68:3 But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful.

For so many people happiness comes when external things fulfill our own self-desires.  We think all must be in a state of what we consider right to be happy.  We consider happiness as an emotion that can come and go depending on particular situations and relationships.  Happiness is in a righteous relationship with God.  Happiness is the fact that we know we are in His will and are obedient to Him.  Happiness is in the fact that our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Happiness is the assurance that God is always with us and His Holly Spirit will always guide us.  External circumstances can change and always will be in a changing state.  Our relationship with God is for eternity.  The question is do we really believe God is always with us through any circumstance the world might bring our way?

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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 18, 2011

Ultimate Good

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Romans 8:28  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.

“What did I ever do to deserve this?”  is the cry of so many whenever something they don’t consider good happens in their lives.  The real question should be, “Whatever did I do NOT to deserve this.”  We are sinful people.  We are sinful in our actions and in our thoughts.  Yet we expect all things should be just the way we want them.  We do not think God needs to get our attention.  We live our lives for ourselves and for our own comforts and pleasures.  When we receive Jesus into our lives and are adopted as God’s very own children instead of just His creations, we can be assured that everything that touches our lives is in line with God’s purpose for us and for the establishment of His Kingdom on earth.  Instead of crying, “What did I do to deserve this?” We should, “God, thank You for not giving me what I deserve.”  Let us remember in all things God does work for our ultimate good and turn our complaints and questions into praises for Him and His love and grace.

August 17, 2011

New Every Morning

2 Corinthians 4:16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

We easily get discouraged when things are not going our way.  Financial woes, health, relationships and so many other things seem to be able to “get the best of us.”  Our eyes and our minds and consequently our hearts are so very attuned to the material world around us.  Yet, God is so very faithful and desires to renew us with His Holy Spirit every day.  We look at this material world as being so very permanent.  In Texas we say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a minute.”  It is so very true of our entire walk on this earth.  In the time of all eternity, our walk on this earth is barely a brief second.  Nothing that can happen in, to or around us should have any power over us.  What really matters is whether our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  If it is, we are assured of eternal life in the very real presence of God.  That life starts the moment we allow His Son, Jesus, to enter our life.  With that comes God’s peace and joy.  There is nothing on this earth that has the power to make me lose heart.  I know Who is in control.  I know Who is victorious.  I’ve read the last chapter of the Book.  Truly, we can give thanks in everything and keep the joy of the Lord alive and active in our hearts, lives and faces in and through all things.  Let God renew you every morning (and more often through the day if you loose track).  His Spirit in us can truly be new every morning because God is faithful.  His love is steadfast.

August 11, 2011

God Is Good All the Time

The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever– do not abandon the works of your hands..
Psalm 138:8

I am a work of God’s hands.  So are you.  Sometimes it seems we just don’t follow God right.  It seems like we’re just marking time.  We don’t see any effect coming from the work we do.  We become discouraged.  Some of us just quit trying.  Before long we are no longer active in our churches or our neighborhoods.  Discouragement leads to depression.  When we find ourselves becoming discouraged through our endeavors we need to remember Psalm 138:8.  God’s love endures regardless of our efforts or the results or lack of results.  He promises to fulfill His purpose for each one of us.  Sometimes we don’t see results because we’re looking for the wrong signs.  Results aren’t up to us.  Results are up to God and His Holy Spirit.  We are to fellowship with God and each other, love God and each other, serve God and each other and always to rejoice and give thanks.  Our eyes are to be on God and His love, not on results from our labors.  Are we rejoiceing or being a “gloomy Gus?”  Are we plugged into the joy of our God or plugged into self-pity?  Are we standing on the faith of God’s faithfulness or are we in doubt?  Let us keep our eyes on Him, and through His Holy Spirit we will fill His purpose for us and will flow in His love.  In our church we take turns saying “God is good.” The response is “All the time.”  Then we reverse and say, “All the time.”   The response is, “God is good.”  Believe it and show it.

August 8, 2011

Interruptions

1Jn 2:6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did

We must walk as Jesus walked.  How do we know how He walked?  We have the written word, the Holy Bible, full of examples.  One thing I’ve really noticed.  It didn’t matter where Jesus was going, how urgent it might have been or how tight of “schedule” He might have been on, He always stopped for those who asked.  Many of us are very task oriented.  Many of us are on tight schedule. We don’t like interruptions to our schedules.  When I am in the grocery store I just want to get what I need and get out of there.  I tend to put my blinders on and quite often don’t notice other people.  God’s been teaching me about what I now call “divine interruptions.”  If I have truly given Him my life then that includes my time.  If I truly believe He is in control of all that touches me then I must believe that anything I think is an interruptions is really God calling my attention to something or someone.  I have stopped in various stores to give a hug, hold a hand and/or pray with many people.  I have no interruptions in my “schedule.”  I just don’t always know what God wants in my schedule and must be open to anything at anytime.  If I’m not, I’m the one who misses out on a blessing.  God can always find someone else to flow through.

August 3, 2011

Full Joy

“A now commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another: even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”—John 13:34.

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, even as I have loved you.”—John

15:12.

 

This command is so very important Jesus gives it twice.  We can find lots of reasons not to love someone: they irritate us, they talk too much, they’re not nice, they smell, the list could go on and on.  We can find one major reasons to love one another – Jesus commanded it.  How can we not love anyone He loves?  You say, He doesn’t have to be around them?  He is more around them than you can ever be.  How can we show His love instead of avoiding them?  First we start with prayer.  It’s hard to keep from loving someone we pray for on a regular basis.  With prayer comes the realization we are all in the same family.  This person is related to us because of the relationship to God.  As we start reaching out in love we can discern needs that might make that person act the way they do: talk too much – lonely, smell – low income or physical handicap, irritate us – we could be expecting too much.  Granted it is not easy to take the time to reach out in love.  It wasn’t easy for Jesus to reach out His arms on the cross out of love for us.  He did it.  He has given us His Holy Spirit so we can stretch out our arms and take in all He sends our way.  Pray and reach out.  There is a promise with this commandment.  I sing it a lot. “This is my commandment that ye love one another THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL.”  If your joy is not full today, check out and see whom God wants you to reach out and love today.

July 23, 2011

Taste and See

Ps 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

It occurred to me as I was driving to a commitment that I am living my life too fast.  I am hurrying from one thing to another.  I am not taking enough time to taste and see.  I am missing the many miracles God is doing every day.

Each day there are miracles all around us.  If we look we can see His daily miracles in the nature and animal life around us.  If we look and listen we can see His miracles in the people around us.  If we would slow down and taste, we would be more aware of the miracles He is working within us.

In our haste we are depriving our spirit of the food we need – the spiritual food from tasting His miracles.  In our haste, we are hurting our physical bodies, our mental capacities and our emotional health.  God created us in His image.  We need to taste and see for the health of all parts of our being.

When we taste and see we appreciate God and His work more.  As we taste and see our love for Him grows more.  As our love for Him grows more we make more room to receive more of His love.

When we slow down to taste and see the miracles we are more open to see the needs and be available for God to meet a need through us.  He has chosen to use our mouths, our hands and our feet to work some of His miracles.  He didn’t have to do it that way.  He is capable of doing everything by Himself.  But, He loves us enough to allow us to be a part of His working.  We are all born with a need to be needed.  What a glorious gift from God to allow us to think He needs us.  In actually, He wants us because He loves us, not because He needs us.  We need Him.

When we rush to and fro and forget to slow down so we can taste and see, we build up a void within us.  Many seek to fill that void with material wealth, or things, drugs, alcohol, promiscuity, food, business and many other ways.  Whatever ways we try to fill that void only serve to create a larger appetite for that way.

We must stop, ask God to show us what we might be feeding on in place of feeding on Him.  Let’s slow down and not miss any of the nourishment God has for our taking.

July 2, 2011

Consistency

Phil 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

 

Some of us know how to praise and thank God when things are going great for us.  Some of us know how to seek God when we are going through trials.  Many of us have trouble praising, thanking and seeking God when all is just the normal, day-to-day grind.  The human spirit ha a hard time with contentment.  We think there should always be more, we should always do more and we should always have more.  Today’s life is about action and accumulation.  Paul learned how to be content regardless of what was going on in his life or even what was not going on in his life.  Paul was consistent in His walk and relation to God.  That should be our goal – consistent in our faith, our devotion, our thanks, our praises – our total relation to our God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Each night we should review our day in retrospect to how we included God in our thoughts, words and actions.  Each morning we should give the day God has given us back to Him to be used for His glory and purpose.  This can lead to growth in our consistency.  In all things and without we are content.

June 12, 2011

Busy About the Right Things

Rev 22:14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

 

What a beautiful verse.  We are given the right to the tree of eternal life and entrance into the gates of the city of God.  There is a stipulation.  We must wash our robes.  Robes are what cover us.  We are born covered in sin that separates us from God.  Our sin can only be redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, God’s only begotten Son, Jesus.  It is in His blood we must bathe our robes – our covering.  We do this by accepting Him as our Lord and Savior, asking Him into our hearts and minds, confessing our sins, asking His forgiveness and choosing to walk in obedience to all He has said and is recorded in the written Word of God, the Holy Bible.  If we do not walk in obedience we have not really chosen to follow Him as our Lord.  We will stumble but He is quick to forgive when we ask.  We are not on this earth just to sit back and relax or to pamper ourselves with fame, power or possessions.  We are here to fellowship with God and spread His love to others so they will know Him.  Let’s get busy about the right things.

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