Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 2, 2012

Timing

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Isaiah 11:10  At that time a root from Jesse will stand like a signal flag for the nations. Nations will look to him for guidance, and his residence will be majestic.

The Hebrews have been looking for their promised Messiah to come for generations.  Why did Jesus come when He did?  Rome defeated the Hebrews quite some time ago.  There were many season of civil wars and unrest.  Now all was quiet.  Travel was good without need of visas.  Roads were good.  Hebrews were allowed to practice their religion as long as they obeyed the Roman government and paid their taxes.  It was a period in history were the Messiah was free to travel without restraint.  Many countries and races passed through Jerusalem and the region.  God set history to be ready for His Son to come and show all mankind the way.  It was at a time when the Word made flesh in the person of Jesus could be taken through the known world.  Hearts were ready.  The right people were in place.  Hearts are still ready today.  Our question is are we willing to be the right people   to share God’s Word, Jesus, with others?

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June 22, 2012

Come Together

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Church,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:12 am
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Hebrews 10:25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

There is a man in our church into his 90’s. He is on hospice with congestive heart failure and must use a walker. It is hard for him to get around. He is also on oxygen. Yet he says if he is able to get out of bed to go to the bathroom he will be in church on Sunday to worship His God. He doesn’t complain. He doesn’t use physical pain or tiredness or walking disability to keep him from the corporate worship of God. He is such a good example to all of us. So many of us use excuses from time to time: too tired, hurt too much, burned out and on and on. Some of us even use lesser reasons than physical: hasn’t had time to play golf or take the boat out, etc. This past lent season I did a series on Jesus’ last walk to Jerusalem. Was He tired? I’m sure He was. Yet He set is face steadfastly toward Jerusalem. Next time you are tempted to omit corporate Sunday (or Saturday) worship think of our elderly man in our church or, better yet, thin of Jesus and His steadfastness walk to face the cross in Jerusalem. What can there be more important than gathering with His children to worship and praise Him while encouraging each other in His love?

April 10, 2012

Rear View Mirror

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:43 am
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Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Some of us live our lives looking into the rear view mirror. Often we say, “if only I had” or “if only I didn’t.” We seldom can do anything about what has already been. There are times we can make restitution for something in our past but mostly the past is finished. We cannot go back nor are we meant to go back. When we confess a sin to God God forgets it. We are not to keep re-confessing the same sin. Lot’s wife learned the hard way not to look back. The Hebrews wanted to go back shortly after Moses led them out of Egypt. The past is familiar. There is comfort in the familiar. When we keep looking in our rear view mirror we are missing where we are in the present. When we miss the present we miss out on what God has for us. Let us immerse ourselves in the here and now. God wants our attention now. He wants to use us now. If we are looking in the rear view mirror, wishing for something that was or might have been we are not fully attuned to the present. Let us enjoy the now, thank and praise God for the now and use the now to the fullest possible.

February 20, 2012

Graduation

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:47 am
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Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we find ourselves in need we are allowed to approach the throne of God’s grace with the confidence of a small child reaching up for the parent. I find I am always in need to approach His grace and mercy. I know in and of myself I can do nothing. Without God my life is worthless. It is only through Him I can find purpose for my life. It is only through Him I gain knowledge and wisdom. It is only through His Son, Jesus that my life will have no end. Right now I am studying His Word and learning how to prepare for graduation to His throne room. Just as we must study in school for our graduation and pass tests, we must also study God’s word in this school of life on earth to prepare for our graduation to His throne room. We have various tests along the way so we can see what areas in us need more study and growth. My aged friend told me a day without her learning something new about her God was a day wasted. Our question is have we learned something new of our God this day? Let not a day go by without doing so.

February 17, 2012

Fickle Heart

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:24 am
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Hebrews 3:12 See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Few Christians ever admit to having a sinful, unbelieving heart or that they every turn away from God. Actually we tend to have fickle hearts. Many only go to church when it is convenient for them. Many only occasionally open the Bible to read, let alone to study. Many are very fickle in their prayer life, only thinking about talking to God when they have a really big problem. We need to guard against inconsistency. Being too tired, too uncomfortable or too inconvenienced is no excuse to not worship, serve and obey God. Consistency takes discipline. Discipline takes effort. Effort takes motivation. When we tend to want to slack in our obedience to God we must think of what God has done and is doing for us. Our tiredness, inconvenience or uncomfortableness doesn’t compare to what Jesus walked through in our place. When we stop to really reflect on the price paid for our forgiveness we find our fickle hearts ebbing and motivation for consistency in commitment gaining. Our question today is do we have a fickle heart today or this week? Let us guard against it. Let us continue to go in the living God’s direction.

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Hebrews 4:11 Thus we must make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by following the same pattern of disobedience. (New English Translation)

I encourage you to read all of the 11th chapter of Hebrews.  In this busy age full of overextended people with overextended schedules it is important for Christians to know how to enter God’s rest.  When Corrie Tem Boon was in her 90’s she flew from California to Florida to talk to my neighbor, Jammie Buckingham, who was ghost-writing her book, “Tramp for the Lord.” She was very tired after the long flight and went upstairs to rest.  Before a pot of coffee could be brewed she was back down.  Jamie asked, “I thought you were going to rest?”. Corrie replied, “When you’re in the Lord rest comes quickly.”. I have always remembered this and use it to see what has me so tired on occasion.  It usually means I’ve taken on things that are not in God’s plan for me.  Yes, we can become very tired when about God’s   work but rest will come quickly when we look to Him.

February 11, 2012

Be Careful

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:21 am
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Hebrews 2:1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. (The Holy Bible, New International Version.)

This is a very good caution. We tend to move ahead too fast and make decisions too fast without remembering what we’ve read in God’s written Word or what He has gently spoken to our spirits. So often we miss the quiet, inner voice of God because we aren’t careful to listen or to recognize Him. We live very distracted lives. We tend to think we are humans with a little spiritual experience but we are really spiritual beings living a human experience. We are in the human experience only temporarily. Our spiritual being is from the time we accept Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, into our heart, mind and lives all the way through eternity which has no end. It would be so much better for us to be more careful to pay attention to what we hear in our spirits rather than what the temporal world is saying.

January 18, 2012

Every Effort

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:22 am
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Heb 12:14 Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The football play-off between Houston and Baltimore was on our TV. I couldn’t help noticing how much effort each person on each team was making. They were putting all they had into the playing of the game in hope of winning the temporary prize of being the best. That made me think about how much effort we, as Christians, put into our life. Paul tells us in Hebrews to make every effort not only to live in peace with all men but also to be holy. Being holy means we are set apart for God. Paul continues to tell us that without holiness no one will see the Lord. We must be set apart for Him. This takes effort. We cannot just go with the tide of our culture. We can’t just allow our circumstances to direct our lives. We must make an effort to be set apart for God through prayer, worship and knowledge of the Scriptures. Our question today is how much effort are we putting into knowing more about God and serving Him?

December 26, 2011

The Day After

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Hebrews 13:1 Brotherly love must continue.Brotherly love must continue.

In preparing for Christmas day many of us were practicing brotherly love through giving to others. Many also experience a let down after all the excitement of the day. Some experience disappointment because the day or the things given or received didn’t meet expectation’s. What to do when experiencing any of those emotions? This verse tells us. We must continue in brotherly (or sisterly) love. We do this by continuing to give of our time,
talents and blessings God has given us. Depression and disappointments come when we are into ourselves. Let’s focus on God and be sensitive to the needs we see around us.

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