Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 22, 2011

Jeremiah

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There are many ways to study the book of Jeremiah.  The  previous devotions were written as I studied applying what was in the book to my own personal walk with God.  We can study the historical aspects of Jeremiah and how the prophecies were fulfilled in the past.  We can also study the history and see our current governments in a similar situation and attitude as those during Jeremiah’s time.  We can apply many of those prophecies to our own governmental situation.  So many Christians just keep their Bible study confined to the New Testament.  Jesus did not come to obliterate the Old Testament.  He also studied the old scriptures.  He came to fulfill the Old Testament.  There is much to be learned at all levels.  I hope this series of devotions will help you do your own life application studies of all of God’s written word.   Devotions by others (like myself) are intended as a jump off place, an appetizer, so others will have the thirst to dive in for themselves.  Dive in today.  Taste and see God’s written word is a full meal with a very tasty dessert.

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July 21, 2011

Changeable Directions

 

Jer 43:2 Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah and all the arrogant men said to Jeremiah, “You are lying!  The LORD our God has not sent you to say, ‘You must not go to Egypt to settle there

 

I hope you are reading these devotions on Jeremiah with your Bibles open.  We always need to read what goes before and after certain verses.  This verse describes a man who thinks his opinion is the only right opinion.  Do you know anyone like that?  Perhaps it is also you.  We all go there from time to time.  Church hoppers are there.  Any time a pastor says something they don’t want to hear, something that is different from their own personal hidden agenda, they go hopping off to another church.  Our churches are full of disagreements over little things.  So much so we tend to forget the major thing that unites us – our love by and for Jesus.  Azariah did not want to hear what God was saying.  Azariah had a different hope and agenda.  Just because we can’t see what God has ahead for us doesn’t mean we shouldn’t trust Him when He takes us a different way than we expected.  Faith is putting down the heal of your foot and before the toes are down being willing to hear God say, “turn in this direction instead of that one.”  Let us pray for open hears and hearts and minds.

July 20, 2011

Unsearchable Things

Jer 33:3 ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.

Many times we don’t see God’s answers because we don’t ask.  God is telling us we need to ask Him.  It is them He will answer us and move within our lives.  He is treating us like we are no longer babies.  Parents pre-meet the needs of a baby.  As the baby grows parents expect the baby to voice his needs.  The same is true with God.  He expects us to voice our needs to Him.  Not because He doesn’t know what we need.  He well knows before we even know.  He wants us to ask Him to be sure we know what we are asking.  So often we settle for the mediocre good.  God has great and unsearchable things for us.  Are you asking for God’s best or are you willing to coast.  We have a saying, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”  That might be fine for some things but as far as I’m concerned, I don’t want to idle as average.  I want God’s absolute best for me and my life.  How about you?

July 16, 2011

Written on Our Hearts

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Jer 31:33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God,

The Old Covenant was the Law of Moses.  They had to write these laws and memorize the laws.  Jesus came to fulfill these laws.  When we believe in and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God’s law is written in our mind and heart.  If we listen to Him, if we heed what He says, if we wait for His peace before any action we will not go astray.  Our problem is we are slow to check in with Him and fast to act or talk.  We don’t wait to see if we have God’s peace about the action or the talk.  We find out afterward by a lack of peace.  God does not intend us to move so fast that we have no time to include Him.  Our business and we are the source of many of our problems.  Let’s slow down and walk at a pace we can stay next to God.

July 11, 2011

Boast of God

 

Jer 9:23-24  This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD

We humans like to show how wise we are.  We boast of any of our perceived assets be it strength, money, artistic talent or intellect.  We falsely think our goodness come from our own being.  It is God who gives us our abilities.  We are to boast of God’s love, faithfulness, righteousness, provision, kindness, and justice to us.  The one thing I know without a doubt – apart from God I am nothing and can do nothing of any value.  Unless He gives me words and meaning I have nothing to say or write.  It is only by His grace that I am even on this earth.  It is He Who numbers my breaths and heartbeats.  When we are complimented about something we should give God the credit and thank Him for allowing us to be part of it.  We should give each day He gives us back to Him for Him to use us for His glory and purpose.  I can boast of God.  What a mighty God.  What a loving God.  Great is God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

July 9, 2011

Tears of Repentance

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Jer 9:1 Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! would weep day and night for the slain of my people.

 

Jeremiah has a real heart love for his fellow man.  So much so he shed many tears for them, which made him known as “the weeping prophet.”  Today it seems many don’t even shed tears for their own sinfulness, let alone for those who have lost their way in this world.  Many times as I watch the news and hear what one person does to another I tear up.  I wonder how hurt God is for the backs and sin He sees.  We continually reject His love as the people in Jeremiah’s day did by continuing in our self-centeredness’ and our sins.  Let’s come into real repentance and really grieve over our sins enough to really turn our backs on them and face God.

July 7, 2011

Jeremiah’s Heart

Jer 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved.   How long will you harbor wicked thoughts?

 

Jeremiah’s heart was for God and for his fellow men.  He used the word “heart” over 60 times.  Jeremiah was quick to repent for his own sins.  His heart hurt for those who were slow or would not repent.  He hurt for the pain they must suffer before they would turn their hearts to God.  We are surrounded by people who refuse to turn their hearts toward God.  We must turn our thoughts first to our own hearts and be sure we turn our hearts toward God.  If we are right, where are our hearts concerning our fellow beings?  Do our hearts hurt for the lost, the unrepentant, and the ones who do not look to God?  If we do, we will pray for them.  When we pray for them we will learn to be open to let them see and hear what God does in our own lives.  I had to start by realizing how much God loves them.  If God loves them so much and hurts for their unrepentant hearts, who am I not to hurt for them also.  Start with one person and pray daily for them.  Gradually, a you are able and your faith grows, add others to your list.  Be willing and available to be a vessel for God’s work in their lives.  Keep the evil washed from our own hearts and pray for the evil to be washed from the hearts of those around us.

July 3, 2011

Jeremiah

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Jer 20:7 O LORD, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.

I enjoy the book of Jeremiah.  He was so real with his feelings.  He expressed his disappoints and all that was in his heart freely to God.  Yet, regardless of his feelings he remained obedient to God, speaking out what God told Him to speak.  I encourage you to take time to re-read this book.  There are a lot of parallels between Jeremiah and Jesus.  Some of these similarities are attested to in Matthew 16:14.  Both were on the earth during a time sin was running rampant.  Both were in a time worship of God had become cold and formal.  As you read the events during Jeremiah’s time think about what is occurring today in our time.  Once again you will find similarities.  The difference today is all believers have the power of God’s Holy Spirit within them and have the freedom to pray.  Let’s do our part to see God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven – pray.

Let’s also be honest with what is in our heart with ourselves and with God.  He already knows but it’s good for us to know and recognize what we feel so God can work within us.

November 30, -0001

I Am a Sinner

These are notes from one of my sermons.  Please do read all the scripture references.

I am a sinner.  I relate to the struggles of Paul and Jeremiah.

Ro 7:15-22

“God identified Himself to be sovereign over Jeremiah in that He (1) foreknew Jeremiah before he was born, (2 had caused him to be born, and (3) had separated him for a holy service.

This applies to us as well.

1:6 When the Lord revealed his calling to him, Jeremiah expressed dismay, first, because he was still a youth and, second, because he had not yet learned how to speak confidently and effectively.

Jeremiah’s response to his call reveals the first of his many similarities to Moses (cf. Exod. 4:1-

The people to whom they spoke did not believe either prophet, and both men claimed to be inadequate as speakers, to name only two likenesses

The Lord refused to accept Jeremiah’s reasons for resisting his call. It did not matter that he was young and inexperienced because the Lord had called him. He would go where God sent him and say what God told him to say.  The Lord also refused Moses’ reasons for resisting his call.

God uses ordinary people to accomplish His extraordinary work if they trust in Him in spite of their fears, obey Him in spite of their experience, and proclaim His Word in spite of their feelings of inadequacy.

We are still on this earth because God wants to use us.

Are we open

Are we listening

Are we responding

Jn 17:20-21 I know God will work His pleasure in and through my life because Jesus prayed for me (and for you) and I know His prayers are answered.

 What we are is God’s gift to us; what we do with it is our gift to Him.”

Are you presenting yourself as a gift to God?

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