Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 23, 2012

Another Decade

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Psalms 48:14 For this God is our God forever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

1 Corinthians1:8 He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Today I enter a new decade. Each year we walk on this earth brings us closer to the end of our walk here. I’ve searched the scriptures and can’t find the word retirement in them. Retirement and “golden years” are terms made up in our modern culture. God designed us to follow His decrees and work to prepare the people on this earth for the coming of His Kingdom. Nowhere does it say spend all of your later years traveling, playing games or sports and generally just have fun. When we no longer find ourselves going to a job to earn income for our sustenance we are blessed with more time for the blessing of serving our God more completely. In my younger years I never thought God would enable me to preach His Word or write devotions every day. Though I still work for income I find more time to immerse myself in God. I still play golf and socialize but find my desire more and more in speaking forth His Word. He blessed me in the work of His service in my younger years and we are called to spread His Word all of our years. As we look to years passing let us (regardless of what decade we are in) be sure to keep our priorities straight. Let us also practice being in the present and not always looking to the future. Our eternal life started the day we accepted Jesus into our lives. Let’s not pass from one day to the next with regrets. Let us “stay strong to the end” in our love, devotion and work God appointed us to do.

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January 9, 2012

Kingdom of Heaven is Near

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Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Next Matthew tells us more of what to “preach.” We are to tell others the kingdom of heaven is near. This kingdom is near because when we accept Jesus the kingdom of heaven comes within us. We begin our eternal life the moment we are born anew in Jesus. This step, accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior is a necessary part in also preparing for God’s Kingdom to come on earth. There are several writings in my archives about this. Here Matthew is dwelling on the kingdom coming in each of us. God is reaching down and offering the gift of His presence to us. All we need do is accept by accepting His only Son, Jesus Christ. We are to “preach” this message to all who will listen. We are not to fear offending others by telling them of God’s great love and gift to us. We are to fear offending God by keeping our mouths shut. Tell someone today.

October 23, 2011

With God Every Day

Mt 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

My friend said she had been going in circles all day looking for some important keys.  I asked her if she had asked God to show her where they are and she said no.  We so often try to solve our problems on our own without seeking God.  My nephew lost his Air Force ring in my parent’s back yard.  He hired a man with a metal detector who could not find it.  As I left for an errand I said, “Look up.”  I meant for Him to ask God.  He walked around the yard and looked up and there was his ring hanging on a twig of a tree branch.  My friend asked God as she was in bed last night and He showed her where the keys were.  He also showed me as I prayed for my friend.  We make life so hard on ourselves in our effort to be independent.  God intended us to be co-dependent on Him as He teaches us obedience and love by allowing us to take part in His preparation for the Kingdom of Heaven to come on earth.  The question is do we want to include God in all we do and think throughout each and every day?  He wants to be included and He will bless us and others through us.

 

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