Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 15, 2013

Kingdom

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Matthew 6:10. may your kingdom come,

When we ask for God’s kingdom to come we need to know what His kingdom is. In Romans 14:17 we read, “For the kingdom of God does not consist of food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.” We are asking for God’s righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit
to come. These attributes can only come if we allow them to come within us. We cannot look to the world or things of this world for these attributes. They only exist through God. Without God there is no righteousness, no peace, and no joy. God gives these to us through His Holy Spirit. The world searches for these attributes in vain when looking at worldly things. Our question is where do we look for righteousness, peace, and joy? Satan tries to imitate these attributes but his imitations only last for a fleeting moment. Let us seek God’s kingdom to be within us that we can share these attributes of His kingdom with others.

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June 2, 2013

Pursue the Kingdom

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Matthew 6:33. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The word “pursue” means to seek to obtain or to go after. So many think this verse means to seek salvation and once had just enjoy life on this earth. What it means is to diligently go after the Kingdom of God; to live and work in His Kingdom; to be part of His Kingdom. His Kingdom is within us when we receive Jesus Christ, God the Son, into our hearts and minds as our Lord – the director of all we say and do. So many of us try to live in 2 kingdoms.mmwe are comfortable with the carnal world and don’t want to leave it. We hear about God’s Kingdom and want to visit it from time to time but fear we would have to give up too much to stay in it. We forget the fruits that art in His Kingdom and confuse the counterfeit fruits in our carnal kingdom. Once we really believe what Jesus says and Who God really is we will become thirsty and hungry enough to pursue His Kingdom at all cost. Our question is which kingdom do we want to live in, the world with its counterfeit fruits or God’s with the real fruits of love, peace, joy, etc.?

April 11, 2013

What Part

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Mark 16:7. But go, tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.”

Jesus appeared to them and then was gone.  What next.  The remembered what the angels said about going to Galilee where Jesus would meet them.  It was about 60 miles on foot.  That took a good number of days of the next week.  I would have liked to listen in as they talked on their trip.  Most of the grief probably disappeared by then but they were probable still in hopes that He was about to established His Kingdom here on this earth.  They probable wondered about what part each of them would have in the new kingdom.  Sometimes we forget these disciples were very normal people as we are.  We sometimes wonder when Jesus will come back to establish His new kingdom and claim His Bride.  We may wonder what we will do in His Kingdom.  Our question is what are we doing now in preparation for His kingdom?  We each have a part.  Ask Him to show you your part today for today.

November 7, 2012

Thirsty

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Psalms 42:1-2. As a deer a longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God! I thirst for God, for the living God.  

Have you ever been so thirsty for water that you would do anything to get some?  When we’re that thirsty we find it hard to talk.  Our mouths are dry and without saliva.  We find it hard to think about anything other than the water we desire and so desperately need.  This is how the Psalmist felt about God.  He knew He could not survive without God.  He knew God was at least as much-needed as water if not more so.  That is one reason God has given us the tool of prayer.  It is a tool through which we actively reach out to Him.  It is a tool which opens our hearts and minds and eyes to hear, feel and see Him.  We don’t see the water after we take it into our selves but we do feel the benefits of it; we do see how it hydrates our skin; we do experience how it returns saliva to our mouthes and enables us to talk.  Our question is how dry must we become before we seek our God, the living God, the creator of all that is or will every be?  Prayer is not so much for asking for things we think we need.  Prayer is for fellowship with God, for having a 2-way conversation with Him by seeking Him and allowing ourselves to experience Him throughout our being.  He already knows our needs and has promised to give us all we need.  We need to realize our biggest need is fellowship with the One Who made us.  This fellowship is only possible through His Son, Jesus Christ, Who willingly left His Father and came to earth to show us God’s love and desire to fellowship with us and then died on the cross to restore that fellowship.  Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Jesus) and all else will be given to us.  Will we seek Him first?  Do we desire Him above all else?

October 28, 2012

God’s Pleasure

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Luke 12:32  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom.

God’s pleasure is to give us His Kingdom.  To do that He also gives us all that is necessary for us to come into His Kingdom.  The first thing we need to do to get there is to accept His invitation.  This invitation comes through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  We must accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives and receive His Holy Spirit for there is no other way to God’s Kingdom.  After we do this we start learning how to conduct ourselves in God’s Kingdom.  He has given us a manual of instruction which we have called “The Holy Bible.”  In there are all the instructions we need to learn how to live and work in His Kingdom.  He has also given us a means to communicate with Him through what we call “prayer.”  It is our responsibility to talk to Him and listen to Him and ask Him for what we think we need.  Sometimes what we think we need and what God’s knows we need are  different.  We are to trust Him as a little child trusts the loving parent to know what is best.  Like the little child, sometimes we forget and just look at what we want and throw a temper tantrum.  The parent always forgives the child.  As we grow the temper tantrums cease and we learn to flow.  Let us believe and trust as a little child but also grow in God and learn to walk and work in His Kingdom.

October 22, 2012

Asking

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1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Have you every prayed for something and thought you never got an answer?  I’m sure that has happened to everyone many times.  Our problem is asking according to His will for us.  His will is for us to be one in Him and He One in us.  When we ask Jesus into our hearts and lives we develop the same will.  Our minds and emotions and desires are very fallible.  We do not always know what we really need.  It’s even hard sometimes to know what we really want.  One of our granddaughters says “I want that.” to everything she sees advertised on television.  Many times what we think we want is not good for us or what we will be wanting after we get it.  Sometimes what we ask will separate us from our strongest desire.  Just like us as parent of small children, God knows what is best for us and what we really want.  Our question is do we trust Him to fulfill our lives with our needs?  He blesses us not only with our needs but with a good amount of our wants and material desires as well.  We are to seek first His Kingdon and His righteousness through Jesus and we can be assured our life will be full and abundant.  As the psalmist says, (Psalms 27:4)  I have asked the Lord for one thing-this is what I desire I want to live in the Lord s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple.  With the assurance of this desire being fulfilled we need not be disappointed when what we pray for is delayed or when He gives us something else instead of what we ask.  He is always answering the desires of our heart.

March 31, 2012

Be Dressed

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Luke 12:35 “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Be dressed and ready for service? How do we do that? We can’t live our lives always dressed. Jesus is meaning for us to be dressed in His salvation. We are robed in His righteousness. We can take that robe off by turning our backs on Him and going our own ways. What is our service? Our service is worshiping God through our words, our thoughts and our actions. Are we always ready to give God the credit or do we like to take credit for His work through us as being our own credit? Keep our lamps burning? Our lamps are to burn so others can see God’s light shining in and through us. (See devotion titled “The Globe”) The only way I can stay dressed ready for service and keep my lamp burning is through what I call spiritual breathing. First I exhale by confessing my sins to God as soon as I’m aware of them. Then I inhale by asking Him to fill those places in me with His Holy Spirit. This is a multiple times a day event for me. There are many times I open my mouth and let words come out that hurt even though that is not my intention. There are many times I should open my mouth that I choose to stay silent. There are times I should pick up the phone and call someone going through a struggle or who is lonely and times I should make a visit but I fail to do either. Life is full of choices. We need to learn to choose according to God’s word and the furthering of His Kingdom here on earth.

March 16, 2012

Be Dressed and Ready

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Luke 12:40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Even as Jesus is headed for crucifixion in Jerusalem He is thinking about His return to earth for His Bride (the church of believers). He cautions us about remaining dressed and working for Him. How are we to be dressed? We are to be dressed in His Holy Spirit and the robes of forgiveness He gives us. We are to be working through the gifts of His Holy Spirit that He gives to each and every believer according to their calling for the preparation of establishing His Kingdom on earth the same way it is in heaven. We are to be found dressed and working when He comes. He says no one will know when He is coming back. We are to be in a continual state of readiness. If He came today how would He find us dressed and what would He find us doing? We don’t have any laurels to rest on. Let us take Him seriously, stay clothed through forgiveness and through His Holy Spirit and be about the things of God.

March 15, 2012

Privlege

Luke 12:23;31 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

The closer Jesus gets to Jerusalem the more intense He is on our not seeking after the material things of this earth. We are here to connect with His power to bring His Kingdom to this earth. He doesn’t need it to be that way. God is entirely capable of doing whatever He wants whenever He wants. But God has adopted us as His children through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. That makes us joint heirs with Him. As joint heirs we have joint privileges as well as joint responsibilities. We have been given the privilege of uniting with God’s power to bring about His kingdom on this earth. What a great privilege. What great responsibility. Yet, we insist on keeping our eyes on the lesser important things. We continue not to trust God with our basic needs. We continue to look to ourselves for our power or to other things like money, control and more you can name. Our question is are we willing to trust God with our basic needs, roll up our sleeves so to speak, learn how to be and do from His written word and get busy through prayer, obedience and service surrounded by our love for God? Our question is what is our priority for today? I pray we agree with God’s priority. Let’s keep our faces set toward our Jerusalem and be alert to all God puts in our path as we walk.

January 29, 2012

Be Ready

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Matthew 24:44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I was reading through scripture looking for something to say about not knowing what to write today when I came across this. I didn’t think God had anything to say through me today. After 4 years of writing a daily devotion I thought there was nothing to say. I was so wrong. We must always be ready for our Lord Jesus to come. This is a daily, and maybe even a minute by minute preparation of a state of readiness. What does it take to be ready? We need to stay updated on confessing our sins, receiving forgiveness and thanking God for forgiveness. We need to be found in the center of His will for our lives at every instant. We need to be found working for His coming and the establishment of His Kingdom on earth. How can we be always working for this? We stay in an attitude of readiness. Just like an emergency worker is always listening for the alarm we are to be always listing for God to speak to us. We need to be always ready to change direction when He calls. We need to be always ready to say as Samuel did, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Our question today is are we ready and listening?

As a side note I ask your prayers for a friend named Daisy. It is really pouring on her right now with a husband in ICU, the sudden death of her daughter-in-law and her own illness with an infection.

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