Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 6, 2013

Breath of Life

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Proverbs 8:1. Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?

God is wisdom. It is God Who is calling out. He’s calling every person to come to Him. He continually speaks His Word to bring us into understanding of His mighty love for us. he so desires for each of us to return to the oneness He put into the first person He created. That oneness came when God breathed His breath of life into the man. God’s Holy Spirit is available to breath that breath of life into us. Our question is do we want that breath of life? With that breath comes responsibilities which will continue that breath within us. These responsibilities are written in “the Book of Life” the Holy Bible. Are you breathing that breath?

February 12, 2013

Always Watching

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Psalms 33:13.  The Lord watches from heaven; he sees all people. 

Some drive looking into the rear view mirror and if they don’t see a patrol car they speed.  Some look to see if no one is looking and secretly eat when they’re not really hungry.  We fear “big brother” watching because “big brother” watches to catch us dong what we shouldn’t.  Someone is always watching but He’s watching to see the good we do and to keep us from him.  Our watcher is God.  William Shakespeare said life is a stage.  Life is not a stage which determines our actions by who and how many are watching.  Life is a gift given us by God to be used to fellowship with Him, love Him, worship Him and obey Him.  Thia life will never end if we have come into His family through Jesus, his Son.  Our question is who do we choose to live for, a temporary stage or eternal God?

February 1, 2013

Storms

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Mark 4:39. So he got up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then the wind stopped, and it was dead calm.

So often when we face the storms of life we become fearful or stressed out like the disciples in the boat.    They forgot the could trust Jesus regardless of the circumstances they faced.  We are never alone.  Jesus promised he would never leave us. We may not be able to see Him  but He is in our boat called life.  He knows our storms.  Instead of fearing or stressing we need to trust Him.  In the book of James we are told if we ask God for wisdom He will give it to us.  God doesn’t want to live our lives for us, He wants us to live through and for Him be it in storms or pleasant bliss.  Our question is when storms come will we look to God and trust Him or kick and complain?  Let us choose to “be quiet and calm down” trusting, listening and obeying God through whatever comes into our lives.

January 23, 2013

Lay Down Our Life

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1 John 3:16. We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.

Lay down our life?  That’s a heavy statement.  We usually think that only applies to being willing to die for someone else to live.  Jesus died so we could live eternally in the presence of God.  There are other ways to lay our life down for someone else.  How many times have we responded to someone’s née with “I’m sorry, I don’t have time.” Or maybe we’ve said, “It’s too inconvenient for me.”    There are many excuses we find to keep our own life as we want it.  Our question is are we willing to acknowledge our lives aren’t really ours?  Without God there is no life.  It is by His love and grace we take our next breath.  Why is it so hard for us to lay down something that really isn’t ours?  It is sinful pride and selfishness so much a part of our human nature.  How do we get over this attitude?  The only way is to allow the example shown us by Jesus to grow in us through His Holy Spirit through prayer, Bible study and obedience.  With time and practice we will gradually demand less for ourselves and be willing and ready for God to give more to others through us.

January 10, 2013

Lose Life

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Matthew 10:39. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it.

How many times have we heard someone say “It’s my life and I’ll live it as I choose.”  This is one of the attitudes this verse addresses. We fool ourselves thinking we are in charge of our lives.  It is God Who has numbered our days and it is God Who chooses what we will experience.  We choose what we will accept and how we will respond.  When we acknowledge our lives belong to God we find we have a full and abundant life.  Losing our lives which are never ours in reality means finding our lives with God for all eternity.  

July 19, 2012

Three Worlds

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Psalms 27:4  I have asked the Lord for one thing-
this is what I desire!  I want to live a in the Lord house all the days of my life,
so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple.

From time to time we should make a list of our wants and desires. We will find we tend to list them in an order of priority, our priority of our self-satisfaction.  As we look at this list we need to look at each thing asking what Jesus would want in our time and space.  If we really desire to dwell in the house of God for all eternity that desire will be on the top of our list.  All other things will relate to that one desire in some shape or form.  We have three worlds: the world of darkness where Satan is king, the world of bright light where God is King and the world between where we live.  We can’t see into the bright light for it is too bright for our eyes.  We look into the darkness and see all manner of shiny things Satin uses to lure us his way: riches, power, fame, etc.. It is hard to turn our eyes away from these things.  The longer we look at them the greater our desire for them.  God knew our eyes could not look through His light so He sent some of His light, Jesus, so we could see what was in the light.  As we learn to focus our eyes on the light of Jesus our desire will grow more and more until dwelling with Him really fulfills all the desires we can ever have.  The choice is ours: choose to look at Jesus or continue to look to the darkness and it’s temporal filling?

June 23, 2012

Learning

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:57 am
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Psalms 119:7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Many think life is a game and treat it according. Life is not a game. Life on this earth is a training ground for eternal life in heaven in the very real Presence of God the Creator. Heaven is a real place and we will have things to do in heaven. One of the most precious things we will be able to do is praise our God. We learn how to praise Him here in this life on earth. We practice in our own times of devotions and meditations and we practice when we gather together with some of His other children in collective worship services. We also train in various ministries and responsibilities according to the talents and gifts God gives us. We will be joyfully busy in heaven. But to get there we need a ticket. Our ticket is the blood of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. When we accept Him as our Savior and the director of our life we are washed in His blood and given His Holy Spirit, our ticket to heaven. Our question is do we have our ticket and are we actively training for our time in heaven or are we treating life here as a game? Let us choose to be diligent in our training.

May 15, 2012

A Found Treasure

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Psalms 119:162 I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

If any of us were to walk down the road and find a couple of twenty-dollar bills we would pick them up and tell most all our friends of our find. If you are reading this you have probably found something worth more than all the money in the world. You have found your relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. This “find” is beyond value. Our question is are we as excited as we would be if we found those twenty dollar bills? Have we told our friends of our “find?” If we found several thousand dollars we would be telling everyone we meet. We have something worth far more than several thousand dollars. We have something that will take us into and through all eternity in the very real Presence of the God of all creation. Are we talking about it? There is more than enough to share. Sharing won’t take any of our eternity away from us but it will bring more people with us and it will please the God Whose Presence we will be in forever. Let’s just not think about this. Let’s do this. Pass on God’s plan for eternity in His Presence. It’s available to all who will say yes to His Son, Jesus Christ.

April 15, 2012

Bones

Luke 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

There is a man who has claimed he found the bones of Jesus. It sees he wants his moment of fame. There are many reasons these bones are not the bones of Jesus. The main reason is Jesus said He still had his bones after He was resurrected. The disciples witnessed this. There are other problems with this man’s claim also. He’s claiming something that cannot be proven. We don’t have a DNA on Jesus. This man can only claim the bones belonged to a man crucified around the same time as Jesus. Crucifixion was a very common form of torture the Romans used for anyone against the government. It is not surprising bones of crucified men during that period are being found. The same man claims these bones are buried near the bones of a woman named Mary. Mary was a very common name – it still is. Does all this matter? Not to me. Even if somehow Jesus shed His bones on this earth before He ascended back up to heaven it would not change my belief. I know Jesus is the Son and Word of God. I know He came to walk this earth to show us some of God the Father. I know He died on a cross to take on my sins for all eternity. I know 3 days after He died on that cross He rose back to life and walked this earth another 40 days to show us through Him we to can have life after our physical bodies die. I know He physically rose through the clouds into heaven and will come back for us in the same manner so we can attend His wedding feast and be in the glorious Presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity. I know all this based on witness of the past and on my own experiences. Our questions today is will we let someone’s new claims change what we have experienced ourselves and bring doubt or will we choose to stand on what we, personally know to be true. Jesus died once for 3 days but is alive even today so we can be alive for all eternity.

March 30, 2012

Worry

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:30 am
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Luke 12:22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

It is so easy for us to worry. Jesus said there is nothing in our lives to cause us to worry. There is nothing we can change by the process of worrying other than changing good health to bad health. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything. I didn’t have much trouble replacing worry with faith when it came to my own life. I found it a lot more difficult (and still do at times) not worrying bout others who are near and dear to me. There are many times I go through the physical motions of lifting my fists up to God, opening my hands and reminding God that these dear ones are in His care. The time I would spend worrying I spend in intercessory prayer. We need not worry about our future because our future is in the hands of God. We cannot alter that by worry. We would do better to spend our worry time in praise time to God. Not only does it draw us closer to Him, it also brings more joy into our lives. As soon as we are aware of starting to worry about anything let’s immediately address God and let Him know we are thankful everything is under His control regardless of how it might look to us. I’ve read the last chapter and I know God is the Victor.

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