Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 5, 2013

Call Him Lord

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Luke 6:46   “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and don’t do what I tell you? 

If we are honest with ourselves this verse holds us short.  Christians call Jesus Lord but who among us always does what He tells us to do in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  If you question this read 1 Corinthians 13 where He describes the attributes of love.  I know I do not show all these attributes throughout any day with those closest to me let alone to the others God allows to cross my path.   We slip in and out of allowing His love through the Holy Spirit empower us to love in this way.  Our question is are we willing to allow His Holy Spirit to correct us quickly or do we choose to continue through an action, word spoken or thought in our own self-centered way.  Many times when I am aware of my unloving ways being corrected by Him I find I continue my own way.  Let us learn to stop in mid-track and reach or speak out through His love.

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October 11, 2012

Refuge

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Nahum 1:7  The Lord is good indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.

When we are feeling overwhelmed there is a place and a person where we can go.  We may be overwhelmed by many things.  They may be of our own doing or they may be from our concern of another.  When we find ourselves in these situations we need to seek the Lord.  He is our fortress – a place with protection and safety.  But He says we must seek our refuge in Him for His protection.  We tend to seek help from so many worldly sources before we come to our One, true Source.  Some seek drugs or alcohol to divert their minds and emotions from overwhelming stress.  Some seek working as a distraction.  Whatever the source of our stress there is but one place to go for real reflief.  When we are bathed in the love and peace of God stress flees regardless of the trials being faced.  Our question is do we really want to be free from the stress of worries?  Do we really want to quit feeling sorry for ourselves?  As amazing as it seems there are people who want to worry, want to feel stress and/or want to make reasons to complain or make others feel sorry for them.  God says in everything we should be thankful.  We cannot do this unless we truly seek the Lord.  When we feel anything but thankful it is time to put aside our self-centered emotions and seek our Lord through His Holy Spirit and thank Him for His salvation, love, peace, joy and all the other fruits He has given us.  What we face here on earth is only for an instant compared to the eternal love we will bask in.  We can start basking in that love today.

September 20, 2012

Whose Approval Do We Want

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Galatians 1:10 Am I now trying to gain the approval of people, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ!

What a good question to ask of ourselves.  Whose approval do we want of our actions, words and thoughts.  The approval of man is fleeting.  We are fickle in what pleases us.  God is steadfast.  He never changes.  What I want to hear when I graduate from this earth is God telling me He is pleased with me.  His approval lasts for eternity.  Man’s approval is quickly gone.  Our question is whose approval do we want?  If we want God’s approval we will obey Him.  We can only do this if we know what He has told us through His written Word – the Holy Bible.  This takes Bible study and meditation.  I had a dear friend who walked this earth for 106 years.  When she was 102 she told me a day she didn’t learn something new about her Lord and her God was a day waisted.  This has really stuck with me.  I don’t want to waste a single day so every day finds me in the Bible, in prayer and in meditation.  Then I know what He wants of me that day.

July 21, 2012

Sin

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Psalms 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The word “sin” is in the Bible at least 420 times. We don’t like to use the word “sin.” We would rather say: made a mistake, messed up, goofed, erred, etc. Sin is anything that separates us from God’s will for us. We say there are big sins and little sins but sin is sin. We might disguise it or cover it up from others or from ourselves but we can never cover up or disguised sin from God. We live such a fast paced life we fail many times to notice when we are separated from God. We fail to notice when we no longer feel the amazing peace of God. There is no room in us for God’s peace when we have unconfessed sin in us. I like to do what I call “spiritual breathing” every day. I exhale my sins by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal them to me and confessing them as sin to God then I inhale God’s forgiveness and His peace. We have no room for air in our lungs if we are holding in old air. We must exhale the old to inhale the new. Our question is are we willing to admit to ourselves any and all things that are not in God’s perfect will for us? God already knows. Nothing can separate us from His love but sin does separate us from His peace.

May 6, 2012

Strength

Psalms 73:25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart l may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we find ourselves weary, tired, and discouraged or we think we’re failing it means we are looking to ourselves as our source of strength, power, wisdom and accomplishment. When my body gets tired I remember what Corrie Ten Boon said to our friend and neighbor Jamie Buckingham. He had just picked her up from the airport after she flew from California to Florida. When they arrive at his house – a 2-hour drive from the airport – she admitted she was tired and went upstairs to rest while Jamie and his wife made some coffee. Before the coffee was ready Corrie came back downstairs. Jamie asked, “I thought you were tired and were going to take a rest?” Corrie responded, “When you rest in the Lord it doesn’t take long.” What beautiful wisdom. When life gets us or our bodies down we need to look to God and rest in Him. There is no one or nothing else that can supply us with whatever we need. In and of ourselves we have no strength but through God we can do all things. Our question is where are we looking?

March 23, 2012

One Foound

Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Luke 15:5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus tells two parables, two stories pointing to a truth. In each parable something is lost then found. He is referring to the human race He created as being lost from Him. He said when one repents there is great rejoicing in heaven. He says when one is found it is joyfully accepted and put into the proper place. Our question is do we seek diligently for those who are lost. The shepherd left his comfort zone and his companions to find that lost sheep. The woman diligently cleaned until she found her coin. We, believers, have experience the joy in heaven when we came to know our Lord and Savior. We now are called to seek the lost and lead them into the way of everlasting life. Our question is what are we doing and do we really rejoice when we hear a new believer testify to God?

March 20, 2012

The Banquet

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Luke 14:23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Continuing on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus told this parable of a banquet. He spoke of how those invited refused to come. They had other obligations they considered more pressing. They presumed they could go to the banquet when it was convenient for them. The invitation was issued to all who would come. We have several questions today. Each one of us has been invited to the wedding feast of Jesus, God’s Son. We must accept the invitation before the banquet. If we delay it will be too late for us. We accept the invitation by asking Jesus to be in our hearts minds and life as our Lord and Savior. The there is the question about going out to the roads and country lanes and inviting others to join us at the banquet. Are we issuing God’s invitation? Are we letting others around us know there will be a wedding banquet for us, the bride of Christ, the Church of believers? God wants all to come in. Let us do our part.

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.

January 22, 2012

Speak, Lord

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:07 am
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1Samuel 3:8-10 The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel! ” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I really like these verses. I like them because God often speaks to me in the middle of the night. I’m ashamed to say I’m not always as responsive as Samuel. Sometimes I am so tired I ask God to let me sleep. In the morning I’m always sorry I did that. Sometimes I listen but don’t get up to write down what He says. In the morning I’m sorry. If I get going too soon in the morning I find I can’t remember what He said to me. Listening is a learning process. I’ve seen (and at times I was guilty of being one) parents not hearing their children trying to say something to them. We are good at tuning out. How do we develop sensitive spiritual ears so we can hear any time God chooses to speak to us? First we must be believers. That is we must have accepted His only Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior and as the Lord of our life. Then we must immerse ourselves in the written Word of God – the Holy Bible. God never says anything that contradicts what He’s had men record in His written Word. Then we must desire to hear Him. Many don’t want to hear what God has to say to them. He will not tell us to do anything He hasn’t given us the ability and the desire to do. He will not tell us how terrible we are. He loves us. He loves us so much He allowed His Son, Jesus to walk as we walk on this earth to demonstrate how God designed us to live. Ask the Holy Spirit within you to enable you to hear God at any time He chooses to speak. Then, be sure to respond. Let us say as Samuel said, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”

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.

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