Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 7, 2014

Present in Worship

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Matthew 15:9. But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.

Worship can only come from the heart. We can go through the motions and words of worship and not be worshiping. We can sing a song of worship and be thinking critical thoughts about someone else’s singing instead of putting all our thoughts on what we are singing and to Whom we are singing. In our fast-passed life we can be impatient in our worship wanting to move onto something else rather than bask in the love that can flow back and forth in true worship. Let’s be honest. We’ ex all experienced the challenges of keeping our thoughts and hearts on what we are doing in the present rather than thinking about the next thing. Today let us take a moment by ourselves in quiet and sing or say a song or scripture directly to God expressing our love for Him.

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August 15, 2013

Enthusiasm

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Romans 12:11. Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.

Go into quite a few churches and look for zeal or enthusiasm. Their hard to find. Go into any stadium or sports arena and you will see plenty zeal and enthusiasm. Something is very wrong with our values. A game lasts but for a little while. After a short time it will be forgotten. Our worship and praise of God will resound in heaven for all eternity. We, if we are followers of Jesus Christ, will be in the midst of the praises we have expressed when we enjoy the very real presence of our God and Creator for all eternity. Our question is where should we be most enthusiastic and show the most zeal; a sporting event or in a church? Let us be zealous and enthusiastic in praising and serving our God.

August 10, 2013

Safe to Follow

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Joshua 4:21-22. He told the Israelites, “When your children someday ask their fathers, What do these stones represent? explain to your children, Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry ground.

Why is it significant to us today that Israel crossed the Jordan River on dry ground. It shows us that, as it was safe for them to follow God into the wilderness it is also safe for us to follow God wherever His Holy Spirit leads us. When we walk in obedience to God there is nothing to fear. That doesn’t mean we will never have trials but that God will lead us through our trials. The question is will we look for His leading or fret and complain about the trial. The Bible is full of examples how God leads and how are job is to follow in an attitude of praise and thanksgiving. If you are walking through a trial right now I pray you might look for God’s leading with faith and trust that leads to praise and thanks to God,

August 1, 2013

Acceptable Sacrifice

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Isaiah 1:11. “Of what importance to me are your many sacrifices?” says the Lord. “I am stuffed with burnt sacrifices of rams and the fat from steers. The blood of bulls, lambs, and goats I do not want.

This verse can’t possibly apply to us. We don’t do animal sacrifices. What about sitting in church and going through the movements of worship when our minds and/or hearts or elsewhere. Maybe we’re thinking about what someone’s wearing, what someone said to us or did to us or where we’re going to eat after. Maybe we’re looking at our watches wondering how much longer. If our mind’s on anything except God this verse applies to us. Admit it. We’ve all been guilty. Offering the sacrifice of praise means putting all else aside and praising God with all our heart, mind and body. Our question is do we really want to put our praise and worship of God ahead of all else? Hoe about trying it for just one hour? Start small and grow.

June 28, 2013

Above All Else

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Colossians 3:1. Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Keep seeking the things above. What things are above? God the Father and God the Son, Jesus, are seated above. We are to seek them and all they are: love, joy peace, faithfulness, goodness, etc. Our question is what do we really seek. Our prayers sound like we seek the hand of God rather than seeking Him. We pray,God do this, fix this, I need this. We seek what God can do for us instead of seeking Him. God says in Matthew 6:33 to seek His Kingdom first and all things will be given to us. There is nothing wrong with asking God for our needs but let’s keep our priorities straight. Let us seek God before all else. Let us seek to express our love and devotion for Who He is over what we can get from Him. God is worthy to be praised and worshiped above all else.

April 23, 2013

Authority

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Matthew 28:18. Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Jesus said He has all authority in heaven I and on earth.  Having all authority’s means you call the shots.  When someone has the authority their name is connected and representative of their authority.  This is why the name of Jesus is so strong.  There is no stronger prayer than saying the name of Jesus. But that name is only honored if used in the right way.  We can use it as a word of worship, praise, plea for help or power over sin and temptation.  A police person has authority by the law he serves and represents.  Those who serve and represent Jesus have authority through Him.  Our question is do we use the authority we have through Him?  We would see many more miracles and victories if we would use this authority.  

March 24, 2013

Stones Cry Out

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Luke 19:39-40. But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”

The palm branch has long been a symbol of victory, triumph, peace and eternal life.  It’s origins can be traced back to the ancient Near East. In The Jewish culture the palm is associated with the festival of Sukkot. A palm branch was awarded to victorious athletes in ancient Greece and a palm frond or the tree itself is one of the most common attributes of victory in ancient Rome.  For Christians the palm branch is associated particularly with Palm Sunday, when palm branches ate waved in memory of the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem.  This is a day for us to rejoice and praise Jesus.  No one on that first Palm Sunday realized what would happen a few days later.  The religious leaders demanded Jesus keep the crowd from praising Him but He responded the stones would shout praises if the crowd was silenced.  Our question is are we less able to shout praises to our King than the stones are?  Let us sing with full voices and hearts.  Let us pray with full voices and hearts.   Let ua put our all into worship and praise of Jesus, our Lord and our King.

February 4, 2013

Grow In Faith

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2 Peter 1:5-7. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self- control; to self- control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. 

We’re probably all familiar with the saying, use it or lose it.  This applies not only to our muscles bit to most everything.  I was fluent in German when I was little but had no place to use it so I lost a good bit of it.  Our brains need continual stimulation to learn new things and remember old things.  It is no different with faith and trust.  These go hand in hand.  As trust builds, faith grows.  As faith is exercised trust grows.  Life is full of opportunities for growth.  The book of James starts outwits how faith grows when experiencing the trials of life.  Why do not all grow in faith?  Read the verse again.  The Greek word for “excellence” is virtue or morality.  We must choose to live a life by the moral commands of God.  Knowledge comes from hearing and reading the Holy Bible.  Self-control is a choice.  It grows through a choice of perseverance.  Even though we may mess up we choose to keep trying.  All this will lead us to grow into a reflection of God’s love.  Our question is do we want to grow In faith that leads to growth in love enough to make the effort and perseverance necessary?  Gyms are full in January but empty as the year progresses.  Churches are full at Christmas but fade in numbers as the year progresses.  Let us choose to persevere in our growth, faith, love, obedience, worship and praise of our God.

February 2, 2013

Super Bowl

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Psalms 100:2. Worship the Lord with joy!  Enter his presence with joyful singing!

Tomorrow is a special day.  Some think it is special because it’s Super Bowl Day.  Actually it’s special because it’s Sunday, the Lord’s day, the day we come together to worship and praise our God.  There is a lot of excitement about the Super Bowl.  People spend lots of money, time, and effort to be at the big game.  They cheer openly during the game.  When the game is over the entire thing gradually fades away. Our question is what about our gathering together to give God praises and worship?  How much money, time and effort do we spend. We are in the game of life.  As with the bowl game there will be winners and losers.  The only winners will be on God”s team and the worship and praise will never end. We start that in our churches on Sunday.  Which teams are worth the most time, effort, money and cheering – the Super Bowl teams or God’s team?  Enjoy the Super Bowl but keep God in first place in our time, effort, money and praises,

December 17, 2012

Treasured

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Luke 2:19  But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. 

We go back to Mary, the virgin who gave birth to Jesus.  She looked and listen to all that was happening to and around her and all that was said to and around her and treasured them.  She did not understand what it all meant.  She had no idea that her Son would end up dying for our sins.  She just kept everything in her heart as a treasure and wondered at them.  We too can treasure all we read, see and hear God doing.  But we can understand some of it because God has given us His Holy Spirit.  We have the wonderful treasure of His written word, the Holy Bible.  Our question is do we treasure it?  Do we treasure it enough to read it and contemplate on the meaning?  When we read it in prayer God will give us understanding of how to apply  what we read for where we are in our walk with Him on this earth.  Let us more than treasure and ponder.  Let us meditate, praise worship and obey.

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