Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 20, 2012

Worthy of Praise

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Psalms 145:3. The Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise!  No one can fathom his greatness! 

The Lord is great and certainly worthy of praise.  We do not see any conditions for praising God here.  It does not say because God has blessed us.  It doesn’t say because He answers our prayers.  It doesn’t say because we think God is good.  God is to be praised because He is greater than we can every imagine.  It is God Who spoke everything into being.  God has always been and will always be.  There is no way for us to really understand this.  What we are to do is praise God.  In the first verse of this psalm it says to praise Him continually.  Our question is what comes out of our mouthes the most?  Is it praise or complaints?  I used to hear what came out of my mouth and how it came out by listening to  our young daughters talking to and for their dolls.  This can be very revealing.  Most of us would be really shocked if we could listen to a play back at the end of the day of everything we’ve said during that day.  And that doesn’t even include what we keep in our thoughts and manage not to say out loud.  Let us make the habit of praising God instead of complaining to or about anyone or anything.  God is more than worthy of our praises.

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October 18, 2012

Almost Missed It

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Psalms 113:3 From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised! 

We had a late night and when I woke at my normal time I said Good Morning to God and told Him I was tired and not going to walk that morning.  I rolled over to go back to sleep.  I kept hearing Him say to walk so after an hour I finally got up and dressed and headed out for my walk.  I usually walk an hour or more before the sunrise.  This time I was surprised by the beautiful, red sunrise.  I had to look through a lot of trees to see it.  I found the trees interfering with my view.  That is how it is when we look at the Son risen.  We have a lot of interference and don’t see Him in all His beauty or power.  Our trees blocking our view can be many different things: too much in our schedule, to interested in other things, thinking we can only see Him at church, disobedience and on and on.  Our question is do we want to see the Son of the living God throughout our day or are we more interested in the trees of our distractions?  The Son Risen brings light to our path.  It was much easier for me to be walking after the sun rise than in the dark before the early light.  It is easier for our life’s walk if we will look through all our trees of distractions to see the risen Son and allow His Light through His Holy Spirit light our way throughout the day.

October 2, 2012

Considered Faith

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Genesis 15:6  Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord considered his response of faith as proof of genuine loyalty. 

What a wonderful thing to be known for – faith in God.  This is our first priority – to believe God, to have faith in Him.  This must come before relationship can happen.  Without belief in God, without faith in God, there can be no worship, praise, prayer, fellowship, joy, peace or an abundant life.  God created us for fellowship with Him.  Real fellowship is based on faith/belief. God does not consider our prayers or fellowship or worship without our belief/faith in Him.  God sees into our hearts and minds and knows if we truly believe.  How do we believe?  Belief comes and deepens by hearing God’s Word and seeing God’s works.  We can keep our eyes on man and see all that man ‘has done” or we can open our eyes and see what God has done and what He has enabled man to do.  When we believe we will choose to obey because we have faith in the One we believe.  Our question is does our obedience to God show real belief?  Let us choose to deepen our faith/belief in God through the hearing of His Word and the seeing of His works.  Let us keep our eyes, ears, hearts and minds open to Him.

September 25, 2012

Tradition

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Acts 13:39   and by this one everyone who believes is justified from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify you. 

I do hope you will go to your Bibles and read this verse in context.  I hope that on all these devotions.  Here the contention is, “We have always done it that way.”  We still hear this cry in our churches today.  Tradition is good as long as it is practiced in the right way.  We must always acknowledge that our rites and things of tradition are not what gives us our forgiveness of sins and our fellowship with God.  These gifts are only through the precious blood of Jesus.  Nothing else, regardless of how long believed or practiced, regardless of how good it may seem can save us from our sins or restore our relationship of child to Father with God.  There is nothing wrong with following traditions if they help us in our worship, praise, meditations, Bible study or service to others as long as they don’t serve as a substitute for personal worship and relationship to God through Jesus.  Traditions should not be forced on any believer.  We are all made new every day through the power of God’s Holy Spirit.  We may be moved to keep certain traditions and not keep others.  It is a personal choice based on the leading of the Holy Spirit.  When we see someone worshiping or praising in a different way than we do with our tradition let us rejoice that they are worshiping or praising.  We might even want to try a new thing from time to time.  Traditions can become unthinking habits.  What counts is our spirits, hearts and minds must all be in accord with the worship and praise of our God.

August 29, 2012

Our Whole Hearts

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Isaiah 12:5 Sing to the Lord, for he has done magnificent things,
let this be known a throughout the earth!

In my younger days I was a professional singer.  In my sinful nature I was proud of my voice.  I was in a really big church and enjoying 1000 people singing praises to God and heard Him say within me, “Who has the most glorious praise music for Me?”  Smugly I answered, “Me, Lord.”  Next to me was a tall, lanky man who was unable to sing or clalp in any known rhythm or on any known key.  This man was unaware of anyone around him.  He was fully tuned in to praising and worshiping God.  To God that man was the most glorious singer.  Ouch.  As I looked at that man I started understanding.  God wants our love and praises from our hearts, not from our training or our minds.  When we praise Him, He wants it to be with all of our being.  It doesn’t matter what anyone thinks of our voices, tunes, rhythms, dancing or anything.  What matters is are we emersing ourselves into praises of, to and for God.  Even an old church hymn can be sung in an attitude of totaly abandonment to the worship and praise of God.  Our question is, when we sing in church, even if we can’t “carry a tune in a bucket” are we really concentrating on God or on what others think of us?  Let us choose to sing with our whole hearts, even if we can only speak the words.  Let’s make sure God hears regardless who might be around.

July 14, 2012

Leaving Fruit

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Ps 92:12 –14 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This has been a long and hard week in our church. We lost 2 members within 24 hours. These members graduated to their reward in heaven. Both were in what is considered to be “old age.” We will surely miss them but as we look around we see the fruit they bore as they walked this earth. Both were very loved and beautiful men of God. Both had a very strong witness for God and His love and faithfulness. One of them, in his 90’s said as long as he could get out of bed to go to the bathroom he would be at church to praise his God on Sunday morning and to encourage his brothers and sisters in the Lord. His example had a great impact on those who find excuses not to gather with others on Sunday morning. It is always easy to find an excuse: it’s raining, it’s too hot, I’m too tired, I don’t have time and on and on. For our dear brother there was never a reason for an excuse. God said to set apart a day to rest. This is not to “rest” in bed, at the lake or any other “restful” activity but to rest in prayer and praises to Him. Gathering with other believers is like taking a vitamin pill. The praise, prayers and encouragement of others along with ours lifts us up and energizes us for a new week of walking and serving in the power and love of our God through Christ Jesus His Son and through His Holy Spirit. We are happy for our brothers who are rejoicing with God and when we feel sad because of missing them we can look around and see the fruits they left continue to grow. Our question is are we allowing God’s Holy Spirit to grow fruits through us that will grow when we join Him in heaven?

June 17, 2012

Soaring

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Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

At the beach I enjoy watching the seagulls. They fly up from the land with great effort then catch an air current and soar. Soaring in the air currents saves energy and makes their trip much easier. God sent us an “air current” that cane to help us soar. It is His Holy Spirit. Years ago I wrote and published a song about soaring.

When you are downcast and tired and weary
When you’re alone and confusion reigns
Stand with your hands lifted up unto heaven
Sing songs of praises to God, most high.

CHORUS
Then you’ll be soaring on the wind of God’s Spirit
Soaring on to new heights above
Soaring with Christ Jesus my Savior
Soaring in His love.

When those around you are hurting and crying
When you thing pain victorious will be
Lift your voice loudly in praises to Zion
Sing songs of praises to God, most High

CHORUS

When you are up in the mountains so glorious
When you are down in the valley so low
Lift your voice loudly in praises to Zion
Sing songs of praises to God, most High.

CHORUS

When we recognize God is in control of our lives and allows what touches us, there is no reason to be down or discouraged. The question is are we willing to turn our moanings and complaints into praises to God?

May 16, 2012

Seven Times a Day

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Psalms 119:164 Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

At least seven times a day the psalmist praised God for His righteous laws. Do we do that? Do we do it even one time a day? Do we find ourselves picking and choosing which laws we will obey and when we will do it? God told us to help those in need. Will we stop to help someone when we’re on our way to “an important event?’ Jesus always stopped to help. Do we really praise God for what He tells us to do in His written Word, The Holy Bible or do we look at His instructions as burdens we must carry? Our question today is an attitude check. We can only live in obedience to God through the power of His Holy Spirit. It is His gift of His Holy Spirit that also enables us to give Him thanks. Let us choose to be thankful for His instruction book, the Holy Bible and for His Holy Spirit. When our plans are interrupted by another’s need let us rejoice that God allows us to be His hands, feet and mouth on this earth regardless of our continual sinful nature. Let us praise God continually throughout our day.

April 9, 2012

After Easter What

Luke 24:15-16 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Lent is over. Easter is over. Now what? The disciples have been through a traumatic time. They spent 3 years with Jesus Who was like no one else they had every known. They were sure He would be the One to save their race and culture from the Romans rule and restore their own country. They were on a high as He entered Jerusalem and sank to a low when He was crucified and laid in a tomb. Now His body is missing. They thought they had been deceived. Some disciples gathered together in hiding. Some disciples returned to their former lives. Two were walking back to their past and talking about their experience and disappointment when Jesus joined them. They did not recognize Him? Have you thought about why that might have been? I could be they were so wrapped up in their own disappointments they could not allowing themselves to see anything other than the disappointment. We are like that. We are usually so wrapped up in ourselves and our hectic schedule we fail to see Jesus when He is right with us. Granted He is not in the body He used when He physically walked this earth but He is still walking this earth. He walks through His Holy Spirit dwelling in His believers-His followers. We are too easily distracted in other things. I pray we have each used the time of Lent to clear our daily vision. I asked our question at the beginning. Now what? Are we going to just take up our old schedules? Let us start each and every day with a prayer similar to this:
“Good morning, Lord. This is Your day You have given me. Refresh me with Your Holy Spirit. Open my heart, mind and eyes to Your very presence in and around me. Open my ears to hear You throughout the day and help me bring glory to You through praise, worship and service.”

It’s after Easter. Let’s roll up our sleeves and let Jesus prepare this earth and its people for His Kingdom.

April 2, 2012

Righteous Anger

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:32 am
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Luke 19:45 Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

After being greeted as a king Jesus went to the temple. The outer courts of the temple were full of sellers of animals for sacrifices and money changes for the right kind of money to use in the temple. As with today, greed was present and prices were very inflated. This certainly didn’t promote an attitude of worship or prayer. Jesus became angry and turned over the tables of the vendors. Sometimes anger is a very good thing if for the right reason and displayed the right way. Jesus did not harm any of the vendors. He only upset their tables, scattering their goods to the floor. He even told them why He was doing this. Sometimes I feel like doing it. I read about churches that are charging for their services. They charge for Vacation Bible School, Bible studies and many other opportunities they host. The charges are more than the price of a possibly needed book for the course. It gives the appearance they are presenting the opportunity to make money yet they are not presented as a fund raising event. There are churches that still ask members to underwrite opportunities for others to come and grow in God. We are to keep our churches as a center for all to come freely and learn of God. Some come to church so they can make “good” contacts for their business. Some come to be seen as a “good” person. There are many reasons people come to church. Jesus wanted church to be a place for worship and praise. We are to come in that attitude and in willingness to encourage others into worship and praise of our Lord and God. Our question is what do we use our churches for – a place to bring others into the fellowship of God? All that we do in a church, all opportunities presented and hosted should lead to the worship and increasing praise and fellowship with God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit. Let’s be sure we turn over our tables of ulterior motives.

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