Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 16, 2013

Seeking

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Psalms 105:4 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives! Seek his presence continually!

The word “seek” means to search for, to go after or to inquire. In Psalms 119:2 we read, “How blessed are those who observe his rules, and seek him with all their heart,”. Sometimes we fear if we truly seek after, go after and inquire after God with all our heart there would be no room in our lives for anything else. How wrong that is. When we diligently seek to walk consistently with God we have more people and things in our lives that bring an abundance of joy. Joy because we are in the right relationship. God is our train engine. Everything else in our lives are the cars being pulled by the engine. The cars do not choose where to go; they follow the engine. The engine must have fuel or it will stop. Our fuel is prayer and meditation on God’s word which fuels the engine with His Holy Spirit. The engine must be kept clean through confession. Our question is are we properly maintains our engine?

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May 15, 2013

our Garden

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Matthew 13:8. But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.

Soil becomes hard and cracked overtime. Weeds and thorns manage to grow in that kind of soil but useful and/or beautiful plants can’t survive in such a soil. To bring the soil about into usefulness for the good plants the soil must be plowed and prepared. Weeds and stones must be removed, the soil watered and fertilized. As people age they become like unplowed soil; weeds, rocks and cracks appear from hurts and sins. Fruit bearing seeds are planted in us by the hand of God. He allows us to go through various trials to plow up our soil. Confession and repentance removes the weeds and forgiving others removes the rocks. Meditation and pray water the seeds in the plowed soil and the Holy Spirit, through the written word and the Living Word (Jesus) fertilizes the seeds and brings them in to tasty, beautiful, useful and ripe fruit. Our question is do we allow God to use these things to ripen His fruit in us or would we rather keep our weeds and stones? We must have the courage to look at our soil and fruit and ask God to show us what parts of our garden have been closed to His beautiful work.

April 30, 2013

Wait

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Acts 1:4. While he was with them, he declared, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait there for what my Father promised, which you heard about from me

The last instruction Jesus gave was to wait in Jerusalem for the fulfilling of the promise of the Holy Spirit.  At first the disciples were content to worship and pray together. But then they decided the should replace Judas.  We read (Acts 1:26.) “Then they cast lots for them, and the one chosen was Matthias; so he was counted with the eleven apostles.”  They didn’t have the guidance of the Holy Spirit yet and resorted to their old methods of casting lots.  We don’t hear about Mathis again. God would be choosing Paul to replace Judas.  Before we judge the disciples too harshly for their impatience and taking matters into their own hands we must look at our own record.  How many times have we pushed ahead of the Holy Spirit’s leading?  Many times I’ve forced open doors that were shut.  That usually creates more problems than it solves.  Jesus never rushed.  Our question is will we wait for God’s direction in prayer nd use our impatient energy to obey quickly after we receive His direction?  We do the walking but God directs our steps and timing.

March 29, 2013

Repeating Prayer

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Matthew 26:44. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same thing once more.

Jesus knew  He was about to be taken to the cross.  He was in a physical body just like we are.  He really didn’t want o face it but was determined to follow the will of His Father.  What did He do to get the ability to face such horror?  He prayed fervently to the Father.  He didn’t pray just one Imelda.  He repeated the same request 3 times.  We tend to lose hope quickly.  We pray once and if we don’t see results we give up.  So many think repeating the same request over and over shows a lack of faith.  Jesus I’d not lack any faith.  What the recitative prayer does is fill us with the assurance of God’s power in and through us for Him to carry out His purpose through us.  As we remember the anguish of this Friday let us learn from Jesus never to give up on our requests to God until His Holy Spirit tells us it is time.  After His 3rd prayer Jesus knew it was time, He woke Hid disciples and went to face what was soon to come.  Notice the disciples slept instead of prayed.  Instead of facing what was coming the ran in fear.  

March 21, 2013

Preparing for Home

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2 Corinthians 5:8-10. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil. 

There are only 3 more days before we begin what the Christian Church calls Holy Week.  We’ve looked at a few verses in God’s written word about knowledge and wisdom and hopefully have decided to seek them through study, meditation, prayer and coming together with other believers.  We read Jesus grew in knowledge, stature and wisdom in the same way and also through obedience.  It’s a question of where we want to spend our time and efforts.  God has it for us to receive but we must commit to do our part.  I pray you will join me in continual growth as we wait and prepare for our Lore Jesus to take us home.

February 17, 2013

From God’s Mouth

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Proverbs 2:6. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

God gives us wisdom through His Holy Spirit.  That wisdom is to encourage us to hear all God has to say.  We hear when we prayerfully read the Bible.  We hear when we gather together with other believers.  We should also hear when we pray.  Our prayers should not be a monologue but a dialog – a 2-way conversation with our God.  We don’t hear an audible voice though that has and can happen.  God speaks to us in a quiet, inner voice.  How do we know these thoughts come from God and are not our own thoughts?  God’s thoughts are much wiser than ours.  The best way I found to learn to distinguish God’s voice from my own thoughts is to write.  I have found that God expresses things differently than I do. When I read what I’ve written while listening in prayer I am surprised by it.  Worth practice hearing and recognizing God becomes easier.  The question is are we willing to put in the time and effort?  God wants to give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding.

January 31, 2013

Belonging

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John 17:16. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. 

Everyone needs and wants to belong to something.  We want something or some group to confirm our identity.  When we introduce ourselves to others or are introduced by others our names are usually immediately followed by our professions or some other identifying title.  In the 17th chapter of John we are  privileged to read a prayer of Jesus.  He knows we need a feeling of belonging and prays we can find that feeling not with a sinful world but with God.  One way we can help our need of belonging is through a local church where God is worshiped and Jesus is acknowledged as His only Son and the way to God.  When we try to stand alone our need for belonging becomes     open  to all types of competition.     What others see us as belonging to confirms to them who we are.  Our question is do our associations with groups confirm our identity in Christ?

January 28, 2013

The First Step

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Matthew 14:28.  Peter said to him, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.”

When we read about this event with Peter and Jesus (please read the entire event in your Bible), we tend to latch on to when Peter took his eyes off Jesus.  When he did that he began to sink.  He looked at the circumstances instead of keeping his eyes on Jesus.  But the event does not start with Peter sinking below his circumstances.  The event starts with Peter responding to Jesus’ indentation to come and Peter taking the first step of courage out of the boat.  Peter wanted to be with Jesus enough to be willing to step into unknown territory.  Our question is are we willing to step out into the unknown with Jesus or do we choose to remain in our familiar zones?  It may not be a physical change of location.  Maybe Jesus is calling us to learn to use a new gift from His Holy Spirit.  Maybe He is calling us into a different ministry.  We become so comfortable in our habits it becomes hard to step out and do something out of our norm.  Let us pray with Peter, “Lord, if it’s You, bid me to come.”  Then let us be sure to lift our leg over the boat, our comfort zone, and step into the new keeping our eyes on Jesus and our ears on His instructions.  He is calling but we must take that first step.

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 14, 2013

Be All You Can Be

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 2 Timothy 2:15  Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.

There was a slogan several years ago for the United States Army: “Be all you can be in the Army.”  God puts it another way in 2 Timothy 2:15.  He says we must study and be eager to do what we learn.  What are we to study?  We are to study all that is written in the Holy Bible, the rich love letter and Manufacturer’s book God has provided for us.  There are many ways to study this Word bit all must begin with prayer.  We must pray for open minds and hearts to the interpretation of the Word through God’s Holy Spirit for our on individual lives in our own space and time.  It is fine to do a historical study but we must never neglect a personal study.  It is fine to use commentaries but we still must be careful to listen to what God would have for us in our time and place.  All interpretations must agree with the overall content of His Word.  God does not conflict himself.  It is not from God if it doesn’t agree with the two greatest commandments Jesus quoted in Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus said to him, “ Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Our question is are we going to obey and study in prayer?  If so, are we willing to carry out with eagerness what we learn?  Here to we need prayer and His Holy Spirit.  Let us be sure to guard our time and do both.

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