Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 31, 2012

Showing and Teaching

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Psalms 25:9. May he show the humble what is right!  May he teach the humble his way!

God will show us what is right and will teach us His way but there is a condition we must make.  We must be humble.  Pride is against seeing from another’s perspective.  Pride is against learning another’s ways.  A prideful person only values their own outlook and knowledge.  We must be humble to see and learn what God would show and teach us.  We cannot choose the methods He chooses us to see or learn.  God may choose to use an illiterate person to teach a PhD holder something.  He might use someone we don’t know or relate with to show us something He wants us to see.  Our question is do we choose to be open to any means or person God chooses to show us something or to teach us more of His way?  

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July 5, 2012

Proud

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:46 am
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1Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. . It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. . Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love is not proud. Pride is another feeling that tries to cover the feeling of inadequacy. As with bragging or boasting, we in and of ourselves have nothing to be proud about. Any success we are given is through the grace and mercy of God. Our pride is in Him and what He has done, is doing and will continue to do. When we are congratulated or complimented about something we respond with a thank you and pass it on to God. Keeping it to ourselves and thinking we’ve earned it grows to pride. Pride also takes the vein of thinking ourselves better than others. It’s not a case of being better but being gifted differently from others and being used in different ways by God through His Holy Spirit. Our question is the next time we are praised or compliment or think we have done such a great job will we be willing to thank and praise God for His allowing us to be His vessel in that instance? The choice again is ours. We can choose pride in our own being or pride in the One Who enables us to even take our next breath.

March 29, 2012

Possessiveness

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Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We take great pride in what we consider “our generosity.” Yet, at the same time, we make sure we have ample of everything plus lots of things we don’t really need. It is hard to fight the impulse. We are bombarded with others telling us we need this and that. Others judge us by the car we drive, how we dress and where we live. People have been killed because they didn’t look like they belonged in a certain place. Let’s face it, a human life and worth is judge by the passions they own. Jesus said we should watch out for this. He said we should to be on our guard against all kinds of greed. Greed can be for money, material possessions, power and even time. I find time is harder to let loose than possessions. Possessions are replaceable but time isn’t. Our question is are we watching how we are using our time? Are we on our guard about being so possessive with our time we fail to be at the places and do the things God would have us do? Yes, He’ll still get done what He wants done but in our possessiveness of our time we could very well lose the joy of God doing something through us.

March 19, 2012

Exaltation

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Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We’re probably all familiar with the adage “pride goeth before a fall. Pride produces over confidence. Over confidence can quite often lead to careless mistakes. We really have nothing to be prideful about. There is nothing good we can do without the gifts, grace and mercy of our God. We can’t even take our next breath unless He wills it. I know very well I can’t write these devotions on my own. It is only through prayer, meditation and listening to the still and calm voice of God through His Holy Spirit that any words concerning scripture or God can come through me. We like to take credit because we want to feel good about ourselves. The only goodness in us is through the gift and mercy of God. When we think we have done a good job at something let us learn to thank God for doing it through us. It is He Who gives us talent, wisdom and physical ability. It is God Who alone is worthy of exhalation. During the rest of this Lenten season let us be sure to exalt Him. When someone praises us let us be sure to pass that praise on to God.

February 26, 2012

Power

Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (The Holy Bible New International Version)

The third temptation was the lust of the eyes, all the kingdoms of the world. Satan said, “All this I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me”. We love material things and power. We want to possess more things than others and have more power than others. Satan offered “all the kingdoms of the world”, after the war against the flesh and the spirit failed. This is one of our greatest dangers to our spirits. It negates the work of our Lord Christ on the cross. . If we reach that point we break all ties and communion between us and the work and suffering of Christ for us. No one can serve two masters, God and Possessions! Here we see our Lord’s decisive and clear refusal of having a dialogue or discussion with the devil. “Depart from me Satan”, which gives clear declaration that conversing or reasoning with the devil is denied. For there is no true rest our soul except in submitting to our God and worshiping at His feet, Him who will lift us up and wipe our every tear. Today is a day to see what has our greatest attention. Are we consumed with what possessions we have or don’t have? Are we consumed with the desire to be able to tell others what to do? Do we really believe God is sufficient and will give us all we need in our lives? It’s not our job title or our economic position that brings glory to God. It is His love flowing through us. Today is a day to check our priorities. Are we content in all things as long as we are walking with God?

February 25, 2012

Pride

Matthew 4:6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The second temptation was the Pride of life. While the first temptation was aimed to war against man using the weak flesh, the second was geared to war against the human spirit and its pride and haughtiness. This temptation aims for those who are strong, who have life of church involvement, and practice the church rites and rituals. When we boast, and show pride because of our dedication to church events, the gifts God has given us and His work in our life; we are living a false life of piety. Satan tempted Jesus misusing the scripture twisting it to imply that one can jump from the top of a pinnacle and not be hurt. We have seen many who appear on the top of their world give into a temptation because they considered themselves above temptation. They considered themselves as being above all. Then we see them fall. All of us are tempted with pride from time to time. It is a false pride because it covers up our deep-rooted feelings of not being good enough or doing good enough. God says our goodness is as filthy rags. We can never, in and of ourselves, be good enough or do good enough. It is only through the shed blood of Jesus and through God’s grace that any good can come out of us and that good is because God graciously gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit. Today is a day to contemplate areas where we have built up too much pride. Today is a day to acknowledge that without God in us, we are nothing. The hardest part is being honest with ourselves. Then, after confession we must accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves and move on using the gifts and grace God gives us and give the credit and glory to God.

October 24, 2011

God’s Work

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:24 am
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Phil 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Have you ever condemned yourself for the way you felt about something?  It really hurts our pride in our own ‘goodness’ when we feel something that is not in accordance with who we think we are or who we would like to be.  We do have a choice in the ways we act or the ways we express our feelings.  We cannot do anything about the ways we feel. We can yield our feelings to God for Him to bring them into oneness with Him.  As we yield our feelings more and more to Him, it will reflect more in our actions.

Ask God to help you use the time you have spent in condemning yourself to yielding and trusting Him for His promise to complete His good work in you.  Praise Him while He works.  When you express your feelings in the wrong way, acknowledge it.  Accept God’s correction and walk on.  Praise God for the things in your life that make you feel the way you do.  Offer them to God and allow Him free reign.  He is the Master Craftsman.   His handiwork is perfect and without spot or blemish.

September 2, 2011

GPS

Pr 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

 

When we are traveling today we have replaced a compass with a GPS to keep us from going the wrong way and getting lost.  We have a compass or GPS for our lives also but many of us fail to use it.  Our GPS is God’s Word.  For it to work we must know it and follow what it says.  We probably all acknowledge that is the right way but there are reasons we fail to follow and get into trouble.  One is neglect.  It may be because we are too busy about other things or we have just forgotten where our GPS is.  Pride is another problem.  We think we know what is best for us and don’t need any other input.  We can also be distracted.  We fail to keep our eyes on God and look to the attractions offered by Satan.  When obstacles get in our way we try to find ways around them.  We fail to see when these obstacles are there by God’s hand to keep us on the right path.  Let’s try to remember if we will consistently look to God through His written Word and keep our ears attuned to His Holy Spirit, the GPS (God Positioning System) will keep us on our right path to His blessings and purpose.

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