Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 5, 2012

Preparation

Luke 22:8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare for the Passover celebration. They were unaware this would be their last meal with Jesus. They were unaware He would be taken away by one of their own and scourged and nailed to the cross. They got caught up in the celebration and could not see the signs of increasing aggression. Their minds were still filled with the celebration of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our minds, too, are filled with many things. As we look toward tomorrow (what we call Good Friday) we are thinking of shopping for new Easter outfits, eggs and candy. Some are busy preparing for guests. Not many churches have a service on Thursday to prepare for Friday. Not many churches have services on Good Friday. Even few people attend. We are too busy doing things that will quickly be forgotten. Our question is are we searching our hearts and lives for the things that separate us from God? Are we allowing ourselves to realize what He did for us? Are we admitting we did not, do not and never will deserve such love and grace and mercy? Let us take time today to realize who we really are without God’s Holy Spirit in us. Let us prepare today for confession tomorrow and a determination to turn our backs on our carnal attitudes and get our priorities, God’s priorities, in order in our hearts, minds and lives.

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March 6, 2012

Prayer

Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

As Jesus was headed toward Jerusalem, He took time apart to pray. His disciples noticed how often He went apart from them to pray and asked Him to teach them. Jesus knew how important it is for His followers to be able to plug into the power of prayer. Though we often recite the example Jesus gave them, He intended it to be a model for us to pray. He begins the prayer with addressing God, the Father then goes into adoration and praise of God. So often we start with our needs and wants rather than taking the time to praise God. He then praise for God’s will – God’s Kingdom to come on earth just as it is in heaven. That is His desire over and above the fleshly desires. After that He prays for the basic needs while walking this earth along with confession of sins (wrong attitudes, wrong things done, things left undone) and includes our willingness to forgive those who have wronged us. He then asks for strength to keep from temptations and ends with praise and confession of all of creation belonging to God. This doesn’t mean we can’t have “mini prayers” during the day but we should take time out during the day for real conversations with God, beginning our in the way Jesus taught us and taking time to listen to God’s response. Our question is, when we pray are our priorities in line with those Jesus taught us?

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?

September 26, 2011

Treasures and Priorities

 

.Mt 6:19-20 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

 

We are so very materialistic.  We are consumed with things – with owning things.  We buy bigger and fancier houses than we need using them as a status symbol.  We buy expensive clothes and accessories to show the status we want to show.  We get financially stressed by seeking to appear a certain status.  We need to learn, as Christians, our status comes from our relationship with God.  When we come to Jesus and receive Him as our Lord and Savior we have the status of adopted children of God.  There can be no higher status than that.  If we want to display our status it is by letting God’s Light shine through us into the world around us.  If we want treasures they are to be the fruits of God’s Spirit and the people we bring to God.  There is nothing wrong with owning houses and wearing nice clothes as long as these things are not our priorities.  The question today is what are our priorities?  Let us take time to allow God’s Holy Spirit to show us areas where our priorities are wrong and let us determine to move on with God

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