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.

October 26, 2012

Word Spoken

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Psalms 139:4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.  

How often we “put our foot in our mouth” by saying a word we shouldn’t say?  I know I have on numerous times,  Once a word is spoken it can’t be taken back.  God has provided a solution for what I call “foot in mouth disease.”. He says He knows our words before they form in our mouth.  The question is are we willing to slow down our words enough to listen to Him?  It doesn’t take long if we really want to hear.  I’m getting better on listening before speaking it but I still get it in my mind and heart and speak it softly to myself.  As I do this I sence God correcting me.  With practice I will become better at wanting to hear God than I want to think and say the word I shouldn’t.  It is usually a word that would make somebody hurt or feel bad. It could be a word of gossip.  There are many things that word could be that we would regret after hearing from God.  Would it not be better to listen to God first before saying or even thinking the word?  

October 22, 2012

Asking

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1 John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have before him: that whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

Have you every prayed for something and thought you never got an answer?  I’m sure that has happened to everyone many times.  Our problem is asking according to His will for us.  His will is for us to be one in Him and He One in us.  When we ask Jesus into our hearts and lives we develop the same will.  Our minds and emotions and desires are very fallible.  We do not always know what we really need.  It’s even hard sometimes to know what we really want.  One of our granddaughters says “I want that.” to everything she sees advertised on television.  Many times what we think we want is not good for us or what we will be wanting after we get it.  Sometimes what we ask will separate us from our strongest desire.  Just like us as parent of small children, God knows what is best for us and what we really want.  Our question is do we trust Him to fulfill our lives with our needs?  He blesses us not only with our needs but with a good amount of our wants and material desires as well.  We are to seek first His Kingdon and His righteousness through Jesus and we can be assured our life will be full and abundant.  As the psalmist says, (Psalms 27:4)  I have asked the Lord for one thing-this is what I desire I want to live in the Lord s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the Lord and contemplate in his temple.  With the assurance of this desire being fulfilled we need not be disappointed when what we pray for is delayed or when He gives us something else instead of what we ask.  He is always answering the desires of our heart.

July 30, 2012

Used

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Psalms 100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ;we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Old Car

A friend of ours just started getting well from one problem when another problem with his body occurred. It made me think about old cars. It seems when one part goes out on an old car and is repaired another part goes out. Many times the old cars have had multiple owners. Our “old car,” our bodies have had multiple owners. We start out thinking our bodies are ours. Satan tries to turn them into belonging to him. When we finally realize our bodies, our minds, our emotions and our spirits belong exclusively to God Who has wonderfully knitted them together we can rest in His Ownership. Our question comes in when we forget Who owns us and try to act as we are the owners. The decision is ours and is on-going on a continual basis. With the Holy Spirit dwelling within us we are empowered to resist the ploys of Satan. Resisting our own self-indulgence is a choice we must make in and throughout each and every day.

May 18, 2012

Positions

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Psalms 141:2 May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When a person is insecure or trying to hide something they generally fold their arms in front of their chest. To raise our hands up in the air is a sign of surrender and openness. There is much in the Bible about body positions when we pray and praise God. We are to stand, we are to kneel, we are to lay prostrate but I can’t find where we are to just sit. However, for most of us that is the position we take. I would encourage you to try praying with your hands extended up toward heaven. This shows God we are totally open to Him. It shows Him we don’t want to hide anything from Him. It is also good for us for it helps make us aware of being open – not only for God to really have us entirely but for us to be entirely open to have Him within us. While we are considering lifting our hands up to Him more often let us also consider kneeling – a sign of reverence and submission, and laying prostrate – a sign of total humility. Let us not become so lazy that all our prayer time is spent sitting or while we are on the go doing something else. Let us open up our entire being to our Maker.

May 2, 2012

At Rest

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:34 am
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Psalms 62:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Find rest. To really be at rest we must be quiet. When we are silent before God we must ask if we are really silent. Our mouth might not be moving but what about our minds. We are so very restless. It is hard to be quiet – to really be at rest—before God. Our minds tend to run to and fro. We might manage to be quiet, still and at rest for very brief times but, if we are really honest, most of us must admit to our minds or souls being restless. How do we manage to stay our mind on God? In and of ourselves this is impossible. God knows this and has given us the Gift of His Holy Spirit. If we would ask as we start our quiet time for Him to stay our mind, we will gradually learn how to keep out all the other voices (schedules, tasks, needs, etc.) and be more open to sit quietly in His Presence. The times I have been able to do this have been such a blessing that they encourage me to continue practicing being really quiet and at rest in Him. The question today is are you willing to lay all else aside for even a moment and allow yourself to be bathed in the Presence of our Almighty God?

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