Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 24, 2013

Open Book

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John 14:23. Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him.

Our love for Jesus is demonstrated by our obedience to Him. Our obedience to the words of Jesus bring us into a loving relationship with the Father. In that relationship the Father and the Son come to us and reside in us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Our question is what amount of room within us do we give to the Holy Spirit? What do we fill most of our non-income time with? If our relationship is right with God we won’t mind our lives being an open book for all to see.

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April 13, 2013

All Like Peter

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John 21:7. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, tucked in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it), and plunged into the sea.

Oh how I love Peter.  He is so impulsive.  The downside of being impulsive is we often act or speak before we think or consider the cost.  Peter is the one who said he would die with Jesus before he would dessert Him yet he denied His Lord 3 times in one night.  Many times we get wrapped up in the emotion of an event or relationship and plunge headlong without thinking or counting the cost.  How many times have we promised God or anyone else we would do something but we never follow it up?  Someone asks us to pray for something and we say we will.  We go on our way and quickly forget to pray.  It may be a visit, a phone call or a need at church but we fail.  Our question is do we recognize the Peter in each one of us?  Tomorrow we’ll read how our Lord deals with this issue.

September 13, 2012

Dialogues and Relationships

Philippians 2:1 Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy,

Dialogue is one person speaking to another person and the other person responds. It is two-ways and can include two or more people. The depth of the conversation and the depth of the relationship are inter-related. Marriages cease to exist when either one of the partners ceases to communicate with the other, and the quality of address and response is lost. A living relationship with God disappears when only God speaks and man remains unresponsive. Sometimes our churches are one-sided in their worship – all God to man or all man to God. No mixture or blending of each to each other.

The pharisee’s prayer was one-sided and empty because he “stood and prayed thus with himself….” He was not speaking to God. He expected no response so his self addressed prayer quality kept him separated from God by his self-righteousness.

We teach our children to speak with us. This develops our relationship. As the child grows the communication becomes more and more two-way. It is the same for a child of God. As we grow in God’s love we are able to hear Him better and speak to Him more completely. Our question is, are we willing to be as little children and learn how to have a real conversation with God? What about real conversations with our siblings (other believers)?
God tells us to be one in Him and one in each other. This cannot happen until we learn real, two-way communication. One side feeds and gives power to the other and cycles back and forth.

November 22, 2011

Rubbish

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Philippians 3:8 What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ

Paul considered all things as rubbish except for his relationship with Christ Jesus.  Our question is where do we stand?  What is important to us?  The material things we accumulate in this world will stay in this world.  They can be taken away or lost at any time.  The relationships we have in this world are also changeable.  The only thing lasting is our eternal relationship with God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Do we really consider this as surpassing greatness to all else we know, can know, have or could have?  Once again, we can measure where we are in our desire to be one with our God by how much time we spend with Him.  John Wesley inspired me when I learned the more he had to do in his schedule in a day, the earlier he arose to have more time with God.  It is our quiet, one on one time with God that enables us to walk through our tasks of the day giving Him the glory and sharing Him with others as we walk.  I pray I may regard things of this world less as I draw closer to the One I love and worship.

October 22, 2011

Learning to Pray

Mt 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words

Have you given yourself time to learn the “art” of praying unceasingly?  Prayer is communion with God.  Jesus said, “Unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3 (NAS).  After you took the step of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, did you allow yourself to become a child?

A small child talks to his parents unceasingly.  He asks about everything.   He thinks out loud.  He even says everything he is going to do even though he may already know it is right.  Have you become a little child with your Father?

Talk to Him all day every day.  If you are alone, talk out loud.  If others are present, talk silently.  Tell Him how you feel, what you think, what you’re doing.  Ask Him what you should do next.  Tell Him about your family, your friends, and your concerns.  Be sure you also allow your Father time to talk to you.  He not only wants to tell you what to do, He wants to share His thoughts, feelings and concerns with you.

Be ready as a small child to be spontaneous in your reactions to the One you love.  Be open in simple trust.  You cannot build a relationship with someone you don’t know.  Allow you Father to show you how well He knows you and loves you.  As He reveals yourself to you He will also reveal Himself to you.

Practice this art of communion with God.  Get serious with Him and allow Him to get serious with you.  You will be joyfully surprised and delighted with the process of your union with God.

 

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