Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 8, 2012

Who’s In Control

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Genesis 45:8 So now, it is not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me an adviser a to Pharaoh, lord over all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.  He had every reason to be mad, hate and resentful of what they did to him.  Yet he knew it was God Who directed his life.  He knew God had a purpose for each and everything that came his way.  It is the same with us but so often we blame others for the difficult parts of our walk.  We can’t see God at work when our hearts are full of anger, hurt and resentment.  Instead of pointing our finger at others we must ask ourselves who is in control of our life?  I hope you will go back and read the entire account of Joseph.  As a boy he was very proud and smug.  As God dealt with him through hard circumstances Joseph became a man of great faith and devotion to God.  Let’s let our trials produce God’s fruit in us.

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August 5, 2012

No Defence

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Mark 6:61 But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest questioned him,

He was standing trial for nothing that He did.  He said nothing.  He did not try to defend Himself.  How quick we are to defind ourselves.  We don’t like to be told we’re wrong.  We’ll defend most all of our words, actions or even inactions.    Quite often, when we are defending ourselves there is anger in our voice.  In college our choir director said “Sing loud enough to recognize your mistakes.”  In his wisdom he knew insecure college students would be resentful of another student correcting them.  It seems we are slow to “outgrow” our insecurity.  Our question is where is our security?  Is it in our own abilities or is it in our relationship with God through His Son Jesus?  The best responce to someone else’s correction or criticism is to thank them for their concern, take it to God in prayer and allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into His Truth.

July 8, 2012

Anger

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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 easily angered. We, as a society, are getting more and more hot tempered. There is road rage when someone causes someone else to delay their drive by a few seconds. There is the attitude of “tit for tat.” Anger takes many forms: physical, facial, gestures, words, etc. There is even the anger of silence. Anger rears it’s ugly head because of the some of the other characteristics of love missing. God’s word says, “Be angry but do not sin.” Jesus experienced anger and did express it physically one time by turning over the tables of the moneychangers in the temple. His reason for anger was not His inconvenience but the abuse of God’s temple. When we are angry we need to check the reasons for our anger. We should not turn our anger inward but should talk it over with God and ask His Holy Spirit to show us how to diffuse it in a healthy way. Anger not dealt with becomes resentment and eventually hatred. Our question is what makes us angry and what do we choose to do about it.

May 5, 2012

Prison Bars

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:15 am
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Psalms 142:7 Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We seldom realize we make prisons for ourselves when it comes to praising God. Sometime the bars are made of a fear of emotion. We don’t want others to think we are too emotional. Sometimes the bars are made of disobedience. We are doing or aren’t doing things God has told us to do. Sometimes the bars are made of un-confessed sin. We like to think what we do is right. Sometimes the bars are made of resentment and/or un-forgiveness of another. We think we have the right to hold grudges. Our ability and our desire to praise God is a good barometer of prison bars self-made. Our question is are we willing to break free of our self-imposed prisons and give our all in freely and lovingly and thankfully praising our God?

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