Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 27, 2012

Elections

Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by Gods appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God.

In the United States we think we are the ones who select our government leaders through our election process.  We listen to their speeches, read about them and think we use our intellect to pick the best of the lot.  We should do all that but there is even more to do before we vote. God says our leaders are there by His appointment.  We do have a major part in who is leading.  We must pray and seek God for the answers of who  we should elect.  Sometimes it seems we have heard wrong.  Sometimes it seems God didn’t come through for our country.  This is forgetting the power of God.  Our question is will we do our part by praying then by voting on what we hear God speaking through the quiet inner voice of His Holy Spirit?  After the election results we may think God didn’t come through or we heard wrong but God is more powerful than any of our mistakes.  Our question then is will we pray for our leaders every day?  Let us put away our apathy and be obedient to God’s Word by praying and not complaining.

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May 30, 2012

Favorites

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Romans 2:11 For God does not show favoritism. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

God shows no favoritism. That is a hard concept for us. We continually show favoritism. We choose who we want to be with over others. We treat people differently according to how up high on our “favorite” thermometer they are. A teacher might say they have no favorite but they do. It’s hard to believe God loves each of us equally. It’s hard to believe He chooses each of us for specific works. The works are as different as we are from each other but no work is more precious to God than any other when it is His Holy Spirit Who works and moves through us. We see people like Billy Graham and say he must be extra special to God. God doesn’t favor Billy Graham any more than He favors each of us. The question is will we choose to believe God loves each of us equally? He gave His only Son, Jesus, in the same proportion to each one of us. He gave His all. To say God doesn’t love “me” as much as He loves “you” is a lie of Satan. Accept it today. You are very special to God. You are as special to Him as anyone who ever walked or will work this earth. Nothing any of us can ever do will change God’s love for us. He loves you as His child no matter what you say, do or feel.

May 25, 2012

It’s God’s Call

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Romans 9:20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

People have told me they could never write a devotion or preach a sermon. I’m right in there with them. There is no way I can do either of those or anything else of value if God did not equip me. It is God Who made us and equips us. Apart from Him none of us can do anything of value. But each one of us can do anything God has called us to do. Many of us miss out because we look at our own capabilities and perceived shortcomings rather than looking at God, His love and His power. He shaped each one of us to be able to allow Him to flow through us in the way and the timing He wants. Who are we to say we can’t when it is God Who calls. The question is are we willing to allow God to use us in any way and at any time He chooses? Let us be open and willing vessels.

February 8, 2012

The Holy Bible

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Romans 15:4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The Holy Bible, the written Word of God, amazes me. The components of it were written through different ages spanning hundreds of years. The writers were different people, living in different centuries, different cultures, different occupations and different methods of thinking. Some were kings and some lowly shepherds or fishermen. Some were poets and some well educated priests. Yet all is in symmetry and compiled together makes a whole. There are 66 books bound into the one Book we call The Holy Bible. This book has withstood the test of time and is most unique of all books every written. It is inspired and written by God’s Holy Spirit and applies to every man in every walk of life in every century. It has been translated in a variety of languages and dialects yet still remains steadfast. God speaks to man in man’s language. It contains direct quotes from God as well as the experiences of those God has worked through in the past. It is fully inspired by the Spirit of God. No other book has ever or will ever move and direct people in the way this book has. Other books have and will be inspiring in their way but non can rival the collection of books we call “The Holy Bible.” Yet, in spite of all this it is amazing how many Christians treat this book as a decoration on a table. When used regularly and studied it will; provide answers and directions for every life at every time and in every situation. Give someone the gift of this glorious book.

January 6, 2012

Conforming to the World

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Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

In today’s world when people see something they want the go ahead and get it by any means. Some put it on plastic without thought of how pay for it later. Some just take it from others by force if necessary. We are a world consumed with materialism and self-indulgence. In the 12th chapter of Romans Paul talks about us being transformed. The world would shape us from the outside in, gradually depleting us of life. God would shape us from the inside out though the infilling of His Holy Spirit. Paul calls this transformation. It is not an intellectual process. It is a spiritual process that only God can do. Our part is desiring the transformation process of God and turning aside from the world make us conform to it’s image. How can we tell if we are being transformed? Ask yourself a few questions. Is your life more like Jesus today than it was last year? Are your attitudes, values, convictions and the practical stuff of your life more consistent with the way God revealed in Jesus than they were last month? Are you more cent3ered in prayer than last week? Tomorrow we will see how we can co-operate with God in the transforming process.

October 28, 2011

Can’t Pray

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Ro 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit  himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express

Sometimes, due to your physical condition or other problems, it seems you cannot pray.  What is prayer?  Prayer is communion with God.

If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit is within you and continually interceding for you.  When you cannot pray, orally acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit within you.  Let Him pray for you.  Try to realize how much love it took for God to give us His Holy Spirit as a constant intercessor.  Allow Him to be your Comforter as well.  Try to relax and become aware of His Presence.

If you are able, call a friend and tell them of your need.  People are blessed when they intercede for others.  Many times they get so busy they forget.  Bless them by asking for their prayers.

Practice your awareness of God’s Holy Spirit within you while you are not quite so disturbed.  Remind yourself throughout the day that He is there.  Talk to Him and thank Him for being there.  Thank your Father for sending Him to you.  Thank Jesus for dying so you could receive Him

The more you become aware of His Presence on your better days, the easier it is to feel His Presence on the other days.  Then you can rest in trust while the Spirit prays.

November 10, 2010

Habits

Ro 7:19 For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.

 

They say it takes only a week to develop a habit but it take a couple months to break one.  God deals with our bad habits.  The first step is to recognize a habit as bad – one that hampers the flow of God’s Holy Spirit through us.  Then we must recognize when we are doing it.  At first we don’t realize it until after it is done.  Gradually we realized it as we do it.  Stopping it is a little harder.  First we learn to ask forgiveness after we have done it.  Then we learn to stop it shortly after we start it, confessing to God and asking for strength not to do it.  Gradually we can spot it just before we are about to do it.  Eventually it will become part of our past that is buried under the blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Sometimes it is humbling in front of others as we learn to stop our bad habit.  Mostly it is frustrating to us just as Paul was frustrated in this chapter of Romans.  But Paul ends in praise and that is our ending also.

 

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