Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 7, 2013

Living Word

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Hebrews 4:12. For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any double- edged sword, piercing even to the point of dividing soul from spirit, and joints from marrow; it is able to judge the desires and thoughts of the heart.

We were teaching a series on the voice of God. As we walked in I knew immediately one of the people had had an experience. Shortly after we started the meeting she blurted out, “I can’t wait until sharing time. I heard God speak tome. I was reading my Bible and God spoke.” This is why the Holy Bible is called the living word and why it is still the best seller. God speaks to us today through the reading and meditation on the scriptures. We can read the same verses many times and those same verses can say different things to us at different times of our lives. This is one way God, through His Holy Spirit speaks to us. Our question is are we willing and expecting to hear Him? We can’t just read quickly then close the book and goon our way. We must first invite Him to speak tours through our reading and then read with an open mind and heart and an attentive ear. Let us always read with Samuel’s attitude, (1 Samuel 3:10) Then the Lord came and stood nearby, calling as he had previously done, “Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel replied, “Speak, for your servant is listening!”

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January 26, 2013

Fear

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2 Timothy 1:7. For God did not give us a Spirit a of fear but of power and love and self-control.

I get a lot of comments but, as I wrote in the “About me” page, I do not post any comments for that would divert attention from the devotions.  The comments are very much appreciated for the encourage me to keep writing and posting.  Every day I fight fear: I may not have anything to write, I may not hear God correctly, I may write what I hear in a way others will misunderstand.  How do I get passed those fears?  I remind myself God is bigger than any mistake I can ever make.  I pray over each devotion that each reader will receive only what God wants for that day.  God spoke through a mule and He can speak through each and every one of us.  Be it open our mouths or take pen or keyboard in hand, God wills us to pass His words to us on to others.  Our question is are we willing to trust Him to speak through us?  Are we willing to acknowledge He will use us in His way and will override our mistakes?  I once had a choir director who said, “if you don’t sing loud enough to hear you won’t know if you’re making a mistakes.”  Let us be willing to speak or write in the faith of God.

January 7, 2013

October 30, 2012

Hearing

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Mark 4:12 so that although they look they may look but not see, and although they hear they may hear but not understand, so they may not repent and be forgiven.” 

I was tired of repeating twice everything I was saying to someone.  I ended the conversation saying I didn’t want to repeat everything twice so I left.  I no sooner got up when I heard God say, “I often must repeat things to you.  Should you do any less for others?”  There are many reasons we don’t hear.  Sometimes our minds are so occupied with something else we are not aware of someone (or God) speaking to us.  Sometimes we just choose not to really hear what is being said.  Sometimes our hearing is blocked by an ear problem or, with God, an confessed sin problem.  There are many reasons why we don’t hear what is being said.  With God, we must stay up to date on our confessions and pray that the Holy Spirit will always make us sensitive to His voice.  Our question is do we want to hear Him at all times?  Sometimes we choose to ignore what God has to say because we desire to do our own thing.  Let us learn to be totally committed to hearing God say whatever He wants us to know and whenever He wants to tell us.  

April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday

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Luke 19:40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Today is Palm Sunday. This is the day we celebrate the Triumphal Entry. We have read some of the things Jesus did and taught as He was headed to Jerusalem. Now He is here. He already has everything ready. The disciples were sent ahead to get a young donkey never ridden before. A warrior goes into the city on a white horse. A King goes in to the city on a donkey (David did this also). The people are excited. They are praising Him. The religious leaders are jealous and don’t like what they hear. They tell Jesus He should make the people be quiet. Jesus shows His power and His Sovereignty by saying the stones could cry out if the people were quiet. This encourages me to cry out as to Who Jesus is. If He can speak through stones or an ass (Balaam) He can speak through people like you and me. We’re not to keep quiet. We’re to cry out. We’re to let all know Who Jesus is. Our question is will we open our mouths? God won’t speak for us but He will speak through us. Our goal is to go home to heaven and see how many people we can take with us.

January 22, 2012

Speak, Lord

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1Samuel 3:8-10 The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel! ” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I really like these verses. I like them because God often speaks to me in the middle of the night. I’m ashamed to say I’m not always as responsive as Samuel. Sometimes I am so tired I ask God to let me sleep. In the morning I’m always sorry I did that. Sometimes I listen but don’t get up to write down what He says. In the morning I’m sorry. If I get going too soon in the morning I find I can’t remember what He said to me. Listening is a learning process. I’ve seen (and at times I was guilty of being one) parents not hearing their children trying to say something to them. We are good at tuning out. How do we develop sensitive spiritual ears so we can hear any time God chooses to speak to us? First we must be believers. That is we must have accepted His only Son, Jesus Christ, as our Savior and as the Lord of our life. Then we must immerse ourselves in the written Word of God – the Holy Bible. God never says anything that contradicts what He’s had men record in His written Word. Then we must desire to hear Him. Many don’t want to hear what God has to say to them. He will not tell us to do anything He hasn’t given us the ability and the desire to do. He will not tell us how terrible we are. He loves us. He loves us so much He allowed His Son, Jesus to walk as we walk on this earth to demonstrate how God designed us to live. Ask the Holy Spirit within you to enable you to hear God at any time He chooses to speak. Then, be sure to respond. Let us say as Samuel said, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”

October 8, 2011

Be Opened

Mk 7:34-35 He looked up to heaven and with a deep sigh said to him, “Ephphatha!” (which means, “Be opened!”).  At this, the man’s ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly.

 

The man could not hear or speak.  Jesus signaled him out and opened his ears and loosened his tongue.  What a marvelous surprised for that man.  Jesus comes to us today through His Holy Spirit and signals us out.  He wants to open our ears and loosen our tongues so we can hear Him and share His word with those around us.  The man responded to Jesus by coming out of the crowd with Him even though he didn’t know what Jesus was about to do.  That is a sign of trust.  The question is do we trust Jesus to allow His Holy Spirit to pull us out by ourselves and let Him open our ears and loosen our tongue?  He pulls us out into our prayer and meditation time and in our Bible study time.  Let’s respond to His gentle pull and spend time with Him so He can open our ears and loosen our tongues to speak is praises to all around us.

November 11, 2010

Whatever We Say or Do

Col 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

That’s a tall order.  Whatever we do, whether it is a spoke word or an action, is to be don in the mane of Jesus and with a thankful heart.  I must confess I am not there.  There are chores I must do that sometimes I grumble about.  It is a learning process to remember to thank God for everything we are able to do and for everything we say.  It is a learning process to really realize God not only sees everything we do, he hears everything we say even when it is still only a thought in our minds.  Praise God I am renewed every morning with His Holy Spirit and forgiven many times through the day as I confess my sinful failures of commission and omission to Him.  I’ve come a long way but still have a long way to go before I carry out this command – whatever I do, in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him (Jesus).  How about you?

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