Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 6, 2012

Strength

Psalms 73:25-26 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart l may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we find ourselves weary, tired, and discouraged or we think we’re failing it means we are looking to ourselves as our source of strength, power, wisdom and accomplishment. When my body gets tired I remember what Corrie Ten Boon said to our friend and neighbor Jamie Buckingham. He had just picked her up from the airport after she flew from California to Florida. When they arrive at his house – a 2-hour drive from the airport – she admitted she was tired and went upstairs to rest while Jamie and his wife made some coffee. Before the coffee was ready Corrie came back downstairs. Jamie asked, “I thought you were tired and were going to take a rest?” Corrie responded, “When you rest in the Lord it doesn’t take long.” What beautiful wisdom. When life gets us or our bodies down we need to look to God and rest in Him. There is no one or nothing else that can supply us with whatever we need. In and of ourselves we have no strength but through God we can do all things. Our question is where are we looking?

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March 24, 2012

Challenge

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Luke 10:27     The expert answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

People like to justify their thought and actions.  This man knew what the scriptures said.  He wanted to justify his actions with a question.  He follows Jesus’s agreement with the scripture with the question, “Who is my neighbor?”. 

We have great difficulty loving the Lord our god with all our hert, soul and strength.  We have difficulty really loving ourselves.  Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor.  On occasion it is easier to rech out to some who are in dire need if we judge the need not coming from their own cause.  This isn’t love but sympathy.  Real love was displayed by Jesus.  He stretched out His arms on the cross even though we didn’t, don’t nd never will or can deserve it.  It is love without judgement.  Our love is connected with judgement: judgement of God when things don’t go our way, judgement to ourselves when we don’t meet our own expectations and judgement of others when they don’t meet our own expectations.  No where in scripture is judgement mentioned s prt of love.  Our question is how do we love the way Jesus does?  First we must be sure we confess we are sinners and in need of God’s mercy and grace through His only Son, Jesus.  Then we must invite Him into our heart, soul and body as our Lord and Savior.  When we do this we receive His Holy Spirit.  Then we must continually allow the Holy Spirit to teach us and grow His love in and through us by Bible study, prayer, meditation and fellowship with others who are also allowing Him to bring them growth.  As a living being we cannot stay static.  We either continue to grow or we gradually wane and die.  We cannot sit piously in a church and go through the actions.  If we are the same as we were yesterday we have waisted a day.  What do you choose?

September 5, 2011

Source of Strength

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Ps 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present  help in trouble.

Isa 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

 

In the United States of America we are celebrating Labor Day today.  It is a day to honor the workers in our country.  We honor them through a holiday from work.  As I reflect on this day my thoughts turn to our source of strength.  Holidays are nice but they are not our source of strength.  The Bible is full of verses about strength.  It was hard to choose just one.  (So I chose 2.)  It is God Who renews our strength.  Our major job is to prepare the earth for God’s coming Kingdom.  When we are about His work, allowing Him to work through us, we find His strength in us.  Our problem: we don’t look to Him for our strength and we don’t keep focused on our part of the job to prepare for His Kingdom on earth.  No wonder we tire and get depressed and angry.  Our minds and hearts are dwelling on things temporal rather than things eternal.  As we celebrate this day let us resolve to be more diligent availing ourselves the strength God has for us and working to prepare for His coming for us, His Bride.  What a celebration that will be.

March 11, 2011

Strength

Ps 73:26 My flesh and my heart l may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Phil 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength

Today is only the third day of Lent and many of us are finding it difficult to carry out our desire to give up or add something to our lives during this time.  We live in a world surrounded with temptations of every sort.  Human discipline by itself breaks down.  When we depend on our own strength to accomplish spiritual growth we will fail.  It is only by tapping into the strength of God through His Holy Spirit that we can find the strength to stand firm against the temptations surrounding us.  It is in our weakness God’s strength shows.  It is through our weakness and God’s strength that His light shines on those around us.  Pray for God’s strength to flow in and through you to walk deeper and more consistently with Him.

 

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