Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 10, 2013

Look and Expect

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Acts 3:4 Peter looked directly at him (as did John) and said, “Look at us!”

This lame man had given up.  Even when he asked for money he apparently didn’t expect any.  He wouldn’t even bother to look at the people he was wanting help from.  He had to be told to look me pay attention to them.  Our question is when we pray asking God for something do we really look to Him?  So often we ask because that is what we were taught to do,.  We really don’t expect ny real help.  We just accept our lot.  When we speak to my one communication is better if we look at them.  We can’t see God physically but we can look at Him when we speak to Him.   We look by really focusing our attention on Who He is.  We see Him as the Creator of ll that was, is and will ever be.  We see Him as our provider of all we need.  We speak to Him with the assurance that He really does hear us.  We speak and look to Him as our Source of being.  We se peak and look to Him with thanksgiving and expectation in our hearts, eyes, minds and speech.  Let us look directly t our God.

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November 17, 2012

Thank You

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Philippians 4:6  Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.

There is a very important word in this verse, “thanksgiving.”  Most of us are good asking for things,   We know how to petition.  So often we forget the thanksgiving part of our prayers.  We might remember to thank God for our salvation.  We might remember to thank God for forgiveness when we’re willing to admit our sins.  But when we ask for things we tend not to thank Him until we see our requests answered in our time and space.  Not thanking God at the time we ask is showing a lack of faith and trust that He will answer.  This leads to being anxious.  It’s amazing what saying “thank you” will do for our minds and our hearts.  Saying these two simple words releases us.  Our question is do we want to trust and believe God is faithful and will provide and answer all our needs?  There is a saying, “If you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it.”  I encourage you to try adding the words, “Thank You” to every request you ask of God in your prayer time.  We need not wait for proof.  God gave us proof when He sent His Son, Jesus, to us.

January 30, 2012

Sacrifice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:04 am
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Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We begin our church service singing, “We bring the sacrifice of praise into the House of our Lord…and we offer up to You, the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and we offer up to You the sacrifices of joy.” The question was asked, “What is meant by sacrifice?” Sacrifice means the giving up of something. We are singing about giving up our praises, our thanksgiving and our joy to God. People have the ability to appreciate what others do for them and yet keep it to themselves; not say anything. We are expressing our thanks and praise to God, not only for all He has and does do for us but also for Who He is. When we come to church we are sacrificing our time we might be doing something else. Most every choice we make involves a sacrifice of doing one thing instead of another thing. Our question is, how often are we willing to choose sacrificing the time God gives us to the worship, praise and service to Him?

November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:53 am
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Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God

Today is Thanksgiving.  Many of us spent yesterday preparing for the feast.  Most of us have an overabundance to be thankful for.  The most precious thing is our relationship with God through His Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Because of that relationship our sins are forgiven and our prayers are heard and answered.  Sometimes not in the way we think they should be but in the way God knows is best for us and for His glory.  Think about the amount of time we prepare for one meal – our Thanksgiving dinner.  We make it one of the most precious meals of the year.  Think about the wedding feast that is to come when Jesus comes for His Bride – the Church – you and me.  How much time do we spend preparing ourselves for the greatest feast of all times?  What do we do to prepare?  We walk our lives in obedience to God’s word.  We live in peace and with thankful and grateful hearts.  We reach out to God’s other children and His creation in love and are careful stewards of all He gives us.  Whether we feast at home, at another’s home, at a restaurant or at a shelter we have a lot of thanks and praise to give to God.  Have a thankful and blessed Thanksgiving.

November 13, 2011

Time and Seasons

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 7:17 am
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Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:

I have finished designing, printing and addressing my Christmas cards.  I always try to do this before Thanksgiving so I can mail them the day after our Thanksgiving celebration.  I do this for 2 reasons.  I want people to get the card before it is just another card.  I also want to have my time during the Advent season to prepare my heart, mind and spirit for the real meaning of the season – the coming of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  What a beautiful season to follow Thanksgiving.  We already celebrate thankful hearts.  There are no accidents in timing.  God indeed has a time for everything and a season for every activity.  Man, in his false pride, thinks he is the one to establish our celebrations but it is really God Who does.  The reason we don’t think we have time for everything is we don’t ask God what part of everything we should be doing.  As we enter this busy time of year, instead of stressing out, let us be thankful for all God blesses us with and spend more time thanking Him and talking with Him.

November 10, 2011

Giving Our Best

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:03 am
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Dt 15:10 Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to

We are entering into a very busy time of year.  It is also a giving time of year.  Our church is at work making up Thanksgiving baskets for families in the community who are in need.  Many of us have been asked to donate a turkey along with the can food and boxed food we signed up to donate.  Being made aware of needs reminds me of a friend of mine.  A family had their house and all their possessions burn and she was part of the group asked to donate household items.  She opened her linen closet, move a set of new sheets out of the way and proceeded to grab a used set.  Then she heard the quiet voice of God’s Holy Spirit.  “I’m not worth the best you have to give?  I gave you My best.”  She put back the used sheets and gave the new ones.  So often we give only of our excess or the things we no longer want.   I’m so glad God gave us of His best.  There is no way I can ever give enough.  God did not give grudgingly.  He gave out of love.  As we go through this giving season (and on into the next year) let us be sure we give generously out of our love for God and for His children.  Let it not be a time of cleaning out what we don’t want but sharing what we cherish with others.

November 5, 2011

Worshiping Idols

Da 3:12 But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego

The four young men stood firm.  They knew they were to worship God the creator and no one or nothing else.  They did this even though they knew they would face death.  Most of us today don’t face death because of who or what we worship – at least so far in the United States.  However we are guilty of worshiping other images.  Anything we put before God is adultery of our worship of God.  It may be we want to go boating on Sunday morning rather than go to church.  After all, we reason, it’s only one Sunday.  It’s amazing how fast one Sunday can lead to another and before we realize it, we no longer attend church.  We can put all sorts of activities before our worship of and service to God.  A good test is to look at how much time we spend on what.  As we enter the Thanksgiving season let us review how much of the time God gives us that we give back to Him.

November 4, 2011

Left His Throne

Jn 3:13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven —the Son of Man.

No other being has ever willingly stepped down from a throne and a beautiful home full of praises to come into the humblest of state.  He walked through dangerous times, went to school, learned obedience to His earthly parents and withstood  persecution so we could know His Father.  What He has done is beyond the scope of our own finite  minds to understand.  The cost is greater than we’ll ever know or experience ourselves.  Just these facts alone should be enough to make praise and thanksgiving well up inside of us.  If Jesus was obedient, how much more should we be obedient to His Word.  We can start by praising Him and reaching out in love to our fellow man.

October 15, 2011

Thanksgiving for Mercy and Grace

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:16 am
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Jas 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows

 

We are not deserving of anything.  We continually turn our backs on God.  We continually disobey any number of His commands.  We are consumed with self and do not practice love for others.  Yet, in spite of all this, God continues to love us and shows mercy to us and forgives us over and over.  This is definitely mercy and grace undeserved.  Even though we can never be good enough, God continues to love us and show us His mercy.  He gives us our next breath.  He gave us His only Son to take on all of our sins so we could once again come into His presence and dwell with Him.  We continually fail to thank Him for His mercy and grace.  We continue to ask Him for things we want for ourselves.  It is hard for our finite minds to comprehend how much a cost it was to God to extend His mercy and grace.  We have grown to expect it and take it for granite.  The question for us is will we stop taking God’s gifts for granted and live our lives in thankfulness or will we choose to complain about things we think we don’t have?

Let us think about how far on one side or the other we are.

August 13, 2011

Come Home Seeing

Jn 9:7 “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam”  (this word means Sent). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

Yes, this is the Scripture we read yesterday.  Yesterday we talked about receiving the miracle of sight.  Today we talk about coming back to God and thanking Him.  The man came back seeing.  He not only had his blind eyes changed to seeing eyes, he was able to see Jesus.  As we read the rest of the chapter we see the man’s faith.  He stands against the leaders and attests to the miracle of Jesus.  He doesn’t side step the questions of the leaders but stands his ground.  He even invites the leaders to believe.  He pays a price for this.  He is thrown out of the temple.  We are not told any more about this man but I suspect he traveled with those who followed Jesus.  God forgives sin in our lives every day.   He does miracles everyday.   Do we thank Him?  Do we testify to others sharing what God has and is doing in our lives?  So often we are so consumed with self we fail to give God glory by sharing His works with others.  We act as if what God does for us is for us alone.  Sometimes we might have to bear a cost for sharing.  Are we willing?  Do we really love God first before all else?  We need to stop “playing around with our faith and be vocal about it.  We need to live in the open so others can see.  As we go about our day, what are others seeing?  More important, what is God seeing and hearing?

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