Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 19, 2012

Reflections

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Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know what I have planned for you,ʼ says the LORD. ʻI have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. When you call out to me and come to me in prayer, I will hear your prayers. When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, I will make myself available to you,ʼ says the LORD.

I was relaxing, watching a program called “Reflections” on TV which contains beautiful scenic videos with calm music and scripture verses.  Part of this scripture came up on one of the scenes.  God’s Word, the Bible, is full of promises.  Many of the promises were said to individuals, like this one, but are meant to apply to each one of us.  God loves each of us just as much as He loves Jeremiah.  He knows what He has planned for each one of us.  His plans are not only for our good but for His glory as well.  There is a catch to His plans for us.  We are called to call out and come to Him in prayer.  It is in the attitude of prayer that He hears us.  It is in the worship of prayer that we find Him available to us.  When we seek Him with all our heart and mind, reallly seek Him above all else with undivided attention we will find Him with us.  Our question is do we really want Him with us enough to really seek Him out?  Our choices are ours to make.  How we use the time alloted to us is our choice.  Seek the Lord and spend time with Him today.seek

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April 14, 2012

Are We Sleeping?

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:53 am
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Matthew 26:45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This is a question we must each ask ourselves. Are we sleeping and resting? None of us know when it is our last hour on this earth. None of us know when Jesus will come back for His Bride (the body of believers). What are we doing? Are we too tired to share His power and glory and Words with others? Are we too tired to reach our hand out to those in need? What are we doing with our time? Is what we doing going to last into eternity or will we have forgotten it by th3 next day? Let’s not be found sleeping and resting when God is moving. We must stay alert – keep our spiritual eyes and ears open to the movement of God on this earth and in the people of this earth. God will have His way. His purpose will be fulfilled. Our question is will we be part of it or will we miss it? Ask today and everyday for a refreshing infilling of His Holy Spirit to make our eyes, ears and hearts attuned to His movement. Let us be found working when He calls for us.

April 4, 2012

Unexpected

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:19 am
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Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap (The Holy Bible, New International Version.).

So close to the cross and feeling the antagonistic atmosphere around Him Jesus still teaches and gives warnings about places and things which can cause us separation from God. From time to time we find our minds and hearts full of the anxieties of life. We live in the “what ifs” and “when this then this” mentalities. We fail to pay attention to the spiritual. We stay distracted. Jesus will return at an unexpected time. No man knows when. No man knows when he or she will draw their last breath on this earth. Jesus warns us to be careful. As He said in Matthew 6 we are not to be anxious about tomorrow. We are to live in the here and now. We only have our present time. What is past is past and we cannot revise it. What is ahead is ahead and we can’t mold it to come to us at our liking. If our hearts are to be weighed down it is to be with God’s sadness over loosing one soul. What are we doing to prevent that? We have the power through His Holy Spirit to live and example of the joy of God and to speak of Him to those around us. Will they believe us? Not if our lives show worry and anxiety over the future. Our question is what do others see when they look at us? Do they see the love and peace of Jesus or do they see more of the worry and anxiety of the worldly life? It’s our choice. What do you choose?

March 29, 2012

Possessiveness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:16 am
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Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We take great pride in what we consider “our generosity.” Yet, at the same time, we make sure we have ample of everything plus lots of things we don’t really need. It is hard to fight the impulse. We are bombarded with others telling us we need this and that. Others judge us by the car we drive, how we dress and where we live. People have been killed because they didn’t look like they belonged in a certain place. Let’s face it, a human life and worth is judge by the passions they own. Jesus said we should watch out for this. He said we should to be on our guard against all kinds of greed. Greed can be for money, material possessions, power and even time. I find time is harder to let loose than possessions. Possessions are replaceable but time isn’t. Our question is are we watching how we are using our time? Are we on our guard about being so possessive with our time we fail to be at the places and do the things God would have us do? Yes, He’ll still get done what He wants done but in our possessiveness of our time we could very well lose the joy of God doing something through us.

February 13, 2012

God Is

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:16 am
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Psalms 147:5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

God has no limits. We are limited in our intelligence, relationships, responsibilities, time and patience. God knows no limits. God is limitless. No one can put limits on Him. We can only put limits on what we receive from Him. God forces no one to receive from Him yet He is always there, waiting to give whatever is needed. His love and patience are beyond our comprehension. Anytime we limit in our thinking what God can do we are denying Who God Is. God is the “I AM.” He never not existed and never has an end. Likewise everything about Him always exists and will never end. With such assurance why does our faith falter? Next time we feel our faith falter let’s remember Who God Is – the Great I AM.

February 2, 2012

Time

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:27 am
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Ecclesiastics 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

In our fast paced world today it is hard to believe there is really time for everything. We are faced with so many options and so many demands for our attention and time that it seems we are spinning around aimlessly from one thing to another. When we are in that spin cycle we need to draw apart with God and ask Him what it is we should be doing. Shakespeare wrote “Much Ado about Nothing” and if we are honest with ourselves, much of our time is about nothing really important. Nutritionists recommend writing everything you eat to check your diet. Financial advisors recommend writing all you spend to see where your income is going. Maybe it would be good to record everything we do during a day and what it is we are doing to really see how much time is wasted. We are to do all things for the glory of God. This includes mundane things like washing dishes (a good time for prayer). If we are honest with ourselves we will find God provides us with all the time we need to be about His will and purpose for our lives.

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?

January 14, 2012

Freely Give

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:46 am
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Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Matthew ends these instructions with the words “freely you have received, freely give.” God’s gift to us cost us nothing. It cost Him dearly. He paid all the cost for our salvation, our eternal life. We are to give freely. That is with “no strings attached.” We are not to expect anything in return for our reaching out to others in the love of God. We are not to be concerned with “what’s in it for me” or “what will others think of me.” We are not to expect them to help us when we have a problem. We are just to give out of the love God gives us. Our “pay” if you want to call it that is knowing we have been obedient to God and through our reaching out to others we are pleasing God. I like to think of it as putting a smile on His face. All of what Matthew says to do takes time and effort. We so often thing of “our time” being ours forgetting that all time belongs to God. We are on this earth for His purpose. Should we not be about our Father’s business? As we learn to be active in participating in God’s desires that none be lost we will find His desires really do become our desires. Let’s go give today.

November 20, 2011

While It Is Day

Filed under: Bible,Christian,faith,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:42 am
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John 9:4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.

We must do the work of Him who sent us.  Who is it that sends us to work?  Jesus sends us.  He sends us to work for the preparation of bringing His Kingdom on earth.  What kind of work is this?  It is the kind of work that brings glory to God.  One of the best inspirational books I’ve read is “Practicing the Presence” by Brother Lawrence.  It is a free e-book now and much worth the time of downloading and reading.  It tells how even a simple, menial task can be done to the glory of God.  Our question is how are we using the time God gives us?  Is all we do glorifying Him or is it being wasted?  Night is coming.  Let us not only be ready ourselves but help others be ready.

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.

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