Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 15, 2012

Trials

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Proverbs 3:5  Trust a in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.

There are times in our walk with God He tries to show or tell us of what is about to be.  Many times we don’t want to see or hear it.  We’re like Scarlet O’Hare in “Gone With the Wind” when we say I think about that tomorrow and we hope it goes away before tomorrow comes.  The real issue is our trust level in God.  We are emotional beings and our emotions are slower in the walk than our spirits and intellects.  We have the knowledge God is in control, is always with us, never allows more than we can bear but our emotions aren’t always in agreement.  When God shows us an upcoming trial it’s usually a place our emotions don’t want to go so we do all we can to turn away from it.  We are unaware He will give us all we need to face the trial as it comes along.  This is true even when the trial is involving a loved one.  What trials involve loved ones involve all those around them.  We don’t want to see one we love go through a hard time.  We aren’t sure of our own trust level in God for our loved one.  We fail to remember He loves them even more than we do.  We fail to remember He gives us each what we need at the time we need it.  Our question is how do we get our emotions to agree with the trust and faith we have in our God?  We quit concentrating on the why of the trial and start to open our heart to God and the how we are to walk the trial.  We open our hearts and minds through prayer and strengthen our faith through meditation on God’s written Word, the Holy Bible.  We allow other believers to help and to encourage us.  I’ve not only grown much and learned much in my own trials, I have also grown and learned as I walked with someone else in their own trials.  James was very right when He wrote for us to consider it joy when trials come our way, whether it is to walk them ourselves or walk with someone else.  They all bring us into a closer relationship with the One true living God.  We can welcome what we see or hear coming our way or the way of a loved one with full confidence that God is sufficient to supply all our needs.

October 12, 2012

Crying Out

Exodus 14:15  The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.  

If we read the preceding verses we will se Moses did not cry out to God.  He did tell the Israelites not to fear for God would save them but he did not cry out to God.  Why did God say He heard Moses cry out to Him?  God hears what is in our hearts.  Moses was new at leading so many people.  He was nervous and was still learning to depend on God.  He had seen God’s faithfulness through the plagues against the Egyptians and the safety of the Israelites.  He believed God would fulfill His promise.  Yet his heart had the normal fear we all experience when facing a trial.  We have faith in God’s promise yet our normal emotions sometimes fear.  God hears our fears held in our hearts.  He hears them as a cry to Him even when we’re not aware we are crying to Him.  It is the spirit He has placed in us that cries to Him.  It is His Holy Spirit He has given us that cries out and gives us His wisdom and shows us His way through our trials.  Moses stood back and watched for God’s answer.  God gave him direction and the waters were parted.  We need to stand and listen and watch for God’s answers when we face our trials.  God never changes.  He is faithful.  He has promised to always be with us.  We only need to open our ears and our eyes.

October 11, 2012

Refuge

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Nahum 1:7  The Lord is good indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.

When we are feeling overwhelmed there is a place and a person where we can go.  We may be overwhelmed by many things.  They may be of our own doing or they may be from our concern of another.  When we find ourselves in these situations we need to seek the Lord.  He is our fortress – a place with protection and safety.  But He says we must seek our refuge in Him for His protection.  We tend to seek help from so many worldly sources before we come to our One, true Source.  Some seek drugs or alcohol to divert their minds and emotions from overwhelming stress.  Some seek working as a distraction.  Whatever the source of our stress there is but one place to go for real reflief.  When we are bathed in the love and peace of God stress flees regardless of the trials being faced.  Our question is do we really want to be free from the stress of worries?  Do we really want to quit feeling sorry for ourselves?  As amazing as it seems there are people who want to worry, want to feel stress and/or want to make reasons to complain or make others feel sorry for them.  God says in everything we should be thankful.  We cannot do this unless we truly seek the Lord.  When we feel anything but thankful it is time to put aside our self-centered emotions and seek our Lord through His Holy Spirit and thank Him for His salvation, love, peace, joy and all the other fruits He has given us.  What we face here on earth is only for an instant compared to the eternal love we will bask in.  We can start basking in that love today.

August 18, 2012

Really, Lord?

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 James 1:2 My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials,  

You want me to walk through what, Lord?  Do I really need to go there?  What did I do to deserve this?  These are among many of the questions we ask when we find we must face a trial.  It doesn’t matter if the trial is physical illness, grief from separation, financial loss or anything else.  We don’t want to experience these trials.  We want life to go on pretty much like a Fantasy Land experience.  When life stays status quo, when there are no challenges, we don’t learn and grow.  Faith is not grown unless we need to use it.  Our spiritual life is a cycle of trials for the opportunity for growth.  God does not put the trials on us but allows them to come our way.  Our question is will we choose to allow God to walk through them with us and teach us and grow our faith and trust in Him or will we choose to tough it out on our own?  I am glad to have experienced each and every trial that has come my way for where they have taken me in my relationship with God and with those around me.  Yet, I would not want to experience a repeat of any of them.  That doesn’t mean no more trials will come my way.  It only means I’ve learned from those, my faith and relationship have grown from those, but there are new things to learn, more faith to develop and more relationships to come.  The difference now is I walk through trials in complete peace and trust in God and His provision and wisdom and care and love no matter where the road leads me.  I pray you are willing to walk this road considering it pure joy at the promise of God.

August 15, 2012

Itching

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Genesis 49:25 because of the God of your father, who will help you, because of the sovereign God, who will bless you with blessings from the sky above, blessings from the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and womb. 26 The blessings of your father are greater than the blessings of the eternal mountains or the desirable things of the age-old hills. 

Our Lay Leader does the opening prayer eery Sunday.  One time he talked abot an itch.  You know about the kind in the middle of your back that can’t be reached by any movment of arms.  He tried several appratisuses at hand and finally rubbed against a door frame before he got relief from his problem.  We find ourselves with “itches” of trial that irritate us and we look for various appratisus to sollve them and meake them disappear quickly.  Praise God He gives us the equipment to ‘scrtch” that itch of a problem or trial.  He gives us His written word, the Holy Bible with instructions on walking out trials, He gives us His Holy Spirit to interpretet and bring answers and He brings us the power of prayer.  These three things can take an itch and bring it to it’s end and through this itch we will be closer to God and reflect more of His presence in and through us.

March 10, 2012

Glass Globe

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Luke 11:36 Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus said this after being asked for more miracles to prove to the doubters who He is. He spoke about hiding lights. When we receive Jesus as our Savior and Lord His Holy Spirit comes into us and lights us with His Light and Power. I think of us as a glass globe for His light. When He first enters our glass globe is dirty. Gradually, as we learn to walk with Him in obedience, areas of our glass globe become clean. In those clean areas His light is able to shine brightly to be seen by all. During this time of Lent is a good time to ask God to show us areas within our hearts, minds and lives that are still dirty. I find cleaning that glass globe is a continuing process. Sometimes the areas that have already been clean get a little dingy. This happens when we fail to stay into His Word, fail to talk with Him through prayer and meditation and/or fail to assemble with other believers to be strengthened and encouraged in our walk with God. The question is are we willing to continually allow God’s scrub brush of trials to clean our glass globe so His Light can shine brightly through us? I pray we all say, “Yes, Lord, clean away all within that would hide or even dim Your Light.”

January 31, 2012

Intervention

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1Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (he Holy Bible, New International Version)

Sometimes this verse is hard to believe. We may know in our mind God puts no more on us than we can bear and that everything must first pass through His hand but sometimes it doesn’t appear so. We know God has the power to intervene in all things but sometimes it appears He does not. Sometimes it is because we fail to see His intervention. Sometimes it is because we refuse His intervention. God has chosen not to force man to respond to Him. We may go through life not understanding why many things happen to our loved ones or us. At those times we must choose to trust God. He is faithful and all knowing. We only know the present and the past and that knowledge is filtered by our emotions lack of complete information and/or vision. God knows all past, present and future and has complete information and perfect vision. Next time we face a trial let us remember all is not always as it seems and God is faithful to move us through any trial or temptation we might face if we will only look for Him.

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