Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 13, 2013

Walk the Talk

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Colossians 2:23. Even though they have the appearance of wisdom with their self-imposed worship and false humility achieved by an unsparing treatment of the body-a wisdom with no true value-they in reality result in fleshly indulgence. 

Many people are full of good talk.  The expound on things to show how much they know.  The say they are humble so much that there seems to be pride in their “humility.”  They are quick to give advice and tell others what they should do.  At a glance they seem full of wisdom.  We are told to look at the fruits and not so much at the person.  It is by the fruits in Galatians 5 that we can determine the knowledge and wisdom of a person.  As I have been writing this Lenten series on knowledge and wisdom and am amazed at the responses.  I know my knowledge and wisdom are quite limited.  Without the trust that God gives me the words to write I could write nothing.  Jesus said the stones could praise Him if the people were silent.  God used a mule to speak to a prophet.  Our question is are we willing to listen and then do our part in opening our mouth or writing what we hear?  God has something for each one of us to hear and share.  What does He want you to hear and share today?  How does He want you to share it?  When we quit hearing it is because we haven’t followed through with what we last heard.  May I encourage you to listen today and share with someone what you hear.

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February 3, 2013

Keeping Safe

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Isaiah 26:3. You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you. 

Many may think this is a promise not always kept.  We need to look at the conditions required.  For most everything God will do for us there is something we must do.  Isaiah says we must maintain our faith.  We must trust God.  If we maintain our faith and trust Him, He will keep us safe.  Our question is, safe from what?  Will we ne er have an accident or sickness or loss?  No.  God does not promise to keep ua away from things that life might being our way though He does filter them.  He promises to protect us from Satan who would do all possible to take us away from God.  This is not because Satan wants us but because He doesn’t want God to have us.  When we don’t maintain our faith and trust in God we open ourselves up to the calling of Satan.  How do we maintain our faith?  That will be tomorrow’s topic.

February 1, 2013

Storms

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Mark 4:39. So he got up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then the wind stopped, and it was dead calm.

So often when we face the storms of life we become fearful or stressed out like the disciples in the boat.    They forgot the could trust Jesus regardless of the circumstances they faced.  We are never alone.  Jesus promised he would never leave us. We may not be able to see Him  but He is in our boat called life.  He knows our storms.  Instead of fearing or stressing we need to trust Him.  In the book of James we are told if we ask God for wisdom He will give it to us.  God doesn’t want to live our lives for us, He wants us to live through and for Him be it in storms or pleasant bliss.  Our question is when storms come will we look to God and trust Him or kick and complain?  Let us choose to “be quiet and calm down” trusting, listening and obeying God through whatever comes into our lives.

January 19, 2013

Trust

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Isaiah 26:4. Trust in the Lord from this time forward, even in Yah, the Lord, an enduring protector! 

Love cannot exist without trust.  Trust is something that grows with experience and time.  Those who have never experienced the love of God through one of His children don’t have trust.  We believers, God’s children through the blood of Jesus, remain on this earth to show others how thew can trust God and experience His love.  Our question is are we trustworthy?   If others can’t trust us how can we show them how they can trust God?  We must take an honest look at our words and actions.  When we say we’ll do something do we do it?  When we’re told not to repeat something do we keep it to ourselves.  Let us guard our mouthes and actions to show others we are trustworthy and share the trustworthiness of God.

January 2, 2013

Indulgence

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Galatians 5:13  For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity to indulge your flesh, but through love serve one another. 

We are in indulging people.  In the United States we have a big obesity problem from indulgence of food.  We have a big debt problem from indulgence in material things.  We wan what tastes good and what looks good or gives luxury.  This is because we try to fill the void in our hearts, lives and emotions only God can fill.  When we allow God to fill His place in us we have a full and abundant life and have no need of indulgence.  Our question is are we willing to trust God enough to fill all our needs over trying to fill them (unsuccessfully) on our own?  As this new year advances let’s put away our indulgences and walk in obedience, trust and love with God be the power of His Holy Spirit given to us through Jesus Christ.

December 14, 2012

Archelaus

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Matthew 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there.

Joseph and Mary stayed in Egypt until Herod died.  After Herod’s death they decided they could return to Judea but when they heard Herod’s son, Archelaus, took his father’s place on the throne they were afraid.  Joseph had another dream warning him to stay out of Judea so he took his family to Galilee to a town called Nazareth.  This fulfilled yet another prophecy about Jesus.  God uses various means to guide us.  Many times it is through the circumstances around us.  We might think things in our lives are just coincidental but for God’s children nothing is coincidental.  He says all things work for the good for those who know Him and love Him.  Our question is do we trust Him enough to see all things, including the unpleasant ones, as first passing through His hands?  If we do, do we follow through by asking Him what to do in those circumstances?  Through James God says if we ask for wisdom He will give it to us.  As we walk through this season let us not only ask for wisdom in our steps but also trust He has provided it and walk in it.  Our safeguard in checking out our actions is God will never tell us to do anything that contradicts what He tells us in His written word, The Holy Bible.  Let us not get too busy in our days to read and meditate on His written word.

December 5, 2012

Mary

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Luke 1:30
So the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God

Wow, Mary, a young teenager, had found favor with God.  Imagine how she must have felt.  It was awesome just to see and hear an angel messenger from God speak to her.  I would think she was very  perplexed.  Women were not considered to be important yet God was signaling her out as being favored by Him.  She continued to listen to the angel and was shocked to hear she would bear God’s Son.  That through the Holy Spirit she would become pregnant.  This was troubling not only because of the miraculous way this was to happen but because of the danger she would be in when others found out about the pregnancy.  In those days, an unmarried girl would be stoned to death for being pregnant.  She was engaged but not yet married.  But read on in your Bibles and see her response.  She said let it be with her according to God’s will.  She chose to trust God with her life.  She trusted His protection.  Our question is where are we in our trust of God?  Do we really trust Him in every area of our lives?  Let’s take some time today to ask His Holy Spirit to reveal areas in us where our trust is week or lacking and allow Him to increase our faith in those areas.

December 3, 2012

Zachariah

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Luke 1:13  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son; you will name him John. 

We start the characters of the Advent season with Zechariah.  He was from a long line of priests and was a priest himself.  He was chosen by lot to be the priest that day to serve in the Holy place of the temple.  He and his wife, Elizabeth were old and had prayed for decades for a child but it appeared their prayers were unanswered.  In spite of the unanswered prayer they continued to worship God and Zechariah continued to serve as a priest.  While he was in the Holy Chamber an angel, the messenger of God, appeared to him and told him their prayers were finally to be answered.  Zechariah did not believe it to be true.  There was no way God could  see they would have a baby now that they were so old.  His disbelief in God’s message left him mute.  Our question is what do we believe about God’s ability and willingness to answer our prayers?  Sometimes we are so intent on what we ask and so sure we won’t get it that we totally miss what God gives us.  We may ask what is good for us but God gives us what is best for us and  always in the right time.  Let’s ask God to keep us tuned to His messenger, the Holy Spirit, to listen and believe and trust as we serve and worship our God.

November 25, 2012

Trust

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Psalms 188:8  It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. 

Someone said to me, “i can’t afford it so I guess I’ll just have to trust God.”  Trust in God is not a last hope.  Trust in God is our first hope.  We look to Him for all our needs.  We trust He is true to His word of always being with us, of giving us all we need and giving us wisdom when we ask.  We all must come to a place where we find we cannot live our lives on our own.  We need God in our life.  He created us to need Him and to fellowship with Him.  We need to follow His instructions to us.  When we realize this and put our trust in Him there is nothing we need worry about.  We can walk through this life on earth in confidence we are walking with God and He will provide everything we need for this life.  Our lives on this earth are very short in comparison with the eternity we will spend with God or will spend separated from Him.  The only way to walk with God and spend eternity with Him is to accept Jesus, God’s Son, as our Lord and Savior.  There is no other way.  I pray you have opened the door of your mind, heart and life to Him.

November 17, 2012

Thank You

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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.

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