Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 10, 2012

Pout or Trust

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1 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

God tells us how to live a godly life in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  He also equips us to be able to follow His instructions for a godly life through the in-filling of His Holy Spirit.  Our question is do we want to allow His Holy Spirit to enable us to obey His instructions or do we want to fulfill our own selfish desires?  As we grow in the knowledge and love of God through the power and fruits of His Holy Spirit we will find our desires will become more and more in line with God’s desire of our love, fellowship and obedience.  God promises to give us everything we need yet we so often act like young children throwing a tantrum because we think we need something that we really don’t need or aren’t ready to have.  Just as most parents don’t give their children all the children think they need due to it not being right for them or aren’t mature enough for it, God also denies what is not right for us and delays what we are not mature enough to have.  It comes down to trust.  We can choose to trust God and follow His instructions or we can choose to throw our tantrums, say God doesn’t answer our prayers and prove we are not mature enough or that it would not be for our good.  As with most things, the choice is ours.  Trust and obey or pout and demand.

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November 9, 2012

Confession Before Forgiveness

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1 John 1:9  But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

There is a big “But” here before our sins are forgiven.  There is something very necessary before we can be cleansed from all our unrighteousness.  We must first confess our sins.  Sin is anything that separates us from God.  God is love and will not be in the presence of anything that is not love.  We tend to only call big, bad things as sin.  Sin is not only present in many of our actions and our treatment of others, sin is very present in our thoughts and our self-desires (even unspoken ones).  All these must be confessed to God before forgiveness and cleansing will occur.  Our confession is not for God’s benefit.  He knows about them before we are aware of them.  Our confession is for us to see who and what we are when we are not walking in obedience to our God.  Our confession is for us to take responsibility for our actions, inactions and thoughts and not only ask God’s forgiveness and cleansing but also for the power and love of His Holy Spirit to continually fill us and enable us to walk in love and obedience and pass His love and desire for obedience to those He puts on our path.  This is not a once a year, once a month, once a week process.  It is something we must do each and every day.  Our question is do we have the trust in God to see who and what we really are without His love in us?

November 2, 2012

Only Believe

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Mark 5:36  But Jesus, paying no attention to what was said, told the synagogue ruler, “Do not be afraid; just believe.”

Jesus said we are to believe.  When we hear things that don’t agree with God’s Word, we are to pay no attention but just to believe.  When we see things that don’t agree with His Word, we are to believe.  How do we know we are believing?  Are we worried about anything?  Are we stressed out?  We must ask as children of the Living God what is there to fear?  We have the assurance of eternal life in the very presence of God.  He says nothing can separate us from His love as long as we believe.  Belief is a choice.  We can choose to listen to others or to circumstance or we can choose to believe God.  Job is a good example of belief.  He faced loosing health, family, home finances yet he said, (Job 13:15  KJV)  Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.”  Did Job feel like trusting God?  I doubt it.  Weather we feel like it or not, we are to trust God in all things.  He is faithful.  He loves us more than we can ever understand.  We have absolutely nothing to fear or worry about.  He is God Almighty and His will always prevails.

October 28, 2012

God’s Pleasure

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Luke 12:32  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom.

God’s pleasure is to give us His Kingdom.  To do that He also gives us all that is necessary for us to come into His Kingdom.  The first thing we need to do to get there is to accept His invitation.  This invitation comes through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  We must accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives and receive His Holy Spirit for there is no other way to God’s Kingdom.  After we do this we start learning how to conduct ourselves in God’s Kingdom.  He has given us a manual of instruction which we have called “The Holy Bible.”  In there are all the instructions we need to learn how to live and work in His Kingdom.  He has also given us a means to communicate with Him through what we call “prayer.”  It is our responsibility to talk to Him and listen to Him and ask Him for what we think we need.  Sometimes what we think we need and what God’s knows we need are  different.  We are to trust Him as a little child trusts the loving parent to know what is best.  Like the little child, sometimes we forget and just look at what we want and throw a temper tantrum.  The parent always forgives the child.  As we grow the temper tantrums cease and we learn to flow.  Let us believe and trust as a little child but also grow in God and learn to walk and work in His Kingdom.

October 25, 2012

Why

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John 13:7  Jesus replied, “You do not understand what I am doing now, but you will understand after these things.”

When I was a small child and one of my parents would tell me to do something or even not do something I would always ask why.  Their usual answer was “Because I told you so.”  Even though God has said we are to become as little children He was not talking about our demand to know why on many things.  He wants us to obey His Word through trust, not through understanding.  He wants us to accept in faith His direction and His protection in our walk on this earth.  We need to understand what He tells us but not the why.  The why is not necessary for obedience.  When we walk through a trial quite often we walk out with an understanding as to what God wanted us to learn in that trial.  We need the trusts of a little trial to be glad, to consider it joy, when God gives us an opportunity to grow deeper, learn more and understand more of His love and power.  Our question is are we willing to give up or demand to know why before we walk it out in obedience and trust?  He promises in the right time we will understand.

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.

September 14, 2012

Love Takes Courage

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1 John 4:9 By this a the love of God b is revealed in us: that God has sent his one and only Son into the world so that we may live through him.

Human love can be a scary thing.  To love we must be willing to give and receive without measure,  Human nature wants their own needs and wants met first.  We don’t want to be inconvenienced.  We are not sure if the ones who say they love us will continue to love us.  We wonder if they will love us in the way we want to be loved.  Our love is very self-centered – even when we try to give it to others.  There is no way in and of ourselves that we can love.  God is love.  He sent His Son to walk this earth as a man to demonstrate love.  When we invite His Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives He fills us with His Holy Spirit.  It is through His Holy Spirit that we learn and are empowered to give and receive love.  Our question is are we willing to set our own selfish aims and desires aside and allow God to love us and love others through us?  Are we willing to allow God to love us through others?  It comes down to trusting God’s love.  As we learn to trust God’s love we open to the risks of loving and being loved by sinful, fallible others like ourselves.  

July 17, 2012

In The Dark

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Job 23:1-3, 17 Then Job replied: Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of 50 my groaning. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Sometimes we feel we’re praying in the dark. We feel we are just talking to a brick wall and our prayers are coming right back to us. We feel God has closed and gone away. Many before us and many around us have experienced praying in the dark where they could not see, feel or hear God. It was dark in the whale for Johah and dark in the lion’s din for Daniel yet they looked to God in spite of the circumstances around them. It is in our dark times we grow. We are in the dark while our characteristics are being formed and developed in our mothers. We put seeds in the ground in the dark to develop their roots. It is in our dark times God uses to water and fertilize our faith and growth in Him. What should we do in the dark? We should embrace it as embracing God, trusting and turning ourselves over to Him to learn and grow in His way. We should continue praying, not woe is me but show me what to learn here and use it to bring glory to You, my God. We cannot understand why dark things happen but God says it “rains on the just and the unjust.” We will have diseases, fires, storms, floods and many other forms of trials and tribulations but our attitude and faith can turn them into the closest times with our God as He nurtures and brings us even closer to Him. Our question is when we are in darkness will we continue to trust Who we temporarily cannot see, hear or feel? We have the choice to quiet the voices of fear and doubt and walk in the peace of the assurance that God said He is always with us and always has our best in His hand and grow in Him. God is always there in the darkness. Will we choose to let Him be with us over the circumstances? I pray your answer is yes.

June 9, 2012

Doubt

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Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’? (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Questioning God and what He says brings doubt followed by disobedience, sin and loss of faith and trust. The moment we open ourselves up to doubt we fall. We either believe and trust or we doubt and sin. Jesus, God’s Son, came and walked on this earth to remove our doubts. He died on the cross to remove our sin guilt. He rose from the dead to return us to full fellowship with God. He sent His Holy Spirit to us to give us the power to trust in faith and no longer doubt. Our question is, when we see doubt approaching are we willing to turn our backs to it and stand firm on faith? The choice is ours. Let us choose faith.

January 15, 2012

Our Choice

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Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This is a command not to worry about tomorrow. It is not a suggestion. It starts with the word “therefore.” Because of that word we must know what Jesus said preceding this command. In verse 33 He tells us to seek first – before all else – His Kingdom and His righteousness. He gives a promise to us if we seek His Kingdom and righteousness. He tells us all these things will be added or given to us. What things? All the things we need to live our lives. Since He promises to meet all our needs if we seek Him before all things what is stopping us? Do we really believe God? Do we really believe He is true to His word to us? Belief and trust are choices. We can choose to trust and we can choose not to trust. We can choose to be worried about things we cannot control (what happens next) or we can choose not to worry. We can choose to seek God above all things or we can choose to seek worldly things. What we cannot do is blame anyone else for our choices. Whenever we start to feel anxious or worried about something we have a choice of where we will put our thoughts. Tomorrow we will look at that. Today we have a choice to make—trust what God says or not. What is your choice?

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