Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 7, 2012

Peace Is a Sign

Let the peace of God rule (or arbitrate) in your hearts” (Col. 3:15   

A good test on whee we are in our fellowship with God is where we are with peace.  Are we at peace with all those around us?  Are we at peace with those closest to us?  Are we at peace within ourselves?  If we can’t answer “yes” to all these questions we re not at peace with God.  God is peace and we cannot be in God without His peace.  When we re not in peace we are in sin — unconfessed sin.  We lack peace because sin breaks our fellowship with God until it is admitted, confessed and forgiven.  When we feel peace slipping away it’s time to draw apart and ask the Holy Spirit to show us what we did or didn’t do to cause that peace to slip away.  Our question is do we show any signs of lack of peace” anxiousness, worry, concern, fretting, fear, unbelief. hopelessness.  When any of these symptoms start to appear let’s not waste any time but get on our knees and set our relationship right with  God. 

April 11, 2012

Binoculars

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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)

Yesterday we thought about the rear view mirror – looking back behind us to what is already past. Many of us have even more trouble trying to live in the future. We can’t wait until something happens or something changes. Maybe it’s we are nervous, concerned or afraid of what might be. We try to use binoculars to see what might be ahead for us. Jesus has a very simple answer for that. He said not to worry about what is not yet. We have enough trouble living the day we are in without borrowing from a day that is yet to come. It’s important to read the verses before this verse. Jesus is telling us how to live this way – without concern for the past in the rear view mirror or the future in the binoculars. He tells us we are to seek His Kingdom and His righteousness. That word “seek” is in the present tense. This is what we are to be about – seeking Him in the here and now. We are not to wait until tomorrow to seek Him. We might not have a tomorrow. We are not to sit on the fact we sought Him yesterday. Yesterday is over. We are to actively seek Him today. This is a continual seeking. Our question is are we seeking Him each today we have? How do we seek our God? We seek Him through Bible study, meditation on His Word, and prayer – both active and listening prayer. Let us not get too concerned about what was or what might be and continually seek our God. That leads to a full and abundant life in the present.

April 4, 2012

Unexpected

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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 30, 2012

Worry

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Luke 12:22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

It is so easy for us to worry. Jesus said there is nothing in our lives to cause us to worry. There is nothing we can change by the process of worrying other than changing good health to bad health. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything. I didn’t have much trouble replacing worry with faith when it came to my own life. I found it a lot more difficult (and still do at times) not worrying bout others who are near and dear to me. There are many times I go through the physical motions of lifting my fists up to God, opening my hands and reminding God that these dear ones are in His care. The time I would spend worrying I spend in intercessory prayer. We need not worry about our future because our future is in the hands of God. We cannot alter that by worry. We would do better to spend our worry time in praise time to God. Not only does it draw us closer to Him, it also brings more joy into our lives. As soon as we are aware of starting to worry about anything let’s immediately address God and let Him know we are thankful everything is under His control regardless of how it might look to us. I’ve read the last chapter and I know God is the Victor.

April 30, 2011

Maintaining Peace

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Isa 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.

It is sad to hear people talk about how worried they are about things.  Most of the things they worry about are beyond their control.  All this worry produces poor health and a definite lack of peace.  This verse in Isaiah is so right on.  Keeping our minds focused on the One Who is in control of all that touches us definitely leads to a peaceful mind and heart.  I preached a sermon on taking our burdens to the Lord and leaving them there.  So often we keep picking them back up.  This is a lack of trust in God and His love for us and His power, wisdom and provision.  Trusting God is a choice.  We do have the power to choose to trust Him and leave our concerns before His throne of grace.  He has promised never to leave us or forsake us.  We will have trials to walk through.  It is the trials that take away the chaff in us and strengthen our faith muscles.  But we do not walk our trials alone.  God walks with us.  Whenever we start to find worry or anxiousness trying to take root in our minds and hearts we need to make the active choice to trust Him.

February 24, 2011

Cry Aloud

Ps 3:4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill.

 

Have you ever been so tired or sick or frustrated or angry and you didn’t know what to do.  Perhaps you even wanted to quit.  The psalmist felt that way.  I really enjoy reading the psalms.  In this psalm he says he cries aloud to the Lord and the Lord answers him.  This is where we are to go when we are tired or discouraged or angry or sick or frustrated or worried.  We cry aloud to our Lord and listen and expect to hear the answer for us.  Many of us choose to vent to others or go to some drug or drink or other device.  These things might help temporarily but they don’t give us the answers we need.  Only God has the answers for us.  Next time you experience one of these feelings, get by yourself where no one can hear you and cry aloud to our Lord.  Then be quiet and listen.  It’s best to listen with pen and paper and write what comes into your calming mind.  You’d be surprised what you hear the Lord say to you when you give Him a chance.  Cry aloud to the Lord and He will answer you  from His holy hill.

 

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