Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 22, 2017

Word Four

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Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy  (NIV)

 The exact day we are to take off from work and rest isn’t the important thing.  What is important is we are not to work 7 days a week.  We are to take one day off to rest our bodies and feed our spirits, thanking, praising and fellowshipping with the Creator, God.  Neither are we to require any other person to work all 7 days in a week.  All of us need a day off.  Keeping that day off holy means setting the day aside for God and all He intended.  He intends for us to worship Him and to take care of our bodies, minds and spirits.  It is a good time to check ourselves over the week and see where our fellowship with God has been.  It’s a good time for emotional, mental, physical and spiritual housekeeping.  It is a day to gather together with other believers to worship and to encourage one another in our walks.  Let us keep one day a week holy unto God.

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September 21, 2017

Word Three

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Genesis 20:7 You shall not misuse the name of the Lord youd, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

The third word involves our speech.  We are never to use any of the names of God in a disrespectful way.  His name is not used to express anger or any other emotion.  His name is used in telling others about Him and in addressing Him.  Acually we are not to use any name in vain, that is in a way the word wasn’t defined for usage.  When we are angry, there is a right way to express our anger; a way that doesn’t hurt others.  All of God’s names are holy.  They are to be used in a holy way, a reverent and respectful way.  Let us learn to guard our tongue from misusing any name or word.

September 20, 2017

Word Two

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Exodus 20:4-6 4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments (NIV)

 Word 2 actually tells us more about word 1.  Since we are to have no other gods before the One true Creator God, we are not to worship statues or any other object or being.  There is a lot of “hoopla” going on in the United States right now about statues and how the offend some people.  Statues are a work of art and are not to be revered as any more than that.  God says He is jealous.  He is not jealous over the things we might tend to worship because those things are not of value.  God is jealous for us, the people He made to have fellowship with Him.  To obey the first word we must more than refrain from worshiping other things or people.  We must put God first in our hearts, minds and lives.  Love is more than an emotion.  Love is a choice.  A choice to want to be with, talk to, listen to and please someone else.  Are we choosing to put God first in all things?

September 19, 2017

The First Word

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Exodus 20:3 3 “You shall have no other gods before me. (NIV)

 Who or what is first in our mind’s thoughts, our heart and/or our schedule?  Whoever or whatever this is is a god. Our “god” comes first In our lives.  Our god can be anything of our choosing.  It can be work, sports, food, money, power or anything or anyone else in this creation.  God wants to be first place in our mind and our heart.  He is the One Who gives us life.  He is the One Who created all things.  He is the One Who loves us so much He gives us freedom of choice and He even separated Himself, His Word, made flesh to come save us from our sinful choice of power and shed His blood so we could be as He first created us to be with His Holy Spirit living in us.  Our question is, will we continually choose to love Him.  If so, we will serve Him.  If so, we will keep Him first in our minds, our lives, our actions, our hearts before all other things and people.  We can check ourselves by looking what we do with our time; what books we read, who we associate with, what or who we think about during the day, how often we talk to God, how often we listen.  Let us continually choose God before all.  When we choose God, we have enough love for all people and things He has created.

September 18, 2017

Ten Words

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Exodus 20:1-2 1 And God spoke all these words: (NIV)

 The words referred to here are he 10 commandments.  The original word for commandment is actually the word “word.”  God spoke 10 words to His people, not for legalistic laws.  These 10 words are instructions for happy and healthy living as hidden of God.  These 10 words are to keep us out of trouble.  God means it to be a joy for us to follow these 10 words, not out of fear of retribution but out of joy of the love God has for us and the joyful, full and abundant life God wants for us.  God doesn’t want legalism.  He wants us to live in the center of His love.   We, because of our sinful, self-god nature don’t like to be old what to do.  We take the 10 words as commands giving us no choice.  We fail to see the love behind these 10 words.  When we change our outlook on why God gave us the 10 words, we will find it a joy to follow them.  We will find our lives being enriched in love for, of and in God.  We will thank God for giving us such beautiful instructions to aid us in living a full, abundant and joyful life.

September 17, 2017

Never Give Up

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2 Peter 3:8-10 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (NIV)

 We pray and are disappointed when we don’t see the results right away.  We tend to forget God has a lot of people to coordinate.  Each one has very individual needs and each one has different callings on their lives here.  God want everyone to be reborn into His image though His Son, Jesus.  He never gives ups but continues to love.  We must never give up in our prayers and in our testimony and service.  We may not see any results but we don’t see what is happening in the spiritual world.  As the angel told Daniel, it is our prayers that help in connecting with God’s power to bring light to wipe out the darkness of sin in this world.  Let us not give up even if we think it is taking forever.  God is eternal.

September 16, 2017

Genesis 1:3-4 “Let there be light,” and there was light

Genesis 1:6 “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”

Genesis 1:9 Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:11 Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so

Genesis 1:14-15 Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so

Genesis 1:20 Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.

 In all of creation God spoke (Jesus is His Word) and creation came into existence.  All of creation came into existence with the words, “Let there be.”  But with man, God didn’t speak him into existence.  God made man.  He formed man out of the dust of the earth which He spoke into existence.  Then, to make man into His image, He breathed His Spirit into man.  His Spirit was breathed into man for each one to reflect His Spirit in a unique and different way because God is so big, no one being can be a true reflection of Him.  It takes the Bride of Christ (the body of believers together as one, to reflect His Image).  But man wasn’t happy just being a reflection.  Man wanted to be totally as God.  For that reason, God had to separate Himself from the Word, Jesus, and send Him to earth to show Who God is and to take the place of sinful man so man could once again be in the image of God.  Man’s body, made from the dust of the earth is the vessel holding the image of God.  As the vessel, we must care for this vessel to be able to hold God’s image. 

September 15, 2017

Just a Little

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Genesis 2:9-10 9 The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (NIV)

 Why did God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil?  If there is no choice there is no love.  God gave us a way to choose between love for God showing in obedience to Him or love for self.  Man chose self.  God desired mankind to live Him by choice.  All was going well for mankind.  They were created in the very image of God and had the breath of God in them.  This wasn’t enough for God.  With everything going well, man’s defenses were down and open to suggestion.  When all is going well for us we must be careful not to let our guard down.  Loving God is a choice.  We make choices continually throughout each and every day.  When our guard is down we are more easily deceived.  Disobedience comes into our lives through various deceptive means.  We may rationalize.  Just once won’t hurt anything.  It only takes once.  It only takes a little bit of disobedience to set off a landslide.  Let us not let our guard down when all is going well.  Let us remember our love for God shows through our desire to please Him and be obedient to His word knowing He only wants the best for us.

September 14, 2017

The Body Temple

1 Peter 4 ​1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. (NIV)

Our body is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit and we are to treat it as such.  This means we take care of our body to enable it to do the work of the Holy Spirit.  That applies even when we think we might be depriving ourselves of fleshly desires.  Treating our body as the temple of the Holy Spirit means we give our bodies the proper fuel it needs to keep it healthy and strong.  We give it the amount of activity it needs to keep the muscles and bones strong.  We give it the amount of rest it needs to keep it strong.  Yes, sometimes we might feel deprived of our fleshly desires.  Our question is do we love God and want to serve Him more than we love the fleshly temptations of this world.  A momentary pleasure last but just a moment but the joy of obedience lasts or eternity.

September 13, 2017

Finding Wisdom

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James 1:5 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (NIV)

 Proverbs 1:1-6 ​1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise (NIV)

 When we have a decision to make many of us pray for wisdom.  God gives wisdom generously to those who ask.  All we need do is open the Bible.  We can start with Proverbs.  It is full of wisdom on most any subject.  As we read concerning the decision we must make, we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us to the right passages and give us understanding in how to apply them to our particular problem.  God is ever faithful to guide us when we ask.  Our question is do we really want to hear and if so, are we committed to follow?

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