Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 26, 2017

Strength and Courage

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Joshua 1:9 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV)

 For background read the 13th chapter of Numbers.  10 people without strong faith in the promises of God were enough to defeat the 2 who stood strong with courage on the promises of God.  So often so many of us come so close to receiving the fruition of some of God’s promises and, though we are so very close, we miss it.  When we look at the circumstances instead of the promises of God, courage fades and we turn away.  We can look at our finances and sink in despair or we can look at God’s word about finances, follow His instructions and walk forward with confidence that we will see the promises of God come about.  Our problem is where we are looking and if we are walking in obedience to the conditions God has set in His instruction manual (the Holy Bible).  Regardless of the dream, vision or promise God has given us, we must meet His conditions, obey them, walk in them and look to the end result in faith and courage that God is faithful.  If the Hebrews had listened to the 2 who believed God they would have saved themselves a lot of years and trouble.  Let us learn from their lesson.

July 25, 2017

Set Our Face

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

2 Timothy 1:7 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (NIV)

 Some days I just feel lazy.  I’m either tired physically or emotionally and just want to curl up with a good Christian fiction novel for the day.  Sometimes I just don’t want to write, let alone pray about a devotion.  But then I think about the discipline it took for Jesus to head to Jerusalem.  Scripture says He set His face toward Jerusalem.  He knew what lay ahead yet He was determined to obey His Father no matter how He felt or what it took.  How can I not discipline myself to do something so very little in comparison to what My Savior has done for me?  God sets His Holy Spirit in us for many things.  Yes, we feel His love, hear His voice, receive His comfort and hear His directions but He also will give us the strength to discipline ourselves to be obedient to follow His instructions.  We must each hear His word for us as individuals for each and every day.  Then we must be sure to follow through.  We must set our face.   It is only the first few steps that are hard and take discipline and determination.  After those, we are back in sync enjoying the fact that He love us and wants to share His work with and through us.

July 24, 2017

A Conversation with God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Mark 1:11 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

One of my conversations with God.

 Father, I blew it again.  I know You aren’t pleased with me right now.  I’m so sorry.  Please forgive me and help me do better.

 “My child, I AM pleased with You.  You are my child.  You have given yourself to My Son.  I AM always pleased with you.  Your sins were forgiven when My Son died on that cross.  I AM God.  I AM Present.  There is no past or future for all is Present with Me.  You only need confess your sins so you know and can turn away from them.  Forgiveness is already given.  You only need forgive yourself and move forward with My Holy Spirit guiding you.  When I look at you I see My Son for you and He and I are all one because of what He did for you.”

 He said more but it needn’t be shared.  The point is God is God of Now.  It is always now.  We are to live in the now with God and in God.  The past and the future are under the blood of Jesus.  We only have now.  Our question is what are we doing with our now?

July 23, 2017

Face of Jesus

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

John 1:18 18 No one has ever seen God.  The One and Only Son —the One who is at the Father’s side — He has revealed Him. (NIV)
Recently I saw 2 movies on ITBN about a face to face encounter with Jesus.  One was in a restaurant and one on a plane.  Later, a Christian novel I started reading was about a face to face encounter with Jesus while driving on the road.  I got to thinking, that would be beyond wonderful to have a real face to face encounter with Jesus and be able to ask Him all my questions.  Then I remembered I have a face to face encounter with Him every time I open and read the written Word of God, the Holy Bible because Jesus is the Word.  He was made flesh to come down in a physical form to this earth to show us the Father.  Now we see the Father and Jesus in the recorded Word of God.  I also see Him face to face as I look and live in the creation He made.  We can also see Jesus face to face in other believers and followers of Him.  We see Him in their smiles, their eyes and their actions and words.  But, as wonderful as that is for us, we must ask ourselves if others see Jesus face to face when they look at or listen to us.  In the Christian novel I read, seeing Jesus face to face on the road was the second time this happened to this man.  The first time was 4 years earlier.  The encounter faded.  Just as Jesus said when He was physically walking this earth, miracles witness won’t change the heart.  For keeping the face of Jesus before our eyes, minds and heart we must continually talk with and listen to Him.  We do this through our reading and meditation of the Bible, through our conversations with Him throughout the day and through our fellowshipping and sharing with fellow believers and followers.  Let us continually look into the face of Jesus in every way available to us.

July 22, 2017

Faith and Obedience

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Matthew 17:20 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (NIV)

 I was in my kitchen on my knees scrubbing the floor when I heard God whisper to me, “Go to the hospital and pray for…”  Then I heard Him say the name of my husband’s boss.  She was in the hospital just having had a baby. While she was in labor they discovered a large mole on her leg and biopsied it.  I was melanoma.  She was scheduled to have it removed the next day.  Her husband was not only not a Christian, he was very much antichristian and gave my husband a hard time at work.  I called my husband and shared what I heard God tell me.  He said, if God said it I better do it.  I changed my clothes and went to the hospital thinking her husband would be a work.  When I got to her room, her husband was there.  We did small talk for a while (I thought he would leave at any minute for work) and I finally realized her husband was not going to leave.  I finally said, “Would you mind if I held your hand and prayed for you?”  She was very polite (her husband laughed) and said that was fine.  I held her hand and said, “Father God, in the name of Your Son, Jesus I speak healing.  No cancer cells can be present in this body.”  I said Amen and good bye and left.  I was obedient to what God told me to do. The result was up to Him.  The next morning when they took her down for surgery the looked at the mole and decided they better biopsy it again.  There were no cancer cells.  We heard nothing about it.  A few months later her husband was fired.  Several years later my phone rang.  It was this lady.  She said, “Ginger, I’m not sure if you remember me (I said I did) but I want you to know as a result of your prayer, not only was I healed, my husband and I received Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we are in full time ministry.”

 I share this to demonstrate faith and obedience are one and the same.  We can’t have faith without being obedient and we won’t be obedient if we don’t have faith.  When we hear God telling us to do something we don’t need to weight the pros and cons or our abilities, we only need to be obedient to His word and act on what He says to do.

July 21, 2017

Blessed in Doing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

John 13:17 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (NIV)

 We are blessed in the way we do the things Jesus said we were to do.  If we open our Bibles to John 13 and read the verses preceding verse 17 we will find Jesus is talking about our attitude of not being better than anyone else and serving others.  The custom in those days was for a servant to wash the feet of the guest.  They wore open sandals and feet were dusty and dirty.  Feet were near the low tables and wouldn’t be pleasant near food with their dirt and dust.  Jesus, the Son of God, bent down and did the job of a lowly servant.  So often we tend to classify jobs.  We see some trash on the floor at church but we’re not the custodian and we didn’t put it there so we have the attitude it’s not our job and we walk on by.  This is precisely what Jesus is talking about.  No job our eyes see is beneath us.  If we see it, we are called to do it.  We must do an attitude check.  Are we willing, yea, even eager, to do all Jesus allows us to see that needs attention or do we want to pretend we didn’t see a need and move on.  The blessing we can receive is up to us.  It is there if we do our part.  Let us enjoy blessing as we reach out doing all God puts in our path with joy and thanksgiving.

July 20, 2017

All the Lord’s People

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Ephesians 6:18 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (NIV)

 I was speaking my usual complaint about the weather when the Holy Spirit stopped me.  He had me thinking about God’s children who have no shelter and those who are being arrested, tortured and/or killed for standing firm in the faith.  He told me to think about how blessed I am to have a house with air-conditioning and to have the freedom to tell anyone about Jesus without being arrested.  Then He asked me to think about how much time I spend complaining about a little discomfort or inconvenience verses the time I spend praying for those less blessed and those persecuted for the sake of their faith in God through Jesus.  Wow.  That really smarted.  In this nation of the United States we are still free to express our faith even though some sources are trying to prevent it.  We are free to work and own houses.  We tend to take all our freedoms for granted and complain about trivial things.  I’m working on changing my attituded to discomfort or inconvenience.  When I feel the discomfort or inconvenience that is a time, instead of complaining, to lift up those who are hurting and those who are being persecuted before God’s throne of grace.  How about joining me in more consistent prayers for our brothers and sisters everywhere.

July 19, 2017

Gather or Scatter

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Luke 11:23-24 23 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.  (NIV)

 According to this statement by Jesus, the sign that we are not against Him is our seed gathering.  What He means by seed gathering goes with the last thing He told His disciples before He ascended back to heaven.  Matthew 28:19-20 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)  We must seriously ask ourselves, are we gathering seeds or scattering them?  The seeds we are to gather are the lost.  We gather them in several ways.  They see and hear us but do they see and hear God and His love in and through us?  Are we actively seeking them out and loving them as the Father loves them and us?  What do they see and hear when we stand in a long line somewhere?  Do they see the fruit of patience, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit?  Let us continue on with this train of thought as we seek the Holy Spirit to reveal where we are scattering rather than gathering then choose to repent and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, gather as much as we possibly can.

July 18, 2017

Holy Bible

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Romans 15:4 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (NIV)

 Every day as I read and meditate on the words in the Holy Bible, I continue to be more and more amazed.  In those pages are the answers to everything I need to know to walk through my life with joy and in obedience to God.  The depth of those words is amazing.  I can read the same verses many times and, according to my circumstances and needs and willingness to listen, get a different perspective every time.  That is why the Holy Bible is also called “The Living Word of God.”  I’ve preached many a sermon on the importance of really reading and meditating on the words in the Bible.  There is no way to do too much.  Yet, reading just to be intellectually enlighten  will not suffice.  Yes, we might be able to quote entire passages from memory but, if they don’t have an impact on our life, if we don’t make the choices that are in agreement with them, the intellectual knowledge isn’t of value to our lives.  We must be sure to read and meditate with the leading and teaching of God’s Holy Spirit to show us how to apply what we read.  It is the Holy Spirit Who brings the words alive in our minds, hearts and lives.  To me, the Holy Bible is the most exciting collection of books to read.  So much so that I must be careful not to read too late into the night or I will be too excited to sleep.  If reading the Bible doesn’t excite you, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make it real and alive to you.  I guarantee you will never be the same again.

July 17, 2017

Prayer Journal

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Job 19:23 Oh that my words were recorded on a scroll. (NIV)

I am so very glad David and maybe a few others recorder their prayers.  It is so meaningful to read the prayers recorded in the Book of Psalms.  Many times some of those prayers become my prayers.  It is good to keep a prayer journal.  Writing down our prayer ,ts with the date and then putting the answers and the dates is a good faith builder.  But more than that, writing out some of our prayers is also good.  Hopefully we all pray to often to write out all our prayers but it is good for us, and maybe for others some day, to write an occasional prayer in a journal.  It may be read some day by one of our children or grandchildren and help them in their walk.  Here is an example of writing out a prayer but the best examples are already recorded in the Bok of Psalms

Father God, how great and marvelous You are.  I am amazed at Your patience, mercy and love You have for me.  Though I am a sinner, You continually forgive me because of Your Son, Jesus, Whose blood covers all my sins.  Thank You so very much.  I lift up this nation before Your throne of grace and mercy.  I know we are going far astray from Your precepts.  We are killing our babies.  We are confusing our children on their gender.  We are greedy and self-centered.  I say we, because as one of Your children, I have not been outspoken enough.  I have not beseeched You enough.  I have not bound Satan and his demons often enough.  Move in me, Father and in all Your children to stand firm on Your Word.  Don’t let this nation fall because of so many who side with sin.  Remember Your children who dwell in this nation.  Give us wisdom and courage to stand strong on Your Word.  Let Your light shine through us to show the sin of this nation and bring it to Your light to drive out the darkness.  Give us Your words to speak to those who are entrapped in sin.  Help us love them as You do and pull them out of their dark pits.  Have mercy on us, Father.  Strengthen and empower us to triumph over this prevailing evil that this nation may stand and glorify You.

 

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