Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 22, 2018

Asking

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 5:35 pm

Matthew 7:7 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (NIV)

First we must ask.  What do we ask?  We ask God what it is we need in the situation we are praying about.  We are to seek the answer.  We seek it through the written word, the Holy Bible and through listening to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit within us.  After we think we have found the answer we are to knock on the doors presented to us.  We are not to force a door open (we learned that the hard way) but to continually knock on every door until the door God has for us is opened.  If we would only learn to do this consistently we would save ourselves so much unnecessary problems, stress and frustration.  Let us ask, not what we think we want or need, but what God has for us.  Then let us seek God for the answer and the way.  Then, knocking on doors, let us only go through the door God opens for us.

Matthew 7:7 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (NIV)

First we must ask.  What do we ask?  We ask God what it is we need in the situation we are praying about.  We are to seek the answer.  We seek it through the written word, the Holy Bible and through listening to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit within us.  After we think we have found the answer we are to knock on the doors presented to us.  We are not to force a door open (we learned that the hard way) but to continually knock on every door until the door God has for us is opened.  If we would only learn to do this consistently we would save ourselves so much unnecessary problems, stress and frustration.  Let us ask, not what we think we want or need, but what God has for us.  Then let us seek God for the answer and the way.  Then, knocking on doors, let us only go through the door God opens for us.

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May 21, 2018

Joy and Happiness

John 15:11 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (NIV)

We tend to confuse the words “joy” and “happiness.”  These 2 words do not mean the same thing.  Happiness is a feeling that can come and go.  It usually is dependent on outside circumstances.  We are happy when our favorite team wins, we are happy when we have a delicious desert, we are happy when we receive a gift from someone, and on and on.  Joy is a state or our being, an attitude of our outlook on life.  Jesus prayed for us to have His joy within us.  His joy was in His relationship to the Father.  This showed in His always wanting to do the will of His Father and be pleasing to Him.  When we are in proper relationship with God we can be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.  This joy is not contingent on our outer circumstances.  We know trials will come our way.  This joy is based on the knowledge that God is always with us and in us.  There is nothing that can separated us from Him.  There is no greater or eternal joy than this.  Regardless of what may be going on in our physical lives, lets be sure to stay plugged into the joy that is ours through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

May 20, 2018

Being One

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

John 17:20-21 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you (NIV)

This is from the prayer Jesus prayed for us, here today.  He prayed this just before His crucifixion.  It is symbolized by the cross.  The cross has 2 pieces of wood.  One is vertical.  This represents the connection between heaven and earth, God and man.  The other is horizontal. This represents the connection between mankind.  We were created to fellowship with God and with one another.  Jesus prayed that we would be not only one in Him and the Father, but that we would be one with one another.  He has given us several ways to learn and experience that oneness.  We are born into a family.  In the family we learn to love and share and communicate with one another.  When we marry we have the opportunity to learn even more about becoming one with another person. When we fail to learn how to be one with those who can, in our time and space, show us love and acceptance, how much harder is it for us to learn to receive the love of God.  Let us remember how we relate to those God puts in our lives can affect how they will now and receive the love of God.  Let us show all around us what God’s love is like and how it is for them.

May 19, 2018

Spiritual Realm

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Daniel 10:12-14 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me,  (NIV)

I enjoy reading Christian novels.  One of them had their youth group wearing bracelets with the letters, “PUSH.”  These letters stood for, “Pray until something happens.”  This is what Daniel did.  He continued in prayer until something happened.  Yes, God can do anything at any time in any way without our prayers.  But, since we are joint heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, not only do we share in the privileges of being God’s child, we also share in the responsibilities.  God, in His wisdom, has put constraints on His power preferring for us to unite with His power in the battle against all those things against God.  Just because we can’t physically see the battles going on in the spiritual realm doesn’t mean they aren’t there.  We have been told in Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Let us be sure to do our part and pray without ceasing until something (that which we are praying) happens in our physical realm.

May 18, 2018

In Our Own Strength

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Acts 7:23-25 23 “When Moses was forty years old, he decided to visit his own people, the Israelites. 24 He saw one of them being mistreated by an Egyptian, so he went to his defense and avenged him by killing the Egyptian. 25 Moses thought that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not. (NIV)

Moses thought God was going to use him to rescue the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery.  He decided to go ahead and do it in his own might.  Moses was correct in thinking God would use him to gain the freedom of the Hebrews but God had a certain way for Moses to do this.  Moses couldn’t do it in his own strength and his own thinking.  God had to put Moses in the wilderness to tend sheep and learn more of hearing and following God’s instructions.  After many years and learning through the “school of hard knocks,” God was finally ready to use Moses.  Moses had finally become humble and recognized there was no way he could do such a task on his own.  That is when God told him He had been equipping him and would be with him giving him step by step instructions.  We often get a vision or an idea of how God might use us for a particular ministry and run ahead of God, trying to do it in our own strength.  It is so very important to wait in prayer on God’s step by step instructions.  Only ministry through the power of the Holy Spirit will be successful and bring glory to God.

May 17, 2018

On Our Own

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Luke 5:4-5 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”  Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (NIV)

The disciples had tried all night long to catch fish and were unsuccessful.  But when Jesus told them to do it, even though they had tried on their own, they (quite possibly to prove Him wrong) did so and were more than successful.  So often we try to witness or help someone on our own.  We don’t think to pray until we get into trouble.  How much easier and more successful would our efforts be if we would pray first and speak or act after we hear His instructions on what to say or do.  Often His instructions will come in the form of a verse of scripture brought back actively in our minds.  However, He instructs, when we ask, He will always answer.  Let us always ask before we speak or act.

May 16, 2018

Seasons

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV)

Life is full of changing seasons.  As we grow in the Spirit of God, we tend to think we have a particular gift or ministry that is ours for the duration.  All the gifts actually belong to the Holy Spirit.  We actually do call the “the gifts of the Holy Spirit.”  He distributes His gifts to us as we need them.  Thinking that we have a particular gift and/or a particular ministry limits what God is allowed to do through us.  I’ve experienced flowing in a variety of ministries during my walk with God. Each one has been different yet each one has incorporated a different gift of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes it is hard to be moved from one ministry to another.  We have a hard time letting go of the past and embracing the new of the present.  Let’s read all of chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes.  We need to mditate on it.  Let’s ask God if we’re holding Him back from something new He wants to accomplish through us. Let’s be willing to let go of the old, familiar and comfortable and embrace the new when God chooses to move us on to other areas.  This is part of the full and abundant life God has promised us. 

May 15, 2018

Watching Us

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

Psalms 139:3 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. (NIV)

This verse, apart from the entire Psalm 139, can be misinterpreted.  I use to think this verse meant God is watching to mark down all the things I did and said wrong.  It made me think He was keeping score and I was getting a failing grade.  That is so very against the nature of God.  God is watching all our ways to help us, lead us and encourage us toward the full, abundant life He has ordained for us.  When we listen, He, through His Holy Spirit, will lead us away from temptation.  When we listen, He will direct our next step.  When we listen He will give us wisdom in what to say and when to say it.  Our problem is I listening.  God speaks in many ways.  One of the major ways is bring to mind a verse of scripture when we need it.  However, if we don’t read, meditate and memorize scripture, we won’t hear God when He desires to bring it to mind to guide and/or encourage us.  Take time to read all of this psalm and be encouraged today.  God is love.  He loves us and wants His best for us.  What more could we ever want?

May 14, 2018

Leaving the Past

Isaiah 43:18-19 8 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (NIV)

There are time I remember things I did or said that were totally opposite of God’s love.  These things have been confessed and forgiven by God but, for many years, I would remain feeling guilty and mad at myself for doing or saying those things.  When we keep beating ourselves over past sins which we’ve confessed to God and asked for forgiveness, we are saying we really don’t believe God does what He said He would always do.  He said if we would confess our sins He would forgive them.  Our confessed and forgiven sins are as far away from us as east is from the west.  Confessing and receiving God’s forgiveness must be followed with our forgiving ourselves.  What is past is past.  Each day is a new day and God continually does new things in and through us.  Let us learn to move on with the flow of the Holy Spirit in the freedom of the forgiveness God gives.

May 13, 2018

Exalt

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Psalms 46:10 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV)

I’ve always concentrated on the first part of this verse, being still and knowing that He is God.  But the last 2 phrases are equally important.  He will be exalted among he nations and in the earth.  How will He be exalted in this earth?  He will be exalted through us, the believers I and followers of His Word, His Son, Jesus.  It is through our words and actions that God has chosen to be exalted.  We must ask ourselves if our words and actions really do exalt Him.  Ouch.  I know for me there are many times my words or actions don’t exalt God.  Each day is a new day and an opportunity for us to grow more and more into the reflection of Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to speak and act through us to exalt God, the Father.  Jesus came to show us the Father.  The Holy Spirit dwells in us to enable us to intimately know and exalt the Father.  Let us exalt Him among the nations and the earth, wherever our walk takes us.

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