Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 14, 2019

All Called

Filed under: believe,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  (NIV)

Did you know, if you are a believer in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, you are a priest?  It says so in the above verse.  There is no hierarchy in the family of God other than the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  All believers are equal.  The human element in the various Christian denominations have set up an hierarchy and limited the members in what they can do.  No where in scripture is it said only certain believers can serve communion or baptize new believers.  The only thing we can’t do as believers is perform marriages that are recognized as legal by the various governments.  It is not the paid ministers job to visit the sick and pray for them.  It is the duty of each and every believer.  Paid ministers shouldn’t be held to any higher of standard than what we call the “lay” people are held.  In God’s eyes, we are all equal.  Since God holds us all equal In His eyes, let us do likewise.  All believers are called to the priesthood.  All believers are called to serve God.  Let us all do our part to share God’s wonderful light.

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September 13, 2019

Continually Confess

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (NIV)

The verb tense in the English translation is not in agreement with the original.  Confession is not a one-time thing.  We are to continually confess our sins – not repeats of ones already confessed and repented but the sins we make daily.  I don’t know about you but never a day goes by without my doing or saying or thinking something that is out of character with the character of Jesus.  Those things need confession daily.  We don’t just say, “Father forgive me for any sins I did today.”  We must be specific.  We need to be specific so we will actually realize what we have done, said or failed to do so we can repent – turn away from it – and move on building the character of Jesus in our thoughts, words and deeds.  Think you got through the day without any sin?  Be quite, ask the Holy Spirit to review the day with you and you will learn how imperfect we are in our human nature.  Let us continually confess each and every sin and God will continue to be faithful, forgiving us and continuing to purify us from all unrighteousness.

September 12, 2019

Everyone Builds Up

Filed under: Church,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

1 Corinthians 14:26 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.  (NIV)

Think about the last church service you attended.  Did you contribute?  Did everyone contribute?  Or, did the preacher and the worship leader serve as the only ones who contributed to the service.  So many services the only contribution of the congregation is singing a few songs.  The purpose of coming together for a time of worship is to build up each and every person.  Just like muscles can’t be built up without exercising, when we just sit, not only cane we not be built up spiritually, we can’t help build up others.  There is always something each person can do in a worship service.  The obvious are ushers, song leaders and those who are on the platform.  There are some who will read scripture.  Others can lead in the various prayers.  One very important ministry for a worship service is greeting those who come.  Not only greeting them when they come but also talking to them as they are leaving.  The scripture isn’t talking about building up the church in numbers.  The believers are the church.  Next worship service let’s be sure to make ourselves available to serve in building up ourselves along with building up others who have come to gather together. 1 Corinthians 14:26 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

September 11, 2019

Looks Are Deceiving

Filed under: God,judging,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (NIV)

This is hard for many of us to do.  I’ve been guilty of wanting to cross to the other side of a street when I’ve seen someone who looks really dirty coming toward me.  We are so quick to judge people by what they are wearing, how their hair looks, what color skin they have, what kind of car they drive, where they live and on and on.  I’m so glad God looks at my heart rather than how my physical body looks or the clothes I wear or the car I drive or the house I live in.  It is hard for us to conquer the habit of judging people by external standards.  It takes a good bit of courage and time to allow ourselves to get to know someone who is very different from our perception of how someone should look.  As we learn to communicate with God throughout our day, we can learn to quick judging the external and ask God to show us how He sees others.  I know I’ve been very shocked and disappointed when I’ve gotten to know the kind of person someone who looked very impressive was.  Let’s choose to be open to all of God’s children and ask Him to let us see with His eyes and His love.

September 10, 2019

Real Worship

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Amos 5:21-23 21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.   Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. 23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.  (NIV)

I am concerned about some of the contemporary services in many of the churches.  The music is loud with memorizing rhythms.  The worship team is professional and the music is such as to grab the emotions.  As many start responding and joining in it tends to become a crowd mentality.  People look around to see how others are responding and start to respond in the same way.  The emphasis seems to be on the emotions to the music rather than on the sense of the presence of God.  I was in a service doing this when I heard the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit ask me if I knew whose worship was true and really pleasing to God.  A little huffed up, being a professional singer, I thought about myself.  Then I was directed to look at the young man standing next to me.  He was not singing any recognizable pitch or rhythm but he also was totally unaware anyone else was around him.  He was totally singing praises and worshiping God, Almighty.   True praise and worship comes from the heart.  True praise and worship comes from the individual.  Yes, individuals can and should often combine with other individuals to offer corporate worship to God but it must come from each one’s heart without concern of what others present might think of the way we sing, stand, look or anything else.  All eyes and hearts should be tuned to God.  Next time we’re are in a setting of corporate worship, let’s be sure to keep our eyes, minds and heart on God, not on our neighbor.

September 9, 2019

Invisible Qualities

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  (NIV)

Many say they have never seen a miracle.  Others say they have never seen God or evidence of God.  They must be blind.  We can’t look at the beautiful variety in the nature around us without seeing the evidence of God.  The variety of the music of birds.  The vast variety of the colors of flowers.  The beauty of an old tree.  All these are evidence of the miracle of God’s creation.  Seeing how intricately He designed these things and knowing Jesus said we are of even more importance than all the nature God created how can we see anything else rather then the love of God for us.  That He knows how many hairs are on our heads which we don’t even know (unless we’re bald) tells of His love and care for the smallest details of our lives.  Since He is concerned about the smallest details of our lives shouldn’t we be sharing them with Him as we converse with Him in prayer?  So many only go to God with what they think is a really big problem.  To God, everything about us and everything that concerns us is important to Him for His attention.  So, throughout every part of every day, let’s remember to keep our conversation going with God.  He already knows because He knows our thoughts even before we do, but, as we like to hear our children actually talk aloud with us, God also likes to actually hear us speak openly to Him.

September 8, 2019

A Meaningful Prayer

Filed under: God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Colossians 1:9-12 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (NIV)

Pray this prayer for yourself, putting in the personal pronouns.  When we do we are asking God for our self to know His direction for our life. We want to please Him.  We want to grow in our knowledge of Him and become more one in Him.   It’s helpful to read these 4 verses in various other translations and also to commit them to memory so we can pray this often.  This is also a good pray to pray for our loved ones.  One thing we can be very sure is when we pray scripture, we know we are praying according to the will of God and that our prayer will definitely come about in the way we pray.  As we pray scripture, we are taking into us the very breath of God for scripture is (2 Timothy 3:16) 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

September 7, 2019

Storms

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Psalms 55:8 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  (NIV)

We are visiting our son and his family and find ourselves preparing for a category 5 hurricane.  Many of us have been praying for God to turn the storm east out to sea where no one and no property can be damaged.  We know scripture says there will be more and worsening storms as we proceed through the later days of this present, sinful earth yet it is not wrong to ask Him to delay for the sake of those who are yet to enter into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  But we submit ourselves to God’s plans, whatever they are and prepare to secure ourselves as safe as possible.  We know we’re in the hands of God and need not be anxious or worried.  We do our part like boarding up windows and removing anything from outside that might be a projectile in the wind, yet we are at peace.  When we know our Creator God, it matters not when storms assail us.  His peace stays deep within.  Storms aren’t always weather related.  There are financial, emotional, sickness and various other storms of life.  They serve to deepen our faith if we will only choose to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit for directions in walking through the storms of life.  There is a chorus that summarizes it.  “Peace, peace, wonderful peace.  Looking down from heaven above…)  Peace is always looking down but we must look up to God to receive it.

September 6, 2019

In Jesus’ Name

Filed under: believe,God,Jesus,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 6:01 pm

John 16:26-27 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  (NIV)

When Jesus walked this earth people asked Him for their needs.  Before Jesus returned to the Father He said we no longer needed to ask Him.  We now have direct access to the Father and are to ask Him.  We are to ask in the name of Jesus.  This doesn’t mean we tack on “in the name of Jesus” at the end of all our prayers.  If we are believers and have accepted Jesus as God’s Son and the Lord of our lives we bear the name of Jesus on our very being.  When God the Father looks at us and hears us, He sees the blood of Jesus and His righteousness on us.  This is what gives us direct access to the Father.  Many think tacking on “in Jesus’ name” will give them a better chance of their prayer being answered.  It isn’t what we say that get’s our prayers answered but what covers us – the blood of Jesus.  Jesus even told us when we pray to pray to our Father in heaven.  We are to praise Jesus and thank Jesus but we are to make our request know to our Father in faith and thanksgiving.  Thank You, Jesus for stamping me with Your name.

September 5, 2019

Scattering

Filed under: God,Jesus,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

 

Acts 8:4 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.  (NIV)

Many ask why God allows His children to be persecuted.  When things are going our way we tend, by sinful nature, to become complacent.  It takes trials like persecution to move us into action.  If the early followers of “the Way” weren’t persecuted “the Way” would have remained in Jerusalem.  Scattering from persecution was what spread the Gospel of Good News around the world.  Today, in countries where there is little persecution, so many confessing Christians are complacent.  They take their freedom of worship as a given.  In countries where people are being imprisoned, beaten or killed for confession Jesus, new believers are added daily.  Being willing to stand firm against persecution says that the belief is worth their life and that speaks volumes to those watching.  The early apostles asked for prayer not for their lives to be protected but for their ability and strength to stand firm to the way of eternal life – Jesus, the only way and mediator between God the Father and mankind.  Let us learn to be bold while we are still somewhat free to do so.  Jesus stands for us before the Father so we should stand for Him before mankind.

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