Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 20, 2018

Bear the Name

Acts 9:15 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: (NKJ)

This is an instruction given to all believers.  We are chosen vessels unto Jesus to bear His name to all.  To bear means to put on.  When we put on, we demonstrate to others what it is we are wearing; what it is we have put on.  We cannot put on the name of Jesus if we don’t know Jesus intimately.  We must know what He is all about.  Jesus is about the Father.  He came to glorify the Father and stand between us and the Father so we could be adopted through Jesus’ taking on our sin that caused separation.  We can only know Jesus, Who He is and What He stands for through study of the Holy Bible with the interpreter of the Holy Spirit.  Let us diligently get into the written word, putting it in our minds and hearts and making it part of us that we may bear the name of Jesus.

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August 19, 2018

Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus

John 14:26 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit — the Father will send Him in My name — will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. (NIV)

Until I started my study of what it means by the phrase, “in My name,” I never notice that phrase in this scripture verse.  Jesus came in the name and with the authority of the Father.  When the Father brought Jesus, His Son, His Word made flesh, back to Himself, He sent the Holy Spirit to us in the name and with the authority of His Son, Jesus.  When we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives as not only our Savior from our separation from the Father due to our sin nature, but as our Lord, Teacher, Guide and King, we also receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  As we grow in our relationship to Jesus and the Father through the Holy Spirit we learn more and more how to identify with God and as we learn to identify with God we will know more and more how to live according to His purpose and how to do things with His authority.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that allows and enables us to speak, ask and do in the name of Jesus.  Let us learn to do all things according to His purpose in His Name.

August 18, 2018

Speak Aloud

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 20:32 32 Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (NIV)

Jesus knew what those 2 blind men wanted but He made them say what it was they wanted.  God wants us to make all our request known not only to Him (He knows what is in our thoughts even before we do.) but to us as well.  When we think we want or need something and give it oral expression we sometimes find that isn’t what we really want or need.  We’ve all experienced buying an item we thought we wanted but, after we bought it we wondered why we bought it.  Our thoughts can be very irrational at times.  When we speak them out to God, we are haring them ourselves.  I’ve been told I’m a person of few words.  I know I’m quiet.  I have to continually remind myself to speak aloud to God so I can hear what I’m saying.  Yes, there are times to pray silently through our thought process but we mustn’t neglect our voices.  God created our voice and He wants to hear our voices along with our need to hear what we are really asking.  Let us speak aloud telling God what it is we think we want or need.

August 17, 2018

Possessing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Genesis 13:17 17 Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.” (NIV)

Before Abraham could possess the land, God promised to give him, he had to walk it.  It was only his when he actively took it.  When God gives us His gifts, they aren’t really ours until we not only accept them, we must use them.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to each of us as we have need of them.  But, if we fail to use them, they do us no good.  The gift of giving won’t activate unless we first choose to give.  The most important one, the gift of love, remains dormant until we choose to love.  The love of the Bible isn’t always emotional.  It means wanting God’s best for another and being willing to be part of God’s best in helping another.  Let us be sure we not only talk about the gifts God gives us.  Let us be sure to activate them by using them.

August 16, 2018

Action Must Follow Knowledge

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

James 1:22 22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NIV)

Most all of us know what a balancedis meal and good nutrition includes.  Knowing it and following it are 2 different things.  When we choose not to follow a good nutritional diet, our bodies pay for it.  Head knowledge of the instructions for living a full, abundant life have been generously available to us in the Holy Bible.  Knowing the words isn’t enough.  Being able to quote the words isn’t enough.  Unless we follow through and live the words we will not have that full, abundant life promised.  Yes it can be fun and addicting to go into the history and know all the facts contained in the Bible.  It makes us feel good to share how much knowledge we have. Intellectual knowledge isn’t always followed by application.  Let us be sure that, as we seek the knowledge, we have the wisdom to apply the knowledge we gain.  People hear our words but can soon forget them.  People see how we live and remember.  Let us be sure they see God’s love in the way we live.

August 15, 2018

Always Now

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Matthew 14:27  But immediately, Yeshua spoke to them, saying, “Take courage!  I am.  Don’t be afraid.”  (TLV)

Some versions translate the tense of the Hebrew to I am here.  In the original it only says I am.  This is the name God said is His when Moses asked what was His name.  Jesus is identifying Himself as God.  Because Jesus is God in flesh, God’s Son, the Word of God and He always is, there is never anything for us to fear.  We can walk through any trial life on this earth brings our way knowing I AM is always with us.  He promised never to leave us and He is always true to His word.  Our problem is sometimes we leave Him.  We clutter our minds with unnecessary concerns about the “what if’s.”  Peter only lost faith when He chose to look at the circumstances rather than at I AM.  We need only to look and listen and walk in obedience to the instructions He has caused to be written for us in the Holy Bible and to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit He has so graciously and mercifully allowed to dwell in each and every believer.  Let us always remember I AM is always NOW.

August 14, 2018

A Summary

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It is important for us to know the Gospel of Christ in summary.  Here are some of the summary verses.  All are from the New International Version.

John 1:1-5 ​1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.4 Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.5 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.

John 3:16-18 16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.

Mark 16:6 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

1 John 5:11 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

We need to commit something like this example so we can quickly summarize the Gospel to those who don’t know it.  Hopefully we can then lead them in the prayer of acceptance, commitment, forgiveness and salvation so they will also enjoy an intimate, personal relationship with God the Father though His Son Jesus.

August 13, 2018

Waiting on God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Psalms 27:14 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Many wake up, check the schedule they made for the day and move on with it.  They don’t think about God or speak to Him until something interrupts their schedule.  To wait for the Lord doesn’t mean to do nothing.  It means to look to Him, get His direction for our schedule and a clear direction and then walk out in it.  When we run ahead of God we find ourselves in a mess.  God is the coordinator of all that is.  Running ahead brings failure.  Likewise, if we delay in following what God has for us most often we will miss out on a blessing.  God is God of time.  He wants to guide us one step at a time. He knows when it is time to take the step and what step we are to take.  Let us not begin a day without turning the schedule we have made over to God for His direction and correction.  God’s timing is perfect.  Let us wait on the Lord so our strength is renewed through our faith and trust.  This brings the courage to face all circumstances because we know God is with us and we are with Him.

August 12, 2018

For the Purpose

Genesis 2:3

Genesis 2:3  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing. (Tree of Life Version)

First a note on the Tree of Life Translation of the Scriptures.  It was translated by Jewish Rabies who accepted Jesus as their Messiah, their Lord and Savior.  They had a team of 40.  Their translation includes the cultural meaning of the Hebrew words at the time they were written.

Notice the phrase, “God created for the purpose of preparing” at the end of this verse.  I find this very meaningful.  God created the heaven and the earth and all therein for the purpose of the mankind He created to dwell with Him, fellowshipping with Him and tending what God created.  I find we are doing a very poor job.  We are not caring for the earth, rather we are polluting it with our obsession of material goods.  We tend not to spend our days fellowshipping with Him in the way He intended and desires.  God has demonstrated how very much He loves us.  First by the creation He blessed us to live in, and then by the gift of the sacrifice of His Word, made flesh as we are made, to suffer, take on our sins that separate us from Him, died and rose that we might return to the way God intended us to live.  Let us acknowledge our failure and, with determination, take better care of the earth and all therein as we walk through each and every day in fellowship with God.  This means not only talking to Him throughout our day, but talking with Him – listening to His part of our conversation.

 

August 11, 2018

Healed for Service

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,health,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 8:15 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. (NIV)

Jesus heals us not only out of love for us, He heals us for us to be able to be His hands, feet, mouth and heart on this earth.  Notice Peter’s mother got up and began to wait on Him.  She didn’t take time to tell everyone she was healed.  She demonstrated her healing by her service.  We tend to so consumed with what we want Jesus to do for us that we minimize what He would like to do through us for others.  This is from our sinful state of selfishness.  Let us choose to put Jesus first in reality, not just in words or theory.  When we ask for healing, let our reason be so we can actively serve Him by allowing Him to serve and speak through us to those He brings our way.

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