Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 21, 2018

Blocked Communication

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:23 pm

Hebrews 3:13 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (NIV)

My cell phone messed up.  It deleted most of my contacts.  It was having more problems than that.  I bout a new one and in trying to transfer the back-up list of contacts had a lot of trouble.  I couldn’t call my children, grandchildren or anyone else do see how they’re doing.  It’s frustrating when we can’t reach someone.  It made me thin of God and how He longs for us to stay in contact with Him on a daily basis.  We don’t need a cell phone to contact Him but we do need to go through His Son, Jesus.  We must accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior in order to contact God.  Once we do that, we must keep a daily confession of our sins going with God to keep our hearts and spirits healthy.  God is always listening.  Our prayers are blocked by unconfessed sin  Let us be quick to confess and receive God’s forgiveness and keep our line of communication open with God throughout each and every day.

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February 20, 2018

Gossip

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

James 4:11-12 11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? (NIV)

Someone was sharing with me the sin of another.  They said it wasn’t gossip, it was fact.  Gossip is when neither the speaker or the listener are involved in the situation.  Also, even though the speaker considered that a very bad sin, God doesn’t rank sins.  We all sin every day.  It might be just a lie or it might be something we consider really big.  Either way, sin is sin in God’s eyes.  He is the only judge of the sin and He is the forgiver through His Son, Jesus of all sin.  Instead of telling others of someone else’s sin or judging someone else, let’s look at our own actions, words and thoughts, confessing them specifically before God and receiving His forgiveness.  Then, once confessed, let’s pray for others that God’s light will shine in their hearts and His Holy Spirit turn them away from their sin.

AN EXTRA

I wrote about the Olympians and their discipline and single vision.  As I was preaching about this subject the Holy Spirit gave me a battle cry.  Olympians for Jesus.  We are using it to cheer each other along rather than judging them and also to remind ourselves of our goal.  Let us all be Olympians for Jesus an go after the gold that is from God and lasts all eternity.

February 19, 2018

Exercise

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:30 pm

James 1:2-3 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (NIV)

You’ve heard the saying, “use it or lose it.”  Our bodies need exercise or our muscles and our joints will not work properly.  The same is true for our faith.  Without exercise, our faith, unused, will gradually ebb.  Trials are exercise for our faith.  Waling through each trial is like advancing the weight of the dumbbells we use in our exercise.  With each trial, our faith builds.  Of course, this only happens with the right attitude to the trials.  If we do our exercises in the wrong way it can hurt us or at the least, not get the most from our workout.  If we walk through our trials in the wrong way our faith will not grow.  We walk through our trials with a determination to talk to and listen to God for His instruction on each step we should take walking through the trial.  Walking through the trial listening and talking with God is like using the right weight dumbbells for our exercise.  As James says, consider it joy God allows us to walk through those faith-building trials for what they do to our spiritual muscle of faith.

February 18, 2018

The Reward

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:25 pm

Ephesians 6:8 8 because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. (NIV)

As I watch the Olympics I marvel at the dedication, energy and sacrifice the participants spent just for a small chance at a moments glory of a reward.  It makes me think about how much dedication, energy and sacrifice we spend.  The reward we will get will last for an eternity.  But the reward isn’t based only on what we do. It is based on the heart attitude preceding and during what we do.  If we do good only for the reward we will find the reward vanishes.  If we do good out of love, the reward awaits.  It is not the reward we seek but the Giver of the reward we seek.  We seek Him out of love and honor.  How diligently do we seek Him?  How much dedication do we show in seeking Him?  How much energy do we put into our seeking and following Him?  Let us compare our dedication to God with the Olympians dedication to their sport.  May we choose to do better.

February 17, 2018

Dog’s Example

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:15 pm

Hebrews 12:2 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (NIV)

Taking a break from the Olympics, I turned on the Westminster Dog Show and watched the Best in Breed portion.  I noticed how the dogs constantly watched their master.  Even when a master is sitting, the dog is sitting or lying but, even with it’s eyes closed, it is constantly aware of any movement of the master.  The dog is very loyal and will do anything for it’s master.  It made me wonder how loyal and how much awareness we have on our Master.  Are we always keeping our eyes on Him?  Are we so loyal we will do anything for Him.  The dog finds it’s joy in the presence of it’s master.  Do we find joy in the presence of our Master?  The dog trusts it’s master to provide it with all it’s needs.  Do we trust our Master to provide us with all our needs?  The dog thanks it’s master with all it’s being.  Do we think to truly thank our Master?  Comparing ourselves with a dog might lead us to realize we might be falling a little short.

February 16, 2018

Our Works

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

John 6:28-29 28 Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”
29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent (NIV)

We grow up believing we must do things in order to earn love from others.  This thinking follows us throughout our lives and permeates our thinking about our relationship with God as well as others.  Jesus said all we need to do is believe in Him.  Our works do not measure His love for us.  Our works represent our love for Him.  When we love someone, we want to do things for that person.  The only thing we can do for Jesus is to believe in Him and trust Him.  In and of ourselves we cannot do any works for Him.  We can allow Him to work through us.  It is only through His power and wisdom that “our” works will succeed.  Let us learn to rest in His love, fully accepting His love and allowing His love to work through us and into others.

February 15, 2018

Always With Us

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:30 pm

Zephaniah 3:17 17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

Not only does God take great delight in us along with rejoicing over us with singing, He is with us.  He doesn’t step away.  He doesn’t just use His memory of us to delight in us.  He stays right with us.  We are never alone.  When we feel alone it is because we aren’t looking to Him.  We allow distractions to take our focus away from God’s very presence.  We can have our family members in the same room with us and be so distracted we aren’t aware of their presence.  All we have to do is refocus on our family members and we realize they are with us.  It is the same with God.  Let’s keep our focus on God even as we do the various tasks set before us.

February 14, 2018

Delight

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Zephaniah 3:17 17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” (NIV)

This scripture blows my mind.  God takes great delight in us.  So much so, He rejoices over us with singing.  That is a real WOW!  I don’t take great delight in myself.  I see all I lack; all my faults; all my sin.  When God looks at me, He sees His child and the blood of His Son which has wiped all the faults, lacks and sin away.  When we allow this to go deep in our minds, hearts and spirits, it must change our outlook on God and on us and on others.  It’s not only me God takes that great delight in.  He takes it in all His children.  How can we possibly look at another with criticism or judgement when God sees them with great delight and singing over them.  Let’s allow this verse to penetrate deep within us that, through the Holy Spirit, it can change our outlook and attitude.

February 13, 2018

Seeing God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:22 pm

John 1:18 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (NIV)

As long as we are in our sinful, physical bodies we cannot see God.  God is love.  Love can’t be seen in and of itself.  The effects of love can be seen and can even be felt.  When we look at another child of God and see the love of God in them, we see God.  When we look at the creation of God all around us, knowing God as the Creator, we see God.  Love is like the wind; we can’t see the wind in and of itself but we can feel the wind and we can see the effects of the wind.  Let us remember when others look at us, let us be sure it is God, Who is Love, that they see.

February 12, 2018

Compassion

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

2 Corinthians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, (NIV)

The original Greek word that our word “compassion” comes from literally means “to suffer with.”  Jesus is the Father of compassion.  He not only suffers with us in the present tense, He took our sins on Himself to suffer a type of suffering we will never have to experience.  We are to follow the example of Jesus.  We are to be compassionate with those around us.  We are to share their sorrows and burdens and help them give them over to God.  We are not to judge the reason they are suffering or the way they handle their suffering.  We are to show compassion; to let them know we hurt with them and will stand with them in prayer, helping them hear and feel God.  Instead of judging or questioning someone’s suffering, let’s put on the compassion of Jesus Who showed compassion without judgement or condemnation to all who came to Him.

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