Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 22, 2018

Humming Birds

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

Matthew 6:26 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (NIV)

I watched a documentary on humming birds.  Many of the facts amazed me and all of them pointed to the necessity of the Creator, God for their being and their function.  I didn’t know they must eat every 15 minutes or the process of starvation would start.  We, too, are in danger of starvation.  So many seldom open and read the bread of life, the Holy Bible.  God gave us the Holy Bible to feed our spirits and minds.  Failure to eat of that bread often enough brings us spiritual starvation.  Our spirit must be fed regularly to survive and even more so to grow and be strong.  We must consider how often and how much do we eat of the Bread of Life.

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April 21, 2018

Conscience

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Titus 1:15 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. (NIV)

We’ve all been told at one time or anther to let our conscience be our guide.  Our conscience is not a dependable guide.  Our conscience is developed from how we are raised, our family values, the culture around us and what we’ve been taught to believe.  It is only when we have the Holy Spirit living in us and we have trained ourselves and fed upon the written word of God that our conscience can be of value to us.  Paul struggled with this. (Romans 7:15)   “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (NIV) Remember Paul was, in good conscience, persecuting the believers in Jesus before He met Him on the road.  His conscience was now in training to agree with the word of God.  Let us be sure we feed our conscience with the written word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit within us.

Obedience Through Love

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Matthew 22:38-40 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (NIV)

So many pride themselves on not breaking any of the 10 commandments.  In actually all of us have broken some point of each and every commandment.  All 10 commandments are built on these two cited by Jesus.  The commandments were given not for us to make God happy with us.  They were given to us so we could be happy and contented in our lives.  They were given to us to show us the way to contentment.  When we try to obey the commandments on our own out of a since of required obedience we are missing the mark.  God loves us.  There is no stopping His love.  He wants us to enjoy the lives He’s given us.  Living by the commandments through the 2 Jesus cited brings contentment. Contentment brings happiness.  Let us remember our obedience must come from love and a desire to give and receive the love of God, directly through Him and also through others and through ourselves to others.

April 20, 2018

Voice Aloud

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Psalms 5:3 3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly. (NIV)

Because quiet, alone time was always difficult to get, most of my communication with God was silent, totally within my mind and active thoughts.  Now that I have much time alone and in quiet, I am learning to speak aloud to God.  No, I’m not talking to myself.  I am talking with my Father, God.  Just like a parent likes to hear the voice of their child, God likes to hear our voice.  Talking aloud to God opens our spirits more to rejoicing, speaking from the heart and really communicating.  Old habits are hard to break but this one is important to break.  Yes, He hears every thought in our mind.  Yes, He hears when we talk to Him without using our physical voice.  Yes, He hears us when we write our prayers to Him.  But we mustn’t deny Him the joy of hearing our voice in conversation to Him alone.  Let not a day go by without liftin our voices to our Father, God in a one on One conversation.

Opportunity

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

1 Peter 3:15 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (KJV)

So often we miss the opportunities God gives us to speak His word into someone else.  A door is open and we miss it.  Either we haven’t open our ears to hear His voice for the day, we are only interested in our own preset schedule, or we are afraid of speaking up for fear we are rejected.  When we speak God’s word into someone what they do with it is not our burden other than to pray for them.  The result of our speaking God’s word is up to Him and the one to whom we speak.  Let us be sure to put fear of rejection aside and love and obedience to God up in place of our fears.  Let us remember each and every day to open our hearing to our Father’s voice and ask Him to bless someone through us each day.  Then, let us be alert to open doors.  It may be just a warm greeting to someone who is lonely.  We tend to look for the big opportunities probably because we have a desire to look really good.  Let us be willing to do the smallest of blessings to anyone at anytime and anyplace God shows us an open opportunity.  There are no reruns. 

April 19, 2018

Reconfessed

Isaiah 1:18 18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (NIV)

The matter is settled.  On the cross Jesus said “It is finished.”   Our sins were as scarlet because it takes blood to cover our sins.  The are now white as pure wool because our confessed sins are covered by the purity of the blood of Jesus.  We do not need nor should we confess the same sin, already confessed and forgiven, over and over.  That is a sign of a lack of trust and belief in what Jesus said and did.  Of course, if we keep repeating the same sin that is different.  But, when we choose to repeat it that means our confession was not from our heart.  When we confess we must be sure not only to accept the forgiveness of God, we must be sure to forgive ourselves and anyone else involved in our sin.  It is finished.  Let’s keep it that way.

 

April 18, 2018

Interpretation and Understanding

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Luke 24:27 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (NIV)

Acts 8:30 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. (NIV).

 Interpreting and understanding the scripture is necessary for our faith to grow and our recognizing the voice of God within us.  The disciples, on the road, were blessed to have Jesus walk with them and explain the scriptures.  The man in the chariot had Philip come and help him understand.  We have the Holy Spirit to teach and help us understand the scripture.  We must be carful about taking any scripture out of context.  That is why I always encourage you to read the entire section around my quote in the translation you understand best, not just the quote.  That is also why you need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding for where you are in the application of the scripture, what you read others write or what you hear others say.  What I and others write or say is from our perspective and where we are in our walk with God.  God may want you to understand and apply in yet a different way.  It is good to read and listen to others whose lives prove they are true believers and followers of God through Jesus but we are each individual and at different places in our lives.  What’s right for one person at one time doesn’t mean it’s right for someone else.  Not only should we be careful not to cause someone else to stumble, we need to guard against ourselves stumbling.  We should expose ourselves to the thinking of others but always take it to God for confirmation and application to our own lives.

April 17, 2018

Word for Today

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

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (NIV)

I’ve never been able to read the same book twice nor watch the same movie twice.  It took me awhile to learn that, because I’ve read the entire Bible, it’s not in the same category as other books.  Because it’s the living word of God and because it’s only through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit that understanding can come, every time I read the words in the Bible my understanding changes, actually deepens, as the Holy Spirit interprets it to me at the present point of my life and my ability to understand.  When we open the pages of the Bible we must first ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding.  Every word we read is a word for the day.  Without the Holy Spirit the words on the pages are only words.  Every day, as we open the pages, let us do it with openness to the Holy Spirit to show us how to apply the words we read to our lives this very day.

April 16, 2018

What If?

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

Have you ever played the “what if” game?  It’s such a temptation when we look at our current situation or look ahead.  Because we don’t know what will happen beyond the present with any amount of certainty, we tend to think out on “what if.”  Playing the “what if” game produces anxiety.  The antedote to this is remembering that Jesus said He would always be with us.  No matter what we might face in the future, Jesus is already there preparing the way for us.  “What if” can’t change what comes.  We can live securely in the present and know our tomorrows are in the hand of God.  What counts is what is.  Most “what if’s” we imagine probably will never service.  So, instead of playing the “what if” game let us live fully the moment we are in and leave tomorrow in the very capable hands of our Father, God. 

April 15, 2018

Lamp

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:05 pm

Psalms 119:105 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (NIV)

Jesus is the Word of God.  Through the Holy Spirit God’s Word, made flesh, is now recorded on pages we can read with our eyes.  These pages light the direction of the paths we should walk while in our physical bodies on this planet we call earth.  The question is, how often do we turn on the lamp?  How long do we allow the lamp to stay on when we turn it on?  Do we only turn on the lamp on Sunday when we go to church?  Maybe we turn it on when we are facing a problem.  If we want our path in light rather than to stumble around in the dark, we must turn on the lamp each and every day.  We must leave the lamp on long enough to understand our path for the day.  Just reading one verse or browsing through a devotion isn’t enough light to carry us through a day.  Let us turn on the lamp God has provided for us.  Let us let it shine long and bright.  Let us use the lamp to light the Word until the Word is deep in mind, heart and lives.

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