Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 30, 2014

Reasonable Service

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Romans 12:1. Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice-alive, holy, and pleasing to God-which is your reasonable service.

God gives us salvation by grace through Jesus. It is free to us but God expects us to do certain things. We will look at some of those for a few days. Here we read God expects us to present our bodies to Him in a certain condition. We are to be alive, actively participating in His work. We are to be pleasing to Him. It pleases a parent when their child is obedient and loving. It pleases a parent when their child loves the siblings and gets along with them. Through God we have a lot of siblings. Do we love all of them? Do we get along with all of them? I’ve seen many tempers flare in churches from people who confess to love God. One of our reasonable services to God is to love and get along with each other. We may need to bite our tongues for the love of our God and His children.

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June 29, 2014

Not Waver

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Hebrews 10:23-25 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another,

I’ve asked a few to come into the prayer room before the serves to join in prayer for the service, the staff and the worshipers only to hear the response, “No, I’m fine.” I’ve heard many others say I don’t need to go to church to believe God. I can worship Him in my own home or outdoors while I’m having fun. These people are presuming they can hold fast their faith on their own. They presume they won’t waver and they presume everyone else can do the same. We don’t need each other. We don’t need to be a connected body. In Hebrews in the chapter before the great “faith chapter’ we are told we must stir up one another to continue in doing good works. We need to encourage one another. We come together on at least one day a week to check in with one another. We share our defeats and victories and confess and worship and raise God together. But let us be sure when we come together we do encourage and not criticize, we build up and don’t tear down. We each have enough challenges from the carnal world without our own spiritual family throwing in hurdles for us to cross. Let us not waver nor cause any other to waiver.

June 28, 2014

Legimate Prayer

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Matthew 26:39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

Notice Jesus expressed His preference to His Father. He didn’t want to go to the cross. He would have liked there to be another way. He was open and honest with His Father. But He ends with obedience to what His Father’s will is. He connects in prayerful conversation with the will of the Father. This is legitimate prayer. This is praying in the will of God. We don’t need to ignore our own carnal and oftentimes selfish wants as long as we are willing to give them up for the perfect will of our God. To know His will we must study His written word, the Holy Bible. Tired of reading about studying the Bible? It’s the only way to be immersed in the Word of God. It won’t happen by wishful thinking or by weekly church attendance. We are a busy generation and squander our time on unimportant and temporary activities. Let us be sure we set aside our best time to delve deeply into the word of God and learn, through prayer and the Holy Spirit, to apply it to our lives and pray with its authority.

June 27, 2014

Prayer of a Righteous Man

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

James 5:17-18 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

A prayer of faith results in miraculous results. Yet it says Elijah was a man with a nature like ours. As we look as Elijah’s life we see he continually struggled to keep his life aligned with God’s covenant promises and threats. He lived his life in the understanding of the covenant God had provided, the commandments given to the Hebrews through Moses. But even with this, how could he have enough faith to pray for a drought and know when to pray for the drought to end? Elijah listened to both the commitment to obedience to God’s commands of the people around him and to the promptings of God through God’s commands through Moses. The people weren’t obeying God. God put into His commands the results of disobedience. Elijah read, understood and believed what God said and prayed for it to take effect. Today we have it easier. We have more than the commands given through Moses by God. We have God’s Holy Spirit and the written word, the Holy Bible given to us by God through His dedicated followers. We can pray the prayer of faith with the boldness and confidence of Elijah if we have read, studied and meditated on the written scriptures and asked and listened to the interpretation revealed to us through His Holy Spirit. To do this we must be up to date on our confessions and forgiveness (refer to the devotion entitled “Spiritual Breathing.”). This takes time. It takes commitment. It takes obedience. Through following Jesus we have His righteousness. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

June 26, 2014

Un-belief

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Mark 9:24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”

We need to learn to be honest when we pray. God knows where we are in our faith. We need to be honest with ourselves. Presumption and faith are not the same thing. Presumption is based on what the one presuming wants to happen without regard to what the other might want to happen. Faith is built on what God plans to happen. When we pray we must know our motives and what God’s word says about our request. The prayer of faith must agree with the scripture. Should we pray for healing? Yes, but healing has different ways and forms. We are to make our request know to God but He chooses the when, where and how to answer those request. He always hears and answers. It’s us who sometime look the wrong direction and miss the answers God gives us. When we pray let us have fait in God to answer our request in His perfect way.

June 25, 2014

Savoring

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Psalms 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

There are 2 types of candy eaters: 1 sucks on the candy enjoying its sweetness and the other chews it up. There are 2 types of readers; 1 scans the words aiming to get to the end and the other savors the beauty and meaning of the words. When we read God’s written word do we, as this psalmist, fully taste and savor them, allowing them to slowly digest and absorb into our entire being? I get a lot of requests to write longer devotions. These devotions are meant to be a jump-start on your own personal devotion. Sometimes they might lead you on to more in-depth study on the quoted scripture or the subject and sometimes they may lead you a totally different direction. What’s important is for us to get all the vitamins and minerals into our system to produce growth and health. Let us learn to take the time to fully savor the written word of God all the way down to the smallest word. Don’t chew up the candy, let it dissolve completely.

June 24, 2014

Prayer Victory

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 7:20 am

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, the Christian mother who was condemned by Islams to be lashed 100 time the hung until dead for not denying her faith in a Jesus Christ has been released. Thank you to all who joined in prayer. Let’s use this most powerful weapon more often

That Settles It

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

This is my key to faith. We must know what God says. We must trust what He says because of Who He is. We must live in the light of what He says through His Holy Spirit. There is a saying, “God said it, I believe it. That settles it.” When what we see in this physical world seems to be different from what God says, I choose to believe God’s Word rather than what my eyes might see or my ears hear. As Paul wrote we only see through a glass dimly. God has 20/20 vision. I choose to trust His vision over mine. Faith is a choice. I can choose to trust a chair will hold me if I sit in it or I can get tired staying standing because I doubt. Others have sat in the chair and it has held them. When our faith waivers we only need to read what God has done through others. We only need to reflect, as the psalmist did, on what God has already done for us. It is God Who is faithful. Let us lean on Him rather than our own faulty understanding. Read what builds our knowledge of God’s Word and build our faith. Romans 10 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

June 23, 2014

Planned From Eternity

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Note the words” by the blood of the eternal covenant.” God was not without knowledge of what His creation, man, would do. He knew man would disobey and separate himself from God, his Creator. God already had a plan with His Word, His Son. At the right time His Son would leave the Father and come on this earth through a woman to be born as flesh and blood. He would demonstrate the love and shed the Light of the Godhead by example and teaching. At the right time He would allow Himself to be taken by sinful mankind and killed on a cross. As He physically died on the cross and the Father would turn away from Him, the Word, Jesus, would take on all the sins of the created mankind for all eternity. After He rose from that terrible death He would ascend back to the Father and then send His Holy Spirit to indwell within anyone who would receive His gift of sacrifice and follow Him as Lord and Savior of their life. Until that glorious time mankind could only stumble and attempt to obey a group of laws. The laws only served to demonstrate to mankind how impossible it was to be in the image of God without the forgiveness of sins through Jesus and the Holy Spirit to enable, teach and guide. This covenant of blood is for all mankind for all eternity. Have you availed yourself of this co covenant? Have you shared this wonderful news with others?

June 22, 2014

Cerimonial Washing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

John 2:6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.

Please open your own Bible and read the continuing verses. This is the wedding in Cana where Jesus and His family were guest. The host ran out of wine and Jesus’ mother asked Him to fix the problem. She knew what her Son could do. He wasn’t ready but honored His mother’s wishes. The water jugs Jesus chose to use were not for drinking water but for ceremonial washing of hands and feet. Jesus turned what was just ceremonial into the new wine which was better than any wine ever tasted before. This new wine would Bering joy. The Holy Spirit is the new wine Jesus was showing would come. It is the new wine of the Holy Spirit that fills us with joy. No amount of ceremony, no amount of self cleansing can bring us the joy that is found in the dwelling of the Holy Spirit within us. Our question is are we showing this joy and wetting the appetites of others to seek this joy through Jesus?

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