Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2017

Daily Bread

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 2:44 am

Matthew 6:11 11 Give us today our daily bread. (NIV)

 Give us.  We must remember all we have is a gift from God.  That includes the air we breathe.  It is only because of the grace of God we can take our next breath.  We are asking Him for “daily” bread.  We are asking for the day.  He has told us not to worry about tomorrow and to leave the past behind.  It is for this day that we are to pray and it is for this day that He provides.  “Bread.”  This is more than the physical food we need to eat to nourish our fleshly bodies.  Jesus said He is the “Bread of Life.”  We are to eat from Him each and every day.  We do this through His written word, The Holy Bible, and through His Holy Spirit by listening and responding to His voice.  We are asking God to Give us the ability to hear, receive and consume Him and all He has for us on this day.  We must ask ourselves do we know what we are asking and do we want to do our part in the receiving of our request?

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January 30, 2017

Kingdom

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:29 am

Matthew 6:10 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (NIV)

 God’s kingdom is righteousness, peace and joy.  When we ask God’s Son, Jesus, into our heart and mind and life to be our Savior and the Lord of our life, God’s kingdom comes into us in the form of the righteousness of Jesus and the peace and joy given us through God’s Holy Spirit.  When we have His kingdom in us we want His will done.  His will is always done in heaven without question.  We want it done the same way on earth.  We must ask ourselves if we really want His will done His way on earth or are we trying to bargain with Him to have things go our way.  .Let’s take some time asking Him to show us areas where we are blocking His will from being done in us just as perfectly as His will is done in heaven.

January 29, 2017

How to Pray

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:06 am

Matthew 6:9 9 “This, then, is how you should pray (NIV)

 Please notice one three letter word.  How.  Jesus gave us this prayer as an example of “how” to pray.  Though there is nothing wrong with reciting this prayer word for word, the intention was for it to be an example of what we should include in our prayers.  As we read verses 9 through 13 we notice it begins with an address.  “Our Father.”  This tells us we are to pray to God, the Father.  It also reminds us that we aren’t God’s only child.  We have siblings.  Next is “in heaven.”  Reminding us where our Father is and where our home is since our home is with our Father.  “Hallowed be your name” means His name is Holy.  Here, after the address, is the praise and worship.  We are acknowledging God, our Father is Holy.  We are adoring Him.  We will continue with the remaining verses tomorrow.  Right now, we must ask ourselves if we start our prayers with addressing God, our Father and if we go into adoration or if we just start out with our wants and needs.

January 28, 2017

Needs

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 2:56 am

Matthew 6:8 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (NIV)

 Wow.  God knows everything we need.  So, why should we ask for our needs?  We ask because we need to give voice to what we consider to be a need.  Many things we think we need are really not needs.  They are desires and wants.  That doesn’t mean they’re bad or frivolous or something we shouldn’t have.  It just means we need to consider what we really need versus what we just would like to have.  When we ask God for our needs we ask, acknowledging that He knows and He is our provider.  We ask in a spirit of thanks that He hears and He provides.  When we ask for our desires we ask in an attitude of submission to God and His knowledge of timing or even providing such desires.  We should never be afraid of asking as long as we ask in an attitude of submission.  Let’s continue with our asking, but never omit our thanksgiving.

January 27, 2017

Babbling

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 2:05 am

Matthew 6:7-8 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (NIV)

 We’ve all heard them.  People on TV and in churches praying aloud but actually, instead of talking with God they are trying to give a message to those around who can hear them.  When we pray, we are talking to God.  We are not talking to others though we might be praying aloud and they might be joining us in agreement with our prayer, we are addressing God and not trying to prove a point or give a message in the guise of prayer to others.  We talk to God in the same voice we speak to others.  We don’t need to yell at Him.  He can even hear our thoughts so His hearing must be awesome.  We don’t need to keep repeating His name.  He knows His name and knows we are talking to Him.  We don’t make demands but do speak with faith on His promises recorded in His written word.  We don’t need to change our language to some formal, old-fashion words.  We just need to talk with Him.  Prayer is a 2 way conversation.  Even in public prayer we should give Him time to respond to all those who joined their hearts and minds in that prayer.  I private prayer we should give Him even more time to respond to us.  Prayer is not just a “give me quick, God” time.  Prayer is a conversation between two who love each other.  There are times we might speak a quick, “Help me or Help them” prayer but we need special time every day to confirm our love for each other. 

I have a praise, worship and prayer group at my house every other week.  Whoever has a song in their heart starts it and whoever knows it joins in.  Whoever has a word of praise or thanks to God or worship speaks it out.  Whoever has a prayer on their heart for our nation or community speaks it out.  They only pray a few sentences and we don’t repeat what they pray in our own words because we are all in agreement with their prayer.  The one thing we have to learn is to pray loud enough for everyone in the group to hear or we can’t be unified in agreement.  I encourage all of you to think about starting a small group to worship God and pray for our nation.  It only takes an hour every so often and if more of us would do this God said, “If my people who are called by My name would humble themselves and pray I will forgive their sins and heal their land.”  Let us do our part and God will heal our land.

January 26, 2017

Closet

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:20 am

Matthew 6:6 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you (NIV)

 Prayer.  One of my favorite subjects and favorite things to do.  I enjoy talking to God throughout my day but I also take special time to go into my prayer place and leaving all possible interruptions away, pray to God.  It is important to have a special place where we won’t be distracted to really talk to our Father.  If we are around electronics or see jobs that must be done, we can easily be distracted.  Distraction is one of Satan’s weapons.  He doesn’t want us talking to God, let alone listen to Him.  I live in a small park model so don’t have a room.  I do have a loft that is free of distractions.  John Wesley didn’t even have that so she would sit in her kitchen chair and pull her apron over her head.  This blocked her eyes from distraction and gave a strong message to the children to be quiet and leave her alone while she had her time with her Father.  Let us be sure we have a place, free from distractions, where all we do there is pray.  It becomes a special place (or small area) and can even be called a “war room” when we do intercession for others. 

January 25, 2017

Showoff

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:53 am

Matthew 6:1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven (NIV)

 There was a time, early in my walk with Christ, when I put money in the collection plate I put it in a way that the amount would show.  I was proud of how much I was giving.  That wasn’t a gift to God.  It was a prideful boast of how much better I was than those around me.  That attitude by itself was enough to make everyone else around me much better than I.  Shakespeare said, “Life is a stage.”  Our problem is we are playing to the wrong audience.  It is God Who is watching us at all times.  He even knows our unspoken thoughts and actions.  Knowing this, and comparing us with Jesus must lead us to the decision there is no righteousness in us except where we allow God’s Holy Spirit to rule.  Yes, God’s light in us is to be seen by others but not so they see how good or righteous we are but that they see how much God loves them through us and how forgiving He is.  Why, when we follow the precepts of God, are we doing so?  Is it because it makes us feel more righteous than others or is it because we love God and want to be pleasing to Him?  We must answer this question in all areas of our life.

January 24, 2017

Perfect

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 2:07 am

Matthew 5:48 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect (NIV)

 Another translation for the word perfect come from is purpose.  We are to live our life for a purpose.  Our purpose should prevail in all parts of our life.  Our purpose is to fellowship with God and through that fellowship shine His love and demonstrate His love to those around us.  Being perfect, or singleness of purpose, doesn’t mean we won’t sin.  It means our eyes and minds and hearts are focused on God and our purpose.  It means when we slip up we immediately confess and move on following our purpose with God.  Our question is, do we desire to follow our purpose?  Let’s take some time checking the different areas of our lives and seeing when we are following our purpose or when our minds and hearts are elsewhere.

January 23, 2017

Ememies

Matthew 5:43-47 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? (NIV)

 I spent several months visiting most all the churches in my area.  I was looking to see what God was being allowed to do and not allowed to do in the various churches.  I found out a lot.  The big churches had their official greeters so I was greeted at the door.  Yet, even when the congregation was asked to shake the hand of those around them I found backs turned to me as they were shaking and talking to their friends.  The little churches had no official greater and, sad to say, a majority of them had no interest in welcoming a stranger except for the minister.  There was one church, a small church where I was the only one of my race.  Every person in that church came and welcomed me before the service than every person spoke to me and invited me back after the service.  I’m sure none of the churches considered me to be an enemy.  If they had a hard time welcoming a stranger coming into their church on a Sunday for the worship service, how would they obey the above verses.  The word love in these verses comes from the word “agape.”  This is not an emotional love but a love that wants God’s best for others.  But we are God’s hands, feet and mouth on this earth and it is up to us to communicate God’s love to ALL we meet.  Their race, gender, age, social status, profession or even religion doesn’t change our responsibility.  God’s desire is for all mankind to know and accept His love.  We must ask ourselves if we are being a good channel for His love.

January 22, 2017

The Other Cheek

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:02 am

Matthew 5:39-40 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also (NIV)

 We’ve all been earing our politicians in a name calling contest.  It seems when one calls another a derogatory name the other will try to call a ore derogatory name and they go back and forth.  Jesus set the example for us when He kept His mouth shut in front of Pilot.  Trying to pay tit for tat doesn’t get us anywhere but deeper in the mire.  How do we keep from doing this to each other?  We must remember we are not perfect nor are we the only ones with the right answer.  We must remember that all of us are loved by God and we should choose to love one another.  But the attitude of wanting to get even with someone who’s hurt or offended us doesn’t start with the mouth.  It starts with our thoughts.  As soon as a negative thought enters our mind we are to ask God’s forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to help us replace that negative thought with one that will build up the other person rather than tear him down.  Saying something good and positive to someone who is angry or hurtful is like putting water a hot coal.  Let us learn to water hot tempers with the love of Jesus.

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