Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 28, 2017

On Guard

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:54 pm

Matthew 10:17-18 17 Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. (NIV)

 The disciples were told to be on their guard.  We are told the same thing.  We are to be on our guard by wearing the full armor of God.  It is described in Ephesians 6 beginning with verse 11.  I’ve written on the different parts of the armor so I won’t repeat all of them I just want to call you attention to the shield of faith and th sword of the Spirit.  To be able to hold the shield of faith to guard ourselves we must exercise the faith.  A week or unused faith won’t be able to hold the shield for protection.  At the same time we hold the shield of faith we need to be on the offensive with the sword of the spirit.  God’s word is the sword of the spirit.  If we don’t read, study, meditate and memorize the Word of God we will not be able to defeat the things that come against us.  We must ask ourselves how we are doing with those 2 parts of God’s armor.

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February 27, 2017

Go

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:56 pm

Matthew 10:6-7 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. (NIV)

 After Jesus appointed His 12 disciples he told them to go.  Not to stay within their group but to go out to those who didn’t believe.  Early in our walk with God we realized all our friends and neighbors were believers.  We really didn’t know any outside our church family.  We decided to take square dancing lessons to meet other people.  The first couple we met were from our church.  We politely told them it was good to see them but our purpose in coming was to meet people who didn’t go to church.  As the lessons continued we were blessed to make relationships with several non-believers and were able to watch as God’s Spirit worked through us drawing them into questions and eventually into personal relationships with God through Jesus.  We must ask ourselves if we are in church or our church family so much that we aren’t out witnessing to those who need to hear God’s message.

February 26, 2017

Harvest

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:49 pm

Matthew 9:37-38 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Time is getting shorter each and every day.  We don’t know what day Jesus will come for His Bride (those who believe in Him and follow Him).  We do know it is not God’s will that one soul should be lost.  We who do believe and claim to follow are the ones God calls to work.  There are so very many lost souls around us; even in our churches.  They need harvesting.  That means they need to hear about Jesus from our mouths and see Jesus in our faces and through our actions.  We must ask ourselves if we are working.  How has our harvest been?  We are called but are we answering with action?  

February 25, 2017

Belief

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:47 pm

Matthew 9:29 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (NIV)

 Wow.  What’s done to us is according to our faith.  If we believe we’re a failure, we will fail.  If we believe we can’t do something we won’t be able to.  If we believe we can do anything through Christ we will be able to do anything.  What we believe we think on and what we think on becomes part of us.  We are told to think on whatever is lovely or of good repute.  We are told this for a very good reason.  We are what we think.  Likewise, God does for and in us what we allow Him to do if we believe He’ll do it.  Believing is a choice, not an emotion.  We can choose to believe or choose to doubt.  We must ask ourselves what it is we have chosen to believe.  If we find our belief vacillates we must pray for help to stand firm.  Let us be careful in our choice of what to believe and make sure our beliefs are founded on the written Word of God.

February 24, 2017

Sleeping or Awake

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:25 pm

Matthew 9:24 24 he said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. (NIV)

 There are different types of death.  Yes, there is a physical death.  There is also an emotional and a spiritual death.  Though I was raised in a church, worked in a church and claimed to be a Christian, I was spiritually dead.  I didn’t understand the difference between believing Jesus is the Son of God (Satan knows that.) and believing IN Jesus, the Son of God, as my Savior and my Lord.  The day I realized that (another story too long for this) I felt Jesus touch me.  It only takes one touch from Him to heal and bring someone back to life.  My emotions were healed and my spirit was brought back from the death to life.  To me, this is more important than my physical death because, as a child of God through His Son, Jesus, my body will die but I will live in His very real presence for all eternity.  So many people are spiritually dead.  So many people in churches who call themselves Christians are spiritually asleep.  We must ask ourselves if we’ve allowed Jesus to touch us and if we are fully awake. 

February 23, 2017

Smile

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:31 pm

Matthew 9:15-16 15 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast (NIV)

 I’ve written several articles on fasting.  Fasting is an important part of our spiritual exercise.  Many people think they must be gloomy to show how spiritual they are.  We have the gift of Jesus with us in the Holy Spirit and that is more than enough to be rejoicing.  There are times to fast.  There are many ways to fast.  We must not neglect them.  But we must be sure to let others see the joy of our Lord in us.  I was won to Jesus by a lady’s smile.  It’s amazing what a smile can do for someone.  Let us be sure we aren’t walking around with a glum expression or a frown.  When we have to wait in a long line what are we displaying?  Displaying displeasure or impatience doesn’t communicate the joy of Jesus Who is with and in us.  Let us show His joy so much to make others ask why we are so happy and we can share God’s love with others.

February 22, 2017

Mercy

Matthew 9:13 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ (NIV)

 When we are trying to live a life of obedience to God’s precepts we tend to become judgmental of those who don’t appear to be trying to live that way.  Instead of just not condoning their actions we judge the person.  Jesus didn’t judge the person and He had every right to do so.  Instead, He showed mercy and led them to turn away from their actions and encouraged them to follow His way.  How much more peaceful this world would be if, instead of sitting, thinking and speaking in judgement we showed mercy to the person we have been judging.  Showing mercy is not the same thing as agreeing with the action.  Showing mercy is accepting the person as one who is loved by God and setting an example both of God’s love and acceptance of the individual while showing the joy of following the precepts of God.  Let us quit pointing our fingers, saying harsh and judgmental words and encourage others by accepting them as people of value and showing them the love and joy that is available when following the precepts of God.

February 21, 2017

Take Up You Mat

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:45 pm

Matthew 9:6 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” (NIV)

 Being in a state of unforgiveness can paralyze us.  If we are feeling unforgiven or if we are unforgiving of others it has the same effect on us.  Jesus spoke forgiveness and told the paralyzed man to pick up and go home.  He was telling the man to get on with his life and fulfill the responsibilities God has given him.  We are to confess our sins, accept the forgiveness of God and forgive others so we can pick up and move on with God giving Him the freedom to work through us. When we feel paralyzed, that is unable to follow through on something God has asked us to do, we must confess both our own sins and be sure we aren’t harboring unforgiveness to someone else.  Sin paralyses and unforgiveness is a sin.  Let us learn to keep short accounts with God and also to be quick in forgiving others.  Clean slates serve better.

February 20, 2017

Demons

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:02 pm

Matthew 8:34 34 Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw him, they pleaded with him to leave their region (NIV)

 There are many demons in this world: demon of alcohol, demon of drugs, demon of hate and on and on.  As children of God we are given power to resist these demons.  When they put a thought of temptation in us we need to boldly speak the word, “Go” just as Jesus did.  But these demons become comfortable if we allow them into us.  The town had comfortable demons and didn’t like being broken from them.  We must stand our ground against all demons.  As long as we stay in the Word of God and keep our communication with God through His Holy Spirit, our hearts and minds will be full without room for demons to enter.  Let us continually guard our minds with God Word deeply rooted.

February 19, 2017

Faith

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:22 pm

Matthew 8:26 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm (NIV)

 God does not give us a spirit of fear but a spirit of peace and a sound mind.  When the storms of life hit us, when we are about to stress, what is it we do?  Do we go to God in prayer and ask Him for direction or do we allow fear or stress to consume us?  Do we really believe God will work all thing out for good or are we short sited and only seeing the storm without seeing God’s hand?  Fear is only present when we allow faith to falter.  There is an old hymn that goes, “Be not dismayed what ere be tide, God will take care of you.”  No matter what we must face in life on this earth, God has promised never to leave or forsake us.  He is true to His promise.  Our problem is we must look with the spiritual eyes He gives us and stand firm on the faith.  Faith grows with exercise.  Times of storms are a good time for exercising that faith.  We must ask ourselves how our exercise routine is doing.

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