Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 30, 2017

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Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:19 pm

Acts 10:34-35 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism (NIV)

 We like to wear titles.  Titles seem to give us identity.  We judge some titles to be more important and impressive than others.  We have made a grading system of people who are to be treated more favorably.  God has no favorites.  He loved each one of us to equally die on the cross to forgive our sins.  We are each given to the extent we forgive others.  The same amount of forgiveness is there for each one of us (total forgiveness), but it is our choice by our willingness to forgive others which determines our forgiveness from God.  This is not favoritism.  This is our openness and willingness to receive from God.  Let us put jealousy aside when looking at others for we are all equal.  Let us encourage one another to avail ourselves of all God has for us through His Holy Spirit.

April 29, 2017

One in Heart

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:18 pm

Acts 4:32 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind (NIV)

 I am distressed over denominationalism.  It is a bad witness.  They seem to be in competition with each other.  And within the denominations the individual churches seem to be in competition with each other.  But this attitude isn’t new.  It happened in the early church.  The church in Ephesus was different from the church in Rome and the church in Corinth.  This is because the churches are made up of sinful humans.  We make up for our feeling of being inferior by criticizing others.  This started with Adam and Eve point the finger elsewhere for their disobedience.  We now have the Holy Spirit.  We should be able to allow the Holy Spirit to love all others through us. We agree Jesus is the Son of God, came to earth to show us the love of the Father, died on the cross to take our sins on Himself and rose from the dead to give us eternal life.  Beyond this, it doesn’t matter how we choose to worship or show His love.  What counts is we do worship and we do show His love to all others.  Let us learn to avail ourselves to the power of that love and put judgement and criticism aside. 

April 28, 2017

Silent Minority

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:21 pm

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

 So many Christians are in the “silent majority” which is quickly becoming the “silent minority.”  We’ve kept our mouths shut while prayer and Bible reading was taken out of our schools and out of many civic meetings.  We’ve not spoken up for freedom of religion and allowed freedom from religion to take a 00nation.  Let us pray and be willing to move with boldness into the vocal majority.  After we pray we must be willing to put feet, voice and action in faith that God will give us the boldness and the right words to speak.  Let us take this nation (any nation where you live) back for God and His glory.

April 27, 2017

Must Tell

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:14 pm

Acts 4:20 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” (NIV)

 The disciples were successful in building up the Bride of Christ (the church of believers) because they couldn’t help but speak about what they had seen and heard,  We have also seen and heard from God.  We see miracles if we have eyes to see, every day.  We see miracles of creation, of lives turned around and so many other things if we would just look.  We hear God speak to our inner self, we hear Him as we read the Bible, we hear Him through the mouth of others if we will just open our ears.  Our problem is distraction.  We get too involved in things that don’t last.  We allow those things to sap our energy and forget how excited we were when we first realized God loves us.  We need to reaffirm God loves us the first thing every morning.  Say it out loud.  Keep saying it until we really believe it.  When we really believe it we should be excited.  When we really believer something and are excited about it we want to share it.  Let us be like the early disciples.  Let us speak about God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit Whom we see and hear.

April 26, 2017

One Door

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:01 pm

Acts 4:12 12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”(NIV)

 Many people think they can earn their way to heaven by being good.  Others think they go to heaven through some form of religion.  Jesus said there is only one door which leads to heaven.  He said He is the door.  There is no other way.  Many think because God is love He wouldn’t exclude anyone who tries to be good from entering heaven.  Jesus said man’s goodness is like filthy rags.  There is only One Who always existed with God the Father.  He is Jesus.  Jesus is the Word through which the Father created all things.  The Father sent the Word to earth through a virgin woman to demonstrate His love for man and to take away the sins of man (the desire to worship himself and other things other than God) on Himself so man could be covered with the righteousness of the Word, Jesus, and dwell in the presence of God for all eternity.  It is not a lack of love that there is only one way to heaven.  It is pure, perfect and divine love.  It is a love beyond the comprehension of sinful man.  As we open ourselves to such a great love we are moved to bring others to that love.  Let us go forth and spread that love to others.

April 25, 2017

Seed Growth

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:30 pm

Acts 3:16 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. (NIV)

 In and of ourselves we have no faith.  We, as sinful humans, are full of doubt.  Faith in God can only come through Jesus.  It is Jesus Who fills us with His Holy Spirit to give us faith.  When we pray the name, Jesus, we are praying in the faith He gives us.  He gives us the faith of a tiny mustard seed.  When the seed is planted, it grows into a tree.  When Jesus plants the seed of faith in us, He expects us to nourish it so it will grow.  It is for us to nourish the seed of faith.  We nourish it in a combination of several ways: Bible study, meditation, prayer, gathering with others of faith, speaking of all God does for us and witnessing and making disciples.  Just like our bodies need a balanced diet to grow and be healthy, faith needs a balanced diet to grow.  Let us work on growing the seed of faith planted in us by Jesus and His Holy Spirit.

April 24, 2017

Relationships

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:27 pm

Acts 2:46-47 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people (NIV)

 The people in the early church recorded in Acts met together every day.  They met in the temple and they met in their homes.  When together they praised God.  Meeting together created encouragement to follow in what was called then, “The Way.”   Today we tend to meet together once a week, some not even that often.  If you read the next verse, not quoted here, you will see their numbers grew daily.  Meeting together, enjoying fellowship together, worshiping and praising God together is like vitamin pills to our faith.  You know the saying, a hot coal left by itself will soon go out.  Faith needs encouragement to grow.  We must not only meet together in churches, we must also meet together during the week.  Sometimes it is by phone, sometimes at work, sometimes for a meal.  We must be careful to avoid isolationism.  Let’s build relationships with other believers, encouraging one another and fellowshipping with one another, sharing the insights God gives us during our personal devotions.

April 23, 2017

All Who Are Far Off

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:33 pm

Acts 2:39 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (NIV)

 Just in case you’re still not very sure all Christians, including you, have the Holy Spirit within them, here is yet another verse of promise.  We are definitely far off in generations from the first disciples of Jesus.  If we are believers and followers of Jesus we are because He has called us to follow Him.  We are each called are different times of our lives and in different ways, but we are all called and we are all filled.  The original word for filled in relation to the Holy Spirit is of the continuing verb form.  The continuing verb form is a word of continuing action.  Being filled with God’s Holy Spirit is a continuing thing.  We pray each and every morning for a fresh refilling of the Holy Spirit.  We were baptized and received the Holy Spirit when we accepted Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives but we are continuing being filled.  The only limit of the refreshing or refilling of the Holy Spirit is the limit we set.  Let us be sure to be totally open each and every day for all of the Holy Spirit’s filling in us.  Then we have the power and boldness to go out into the world and make those disciples.

April 22, 2017

Know Him

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:16 pm

Acts 2:14 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. (NIV)

 Remember Peter.  He was the one who claimed vehemently didn’t even know Jesus.  He spent 3 years with Him, eating, laughing, learning and traveling seeing miracles.  Then he cowers and denies Him.  What changed.  After the crucifixion, he hid with the other disciples.  After the resurrection, he stayed hidden.  Now he is standing in front of a crowd of people telling them about Jesus.  What a change.  From a coward denying to a bold witness.  The difference is Peter is no longer alone.  He is filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit give us knowledge, wisdom and boldness when we are open to receive those gifts.  All believers have the Holy Spirit.  Our problem is we don’t avail of His power in and through us.  There are Christians in countries who are being persecuted and threatened with death who are standing firm and bold because they know the Holy Spirit within them.  Jesus came not only to die and take our sins on Himself, He came for us to intimately know and fellowship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  We must know and welcome the Holy Spirit and live and stand with boldness.  Since you’re reading this you have a computer.  Open your Bible software and do a search on the Holy Spirit.  Read all the references and get personally acquainted with Him.  Then go and make disciples.

April 21, 2017

Go

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:22 pm

Matthew 28:19-20 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

 Let’s look closer at what we now call the great commission which Jesus gave before He ascended to heaven.  The first verb is “go.”  Go is an action word.  We are not to stay in our churches.  The lost don’t come to church.  Church is for feeding and encouraging the believers.  We are to eat from God’s Word at church then to go out.  When we go out we are to make disciples.  This is more than making converts.  We must continue to nurture and feed the new believers that they, too, will be able to go out.  We are to teach them all that Jesus said and encourage them to obey.  Jesus ends with the promise He is and will always be with us as we go.  Are we going?  Are we making disciples.  This is for the believers, not left to those who are paid pastors of churches.  Let us go.

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