Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2017

Advocate

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:02 pm

John 14:16 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— (NIV)

 An advocate is defined as “one who pleads another’s cause, who helps another by defending or comforting him.” (Easton’s Bible Dictionary)  The original Greek word is “kietos” which is a verb literally translated “to call,”  The Holy Spirit is within the believers and followers of Jesus to be called on at any time.  He is here to stand beside us, to intercede for us when needed, to advise us when asked.  The question is to we make ourselves available for our advocate?  When we face a situation how long is it before we ask the advice of the Holy Spirit?  He is within us, waiting to be invited to defend, advise and work on our behalf.  Our human nature is stubborn.  We want to “do it ourself.”  This attitude of pride only gets us in trouble.  We need to humble ourselves before the Lord our God and acknowledge we are nothing and can do nothing in and of ourselves.  It is only God, in and through us, that any good or righteous thing can be accomplished.  Let’s not start another day without inviting the Holy Spirit to be active in our hearts, minds and lives.

May 30, 2017

It’s a Fact

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Romans 3:10-12 10 As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one;11 there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”

 This is a description of mankind in comparison to God.  It is not harsh.  It is very factual.  In comparison to God we are despicable.  But God provided a way to change this.  He sent part of Himself, His Son, Jesus, to walk where we walk and show us how to live and talk.  Then He paid the ultimate price for our sin by shedding His blood on the cross.  After He paid the price, He physically rose from the dead to show and give us new and eternal life through Him.  There is no other way to God because no other being has ever been totally righteous, shed blood for our sins and after death come back physically to life and after being witnessed by hundreds physically ascended to heaven.  It isn’t prejudice that says Jesus is the only way to God’s righteousness.  It is pure fact.  Only God is righteous and we must have His righteousness within us to be able to be in His presence.  We must ask ourselves if we have fully welcomed Jesus into our minds, hearts and lives.  Without Him, we are doomed to sin regardless of how much we try to do what seems good.  I pray all who read this have invited Jesus into their minds, hearts and lives and will share this fact with all others in their path.

May 29, 2017

Living Word

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

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

 Scripture, the Holy Bible, is the Logos, or the written word of God.  Any one can read the scripture.  There was a time in China they used the Bible to teach English.  That was all the Bible was to them.  There is another language needed to understand the Bible.  This is the Rhema, the spoken word of God through His Holy Spirit.  Without this the Bible is only a book of history.  With the Holy Spirit the Bible becomes the living word of God.  Remember the 2 disciples walking on the road when Jesus came after his resurrection and joined them.  He was explaining or interpreting the written scripture and making it a living scripture which spoke to them and gave them understanding.  When we sit down to read God’s written word we must first ask His Holy Spirit to speak to us through that word.  We can read the same passage at different points of our life and it will say different things to us.  This is why it is the living word.  It is always for the now and always gives us life.  Let us thank God for His written word, for the interpretation of the Holy Spirit, and for His quiet voice within us when we are willing to be quiet and listen.  May we always be listening.

May 28, 2017

Soar Like Eagles

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Isaiah 40:31 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)

 Eagles are fascinating birds.  They have been spotted soaring as high as 20 thousand feet.  They can do this because they find the up-air currents and hold their wings out letting the air currents lift and keep them up.  This is what putting our trust in God does for us.  When we put our trust in God, we can soar through our trials, resting on the currents of the Holy Spirit and the power of God’s Word.  As we rest on God’s Word our strength is renewed.  When we run to God and His Word we are refreshed and will not grow weary.  When we walk firm, standing firm on God’s promises, we will not faint.  We must know the written Word of God so we can stand firm on it through all circumstances and soar as the eagles soar through the sky.

 An extra fact:  Eagles can also see 50 miles.  We can’t do this without the aid of high powered telescopes.  But God’s vision is limitless.  If we ask Him, He’ll enable us to see what we need to see. 

May 27, 2017

God Up

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:35 pm

John 8:7 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (NIV)

 One thing we humans are very good at is blaming others for our problems.  We don’t like to admit we might be wrong.  We don’t like to even think any problem we have is because of our own choices.  It is so easy to blame others not only for our own problems but for any problem we see.  There is a saying, “When you point one finger at someone else there are 3 fingers point back at you.”  We don’t like to take responsibility for our own actions or our feelings.  It is so much easier to blame others.  Jesus is telling these people here to stop judging others.  We like to put our own standards on others and when they don’t meet the standards we’ve set, we judge them to be wrong.  There are many who don’t want to read this.  Those are the ones who would rather blame all their troubles on someone else.  Some excuses for our blaming others are: had a bad childhood, not understood by others, can’t help the way I am, someone else made me do it and on and on.  There’s a new phrase going around.  It’s, “man up.”  I would rather say, “God up.”  Let’s be open and honest with God and acknowledge our own responsibility for our actions and feelings and relationships with others.  Let’s ask Him to heal our hurts and put them behind us, choosing to act in love in our relationships with all others.  Their response or reactions are not our responsibility but our actions and responses are our choice and accountable unto God.

May 26, 2017

Return to the Wilderness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:22 pm

Deuteronomy 1:22 22 Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.”

Deuteronomy 1:32 32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, (NIV)

 The Hebrews saw how good the land was which God promised to give them.  They also saw the people and their fortifications in that land.  They saw them as a big problem and, instead of trusting God to fulfill His promise, the fixed their eyes on what they saw as a problem.  Because of their lack of trust they were left in the wilderness for a full generation.  We can’t judge them without looking at our own personal history.  How many times do we wallow in a problem without trusting the promises God has given us?  He said He will be with us in and through all things at all times.  He said just ask and we will receive.  He said all things are possible for us through His power and might.  We must think about the times we lacked faith and trust then ask His forgiveness and resolve to choose trust in and through each experience God allows to come our way.

An Extra

Filed under: faith,God — by ginrich @ 4:45 pm

An Extra Word

 God speaks to us through His written Word.  He also speaks to us through His creation.  I was sitting on the farm porch enjoying God’s creation.  The birds were singing, each with a unique song.  The goat herd came through, grazing contentedly.  Then, one of the goats decided leaves just out of reach seemed better than those easily reached and struggled to reach them.  Other goats noticed what this goat was doing and decided they wanted those leaves.  Before long, most of the goats were vying for the best position to reach those leaves.  After a while, one by one, they each decided they could be contented with what God had provided for them at their reach.  We are so much like those goats.  We see someone with something and decide we must have it.  Days like “Black Friday” shopping day in the U.S. are a prime example of that goat-like behavior.  We forget God supplies all our needs.  There’s no need to fight for what He has provided for someone else or to ignore what He has for each of us as individuals.  We are to be content in His provision in all situations.  Some dogs start barking and one of the goats panics and runs.  Before long the entire herd is following that panicked goat without knowing the situation.  Sound familiar?  Oh, to stay grounded in God’s Word and in faith and trust in Him

May 25, 2017

By Fruits

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Matthew 7:16 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (NIV)

 It’s important to notice it is by our fruit, not by our works.  We tend to judge people by their works.  Good works are not only done by Christians; they are done by people of various religions or even no religion.  From the verse in Matthew we must look at the verse in Galatians to determine to what fruits Jesus is referring.  If good works lack these fruits they are really nothing more than filthy rags to God.  God looks at the heart, not the works.  Someone full of the Holy Spirit and growing in these fruits will do good works because of the fruits.  We must pay attention to each fruit and see which ones we’ve not permitted to grow in us. Let us be diligent to feed all these fruits through meditation on the written word and conversations with God.

May 24, 2017

Shine the Light

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:02 pm

John 9:5 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 

Matthew 5:14 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. (NIV)

 Jesus shined His light while He was walking in this world.  When he sent His Holy Spirit to the believers He also sent His light.  We are His light in this world.  We are to let His light shine for all to see.  To know how to let the light shine we must study the scriptures and become very familiar with how Jesus let His light shine.  He showed His love and concern for all people regardless of age, gender, race, status, education or any other characteristic.  He touched, spoke, shared God’s commandments and healed.  He met people where they were at and never talked down to them.  We must look honestly at our light.  Our light is the reflection of Jesus and His love.  How much does it shine?  Do we let it blink on and off depending on our circumstances?  How far does it shine?  Have we allowed it to become dim?  Let’s clear of anything that shades it and let His light in us shine out bright to all.

May 23, 2017

Thoughts

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Matthew 7:1-2 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. (NIV)

 I constantly fight this one.  I seldom judge or criticize out loud but in my thought pattern I do.  I’m sitting at a restaurant eating and criticize in my mind how someone’s dressed or how much they’re eating.  Even in church I find myself criticizing how someone is dressed or their hair.  I criticize a slow driver without knowing the reason why they’re driving slower than the speed limit.  I could go on and on.  As I catch myself doing this I ask God to forgive me for judging and criticizing one He loves and died for and ask Him to help me stop doing this.  God not only cares about our actions, He cares about our thoughts for our thoughts reflect our hearts.  He wants us to love our neighbor as our self, not critique them.  I still do it but I’m catching myself in mid thought now. You might want to reflect on how you’re doing with this command of God.

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