Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 30, 2017

No or Wait

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

Job 38:2 2 “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge? (NIV)

 We are a stubborn and self-centered people.  We want what we want when we want it.  We expect when we ask God to do something, He will do it for us.  We claim if we have enough faith all our prayers will be answered.  Basically, this attitude is arguing with God.  We don’t like it when we don’t see what we want and prayed for.  We don’t understand God’s “No.” or His “Not yet.”  We forget God knows the future.  We forgot He loves us enough to say no or say wait.  We tend to act like toddlers wanting things now in in our way.  Our prayers should not be so full of give me and do for me.  Our prayers should be mostly praise and thanksgiving.  Then we should be interceding for the things God wants.  The Bible is full of things we are to unite with heaven in our prayers so they will come about in God’s way and His timing.  Let u choose to grow up into mature children who love, trust and obey our Father.  When He says no or wait, let us praise Him for knowing what is best for us.  As I reflect on some of the times God has said no to me, I rejoice in His wisdom for, today I can see God really does know the best for me.

June 29, 2017

Only Today

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Philippians 3:13 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (NIV)

 We are very good as humans to hang on to the past.  That may be partly because we’re not sure of the future.  One of the many problems of our hanging on to the past is lack of forgiveness and resentments due to past hurts.  When we keep on going back to what was past, it become prevalent in our mind and hearts and, though we may have forgiven or thought we had, we find anger or resentment raising its ugly head within our minds and hearts.  One advantage of getting older is less memory cells for the past.  But there is another way.  We must learn to put our past under the blood of Jesus.  We must not only forgive those who hurt us in the past but also forgive ourselves for our part in the hurt.  Keeping our eyes on Jesus for today and our ears tuned to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit are what we need to do each day.  We can’t change what was before.  We can’t control what is to come.  But, we are children of the Creator God Who has everything in His hand.  We can rest in trust and faith and live each moment He gives us on this earth in peace and trust.  The straining toward what is ahead means living each moment in expectation of God’s wisdom, love, protection and guidance.

June 28, 2017

Working Out

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:42 pm

Philippians 2:12-14 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose (NIV)

 Working out our salvation is so often misunderstood.  Our salvation is a gift of grace from God through His Son, Jesus.  But this salvation must continually be worked out to completion, to the time we are completely united with God in heaven for eternity.  The word fear doesn’t mean what we describe as fear in the English language.  A more accurate translation is awe and respect for Who God is.  The trebling refers to our own weakness.  We cannot work out our salvation on our own.  It take the power of God’s Holy Spirit within us to work out to completion our salvation through our Savior and Lord, Jesus.  All of this comes to our choice.  We can choose to remain babes in our salvation or we can choose to grow into maturity and oneness with our Lord.  The choice is ours.  Let’s get to work.  Study the Bible, pray and meditate, digest and work.

June 27, 2017

Co-heirs

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:38 pm

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Present Suffering and Future Glory

 When we are young children life is about us and others doing for us and giving to us.  As we become adults we take on responsibilities, both for our own self and for helping others.  It is the same as we grow in the Lord.  When we first meet Jesus it’s what He has done and does do for us.  But we are joint heirs with Him.  This means we share in the responsibility of working for the Kingdome of God.  It is no longer about give me or do for me but use me for Your glory, God in any way You please.  This is only possible through our yielding to the Holy Spirit.  We must pay attention to our prayers.  Are we always praying for ourselves, God I need this or please do this for me?  He already knows what we need.  It’s okay to ask for things for ourselves but that should be a small percentage of our prayers.  We are co-heirs with Jesus which means w must share not only in sufferings but in His love and desire for all to come to know His love in a personal way.  Let’s be about our Father’s business.

 

June 26, 2017

Pause First

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:05 pm

Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 (((NIV)

 We have a choice to live by our fleshy, self-centered desires of pleasing ourselves or to live to please God.  Our minds can rationalize reasons to side with the flesh.  To find out what pleases God we must study the Bible.  As we study we ask the Holy Spirit to give us insight on what pleases God.  When we ask the Holy Spirit in us we are enabled to choose to please God rather than our flesh.  With practice and with getting to know and experience God’s love more and more our desires will gradually change.  Practice pausing before speaking or acting and give the Holy Spirit the opportunity to witness or check.

 

June 25, 2017

Uniquely Me

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:00 pm

Job 33:4 4 The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

 Each person had been made by God.  The miracle of conception and birth is not haphazard.  It is only through the creation process of God and the breath of Him that we are born.  Each one of us is a unique person.  There is no other person made exactly like us.  Even in twins or other multiple births there is a difference.  The outside of a person might look like the outside of another but inside we are each unique.  Along with being formed uniquely, we each have a unique purpose on this earth.  No one else can take our place.  It is our responsibility to seek God and hear from Him what He has designed us to do while we walk this earth.  We were all designed to fellowship with God and with each other.  But each is called to do this in their God-given unique way.  We are each loved by God.  We are each important to Him.  We don’t need others to put us on a pedestal.  We are love, cherished and important to God.  Let us put our inferior emotions aside and accept and embrace our relationship with God.  I wrote these words to a song and here is an excerpt.

               I’m the only me God has

               No one else can take my place

               What joy it will be, to meet the real me

               While looking in my Savior’s face.

It is in looking to our God through our Savior, Jesus, that our true identity, worth and purpose is found.

June 24, 2017

Gathering Together

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

 Tomorrow is Sunday.  This is the day we have chosen to gather together in honor of our Lord Jesus’ resurrection.  We are told in the written word to gather together.  There are many reason.  The first, of course, is to worship our Lord together with one voice.  But we are also to encourage one another in our individual walks.  My question is what do we do when we are in our respective church buildings?  Do we just go in and out so we can be the first in line at a restaurant?  We are to talk to one another.  Ask each other how our walk is going.  Pray for one another.  Asking how someone’s walk with God is going is not invading privacy.  It is a way of showing love and encouraging, especially during trying times.  Let us gather early before our services and stay a little later to pause, talk and pray for one another. 

June 23, 2017

One Passage

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 7:13-14 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (NIV)

 When the Apollo astronauts would return to earth’s atmosphere after their very long journeys, they had a narrow door to reenter.  The passage was less than forty miles wide.  Coming from such a great distance at such a great speed it is like trying to thread a needle with a narrow thread from several feet away from the eye of the needle.  Many think there are multiple ways to enter heaven.  Jesus, Who’s home was heaven and Who was very familiar with it said there is only one door into heaven.  He said He is the door and no one can enter heaven except by going through Him.  It may not sound like a loving God but that doesn’t change the fact of how heaven and earth were created.  But, since God is loving, He provided a way for us.  He sent His Son, Jesus, the Door to heaven, to walk on this earth and demonstrate love.  This is the highest form of love there is. 

June 22, 2017

Diligence

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:27 pm

1 Timothy 4:15-16 15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. (NIV)

 I love the books of Timothy.  They are so full of sound advice for growing in our relationship to God.  There is a temptation for those who preach, teach and/or write to read the scripture for the purpose of sharing with others.  When we fall into this trap it hampers our own growth.  We are to search, study and digest the scriptures for our own growth.  As we grow and display in our life, our actions and our words others will be drawn to us to read or listen or watch and seek the reason for our growth.  If we don’t eat and digest the Word ourselves we won’t grow.  What we say or write might be very accurate.  God won’t let His word come back void.  Results will happen to others.  We are the ones who lose out.  The matters the above verse refers to are the reading, studying, digesting and obeying the instructions in God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  Let us apply ourselves to the sound advice Paul gave to Timothy.

2 Timothy 2:15-16 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

June 21, 2017

Mistakes Okay

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

Job 42:2 2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

 Many are afraid to think they might have heard God speak to them for they are afraid they might be wrong.  I had a choir director say, “Sing out loud enough to hear or you will never know if you are making a mistake and then you can’t correct it.”  God is bigger than any mistake we can ever make.  What counts is our heart attitude.  When we are looking to Him and trying to hear Him and we know scripture is in agreement with what we think we heard, we need to be bold and act on what we heard.  If we are wrong, God can and will take it and turn it to the good.  Mistakes are a wonderful teacher when we let them teach us.

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