Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2017

First Four

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 19:18-19 18 “Which ones?” he inquired.  Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself. (NIV)

 Have you noticed Jesus didn’t include the first 4 commandments?  I believe that’s because He knew mankind, in and of themselves, could not keep those 4 commandments.  This is why Jesus had to come and die for our sins.  This is also why the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us.  It is only through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can try to keep those 4 commandments.  It is only through the blood of Jesus that we are forgiven when we slip in our efforts to keep those 4 commandments.  The commandments Jesus quoted to that man are commandments we can choose to keep.  They are within our own power.  Because of our sin of self-centeredness, the first 4 commandments are against the desires of our self-centered nature.  These are the commandments that take dedication and love to and for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Let us continually ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to enable us to put God first in our minds, hearts and lives making all he commandments the way of our daily living.

July 30, 2017

Jealous God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

 This verse is quoted throughout the Bible.  Our problem in English is the word “love.”  We use that word in so many ways.  We might want to relate it to the word “adore.”  To adore something, you put it first in your heart and mind.  You seek after it at all cost.  You worship it with all of your being.  This is the concept of love God requires.  He is a jealous God and wants nothing between Him and His children.  We sing at Christmas “O comes let us adore Him” but do we, or do we just enjoy the fun and emotions of the season.  We just celebrated Mother’s Day.  Most of us took time to giver our mothers special thanks and attention on that day.  What about the rest of the year?  Our human tendency is to slip in and out of closer relationships. Our relationship with God is one which we should never slip out of.  We need to learn to keep Him continually in the forefront of our mind, our hearts and our hearing.  Just as a new mother is constantly attuned to her new baby’s cry we need to constantly be attuned to the inner voice of God through His Holly Spirit.  Let us turn our love into true adoration

July 29, 2017

His Righteousness Showing Through Us

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:08 pm

Romans 8-11   You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (NIV)

 There is a difference between believing in our mind Jesus is the Son of God and believing in our heart and accepting Him into our lives as the Son of God.  Satan knows Jesus is the Son of God but refuses heart belief or following in his life.  It is only through the Holy Spirit in us through the acceptance of Jesus in our hearts and life that we are convicted of sin and given a desire to have the righteousness of Christ living in us.  Our problem is being willing to hear the gentle correction of the Holy Spirit early in our decision process.  Making decisions before listening in most cases will hid the righteousness of Christ living in us.  Let us not be so quick to make choices and listen to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit within us. 

 

July 28, 2017

New Creation

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (NIV)

We must ask if we really believe this about ourselves.  When we accept Jesus into our heart, mind and life, we become a new creation.  We are now back into the image of God because Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, is now living in us.  But so often we look at ourselves in the same way we were before Jesus entered us.  We see ourselves as unrighteous sinners.  We do this because we haven’t renewed our minds.  The only way to renew our minds is to become so very familiar with God’s character that we know Him intimately .  We do this by immersing our minds in the written words of God.  Yes, once again I write about the importance of the Holy Bible.  Without immersing our minds in those words, we can’t renew our minds.  Without renewed minds, we will continue to act out in our old ways.  We will continue to side with Satan on how terrible we are.  We will continue to think we have no authority against living in sin.  Whenever we find our minds thinking wrong thoughts we need to immediately get into the word of God and bathe our minds in His character.   God says our hands are Jesus’ hands and our feet are Jesus’ feet. Let us keep our minds renewed and make it so in our physical reality as well as the spiritual reality.

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July 27, 2017

More than Representatives

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Ephesians 4:3-4 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (NIV)

 Colossians 3:14-15 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (NIV)

 There are many people who never will have a personal encounter with Jesus.   The only way these people can see Jesus is when they see Him through a believer.  Jesus dwells in us, the believers.  We must remember we are possibly the only Jesus others might ever see.  When they look at us, are they able to see the love and peace of Jesus?  Since He is in us, are we allowing Him to show through our expression and speak through our words?  We are more than His representatives.  Since He dwells in us, we are Jesus to others.  It is important for us to connect closely and be real with others. What led me to Jesus was a smile on a lady when she looked at me (this is in one of my older devotions). We might never know the effect we have on someone else. Let’s be sure the effect is a result of Jesus in us.

July 26, 2017

Strength and Courage

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Joshua 1:9 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV)

 For background read the 13th chapter of Numbers.  10 people without strong faith in the promises of God were enough to defeat the 2 who stood strong with courage on the promises of God.  So often so many of us come so close to receiving the fruition of some of God’s promises and, though we are so very close, we miss it.  When we look at the circumstances instead of the promises of God, courage fades and we turn away.  We can look at our finances and sink in despair or we can look at God’s word about finances, follow His instructions and walk forward with confidence that we will see the promises of God come about.  Our problem is where we are looking and if we are walking in obedience to the conditions God has set in His instruction manual (the Holy Bible).  Regardless of the dream, vision or promise God has given us, we must meet His conditions, obey them, walk in them and look to the end result in faith and courage that God is faithful.  If the Hebrews had listened to the 2 who believed God they would have saved themselves a lot of years and trouble.  Let us learn from their lesson.

July 25, 2017

Set Our Face

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

2 Timothy 1:7 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (NIV)

 Some days I just feel lazy.  I’m either tired physically or emotionally and just want to curl up with a good Christian fiction novel for the day.  Sometimes I just don’t want to write, let alone pray about a devotion.  But then I think about the discipline it took for Jesus to head to Jerusalem.  Scripture says He set His face toward Jerusalem.  He knew what lay ahead yet He was determined to obey His Father no matter how He felt or what it took.  How can I not discipline myself to do something so very little in comparison to what My Savior has done for me?  God sets His Holy Spirit in us for many things.  Yes, we feel His love, hear His voice, receive His comfort and hear His directions but He also will give us the strength to discipline ourselves to be obedient to follow His instructions.  We must each hear His word for us as individuals for each and every day.  Then we must be sure to follow through.  We must set our face.   It is only the first few steps that are hard and take discipline and determination.  After those, we are back in sync enjoying the fact that He love us and wants to share His work with and through us.

July 24, 2017

A Conversation with God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Mark 1:11 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

One of my conversations with God.

 Father, I blew it again.  I know You aren’t pleased with me right now.  I’m so sorry.  Please forgive me and help me do better.

 “My child, I AM pleased with You.  You are my child.  You have given yourself to My Son.  I AM always pleased with you.  Your sins were forgiven when My Son died on that cross.  I AM God.  I AM Present.  There is no past or future for all is Present with Me.  You only need confess your sins so you know and can turn away from them.  Forgiveness is already given.  You only need forgive yourself and move forward with My Holy Spirit guiding you.  When I look at you I see My Son for you and He and I are all one because of what He did for you.”

 He said more but it needn’t be shared.  The point is God is God of Now.  It is always now.  We are to live in the now with God and in God.  The past and the future are under the blood of Jesus.  We only have now.  Our question is what are we doing with our now?

July 23, 2017

Face of Jesus

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

John 1:18 18 No one has ever seen God.  The One and Only Son —the One who is at the Father’s side — He has revealed Him. (NIV)
Recently I saw 2 movies on ITBN about a face to face encounter with Jesus.  One was in a restaurant and one on a plane.  Later, a Christian novel I started reading was about a face to face encounter with Jesus while driving on the road.  I got to thinking, that would be beyond wonderful to have a real face to face encounter with Jesus and be able to ask Him all my questions.  Then I remembered I have a face to face encounter with Him every time I open and read the written Word of God, the Holy Bible because Jesus is the Word.  He was made flesh to come down in a physical form to this earth to show us the Father.  Now we see the Father and Jesus in the recorded Word of God.  I also see Him face to face as I look and live in the creation He made.  We can also see Jesus face to face in other believers and followers of Him.  We see Him in their smiles, their eyes and their actions and words.  But, as wonderful as that is for us, we must ask ourselves if others see Jesus face to face when they look at or listen to us.  In the Christian novel I read, seeing Jesus face to face on the road was the second time this happened to this man.  The first time was 4 years earlier.  The encounter faded.  Just as Jesus said when He was physically walking this earth, miracles witness won’t change the heart.  For keeping the face of Jesus before our eyes, minds and heart we must continually talk with and listen to Him.  We do this through our reading and meditation of the Bible, through our conversations with Him throughout the day and through our fellowshipping and sharing with fellow believers and followers.  Let us continually look into the face of Jesus in every way available to us.

July 22, 2017

Faith and Obedience

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Matthew 17:20 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (NIV)

 I was in my kitchen on my knees scrubbing the floor when I heard God whisper to me, “Go to the hospital and pray for…”  Then I heard Him say the name of my husband’s boss.  She was in the hospital just having had a baby. While she was in labor they discovered a large mole on her leg and biopsied it.  I was melanoma.  She was scheduled to have it removed the next day.  Her husband was not only not a Christian, he was very much antichristian and gave my husband a hard time at work.  I called my husband and shared what I heard God tell me.  He said, if God said it I better do it.  I changed my clothes and went to the hospital thinking her husband would be a work.  When I got to her room, her husband was there.  We did small talk for a while (I thought he would leave at any minute for work) and I finally realized her husband was not going to leave.  I finally said, “Would you mind if I held your hand and prayed for you?”  She was very polite (her husband laughed) and said that was fine.  I held her hand and said, “Father God, in the name of Your Son, Jesus I speak healing.  No cancer cells can be present in this body.”  I said Amen and good bye and left.  I was obedient to what God told me to do. The result was up to Him.  The next morning when they took her down for surgery the looked at the mole and decided they better biopsy it again.  There were no cancer cells.  We heard nothing about it.  A few months later her husband was fired.  Several years later my phone rang.  It was this lady.  She said, “Ginger, I’m not sure if you remember me (I said I did) but I want you to know as a result of your prayer, not only was I healed, my husband and I received Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we are in full time ministry.”

 I share this to demonstrate faith and obedience are one and the same.  We can’t have faith without being obedient and we won’t be obedient if we don’t have faith.  When we hear God telling us to do something we don’t need to weight the pros and cons or our abilities, we only need to be obedient to His word and act on what He says to do.

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