Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 21, 2017

Blessed in Doing

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

John 13:17 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. (NIV)

 We are blessed in the way we do the things Jesus said we were to do.  If we open our Bibles to John 13 and read the verses preceding verse 17 we will find Jesus is talking about our attitude of not being better than anyone else and serving others.  The custom in those days was for a servant to wash the feet of the guest.  They wore open sandals and feet were dusty and dirty.  Feet were near the low tables and wouldn’t be pleasant near food with their dirt and dust.  Jesus, the Son of God, bent down and did the job of a lowly servant.  So often we tend to classify jobs.  We see some trash on the floor at church but we’re not the custodian and we didn’t put it there so we have the attitude it’s not our job and we walk on by.  This is precisely what Jesus is talking about.  No job our eyes see is beneath us.  If we see it, we are called to do it.  We must do an attitude check.  Are we willing, yea, even eager, to do all Jesus allows us to see that needs attention or do we want to pretend we didn’t see a need and move on.  The blessing we can receive is up to us.  It is there if we do our part.  Let us enjoy blessing as we reach out doing all God puts in our path with joy and thanksgiving.

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July 20, 2017

All the Lord’s People

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Ephesians 6:18 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (NIV)

 I was speaking my usual complaint about the weather when the Holy Spirit stopped me.  He had me thinking about God’s children who have no shelter and those who are being arrested, tortured and/or killed for standing firm in the faith.  He told me to think about how blessed I am to have a house with air-conditioning and to have the freedom to tell anyone about Jesus without being arrested.  Then He asked me to think about how much time I spend complaining about a little discomfort or inconvenience verses the time I spend praying for those less blessed and those persecuted for the sake of their faith in God through Jesus.  Wow.  That really smarted.  In this nation of the United States we are still free to express our faith even though some sources are trying to prevent it.  We are free to work and own houses.  We tend to take all our freedoms for granted and complain about trivial things.  I’m working on changing my attituded to discomfort or inconvenience.  When I feel the discomfort or inconvenience that is a time, instead of complaining, to lift up those who are hurting and those who are being persecuted before God’s throne of grace.  How about joining me in more consistent prayers for our brothers and sisters everywhere.

July 19, 2017

Gather or Scatter

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Luke 11:23-24 23 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.  (NIV)

 According to this statement by Jesus, the sign that we are not against Him is our seed gathering.  What He means by seed gathering goes with the last thing He told His disciples before He ascended back to heaven.  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)  We must seriously ask ourselves, are we gathering seeds or scattering them?  The seeds we are to gather are the lost.  We gather them in several ways.  They see and hear us but do they see and hear God and His love in and through us?  Are we actively seeking them out and loving them as the Father loves them and us?  What do they see and hear when we stand in a long line somewhere?  Do they see the fruit of patience, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit?  Let us continue on with this train of thought as we seek the Holy Spirit to reveal where we are scattering rather than gathering then choose to repent and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, gather as much as we possibly can.

July 18, 2017

Holy Bible

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Romans 15:4 4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (NIV)

 Every day as I read and meditate on the words in the Holy Bible, I continue to be more and more amazed.  In those pages are the answers to everything I need to know to walk through my life with joy and in obedience to God.  The depth of those words is amazing.  I can read the same verses many times and, according to my circumstances and needs and willingness to listen, get a different perspective every time.  That is why the Holy Bible is also called “The Living Word of God.”  I’ve preached many a sermon on the importance of really reading and meditating on the words in the Bible.  There is no way to do too much.  Yet, reading just to be intellectually enlighten  will not suffice.  Yes, we might be able to quote entire passages from memory but, if they don’t have an impact on our life, if we don’t make the choices that are in agreement with them, the intellectual knowledge isn’t of value to our lives.  We must be sure to read and meditate with the leading and teaching of God’s Holy Spirit to show us how to apply what we read.  It is the Holy Spirit Who brings the words alive in our minds, hearts and lives.  To me, the Holy Bible is the most exciting collection of books to read.  So much so that I must be careful not to read too late into the night or I will be too excited to sleep.  If reading the Bible doesn’t excite you, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make it real and alive to you.  I guarantee you will never be the same again.

July 17, 2017

Prayer Journal

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Job 19:23 Oh that my words were recorded on a scroll. (NIV)

I am so very glad David and maybe a few others recorder their prayers.  It is so meaningful to read the prayers recorded in the Book of Psalms.  Many times some of those prayers become my prayers.  It is good to keep a prayer journal.  Writing down our prayer ,ts with the date and then putting the answers and the dates is a good faith builder.  But more than that, writing out some of our prayers is also good.  Hopefully we all pray to often to write out all our prayers but it is good for us, and maybe for others some day, to write an occasional prayer in a journal.  It may be read some day by one of our children or grandchildren and help them in their walk.  Here is an example of writing out a prayer but the best examples are already recorded in the Bok of Psalms

Father God, how great and marvelous You are.  I am amazed at Your patience, mercy and love You have for me.  Though I am a sinner, You continually forgive me because of Your Son, Jesus, Whose blood covers all my sins.  Thank You so very much.  I lift up this nation before Your throne of grace and mercy.  I know we are going far astray from Your precepts.  We are killing our babies.  We are confusing our children on their gender.  We are greedy and self-centered.  I say we, because as one of Your children, I have not been outspoken enough.  I have not beseeched You enough.  I have not bound Satan and his demons often enough.  Move in me, Father and in all Your children to stand firm on Your Word.  Don’t let this nation fall because of so many who side with sin.  Remember Your children who dwell in this nation.  Give us wisdom and courage to stand strong on Your Word.  Let Your light shine through us to show the sin of this nation and bring it to Your light to drive out the darkness.  Give us Your words to speak to those who are entrapped in sin.  Help us love them as You do and pull them out of their dark pits.  Have mercy on us, Father.  Strengthen and empower us to triumph over this prevailing evil that this nation may stand and glorify You.

 

July 16, 2017

Sodom and Gomorrah

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

Genesis 18:23 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? (NIV)

 When we listen to the news or look around us in the United States as well as many other countries we see a play back of Sodom and Gomorrah.  I do hope all readers will turn to this passage in the scripture and read the entire account.  No matter how familiar we are with the event, it is important to read over again and let God interpret it in relationship to today.  After we do this, I hope it will stress the dire importance of praying on behalf of the nation in which we live.  The sins of Sodom and Gomorrah are running rampant in our nation.  We Christians have kept our mouths shut too long and have sat back and watch Satan and his cohorts ride with free reign.  It is past time for us to get serious with our prayers.  We have the power through the Holy Spirit to pray against sin become the law of the land.  We have the power through the Holy Spirit and our prayers to bring the laws of God back to our nation.  What we are lacking is the fortitude to follow through.  Let us not lose our nation to sin.  Let us stand up after getting on our knees to God and let our prayers move mountains.

July 15, 2017

Let God Arise

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Psalms 68:1 1 May God arise, may his enemies be scattered; may his foes flee before him. (NIV)

 When we first become aware of a problem we are facing, where do we first look?  Do we look into our past to see how we handled a similar problem?  Do we ask other people?  Do we spend hours thinking about various possibilities?  Any of these will eventually consume us.  Before long, all we can see or think about is our problem.  There is only one place to look first when we first become aware of a problem.  We need to look to God first.  We look to Him through prayer and giving the problem to Him for His guidance in the solution.  We look to Him through the Bible to see what He said in His written word about that kind of situation and the solution.  We give it to Him in trust He will provide the way and the answer.  We must let God arise first in our hearts, minds and lives.  When we do that, worldly solutions which lead to more problems will scatter.  We will be enabled to walk in obedience to God’s statutes and His glory will show through our lives.  Let’s let the Word, power and glory arise in all we think and do.

July 14, 2017

True Faith

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

James 2:17-18 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (NIV)

 We can have faith that a chair will hold us but if we don’t sit in the chair, our faith in the ability of the chair to hold us is of no value.  The same is true of our faith In God through His Son, Jesus.  If our faith doesn’t produce action it is of no value.  In Revelation, we read some will claim to call Jesus Lord but He will say He doesn’t know them.  These are the people who claim to have faith, they claim to be believers, but their lives didn’t show it.  Works by itself won’t save us nor will faith by itself.  Our salvation is by grace and mercy but our reward of life with Jesus is based on our relationship with Him.  To love Him we will obey Him in order to please Him because we love Him.  True faith will always be followed by actions on that faith.  Let us work out our faith with actions according to the Word of God.

July 13, 2017

Obedience

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Deuteronomy 5:33 33 Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. (NIV)

 We often tell others (especially our children) to do something because we just don’t want to do it ourselves. Unlike us, God’s reason for telling us what to do is for our own good.  God wants us to grow in love and grow one in Him.  All His commandments and instructions in His written Word are for our benefit.  The land we will possess when walking in obedience is the dream or calling God had put in our hearts and minds.  When we’re not feeling fulfilled, when we find no joy in our walk, it is time to check and see what instruction or command of God’s we are disregarding.  God doesn’t take blessings away because of our disobedience.  The blessing just won’t fit us unless we are in obedience.  Let us be quick to admit disobedience and obey with joy that we can possess all the blessings of God.

July 12, 2017

Mercy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:50 am

Hosea 6:6 6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. (NIV)

 Praise God that He shows me mercy.  He forgives me every time I sin or miss His bidding.  But forgiveing me is not the same as me walking out the consequences of my action or inaction.  I walk out those consequences in a state of forgiveness.  But do we show the same mercy to others.  Something as simple of driving.  Road rage is rampant.  People don’t show mercy to other drivers.  The attitude is “You’re not getting in front of me.  I’ll cut you off if you try.”  What about mercy to the sales clerk who isn’t very helpful?  We don’t know what’s behind their action.  We are to show the same mercy to others that God shows to us.  Our problem is pride.  We don’t like humbling ourselves.  We want to be the one “in the right” and be sure everyone knows it.  Let us practice showing the same mercy to other God shows to us.  Remember, showing mercy isn’t preventing others for walking out the circumstances of their action or inaction, just as God has us go through our consequences.  Let us all walk bathed in the mercy of God and each other.

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