Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2017

Twisting Scripture

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Luke 18:12 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ (NIV)

 There was an item on Facebook about tithing.  The man said pastors are lying to us about tithing.  He claims tithing is an old testament law and we are free from the old testament law.  He claimed tithing is not in the new testament.  Then, why is it in Luke.  Tithe means tenth.  Jesus didn’t say not to obey the law of tithing.  He spoke often of giving.  This man is confused because there are many pastors who claim we tithe because if we do, we will get back that and more.  That is a twisting of the promises in the Bible.  True it says, “Give and it will be given unto you.”  This doesn’t mean we give because we want to get.  We are to give out of love.  In reality God owns all that is in this world.  That means He owns whatever we have.  He allows us to be stewards of what He give us but He expects us to honor His word and give out of love and obedience.  It is a joy to be allowed to use 90% of what God give us (less offerings over the tithe He guides us to give).  Tithing is a joy.  I pray for that misguided man on Facebook and for those who believe his twisted interpretation of God’s Word. 

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August 30, 2017

Noah

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Genesis 7:12-13 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. (NIV)

 It’s only the 3rd day of rain from Harvey with a minimum of 3 more expected.  I’ve been wondering how Noah and his family endured 40 days of the sound of rain yet even looking at water for another 130+.  As I contemplated and read Noah’s account I saw God had provided him with a lot of animals to care for.  But, that wouldn’t be enough to keep sanity through so very much.  As I read more about Noah, I saw it was his complete trust and obedience of God which enable him to stay at peace with the assurance all would be well for God was in control.  Our attitude as we face trials is a choice.  We can choose to fear, complain, be depressed or choose to remember Who is in control.  When we choose to look to God, trusting Him and obeying Him while giving Him praise and thanks, there is no room in our spirits for doom and gloom.  Keeping the right attitude by choice brings the emotions into order.  Cabin fever (in my case) quickly vanishes and the time of trial comes into line with the time of eternity.  No matter what situation we find around us, we can take joy in the knowledge that God never leaves or forsakes us and will bring us to live with Him for all eternity.

August 29, 2017

The Season

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Matthew 24:8 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains. (NIV)

 As you can probably guess from this scripture I live in SE Texas with Harvey and all the rain.  The disciples had asked Jesus how to know when He was coming back for His Bride (the church of believers).  He said it would be just like in the days of Noah.  We would all be going about our normal tasks.  He said there would be earthquakes and wars and rumors of wars as we continued about our earthly business.  The earth is in labor pains.  The earth’s normal weather system has been changing.  Nations are continuing to rise up against nation, not wanting peace but wanting to rule others.  We believers must pay attention to the season.  We don’t know how long the season will last but we do know what we are to do.  God wills that none be lost.  We all know people who aren’t believers.  We must be in prayer for them.  We must be sure we reflect God’s light to them.  We must talk to them.  The harvest is ripe.  Are we being harvesters for God?

August 28, 2017

Differences

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

1 Corinthians 12:6 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (NIV)

 Going to a different church or, from some of us, sitting in a different location in our own church, can be quite unsettling and distracting for many people.  We tend to be apprehensive and uncomfortable with new surroundings.  We feel disoriented.  Maybe the service is structured in a different way than we are accustomed.  Maybe the people around us sing differently or express their worship in a different way.   We must admit we are more attuned to what or who is around us and what they are or aren’t doing than we are on the reason we are there.  We come together in a church building with other believers for the purpose of uniting our spirits in one in worship and praise of God.  If some want to stand and raise their hands while others sit quietly it’s fine.  Back when I was a professional singer and in a large congregation, we were really into singing in worship.  I heard the Lord ask, “Do you know who is making the most beautiful worship music?”  In my pride, I was expecting Him to say me.  I was surprised when I heard Him point out the man next to me.  This man was singing notes that didn’t exist and in a rhythm totally unknown but, as I looked at him I notices he didn’t notice anyone around him.  He was totally immersed in worshiping God with his entire heart, mind, body and spirit.  Ouch.  I accepted God’s correction immediately and now, whatever church I may be in or whoever might be sitting (or standing) around me, I am there to worship God, not to pay attention to external differences.  We are all there to bless and be blessed by God.

August 27, 2017

Draw Near 3

Filed under: Christ,Christian,Creation,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Hebrews 10:22 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (NIV)

 Draw near to God ith the full assurance.  What do we need full assurance about?  We need the assurance that God will allow sinners like us draw near to Him.  Jesus provided the way for us to draw near to the Father.  The Holy Spirit within us confirms (gives us the assurance) we can draw near to God.  We must learn to turn our backs on the sins of our past (our separation from God) and, laying regrets and unforgiveness aside, move on with the freedom of being forgiven for all our sins and fully adopted into the family of God as joint heirs with His Son, Jesus.  This gives us all the privileges and also the responsibilities that go with being part of the family.  Guilt and regrets are gone as we stay near our Father and are replaced with joy in our cleansing with the purest water ever, the precious shed blood of Jesus.  What joy it is to stay near to God.

August 26, 2017

Draw Near 2

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

Hebrews 10:22 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

 We cannot draw near to God if our heart (our motive) isn’t sincere (honest).  We’ve all know people who act like they love you but really are only trying to get something they want from you.  We can’t draw near to God thinking that will make us look good to certain other people or that will get us to heaven when we die.  We can only draw near to God out of pure love for Him.  We not only appreciate what He has done for us, we truly love Him.  We love reading the words He gave us to read.  We love talking and listening to Him.  We love praising and worshiping Him.  We love these things, not because He will take us to heaven but because we are in the process of becoming one in Him and don’t feel complete without Him in us.  Let us be determined to stay complete.

August 25, 2017

Drawing Near

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Hebrews 10:22-23 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (NIV)

 We will look at this verse for about 3 days (maybe).  First let us look at “let us draw near to God.” God is never away from us.  He has even infused us with His Holy Spirit.  He can’t be much nearer to us than being in us.  The problem is we tend to push away from God.  Our minds and our hearts get distracted with the things of this world.  We get busy and, as long as everything is going good, we push God to the back of our minds.  We can only imagine how this must feel to God.  He sent His only Son, His spoken Word through Him He created all things, to come apart from the Father and put on flesh and suffer for our sake.  We must think how we feel when one we love pushes away from us..  We must choose to draw near to God and stay near.  We do this by immersing ourselves in His written word so it can always be in our mind.  We do this by taking time multiple times of the day to talk to Him and listen to Him.  Through doing these 2 things, we will gradually grow a strong desire to keep our minds and hearts on Him even as we do needed tasks in the world.  He is always with us.  Let us learn to always be with Him.

August 24, 2017

Jesus Prayed

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:05 pm

John 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

 This is one of the most exciting verses in the Bible.  Jesus is actually praying for you and me.  It amazes me that, facing a most horrible time, Jesus took the time to pray for us.  When I’m facing difficult trials (none anywhere as difficult as Jesus had to face), all I do is pray for myself.  Praying for others is far from my mind.   I know all of Jesus prayers are answered exactly as He prayed them.  That means His prayer for me is answered already in God’s sight.  I already believe in Him through 000000the testimonies passed down through the ages.  He continued to pray that we would be one in Him just as He and God are One.  In God’s eyes that is already accomplished.  In me at this moment it is still a work in progress but I know it will come about because it was prayed for by Jesus and seen as accomplished by the Father.  Thank You, Jesus, for thinking and praying about me in such a grievous. time for You.

August 23, 2017

Giving Our Best

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

John 12:3 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (NIV)

 This pint of pure nard was worth a year’s income in that day.  Mary was giving her all to Jesus.  This was an outward sign of love for her Savior.  Mary didn’t know she was preparing Jesus for burial.  She only knew Jesus raised her brother from the dead and that He was the Messiah promised and sent by God the Father.  She didn’t understand all that the Messiah meant but she knew He loved them and they loved Him.  She worshiped Jesus with complete abandonment.  I had a friend who learned from this lesson.  A family in our church lost everything from a fire.  We were all gathering household items to give them.  My friend went through her linen closet looking for old sheets she no longer wanted.  In the process, she had to move new sheets that hadn’t even been opened.  As she took out the old sheets she her the Holy Spirit say, “You keep your best for yourself and give me the discards?”  She immediately put the old sheets away and gave the new, unused sheets.  So often we are counting the cost of what we give like all of it belongs to us and we think we are do great in sharing some of what we have with God.  This is backwards.  All we have belongs to God and He allows us to share in what He has.  As we see needs, let us give generously with love to God as we give to Him through others who are in need.

August 22, 2017

Walk with God

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

Genesis 5:22 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. (NIV)

 When you leave this earth, how do you want people to remember you?  I want them to remember me as someone who walked with God.  Enoch walked with God.  What does it mean to walk with God?  To walk with God we must completely trust Him, communicate with Him and obey Him. Proverbs 3:5-6  says, “5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (NIV)”.  If we do this consistently we are walking with God.  It takes patience to learn to walk with God.  It takes scripture study and meditation to learn to walk with God.  But mostly it takes complete trust in what God says to us.  Abraham trusted God enough to obey and offer his long-promised son as a sacrifice.  He knew God would give him more descendants than he could count.  I used to be like Abraham’s wife, Sarah.  I would pray for things and then I would see to it my prayers were answered in my way.  This isn’t trust.  We must trust and follow what God says.  Our biggest question is do we love God enough to want to walk with Him at all cost and through any circumstance?  Each one of us must decided that for ourselves.  What do you choose?

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