Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 30, 2017

Joy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV)

 So many times we stay under the day to day toil.  We think it is wrong to let loose.  God not only wants to fellowship with us, He wants us to enjoy the life He gives us on this earth. He wants us to be full of His jou and to express it freely.  Whether it be dancing, singing, eating, hiking, horseback riding or any other activity that brings us joy God wants us to enjoy, thanking Him for His love.  It is important for us to take time for pure fun.  We can have lots of fun and still have this fun pleasing to God and bringing Him glory.  Let’s not always use our day off from the job that gives us income to catch up on chores.  There is time for this.  But, we must be sure we take time just to express our joy and let our entire being celebrate joy in the way that best suits us.  Let’s be sure to put a day of joy on our calendars with regularity for a joyful heart makes a happy face and a happy face blesses all who see it.

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September 29, 2017

Burdens

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

Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)

 There are a variety of burdens.  There is a God-given burden.  This is a message of warning from God and the Bible has many of these burdens or warnings from God.  Today we get this kind of burden when we feel we are to witness to someone or pray for someone.  God is giving us a burden for His direction.  This burden starts as a feel and then grows into a burden until we follow through in obedience to God. There is a burden of guilt. Psalms 38:4 4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.}  We feel this burden when we have been sinning.  God burdens us with guilt so we will become aware of the sin and confess it to Him and receive His forgiveness.  God allows the burdens because He loves us and wants us living in His love, joy and rest.  The feeling of burdens are to get our attention so we will turn to Him and allow Him to take on the burdens for us.  When we feel burdens, we need to check where our attention is. Are we looking to ourselves and thinking we should have the answers we need or will we choose to look to God and allow Him to walk us through our burdens?  We will always have burdens we need to deal with but we don’t need to deal with them on our own.  Let us learn to give them over to God and allow Him to walk us through them in peace of minds, trust and love of God.

September 28, 2017

Moses Obeyed

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

Genesis 7:5  And Noah did all that the Lord commanded him. (NIV)

 Noah didn’t do a partial job of obedience.  He obeyed all God told him to do.  He did this in spite of being ridiculed by others.  Noah followed he strange instructions God gave him without rally understanding why.  He just followed in obedience and trust.  So often we don’t want to follow instructions without knowing why and understanding the purpose.  Noah didn’t live near a lake or a big body of water.  He had never seen an ark or heard of one.  A world-wide flood was incomprehensible.  Yet he obeyed God.  We, however like to pick and choose what we do with what seems familiar and comfortable.  Jesus said, “Go make disciples.” Yet we’re afraid we might offend someone so we keep our mouths shut.  We fail to really believe Jesus when He said we can do all thing through Him for HE is our strength.  There are so many wonderful examples in the Bible of ordinary people, like us, doing extraordinary things because they were obedient to the call of God on them.  Let’s learn to follow God’s call on each of us wherever it takes us and whenever He bids us.

September 27, 2017

Entrusted

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Jude 1:3  Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. 4 For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (NIV)

 God entrusted to us to keep faith in Him though Jesus pure He expects us to be on guard for those who would change His word to suit their own convenience, desires and self-defined truth.  Many put current culture over the Word of God.  They try hard to change scripture to agree with their own desires.  They have actually published new Bibles, changing the words and meanings to agree with their chosen, self-destructive life style.  We must keep on guard to stay with the pure Word of God, tested over centuries to be accurate and infallible.  To do this we must be into God’s Word daily, praying as we read and listening to the Holy Spirit on how to apply it to our daily lives

September 26, 2017

Complete Abandonment

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV)

 God wants to sanctify us through and through (set us apart for Him) not so we look good to others, not for ourselves, but for Him to fellowship with us.  God can’t, by His own nature, be in the presence of sin and darkness.  His love and light are too powerful, too intense for that.  He wants us to be sanctified so He can be in and with us.  He loves us with a jealous and compassionate intensity.  He longs to hear our voice.  He longs for us to long for Him.  Not so it will benefit us though it does greatly, but so His love is received and is given back to Him.   It may be hard for us to believe that God can love us this much.  We don’t fully comprehend the cost He gave so we could be united with Him in love and fellowship.  Contrary to belief, absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder.  Absence makes the heart forget.  Let us open ourselves to the love and fellowship of God.  He wants us to receive His presence when we are alone and when we are with others.  He wants to love us directly and through others.  He wants to receive our love directly from us and also as we pass it to Him by loving others.  Let’s let His Holy Spirit tear down the walls we have built up over time.  Let’s let His Holy Spirit open us up to complete abonnement to His love.

September 25, 2017

Building Up Faith

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Jude 1:20-22 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life (NIV)

 How do we build ourselves up in our most holy faith?  Actually, what is hoy faith?  Holy means set apart for God.  Faith is believing and trusting.  Holy faith is believing and trusting entirely an exclusively in God.  To do this we must continually nourish and water our faith.  We do this through reading, studying and meditating on the Holy Scriptures, experiencing all God brings in our lives, fellowshipping, learning and listening to other who are walking with God and through prayer (conversations one on one) with God. When we pray, we need the Holy Spirit to guide us in our prayers.  He will help us put to words what is in our hearts, He will bring scripture to mind to pray an He will (when we allow) even give us a heavenly language in which to pray.  The building up ourselves in our most holy faith is up to us.  Go will not force feed us.  He is a jealous God and desires our unconditional love as He unconditionally loves us.  We must ask if we are building ourselves up in Him daily through all the means He has provided us.

September 24, 2017

Gardens

Genesis 2:8 8 Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. (NIV)

 The word “garden” is in the NIV Bible 55 times. I encourage you to do a word study of that word.  The garden is a significant place for God.  It was in a garden He first placed man.  It was in a garden sin entered man.  It was in a garden Jesus frequently prayed.  It was in a garden Jesus was laid in a tomb.  It was in a garden Jesus rose from the dead and first appeared to man.  Gardens are beautiful places.  I was once in a church that created a prayer garden.  It had flowers, benches, a cross and was framed with memorial stones.  We even have hymns about gardens.  One hymn talks about a prayer garden.  Gardens represent beauty and many times food.  It is a beautiful place to retreat from the noise of civilization and be alone with God.  God didn’t have to create such a beautiful and colorful variety of plants.  Sometimes our heart Is referred to a garden.  It is the place where God planted the fruits of His Holy Spirit.  Gardens need to be weeded, watered and fertilized.  The garden of our heart needs to be weeded (recognizing and turning away from sin), watered (with the Holy Spirit) and fertilized (through meditation on the written word of God.}  We must check and see the condition of our garden.

September 23, 2017

Word Summary

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Matthew 22:36-40 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (NIV)

 Jesus summarized the ten words God gave Moses in just 2 commandments.  The remainder of the commandments tell us how to carry out these 2 commandments.  When we love the way God loves, no commands are needed.  God loves with His entire being.  We are to love with our entire being.  We distinguish types of love and like to define how we love someone or something.  We say there are different degrees of love.  This is a sinful world trying to explain away the lack of a pure, God-centered love.  We are to truly love God, ourselves and one another wanting nothing but God’s best for all.  The reason this is so hard for us to do is because we are so insecure in our love for self and for God.  Without those in place, others don’t even enter in.  Let us allow ourselves to fully and freely receive all the love God has for us.  Breathe it deeply in so we are free to love self in God’s perfect way and pass that love on to all we meet.

September 22, 2017

Word Four

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

Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy  (NIV)

 The exact day we are to take off from work and rest isn’t the important thing.  What is important is we are not to work 7 days a week.  We are to take one day off to rest our bodies and feed our spirits, thanking, praising and fellowshipping with the Creator, God.  Neither are we to require any other person to work all 7 days in a week.  All of us need a day off.  Keeping that day off holy means setting the day aside for God and all He intended.  He intends for us to worship Him and to take care of our bodies, minds and spirits.  It is a good time to check ourselves over the week and see where our fellowship with God has been.  It’s a good time for emotional, mental, physical and spiritual housekeeping.  It is a day to gather together with other believers to worship and to encourage one another in our walks.  Let us keep one day a week holy unto God.

September 21, 2017

Word Three

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

Genesis 20:7 You shall not misuse the name of the Lord youd, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

The third word involves our speech.  We are never to use any of the names of God in a disrespectful way.  His name is not used to express anger or any other emotion.  His name is used in telling others about Him and in addressing Him.  Acually we are not to use any name in vain, that is in a way the word wasn’t defined for usage.  When we are angry, there is a right way to express our anger; a way that doesn’t hurt others.  All of God’s names are holy.  They are to be used in a holy way, a reverent and respectful way.  Let us learn to guard our tongue from misusing any name or word.

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