Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2017

Worship

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

John 4:24 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” (NIV)

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

 Worship is bowing down to God and giving Him thanks and praises for what He does and Who He is.  Worship is not intercession for others.  Worship is not asking God to do things.  Worship is recognizing who we are compared to Who God is.  Worship is expressing our love and our thanks to God.  Worship involves our entire being.  When worshiping our thoughts are only on God.  Worship is a joyful experience.  If we don’t have joy, we are not really worshiping.  Worship is releasing the Holy Spirit in us to speak, sing and worship through us.  Worship can also be a time of silence.  But in that silence our thoughts are on the magnificence of God.  Our question is do we ever really worship God?  So many of our songs we sing in church are songs with words asking God to do things for us.  There is a time for those songs but I, for one, really prefer the songs with words that praise God for Who He is.  Let us take some time each and every day to truly worship God.  Let us really praise Him and thank Him.

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October 30, 2017

God’s Will and Purpose

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Jeremiah 29:11-14 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart (NIV)

 God’s wants us to know His will for each one of us as an individual.  He has a purpose and will for each and every day we walk this earth.  We have a choice.  Do we want to know His plan each and every day?  Not only for the big things but for the things we think are inconsequential.  He wants us to know.  He wants to prosper us.  Prosperity isn’t restricted to financial.  It includes every part of our lives.  He says all we must do is call to Him.  We need to seek Him with all our heart.  That means we really want to know His plans for us.  His plans are so much better than our own dreams and plans.  He knows what’s really inside us more than we do.  He knows what will bring us the most fulfillment and joy.  Discovering His will for us begins with the written word, The Holy Bible.  As we read and see how He worked through others in the past it opens our eyes and mind to how He will work through us.  We need to: trust (Proverbs 3:5-6) for our anchor in all we hear, ask Him what His will is, listen to what He says both through the Bible and through listening after praying, check and see if we have anything in us blocking our hearing, don’t quit asking until we hear (God’s timing isn’t always our timing), is He speaking to us through our current circumstances.  You’ll know when you have absolute peace.  Let’s start each and every day with the question, “What is Your will for me today?”

October 29, 2017

Walking with God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Genesis 5:21-24 21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away (NIV)

 To walk with God means to keep Him at the center in every area of our life.  What must we do to really be walking with God?  First, we must accept Jesus as our personal savior.  There is no way to approach God except through His Son, Jesus.  That’s not prejudicial.  That’s the Creator of All that was, is or will be mandate.  Second, we must communicate with Him.  That not only means pray to Him.  It means listening to Him.  We do this in prayer and through meditation of His written word, The Holy Bible.  We think we’re walking with God?  We must ask how often we talk and listen to Him in a day.  Third, we must trust Him.  We can’t just trust by saying we trust.  Our looking to Him and listening to Him must be followed by obeying Him because we trust what He tells us and where He leads us.  Trust means following through even when we don’t understand why.  Fourth, we don’t argue with Him.  Trusting means we agree with Him.  We agree the promises in His written Word.  We don’t have to understand to agree.  When we agree we must, fifthly, obey Him.  If we don’t obey it means we are not agreeing and we are not trusting.  Not obeying means we think we know better than God.  We must check our walk out with these facts.  We must be honest.  We must see where and when we are walking with Him and where and when we are on our own.  Without honesty, we will wander away.  Walking with God is a daily choice.  He has given us the Holy Spirit to enable us to walk with Him.  Let us learn to do so.

October 28, 2017

Humble Ourself

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

James 4:10 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (NIV)

 We humans are a proud lot.  We like to think we are in the know.  We like to think we are in control.  We like to think we can accomplish whatever we want.  We like to exalt ourselves.  We are told to humble ourselves before the Lord.  When we do this, He will lift us up.  We tend to forget the only way we can do all things is through Christ Who strengthens us.  With God all is possible.  Without God nothing works right.  If our prayers don’t seem to be getting answered we need to check our humility verses our pride and independent record.  Are we really humble before God?  How much do we entrust to Him.  This will take a good bit of self-examination.

Inner Room

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Matthew 6:6 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV)

 Why did Jesus say where we are to pray?  We need a place free from distractions.  Inner room, free from distractions.  Jesus was an example.  He continually had to change His place because He was on the move. But He always found a place away from distractions. A private, quiet, holy prayer is the only thing you do in that place.  It is good to have a place where all we do is pray because it helps keep the attention on our purpose.  This prayer time is different than our normal, short conversations with God throughout our day.  This is our “war room,” our place where plans are sought for situations ahead of us.  Whatever we accomplish in life we must first accomplish in prayer.  Battles are fought on your knees.  Ask for His guidance, wisdom, strength, comfort, encouragement.  Kneeling is an attitude of worship, humility, submission.  There may be situations when we can’t physical get on our knees but we can still have our heart and mind on our knees in complete humility of Who God is compared to who we are.  Suzanne Wesley had no place away from all her children.  She would just pull an apron over her head and it was a sign to her children to keep quiet and leave her alone to pray.  But, most of us today can find a place apart from distractions.  Plans in war rooms usually take a period of time.  Sometime we have to return more often with the same question.  We continue to ask and listen until we have the answer that brings us peace.  We go to our “war room,” the room where we receive our instructions and guidance for the day ahead, each and every day.  Let no one day go by without being fully armed and instructed for the battle of the day.

 

October 27, 2017

Knocking

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Revelation 3:20 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. (NIV)

 Jesus knocks on the door of our minds and hearts.  Not only does He knock, He calls for us to open our door.  He said we can hear His voice calling if we would just listen.  We hear through the written word (Holy Bible), through testimony of others and through circumstances.  When we respond and open our door He promises He will come in.  That means HE comes into our mind and heart.  He also says He will eat with us and we eat with Him.  Eating is the process we use to nourish our bodies.  As we eat with Him (same way as hearing), He feeds our minds, hearts and spirits to enable us to know Him and fellowship with Him.  We’ve lost the art of eating in our day and age.  Now we do good if a meal lasts 20 minutes.  Eating was a means of fellowshipping.  They talk together and share together.  Let us be sure to plan at least 3 meals a day with Jesus Who is in us.  Let us take time in those meals and really get to know Him.  Let’s eat from Him that we can feed others

Atonement Cover

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

Exodus 26:34 34 Put the atonement cover on the ark of the covenant law in the Most Holy Place. (NIV)

 The atonement is the penalty paid for sin so forgiveness can happen.  The cover meant the sin is now covered and along with forgiveness is hidden and no more seen.  When we forgive someone, we are to place the atonement cover on the hurt.  We haven’t forgiven if we bring it up again.  Many years ago someone hurt me in a very big way.  Eventually I forgave that person.  When others began talking about that person I was tempted to put my 2 cents in.  But then I remembered I had forgiven that person so bringing it up would be unforgiving.  The hurt has been healed.  Bringing it up would refresh the hurt and forgiveness would disappear.  We must remember forgiveness, to be true, must blot out the hurt just as our sins are blotted out from God’s sight and replaced with the blood of Jesus which is the atonement cover for us.  Our mind remembers the past but we are in control of what we choose to dwell on and what we choose to speak.  When we forgive, let’s be sure we keep the atonement cover on the hurt.

October 26, 2017

Stress

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

Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

 Stress is being anxious or worried.  When we are stresses we are not trusting God.  When we are stressed we are not praying in faith and giving our problem to God.  When we are stressed we are not believing God is true to His word that He hears us, loves us and will provide all we need.  When we are stressed we are looking to ourselves or other people to meet our need rather than God.  When we are stressed we are expecting things from sources other than God.  When we are stressed we are looking for answers that are not God’s best answers for us.  Instead of being stressed, we have a choice.  We can take the situation and lay it before the throne of God for His answer in His way in His tiessme or we can fuss and complain and take it to sources which are powerless to provide the best answer.  The choice is ours.  Stress is a good indication as to our trust level in God, the One Who loves us and has all power over all creation.  What is your stress level today?

October 25, 2017

Passion

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

Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ (NIV)

 To love with all our heart, soul, mind and strength means to love passionately.  We might live a perfect moral code, might be the most generous person on earth, might be the nicest and the least proud but if we don’t love, if we are only doing those “good” things through determination, it counts as nothing in God’s eyes.  God is love.  He created us to love Him, be loved by Him and love one another.  He loves us with a passion.  So much of a passion He sacrificed Himself, His Word, His only Son out of love for us.  We must ask how much passion do we have for God?  To have passion means to go all out.  To have passion means to be ever present on our minds and ever desired in our hearts.  To have passion means total abandon at any cost.  We are not called to a religion, a creed, a code of ethics.  We are called to love and follow a Person, Jesus. Where is our passion?

October 24, 2017

Wherever

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Matthew 8:19-20 19 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head (NIV)

 This teacher of the law respected and highly regarded the teachings of Jesus.  So much so, he wanted to continue to sit under Him wherever He went.  Jesus told him He was homeless.  This was too much for the teacher of the law.  He was comfortable where he was and considered the cost too great.  Many of us are afraid to say to God we will go anywhere.  We are afraid He might send us out to danger or a less comfortable life-style.  Because of our fear, we block our hearing.  When we block our hearing, we are really missing an opportunity to be blessed while God blesses others through us.  Most often, Jesus sends us to those we know.  Because we’ve blocked our hearing we miss out.  We don’t trust God enough to trust Him with how or where we live.  We don’t really believe God is faithful and will supply all our needs.  We are willing in theory but weak in reality.  We need to work on our trust issue.  Reflect on all the times He has protected us, blessed us and been with us in a very real and practical way.  Thank Him for His guidance, protection and provision and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen and deepen our trust to the point that our faith has no strings attached.  As the old hymn says, “Wherever He leads, I’ll go.”  Even if that means staying right where we are.  Sometimes it’s harder to stay put and be obedient than it is to face new places and people.  Let us be flexible to stay or go  while we follow Him in and through all things.

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