Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 31, 2017

Resolutions

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Lamentations 3:22-23 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NIV)

 Tonight is the night many will make a New Year resolution.  The resolution might last a few days or even a few months but will eventually be forgotten.  We need to live each day for each day is a new gift from God.  At night we reflect on the day, ask the Holy Spirit to point out our sins and hurts and what we might have done or said to hurt someone else.  Confess those as sin and ask for forgiveness.  Accept God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves and others.  Then remember to leave them at the cross of Jesus and start anew in the morning for the day is new.  Let us rejoice for the year we have finished and look forward to each new day God brings our way.

December 30, 2017

Love Delayed

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

John 11:5-6 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days (NIV)

Notice this starts out affirming the love Jesus had for Lazarus, Martha and Mary.  Also notice the word “so.”  The “so” says because Jesus loved them He delayed going to their aid.  We would expect, because of love, Jesus would rush to their aid.  Jesus knew this would be a faith building time for them.  When we are going through trials and pray for God to help us, sometimes it seems He doesn’t care.  We pray and pray and nothing seems to happen.  The majority of our trials are from our own choosing because we don’t always consult the Holy Spirit on our choices.  But God is able to take our own mistakes and turn them into a learning experience for us and glory for Him.  God’s timing is very different from ours.  God does love us.  He loves us so very much He wants us to grow in faith and in an intimate relationship with Him.  Nothing teaches us better than going through a trial.  The next trial we face, let us affirm God’s love for us and walk through the trial listening to the Holy Spirit and praising God for what we can learn through the trial.  God loves us enough to trust us to walk through the trial and come closer to Him through that walk.

December 29, 2017

Presence

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

Exodus 33:14 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (NIV)

After a holiday season it is normal to be tired.  We’ve added many things to our normal schedule.  We need not stay in a state of tiredness.  We only need to be still before God and bask in His Presence.  It is when we are quiet in His Presence we get rest.  Rest is complete for our bodies, our mind, our heart and our spirit.  To become aware of His Presence, open our Bibles and read some of the beautiful prayers in the Psalms.  Then sit quietly and let our ears tune into the calm, gentle and quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.  Enjoy the love time with just us and God alone.  Bask in it.  It’s amazing how healing it is to bask in His Presence.

December 28, 2017

The Tongue

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

James 3:7-8 7 Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man, 8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (NIV)

I encourage you to read and meditate on all of James 3.  It deals with the tongue (our words spoken) more than anywhere else in the Bible.  Our tongue can do great damage.  Not only with words spoken to or about others but also to ourselves.  We are who and what we say we are.  When we constantly say we’re tired (or anything else), we become more and more tired (or whatever else we say we are.).  Notice in Acts when the Holy Spirit first came upon and within the disciples in the upper room, it first settled on their tongues, changing their words.  The bit in a horse’s mouth is extremely small compared to the size of the horse.  Our tong is comparatively small compared to most other parts of our body.  It is the bit in the mouth of the horse that controls the horse.  It is the tongue that controls us.  Our bit is the Holy Spirit.  We must learn to allow the Holy Spirit to control our tongues.  To do this we must put God’s words in our minds and hearts to enable the Holy Spirit to choose the right words for us.  Let us learn to let the Holy Spirit guard out tongue so it is used for good and not hurt.

December 27, 2017

Special Calling

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:44 pm

Ephesians 4 :1  As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.

 Some are seeking their “special calling.”  The idea of a special calling on our lives is based on this and one other verse in the scriptures.  These verses are misunderstood.  Our “calling” is the calling of God to join His family through His Son, Jesus.   This is God’s calling on our lives.  We are called to have an intimate relationship with God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Our walk with Him will go through many phases.  These phases are different ministries the Holy Spirit will equip and train use to do.  The mistaken idea of a special ministry for  our life limits our openness to the movement of the Holy Spirit.  Let us remain open to all areas God might choose to use us.

December 26, 2017

Day After

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:57 pm

Psalms 46:10 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV)

 There are many different emotions the day after Christmas.  After all the excitement and celebrations there is sometimes a let-down.  Maybe our expectations weren’t met.  We might not have gotten the gift we wanted.  We might have gotten the gift we wanted but it didn’t make us feel like we thought it would.  We might feel compelled to go shopping to get more things.   Our eyes and mind are on what we didn’t get or feel.  Today is a time to reflect on what Christmas really means.  The parties and celebrations are over.  It’s time to be still and really know God.  Yes, God is in the celebrations and the gift giving.  But those things are a distraction from really knowing, seeing and feeling God in an intimate way.  Today, let us be still in the presence of God.  Let us reflect on the greatest gift.  Let us enjoy bathing in His presence and open up to His Holy Spirit filling us up to overflowing.  God wants to have an intimate relationship with us.  To really be intimate we need time alone, just God and our self.  It is hard to quiet our minds.  Start with reading some scripture.  The pray and ask God to quiet our mind and help us just see, feel, know and hear Him.  He sent His Son here so we can truly know Him.  Let us be still and know that HE is God.  Let us breath Him into our entire being so tomorrow we can exalt Him in all the world.

December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

John 3:16-17 16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (NIV)

This is the reason for Christmas.  This is why God sent His only begotten Son into the world.  Without the crucifixion and resurrection there was no reason for Christmas.  Jesus could have walked this earth to just show us the love and power of God, but with His dying for our sin and coming back to life then ascending to heaven so He could send His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, there would be no hope for us.  It is impossible to love and follow God without the poser of the Holy Spirit within us.  Today, Christmas day, we pause from our worldly schedules to celebrate the coming of Jesus.  We also look forward to His return.  As we open our gifts and celebrate with our loved ones, let us remember to give the gift of our hearts to God.  Let us choose to love, serve and follow Him through the power of His Holy Spirit dwelling in each and every person who had chosen to follow Jesus.  Let us be sure we have opened His gift of His Holy Spirit and share His gift with others.

December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

Luke 2:12 12 This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.” (NIV)

 We’ve looked at only a few of the more than 300 prophecies concerning Jesus.  I hope you will continue the study and see how the prophecies and their fulfillment affect our lives today.  Tonight is the Eve of Christmas.  Many will go to candlelight services.  Over the centuries we have come to romanticize Christmas.  We’ve added many things to the Christmas Story.  We don’t know if Mary and Joseph had a donkey for their 90-mile trip to Bethlehem.  We don’t know how many Magi came to see the Crist Child sometime during the first 2 years of His birth.  We don’t think about how smelly and dirty the “stable” was where He was born. We don’t think of the young teen-ager, Mary, who had never had a baby gave birth without a mid-wife.  There are so many things we don’t consider.  As we enjoy the soft candlelight of our services let us remember how great a cost it was to give us the most wonderful gift ever given or will ever be given.  Let us praise and thank God for Who He is and what He has done for us.

December 23, 2017

Pray for Enemies

Psalms 109:4 4 In return for my love they accuse me, but I continue to pray. (NIV)

Luke 23:34 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.” ] And they divided His clothes and cast lots.

Matthew 5:44 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (NIV)

Even as He was extremely in the depths of suffering and rejection, Jesus prayed for those responsible for His pain.  He told us we are to do the same.  Our question is, when we do pray for our enemies (those who have harmed us or wished us harm), what is it we pray?  Do we pray, “God, fix them.”?  We are to pray for God’s forgiveness for them and for His love to enter them.  We are to pray for God’s best for them.  That is what is meant by the phrase, “God bless you.”  In our sin state we want payback.  God wants love and forgiveness for all.  Let’s choose to want what God wants.

December 22, 2017

Forsaken by God

Psalms 22:1 1 My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?  Why are You so far from my deliverance
and from my words of groaning? (NIV)

Matthew 27:46 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “ Elí, Elí, lemá sabachtháni?” that is, “ My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

We wonder how a God of love could forsake His Son when His Son is suffering while being obedient to His Father.  God, by His very nature, cannot stand in the presence of Sin.  When Jesus was taking on the sin of all of us for all eternity, God the Father had to turn away from the sin.  There is no way any of us can imagine the pain the Father and the Son were experiencing.  This is the only time they were separated from each other.  Because of the blood of Jesus covering those who choose to believe in and follow Him, God sees us in the righteousness of His Son rather than our sin.  We must be sure to listen to the Holy Spirit as He reminds us of our sins and take those sins immediately to the cross of Jesus, confessing them and receiving His forgiveness and the washing away of those sins with His shed blood.

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