Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 28, 2018

Pleasure

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:56 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:1 1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. (NIV)

In our normal humanness, we seek pleasure.  We seek it in a variety of ways.  Our problem is, we don’t really understand what pleasure is.  We seek it among things of the earth.  We seek money yet, regardless of how much money we accumulate, it never seems enough.  We seek power yet, regardless of how much power we might get, we want more.  We seek fame and on and on.  God made us with a void in us that can only be filled by Him.  It is only seeking Him and allowing Him to fill that void that we can find and experience pleasure.  This pleasure is eternal.  We can’t spend it all and become empty because, through His Holy Spirit, we are continually being refilled.  The only thing that can block the refilling is unconfessed sin.  It is so important for us to confess our sins of the day every night and become new every morning.  A newness created by sin being removed and refreshing and refilling of the Holy Spirit bringing the pleasure of living in the very presence of God.  Let us continually be filled and be in the midst of pleasure.

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February 27, 2018

In Truth

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

John 4:23 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (NIV)

Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality, or fidelity to an original or standard.[1] Truth may also often be used in modern contexts to refer to an idea of “truth to self,” or authenticity. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)  We are to worship God in Spirit and truth.  The Spirit is the Holy Spirit Who dwells in us as soon as we accept Jesus as the Son of God and as our Lord and Savior.  Without the Holy Spirit in us we cannot worship God.  We also must worship Him in truth.  We can’t worship Him when our minds are elsewhere.  We can’t worship Him when we have unforgiveness in our heart.  We can’t worship Him when we have unconfessed sin in our heart.  These things block the truth.  The truth is, without the blood of Jesus covering us we have no right to even think about approaching God.  This is why we must prepare ourselves to worship.  We can’t sit in church before the worship service starts and, in our minds, judge someone on how they are dressed or talk or act and then expect to go into worship.  We must humble ourselves in our sinfulness, confess, forgive and come into His presence in an attitude of humility and thanksgiving for the privilege God gives us to come before Him.  Our private times of worship as well as our public times of worship take preparation.  Let us humble and truthfully prepare our hearts and minds to worship God  fiving freedom to the Holy Spirit within us to make known to us what is truthfully within our minds and hearts that we may confess, ask forgiveness, forgive and worship Him in with the Spirit and the real truthfulness within us.

February 26, 2018

Rust

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

Genesis 3:5 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (NIV)

Natural mankind is against God because natural mankind wants to be as God.  Mankind, deep within, knows they don’t have all the answers but, because they want to be the ones in charge of their lives, they disavow the existence of God through Jesus.  They don’t want to give up their own control over everything even though they know they can’t always win.  It’s like painting over a rusty iron gate.  It doesn’t matter how many coats of paint we put over the rust, the rust will eventually come through the paint unless it was first removed.  It is that way with mankind.  Unless the desire to be like God is removed, it will always come through.  Many try to paint over that desire by various religions.  Eventually, as with the rust, mankind’s sin nature will come through.  The only way to remove the rust, the sin nature, is by opening one’s mind and heart to God’s Son, Jesus, and His sacrifice of blood so that our rust, our sin, can be removed.  His blood more than covers our sin.  His blood removes our sin as we confess the sin.  Those of us who have come to Jesus and accepted His blood to remove our rusted sin must understand what keeps others away and why they oppose us so.  Through our prayers and love and the way we talk and act, they will come to see they have nothing to fear and everything to gain.

February 25, 2018

Waiting

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

Isaiah 40:31 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)

The word “wait” is a verb.  Verbs are words of action.  Waiting on the Lord doesn’t mean to sit around and do nothing.  Wait is what our word “waiter” comes from.  It means to serve.  While we “wait” on the Lord we continue doing the last thing He told us to do.  As we continue and wait (serve) we build up our faith muscles.  We wait in hope.  Hope that has the assurance that all God has promised will come about.  We wait (serve) knowing each time we follow His instructions we grow stronger.  We wait knowing as we serve we become more intimate with our Lord.  As we wait, we run to Him.  We never grow weary of running to God because we know He loves us and we gladly run into the arms of Love.  We walk without fainting because the past experiences of waiting have built up our faith.  Let us faithful wait for what the Lord brings our way as we continue serving today.

February 24, 2018

Belief is Action

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

Matthew 21:22 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (NIV)

So often prayers are not answered because of a misunderstanding of this verse.  Belief is a verb, a word of action.  There are certain actions needed if belief is present.  First, for our prayer to be heard we must not have unconfessed sin.  Then, we must be sure what we are asking for in prayer is in accordance with the Word of God.  When all that checks out, we must walk out in assurance the prayer was heard and live in the hope and confidence that we will, in God’s perfect way and timing, see what we ask come about.  We must be open to the way and timing of it’s coming about.  So often we miss the answer because we are looking for it in a preconceived way.  God has the best way for our answer.  When we pray lets be sure we have confessed and prepared our hearts for a one on one conversation with God Almighty.  This is not something to be taken for granted.  It is an undeserved privilege that cost us nothing but cost God His very one and only Son, Jesus.  Let our belief always end in thankfulness expressed to God.

February 23, 2018

Behind Clouds

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

Matthew 28:20 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’ve had several cold and gray days.  There has been no sighting of the sun.  We couldn’t feel the sun and we couldn’t see the sun.  We knew the sun was still there.  We knew that because we have experienced the sun in the past.  We also have seen the sun, though we couldn’t look directly at it, we could see it’s effects on the earth.  There are days when we are walking through trials we don’t feel God’s presence and we don’t see any evidence of God around us.  But, like the sun on a cloudy, cold day, it doesn’t mean God isn’t right with us.  He promised He would never leave us.  When we experience those days of doubt we must remember the days we really felt His presence and the days we really saw Him at work, directly and through others.  It helps to read our journal of past encounters.  It also helps to read all His promises in the love letter (the Holy Bible) He had written for us.  Let us always push ahead of our doubts and remember how great and wonderful God is.  The trials and doubts are a time of stretching our faith while, at the same time, God is standing right behind us, gently pushing us forward into a more intimate relationship with Him.  Just as the sun will shine through the clouds on another day, we will also come through our trials feeling, knowing and seeing the presence and work of God in our lives.

We’ve had several cold and gray days.  There has been no sighting of the sun.  We couldn’t feel the sun and we couldn’t see the sun.  We knew the sun was still there.  We knew that because we have experienced the sun in the past.  We also have seen the sun, though we couldn’t look directly at it, we could see it’s effects on the earth.  There are days when we are walking through trials we don’t feel God’s presence and we don’t see any evidence of God around us.  But, like the sun on a cloudy, cold day, it doesn’t mean God isn’t right with us.  He promised He would never leave us.  When we experience those days of doubt we must remember the days we really felt His presence and the days we really saw Him at work, directly and through others.  It helps to read our journal of past encounters.  It also helps to read all His promises in the love letter (the Holy Bible) He had written for us.  Let us always push ahead of our doubts and remember how great and wonderful God is.  The trials and doubts are a time of stretching our faith while, at the same time, God is standing right behind us, gently pushing us forward into a more intimate relationship with Him.  Just as the sun will shine through the clouds on another day, we will also come through our trials feeling, knowing and seeing the presence and work of God in our lives.

February 22, 2018

Harmony

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:00 pm

Romans 12:5 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV)

 Good music blends together.  It is what we call harmonic.  We, the body of Christ, are to blend together.  The problem is in our sinful nature we each one to be the soloist.  We want to shine above everyone else.  Blending together, in and of ourselves is almost impossible.  We each have our own opinion.  Our physical bodies live in harmony with their various parts.  Each part has a function but, when healthy, they each function in harmony with the other parts.  When they don’t function in harmony we become sick.  The same is true in the body of Christ.  When we believers are determined to be a solo rather than blend together in harmony, the body of Christ looses it’s power.  We each have different functions but we must learn to listen to the Holy Spirit on how to blend our particular function in harmony with those around us.  Our own particular function is no more important than that of another.  Let us stop trying to be a soloist and join with the choir of the saints of God, blending together in harmony as our functions join in with those of others loosing the love and power of God on this earth.

February 21, 2018

Blocked Communication

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:23 pm

Hebrews 3:13 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. (NIV)

My cell phone messed up.  It deleted most of my contacts.  It was having more problems than that.  I bout a new one and in trying to transfer the back-up list of contacts had a lot of trouble.  I couldn’t call my children, grandchildren or anyone else do see how they’re doing.  It’s frustrating when we can’t reach someone.  It made me thin of God and how He longs for us to stay in contact with Him on a daily basis.  We don’t need a cell phone to contact Him but we do need to go through His Son, Jesus.  We must accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior in order to contact God.  Once we do that, we must keep a daily confession of our sins going with God to keep our hearts and spirits healthy.  God is always listening.  Our prayers are blocked by unconfessed sin  Let us be quick to confess and receive God’s forgiveness and keep our line of communication open with God throughout each and every day.

February 20, 2018

Gossip

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

James 4:11-12 11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? (NIV)

Someone was sharing with me the sin of another.  They said it wasn’t gossip, it was fact.  Gossip is when neither the speaker or the listener are involved in the situation.  Also, even though the speaker considered that a very bad sin, God doesn’t rank sins.  We all sin every day.  It might be just a lie or it might be something we consider really big.  Either way, sin is sin in God’s eyes.  He is the only judge of the sin and He is the forgiver through His Son, Jesus of all sin.  Instead of telling others of someone else’s sin or judging someone else, let’s look at our own actions, words and thoughts, confessing them specifically before God and receiving His forgiveness.  Then, once confessed, let’s pray for others that God’s light will shine in their hearts and His Holy Spirit turn them away from their sin.

AN EXTRA

I wrote about the Olympians and their discipline and single vision.  As I was preaching about this subject the Holy Spirit gave me a battle cry.  Olympians for Jesus.  We are using it to cheer each other along rather than judging them and also to remind ourselves of our goal.  Let us all be Olympians for Jesus an go after the gold that is from God and lasts all eternity.

February 19, 2018

Exercise

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:30 pm

James 1:2-3 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (NIV)

You’ve heard the saying, “use it or lose it.”  Our bodies need exercise or our muscles and our joints will not work properly.  The same is true for our faith.  Without exercise, our faith, unused, will gradually ebb.  Trials are exercise for our faith.  Waling through each trial is like advancing the weight of the dumbbells we use in our exercise.  With each trial, our faith builds.  Of course, this only happens with the right attitude to the trials.  If we do our exercises in the wrong way it can hurt us or at the least, not get the most from our workout.  If we walk through our trials in the wrong way our faith will not grow.  We walk through our trials with a determination to talk to and listen to God for His instruction on each step we should take walking through the trial.  Walking through the trial listening and talking with God is like using the right weight dumbbells for our exercise.  As James says, consider it joy God allows us to walk through those faith-building trials for what they do to our spiritual muscle of faith.

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