Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 30, 2018

Whisper

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

1 Kings 19:11-12 11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper (NIV)

So often we listen for the voice of God when things are really stormy in our lives.  Elijah tried to hear God through the storm, wind, earthquake but didn’t hear Him.  It was in the quiet that he heard the gentle whisper of God.  We need to learn to look and listen for God in the times of quiet.  God doesn’t shout.  He whispers to His children.  It’s only after we learn to hear His whisper in the quiet that we can hear Him when we are walking though the fire of tribulation.  God wants to hear us and for us to hear Him all the time, not just when we have a problem.  Let us be sure we can hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit within us throughout our days, whether in quiet or storm.

April 29, 2018

True Worship

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

1 John 4:20-21 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother he has seen cannot love the God he has not seen. 21 And we have this command from Him: The one who loves God must also love his brother. (NIV)

Isaiah 58 describes the people moving the wrong direction.  Instead of worshiping God they are worshiping the act of worship.  They are heading to pride of how religious they are and judgement of how others aren’t as religious.  It is so easy to head the wrong direction.  Jesus summed up how to stay in the right direction when He summarized the 10 commandments into 2: love God with all our heart, mind and soul and our neighbor as our self.  When asked who our neighbor is He said anyone in need.  We all need to be loved, respected and accepted without judgement.  True worship can’t occur when we are standing in judgment or no acceptance of another person.  Let us be careful not to judge or criticize another as we prepare to worship.  Let us truly love others with the love of God, wanting only God’s best for all.

April 28, 2018

Our Future

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Jeremiah 29:11 11 For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (NIV)

We continually and always have a future.  Whether it be on this earth or in the very Presence of God, we have a future.  God promises our future has been planned by Him.  It is for our welfare and we can have hope in it.  What we have in our conscious is now.  We don’t know the next minute for sure.  We do know the next minute and all our minutes are in God’s hands and have been planned by Him.  Our job is to constantly listen to Him.  We tend, in our sinful nature, to make our plans according to our own thinking and desires.  Our desire is to be in Him.  Yes, we can make plans but as we make them, let is do so in prayer, asking Him to reveal to us our next step.  He won’t make the step for us but will guide us in what direction and when to place our foot.  How wonderful it is to know He is in charge and, as long as we listen and respond, our future is not only for our welfare but for His glory.

April 27, 2018

Thirsty

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

Revelation 21:6 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. (NIV)

It is done.  Quite a statement.  When we read the preceding paragraph, we find God talking about death and morning.  Death and morning come from sin.  Though we sin because we think it is enjoyable, sin leads to death because it separates us from God.  God says that death from sin is done.  It is done because of the price He paid along with His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Mankind seeks eternal life.  Mankind is thirsty for eternal life.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, when we are thirsty enough to do that, He give us the spring of the water of life.  This is in the person of the Holy Spirit who comes to dwell in us.  As He dwells in us we are united as one with God, the Father, God, the Son and because He is inside us, God, the Holy Spirit.  Eternal life, the spring of the water of life, begins at that point and will never end.  Nothing can quench our thirst for eternal life except being continually filled with the Holy Spirit.  We must check our thirst.  We must seek to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit each and every day.  Let us drink deeply.

April 26, 2018

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

1 Samuel 17:50 50 David defeated the Philistine with a sling and a stone. Even though David had no sword, he struck down the Philistine and killed him. (NIV)

Sometimes we think the task we face is insurmountable.  An entire army felt that way.  None of the men trained in warfare would face Goliath.  The task looked insurmountable.  No one could possible defeat that giant of a man.  David was young and untrained.  He only took care of the sheep.  That was considered to be a job for those who would never amount to much.  David had a gift of faith.  Goliath was speaking and taunting God.  David knew God would win.  He saw no one taking the challenge.  He knew with God all things are possible.  It only took a small stone and a slingshot in the hand of a boy to save a nation.  David had a gift of faith.  He knew he was of God’s chosen.  He knew if he walked according to the will of God, God would protect him.  He stepped out in faith and trust.  He did not wear man’s armor.  We too, are of God’s chosen.  We can be like David.  Wherever, whenever and however God would use us, we can walk in faith that He will equip us for the task at hand.  Our job is to be willing to obey.  When we walk in obedience and faith we can leave the results to God.  The question is, are we willing to go, do and speak what He bids?

April 25, 2018

Only One Way

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

To understand any language, we need to no the grammatic rules of that language and the tenses and meaning of the words.  The article “the” is a singular article.  It is the same as saying one and only.  Jesus is saying there is only one way to come to the Father.  He tells us how that way is.  It is only through Him.  He say “I am.”  He also says He is truth and life.  Many who believe God is love have trouble believing that God would have only one way to be with Him.  But God, Who is love, is also the Creator.  It is His right to make the rules for all of His creation.  It is because He is love that He provided a way for disobedient, sinful man to come to Him.  It was a very costly way.  It cost His Word, His Son, Jesus to put aside His own divinity and come to earth in the form and feelings and emotions of man, God own making, to experience life in the way God first intended man to experience life with Him.  We cannot imagine or relate to such a great cost.  We can accept the rules of God and recognize we can never, on our own, ever be good enough to approach God.  It is only through the covering of the righteousness of Jesus and His blood covering our sinfulness that we can approach God, our Father and Maker.  It’s not a case of being good.  It’s a case of accepting His love, grace and mercy through Jesus Christ.  That is the most perfect love.

 

April 24, 2018

Divine Interruptions

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Genesis 12:1 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. (NIV)

God told Abram (later renamed Abraham) to go.  Go is a word of action.  Abram was to leave where he was and go to where he did not know.  He was to leave the past and actively walk to the future.  He didn’t know the future, He only knew God said go and He would guide and show him.  God also tells us to go.  Each day is a new day given us by God.  Each day we are to go.  We don’t really know what the day might hold but, God has given us a new day and wants us to go use it for Him and for His glory.  Our question we must consider is are we so determined to follow through in the plans we have made for the day that we turn our ears of to any changes God might want us to make in the day?  Let us always be open to divine interruptions to our own plans.  Let us always be willing to go wherever God would send us, even though we might know where that is headed.  Like Abram, walking with God always leads to the Promised Land.

April 23, 2018

Cell Phone

1 Thessalonians 5:17 17 Pray without ceasing. (KJV)

I was sitting in a parking lot waiting for someone.  As I sat I observed all the people walking around.  I found it hard to find someone who didn’t have a cell phone to their ear or weren’t looking at a cellphone.  Today it seems we want to be in constant communication with others.  God want’s us in constant communication with Him.  We have a better connection than any cell phone provider.  We don’t need to be in range of a cell phone tower.  There is no place that we can’t have a perfect connection with God.  Our carrier is His Son, Jesus.  Our phone is the Holy Spirit.  All we need do is open our mouth and talk.  Do we keep our “cell phone” to God to our ear at all times?

April 22, 2018

Humming Birds

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Matthew 6:26 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (NIV)

I watched a documentary on humming birds.  Many of the facts amazed me and all of them pointed to the necessity of the Creator, God for their being and their function.  I didn’t know they must eat every 15 minutes or the process of starvation would start.  We, too, are in danger of starvation.  So many seldom open and read the bread of life, the Holy Bible.  God gave us the Holy Bible to feed our spirits and minds.  Failure to eat of that bread often enough brings us spiritual starvation.  Our spirit must be fed regularly to survive and even more so to grow and be strong.  We must consider how often and how much do we eat of the Bread of Life.

April 21, 2018

Conscience

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

Titus 1:15 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. (NIV)

We’ve all been told at one time or anther to let our conscience be our guide.  Our conscience is not a dependable guide.  Our conscience is developed from how we are raised, our family values, the culture around us and what we’ve been taught to believe.  It is only when we have the Holy Spirit living in us and we have trained ourselves and fed upon the written word of God that our conscience can be of value to us.  Paul struggled with this. (Romans 7:15)   “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (NIV) Remember Paul was, in good conscience, persecuting the believers in Jesus before He met Him on the road.  His conscience was now in training to agree with the word of God.  Let us be sure we feed our conscience with the written word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit within us.

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