Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2018

Jonah

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Jonah 4:4 4 But the Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry?” (NIV)

God is more concerned about our attitude than He is our obedience.  Many people who call themselves Christians do their best to obey God’s laws.  They do this because they think in doing it they will earn a place in haven.  God spoke to me about attitude in following the law a few years ago.  I like to drive as fast as the conditions will allow but we have speed limit laws.  As I obeyed the speed limit I was angry about all those who were speeding past me.  When I would see one pulled over and getting a ticket I would rejoice.  One day, as I was rejoicing over someone who was pulled over, God told me to go back and read Jonah.  We all make mistakes.  We all have times of disobedience.  God is merciful.  He wants us to obey out of love for Him and not out of fear of retribution.  God wants us to desire His best for our fellow beings.  Now, when I see someone speeding, instead of hoping they will get pulled over, I pray they will be safe and not hurt themselves or others.  We are to be as forgiving as God is and that’s a lot. 

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May 30, 2018

Filthiness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,depression,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:31 pm

Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NIV)

I was raised going to church and believing Jesus is the Son of God.  I had religion.  As I grew up I even worked in churches in various ministries.  Since I was always law abiding and considered a good person, I didn’t realize how really sinful I was.  It’s hard for those of us who have lived a morally and legally good life to really realize how totally sinful we are.  It’s a polite head knowledge but it’s usually not really burned into our reality.  Once I realized how extremely and completely holy, loving and good God is and tried comparing myself to Him, I started to realize how filthy I am.  It takes getting to the reality of our filthiness and God’s perfectness before we can really come into an intimate relationship with Him.  That is the humbling of our spirits.  Realizing this makes us realize how blessed we are by God’s love and forgiveness.  Realizing this increases our desire to really know and stay in the presence of God.  Realizing this totally changes our lives.  Let’s be brave and ask God to show us our filthiness, then accept the blood covering of Jesus which covers our filthiness, enabling us to be aware of His presence.

May 29, 2018

His Presence

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

Psalms 16:11 11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (NIV)

Psalms 139:7 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? (NIV)

As we read in Psalms 139:7, God’s presence is everywhere all the time.  In Psalms 16:11 we read that we are filled with joy when we are in the presence of God.  When we don’t have joy that is a sure sign we have become unaware of His presence, the presence within us of the Holy Spirit.  God’s presence never leaves.  It is us who leave the awareness of His presence.  The best book I’ve ever read about practicing   the presence of God is a small, free e-book by Brother Lawrence called, “Practicing the Presence.”  Reading this several decades ago really changed my outlook and attitude.  It is so worth the discipline of learning to continually practice the realization of the very presence of God.  It’s like carrying the biggest love around with us throughout our day.  It also helps us hear the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit since we are aware of His presence within us.  What a great and patient love God continues to have for us.  Let us always be aware of His presence.

May 28, 2018

Many Translations

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

1 Corinthians 13:12 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. (NIV)

There are a variety of mirrors.  Some give a good reflection and some are not so accurate.  Scripture is a reflection of God.  It has been translated many times and many ways.  The variety of English translations have been translated with a European or Western culture.  The scriptures were written from a mid-eastern culture.  That is why we must depend on the Holy Spirit to interpret the words translated.  There is a new translation coming out this summer I am looking forward to seeing.  It has been translated from the Greek and Hebrew by Rabbis who have chosen to follow Jesus as the Messiah.  (The Living Tree Bible) These Rabbis are very familiar with the mid-eastern, Hebrew culture.  It will be interesting to compare it with the current translations I have.  Some of the difference I hope to see: Jesus wasn’t a carpenter (they don’t have trees for lumber in Israel.)  Jesus was as builder, a stone mason.  Our English translation substituted carpenter for builder.  There are many other words interpreted differently in the Hebrew culture but that isn’t the purpose of this writing.  The purpose is to encourage us all to read and study more than one translation.  Then let the Holy Spirit instruct us in the proper meaning for us in our time and place.

May 27, 2018

Living Water

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

John 7:38 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” (NIV)

I couldn’t sleep and was thinking ahead to an upcoming vacation at the ocean.  I started thinking about water and this verse of scripture came to my mind.  Water, to be living, must be moving.  When water stays motionless it become stagnant.  Our faith must be in motion to keep from becoming stagnant.  The Holy Spirit within us must be allowed to move, to be active.  He is in us to keep our faith from becoming stagnant.  We must consider if we are allowing the Holy Spirit, the river of living water within us to flow in and through us.  In times of trials, do we keep calm and keep moving on with the flowing of the living water within us or do we allow our faith, the current of movement to keep the water stagnant.  Let us be mindful of continual growth and movement.  Let us keep moving with the flowing of the living water.

May 26, 2018

Witnesses

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

I’ve written several times on how important little words are to the understanding of Scripture.  Notice in the above verses we are told by Jesus we will “be” witnesses.  He didn’t say we are to witness but we are to be witnesses.  There is a big difference between being and doing.  Doing is action we choose.  Bing is who we are.  People are always watching and listening to us.  What are they seeing and hearing?  Everything we say and do reflects who we are.  Being a witness incuses our telling others what we know, have seen and have experienced.  Today we are hung up on privacy.  The only way to privacy is to live in a closet and never come out.  Jesus prayed for God not to take us out of the world but to flow through us and enable us to be witness to Him and His glory in the world.  How many people around us know about our relationship with God?  If we’ve told them, can they see it in our words and actions?  Let us be good witness in all ways to the love and power of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.

May 25, 2018

Sowing and Reaping

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

2 Corinthians 9:6 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (NIV)
When a farmer scatters a few seed that is all he will reap.  When he scatters seeds for wheat he will not get corn no matter how much he prays over the field.  When we seldom read God’s Word we will seldom recall any of His words.  When we give out anger we will get anger back in response.  What ever we give out will come back to us.  It will come back to us in the same amount we give it out.  We must consider what we are given out as we walk this life.  We must consider if we are struggling, how much of God’s Word have we planted in our minds and hearts.  Life is a matter of sowing and reaping.  Yes, that takes active energy.  God didn’t make us to sit around and be served.  He made us to be partners with His Son, Jesus.  What and how much are we reaping?  We can know what and how much we are sowing by answering that question.  We will never run out of good “seed” to sow because we are connected to the Source Who’s supply is unlimited.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11 0 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (NIV)

Effort

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Luke 8:22 22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. (N(V) please continue reading the rest of chapter 22.

It is no simple thing that Jesus said to go to the other side of the lake.  For one thing, the Sea of Galilee was very dangerous.  Storms came up without warning.  Fishermen stayed close to shore because of that danger.  For another thing, the other side of the lake was heathen.  Good Jews didn’t ever go to that land.  Jesus had a purpose.  Actually, He had 2 purposes.  The first was to show the disciples He was there in the midst of storms.  They need have no fear.  The second was for the sake of one man so very possessed by demons.  For God, no amount of trouble is too much to reach a sinner in need of salvation.  There is nothing any of us can ever do that would make God quit loving us and seeking to save us and bring us into a relationship with Him. He made us to have a relationship with Him.  Not only does He love and desire us that much, He wants us to make every possible effort to reach out to others and share His love with them.  His desire is not one should remain lost.  Our question is what type of effort are we making?

May 24, 2018

Explanations

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Luke 24:27 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (NIV)

I have wished I could have been with the 2 disciples on the Emmaus Road walking with Jesus after His resurrection while He explained the Old Testament scriptures.  How wonderful it would be.  There are about 350+ prophecies about the Jesus in the Old Testament.  I’ve finally realized I can know the explanations Jesus gave them.  With the Holy Spirit and a Greek and Hebrew dictionary I can get the correct meanings of the English words used in today’s translations.  The English language is lacking in enough words to properly translate the Greek/Hebrew words and so often, our words give us the wrong meaning of what the scriptures say.  Let’s not be afraid or lazy to dig into the scriptures and really find out what God is saying to us through the written word He has provided for us.

Shepherd’s Voice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:05 pm

Psalms 23:1 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (NIV)

John 10:3 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. (NIV)

John 10:27 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NIV)

It’s been established, Jesus is the shepherd and those who believe and follow Him are the sheep.  Sheep have poor eyesight.  To make up for the poor eyesight, God has given them very sensitive ears.  The sheep are able to discern different voices and will only follow the voice of the shepherd they have come to know.  The shepherd who leads them to green pasture so they can get food.  The shepherd who defends their very lives.  Jesus is not only our shepherd.  He is the gatekeep of heaven.  It is only through Him anyone can enter into heaven’s gate.  The Father has given His Son, Jesus, the authority and the only key to heaven’s gate.  The only way for us to get to heaven is to hear the voice of Jesus, our shepherd and follow His voice.  We learn to recognize His voice from the voices of others by reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Even Jesus quoted scripture to defeat temptation (Mathew 4).  Let us study and meditate on the scriptures putting them deep in our hearts and minds that we might never miss hearing the voice of our Shepherd.

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