Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2018

Path of Life

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

Acts 2:28 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ (NIV)

God makes know to us the paths our life on this earth should take.  The problem is, we don’t always listen to Him.  We find our path recorded in the Bible.  All the instruction for living, all the answers for the decisions we must make are found in that collection of books.  We can read and study them and still not know our path.  It is only with the receiving of God’s Holy Spirit that the instructions in the Bible can become real to us.  It is the realness of these instructions that fills us with the joy of His Presence within us.  If we are lacking His joy, we need to confess any sin separating us, accept His forgiveness, ask for a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit, open up the Bible, read and meditate then walk it out.  Reading the saying that is nice, I agree with it without walking it out is useless.  If we don’t do what we know we don’t benefit from knowing it.  Let us develop the discipline of staying in the Word of God, keeping short accounts by regularly confessing our sins (anything not in line with the love of God) and keeping in close communication with Him through prayer, meditation on the Bible and obedience to all we hear and understand.

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July 30, 2018

Fleece

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Judges 6:36-37 36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said (NIV)

Gideon was going about his normal work day when He heard the word of the Lord.  This was apparently not a normal thing for him so He tested the word by putting out the lamb’s fleece.  He gave several conditions for God to meet to confirm He was hearing God right.  He did these 3 times.  He gave conditions that were not normally possible.  When we are young in our relationship and just starting out to hear God, putting out a fleece as we call it, testing what we think we hear, is good to do.  But, as we start hearing and obeying what God tells us to do, a time comes when we should no longer test what we hear.  The test of what we hear with what the written word (the Holy Bible) says is enough.  We can relate it to our relationship with loved ones on this earth.  They have told us they love us many times and have shown it in their relationship with us so we don’t continually ask them if the really love us.  Doing so would show them our lack of trust of them.  Continuing to test God every time we hear Him through the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit tells Him we don’t really trust Him in spite of all the times He has proved Himself to us.  Let us be ready to grow in our trust and faith and step out in obedience to all He whispers to us.

July 29, 2018

Privilege

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Psalms 25:1 1 Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. (NIV)

When we pray, we are lifting up our soul.  We are in an attitude of who we are versus Who God is.  We are giving ourselves to Him in total trust and in assurance of His love for us.  To do this, we must not have unforgiveness in our heart.  Unforgiveness blocks love and feeds anger.  These must be dealt with before we can truly pray to God.  It is the prayer where we lift up our soul, our entire being, that has power to move mountains.  The psalmist was being very real about his need for forgiveness.  He was opening his entire being up to God in trust, humility and love.  As we read the rest of this Psalm we see the trust of God’s forgiveness for the Psalmist is no longer ashamed for his sins are forgiven.  We also see him put his hope in God for teaching and direction.  Prayer is an extraordinary gift from God which we fail to take full advantage of the privilege.  We would see mighty changes in this world if we would get on our knees in real and honest prayer more often.  Just that God allows us to address Him is amazing.  Let us take full advantage of the privilege.

July 28, 2018

Put on Jesus

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Psalms 90:17 17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. (NIV)

What a beautiful blessing.  What is the beauty of the Lord, our God?  His beauty if His Son, Jesus.  How do we have Jesus upon us?  We invite Him into our hearts, minds and lives and accept His Holy Spirit to dwell within.  It is only through the Holy Spirit that He will establish the work of our hands.  Without the Holy Spirit, all our work is temporal and in vain.  With the Holy Spirit our work has an eternal benefit.  Let us open ourselves each and every morning to put on Jesus through His Holy Spirit within us.  This means loving others as He loves, serving others as He served and worshiping the Father as Jesus did.  Let us pay more attention on putting on His beauty than what clothes or make-up or hair style we put on.  Let us put on Jesus every day.

July 27, 2018

Bearing Fruit

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Luke 13:8-9 8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: 9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. (NIV)

When we feel we’re in a drought, it seems God isn’t saying anything or flowing through us, we must check ourselves and see if we are actively bearing fruit.  When we are barren, God waits to see if we will resume doing the things He has told us to do in the past.  We won’t get any new direction until we follow the direction He’s already given us.  To actively bear fruit, we must actively be into His written word as well as actively speaking and listening to Him.  Growth and maintenance take continual learning, worship and praise.  These are our food and fertilizer to promote healthy and abundant fruit.  Let’s check and see how our fruit is growing.

July 26, 2018

Always Ready

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

Luke 10:38 38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. (NIV)

They didn’t have phones, email, or postal mail in those days.  There was no way Jesus could tell Martha in advance that He would be coming to visit along with 12 disciples.  Yet, she welcomed Him and His disciples into her house and prepared to feed all of them.  She was always ready to receive Him without any notice.  We tend to demand notice.  We usually have our day planed out.  We consider any deviation from our plan to be inconvenient and very difficult to fit into our plans.  Because of this attitude we quite often fail to hear God whisper a different plan for our day.  We need to always be ready for what I call divine interruption.  Any divine alteration to our day should be welcomed as warmly as Martha welcomed Jesus and His 12 into her home.  When we fail to welcome His change to our already made plans, He will work through someone else who is listening and ready and we will be the one to miss out on His blessing of His flowing through us.  When we make our plans for the next day, let’s make them with the attitude of welcoming any change God wants to make to our plans.  Let us be always ready for anything God sends our way.

July 25, 2018

The Blame

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

John 11:21 21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.(NIV)

Here we go with Martha again.  This time she is blaming Jesus for the death of her brother.  Adam blamed God for his own eating of the forbidden tree.  We also tend to blame God for times of trials or disasters.  We fail to see our own sinful part in them.  We have destroyed the balance of nature God created through our pollution and overuse and misuse, yet we blame God.  We fail to help those who are depressed or angry and they act out, hurting or killing themselves or another and we blame God saying He could have prevented it, failing to accept our lack of ministry.  Instead of blaming God, we need to ask Him for wisdom in the various situations and we need to allow Him to work His “first aid” through us.  God had given us the freedom to follow His statues and love fellow man.  It is we humans who are at fault in choosing to put our own wants before God and before others.  Let us recognize our sin, confess it and ask God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen us to stand fast in His love and in following His commands.

July 24, 2018

Telling God

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

Luke 10:40 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (NIV)

Martha asked Jesus a question though it was really a complaint.  Right after she asked it, instead of waiting for Jesus to answer, she proceeded to tell Jesus what He should do.  We can’t criticize her too much.  We are all guilt of the same.  We lift up our concerns to God following with strong suggestions of what we want Him to do.  Then, in a false sense of humility, we tack on, “If it be Your will.”  We are more interested in our own will than we are in God’s will.  When we lift up our concerns before His throne of grace and mercy, let us, instead of telling God what the answer should be, tell God we love and trust Him to work in the situation in the way He wants and give us the grace and wisdom to flow with His decision.  We tend to pride ourselves in knowing what is best even though we can’t see or know what will happen the next minute.  Let us recognize who we are and what we know and just present our needs and desires to God then thank Him for hearing us and working it out in His and our best interest. 

July 23, 2018

DNA

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:38 pm

1 John 5:4-5 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God (NIV)

Faith cannot be passed down to our children through our DNA.  Faith can’t be inherited.  Faith must be born in each individual through their own rebirth through the blood of Jesus by believing and accepting Him into their heart, mind and life.  Then faith enters as a little seed.  It must grow in each individual through the trials and victories they walk.  I wish we could hand our children our faith but it doesn’t work that way.  Each must give birth to their own faith through Jesus and allow it to grow by walking with Him each and every day.  What can we, as parents do?  We can set the example by how we live and speak.  We can encourage through positive comments.  We can pray for the growth of faith in each child each and every day.  My prayer for my children and grandchildren is that they will each develop an intimate relationship with God the Father through His Son Jesus and rely and listen to the Holy Spirit within them each and every day throughout their lives.  We can’t pass down our faith but we can demonstrate it and live it out for others to see.

July 22, 2018

Baggage

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)

So many of us carry a lot of baggage around.  We carry baggage like unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, lust, anger and on and on.  This baggage should be dealt with immediately.  Instead of all this negative and weighty baggage we should carry the baggage of the fruit of the Spirit.  We shouldn’t even get out of the bed in the morning without ridding ourselves of any negative baggage and asking the Holy Spirit to refresh us with His fruits.  These are the things we should carry with us throughout our day.  Let us take time to follow through on releasing the old, negative baggage and dressing inside and out with the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit.

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