Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 21, 2019

Elijah’s Focus

Filed under: faith,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

1 Kings 18:44 44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” (NIV)

There are parts of the Old Testament that are hard for me to read and I must discipline myself to read through them.  Those are the parts where nations rise against nations.  But there are other parts I really enjoy and am inspired.  One is the life of Elijah.  I like how he made it so impossible in our estimation for God to burn up his sacrifice by dousing it with water.  God sent fire and consumed even the stones.  I also like the faith he had.  He sat and waited in faith for God to send the promised rain.  It took 7 times.  He remained waiting in faith and expecting the rain to come.  As soon as there was a very small cloud, Elijah considered it done.  It hadn’t rained yet but Elijah didn’t need the proof.  Just the small cloud was enough for Elijah to know God’s timing was close.  Our problem is we look more at the problem than we look for the promise of the coming answer.  Let us improve our focus as the focus of Elijah.

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January 20, 2019

Real Events

Filed under: Christians,God,Jesus,Old Testament,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

Matthew 12:40 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (NIV)

Many confessing Christians say the Old Testament isn’t relevant for today.  They claim many of the events in the Old Testament are just fairy tells or metaphors.  Jesus quoted from the Old Testament a good bit.  In this verse in Matthew He compares what He will do with what happened to Jonah.  This is a confirmation from Jesus that Jonah was actually in the belly of a huge fish for 3 days and 3 nights.  Now, we can’t comprehend how this could really happen but, we still say with God all things are possible.  If we really believe with God all things are possible, why would we doubt the event of Jonah?  Just because we haven’t experienced or witnessed an experience doesn’t mean someone hasn’t experienced what we find mostly impossible to believe.  Let us remember we are not as intelligent as we like to think.  What man can’t do or understand God can and does.  Let us choose faith over our less than perfect intelligence.  With God all things are possible including all the events in the Old Testament.

January 19, 2019

Confirmation

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 pm

Matthew 11:2-3 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? (NIV)

Earlier, when John immersed Jesus, John said Jesus was the One to come, the Messiah.  Now we see John doubting.  John was in prison.  There was no encouragement.  He seldom got word of what was happening on the outside and the word he got he needed to confirm some way.  In spite of John’s doubts, Jesus said Matthew 11:11),  Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus didn’t condemn John for his time of doubt.  He said John was great.  We condemn ourselves when we have moments of doubts or when we think we aren’t doing enough for the Kingdome of heaven, yet Jesus said the lest of us is greater than John.  Doubts are part of our human nature.  They will come and go.  When they come, we only need to turn our minds and hearts to the scriptures and receive confirmation that Jesus is Who He said He is and we are, through our belief and following Jesus are God’s children as He said we are.  John was before Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind.  We are after and have received the Holy Spirit in us as confirmation of our relationship to God.  We have access to all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to use in our ministry of furthering the Kingdome of God in the hearts of all we meet.  How blessed we are.  John had to have his confirmation just through the actions of Jesus. We have confirmation through the inner dwelling of the Holy Spirit.  What greater confirmation could anyone ever ask.

January 18, 2019

Blessed to Give

Filed under: bless,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Genesis 12:2 2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, you will be a blessing. (NIV)

There is a lot of teaching going around about giving so you will get back.  It comes from a misunderstanding of Luke 6:38  Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” God doesn’t want us to give out of a desire to get.  He wants us to get out of a desire to give.  But, to do this we must know how to be good stewards.  This applies to our entire life, not just our finances.  If we are in debt, we are not good stewards of our finances.  If we have a lot of garbage, we are not good stewards of the food we buy.  If we need a storage shed for all of our possessions, we are not good stewards of our material goods.  God blesses those who know how to be good stewards.  He does that because He knows if we know how to be good stewards, He can trust us with the blessings because we will know how to share the blessings with those who need them.  Giving involves more than money.  We give of our talents, our time, our food and our material blessings.  It isn’t something we have to do.  It is something we enjoy doing because it is a joy to share the love God gives us with others.  The more we share, the more room we have to receive.  Let be good stewards with all God blesses us and give in joyful wisdom out of an abundance of love for God.

January 17, 2019

Junk

Filed under: devotion,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Timothy 1:3-5 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (NIV)

We are warned so often to read labels of what we eat.  There is a lot of junk hyped as good food for our bodies.  We are being warned in Timothy to be careful of what we listen to or read.  Not everything said or written in the name of Jesus is on target.  We need to constantly ask the Holy Spirit to give us discernment when we listen or read what others say God is saying to us.  There is a lot of junk being preached and written.  When we hear it over and over it become hard not to buy into it.  This is yet another reason we must diligently study the scriptures under the direction of the Holy Spirit within us to be able to recognize when we hear or read interpretations of others that are not sound doctrine.  This includes reading this devotional site.  What God says to me and how I interpret it may not interpret right for you.  So, before listening to someone or reading what someone has written, always pray first for wisdom and discernment.  God has promised if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us.  As important as it is for us to get the junk food out of our diet, it is even more important to get the religious myths and incorrect doctrines out of our spiritual lives.

January 16, 2019

Healing

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,healing,health,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

I’m not putting scripture with this because I hope this will encourage you to do your own scripture research.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Jesus is willing to heal.  Jesus is compassionate.  Jesus heals 3 ways.  He heals naturally.  He does that because He made us to heal naturally.  We cut ourselves and He created the blood clot factor to heal our cuts.  He heals through human doctors and medicine because He is the One Who gives us the wisdom in learning how He made our body work and how to keep it working right.  He heals miraculously.  He didn’t heal miraculously to draw attention to Himself.  Notice in scripture He usually said for them not to tell anyone (but they always did).  It is those who make a show out of miraculous healing that have decreased our faith in the reality of it.  Our problem is demanding which method Jesus will use to heal us.  We are also impatient.  We forget there is a warfare going on for our physical and emotional bodies.  When Daniel prayed one time it took 21 days for the angel to deliver the answer because of the spiritual warfare going on.  We are to seek all 3 types of healing.  It is important, as we continue to seek healing to actively participate in spiritual warfare.  It takes our continued and faithful prayers to unite with heaven in getting through the warfare that evil tries to prevent God’s work getting through to us.  It is imperative that we learn to stand firm and continuing in faith, be actively patient.  I hope this helps you not only understand at a deeper level, but that it also motivates you to be pro-active in seeking all 3 ways God heals.

When we do a word study on the word body we will find out we don’t own our own body.  Our body belongs to God.  It houses the Holy Spirit.  When we don’t take proper care of our body it is sin.  God will not surpass our willfulness to sin.  Our sin of not caring for our bodies suffers the consequences of sickness.  If we truly want God to heal our diseases and injuries we must do our part in being careful and eating healthy.  It isn’t a lack of God’s willingness to heal but our willingness to live in sin.  Let us quit blaming God for a lack of our healing, confess our sinful neglect and do our part in our healing.  He wants us whole.

There is a time God chooses to heal us by taking us up to Him because we have finished what He has called us to do on this earth.  That is a glorious time of perfect healing but also it is not something we should hasten.  We want to be pleasing to God and do all He has for us to do on this earth.  We have all eternity to be in His very real and tangible presence.

My prayer is for all of us, especially me, to take our responsibility for our body seriously and through our proper care of our bodies, trust God for the healing of the evil surrounding us that would try to keep our bodies from being a healthy vessel for the Holy Spirit’s work on this earth.

January 15, 2019

Human

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Mark 6:2 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? (NIV)

The only way to really experience and understand what someone is going through is to walk in their shoes.  Jesus, Who is the Word of God, separated from God and became a human like us for about 33 years.  During this time He was completely human though still filled with the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the God-head.  This made it possible for Him to experience all the we, humans, experience.  He is no longer human but has returned fully to being the Word of God.  Sometimes we think that God can’t possibly understand what we are up against.  We thin His commandments are too difficult for us to fully obey.  But, God, through Jesus, His Word, fully understands because He has fully experienced.  We are fully flesh and blood, human beings.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and follow and worship Him, we receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Some day we will shed the flesh and blood but our Spirit, birthed by the Holy Spirit, will live with God.  We will be given new bodies, different from our sinful nature and live in the very real and tangible presence of God, the Father, God the Son and the Word and God the Holy Spirit.  What a glorious time that will be.  Knowing what is in our future enables us to face anything we must face in our temporary flesh and blood human state.

January 14, 2019

Swine

Filed under: God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Matthew 7:6 6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (NIV)

There’s not much more depressing than sharing a new insight into a scripture verse with someone and having them respond with an of course or you mean you didn’t already know or some other put-down remark.  It robs us of the joy of having a fresh insight into God’s word.  We not only need to be careful about who we share our insights with but we must be sure we are never on the other end by putting someone else down for what they are learning.  This doesn’t mean we don’t share scripture with others.  It only means what we share must be done with the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We are told in scripture to build one another up, not to put one another down.  Let us always be sure we are not the swine someone had dared to share what is sacred to them with us.  It is a privilege to be trusted enough for someone to share with us.

January 13, 2019

Seeing Clearly

Filed under: God,judging,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:28 pm

Matthew 7:5 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (NIV)

Most of us stop with the meaning of quit judging others and get the sin out of our own lives.  There is more to this verse than that.  After we have gotten victory of a particular sin, we are able to help someone else who is struggling with the same sin.  It is hard to help others when we haven’t had the same experiences.  Many times we go through various trials so we can be more qualified to help others going through the same trial.  After breaking my knee cap, I am more aware of the struggles of those who have handicaps.  Mine was only temporary but so many are permanent.  I now know when and how to help when I see someone else struggling to move from one place to another.  When we go through various struggles, let’s be sure to ask God to make us aware of all we need to learn in order to help others in the same struggles.

January 12, 2019

Trust and Obey

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,Obey,sacrifice,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 15:4 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” (NIV)

Abraham was a man of faith.  Yet, though God promised him a son from his own flesh, Abraham allowed his wife, Sara, to feed his doubt and have a son through Hagar, Sara’s slave.  It was a 25 year wait for Abraham to see God’s promise come through and Sara to give birth to Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Later we see Abraham’s faith very strong as he obeys God and prepares to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  We are impatient people.  We don’t understand God’s timing and because of that we often take things into our own hands.  This is a lack of faith and trust in the One Who can never lie, Who is always faithful to His promises.  We might not understand what seems like a delay of God in the fulfillment of a promise but we are the ones who can’t see beyond the moment we are living.  Let us choose to believe and trust God’s promises.  Let us wait for His directions and not rush ahead of God’s timing.  We don’t need to understand.  We need only to trust and obey.  As the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

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