Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 8, 2019

For Our Own Pleasure

Filed under: Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

James 4:3 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (NIV)

There are several reasons why prayers sometimes aren’t answered.  This one is fairly often.  We ask for things we want for the wrong reasons.  We want to look better than another, have something someone else as, be more powerful, be richer and on and on.  We sometimes pray with an attitude of it’s all about me.  After I finished a teaching to a group of women and invited those who wanted to come for pray, a lady came up and asked me to pray God would give her a car so she could go to work.  I had a check on that.  I told her I could only ask Him to provide her with a way to get to work.  She left mad.  She wasn’t concerned with getting to work.  She wanted a car.  So many times what we want and what we need are not the same.  I’m so glad I have a loving Father Who knows what I need and what is right for me.  When we find a prayer is not being answered we need to check our motives for the prayer.

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February 7, 2019

God First

Filed under: commandment,God,Obey,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:19 pm

1 Kings 17:13 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. (NIV)

Read the entire event here.  Notice Elijah told the widow to give to him first before she made bread for she and her terminally ill son (later the son dies and Elijah prays and he comes back to life).  This goes with the commandment not to put any other gods before God but always put God first.  God sent Elijah to the widow not to save Elijah but so God could save the widow and her son.  He saved her because she put Him first by putting Elijah first before her own need.  She never ran out of flour or oil during the entire famine.  What we are to learn from this is not only putting God first in giving our tithe but to put Him first in all we have and in the use of our time.  Putting God first in our lives enables Him to care for our needs.  Yes, God can care for our needs even if we don’t obey, but God is not a God of confusion.  He is the  God of order and by His nature He follows His order.  Let us learn to put Him first in our finances, our service, our time and every area of our lives

February 6, 2019

Arrogance

Filed under: God,grace,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:46 pm

Romans 12:3 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. (NIV)

We’ve read many places in scripture that tell us to be humble.  When or if we say or think we are humble, in actuality we are being arrogant.  We are boasting about being humble.  Being humble is difficult for us sinful humans.  We like to think of ourselves as better than others.  We like other to think of us as better than them.  We have the sinful desire of being first in all we think, do and have.  Sometimes, in our striving to become humble we go too far and start to not like ourselves.  Instead of judging ourselves, let us learn to as the Holy Spirit to show us what we need to change.  Let us not worry about being humble or being proud.  Let us be content in learning to love, serve and obey our God.  Let us be concerned with building up others through encouraging words.  Let us think of ourselves as children of God, not though our own efforts but through the grace of God and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.  When we speak, let it be of the love of God rather than of our presumed accomplishments. Rather than praising ourselves let us praise God

February 5, 2019

Greed

Filed under: Church,Father,God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 6:30 pm

Luke 12:15 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (NIV)

Greed encompasses more than money.  Greed includes the greed for power, fame, material possessions and so on.  Greed is a lust and desire to have the most of what ever it is we are desiring and seeking.  We see greed displayed in the news every day.  Commercials even entice us to greed.  We are told we aren’t living right if we don’t have a particular product.  We are encouraged to accumulate as much of a product as we can.  Unfortunately, some churches are even preaching a financial prosperity message.  This can lead us into greed for money and for the things money can buy.  The Bible says for us to be content with what we have.  We are not to covet what other people have.  We are not to compare ourselves with others.  We are to compare ourselves with Christ.  He didn’t ever own or rent His own home.  He didn’t have a big wardrobe.  He didn’t stockpile supplies.  He looked to His Father to provide His needs while He served His Father.  When we leave this earth, everything we have accumulated stays on this earth.  We must ask ourselves if, when we leave this earth we will be remembered only for the possessions we leave behind or remembered for the love of God we have shared with others.

February 4, 2019

Always Ready

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,service,Uncategorized,wisdom,worship — by ginrich @ 8:15 pm

Psalms 90:12  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)

None of us knows how many days we have on this earth.  We must learn to make each and every day count.  The best way to do this is to live each day as if it is the day Jesus comes back to this earth to take us home.  When He comes, we want Him to find us doing what He has called us to do.  Every morning I ask God to help me be pleasing to Him this day.  I ask Him to help me hear His direction for the day.  At night I review the day and often find myself asking forgiveness for the time I’ve wasted.  When time is past, we cannot reclaim it.  Though we cannot give an exact number to our future days, we can number each day as an important day to serve and worship our God.  Let us have the wisdom to make sure we are always ready to go with Jesus to the Father’s throne.

February 3, 2019

Various Translations

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

Mark 6:60 for they al saw Him and were terrified.  But immediately, He spoke to them.  He said, “Take courage!  I am.  Do not be afraid.”(Tree of Life Version)

I like getting new getting new versions of the Bible and reading through its entirety.  This time I noticed something in this verse I never noticed before.  Jesus identified Himself “I am.”  This is the same as God told Moses when Moses asked God what was His name.  Jesus was once again identifying Himself to His yet not understanding disciples.  We are still not understanding.  He works in and through us each and every day but we fail so often to recognize His hand in and through our lives.  So often we take credit for what we think it is us doing ourselves.  In actuality it is “I Am” working in and through us.  He tells us daily to take courage for He is here, now and always.

As happens with me when I write these devotions, this didn’t go the way I expected.  I thought it would be an encouragement to read various translations which it is good to do.  Whatever translation will encourage us to read often is the one we should mostly use for it is not the translation that speaks to us but the Holy Spirit that gives us understanding through any translation.  Though we often have preconceived ideas, let us always be willing to flow in any direction the Holy Spirit takes us.

February 2, 2019

The Sound of Snow

Filed under: Creation,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:36 pm

Proverbs 15:29 29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (NIV)

I was watching a documentary on snow in keeping with our current weather.  I found out that a snow flake actually makes a sound when it hits the ground or other snow.  No human ear can hear the sound but there are advanced electronics that actually pick up and record the sound.  Amazing.  When we pray, many time we pray without using our voices.  We pray silently in our heads with our thoughts.  No human can hear that kind of prayer.  But we have Someone, Our Creator, God, Who actually hears our silent prayers.  He hears them as long as we are robed in the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  It is such a comfort to know that even when we are in a location or circumstance were we cannot speak aloud with our voice, God still hears us as we pray silently.  Let us remember He hears what we think and turn our thoughts over to Him in confidence of His love for us.

February 1, 2019

God Loves All

Filed under: Creation,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Obey,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Many think, and say if God is love He wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  They are right.  God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  This is why He sent His Son, Jesus.  No one can be in heaven who isn’t righteous.  None of us is righteous.  To be righteous one must always be completely right.  Only God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are always right.  God set the rules of only righteous being in heaven because God won’t be in the presence of sin.  He is the One Who created all that is and therefore He owns all that is and He is the only One Who can set the rules.  But He loves us so He provided a way for us to become righteous.  We can be covered with the righteousness of Jesus.  The only way we can have His righteousness cover us is by believing in Him.  Believing in Him doesn’t mean we believe He existed on earth or that He is the Son of God.  It means we believe in Him by taking Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Savior and our Lord – our boss.  Yes God loves all mankind and desires for all mankind to live with Him in heaven for eternity but man must be covered with the righteousness of Jesus to have a place in God’s home.

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