Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2019

Child-like

Filed under: Bible,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Genesis 22:2 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”  (NIV)

Luke 18:17 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  (NIV)

Little children believe everything a parent tells them. Some are told of and Easter Bunny or Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy and the children believe.  Abraham is a good example of believing God with a child-like faith.  God promised Abraham he would have multiple heirs through his son and Abraham believed God.  When God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Abraham obeyed with the confidence God would keep His promise.  He knew that somehow God would work all things out.  Not knowing how God would do it didn’t keep Abraham from obeying.  There are many times what God says in scripture seems at odds with what our own finite logic says in certain situations.  Our question we must answer is do we have the child-like trust and faith in our Father that all He says to us is true and will come about in His timing?

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July 30, 2019

God’s Team Wins

Filed under: discouragment,encouragement,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Hebrews 4:15-16 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  (NIV)

We looked at discouragement.  Now let’s look at encouragement.  After we receive Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, we are guaranteed we have direct approach to God’s throne of grace and by that have His help in any and all of our times of need.  Since God is the source of all that was, is and will ever be, He is the best source for all the answers and directions we will ever need.  There is no way to stay discouraged when we go to our Father and listen to His directions.  We might have to practice the fruit of patience because we think in the form of physical, earthly timing and God is all about eternal timing.  If we find ourselves still discouraged, we need to go to the last few verses in  Revelation 22:6-7 6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” There is no doubt.  God wins over evil and we are on God’s team.

July 29, 2019

Discouragement

Filed under: Bible,discouragment,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Mark 6:4 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (NIV)

Mark 8:17 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  (NIV)

Mark 9:19 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”  (NIV)

I’m having trouble with my computer.  I almost finish writing a devotion when suddenly it disappears.  I find myself fighting discouragement.  Jesus was discouraged.  Above are a few examples of times He was discouraged.  What did He do when discouraged?  He continued in His ministry, teaching about love from and for God the Father, healing, delivering and encouraging others.  This is the best antidote for discouragement.  Continue iDn what God has for us to continue.  Of course, we must make sure we are doing the right thing.  Sometimes discouragement comes to us as a warning that we are heading the wrong direction.  When discouraged, stop and pray.  As God if we need to change direction.  Listen.  Read and meditate on the written word, the Holy Bible.  Then, when we have the direction, put aside the discouragement, a temporary emotion, and move on with joy in our hearts that Jesus has already experienced what we are experiencing and the Father was faithful to Him and is also faithful to us.

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

July 27, 2019

Triggers

Filed under: anger,glory,God,habits,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid every weight and entangling sin.  Let us run with endurance the race set before us.  (Tree of Life version)

We all have triggers that set us off to do or say things.  Some triggers are good.  Some triggers get us back into habits, thoughts, words or actions we have been trying to get out of our lives.  It is important to identify those triggers. One of my triggers is having a container of ice cream in the house.  Since I’ve identified that trigger, I no longer buy ice cream to take into my house.  I do buy it when I visit one of my children’s houses, enjoy one dish with them and leave the rest with them.  Though this trigger is important to my physical health, it’s minor compared to triggers that lead us to fits of anger or other temptations that cause us not to reflect the love of God.  When we say or do something we know is wrong we must take time to identify the trigger that lead to that action.  It takes endurance to run this race of our walk on this earth in a way that will reflect the glory of God.  Let us perceiver with determined discipline

July 26, 2019

Two or Three

Filed under: Christ,Church,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Matthew 18:20 0 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV)

When in a church service and the pastor or other leader offers the prayer sometimes our minds wander.  The prayer might be long and when our eyes are closed it is hard to keep our mins on what is being said.  I’ve learned to repeat in my mind what is being said but to turn it around to make it personal.  When the generic phrase is used like “be with those who are sick or hurting,” I put in the names of some I know who are sick or hurting.  When the generic phrase of “forgive us for our sins,” I specify some of my sins for which I have been trying to stop.  There are many different ways we can really plug into the prayer that is being said.  Why is this so important?  Because if we aren’t really in tune with the prayer that is being said, we are not together in the name of Jesus.  Jesus wasn’t referring to two or three gathered in His name in a particular place.  He was referring to two or three standing actively in faith and worship.  Let us no fool ourselves thinking we’re so good for being in church physically.  Let us also be in church mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  Let us really gather together with other believers in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

July 25, 2019

Voices

Filed under: Christ,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Song of Songs 8:13 13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!  (NIV)

I had the car radio on and listened as the most beautiful voice I ever heard song a song.  That got me thinking about the voice.  The amount of different sounds that can come from a human voice are astounding.  The fact that we can recognize someone on the phone by the voice when we can’t see them is amazing.  The way a voice can be used is just about unlimited.  God gave us the ability to have a voice – to have the vocal chords vibrate in various ways to produce sound along with a tongue and lips to shape the words and sounds we make.  We use our voices to communicate and to express what is in us.  Our questions is how do we use our voices to praise and glorify God?  How often do we use our voice to tell others about how sent His Word in the form of fleshly man as Jesus Christ to demonstrate His love for us and to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins that separate us from a sinless God?  Let us be sure we use our voices in a manner that is always pleasing to the One Who enables us to use them.

July 24, 2019

X-Ray

Filed under: glory,God,judging,praise,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Revelation 2:23 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.  (NIV)

I like the way The Message translation reads.  Thnen every church will know that appearances don’t and make sure you get what’s coming to you.  We are in a physical world.  We look at the world and it’s people with physical eyes.  We judge by what our physical eyes see.  God sees beyond the physical.  He sees what is in our brains.  He sees our motives.  Sometimes the praise and worship part of some churches end up with a “mob mentality” of singing.  Some are putting up a show of how much they are “into worship.”  Some churches, pastors and/or people tell it far and wide how much money the give to others.  They want everyone to see how good they are.  When are motives are to be seen by others, to be known as being spiritual or benevolent, our giving and doing are as filthy rags to God.  God x-rays our motives.  Are we worshiping out of love for Him or for show to others?  Are we giving out of love for God or to look good to others.  Let us remember we are here for God’s pleasure and glory.  Shakespeare wrote, “Life is a stage.”  God says life is for His pleasure and He doesn’t honor play acting.  Let everything we do be for the glory of God rather than the glory of mankind.

July 23, 2019

Incense

Filed under: God,Incense,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Revelation 8:3 3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.  (NIV)

We like things to smell pleasant.  We spray incense in our rooms.  We light candles or plug in devices that emit incense into our rooms.  Some religions use incense in their worship to please their gods.  Incense makes us feel good.  God also likes incense.  In fact, incense is part of His creation.  But God’s most favored incense is the prayers of His people.  As we pray, our prayers do more than move mountains.  Our prayers are a sweet aroma and are collected with the incense on God’s golden alter.  The subject of the prayers isn’t mentioned which means all prayers, whether players of pleading for mercy or prays of thanksgiving and worship.  Let’s laden down God’s golden alter with the daily aroma of our prayers throughout each and every day.  As we pass a beautiful tree, let’s lift up a prayer of thanksgiving to God.  As we hear a siren, let’s offer up a prayer of intercession to God.  Prayer is the button that sprays the incense on God’s alter.

July 22, 2019

A Lonely Place

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 5:16 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (NIV)

So many are tired.  We are constantly stimulated by noise and business.  It seems there are always demands on our time.  Jesus had more demands on His time than we can conceive.  Yet, He knew He must withdraw to a lonely place where He could pray and be refreshed by His Father.  We too, must learn to leave everything behind for a time to refresh through prayer without interruption from distracting noise or other people.  As a couple, we took turns give each a few days to go off alone to refresh in our relationship with our God.  The condition of our thinking and our physical bodies are a good indication of when it is time to go to a lonely place to refresh.  Notice it is a lonely place, not a place of active recreation.  The entire purpose as we rest our minds and our bodies is to refresh through conversations with our Creator and have a refreshed re-infilling of the Holy Spirit.  If Jesus knew He needed to withdraw from time to time, though He was perfectly filled with the Holy Spirit, how much more do we need to do the same.  Let us be cautious in our thinking that things can’t go without us for a time.  Let us always take time in a lonely place and meet one on one with God, our Father and our Creator.

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