Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 29, 2020

One on One

Filed under: communion,Father,God,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:59 pm

Luke 5:15-16 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (NIV)

Crowds of people came to listen to Jesus and many came to be healed by Him.  Jesus didn’t stay to speak or heal.  HE withdrew to a place where He could be alone so He could pray.  Apparently Jesus thought it was more important to pray than to stay and serve.  Since Jesus, Who definitely had an intimate relationship with God and Who knew no sin in His walk on this earth, thought prayer was more important than service, what about us?  So often we think we are too busy to stop and pray.  We allow the demands on our time to dictate to us rather than us being in control of our time.  Prayer so often takes a back seat in our schedule.  We are told to pray without ceasing.  This means to always keep an awareness of God being with us.  Jesus knew His Father was with Him.  Yet He still found it necessary for withdrawing alone for real one on one conversation with the Father.  Let us never put a one on one conversation with our Father on the back seat of our schedule.  Let us make time each day for intense one on one communion with our God.

February 28, 2020

No Shadows

Filed under: Bible,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,light,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

2 Corinthians 3:2 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.  (NIV)

Jesus said we are the light of the world.  We are to light the way for others to meet Jesus and have a relationship with Him.  Paul wrote we are the letter.  Hundreds of people won’t read the Bible but they do read us.  We must consider what they see when the read us.  Do they see the love, joy and peace of God or do they see judgment and condemnation?  There is only one way to be the light.  We must be reflecting Jesus Who is the Light.  To reflect Him we must do more than receive Him and believe in Him as our Lord and Savior.  We must grow in our relationship with Him.  We must know what He said and how He walked this earth so we can really follow Him.  We do this by really studying and meditating on the written Word, the Holy Bible.  We must understand what it is the Bible says to us and how to apply it to our daily living.  This only comes by our being responsive to the Holy Spirit Who came to dwell in us and guide us the moment we received Jesus.  We must ask ourselves, how much of a light are we.  What is in our lives and hearts that cast a shadow over our light.  Let us rid ourselves of any shadow and let our light fully shine so all may see Jesus in and through us.

February 27, 2020

Do What We Can Do

Filed under: God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Mark 14:8 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.  (NIV)

Jesus said she did what she could.  That’s all God expects or desires from us.  He wants us to do what we can.  He patiently waist for us to start doing what we can then He works through what we can do and does what He does.  It starts with us taking the first step.  Can just visualize God watching us, wondering when we will take that step to do what we can in a situation so He, by His own choice of waiting and wanting to work through us, waits to work His wonders through what we can do.  Mary didn’t even think what she did would be told to millions of people down through the ages.  She just did for Jesus what she could do.  Criticisms of others didn’t stop her.  She did what she could.  Jesus praised her for it.  Maybe all you can do is smile.  That’s fine.  It was an elderly lady’s smile at me that led me to a personal relationship with Jesus.  Look at Luke 21:3.  She was just a poor widow.  Nobody paid attention or noticed she gave all she had.  It was only 2 mites – probably less than the loose change we probably have in our pockets.  Yet, Jesus noticed and said she would be remembered forever.  What these 2 women did has been recorded in hundreds of languages all around the world.  They only did what they could.  Let’s be sure to do whatever it is we can do and allow God to work through it.  The results will ripple out to people and places we may never know for ourselves but only if we take the step to do what we can do.

February 26, 2020

It Only Takes One

Filed under: Church,Jesus,Lord,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

John 4:7 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (NIV)

Not only was she a Samaritan (looked down upon by the Israelites), she was also alone yet Jesus took the time, as tired and hungry as He was, to speak with her and teach her about worship.  We are so number oriented.  If what we deem to be enough people don’t show up for a Bible class or a prayer meeting or any other event we are prone to cancel it.  We consider it not worth our time unless the number of people we desire are there.  Churches are deemed successful if their numbers are large.  We don’t stop to think the impact we can have on just one person can ripple out to an impact on many.  From tis one woman at the well, many in an entire town became followers of Jesus.  In actuality, she was the first missionary.  She had no training but she met Jesus and shared her experience with others.  We must share our experiences with our Lord and Savior, Jesus with those we meet.  We can share at work or in a grocery store or anywhere.  We are not limited to sharing only in a church building.  There have been many times I have stopped to talk and them pray with a stranger in a big box store.  Let’s not wait for what we consider the right time or the right place or the right people.  Let us be open to step out and speak up sharing God’s love and the wonderful news of Jesus Christ anytime, any place with any one.  Actually change all the “any” words to “every.”

February 25, 2020

In Our Hand

Filed under: bless,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Exodus 4:2 2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.  (NIV)

Moses held a shepherd’s staff in his hand.  It’s just a piece of wood.  It has no particular powers.  Yet this staff was used to turn a river into blood, spill water out of a rock, part the red sea.  God didn’t need to use a staff for those miracles to occur.  He could have had Moses just speak a word or even just do it without involving Moses.  But, God wants us to use what we have.  God chooses to work through what He has already given us.  Just like the parable of the talents, what we have only grows as we use them.  As joint heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, we are part of the work of God.  Even though it would be less trouble for God to do all things on His own, He loves us enough to want to involve us so we can participate in His joy and His blessings.  We all have specific talents and abilities God has given us.  Are we using them for the good of God’s Kingdom?  Are they growing?  Let’s think about what’s in our own hands and what we are doing with it.

February 24, 2020

Show Our Joy

Filed under: Church,God,joy,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Philippians 4:4 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  (NIV)

One thing so many of our church worship services lack is rejoicing.  So many churches are either filled with somber quietness or idle chatter before the worship service.  During the worship service things are quiet.  Much of the problems comes from our being told to be quiet in church as little children.  God tells us to rejoice.  We are to rejoice while singing and while praying.  I find it odd that people are quick to rejoice loudly at a pop concert or a sports event yet, in church they sit there stoically.  We might be singing an old hymn out of an old hymn book but that doesn’t mean we can’t sing with gusto and with a face and expression full of joy.  We might be reciting a psalm as a responsive reading or saying the Lord’s Prayer collectively but that doesn’t mean we can do it with expression of joy in our voices.  Let’s listen to ourselves in our next worship service.  Do we sound joyful?  It is a privilege to come together to worship our God.  It is a joy to be able to do so.  Let’s show it in our faces and our voices.

February 23, 2020

Lacking

Filed under: bless,God,Lent,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Matthew 25:40 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (NIV)

When we don’t see prayers answered there are a couple reasons.  The one we will look at today is summarized by the word lack.  God uses our mouths, hands and feet in answering prayers.  Sad to say, sometimes the person God wants to use to answer a certain prayer doesn’t listen.  There is a lack of hearing which makes a lack of the instrument (person) God wants to use to answer the prayer.  Someone who is starving and praying for food waits for the person God would use to give that person food.  Instead of us praying so often saying, God I need, God I want, (God knows our needs and wants and has promised to fill them) let us do more asking, God use me.  Let’s not sit back and wait for some grand and glorious thing.  God might just want us to put an arm around someone, give a smile, tell them God loves them.  We tend to look for the big and showy things and we let what seems like little things to us slip by.  Let us be diligent in our listening, going and doing.  Let it not be us that keeps a prayer from being answered in a timely way.  God will always find someone else to be His instrument but it is us who lose out on a blessing when we don’t respond.

February 22, 2020

Pray, Go, Do

1 Thessalonians 5:17 17 Pray without ceasing  .(NKJ)

Matthew 28:19 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (NIV)

John 4:34 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. (NIV)

As believers and followers of Jesus, Christ, the Son of God, we are to continue the ministry of Jesus since we are joint heirs with Him.  We are not to just sit around doing our own thing feeling smug because we have the promise of eternal life with God.   we are instructed to do 3 things.  First we are to pray.  As we pray we are to ask for His instructions and listen for His instructions.  God has a purpose for each and every one of His children.  If we don’t ask and listen we miss out on the blessing of being part of His ministry on this earth.  After we hear His instructions we are to go.  We must put our feet into action.  We can’t put our feet into action if we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit giving us step by step instructions, We must more than pray unceasingly and going.  We must also do.  Jesus said we are to do the Father’s will and finish the work Jesus began.  What is the work?  It is making disciples of all nations, meaning all people of any nation, race and gender.  If we fail to pray unceasingly, actively listening to the Holy Spirit within us, we will not be successful in our work.  We cannot make a disciple of anyone.  Only God the Holy Spirit can make disciples.  We are to tell others about Jesus through our words and our actions.  We start right in our ow families, then our neighborhoods.   The Holy Spirit may be calling someone right next to you.  Are you alert enough to Him to tell that person about God’s love and call on their lives?  Let’s never miss an opportunity to do the will of the Father Who sent Jeesus.

February 21, 2020

Speaking Through Us

Filed under: Bible,encouragement,Father,God,Holy Spirit,trials,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 10:19-20 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  (NIV)

 

I remember the first time I was asked to pray out loud.  I was upset because I didn’t have advance notice.  How would I know what to pray without rehearsing it and making sure I said all the right things.  As I grew in my relationship with God, I realized I didn’t need to rehearse.  The above verses give us His promise that He will speak through us.  Our problem is taking the time to listen to Him.  It takes a little practice to quickly recognize the quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  Without regular listening we won’t hear Him when we really need to speak out.  Learning to hear takes practice.  Writing down what we hear after prayer time or a time meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, helps us to recognize what is the voice of the Holy Spirit verses our own voice.  It’s also an encouragement to have a journal of what the Holy Spirit has said to us so we can look back and see His words in present times of struggle.  Let us diligently learn how to always allow the Holy Spirit to speak not only to us personally, but also through us to others.

February 20, 2020

Growing Daily

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV)

It is our task to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  It is our task to grow up into mature children of God, joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are a few steps we must do in order to grow up spiritually.  We must be into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We can’t just casually read it.  We must prayerfully study it, put it deep into our minds and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and help us apply all it says into our present day lives.  Along with the study and meditation of God’s written word comes regular and often conversation time with Him through prayer.  We must be sure to take time to listen.  Writing down what we hear during our prayer time is very helpful.  Our growth is not complete without gathering together with other Christians in worship, praise and encouraging and sharing with one another.  There is much we can learn from the experiences of others in their growth walk.  Any day we have not learned something more about our God is a day wasted.  Let us not waste a single day He gives us on this earth.  Let us grow in knowledge and faith each and every day.

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