Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2020

Search Ourselves

Filed under: devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Acts 17:11 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  (NIV)

The Berean Jews were very wise.  When anyone quotes scripture or explains it, regardless of who they are or how well know or educated they are, it is important for each of us to search out and study the scriptures for ourselves.  Words tend to mean different things to different people.  Scripture can be misread, misquoted and misinterpreted.  Also, when we listen or even when we read, we often mishear or misread a word or two which can change the entire meaning of what we are hearing or reading.  I did an experiment in a sermon I preached one time.  I omitted a word.  It was a very small word.  It was the word, “in”.  No one caught the omission.  Leaving that little word out of the sentence totally changed the meaning of the sentence.  It is so very important to read the scripture along with the minister when he/she reads it.  It is important that you look up the scriptures I use and read them in the context, not just the one or two lines I quote.  It is also important to read several different translations.  The most important thing to do is to pray before reading or listening and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the interpretation and application God wants you to understand for you on this very day.  This is the living word of God.  He provided for us for our daily road map.  Let us never have a day we don’t search out with great eagerness the words God has for us each and every day.

 

May 30, 2020

Encourage Daily

Filed under: Church,discouragment,encouragement,God,Jesus,judging,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Hebrews 3:13 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  (NIV)

Everybody like to be told they’re doing a good job. Everybody like to know they’re appreciated.  I know when I get a like on one of these devotions it encourages me.  It encourages me even more when I get comments.  Because I never publish the comments (the comments aren’t what this blog is about) I don’t get very many.  Sometimes I get tired and think it’s time to stop posting but when I do, I get a comment that encourages me to continue.  We need to take the little amount of time it takes to tell someone they’re doing a good job or we appreciate what they’re doing.  A cashier might be having a hard day and had to put up with some angry customers.  How encourage it would be to thank them for they’re service.  There are so very many ways we can encourage people.  Encouragement and thanks motivate people to try a little harder.  Judgement and criticism discourage people from trying at all.  It gives a “what’s the use” attitude.  The above scripture was written to believers in a young church.  When we first open our hearts to believe and follow Jesus, it is tempting to compare what we know and how we act with those who have matured in their faith.  Instead of comparing one another or judging, let us follow the call to encourage one another daily.  The word “daily” is important for, if it doesn’t become a habit to encourage others, it gradually is totally forgotten.  Taking the brief time to read this shows your desire to grow in the Lord.  That is awesome.  The light of God shines through you and your thoughts of God cause a smile on His face.

May 29, 2020

Like Paul

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christian,gender,God,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Ephesians 6:19 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly   (NIV)

Paul was threatened with prison and death yet his prayer request was to be bold and always speak for Christ Jesus.  I don’t know about you, but Paul puts me to shame.  So many of us pray selfishly for our own comfort and convenience.  Paul was totally focused on God and spreading of His message.  We, for the most part are focused on what will make us most popular.  As believers in and followers of Jesus our number one desire should be to be pleasing to God regardless of what others might think of us.  We fear being labeled a “religious fanatic.”  That term has changed in it’s meaning as culture has pulled further and further away from God.  Today that term applies to anyone who is openly a true believer and follower of God.  I don’t use the term “Christian” because now that term seems to be defined as a church member that is basically a “good” person.  We are do good today at changing the definition of a word to match our own desires of its meaning.  Not only has the definition of Christian changed but the definition of marriage and gender have also changed.  Let us be more like Paul and desire to be bold in our belief and following of God through Jesus Christ and proclaim the gospel to those around us in a loving, non-judgmental way.

May 28, 2020

Knowing or Believing

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)

Believing that someone existed isn’t the same as believing IN the person.  When you believe IN someone you trust that person.  Trust is built on love.  When you love someone, you are loyal to that person.  It’s one thing to believe a person name Jesus Who was written about in a collection of books called the Holy Bible walked this earth but quite another to believe IN Jesus as the only Son of God Who, as God’s Word, put on the form of a God-created human and demonstrated God’s love and pan for us.  God, as the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be, calls the shots.  He is the One Who decided the only way for us to have fellowship with Him and eternal life is through believing IN Jesus Christ.  Reading the Bible, going to church and trying to be good on our own doesn’t cut it.  We must actually acknowledge we are sinners and can only be saved from the penalty of our sin through the blood of Jesus.  We must ask God to forgive our sins and welcome Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives not only as our savior but as the Lord, the director of our lives.  Later we read Jesus said if we confess our belief in Him before men, He will confess us before God the Father.  Our belief is personal but it isn’t privet.  We are to be open about our belief in order to follow the commission Jesus gave us; ( Matthew 28:19-20} 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)  Let’s confess Jesus before others and demonstrate His love through our words and actions.

May 27, 2020

Deception

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,light,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

2 Corinthians 11:14 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (NIV)

I seldom write about Satan otherwise known as the devil because I don’t like given him attention  However, it is very important for all of us to recognize this deceiver.  Satan is very deceptive.  He makes little suggestions to us that seem harmless.  He might say, go ahead and lie because it’s just a little lie and you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by speaking the truth.  However, on little lie leads to more lies which lead to bigger lies and before long, we are trapped in lies.  It’s the same with stealing.  We might take a pen from work.  It’s just a pen.  No one will miss it.  Before long we will be taking more and more things away from our employer.  How do we learn to recognize when it’s Satan attempting to deceive us?  This is why it is so important that we have the word of God, the words in the Holy Bible, deeply planted in our minds and able to recall them.  Every deception by Satan has a real truth in the scriptures.  Satan has an uncanny way of change just one word as he quotes scripture to us.  In Genesis 3 he questioned Eve by asking if God said they weren’t to eat from any tree in the garden.  Satan likes to put questions in our mind as to what God actually said.  Satan dangles the good in front of us.  God desires the best for us.  Let us continue to eat and digest the word of God so we can resist the schemes of the devil.

May 26, 2020

Bible Says It

Filed under: believe,Bible,fellowship,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  (NKJ)

Many don’t believe what is in the Holy Bible because they don’t understand.  Our finite minds can’t fully comprehend how God does the things He does or even why He has told us to do certain things and not do outer things.  Understanding and being able to apply what is recorded in the scriptures isn’t possible from purely and intelligent means.  It is not until we accept Jesus, the Son of God into our hearts, minds and lives and choose to follow Him and allow the Holy Spirit to enter us that we are able to choose to believe all that is in the scriptures because of Who spoke the scriptures into existence through those who were willing to listen and follow and record what the Holy Spirit said to them.  It is that same Holy Spirit Who speaks to us today through those very words He gave others to record.  We don’t have to understand the how or why of every word of the Holy Bible.  Belief is a choice.  Because God said it through His Holy Spirit, we can choose to believe it and follow it.  There is a saying, “God said it, I read it and I believe it.”  We either choose to believe the entire Holy Bible or we don’t.  We can’t choose just the words we like and change the meaning or remove the words we don’t like.  God didn’t put the words there for us to like.  He put the words there so we could have an abundant life and walk daily in fellowship with Him now and throughout eternity.

May 25, 2020

Applying Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,knowledge,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

James 1:22-25 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do (NIV)

Having knowledge for the sake of knowledge does no good unless we apply the knowledge we have.  Being able to quote scripture from the Holy Bible does no good unless we do what the scripture says.  I’m sure we all know someone who quotes scripture often in regards to what others are or aren’t doing but, observing the person themselves show they don’t apply it to their own lives.  As for a as I’m concerned, I have my hands full with applying scripture to my own life consistently without trying to check up on others.  Let us be careful with our quoting scripture to others unless we are actually living that scripture consistently ourselves.  Knowledge gained is not for pride but for application.  Let us be faithful in the application of the knowledge God has so lovingly provided for us in His written word, the Holy Bible.

May 24, 2020

Seeking Knowledge

2 Timothy 3:7 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

We are a people who seek knowledge.  We want to be “in the know.”  A very common phrase today is “Go google it.”  We have knowledge at our fingertips.  Our questions we must answer is what knowledge, the Holy Bible.  We must also answer, “Do we know the Holy Bible.?”  How much do we know of what is in the Bible?  Modern versions are being produced now that exclude some parts of the Bible and even change the meaning of some of the words.  Do we know the Bible well enough to discern when words have been omitted or changed?  God’s Word is a lamp to our feet telling what direction we should walk and a light to our path showing us truth.  It is important to cross reference what we read in the scriptures to be sure we are reading correctly.  It is also very important to pray before we read and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the interpretation for the application we are to follow.  Let us be sure the first and primary knowledge we seek first and most of all comes from God.  Knowledge of the things of the world only come after God’s knowledge.

May 23, 2020

Contracts

Filed under: baptise,Bible,cross,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 3:13 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  (NIV)

When we buy a house or car we sign our name on a contract.  This does 2 things.  Our signing our name identifies who we are.  It also says we will fulfill the contract.  Baptism is the same thing.  It is saying we are a child of God who will fulfill our contract of worshiping the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and live in obedience to all He says.  Jesus found it necessary to “sign” this contract of baptism at the start of His public ministry.  Quite often we must have our signed contract confirmed by a notary.  Jesus’ signed baptism contract was notified by the Holy Spirit descending on Him and His Father speaking out saying, “This is My Son in Whom I love and with Whom I Am well pleased.”  Jesus totally fulfilled His contract.  He never varied from the goal of the cross.  He never took a side track.  Unfortunately, we are prone to take many side tracks forgetting the instructions in our contract.  Avoiding these side tracks takes regular study in the instruction book (the Holy Bible), and paying close attention to the voice of the Teacher, the Holy Spirit.  Let us learn to continually keep our eyes and therefor our path on the goal of our contract.

May 22, 2020

Heavenly Bodies

Filed under: Bible,body,disciples,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Corinthians 15:49 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.  (NIV)

Many are afraid of cremation.  There is no reason to fear what happens to our physical bodies.  It isn’t our physical bodies that will be resurrected.  It is our spirits.  Our spirits will be given a new, heavenly body.  Our physical bodies, in relation to our heavenly bodies, are like a seed.  The seed bears no resemblance to what the dead seed becomes as it burst into life.  We can’t see what a tomato looks like from looking at a tomato seed.  Will we recognize one-another in our new, heavenly bodies?  Yes.  We recognize the spirit of one-another just as the disciples recognized Moses and Elijah on the mountain as they talked with Jesus.  Yes, right now, as we walk this earth, our physical bodies are important and need to be taken proper care, but we must remember our spirits are of much more importance.  It is very important we take care to feed and strengthen our spirits through meditation and study on the scriptures, the Holy Bible, and through 2-way conversation (prayer) with our heavenly Father.  Let us be sure to properly feed our spirit.

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