Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 17, 2019

Watching Miracles

Filed under: Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Acts 7:60 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.  (NIV)

I recently spent 24 hours in the hospital sitting with a very good friend as she was preparing to join Jesus at the throne of job.  Toward the end of her time her she became very agitated.  I prayed over her that God’s peace would fill her body, replacing any pain or fear.  What a beautiful sight as I watched her gradually relax and her face turning into beautiful peace.  I was watching God answering my prayer by His working a miracle in my friend.  He worked the miracle of transferring the spirit of my dear friend from her earthly body to freeing her spirit to dwell with Him throughout all eternity.  I will never forget the sight of such a beautiful transformation.  So often we are so distracted we miss seeing the miracle processes of God throughout our days.  There are so many miracles happening around us.  Let us learn to use our spiritual eyes, slow down and really observe all that God is doing.

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September 16, 2019

Anything Anytime

Filed under: God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Acts 2:14 14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.  (NIV)

Peter was an uneducated fisherman.  Yet, read on past verse 14.  That doesn’t read like an uneducated fisherman.  This along with the examples of yesterday, show the power of God to use any vessel He chooses to do mighty things.  Jesus even said God could make rocks shot glory if He so chose to do so.  There is nothing God can’t do through any vessel He chooses.  But God will not force anyone to allow Him to work through them.  We have the freedom of choice.  Many are afraid God will choose them to do something they don’t want to do or feel is way to difficult for them.  Absolutely nothing except telling a lie is impossible for God.  Writing on the same subject 2 days in a row might seem like I’m harping on this subject but it is so very important.  I see so many people thinking they don’t have a ministry, God wouldn’t possible use them for anything.  God’s desire is to flow and work through every individual ever created.  Even the handicaps we consider we might have are no match for the power of God to accomplish what He wants to do through us.  God doesn’t always spell out in specifics what He wants to do through us.  Our roll is to be open to anything God wants as any time He wants it.  Failing to hear and respond won’t thwart what God wants to do, it will only cheat us out of the joy of God working through us.  Let us always be open for anything at anytime God chooses.

September 15, 2019

For God’s Glory

Filed under: Uncategorized,God,ministry,glory — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Judges 6:15 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (NIV)

Gideon was considered to be an insignificant man.  God found him hiding in an empty well working with the wheat.  Yet, God, through Gideon, defeated an entire army.  David was also considered to be insignificant yet not only did he slay the giant, he became king over a nation.  No one is insignificant in God’s eyes.  Every individual is significant in God’s eyes and each one has a particular and unique ministry.  We must be sure we listen and are open to what God wants to do through us and not compare how He works through us with how He works through others.  Like Gideon and David, we are not the ones doing the work but rather the ones allowing God to do His work through us.  All is for the glory of God and the way God chooses to work through us is recorded in 1 Samuel 17:47 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

September 14, 2019

All Called

Filed under: believe,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  (NIV)

Did you know, if you are a believer in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, you are a priest?  It says so in the above verse.  There is no hierarchy in the family of God other than the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  All believers are equal.  The human element in the various Christian denominations have set up an hierarchy and limited the members in what they can do.  No where in scripture is it said only certain believers can serve communion or baptize new believers.  The only thing we can’t do as believers is perform marriages that are recognized as legal by the various governments.  It is not the paid ministers job to visit the sick and pray for them.  It is the duty of each and every believer.  Paid ministers shouldn’t be held to any higher of standard than what we call the “lay” people are held.  In God’s eyes, we are all equal.  Since God holds us all equal In His eyes, let us do likewise.  All believers are called to the priesthood.  All believers are called to serve God.  Let us all do our part to share God’s wonderful light.

September 13, 2019

Continually Confess

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (NIV)

The verb tense in the English translation is not in agreement with the original.  Confession is not a one-time thing.  We are to continually confess our sins – not repeats of ones already confessed and repented but the sins we make daily.  I don’t know about you but never a day goes by without my doing or saying or thinking something that is out of character with the character of Jesus.  Those things need confession daily.  We don’t just say, “Father forgive me for any sins I did today.”  We must be specific.  We need to be specific so we will actually realize what we have done, said or failed to do so we can repent – turn away from it – and move on building the character of Jesus in our thoughts, words and deeds.  Think you got through the day without any sin?  Be quite, ask the Holy Spirit to review the day with you and you will learn how imperfect we are in our human nature.  Let us continually confess each and every sin and God will continue to be faithful, forgiving us and continuing to purify us from all unrighteousness.

September 12, 2019

Everyone Builds Up

Filed under: Church,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

1 Corinthians 14:26 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.  (NIV)

Think about the last church service you attended.  Did you contribute?  Did everyone contribute?  Or, did the preacher and the worship leader serve as the only ones who contributed to the service.  So many services the only contribution of the congregation is singing a few songs.  The purpose of coming together for a time of worship is to build up each and every person.  Just like muscles can’t be built up without exercising, when we just sit, not only cane we not be built up spiritually, we can’t help build up others.  There is always something each person can do in a worship service.  The obvious are ushers, song leaders and those who are on the platform.  There are some who will read scripture.  Others can lead in the various prayers.  One very important ministry for a worship service is greeting those who come.  Not only greeting them when they come but also talking to them as they are leaving.  The scripture isn’t talking about building up the church in numbers.  The believers are the church.  Next worship service let’s be sure to make ourselves available to serve in building up ourselves along with building up others who have come to gather together. 1 Corinthians 14:26 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.

September 11, 2019

Looks Are Deceiving

Filed under: God,judging,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (NIV)

This is hard for many of us to do.  I’ve been guilty of wanting to cross to the other side of a street when I’ve seen someone who looks really dirty coming toward me.  We are so quick to judge people by what they are wearing, how their hair looks, what color skin they have, what kind of car they drive, where they live and on and on.  I’m so glad God looks at my heart rather than how my physical body looks or the clothes I wear or the car I drive or the house I live in.  It is hard for us to conquer the habit of judging people by external standards.  It takes a good bit of courage and time to allow ourselves to get to know someone who is very different from our perception of how someone should look.  As we learn to communicate with God throughout our day, we can learn to quick judging the external and ask God to show us how He sees others.  I know I’ve been very shocked and disappointed when I’ve gotten to know the kind of person someone who looked very impressive was.  Let’s choose to be open to all of God’s children and ask Him to let us see with His eyes and His love.

September 10, 2019

Real Worship

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Amos 5:21-23 21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.   Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. 23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.  (NIV)

I am concerned about some of the contemporary services in many of the churches.  The music is loud with memorizing rhythms.  The worship team is professional and the music is such as to grab the emotions.  As many start responding and joining in it tends to become a crowd mentality.  People look around to see how others are responding and start to respond in the same way.  The emphasis seems to be on the emotions to the music rather than on the sense of the presence of God.  I was in a service doing this when I heard the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit ask me if I knew whose worship was true and really pleasing to God.  A little huffed up, being a professional singer, I thought about myself.  Then I was directed to look at the young man standing next to me.  He was not singing any recognizable pitch or rhythm but he also was totally unaware anyone else was around him.  He was totally singing praises and worshiping God, Almighty.   True praise and worship comes from the heart.  True praise and worship comes from the individual.  Yes, individuals can and should often combine with other individuals to offer corporate worship to God but it must come from each one’s heart without concern of what others present might think of the way we sing, stand, look or anything else.  All eyes and hearts should be tuned to God.  Next time we’re are in a setting of corporate worship, let’s be sure to keep our eyes, minds and heart on God, not on our neighbor.

September 9, 2019

Invisible Qualities

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  (NIV)

Many say they have never seen a miracle.  Others say they have never seen God or evidence of God.  They must be blind.  We can’t look at the beautiful variety in the nature around us without seeing the evidence of God.  The variety of the music of birds.  The vast variety of the colors of flowers.  The beauty of an old tree.  All these are evidence of the miracle of God’s creation.  Seeing how intricately He designed these things and knowing Jesus said we are of even more importance than all the nature God created how can we see anything else rather then the love of God for us.  That He knows how many hairs are on our heads which we don’t even know (unless we’re bald) tells of His love and care for the smallest details of our lives.  Since He is concerned about the smallest details of our lives shouldn’t we be sharing them with Him as we converse with Him in prayer?  So many only go to God with what they think is a really big problem.  To God, everything about us and everything that concerns us is important to Him for His attention.  So, throughout every part of every day, let’s remember to keep our conversation going with God.  He already knows because He knows our thoughts even before we do, but, as we like to hear our children actually talk aloud with us, God also likes to actually hear us speak openly to Him.

September 8, 2019

A Meaningful Prayer

Filed under: God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Colossians 1:9-12 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (NIV)

Pray this prayer for yourself, putting in the personal pronouns.  When we do we are asking God for our self to know His direction for our life. We want to please Him.  We want to grow in our knowledge of Him and become more one in Him.   It’s helpful to read these 4 verses in various other translations and also to commit them to memory so we can pray this often.  This is also a good pray to pray for our loved ones.  One thing we can be very sure is when we pray scripture, we know we are praying according to the will of God and that our prayer will definitely come about in the way we pray.  As we pray scripture, we are taking into us the very breath of God for scripture is (2 Timothy 3:16) 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

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