Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 24, 2019

Faith or Knowledge

Filed under: Christ,faith,God,Jesus,knowledge,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Timothy 6:20-21 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith  (NIV)

We are a people who seek knowledge.  This is evidence by all the different news medias and internet communication groups.  We always want to be the ones “in the know.”  Knowledge of God won’t save us.  Knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, came to earth as a baby, died on the cross and came back to life wont save us.  Satan has that knowledge.  The only thing that can give us eternal life with God, the only way into the presence of God is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  This relationship is only possible through faith; a faith that more than knows, a faith that believes, that trusts completely.  A faith that trusts to the extent of giving up one’s power of direction of their own life and entrusting that direction to Jesus.  This is the difference between religion and Christianity.  Religion is man’s efforts to reach up to God or come perceived higher power.  Christianity is a personal, one on one relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.   It is only through such faith that knowledge can produce results and change lives.  Yes, we should seek knowledge but only through the power of our faith in Jesus.

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June 23, 2019

Speaks Today

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Old Testament,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Hebrews 1:2 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (NIV)

In the Old Testament days God only spoke through the people He raised up to be prophets.  When He sent His Son, His Word to earth in the form of Jesus, He began speaking to us through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  God still speaks to us through Jesus.  He has given us a written account, the New Testament, of how Jesus lived, what Jesus taught and how Jesus ministered.  As we read the account, we hear God speaking.  When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent His Holy spirit to dwell in each and every believer/follower of Jesus in order to speak to them (us).  The only thing that hampers us from hearing God speak to us today is our failure to listen.  We choose to listen to our own intellects.  We fail to realize our own intellects are flawed.  We are in sinful, fleshly bodies and have trouble understanding things of the spirit.  God is Spirit.  We must worship Him in our spirits.  We can only worship in our spirits if we have been reborn through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through Jesus.  It is then that we are made capable to hear God speak to us as long as we are willing to listen.  It still thrills ad amazes me how much God went through in order for me to be able to hear Him speak to me.  If nothing else ever led or would lead me to fall on my knees and worship Him, this alone would be more than enough.  Just think, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be wants to speak to us.  Our question we must ask ourselves is how much do we want to hear from Him?  Let us learn to listen.  Let us really desire to listen.  Let us listen more than we talk, asking Him for things.

June 22, 2019

Mindful

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Psalms 8:4 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (NIV)

We are told here God is mindful of us.  Considering our sinful state verses God’s perfect state that is really amazing.  We must ask ourselves how mindful are we of God?  Most of us, from time to time, are mindful but how consistent are we?  God sees us and hears us and knows our thoughts continuously.  How often do we seek to hear Him?  How often do we really see His creation?  From time to time we might admire a beautiful sun rise or sun set but we continually live in the midst of His creation.  How often do we thank Him and praise Him for what He has done and is doing?  Do we really care for what He has created?  We live in a throw-away society.  Are we contributing to the thro-away attitude or are we choosing to really care for all God has created?  Each of us must consider how mindful we really are.  Let us strive to be mindful of all we think, say and do and be mindful that all we see, hear and have are not ours but are God’s.

June 21, 2019

No Matter What

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

1 Thessalonians5:16-18  Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.  This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (The Message)

Notice the 2 different (yet very much the same) translations.  So often we mis-define the word “rejoice.”  Rejoice in this instance means to be cheerful.  We don’t have to go around saying halleluiahs or singing all the time.  We are to be cheerful if we know God is in control.  We aren’t cheerful when we complain.  I hear some saying over and over how tired they are or how their head hurts and on and on.  There is no cheerfulness in that.  Our cheerfulness comes from the knowledge of God being in control of our lives.  It comes from the joy of salvation we are guaranteed by Jesus, the very Word of God.  We stay plugged into that joy, which produces cheerfulness, through continual prayer.  Continual prayer means an on-going conversation, either aloud or within our own thoughts, throughout the day with our Father.  As soon as we recognize a complaint is coming out of our mouths, let’s stop it.  Let’s let others here positive words; words of assurance and words that are uplifting.  We can be tired; we can have headaches, but we know they aren’t lasting for eternity.  The joy of the Lord does last for eternity.  No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be cheerful because we know God is right in there with us.

June 20, 2019

Eyes Open

Filed under: Creation,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Luke 24:31 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.(NIV)

This verse is at the end of Jesus walking with 2 of His disciples as He explained the scriptures about Himself to them.  They walked with Him quite a while but their eyes were closed.  The didn’t recognize Who He was.  We must ask ourselves the same question.  How often are our eyes closed?  How often do we not recognize Jesus working in, through and around us?  We tend to keep our eyes focused on ourselves.  We miss so much as we are consumed with ourselves.  The saddest thing is we miss so much of what Jesus is doing in the here and now.  So, how do we keep our eyes open?  We can only keep them opened if they are already opened.  The first thing each and every day is to open our eyes to Jesus.  If we fail to get with Him, if we fail to recognize Him in our life when we first wake up, we quickly become consumed with distractions.  Let us learn to focus our eyes on Jesus before we allow our eyes to look elsewhere.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us keep our eyes open and see all the amazing things Jesus will do in, through and around us throughout the entire day.  There is a song I like to sing called, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”  It includes the words, “and the things on earth will grow strangely sweet.”  They grow strangely sweet because Jesus is in the things on earth.  It is through Him, the very Word of God, that the things on earth were created.  Let’s always keep our eyes open.

June 19, 2019

All People

Filed under: commands,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

1 Timothy 2:1 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— (NIV)

We have trouble praying for those we love.  I mean more than just lifting their name up.  I mean intense prayer.  Lifting those we don’t know up before God’s throne of grace is even more difficult for us.  Many use the excuse they don’t know what the people need.  It is not a question of praying for particular needs of others.  It is about praying for others to know and follow Jesus with faith and endurance.  Everybody needs faith and endurance.  There are people we know who need specific petitions.  There are others we now who need intercession.  Then there are those for whom we are thankful for their being in our lives.  Our question we must answer is are we willing to follow the command in the scripture – to pray for all people.  We needn’t name every person.  We can pray for groups of people such as those who are being persecuted in various countries.  We can pray generally for missionaries in certain countries.  Keeping a prayer log and putting a particular group down on a certain day of the week is very helpful.  Also, praying for who we hear about in the news.  There is really no legitimate excuse not to follow this scripture other than a feeling of complacency.  Let us be more active in our prayer life.  Let us be more inclusive.

June 18, 2019

Confession for Forgiveness

Filed under: Bible,confess,Father,forgive,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 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)

Many think, once they invite Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives they no longer need to confess any more sins.  The think sins in the future are covered by their initial confession.  Looking at tis verse it is important to read the first word, “if.”  It is the sins confessed that are forgiven.  That’s why I do what I call spiritual breathing each night.  I look over my day, what I did, didn’t do, said, didn’t say and thought.  I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that didn’t bring glory and honor to God.  It takes a willingness to be totally honest with our self to admit what we did or didn’t do or say or think could qualify as a sin but, in reality, anything that doesn’t bring glory and honor to God, anything that doesn’t agree with God’s instructions on living contained in the Holy Bible, is sin.  When I first started doing this I ended with, “And God, if there’s anything I overlooked, please forgive me for it.”  As I’ve grown in my relationship with God I find Him holding me more accountable for my own actions and inactions.  Is there ever an evening when I have nothing to confess?  Absolutely not.  Will there ever be?  That will be when Jesus brings me in front of the throne of the Father.  Let us be quick to confess our own sins and equally quick to forgive others their sins.

June 17, 2019

Literal or Symbolic

Filed under: Bible,forgive,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Matthew 5:30 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.  (NIV)

A friend and I had a discussion on this verse.  Is it to be taken literally or symbolically?  My mind centered on the pronoun “it.”  Most read the pronoun referring to the right hand.  I see it referring to the word “stumble.”  It is the sin we are to throw away from us.  If our right hand, actually it is the choices we make with our mind, causes us to sin, we are to be sure our right hand, the thought in our mind that chose to carry out the sin, is cut away from us.  The parts of our body respond to the thoughts we harbor in our mind.  What the right hand does is a reflection of what we are thinking.  Literally cutting off our right hand won’t change the thoughts in our mind I see this as a symbolic statement.  It is important, as we read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, that we listen to the spoken word of God, the Holy Spirit, and gain our understanding of the application of the words in our life for the here and now.  When we become aware of our sinning or stumbling into a temptation, let us renew our minds through confession, forgiveness and inputting both the written word of God and the spoken words of God in the here and now.

June 16, 2019

Father’s Day

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Gospel,image,love,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 12:33 pm

Ephesians 6:4 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  (NIV)

Today is Father’s Day.  It too much longer for our culture to recognize the importance of fathers than it did recognizing mothers.  Fathers are very important.  Fathers stand as a symbol of our heavenly Father.  For those who had abusive fathers, it is hard for them to believe that our Father, God, could ever be loving.  They picture God as judgmental, angry or over-bearing.  It is so very important for every child to have a positive father-figure in their lives.  It might be their birth father, a step-father, a grandfather, uncle or even a close family friend.  On this day, let us take time to pray for the fathers we know that they will nurture, train and instruct their children in the way of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Let us also thank God (and if still walking on this earth, our own father figure) for their part in helping us learn to know the love of God.

June 15, 2019

Pressure-Wash

Filed under: God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Ephesians 1:7 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (NIV)

I spent 2 days pressure washing the siding on my house.  The nozzle of the pressure washer has a couple settings.  It ranges from a fine mist spray to a strong, concentrated and mostly one-point spray.  The spray setting, I had to use depended on what was on the siding.  A good bit of it took the strong, concentrated and mostly one-point spray.  This required patience as there was a good bit of soil to remove and it was there long term.  It is the same with our sin.  It took the blood of Jesus to wash our sins away.  Some sins left us quickly.  But some of our sins had become long-term habits and took more of the strong, concentrated and mostlh one-point spray.  Our salvation is instantaneous the moment we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior but our renewing or washing of our minds is a process.  We mustn’t get discouraged when we are troubled over and over with an old, bad habit of a particular sin.  It takes the one-point concentrated strength of the Holy Spirit working in us.  Let’s thank and praise God for His continual work within us remolding a remaking us into His Image through the power of the blood of Jesus and the persistence of the Holy Spirit.

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