Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 17, 2019

God Is Love

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)

God is love.  Without God there is no love because God is love and love is God.  People say they love someone because that someone make them feel good or needed or something.  It is because of how someone else makes them feel.  That isn’t love.  Without God in us through His Holy Spirit it is impossible for us to love anyone.  We are, by nature, full of self.  Jesus demonstrated love by the way He walked this earth.  The scriptures, the Holy Bible, the written word of God, is full of examples of love – the love of God.  Love and God are one and the same.  We can only love when we allow God to love through us.  Let us allow God to love through us.  Let us immerse ourselves in the Holy Bible so we can recognize how God’s love is worked out through His children.  God is Love.

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July 8, 2019

As Jesus Lived

Filed under: Bible,commands,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 John 2:6 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (NIV)

Wow!  That’s a big command.  Living as Jesus did.  Jesus gave us sleep many a night to talk with the Father.  Jesus always stopped for interruptions.  Jesus kept His mouth shut when falsely accused.  Jesus reached out to heal a hurt rather than placing blame.  Those are just a few things about the way Jesus lived when walking on this earth.  This is impossible for us without the Holy Spirit.  It is so important for us to learn to hear the soft whisper of the Holy Spirit.  It is also important for us to really read the scriptures, the Holy Bible and become very familiar with all Jesus said and did.  Sometime just read the red-letters in your Bible.  If you don’t have a red-letter edition, I recommend you buy, download or borrow one.  It puts more consistency on the words of Jesus when we just read the red-letters.  We can’t live a Jesus did if we aren’t very familiar with how He lived when physically on this earth.

July 3, 2019

Testing the Spirits

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,marriage,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

1 John 4:1-3 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.   (NIV)

We must remember there is a spiritual world with many different spirits.  All of the spirits clamor for our attention.  There is only One spirit we are to heed.  The Holy Spirit.  Everything the Holy Spirit says to us is in total agreement with the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Anything that contradicts the words in the Bible, anything that changes the definition of those words, is not the Holy Spirit but one of the spirits from Satan’s domain.  There is one denomination taking a vote to change the definition of marriage from a union between a man and woman to a union between 2 individuals.  That is not in agreement with the definition of marriage given to us in the Holy Bible.  I’m sure you are tired of my always saying how important it is for us to really know the words in the Holy Bible but it is really that important.  As we draw closer and closer to the return of Jesus for His Bride  (the believers in Him) the voices of the evil spirits will be louder and louder and the cultural pressure for believers to join in with the way of the evil spirits will be greater and greater.  While we have the freedom, let’s really put the words of scripture deeply into our minds and hearts.

July 2, 2019

Holy Spirit Purpose

Filed under: Bible,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

John 16:13-14 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you (NIV)

Some just thin the Holy Spirit is only for a few selected individuals or that He is just a different, no-understandable language.  The Holy Spirit is the guide we need in order to discern what is true from what is false.  He is the communicator between the Father and us.  He enables us to glorify Jesus.  Jesus tells the Holy Spirit what we need to know.  How do we learn to hear the Holy Spirit?  At first, we hear Him through the reading and meditating on the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  After we read, it is good to write down what we hear from our reading.  After we pray, it is good to write down what is in our mind after we pray.  Eventually we will see what we have written is different from the way we talk.  Gradually we become more and more familiar with how the Holy Spirits sounds to us.  By sound, I mean hearing the thoughts He speaks into our minds.  Be patient with yourself.  As it takes a baby a while to understand words, it also take us awhile to understand the Holy Spirit’s gentle whisper.

June 29, 2019

Cry Out

Filed under: Bible,God,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 107:6 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. (NIV)

We will find the same words in this verse in many different places in the Holy Bible.  Many of us, as we walk through various troubles, walk through them much longer than necessary.  God doesn’t automatically say, I see so and so having trouble so I will fix it.  God waits for us to cry out to Him. He waits for us to seek Him in times of troubles.  It is after we seek Him that He steps in and gives us the wisdom to walk out of our troubles.  Instead of  complaining about what a hard time we are having, let us seek God for wisdom in how He wants us to respond to any situation.

June 27, 2019

As Little Children

Filed under: Bible,commands,Creation,faith,God,knowledge,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Genesis 1:28 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.  (NIV)

When God created mankind all He wanted was for mankind to tend the creation God had made and to communicate with Him.  Mankind chose to put themselves before God and His creation.  We are not on this earth for us.  We are here to relate to God and care for His creation.  We are doing a terrible job.  We don’t want the simplicity God had for us – to love and talk with Him and care for His creation.  We want to make thing complex.  It makes us feel important to make things complex.  We put intellectual knowledge before trust and faith in God.  We put watching a movie or listening to the news before reading and meditating on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We long for conversations with others over conversations with God.  We want God to give us what we want, when we want it rather than trust God to give us what is best for us when it is best for us to have it.  He said we must be as little children.  Little children trust their parents to tell them AAswhen to do what.  We want to tell God when we want Him to do what we want done.  Basically, we don’t take God’s commands that come with conditions and warnings seriously.  It’s way past time for us to wake up and recognize Who God is and what His commands and conditions are.  Let us seek Him first and more than we seek anything else.

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 12, 2019

God Speaks

Genesis 1:3 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  (NIV)

And God said.  God spoke.  When God spoke, what He said happened.  Whatever God says happens.  God spoke throughout the Old and New Testament of what we call the Holy Bible.  We can read, time after time how what God spoke happened.  Some happened immediately and some happened quite a while after.  Some are still waiting to happen.  God still speaks today.  He has given those who believe in and follow His Son, Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, the Person of the Holy Spirit to speak to and through those believers/followers.  As God was creating the earth there were no humans.  Now God speaks to and through humans.  Quite often the humans don’t listen.  God will cause what He has spoken or is speaking to come about with or without humans.  It is the humans who miss out by ignoring what God has or is saying.  He desires for us to allow Him to speak and work through us because we are now joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must ask ourselves if we are listening.  We listen both through the written word, the Holy Bible and through the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.  We must more than listen.  We must act on what God says.  Let us always listen.  As to the spoken words today, no spoken word from God will ever disagree with what God has allowed to be written in the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  That is why it is so very important for us to commit the scriptures to our minds.  Let us know scripture and be prepared to hear God speaking to us today

June 7, 2019

Yesterday’s Bread

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Luke 11:3 3 Give us each day our daily bread. (NIV)

Most all of us, when we think of bread, think of the physical food we make which we call bread.  Jesus said He is the bread of life.  The scripture is called the living word of God.  It is called living because the verses have multiple layers of meaning according to where we are in our time and space.  One meaning of this verse is that we don’t go physically hungry which, for most of us, is far from a problem.  Anther meaning is that we be full of Jesus, our bread of life, each and every day.  There is a song called “Not Yesterday’s Bread.”  For awhile I couldn’t understand what that meant.  So, I finally asked God to explaned that song to me.  We can’t live only on the infilling of the Holy Spirit from yesterday.  We need a fresh infilling every day.  We get this infilling through reading, studying and meditation on the scripture, the Holy Bible and talking with God each and every day.  What we learned and received yesterday is well and good but today is a new day and we need the Bread for this day.  Let us not depend on yesterday’s bread.  Let us seek our new bread for each and every day.

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