Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 4, 2020

Pay Close Attention

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Hebrews 2:1 1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  (NIV)

Hebrews 2:1 1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.  (KJ)

Hebrews 2:1 1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  (ESV)

Hebrews 2:1 1 We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.  (HCSB)

Hebrews 2:1  For this reason it is necessary for us to pay especially close attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  (TOL)

The phrase “pay attention” in some for or another is in the Holy Bible innumerable times.  The words vary according to the translation but the meaning is plane.  In today’s culture we are very distracted. We allow our minds to wander and don’t pay close attention to so many things.  Not paying attention when driving a vehicle results in accidents.  Not paying attention when playing sports or other physical activities results in injuries.  Not paying attention when your spouse is talking to you results in hurt feelings and sometimes arguments.  Not paying attention to what we eat results in illness.  In the above verses we are cautioned to pay careful, earnest, close and more attention to what we have heard from those who walked with Jesus.  We seem to have the ability to read the Holy Bible, seeing the words and maybe even saying the words aloud but our attention is divided on other things while we read.  We may be sitting in a Bible study group but our mind wanders to other things.  This lack of attention comes from not understanding what is most important on our journey on this earth.  The most important things is for us to know God, our Creator.  We can’t know God without first knowing and coming to His Son, Jesus Christ.  To know Him, we must pay most careful attention to the words in His instruction book, the Holy Bible.  We must also pay careful attention to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit Who resides in each and every believer.  Paying attention will keep us on God’s chosen path for us.  When we don’t pay attention, we will gradually drift away from our relationship with God.  Let us take heed.  Let us close attention to God in any way He chooses to talk to us: the Holy Bible, the voice of the Holy Spirit, circumstances and through other believers.

 

July 3, 2020

Barriers Broken

Filed under: Bible,gender,Jesus,judging,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

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

This is really awesome.  Jews didn’t speak or even go near Samaritans.  There were major differences in their religious beliefs.  There was a great deal of prejudice and animosity on both sides.  Not only was there a major hatred between the 2 cultures, men never spoke to women – especially when no one else was present.  Not only these 2 issues, this woman was also hated by her people due to her sinful behavior.  Jesus was demonstrating there is nothing that separates us from God or from each other; not race, culture, gender or past history.  In God’s eyes we are all equal.  Jesus is our example yet we are so far from following him.  There is a big war on gender identity, on racial differences, on cultural differences on everything that is considered to be different from anyone else.  There is really no human that isn’t at least a little prejudiced about some form of difference between him/her and another.  We need to get our act together.  God loves all people.  God created all people.  All people are equally important to God.  We are to do the same.  Let us learn to appreciate the differences without critical judgment.  God is the judge, not us.  Let us learn to demonstrate God’s love following the instructions in the Holy Bible and let God take care of those who choose not to follow God.  Love and acceptance go a long way to healing hatred.  Jesus broke those barriers between race, culture, gender and sinful life-styles.  Who are we to put barriers back in place?

July 2, 2020

How to Study the Holy Bible

Filed under: Bible,God,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  (NIV))

When we read and study the Bible the first thing we should do is pray and ask God to give us understanding.  One important step to understand what is meant in what we read is when any verse of the Old Testament is quoted be sure to go directly to that verse being quoted and read the entire section to understand the content of that verse.  It is much easier to apply it when you know what, how and why it is quoted.  Another help I’ve found is checking with the Tree of Life translation.  It was translated from the original manuscripts by Jewish Rabies who understand the meaning of the words in the culture at the time those words were written.  Many words have changed in meaning over the years.  The Holy Bible is God’s instruction book for us.  It is well worth the time and effort to delve into it deeply and learn how to apply it to our lives in this day and age.

June 29, 2020

Little Things

Filed under: Bible,body,Father,God,holy,Holy Spirit,love,Obey,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 14:23 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  (NIV)

If we can’t obey God in the small things, there is no way we will be able to obey Him in the bigger things.  Each one of us has different things we consider easy and small versus big and hard.  We need to start with the things we consider as easy.  I find it easy to pray/talk with God throughout my day.  For me talking with God as I walk through my day as natural as breathing.  From time to time I find it hard to have the discipline to care for my body in the right way.  My body contains God’s Holy Spirit, and as such, I should always take proper care to maintain it in good health through eating right and exercising right.  That might seem like a little thing to you.  It may even be that exercise has become the most important thing in your life.  We must be careful with our priorities.  As we read and study the Holy Bible, let’s pay attention to all the things God tells us we should be doing and make note of the things we need to improve on.  It doesn’t matter if it seems to be of very little importance.  Little things add up to big things.  Let’s learn to walk in loving obedience in all we think, say and do.

June 27, 2020

Going After the Best

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Genesis 3:6 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  (NIV)

God had given Adam a command.  Adam was responsible to see Eve understood God’s command.  Adam was with Eve when Satan approached and used God’s words, changing them ever so slightly, to get them to look at the forbidden fruit and see how good it looked.  Our flesh is strong.  They knew God wanted to best for them.  This certainly looked like the best.  It also seemed to come with extra benefits of gaining wisdom.  They both took of the fruit.  We need to be cautious about 2 things.  One, what voice do we listen to.  Any voice that changes or contradicts any statement in the Holy Bible, God’s written word, is the wrong voice.  Satan is good at using others to misquote God’s word.  It is so very important for us to study the scriptures daily and be very familiar with what God says.  The second thing is our desire for the best.  Going after our own best on our own leaves us without getting the even more excellent best from God.  Adam and Eve paid the consequences of going after what they perceived to be the best on their own.  We too, pay the consequences any time we go after what we perceive is the best on our own without waiting for God to bring His best to us.  Let’s stay in His word, confirm what voices we listen to and allow God to give us His best for us in His way and His time.

June 26, 2020

Know His Name

Filed under: Bible,bless,Christ,God,Jesus,knowledge,sin,trials,troubles,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

 

Proverbs 30:3-4 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?  Whose hands have gathered up the wind?  Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name and what is the name of his son?  Surely you know!  (NIV)

I really enjoy the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Not only is it full of wisdom for every day’s problems and trials, it is also prophetic.  Here the writer is expressing his yearning to know the name of the Son of God.  He knows the Son hold the key to knowing God.  He knows He was always with God and knows He would come down to earth.  He also knows that He would be known throughout all the ends of the earth.  He only doesn’t know what His name is.  We are blessed and privileged to know His name.  His name is Jesus Christ.  I am so glad God put me on this earth after Jesus came and died and rose so I could be forgiven for my separation through sin from God and be adopted into His family as His child and a co-heir with His Son, Jesus.  Do you know Him?  If so, are you actively introducing the Son of God by name to those around you?

June 25, 2020

Word Pictures

Filed under: Bible,God,storms,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Psalms 107:4 4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. (NIV)

Psalms 107:10 10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, (NIV)

Psalms 107:17 17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. (NIV)

Psalms 107:23 23 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. (NIV)

I enjoy reading, especially when the author paints good word pictures.  The psalmist was good at painting word pictures.  These are 4-word pictures.  Though fictional word pictures usually only set up the scenery needed for the story, the word pictures in the Holy Bible are for our learning.  Each one of these 4-word pictures show a trial we face during our earthly life.  Each one continues the description then goes into the solution.  We resist going through trials but trials are the best teachers.  We tend to forget Who directs our walk.  In Psalms 107:25 we read,  For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
that lifted high the waves.
  God uses storms or trials to bet our attention.   We get to the other side of the trial our faith is deepened and our relationship with God is strengthened.  Take time today to read all of Psalm 107.  Walking through the trials isn’t fun but walking through by faith leads to a victorious celebration as we see the blessings of our Lord.  We end with this promise in Psalms 107:28-29 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

June 24, 2020

A Place for Us

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,treasure,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

John 14:4 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” (NIV)

Jesus told us the place where He was going and now is.  He said He would be going to His Father.  He has also told us the way we could go to the same place, the place where He and His Father are.  Jesus said He is the way.  He said there is no other way but through Him.  I don’t know if He will be coming back for me or I will be joining Him but I know one of the two will occur.  What I want you to notice is He used the word “place.”  Heaven is a real place.  According to the vision John had and recorded in the book of Revelation, that very real place has a throne in it.  On the throne sits God the Father.  Right beside the throne sits Jesus, God’s Word, God’s Son made flesh and crucified for our sin of separation from God the risen back to real life for our resurrection.  Through Jesus, those of us who have welcomed Him into or hearts and lives as our Lord and Savior, will be able to enter that very real place.  Jesus said He prepared a place for us in the same place where He and the Father are.  This is a reality.  Because Jesus, the Word and Son of God is in the very real presence of the Father, He sent the person of the Holy Spirit to dwell in each of us believers so we could live on this earth already in the very real persons of God.  The Holy Spirit is within us to comfort us through earthly trials and to give us wisdom in all our decisions.  We only need to ask and listen.  All answers to all questions are available to us through the Holy Spirit and through the written instruction book, the Holy Bible, which God so lovingly provided for us.  Let’s just learn to always look to Him and listen to Him.  A special place is with Him with our name on it.  So, since we have a place prepared for us, let’s not struggle to build up treasures here on earth but build up treasures in our place with God.

June 21, 2020

The Trinity

John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made  (NIV)

Genesis 1:2 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  (NIV)

Though the Holy Bible doesn’t contain the word, “trinity,” God is a trinity.  God the Father is the Source of all that was, is or will ever be.  The Word, made flesh as Jesus, the Son is the outlet of the Source.  The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the of the source through the outlet.  Though each person of the trinity has a specific function the 3 functions work as One for the 3 Persons are 1 in function and being.  We, humans, were made in the image of God. Each of us has a specific function within the family of God yet, for the specific functions to work, we must work as one.  This means our differences are to complement each other, not be a source of contention nor to be judge for their differences.  It matters not what color, gender or condition the parts of God’s families bodies are.  What matters is we each learn to function as one in our stewarding this earth God provided for us and coming together to worship God the Father through  His Word, the Son, Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit dwelling in each of us in the way the Holy Spirit moves in and through us.  Let’s grow up and quit judging, condemning, fighting and all the other separating we are doing as the human race and learn to function in the way God designed us to function.

 

June 7, 2020

Really Humble

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,glory,God,government,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

Let’s take a fresh look at this verse and what it means to humble ourselves.  We say we pray and seek God’s face.  We say we do our part for this nation.  There are questions we must ask ourselves.  Do we vote?  When we vote, do we research all levels of offices and laws before we cast our ballot.  Do we really know who and/or what we are electing into office or laws?  When we pray for our nation, do we pray for each individual who is in a decision-making area of our government?  Do we pray for each one to seek God’s wisdom in their decisions?  When we pray, do we really humble ourselves by admitting our part in this nation leaving the precept of God?  We Christians are just as responsible for the direction this country has taken as the worse of citizens.  We don’t speak with our votes.  We don’t speak with our actions.  When is the last time we have communicated with someone in office as to what we think the direction should be.  I don’t know about you but I must admit I’m not consistently faithful in any of the above actions.  God didn’t cause this virus but He did allow it for scripture says God is always in control.  Since God did allow it it appears, He is trying to get our attention to stand up and do our part in the leadership and direction of this country.  He has used “pandemics” before; they are recorded in the Holy Bible several times.  Let’s pay attention.  Let’s not be complacent or quiet.  Let’s not riot but let’s use the laws that are in place to speak out and move our nation back into the right direction – God’s direction.  Let’s put pray back into our schools, businesses and government.  Let’s keep gender on birth certificates.  Let’s stop the murder of babies.  Let’s be active for the glory of God.

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