Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 14, 2019

Hagar

Filed under: Bible,faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Time,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Genesis 16:7 7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. (NIV)

If you don’t remember the history of Hagar, go back and read the entire chapter.  Hagar was Sarah’s (Abraham’s wife) slave.  Sarah didn’t have enough faith to trust God’s promise of having a child so she sent Hagar into Abraham to have a child for her.  This got Sarah and all generations since into a lot of trouble.  God sees all that is happening on this earth.  He hears everything we say and knows every thought we don’t give voice to.  What God promises happens in God’s way and time.  Instead of being like Sarah and taking matters into our own hands rater than allowing God’s timing, let us choose to trust and let God.  That doesn’t mean we sit and do nothing.  That means we delve deeply into His written word, the Holy Bible, and put into action what it says along with 2-way (prayer) conversation with God for interpretation of the instructions in the Bible.  As co-heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, we have co-responsibilities to do as Jesus did on this earth.  We must actively carry out the Father’s directives.

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May 13, 2019

God’s Counsel

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Psalms 81:11-12 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. 12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. (KJV)

These verses apply to more than Israel.  In the United States we are going after our own heart’ lust.  We think we, each individual of we, think we know what is best and what we think is right for us is right for everyone else.  People are telling us we must teach our young children they can choose what gender they want to be before they are even mature enough to understand what gender is.  We are making laws that make it leagel to kill a new born baby claiming it isn’t really a person if we don’t really like how the baby developed.  We are editing the Holy Bible to take out anything we don’t like with our own lustful hearts and minds.  We are even considering making the Holy Bible banned from school grounds and maybe eventually anyplace.  Read what God allowed to fall upon Israel during Old Testament times.  That nation eventually disappeared and didn’t come back until not too very many decades ago.  God will allow us to go our own way but He will also allow us to bear the consequences of our decisions and actions.  Christians, we must get own our needs and pray.  Then we must get on our feet, open our mouths, speak and take an active part in how our government and our culture runs.  Let us listen and put into action the perfect counsel of God.

May 12, 2019

Ascension

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

John 20:17 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. (KJV)

John 20:27 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. (KJV)

Hebrews 9:12 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (KJV)

Prayerfully read these verses and ask the Holy Spirit to explain them more in depth.  In verse 17 we find Mary, early in the morning, looking for the body of Jesus.  When she sees Him, resurrected, she starts to touch Him.  HE says not to touch Him because He hasn’t yet ascended to the Father.  Later, the same day we read verse 27 where Jesus tells Thomas to touch Him.  Where was Jesus from that early morning to later that same day?  He ascended to the Father.  After He ascended to the Father He returned, having completed the redemption of sins for all of us for all time.  It was only then that we can touch Him.  If that doesn’t awe struck us I doubt anything can.  Also notice in verse 17 Jesus not only talks about ascending to His Father but also says He is ascending to your (that means our) Father, and to His God and to our God.  Jesus is identifying our oneness through Him with the Father because of His death, resurrection and ascension.  Amazing.  I am so thankful God has given us the written Word, the Holy Bible, for us to see in black (some red) and white the work He and His Son did so we could be called His children.

May 10, 2019

Misunderstanding

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Mark 8:16 16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

Be sure you read from verse 1.  This is an example of spiritual blindness.  Jesus just finished feeding 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread.  The disciples didn’t spiritually hear or see what Jesus was telling them when He said (Mark 8:15) 15Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”  He wasn’t talking about physical bread made with yeast that we put into our mouths to eat.  He was talking about the yeast of the sin of spiritual blindness and deafness.  If we didn’t understand the importance of the impact of spiritual blindness and deafness yesterday, lets pray on these verses.  Jesus’ first words of warning were, “Be careful.”  Deafness and blindness can creep into us very slowly.  We might first just disagree or misunderstand one word of God.  Before long we are deciding we can edit God’s words to agree with what our own self-centered mind thinks.  The Holy Bible is not just a good collection of books containing history and moral platitudes.  The Holy Bible is God’s Word.  God is Spirit and can only be understand through the spirit.  It is only the Holy Spirit Who can give us the interpretation and meaning of scripture.  On our own, we just read into His words with our own finite understanding.  We can’t take one verse out, interpreting it in a way that doesn’t have total agreement with the entire Bible.  It is all or nothing.  When we have been born again through Jesus, we are no longer humans having spiritual experiences but are now spiritual beings in human bodies.  Join me in prayer, Holy Spirit, keep our eyes and ears spiritually open to all the Father says.

May 9, 2019

Deaf and Blind

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,internet,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Isaiah 42:18-20 8 “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!19 Who is blind but my servant,
and deaf like the messenger I send?  Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord?20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”

God isn’t talking about physical sight or physical hearing.  He’s talking about spiritual blindness and spiritual hearing.  We have a natural, sinful tendency not to see or hear what we don’t want to see or hear.  This is very true as we read God’s word, the Holy Bible.  We don’t want to acknowledge the words that disagree with our fleshly desires.  One example is the movement to delete all verses that call homosexuality a sin.  Taking those verses out of the Bible will not change God’s judgement.  We must pray before we read the scriptures.  We must pray we will see the words spiritually and hear what God is saying to us through those words.  There are times we can read the scripture and not be able to say what we just read because our mind is elsewhere.  I’ve heard many read scriptures yet miss reading some of the words in it.  One example is John 3:16. Some read, “God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes Him should not parish but have everlasting life.”  I hope you immediately realized what word is missing.  If not, please open your own Bible and carefully read that verse.  Let us not be spiritually blind or dear.  Let us always ask the Holy Spirit to help us see and hear with the spirit.

May 6, 2019

Take to Heart

Filed under: Bible,confess,Father,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Ezekiel 3:10 10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. (NIV)

Oh how much we all need to take this verse into us.  We must listen carefully.  We are so very distracted by all the noise surrounding us throughout our days.  We can’t take God’s words to heart if we don’t listen carefully.  I am guilty of keeping music playing.  We must have times of silence, especially when we pray and when we read God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  When listening carefully, we must really take what we hear and read to heart.  We can’t do this if unconfessed sin is blocking us.  Always start with confessing and a refilling of the Holy Spirit.  It takes a clean heart to receive the words of our perfect God.  Let us not fear silence.  Let us embrace silence and listen carefully to our Father Who so very much desires for us to hear Him.

May 4, 2019

Humble Prayer

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,Father,garden,God,Jesus,Obey,praise,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

1 Corinthians 10:11 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. (NIV)

As 1/3 of my daily Bible reading comes from the Old Testament, I am reminded of God’s anger against those who refused to honor, worship and respect Him.  Entire groups of people suffered from the stubbornness of their leaders.  We, too, are being complacent in following our leaders.  We are allowing laws to be passed that are against the commands of God. So many of us just raise our hands and say, what can we do about it?  We have the strongest weapon available to mankind.  We have prayer.  God promised to heal our land if we would only humble ourselves and pray.  Prayer is more than lifting up a few words and asking God to heal our land or work within our leaders.  Prayer is real conversation.  Two-way conversation.  How much do we want our land healed?  Enough to not only really petition God but enough to offer ourselves in any way He will work through us?  Each of us must ask ourselves if we are really humbling ourselves before God, if we are really wanting our nation healed (this applies to all nations.).  We must pray as intensely as Jesus prayed in the garden before His crucifixion.  He spent time pleading with the Father.  He ended giving Himself to the Father’s will.  Let us follow His example.

April 18, 2019

Pilate

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Jesus,Kingdo,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Matthew 27:24 24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”  (NIV)

Let’s look at Pilate.  He has to report to Caesar on how he keeps peace in the country.  The crowd is in an uproar.  His wife has warned him not to have anything to do with Jesus.  He hasn’t heard any substantial evidence that Jesus is guilty of anything deserving of death.  He is confused.  He is scared.  It’s looking like the crowd might riot.  He gives way to the majority even when the facts don’t agree.  We believers and followers of Jesus are in the minority in today’s world.  Are we going to be as Pilate had the ability to stand firm for the innocence of Jesus?  He cowered to the majority.  Where are we in our willingness to stand strong on God’s Word?  Will we let others change the definition of marriage instituted by God?  Will we let others decree genders are optional?  Will we let others tell us we can’t pray, share our faith or read and quote the Bible?  Let’s not be as Pilate.  Let’s stand firm on the Word of God.

April 14, 2019

Not Ashamed

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (NIV)

The Holy Bible, the gospel containing the words of God, has already been outlawed in many countries and other countries are headed that way.  We must be sure we don’t act ashamed of the gospel.  We must be open about our belief.  We can show the gospel of Jesus Christ through our words, our actions, our countenance and by openly carrying and reading the Holy Bible.  We must speak out in love to those who are so vehemently against us, showing them we are not against them but we stand firm on our belief.  Jesus never forced anyone to believe.  Jesus spoke words of love and touched others in love.  Even so, people were against Him.  We can’t expect less but we are also to stand strong in love as Jesus did when He walked on this earth.  He now walks on this earth through us.  Let us reach out in love and acceptance of others while at the same time allowing them to see God’s love through us.  Let us show them we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ Jesus.

April 12, 2019

On Guard

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,heart,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Proverbs 4:23 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (NIV)

What we allow to stay in our mind seeps down into our heart.  To guard our heart we must be careful what we allow our mind to think.  To guard our mind we must feed it with the word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must also protect it from things that would lull us away from God’s word.  That means not reading, listening or viewing certain things.  We know what is bad for us.  We falsely think we are strong enough to withstand continuous exposure but continuous exposure eventually makes us think it’s the norm.  We can check what’s in our heart by listening to what comes out of our mouths.  Our mouths are good barometers of what is really inside of us.  Let us pay attention to what we say and what we think.  Let us practice really abiding in Christ and allowing Him to fully abide in us.

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