Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 22, 2018

Baggage

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)

So many of us carry a lot of baggage around.  We carry baggage like unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, lust, anger and on and on.  This baggage should be dealt with immediately.  Instead of all this negative and weighty baggage we should carry the baggage of the fruit of the Spirit.  We shouldn’t even get out of the bed in the morning without ridding ourselves of any negative baggage and asking the Holy Spirit to refresh us with His fruits.  These are the things we should carry with us throughout our day.  Let us take time to follow through on releasing the old, negative baggage and dressing inside and out with the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit.

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July 21, 2018

Much Required

1 Corinthians 4:2 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Luke 12:48 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (NIV)

Until we look at these verses we might be amazed and wondering why so many famous and supposedly successful ministers fall by the wayside.  We must look at their lifestyle.  They pride themselves on their rich houses, clothing and success.  The more they taste of the success that allows much material goods, the more they seek after it.  They soon forget that all their success is only from the grace of God, not from their own doing.  Look at Moses.  He forgot it was God Who supplied the water out of the rock and claimed he, himself could hit a rock and get water.  For that act he was denied entrance to the promised land.  Success, in the eyes of the world, is a hard thing to handle for most people.  We equate it with our worth as a person.  We tend to take pride in our becoming valuable as a person to others.  We tend to push God further and further from us.  We must take great care to honor and thank God for each and everything we accomplish for, without the ability He gives us and the wisdom He gives us, we would not be able to accomplish anything of value.  God has the wisdom to know how much “success” we can handle with humility.  Let’s not push the limits.  Let’s be thankful for what God gives us and acknowledge with humility and true meaning that, apart from God, we can do nothing.  Let us also pray for those who, through their ministry, are held up in front of others as being “great,” that they will not fall into to the temptations that fame and popularity can bring.  Let us all strive to prove ourselves faithful to God, recognizing who we are and Who He is.

July 20, 2018

God Grieves

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Genesis 6:6 6 And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. (KJV)

God does have feelings.  He grieved that man chose to go his own way rather than have the full, abundant and joyful life God had predestined for him.  He also grieved because He knew He would have to send His Word, His Son, down into a human body to demonstrate His love and to reunite mankind with His predestined purpose and joy by the suffering and shedding of His own blood.  We fail to understand how much God’s love for us cost Him.  Even after Jesus came and suffered for us, we still choose to go our own way and still grieve God.  He wants only His best for each of us.  We choose not to have His best for us.  The next time we start to go our own way instead of consulting God and asking Him what way we should go, let’s remember the cost He paid for the love of us and for us to experience His best.

July 19, 2018

Presestined

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Ephesians 1:11 11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, (NIV)

So many misinterpret this verse about predestined as meaning there is no freedom of will.  God predetermined from the beginning who would be born and the path He had for each one to walk.  We have freedom of choice to follow the path God chose for us or to go our own way.  When we choose to go our own way, we suffer the consequences and miss out on the blessings God predestined for us.  Adam and Eve were predestined to walk a perfect life in the company of God.  They chose to go their own way.  We cannot condemn them as we choose to go our own way, sometimes many times in one day.  How do we know the way God predestined for us?  We know through the study of the written word, the Holy Bible and through our conversations with God the Father through the Holy Spirit.  Our question is, are we taking advantage of all the help God has available for us or are we choosing to do it on our own?

July 18, 2018

The Race

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

2 Timothy 4:7 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (NIV)

So often we read this verse as only applying to our finished life’s journey.  It actually applies to each and every thing God has and continues to bid us to do.  Our question is, have we completed all that God told us to do in the past?  What job or ministry is left open?  The good fight we must contend with is procrastination we have just addressed.  It is so tempting to leave a job half done.  Let us learn to finish each race.  Is there someone or something the Holy Spirit has put on our hearts to pray and lift up before God’s throne of grace?  Have we continued doing that until we see God’s complete answer on that issue?  Let us put up the good fight about procrastination, lack of full commitment or any other thing that would tempt us to quit before finished.  Let us pray until something happens, speak until heard and understood and act until the mission is complete.  Let us finish each race with faith.

July 17, 2018

Only Now

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

James 4:14 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (NIV)

I used to be proud of my procrastination.  I prided myself on how many things I could delay until another day.  I delayed an important thank you note so long that the intended recipient died before I ever wrote it.  This ended my procrastination.  We never know what tomorrow may bring.  When the Holy Spirit puts something on our heart the time to do or say it is now.  God will see the thing gets said or done but we might be the ones to miss out on the blessing of being the vessel He uses because we failed to respond right away.  Yes, we have all eternity after we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and life but on this earth,  we only have the moment we are experiencing.  Our next breath may be the one that brings us into the very real presence of God.  Let us not miss out on any blessing He has for us on this earth.  Let us always respond immediately to the bidding of the Holy Spirit.

July 16, 2018

GPS

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Psalms 119:10 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. (NIV)

I am out of my state visiting family.  To go anywhere I have to use my GPS or I will get lost.  It is very important for us to use God’s GPS, the Holy Bible, each and every morning before we get lost in the day.  Renewing His word in our minds and hearts will help us chart our steps for the day.  But, as we move, we must keep His GPS on.  When we listen to the Holy Spirit, along with the written words of God we have freshly put into our minds, we will be able to go through the day in a way pleasing to God and His purpose for us.  I’ve been in this place where I am visiting long enough to drive some places without the GPS and not get lost.  The days in my past when I went through my day without God’s GPS were days waisted.  Let us never go through a day without God’s GPS’s, the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit.

July 15, 2018

Doubts

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Jude 1:22 22 Be merciful to those who doubt; (NIV)

We all go through times when we have doubts.  When in those times, we need encouragement, not criticism.  As our faith builds, it is a natural cycle to go in and out with doubts.  As the faith continues to build, doubts become less often and less intense.  When we are in times of doubt it is good to read over our prayer journal and see all the answered prayer.  This is one reason why it is important to keep a prayer journal.  When we are aware of the doubts of others, let’s be gentle with them.  Our telling them they are wrong to doubt or they must not really be a believer if they doubt will only serve to drive them further away from their faith.  Once again, it comes down to love.  All that we do or say is to be said and done in love, a desire to want God’s best for another.  God continually shows us mercy.  Let is do the same for others.

July 14, 2018

Great Joy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Jude 1:24 24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— (NIV)

What beautiful promises.  God has given us the Holy Spirit Who is able to keep us from stumbling.  Our problem is listening to Him.  Jesus will present us to the glorious presence of the Father telling Him we are without fault because of His sacrifice.  He paid the entire cost of our sinfulness.  There is no greater joy.  Because of Jesus and I privilege through Him to call God our Father, we tend to forget Who God really is.  We use His name liberally and, sometimes without respect.  Let us remember daily Who God is and what a privilege He has given us in adopting us into His family as His children.  Let us remember daily the cost both to God the Father and God the Son.  Let us honor Him by listening daily to the Holy Spirit as He whispers to us.

July 13, 2018

Love Deeply

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

1 Peter 4:8 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (NIV)

We are so very quick to judge, criticize, condemn and gossip about.  We even gossip in the guize of prayer for others.  God tells us to love others deeply.  When we love someone, we overlook their faults, dwelling on the positive things that attracted us to them in the first place.  Many say love is blind to the bad.  To love someone deeply is to want the best for that person.  Love means we encourage them and we speak well of them.  When we pray for others, we don’t need to bring up all their ”dirty laundry.”  We can lift the up with others before the throne of grace of God for God knows best what they need.  Let us quick trying to make ourselves feel good and look good to others by bringing up the faults of others.  Let us please God by praising and encouraging one another.  Let us speak and pray for God’s best for one another.  Let us love each other deeply.

 

 

 

 

 

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