Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 22, 2017

Walk with God

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

Genesis 5:22 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. (NIV)

 When you leave this earth, how do you want people to remember you?  I want them to remember me as someone who walked with God.  Enoch walked with God.  What does it mean to walk with God?  To walk with God we must completely trust Him, communicate with Him and obey Him. Proverbs 3:5-6  says, “5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (NIV)”.  If we do this consistently we are walking with God.  It takes patience to learn to walk with God.  It takes scripture study and meditation to learn to walk with God.  But mostly it takes complete trust in what God says to us.  Abraham trusted God enough to obey and offer his long-promised son as a sacrifice.  He knew God would give him more descendants than he could count.  I used to be like Abraham’s wife, Sarah.  I would pray for things and then I would see to it my prayers were answered in my way.  This isn’t trust.  We must trust and follow what God says.  Our biggest question is do we love God enough to want to walk with Him at all cost and through any circumstance?  Each one of us must decided that for ourselves.  What do you choose?

August 21, 2017

Delaying Help

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

John 11:5 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days and Lazarus (NIV)

Jesus stayed with Lazarus and his sisters every time He went through Bethany.  They had developed a very close and loving relationship.  It seems strange when someone we love needs us and we delay 2 days.  So often we are so very quick to give help when maybe we should not trust our own understanding or fears and ask God what and when we should do to help.  Jesus had more in mind than just healing Lazarus.  He wanted to demonstrate the power of God over death.  In know from past experience we delayed God’s work in the lives of another by being to quick and leaning on our own understanding and fear for them by bailing them out of trouble before God had the opportunity to speak into their lives.  Let us be like Jesus.  Let us learn to help in God’s way and God’s time.

August 20, 2017

Changing Daily

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Ephesians 4:20-21 20 That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus (NIV)

 We must continually ask ourselves if we are different today from how we were yesterday.  Old habits die hard.  The person we were before we met Jesus tries to resurrect each day.  We are to renew our mind daily.  The way we responded or reacted to hurt is very different when we are in Christ than it was before.  The things that make us angry and the way we respond to them should be changing.  My dear friend told me (when she was 102) “Any day I don’t learn something new about my Lord and Savior is a day wasted.”  This sentence has had a major impact on my life.  How can we learn anything new if we don’t get into the scriptures daily?  How can we learn more about Jesus if we don’t commune with Him daily?  There is a song I sing a lot. “From glory to glory He’s changing me…from earthly things to the heavenly.”  Let us commit to grow daily in our Lord.  Let us allow Him to change us daily as we grow more and more in One in Him.

August 19, 2017

Fully Worship

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

1 Corinthians 14:26-27 26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. (NIV)

 I love Sundays.  That’s when we have an opportunity to come together with other believers.  How we do it has a lot to do with the size of the group we come together with.  In a very large church it is different than in a small one.  It might be hard to feel a personal connection with others in a very large church.  It might be hard to feel we, as individuals, really have a part in the coming together.  But each person, regardless of how many are gathered together, is a very important and integral part of the worship.  We add our voice to the music and the songs of praise ascend to the ears of God.  We pray, agreeing with the spoken prayers of the leaders and, our own prayers throughout the service.  So often the worship leaders present music we cannot participate in vocally.  But we can participate in spirit, listening and agreeing and letting their songs of worship enter our spirits, joining them in spirit and worshiping God through our agreement in the spirit.  When we gather together, let us be fully present in our worship and praise of God.  Let us prepare ahead of time and ask the Holy Spirit to guard our minds and keep us centered on God and why we are there.  Let us fully worship in voice, heart, mind and spirit along with our fellow believers.

August 18, 2017

As Abraham Did

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. (NIV)

 We must remember what Abraham did.  He obeyed God.  God told him to go to a place he didn’t know and he did.  God told him he would wipe out Sodom and Gomora and he interceded for them.  God promised him a son and he had one.  God told him to sacrifice his son and he did so, though God stopped him just in time by providing another sacrifice.  What do we put before God?  What are we willing to sacrifice?  God provided us with the perfect sacrifice, His Son.  God wants us to put Him first in our hearts, minds and lives.  We must continually be on guard of putting other people, things or tasks before God.  We must be like Abraham, doing what he did; putting God first, obeying God in all things and interceding for others.

August 17, 2017

Our Eyes

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

Psalms 119:37 a37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;

 We are visual people.  What we see goes into our mind and then our hearts tend to dwell on it  Because of this it is important for us to not even look at what tempts us.  If we have a problem with lust and sexual desires we don’t look at pornography.  We don’t even let our eyes look on a beautiful woman or handsome man.  That way we won’t lust.  If we have a problem of consuming too many sweets, we don’t go into a candy store or we don’t look at the sweet section of a bakery or at the desert section of a menu.  When we don’t see it, we won’t miss it.  We are responsible for our actions.  An alcoholic doesn’t even go into a bar for that first drink will take over.  Whatever our addiction is, we must choose to avoid being in the presence of that addiction.  Eventually, with prayer and retraining of our desires, we might not be bothered with the old desire.  Let us practice discretion and discipline in all we allow our eyes to see whether on television, movies, books, computers or just walking down a street.  Let us keep our eyes on all that will feed us with the goodness of our God.

August 16, 2017

Health

Proverbs 4:20-22 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. (NIV)

 Sunday Night I preached about healing.  There is a lot of teaching going around that says just name it, believe it and claim it.  All promises in the Bible have a condition with them.  Yes, we do live in a sinful world and are subject to the diseases in this world, but God has given us instruction on how to stay in good health.  If we smoke, we can expect heart disease or lung cancer.  If we binge on a lot of sugar and gain a lot of extra weight, we can expect diabetes.  There are many diseases and sickness that are attributed directly to our lack of discipline and eating correctly.  God has given us freedom of choice.  We can choose to maintain a healthy body for the temple of His Holy Spirit dwelling in us or we can forget wisdom and discipline and ignore the rules of good health.  The choice is ours.  When diseases of the sinful world assault us, we still have a choice to listen to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit for directions of receiving the miracle God has for us.  Let us stop blaming other things or people and take responsibility for our own health.  Let us maintain healthy minds and bodies so the Holy Spirit has a healthy home within us and can flow unimpeded through us to this sinful world.

August 15, 2017

The Entire Picture

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

John 3:10 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? (NIV)

 I hope all readers have read the intro to this blog which states these devotions are just a jump start and looking up the scripture and reading the entire section is very important.  I only clip in one or 2 verses to start you off. 

 We are looking at Nicodemus.  He is a teacher and a Pharisee and yet he recognizes the teachings of Jesus are from God.  He isn’t able to understand the teachings because he is bogged down with laws.  He is accustomed to looking at individual statements rather than the whole picture.  Without looking at the hole, the pieces don’t make any sense.  Before we condemn Nicodemus, we must look at ourselves.  It doesn’t help our understanding of the whole that the Bible is written in verses.  We memorize verses but tend to forget how they fit in the entire picture.  Without the entire picture, it is hard to understand.  Nicodemus was looking at Jesus’ statement of being born again from a worldly viewpoint.  To understand he had to remember Genesis and how God breathed His Spirit, His image, into man and how man lost it through sin.  It is this Spirit that must be reborn in us and that is only possible through Jesus by our accepting Him into our hearts, minds and lives as more than our Savior.  He must become the Lord (the leader, king, director. Instructor) of our lives.  When we do that God breathes His Holy Spirit back into our lives and we are once again in the image of God.  Let’s be sure we read and meditate on entire sections of God’s written word, not just take out a verse or 2 in order to prove a point we want to prove. 

August 14, 2017

Don’t Fear

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Deuteronomy 31:6 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)

 Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (NIV)

 I tried to count the times God told us in His written word not to fear, not to be anxious, not to worry, not to be discouraged and many other not to.s that have to do with fear.  I lost count.  Instead He told us to be strong and courageous in our trust that He is true to His word.  He has promised always to be with us regardless of the circumstances we must face in this sinful world.  This doesn’t mean we won’t ever face dire circumstances.  It does mean we need not fear the circumstances before they occur.  We need only obey His word, worship Him and trust Him.  When we do find ourselves in dire circumstances we can trust He will provide us with all we need to face them.  It does no good to be anxious or afraid of what might be for then we don’t live in the peace of the present.  God told us tomorrow will take care of itself.  We are to live in today in faith, thankfulness and worship as we walk in fellowship with God, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  Yes, there are some very evil things in our world that might affect us some day but we can release those thoughts and allow God to keep His peace in our minds and our hearts.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

August 13, 2017

Worship of Thanksgiving

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Luke 17:18 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” (NIV)

 Worship is giving thanks to God.  Today we tend to take things for granted.  There is a lot of teaching today that we should always have anything we want as long as we ask God and believe for it.  This attitude is why we live with disappointment.  10 lepers were healed.  Apparently 9 of them were Jews and 1 a gentile.  It was the gentile who returned to give thanks to Jesus.  There are 7 different Greek words for thanks.  All of them denote thanking in open love.  Our question is do we only worship God with thanksgiving when we get our way or do we live in a state of thankfulness of worship to God in all circumstances.  We might say the only reason that 1 man came back to thank Jesus was because he was healed.  We have all been healed.  We’ve been healed from sin which is a death sentence.  We are healed to eternal life.  What more do we need to constantly be joyfully giving thanks in worship to the God Who sent Jesus and healed us from that death sentence from sin?

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