Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 2, 2019

Heaven and Earth

Filed under: Christian,God,government,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

Read the above verses again.  We are to pray for those who legislate our government.  Not only for our own good but also for their salvation.  Judging from what has been going on in most all of the governments of all the nations, not enough of us have been doing this  We must ask ourselves how often we pray for the president, vice president, speaker of the house, our own various representatives and also those who legislate our state, county and cities or towns.  We must lift them up by name.  Each one has a name and each one needs to know God through His Son, Jesus in order to have His wisdom in the affairs of the various governments.  We might ask, how do we pray for them?  We ask the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers for each individual we lift up before the throne of God.  Yes, this is a long list of people to pray for along with our own families and friends but it is also necessary.  Praying every day for each one isn’t needed.  I pray for different people and causes on different days of the week so that by the end of the week I’ve lifted up each one.  God doesn’t mind if we use notes and calendars for our prayer lists.  Making a list just shows how serious we are in praying for the various needs.  Let us remember not to shirk our duty as Christians in praying for our governments along with our families, friends and all whom God puts on our hearts and minds.  Prayer is the best weapon in existence in bringing the Kingdom of heaven and this earth into unity.

October 12, 2019

Holy Spirit is Here

Filed under: baptise,Christ,Christian,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Acts 10:44 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (NIV)

Many Christians falsely believe that receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate event sometime after conversion.  They falsely believe that miraculous signs should accompany the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enters the believer the moment the believer opens their heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit came to this earth on the day of Pentecost in the upper room to those waiting for the promise of His coming to be filled.  When we lead someone to Christ, when they open their heart to Him, we must tell them about the Holy Spirit Who now indwells in them.  Our problem is not in the receiving of the Holy Spirit but in the recognizing of His dwelling within us and our opening up to learn to listen to Him and allow Him to flow through us.  If you’ve opened your heart to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the door to the Father’s presence you have the Holy Spirit within you.  Learn to listen as you read the written word and as you converse with the Father.  It is a matter of opening our mind and our ears.

September 26, 2019

Who He Is

Filed under: Christian,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Corinthians 3:1 1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.  (NIV)

Paul wrote this to a church who was functioning in the gifts of the Holy Spirit but were yet living their lives for their worldly, fleshly desires.   This is still very applicable for today.  We can see it even among the clergy.  There seems to be a competition for who can achieve the largest membership, the biggest building, the most newsworthy outreach.  We are quick to testify what God does for us, how He blesses us.  There is nothing wrong with that as long as our emphasis is on Who God is rather than what He does for us.  We have a difficult time freeing ourselves from the thinking of it’s all about “me.”  Even it’s all about what God does for me or what I supposedly do for God are the wrong emphasis.  Life is all about God.  God is life.  Without God there is no life.  The gifts of God through His Holy Spirit are wonderful but it isn’t about His gifts.  It is about God and Who He is.  Let us grow up.  Let us put our emphasis on Who God is rather than what He can do for us.  Let us allow God to free us from our carnality and fully envelope His Holy Spirit within us, not for what He does for us but for Who He is.

September 23, 2019

A Willing Heart

Filed under: Christian,heart,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Luke 10:1 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.  (NIV)

Before Jesus appointed the 12 disciples as apostles, He sent 72 disciples out by twos to help each other share His good news of salvation.  Jesus had been ministering about 18 months before He appointed the 12.  We don’t know how many disciples He had.  Disciples were students who followed their teacher to learn from him.  While being a disciple they continued in their profession earning their needed support.  When the 12 were appointed they left their professions and became full time students learning all Jesus taught them.  At the time Jesus appointed the 12 He was already on the hit list of the religious hierarchy.  They were already planning to murder Him.  The 12 were told they would be hated just as He was hated.  We can see the hate today as more and more Christians are being persecuted by those in the world and how governments are trying to make laws against Christians.  Our question we must face is will we stand true as the 12 did or will we fall away as many of the disciples did.  It doesn’t take education to serve and follow Jesus.  It take a willing heart.  Where is your heart?

August 10, 2019

Holy Spirit Welcome

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,heart,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Acts 19 The first thing he (Paul) said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?  Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace Him with your heart?  Did He get inside you?”  (The Message)

I like the way the Message amplifies this.  There are so many professing Christians who only know Jesus in their mind.  Many are believing in their minds because they were raised that way.  God wants us to be one with Him.  He wants to dwell inside us with His Holy Spirit.  Coming humbly to God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ is more than confessing our sins, asking forgiveness and saying we believe in Jesus.  We must be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  He is there wanting in us the moment we come to Jesus.  In actuality He is in us the moment we say yes to Jesus.  But being in us doesn’t help us unless we become aware of Him and give Him free reign in our hearts (the core of our belief).  If you haven’t fully welcomed the Holy Spirit in your heart and life, do so now.  Just tell Him you want His guidance in your life and want to learn to recognize His gentle whisper within You.  The Holy Spirit is our guide, our interpreter of the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and the comforter as we walk this earthly part of our lives.  Welcome Him with you.

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

July 20, 2019

Authority Over Demons

Filed under: Christian,commands,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Luke 9:1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick  (NIV)

We don’t like to talk about it or even listen to others talk about it but there is spiritual warfare going on each and every day.  Many confessed Christians choose to think demons aren’t real or if they are, they don’t live inside people.  They forget the Holy Spirit lives inside true believers and, if the place for the Him is empty there is plenty of room for demons to come in and harass.  Jesus not only gave believers the authority to drive out all demons, He commanded us to do so.  When we read on we find the apostles returning and bragging about how the demons obeyed them.  We have a saying today, pride goes before a fall.  Let’s read on what happened later as recorded by Mark.  (Mark 9:16-18) “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”  Instead of taking authority over the demons, the apostles were arguing amongst themselves how to do it, what to say.  Jesus told them what they weren’t understanding about their authority over demons.  ( Mark 9:29) 29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”  Jesus has given us authority over demons but it isn’t authority by our might or our name.  We only have authority over demons through the name of Jesus.  Before we command a demon to leave, we must be sure we are well dressed in the armor of God listed in Ephesians 6.  Let us not stay as infants in our relationship with God.  Let us move on to full maturity.  Though there is not a demon behind every tree so to speak, we must keep our spiritual eyes open, listen to the directions of the Holy Spirit and stand against evil when the Holy Spirit directs us.

July 14, 2019

On Our Account

Filed under: body,Christ,Christian,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (NIV)

I used to pray for Jesus to come quickly until I realized how selfish that is.  I know quite a few people that don’t acknowledge Who Jesus is.  They have no relationship with God.  I’m glad God is what seems slow to us in keeping His promise of Jesus coming for His Bride (the body of believers).  I’m glad He is patient with me.  I’m glad He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  But just being glad is not enough.  Just wanting others to believer is not enough.  We must take an active part in showing them the love of God so they will want to believe.  We do that through our words and our actions.  When they see us driving in traffic what do they see?  When they see us standing in a long line at a store, what do they see?  As believers we are to act as Jesus did when walking this earth.  Let us learn to take this seriously.  In the 80’ the big thing was “What would Jesus do?”  Before we act or speak, let us ask the Holy Spirit within us what Jesus wants us to do or say.”  Let none be lost on our account.

July 10, 2019

James and the Church Family

James 1:1 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings. (NIV)

I like the introduction to James in “The Message” translation of the Holy Bible.  James was a half-brother of Jesus.  He grew up with Him.  As per normal human behavior, we tend to think more critically of those closest to us even though we love them.  James grew up not believing Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Jesus showed Himself to James after His resurrection.  We all must believe in the resurrected Jesus to be a Christian believer.

When Christian belivers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does.  Outsiders, and labels them a such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised.  It’s simiar with sinners outside the church. (The Message Bible)

James deals with the various problems pastors have in discerning, confronting and dealing with the normal problems of sin in the body of believers.  Each of us, from time to time, are part of those problems.  Let us look to our own words and actions rather than judging the words and actions of others in our church family.  Let us be an active participant in the gathering together for worship which includes encouraging others and helping others rather than judging and criticizing.

June 28, 2019

Tithe First

Filed under: Christian,commands,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Deuteronomy 14:22 22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (NIV)

Luke 18:12 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  (NIV)

The command to tithe is in the Old Testament.  Why do we need to tithe since we no longer are following the sacrifices and many other things commanded in the Old Testament?  God doesn’t need our tithe.  God already owns all that is.  We need to tithe to remind us that all we have is from God.  The tithe is considered to be 10% of our income (from whatever source we get our income today).  That leaves 90%, the majority of our income up to our discretion.  Hopefully we will use some of that as offerings to further the Kingdom News on this earth.  The habit of tithing teaches us discipline in what God has entrusted to us.  To me, tithing is a privilege.  I’m privilege God allows me to be part of His work in spreading the Good News of His love and His desire for us to know His love for us.  Tithing is easy.  Other disciplines are harder.  The discipline of reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word, the Holy Bible each and every day is harder than the discipline of tithing.  The discipline of taking more than a quick moment to say a prayer, but to really take time to listen is harder than the discipline of tithing.  Yet, it surprises me how many people who claim to be Christians, do not tithe but spend most of their money, get into debt and say they don’t have enough money to tithe.  May I encourage those of you who have not developed this discipline to do so.  Make that 10% the first thing you give before spending on other things.  Not because you have been told God promised to give back to you 10 fold, but because you love God and want to acknowledge not only with your mouth that God is God and owns everything but you also want to attest to that knowledge with your financial assets.

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