Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

May 28, 2019

Ministers

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

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ Jesus, write this letter to all the Christians in Philippi, pastors and ministers included.  (The Message Bible)

I enjoy reading the Message Bible just for pleasure, not as a study Bible.  This verse really captured my attention.  So many Christians think it is the paid Pastor’s job to minister to the people.  This verse demonstrates some are pastors but all are ministers.  We all, as joint heirs with Jesus Christ, are to minister His Word, the Good News of God’s love, mercy, grace and salvation, to all we meet.  The Pastor’s job is to feed the flock and encourage the flock so they (we) are equipped to go out and minister to the population.  Being a Christian is not a Sunday only job.  Being a Christian, unlike religions of the world, is a way of life.  Being a Christian is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week ever going, non-stopping way of life.  We must ask if we are fully involved and participating in the ministry of being a Christian, a believing follower of God’s Word, His only Son, Jesus Christ and following the example Jesus set for us when He put on the human body form and walked this earth.

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.

April 19, 2019

The Crowd

Filed under: Christian,Christians,healing,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Matthew 27:23 23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him (NIV)

Let’s look at the crowd.  It was only a week ago they were lined on both sides of the road waving palm branches and shouting praises to Jesus.  They were rejoicing in the One they expected to bring them freedom.  They are some of the ones who had been healed by Him.  They listened to His parables and teaching.  Now they were waving their fists and shouting, “Crucify Him.”  Crowd mentality is an interesting subject.  When in a crowd we start acting like herd animals.  We want to blend in with the crowd.  We want to agree with the majority.  We see this mentality on major shopping days.  It only takes one person to grab an item before others join in and fights begin.  We must ask ourselves if we have ever gone with the crowd when part of us knew that wasn’t the right thing to do.  It takes courage to stand up for what is right when others are shouting and proclaiming what is wrong.  We must ask ourselves what we would do if we were in that crowd on that Friday?  Do we know where we stand?  Do we keep silent in the presence of those who speak against Christians?  Let us speak out in love.  Let us make sure others know we accept them, just not their values.

February 20, 2019

Value

Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

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