Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 18, 2018

Priorities and Schedules

Filed under: Church,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:33 pm

Exodus 18:17-18 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone (NIV)

Moses was confused about his priorities.  He thought he was responsible for everything. We need to listen to God for what He has for our own priorities.  As we hear His direction for our priorities, we need to compare them with our schedule.  So often we allow others to control our schedule to the demise of our priorities.  We allow ourselves to put other things before our priorities.  Moses was to spend His time in prayer – to stand before God for the people he was leading.  He was to hear God’s word and share that word with the people.  When he spent most of his time listening to disputes between people, he no longer had time to hear God’s direction.  We each have God-given priorities.  We need to learn to say yes to God and no to others when what they ask of us takes us away from what God is telling us to do.  This may sound harsh but, when we do things that take us away from our priorities, it means we are doing what God is telling others to do.  So many church pastors have a hard time sticking to their God given priorities.  They think, and unfortunately a lot of the church members think the pastor is responsibility for every activity in the church.  Quite often committee or commission heads think the same thing.  Let us be sure our schedule reflects our priorities.  Let us learn to flow in our priorities that we can serve God with joy and thanksgiving because we are doing what God is blessing through us.

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December 6, 2018

Directed Worship

Filed under: Church,devotion,God,love,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

Most people don’t seem to know the meaning of worship.  The do manage to worship their favorite sports star.  Just watch and listen to them as they cheer their star on to success.  The also manage to worship their favorite popular singer.  The cry with ecstasy at the concerts.  But look at the people in a church service.  They look bored and distracted.  We are to worship God throughout each and every day.  Worship is more than singing though singing can be a very iatrical part of worship.  Worship is having no one or anything else in our mind and thoughts than God.  We are totally enwrapped in Him.  We are expressing our wonder, love and thankfulness to Him.  This can be done with words or song.  But it must be done totally without distracting thoughts.  God desires our worship.  He wants us to take time to totally be with and in Him.  Corporate worship with others is good but we mustn’t neglect the one on One time of worship.  Let us take time each and every day to focus on God and express our love and thanks to Him, praising Him for Who He is.

November 19, 2018

Knowing God

Filed under: Church,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:24 pm

Psalms 89:15 15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. (NIV)

We can know all about God and His characteristics and not really know God.  Until we really know God we can’t really be in His presence.  Being in His presence is different than His being with us.  To really know someone, we must be in their lives – their daily, private lives.  Most of us live one way around others and when we are alone, we live another way.  We can sit in church and sing, pray and listen to sermons and still not really know God.  Knowing is by experiencing.  To experience God, we must in reality trust Him enough to give Him total control of our life.  There are no exceptions.  This takes a lot of trust because our nature is to be in control of all we experience.  I pray you want to really know God, to totally trust Him with all the aspects of your life.  Let us give free reign to the Holy Spirit to free us from all preconceived ideas of God, Who He is and what He wants us to be, do and say.

November 18, 2018

Place

Filed under: Church,devotion,Father,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

John 14:2 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (NIV)

We all seek for what we consider to be our place.  We want our place of belonging.  Some have one place they will sit in church.  If someone else sits there, some will ask them to move, they are so tied to that particular place.  We think we are defined by our place.  We belong to various organizations to have a place that is ours.  We seek reserved parking places with our names on it.  We want our place to show others it is our place, we are important.  We tend to forget this world is not our place.  We are merely traveling through, hopefully letting God do some work here through us, until we get to our place Jesus is preparing for us.  He has our place.  We belong to God, not things or people of this world.  Let us not be concerned with “finding our place” on this earth and look forward to our goal of our place with God.  We are important to Him and that’s all that counts.

October 20, 2018

Fitting Together

Filed under: Bible,Church,denomination,devotion,God,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Nehemiah 4:6 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.(NIV)

To understand the import of this verse we must read Nehemiah chapter 3.  In this chapter we read how various different tribes rebuilt different portions of the walls and gates.  Each tribe did their own section.  In the end, all sections fit together and the wall and gates were rebuilt.  Instead of tribes today, we have a various group of denominations and individual churches.  God has various ministries for each individual group.  One group should not interfere with the ministry of another but allow each denomination, church and individual to work in the ministry designed for them by God.  We can’t see how they all fit together as the “walls” surrounding the Kingdome of God are not finished but we must be sure to be about the ministry God has assigned to each one of us while encouraging others to do the same.  God desires to flow through us to prepare for the New Earth, His Kingdome coming.  Let us be about our ministry.

October 14, 2018

Slow to Speak

Filed under: Bible,Church,devotion,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

James 1:21 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (NIV)

James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (NIV)

I call the epistle of James the practical how-to epistle.  James was one of the half-brothers of Jesus.  He grew up with Jesus and hears how Jesus talked and what Jesus did.  God could have sent Jesus to earth as a full-grown man, already capable of talking.  But He chose to send His Son down to earth as a helpless, unable to talk baby.  Jesus grew up, worked and listened for some 30 years before He started talking – speaking forth the word of His Father.  He was able to experience and understand how it was to be a human.  He could relate to us so we could relate to Him.  In verse 21 the word “save” is not about eternal life.  We have eternal life the moment we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives.  He is talking about being saved from the things we face.  Moral filth and evil start with words we say or hear.  Words become action.  James writes about how powerful words are.  We all want to be heard and understood.  So much so, we tend to be quick to speak what we want to say rather than listen to what someone else wants to say.  I really recommend an in-depth study of James in relations to how, when and why we talk and how we should listen.  This knowledge and the practicing of it can really save us.  It can save our relationships with others.  It can save our jobs.  It can save our churches.  It can really save.

June 7, 2018

Warfare

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Church,devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Matthew 6:13 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. (NIV)

In the prayer example Jesus gave us in teaching us how to pray, He said to pray for deliverance from the evil one who is named Satan.  We tend to forget spiritual warfare is real and necessary.  We are not battling against flesh and blood even though it seems that way.  The battle is really a spiritual one between the devil and God, His angels and His children.  Satan will do everything possible to separate God’s children from Him.  Not because the devil wants us children but because he doesn’t want God to have us.  This is a daily battle and should be part of our daily prayers.  We need to pray and bind the devil from ourselves, our family, our friends and neighbors, our churches and our country.  We need to be doing this every day.  Just because we don’t see what is going on in the spiritual world doesn’t make it any less real.  We are joint heirs with God’s Son, Jesus.  We must pray as Jesus prayed.  Let us do our part and bind Satan daily.  Let us do our part in bring the glory of God back into our families, our churches and our country.

May 9, 2018

Serving Others

1 Peter 4:10 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (NIV)

Though we serve others in our community throughout the year, once a year we combine with other churches to serve over a Saturday and/or Sunday in a major way.  We clean parks, mulch playgrounds, build ramps, remove trees and stumps, paint fire hydrants and numerous other things needed in the community.  We do this without church labels or names.  We do this as the unified body of Christ.  So often people in the community see Christians as judgmental.  It is through reaching out in service that the love of God can be seen.  Though we only do this with other churches in the community once a year, it is very important for every Christian to always be on the lookout for some way to give their service to someone in need.  I’ve tried to teach my children and now my grandchildren, if you see trash on the ground pick it up.  It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t you who put it there.  God called us to be good stewards of all of His creation so, when we see a need, we are to fulfill the need.  Let us follow the example and call of our Lord Jesus.  We are here to serve, not be served

January 21, 2018

Worship Together

Luke 4:16 16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, (NIV)

I’ve heard many a professing Christian say they don’t go to church.  They don’t need to be with others to worship or to study the Bible.  Reread the above verse.  Notice the phrase “as was His custom.”  Jesus is the Son of God, yet He made at a practice a custom, to go to church to worship His Father with others.  If He felt the need to do this, how much more should we be doing this.  We can worship alone.  We can study the Word alone.  But, joining our hearts and voices with others not only pleases God, it also helps to ignite a fresh vigor in us.  Hebrews 10:25 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (KJV)

November 19, 2017

One Day

Exodus 20:8 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (NIV)

 Today is the day most of us set aside as the Sabbath day.  It is a day to stop from our normal duties and spend quality time with God and with His family of believers.  Some people must work on this day because other people or animals are dependent on them.  God intends for us to work only 6 days a week.  It is important for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health to take one day off from our normal chores.  We need to set aside one day a week to rest and renew our entire being through God by taking time to draw apart with Him and with other believers for refreshing, renewal and encouraging.  It matters not what day we set aside as long as we set aside one day.  At the beginning of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in the use of it.  At the end of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us consider what we have learned and done in this day.

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