Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

June 24, 2017

Gathering Together

Hebrews 10:24-25 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

 Tomorrow is Sunday.  This is the day we have chosen to gather together in honor of our Lord Jesus’ resurrection.  We are told in the written word to gather together.  There are many reason.  The first, of course, is to worship our Lord together with one voice.  But we are also to encourage one another in our individual walks.  My question is what do we do when we are in our respective church buildings?  Do we just go in and out so we can be the first in line at a restaurant?  We are to talk to one another.  Ask each other how our walk is going.  Pray for one another.  Asking how someone’s walk with God is going is not invading privacy.  It is a way of showing love and encouraging, especially during trying times.  Let us gather early before our services and stay a little later to pause, talk and pray for one another. 

March 17, 2017

Matthew 12:50 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (NIV)

 Not only are all believers part of God’s family, we are all part of each other’s family.  Families do things together, both working and playing.  Families look out for each other.  Families want only the best for each other.  Families share equally; not only in the responsibilities but in the pleasures.  We must ask ourselves how we treat other believers.  In many churches there are feelings of competition.  Some think they own a certain seat or should have a certain job regardless of how the Spirit is moving.  We are so often stuck with the words “my or mine.”  What we need to be doing is the will of God.  He said we are to love one another.  He said we are to be giving more than getting.  He said we are only to speak of the good.  He said we are to pray for one another not to gossip.  So often our prayer requests resemble gossip more than pure prayer.  Families are forgiving.  We must make sure we don’t harbor resentment against any believer.  The older of us are to be mothers or fathers of the younger believers and encourage them through teaching and through example.  We must ask what kind of example are we setting for the younger believers?

November 29, 2016

Advent

Matthew 3:3 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” (NIV)aD

Sunday was the first day of Advent.  Advent is a time of preparation for celebrating the birth of our Savior.  So many churches and believers no longer acknowledge the Advent season.  Preparing for celebration is a good thing to do.  We prepare in many ways in our homes by decorating, baking, sending Christmas cards, etc.  We must also prepare our hearts.  We are inundated by so much commercialism that sometimes it’s hard to remember what Christmas is really about.  Taking time to prepare our hearts keeps the “Christ” in Christmas.  This is a good time to discipline our meditation, scripture and prayer time.  This is also a good time to review how we are doing in giving our time and our finances to spreading the good news of the coming of Jesus into our world and our lives.  John, the Baptizer, gave his time, and eventually his life, calling all to prepare to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  During these 4 weeks of Advent, let us join the baptizer in preparing not only ourselves, but preparing others to receive Jesus into our lives, minds and hearts.

November 9, 2016

Boldness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Church,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:01 am

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

My college chorus director said “Sing loud enough so if you make a mistake you can hear it’s a mistake and you can correct it.”  So many of us are afraid to witness or share what we hear the Lord say to us because we are afraid we might be wrong.  We are afraid to hurt the witness or misquote.  God is bigger than any of our mistakes.  He has promised His word would not come back void.  We are to share God, His love, His word with boldness.  It is better to make a mistake by action than the mistake of inaction.  Let us speak with the boldness of God’s Holy Spirit and have the faith to know God is bigger than us and, if our motives are correct, will see to it that what we speak will be heard through the filtering of His Holy Spirit.

November 5, 2016

God’s Grace

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Church,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:14 am

Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.

We can memorize the entire Bible and not be saved for eternal life and forgiven for our sin.  We can go to church every time the doors are open, be a leader or pastor in church and still not be saved.  We can do all manner of what is considered to be good and not be saved.  The only way to be saved is by the grace of God.  The way to receive that grace is to ask God for forgiveness and accept His Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives as the Lord, the ruler of our entire being.  When we accept Him and choose to follow Jesus in obedience to what is recorded in His written word, The Holy Bible, God gives us His grace of forgiveness and adopts us as His children.  He fills us with His love and His Holy Spirit Who enables us to love God.  When we love someone we want to please them.  To please God we walk in obedience to His statutes.  When we fall, we ask forgiveness and choose to move on from that falling and walk on.  We bear the consequences of our actions or inactions in our physical bodies but we also enjoy the forgiveness of God and the knowledge that nothing can separate us from His love once we receive it through His Son, Jesus.  Let us praise and thank God today for the gift of His grace the choose to show Him our love through obedience by allowing His Holy Spirit to love and help others through us.

January 9, 2014

One Feeds the Other

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Church,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Psalms 132:7. We will go into his tabernacles; We will worship at his footstool.

What is church? Church is a building with a large room that reminds us we must make a large room for worship in our daily life. When we gather in that large room with other believers and enter into collective worship we feed and encourage one another to continue in worship daily. So often my ears tune to a devotion God is giving me to write through a word spoken by someone during our coming together as a body of believers. Group worship feeds individual, daily worship and individual,daily worship feeds group worship. Both are essential for our devotion to God. Let us determine to grow daily through our worship, study and meditations.

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