Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 23, 2020

Passion for God

Filed under: Church,fellowship,garden,God,love,passion,prayer,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Philippians 3:8 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  (NIV)

Philippians 3:14 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

How much passion do we have for God?  How much do we desire to know Him?  How much passion do we have in our worship of Him?  How much passion for God do others see in us?  I look at sports arenas and see and hear people standing, shouting cheers and clapping.  I look in most church worship services and see people sitting stoically, looking sad or bored, barely singing or speaking and looking and acting like participating is a chore rather than a privilege and desire.  Where is our passion?  When God sees and hears us, what does He see and hear?  Does He see people who are just saying a few words of thanks or praise because they are supposed to say them or does He see and hear people who really love Him and are excited about the privilege of worshiping and thanking Him for all He has done and is doing for them?  Where is our passion?  We can’t drum up passion when it’s not really there.  It takes reflecting on who we really are, how sinful we really are in and of ourselves compared to how God is and what He has done for us to restore our relationship with Him as He originally created our relationship of fellowship with Him to be in the Garden of Eden for us to realize His incredible love for us and start to feel passionate about not only receiving His love but also to love Him back through worship, praise and thanksgiving.  Once again, where’s our passion?  Let’s show our passion, not only in our own prayer closet but also when we are around other people.  Passion for God will turn this world around.

June 13, 2020

A Donkey’s Mouth

Filed under: Church,Father,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Numbers 22:28 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done   (NIV)

God can speak to us through anyone and anything.  When we don’t hear God it isn’t because God’s not speaking.  We don’t hear God because we aren’t listening and/or aren’t expecting to ear God.  In your church service you might think the sermon isn’t good.  You think you’re not getting anything out of it.  That means you’re not expecting God to talk to you.  Let’s learn to keep our ears tuned to hear God through anyone, anything and anytime.  Let’s walk through our day with an expectation that our Father wants to talk to us and will talk to us as soon as we are willing to pay attention and listen.  Let’s not be so stubborn that God has to open the mouth of a donkey to get our attention.  Jesus said even the stones can cry out if no one else praises God.  Let us say as little Samuel said, “Speak, Lord for your servant is listening.”

June 3, 2020

God Wants

Filed under: Church,God,knowledge,prayer,thanks,truth,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 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)

We are all familiar with the instructions to pray for those in authority.  Let us look at why we are told to do so.  Yes, as we pray for those in authority, we can have mor peaceful lives but let’s look at what God wants.  He wants all people to be saved and to know truth.  God is truth.  Without knowing God, it is impossible to know truth.  Without God working in and through us, we are powerless to the deceit of Satan.  We see people misusing power every day.  We also hear them speaking lies.  They have convinced themselves that the lies, when repeated often enough, will be truth.  So let us be diligent in praying every day for those in authority in our governments and in churches.  Let us please God by uniting with His power and bringing Truth (remember, God is truth) into our world.

May 30, 2020

Encourage Daily

Filed under: Church,discouragment,encouragement,God,Jesus,judging,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Hebrews 3:13 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  (NIV)

Everybody like to be told they’re doing a good job. Everybody like to know they’re appreciated.  I know when I get a like on one of these devotions it encourages me.  It encourages me even more when I get comments.  Because I never publish the comments (the comments aren’t what this blog is about) I don’t get very many.  Sometimes I get tired and think it’s time to stop posting but when I do, I get a comment that encourages me to continue.  We need to take the little amount of time it takes to tell someone they’re doing a good job or we appreciate what they’re doing.  A cashier might be having a hard day and had to put up with some angry customers.  How encourage it would be to thank them for they’re service.  There are so very many ways we can encourage people.  Encouragement and thanks motivate people to try a little harder.  Judgement and criticism discourage people from trying at all.  It gives a “what’s the use” attitude.  The above scripture was written to believers in a young church.  When we first open our hearts to believe and follow Jesus, it is tempting to compare what we know and how we act with those who have matured in their faith.  Instead of comparing one another or judging, let us follow the call to encourage one another daily.  The word “daily” is important for, if it doesn’t become a habit to encourage others, it gradually is totally forgotten.  Taking the brief time to read this shows your desire to grow in the Lord.  That is awesome.  The light of God shines through you and your thoughts of God cause a smile on His face.

May 28, 2020

Knowing or Believing

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (NIV)

Believing that someone existed isn’t the same as believing IN the person.  When you believe IN someone you trust that person.  Trust is built on love.  When you love someone, you are loyal to that person.  It’s one thing to believe a person name Jesus Who was written about in a collection of books called the Holy Bible walked this earth but quite another to believe IN Jesus as the only Son of God Who, as God’s Word, put on the form of a God-created human and demonstrated God’s love and pan for us.  God, as the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be, calls the shots.  He is the One Who decided the only way for us to have fellowship with Him and eternal life is through believing IN Jesus Christ.  Reading the Bible, going to church and trying to be good on our own doesn’t cut it.  We must actually acknowledge we are sinners and can only be saved from the penalty of our sin through the blood of Jesus.  We must ask God to forgive our sins and welcome Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives not only as our savior but as the Lord, the director of our lives.  Later we read Jesus said if we confess our belief in Him before men, He will confess us before God the Father.  Our belief is personal but it isn’t privet.  We are to be open about our belief in order to follow the commission Jesus gave us; ( Matthew 28:19-20} 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)  Let’s confess Jesus before others and demonstrate His love through our words and actions.

May 16, 2020

Make the Most of Today

Filed under: anxious,Church,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,trials,Uncategorized,worry — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 6:34 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (NIV)

Now that many things are starting to open up people are starting to get more anxious and worried.  Will they have a job to go back to?  If not, will they find a new job?  Is it safe to go to the grocery store?  What about church?  There ae as many questions about tomorrow as there are people.  Jesus had an answer to each and every question.  Don’t worry about tomorrow.  We are to live in today.  Today we know we should wear a face mask to protect us and others from any lingering virus.  Today we know we should be careful with our finances yet continue to give back to God the portion He asked for in the scriptures (a tenth of our income).  God is always faithful.  Will we be faithful?  There is nothing wrong with making tentative plans for tomorrow as long as we are willing to listen to the Holy Spirit for any change of direction God has for us.  I like not knowing what tomorrow brings.  Tomorrow can bring wonderful, new surprises or it can bring a new trial that helps me get to know what is in me and how much of God’s character am I allowing to shine out through me.  Tomorrow is in God’s hands.  Let’s enjoy today, whether in a trial or in a glorious surprise.  Let’s make the most of whatever God has brought us for this day, learning from today to make the most of whatever comes tomorrow.

May 9, 2020

Spread the Good News

Filed under: believe,Church,Gospel,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  (NIV)

Our American, English language is lacking.  We use the same word for many different things.  We also have words that can either be applied as singular or as plural.  This verse is one good example of singular versus plural.  In the original Hebrew the word you is in the plural form.  Jesus didn’t address just one person when He said they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on just one person.  Jesus said all people would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them.  He also said all people who have received the Holy Spirit are to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.  As Spirit filled believers and followers, this includes us.  We can’t sit around on expect a professional, paid church minister to be the one to go out and spread the Gospel.  His/her job is to equip the believers to go out and spread the good news.  We each must ask ourselves, what are we, personally doing to spread the good news to those God puts in our path each day?  We can’t say because we send money to missionaries, we are doing all we need do.  That is only a small part of what we should be doing.  Spreading the good news is done with our words and our actions.  Let’s make it our daily goal to share the good news with at least one person each and every day.

May 1, 2020

Start the Engine

Filed under: baptise,Church,denomination,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

1 Corinthians 12:3 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.  (NIV)
Acts 19:2 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

Acts 9:17 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

When we accept Jesus as the Lord of our life we do so because the Holy Spirit has come into our minds and hearts to open up to Him.  There is no way to accept Jesus as the Lord of our lives without the invite and power of the Holy Spirit for our normal, sinful, human nature is opposed to anything or anyone other than ourselves being Lord.  However, like putting gas in a car and never turning on the engine – the gas does no good and is powerless without us turning on the engine – so it is with the Holy Spirit Who entered into us when we opened our hearts to Jesus.   We need to be awaken to the fact that the Holy Spirit in us with all His power and wisdom is really in us.  Many people call this the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  What it really is. is the awareness of the Holy Spirit within us and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak in and through us and to work in and through us.  In so many denominations and churches little is said and even less taught about the Holy Spirit.  May I suggest a word study on the Holy Spirit to learn how He speaks in and through us and how He works in and through us.  Without allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through us we can only be lukewarm like the church in Laodicea.   Let us all learn how to let the Holy Spirit speak and work in and through us with all His wisdom and power.

April 14, 2020

Expressing Love

Filed under: Church,God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Luke 7:38 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.  (NIV)

This is an act of real love.  This woman used her most costly possession and spent it all on anointing Jesus.  She wasn’t concerned with what anyone else thought of her action.  She was totally involved in expressing her love for Jesus.  This was a loving expression of pure worship.  We must consider how we worship.  I’m talking about more than singing a few songs in church and reciting a few creeds and prayers.  I’m talking about pure, loving worship.  In our culture we were taught to be quiet in church.  Some manage to say an occasional Amen or Halleluiah but mostly we stay reserved.  We don’t want to stand out I front of others.  They might think we’re a “Jesus freak.”  How about trying to really worship at home first.  Start with writing Jesus a love letter expressing your feelings and thoughts about Him.  Then read the letter aloud.  Learn to just talk aloud telling Him how much you love Him and all the things you think are special about Him.  Use your entire being.  Bow, kneel or prostrate yourself and gradually become quiet and just bask in His very real presence.  After awhile pick up your notebook and write what is in your thoughts.  Not only does God want us to freely express our love for Him to Him, He wants to express His love for us to us.  Let us learn to express our love for our God in complete abandon, alone and when in a church service with others.

April 12, 2020

Gatekeeper

Filed under: Church,Easter,Father,glory,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 am

John 10:3 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  (NIV)

On this Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, this verse is very appropriate.  God is the gatekeeper.  He opened the gate for His Son, Jesus Christ, to put on human nature and come down to pay our penalty.  Sin was defeated on Good Friday on the cross and death was defeated by Jesus on resurrection Day, the day we call Easter.  God has let His Son through the gate as our Shepherd to tend us for the Father’s glory.  Our Shepherd, Jesus, knows each of us by name and, if we will but follow Him and listen for His voice through the Holy Spirit, He will always lead us out of the pin of sin into life abundant and everlasting in the presence of the Father God.  Let us rejoice today.  Even while most of us are confined to home, let us praise and thank God for the gift of resurrection.  Through the internet, turn on a church service and participate with it through joining in with the music and agreeing in prayer.  Death has been defeated, we are no longer a prisoner to sin and we have a Shepherd Who will never leave us alone.

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