Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 11, 2020

Search and Test

Filed under: anger,anxious,commands,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 139:23 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  (NIV)

Do we really want God to search us and know our hearts?  Are we really willing to know what God sees in our hearts?  It takes courage to be open to what is really in us.  We like to think the best in us. Scripture commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit can dwell in us only where we give Him room.  Places within us that still have doubt, bitterness, unresolved anger give no space for the Holy Spirit.  As we allow God to search us and reveal to us what is really in our hearts, the next step involves God bringing us into a time of testing.  It is through the testing that we see what is in us and can learn how to make room for the Holy Spirit to flow in and through that area.  It is because of this process that we read in James 1:2-3 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. So, next time we find ourselves going through a trial, let us remember God is searching us and testing us to reveal areas where we haven’t allowed His Holy Spirit to dwell.

February 7, 2020

All

Filed under: commands,Father,God,heart,love,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Mark 12:30 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  (NIV)

Our problem is in understanding the word “all.”  We are a people who seek comfort, convenience and speed.  Unfortunately, that shows up in our prayer time.  In our own prayer time we are prone to quick prayers.  In worship services we become restless if the prayer time is longer than a few short minutes – our minds begin to wander rather than uniting with the prayer.  All our heart means that we want to speak with God more than any other person or activity.  All our soul is our desire is pure and our emotions are one of the joy of the privilege of speaking to God rather than the feeling of we ought to pray.  All our mind means we are totally in tune with what we say and we are fully alert to hearing God’s response.  All our strength means we are praying when we are alert, not relegating it to a time when we are so tired and sleepy we can’t keep focused on what we are saying or drowse off when we are trying to listen.  Let’s choose a time when we are most alert each day for our special quiet time with our Father, God.  At the same time, we still want to be conversing with Him throughout the day.  If we’re taking our daily jog or walk and hear a bird or see a pretty flower or tree, acknowledge that to God, thanking Him for the beauty He’s placed around us.  Let’s really turn all our heart, soul and mind with all our strength to talk and listen to the One Who loves us most and knows us best.

January 31, 2020

One Family

Filed under: commands,Father,glory,God,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

John 13:34-35 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)

For the definition of love read 1 Corinthians 13.  If you’re reading an older translation that uses the word “charity” be sure you substitute the word “love” as that is the definition of charity.  We are so quick to point out the faults of others.  We are also so quick to envy someone who had more, is more popular with some group, looks better, does things better and on and on.  We must face it.  It is hard to really love someone who we envy.  Envy breeds bitterness and eventually hate.  When we find we are criticizing someone or point a finger at them we must look at our motive for doing so.  We are probably envious of something about that person.  We like to stand out as an individual.  During my professional singing career I struggled with envy and pride.  I wanted the best part.  I wanted to be know as better than other singers around me.  We all have areas where it is hard to let go of our ego and truly love others.  Jesus taught us to address God as “Our Father.”  He wants us to see ourselves equally related and loved.  No one child of God’s should stand out above another.  We all have specific jobs and places in the ministry of the Gospel.  No job is any more important than another.  It’s hard because of our sin desire to be the best of all others.  Let’s just concentrate on being the best within our selves.  Instead of comparing ourselves against others let us enjoy our differences for God has made each of us unique to blend together as a cohesive family, flowing together for the purpose of glorifying God in the love He has placed in our hearts.  Beloved, let us love one another.

 

December 23, 2019

More than One Purpose

Filed under: commands,God,superstitions,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Exodus 3:19 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. (NIV)

God’s way of doing things is much different than ours.  God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Hebrews go.  He also says that Pharaoh won’t do it.  In our thinking, when God tells us to do something it will happen right when we do it.  God had more than the freeing of the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery.  In verse Exodus 3:20  So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.  God wanted the Egyptians to know Him as God of power through all the trials He puts on them.  We are so very “me” centered.  We don’t take time to consider God might have more than one purpose in a trial we walk.  When we stop and thing how very many people God must coordinate it boggles my mind.  We need to be patient in our prayer request and while waiting for our desired result, make ourselves completely available to God for Him to use in any way.  Moses continued to go before Pharaoh until God’s purposes were fulfilled.  To the masses, it looked like defeat.  To God it was love for Egyptians who didn’t know God and His power.

December 18, 2019

Nations in Order

Filed under: commands,God,judging,Lord,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Deuteronomy 28:1 1 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  (NIV)

God’s promises are still good for today.  I would encourage us to pray diligently for our nation (any nation you are living).  All nations strive to be the dominant nation in the world.  Yet, all nations have departed from following the commands of the Lord God.  Not only is their discord between nations, there is discord within each nation.  The nations can’t fully obey the Lord until the individuals in the nation obey the Lord.  Before we point our finger at others, we must examine ourselves.  Each of us have things we should be doing and things we should not be doing.  Each of us have things we should not have said and things we should have said.  Each of us has prayed for things with selfish motives and not prayed for things we are told to lift up in prayer.  Let us strive to get our own lives in order so the nations can follow.

December 4, 2019

A Special Gift

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,depression,forgive,gifts,God,God's Word,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Matthew 18:35 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”  (NIV)

As we enter the season of gift giving, let’s consider one of the greatest gifts we can ever give another person.  This is the gift of forgiveness.  In reality, according to the word of God, the Holy Bible, we don’t have a choice.  Forgiveness is a command.  Our forgiveness from God the Father through Jesus, His Son, hinges on our forgiveness of others.  Not only is forgiveness a beautiful and healing gift for others, it is of the greatest benefit for ourselves.  Unforgiveness harbors bitterness, depression and even anger.  It affects our physical, emotional and spiritual parts of our being.  It robs both the one needing forgiveness and the one needing to forgive inner peace.  May I encourage you to be sure there is no one in your life that you need to forgive.  God didn’t say there are certain things you aren’t to forgive.  Forgiveness isn’t rated by degrees or intensity.  He just said, forgive in the same way He forgives us.  Let us choose to do the same.

August 31, 2019

That Is Love

Filed under: commands,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Philippians 3:8-9 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 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith  (NIV)

We could (if it were possible) obey each and every command of God and we still wouldn’t be righteous.  To be righteous means to be in right standing with God.  The only way to be in right standing with God is to come under the righteousness of His Son, Jesus, for only Jesus is righteous.  It is through Jesus, Who fills us with the Holy Spirit and covers us with His blood that we can be considered righteous – in right standing with God.  There is nothing on this earth, nothing we can ever do that is more important and of more value than coming under the blood of Jesus and covered by His righteousness.  Some say because God is love they don’t have to accept Jesus.  God is the One Who determines how we can approach Him.,  He sent Jesus down in the form of a human man so we could better hear Him and become united with Him.  He said Jesus is the only way.  There is no other way.  We can either choose to go the way God has provided and dwell with Him throughout eternity or we can choose to live our own way by our own rules and desires and spend eternity separated from God.  The choice is there for each and every person to make.  Because God is love, He has provided us a way to be with Him.  That is love.

August 24, 2019

Counteract Evil with Good

Filed under: commands,cross,forgive,God,grace,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Romans 12:21 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (NIV)

This verse is hard for most of us. It follows these verses in Romans 12:19-20 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  It is part of the command to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are some things we don’t have to or shouldn’t have to forgive.  Many of us have had some terrible things done to us.  How can we possibly be expected to forgive the person who killed a love one or raped us or someone we love or spread terrible untruths about us or many other things.  God forgives everything we’ve done or said or thought regardless of what it was as long as we ask through His Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness.  Jesus took every kind of sin to the cross.  Our forgiving and is not so much for the one we are forgiving but for us to keep us turning bitter.  To overcome the evil we start with praying for the one who was evil toward us.  We pray God will work His mercy and grace within that person.  When I did that, I asked God to let me see that person with His eyes.  As He revealed that person to me I began to hurt for that person and my attitude in prayer became less of following a command and more of wanting God’s love to be received by that person for it hurts God for those He loves (that means everyone) to not receive His love.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning what the person did or said.  It is right to hate evil.  It is the perpetrator of the evil who needs forgiving along with God’s healing grace and mercy.

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 8, 2019

As Jesus Lived

Filed under: Bible,commands,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 John 2:6 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (NIV)

Wow!  That’s a big command.  Living as Jesus did.  Jesus gave us sleep many a night to talk with the Father.  Jesus always stopped for interruptions.  Jesus kept His mouth shut when falsely accused.  Jesus reached out to heal a hurt rather than placing blame.  Those are just a few things about the way Jesus lived when walking on this earth.  This is impossible for us without the Holy Spirit.  It is so important for us to learn to hear the soft whisper of the Holy Spirit.  It is also important for us to really read the scriptures, the Holy Bible and become very familiar with all Jesus said and did.  Sometime just read the red-letters in your Bible.  If you don’t have a red-letter edition, I recommend you buy, download or borrow one.  It puts more consistency on the words of Jesus when we just read the red-letters.  We can’t live a Jesus did if we aren’t very familiar with how He lived when physically on this earth.

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