Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 30, 2019

Breath of God

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:23 pm

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

We can go a few weeks without food.  We can go a few days without water.  We can’t go but a few minutes without breathing air.  So many professing Christians go days, some even weeks without spiritual air.  God breathed His air into scripture.  We need to breathe in the God-breathed scripture every day.  Without breathing in the air of God we aren’t equipped for any good work.  Without breathing in the air of God our spirits will die.  This is why so many of these devotions state how very important it is for us to read, study and meditate on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  It is more than food for us.  It is the very breath of God needed to sustain our spiritual lives.

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January 17, 2019

Junk

Filed under: devotion,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Timothy 1:3-5 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (NIV)

We are warned so often to read labels of what we eat.  There is a lot of junk hyped as good food for our bodies.  We are being warned in Timothy to be careful of what we listen to or read.  Not everything said or written in the name of Jesus is on target.  We need to constantly ask the Holy Spirit to give us discernment when we listen or read what others say God is saying to us.  There is a lot of junk being preached and written.  When we hear it over and over it become hard not to buy into it.  This is yet another reason we must diligently study the scriptures under the direction of the Holy Spirit within us to be able to recognize when we hear or read interpretations of others that are not sound doctrine.  This includes reading this devotional site.  What God says to me and how I interpret it may not interpret right for you.  So, before listening to someone or reading what someone has written, always pray first for wisdom and discernment.  God has promised if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us.  As important as it is for us to get the junk food out of our diet, it is even more important to get the religious myths and incorrect doctrines out of our spiritual lives.

December 22, 2018

Solo Worship

Filed under: devotion,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,praise,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

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

So many think they can only worship the Lord in a church service with a worship leader.  They think they need to be in a group of people to help them sing or speak forth their love for God in worship and praise.  We are to worship our God each and every day.  We don’t gather together every day so that means we need to learn to worship God on our own.  To help us learn, we can put on a CD or tune in the internet to have some worship and praise songs we know to sing with.  We don’t need to sing on key.  God says just to make a joyful noise.  Hearing others (even if only through our own electronics) helps and encourages us to join with what we hear.  Before long we will be able to continue our singing or spoken worship and praise for God to Him without the aide of others.  We worship and praise with others as a sign of our unity in the family of God.  When others aren’t around, we still show our unity with God through His Holy Spirit dwelling within us.  Let’s get our CD’s out or tune into some praise and worship songs, raise our hands and fill God’s ears with the sounds of love and praise from His children.

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 21, 2018

Put Off the Old Self

Filed under: anger,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Colossians 3:5-10 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (NIV)

There’s at least a months’ worth of devotions in these verses.  It takes a brave determination to look at them honestly.  We like to think we don’t sin.  But there are some of these things we are told to put to death that we all do.  The most common is lust.  Lust includes many different things.  Some lust after food.  Just look at the obesity rate in this nation.  Others lust for tobacco, alcohol, money through gambling, power over other people, sex outside of marriage and on and on.  We are also to rid ourselves of anger which includes when we’re driving in traffic and others cut us of.  We are told not to lie to each other but we have all been guilty of what we call “harmless, little, white lies.”  We pretend we lie to not hurt others but mostly it’s to protect the image of ourselves we want to show.  I pray we regularly take time to carefully go over these verses from time to time and check how we are doing.  Then confess to our Father the things we have not been able to keep away, ask and accept forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in those areas.  These are all from our old self and we are to put on the new self, renewed in the knowledge in the image of God.

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.

November 14, 2018

Experiential Learning

Filed under: devotion,Father,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:51 pm

Luke 6:36 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (NIV)

I recently broke my kneecap and sprained the ankle on my other leg.  I had to wait 5 days for the surgeon to come back to town so I had my knee in a brace that made my leg stick straight out, no bending.  Trying to walk with crutches with no weight on the knee and a sprained ankle that had to bear my weight was an effort so, I mostly stayed in the recliner chair.  Frustration arose as I looked and saw things I wanted or needed that were out of reach.  Humility reigned when I need to depend on others for food or water.  As I prayed about my situation, asking God why He didn’t heal the break instantly which I knew He could, He talked to me about those who are permanently handicap.  I always respected the handicap and would help with anything evident but I had never put myself in their position.  I hadn’t thought about how frustrating and humiliating it was in their position.  Sometimes we just don’t seem to learn by reading or listening to sermons.  Sometimes we can only really learn by experience.  We truly don’t know what someone else must endure yet we are so quick to judge.  We watch others thinking we know how they should feel or act (meaning the way we would) without ever knowing their history or really knowing how we would feel or act in a similar situation.  Let us learn to be as merciful as our Father is.  We have a long way to go to be that merciful.

November 13, 2018

Unprotected Back

Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (NIV)

As we reread the full armor of God we must notice, unlike the armor of the knights of the mid-ages, there is no protection for our backs.  We are told to stand firm.  There is no option of turning our backs and fleeing.  God has enabled us to be victorious because He already defeated Satan and we can do our part on this earth.  When temptations come, we are not to flee and run because they will just continue to come until they break us down.  We are to stand with the full armor of God and defeat each temptation that comes our way.  Let us learn to stand firm, wearing the full armor of God, and grow in the strength of God, becoming more and more one in Him.

November 10, 2018

Flaming Arrows

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

The flaming arrows of the evil one applies to our temptations to give into and enjoy things that separate us from God.  We are bombarded with these flaming arrows constantly through the media, billboards and those who live in those indulgences.  They can be as simple and “innocent” as over indulging in food not nutritional and harmful the our body which houses the Holy Spirit to holding unforgiveness or anger in our hearts.  Anything not  covered in the love of God is a flaming arrow.  Flaming because we are so tempted and it burns into our desire.  To take on the shield of faith we must change our desires to God and the things of God.  We must agree with the Psalm 42:1 and really want to seek after God and become one in Him.  Let us remember the arrows of temptation are flaming in effort to burn deep within our hearts.  Let’s choose to have God, through His Holy Spirit burn deeply in our hearts.  Remember, choice comes before feeling.

November 9, 2018

Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

Faith is believing God to be true to His word. God is love and love doesn’t lie.  God promised to be with us always and never leave us (that doesn’t mean we don’t leave God.).  We either choose to believe God and all He has said and promised or we choose not to believe.  We can’t halfway believe.  Faith is a total trust in the word of God and the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave us an example of the shield of faith when he was in the wilderness fasting for 40 days.  At the end of His fasting time Satan came to tempt Him.  Jesus was weak from hunger and thirst.  Temptation must have been very strong to end His misery.  Yet, in His physical weakness Jesus quoted scripture, the words of God, to Satan and defeated the temptations Satan offered.  In order to be able to hold the shield of faith, we must be familiar with the promises and words of God.  This take study, meditation and yes, memorization of the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  It’s the words in the Holy Bible that have the power to defeat the enemy.  Let us learn to hold up the shield of faith, knowing the word of God so well that the faith it brings has absolutely no doubts in God’s powerful word.

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