Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2020

Search Ourselves

Filed under: devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Acts 17:11 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  (NIV)

The Berean Jews were very wise.  When anyone quotes scripture or explains it, regardless of who they are or how well know or educated they are, it is important for each of us to search out and study the scriptures for ourselves.  Words tend to mean different things to different people.  Scripture can be misread, misquoted and misinterpreted.  Also, when we listen or even when we read, we often mishear or misread a word or two which can change the entire meaning of what we are hearing or reading.  I did an experiment in a sermon I preached one time.  I omitted a word.  It was a very small word.  It was the word, “in”.  No one caught the omission.  Leaving that little word out of the sentence totally changed the meaning of the sentence.  It is so very important to read the scripture along with the minister when he/she reads it.  It is important that you look up the scriptures I use and read them in the context, not just the one or two lines I quote.  It is also important to read several different translations.  The most important thing to do is to pray before reading or listening and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the interpretation and application God wants you to understand for you on this very day.  This is the living word of God.  He provided for us for our daily road map.  Let us never have a day we don’t search out with great eagerness the words God has for us each and every day.

 

April 27, 2020

Didn’t Know

Filed under: devotion,fellowship,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

John 20:14 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.  (NIV)

Some question how, after being with Jesus 3 years, Mary couldn’t recognize Him.  She only saw Him as dead.  We know He has risen from the dead and yet, there are many times we don’t recognize Jesus being with us.  Our mind and our eyes are focused on the things of this earth.  We stay busy and we allow our minds to forget about our God.  We leave Him out of our conversations during our days.  Maybe a short prayer, scripture reading or devotion in the morning or at the end of the day but, through the day we get busy with “things.”  During this slow-down, stay at home time is a good time to develop the habit of talking with God throughout the day.  The conversation can be out loud or just in our minds.  We must be sure we don’t do all the talking.  We need to learn to be still and know He is God and has many things to say to us.  He created us for fellowship.  Let us not let Him down.  Let us talk with Him throughout each and every day.  As we grow in our fellowship with Him, we will recognize Him more and more throughout our days.

March 23, 2020

Single-minded

Filed under: devotion,God,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Isaiah 29:13 13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.  (NIV)

This talks about 2 areas we must pay close attention to.  One is when we pray.  Are we fully there when we pray or is our mind and attention divided between what we are saying and thinking about something else?  The other is when we gather together to worship.  Do we keep our attention on the things we say and sing and listen or do we allow our minds to wander from time to time?  God will not respond to us in a positive way if we are not single minded in what we say, sing, pray or listen.  We are either fully there or we are not there at all.  Just going through the motions doesn’t cut it.  Yes, it take discipline to stay fully focused.  We are so proud of ourselves in being able to multi-task.  We can’t multi-task when it comes to our relationship with God.  God is jealous.  He wants our undivided attention.  Before our prayer and devotion time make a list of the things that are on our mind that we need to do.  Then we don’t need to fear we’ll forget something.  Once they’re on the list we can totally put them aside until later.  Let’s discipline ourselves to be singe-minded.

December 8, 2019

Walk in Him

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Colossians 2:6 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  (KJV)

Walk in Christ Jesus.  The word walk is a verb, a word of action.  When we walk, we can either move forward or move backward.  We can’t stay in one place and actually walk.  To be in Christ means to be identified as one in Christ.  We are one in Christ through the Holy Spirit as long as we have accepted Him into our hearts, minds and lives as the One true Son of God made flesh for our benefits.  So, how do we walk in Christ?  We move forward in our relationship of intimacy with Him.  There is never a time when we are to stop walking in Him.  Because of so many distractions in this world that try to divert our attention and even try to get us to walk backwards we must have the discipline of daily Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversations with God.  A dear friend, when she was 102, said to me, “A day without learning something new about my Lord and Savior is a day wasted.”  That has remained in the forefront of my mind ever since. That is what started me in writing a different devotion each and every day for over 10 years now.  If what I learn and share can help even 1 person, it is worth sharing.  I pray at least one of the several thousand devotions God has given me to write may have helped you draw closer to our Father.

August 18, 2019

Different Interpretations

Colossians 1:9 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,  (NIV)

There is an interesting program on YouTube.  They put 2 different preachers on who are speaking on the same passage of scripture.  It is very interesting to here 2 entirely different interpretations.  This is why it is so important for each individual to read, pray and meditate on the scripture for themselves to hear what God wants them to hear for themselves at that point and time of their walk.  It is good to listen to the interpretations of others but we must seek God for ourselves to hear and understand what HE has for us.  This not only apply to spoken messages.  It includes reading things like this devotional.  Just because God gives me an interpretation doesn’t mean that is what you to hear at your point and time in your walk.  That isn’t saying that anybody’s interpretation is incorrect.  The scriptures are the living word of God.  The words don’t change but the depth of meaning is in layers depending on where we are in our walk and our understanding of our Father, God.  These particular devotions are intended to be a jump start for the readers to continue on reading and meditating on the entire passage of the quoted verse or verses and ask the Holy Spirit what they are to understand and apply that very day.  Let us listen and/or read with open minds – open to the understanding give to each individual by the Holy Spirit.

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.

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.

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