Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 20, 2018

Bear the Name

Acts 9:15 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: (NKJ)

This is an instruction given to all believers.  We are chosen vessels unto Jesus to bear His name to all.  To bear means to put on.  When we put on, we demonstrate to others what it is we are wearing; what it is we have put on.  We cannot put on the name of Jesus if we don’t know Jesus intimately.  We must know what He is all about.  Jesus is about the Father.  He came to glorify the Father and stand between us and the Father so we could be adopted through Jesus’ taking on our sin that caused separation.  We can only know Jesus, Who He is and What He stands for through study of the Holy Bible with the interpreter of the Holy Spirit.  Let us diligently get into the written word, putting it in our minds and hearts and making it part of us that we may bear the name of Jesus.

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August 19, 2018

Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus

John 14:26 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit — the Father will send Him in My name — will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. (NIV)

Until I started my study of what it means by the phrase, “in My name,” I never notice that phrase in this scripture verse.  Jesus came in the name and with the authority of the Father.  When the Father brought Jesus, His Son, His Word made flesh, back to Himself, He sent the Holy Spirit to us in the name and with the authority of His Son, Jesus.  When we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives as not only our Savior from our separation from the Father due to our sin nature, but as our Lord, Teacher, Guide and King, we also receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  As we grow in our relationship to Jesus and the Father through the Holy Spirit we learn more and more how to identify with God and as we learn to identify with God we will know more and more how to live according to His purpose and how to do things with His authority.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that allows and enables us to speak, ask and do in the name of Jesus.  Let us learn to do all things according to His purpose in His Name.

August 18, 2018

Speak Aloud

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 20:32 32 Jesus stopped, called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (NIV)

Jesus knew what those 2 blind men wanted but He made them say what it was they wanted.  God wants us to make all our request known not only to Him (He knows what is in our thoughts even before we do.) but to us as well.  When we think we want or need something and give it oral expression we sometimes find that isn’t what we really want or need.  We’ve all experienced buying an item we thought we wanted but, after we bought it we wondered why we bought it.  Our thoughts can be very irrational at times.  When we speak them out to God, we are haring them ourselves.  I’ve been told I’m a person of few words.  I know I’m quiet.  I have to continually remind myself to speak aloud to God so I can hear what I’m saying.  Yes, there are times to pray silently through our thought process but we mustn’t neglect our voices.  God created our voice and He wants to hear our voices along with our need to hear what we are really asking.  Let us speak aloud telling God what it is we think we want or need.

August 16, 2018

Action Must Follow Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

James 1:22 22 But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NIV)

Most all of us know what a balancedis meal and good nutrition includes.  Knowing it and following it are 2 different things.  When we choose not to follow a good nutritional diet, our bodies pay for it.  Head knowledge of the instructions for living a full, abundant life have been generously available to us in the Holy Bible.  Knowing the words isn’t enough.  Being able to quote the words isn’t enough.  Unless we follow through and live the words we will not have that full, abundant life promised.  Yes it can be fun and addicting to go into the history and know all the facts contained in the Bible.  It makes us feel good to share how much knowledge we have. Intellectual knowledge isn’t always followed by application.  Let us be sure that, as we seek the knowledge, we have the wisdom to apply the knowledge we gain.  People hear our words but can soon forget them.  People see how we live and remember.  Let us be sure they see God’s love in the way we live.

August 13, 2018

Waiting on God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Psalms 27:14 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Many wake up, check the schedule they made for the day and move on with it.  They don’t think about God or speak to Him until something interrupts their schedule.  To wait for the Lord doesn’t mean to do nothing.  It means to look to Him, get His direction for our schedule and a clear direction and then walk out in it.  When we run ahead of God we find ourselves in a mess.  God is the coordinator of all that is.  Running ahead brings failure.  Likewise, if we delay in following what God has for us most often we will miss out on a blessing.  God is God of time.  He wants to guide us one step at a time. He knows when it is time to take the step and what step we are to take.  Let us not begin a day without turning the schedule we have made over to God for His direction and correction.  God’s timing is perfect.  Let us wait on the Lord so our strength is renewed through our faith and trust.  This brings the courage to face all circumstances because we know God is with us and we are with Him.

August 12, 2018

For the Purpose

Genesis 2:3

Genesis 2:3  Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, for on it He ceased from all His work that God created for the purpose of preparing. (Tree of Life Version)

First a note on the Tree of Life Translation of the Scriptures.  It was translated by Jewish Rabies who accepted Jesus as their Messiah, their Lord and Savior.  They had a team of 40.  Their translation includes the cultural meaning of the Hebrew words at the time they were written.

Notice the phrase, “God created for the purpose of preparing” at the end of this verse.  I find this very meaningful.  God created the heaven and the earth and all therein for the purpose of the mankind He created to dwell with Him, fellowshipping with Him and tending what God created.  I find we are doing a very poor job.  We are not caring for the earth, rather we are polluting it with our obsession of material goods.  We tend not to spend our days fellowshipping with Him in the way He intended and desires.  God has demonstrated how very much He loves us.  First by the creation He blessed us to live in, and then by the gift of the sacrifice of His Word, made flesh as we are made, to suffer, take on our sins that separate us from Him, died and rose that we might return to the way God intended us to live.  Let us acknowledge our failure and, with determination, take better care of the earth and all therein as we walk through each and every day in fellowship with God.  This means not only talking to Him throughout our day, but talking with Him – listening to His part of our conversation.

 

August 11, 2018

Healed for Service

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,health,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 8:15 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. (NIV)

Jesus heals us not only out of love for us, He heals us for us to be able to be His hands, feet, mouth and heart on this earth.  Notice Peter’s mother got up and began to wait on Him.  She didn’t take time to tell everyone she was healed.  She demonstrated her healing by her service.  We tend to so consumed with what we want Jesus to do for us that we minimize what He would like to do through us for others.  This is from our sinful state of selfishness.  Let us choose to put Jesus first in reality, not just in words or theory.  When we ask for healing, let our reason be so we can actively serve Him by allowing Him to serve and speak through us to those He brings our way.

August 10, 2018

Connect to Power

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

John 14:13-14 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it (NIV)

I’ve been meditating and asking God to help me fully understand what it means to ask in the name of Jesus.  When a king issues a command to a servant the servant goes out in the name of the king to do what the king instructed him to do.  In this regard the servant has the power of the king.  We can only be praying in the name of Jesus if what we are doing is following His instructions.  When we pray for what we want or what we think should happen without asking God if that is what He wants, we are not praying in His name no matter what we say.  This is why so many prayers seem unanswered.  Prayer is the strongest weapon Christians have yet we seem flippant about it.  Before we can pray, we must listen for the instruction on what to pray.  Then, when we speak those instructions we connect with the power in the heavenlies and things happen.  When we don’t see things happening we are praying amiss.  Let us not be lazy in our prayers.  Let us seek God first on what to pray then pray in the name of Jesus.  Connecting to His power will bring about true miracles.

August 9, 2018

Rejoice

Psalms 118:24 24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (NKJ}

Rejoice is in the Bible 144 times.  Glad is In the Bible 77 times.  We are told to rejoice and be glad.  This is a choice.  We can choose to be sad, lonely, depressed etc. or we can choose to rejoice and be glad.  Sometimes it feels like a sacrifice – the sacrifice of praise.  It is through praising God in and through all circumstances and all days that we can move into rejoicing.  In the act of rejoicing we become glad.  When we walk around with an expression of sadness, doom and gloom, we are not demonstrating the love of God.  Rejoicing is a command.  We can choose to follow it instead of choosing to feel sorry for ourselves.  The choice is up to us.  Obey God’s command to rejoice in Him and enjoy moving into gladness or choose to feel sorry for ourselves.  Let us choose God’s way so we can be full of God’s love in joyful gladness.

August 8, 2018

Be All We Can Be

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Jeremiah 29:11-13 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (NIV)

There is a slogan by the Army that says, “Be all you can be…”  This is what God has planned for us.  He wants us to be all we can be in and through Him.  When we come to Him, calling on Him in prayer, He promises to listen to us.  When we seek Him, HE promises we will find Him.  There is a condition.  We must seek Him with all our heart.  One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 24.  It starts, As a deer pants for the water so my soul longs after Thee.  You alone are my hearts desire and I long to worship Thee.  We must ask if we really desire to seek God.  God wants our worship.  Do we worship Him?  We worship by praising Him and thanking Him for Who He is and what He does.  As we worship our desire for Him grows.  As our desire grows, the infilling of His Holy Spirit grows within us enabling us to truly be all we can be in and through God.  Let us worship and in doing so prosper in the love of God.

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