Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

November 6, 2018

Belt of Truth

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

Ephesians 6:13 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. (NIV)

We must put on every piece of the armor of God.  This will make it possible for us to stand our ground.  When standing our ground with the full armor of God, we have done everything necessary to stand firm.  The first piece of armor is (Ephesians 6:14) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist.  The belt of the Roman armor at that time was quite similar to the belt wrestlers and other athletes wear to give the core of their bodies the support needed for exertion of the body.  God’s belt is truth.  When we are girded with the truth of God, we have discernment of good verses evil.  Truth shows us what to fight.  Truth prevails over lies because lies are eventually broken down by God’s truth.  So often when we see and hear lies we feel uneasy in our stomachs.  This weakens us.  Girding our waist with the belt of God’s truth sets our core in the strength of God.  To know God’s truth, to put on the belt of God’s truth, we must know in our minds and hearts the written word of God – our instruction book giving us the window to God’s truth.  Let us be intent in our studies of the Holy Bible that we can keep the belt of truth securely buckled around our waist.

November 5, 2018

Put It On

Filed under: armor,devotion,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:15 pm

Ephesians 6:13 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. (NIV)

The next word we read in this verse is “put.” Put is a verb, a word of action.  We don’t automatically wear the armor of God.  It is up to us to PUT it on ourselves.  God provides it for us but we are the ones who must put it on and wear it.  We must be careful to put on each and every piece of it.  Armor is not complete if only partial.  We must put it on each and every day.  This is not automatic.  This takes thought and effort.  This takes some time.  The amount of time depends on our experience at putting the armor of God on ourselves.  We don’t sleep in the armor so this is why we must put it on each day.  I’ve learned the days I forget to put on the armor I am left to defend myself from temptations in my own strength.  This leads to failure because in my flesh I am unable to resist the temptations that entice me.  Let’s not wait until we find ourselves in a struggle.  Let’s learn to start each and every day not only dressing for our various tasks but dressing by putting on the armor of God so we can stand firm for the glory of God.

November 4, 2018

Why Armor

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

Ephesians 6:13 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. (NIV)

We’ll be in this section for a few days.  The first thing we must look at is the word “therefore.”  Therefore, refers to the preceding verse, (Ephesians 6:12)   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. We tend to just look at the physical world around us.  Just because we don’t see the dark, spiritual world doesn’t mean it’s not there.  Satan is very much alive and well on this earth.  We read about his antics every day in the paper or internet and hear about it in the news.  We, as believers and followers of Jesus are the prime targets of Satan and his demons.  He is always looking for us to put our guard down, even for an instant.  We think we are strong enough and knowledgeable enough to stand on our own but we’re not.  We are still in sinful, fleshly bodies with minds that have had many untruths taught to us.  Knowing the reason we must pay attention and follow the rest of the verses hopefully will make us have more incentive to do so.  The first step in putting on the full armor of God is knowing why and how.  We know why.  We’ll look at how over the next few days.

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