Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 22, 2020

Pray, Go, Do

1 Thessalonians 5:17 17 Pray without ceasing  .(NKJ)

Matthew 28:19 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (NIV)

John 4:34 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. (NIV)

As believers and followers of Jesus, Christ, the Son of God, we are to continue the ministry of Jesus since we are joint heirs with Him.  We are not to just sit around doing our own thing feeling smug because we have the promise of eternal life with God.   we are instructed to do 3 things.  First we are to pray.  As we pray we are to ask for His instructions and listen for His instructions.  God has a purpose for each and every one of His children.  If we don’t ask and listen we miss out on the blessing of being part of His ministry on this earth.  After we hear His instructions we are to go.  We must put our feet into action.  We can’t put our feet into action if we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit giving us step by step instructions, We must more than pray unceasingly and going.  We must also do.  Jesus said we are to do the Father’s will and finish the work Jesus began.  What is the work?  It is making disciples of all nations, meaning all people of any nation, race and gender.  If we fail to pray unceasingly, actively listening to the Holy Spirit within us, we will not be successful in our work.  We cannot make a disciple of anyone.  Only God the Holy Spirit can make disciples.  We are to tell others about Jesus through our words and our actions.  We start right in our ow families, then our neighborhoods.   The Holy Spirit may be calling someone right next to you.  Are you alert enough to Him to tell that person about God’s love and call on their lives?  Let’s never miss an opportunity to do the will of the Father Who sent Jeesus.

February 14, 2020

Power of Prayer

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Luke 11:1 1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”  (NIV)

The disciples were with Jesus for 3 years.  They saw Him teach and heal.  They saw Him do miracles.  The only thing they asked Him to teach them in those 3 years was to pray.  They saw His example of how important prayer was to Him.  Prayer is the most important thing we can do.  It is through prayer that we find healing, answers to problems, direction for service and ministry and understanding of the scriptures.  Jesus definitely set the example of the need for prayer.  Many times the disciples couldn’t find Him because He had gone off to pray.  He even prayed through an entire night.  In Mark 6:46 He sent His disciples off into a boat and He stayed to pray.  The disciples had trouble with a storm and Jesus, after He had stayed to pray, walked on the water to the disciples.  Our question is how important is prayer to us?  Is prayer the first thing we do when we face a problem?  Do we pray and asked for understanding before we do our daily Bible reading?  The end of the above verse tells us even John, the Baptist, taught his disciples to pray.  John had quite an impact on people and evidently, he knew he had to be armed through the power of prayer.  2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us prayer is the power of God.  Let us learn to use the power God has made available to us.

February 5, 2020

Three Persons

Matthew 28:19 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the   Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  (NIV)

Although the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible there are many times the God head is referred to as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Since Jesus broke the God head into 3 persons we refer to them as the Trinity.  Many don’t understand how that works.  I like to summarize it by saying the Father is the planer.  The Word, the Son Who we know as Jesus is the One who reveals the Father’s plans.  The Holy Spirit is the One Who enables the plans in and through us.  He, the Holy Spirit, does this by dwelling in us the moment we receive the Word, God’s Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Our problem comes by our desire to be self-sufficient and in control that we fail to recognize the Holy Spirit within us.  It takes faith and trust to be willing to give up control to the Holy Spirit.  In actuality, that is the only wise option for us.  We don’t have the ability to see what lies ahead of us.  The Holy Spirit knows God’s plans and, when we listen to Him, we find we are not only walking in the power of God, we have the power of God within us.  Let us learn to live in and with God’s power.  He will teach us in the way we should go.

Psalms 32:8 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

January 25, 2020

Most Important Part of Prayer

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Matthew 6:5  And when you come before God, don’tturn that into a theatrical production either.  All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, oping for stardom! Do you think God will take a box seat?  (Message)

There is a lot on YouTube about prayer.  Many are giving formulas.  Prayer is the word for a conversation with God.  We don’t need a formula to talk with our earthly parents.  We definitely don’t need a formula to talk with our heavenly Father Who loves us even more than our earthly parents.  Many people change the sound of their voice, say one of God’s names every few words, repeat a few words over and over and so on.  We need to remember we are having a conversation with the One Who knows us best and loves us most.  We need to be natural when we talk with God.  When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray He wasn’t giving them a formula.  He was showing them their connection with God and what they (and us) can ask.  He was pointing out that God is our Father and we are to call Him such.  He showed how we can thank and praise Him and how we can ask for our basic needs and forgiveness as long as we have forgiven others.  Let us remember prayer out loud in the presence of others isn’t for show or for trying to make others think we are so spiritually mature and good.  Prayer is a conversation with God.  A conversation that requires 2-way communication so let’s not forget the most important part of prayer –listening.

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