Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 30, 2019

God’s Team Wins

Filed under: discouragment,encouragement,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Hebrews 4:15-16 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  (NIV)

We looked at discouragement.  Now let’s look at encouragement.  After we receive Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, we are guaranteed we have direct approach to God’s throne of grace and by that have His help in any and all of our times of need.  Since God is the source of all that was, is and will ever be, He is the best source for all the answers and directions we will ever need.  There is no way to stay discouraged when we go to our Father and listen to His directions.  We might have to practice the fruit of patience because we think in the form of physical, earthly timing and God is all about eternal timing.  If we find ourselves still discouraged, we need to go to the last few verses in  Revelation 22:6-7 6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.” There is no doubt.  God wins over evil and we are on God’s team.

July 29, 2019

Discouragement

Filed under: Bible,discouragment,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Mark 6:4 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (NIV)

Mark 8:17 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  (NIV)

Mark 9:19 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”  (NIV)

I’m having trouble with my computer.  I almost finish writing a devotion when suddenly it disappears.  I find myself fighting discouragement.  Jesus was discouraged.  Above are a few examples of times He was discouraged.  What did He do when discouraged?  He continued in His ministry, teaching about love from and for God the Father, healing, delivering and encouraging others.  This is the best antidote for discouragement.  Continue iDn what God has for us to continue.  Of course, we must make sure we are doing the right thing.  Sometimes discouragement comes to us as a warning that we are heading the wrong direction.  When discouraged, stop and pray.  As God if we need to change direction.  Listen.  Read and meditate on the written word, the Holy Bible.  Then, when we have the direction, put aside the discouragement, a temporary emotion, and move on with joy in our hearts that Jesus has already experienced what we are experiencing and the Father was faithful to Him and is also faithful to us.

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