Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 16, 2018

The Spirit Prays

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Acts 2:1 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 14:15 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. (NIV)

Genesis 11:1 1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. (NIV)

Genesis 11:6 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. (NIV)

Zephaniah 3:9 9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. (NIV)


Words are very important.  They are the vessel that connects people to people and people to God. Notice twin babies speak to each other.  To us it sounds like they’re speaking gibberish but they act like they understand what each one is saying to the other.  We have a hold up in our minds.  We don’t understand what Pentecost means.  Pente means 5 and coste means to the tenth power.  Pentecost means 50.  It was on the 50th day after Jesus returned to heaven.  At that time the prophecy in Zephaniah 3:9 came into being.  When God made Adam and Eve, He gave them a language to communicate with each other and with Him.  That was the one language on the earth, the only language until mankind decided to do things their own way in building the tower that would reach to heaven.  Read all of Genesis 11 for background on that.  On the day of Pentecost God returned the heavenly language first given to Adam and Eve and the people on the earth during the early eras.  We call that speaking in tongues because we don’t understand that language any more than we understand the language of the twins.  It is a language for our spirit to pray directly to God.  We pray with our own birth language with our minds.  We are also to pray with the heavenly language God gives us through the Holy Spirit.  We have complete control of if or when we use that language.  Maybe when our prayers don’t seem to be coming to fruition it’s because we limit our prayers to our finite understanding instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to pray in the heavenly language.  As Paul says, there is a need to pray in both languages.  As in any language it takes practice to speak fluently.  I encourage you to get alone, come into the realization of being in the presence of God, and give your mouth to the spirit within you.  As a child learns to speak one sound at a time, so we learn a new language one sound at a time.  Yes, it sounds like gibberish as we learn but it is a real language given to us by God so we can pray with the spirit as well as spray with our own understanding.


March 11, 2018

Have It All

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Luke 15:29 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  T

Read the entire parable of the prodigal son. The prodigal recognized his mistake and came in spirit of repentance.  The son who stayed home didn’t want his brother to be forgiven.  Notice in Luke 15:12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.  The father didn’t just give the prodigal his share, he divided the shares between both sons at the time.  The brother of the prodigal was the oldest when meant he got double portion.  The problem arises in the fact that the brother did nothing with his double portion.  He continued doing as he has always done.  His double portion was there for him all the time.  God has given us so very much yet we continue going as we always have.  So often we don’t notice what God has given us, when we do, we don’t ask Him how we are to use what He gives us.  Let us learn not to pay attention to what God gives us, learn how to use His gifts and start using them.

March 10, 2018

New Thoughts

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:19 pm

Ephesians 4:23 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; (NIV)

We, humans, like to think what we know is right.  We resist change of thought.  The things we’ve been taught in the past that we’ve accepted as truth hold us fast.  So fast, we don’t allow our mind to be open to new things or to correcting the old thoughts we hold so tight.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, He, through the infilling of His Holy Spirit, gives us access to His mind.  We have at our disposal and choice the availability and ability to make new the attitude of our minds.  So often we close ourselves off in even listening to anything that might disagree with what we’ve held on to for so long.  When we read and meditate on the scriptures it is so important for us to choose to open our minds to a fresh interpretation through the Holy Spirit.  The scriptures are the living word of God.  Living because they have so many layers of meaning according to where we are in our walk and understanding of God.  If you look back at some of these older devotions you will find different interpretations of the same scripture.  These different interpretations aren’t in disagreement.  They are at different levels and needs in our walk.  Let us open ourselves to all the Holy Spirit would tell us through the written word God has provided as well as the quiet inner voice of the Holy Spirit.


March 8, 2018

Horsetail Falls

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Creation,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 4:39 pm

John 9:5 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (NIV)

Matthew 5:14 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. (NIV)
Matthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)

In Yosemite, if you are there at the right time in the right conditions, you can see the sunset reflecting on horsetail falls making the falls look like cascading fire.  Even the water vapor from the falls lights up. While Jesus was physically walking this earth, He said He was the Light of the world.  After He rose from the dead He told us, His followers, that we are the light of the world.  Our question is do we reflect His light as horsetail falls reflects the light of the sunset?   How much Light do we reflect?  Do we need the conditions just right for His Light to reflect from us?  These as are questions we must take in prayerful meditation asking the Holy Spirit to show us how much of His Light we reflect and what conditions might be dimming the Light.


March 7, 2018

All Our Needs

Psalms 42:1 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. (NIV)

This Psalmist was very wise.  He was aware that any emptiness, depression, anxiety or worry he experienced was a warning sign he needed to replenish his spirit with the infilling only God can give.  So many of us turn to other sources first to solve our emotions from various trials we face.  They might help momentarily but their help quickly dissipates.  When God made man, He made a place in man’s spirit that can only be filled with Him.  The only way we can fill it with Him is through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  When we take Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, He sends His Holy Spirit to dwell in us with our spirit.  It is this Holy Spirit Who will lift us up from any pit we might have stumbled into.  So, let’s join with the psalmist and turn to God through His Holy Spirit to fill all our needs, physical, spiritual, mental and emotional.  He is faithful.  Jesus promised He would fill all our needs.  We only need to place our hope and trust in Him.


March 6, 2018

Be Salty

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:44 pm

Matthew 5:13 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (NIV)

Salt is a very important element.  Our bodies have salt.  Without salt we would die.  Salt is used as a preservative.  It is also used as a flavor enhancer.  It can also be used to scrub a pot or in water to gargle for a sore throat.  In Leviticus 2:13, we read, “Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.”  All offerings, grain and meat, were to be salted before offered to God.  We are an offering to God.  We are also to cleanse, enhance and preserve others on the earth for the glory of God.  We do this through our words and our actions.  Do our words enhance people, giving them the loving flavor of God?  Are we salty enough to preserve the statutes of God in our actions?  Let us be sure there is plenty of salt in our shaker and shake it every where we go with everyone who passes our way.


March 5, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

Numbers 11:29 29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” (NIV)

 (Reminder: please read the entire section of scripture).

Many misunderstand what prophecy is.  They think it is limited to fortelling something of the future.  Prophecy is speaking out God’s word.  God is speaking to all believers.  When Jesus ascended and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in all believers He enabled all believers to speak God’s word.  The problem is so many haven’t opened their minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit within them. God wants to use our ears to hear Him and our mouths to speak forth His living word.  He is speaking.  The question is, are we listening and are we being bold enough to share (speak forth) what He is saying to us?  Some fear speaking amiss.  God is bigger than any mistake we could ever make.  As long as our heart is right we needn’t fear.  May I encourage you to share what God tells you in your quiet time with Him?  Share His love and His words with others.


March 4, 2018

Hands Tied

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)

I was driving down the interstate when a car went speeding around me and in and out of the traffic.  Shortly behind that car were about a dozen police cars, lights flashing, chasing that speeding car.  I watched in front of me on down the interstate and saw the suspect leading them off and back on the interstate for several exits.  The exit before I was to exit I saw them on the frontage road.  Police cars surrounding the suspect car with the police standing in the road with guns drawn and aimed at the suspect.  I prayed, “God, let it end peacefully with not one shot fired.”  I drove to my exit, let my passenger off then returned to go back home.  As I passed the exit of the confrontation I saw the suspect’s car still surrounded with flashing lights but no police standing with guns drawn.  To confirm no shots had been fired I listened to the news that night.  No news about it.  Car chases are very common and not newsworthy unless gunfire is exchanged.  God answered my prayer.  I don’t know if others prayed.  I do know God allowed me to see the need so I would pray.  Prayers continue for that suspect to turn his or her life over to God.  We never know if we might be the only prayer link for someone.  God has tied His hands on this earth for a while.  He has chosen to work through our hands, our feet and our mouths.  We do this by uniting with His power and wisdom through prayer and then speaking it into existence with our mouths.  Let us humbly pray when we see things amiss so the power of God may be loosened on this earth.


March 3, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

Matthew 6:19 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (NIV)

Many work hard to build a legacy for the future.  The legacy they try to build is a big business or famous landmark.  They devote most of their time and energy to the building of this legacy.  As we age, some of realize how very short this life on earth is.  We see the old legacies torn down and others try to build new legacies.  We give so much energy to building up of material things  These things will not last.  There is a legacy that will last all eternity.  This is the legacy we build through worshiping serving and obeying Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He has even provided us with an instruction book on how to build that legacy that will last all eternity.  Let us keep our energy and concentration in the right perspective.  Let us concentrate more on the legacy that will last eternally and less on the temporal legacy that time will destroy.


March 2, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:50 pm

Colossians 3:12 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (NIV)

This is a tall order and impossible to do on our own.  It is only through the Holy Spirit within us that we can really be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and (hardest for me) patient.  We continually compare ourselves with others.  In doing that, humility falls by the wayside along with compassion.  We may claim to be patient with other people but we might have trouble being patient with ourselves.  Jesus said not to call anyone stupid (raca) but I am guilty of calling some other drivers stupid not to mention calling myself stupid on occasion.  When we come to recognize Who God really is compared to who we are we will gradually recognize everything is about Him, not us.  Then comes true humility, not only in our relationship with God but our relationship with others.  Matthew 5:22 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. (NIV)

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