Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 17, 2019

Petty Grievance

Filed under: Bible,Church,Father,glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 17:20 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  (NIV)

This is in my top favorite verses in the Holy Bible.  It is Jesus actually praying for me (and all current and future believers.)  But it is most important that we read on to see what it is Jesus prayed for us.  In verse 21 we read, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  Jesus wants all of us believers to not only be one in Him as He is one in the Father, He wants us to be one in each other.  We are to function as one.  All too often, even in our churches, there is little unity of opinion.  As sinners we all think the way we think something should be done is not only the right way, it’s the only way.  Our church families are full of discord, some to the point of splitting and going their own separate ways.  We have a opportunity of being the answer to the prayer of Jesus.  We can learn to become one with fellow believers.  We can learn that the important thing is to glorify God and present Him to others.  Let’s lay aside our petty grievances.  Of course, to us they aren’t petty but think what our discord with one another must look like to God.  Let us come together as one.  Let us let people who are doing a particular ministry do it in the way God leads them, not insisting they do it in a way we think God would lead us.  What counts is the glory goes to God and souls are introduced to

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October 16, 2019

A Genie Bottle

Filed under: Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

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

So many people say their prayers aren’t working.  They aren’t getting what they pray for.  This is a misunderstanding of what prayer is.  Prayer isn’t a genie bottle you can rub 3 times to get your wish.  Prayer is a 2-way conversation with God.  A conversation intended to help us come into a more intimate relationship with our Father.  We are to keep that conversation going without ceasing.  That doesn’t mean we talk to God without ceasing.  It means we keep our ears open to hear Him when He chooses to talk with us.  It also means we share our thoughts throughout the day with Him.  We see a pretty sunset and tell Him what we think about it.  It is through our conversations with God that give us the ability to walk the life He has for us. It is in joining with Him in power and might that evil on this earth is defeated.  It is in conversation with Him and joining with His power that people are healed.  When we only look at prayer as a source of self-gratification we aren’t praying to God.  Let us pray without ceasing in our listening and our speaking.  Let’s be sure we talk with God out loud, not limit it

October 12, 2019

Holy Spirit is Here

Filed under: baptise,Christ,Christian,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Acts 10:44 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (NIV)

Many Christians falsely believe that receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate event sometime after conversion.  They falsely believe that miraculous signs should accompany the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enters the believer the moment the believer opens their heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit came to this earth on the day of Pentecost in the upper room to those waiting for the promise of His coming to be filled.  When we lead someone to Christ, when they open their heart to Him, we must tell them about the Holy Spirit Who now indwells in them.  Our problem is not in the receiving of the Holy Spirit but in the recognizing of His dwelling within us and our opening up to learn to listen to Him and allow Him to flow through us.  If you’ve opened your heart to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the door to the Father’s presence you have the Holy Spirit within you.  Learn to listen as you read the written word and as you converse with the Father.  It is a matter of opening our mind and our ears.

October 3, 2019

Constantly Aware

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized,wine — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ephesians 5:18 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,  (NIV)

When a person is drunk on wine (or any alcohol), we say they are under the influence.  A person drunk is no longer under their own control.  They have given their control of words and actions to the alcohol.  We are to give our control of words and actions to the Hoy Spirit.  We are to be so totally filled and aware of the Holy Spirit within us that we continually defer to the leading of the Holy Spirit for all our words and actions.  Our problem is paying attention to the Holy Spirit.  We are so convinced of our own opinions it is often hard to be willing to change.  We must learn to be in tune to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit through continual reading, meditating and studying of the written word of God, the Holy Bible and continual 2-way conversation (prayer) with God our Father.  Let us put forth the effort to being constantly aware of the Holy Spirit.

September 27, 2019

Both Talk

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,scriptures,song,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Colossians 4:2 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV)

The Tree of Life version translates it as keeping alert and thankful.  For what are we to keep watchful or alert?  When we pray, we are opening up a conversation with our Father, God.  So often we just have our say then move on with earthly things.  We are to be alert to hearing God respond to our part of the conversation.  No prayer is complete without taking time to listen.  Why did Jesus spend so many nights apart by himself in lonely places?  He waned to be sure He did as much listening to His Father without distractions as He did talking to His Father.  Listening is hard to learn.  We must have silence to listen.  Silence for most of us today is a little frightening.  We are bombarded with noise all day and night.  We don’t know how to handle silence.  So often our thoughts run wild in silence.  To learn to listen in silence start slowly.  Say, speak, Father, I’m listening.  It might be a verse of scripture that comes to your mind or a song you’ve sung in church.  Take it as a beginning and meditate on it.  Gradually you will learn to hear and recognize the gentle, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.  Gradually you will learn to give God as much time to talk to you as you talk to Him, maybe even let Him talk more than you do.  What wonderful conversations you can have.

September 22, 2019

Consulting

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Luke 6:12-13 12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:  (NIV)

Jesus, the very Son of God, always took time alone to pray to His Father before making any decision.  Here He spent the night asking God who, from the disciples who were following Him as their teacher but who still worked at their various jobs, should He select to be apostles and how many to select.  If Jesus felt the need to consult His father, how much more do we need to talk with God, our Father, before making any decision.  We don’t always need an all-night prayer time but we do need to stop and consult God before we decide.  We so often decide for what we deem as good when God wants to give us the best.  Yes, there are times we don’t need to consult God.  There are things scripture has already told us that we are to do.  Let us learn to not be so sure of our own self that we fail to submit all we plan or wish to plan to God for possible changes before we commit.

August 30, 2019

Plowing Straight

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Hebrews 3:1 1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (NIV)

Today when farmers plow and want to keep a straight line they focus on a GPS screen.  Before electronics farmers had to learn to look ahead a one point that was their goal.  If the looked down or to either side they would stray off the straight-line course.  We also have a goal.  Our goal is Jesus and eternity.  If we take our eyes and our thoughts off of Jesus we will trip up and stray from the course He has for us.  There are many things we can do to help us stay focused on our goal.  We read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, daily, putting it deep into our mind.  We learn to talk with our Father in heaven throughout the day.  We learn to tune our ears to the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.  When we have a decision to make we look to God for the answer.  Let us immerse ourselves in the scriptures and talk freely with our Father, keeping our eyes on our goal of being one with God.

August 23, 2019

Thanks for Food

Filed under: Father,Jesus,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

Matthew 14:19 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  (NIV)

Many don’t say a prayer before they eat.  They don’t see any reason to.  Jesus gave thanks to the Father for the food before they ate.  If Jesus felt it necessary to thank the Father, being One with the Father, how much more is it necessary for me (or anyone else) to offer thanks to the Father for the food we/they are about to eat?  We tend to take food for granted.  We also tend to assume those who supply our food know we are thankful for their labor without our saying so.  I know when I do something for someone it makes me feel really good when they tell me thanks.  I don’t do it because I want them to thank me but because I love them.  We thank God for our food because all things come from God.  We know He loves us whether we thank Him or not but it’s nice to verbalize our thanks.  We don’t have to recite or say a long prayer of thanks.  Even a pause with a sincere thank you Father would be nice.  Whenever we eat and wherever we eat, let’s remember to pause and express our thanks to the One Who provides all we need to sustain our physical lives on this earth.

August 9, 2019

Pulling Weeds

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 13:30 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (NIV)

It was 3:30 in the morning and I was outside pulling weeds by a dim street lamp down the road a little ways.  As I was pulling the weeds, I thought about this parable Jesus told.  His harvesters won’t have a dim street light to spot the weeds.  They won’t miss a single weed because they’ll have the Light of God showing the weeds.  The weeds are all the people who have not come humbly before God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The believers are on this earth living with those who have chosen not to believe.  We, the believers are to stay in the mix with those who don’t believe.  We are to show them through our words and our actions the love of God.  We are not to keep silent.  We are to tell them in a loving way how they can have life eternal in the very presence of God.  If we tell them in a judgmental way they will not believe.  They will back away and call us names.  We can see a lot of that going on right now in the United States and other places in the world.  People don’t want to be judge by other people.  God is the One Who will do the judging.  The believers will be judged right along with the non-believers but we will have an advocate in Jesus Christ.  He will tell the Father we are under His righteousness and forgiven.  We will not be cast away but will be in the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity.  Let’s be sure to do our part that none we know will miss out.

August 6, 2019

Greater Works

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 14:12 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  (NIV)

This statement came from the very mouth of Jesus, the Son of God.  So, why do we seldom see works greater than Jesus did in our time and space?  There are several reasons.  The major reason is lack of belief.  In and of ourselves we are inadequate but we forget we have the same Holy Spirit in us as believers that Jesus had in Him.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that makes us one with the Son and the Father.  It is the Holy Spirit that does the works greater even than He did through Jesus.  Peter displayed this first in that on the day of Pentecost, right after the disciples received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke through the power of the Holy Spirit and we read in Acts 2:41 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number. We must admit that was indeed a mighty work.  Because of our lack of faith that Jesus really meant what He said, we don’t speak His word with boldness.  Let me repeat an example I wrote about some time ago.  We had a group of college students in our home, sharing with them the word of God.  The boys decided they wanted to be baptized.  Since we lived only 3 blocks from the ocean, we loaned them bathing trunks we kept for house guest and drove them to the beach to be baptized.  It was storm surge which means the waves were really big.  The boys were baptized many times before they got out far enough for prayer and baptism.  While they were going out being dunked many times those of us staying on the beach, unknown by each other, were praying that the water would be calm.  Nothing happened.  Storm surge continued.  On the way back to our house we discussed what we were each secretly praying.  We realized it was a lack of faith that kept us from speaking to the ocean to be still.  We didn’t really believe it would happen and didn’t want to be embarrassed.  While this discussion was happening, the girls decided they wanted to be baptized also.  We also had enough suits for them so they dressed and we returned to the beach.  This time we united together and spoke confidently to the ocean saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ we command you waves to be still.”  There appeared right away a semi-circle that followed the girls out to be baptized and, as they came in the semi-circle gradually closed behind them, returning to storm surge.  It is up to us to speak the word with boldness.  It is up to the Holy Spirit to fulfill what we speak.  We needn’t fear being embarrassed if what we speak doesn’t happen.  We might speak amiss.  It is better to speak amiss than not speak at all.  Let us learn to be bold in our faith but let us be sure what we speak is in total agreement with God’s word and His will at that time and place of our speaking.  One other reason for not seeing works of God is our failure to notice them.  The Holy Spirit is at work 24 times 7.  We only need to be aware along with being willing to be a part of His working.

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