Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 23, 2019

Speaks Today

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Old Testament,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Hebrews 1:2 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (NIV)

In the Old Testament days God only spoke through the people He raised up to be prophets.  When He sent His Son, His Word to earth in the form of Jesus, He began speaking to us through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  God still speaks to us through Jesus.  He has given us a written account, the New Testament, of how Jesus lived, what Jesus taught and how Jesus ministered.  As we read the account, we hear God speaking.  When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent His Holy spirit to dwell in each and every believer/follower of Jesus in order to speak to them (us).  The only thing that hampers us from hearing God speak to us today is our failure to listen.  We choose to listen to our own intellects.  We fail to realize our own intellects are flawed.  We are in sinful, fleshly bodies and have trouble understanding things of the spirit.  God is Spirit.  We must worship Him in our spirits.  We can only worship in our spirits if we have been reborn through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through Jesus.  It is then that we are made capable to hear God speak to us as long as we are willing to listen.  It still thrills ad amazes me how much God went through in order for me to be able to hear Him speak to me.  If nothing else ever led or would lead me to fall on my knees and worship Him, this alone would be more than enough.  Just think, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be wants to speak to us.  Our question we must ask ourselves is how much do we want to hear from Him?  Let us learn to listen.  Let us really desire to listen.  Let us listen more than we talk, asking Him for things.

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June 21, 2019

No Matter What

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

1 Thessalonians5:16-18  Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.  This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (The Message)

Notice the 2 different (yet very much the same) translations.  So often we mis-define the word “rejoice.”  Rejoice in this instance means to be cheerful.  We don’t have to go around saying halleluiahs or singing all the time.  We are to be cheerful if we know God is in control.  We aren’t cheerful when we complain.  I hear some saying over and over how tired they are or how their head hurts and on and on.  There is no cheerfulness in that.  Our cheerfulness comes from the knowledge of God being in control of our lives.  It comes from the joy of salvation we are guaranteed by Jesus, the very Word of God.  We stay plugged into that joy, which produces cheerfulness, through continual prayer.  Continual prayer means an on-going conversation, either aloud or within our own thoughts, throughout the day with our Father.  As soon as we recognize a complaint is coming out of our mouths, let’s stop it.  Let’s let others here positive words; words of assurance and words that are uplifting.  We can be tired; we can have headaches, but we know they aren’t lasting for eternity.  The joy of the Lord does last for eternity.  No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be cheerful because we know God is right in there with us.

June 18, 2019

Confession for Forgiveness

Filed under: Bible,confess,Father,forgive,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (NIV)

Many think, once they invite Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives they no longer need to confess any more sins.  The think sins in the future are covered by their initial confession.  Looking at tis verse it is important to read the first word, “if.”  It is the sins confessed that are forgiven.  That’s why I do what I call spiritual breathing each night.  I look over my day, what I did, didn’t do, said, didn’t say and thought.  I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that didn’t bring glory and honor to God.  It takes a willingness to be totally honest with our self to admit what we did or didn’t do or say or think could qualify as a sin but, in reality, anything that doesn’t bring glory and honor to God, anything that doesn’t agree with God’s instructions on living contained in the Holy Bible, is sin.  When I first started doing this I ended with, “And God, if there’s anything I overlooked, please forgive me for it.”  As I’ve grown in my relationship with God I find Him holding me more accountable for my own actions and inactions.  Is there ever an evening when I have nothing to confess?  Absolutely not.  Will there ever be?  That will be when Jesus brings me in front of the throne of the Father.  Let us be quick to confess our own sins and equally quick to forgive others their sins.

June 16, 2019

Father’s Day

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Gospel,image,love,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 12:33 pm

Ephesians 6:4 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  (NIV)

Today is Father’s Day.  It too much longer for our culture to recognize the importance of fathers than it did recognizing mothers.  Fathers are very important.  Fathers stand as a symbol of our heavenly Father.  For those who had abusive fathers, it is hard for them to believe that our Father, God, could ever be loving.  They picture God as judgmental, angry or over-bearing.  It is so very important for every child to have a positive father-figure in their lives.  It might be their birth father, a step-father, a grandfather, uncle or even a close family friend.  On this day, let us take time to pray for the fathers we know that they will nurture, train and instruct their children in the way of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Let us also thank God (and if still walking on this earth, our own father figure) for their part in helping us learn to know the love of God.

June 4, 2019

Part of the Action

Filed under: Christ,Father,prayer,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Colossians 3:1-2   So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.  Pursue the things over which Christ presides.  Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.  Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is.  See things from His perspective. (Message Translation)

This translation is pretty straight forward on how it says it.  If we are really serious about following Christ, we would put more effort into following His example.  He drew apart from others often to talk one-on-one with His Father.  He was never absorbed with the day to day but focused on the needs around Him.  How alert are we to the needs of others around us? When we greet someone with “Hi, how are you?” and they politely answer fine, do really hear the tone of their voice or the look in their eyes?  Whey I do the chaplain hospital rounds and ask a patient how they are and they answer fine, I ask if that is why their here.  Quite often they open up and share their fears or heart aches with me and we end by praying together.  Let us not be so absorbed in our own “problems” (God is in control of them) that we have blind eyes to the problems of others.  Let us be a part of the action of Christ around us.

June 1, 2019

Not We Ourselves

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

John 8:50 50 I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge (NIV)

This is Jesus talking.  He, whom we glorify, said He didn’t seek glory for Himself.  He said it is God, the Father of all, Who seeks glory for His Self.  God the Father is the ultimate judge of all.  If Jesus, Who died on the cross for us, doesn’t seek glory for Himself, what excuse can we ever find good enough to seek glory for ourselves.  We want to be recognized.  We want to be the one who is always right.  We want….we want….we want.  According to Jesus, it is all about the Father.  Everything was created to bring pleasure for the Father.  God wants to take pleasure in us.  For us to bring Him pleasure we must take pleasure in giving all glory, all praise and all credit to the Father.  Life isn’t about us and what we want.  Life is about glorifying the One Who made all life.  When I did concerts in churches I asked there be no applause.  The applause goes to God.  It is God Who enabled me to sing and compose songs.  God get’s all the credit.  He even gets the credit in my ability to hear Him.  I can only hear Him because the Holy Spirit enables me to do so.  We need to earn to pass all glory, praise, credit and applause to God the Father.  It is He Who has made us and enables us, not we ourselves.

May 26, 2019

By Our Self

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

Wow.  Here is the Word of God, God’s only begotten Son saying He can’t do anything in and of Himself.  It is only what He sees His Father doing that enables Him to do it.  Since that is true of Jesus, the second person of the Triune God, how much more is it true of us.  We might say it isn’t fair.  There’s no way we can see what the Father does.  That isn’t accurate.  We see through the reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God has so lovingly provided for us.  We see through the testimonies of others as they share what God has done for, in and through them.  We see through reflecting on what God has done in, for and through us.  Our problem is paying attention rather than making the false assumption we can do it by our self.  No matter what the task is at hand, let us always ask God for the wisdom in how to address it.

May 20, 2019

Guarantor

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,praise,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Hebrews 7:22 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. (NIV)

When we sign as guarantor of someone else’s loan, we are saying we will pay their debt for them.  We can’t pay the debt of our sin and separation from God.  We are too full of sin.  It takes perfect righteous, it takes someone who has never sinned.  The only one Who has never sinned is Jesus, the Son of God.  He is the guarantor of our covenant with God.  Our covenant guarantees us a continual relationship with God throughout eternity.  The Guarantor has promised to cover all sin we ever have done, do or will do.  That is one provision to this guarantee.  We must confess our sins, repent from them (turn a different direction) and ask the Guarantor, Jesus Christ, to abide in us and have us abide in Him.  We do the abiding through the person of the Holy Spirit.  This can be hard for our finite minds to understand but we don’t need to understand.  We only need to accept the guarantee provided by God and trust Him.  He has said we must become as little children.  A little child trusts completely.  Praise God the Father and God the Son for providing us a way to worship, praise, trust, fellowship and be united with the three Persons of the Godhead now and for all eternity.

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

May 15, 2019

Renewal

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

2 Corinthians 4:16 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (NIV)

As I watched a young man sprint up a flight of stair 2 at a time I recalled I used to be able to do that.  The aging process can be hard on our emotions.  We miss the things we use to be able to do.  But we are not to look backward.  As we age, we grow in wisdom.  As we grow in wisdom, if we really are followers of Jesus and thus children of God, we are being renewed inwardly each and every day.  Our understanding of our Father grows every time we pray and every time we read and meditate on His written word, the Holy Bible.  I see it as a trade off and much prefer the increased wisdom and knowing our Father more intimately over the physical abilities of the young.  What really amazes me is how God’s word can address all issues and thoughts we might ever have.  Fussing about what I can no longer do has been replaced with thanks for what He is now enabling me to know and do.  Let us never lose heart over an ability we loose but always look forward to our daily renewal through the Holy Spirit.

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