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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 21, 2020

Speaking Through Us

Filed under: Bible,encouragement,Father,God,Holy Spirit,trials,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 10:19-20 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  (NIV)

 

I remember the first time I was asked to pray out loud.  I was upset because I didn’t have advance notice.  How would I know what to pray without rehearsing it and making sure I said all the right things.  As I grew in my relationship with God, I realized I didn’t need to rehearse.  The above verses give us His promise that He will speak through us.  Our problem is taking the time to listen to Him.  It takes a little practice to quickly recognize the quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  Without regular listening we won’t hear Him when we really need to speak out.  Learning to hear takes practice.  Writing down what we hear after prayer time or a time meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, helps us to recognize what is the voice of the Holy Spirit verses our own voice.  It’s also an encouragement to have a journal of what the Holy Spirit has said to us so we can look back and see His words in present times of struggle.  Let us diligently learn how to always allow the Holy Spirit to speak not only to us personally, but also through us to others.

February 8, 2020

Just One Point

James 2:10 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.  (NIV)

That’s a strong statement.  If we just break one point of God’s law we are guilty of breaking all of His laws.  Before we think we’re doing good let’s look at a couple of God’s laws.  You shall not steal.  Never took a pencil, pin or paper from our place of work?  Not a big deal?  It’s still stealing.  Never wish we had something someone else has, either materialistic or a talent of theirs?  That is still coveting.  We could go on and on but the biggest one we all have trouble with is loving all people on this earth (we are all neighbors) as we love ourselves and how about loving God with ALL our heart, mind and strength.  To be very honest with ourselves we must admit we fall short from time to time.  Praise God.  He knew we couldn’t keep every point of all of His laws so He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of our sin.  As long as we have asked Jesus to dwell in us through His Holy Spirit and seek to follow and obey Him we are found not guilty.  God the Father no longer sees our sin.  He sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son.  Let’s be sure we share that good news with our neighbors, especially the ones we have trouble loving as much as we love ourselves.

February 7, 2020

All

Filed under: commands,Father,God,heart,love,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Mark 12:30 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  (NIV)

Our problem is in understanding the word “all.”  We are a people who seek comfort, convenience and speed.  Unfortunately, that shows up in our prayer time.  In our own prayer time we are prone to quick prayers.  In worship services we become restless if the prayer time is longer than a few short minutes – our minds begin to wander rather than uniting with the prayer.  All our heart means that we want to speak with God more than any other person or activity.  All our soul is our desire is pure and our emotions are one of the joy of the privilege of speaking to God rather than the feeling of we ought to pray.  All our mind means we are totally in tune with what we say and we are fully alert to hearing God’s response.  All our strength means we are praying when we are alert, not relegating it to a time when we are so tired and sleepy we can’t keep focused on what we are saying or drowse off when we are trying to listen.  Let’s choose a time when we are most alert each day for our special quiet time with our Father, God.  At the same time, we still want to be conversing with Him throughout the day.  If we’re taking our daily jog or walk and hear a bird or see a pretty flower or tree, acknowledge that to God, thanking Him for the beauty He’s placed around us.  Let’s really turn all our heart, soul and mind with all our strength to talk and listen to the One Who loves us most and knows us best.

February 6, 2020

Worshiping Together

From Hebrews 10 in the Message Translation  So, let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out.  Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going.  He always keeps His word.  Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

These few verses in this translating say a good bit very distinctly.  First, we must be confident of who we are and how Father God sees us.  He sees us fully robed in the righteous of His Son.  Next, we are to take a firm grip on the promises Jesus revealed to us.  We can’t do that unless we are reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Then we must be worshiping together.  When we go to a church service, we must be speaking to others that are there.  We need to be encouraging and helping one another.  When we go to our worship service and greet others with “How are you?” do we really listen or even encourage them to really tell us how their week has gone?  As Christians, we are the Family of God.  Family members pull together and help each other.  They know when one of them has a problem and is walking through a trial.  Let us be sure we treat one another as family.  Let us truly take the time to be apart of one another’s lives.

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 31, 2020

One Family

Filed under: commands,Father,glory,God,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

John 13:34-35 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)

For the definition of love read 1 Corinthians 13.  If you’re reading an older translation that uses the word “charity” be sure you substitute the word “love” as that is the definition of charity.  We are so quick to point out the faults of others.  We are also so quick to envy someone who had more, is more popular with some group, looks better, does things better and on and on.  We must face it.  It is hard to really love someone who we envy.  Envy breeds bitterness and eventually hate.  When we find we are criticizing someone or point a finger at them we must look at our motive for doing so.  We are probably envious of something about that person.  We like to stand out as an individual.  During my professional singing career I struggled with envy and pride.  I wanted the best part.  I wanted to be know as better than other singers around me.  We all have areas where it is hard to let go of our ego and truly love others.  Jesus taught us to address God as “Our Father.”  He wants us to see ourselves equally related and loved.  No one child of God’s should stand out above another.  We all have specific jobs and places in the ministry of the Gospel.  No job is any more important than another.  It’s hard because of our sin desire to be the best of all others.  Let’s just concentrate on being the best within our selves.  Instead of comparing ourselves against others let us enjoy our differences for God has made each of us unique to blend together as a cohesive family, flowing together for the purpose of glorifying God in the love He has placed in our hearts.  Beloved, let us love one another.

 

January 30, 2020

Just Like Us

Hebrews 2:17 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.  (NIV)

Many think walking this earth without sin was easy for Jesus.  Afterall, He is the Word of God in flesh.  The verse above tells us Jesus put off His Godness and became fully human in every way.  Notice the words “every way.”  He experienced all we experience.  He had feeling like us.  His feet could hurt from walking so many miles.  He experienced hurt, disappointments, anger, rejection.  He experienced all we could ever experience and then some.  He had to shed His God nature to experience life as we must walk it. Let’s not think He didn’t struggle.  Read His last prayer in the Garden before He was taken by the guards and mob.   The difference was He knew and loved the Father and chose to be totally obedient to the Father’s will regardless of the physical pain or what His flesh desired.  Therefore, He was able to resist the temptations we quite often fail to resist.  God knows we are week in this area so He sent us a Helper to help us resist the temptations of the flesh and to desire to be intimate with our heavenly Father, God.  The Helper’s name is Holy Spirit.  He comes into us the moment we invite Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who walked this earth without sin, into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and our Savior.  He can’t be our Savior unless we also look to Him as our Lord.  God looks on our heart and knows when we mean what we say.

January 27, 2020

Fresh Start

From Psalms 19 the Message translation

God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!  Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work…

This version says it very plainly and distinctly.  Without daily reading and studying God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, we will regularly be making what this word says, stupid sins.  Without daily immersing ourselves in the scriptures we become prideful thinking we can do it ourselves.  We might have a schedule that prevents us from spending a good bit of time in the scriptures in the morning so that means we end our day .  Just pick a time that is right for you.  Make it a standard time and treat that time like the most important thing in your schedule.  Staying in the Word of God brings us into a more intimate relationship and opens us up to more conversational prayer with our heavenly Father.  Books by other Christians are fine but the Holy Bible needs to be our automatic go-to book.  Through those pages we grow and through growth experience a full and abundant life walking with God.

January 26, 2020

Start the Day

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Mark 1:15 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”(NIV)

Acts 13:32-33 32 “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: (NIV)

Listening or reading the local, national or world news is not a good way to start a day. The words “good news” are in the Holy Bible about 39 times. It is in the scriptures we find the good news.  It is in reading or listening to the written words in the Holy Bible that will lead to a good start of a new day.  Reading or listening to God’s written word will set our minds on things above over the things underneath.  That means our minds will be more attuned to our heavenly Father more than attuned to the distractions around us.  As we read or listen to God’s word let us start talking with Him and let us give Him the day He has given us.  Yes, we have made our own plans for the day but let us turn those plans over to Him.  He knows what the day holds for us.  He can guide us to the right place at the right time with the right people and say the right things.  What wonderful and fulfilling days we can have when we turn them over to God at the very start of the day.

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