Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 23, 2020

Passion for God

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Philippians 3:8 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  (NIV)

Philippians 3:14 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

How much passion do we have for God?  How much do we desire to know Him?  How much passion do we have in our worship of Him?  How much passion for God do others see in us?  I look at sports arenas and see and hear people standing, shouting cheers and clapping.  I look in most church worship services and see people sitting stoically, looking sad or bored, barely singing or speaking and looking and acting like participating is a chore rather than a privilege and desire.  Where is our passion?  When God sees and hears us, what does He see and hear?  Does He see people who are just saying a few words of thanks or praise because they are supposed to say them or does He see and hear people who really love Him and are excited about the privilege of worshiping and thanking Him for all He has done and is doing for them?  Where is our passion?  We can’t drum up passion when it’s not really there.  It takes reflecting on who we really are, how sinful we really are in and of ourselves compared to how God is and what He has done for us to restore our relationship with Him as He originally created our relationship of fellowship with Him to be in the Garden of Eden for us to realize His incredible love for us and start to feel passionate about not only receiving His love but also to love Him back through worship, praise and thanksgiving.  Once again, where’s our passion?  Let’s show our passion, not only in our own prayer closet but also when we are around other people.  Passion for God will turn this world around.

June 11, 2020

The Beginning

Filed under: angles,fellowship,God,Uncategorized,Word,worship — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Genesis 1:1 1 In the beginning God    (NIV)

John 1:1-2 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.  (NIV)

 

In the beginning, God.  Think about it. Really think about it.  God never wasn’t.  God always was and is and will be.  God was is and will be always eternal.  That means forever.   God wanted fellowship.  When He created angels, He created them to worship and to serve but they weren’t created in His image.  God wanted children Who would worship and serve Him out of love.  Before He could create children in His image, He had to created a place for the children to live and grow.  He created the earth and the supporting universe along with all that is on the earth for His children as a safe place for them to learn to worship and fellowship with Him.   When He created them, He charged them with caring for His creation.   Think about what part we each play in the care of the earth and all that is in it.  Are we part of the disposable thinking?  Are we being good stewards?  I know I use much more disposable items than necessary.  How about how we treat our siblings?  Yes, all mankind are our brothers and sisters.  God doesn’t want sibling rivelry or jealously.  He wants us to be a unified and loving family accepting each other for our differences and loving and supporting each other in love.  We need to do better.

May 26, 2020

Bible Says It

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Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  (NKJ)

Many don’t believe what is in the Holy Bible because they don’t understand.  Our finite minds can’t fully comprehend how God does the things He does or even why He has told us to do certain things and not do outer things.  Understanding and being able to apply what is recorded in the scriptures isn’t possible from purely and intelligent means.  It is not until we accept Jesus, the Son of God into our hearts, minds and lives and choose to follow Him and allow the Holy Spirit to enter us that we are able to choose to believe all that is in the scriptures because of Who spoke the scriptures into existence through those who were willing to listen and follow and record what the Holy Spirit said to them.  It is that same Holy Spirit Who speaks to us today through those very words He gave others to record.  We don’t have to understand the how or why of every word of the Holy Bible.  Belief is a choice.  Because God said it through His Holy Spirit, we can choose to believe it and follow it.  There is a saying, “God said it, I read it and I believe it.”  We either choose to believe the entire Holy Bible or we don’t.  We can’t choose just the words we like and change the meaning or remove the words we don’t like.  God didn’t put the words there for us to like.  He put the words there so we could have an abundant life and walk daily in fellowship with Him now and throughout eternity.

April 27, 2020

Didn’t Know

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John 20:14 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.  (NIV)

Some question how, after being with Jesus 3 years, Mary couldn’t recognize Him.  She only saw Him as dead.  We know He has risen from the dead and yet, there are many times we don’t recognize Jesus being with us.  Our mind and our eyes are focused on the things of this earth.  We stay busy and we allow our minds to forget about our God.  We leave Him out of our conversations during our days.  Maybe a short prayer, scripture reading or devotion in the morning or at the end of the day but, through the day we get busy with “things.”  During this slow-down, stay at home time is a good time to develop the habit of talking with God throughout the day.  The conversation can be out loud or just in our minds.  We must be sure we don’t do all the talking.  We need to learn to be still and know He is God and has many things to say to us.  He created us for fellowship.  Let us not let Him down.  Let us talk with Him throughout each and every day.  As we grow in our fellowship with Him, we will recognize Him more and more throughout our days.

March 30, 2020

No Longer Slaves

Filed under: Father,fellowship,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,Obey,sin,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Galatians 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  (NIV)

Angels were created to be God’s slaves.  Though some rebelled against God along with Lucifer, most angels are happy serving God as servants.  We were created to walk with God and fellowship with Him.  However, we decided through Adam and Eve, to be on our own and since then, mankind has been a slave to sin.  It took God’s Word, His Son, to shed His God deity and put on the full body of created man to come and show us God’s love and mercy and to take our place for the penalty of our sin of self.  When we accept Jesus as God’s Son and as our redemption, we no longer are slaves to sin but we are children of God.  Our problem is keeping our mind and hearts to the fact we are God’s children and thus not to choose the sin of self-sufficiency and self-indulgence.  Let us choose to stop acting like slaves to sin and choose to be loving and obedient to God, our Father.  As a child of God we share in His work of loving mankind and bring glory to God.  Let us be wise in our choices of words, thoughts and actions and let us bring glory to God as we love our fellow mankind.

July 1, 2019

Fellowship

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1 John 1:3 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (NIV)

We use the word fellowship in several different ways.  What does it mean to have fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ?  To be in fellowship with God we live in the knowledge of His will.  We agree with His commandments and all He does.  We share in His love for His creation.  We enjoy being in His presence. All of these are in various verses of the Holy Bible.  I encourage you to to a word search on “fellowship” to learn more of what it means to fellowship with God.  Having knowledge of what is included in fellowship will help us see what areas we are not truly fellowship with God.  We all have special groups of people with whom we enjoy fellowship from time to time.  Our fellowship with them is not all-inclusive.  Let us learn to be all-inclusive with our fellowship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

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