Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 17, 2018

Possessing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Genesis 13:17 17 Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.” (NIV)

Before Abraham could possess the land, God promised to give him, he had to walk it.  It was only his when he actively took it.  When God gives us His gifts, they aren’t really ours until we not only accept them, we must use them.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to each of us as we have need of them.  But, if we fail to use them, they do us no good.  The gift of giving won’t activate unless we first choose to give.  The most important one, the gift of love, remains dormant until we choose to love.  The love of the Bible isn’t always emotional.  It means wanting God’s best for another and being willing to be part of God’s best in helping another.  Let us be sure we not only talk about the gifts God gives us.  Let us be sure to activate them by using them.

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July 1, 2018

Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

1 Corinthians 13:2 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (NIV)

We are obsessed with knowledge.  It seems we worship knowledge more than God.  We are bombarded with information for our knowledge through every medium.  We pride ourselves on how much knowledge we have.  Knowledge won’t give us a relationship with God.  We can have knowledge of every word in the Bible and still not know God.  Our salvation and adoption into the family of God is based on relationship.  We must have an intimate relationship with Jesus, God’s Son.  Knowledge is no substitute for a relationship.  It’s not wrong to seek knowledge but it must be kept in the proper perspective.  Do we seek knowledge more than we seek to talk with God?  Do we seek knowledge more than we keep to sit in the presence and awareness of God in and with us?  Knowledge is good and necessary but let us first seek to love God with all our heart, mind and strength..  Let’s not allow the seeking of knowledge to take away from our time with God on a one on One basis.

May 16, 2018

Seasons

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV)

Life is full of changing seasons.  As we grow in the Spirit of God, we tend to think we have a particular gift or ministry that is ours for the duration.  All the gifts actually belong to the Holy Spirit.  We actually do call the “the gifts of the Holy Spirit.”  He distributes His gifts to us as we need them.  Thinking that we have a particular gift and/or a particular ministry limits what God is allowed to do through us.  I’ve experienced flowing in a variety of ministries during my walk with God. Each one has been different yet each one has incorporated a different gift of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes it is hard to be moved from one ministry to another.  We have a hard time letting go of the past and embracing the new of the present.  Let’s read all of chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes.  We need to mditate on it.  Let’s ask God if we’re holding Him back from something new He wants to accomplish through us. Let’s be willing to let go of the old, familiar and comfortable and embrace the new when God chooses to move us on to other areas.  This is part of the full and abundant life God has promised us. 

April 3, 2018

After Easter

Acts 1:3 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.(NIV)

We’ve finished the Lent season and finished celebrating Easter.  After the resurrection, Jesus appeared several times to the disciples and at least at one time recorded to over 500 people at one time.  We don’t know what He said to the 500 but His main purpose was to show He was indeed alive and all of His followers were to go into the world and share about Jesus and the love of the Father.  The disciples were told to wait until the Holy Spirit came to dwell in them.  We don’t have to wait.  If we are a follower of Jesus, we received the Holy Spirit the day we committed to follow Him.  We are to continue rejoicing and go out and share the good news with others.  Let’s not let a day go by when we don’t ask God to help us share His good news with someone each and every day.  He is alive.  Are we?

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.

January 25, 2018

Measure of Giving

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:41 pm

Luke 6:38 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)

So many ministries use this verse to motivate people to give money to them so the people can get even more money.  If you read the entire paragraph before this verse you will find it is talking about judging others and forgiving others.  The word money is not used.  But the principle of giving is true.  When you give you get back even more than you give along as your motive for giving is to give, not to get.  Giving comes out of the motive of love.  We give because we want to bless someone.  Whether it is money, forgiveness, complements or anything, our motive for giving should be because we want to bless someone.  We want God’s blessing to come through us to someone else.  When we give out bad or negative things (especially words), we can expect to get bad or negative things back.  When we give positive, good things (including words) out, we can expect to get good things back.  The short of it is “what you give you get.”  When we give, let it be because we want to be part of God’s blessing to others.  What we get, let us trust God for what we get.  God is our source, not our giving or our getting.

December 31, 2017

Resolutions

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Lamentations 3:22-23 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NIV)

 Tonight is the night many will make a New Year resolution.  The resolution might last a few days or even a few months but will eventually be forgotten.  We need to live each day for each day is a new gift from God.  At night we reflect on the day, ask the Holy Spirit to point out our sins and hurts and what we might have done or said to hurt someone else.  Confess those as sin and ask for forgiveness.  Accept God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves and others.  Then remember to leave them at the cross of Jesus and start anew in the morning for the day is new.  Let us rejoice for the year we have finished and look forward to each new day God brings our way.

December 26, 2017

Day After

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:57 pm

Psalms 46:10 10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (NIV)

 There are many different emotions the day after Christmas.  After all the excitement and celebrations there is sometimes a let-down.  Maybe our expectations weren’t met.  We might not have gotten the gift we wanted.  We might have gotten the gift we wanted but it didn’t make us feel like we thought it would.  We might feel compelled to go shopping to get more things.   Our eyes and mind are on what we didn’t get or feel.  Today is a time to reflect on what Christmas really means.  The parties and celebrations are over.  It’s time to be still and really know God.  Yes, God is in the celebrations and the gift giving.  But those things are a distraction from really knowing, seeing and feeling God in an intimate way.  Today, let us be still in the presence of God.  Let us reflect on the greatest gift.  Let us enjoy bathing in His presence and open up to His Holy Spirit filling us up to overflowing.  God wants to have an intimate relationship with us.  To really be intimate we need time alone, just God and our self.  It is hard to quiet our minds.  Start with reading some scripture.  The pray and ask God to quiet our mind and help us just see, feel, know and hear Him.  He sent His Son here so we can truly know Him.  Let us be still and know that HE is God.  Let us breath Him into our entire being so tomorrow we can exalt Him in all the world.

December 25, 2017

Christmas Day

John 3:16-17 16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (NIV)

This is the reason for Christmas.  This is why God sent His only begotten Son into the world.  Without the crucifixion and resurrection there was no reason for Christmas.  Jesus could have walked this earth to just show us the love and power of God, but with His dying for our sin and coming back to life then ascending to heaven so He could send His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, there would be no hope for us.  It is impossible to love and follow God without the poser of the Holy Spirit within us.  Today, Christmas day, we pause from our worldly schedules to celebrate the coming of Jesus.  We also look forward to His return.  As we open our gifts and celebrate with our loved ones, let us remember to give the gift of our hearts to God.  Let us choose to love, serve and follow Him through the power of His Holy Spirit dwelling in each and every person who had chosen to follow Jesus.  Let us be sure we have opened His gift of His Holy Spirit and share His gift with others.

November 23, 2017

Black Friday

Matthew 3:3 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”(NIV)

Today is Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow is known as “Black Friday.”  It might be called black because this is the day the retailers hope their bottom line will be in the black.  In 3 days, Sunday, it will be the first day of the Christian Advent season.  The word “advent” means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event: Synonyms are:: arrival · appearance · emergence · materialization · occurrence · dawn · birth · rise · development · approach · coming.  During this Advent season I will be citing prophecies from the Old Testament and the fulfillment in the New Testament.  Since there are more than 300 prophecies and not so many days in this season I will begin tomorrow.  We need to each be encouraged to concentrate more on the reason for our celebration rather than the push on materialism.  We need to share the love and joy and hopefully prepare the hearts of others to fully receive the most blessed gift ever – the gift of the Word of God coming in flesh so we could see His great love for us.  Let us share with all we meet.

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