Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 21, 2017

Recognition

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

Luke 24:30-31 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. (NIV)

 The 2 men were traveling from Jerusalem to Emmaus.  They were heart-broken.  They had put all their hopes in Jesus as being the Messiah coming to free them from the Roman tyranny.  They witnessed Him crucified and dead on a cross.  They were returning to the life they knew before they met Jesus.  Then a stranger joined them.  They didn’t recognize Jesus.  Not only because they believed Him dead but quite probably His resurrected body had gone through enough of a change from the terrible beatings He had endured.  So, we must ask, how did they finally recognize who this stranger was?  They recognized Him not by His looks but by what He did.  He broke the bread and blessed it.  We recognize Jesus the same way today.  We recognize Him by what He does through His Holy Spirit flowing out through others.  That gives us another question to answer.  Do others recognize Jesus through our words and actions?  If we call ourselves Christians (followers of Christ) we must be careful with our words and actions because we are a representation of Jesus.  The world will judge Jesus by the way we represent Him.  Let’s meditate on this thought.

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October 20, 2017

Earnest Prayer

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:05 am

Acts 12:5 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. (NIV)

Acts 12:7 7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. (NIV)

Acts 12:11 11 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.” (NIV)

Acts 12:16 16 But Peter kept on knocking, and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. (NIV)

 Notice 3words in the first verse sited: earnestly and to God.  These are absolutely necessary for our prayers to be answered.  We must pray earnestly.  To pray earnestly means we are very serious about our prayer.  We are putting all of our being behind the prayer.  We are also to pray to the One True God.  Our prayer is directed to God.  Of course, we can only approach God through His Son, Jesus but, when we know and are in fellowship with Jesus we have the right to pray to the Father.  When we pray earnestly to God, we see what happened to Peter.  The church was praying earnestly to God for Peter.  They were very specific in their prayers.  God answered their prayers and Peter walked out of jail right pass the guards.  But look at the last verse quoted.  Peter had to keep knocking on the door because the church wasn’t believing Peter was actually free.  Sometimes when God answers our prayers we are so overwhelmed and surprised we fail to believe it even when it’s looking us right in the face.  We must strengthen our faith and trust.  We probably miss seeing quite a few answers to our prayers because we’re not looking for the answers or we don’t recognize the answers. Remember how earnestly Jesus prayed before He faced the cross.  As He prayed, He changed His request from His desire to God’s will.  He finished His prayer with agreeing with the Father and being strengthened to follow through with the Father’s plan.  Let us pray earnestly, listening while we pray to come into agreement with God.

October 19, 2017

Good Measure

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:14 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)

 We traveled and lived full time in a motor home for over 10 years.  Everything we owned was in that motorhome.  We had a rule.  We couldn’t bring anything in without the same weight and size came out.  The same is true in the spiritual world.  When we don’t give we have no room to receive.  God gives us joy and love but to continue to receive these gifts we must pass the out to others to make more room in our hearts and minds for more.  The more we give out, the more we can receive.  This is true in every area of our lives.  It’s also true in the negative things.  When we give out greed, anger, bitterness, resentment the same will come back to us.  We have a choice.  Whatever we want to receive we must give first.  But we must guard our hearts and minds.  We don’t give only because we want to get.  We give freely because God has freely given to us.  We give out of love for God as a sign of our love and thanks.  Giving is infectious.  Not only does it bring us joy, it passes joy to others and brings others into the desire to give.  Let us choose to be givers of all that God gives us.

October 18, 2017

Guidance

Filed under: Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

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 (NIV)

 This is God speaking.  He is the “I” in this verse.  Notice the verb “will.”  This is a definite verb.  There is no doubt.  This is a firm promise, a firm commitment.  What will God instruct and teach us?  He will instruct and teach us in the way we should go.  He will give us counsel for every part of our life on this earth.  He will keep His loving eye on us.  Our problem is we look to so many other sources for instruction and teaching before we look to God.  We would save so much stress and wrong words and actions if we would only look to God before we look to anyone or anywhere else.  We would never need to say “If I had only known.  God knows.  He knows the past, present and the future.  He knows what is the absolute best for us.  The time to look to others is after we hear from God.  We look to others (those who have shown a mature walk with God) for confirmation of what we hear God telling us.  God is faithful to His promises.  We need to choose to be faithful to believing and trusting Him.  His guidance comes through written Scripture, the inner voice of His Holy Spirit, voices of confirmation from others and through circumstances.  No instruction or teaching will ever disagree with what is written in the Holy Bible.  God never contradicts Himself.  Let us choose to look to God through every means He gives us.

October 17, 2017

Vascillating

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Romans 11:2a  God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew (NIV)

 God never rejects.  He loves.  We reject.  We reject in our own insecurity.  We reject ourselves and others.  We vary back in forth in seeking God and rejecting God.  We have trouble forgiving ourselves as well as forgiving others.  We don’t see how God could possibly forgive us or love us.  He is patient.  He gives us grace to believe and be faithful when we open our hearts, minds and eyes.  We tend to blink, vacillating back and forth.  Praise God, He keeps working on, around, in and through us with His Holy Spirit.  As we see and know God deeper and deeper our vacillating will decrease.  We will gradually stop rejecting ourselves, others and God.  The three go hand in hand.  Let us remember how much God did for us on the cross and open up to all God has for us.

October 16, 2017

Prayer

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

John 1:1 ​1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (NIV)

 Father, God, I don’t know how You did it.  You took part of Yourself, Your Word, and put it in an egg in the body of a human woman, Mary, bringing You in the form of flesh and blood so we could physically hear Your Word, see Your Word in action and come to really know Your Word.  Then You had Your Word walk to the cross to shed real blood as a complete sacrifice for our sin for all eternity.  Then You raised Your Word up from real, physical death to give us eternal life in Your very Presence.  Thank You that I don’t need to know how You did it.  I know why.  You love us and want us to receive and know Your love first hand.  Because of that love You want us to be able to fellowship (walk with, talk with and listen to) with You.  Thank You for reaching down to us in our low and sinful shape and redeeming us.  Thank You for, after all You’ve already done, letting part of You in the form of Your Holy Spirit, continually indwell in us, comforting, guiding and speaking to us as we walk on this earth.  Thank You that I don’t need to know how You did it, just know You did it.  Help me to share what You have done with all those you put in my path.

October 15, 2017

Releasing Power

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

 Ephesians 3:20 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (NIV)

 God has given us His power to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all.  We only need to believe what God said He has done.  Jesus said He would send the power of God to the believers through His Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit indwells in us, the believers.  Our question is how much of His power are we allowing to reside in us?  God is finished with His work.  He has entrusted us to distribute His power on this earth.  We release this power through our prayers.  How much power we release is in proportion to our prayers.  This should really motivate us to pray more.  Prayer is having a conversation with God, stating what needs to be done and agreeing with Him in it being done.  Our conversations or prayers with God must be out of real honesty and true trust in God.  Let’s be sure to check our prayer life.  We don’t stop until we see it in our time and space for there is a war in heaven trying to interfere.  Our prayer is answered the moment we give it voice but sometimes is delayed because of spiritual warfare and our continual prayers join the battle to bring it into our time and place.  Let’s be sure to let all of God’s power flow out. 

October 14, 2017

Timing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

John 2:4 4 “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” (NIV)

 When Jesus was born He was born as we are.  He had to learn to talk, eat, walk, play and work just as we do.  He was born without the Holy Spirit in Him.  The Holy Spirit didn’t enter in Him until He was baptized by John the Baptist.  He did live without sin but He didn’t have the power to do miracles until after the Holy Spirit entered Him.  As a child He thought He was to be about His Father’s business and stayed behind at the temple.  His parents scolded Him and He submitted to their authority.  Now, at the wedding, Jesus is still thinking His time of miracles hadn’t come yet.  His mother knew otherwise.  She didn’t tell Him, she asked Him.  Even though He said He wasn’t to be involved in that, His mother knew otherwise and gave the servants orders to do whatever He said.  She walked away in confidence Jesus would do what was needed.  When we are filled (not a onetime event but a continuous event) with the Holy Spirit we also have the right to ask God in confidence He hears and will do what the hour and the circumstances need.  The problem is we don’t continually open ourselves up to the Holy Spirit’s direction within us.  We mistake the need or the timing and ask amiss.  When we pray, we must learn to ask the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers to be in line with God’s will and timing.  Then we can walk away in confidence He will do all that is necessary for the time and circumstance.  Let us be continually filled and refilled with the Holy Spirit.

October 13, 2017

Jealous

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Numbers 11:29 29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” (NIV)

 Jealousy is a very common problem.  We are jealous because of a lack of confidence.  Other people’s success tends to make us feel less confident of our own success.  This was a problem even in Moses’ time.  Because each of us is unique and each of our ministries are unique to us, there is no reason for jealously.  I’m not concerned with how many readers I get compared to other blogs or how many likes I get.  My confidence isn’t in my own writings.  My confidence is in God.  I trust what I’ve written is what He has put on my heart.  I’ve prayed over my writings that He will have them say what He wants them to say to the ones He wants to read them.  My only responsibility is to do what God directs me to do.  The results are in His hands.  We need to be less consumed with what others think about us and more concerned with how God sees us.  As written earlier, our goal is to be intimate with God and to be pleasing to Him.  Every morning I ask Him to enable me to put a smile on His face.  Let’s not be so afraid of making a mistake (God is bigger than any mistake we can ever make) or the success of other people that we allow intimidation or jealousy to hamper our openness with God and our response of obedience to what He directs us to do in the way He directs us to do it that we criticize others or shut our selves down.  Let us encourage each other to be the unique person God created and minister in the unique way He has given each of us.

October 11, 2017

Look Up

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Luke 21:13 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. (NIV)

 I just returned from a family reunion.  It’s the first in quite some time so many of the cousins had never met each other.  In addition to all the fun, games, eating and singing, we each shared what God was doing within us at this time.  One of my nephews shared an event which encouraged him to start really looking to God.  His brother, and Air Force Academy graduate had been playing ball in the back yard of where we were gathered many years ago for a reunion.  His Academy ring flew off his finger.  The had spent a good deal of time looking for it and then hired someone with a metal detector to come and look.  I had just arrived to pick up someone to go shopping.  I asked what was happening and they told me.  I said, “Just look up.”    I left and they looked up and found the ring stuck on the branch of a bush.  The point of this is we each hear a different interpretation of what the Lord says.  I meant to pray and ask God where the ring was.  They took me literally and looked up into the trees.  Both interpretations were correct.  God gave me the message for them to literally look up and find the ring.  Finding the ring through the word I set changed the young man’s thinking of his connection with God.  The same is true when we read God’s word.  His word is living, meaning it applies in many different ways according to where we are and what we need in our walk with God.  The main thing is to be open to the Holy Spirit when we read, study and meditate on the written word for the interpretation God has for us at the specific time.  We must also encourage others to hear for themselves.  As I’ve written, each of us is uniquely made for a unique ministry.  We must never force our interpretation or method of ministry on another.

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