Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 16, 2018

Intellects or Service

Filed under: Father,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Peter 4:7-11 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

We love to feed our intellect.  We like to be the ones who have the answers to questions.  When we don’t really know the answer, we like to think we do and make one up.  As in the days right after Jesus returned to His throne in heaven, every generation thinks they are in the last days.  Many delve deeply into Daniel and Revelation and think they have the correct interpretation.  Some even go as far as presuming a date and time of Jesus’ return.  Peter tells us how we should behave during the last days.  As we read it, we can’t find anything that says we should know or guess the exact time.  When Jesus was walking this earth He said He didn’t even know, only the Father knows.  We have our hands full just doing what Peter says we should be doing.  We are to pray – pray for those who have yet to come into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  We are to love each other deeply which means we are to keep a heart of forgiveness rather than wearing our feelings on our sleeves.  Gifts we receive are for our service to God and those He sends our way.  We are to be faithful stewards – not only steward of money but stewards of all we have and all the capabilities God give us.  It is through the glory of God that His power prevails in this world.

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December 15, 2018

In the Backgrounbd

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Matthew 1:20 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

Joseph is given the short straw.  He isn’t mentioned very often yet, God chose him to be the earthly father of His only Son.  God trusted Joseph to protect, raise and care for His Son as He grew from an infant to an adult.  Joseph was a man who listened to God.  Not only did he listen, he responded in immediate obedience.  There are many songs about Mary but we tend to forget Joseph.  Joseph seems to be in the background.  So often we think we are only in the background.  We see famous evangelists and writers that seem to get a lot of praise for what they do for the Kingdom of God.  The people who are in the background are incredibly important.  Joseph was a integral part of Jesus’ walk on this earth  We each have an integral part to play in the Kingdom of God.  No task is more important than another.  Let us do whatever God calls us to do with our entire heart, a heart full of joy and praise for being involved in the Kingdom of God.

December 14, 2018

Look at the Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NIV)

We need reminder of this so very often.  We are so quick to judge or size up people by how they look, how they dress, what type of job they have, their education and so on.  Because we do this most of us always try to present the image, we think others would like and respect rather than who we really are.  God sees through all of this.  He looks at our heart, the who we are when no one is looking.  God chose David, who, as the youngest was treated more as a servant.  Taking care of the sheep was considered one of the lowliest jobs.  Yet, this shepherd boy was being raised up by God to be King of God’s chosen people.  God can, will and does use any of us for His purposes.  We mustn’t think that we’re not good enough, important enough, educated enough or any other enough for God to work through us.  Each of us is important to God.  We must remember that about all others we see.  We are all equally important.  Let us ask God to help us see others as He sees them.  Let us also ask God to help us see ourselves as He sees us.

December 13, 2018

Bowels of Insence

Filed under: God,insence,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:22 pm

Revelation 5:8 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the tBonty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. (NIV)

Our prayers are more than connecting with God’s power for fulfilling immeasurable things on this earth.  They are as the sweetest smelling incense to God.  God treasures our prayers.  Prayers are our means to express our love to God.  We desire to shower God with our love but we think we don’t know how or are unable to shower Him with enough love.  Our prayers are our means to shower God with our love.  This alone should be more than enough to give us the desire to pray unceasingly.  We can do this as long as we remember prayer is a 2-way conversation with God.  We can talk with Him throughout our day no matter what we are doing.  When we’re alone we can talk aloud.  When others are around we can talk with Him in our minds, our thoughts, expressing them to Him.  Let us overflow so many golden bowls with the incense of our prayers that heaven runs out of bowls.

December 12, 2018

Immeasurably More

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

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)

Most of us accept that God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ever ask or imagine.  Unfortunately many of us don’t read pass that part of this verse.  It is according to God’s power that is at work within us that God does immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.  Not because He can’t do it by Himself but because, as joint heirs with His Son, Jesus, God deposited His power through His Holy Spirit within us to work with Him in doing immeasurably more than we could ever imagine.  This is done through prayer.  Sometimes it happens with one prayer but usually it take many prayers, unceasing prayers to measure out the power God has placed in us.  Yes, it is God’s power.  Yes, it is through the Holy Spirit within us.  But, if we aren’t faithful in our prayers, our joining the power God has placed in us, released it through the prayer of faith and joined with God we won’t see what we ask fulfilled.  Let us be disciplined and be consistent in using the power of the Holy Spirit God has placed in us. Let us show the world immeasurably more than any could ask or imagine.

December 11, 2018

Lying Lips

Filed under: God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Isaiah 59:1-3 ​1 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. 3 For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely,
and your tongue mutters wicked things (NIV)

Proverbs 6:16-19 16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community (NIV)

So many of us say we want to be accountable for what we say and do but we remain uncorrectable.  Being accountable doesn’t serve us very well if we refuse to correct what we say or do.  God is truth.  By His very nature He cannot relate with lies.  Lies separate us from God.  We like to lie.  We consider it as expounding or exaggerating the truth or keeping from hurting someone else’s feelings or embarrassing ourselves by admitting the truth but, a lie is a lie.  Most of the sins we commit begin with what comes out of our mouth.  We end up doing what we say.  One very common lie most of us make is saying we will pray for or about someone.  Quite often we say we will pray but quickly dismiss it.  We repeat lies we hear without going to the source to find the truth.  Lies destroy lives.  Lies shed innocent blood.  Let us learn to speak only the truth.  Let us not embellish what we say, especially when we share prayer requests.  God knows what each one needs more than we do.  We don’t need to share details of others in our prayer requests.  We can lift others up before the throne of God without telling, in prayer, others all the details of another.  Let us be sure we don’t cause God to hide His face from us.  We choose what our lips say.  Let them only speak truth wrapped in love.

December 10, 2018

The Spirit Within

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:03 pm

James 4:5 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? (NIV)

When we come to Jesus and ask Him to be in our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior, God rebirths us with the spirit.  His Spirit of life was breathed into mankind at creation and died with mankind’s disobedience.  Jesus made it possible for us to be filled with the spirit again.  God jealously longs for us to be full of the spirit.  The spirit within us is what unites us as one with God.  Without the spirit in us we cannot be with God.  God is spirit and we must also be spirit.  That God jealously longs for us to be one with Him is amazing.  He really, earnestly desires for us to dwell with Him for eternity.  But He has given us freedom of choice.  Without choice there is no love.  God wants us to want Him as much as He wants us.  The choice isn’t haphazard.  We can’t slip in and out.  We either choose to allow the spirit to thrive within us or we choose to close our hearts, minds and lives to God.  What do you choose?

December 9, 2018

Motives

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

James 4:3 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (NIV)

When we make our deeds and desires know to God in prayer yet don’t find them coming to us we must check our motives for asking.  So often our motives are for our own comfort or gain or for looking good to others.  Our motive should be to be pleasing to God.  We should desire to serve Him with thankful hearts.  In doing this we develop the desire to serve others and help them build a personal relationship with God.  Christianity isn’t a religion.  It is a relationship.  It isn’t man reaching up to God but God reaching down to man.  He reached down to the fullest by coming to earth in a human, physical form so we could relate better.  We can’t relate to what we don’t know and so God came down to our level of understanding.  Let us keep our priorities straight.  Let us really desire to be pleasing to God.  Let all we ask of Him be to deepen our relationship with Him and serve Him.  He has promised we will receive all we need to become one in Him.  Jesus prayed we would be one in Him just as He is one in the Father.  Jesus always prayed with the right motive and His prayers are always answered and fulfilled.  He still speaks to the Father on behalf of us.

December 8, 2018

Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (NIV)

God created mankind in His image.  However, we seen to think God is in our image.  We tailor Him to our ethnic background, our culture, our likes and our dislikes.  We tend to forget God is Spirit and when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the spirit God breathed into then at creation died.  Until we come to Jesus, the Word of God in flesh, God’s only Son, we remain without being in the image of God.  When we come to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit comes into us and we are once again in the image of God.  However, we have a hard time seeing His image in us because we are so wrapped up in our physical image.  We spend more time caring how our physical bodies look then we do caring for our spiritual bodies.  Let us shake off the self-image we tend to worship and get into God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, to see God Image as portrayed by His Son, Jesus Christ.  As we become more and more in relationship to the Son, we will more and more reflect the image of God.

December 7, 2018

Too Much

Filed under: Christmas,gifts,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

James 1:13-14 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  (NIV)

During this season we are hit hard with temptation through advertising claiming various things are necessary for our comfort and/or enjoyment.  Many buy into the temptation and find themselves in debt long after the things they bought have become inadequate or broken.  Many blame God for their financial situation.  God has promised to provide all we need.  Our problem is we can’t distinguish between needs and wants and so many of our wants have been created by others telling us we should want.  God places each of us at various income levels for our various, specific ministry.  Our problem come from not asking for His wisdom in our financial spending.  We tend to forget all we have is really His and we are to be good stewards of what He puts in our hands.  We tend to forget to teach our children this most valuable lesson by overindulging them with too many things under the tree on Christmas morning.  Let’s teach them along with ourselves that we are to submit to God all we have and seek His wisdom on the use of all He puts into our hands.

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