Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 23, 2018

Ready?

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Matthew 25:1 1 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. (NIV)

Please read the entire parable.  The 10 virgins represent the Bride of Christ, the believers and followers of Christ.  In the parable it is evident the virgins don’t know how soon or how long it will be before the bridegroom would come.  5 maintained a state of readiness for Him and 5 did not.  If Jesus were to come for us before we read the next word, are we ready?  The oil in the lamps represents the Hoy Spirit.  What does it take to be ready?  We must not have any unforgiveness in our heart.  We must maintain the in-filling of the Holy Spirit and keep His fruits in us healthy and growing.  Later on Jesus tells us just doing good deeds won’t make Him recognize us.  He sees our hearts, our motives behind what we do. We must be quick to forgive.  Quick to confess.  Always seeking for a continual filling of the Holy Spirit and maintain a rich and bountiful diet on the written word of God shoring up and growing His fruits He has so lovingly placed in us.  Let us always and consistently be ready.

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June 22, 2018

Continued Action

Filed under: Bible,Cell Phone,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

John 11:44 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (NIV)

The men weren’t finished working with Jesus when they rolled the stone away.  After Jesus commanded Lazarus to come forth (He had to use Lazarus’ name or all the dead would come forth.) He told the men to remove the burial clothes so Lazarus would be free.  When we see our prayers answered or our words taking effect or the devil starting to turn away, we are still team players with God.  We must continue to listen to Him and continue to obey His leading.  The battle won’t be over until Jesus returns to earth for His Bride (the body of believers).  Every day is a day to communicate with God.   Every day is a day for us to speak His word.  Every day is a day for us to act as the hands and feet of Jesus.  In this electronic age many have become lazy.  Let us be on our guard against spiritual laziness.  Let us immerse ourselves in the Scriptures, allow the Holy Spirit to give us interpretation for application and wisdom and be loving and obedient joint heirs with Jesus, God’s only son Who loved us so must He suffered on the cross for us and rose from the dead so we could be forgiven for our sins and be filled with the Holy Spirit to strengthen, comfort and guide us each day.

June 21, 2018

Team Work

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

John 11:39 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” (NIV)

Jesus had all power.  He could speak to the stone and command it to roll away on it’s own.  He could speak to the stone and have it disintegrated into sand.  Instead he chose to have men join Him in this miracle and move the stone themselves.  So often we wonder why our prayers seem to be unanswered.  So often we wonder why when we get the courage to come against the devil nothing seems to happen.  Quite often when we speak a word it seems to evaporate into thin air.  Jesus was teaching us that, as joint heirs, we are to work with Him.  Yes, first we must look to Him, speak to Him, listen to Him for directions and instructions, but then there comes a time for us to act on what He leads us to do.  God isn’t living our lives for us.  He did that when He sent Jesus down to die on the cross for us.  He wants to live our lives in Him and He in us as one.  He wants us to be team players with Him.  He doesn’t need us.  He wants us because He loves us.  Next time we think our prayers aren’t being answered, our spoken word is evaporating into thin air the devil is continuing to hassle us, let us re-listen to hear what instructions God has for us to do to team up with Him.

June 20, 2018

For Such a Time

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

Esther 4:14 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

I hope you take the time to read the entire book of Esther.  It’s not very long. Esther was an orphan.  She and her uncle were moved away from their home country and taken to a foreign place.  I’m sure she had dreams of who would be her husband and the children she would have but she was sent to the king’s palace to serve as a concubine.  Each concubine had one night with the king.  On her first night the king was so impressed with her he chose her to be his wife and become queen.  As an orphan I’m sure Ester ever even dream of becoming a queen in another country.  The palace people didn’t know Esther was a Jew.  As you will or have read, eventually the king agreed to an edict that all Jews would be killed on a certain day.  Esther’s uncle told her it was her job to go see the king, without his calling her, to save her people.  Esther was afraid to do this and her uncle said maybe it was this exact time God had called her to be in this position.  So often we don’t understand why God is allowing us to walk through certain things.  When we face difficult circumstances, we complain rather than asking God how He wants us to speak and what He wants us to do.  We forget that we are always in His loving and capable hands and have nothing to fear.  Next time we face a difficult situation, let us praise God, open our hearts and minds and hear what His purpose for us is in the situation.

June 19, 2018

Quiet Life

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody  (NIV)

We tend to live noisy.  We offer our opinions without being asked.  We vocalize our complaints.  We make sure others know about our good deeds.  We tend to live to be seen and heard by others.  Scripture says we are to live a quiet life.  We need to be content doing what God leads us to do without telling the world around us what we are doing.  They have eyes and can see, ears and can hear.  But, we must be careful with this scripture and not take it the wrong way.  There are times we do need to ask others for help.  There are times we do need to share a need with another.  The main point is our attitude.  Are we doing and speaking to get attention, to get sympathy or to show how good we are?  Let us learn to live an speak for God watching and listening and not be concerned to “put on a show” for others.  William Shakespeare said, “Life is a stage.”  I say life is a school to earn to follow the example of Jesus and to allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us to share God’s love, glory and power with those around us.  We can’t do it if our actions and speech are about us, our problems, our needs and our deeds.

June 18, 2018

Sword

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ephesians 6:17 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (NIV)

Swords are weapons.  They are used to defeat enemies.  God’s sword is His word.  His word is given to us in written form in the scriptures.  Reread Mathew where, after Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and was in the wilderness, fasting for 40 days, how He quoted scripture, God written word, to Satan every time Satan tried to tempt Him.  Satan cannot stand against the word of God.  In order to pick up our sword and use it effectively, we must know and understand the written word of God.  We can’t do this unless we read, study, meditate and memorize the word of God.  In this day and age, we have gotten away from memorization.  We depend on electronics, notes and prompters to bring the right word to us at the right time.  When Satan attacks us there is not always time to get a Bible, look up a scripture and read it aloud to Satan.  We must have God’s word ready in our minds and our tongues.  Let us be disciplined and diligent in keeping the sword of the Spirit sharp and ready.

June 17, 2018

Helmet

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Ephesians 6:17 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (NIV)

Helmets go on the head.  They are there to protect our brains.  Our brains are the seat of our knowledge.  Without the saving grace of Jesus, God’s Son and His Word made flesh, without His shed blood on the cross for our sins, and without the grace of God, there is no salvation for us.  We must have received the saving grace of God through the blood of Jesus by our receiving Him into our hearts, minds and lives to have the salvation of God.  Then, we must learn Who God is through the study of His written word, the Holy Bible, that we can understand what we are saved from and what that salvation brings to us.  We must have the knowledge of God, Who He is and what He requires of us fully in our minds as part of our armor to stand firm against the evil one.  It is not our own knowledge that can discern the craftiness of the devil but God’s gift of knowledge through the Holy Spirit as we become more and more intimate with Him and have more and more of His word in our minds.  Let’s be sure we not only keep our helmets on, but let’s be sure we allow them to grow stronger and stronger every day.

June 16, 2018

Shield

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

A shield is used to protect any area of our body from the weapons of the enemy.  It is moveable to where it is needed.  Faith is our shield.  Faith starts with our belief and total trust in God.  Our trust in God is shown through our obedience to Him and our knowledge of His love for us and His control for our lives as we live in obedience to His word.  It takes effort and commitment to hold up the shield of faith.  The first time someone holds a shield in battle they find it become hard to hold and to move fast enough.  It takes practice and experience to hold and move the shield.  Faith is a fruit that must grow.  When not exercised it won’t grow.  Faith grows through waking through trials and seeing how God moves us through them.  With each trial, faith will grow.  As James says, we are to consider it a joy when trials come for they are the building blocks to help us hold the shield of faith.  Let us walk through our trials and let our faith and trust in God and His word grow.

June 15, 2018

Feet

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Ephesians 6:15   and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (NIV)

Our feet serve us in at least 2 ways.  They serve as the foundation for our bodies to stand.  They also have the ability to propel us to move from one place to another.  The direction we turn them will determine the direction we move.  Our feet are made for action.  Physically, our feet are ready for action but with our minds, we must choose to set them in motion.  Jesus is the gospel of peace.  We must be fitted with the gospel of peace.   Fitting comes from understanding the written gospel of God, the Holy Bible.  Our peace comes through the personal relationship with our Father through His Son, Jesus, the very Word of God.  If we don’t have that intimate relationship, if we don’t have the understanding of God’s word, if we don’t maintain readiness to share the gospel to bring peace to others in this world, our feet will be unable to move us in the direction we are to go.  Let us discipline ourselves to always be ready to go, speak and do as the Holy Spirit leads.

June 14, 2018

Breastpate

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Ephesians 6:14 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, (NIV)

The breastplate of an armor covers the chest.  It’s purpose is to guard our vital organs, especially our hearts.  The righteousness of God is through the blood of Jesus.  We are to be covered with His blood.  We can’t do that if we have unconfessed sin or unforgiveness in our hearts for there is no room for the righteousness of Jesus with those in our hearts.  It is up to us to do what I call spiritual breathing.  When we realize we have disobeyed the nature of God we are to exhale through confessing our disobedience and inhale His forgiveness.  But Jesus said if we don’t forgive others, He can’t forgive us.  So let us learn to be quick to forgive others as well as ourselves and keep that breastplate of His righteousness over our hearts.

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