Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 21, 2017

Mistakes Okay

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:22 pm

Job 42:2 2 “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

 Many are afraid to think they might have heard God speak to them for they are afraid they might be wrong.  I had a choir director say, “Sing out loud enough to hear or you will never know if you are making a mistake and then you can’t correct it.”  God is bigger than any mistake we can ever make.  What counts is our heart attitude.  When we are looking to Him and trying to hear Him and we know scripture is in agreement with what we think we heard, we need to be bold and act on what we heard.  If we are wrong, God can and will take it and turn it to the good.  Mistakes are a wonderful teacher when we let them teach us.

June 20, 2017

Digesting the Word

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

Genesis 1:1-4 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (NIV)

I’ve been led to give an example of how to eat and digest God’s written word.  Read these first 3 verses of Genesis, the beginning of God’s written word.  Read it slowly before you read what it says to me.

 

 At the very beginning of creation God already was.  God wasn’t alone.  God, the Father of all that was, is or will ever be also has the Spirit. But there was another with God from the beginning.  The Word.  Later in the written Word we read the Word is Jesus, the only begotten Son of God.  There were always and is always 3 in the person of God.  We call Him One God for the 3 are interdependent on each other.  God the Father is the decision maker.  He speaks through the Word, Jesus, His Son.  Life is through His Holy Spirit.  As I read over what I’ve received from these 3 verses I read it several times.  I also praise God for Who He is and thank each part of His God head for what they each do.

 Psalms 119:11 1 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

June 19, 2017

Confirming God’s Word

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:33 pm

Matthew 19:4-5 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ (NIV)

 There is a way we can confirm what we hear is really from God.  It must agree with what is written in God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  We can’t just use one verse to make it agree.  It must agree with the full council of the Bible.  It is easy for us to allow Satan or our own flesh bend one verse and make it say what we want it to say.  Proverbs is full of verses that tell us to be open to council.  We are not to depend on our own understanding for our own understanding can be flawed by the desires of our flesh.  Do not be afraid of hearing God through the Spirit, through the Bible or through other people but before acting on it, always ask for confirmation.  Let us always have the attitude of here I am or speak, Lord for I am listening.  Philippians 4:7 basically says if there is not peace, it’s not from God for God gives peace of mind.  Remember, God will never tell you anything that is in conflict with His written word, the Holy Bible.

June 18, 2017

Here I Am

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:42 pm

Exodus 3:4 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush,  “Moses! Moses!”  And Moses said, “Here I am.” (NIV)

 Many people have asked me how to hear God speak to them.  Read Exodus 3 starting with verse 1.  If you’ll notice, Moses wasn’t stressing out about how to hear God.  Moses was going about his regular tasks.  HE was tending his father-in-law’s sheep and goats.  When my husband first tried to hear God speak to him, he would blank out his mind.  You can’t hear anything with a blank mind.  We were teaching a group on hearing the voice of God.  One week when we walked in I noticed one of the ladies very agitated.  In the middle of our prayer time she said, “I can’t wait any longer.  I heard God.”  She was reading her Bible and God spoke to her through one of the verses.  As we become familiar with the written word we will be more attuned to the voice of God’s Spirit.  But we must be about the business He has for us.  Until we finished what He said for us to do, He will not give us further instructions.  When the Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit it isn’t usually single words.  When I hear Him it is a complete thought.  It is so quick that it startles me.  I find then I must take that thought and pray and meditate on it to get the full meaning of what God is telling me.  We must always have the attitude of “Here I am.” Being ready to listing as we walk in obedience to our God and Father.  He’s speaking.  Are we listening?

June 17, 2017

Book of Life

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:02 pm

Luke 10:20 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (NIV)

 People are striving to be known.  They want to feel important.  The seek to have a title.  The seek to have their names and/or faces in the news.  The want to know their name will be known on this earth after they are gone.  There is one place we should be sure we want our name recorded.  This is in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Without our name recorded in that book we will spend eternity in the presence of Satan rather than in the presence of God.  How do we get our name recorded in that book?  We accept Jesus Christ, the Word of God in flesh, God’s only begotten Son, into our minds, hearts and lives as our Lord and Savior and choose to walk in obedience to Him.  What do we want most to be remembered for?  I want to remembered for how many people I introduced Jesus to and prayed with them to become adopted children of God.  Everything else will pass away.  Let’s be sure our priorities are eternal.

June 16, 2017

Choose Obedience

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

James 1:22 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV)

 James 1:22 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV)

 It doesn’t matter how much we read, study, memorize or meditate on the Word of God.  If we don’t follow through and do what it says we have nothing.  Follow through takes decision and discipline.  I’ve spent time teaching my grandchildren that a job isn’t finished unless all tools are put away.  Reading, studying, memorizing and meditating on the Word of God isn’t finished unless we follow through with what we read and obey its instructions.  I’ve called the Bible, the “Manufacturer’s Handbook.”  I must admit, I seldom read the instructions that come with various electronics or appliances.  Many times I find reading those instructions would have saved me time and stress.  It is the same with our lives.  When we don’t read and following the instructions God so generously provided for us we find the fruits of His Holy Spirit within us don’t grow.  We are spiritually stunted.  This leads to stress and a lack of peace.  Let us choose to follow through.  God never tells us to do something He doesn’t give us the ability to do. We only need to choose obedience.

June 15, 2017

Speed Limits

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:18 pm

Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (NIV)

I like speed limits.  They are set for safety.  When driving down an unfamiliar road, I don’t know the conditions on ahead.  I don’t know what kind of traffic or what other hazards might lie ahead.  We also need speed limits on our life.  We do have them.  God gives us our speed limit for life in just one sentence.  Seek Him first.  If we would stop before anything and everything we do and ask Him we would be so much more peaceful, less hurried and have fewer mistakes.  We need to ask if we are to do it and if so, when we are to do it.  There are many things we know to do and don’t have to ask God.  We don’t need to ask Him if we should brush our teeth or take care of our health or tithe and on and on.  But we do need to submit our schedule to Him.   We spend so much time on overload because we do not seek Him first.  God will not give us more to do than we can handle.  When we are on overload that is a real sign we have broken His speed limit for us.  Let’s pray about our schedule, our activities, our commitments and see what we need take out and what we need to take on for His glory.

June 14, 2017

Give to Get

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:15 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)

 Most of us interpret this verse as dealing with money.  While it does apply to money, it also applies to everything else.  When we give judgement of others, we get judgement back.  When we give anger to others, we get anger back.  When we give a kind word to others, we get a kind word back.  We have everything in us we need through the fruits of the Holy Spirit.  They grow in us as we give them to others.  As we give them and they grow, we receive even more of them.  Let us give out what we want for ourselves. 

June 13, 2017

Work Out

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 5:14 pm

Philippians 2:12 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, (NIV)

 2 Peter 1:5-8 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love (NIV)

 In order to stay healthy, we must work out.  We work out our muscles, not to create them but to build up the muscles we were given at birth.  We work out our heart, not to create it but to increase its capacity to pump our blood throughout our body.  Likewise, we work out our salvation.  We don’t work for our salvation for it is a gift of grace and mercy from God.  But we work out the salvation He has given us through His Holy Spirit.  We work it out through prayer, meditation, Bible study and working our obedience to all He tells us to do in the scriptures.  This takes discipline.  Discipline is a choice.  Once we get into an exercise routine we begin to enjoy it.  Once we develop a routine of working out the salvation God had given us, we will find our joy in Him overflowing in our lives. Read above to see how Peter says to work out our selvation.

June 12, 2017

Not Equal

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

Philippians 2:6-7 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness. (NIV)

 Jesus came to earth to glorify the Father.  He didn’t consider Himself equal with the Father even though He and the Father are One.  We tend to forget we are here not for our glory but here to glorify God.  We forget and our prayers reflect our attitude of “God serve me, God bless me,  God do this for me.”  We forget to ask, “God what do You want to do through me.”  This attitude also shows in our relationship with others.  We put our own desires before those of others.  We want to be served rather than to serve.  We like to think we are putting others and God first but, when we’re really honest with ourselves we see our lack.  It takes the Holy Spirit in us to be willing to trust God enough to put Him first in our lives.  It take the Holy Spirit in us to be willing to put others first and be willing to serve them, not out of pure obedience but out of our love for God and for His glory.  Let us work toward that goal.  Holy Spirit work within us to truly put God first in our minds, hearts and lives, not out of obedience but because of the love He has for us and the love we have for Him.

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