Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 18, 2017

As Abraham Did

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

39 “Abraham is our father,” they answered. “If you were Abraham’s children,” said Jesus, “then you would do what Abraham did. (NIV)

 We must remember what Abraham did.  He obeyed God.  God told him to go to a place he didn’t know and he did.  God told him he would wipe out Sodom and Gomora and he interceded for them.  God promised him a son and he had one.  God told him to sacrifice his son and he did so, though God stopped him just in time by providing another sacrifice.  What do we put before God?  What are we willing to sacrifice?  God provided us with the perfect sacrifice, His Son.  God wants us to put Him first in our hearts, minds and lives.  We must continually be on guard of putting other people, things or tasks before God.  We must be like Abraham, doing what he did; putting God first, obeying God in all things and interceding for others.

August 17, 2017

Our Eyes

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

Psalms 119:37 a37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;

 We are visual people.  What we see goes into our mind and then our hearts tend to dwell on it  Because of this it is important for us to not even look at what tempts us.  If we have a problem with lust and sexual desires we don’t look at pornography.  We don’t even let our eyes look on a beautiful woman or handsome man.  That way we won’t lust.  If we have a problem of consuming too many sweets, we don’t go into a candy store or we don’t look at the sweet section of a bakery or at the desert section of a menu.  When we don’t see it, we won’t miss it.  We are responsible for our actions.  An alcoholic doesn’t even go into a bar for that first drink will take over.  Whatever our addiction is, we must choose to avoid being in the presence of that addiction.  Eventually, with prayer and retraining of our desires, we might not be bothered with the old desire.  Let us practice discretion and discipline in all we allow our eyes to see whether on television, movies, books, computers or just walking down a street.  Let us keep our eyes on all that will feed us with the goodness of our God.

August 16, 2017

Health

Proverbs 4:20-22 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. (NIV)

 Sunday Night I preached about healing.  There is a lot of teaching going around that says just name it, believe it and claim it.  All promises in the Bible have a condition with them.  Yes, we do live in a sinful world and are subject to the diseases in this world, but God has given us instruction on how to stay in good health.  If we smoke, we can expect heart disease or lung cancer.  If we binge on a lot of sugar and gain a lot of extra weight, we can expect diabetes.  There are many diseases and sickness that are attributed directly to our lack of discipline and eating correctly.  God has given us freedom of choice.  We can choose to maintain a healthy body for the temple of His Holy Spirit dwelling in us or we can forget wisdom and discipline and ignore the rules of good health.  The choice is ours.  When diseases of the sinful world assault us, we still have a choice to listen to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit for directions of receiving the miracle God has for us.  Let us stop blaming other things or people and take responsibility for our own health.  Let us maintain healthy minds and bodies so the Holy Spirit has a healthy home within us and can flow unimpeded through us to this sinful world.

August 15, 2017

The Entire Picture

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

John 3:10 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? (NIV)

 I hope all readers have read the intro to this blog which states these devotions are just a jump start and looking up the scripture and reading the entire section is very important.  I only clip in one or 2 verses to start you off. 

 We are looking at Nicodemus.  He is a teacher and a Pharisee and yet he recognizes the teachings of Jesus are from God.  He isn’t able to understand the teachings because he is bogged down with laws.  He is accustomed to looking at individual statements rather than the whole picture.  Without looking at the hole, the pieces don’t make any sense.  Before we condemn Nicodemus, we must look at ourselves.  It doesn’t help our understanding of the whole that the Bible is written in verses.  We memorize verses but tend to forget how they fit in the entire picture.  Without the entire picture, it is hard to understand.  Nicodemus was looking at Jesus’ statement of being born again from a worldly viewpoint.  To understand he had to remember Genesis and how God breathed His Spirit, His image, into man and how man lost it through sin.  It is this Spirit that must be reborn in us and that is only possible through Jesus by our accepting Him into our hearts, minds and lives as more than our Savior.  He must become the Lord (the leader, king, director. Instructor) of our lives.  When we do that God breathes His Holy Spirit back into our lives and we are once again in the image of God.  Let’s be sure we read and meditate on entire sections of God’s written word, not just take out a verse or 2 in order to prove a point we want to prove. 

August 14, 2017

Don’t Fear

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Deuteronomy 31:6 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (NIV)

 Philippians 4:6-7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (NIV)

 I tried to count the times God told us in His written word not to fear, not to be anxious, not to worry, not to be discouraged and many other not to.s that have to do with fear.  I lost count.  Instead He told us to be strong and courageous in our trust that He is true to His word.  He has promised always to be with us regardless of the circumstances we must face in this sinful world.  This doesn’t mean we won’t ever face dire circumstances.  It does mean we need not fear the circumstances before they occur.  We need only obey His word, worship Him and trust Him.  When we do find ourselves in dire circumstances we can trust He will provide us with all we need to face them.  It does no good to be anxious or afraid of what might be for then we don’t live in the peace of the present.  God told us tomorrow will take care of itself.  We are to live in today in faith, thankfulness and worship as we walk in fellowship with God, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  Yes, there are some very evil things in our world that might affect us some day but we can release those thoughts and allow God to keep His peace in our minds and our hearts.  God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

August 13, 2017

Worship of Thanksgiving

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Luke 17:18 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” (NIV)

 Worship is giving thanks to God.  Today we tend to take things for granted.  There is a lot of teaching today that we should always have anything we want as long as we ask God and believe for it.  This attitude is why we live with disappointment.  10 lepers were healed.  Apparently 9 of them were Jews and 1 a gentile.  It was the gentile who returned to give thanks to Jesus.  There are 7 different Greek words for thanks.  All of them denote thanking in open love.  Our question is do we only worship God with thanksgiving when we get our way or do we live in a state of thankfulness of worship to God in all circumstances.  We might say the only reason that 1 man came back to thank Jesus was because he was healed.  We have all been healed.  We’ve been healed from sin which is a death sentence.  We are healed to eternal life.  What more do we need to constantly be joyfully giving thanks in worship to the God Who sent Jesus and healed us from that death sentence from sin?

August 12, 2017

The Pit

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 12:04 pm

Genesis 37:23-24 23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the ornate robe he was wearing— 24 and they took him and threw him into the cistern. The cistern was empty; there was no water in it (NIV)

 To understand how God works with us we must understand why Joseph was trown into a pit.  It’s evident he wasn’t liked by his brothers.  As we read about the early life of Joseph we see he brags to his brothers about his dreams.  He is also favored over his brothers by his father.  Joseph made it worse by showing off the gift his father gave him and rubbing it into his brothers.  Why is this important to us?  We tend to blame other people when we face trials.  We fail to ask God to show us what part we played in getting into situations.  It’s so much easier to blame others rather than take responsibility for our own actions or inactions.  The dream God gave Joseph would eventually be fulfilled but Joseph had to go through a lot of difficult circumstance to mold his character into what was necessary to serve God in the fulfillment of the dream.  When we are down, we must get God’s perspective on why we are down.  We must be sure we are hearing God and not Satan.  God will give us conviction not condemnation.  God never condemns us.  He loves us and we stand forgiven.  Condemnation comes from Satan.  We must side with God, admit where we went wrong and move on with the Holy Spirit as a righteous child of His through Jesus.  Learn from our pits and move on with joy, thanksgiving and faith in God’s workings in and through us.

 One more thing we must notice.  The reason Reuben said to throw Joseph in the pit is so he could pull him out later and deliver him to his father.  When we are in the pit, the Holy Spirit wants to get our attention, pull us out and deliver us back to the Father.  Pits are to get our attention back on God.

August 11, 2017

Baptism

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Matthew 3:13-15 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”
15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented (NIV)

 Why would Jesus submit to water baptism?  Baptism is an external sign of dying to man’s sinful nature and being risen up to new life in Christ.  Jesus was without sin and Jesus was and is already Christ, the Messiah.  Why then did He want to be baptized?  He said it was to fulfill all righteousness.  But Jesus was already righteous.  Jesus, through His baptism was signifying His brotherhood with all mankind.  He came to walk where we had to walk and show us how to walk our walk in God’s way.  The baptism was the start of His ministry.  Likewise, water baptism is the start of our walk in the righteousness of Jesus.  As we read the scriptures and follow how Jesus walked on this earth, we can learn how we are to walk.  The word “Christian” means little Christ.  We are to be reflections of Christ.  Let us be sure to know how Jesus walked on this earth and be good imitators of His walk.

August 10, 2017

Replace Discouragement

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:06 am

Psalms 43:4-5 4 Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.  I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. 5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God (NIV)

 We all have times of discouragement, times when we are depressed and gloomy.  That is the time to go into our prayer room and sing or speak praises to God.  When we confess out loud with our mouths the glories of God we also hear them with our ears.  They penetrate deep into our inner being and change the focus of our mind.  Before long we are lifted up into His glory and our spirits are once again united with His.  Our outlook has changed and we are once again filled with unspeakable joy in our oneness with Jesus Christ our Savior and God the Father through the enabling of the Holy Spirit.  Our entire countenance changes along with the expression on our faces.  Our problem is sometimes we choose to be discouraged.  It may be we want others to feel sorry for us or we feel sorry for ourselves.  It’s all a matter of choice.  We can choose to remain in the dark pit of discouragement and gloom or we can choose to praise God until the gloom and discouragement have been replaced with His unspeakable joy

August 9, 2017

Truth

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

 Today many define truth as whatever suits them and their own personal desires and opinions.  They easily become offended and often angry when others disagree with what they deem is truth for themselves.  Jesus said He is the truth.  That means everything He said is truth.  Anything that contradicts what He said isn’t truth.  It doesn’t matter if it conflicts with our own opinions or desires.  Truth is found in Jesus and His word.  We are living in a society that wants nothing more than self-gratification.  Many want it so much that they will even murder anyone who would stand in their way of what they want.  These people walk with a heavy weight for the only way to freedom and an abundant life is living in the truth of Jesus.  But those of us who do walk in the truth of Jesus must be sure to walk it in love for those who are living under the lie of what truth actually is.  It is only through love that truth can prevail.  Let’s leave the judging to God, walk the truth in love and let those who are deceived see the difference. 

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