Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 17, 2018

After This Manner

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

Matthew 6:9 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (ESV)

So many think what we call “The Lord’s Prayer,” is a prayer Jesus told us to recite.  Notice He said, “After this manner.”  There is nothing wrong with reciting this prayer but we are also to use it a a pattern for our prayers.  Jesus gave it to us to teach us how to pattern our prayers.  When we look closely we can form an acronym ACTS.  A is for adoration.  We start our prayers with adoration of God the Father.  This is entering into worship which ushers us into His very presence.  Next us confession.  We acknowledge who we are in comparison of Who God is.  We confess our sins to Him for sin blocks out His presence in us.  T is for thanksgiving.  We are thankful to Him and give Him our thanks for all things: for the privilege of being allowed to talk to Him, for being adopted as His child and whatever comes into our minds. S is for supplication.  We are quick to petition God for all the things we need or want.  We quite often start our prayers with supplication.  When we do this we are missing all Jesus taught us.  Yes, there are times for what I call “flash prayers.”  During those times we are speaking in the heat of the moment.  The pattern Jesus gave us is for our daily, one on one time with the Father in worship and deep prayer.  Let us learn to pray unceasingly but always giving time each day for the deep prayer in the pattern Jesus so lovingly gave us. 


March 16, 2018

The Spirit Prays

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Acts 2:1 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 14:15 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. (NIV)

Genesis 11:1 1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. (NIV)

Genesis 11:6 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. (NIV)

Zephaniah 3:9 9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. (NIV)


Words are very important.  They are the vessel that connects people to people and people to God. Notice twin babies speak to each other.  To us it sounds like they’re speaking gibberish but they act like they understand what each one is saying to the other.  We have a hold up in our minds.  We don’t understand what Pentecost means.  Pente means 5 and coste means to the tenth power.  Pentecost means 50.  It was on the 50th day after Jesus returned to heaven.  At that time the prophecy in Zephaniah 3:9 came into being.  When God made Adam and Eve, He gave them a language to communicate with each other and with Him.  That was the one language on the earth, the only language until mankind decided to do things their own way in building the tower that would reach to heaven.  Read all of Genesis 11 for background on that.  On the day of Pentecost God returned the heavenly language first given to Adam and Eve and the people on the earth during the early eras.  We call that speaking in tongues because we don’t understand that language any more than we understand the language of the twins.  It is a language for our spirit to pray directly to God.  We pray with our own birth language with our minds.  We are also to pray with the heavenly language God gives us through the Holy Spirit.  We have complete control of if or when we use that language.  Maybe when our prayers don’t seem to be coming to fruition it’s because we limit our prayers to our finite understanding instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to pray in the heavenly language.  As Paul says, there is a need to pray in both languages.  As in any language it takes practice to speak fluently.  I encourage you to get alone, come into the realization of being in the presence of God, and give your mouth to the spirit within you.  As a child learns to speak one sound at a time, so we learn a new language one sound at a time.  Yes, it sounds like gibberish as we learn but it is a real language given to us by God so we can pray with the spirit as well as spray with our own understanding.

March 15, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Ezekiel 37:9 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” (NIV)

We’ve all experienced being in air where all we wanted is to get somewhere where we could get a good, clean, refreshing breath.  Prophesy is God’s words.  God’s words are the breath of God.  Breath gives life.  Without breath there is no life.  To have life we must breathe in God’s word.  To breathe in God’s word we must be daily immersed in the written word (the breath) of God.  I can never say enough about the importance of reading, meditating, studying and memorizing God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Just as we can’t go very long without breathing, we can’t survive spiritually without being in the written word of God, God’s breath of life.  We must ask ourselves if we are breathing daily or if we are trying to hold our breath.  Let us breathe throughout each and every day.


March 13, 2018

Eat Bread

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

Matthew 6:11 11 Give us today our daily bread. (NIV)

When we go without eating we get tired and probably cranky.  We can’t go very many days without eating.  Jesus told us to pray for our daily bread.  This prayer has several levels.  We are to pray for the physical bread that we eat in order to take in the needed nutrients our physical body needs.  We are also to pray for the spiritual bread.  In John 6:33 , (NIV) we read, For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” This bread from God came down from heaven in 2 different ways.  The first way is recorded in John 6:35 (NIV) Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  We eat our daily bread through Jesus.  After He ascended to heaven we are left with the written Word, the Holy Bible.  For this written word we must have the Holy Spirit in us to give us the ability to digest this bread.  As we read and meditate daily the Holy Spirit will interpret what we read to bring us to understanding and digest it deep within us.  We need this bread daily.  Skipping a meal of this bread will make us spiritually tired and we will get cranky.  Let us not only eat this bread daily, let us feast on it.


March 12, 2018


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

John 14:16 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— (NIV)

So many believers are afraid of the Holy Spirit because they have seen people who say they have the Holy Spirit and they act weird.  They would probably act weird even without the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the third person of God.  He isn’t an “it.”  He is a real living being.  God is in three persons and all three are in this verse.  Jesus is speaking.  Jesus, the Son, God’s Word, is the One Who asks the Father to give us the Holy Spirit after the Son returns to the Father.  The Holy Spirit is in us to comfort us, to help us and to guide us.  There is nothing to fear about the Holy Spirit. He is God as our friend.  He is in us to be our friend.  A friend wants the best for their friend.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t take control of us.  We have control of what and when we speak or how we dress or act.  Let us open ourselves to the Holy Spirit as our best friend Who knows our needs and wants to guide us in the best for us and help us know the Father and the Son more intimately.


March 11, 2018

Have It All

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Luke 15:29 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  T

Read the entire parable of the prodigal son. The prodigal recognized his mistake and came in spirit of repentance.  The son who stayed home didn’t want his brother to be forgiven.  Notice in Luke 15:12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.  The father didn’t just give the prodigal his share, he divided the shares between both sons at the time.  The brother of the prodigal was the oldest when meant he got double portion.  The problem arises in the fact that the brother did nothing with his double portion.  He continued doing as he has always done.  His double portion was there for him all the time.  God has given us so very much yet we continue going as we always have.  So often we don’t notice what God has given us, when we do, we don’t ask Him how we are to use what He gives us.  Let us learn not to pay attention to what God gives us, learn how to use His gifts and start using them.


March 10, 2018

New Thoughts

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:19 pm

Ephesians 4:23 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; (NIV)

We, humans, like to think what we know is right.  We resist change of thought.  The things we’ve been taught in the past that we’ve accepted as truth hold us fast.  So fast, we don’t allow our mind to be open to new things or to correcting the old thoughts we hold so tight.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, He, through the infilling of His Holy Spirit, gives us access to His mind.  We have at our disposal and choice the availability and ability to make new the attitude of our minds.  So often we close ourselves off in even listening to anything that might disagree with what we’ve held on to for so long.  When we read and meditate on the scriptures it is so important for us to choose to open our minds to a fresh interpretation through the Holy Spirit.  The scriptures are the living word of God.  Living because they have so many layers of meaning according to where we are in our walk and understanding of God.  If you look back at some of these older devotions you will find different interpretations of the same scripture.  These different interpretations aren’t in disagreement.  They are at different levels and needs in our walk.  Let us open ourselves to all the Holy Spirit would tell us through the written word God has provided as well as the quiet inner voice of the Holy Spirit.


March 9, 2018

As We Think

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Proverbs 23:7a 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: (KJV)

We must guard our minds when thinking about ourselves.  It works both in thinking more of ourselves than we really are and thinking less of ourselves than we really are.  What we think about ourselves we will become.  When I do something and it isn’t the right thing to do and I say I’m stupid, if I think that often enough I will eventually think I really am stupid and will not make the effort to learn anything.  To the opposite, if I think I know everything, and that I’m always right, I will eventually quit listening to others, or God, in a humble, accepting attitude of correction or learning.  In and of ourselves, we are nothing but a bunch of elements held together.  But, when we come to God through His Son, Jesus, God’s Spirit unites with our spirit and we become His child, recreated in His image.  As we learn to be obedient to the voice of God (Jesus is the Word of God) we are promised to have the mind of Christ.  It is all by the grace of God.  In our heart should be humble thanksgiving that we are more than conquerors and have all the powers of God at our disposal and are worth loving and being loved because of God’s grace and sacrifice.  This also applies to how we think about others.  We will treat them according to how we think about them rather than what God thinks about them.  It also applies to how we think about God.  Let our hearts be full of humble thankfulness and walk in the power of God’s children, who, like God, want the best for all.


March 8, 2018

Horsetail Falls

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Creation,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 4:39 pm

John 9:5 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (NIV)

Matthew 5:14 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. (NIV)
Matthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)

In Yosemite, if you are there at the right time in the right conditions, you can see the sunset reflecting on horsetail falls making the falls look like cascading fire.  Even the water vapor from the falls lights up. While Jesus was physically walking this earth, He said He was the Light of the world.  After He rose from the dead He told us, His followers, that we are the light of the world.  Our question is do we reflect His light as horsetail falls reflects the light of the sunset?   How much Light do we reflect?  Do we need the conditions just right for His Light to reflect from us?  These as are questions we must take in prayerful meditation asking the Holy Spirit to show us how much of His Light we reflect and what conditions might be dimming the Light.


March 7, 2018

All Our Needs

Psalms 42:1 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. (NIV)

This Psalmist was very wise.  He was aware that any emptiness, depression, anxiety or worry he experienced was a warning sign he needed to replenish his spirit with the infilling only God can give.  So many of us turn to other sources first to solve our emotions from various trials we face.  They might help momentarily but their help quickly dissipates.  When God made man, He made a place in man’s spirit that can only be filled with Him.  The only way we can fill it with Him is through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  When we take Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, He sends His Holy Spirit to dwell in us with our spirit.  It is this Holy Spirit Who will lift us up from any pit we might have stumbled into.  So, let’s join with the psalmist and turn to God through His Holy Spirit to fill all our needs, physical, spiritual, mental and emotional.  He is faithful.  Jesus promised He would fill all our needs.  We only need to place our hope and trust in Him.

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