Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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 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 3, 2018

Promises Fulfilled

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:49 pm

Hebrews 6:17 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. (NIV)

We tend to view things in the time space of our physical life on this earth.  God views things through eternity.  In Hebrews 6:14 we read, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” It continues in verse 15, And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.  Abraham was given one son, Isaac.  God promised him many descendants.  The promise, not realized by Abraham during his physical life on this earth was fulfilled through Isaac and his descendants.  So often we see the fulfillments of promises of God seem to take several generations to completely come about.  This is because of our “tunnel vision.”  We see things only in relation to our physical life span on this earth.  We have a hard time relating to eternity for we are consumed in this material world.  We like to think everything revolves around us, personally.  Each of us are an important part in God’s overall plan.  We each have a part to play in the fulfillment of God’s promises and purpose.  We need to totally give ourselves and our vision to God and ask His Holy Spirit to enable us to have faith like Abraham and consider God’s promises as complete even when we only see the very beginning of their fulfillment.

December 1, 2018

Cut Out

Filed under: Bible,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:59 pm

Hebrews 4:12 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)

For this verse to apply to us we must read the written word, the Holy Bible, study it and apply it to our everyday words and actions.  We must be open and honest with ourselves when we read it.  We can’t just gloss over thinking it doesn’t really apply to us.  We must allow the written word, through the Holy Spirit, to judge our thoughts and attitudes.  This can be hard for some of us to do because we like to think we are better than we really are.  We like to shove down certain thoughts as if we never have them.  It takes the written word of God to cut through our thoughts and attitudes.  A surrendered life will allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the thoughts and attitudes which must be cut out of our minds and hearts.  Let us learn to allow the sword of God’s Spirit to cut out of us any thought or attitude which are not in line with His written word.

November 29, 2018

Last Seasons

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

Acts 1:7 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. (KJV)

Acts 1:8 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of  (KJV)

There is a lot of talk about the end times.  Many are declaring we are seeing those times.  Jesus said it isn’t for us to know the times or seasons.  That is for the Father only.  Jesus did say we were to busy ourselves with the job of being witnesses throughout this world.  This is our job.  Speculating about where we are in God’s calendar isn’t what we are to do.  We have actually been in the end times ever since Jesus rose from earth to return to the Father.  We don’t know how long these last seasons will take or everything that will happen during them.  We are not to be concerned about them.  Our attention is to be on proclaiming the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus to all we meet.  Let us learn not to speak out of turn declaring things Jesus said not even He knew and speak of the love, merch, grace and salvation of God through Jesus which we not only know but have and continue to experience in our own lives.  God is in control but it is for us to give all mankind an opportunity to hear of Him.

November 24, 2018

Hands Up

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Exodus 17:11 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. (NIV)

Moses knew without God’s intervention the battle would be lost.  God wanted the people to learn not only to look to Him but to work with Him.  Moses’ holding up his hands was the evidence of looking to God and participating in the work of God.  So often we bring our petitions to God then sit back to wait and watch.  We fail to wait and listen to see what part we have to play in our petitions being met.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus.  As joint-heirs, that means we have joint responsibilities.  We can’t just sit back and expect God to do all the work, even though it’s well within His power and ability to do so.  God loves us and wants us to work with Him.  This takes listening after we give Him our petitions.  There are times we might have nothing to do but there will be plenty of times, like the Hebrews wielding their swords while Moses held up his hands that we have work to do with God’s Holy Spirit in us leading the way.  Let us always listen and be ready for anything God calls us to do.

November 22, 2018

By God’s Spirit

Filed under: anger,faith,God,Holy Spirit,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:49 pm

Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (NIV)

God deserves all the glory because He created and is in charge of all things.  Moses learned this the hard way.  When in the wilderness and they were out of water, God told Moses to strike the rock so water would gush out (the rocks in that desert hold water).  God was allowing Moses to get the glory to ensure the respect he needed as the leader of the Hebrews.  Later on, when water was again needed, God told Moses to speak to the rock.  That was for God to get the glory to encourage faith from the Hebrews.  Moses was tired and angry at the situation and, instead of speaking to the rock as God instructed, Moses hit the rock.  Because of that act Moses never got to the Promised Land.  So often we wonder why we don’t succeed at something.  If we check our motives, how we are trying to look good, competent, powerful to others and claim the glory for ourselves, we have the answer.  We like to do things by might and by power.  God is God.  He is in charge and expects, actually demands to be obeyed.  This takes trust and faith.  Trust and faith grow by experience.  God has reasons for what He does. Let’s choose to trust and obey even without understanding.

November 21, 2018

Put Off the Old Self

Filed under: anger,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Colossians 3:5-10 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (NIV)

There’s at least a months’ worth of devotions in these verses.  It takes a brave determination to look at them honestly.  We like to think we don’t sin.  But there are some of these things we are told to put to death that we all do.  The most common is lust.  Lust includes many different things.  Some lust after food.  Just look at the obesity rate in this nation.  Others lust for tobacco, alcohol, money through gambling, power over other people, sex outside of marriage and on and on.  We are also to rid ourselves of anger which includes when we’re driving in traffic and others cut us of.  We are told not to lie to each other but we have all been guilty of what we call “harmless, little, white lies.”  We pretend we lie to not hurt others but mostly it’s to protect the image of ourselves we want to show.  I pray we regularly take time to carefully go over these verses from time to time and check how we are doing.  Then confess to our Father the things we have not been able to keep away, ask and accept forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in those areas.  These are all from our old self and we are to put on the new self, renewed in the knowledge in the image of God.

November 19, 2018

Knowing God

Filed under: Church,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:24 pm

Psalms 89:15 15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. (NIV)

We can know all about God and His characteristics and not really know God.  Until we really know God we can’t really be in His presence.  Being in His presence is different than His being with us.  To really know someone, we must be in their lives – their daily, private lives.  Most of us live one way around others and when we are alone, we live another way.  We can sit in church and sing, pray and listen to sermons and still not really know God.  Knowing is by experiencing.  To experience God, we must in reality trust Him enough to give Him total control of our life.  There are no exceptions.  This takes a lot of trust because our nature is to be in control of all we experience.  I pray you want to really know God, to totally trust Him with all the aspects of your life.  Let us give free reign to the Holy Spirit to free us from all preconceived ideas of God, Who He is and what He wants us to be, do and say.

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