Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 14, 2019

All Called

Filed under: believe,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  (NIV)

Did you know, if you are a believer in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, you are a priest?  It says so in the above verse.  There is no hierarchy in the family of God other than the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  All believers are equal.  The human element in the various Christian denominations have set up an hierarchy and limited the members in what they can do.  No where in scripture is it said only certain believers can serve communion or baptize new believers.  The only thing we can’t do as believers is perform marriages that are recognized as legal by the various governments.  It is not the paid ministers job to visit the sick and pray for them.  It is the duty of each and every believer.  Paid ministers shouldn’t be held to any higher of standard than what we call the “lay” people are held.  In God’s eyes, we are all equal.  Since God holds us all equal In His eyes, let us do likewise.  All believers are called to the priesthood.  All believers are called to serve God.  Let us all do our part to share God’s wonderful light.

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September 13, 2019

Continually Confess

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (NIV)

The verb tense in the English translation is not in agreement with the original.  Confession is not a one-time thing.  We are to continually confess our sins – not repeats of ones already confessed and repented but the sins we make daily.  I don’t know about you but never a day goes by without my doing or saying or thinking something that is out of character with the character of Jesus.  Those things need confession daily.  We don’t just say, “Father forgive me for any sins I did today.”  We must be specific.  We need to be specific so we will actually realize what we have done, said or failed to do so we can repent – turn away from it – and move on building the character of Jesus in our thoughts, words and deeds.  Think you got through the day without any sin?  Be quite, ask the Holy Spirit to review the day with you and you will learn how imperfect we are in our human nature.  Let us continually confess each and every sin and God will continue to be faithful, forgiving us and continuing to purify us from all unrighteousness.

September 10, 2019

Real Worship

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Amos 5:21-23 21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.   Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. 23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.  (NIV)

I am concerned about some of the contemporary services in many of the churches.  The music is loud with memorizing rhythms.  The worship team is professional and the music is such as to grab the emotions.  As many start responding and joining in it tends to become a crowd mentality.  People look around to see how others are responding and start to respond in the same way.  The emphasis seems to be on the emotions to the music rather than on the sense of the presence of God.  I was in a service doing this when I heard the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit ask me if I knew whose worship was true and really pleasing to God.  A little huffed up, being a professional singer, I thought about myself.  Then I was directed to look at the young man standing next to me.  He was not singing any recognizable pitch or rhythm but he also was totally unaware anyone else was around him.  He was totally singing praises and worshiping God, Almighty.   True praise and worship comes from the heart.  True praise and worship comes from the individual.  Yes, individuals can and should often combine with other individuals to offer corporate worship to God but it must come from each one’s heart without concern of what others present might think of the way we sing, stand, look or anything else.  All eyes and hearts should be tuned to God.  Next time we’re are in a setting of corporate worship, let’s be sure to keep our eyes, minds and heart on God, not on our neighbor.

September 7, 2019

Storms

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Psalms 55:8 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  (NIV)

We are visiting our son and his family and find ourselves preparing for a category 5 hurricane.  Many of us have been praying for God to turn the storm east out to sea where no one and no property can be damaged.  We know scripture says there will be more and worsening storms as we proceed through the later days of this present, sinful earth yet it is not wrong to ask Him to delay for the sake of those who are yet to enter into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  But we submit ourselves to God’s plans, whatever they are and prepare to secure ourselves as safe as possible.  We know we’re in the hands of God and need not be anxious or worried.  We do our part like boarding up windows and removing anything from outside that might be a projectile in the wind, yet we are at peace.  When we know our Creator God, it matters not when storms assail us.  His peace stays deep within.  Storms aren’t always weather related.  There are financial, emotional, sickness and various other storms of life.  They serve to deepen our faith if we will only choose to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit for directions in walking through the storms of life.  There is a chorus that summarizes it.  “Peace, peace, wonderful peace.  Looking down from heaven above…)  Peace is always looking down but we must look up to God to receive it.

September 3, 2019

God Can’t Lie

Genesis 15:6 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.  (NIV)

Abram and Sarai were both well past child-bearing age.  God told Abram he and Sarai would produce a child of their own.  Abram believed Him.  There is a big difference between believing God and believing IN God.  Many people believe in God.  They believe God exists.  They even cry out to Him when in trouble.  But believing God, believing what God has and continues to say, is different.  This requires faith and trust.  We either really believe God will do what He has and continues to say He will do and we act on it with sureness, considering it done and doing our part in receiving or we just believe that there is a God somewhere but not actively involved in our own life.  The choice is ours.  But it can’t stop with a choice.  After we choose to believe God, we must follow the belief with action.  If we become worried or anxious we are not believing.  If we hesitate when God has told us to do something, we are not believing.    Some say they don’t know what God wants them to do.  The Holy Bible is full of instructions from God in how we are to live and speak.  Beyond that, the Holy Spirit is always ready to tell us what to do.  It’s just like walking.  We first set our heal down then we turn the direction of our foot. We must first listen to God through His written word and then through prayer and meditation, listening to the Holy Spirit.  It is a process of learning.  As we learn more about the nature of God, we will hear more clearly.  Let us not only believe in God.  Let us believe God for the one thing God is incapable of is telling a lie.  God is truth by His very nature.

August 31, 2019

That Is Love

Filed under: commands,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Philippians 3:8-9 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith  (NIV)

We could (if it were possible) obey each and every command of God and we still wouldn’t be righteous.  To be righteous means to be in right standing with God.  The only way to be in right standing with God is to come under the righteousness of His Son, Jesus, for only Jesus is righteous.  It is through Jesus, Who fills us with the Holy Spirit and covers us with His blood that we can be considered righteous – in right standing with God.  There is nothing on this earth, nothing we can ever do that is more important and of more value than coming under the blood of Jesus and covered by His righteousness.  Some say because God is love they don’t have to accept Jesus.  God is the One Who determines how we can approach Him.,  He sent Jesus down in the form of a human man so we could better hear Him and become united with Him.  He said Jesus is the only way.  There is no other way.  We can either choose to go the way God has provided and dwell with Him throughout eternity or we can choose to live our own way by our own rules and desires and spend eternity separated from God.  The choice is there for each and every person to make.  Because God is love, He has provided us a way to be with Him.  That is love.

August 30, 2019

Plowing Straight

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Hebrews 3:1 1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (NIV)

Today when farmers plow and want to keep a straight line they focus on a GPS screen.  Before electronics farmers had to learn to look ahead a one point that was their goal.  If the looked down or to either side they would stray off the straight-line course.  We also have a goal.  Our goal is Jesus and eternity.  If we take our eyes and our thoughts off of Jesus we will trip up and stray from the course He has for us.  There are many things we can do to help us stay focused on our goal.  We read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, daily, putting it deep into our mind.  We learn to talk with our Father in heaven throughout the day.  We learn to tune our ears to the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.  When we have a decision to make we look to God for the answer.  Let us immerse ourselves in the scriptures and talk freely with our Father, keeping our eyes on our goal of being one with God.

August 29, 2019

Nightly Check-up

Filed under: confess,forgive,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,peace,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

We need to give ourselves a nightly check before ending the day.  We check each fruit of the Spirit to see how it grew in us during the day or how we squelched a particular fruit that day.  Did we show the fruit of forbearance (patience) In our driving or with the customer that carried on a tirade blaming us for a company police or their own indiscretion?  What about joy?  Did we go around with a joyful expression and attitude?  Self-control can be a big one.  Did we practice self-control at the “all you can eat” buffet we went to for lunch or dinner?  Each fruit is a barometer of how we are walking in the Spirit of God.  If you’re normal you will find at least one, if not more fruits lacking during the day.  That’s okay.  Confess the lack, choose to turn a different direction, ask forgiveness and forgive yourself.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more mindful of that (or those) particular fruit during the next day.  Fruit must be fed to grow.  This is one way of feeding the fruits within us.

August 27, 2019

Re-choose

Filed under: confess,faith,garden,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Luke 22:31-32 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (NIV)

Jesus knew Simon (Peter) would deny Him but He also knew Peter would return to his faithful obedience and through that encourage and strengthen others.  Just like Peter, we slip away from our faith and trust and obedience from time to time.  Jesus also prayed for us when He prayed in the Garden just before they came to take Him.  John 17:20-23 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  I read this prayer often.  We are among those who believe in Him because of the message of those who have gone before us.  When we slip away from God, the Holy Spirit inside us will bring us back into our right relationship with Him.  We only need to choose to return, confess our sin of separation, and move forward In our growing more intimate with our Father.  Jesus prayed we would be one with and in them as they are One in each other and, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to be one in God as well as one in all the other believers.  He’s given us the means; we only need to make the choice.  We need to make the choice daily and sometimes re-choose in the day.

August 26, 2019

Joseph’s Trials

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Genesis 45:5 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.  (NIV)

The story of Joseph has much to teach us.  Though this statement he made in the above verse attributes all the trials he endured as part of God’s plan, I’m sure he didn’t feel that way as he went through the various trials.  Go back into Genesis and read the full story of Joseph.  He was the youngest son and the favorite of his father.  He was very vocal about the dreams he had, almost to the point of boasting.  His brothers plotted to kill him but then sold him into slavery in a foreign land.  He became a trusted slave but then was falsely accused and put into prison.  He befriended 2 people in prison and interpreted their dreams with a promise he would be remembered yet he was forgotten for some time.  Finally, he was put into the position God intended.  What he had to go through to get there was quite an ordeal.  We often question God when we go through difficult times.  As we go through our various trials we have no idea why.  Often we beg God to get us out of the trial quickly.  It can be quite some time after the trial before God shows us what we were to learn or why we had to go through it to get to a particular place.  We must hang on to the verse in James and quietly endure our trials with an open mind and heart, listening to the Holy Spirit’s instructions on how to walk through the trials rather than get out of them.  We have God’s promise He will never leave us or forsake us.  Instead of complaining about our trials, let’s embrace them and flow with God in the direction He is taking us.

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