Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 17, 2019

God Is Love

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)

God is love.  Without God there is no love because God is love and love is God.  People say they love someone because that someone make them feel good or needed or something.  It is because of how someone else makes them feel.  That isn’t love.  Without God in us through His Holy Spirit it is impossible for us to love anyone.  We are, by nature, full of self.  Jesus demonstrated love by the way He walked this earth.  The scriptures, the Holy Bible, the written word of God, is full of examples of love – the love of God.  Love and God are one and the same.  We can only love when we allow God to love through us.  Let us allow God to love through us.  Let us immerse ourselves in the Holy Bible so we can recognize how God’s love is worked out through His children.  God is Love.

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July 14, 2019

On Our Account

Filed under: body,Christ,Christian,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (NIV)

I used to pray for Jesus to come quickly until I realized how selfish that is.  I know quite a few people that don’t acknowledge Who Jesus is.  They have no relationship with God.  I’m glad God is what seems slow to us in keeping His promise of Jesus coming for His Bride (the body of believers).  I’m glad He is patient with me.  I’m glad He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  But just being glad is not enough.  Just wanting others to believer is not enough.  We must take an active part in showing them the love of God so they will want to believe.  We do that through our words and our actions.  When they see us driving in traffic what do they see?  When they see us standing in a long line at a store, what do they see?  As believers we are to act as Jesus did when walking this earth.  Let us learn to take this seriously.  In the 80’ the big thing was “What would Jesus do?”  Before we act or speak, let us ask the Holy Spirit within us what Jesus wants us to do or say.”  Let none be lost on our account.

July 13, 2019

Filed under: Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Daniel 10:12-14 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come

Some times we wonder why our prayers don’t seem to be answered.  We are impatient people.  We live in a world where we want everything right away.  Quite often when we don’t see our prayers being answered someone will quote the verse about one day being a thousand years and a thousand years being one day to God.  That is true but there is also the events we can’t see in the spiritual world.  The above verses explain this.  This is why it is important for us to keep praying until we receive the answer to our prayers.  Though God doesn’t need us for Him to act, He has chosen to have us unite with Him in the spiritual battles.  As we pray the power of the Holy Spirit within us unites with the angels in heaven.  Satan will pull out all his power to discourage us in our prayers.  He knows how powerful our prayers are.  Let us never given into his discouraging our prayers.  Let us perceiver in joining the angels of heaven and defeat the angels of darkness.  Pray without ceasing

July 5, 2019

Just as Christ

Filed under: Christ,denomination,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Ephesians 4:4 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  (NIV)

Just as there are different circles of family groups: the immediate, the 3 generational, the clan of relatives, yet they are all family, there are different circles of the family of God.  We call them local church, denominations and the entire body of Christ.  We always don’t act like a living family.  Sometimes we act like we’re in competition with one another.  When we read on in Ephesians and throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we are told over and over to bear with one another, to get along with one another.  It’s hard for some immediate families to do this and seems even harder for the Family of God to do this.  It starts with just one person who is determined to choose love, patience and the grace of God to swallow the sin of pride and self-righteousness and determine to get along with all of God’s children.  Let us each be that one.  The Family of God will be much more inviting for others to come into our family if they could only see more love, patience and grace actually practiced in our family.

 

July 4, 2019

Speak Slow

Filed under: body,Christ,Church,denomination,Family,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Ephesians 4:4 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  (NIV)

Just as there are different circles of family groups: the immediate, the 3 generational, the clan of relatives, yet they are all family, there are different circles of the family of God.  We call them local church, denominations and the entire body of Christ.  We always don’t act like a living family.  Sometimes we act like we’re in competition with one another.  When we read on in Ephesians and throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we are told over and over to bear with one another, to get along with one another.  It’s hard for some immediate families to do this and seems even harder for the Family of God to do this.  It starts with just one person who is determined to choose love, patience and the grace of God to swallow the sin of pride and self-righteousness and determine to get along with all of God’s children.  Let us each be that one.  The Family of God will be much more inviting for others to come into our family if they could only see more love, patience and grace actually practiced in our family.

July 3, 2019

Testing the Spirits

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,marriage,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

1 John 4:1-3 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.   (NIV)

We must remember there is a spiritual world with many different spirits.  All of the spirits clamor for our attention.  There is only One spirit we are to heed.  The Holy Spirit.  Everything the Holy Spirit says to us is in total agreement with the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Anything that contradicts the words in the Bible, anything that changes the definition of those words, is not the Holy Spirit but one of the spirits from Satan’s domain.  There is one denomination taking a vote to change the definition of marriage from a union between a man and woman to a union between 2 individuals.  That is not in agreement with the definition of marriage given to us in the Holy Bible.  I’m sure you are tired of my always saying how important it is for us to really know the words in the Holy Bible but it is really that important.  As we draw closer and closer to the return of Jesus for His Bride  (the believers in Him) the voices of the evil spirits will be louder and louder and the cultural pressure for believers to join in with the way of the evil spirits will be greater and greater.  While we have the freedom, let’s really put the words of scripture deeply into our minds and hearts.

July 2, 2019

Holy Spirit Purpose

Filed under: Bible,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

John 16:13-14 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you (NIV)

Some just thin the Holy Spirit is only for a few selected individuals or that He is just a different, no-understandable language.  The Holy Spirit is the guide we need in order to discern what is true from what is false.  He is the communicator between the Father and us.  He enables us to glorify Jesus.  Jesus tells the Holy Spirit what we need to know.  How do we learn to hear the Holy Spirit?  At first, we hear Him through the reading and meditating on the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  After we read, it is good to write down what we hear from our reading.  After we pray, it is good to write down what is in our mind after we pray.  Eventually we will see what we have written is different from the way we talk.  Gradually we become more and more familiar with how the Holy Spirits sounds to us.  By sound, I mean hearing the thoughts He speaks into our minds.  Be patient with yourself.  As it takes a baby a while to understand words, it also take us awhile to understand the Holy Spirit’s gentle whisper.

July 1, 2019

Fellowship

Filed under: Christ,commandment,Father,fellowship,glory,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

1 John 1:3 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (NIV)

We use the word fellowship in several different ways.  What does it mean to have fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ?  To be in fellowship with God we live in the knowledge of His will.  We agree with His commandments and all He does.  We share in His love for His creation.  We enjoy being in His presence. All of these are in various verses of the Holy Bible.  I encourage you to to a word search on “fellowship” to learn more of what it means to fellowship with God.  Having knowledge of what is included in fellowship will help us see what areas we are not truly fellowship with God.  We all have special groups of people with whom we enjoy fellowship from time to time.  Our fellowship with them is not all-inclusive.  Let us learn to be all-inclusive with our fellowship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

June 23, 2019

Speaks Today

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Old Testament,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Hebrews 1:2 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (NIV)

In the Old Testament days God only spoke through the people He raised up to be prophets.  When He sent His Son, His Word to earth in the form of Jesus, He began speaking to us through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  God still speaks to us through Jesus.  He has given us a written account, the New Testament, of how Jesus lived, what Jesus taught and how Jesus ministered.  As we read the account, we hear God speaking.  When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent His Holy spirit to dwell in each and every believer/follower of Jesus in order to speak to them (us).  The only thing that hampers us from hearing God speak to us today is our failure to listen.  We choose to listen to our own intellects.  We fail to realize our own intellects are flawed.  We are in sinful, fleshly bodies and have trouble understanding things of the spirit.  God is Spirit.  We must worship Him in our spirits.  We can only worship in our spirits if we have been reborn through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through Jesus.  It is then that we are made capable to hear God speak to us as long as we are willing to listen.  It still thrills ad amazes me how much God went through in order for me to be able to hear Him speak to me.  If nothing else ever led or would lead me to fall on my knees and worship Him, this alone would be more than enough.  Just think, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be wants to speak to us.  Our question we must ask ourselves is how much do we want to hear from Him?  Let us learn to listen.  Let us really desire to listen.  Let us listen more than we talk, asking Him for things.

June 21, 2019

No Matter What

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

1 Thessalonians5:16-18  Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.  This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (The Message)

Notice the 2 different (yet very much the same) translations.  So often we mis-define the word “rejoice.”  Rejoice in this instance means to be cheerful.  We don’t have to go around saying halleluiahs or singing all the time.  We are to be cheerful if we know God is in control.  We aren’t cheerful when we complain.  I hear some saying over and over how tired they are or how their head hurts and on and on.  There is no cheerfulness in that.  Our cheerfulness comes from the knowledge of God being in control of our lives.  It comes from the joy of salvation we are guaranteed by Jesus, the very Word of God.  We stay plugged into that joy, which produces cheerfulness, through continual prayer.  Continual prayer means an on-going conversation, either aloud or within our own thoughts, throughout the day with our Father.  As soon as we recognize a complaint is coming out of our mouths, let’s stop it.  Let’s let others here positive words; words of assurance and words that are uplifting.  We can be tired; we can have headaches, but we know they aren’t lasting for eternity.  The joy of the Lord does last for eternity.  No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be cheerful because we know God is right in there with us.

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