Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 25, 2020

Honor God

Filed under: anger,God,heart,Honor,Jesus,light,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Exodus 20:7 7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

God is so big that He has many names.  The early Hebrews recognized the sacredness of the names of God that they wouldn’t even say, nor write His names.  When they wrote about God, they omitted letters so as not to write out His name.  We have become very flippant about God’s name.  We use the name, “God” often.  Some use His name to indicate how mad they are.  Some just use 3 letters thinking they are not swearing if they use just 3 letters, “OMG.”  Unless they mean “Oh my gosh, or Oh my goodness,” they are using God’s name in vain at least in their thought pattern.  If they don’t mean the name, God, in those 3 letters they should just go ahead and use the word they mean.  We tend to not know how to show reverence and respect today.  It shows in our normal conversation with others as well as when we talk about God.  If we really love God, we will honor and respect everything about Him including His name – all His names.  We, as a society, have drifted away from politeness.  But honoring God is more than politeness.  Honoring God is a heart attitude that shows in the way we speak, not only speaking to God, but speaking about God and speaking to others as a child of God who is representing His love.  Let us watch our speech.  Let us learn not only to honor the name of God, but let us honor God not only in our speech but also in our thoughts and actions.

September 16, 2020

Too Much Light

Filed under: believe,Christians,God,holy,light,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Exodus 3:6 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (KJV)

Why would Moses find it necessary to hide his face from God, why be afraid to look at God, Who is love?  We are sinful beings and have things we hide in the darkness inside of us; things we don’t want anyone else to know; things we don’t even want to address.  God is more than love.  God is Light.  Light brighter and deeper than any light we could ever experience on this earth.  We don’t really want to see the sin that is still in us.  Hiding from it is much easier.  As we continue reading in Exodus we find God did shine some of His light on Moses for, when Moses came down out of the mountain he had to cover his face to please the people for his face reflected some of the light of God.  We, as believers, are also to reflect some of the light of God to others.  That could be part of the reason the world hates Christians.  They want to stay in the darkness and hate that even the little bit of the light of God that reflects on a Christian can show them a little of the sin that is in them.  What are we to do?  Let as much light of God as possible shine from us onto all those we meet in this world.  God is Light and we are to be lights.

August 26, 2020

Always Ready

Filed under: believe,Bible,God,God's Word,Jesus,light,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

1 Peter 3:15 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  (NIV)

We must each ask ourselves if we can give an answer to what we believe and why we believe it.  When we say we believe Jesus is the Word of God, His Son, made flesh and blood to come and show us how to live and substitute for our sin by dying on the cross and then coming back to life and ascending back to heaven to once again join His Father, God, we must be able to say why we believe this.  We can’t say because of our parents.  God doesn’t have any grandchildren.  Our believe must be based on our own choosing and our choosing must be founded by our own personal knowledge and experience.  This is why we must be very familiar with the Holy Bible and be able to quote verses for the proof of our belief.  It is also why we must be able to share what experiences we have had in our personal relationship with God.  It is good for us to think through these questions and write down our answers so, when asked, we will be able to give quick and concise answers in a loving way.  God doesn’t force Himself on anyone and we shouldn’t try to force our belief in Him on anyone.  We are only told to share His light in a loving way.  Let’s be sure we know how.

August 25, 2020

Keep Our Eyes on Jesus

Hebrews 12:2 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (NIV)

Luke 2:15 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  (NIV)

The shepherds saw a magnificent, heavenly sight and sound they never heard or dreamed about before.  For most people, seeing and hearing the angels would have been more than enough.  Not for the shepherds.  They eagerly decided they must go see the baby Jesus for themselves.  They wanted to fix their eyes on Jesus.  We are told to fix our eyes on Jesus.  Right now, we can’t see Jesus physically but we still can fix our eyes on Him.  We do this through reading and studying about all He did and said while physically walking this earth.  To do this, we must not only read the red letters in the Holy Bible, we must read all of it.  Not only read, but study.  What did Jesus say in various circumstances?  What did Jesus do in various circumstances?  We are to be imitators of Jesus.  To do that we must speak in the same way and act in the same way.  That doesn’t mean mimic Him.  It does mean we are to speak and do with the same goal and in the same motivation as Jesus did.  His goal was to honor His Father and obey Him in all things and circumstances and reveal the Father’s love and light to all.  Those last 2 word in the last sentence are important.  To ALL.  We can’t be selective of who we will love, encourage and help.  Jesus wasn’t selective.  Let us be imitators of Jesus.  Let us keep our eyes on Him through daily study of the Holy Bible and daily conversation with Him through the Holy Spirit.

August 21, 2020

Flickering Match Light

Filed under: anger,Christ,Christian,Father,God,Jesus,light,spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Matthew 5:14 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  (NIV)

When we toured Carlsbad Caverns the guide took us into the big throne room.  He cautioned us to stay very still.  Then he turned out the lights.  We were in total darkness.  We couldn’t even see our hand if we held it up to our nose.  The darkness was complete.  No light of any type could filter in to the cave that far below ground.  Then the guide lit a match.  That little flicker of light filled the entire cave room.  God is Light.  In Him there is no darkness at all.  We are to be His light.  Though the match didn’t give as much light as the electric lights that filled the cave, it did give much needed light to see our way around.  We don’t have a much light within us as God has, but, like the match, what we do have is enough to help others see their way to God.  The problem is, when others look at us, do they see light?  What kind of words and what type of expressions do we reveal when others look at us or listen to us?  Do we look glum, depressed, angry?  Are our words mostly words of complaint or anger?  Let’s be sure we reflect at least as much light as that flickering match.  Let’s do our part to help others see their way to God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let’s show them what a Christian really is.

August 14, 2020

The Season

Filed under: believe,Bride,Christ,God,government,Jesus,judging,light,peace,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Matthew 24:6-8 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains  (NIV)

It is important to look at the last sentence.  All the above events are only the beginning of birth pains.  The birth pains refer to the coming of Jesus for His bride (the body of believers) and the real tribulation and judgement of those who are left behind. We are seeing more and more of each of the events.  As believers we have a responsibility for we are co-workers with Jesus Christ.  There are a few things we are to do.  We are to pray for several things: peace in Jerusalem, governments and unbelievers to name a few.  We are to share the love and the light of God with those around us.  We are to stand firm in our faith even in the midst of threats for our faith.  I use to pray, come quickly, Lord Jesus.  Then I realize that was a selfish prayer for I could name several people, some dear to me, who had not become believers who followed and worshiped Jesus.  Most of them were of the belief Jesus was a good man and all they had to do for eternal life was be as good as they could be.  Only God is good.  Let’s not fear the signs of the season.  Let’s stand strong and do our part in prayer and in sharing God’s love, mercy, grace and light.

August 6, 2020

True Worship

Filed under: Bride,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,light,mind,spirit,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Matthew 17:2 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.  (NIV)

Jesus’ face shone like the sun.  It shined so much His clothes became as white reflecting the light from His face.  When we worship, do we look changed.  When we truly get into worship, it can’t help but show on our faces.  That is, when we worship with our whole mind and heart.  Do we question this?  One of our granddaughters is getting married.  She just had a bridal shower.  Her face glowed.  She was excited about her love and the promise of her future.  What we think comes out in how we feel and how we feel will be shown in our face and our body posture.  Let us learn to worship with our whole heart, mind and strength allowing the Holy Spirit Who is within us lead us into true worship.

July 26, 2020

Pray Before We Vote

Filed under: God,government,Jesus,light,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

2 Peter 2:1-3 1 But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. 3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with fabricated stories. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.  (NIV)

We can include a variety of people in the description of false prophets.  They include many politicians and media reporters.  Before we accept anything we hear as fact it is up to us to check several different sources.  The most important thing we should be doing is praying.  Please pray before you go vote.  We can’t count on any politicians’ promise.  Even if their promise is true, they don’t stand alone and others are always in disagreement.  By pray, I don’t mean just casually lift up one time to God.  Really beseech him on each candidate and item on the ballot.  Write each one down and pray over each one then mark the one, after much prayer, that God is leading you to vote.   Elections aren’t until November but it’s time to start praying now.  When we don’t pray before we vote and when we don’t pray daily for those who make the decisions in our government, we have no right to complain or criticize them.  Instead of raising our fist or spewing out criticism from our mouth, let us get on our knees before the One Who has the wisdom and work with Him in bringing this nation back to sharing the Light of the Word, Jesus Christ.

July 17, 2020

Light Dispels Darkness

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,holy,immerse,Jesus,light,meditation,mind,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Psalms 119:105 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.  (NIV)

Think about what a light does.  It dispels darkness.  If we would attach a light on our feet when we get up during the night we wouldn’t stumble and probably stub our toes.  Darkness cannot struggle against light.  The moment there is light, darkness disappears.  In this verse the light comes from a lamp and the lamp is God’s word.  Jesus is the word of God.  He supplied us with His written word in the Holy Bible.  When we read, study and meditate on the words in the Bible and get them deeply in our minds we have light to dispel any darkness.  The light shows us the way to walk.  The darkness, the deceit and lies of Satan, have to go away.  They can’t stand in the light of God’s word.  In Luke 11:33-34 “we read, No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light.  We are to look at the Light.  We are to keep our focus on Jesus.  We are to keep our eye on the Word of God and also the words of God recorded in the Holy Bible.  The question we must ask, how much time do we spend reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible and on the Word of God, Jesus?  Let us make sure we keep our minds and our hearts immersed in the Light of God and thereby reduce our stumbling.

July 6, 2020

The Tabernacle

Filed under: altar,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,light,spirit,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

John 4:23 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  (NIV)

It is important to know this conversation took place at a well in Samaria with a Samaritan woman.  Please read the entire section.  In Exodus 40 there are 7 things that must compose the tabernacle: table of showbread, menorah, screen door, altar, basin, screen to the courtyard gate and anointing priest.  All these were necessary for the Hebrews to worship God.  The tabernacle was the only place of worship.  In the book of John there are 7 times Jesus identifies Himself as “I Am.”  Each I Am has a different description: the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the good shepherd, the resurrection, the way and the life.  These 7 I Am’s correspond to the 7 things necessary in the tabernacle.  We no longer are limited to worship in the tabernacle.  Jesus is our tabernacle.  He has filled us with His Holy Spirit so the tabernacle is within us.  We are free to worship God anyplace and any time.  Our question is, do we?

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