Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 14, 2020

Don’t Know You

Filed under: fruit,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,love,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Matthew 7:22-23 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!    (NIV)

Some will wonder how can someone who has performed many miracles in the name of Jesus possibly be unknown by our Lord.  God doesn’t look on the deeds we perform.  God also doesn’t let His name go out in vain.  He will do miracles and will allow demons to be driven out but He looks on the heart of the one who is involved in the action.  He judges and recognizes us by the fruits of His Holy Spirit.  Are those fruits really in our hearts?  Do we really let those fruits grow in us?  Do we display those fruits not only when others can see but also when we are alone?  We can find these fruits listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  Do we love God more than our own reputation and more than any other person or thing or possession?  Why are we doing what appears to be good?  Is it so others will think good of us?  Do we think by doing good we earn points with God?  With God there is no such thing as earning points.  God is love.  God recognizes love and responds to love.  It is the love of God as it flows in and through us back to God that unites us with God.  If we don’t love all God created we cannot be loving God.  Let us be sure our hearts are right.  Let us think, speak and do all we do in love – the love God continually gives us and desires to flow through us to others.

January 5, 2020

Not by Might

Filed under: Church,glory,God,Lord,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:17 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)

This is not only the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel.  It is His word to us.  So many churches are instituting programs based on corporatians programs to entice more people to come their church.  So mand have built beyond their financial means and are looking to the ways of the word to bring in money.   They and many people involved in the ministry of the church – which includes all people who do anything in the church, not just those who earn money through their ministry – rely on their worldly wisdom to accomplish or try to accomplish their goals of increasing the numbers and/or the budget.  Then they wonder why their not working.   Increase to the Kingdom of God doesn’t come by man’s wisdom but by the power and Spirit of the Lord.  We can’t just pray God to bless our plans and effort.  We must ask, seek and listen to God’s plans and instruction of what and how to do when.  Not only are we to pray first; we are to listen and wait until we hear the answer.  Waiting on God’s instructions and then following them brings success and success brings glory to God.  Let us rely on the power and Spirit of God in all we plan and so and then go forth in His power.

December 28, 2019

According to His Character

Filed under: fruit,God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

John 16:23 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  (NIV)

A lot of people end their prayers, “In the name of Jesus.” Without understanding what that means.  Some treat the phrase as the same as rubbing a genie bottle.  When using the name of someone in an authoritative way, either asking or giving instructions or orders, one is acting under the authority of the name, the authority of the person with that name.  In order to do this, one must be asking in agreement with the one whose name they are using and acting under.  When we ask God for something in the name of Jesus, we are to be asking according to the same things which Jesus agrees.  So often our prayers are about self-desires.   These desires may not be in line with the character of God.  We need to be sure we are asking with the right motive – to become more and more one in God – in line with His character which is described in the list of the fruits of the Spirit.  Whether we are asking for ourselves or for others, our requests and motives must match those of God’s character.  Let us not be flippant in using the name of our Lord, Jesus.  Let us ask all things according to His character.

December 19, 2019

Leaping with Joy

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,immerse,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 1:41 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  (NIV)

Here is more evidence that what some call a fetus because it hasn’t left the womb yet, is actually a living being, a baby.  The baby in Elizabeth’s womb, later to be named John and known as John the Baptizer or John the Immerser, could hear and know of Mary’s presence and could hear from God that Mary had His Son in her womb.  The word is leaped, not moved.  Leaping is a reaction of excitement.  His excitement encouraged his mother, Elizabeth, to give herself to the Holy Spirit and tell Mary how blessed she is and how she is carrying her Lord, the Son of God.  There is now way for Elizabeth to know this but by the telling of it to her by the Holy Spirit.  Mary wasn’t showing her pregnancy yet.  The birth of Jesus in total human form was completely orchestrated by God and we can read about it even in the book of Genesis.  Let us put the excitement (the leaping with joy) back into our celebration of Christmas.  Let us demonstrate the real reason for this season.

December 18, 2019

Nations in Order

Filed under: commands,God,judging,Lord,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Deuteronomy 28:1 1 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  (NIV)

God’s promises are still good for today.  I would encourage us to pray diligently for our nation (any nation you are living).  All nations strive to be the dominant nation in the world.  Yet, all nations have departed from following the commands of the Lord God.  Not only is their discord between nations, there is discord within each nation.  The nations can’t fully obey the Lord until the individuals in the nation obey the Lord.  Before we point our finger at others, we must examine ourselves.  Each of us have things we should be doing and things we should not be doing.  Each of us have things we should not have said and things we should have said.  Each of us has prayed for things with selfish motives and not prayed for things we are told to lift up in prayer.  Let us strive to get our own lives in order so the nations can follow.

December 16, 2019

Trust With All Our Heart

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (NIV)

This is a very hard thing to do.  We want to understand everything around us.  When we hit a block, we get upset because we think we need to understand.  We like to be the problem fixer and to fix a problem we think we need to understand it.  God is of a different mind-set.  He more than understands.  He absolutely knows all answers.  When we go through trials we often ask, why.  Quite often it’s not for understanding but for a “why me” attitude.  When we demand to understand why God allows some things we are showing a lack of trust.  All we need to know is already contained in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Understanding that is necessary is given to us through the Holy Spirit.  When the time is right for us to understand, the Holy Spirit will give us whatever understanding is needed.  Our job is to trust in the Lord with all our heart even when we don’t understand the why of a situation.

December 2, 2019

Staying Attached

Filed under: Bible,Christ,fruit,God,Jesus,Lord,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 15:5-7 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  (NIV)

Our full time job and priority is to stay attached to Jesus, the vine of life in God. Grape vines don’t labor to produce their fruit.  They naturally produce fruit as long as they’re attached to the vine.  We needn’t strive to produce fruit.  We will produce fruit naturally as long as we stay attached to Jesus, the vine of life with God.  What is the fruit we will produce?  The fruit is listed in 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)  Our question is how do we stay firmly attached to the vine (Jesus)?  We stay attached through reading, meditation and studying the scriptures (the Holy Bible), putting them in our hearts and minds and through 2-way conversation (prayer) with our Lord, Jesus.  Doing those things will not only keep us attached to the vine (Jesus) but will also produce growth in the branch (us).  Let us do more than stay attached.  Let us grow strong.  As we grow strong we will be able to bear more fruit.

November 22, 2019

A Strong Tower

Filed under: God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:14 pm

Proverbs 18:10 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  (KJV)

There are tall microwave towers all over our country.  I pass several daily.  A few weeks ago, while passing one of he many all towers this verse, in song format, came into my mind and I started singing it.  It stayed in my mind for many days and still pops up as I pass one of those towers.  It makes a good reminder for us as we pass those towers.  When we find ourselves in trouble or in need of a decision, all we need to is call out the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.  It is knowing and looking to God, through Jesus, that we are safe.  Decisions made through prayer are wise decisions.  When trials try to weigh down our emotions, remembering to say the name of our Lord can lift us up.  When looking down we can fall into depression.  Looking up keeps us safe from depression.  Let us keep looking to our Lord for He is our strength and shield.

October 13, 2019

Choose to Wait

Filed under: God,Lord,trust,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 27:14 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Isaiah 64:4 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  (NIV)

We live in a world of instant.  We speak before we think.  We act before we think.  We get upset when the internet works slower than we think it should.  We blow our horns at drivers that don’t take off the moment a light turns green.  We don’t like to wait.  God instructs us to wait for Him.  We mistakenly think if our prayer isn’t answered the way we want it answered right away, God didn’t hear our prayer.  We don’t trust God enough to really believe He has our best interest in His mind.  God has no time.  He sees the past, present and the future all at the same time.  He knows what our future holds.  Whether we choose to wait for His direction or go on our own is our choice.  We are told to take heart and be strong as we wait for the Lord.  Taking heart is believing God is true to His word.  The only thing God is incapable of is lying.  God is truth.  When He has us wait, He has a very good reason.  The be strong is to choose to believe regardless of circumstances we see or timing of God’s answer.  Let us choose to wait on God’s direction before we act or speak.  He is faithful.  He is all knowing.  He will always lead us in the path of righteousness.  We need only choose to wait and believe.

October 12, 2019

Holy Spirit is Here

Filed under: baptise,Christ,Christian,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Acts 10:44 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (NIV)

Many Christians falsely believe that receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate event sometime after conversion.  They falsely believe that miraculous signs should accompany the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enters the believer the moment the believer opens their heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit came to this earth on the day of Pentecost in the upper room to those waiting for the promise of His coming to be filled.  When we lead someone to Christ, when they open their heart to Him, we must tell them about the Holy Spirit Who now indwells in them.  Our problem is not in the receiving of the Holy Spirit but in the recognizing of His dwelling within us and our opening up to learn to listen to Him and allow Him to flow through us.  If you’ve opened your heart to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the door to the Father’s presence you have the Holy Spirit within you.  Learn to listen as you read the written word and as you converse with the Father.  It is a matter of opening our mind and our ears.

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