Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 13, 2018

Bowels of Insence

Filed under: God,insence,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:22 pm

Revelation 5:8 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the tBonty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. (NIV)

Our prayers are more than connecting with God’s power for fulfilling immeasurable things on this earth.  They are as the sweetest smelling incense to God.  God treasures our prayers.  Prayers are our means to express our love to God.  We desire to shower God with our love but we think we don’t know how or are unable to shower Him with enough love.  Our prayers are our means to shower God with our love.  This alone should be more than enough to give us the desire to pray unceasingly.  We can do this as long as we remember prayer is a 2-way conversation with God.  We can talk with Him throughout our day no matter what we are doing.  When we’re alone we can talk aloud.  When others are around we can talk with Him in our minds, our thoughts, expressing them to Him.  Let us overflow so many golden bowls with the incense of our prayers that heaven runs out of bowls.

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December 11, 2018

Lying Lips

Filed under: God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Isaiah 59:1-3 ​1 Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. 3 For your hands are stained with blood, your fingers with guilt. Your lips have spoken falsely,
and your tongue mutters wicked things (NIV)

Proverbs 6:16-19 16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community (NIV)

So many of us say we want to be accountable for what we say and do but we remain uncorrectable.  Being accountable doesn’t serve us very well if we refuse to correct what we say or do.  God is truth.  By His very nature He cannot relate with lies.  Lies separate us from God.  We like to lie.  We consider it as expounding or exaggerating the truth or keeping from hurting someone else’s feelings or embarrassing ourselves by admitting the truth but, a lie is a lie.  Most of the sins we commit begin with what comes out of our mouth.  We end up doing what we say.  One very common lie most of us make is saying we will pray for or about someone.  Quite often we say we will pray but quickly dismiss it.  We repeat lies we hear without going to the source to find the truth.  Lies destroy lives.  Lies shed innocent blood.  Let us learn to speak only the truth.  Let us not embellish what we say, especially when we share prayer requests.  God knows what each one needs more than we do.  We don’t need to share details of others in our prayer requests.  We can lift others up before the throne of God without telling, in prayer, others all the details of another.  Let us be sure we don’t cause God to hide His face from us.  We choose what our lips say.  Let them only speak truth wrapped in love.

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 6, 2018

Directed Worship

Filed under: Church,devotion,God,love,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

Most people don’t seem to know the meaning of worship.  The do manage to worship their favorite sports star.  Just watch and listen to them as they cheer their star on to success.  The also manage to worship their favorite popular singer.  The cry with ecstasy at the concerts.  But look at the people in a church service.  They look bored and distracted.  We are to worship God throughout each and every day.  Worship is more than singing though singing can be a very iatrical part of worship.  Worship is having no one or anything else in our mind and thoughts than God.  We are totally enwrapped in Him.  We are expressing our wonder, love and thankfulness to Him.  This can be done with words or song.  But it must be done totally without distracting thoughts.  God desires our worship.  He wants us to take time to totally be with and in Him.  Corporate worship with others is good but we mustn’t neglect the one on One time of worship.  Let us take time each and every day to focus on God and express our love and thanks to Him, praising Him for Who He is.

December 5, 2018

Ultimate Love

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,sacrifice,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:56 pm

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

Any think that a loving God would welcome all to live with Him for eternity.  As long as they’re basically good, they should be able to go to heaven.  This is a misunderstanding of Who God is.  We are so accustomed to our right and freedom of choice that we think anything we choose is the right way for us.  God is the One Who created all that was, is and will ever be.  All things created are subjected to Him.  He created us.  He alone has the right and authority to set the rules.  He chose to send His Word, His only Son, in the physical form of Jesus Christ, to connect us to Himself, the Father, God.  He chose Jesus as the only way for people He created to spend eternity with Him.  His love is in the fact that He sent Jesus to die on the cross as a one-time sacrifice of blood to cover our sins.  Before Jesus shed His blood on the cross, mankind had to shed the blood of animals regularly as sin offerings.  We no longer need to sacrifice animals.  The sin offering was given by Jesus once and for all eternity for all who would come to Him in faith.  It isn’t a lack of love that God requires us enter His gates through Jesus.  It was an extreme love that allows us the way of entrance through His Son, Jesus.  This is the ultimate love.

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 27, 2018

Be Polite

Filed under: God,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:04 pm

1 Peter 3:8 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (NIV)

This is a command for politeness.  We see it every day.  We see rudeness in driving, in people standing in line, in the political arena, in news reporter questions; basically, we see rudeness everywhere.  But before we condemn the rudeness, we see we must look at our own behavior.  How many times have we not let someone into our lane of traffic/   What about in line lines at the check-out?  For most of us we aren’t intentionally rude.  We are distracted, stressed, under pressure and have too much to do.  Our minds are inward, not outward.  We quite often don’t even comprehend the people around us.  This is not how God wants us to behave.  HE wants us to be sympathetic and loving.  He wants us not to think we are do much better, important or worthier than others.  He wants us to be kind and loving to all those around us.  Especially through the holiday season (yet all 365 days of the year) let us make a conscious effort to follow the instructions in this verse.  Let us be polite, compassionate and sympathetic in the love of God for each and every person on this earth.

November 17, 2018

Idols

Filed under: God,love,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

2 Kings 18:1-4 ​1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it (NIV)

The snake Hezekiah broke into pieces was the one Moses held up to save the Israelites from death by the snakes God sent them for their disobedience.  When they looked up at the snake Moses made and was holding, they were saved.  They kept the snake as a relic and treasure of part of their history.  Over time, they started worshiping the snake.  Before we condemn them we must search our own hearts.  What relics do we overly treasure?  Do we worship the cross or some other symbol?  Our worship is for God and Him alone.  Do we value our treasures over the feelings of others?  We are to love others more than any material thing.  Let us be sure we keep our hearts in the right direction.  We are to worship God, cherish God, treasure God above all else.  If we are treasuring something or someone else, let us put it out of our lives.  Let us not become idolaters,  Let us love and worship our God with all our heart, strength and mind.

November 16, 2018

Unique Love

Filed under: God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

Proverbs 19:22 22 What a person desires is unfailing love; (NIV)

We have 3 children.  Each of them is very different from the others.  They are all unique individuals.  We love all of the equally but our love is demonstrated in different ways to each.  The same is true with God’s love, even more so.  We, God’s children, are unique individuals in the way He has created us.  God love each and every one of us equally.  His love for us shows in different ways, according to our own specific needs.  When our children were little they watched what we did with each one and, in their naturaly self-centered being we all have, would become upset or jealous if one got something or got to do something the others didn’t.  We do the same thing with fellow believers.  We compare what God does for us with what God does for His other children.  This is part of our sin nature we must resist.  When Jesus was telling one disciple what was ahead for him, another asked, “What about me?”  Jesus said it wasn’t his concern what the other disciple was called to do.  We have our hands, heads, and hearts full just making sure we relate and obey God in what He has for us.  Next time we are upset because God healed someone and not us, or called someone else to do something we thought we might like to do, let us remember we are each the only “me” God has and no one can every take our place in His heart or His Kingdom.  Closing are the words to the chorus of a song I wrote some time ago.

I’m the only me God has

No one else can take my place

What joy it will be to meet the real me

While looking in my Savior’s face.

November 9, 2018

Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

Faith is believing God to be true to His word. God is love and love doesn’t lie.  God promised to be with us always and never leave us (that doesn’t mean we don’t leave God.).  We either choose to believe God and all He has said and promised or we choose not to believe.  We can’t halfway believe.  Faith is a total trust in the word of God and the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave us an example of the shield of faith when he was in the wilderness fasting for 40 days.  At the end of His fasting time Satan came to tempt Him.  Jesus was weak from hunger and thirst.  Temptation must have been very strong to end His misery.  Yet, in His physical weakness Jesus quoted scripture, the words of God, to Satan and defeated the temptations Satan offered.  In order to be able to hold the shield of faith, we must be familiar with the promises and words of God.  This take study, meditation and yes, memorization of the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  It’s the words in the Holy Bible that have the power to defeat the enemy.  Let us learn to hold up the shield of faith, knowing the word of God so well that the faith it brings has absolutely no doubts in God’s powerful word.

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