Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 1, 2019

Know the Father

Hebrews 7:25 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  (NIV)

We sing, Jesus Loves Me, and it is so right.  We talk of Jesus.  We worship Jesus.  This is as it should be but we must remember the reason Jesus came.  He came to bring us back to the Father.  It is only through Jesus that we can access God the Father but we must ask, do we seek to really know the Father?  Jesus taught us to pray to the Father.  We are to call out to the Father.  We are to listen for the voice of the Father.  To know the Father, after being given access to Him through the Son, Jesus, we must take time.  We can know of the Father through the study and meditation of the written word, the Holy Bible, but that gives us head knowledge.  To really know the Father, we must spend quiet time with Him.  We must be still to know that He is God.  To quiet ourselves for listening we first must come into an attitude of worship by either singing or reading words of worship.  All Jesus said and did was to bring us into an intimate relationship with God the Father.  Let us not disappoint Jesus.  Let us really take the time and effort to have that deep and intimate relationship with God the Father.

October 25, 2019

Habits

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,thanks,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Mark 1:35 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Many books have been written addressing the #### habits of a successful life or of a Godly life.  A habit is a continual and conscious practice of repetition of something.  Jesus had a habit.  His habit was to go off by Himself and talk with His Father.  He knew without regular conversation with His Father He would not be able to accomplish the Father’s purpose for His being in the form of man on this earth.  As we read through scripture, we find many things we are told to never neglect.  All these things must become habits if we want to be a Godly person.  We’ve mentioned prayer.  Some of the others include tithing, always being ready to give an explanation of the hope we have in Jesus, loving others, forgiving others just to name a few.  As we read and meditate on the Scripture, let us pay attention to the things we are told to do and see what has become a habit and what ones we need to develop into a habit.

September 20, 2019

Persistence

Filed under: Bible,God,meditation,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Galatians 6:9 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.   (NIV)

Persistence is something that is rare for many people today.  We want things to come easy.  We quickly give up if something is hard.  We even lack persistence in our prayer life, our meditation and our Bible study.  We start things with vigor but, we lack persistence.  Persistence takes determination.  It is something we choose for it doesn’t come naturally.  We are to be persistent in our faith as well as in doing good.  It’s discouraging to do good when it seems not to be appreciated.  Doing good for appreciation is the wrong motive.  We do good out of our love for God and our desire to follow His commands.  I know several people that, if when giving a gift to someone they aren’t thanked, they no longer give gifts to that person.  When we do good because we expect good to be done back to us our motives are out of line with God’s.  We do good out of love; love for God and love for the fellow beings God created and loves.  Let us put weariness behind us and be persistent in our faith, our prayers, our meditations, our Bible study and our doing good to all whom God puts in our path

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 18, 2019

Different Interpretations

Colossians 1:9 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,  (NIV)

There is an interesting program on YouTube.  They put 2 different preachers on who are speaking on the same passage of scripture.  It is very interesting to here 2 entirely different interpretations.  This is why it is so important for each individual to read, pray and meditate on the scripture for themselves to hear what God wants them to hear for themselves at that point and time of their walk.  It is good to listen to the interpretations of others but we must seek God for ourselves to hear and understand what HE has for us.  This not only apply to spoken messages.  It includes reading things like this devotional.  Just because God gives me an interpretation doesn’t mean that is what you to hear at your point and time in your walk.  That isn’t saying that anybody’s interpretation is incorrect.  The scriptures are the living word of God.  The words don’t change but the depth of meaning is in layers depending on where we are in our walk and our understanding of our Father, God.  These particular devotions are intended to be a jump start for the readers to continue on reading and meditating on the entire passage of the quoted verse or verses and ask the Holy Spirit what they are to understand and apply that very day.  Let us listen and/or read with open minds – open to the understanding give to each individual by the Holy Spirit.

August 17, 2019

Which Fruit

Filed under: Bible,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 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   (NIV)

The evidence of our accepting Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives is the fruit of the spirit.  When any one of these is not prevalent what takes prevalence is the evil fruit of Satan – the exact opposite of the fruit of the Spirit.  When just one remains lacking, if not addressed right away, the others gradually are replaced by their opposites as well.  We must guard these fruits, fertilize them by reading, studying, and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and exercise them into full growth by reflecting them in all we say and do.  When we snap in impatience at someone, we are not exercising love, kindness or forbearance which is patience.   One reason we loose our fruits is we are so consumed with ourselves, what we want, when we want it and how we want it.  When our self-centered desires are at odds with another’s desires, we allow the evil fruits to give way to the fruits of the Spirit.  Let’s work on noticing the fruits of the Spirit and learn to allow those fruits to show.

August 2, 2019

Seek Wisdom

Proverbs 2:6 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (NIV)

Many confuse wisdom with knowledge.  Knowledge is knowing the facts.  Wisdom is the application of the knowledge.  We might know the words in the Holy Bible but without wisdom we don’t know how to apply those words to our life.  Wisdom comes from God.  The knowledge is recorded in His written word.  Understanding of the knowledge comes through His Holy Spirit.  God doesn’t give us wisdom unless we seek it.  He tells us to seek it as we would a precious treasure.  Seeking takes effort.  It takes effort to search out knowledge and wisdom and understanding contained in the fantastic and complete handbook for life on this earth (the Holy Bible).  We can tell how much we want wisdom from God by how often we read, study and meditate on His written instructions.  Let us seek wisdom from God with all our hearts and minds.  Let us seek His wisdom more than anything else we seek.

June 28, 2019

Tithe First

Filed under: Christian,commands,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Deuteronomy 14:22 22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (NIV)

Luke 18:12 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  (NIV)

The command to tithe is in the Old Testament.  Why do we need to tithe since we no longer are following the sacrifices and many other things commanded in the Old Testament?  God doesn’t need our tithe.  God already owns all that is.  We need to tithe to remind us that all we have is from God.  The tithe is considered to be 10% of our income (from whatever source we get our income today).  That leaves 90%, the majority of our income up to our discretion.  Hopefully we will use some of that as offerings to further the Kingdom News on this earth.  The habit of tithing teaches us discipline in what God has entrusted to us.  To me, tithing is a privilege.  I’m privilege God allows me to be part of His work in spreading the Good News of His love and His desire for us to know His love for us.  Tithing is easy.  Other disciplines are harder.  The discipline of reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word, the Holy Bible each and every day is harder than the discipline of tithing.  The discipline of taking more than a quick moment to say a prayer, but to really take time to listen is harder than the discipline of tithing.  Yet, it surprises me how many people who claim to be Christians, do not tithe but spend most of their money, get into debt and say they don’t have enough money to tithe.  May I encourage those of you who have not developed this discipline to do so.  Make that 10% the first thing you give before spending on other things.  Not because you have been told God promised to give back to you 10 fold, but because you love God and want to acknowledge not only with your mouth that God is God and owns everything but you also want to attest to that knowledge with your financial assets.

June 7, 2019

Yesterday’s Bread

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Luke 11:3 3 Give us each day our daily bread. (NIV)

Most all of us, when we think of bread, think of the physical food we make which we call bread.  Jesus said He is the bread of life.  The scripture is called the living word of God.  It is called living because the verses have multiple layers of meaning according to where we are in our time and space.  One meaning of this verse is that we don’t go physically hungry which, for most of us, is far from a problem.  Anther meaning is that we be full of Jesus, our bread of life, each and every day.  There is a song called “Not Yesterday’s Bread.”  For awhile I couldn’t understand what that meant.  So, I finally asked God to explaned that song to me.  We can’t live only on the infilling of the Holy Spirit from yesterday.  We need a fresh infilling every day.  We get this infilling through reading, studying and meditation on the scripture, the Holy Bible and talking with God each and every day.  What we learned and received yesterday is well and good but today is a new day and we need the Bread for this day.  Let us not depend on yesterday’s bread.  Let us seek our new bread for each and every day.

May 23, 2019

Well Rooted

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Psalms 1:2-3 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NLV)

We had black walnut trees on some property we had.  Black walnut trees don’t bear many nuts until they are about 60 ft tall.  Their seasons of bearing fruit don’t begin until the trees are mature enough and deeply rooted.   Sometimes we wonder why we aren’t bear much fruit for God.  It is because we are not deeply rooted.  To dig our roots deep we must meditate on God’s word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  We must put His Word deeply into our minds and hearts.  We must allow the water of the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us as we read, study, meditate and memorize the written word of God which He so lovingly provided for us through those who were deeply rooted.  A good barometer of how well our roots are doing is how fruitful we are being.  The fruits we should be bearing are (Galatians 5:22-23)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  When we lack one of these fruits it is time to check on our feeding of our roots.  Let us take good care of our roots so we can be fruitful for the glory of our God.

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