Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 3, 2017

Immanuel

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (NIV)

 Matthew 1:23 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us” (NIV)

 The definition of Immanuel is in the above verse.  Until Jesus, the Word of God, came into the world as a baby, God wasn’t with us.  He saw us.  He spoke to a few chosen people.  But, ever since mankind put a wedge between God and mankind in the Garden of Eden through disobedience, God was no longer with us.  Jesus came, not only to pay the ultimate and only price for mankind sins, He also came to show us the Triune God.  He demonstrated God’s love and power as He walked this earth in human form.  People were able to see Him, hear Him and touch Him.  His human body has left us for awhile but will come back at the Father’s appointed time to collect God’s children.  In the meantime, He has given us the Person of the Holy Spirit to be even closer to us than He was to those when He physically walked this earth.  The Holy Spirit indwells in each person who has invited Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives.  No one can get closer than that.  What a wonderful gift.  We are never apart from God.  Our bodies will die but we already are experience eternal life in the very real presence of God.

 

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November 21, 2017

No Pouting

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

John 11:20-21 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. (NIV)

 When we read this section of scripture we seem to concentrate on the conversation Martha had with Jesus.  Have you ever thought about why Mary stayed home.  She chose not to go see Jesus as her sister, Martha, did.  It appears she was upset with Jesus.  Maybe even angry.  She had seen Jesus heal so many people yet He didn’t care to come as soon as he hears Lazarus was sick.  If He had come, Lazarus wouldn’t have died.  We can understand her being upset with Jesus.  What about us?  We pray for something and it doesn’t seem to get answered.  We want to see it come about in our way and our time.  We remind God of His promise to answer our prayers but they seem unanswered.  At least, the answers we want don’t seem to be there.  Jesus was going to answer Mary’s prayer for the healing of Lazarus but He would do it in His time, in His way and for His purpose and God’s glory.  We are short sighted and tend to pout when we don’t get what we want when we want it the way we want it.  Faith says we give our need to God in trust for His provision in His way and in His time.  After we state our needs, we turn our request into thanks that God has heard our prayer and is in the process of answering in His way and time.  This is reverence, recognizing God is the ultimate authority, knows what is best and loves us enough to take our requests and will answer them in His perfect way and time.

November 20, 2017

Reverence

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

Hebrews 12:28 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, (NIV)

 Because we can call God Father we seem to have lost reverence for Him.  We gather together and enjoy talking with each other before the worship service starts.  We have trouble settling down.  We enjoy the songs that lead to loud rejoicing, dancing and clapping.  Reverence means to hold in high esteem, respect.  Respect means to admire deeply and have high admiration.  We are so quick to pray for things.  We pray, “God I need…. God please do…..God help with…..” and so on.  Many of our songs are asking for things from God.  We need to spend more time revering God for Who He is.  One time, when I was in the hospital my children said they missed me, not for what I did, but just for being with me.  Wow.  What a statement of love.  God wants us to enjoy being with Him.  Yes, He said we could ask Him for what we needed but that should be secondary.  As we approach Thanksgiving, let us concentrate on thankfulness.  After we thank God for all He has done for, let’s praise Him for Who He is.  Let’s enjoy sitting quietly in His Presence.  Let’s enjoy knowing He is in us through His Holy Spirit.  Let us express our love.  Let us listen.  Let’s revere God.

November 19, 2017

One Day

Exodus 20:8 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (NIV)

 Today is the day most of us set aside as the Sabbath day.  It is a day to stop from our normal duties and spend quality time with God and with His family of believers.  Some people must work on this day because other people or animals are dependent on them.  God intends for us to work only 6 days a week.  It is important for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health to take one day off from our normal chores.  We need to set aside one day a week to rest and renew our entire being through God by taking time to draw apart with Him and with other believers for refreshing, renewal and encouraging.  It matters not what day we set aside as long as we set aside one day.  At the beginning of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in the use of it.  At the end of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us consider what we have learned and done in this day.

November 17, 2017

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:46 pm

Matthew 6:34 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)

 We all have the same number of hours in each and every day.  Some make the most of it.  Some waste it.  At the end of the day some have nothing but regrets on how they spent the day.  How do we use the day wisely?  Let us consider when we get up in the morning this day is the last day we will spend on this earth.  What will we choose to do?  The first thing is to spend time with God.  Thank and praise Him for giving us this day.  Ask Him how He wants us to spend this day.  Meditate on the scripture and give some listening time.  He will direct us when we ask and when we are open to His plans for us.  Once the day is gone, we can never get that day back.  Without spending our best time early in the day, talking and listing to God our day is not productive in Him.  It is only in God that we have love and light.  I want God to say well done to me.  The best hope I can have of this is to treat every day as my last day, my last opportunity to please God with what I do and say on this earth.  This is the day the Lord has made and given me.  I will rejoice and live it in and through Him

November 16, 2017

Confirming God’s Voice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:32 am

Matthew 16:23 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (NIV)

 When we are new in our faith and are learning to hear the inner voice of God, we need to know how to confirm what we think we hear as really being from God and not from our own flesh or from Satan.  One very consistent check is God never tells us anything that isn’t consistent with His written word, The Holy Bible.  But that consistently can’t be held to only one verse.  A single verse, taken out of context, can be interpreted in the wrong way.  What can confuse us is many times what God says will conflict with our own sinful desires or old, habitual thinking.  What God tells us can challenge our faith and take courage to step out and follow.  But, as we meditate on what we hear, the Holy Spirit will bring us peace.  It takes courage to step out in new ways, ways that might bring ridicule from others.  The world is against God.  We will be made fun of and criticized in our walk of faith.  Jesus was taunted and criticized.  How can we expect less?  As we learn to hear God’s inner voice in us it is good to have someone to pray with us and confirm what we are hearing.  God will never tell us to do anything that is against His written word or will hinder our spiritual growth.  As we practice listening, we will be able to confirm His voice faster.  Most important, and I can’t say it enough, we must know God’s written word.  We must be in it daily, not just reading it, but meditating on it and putting it deep in our minds and hearts.

November 14, 2017

Water

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 4:55 pm

Job 14:7-9 7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant (NIV)

 Sometimes things happen that make us feel helpless and hopeless.  But, the above scripture reminds us that as long as we have breath we have hope.  We also have help.  Sometimes the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as the water of life.  When we have opened our hearts and minds to God through Jesus, His Son, and strive to follow Him in all our ways, we have the water of the Holy Spirit in us.  When we find ourselves in that hopeless or helpless situation all we need to do is look to God.  We tell Him how we feel and ask Him to show us the way through our hopelessness.  The Holy Spirit is our guide and our helper.  As we open God’s instruction book for living (the Holy Bible) we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in reading and meditating on God’s written word.  As we pray, read and meditate we are refilled with the hope of our salvation in Jesus Christ.  We redress ourselves in God’s Armor (Ephesians 6:13-17) picking up the sword (the words in the Bible) to slay our negative feelings.  Before long, we will stand victorious.

November 13, 2017

Authority

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Colossians 2:9-11 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. (NIV)

 Everyone has some authority over something or someone.  Parents have authority over their children.  Teachers have authority over their students.  Employers have authority over their employees.  Kings have authority over their subjects.  But over all the worldly authorities, God is the ultimate authority.  So many of us fight against God’s authority.  We want our lives the way we want them when we want them.  It is God Who gifts us in certain and different ways.  It is God Who chooses the path each of us should walk for the glory of God and for our own joy and fulfillment.  So often we pray amiss because we haven’t opened our heart and minds to the path God is calling for us.  It’s usually beyond our ability to know our total path throughout our life.  We need only to know our path for the day we are living.  We do this by asking God, daily, what His purpose is for that day, what steps He wants us to take that day.  This is the only way to have a day of joy, peace and fulfillment.  As we read in the Bible the various tasks various people were called to accomplish we get an idea of the differences in the callings of individuals.  Just look at Joseph’s life.  So many things he went through appeared to be adverse to a joyful, fulfilling purpose, yet each adversity he faced prepared him for a calling to save a nation.  We need to choose trust in God for the steps we face as we walk with Him in pure, trusting and faithful obedience to the calling He chooses for us.

November 12, 2017

Focus

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:59 pm

Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV)

 The more we focus on something the bigger it gets.  It doesn’t matter what it is.  Continual focus brings growth in our minds.  God operates on principles.  That’s why every promise comes with a condition.  The conditions are principles.  God wants obedience with our leaving the results to Him.  This is the way to peace; leaving results of our obedience in the hands of God.  Sin or disobedience short-circuits the power of God in our lives.  So, what do we do when we are in pain or have a problem.  First we pray and give that pain or problem into the hands of God.  Then we turn our thoughts to God thinking on the things in the above verse.  We don’t dwell on what we have given to God, rather we thank and praise God that He will walk us through the problem.  With our focus on God our ears and mind are open to hear Him and His direction for us to walk through the problem.  I know this from personal experience.  I live with constant pain from a compressed fracture to a vertebra.  The medical profession says there is nothing they can do for it.  When my mind is on it, the pain seems intense.  When people ask me how my back is, it focuses my mind on the pain.  But, as I think on other things, I become less aware of the pain and am able to live and work in joy and thanksgiving to God.  What we think determines how we live and how we relate to others, including our relationship to God.   What we think is our choice.  Let’s choose to think on God and all the things that are true, noble, right pure, lovely, admirable excellent or praiseworthy.  These thoughts lead to joyful and healthy relationships with God and with others and bring us peace and joy in our lives.

 

November 4, 2017

Knowing Jesus

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Philippians 3:8-9 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ (NIV)

 The use of this word “know” means to know by experience.  Paul is talking about experiencing the person of Jesus Christ.  This is very different from an intellectual knowledge of Jesus.  We can know every word Jesus spoke and everything Jesus did without experiencing Jesus.  That intellectual knowledge doesn’t do much to change our inner being, our heart attitude to ourselves, others and to God.  Jesus prayed for us to know Him.  He wasn’t talking about our intellectual knowledge of Him.  He wants us to experience Him and know Him personally.  I know a lot of people, many of them by name.  I might be able to tell you where they live and what they do but I really don’t know them in a very personal way.  They really don’t have much impact on my life.  I have and continue to experience Jesus in my life.  He has totally changed who I am, what I believe, how I think and what I do.  I continue to seek to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).  I do this through study and meditation on the Holy Bible, 2-way conversation with God in prayer and experience Him through every day living and interaction with others who know Him.  I had a dear friend who, at the age of 103 said, “Any day I don’t learn something new about my Lord and Savior is a day waisted.”  To really know Jesus, we desire to be with Him throughout each and every day.  We desire and seek after everything He chooses to share with us, both through revealing through the Scriptures and through prayer and active experience.  To know Jesus, we don’t put off our quiet time alone with Him for other activities.  To know Jesus, we really want Him first above all in our lives.  We must ask ourselves, how well do we know Jesus?

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