Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

November 20, 2019

Intercessor

Filed under: God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Isaiah 59:16 16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.  (NKJ)

We are so good and quick to ask God for what we need for ourselves.  Some of us are fairly good at starting our prayer time in worship.  We might even spend a little time in thanks.  We tend to forget how very important intercession is.  Our praying for the needs of someone else might be the only prayer for that person.  How sad it is that there are people walking this earth who have never had anyone pray for them.  It’s not only sad for the one without prayer.  God is sad when He sees anyone without an intercessor.  For the believers in and through Jesus, Jesus is continually interceding for us.  We need to be interceding for others, not just fellow believers, but for all those who don’t know Jesus.  It is only through Jesus that anyone can have true life, eternal life in God.  Let us not be lazy or weary.  Let us always intercede, not only for those we love, but for all we see and know.

November 19, 2019

All in All

Filed under: Bible,encouragement,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

1 Corinthians 15:28 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.  (NIV)

This is what it is all about.  That God may be all in all.  This is what Jesus came to accomplish.  It took His dying on the cross to reunite us with God the Father to be restored to being in His image as He had created us to be.  Sin changed our image.  With sin in our hearts, minds and lives we cannot be in the image of God for God has no sin.  As we release more and more of our sinful self-image to God, more and more of His image will be revealed in us.  How can we release more and more of our sinful self-image?  Through the careful reading, studying and meditating on the instruction book (The Holly Bible) which the Father so livingly provided for us, through regular conversations (prayer) with the Father, through the power and gentle whispering of the Holy Spirit and even through the encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.  Let us aim for our goal of God being all in us.

November 15, 2019

Wordless Groans

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,healing,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Romans 8:26 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  (NIV)

There are many times we have no idea how to pray, what to say.  We don’t know how to meet the need or sometimes even what the real need is.  Though we should always rely on the Holy Spirit to pray in and through us, at those times we are confused or in doubt it is absolutely necessary to allow the Holy Spirit to pray.  We might ask, how do we do that?  We sit quietly in the presence of God.  We quiet our thoughts sometimes by reading the written word, the Holy Bible, or by inspirational music or by saying or singing words of praise and trust to God.  As our thoughts turn to Him rather than our problem we ask the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and words.  Sometimes we can hear the words forming within us.  Even when we don’t hear the words forming within is this doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit isn’t interceding for us.  Jesus promised our Father would always hear us and will always answer us.  There is nothing wrong, in fact it is really truth, to admit to God and ourselves that we don’t know how to pray.  Releasing the problem or need to God is definitely a very honest and humble prayer.  As a hospital chaplain most of my prayers are for healing of the patient.  There are times when the Holy Spirit directs my prayers in other directions and I find the patient thanking me for those prayers.  If we really want God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven we must ask and release.  Many times our wordless groans, our just saying, “Oh God, please help” are the most honest prayers we can utter.  He is faithful.  We can always trust Him to work all things out for our good and His glory.

November 4, 2019

Enveloped

Filed under: Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Psalms 37:7 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;  (NIV)

When we pray, most of us just jump in and start talking to God.  When people talk to me, it is necessary for them first to get my attention.  My mind might be in deep thought.  I might be unaware of their effort to talk to me.  When we want to talk to God we must first get His attention.  We begin by addressing Him as Jesus taught us when He said to begin with “Our Father.”  As we wait for Him to respond we praise Him and wait before Him.  When we have stilled our heart and minds and have become totally aware of His presence it is time for a 2-way conversation.  Our time of talking with our Father is not a time to be rushed.  It is a joyful time, an instructional time and the most fulfilling time we can have.  Let us learn to not rush our conversations with our Father, God.  Let us learn to wait on Him, patently and enjoy being totally enveloped in His very real presence.

November 2, 2019

Heaven and Earth

Filed under: Christian,God,government,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

Read the above verses again.  We are to pray for those who legislate our government.  Not only for our own good but also for their salvation.  Judging from what has been going on in most all of the governments of all the nations, not enough of us have been doing this  We must ask ourselves how often we pray for the president, vice president, speaker of the house, our own various representatives and also those who legislate our state, county and cities or towns.  We must lift them up by name.  Each one has a name and each one needs to know God through His Son, Jesus in order to have His wisdom in the affairs of the various governments.  We might ask, how do we pray for them?  We ask the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers for each individual we lift up before the throne of God.  Yes, this is a long list of people to pray for along with our own families and friends but it is also necessary.  Praying every day for each one isn’t needed.  I pray for different people and causes on different days of the week so that by the end of the week I’ve lifted up each one.  God doesn’t mind if we use notes and calendars for our prayer lists.  Making a list just shows how serious we are in praying for the various needs.  Let us remember not to shirk our duty as Christians in praying for our governments along with our families, friends and all whom God puts on our hearts and minds.  Prayer is the best weapon in existence in bringing the Kingdom of heaven and this earth into unity.

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 28, 2019

Praying Scripture

Filed under: Bible,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Colossians 1:9-12 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, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (NIV)

Pray this prayer for yourself, putting in the personal pronouns.  When we do we are asking God for our self to know His direction for our life. We want to please Him.  We want to grow in our knowledge of Him and become more one in Him.   It’s helpful to read these 4 verses in various other translations and also to commit them to memory so we can pray this often.  This is also a good pray to pray for our loved ones.  One thing we can be very sure is when we pray scripture, we know we are praying according to the will of God and that our prayer will definitely come about in the way we pray.  As we pray scripture, we are taking into us the very breath of God for scripture is (2 Timothy 3:16) 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

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.

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