Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 17, 2019

Junk

Filed under: devotion,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Timothy 1:3-5 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (NIV)

We are warned so often to read labels of what we eat.  There is a lot of junk hyped as good food for our bodies.  We are being warned in Timothy to be careful of what we listen to or read.  Not everything said or written in the name of Jesus is on target.  We need to constantly ask the Holy Spirit to give us discernment when we listen or read what others say God is saying to us.  There is a lot of junk being preached and written.  When we hear it over and over it become hard not to buy into it.  This is yet another reason we must diligently study the scriptures under the direction of the Holy Spirit within us to be able to recognize when we hear or read interpretations of others that are not sound doctrine.  This includes reading this devotional site.  What God says to me and how I interpret it may not interpret right for you.  So, before listening to someone or reading what someone has written, always pray first for wisdom and discernment.  God has promised if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us.  As important as it is for us to get the junk food out of our diet, it is even more important to get the religious myths and incorrect doctrines out of our spiritual lives.

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January 16, 2019

Healing

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,healing,health,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

I’m not putting scripture with this because I hope this will encourage you to do your own scripture research.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Jesus is willing to heal.  Jesus is compassionate.  Jesus heals 3 ways.  He heals naturally.  He does that because He made us to heal naturally.  We cut ourselves and He created the blood clot factor to heal our cuts.  He heals through human doctors and medicine because He is the One Who gives us the wisdom in learning how He made our body work and how to keep it working right.  He heals miraculously.  He didn’t heal miraculously to draw attention to Himself.  Notice in scripture He usually said for them not to tell anyone (but they always did).  It is those who make a show out of miraculous healing that have decreased our faith in the reality of it.  Our problem is demanding which method Jesus will use to heal us.  We are also impatient.  We forget there is a warfare going on for our physical and emotional bodies.  When Daniel prayed one time it took 21 days for the angel to deliver the answer because of the spiritual warfare going on.  We are to seek all 3 types of healing.  It is important, as we continue to seek healing to actively participate in spiritual warfare.  It takes our continued and faithful prayers to unite with heaven in getting through the warfare that evil tries to prevent God’s work getting through to us.  It is imperative that we learn to stand firm and continuing in faith, be actively patient.  I hope this helps you not only understand at a deeper level, but that it also motivates you to be pro-active in seeking all 3 ways God heals.

When we do a word study on the word body we will find out we don’t own our own body.  Our body belongs to God.  It houses the Holy Spirit.  When we don’t take proper care of our body it is sin.  God will not surpass our willfulness to sin.  Our sin of not caring for our bodies suffers the consequences of sickness.  If we truly want God to heal our diseases and injuries we must do our part in being careful and eating healthy.  It isn’t a lack of God’s willingness to heal but our willingness to live in sin.  Let us quit blaming God for a lack of our healing, confess our sinful neglect and do our part in our healing.  He wants us whole.

There is a time God chooses to heal us by taking us up to Him because we have finished what He has called us to do on this earth.  That is a glorious time of perfect healing but also it is not something we should hasten.  We want to be pleasing to God and do all He has for us to do on this earth.  We have all eternity to be in His very real and tangible presence.

My prayer is for all of us, especially me, to take our responsibility for our body seriously and through our proper care of our bodies, trust God for the healing of the evil surrounding us that would try to keep our bodies from being a healthy vessel for the Holy Spirit’s work on this earth.

January 9, 2019

Not by Flesh

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:41 pm

Galatians 3:3 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? (NIV)

This is an easy trap for us.  Most often we start a particular ministry after much prayer and a firm leading and gifting of the Holy Spirit. After a while the ministry becomes routine and we depend on our own fleshly wisdom and talents and gradually the Holy Spirit and His wisdom and guidance are pushed aside by our own thoughts and efforts.  This is why so many ministries eventually fail.  We must be sure we look to the Holy Spirit daily for our direction and not just depend on ourselves, our past habits or the things that worked in the past.  Each day is a new day.  Hopefully each day finds us drawing closer to oneness with God through the Holy Spirit.  Let us always remember all we do and say must be drenched in prayer and carried out through the direction of the Holy Spirit.

January 5, 2019

Eating Vomit

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:20 pm

Proverbs 26:11 11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. (NIV)

This verse applies to our repetitive mistakes.  I can’t count the times I have made the same mistake over an over.  When I was younger and went to the all you could eat buffets, I would pig out and then say, after feeling overly stuffed, I would never over eat again.  However, it was years before I wised up and refrained from those all you can eat buffets.  In our spiritual life (which should be in every aspect of our lives), the repetition of the same sin might be harder for us to spot the detriments like over eating.  In our human nature we have the misconception we are wise in or own thinking and our actions are the right ones in the situations.  It takes an open ear and heart to the Holy Spirit to notice and acknowledge areas where we repeat the same sin over and over.  As we start into this new year, let us be determined to be more open to the Holy Spirit’s prodding either directly or through someone else’s suggestion that what we are saying or doing might be out of line with the will and nature of God.  A good practice is to listen every night and review what we said and did that day asking God to correct us where we need correction and to encourage us where we need encouragement.

December 31, 2018

Humbly Trusting

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:02 pm

2 Samuel 15:25-26 25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. 26 But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him (NIV)

David had a lot of ups and downs in his obedience to God but he humbly trusted his life to God.  He was not going to tell God what to do.  We must ask ourselves if we are truly trusting God with our lives, our future and our plans.  Even the public prayers I hear are full of petitions asking God to do this or that.  David’s attitude reminds me of Job saying, “Though He slay me yet I will trust Him.”  We must each ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us our trust level of God.  The tacking on at the end of our prayers, “If it be Thy will.” Must mean much more than just a phrase.  We shouldn’t say it if we don’t really mean whatever God’s will is for our lives, our plans, our next day is what we truly want even if it goes against our finite, logical, materialistic minds and fleshly desires.  Oh that we will always be pleasing to God, really desiring to do His will and be used by Him however He pleases.

December 29, 2018

Refreshing

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

Jeremiah 31:25 25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (NIV)

When we don’t know we need refreshing we can’t be refreshed.  Also, if we don’t know how we can be refreshed, we won’t be refreshed.  So many look to the wrong things or places for refreshment.  They think alcohol will refresh them.  Maybe they look to drugs or indiscriminate intercourse.  There is only one place to get really refreshed from the stress, trials and burdens of life on this earth.  That place is through the Word of God, the Holy Bible and through a close relationship with Him.  When God created man, He put a vacuum in man that can only be satisfied by the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit.  Man blew it when he became disobedient to God’s commands.  That void is there until mankind comes to God through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Coming to Jesus isn’t just a one-time acceptance and belief in Jesus.  It is a daily relationship that needs daily refreshing.  We get this refreshing through daily reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God supplied us with and through 2-way communication with Him (prayer) throughout each and every day.  When we find ourselves stressed, worried, worn out or dissatisfied with our life, we need to check our relationship with God.  Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder.  It makes the heart grow cold.  As we prepare to enter another calendar year let’s make a disciplined effort to refresh our relationship with God each and every day through daily Bible study and 2-way conversations with our Father each and every day.

December 18, 2018

Priorities and Schedules

Filed under: Church,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:33 pm

Exodus 18:17-18 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone (NIV)

Moses was confused about his priorities.  He thought he was responsible for everything. We need to listen to God for what He has for our own priorities.  As we hear His direction for our priorities, we need to compare them with our schedule.  So often we allow others to control our schedule to the demise of our priorities.  We allow ourselves to put other things before our priorities.  Moses was to spend His time in prayer – to stand before God for the people he was leading.  He was to hear God’s word and share that word with the people.  When he spent most of his time listening to disputes between people, he no longer had time to hear God’s direction.  We each have God-given priorities.  We need to learn to say yes to God and no to others when what they ask of us takes us away from what God is telling us to do.  This may sound harsh but, when we do things that take us away from our priorities, it means we are doing what God is telling others to do.  So many church pastors have a hard time sticking to their God given priorities.  They think, and unfortunately a lot of the church members think the pastor is responsibility for every activity in the church.  Quite often committee or commission heads think the same thing.  Let us be sure our schedule reflects our priorities.  Let us learn to flow in our priorities that we can serve God with joy and thanksgiving because we are doing what God is blessing through us.

December 16, 2018

Intellects or Service

Filed under: Father,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Peter 4:7-11 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

We love to feed our intellect.  We like to be the ones who have the answers to questions.  When we don’t really know the answer, we like to think we do and make one up.  As in the days right after Jesus returned to His throne in heaven, every generation thinks they are in the last days.  Many delve deeply into Daniel and Revelation and think they have the correct interpretation.  Some even go as far as presuming a date and time of Jesus’ return.  Peter tells us how we should behave during the last days.  As we read it, we can’t find anything that says we should know or guess the exact time.  When Jesus was walking this earth He said He didn’t even know, only the Father knows.  We have our hands full just doing what Peter says we should be doing.  We are to pray – pray for those who have yet to come into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  We are to love each other deeply which means we are to keep a heart of forgiveness rather than wearing our feelings on our sleeves.  Gifts we receive are for our service to God and those He sends our way.  We are to be faithful stewards – not only steward of money but stewards of all we have and all the capabilities God give us.  It is through the glory of God that His power prevails in this world.

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.

December 12, 2018

Immeasurably More

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Ephesians 3:20 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (NIV)

Most of us accept that God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ever ask or imagine.  Unfortunately many of us don’t read pass that part of this verse.  It is according to God’s power that is at work within us that God does immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.  Not because He can’t do it by Himself but because, as joint heirs with His Son, Jesus, God deposited His power through His Holy Spirit within us to work with Him in doing immeasurably more than we could ever imagine.  This is done through prayer.  Sometimes it happens with one prayer but usually it take many prayers, unceasing prayers to measure out the power God has placed in us.  Yes, it is God’s power.  Yes, it is through the Holy Spirit within us.  But, if we aren’t faithful in our prayers, our joining the power God has placed in us, released it through the prayer of faith and joined with God we won’t see what we ask fulfilled.  Let us be disciplined and be consistent in using the power of the Holy Spirit God has placed in us. Let us show the world immeasurably more than any could ask or imagine.

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