Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 3, 2020

Faith or Assumption

Filed under: Christian,faith,God,government,love,praise,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 17:20 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  (NIV)

There is a big difference between faith and assumption.   Continuing life as normal during a pandemic because we say God will protect us is an assumption.  God gives us more wisdom than this.  He also said in. Romans 13:1 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Our  president said he really hated that church services couldn’t continue as normal but most churches cannot provide the space and safety guards needed at this time.    Our faith is not to assume God will do whatever we want whenever we want.  Our faith is to be that God will always be with us in and through any trials we meet on this earth.  God didn’t create the virus.  God can take the virus away.  But I see God calling out for us to pay attention and listen to Him.  I see Him taking our idol gods away – the gods of putting job first or money or entertainment or sports or shopping or any of the others activities we put before God.  Our response to this trial as Christians is to co-operate with the government restrictions, set a good example, keeping and showing God’s love and joy through us and most of all, praying an praising God in our own homes and through our electronics for Who He is.  We can still celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday and every week with those living in our house with us.  We can virtually celebrate through the internet but not by just sitting and watching.  We must participate with what we hear and see.  Let us quick looking, thinking listening and speaking the complaints and negatives and speak God’s love and peace.

March 27, 2020

Self-quartined

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (NIV)

Many of us are self-quarantined.  Others are quarantined by law.  Instead of complaining about the stoppage of things we usually are about doing, let us each ask God what He wants us to do during this time.  It’s a good time to really get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible and really study and meditate to put His word deep into our minds and heart.  It’s a good time for extra intercessory prayer.  Many are praying together at 9PM EST for one-minute uniting in prayer for our nations and for God’s glory to shine through this current situation.  We have a limited time on this earth.  We need not waste the time God gives us.  Let us be available to God through His Holy Spirit and be active for His glory while we are closed up in our individual homes.  We can reach out to others over the phone and through the internet.  The greatest thing we can do is to spend time talking and listening to God Who is in control of all that comes our way and Who has plans for us if we would only listen and the follow through.

March 26, 2020

Prayer for Today

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,kingdom,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

2 Chronicles 20:6-12 “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  (NIV)

This is the pray Jehoshaphat prayed when his nation was facing an overwhelming enemy.  I have rewarded it these last several days as I’ve prayed for our nation and the world.  You might want to try to reword other prayers in the Bible to apply to our current trials.

Lord God, Father of Jesus our Savior.  You are the God in heaven and you rule over all the earth.  You alone have the power and might and no disease or virus can withstand You.  Our God, You have healed in the past.  Virus has come upon this world.  We stand in Your presence and bear the name of Your Son, Jesus.   We cry out to You in the midst of this pandemic.  Hear us.  Use this pandemic to turn eyes and minds and hearts to You and save us.  We do not know what to do but to look to You for wisdom ad healing.

March 24, 2020

Ask Specifically

Filed under: God,Jesus,mercy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Matthew 20:32 32 Jesus stopped and called them. “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.  (NIV)

Two blind men calling out to Jesus for His mercy.  It was evident to all, including Jesus, that they were blind.  Yet, Jesus asked this question.  What do you want me to do for you?”  Jesus wants us to be specific in our prayers.  It’s not that He doesn’t know what we need.  He already said God knows and will supply all our needs.  He wants us to know what we need.  He wants us to decipher between need and desirous want.  Our family learned this in a very practical way.  We had bought some land and were getting ready to build a house.  We needed to dig a well.  We gathered together in the rental house around the breakfast table and prayed, “Lord, give us an abundance of water.  Thank You, Amen.”  I met the well digger at our land and he began to dig.  He hit a gusher at 55 feet.  I paid him, thanked him and returned to the rental house.  As I started to open the door I heard what sounded like our aquarium but that couldn’t be because it was in storage.  As I stepped in I was ankle deep in water.  The water heater in the kitchen had rusted out and water was throughout the rental house.  We were not specific in prayer.  We asked for an abundance of water and we had it.  We didn’t ask it to only be for the well dig.  God has a beautiful sense of humor (He created humor) as He teaches us lessons.  When we pray, let us learn to be specific.  We will identify the answers so much faster if we really know what it is we are asking.

March 23, 2020

Single-minded

Filed under: devotion,God,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Isaiah 29:13 13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.  (NIV)

This talks about 2 areas we must pay close attention to.  One is when we pray.  Are we fully there when we pray or is our mind and attention divided between what we are saying and thinking about something else?  The other is when we gather together to worship.  Do we keep our attention on the things we say and sing and listen or do we allow our minds to wander from time to time?  God will not respond to us in a positive way if we are not single minded in what we say, sing, pray or listen.  We are either fully there or we are not there at all.  Just going through the motions doesn’t cut it.  Yes, it take discipline to stay fully focused.  We are so proud of ourselves in being able to multi-task.  We can’t multi-task when it comes to our relationship with God.  God is jealous.  He wants our undivided attention.  Before our prayer and devotion time make a list of the things that are on our mind that we need to do.  Then we don’t need to fear we’ll forget something.  Once they’re on the list we can totally put them aside until later.  Let’s discipline ourselves to be singe-minded.

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

March 18, 2020

Follow Through

Filed under: Church,God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Deuteronomy 23:23 23 Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth.  (NIV)

Ouch.  Whatever we say we will do we must follow through.  How many times has someone asked us to pray for them or for someone else and we get busy and forget?  This is why I tell them let’s pray right now.  It doesn’t matter where we are, we can pray anyplace and anytime.  I they reply they don’t have time I think they really don’t want them or the person they’re concerned about prayed for.  There are many other things we say we will do.  Especially when we join a church.  We promised to pray for and support the church through our prayers, financial gifts and actions.  We must check each of those three topics and see how we’re doing.  Jesus said we are not to swear by anything but just saying a simple yes or no is a firm commitment.  We must be careful in making commitments by saying yes or no in regards to anything.  Let us learn to always speak the truth and follow through on the words we speak.

March 17, 2020

Lie Down

Filed under: believe,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Psalms 23:2 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,  (NIV)

We must notice the verbs of action; makes, lie down and leads.  God enables us to lie down but we must bend our knees and lie down.  God doesn’t pick us up like a baby and lay us down.  So many of us act like a baby who doesn’t want to lie down.  If you’ve struggled with a baby like this you’ll understand what I mean.  Often we just give up trying to make them lie down.  We must ask ourselves if we are struggling to stand on our own when God is bidding us to rest in the green pastures.  He also leads us into the quiet places.  But we must choose to follow.  Are we so wrapped up in our business that we don’t take time to follow our Lord into the quiet places of prayer, praise and meditation with Him?  We pray this prayer Jesus gave as an example so very often.  Let us contemplate on each verse the true meaning of this prayer.  Let us choose to allow the Holy Spirit to make it real in our hearts, minds and life.

March 16, 2020

Free Indeed

Filed under: believe,Christ,free,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

John 8:36 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  (NIV)

Do we really believe this?  Do we act and feel free?  Daniel was a prisoner yet he believed and acted free to worship and pray to God regardless of the nation’s consequences.  He was even thrown into the lions den for praying to God.  We must decide if we believe we are free in God or not.  If we are, we will continue to live and speak by the precepts of God.  We will pray.  We will share, when asked, why we have such an abundant life regardless of the situations around us.  Freedom is a joyful thing.  Do we act joyful – the joy of our Lord?  We are the only ones who can answer these questions.  God said to pray without ceasing.  That means He is always in the forefront of our minds and we are tuned to Him to hear Him at any time.  As a mother is tuned to hear her own child’s cry over any other, we are to be so tuned to the voice of God’s Holy Spirit within us.  When we realize we are free in God, we will realize there is no need or room for complaints.  Freedom is mankind’s most prized possession.  Let us possess what God has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let us possess that freedom in Him.  Let us act it out.

March 15, 2020

Watching and Listening

Filed under: Christ,Christian,God,Jesus,praise,prayer,song,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Acts 16:25 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  (NIV)

Paul and Silas weren’t trying to witness to the other prisoners.  They were just praying and singing to God regardless of their situation.  As Christians, we are being watched.  People don’t want us to preach at them.  They rather watch us to see if we are really living a life full of the love of God and our fellow mankind.  Paul and Silas’ praying and singing in their situation was the strongest witness they could give.  It opened the eyes and hearts of the other prisoners.  Then, when the doors opened and their chains dropped off all the prisoners followed Paul and Silas’ lead and remained where they were.  Had the prayers and singing not won them over I sure they would have run out immediately.  Because of their choice to stay with Paul and Silas, the prison guard was also won to Christ Jesus.  Let’s remember we are being watched.  We are the flesh and blood representative of Jesus.  How we act and what we say has a direct effect on those around us.  Let’s be true to the testimony of our words in our actions and all our words.

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