Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 22, 2019

Mindful

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Psalms 8:4 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (NIV)

We are told here God is mindful of us.  Considering our sinful state verses God’s perfect state that is really amazing.  We must ask ourselves how mindful are we of God?  Most of us, from time to time, are mindful but how consistent are we?  God sees us and hears us and knows our thoughts continuously.  How often do we seek to hear Him?  How often do we really see His creation?  From time to time we might admire a beautiful sun rise or sun set but we continually live in the midst of His creation.  How often do we thank Him and praise Him for what He has done and is doing?  Do we really care for what He has created?  We live in a throw-away society.  Are we contributing to the thro-away attitude or are we choosing to really care for all God has created?  Each of us must consider how mindful we really are.  Let us strive to be mindful of all we think, say and do and be mindful that all we see, hear and have are not ours but are God’s.

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June 21, 2019

No Matter What

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

1 Thessalonians5:16-18  Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.  This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (The Message)

Notice the 2 different (yet very much the same) translations.  So often we mis-define the word “rejoice.”  Rejoice in this instance means to be cheerful.  We don’t have to go around saying halleluiahs or singing all the time.  We are to be cheerful if we know God is in control.  We aren’t cheerful when we complain.  I hear some saying over and over how tired they are or how their head hurts and on and on.  There is no cheerfulness in that.  Our cheerfulness comes from the knowledge of God being in control of our lives.  It comes from the joy of salvation we are guaranteed by Jesus, the very Word of God.  We stay plugged into that joy, which produces cheerfulness, through continual prayer.  Continual prayer means an on-going conversation, either aloud or within our own thoughts, throughout the day with our Father.  As soon as we recognize a complaint is coming out of our mouths, let’s stop it.  Let’s let others here positive words; words of assurance and words that are uplifting.  We can be tired; we can have headaches, but we know they aren’t lasting for eternity.  The joy of the Lord does last for eternity.  No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be cheerful because we know God is right in there with us.

June 19, 2019

All People

Filed under: commands,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

1 Timothy 2:1 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— (NIV)

We have trouble praying for those we love.  I mean more than just lifting their name up.  I mean intense prayer.  Lifting those we don’t know up before God’s throne of grace is even more difficult for us.  Many use the excuse they don’t know what the people need.  It is not a question of praying for particular needs of others.  It is about praying for others to know and follow Jesus with faith and endurance.  Everybody needs faith and endurance.  There are people we know who need specific petitions.  There are others we now who need intercession.  Then there are those for whom we are thankful for their being in our lives.  Our question we must answer is are we willing to follow the command in the scripture – to pray for all people.  We needn’t name every person.  We can pray for groups of people such as those who are being persecuted in various countries.  We can pray generally for missionaries in certain countries.  Keeping a prayer log and putting a particular group down on a certain day of the week is very helpful.  Also, praying for who we hear about in the news.  There is really no legitimate excuse not to follow this scripture other than a feeling of complacency.  Let us be more active in our prayer life.  Let us be more inclusive.

June 13, 2019

Prayers Like This

Filed under: body,Christ,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,soul,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

1 Thessalonians :23-24   May God Himself, the God Who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.  The One Who called you is completely dependable.  If He said it, He’ll do it! (The Message)

I like to pray scripture.  Praying the verses in the scripture is a very sure way of saying to God what He wants to hear.  This is a beautiful prayer of blessing.  When I pray it, in pace of the word “you” I insert the name of someone.  There are many scripture verses of blessing we can use to pray over others.  We can also pray them over ourselves.  Remember, when we pray them, to change the words to directly talk to God rather than about Him.  With each passing day we are getting closer to the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.  We want to be found holy and whole in spirit, soul and body.  He may come before this is posted or He may not come for another thousand years or so.  No one knows.  Our job is to be ready at any time.  We also want others to be ready so let’s pray prayers like this every day.

June 11, 2019

Not Humble

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Timothy 1:15 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (NIV)

We are to be humble but very few of us really are.  Even this verse could point to a lack of humility.  We’ve all heard people actually bragging about how sinful they were and how very much God has forgiven them.  Even when we judge others as committing a sin far words than the sins we commit is a lack of real humility.  In God’s eyes, sin is sin.  All sin is equal whether it be rape, adultery, murder, stealing or even what we call a white lie.  Thinking within ourselves that we’re not as bad as someone else is a lack of humility.  As long as those kinds of thoughts are in our minds, we aren’t humble.  Jesus displayed real humility.  He emptied Himself of His God head identity and became just like us.  Yet, even like us, He never sinned.  He remained true to the Father and displayed nothing but love for all mankind.  He never told anyone their sin was worse than another’s sin.  He just spoke words of love and said sin no more.  He alone had the right to say that.  We don’t have the right to say sin no more to anyone until we manage to sin no more ourselves.  Let us not kid ourselves saying or thinking we are humble.  Let us, instead, ask God to fill us up with the Holy Spirit and enable us to love without judgement and walk in the way of Christ Jesus.

June 9, 2019

Can’t See

Filed under: armor,faith,God,God's Word,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

1 Peter 5:8 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

In the military soldiers are told as long as they can see the enemy they can defeat them.  This played true in WW1 and WW2 but in Viet Nam it became difficult.  The enemy was able to hide in bushes and sometimes even under ground.  They couldn’t see the enemy and were often attacked unawares.  This is the tactic of Satan.  We can’t see him.  We get so involved in our own selves and in our own living schedule we fail to notice the warning signs of Satan’s presence.  We are distracted and sub come to temptations without warning.  No, we are not to live like Satan is around at every corner or under every bush.  We are to keep the armor of God on us.  We are to dress in His armor each and every morning before we go out to face the world.  With this in mind I make it easy for you.  Here are the instructions for the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

May I encourage you to memorize the pieced of the armor.  I’ve written about the different pieces of the armor in the past.  There are a lot of teachings on line available also.  It is so very important for each of us to be fully armored and ready to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, Satan.  Notice the scripture ends with praying.  Prayer is the most reliable and the strongest weapon ever

June 8, 2019

Before We Are Formed

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

Jeremiah 1:5 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,  (NIV)

God says here we are human people in His eyes even before he forms us in the womb.  No one can argue what medical authorities calls a fetus is not a real human baby.  God has said we are real even before we are detected by others.  Let us pray we stop killing those whom God has formed.  Everyone God forms has a very real purpose to live on this earth.  Let us pray we stop interfering with God’s plan.  Praying is not condemning those who disagree.  Praying is connecting with the powers in heaven to defeat the lies of Satan on this earth and by that opening others up to come into the truth of God.  Let us reach out in love to those who are being deceived by Satan, pray for them and love them without judgement.  God is the one Who had the ability to change minds and hearts.  Our job is prayer and love.

June 4, 2019

Part of the Action

Filed under: Christ,Father,prayer,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Colossians 3:1-2   So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.  Pursue the things over which Christ presides.  Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.  Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is.  See things from His perspective. (Message Translation)

This translation is pretty straight forward on how it says it.  If we are really serious about following Christ, we would put more effort into following His example.  He drew apart from others often to talk one-on-one with His Father.  He was never absorbed with the day to day but focused on the needs around Him.  How alert are we to the needs of others around us? When we greet someone with “Hi, how are you?” and they politely answer fine, do really hear the tone of their voice or the look in their eyes?  Whey I do the chaplain hospital rounds and ask a patient how they are and they answer fine, I ask if that is why their here.  Quite often they open up and share their fears or heart aches with me and we end by praying together.  Let us not be so absorbed in our own “problems” (God is in control of them) that we have blind eyes to the problems of others.  Let us be a part of the action of Christ around us.

May 27, 2019

Learn from the Past

Filed under: Christians,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Ezekiel 22:7-8 7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths. (NIV)

God’s word to people and nations in the past also applies to us now.  As we read these verses we can see our own nation and culture going the same way.  Parents are being stripped of their parental rights in the way they raise and teach their children.  Immigrants (foreigners) are separated from their children and housed in very poor conditions.  Symbols of Christianity are being outlawed.  Children are forced to recite things against their beliefs.  We could go on and on.  The question is, what are we going to do about it.  If we sit silent and do nothing we must read on in Ezekiel and see how God disciplined those in Ezekiel’s time.  Our first and strongest weapon of defense which is actually an offence weapon is prayer.  It is the prayer of believers and followers of Christ Jesus that connect with the power in heaven.  Daniel’s prayer is a good example of that connection.  Along with prayer we must be willing to stand firm, speak out and follow the precepts of God.  Let us learn from those in the past.  Let us stand up for our freedom to worship God and to share His word with others.

May 15, 2019

Renewal

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

2 Corinthians 4:16 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (NIV)

As I watched a young man sprint up a flight of stair 2 at a time I recalled I used to be able to do that.  The aging process can be hard on our emotions.  We miss the things we use to be able to do.  But we are not to look backward.  As we age, we grow in wisdom.  As we grow in wisdom, if we really are followers of Jesus and thus children of God, we are being renewed inwardly each and every day.  Our understanding of our Father grows every time we pray and every time we read and meditate on His written word, the Holy Bible.  I see it as a trade off and much prefer the increased wisdom and knowing our Father more intimately over the physical abilities of the young.  What really amazes me is how God’s word can address all issues and thoughts we might ever have.  Fussing about what I can no longer do has been replaced with thanks for what He is now enabling me to know and do.  Let us never lose heart over an ability we loose but always look forward to our daily renewal through the Holy Spirit.

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