Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 24, 2019

Subject to Authority

Filed under: Uncategorized,Christ,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,God — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Romans 13:1-2 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. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV)

This is not happening in many countries including the United States.  In our sinful nature we have become so prideful and independent that we refuse to be subjected to the authority of another when we have a different outlook than they do.  God didn’t say to be subject to them only when we agree with them.  He said to be subject to our governing authorities.  The only exception is when the authorities disagree with the word of God.  Those in the United States know what is going on with many of our government leaders.  So many of them act more immature than spoiled children.  What we can do about it is pray for those who have broken any semblance of respect for the various offices of government.  Pray for those who are in authority over us will come to know God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Pray this, not for our country but for the love of God Who desires not a single one be lost from knowing Him.

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April 13, 2019

Encouragement

Filed under: armor,encouragement,faith,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Romans 1:12  that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (NIV)

We are to encourage each other to keep faith and grow in faith.  All of us have heard about how a charcoal coal, left by itself, will eventually quit burning.  However, when in a pile with other coals the fire can become quite hot.  There are several ways to encourage each other in our faith.  One, of course, is the gathering together in a church building.  That isn’t but once or twice a week.  There are at least 5 other days that we could all use some encouragement.  Paul writes often of how much he prays for all the believers.  This is a good way for encouragement for prayer is the strongest weapon we have.  We can also speak a good word to one another as we see others at work, school, shopping or in our own neighborhoods.  Then there is the telephone, e-mail and texting.  Let’s take advantage of the electronic age and use it in encouraging one another in our individual walks.  Sometimes just a short “Hi” brings all the encouragement someone might need on a particular day.  The day I wrote this is the 4th anniversary of my spouse leaving me for the throne of God and I was encouraged by a text from my daughter asking how I was doing.  Just knowing someone is thinking of us is a big encouragement.  Who will you encourage today?

April 9, 2019

In His Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,predestined,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Romans 8:29 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (NIV)

God loves us just the way we are.  Before we come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, we are full of sin.  God loves us that way so much He sacrificed His Son for us.  When we have a baby, we love that baby just like he/she is.  We love the baby in spite of the dirty diapers, the spitting up, the crying.  We love that baby just as he/she is.  But even though we love the baby as is, we have predetermined the baby will grow to be more like us.  The baby will no longer be in diapers, spit up in our faces or cry very much.  This will not change our love for our baby.  It is the same with us and God.  Though He loves us in our very sinful state, He looks forward to us becoming more in His image as we grow with Him.  Our conformity to His image doesn’t increase His love for us but it does increase our love for Him.  Love deepens with coming closer in likeness.  Just as a marriage.  The early years are fun and we think we can’t possibly love any more than we do but, as we grow old together, we find the love has deepened with the more intimate knowledge of each other.  God does the teaching through His Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, the Holy Bible, as we become conformed to the image of His Son, but we must do our part by studying, meditating and learning the Scriptures and through 2-way communication with the Father.  It is through getting to know Him that conformity can come.

April 7, 2019

Hearing

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

James 1:22-25  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.   Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (NIV)

These verses are very self-explanatory.  Either we do what scripture says or we don’t.  Jesus talks about it in His parable of the farmer spreading out seed.  Some lands on rocky soil and doesn’t take root.  Please refresh your memory by reading starting with Matthew 13:3.   The farmer is God.  God is the One tossing out all the seed into all types of soil.  The seed is God’s Word, Jesus, and all that God has provided in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  The Word never changes.  What does change in this parable is the soil.  The soil represents the ears of mankind.  We must ask what kind of ears do we have.  Eyes have lids and are able to close.  God didn’t provide lids for ears.  He designed ears to stay open and always hear.  What are we tuned in to hear?  Do we hear the rocks – all the material things around us that seem to scream for attention?  Do we hear the weeds – all the fleshly desires of our sinful hearts?  We train our ears to hear the seed, the Word of God, through study and meditation on the scripture and through prayer – the practice of talking with God and then listening what He says to us, both through the scripture and through the soft voice of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s be sure we practice hearing

March 29, 2019

Bodies Are Temples

Filed under: Creation,God,health,Holy Spirit,prayer,temple,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

1 Corinthians 6:19 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (NIV)

I was recently at a health fair.  There was a room full of tables with people representing various types of health companies and vendors.  At most of the tables there were dishes of candies, cookies, cupcakes and various other snacks.  I thought it a little strange for a health fair to have so many non-healthy enticements.  Since our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit, we should be treating our bodies with respect.  That incudes more than healthy eating.  We need to feed our bodies with good food but also with exercise and with quiet moments of meditation with God through the Holy Spirit.  So often it is the quiet moments we fail to have.  My favorite form of exercise is what I call my prayer walk.  As I walk through the neighborhood, I tell God how much I appreciate the beautiful world He created. I pray for the people in the houses as I pass.  It is a quiet time for my soul while, at the same time, it is beneficial to my body, a temple for God’s Holy Spirit.  Let us remember our bodies are on loan to us for while we walk on this earth.  Let us care for them according to how the Owner would have us do.

March 23, 2019

Whose First

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

Notice the believers prayed for courage and strength to speak the word of God.  They didn’t pray for protection.  They didn’t pray for an easy life.  They were centered on bringing glory to God, serving Him and spreading the gospel to all as was the last command of Jesus before He returned to the Father.  Notice what happened after their prayer. Acts 4:31  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  One of the reasons we don’t see more miracles today is our self-centered prayers.  We are so good at asking for what we think we need and what we want to support our fleshly desires.  Where is our drive?  Where is our enthusiasm?  Where is our real commitment of love to share the word of God with those who don’t know, understand or accept?  Let us fight our pride of self-sufficiency and our idol of a comfortable life and really put God first above all.

March 21, 2019

Recognize Who God Is

Filed under: Christ,confess,Father,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

2 Peter 3:18 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (NIV)

When we pray do, we spend most of our prayer time asking for things.  We want to be comfortable.  We want this or that for our convenience.  We are to pray we will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  If we need to go through a trial to grow, praise God.  But though we do ask for things, and this is okay to do, we need to spend most of our time in praise and words of love, bring glory to God.  We tend to concentrate on the Father image, the Daddy love, of God which sometimes leads us to forgetting Who God really is.  It is only by His grace and mercy through His Son, Jesus that we can approach Him, speak to Him, ask Him and praise Him.  We really don’t have a full concept of how mighty, powerful and all-consuming God is.  Yes, He is our Father if we have come to Him through Jesus, yet, He is still God.  Let us approach Him with praises and thanks on our lips and, only after we have confessed our love for Him and confessed our sin, ask for forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit for help in changing our direction in the things we con Ifess, should we turn our attention on our needs and wants.  He already knows our needs and wants but, as Jesus asked the blind man what he wanted, God wants us to voice our wants to Him.  Let us remember ACTS in our prayers.  Acknowledge and acclaim Who God is, Confess our sin, Thank Him for forgiveness and for all He has done for us, the finally Supplicate – ask for things we need and want.

March 20, 2019

Eternity Now

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

John 17:3 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  (NIV)

This verse is in my favorite chapter in the Bible.  It is my favorite because toward the end of the chapter Jesus actually prays for you and me.  That thrills and amazes me that, in such a troubled hour, Jesus would think ahead and pray for those of us who come long after He returns to the Father.  In this verse He explains eternal life.  Eternal life is the knowing God and Jesus Christ.  The moment we take Jesus into our minds, hearts and lives eternal life begins.  Yes, we are still encased in a physical, sinful body, but the righteousness of Jesus covers us.  From that moment on through eternity we come closer into a true oneness with God and known Him a little more each and every day.  If we are not coming closer in our knowledge of God daily, we are not living the eternal life God has made available to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  All we need do to come closer is to make ourselves available through the study of the written word, the Holy Bible, through prayer (2-way conversation with the Father) and listening to the person of the Holy Spirit within us.  What wonderful discoveries of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit wait for us each and every day.  That certainly makes our life in these physical bodies so much more abundant and joyful.  Let’s not waist a moment of our eternity.

March 7, 2019

In the Name…

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

John 14:13 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (NIV)

So many tack on “in the name of Jesus” at the end of their prayers.  We must understand what it means to pray in someone else’s name.  When we do or speak in the name of someone else we are saying that the person with that name gave us the authority to speak or do what ever we are saying or doing.  Just automatically adding the name of Jesus to the end of our prayers isn’t a magic wand.  Doing that is using His name in vain.  When we pray and use the name of Jesus, we must be sure we are praying in agreement with God’s written word and we are allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers and actions.  The purpose of asking in the name of Jesus is not a means to be sure our prayer is answered but a means for the Father to be glorified in His Son.  When we say “in the name of Jesus,” we are not only praying in the authority Jesus has given us, we are verbally glorifying the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  So, let’s not just tack on “in the name of Jesus;” let’s be sure we know we are actively speaking what the Holy Spirit directs while giving glory to God the Father and God the Son, Jesus.

March 3, 2019

Open Minds

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 24:45 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. (NIV)

We can read the Scriptures, we can study the Scriptures and we can memorize the Scriptures but we cannot understand the Scriptures with our finite minds.  The only way to understand the Scriptures is by the revealing of their meaning by the Holy Spirit.  The disciples were with Jesus and under His teaching of the Scriptures for 3 years, yet without understanding.  Understanding didn’t come until Jesus opened their minds to understand.  The same is true today.  Without the Holy Spirit in us, without our listening to the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures are only history and stories.  With the Holy Spirit the Scriptures come alive.  The Scriptures help us to become one in Christ Jesus.  We should never read the Scriptures without first praying and asking the Holy Spirit to open our minds to understanding what we are reading for this day and this time in our walk.  There are many levels of understanding each depending on what God wants us to know and do at a particular time.  Just because we’ve read and maybe studied every word in the Scriptures doesn’t mean we can rely on our understanding from that one time through.  We must be in God’s instruction book, the Holy Bible, reading, praying and listening for understanding each and every day.  Let us take advantage of what God has made available to us.  Let us pray, read, study and listen daily to both His written word and to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.

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