Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 16, 2019

A Genie Bottle

Filed under: Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:17 17 Pray without ceasing. (KJV)

So many people say their prayers aren’t working.  They aren’t getting what they pray for.  This is a misunderstanding of what prayer is.  Prayer isn’t a genie bottle you can rub 3 times to get your wish.  Prayer is a 2-way conversation with God.  A conversation intended to help us come into a more intimate relationship with our Father.  We are to keep that conversation going without ceasing.  That doesn’t mean we talk to God without ceasing.  It means we keep our ears open to hear Him when He chooses to talk with us.  It also means we share our thoughts throughout the day with Him.  We see a pretty sunset and tell Him what we think about it.  It is through our conversations with God that give us the ability to walk the life He has for us. It is in joining with Him in power and might that evil on this earth is defeated.  It is in conversation with Him and joining with His power that people are healed.  When we only look at prayer as a source of self-gratification we aren’t praying to God.  Let us pray without ceasing in our listening and our speaking.  Let’s be sure we talk with God out loud, not limit it

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October 14, 2019

Pre-Conceived Ideas

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

Matthew 6:10 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (NIV)

We most always have agendas and pre-conceived ideas.  Unfortunately, that carries through on our prayers.  When we pray, we have an agenda, an idea of what answer we expect to have.  We actually want God to agree with our pre-conceived ideas, the decision we have or want to make.  It is hard to nullify our pre-conceived ideas or the decisions we hope to make and listen with an open mind and heart to the Holy Spirit for His direction, His decision, for what pleases Him.  When we pray about a decision, we are hoping for an answer that we have been thinking will work.  Let us learn to trust the Holy Spirit.  Let us really want God’s will in every detail of our life.  Let us learn to put our pre-conceived ideas and decisions to rest and really hear what the Holy Spirit says is best for us and for the Glory of God.

October 12, 2019

Holy Spirit is Here

Filed under: baptise,Christ,Christian,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Acts 10:44 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (NIV)

Many Christians falsely believe that receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate event sometime after conversion.  They falsely believe that miraculous signs should accompany the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enters the believer the moment the believer opens their heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit came to this earth on the day of Pentecost in the upper room to those waiting for the promise of His coming to be filled.  When we lead someone to Christ, when they open their heart to Him, we must tell them about the Holy Spirit Who now indwells in them.  Our problem is not in the receiving of the Holy Spirit but in the recognizing of His dwelling within us and our opening up to learn to listen to Him and allow Him to flow through us.  If you’ve opened your heart to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the door to the Father’s presence you have the Holy Spirit within you.  Learn to listen as you read the written word and as you converse with the Father.  It is a matter of opening our mind and our ears.

October 6, 2019

Believe into Righteousness

Romans 4:3 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Abraham was credited as righteous not because of anything he did.  He was credited with righteousness because He believed God.  He believed God to the point of total obedience regardless of what God asked him to do.  Abraham believed God had the power to raise his promised son up from the dead.  Was Abraham perfect?  No.  But Abraham believed God in and through his own imperfections.  We must ask ourselves if we really believe God in everything He says?  Are there words in the Holy Bible we choose to ignore?  If we truly believe God we won’t choose to ignore any word from God – including those words that require sacrifice on our part.  If we truly believe God we won’t shut our ears to the Holy Spirit when we pray.  IF we truly believe God we will not fear, worry or be anxious.  Let us take time to listen to the Holy Spirit, asking Him to reveal to us areas where our belief is weak or absent.  Let us believe to the point of being credited with righteousness – the righteousness of Jesus.

October 3, 2019

Constantly Aware

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized,wine — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ephesians 5:18 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,  (NIV)

When a person is drunk on wine (or any alcohol), we say they are under the influence.  A person drunk is no longer under their own control.  They have given their control of words and actions to the alcohol.  We are to give our control of words and actions to the Hoy Spirit.  We are to be so totally filled and aware of the Holy Spirit within us that we continually defer to the leading of the Holy Spirit for all our words and actions.  Our problem is paying attention to the Holy Spirit.  We are so convinced of our own opinions it is often hard to be willing to change.  We must learn to be in tune to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit through continual reading, meditating and studying of the written word of God, the Holy Bible and continual 2-way conversation (prayer) with God our Father.  Let us put forth the effort to being constantly aware of the Holy Spirit.

September 27, 2019

Both Talk

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,scriptures,song,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Colossians 4:2 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV)

The Tree of Life version translates it as keeping alert and thankful.  For what are we to keep watchful or alert?  When we pray, we are opening up a conversation with our Father, God.  So often we just have our say then move on with earthly things.  We are to be alert to hearing God respond to our part of the conversation.  No prayer is complete without taking time to listen.  Why did Jesus spend so many nights apart by himself in lonely places?  He waned to be sure He did as much listening to His Father without distractions as He did talking to His Father.  Listening is hard to learn.  We must have silence to listen.  Silence for most of us today is a little frightening.  We are bombarded with noise all day and night.  We don’t know how to handle silence.  So often our thoughts run wild in silence.  To learn to listen in silence start slowly.  Say, speak, Father, I’m listening.  It might be a verse of scripture that comes to your mind or a song you’ve sung in church.  Take it as a beginning and meditate on it.  Gradually you will learn to hear and recognize the gentle, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.  Gradually you will learn to give God as much time to talk to you as you talk to Him, maybe even let Him talk more than you do.  What wonderful conversations you can have.

September 22, 2019

Consulting

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

Luke 6:12-13 12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:  (NIV)

Jesus, the very Son of God, always took time alone to pray to His Father before making any decision.  Here He spent the night asking God who, from the disciples who were following Him as their teacher but who still worked at their various jobs, should He select to be apostles and how many to select.  If Jesus felt the need to consult His father, how much more do we need to talk with God, our Father, before making any decision.  We don’t always need an all-night prayer time but we do need to stop and consult God before we decide.  We so often decide for what we deem as good when God wants to give us the best.  Yes, there are times we don’t need to consult God.  There are things scripture has already told us that we are to do.  Let us learn to not be so sure of our own self that we fail to submit all we plan or wish to plan to God for possible changes before we commit.

September 9, 2019

Invisible Qualities

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  (NIV)

Many say they have never seen a miracle.  Others say they have never seen God or evidence of God.  They must be blind.  We can’t look at the beautiful variety in the nature around us without seeing the evidence of God.  The variety of the music of birds.  The vast variety of the colors of flowers.  The beauty of an old tree.  All these are evidence of the miracle of God’s creation.  Seeing how intricately He designed these things and knowing Jesus said we are of even more importance than all the nature God created how can we see anything else rather then the love of God for us.  That He knows how many hairs are on our heads which we don’t even know (unless we’re bald) tells of His love and care for the smallest details of our lives.  Since He is concerned about the smallest details of our lives shouldn’t we be sharing them with Him as we converse with Him in prayer?  So many only go to God with what they think is a really big problem.  To God, everything about us and everything that concerns us is important to Him for His attention.  So, throughout every part of every day, let’s remember to keep our conversation going with God.  He already knows because He knows our thoughts even before we do, but, as we like to hear our children actually talk aloud with us, God also likes to actually hear us speak openly to Him.

September 8, 2019

A Meaningful Prayer

Filed under: God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 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.

September 7, 2019

Storms

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Psalms 55:8 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  (NIV)

We are visiting our son and his family and find ourselves preparing for a category 5 hurricane.  Many of us have been praying for God to turn the storm east out to sea where no one and no property can be damaged.  We know scripture says there will be more and worsening storms as we proceed through the later days of this present, sinful earth yet it is not wrong to ask Him to delay for the sake of those who are yet to enter into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  But we submit ourselves to God’s plans, whatever they are and prepare to secure ourselves as safe as possible.  We know we’re in the hands of God and need not be anxious or worried.  We do our part like boarding up windows and removing anything from outside that might be a projectile in the wind, yet we are at peace.  When we know our Creator God, it matters not when storms assail us.  His peace stays deep within.  Storms aren’t always weather related.  There are financial, emotional, sickness and various other storms of life.  They serve to deepen our faith if we will only choose to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit for directions in walking through the storms of life.  There is a chorus that summarizes it.  “Peace, peace, wonderful peace.  Looking down from heaven above…)  Peace is always looking down but we must look up to God to receive it.

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