Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 13, 2018

Unprotected Back

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. (NIV)

As we reread the full armor of God we must notice, unlike the armor of the knights of the mid-ages, there is no protection for our backs.  We are told to stand firm.  There is no option of turning our backs and fleeing.  God has enabled us to be victorious because He already defeated Satan and we can do our part on this earth.  When temptations come, we are not to flee and run because they will just continue to come until they break us down.  We are to stand with the full armor of God and defeat each temptation that comes our way.  Let us learn to stand firm, wearing the full armor of God, and grow in the strength of God, becoming more and more one in Him.

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November 12, 2018

Prayer Conversation

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Ephesians 6:18 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (NIV)

 

Praying in the Spirit does include praying in our spiritual prayer language, also know as tongues, but it also means asking the Holy Spirit within us to give us the wisdom and words to pray in our own native language.  Praying in the Spirit includes listening to God as well and in at least equal proportion to our talking to Him.  We are to talk with Him on all occasions.  Some of our conversations will be long.  Some will be intercessory in nature (praying for others).  Some will be instant needs brought before His throne of grace and some will be spontaneous words of thanks and praise.  God is more concerned that we talk with Him and listen to Him than He is what and how we are praying.  Praying, conversations with God, are for increasing the love and intimate relationship between Father and child.  God already knows what we need, what we want and who and what else gives us concern.  What He wants is for us to talk about it together.  The more we get to know God, the more often we will talk with Him.  So let us stay always on the alert – the alert of God’s presence with us and His desire to talk with us.

November 3, 2018

Opportunities to Do Good

Filed under: prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Galatians 6:10 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV)

As we have opportunity we are to do good.  Opportunity to do good isn’t selective of a particular group of people but for all people.  So often we miss opportunities.  We are busy, distracted and in a hurry.  We pass right by a person in need.  We don’t look at the faces of those in sorrow or pain.  I know I struggle when shopping in a store.  I don’t like to shop so I keep in the forefront of my mind what I need and don’t notice people around me.  I just want to get what I need and get out of there on toward my next errand.  God has been having me slow down and look at the people around me.  I have been found greeting strangers who look sad and sometimes stopping and praying with a stranger.  It might be all someone needs is a friendly smile or greeting.  It might be we hear a couple in the prescription line talking about how they’re going to be able to buy the prescription and food and we have some money in our pocket we can give to them telling them Jesus loves them and cares for their needs.  There are opportunities all around us.  We only need to slow down, get out of ourselves, listen and look.  Let us not miss opportunities to do good to all people.

November 1, 2018

My Prayer

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Philippians 1:9-11 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God (NIV)

This is a prayer I pray often.  I have several names listed by this prayer.  I include my name among those names.  I am gradually realizing I should pray this prayer every day.  Instead of reading any further, may I suggest you put some names with this prayer and lift them up before the throne of God?  Tomorrow we’ll look into love abounding more and more.

October 27, 2018

Let Go

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,meditation,prayer,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Mark 10:27 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (NIV)

To understand this verse, we must look at the preceding verses to find out what the word “this” refers.  This is Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question of who can possible be saved.  We have a brain set that we must live in sin.  We think it is impossible to live without sin.  We are conditioned to sin.  We have various sins in our lives we refuse to let go of.  The rich young ruler (Starting in Luke 18:18) who obeyed all the commandments given to Moses turned away from Jesus when he was told he had to let go of his love and false sense of security of his money.  We all have things we don’t want to let go.  This is because we trust the familiar more than we trust God.  Jesus demonstrated we could lead a sinless life.  Every time we sin it is because we have made a choice.  Our choices become habits.  But Jesus said all things are possible with God.  Our question is do we want to let go of our pet habits and let God take control?  This is something we each need to meditate on and talk with God about.  We each have more than one “pet” sin so it will take some time.  If we are willing to turn to Jesus and not walk away as the rich young ruler did, we will see all things possible.

October 24, 2018

Common Good

1 Corinthians 12:7 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)

We humans have a strong desire for individualism.  We look after self to a high degree.  We even tend to think that the gifts God gives us are for our own self.  But God gives us gifts for the common good – the good of our fellow human beings.  We are each very important to the family of God.  We read in 1 Corinthians 12:22-26 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it  This is saying the you are very important and very special.  When I first started my walk with God I asked to be a little toe.  I didn’t think God would ever want to use me for anything special.  God told me toes are important because they keep the body in balance.  My reaction was, I was so unbalanced I couldn’t even be a little toe.  It takes being open to God through His Holy Spirit as we read His instruction book (The Holy Bible), meditate on it and learn to apply it to our daily lives and learning how to listen to the gentle, quiet voice of His Holy Spirit within us to bring us into functioning with the gifts He gives us for the good of all of His family.  I want to encourage you in your walk.  You are very important in the family of God.  God has a specific ministry for you that no one else is called or equipped to do.  As you grow in Him your gift will grow and your ministry will grow.  Let us each grow for the common good of all of God’s family.

October 19, 2018

Additions

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Deuteronomy 4:2 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. (NIV)

Mankind has not followed this command.  Our disobedience of adding to what God said started in the Garden of Eden.  When Satan tempted Eve, it might have been her effort to emphasize what God said when she said to Satan, (Genesis 3:3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Notice in Genesis 2:17   God said, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” He didn’t say, “you must not touch it.”  One thing we don’t know is did Eve add those extra words or did Adam add them when he told her what God said about that tree.  God gave His command to Adam before Eve was formed.  We continue to add to what God says.  Denominations add to God’s commands, individual churches add to God’s commands, people add to God’s commands.  Sometimes we add because we think by adding to God’s commands we are emphasizing them.  Other times we add because we want it to appear God is requiring what we want other to believe, say or act.  Whatever the reason for our adding to what God commands, the reasons don’t make it any less obedient or sinful.  This is one reason it is so important for us to read, study and meditate on God’s written word and get it deep into our minds and hearts.  It’s also why we should take our Bibles to church and read along as verses are quoted to us.  Leaving out words or adding words can lead us astray.  Let us stick with what God says and not edit it according to our own fleshy desires.

 

October 17, 2018

Fathers

Filed under: Creation,devotion,Family,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Romans 9:19-21 19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?(NIV)

Our relationship with our earthly fathers is different than it was in the writing of the epistle of Romans.  At that time fathers were the unquestionable ruler of the family.  They told their children what they would do, when they would do it, who they would marry – basically everything that would ever involve the children.  The children accepted the rule of the father.  Today in our culture children feel free to disagree both in words and in actions with their fathers.  This has affected us in how we relate to God.  Because we see Him as our Father we tend to forget to acknowledge with our word and actions Who He really is.  We think we know best what and when to do with our lives and only go to the Father when we get into trouble.  We forget we belong to God.  We thin we belong to our own self.  In actuality we don’t have the right to decide in and of ourselves what we will do with our time on this earth.  That right completely belongs to our Father, God.  It is He Who has made us and not we ourselves.  Let us remember when He made us He made us out of love and He has only the best for us planned for our time on this earth.  Let’s take the easy way and flow with Him.

October 16, 2018

To

Romans 6:11 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

The definition of the word “to” by Webster is —used to indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward. —used to indicate the place where someone participates in a particular activity.  Paul writes in Romans that, as a human we navigate to sin but, after we come to Jesus Christ we change the direction we head from sin to God.  Our goal is to move closer and closer to God.  We do this through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and through conversations (prayer) with Him.  In and of our own strength we can’t do this.  God knows that and has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us for direction and strength to continue our heading to God.  Our aim in everything we do, read, say and hear should be to help us continue to aim in the direction to God.  We must review our activities and see what direction they are leading us “to” – to sin or to God.

October 13, 2018

Faith Expressed

Filed under: Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Galatians 5:6 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (NIV)

Being a Christian isn’t about religion – a following of rules.  It is about a relationship with God through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  This relationship is based on faith.  Faith in God’s great love for us; so great that He sent Jesus to earth to suffer on the cross so we would no longer have to do all the sacrifices described in the Bible but that through the one sacrifice of Jesus our sins are forgiven for all of eternity.  But, if we don’t live out and express this faith through love, it is nothing.  God is love.  Any expression of God must be done in love.  Love doesn’t coerce or force.  Love nurtures.  If we see our life, our testimony isn’t bearing fruit, we must check to see if our faith is immersed in the love of God and expressed in our love for God and for fellow mankind.  The characteristics of this love are found in 1 Corinthians 13.  Read them daily putting our own name in the place of love and see how we come out.  It can be very revealing.

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