Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 19, 2018

Light Burden

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Matthew 11:30 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)

We get confused by this statement.  Our effort to walk with God doesn’t seem easy.  But this word is misunderstood.  In the Greek the word means custom made.  This means God has made a specific yoke for each one of us.  Our yoke that yokes us to Jesus is custom made for us.  It is made or us to be able to work along side and with Jesus and all His power and wisdom.  Our problem is we keep pulling against the yoke.  We have preconceived ideas of how God wants to flow through us.  We strive to undertake the ministry (yoke) designed for someone else.  Oxen are yoked together the make their work easier.  They learn to move at the same speed.  We tend to pull ahead or lag behind.  Being yoked to Jesus is a learning process.  Through prayer, meditation, and Bible study we learn to flow with Jesus.  He had given us His Holy Spirit to help, encourage and guide us.  Let us learn to remain in the distinctive yoke He has for us.  When we allow our distinctive yoke to keep us ever beside and with Jesus our burden is indeed easy and light.

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September 17, 2018

A Fresh Start

Filed under: God,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Lamentations 3:22-23 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NIV)

I am so thankful that every morning is a new day, a new start.  When we confess our sins at night they are forgiven.  In the morning we have a fresh start.  We are renewed in our relationship with God for our sins have been forgiven and forgotten by God.  We have a choice to walk out the new day in repentance.  We have a choice to turn in a different direction from the way we sinned the day before.  We have the Holy Spirit in us to help us move a new direction with the power He puts in us.  We can put yesterday behind us.  All things are new each day.  How wonderfully merciful God is to give us a new and fresh start each morning.  Let’s take advantage of this.  Let’s be sure to end each day asking God to search our hearts, confess anything not within His love, accept His forgiveness and know in the morning we have been refreshed.

September 16, 2018

A Different Answer

Matthew 11:4-6 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (NIV)

Isaiah 42:7 7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. (NIV)

John knew the promises of the Old Testament.  He was waiting for the Messiah Who would set the captives free from prison.  He wanted to be free.  Jesus knew what John was hoping.  He knew what answer John wanted.  Jesus made a point to quote all but the part of the captives being free from prison.  Jesus wanted to let John know he wouldn’t be set free.  God had other plans for John as part of His testimony later.  So often we don’t understand why God answers our prayers in a different way than we want or expect.  We can’t see God’s total plan.  We don’t know what God is calling to happen on down the road past where we are.  God doesn’t do things for our own personal pleasure.  Life here isn’t about us and what we want.  Life is about glorifying God.  God is God.  We tend to put Him in our own little boxes for our wants and pleasures.  We need to remember Who God is.  God is life.  Without Him there is no life.  Just to be allowed to know Him in any small way is a privilege.  Let us thank God for where ever He has us and whatever He wants to do through us.  It is an underserved privilege.

September 15, 2018

Supplied

Exodus 25:1-9 ​1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. (NIV)

We must remember the Israelites were in the wilderness when this command came to them from God.  How were they able to get all of these materials?  If we go back to the last days in Egypt, the Israelites were told to take things from the Egyptians and the Egyptians were more than ready to the Israelites anything to have them gone.  God knew what they would be needing and made sure all that would be needed was provided.  So often, when God tells us to do something we hesitate because we don’t think we have everything we need to obey and go forward.  God always provides us with what we need to walk in obedience to Him.  He was faithful to the Israelites and He will always be faithful to those of us who have His Son, Jesus, in our hearts, minds and lives and strive to walk in obedience to all Jesus has taught us.  When God tells us to do something, the words, “I can’t.  I’m not able.” Should never be spoken.  We should always have the attitude, “Here I am, God.  Send me.  Use me.”  Let us be sure to take time to listen and hear what God, through His Holy Spirit, is asking us to do.  He works through every one of us regardless of age, gender, ethnic background or physical or mental ability.  He supplies all we need to walk with Him and to allow Him to flow and work through us.

September 14, 2018

Housecleaning

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Psalms 66:18 18 If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; (NIV)

Isaiah 59:2 2 But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (NIV)

These are only 2 of the many verses in the Bible that tell us when unconfessed sin is in us our prayers aren’t heard by God.  Sin separates us from God because God will not be in the presence of sin.  That is why He had to withdraw from His Son, Jesus, when Jesus, on the cross, took on our sins.  Before we enter in prayer would need to join David when he said, Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalms 139:23-24  NIV)  It is only after we have cleaned out the sin in our hearts that we can come before the throne of God with our praise, worship, thanksgiving and petitions.  Let’s not be so quick to ask for things before we do our housecleaning.

September 12, 2018

Word is Life

Filed under: Bible,Creation,devotion,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

John 6:63 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. (NIV)

God created everything through His Word.  Word is the life.  The Word became flesh in the person of Jesus.  Jesus is life because Jesus is the Word.  His Word is recorded in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and memorizing the Word of the Bible brings life to us as we apply the Word to our hearts, minds and lives.  This is why the Bible is so very important and should be read, studied, meditated on and prayed about daily.  It is through the Word of God (Jesus is the Word) that we have life eternal.  Let us never neglect the Word.

September 11, 2018

Responbility

Filed under: Christian,devotion,God,health,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Exodus 15:26 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” (NIV)

As a hospital chaplain I am asked frequently by patients to pray for healing.  Many of them want to eat what they want, when they want, drink what they want, smoke what they want and lead sedentary lives yet, expect God to heal them and bless their life style.  God has given us a responsibility for our own health.  He has given us access to wisdom on how to maintain our bodies to be healthy the way He designed them to be.  When we don’t take care, when we are not good stewards of what God has given us we can’t expect Him to intervene and presto, all is back in order.  Yes, it will rain on the just and the unjust.  Disease is not always the result of personal sin but the total sin of humanity against nature and God’s creation.  This doesn’t excuse us from our personal responsibility.  When we start to feel sick we must self-check to see what part in the illness our own choice of life-style played in our sickness.  Let us be good stewards, not only of our money and talents God had given us but also of the bodies He’s given us.

September 10, 2018

Ablaze

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Luke 12:49-50 49 “I came to pour out fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already ablaze! But I have an immersion to endure, and how distressed I am until it is finished! (Tree of Life Version)
The Holy Spirit came down as flaming tongues of fire. The fire couldn’t be ablaze while Jesus was physically present on this earth. He had to endure the horrific pain of the cross and take on our sins before the Holy Spirit could be released to those who accept Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives and strive to follow Him in obedience and ministry. It’s evident Jesus wasn’t looking forward to the pain He must endure but He also know that would be temporary. The pain and penalty of sin would be paid once and for all time and all believers. Sin’s penalty would be finished. This doesn’t mean we will no longer sin. It does mean when we confess our sins we will immediately be forgiven and the sin forgotten. Let us remember the cost to Jesus and always thank Him after we confess. Let us do our part to spread the fire of the Holy Spirit on this earth.

September 9, 2018

Internet

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,internet,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Romans 8:25 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (BIV)

I just got a new tablet.  I couldn’t wait to get it up and running.  Suddenly, no internet.  I called my server.  A line is down.  Here I am with a new device and I can’t use it.  Patience with people I have.  Patience with electronic devices I don’t.  But maybe it’s God’s will for me to develop patience in all things.  This is hard for most of us.  We live a fast-paced life.  We have a hard time slowing down.  We have an even harder time getting quiet before our God.  I usually have music playing but my music is off the internet.  It is very quiet.  I stop to pray and ask God what to do.  I know how to worship and pray without music.  I don’t need internet to talk to God because the Holy Spirit is my Server.  I have a direct link and the line is never down.  There is only one thing we can be totally sure of in this world.  God is with us.  God hears us.  God is always ready to have a conversation with us.  Thank You Holy Spirit for being the best internet server ever and always.  I only need to remember to schedule this on the blog once the earthly internet is up.

September 8, 2018

Answers Unrecognized

Filed under: devotion,God,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Romans 11:33 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (NIV)

God answers all prayers raised from clean hearts; hearts that are free from unconfessed sin and unforgiveness.  The problem is we are looking for answers that conform to our own thoughts of what they should be.  We can’t, in our finite and normally self-seeking minds, understand the judgments and paths of God.  We can choose to trust or choose not to trust.  God has proved His love and His provision for us over centuries.  When we don’t think a prayer is being answered, we must do a few things.  First we must be sure we have no unconfessed sin.  We must be sure we have no unforgiveness in our hearts.  We must truthfully look at our prayer request.  Are we asking for something within the will of God or asking for something for a selfish or covet desire.  If all these conditions stand according to the precepts of God, it might be we just don’t recognize the answer.  Then we need ask the Holy Spirit to show us in what way God has answered our prayer.  God is always faithful.  It is us who are distracted from our faithfulness.

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