Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 9, 2020

Ask, Seek, Knock

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Matthew 7:7 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  (NIV)

All 3 of these components need to be in our prayers.  First, we must ask.  We ask for our needs, our desires and the needs of others.  After we ask, we must seek.  We seek to know God’s will.  We find His will through careful reading and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and through the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within us.  After seeking God’s will we must knock.  When we knock on a door we stand and wait for the door to be opened.  We tend to rush ahead of God.  We must learn to wait on God’s timing in answering our prayers.  This is an easy verse to memorize.  Let us not only memorize it.  Let us also apply it in our day-to-day living.

January 8, 2020

Not Our Thoughts

Filed under: Bible,God,prayer,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Isaiah 55:8 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  (NIV)

More on God is in control of all.  It isn’t God’s fault if we choose to build our house in a area known for floods or landslides.   A lot of things we blame God for are really because we chose to get in the way of what God planned.  We can’t possibly comprehend God’s plans with our finite minds.  We don’t have the ability to see past, present and future all at one time.  Instead of making decisions without consulting God we would find our lives much simpler if we would always consult Him before making a decision.  We consult Him in several ways: prayer which includes waiting for an answer we can hear, agreement with what is written in the Holy Bible, circumstances and input from others who know us well and also are totally committed to God.  When what we consider adversity hits us we must check to see whether we are involved due to a faulty or hasty decision on our part, being in the wrong place at the wrong time on our part or if God is calling for our complete attention.  Instead of complaining when things get hard let us look to God and ask Him not only the why but what we are to learn through the difficult times.

January 5, 2020

Not by Might

Filed under: Church,glory,God,Lord,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.  (NIV)

This is not only the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel.  It is His word to us.  So many churches are instituting programs based on corporatians programs to entice more people to come their church.  So mand have built beyond their financial means and are looking to the ways of the word to bring in money.   They and many people involved in the ministry of the church – which includes all people who do anything in the church, not just those who earn money through their ministry – rely on their worldly wisdom to accomplish or try to accomplish their goals of increasing the numbers and/or the budget.  Then they wonder why their not working.   Increase to the Kingdom of God doesn’t come by man’s wisdom but by the power and Spirit of the Lord.  We can’t just pray God to bless our plans and effort.  We must ask, seek and listen to God’s plans and instruction of what and how to do when.  Not only are we to pray first; we are to listen and wait until we hear the answer.  Waiting on God’s instructions and then following them brings success and success brings glory to God.  Let us rely on the power and Spirit of God in all we plan and so and then go forth in His power.

January 4, 2020

Active in Our Prayers

Filed under: God,Messiah,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Psalm 2  Why the big noise nations?  Why the mean plots, people?  Earth-leaders push for position.  Demagogues and delegate meet for summit talks.  The God-deniers, the Messiah defilers.  “Lets get free of God!  Cast loose from Messiah!”…..So, rebel-kings, use your heads; upstart judges, learn your lesson.  Worship God in adoring embrace.  Celebrate in trembling awe.  Kiss Messiah!  Your very lives are in danger, you know.  His anger is about to explode, but if you make a run for God—you won’t regret it.  (Message Version)

Read all of Psalm 2  Think about all the nations.  This is happening and retribution will come.  Our responsibility is to pray for our nations.  Not just lift them up in passing but to really intercede on their behalf.  As we pray for our nations we must pray for the individuals who are making the decisions.  Start with the national leaders but continue on down through state, county and city leaders.  Pray for the judges.  Be specific in our prayers and use names.  As citizens it is our responsibility to know who is making decisions and what decisions they are making.  We must not be complacent.  Complacency got us to where we are.  We must be active in our voice, our actions and most importantly in our prayers.

January 2, 2020

Slavery

Filed under: Bible,cross,God,Gospel,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The word “free” is in the Bible117 times.  Freedom is in 28.  Freely is in 24 times.  Other forms of the word “free” are in the Bible a total of 28 times.   That’s 197 times the Holy Bible talks about various forms of being free.   Freedom is important.  Wars have been fought in the name of freedom.  The United States constitution calls for freedom from slavery and freedom of religion.  Notice is says freedom of religion not freedom from religion.    In 1988 the world was focused on setting 2 whales, hemmed in by ice, free.  The Russians even worked with the United States to help free the whales.  It seems some consider 2 whales more important than people.    As the above verse states, it was for freedom Christ came and died on the cross.  The question we must answer for ourselves is how much are we willing to do for the freedom to worship God?  Will we keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone by our saying, “Thank You, Jesus” in the presence of another?  Are we willing to stand firm against anyone or any government that would take away our freedom to pray or worship or share the good news of the Gospel with others?  Some want to make having a Holy Bible against the law.  Are we willing to fight for the right to have our Bibles?  Let us stand firm and not be yoked by the slavery of unbelief.

December 28, 2019

According to His Character

Filed under: fruit,God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

John 16:23 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  (NIV)

A lot of people end their prayers, “In the name of Jesus.” Without understanding what that means.  Some treat the phrase as the same as rubbing a genie bottle.  When using the name of someone in an authoritative way, either asking or giving instructions or orders, one is acting under the authority of the name, the authority of the person with that name.  In order to do this, one must be asking in agreement with the one whose name they are using and acting under.  When we ask God for something in the name of Jesus, we are to be asking according to the same things which Jesus agrees.  So often our prayers are about self-desires.   These desires may not be in line with the character of God.  We need to be sure we are asking with the right motive – to become more and more one in God – in line with His character which is described in the list of the fruits of the Spirit.  Whether we are asking for ourselves or for others, our requests and motives must match those of God’s character.  Let us not be flippant in using the name of our Lord, Jesus.  Let us ask all things according to His character.

December 20, 2019

In Line

Filed under: anger,believe,forgive,God,heart,humble,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (NIV)

So why don’t we see more of what we ask for in prayer more often? Our first problem is do we really want what it is we are asking?  When we pray for someone we don’t really know for healing, do we really want their healing?  Do we really care?  Next, do we really believe that God wants us to have what we are asking?  And the biggest blockage, is there any unforgiveness in our heart?  If we are angry or bitter or unforgiving God won’t hear us.  The parable of the widow begging the judge over and over until he finally gave her what she asked.  It’s not that God wants us to beg over and over but He does want us to know if we really want and need what it is we ask.  Let’s not be flippant in our prayers.  When we ask for something let us first be sure it is in line with the character of God.  When what we ask is in line with God’s character we can believe with our whole hearts and minds that we will receive it.

December 2, 2019

Staying Attached

Filed under: Bible,Christ,fruit,God,Jesus,Lord,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 15:5-7 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  (NIV)

Our full time job and priority is to stay attached to Jesus, the vine of life in God. Grape vines don’t labor to produce their fruit.  They naturally produce fruit as long as they’re attached to the vine.  We needn’t strive to produce fruit.  We will produce fruit naturally as long as we stay attached to Jesus, the vine of life with God.  What is the fruit we will produce?  The fruit is listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)  Our question is how do we stay firmly attached to the vine (Jesus)?  We stay attached through reading, meditation and studying the scriptures (the Holy Bible), putting them in our hearts and minds and through 2-way conversation (prayer) with our Lord, Jesus.  Doing those things will not only keep us attached to the vine (Jesus) but will also produce growth in the branch (us).  Let us do more than stay attached.  Let us grow strong.  As we grow strong we will be able to bear more fruit.

November 22, 2019

A Strong Tower

Filed under: God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:14 pm

Proverbs 18:10 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  (KJV)

There are tall microwave towers all over our country.  I pass several daily.  A few weeks ago, while passing one of he many all towers this verse, in song format, came into my mind and I started singing it.  It stayed in my mind for many days and still pops up as I pass one of those towers.  It makes a good reminder for us as we pass those towers.  When we find ourselves in trouble or in need of a decision, all we need to is call out the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.  It is knowing and looking to God, through Jesus, that we are safe.  Decisions made through prayer are wise decisions.  When trials try to weigh down our emotions, remembering to say the name of our Lord can lift us up.  When looking down we can fall into depression.  Looking up keeps us safe from depression.  Let us keep looking to our Lord for He is our strength and shield.

November 20, 2019

Intercessor

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

Isaiah 59:16 16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.  (NKJ)

We are so good and quick to ask God for what we need for ourselves.  Some of us are fairly good at starting our prayer time in worship.  We might even spend a little time in thanks.  We tend to forget how very important intercession is.  Our praying for the needs of someone else might be the only prayer for that person.  How sad it is that there are people walking this earth who have never had anyone pray for them.  It’s not only sad for the one without prayer.  God is sad when He sees anyone without an intercessor.  For the believers in and through Jesus, Jesus is continually interceding for us.  We need to be interceding for others, not just fellow believers, but for all those who don’t know Jesus.  It is only through Jesus that anyone can have true life, eternal life in God.  Let us not be lazy or weary.  Let us always intercede, not only for those we love, but for all we see and know.

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