Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 22, 2019

Being Real

Filed under: confess,God,healing,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

James 5:15-16 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  (NIV)

Sometimes we wonder why, when we pray for someone to be healed, they aren’t.  We can’t read just a single verse.  We must look at verse 16 along with verse 15.  In verse 16 we see a condition that must be met.  When is the last time you joined with someone (other than your spouse) and both of you confessed your sins to each other before voicing your request to God?    According to verse 16, each one doing the praying for healing must confess their sins to the others who are joining them in prayer.  Most of us have a hard time with this.  We only want others to see our “good” side.  The last thing we want anyone else to know is what we are currently doing that is displeasing to God.  As with most of God’s promises, this one for healing comes with a condition.  Let us learn to meet the conditions of the promises we want God to honor.  Let’s be willing to be real with one another.

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August 14, 2019

A Banquet

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,God's Word,prayer,treasure,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Psalms 119:72 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (NIV)

We’ve all read stories of gold rush times.  How desperate people were to find their treasure.  They endured tremendous hardships.  Many even lost their lives in the effort.  That didn’t stop others from trying.  IT was worth all cost to get to their treasure.  We have a treasure God provided for us.  The treasure is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  In many countries these Bibles are plentiful but time is coming when it will be harder and harder to get a copy of this treasure.  Our question is do we really consider the Holy Bible a treasure?  How often do we get into the treasure?  Gold has to be mined.  Do we dig deep into the treasure God has provided for us?  A casual glance at rocks will miss the gold the contain.  Casually reading the Holy Bible misses the depth of the treasure God has waiting for us.  When I first came to the Lord I was devouring the Holy Bible.  I read it from cover to cover.  As I’ve grown over the years I have come to treasure it even more.  The depth of those words astounds me.  I can read a verse I’ve read before and receive a much deeper meaning from it.  As always, I continue to encourage you to really get into the Holy Bible.  Pray for understanding as you read.  Write down in a journal what you understand from what you read.  Try to memorize verses that are special to you.  Do this with a sense of enjoyment as you would a banquet of glorious food.  It is indeed a banquet of glorious food – food supplies from God, our Creator, to sustain us through life on this earth and bring us into a glorious relationship with Him and knowledge of Him.

August 7, 2019

Position

Filed under: God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Daniel 6:10 10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.  (NIV)

We have become lazy people.  We sometimes stand in church for singing but for most prayer time we sit.  We also sit a home when we pray.  We like to say we are bowing before God with our hearts but physically we remain seated.  We are physical people.  Most of us use our hands as we talk to give our words more emphasis.  May I suggest we follow Daniel’s example.  Let us bow down on our knees each day for a time of prayerful conversation with God.  Let us speak aloud to Him rather than just in our minds.  Let us even lay prostrate in prayerful and out loud conversation with God.  Try it and see the difference it makes in our prayer life.  It adds a depth of reverence not really possible when all we do is sit or lay in our beds as we pray.  Yes, God hears our prayers expressed in our minds without coming out aloud through our mouths.  Yes, God hears our prayers regardless of our physical position.  But, when we involve our physical bodies our entire being is more in tune with our relationship with our Creator.

August 1, 2019

Holy Ground

Filed under: God,holy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Exodus 3:5 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”  (NIV)

We wear shoes to protect us and to enable us to do our work.  Shoes stand between us and the ground – the earth – the world.  Why did God tell Moses to take his shoes (sandals) off?  To approach God we must not have anything between us and God.  We must come to Him naked from all our attachments to this earth.  Anyplace we meet God is holy because God is holy.  We approach God in our prayer times.  Do we really treat those times as holy?  What stands between us and God?  Is it unconfessed sin or unforgiveness?  Maybe it’s a lack of real trust and faith in Who God is and how much He loves us.  Whatever keeps us from “taking off our shoes,” standing naked before our in our prayer time, we must discover and rid ourselves of that encumbrance.  God already sees us in our nakedness.  It is from ourselves that we are hiding.  Let us choose to trust our loving Father and come totally naked – free from all that binds us to this earth.  Let us experience praying on holy ground.

July 29, 2019

Discouragement

Filed under: Bible,discouragment,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Mark 6:4 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (NIV)

Mark 8:17 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  (NIV)

Mark 9:19 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”  (NIV)

I’m having trouble with my computer.  I almost finish writing a devotion when suddenly it disappears.  I find myself fighting discouragement.  Jesus was discouraged.  Above are a few examples of times He was discouraged.  What did He do when discouraged?  He continued in His ministry, teaching about love from and for God the Father, healing, delivering and encouraging others.  This is the best antidote for discouragement.  Continue iDn what God has for us to continue.  Of course, we must make sure we are doing the right thing.  Sometimes discouragement comes to us as a warning that we are heading the wrong direction.  When discouraged, stop and pray.  As God if we need to change direction.  Listen.  Read and meditate on the written word, the Holy Bible.  Then, when we have the direction, put aside the discouragement, a temporary emotion, and move on with joy in our hearts that Jesus has already experienced what we are experiencing and the Father was faithful to Him and is also faithful to us.

July 26, 2019

Two or Three

Filed under: Christ,Church,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Matthew 18:20 0 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV)

When in a church service and the pastor or other leader offers the prayer sometimes our minds wander.  The prayer might be long and when our eyes are closed it is hard to keep our mins on what is being said.  I’ve learned to repeat in my mind what is being said but to turn it around to make it personal.  When the generic phrase is used like “be with those who are sick or hurting,” I put in the names of some I know who are sick or hurting.  When the generic phrase of “forgive us for our sins,” I specify some of my sins for which I have been trying to stop.  There are many different ways we can really plug into the prayer that is being said.  Why is this so important?  Because if we aren’t really in tune with the prayer that is being said, we are not together in the name of Jesus.  Jesus wasn’t referring to two or three gathered in His name in a particular place.  He was referring to two or three standing actively in faith and worship.  Let us no fool ourselves thinking we’re so good for being in church physically.  Let us also be in church mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  Let us really gather together with other believers in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

July 23, 2019

Incense

Filed under: God,Incense,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Revelation 8:3 3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne.  (NIV)

We like things to smell pleasant.  We spray incense in our rooms.  We light candles or plug in devices that emit incense into our rooms.  Some religions use incense in their worship to please their gods.  Incense makes us feel good.  God also likes incense.  In fact, incense is part of His creation.  But God’s most favored incense is the prayers of His people.  As we pray, our prayers do more than move mountains.  Our prayers are a sweet aroma and are collected with the incense on God’s golden alter.  The subject of the prayers isn’t mentioned which means all prayers, whether players of pleading for mercy or prays of thanksgiving and worship.  Let’s laden down God’s golden alter with the daily aroma of our prayers throughout each and every day.  As we pass a beautiful tree, let’s lift up a prayer of thanksgiving to God.  As we hear a siren, let’s offer up a prayer of intercession to God.  Prayer is the button that sprays the incense on God’s alter.

July 22, 2019

A Lonely Place

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 5:16 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (NIV)

So many are tired.  We are constantly stimulated by noise and business.  It seems there are always demands on our time.  Jesus had more demands on His time than we can conceive.  Yet, He knew He must withdraw to a lonely place where He could pray and be refreshed by His Father.  We too, must learn to leave everything behind for a time to refresh through prayer without interruption from distracting noise or other people.  As a couple, we took turns give each a few days to go off alone to refresh in our relationship with our God.  The condition of our thinking and our physical bodies are a good indication of when it is time to go to a lonely place to refresh.  Notice it is a lonely place, not a place of active recreation.  The entire purpose as we rest our minds and our bodies is to refresh through conversations with our Creator and have a refreshed re-infilling of the Holy Spirit.  If Jesus knew He needed to withdraw from time to time, though He was perfectly filled with the Holy Spirit, how much more do we need to do the same.  Let us be cautious in our thinking that things can’t go without us for a time.  Let us always take time in a lonely place and meet one on one with God, our Father and our Creator.

July 21, 2019

Stand Strong

Filed under: angles,armor,Bible,God,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Ephesians 6:11 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  (NIV)

I’ve written a good bit about the full armor of God.  I’ve gone into the various pieces of the armor.  What I haven’t done is look closely at what we are to do with the armor of God on us.  The Holy Bible says we are to take our stand against the devil’s schemes.  Stand means just that.  It means stand.  We don’t sit.  We don’t move to attack.  We stand our ground.  As we stand we pray and through our prayers the power of those prayers connect with God’s angels.  It is the angels who actually do the spiritual warfare.  For the spiritual warfare to be effective in our time and space it is combined with our prayers.  Some think prayers are just words or wishful thinking.  Prayers in the spirit, prayers allowing the Holy Spirit in us to pray, are the strongest weapon against the spiritual warfare that has raged ever since the angel Lucifer decided he wanted to usurp God’s authority and become god himself.  Why God allows Lucifer access to planet earth I don’t know but do wonder if it is to build up spiritual muscle in His children.  We exercise to build physical muscle so it makes sense to exercise in prayer to build spiritual muscle so we can make our stand against the schemes of Lucifer.  All Lucifer desires is for God not to have His children.  Lucifer isn’t interested in God’s children but in denying God in receiving His children’s love and worship.  Let us not deny God our love and worship.  Let us stand strong.

July 20, 2019

Authority Over Demons

Filed under: Christian,commands,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Luke 9:1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick  (NIV)

We don’t like to talk about it or even listen to others talk about it but there is spiritual warfare going on each and every day.  Many confessed Christians choose to think demons aren’t real or if they are, they don’t live inside people.  They forget the Holy Spirit lives inside true believers and, if the place for the Him is empty there is plenty of room for demons to come in and harass.  Jesus not only gave believers the authority to drive out all demons, He commanded us to do so.  When we read on we find the apostles returning and bragging about how the demons obeyed them.  We have a saying today, pride goes before a fall.  Let’s read on what happened later as recorded by Mark.  (Mark 9:16-18) “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”  Instead of taking authority over the demons, the apostles were arguing amongst themselves how to do it, what to say.  Jesus told them what they weren’t understanding about their authority over demons.  ( Mark 9:29) 29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”  Jesus has given us authority over demons but it isn’t authority by our might or our name.  We only have authority over demons through the name of Jesus.  Before we command a demon to leave, we must be sure we are well dressed in the armor of God listed in Ephesians 6.  Let us not stay as infants in our relationship with God.  Let us move on to full maturity.  Though there is not a demon behind every tree so to speak, we must keep our spiritual eyes open, listen to the directions of the Holy Spirit and stand against evil when the Holy Spirit directs us.

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