Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 2, 2020

How to Study the Holy Bible

Filed under: Bible,God,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  (NIV))

When we read and study the Bible the first thing we should do is pray and ask God to give us understanding.  One important step to understand what is meant in what we read is when any verse of the Old Testament is quoted be sure to go directly to that verse being quoted and read the entire section to understand the content of that verse.  It is much easier to apply it when you know what, how and why it is quoted.  Another help I’ve found is checking with the Tree of Life translation.  It was translated from the original manuscripts by Jewish Rabies who understand the meaning of the words in the culture at the time those words were written.  Many words have changed in meaning over the years.  The Holy Bible is God’s instruction book for us.  It is well worth the time and effort to delve into it deeply and learn how to apply it to our lives in this day and age.

June 30, 2020

Exercising Faith

Filed under: faith,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

2 Samuel 22:35 35 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  (NIV)

Arms can’t bend a bow of bronze unless they have gradually increased their strength through consistent exercise and training.  The same is true of faith.  Faith and trust are basically the same.   We learn to trust or have faith with small things and gradually our faith increases.  If the first chair we ever sit in breaks, we are hesitant to trust or have faith that the next chair will hold us and test it out very cautiously.  Learning to have faith in God’s promise to answer our prayers builds as we continue to pray.  Keeping a prayer journal is a good tool for increasing faith.  Record what we ask with the date then record when and how it is answered.  Reading through the records and seeing how each prayer is answered is faith-building.  The saying “Use it or lose it” applies to more than just our body.  The more we pray, the more we will want to pray.  Prayer is a privilege.  Prayer is talking with the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  God is so very much bigger and knowing than we are yet, because of His Son, Jesus, God allows us to call Him “Father.”  Think on that.  It’s overwhelming.

June 23, 2020

Passion for God

Filed under: Church,fellowship,garden,God,love,passion,prayer,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Philippians 3:8 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  (NIV)

Philippians 3:14 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

How much passion do we have for God?  How much do we desire to know Him?  How much passion do we have in our worship of Him?  How much passion for God do others see in us?  I look at sports arenas and see and hear people standing, shouting cheers and clapping.  I look in most church worship services and see people sitting stoically, looking sad or bored, barely singing or speaking and looking and acting like participating is a chore rather than a privilege and desire.  Where is our passion?  When God sees and hears us, what does He see and hear?  Does He see people who are just saying a few words of thanks or praise because they are supposed to say them or does He see and hear people who really love Him and are excited about the privilege of worshiping and thanking Him for all He has done and is doing for them?  Where is our passion?  We can’t drum up passion when it’s not really there.  It takes reflecting on who we really are, how sinful we really are in and of ourselves compared to how God is and what He has done for us to restore our relationship with Him as He originally created our relationship of fellowship with Him to be in the Garden of Eden for us to realize His incredible love for us and start to feel passionate about not only receiving His love but also to love Him back through worship, praise and thanksgiving.  Once again, where’s our passion?  Let’s show our passion, not only in our own prayer closet but also when we are around other people.  Passion for God will turn this world around.

June 20, 2020

Okay to Fail

Filed under: Boat,Father,God,healing,Jesus,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm
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Matthew 14:29 29 “Come,” he s aid.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  (NIV)

Matthew 14:30 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  (NIV)

There have been many sermons preached about how Peter took his eyes off Jesus, looked at the water and sank but I’ve not heard any about the fact Peter was the only one of all those in the boat that even tried.  Besides keeping our eyes on Jesus instead of our circumstances we must learn that all God asks is for us to try.  We needn’t be ashamed of failure.  We can learn much from our failures.  What we are to be ashamed of is not trying.  Many are afraid of praying for healing out loud for fear that a healing won’t occur.  Our job is to pray and ask.  It is up to God how He chooses to answer our prayers.  I remember God directing me to go to the hospital to pray for a non-believer to be healed of melanoma the day before her surgery.  I went in pure obedience.  I asked her if I could pray for her.  She was polite and said yes.  I held her hand, prayed, “Father God, by the authority given to me by Your Son, Jesus, I speak healing.  The melanoma must go.”  Then I said good by and left it in God’s hands.  The next day they took her down to surgery, looked at the melanoma and decided they better do another biopsy before the do the surgery.  There was no melanoma.  I never heard from the lady for several years.  Quite some time later she phoned, asked if I remembered her and said not only was she healed when I prayed, but she and her husband both accepted Jesus as their Savior and are in full time Christian work.  Object lesson of Peter’s walking attempt and my prayer is be obedient and speak out the promises Jesus said we had in His name and leave the results where they should be – in the very loving and capable hands of God the Father.  Thank you, Peter for daring to come to Jesus on the water and showing us it’s okay to fail as long as we try.

June 14, 2020

Word for Today

2 Timothy 4:3 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  (NIV)

This is a very applicable word for today.  We see it in the looting and property damage going on.  We see it in the pushing ahead in various lines.  We hear the “me first” attitude so prevalent in our culture today.  People like to be the ones in power over other people.  People don’t want to hear about God.  They want to be their own god.  They don’t want God to be mentioned in school and want to teach things God says are evil.  We even have false teachers in Christian churches teaching self- gratification.  Many denominations are changing definitions of words in the Bible in order to agree with the god-less culture of today.  What do we do about this?  We must stand strong in our faith.  We must speak out in love, not in judgement.  Most important, we must go into our prayer war-room and bind the evil forces trying to deceive this world and pray to loose the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

June 7, 2020

Really Humble

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,glory,God,government,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

Let’s take a fresh look at this verse and what it means to humble ourselves.  We say we pray and seek God’s face.  We say we do our part for this nation.  There are questions we must ask ourselves.  Do we vote?  When we vote, do we research all levels of offices and laws before we cast our ballot.  Do we really know who and/or what we are electing into office or laws?  When we pray for our nation, do we pray for each individual who is in a decision-making area of our government?  Do we pray for each one to seek God’s wisdom in their decisions?  When we pray, do we really humble ourselves by admitting our part in this nation leaving the precept of God?  We Christians are just as responsible for the direction this country has taken as the worse of citizens.  We don’t speak with our votes.  We don’t speak with our actions.  When is the last time we have communicated with someone in office as to what we think the direction should be.  I don’t know about you but I must admit I’m not consistently faithful in any of the above actions.  God didn’t cause this virus but He did allow it for scripture says God is always in control.  Since God did allow it it appears, He is trying to get our attention to stand up and do our part in the leadership and direction of this country.  He has used “pandemics” before; they are recorded in the Holy Bible several times.  Let’s pay attention.  Let’s not be complacent or quiet.  Let’s not riot but let’s use the laws that are in place to speak out and move our nation back into the right direction – God’s direction.  Let’s put pray back into our schools, businesses and government.  Let’s keep gender on birth certificates.  Let’s stop the murder of babies.  Let’s be active for the glory of God.

June 5, 2020

Our Expectations

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

Acts 3:5 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.  (NIV)

Please get your own Bibles and start reading from Acts 3:1 to get the full event.  Peter and John went to the temple 3 times a day every day, passing this lame man every time.  What made it different this time?  This time they heard the Holy Spirit direct them to pray for healing of this lame mand.  The lame man’s expectation was quite different.  He was expecting Peter and John to drop in a coin.  So often we pray with expectations that are so much less than what God wants for us.  In the lame man’s case, there were 2 people who were in tune with God’s expectations.  When we pray, do we just close our minds to our own expectations and totally miss the great ones God has for us?  Let us learn to pray with a listening ear to the directions of the Holy Spirit Who is living in us and Who desires to direct us in all we say, think and do.  What wonderful miracles e would see if we would open our expectations to match those of God’s.

June 3, 2020

God Wants

Filed under: Church,God,knowledge,prayer,thanks,truth,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

 

1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

We are all familiar with the instructions to pray for those in authority.  Let us look at why we are told to do so.  Yes, as we pray for those in authority, we can have mor peaceful lives but let’s look at what God wants.  He wants all people to be saved and to know truth.  God is truth.  Without knowing God, it is impossible to know truth.  Without God working in and through us, we are powerless to the deceit of Satan.  We see people misusing power every day.  We also hear them speaking lies.  They have convinced themselves that the lies, when repeated often enough, will be truth.  So let us be diligent in praying every day for those in authority in our governments and in churches.  Let us please God by uniting with His power and bringing Truth (remember, God is truth) into our world.

May 29, 2020

Like Paul

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christian,gender,God,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Ephesians 6:19 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly   (NIV)

Paul was threatened with prison and death yet his prayer request was to be bold and always speak for Christ Jesus.  I don’t know about you, but Paul puts me to shame.  So many of us pray selfishly for our own comfort and convenience.  Paul was totally focused on God and spreading of His message.  We, for the most part are focused on what will make us most popular.  As believers in and followers of Jesus our number one desire should be to be pleasing to God regardless of what others might think of us.  We fear being labeled a “religious fanatic.”  That term has changed in it’s meaning as culture has pulled further and further away from God.  Today that term applies to anyone who is openly a true believer and follower of God.  I don’t use the term “Christian” because now that term seems to be defined as a church member that is basically a “good” person.  We are do good today at changing the definition of a word to match our own desires of its meaning.  Not only has the definition of Christian changed but the definition of marriage and gender have also changed.  Let us be more like Paul and desire to be bold in our belief and following of God through Jesus Christ and proclaim the gospel to those around us in a loving, non-judgmental way.

May 24, 2020

Seeking Knowledge

2 Timothy 3:7 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

We are a people who seek knowledge.  We want to be “in the know.”  A very common phrase today is “Go google it.”  We have knowledge at our fingertips.  Our questions we must answer is what knowledge, the Holy Bible.  We must also answer, “Do we know the Holy Bible.?”  How much do we know of what is in the Bible?  Modern versions are being produced now that exclude some parts of the Bible and even change the meaning of some of the words.  Do we know the Bible well enough to discern when words have been omitted or changed?  God’s Word is a lamp to our feet telling what direction we should walk and a light to our path showing us truth.  It is important to cross reference what we read in the scriptures to be sure we are reading correctly.  It is also very important to pray before we read and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the interpretation for the application we are to follow.  Let us be sure the first and primary knowledge we seek first and most of all comes from God.  Knowledge of the things of the world only come after God’s knowledge.

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