Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 4, 2020

Pay Close Attention

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Hebrews 2:1 1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  (NIV)

Hebrews 2:1 1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.  (KJ)

Hebrews 2:1 1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  (ESV)

Hebrews 2:1 1 We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.  (HCSB)

Hebrews 2:1  For this reason it is necessary for us to pay especially close attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  (TOL)

The phrase “pay attention” in some for or another is in the Holy Bible innumerable times.  The words vary according to the translation but the meaning is plane.  In today’s culture we are very distracted. We allow our minds to wander and don’t pay close attention to so many things.  Not paying attention when driving a vehicle results in accidents.  Not paying attention when playing sports or other physical activities results in injuries.  Not paying attention when your spouse is talking to you results in hurt feelings and sometimes arguments.  Not paying attention to what we eat results in illness.  In the above verses we are cautioned to pay careful, earnest, close and more attention to what we have heard from those who walked with Jesus.  We seem to have the ability to read the Holy Bible, seeing the words and maybe even saying the words aloud but our attention is divided on other things while we read.  We may be sitting in a Bible study group but our mind wanders to other things.  This lack of attention comes from not understanding what is most important on our journey on this earth.  The most important things is for us to know God, our Creator.  We can’t know God without first knowing and coming to His Son, Jesus Christ.  To know Him, we must pay most careful attention to the words in His instruction book, the Holy Bible.  We must also pay careful attention to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit Who resides in each and every believer.  Paying attention will keep us on God’s chosen path for us.  When we don’t pay attention, we will gradually drift away from our relationship with God.  Let us take heed.  Let us close attention to God in any way He chooses to talk to us: the Holy Bible, the voice of the Holy Spirit, circumstances and through other believers.

 

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.

May 31, 2020

Search Ourselves

Filed under: devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Acts 17:11 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  (NIV)

The Berean Jews were very wise.  When anyone quotes scripture or explains it, regardless of who they are or how well know or educated they are, it is important for each of us to search out and study the scriptures for ourselves.  Words tend to mean different things to different people.  Scripture can be misread, misquoted and misinterpreted.  Also, when we listen or even when we read, we often mishear or misread a word or two which can change the entire meaning of what we are hearing or reading.  I did an experiment in a sermon I preached one time.  I omitted a word.  It was a very small word.  It was the word, “in”.  No one caught the omission.  Leaving that little word out of the sentence totally changed the meaning of the sentence.  It is so very important to read the scripture along with the minister when he/she reads it.  It is important that you look up the scriptures I use and read them in the context, not just the one or two lines I quote.  It is also important to read several different translations.  The most important thing to do is to pray before reading or listening and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the interpretation and application God wants you to understand for you on this very day.  This is the living word of God.  He provided for us for our daily road map.  Let us never have a day we don’t search out with great eagerness the words God has for us each and every day.

 

May 27, 2020

Deception

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,light,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

2 Corinthians 11:14 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (NIV)

I seldom write about Satan otherwise known as the devil because I don’t like given him attention  However, it is very important for all of us to recognize this deceiver.  Satan is very deceptive.  He makes little suggestions to us that seem harmless.  He might say, go ahead and lie because it’s just a little lie and you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by speaking the truth.  However, on little lie leads to more lies which lead to bigger lies and before long, we are trapped in lies.  It’s the same with stealing.  We might take a pen from work.  It’s just a pen.  No one will miss it.  Before long we will be taking more and more things away from our employer.  How do we learn to recognize when it’s Satan attempting to deceive us?  This is why it is so important that we have the word of God, the words in the Holy Bible, deeply planted in our minds and able to recall them.  Every deception by Satan has a real truth in the scriptures.  Satan has an uncanny way of change just one word as he quotes scripture to us.  In Genesis 3 he questioned Eve by asking if God said they weren’t to eat from any tree in the garden.  Satan likes to put questions in our mind as to what God actually said.  Satan dangles the good in front of us.  God desires the best for us.  Let us continue to eat and digest the word of God so we can resist the schemes of the devil.

May 26, 2020

Bible Says It

Filed under: believe,Bible,fellowship,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  (NKJ)

Many don’t believe what is in the Holy Bible because they don’t understand.  Our finite minds can’t fully comprehend how God does the things He does or even why He has told us to do certain things and not do outer things.  Understanding and being able to apply what is recorded in the scriptures isn’t possible from purely and intelligent means.  It is not until we accept Jesus, the Son of God into our hearts, minds and lives and choose to follow Him and allow the Holy Spirit to enter us that we are able to choose to believe all that is in the scriptures because of Who spoke the scriptures into existence through those who were willing to listen and follow and record what the Holy Spirit said to them.  It is that same Holy Spirit Who speaks to us today through those very words He gave others to record.  We don’t have to understand the how or why of every word of the Holy Bible.  Belief is a choice.  Because God said it through His Holy Spirit, we can choose to believe it and follow it.  There is a saying, “God said it, I read it and I believe it.”  We either choose to believe the entire Holy Bible or we don’t.  We can’t choose just the words we like and change the meaning or remove the words we don’t like.  God didn’t put the words there for us to like.  He put the words there so we could have an abundant life and walk daily in fellowship with Him now and throughout eternity.

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.

May 22, 2020

Heavenly Bodies

Filed under: Bible,body,disciples,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Corinthians 15:49 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.  (NIV)

Many are afraid of cremation.  There is no reason to fear what happens to our physical bodies.  It isn’t our physical bodies that will be resurrected.  It is our spirits.  Our spirits will be given a new, heavenly body.  Our physical bodies, in relation to our heavenly bodies, are like a seed.  The seed bears no resemblance to what the dead seed becomes as it burst into life.  We can’t see what a tomato looks like from looking at a tomato seed.  Will we recognize one-another in our new, heavenly bodies?  Yes.  We recognize the spirit of one-another just as the disciples recognized Moses and Elijah on the mountain as they talked with Jesus.  Yes, right now, as we walk this earth, our physical bodies are important and need to be taken proper care, but we must remember our spirits are of much more importance.  It is very important we take care to feed and strengthen our spirits through meditation and study on the scriptures, the Holy Bible, and through 2-way conversation (prayer) with our heavenly Father.  Let us be sure to properly feed our spirit.

May 21, 2020

Growing Up

Filed under: believe,Bible,children,Christ,God,Jesus,kingdom,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Matthew 18:3 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  (NIV)

A little child know they are totally dependent on their parents.  They trust the love and provision of their parents.  That is how we are to come into the family of God.  We are to trust in the love and provision of God knowing our inability to walk through this life on our own.  But we are not to remain as little children.  So many Christians think after they accept Jesus Christ and follow with baptism and join a church, they can just coast through life.  Life is a school for us to learn our jobs in the Kingdom of heaven.  We can only do this through regular study of the scriptures, the Holy Bible< God so lovingly provided for our education and instruction, through prayer – 2-way conversation with God the Father and through learning to walk according to the instructions we read and study.  As with the accepting to walk through the door Jesus provided for us, it is also up to us if we will choose to grow up as co-heirs with Jesus.  Let us choose to grow up.

May 17, 2020

Grace Not Wasted

Filed under: encouragement,God,grace,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

1 Corinthians 15:10  But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am.  And I’m not about to let His grace go to waste. (Message)

Paul was very aware of his sinfulness.  He was very aware he didn’t deserve to be forgiven for his past.  He was fully aware it was only because of the grace and generosity of God, through His Son, Jesus, that he, Paul, had any hope of forgiveness and eternal life in the very presence of God.  The word, “sin” is not one used very much in today’s society.  We call our sins “mistakes” and our lies “white lies.”  We fail to see ourselves for who we really are, a people who put themselves as much more important and much better than others.  Because of the lack of recognizing our filthy sinfulness, our lack of real love for God and for others, we find it hard to fully accept God’s grace and generosity.  We are taught about the “Daddy” concept of God to the degree of taking God’s love for granted.  Not only had physical discipline taken a back seat to emotional desires but spiritual discipline has been buried deeply.  We tend to read a verse or 2 of scripture the set our Bibles aside, maybe picking them up to take to church when we go.  We have a tendency to go with the flow of our current culture.  Let us remember what God did to redeem us and re-unite us with Him.  To take part of Himself, His Son, Jesus and put Him fully into the form of sinful man to show us how we can live without sin and to pay the penalty for us because He knew we would continue to sin I beyond graciousness and generosity.  Our question is what are we doing with that grace and generosity?  Paul demonstrated what he did.  God probably isn’t asking us to travel the world or write letters of encouragement and instruction.  He is asking us to use the individual gifts He has given each of us to do our part as part of His body.  He is asking us to keep Him as the first priority of our thoughts and lives.  We start that with consistent prayer and worship.  Let us, like Pau, not let God’s grace and generosity go to waste.

May 16, 2020

Make the Most of Today

Filed under: anxious,Church,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,trials,Uncategorized,worry — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 6:34 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (NIV)

Now that many things are starting to open up people are starting to get more anxious and worried.  Will they have a job to go back to?  If not, will they find a new job?  Is it safe to go to the grocery store?  What about church?  There ae as many questions about tomorrow as there are people.  Jesus had an answer to each and every question.  Don’t worry about tomorrow.  We are to live in today.  Today we know we should wear a face mask to protect us and others from any lingering virus.  Today we know we should be careful with our finances yet continue to give back to God the portion He asked for in the scriptures (a tenth of our income).  God is always faithful.  Will we be faithful?  There is nothing wrong with making tentative plans for tomorrow as long as we are willing to listen to the Holy Spirit for any change of direction God has for us.  I like not knowing what tomorrow brings.  Tomorrow can bring wonderful, new surprises or it can bring a new trial that helps me get to know what is in me and how much of God’s character am I allowing to shine out through me.  Tomorrow is in God’s hands.  Let’s enjoy today, whether in a trial or in a glorious surprise.  Let’s make the most of whatever God has brought us for this day, learning from today to make the most of whatever comes tomorrow.

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