Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 27, 2018

Be Polite

Filed under: God,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:04 pm

1 Peter 3:8 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (NIV)

This is a command for politeness.  We see it every day.  We see rudeness in driving, in people standing in line, in the political arena, in news reporter questions; basically, we see rudeness everywhere.  But before we condemn the rudeness, we see we must look at our own behavior.  How many times have we not let someone into our lane of traffic/   What about in line lines at the check-out?  For most of us we aren’t intentionally rude.  We are distracted, stressed, under pressure and have too much to do.  Our minds are inward, not outward.  We quite often don’t even comprehend the people around us.  This is not how God wants us to behave.  HE wants us to be sympathetic and loving.  He wants us not to think we are do much better, important or worthier than others.  He wants us to be kind and loving to all those around us.  Especially through the holiday season (yet all 365 days of the year) let us make a conscious effort to follow the instructions in this verse.  Let us be polite, compassionate and sympathetic in the love of God for each and every person on this earth.

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November 13, 2018

Unprotected Back

Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (NIV)

As we reread the full armor of God we must notice, unlike the armor of the knights of the mid-ages, there is no protection for our backs.  We are told to stand firm.  There is no option of turning our backs and fleeing.  God has enabled us to be victorious because He already defeated Satan and we can do our part on this earth.  When temptations come, we are not to flee and run because they will just continue to come until they break us down.  We are to stand with the full armor of God and defeat each temptation that comes our way.  Let us learn to stand firm, wearing the full armor of God, and grow in the strength of God, becoming more and more one in Him.

November 11, 2018

Helmet and Sword

Filed under: Bible,God,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:03 pm

Ephesians 6:17 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (NIV)

A helmet protects our hear, our brain. What we put into our brains comes through our eyes and our ears.  Our brain picks up and stores all we hear and see.  Our brain is like a microwave tower receiver.  It picks up all the microwaves.  Someone writes a program for the microwave to determine what waves will be used and what ones ignored.  Sometimes we have no choice as to what we hear and see.  We hear and see all that is around us.  But we have a choice of which of the words and sights we will allow to become a active part in our brain and which ones we will push away from our conscious thoughts.  For this we need the helmet of salvation along with the sword of the Spirit.  Hear we find the written word of God, again.  The helmet is the knowledge that Jesus died once and for all for all mankind’s sins.  When we accept that fact and invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, that salvation is a fact that can cover our heads, our brains, with the assurance that we are God’s children and, as His children He will equip us with all we need to walk through life in the sinful atmosphere of this earth.  That’s why He saw to it that people who were willing to listen to Him and record what He said would record the words that are in our Holy Bible.  As with all the parts of God’s armor, we must pick up the sword of the Spirit each and every day.  To pick up the sword, we must pick up our Holy Bible each and every day, read, study and meditate on the words in that wonderful instructional and encouraging collection of books and be able to wield that sword.

November 10, 2018

Flaming Arrows

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

The flaming arrows of the evil one applies to our temptations to give into and enjoy things that separate us from God.  We are bombarded with these flaming arrows constantly through the media, billboards and those who live in those indulgences.  They can be as simple and “innocent” as over indulging in food not nutritional and harmful the our body which houses the Holy Spirit to holding unforgiveness or anger in our hearts.  Anything not  covered in the love of God is a flaming arrow.  Flaming because we are so tempted and it burns into our desire.  To take on the shield of faith we must change our desires to God and the things of God.  We must agree with the Psalm 42:1 and really want to seek after God and become one in Him.  Let us remember the arrows of temptation are flaming in effort to burn deep within our hearts.  Let’s choose to have God, through His Holy Spirit burn deeply in our hearts.  Remember, choice comes before feeling.

November 9, 2018

Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

Faith is believing God to be true to His word. God is love and love doesn’t lie.  God promised to be with us always and never leave us (that doesn’t mean we don’t leave God.).  We either choose to believe God and all He has said and promised or we choose not to believe.  We can’t halfway believe.  Faith is a total trust in the word of God and the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave us an example of the shield of faith when he was in the wilderness fasting for 40 days.  At the end of His fasting time Satan came to tempt Him.  Jesus was weak from hunger and thirst.  Temptation must have been very strong to end His misery.  Yet, in His physical weakness Jesus quoted scripture, the words of God, to Satan and defeated the temptations Satan offered.  In order to be able to hold the shield of faith, we must be familiar with the promises and words of God.  This take study, meditation and yes, memorization of the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  It’s the words in the Holy Bible that have the power to defeat the enemy.  Let us learn to hold up the shield of faith, knowing the word of God so well that the faith it brings has absolutely no doubts in God’s powerful word.

November 3, 2018

Opportunities to Do Good

Filed under: prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Galatians 6:10 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (NIV)

As we have opportunity we are to do good.  Opportunity to do good isn’t selective of a particular group of people but for all people.  So often we miss opportunities.  We are busy, distracted and in a hurry.  We pass right by a person in need.  We don’t look at the faces of those in sorrow or pain.  I know I struggle when shopping in a store.  I don’t like to shop so I keep in the forefront of my mind what I need and don’t notice people around me.  I just want to get what I need and get out of there on toward my next errand.  God has been having me slow down and look at the people around me.  I have been found greeting strangers who look sad and sometimes stopping and praying with a stranger.  It might be all someone needs is a friendly smile or greeting.  It might be we hear a couple in the prescription line talking about how they’re going to be able to buy the prescription and food and we have some money in our pocket we can give to them telling them Jesus loves them and cares for their needs.  There are opportunities all around us.  We only need to slow down, get out of ourselves, listen and look.  Let us not miss opportunities to do good to all people.

October 24, 2018

Common Good

1 Corinthians 12:7 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)

We humans have a strong desire for individualism.  We look after self to a high degree.  We even tend to think that the gifts God gives us are for our own self.  But God gives us gifts for the common good – the good of our fellow human beings.  We are each very important to the family of God.  We read in 1 Corinthians 12:22-26 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it  This is saying the you are very important and very special.  When I first started my walk with God I asked to be a little toe.  I didn’t think God would ever want to use me for anything special.  God told me toes are important because they keep the body in balance.  My reaction was, I was so unbalanced I couldn’t even be a little toe.  It takes being open to God through His Holy Spirit as we read His instruction book (The Holy Bible), meditate on it and learn to apply it to our daily lives and learning how to listen to the gentle, quiet voice of His Holy Spirit within us to bring us into functioning with the gifts He gives us for the good of all of His family.  I want to encourage you in your walk.  You are very important in the family of God.  God has a specific ministry for you that no one else is called or equipped to do.  As you grow in Him your gift will grow and your ministry will grow.  Let us each grow for the common good of all of God’s family.

October 19, 2018

Additions

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Deuteronomy 4:2 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. (NIV)

Mankind has not followed this command.  Our disobedience of adding to what God said started in the Garden of Eden.  When Satan tempted Eve, it might have been her effort to emphasize what God said when she said to Satan, (Genesis 3:3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Notice in Genesis 2:17   God said, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” He didn’t say, “you must not touch it.”  One thing we don’t know is did Eve add those extra words or did Adam add them when he told her what God said about that tree.  God gave His command to Adam before Eve was formed.  We continue to add to what God says.  Denominations add to God’s commands, individual churches add to God’s commands, people add to God’s commands.  Sometimes we add because we think by adding to God’s commands we are emphasizing them.  Other times we add because we want it to appear God is requiring what we want other to believe, say or act.  Whatever the reason for our adding to what God commands, the reasons don’t make it any less obedient or sinful.  This is one reason it is so important for us to read, study and meditate on God’s written word and get it deep into our minds and hearts.  It’s also why we should take our Bibles to church and read along as verses are quoted to us.  Leaving out words or adding words can lead us astray.  Let us stick with what God says and not edit it according to our own fleshy desires.

 

October 7, 2018

Favor

 

Luke 2:14 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)

It’s interesting to look up in the Bible and see how many people found favor with God.  We must ask, how is it they found favor with God.  First, we must know Him through His Son, His Word, Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit within us.  Without doing this there is no favor.  Then we must listen to Him.  We listen through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and to the Holy Spirit.  We can also listen to Him through our circumstances and sometimes through someone else who is walking with God.  To listen to Him and not trust Him is fruitless.  We must trust Him, His love, forgiveness and mercy for us as His children.  Then we must obey what we hear Him say.  If we don’t obey that means we really don’t trust Him.  When circumstances tell us we seem to have lost God’s favor it’s time to check and see if we are listening, trusting and obeying.  Let us learn to remain in favor with God.

October 6, 2018

Reflections

Filed under: Creation,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

I take a lot of pictures of calm lakes that have the reflection of the mountains or whatever is on the other side of the lake.  I really enjoy seeing the reflections in the water.  The reflections are a hint at the beauty of what they are reflecting.  We were created to be a reflection of God.  We must ask ourselves, when others see us, do they see a reflection of God?  How much of His love and His beauty do others see when they look at us.  I’m not talking about physical beauty.  I’m talking about the beauty of the spirit – the real person inside of us.  Our physical bodies are like the skin of a rattle snake.  They are just the shell that houses the real person God created us to be.  Let us really get and stay attached to the vine of Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us work on our reflection, take out the ripples that distort it, and allow God’s reflection to be seen in all we say and do.

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