Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 17, 2019

God Is Love

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)

God is love.  Without God there is no love because God is love and love is God.  People say they love someone because that someone make them feel good or needed or something.  It is because of how someone else makes them feel.  That isn’t love.  Without God in us through His Holy Spirit it is impossible for us to love anyone.  We are, by nature, full of self.  Jesus demonstrated love by the way He walked this earth.  The scriptures, the Holy Bible, the written word of God, is full of examples of love – the love of God.  Love and God are one and the same.  We can only love when we allow God to love through us.  Let us allow God to love through us.  Let us immerse ourselves in the Holy Bible so we can recognize how God’s love is worked out through His children.  God is Love.

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July 2, 2019

Holy Spirit Purpose

Filed under: Bible,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

John 16:13-14 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you (NIV)

Some just thin the Holy Spirit is only for a few selected individuals or that He is just a different, no-understandable language.  The Holy Spirit is the guide we need in order to discern what is true from what is false.  He is the communicator between the Father and us.  He enables us to glorify Jesus.  Jesus tells the Holy Spirit what we need to know.  How do we learn to hear the Holy Spirit?  At first, we hear Him through the reading and meditating on the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  After we read, it is good to write down what we hear from our reading.  After we pray, it is good to write down what is in our mind after we pray.  Eventually we will see what we have written is different from the way we talk.  Gradually we become more and more familiar with how the Holy Spirits sounds to us.  By sound, I mean hearing the thoughts He speaks into our minds.  Be patient with yourself.  As it takes a baby a while to understand words, it also take us awhile to understand the Holy Spirit’s gentle whisper.

June 13, 2019

Prayers Like This

Filed under: body,Christ,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,soul,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

1 Thessalonians :23-24   May God Himself, the God Who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.  The One Who called you is completely dependable.  If He said it, He’ll do it! (The Message)

I like to pray scripture.  Praying the verses in the scripture is a very sure way of saying to God what He wants to hear.  This is a beautiful prayer of blessing.  When I pray it, in pace of the word “you” I insert the name of someone.  There are many scripture verses of blessing we can use to pray over others.  We can also pray them over ourselves.  Remember, when we pray them, to change the words to directly talk to God rather than about Him.  With each passing day we are getting closer to the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.  We want to be found holy and whole in spirit, soul and body.  He may come before this is posted or He may not come for another thousand years or so.  No one knows.  Our job is to be ready at any time.  We also want others to be ready so let’s pray prayers like this every day.

June 12, 2019

God Speaks

Genesis 1:3 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  (NIV)

And God said.  God spoke.  When God spoke, what He said happened.  Whatever God says happens.  God spoke throughout the Old and New Testament of what we call the Holy Bible.  We can read, time after time how what God spoke happened.  Some happened immediately and some happened quite a while after.  Some are still waiting to happen.  God still speaks today.  He has given those who believe in and follow His Son, Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, the Person of the Holy Spirit to speak to and through those believers/followers.  As God was creating the earth there were no humans.  Now God speaks to and through humans.  Quite often the humans don’t listen.  God will cause what He has spoken or is speaking to come about with or without humans.  It is the humans who miss out by ignoring what God has or is saying.  He desires for us to allow Him to speak and work through us because we are now joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must ask ourselves if we are listening.  We listen both through the written word, the Holy Bible and through the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.  We must more than listen.  We must act on what God says.  Let us always listen.  As to the spoken words today, no spoken word from God will ever disagree with what God has allowed to be written in the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  That is why it is so very important for us to commit the scriptures to our minds.  Let us know scripture and be prepared to hear God speaking to us today

June 7, 2019

Yesterday’s Bread

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Luke 11:3 3 Give us each day our daily bread. (NIV)

Most all of us, when we think of bread, think of the physical food we make which we call bread.  Jesus said He is the bread of life.  The scripture is called the living word of God.  It is called living because the verses have multiple layers of meaning according to where we are in our time and space.  One meaning of this verse is that we don’t go physically hungry which, for most of us, is far from a problem.  Anther meaning is that we be full of Jesus, our bread of life, each and every day.  There is a song called “Not Yesterday’s Bread.”  For awhile I couldn’t understand what that meant.  So, I finally asked God to explaned that song to me.  We can’t live only on the infilling of the Holy Spirit from yesterday.  We need a fresh infilling every day.  We get this infilling through reading, studying and meditation on the scripture, the Holy Bible and talking with God each and every day.  What we learned and received yesterday is well and good but today is a new day and we need the Bread for this day.  Let us not depend on yesterday’s bread.  Let us seek our new bread for each and every day.

June 3, 2019

Shooting Off Our Mouth

Filed under: Christ,confess,forgive,government,Jesus,Obey,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Acts 23:5 5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’” (NIV)

Romans 13:1 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (NIV)

We take great delight in criticizing our government leaders.  We even say things about them that aren’t verified by fact.  We even enjoy hearing others speaking negatively about those who are in our government.  As much as we don’t like what scripture says, as a follower of Jesus Christ we are to follow what the scripture says.  We are not to say negative or evil things about those in our government.  In the United States, we have the power to choose who is in our government.  We do this by our vote.  I’ve noticed some of the people around me who complain and have the foulest mouth about those in the government are the same people who sit at home on election days.  Instead of mouthing off at those in government, let us practice obeying another verse in the scripture.  2 Chronicles 7:1  says 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. Let us stop shooting our mouth off to others and use our mouth to confess our sins along with the sins of our government and ask God for forgiveness and direction.

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

May 10, 2019

Misunderstanding

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Mark 8:16 16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

Be sure you read from verse 1.  This is an example of spiritual blindness.  Jesus just finished feeding 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread.  The disciples didn’t spiritually hear or see what Jesus was telling them when He said (Mark 8:15) 15Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”  He wasn’t talking about physical bread made with yeast that we put into our mouths to eat.  He was talking about the yeast of the sin of spiritual blindness and deafness.  If we didn’t understand the importance of the impact of spiritual blindness and deafness yesterday, lets pray on these verses.  Jesus’ first words of warning were, “Be careful.”  Deafness and blindness can creep into us very slowly.  We might first just disagree or misunderstand one word of God.  Before long we are deciding we can edit God’s words to agree with what our own self-centered mind thinks.  The Holy Bible is not just a good collection of books containing history and moral platitudes.  The Holy Bible is God’s Word.  God is Spirit and can only be understand through the spirit.  It is only the Holy Spirit Who can give us the interpretation and meaning of scripture.  On our own, we just read into His words with our own finite understanding.  We can’t take one verse out, interpreting it in a way that doesn’t have total agreement with the entire Bible.  It is all or nothing.  When we have been born again through Jesus, we are no longer humans having spiritual experiences but are now spiritual beings in human bodies.  Join me in prayer, Holy Spirit, keep our eyes and ears spiritually open to all the Father says.

May 9, 2019

Deaf and Blind

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,internet,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Isaiah 42:18-20 8 “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!19 Who is blind but my servant,
and deaf like the messenger I send?  Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord?20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”

God isn’t talking about physical sight or physical hearing.  He’s talking about spiritual blindness and spiritual hearing.  We have a natural, sinful tendency not to see or hear what we don’t want to see or hear.  This is very true as we read God’s word, the Holy Bible.  We don’t want to acknowledge the words that disagree with our fleshly desires.  One example is the movement to delete all verses that call homosexuality a sin.  Taking those verses out of the Bible will not change God’s judgement.  We must pray before we read the scriptures.  We must pray we will see the words spiritually and hear what God is saying to us through those words.  There are times we can read the scripture and not be able to say what we just read because our mind is elsewhere.  I’ve heard many read scriptures yet miss reading some of the words in it.  One example is John 3:16. Some read, “God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes Him should not parish but have everlasting life.”  I hope you immediately realized what word is missing.  If not, please open your own Bible and carefully read that verse.  Let us not be spiritually blind or dear.  Let us always ask the Holy Spirit to help us see and hear with the spirit.

April 9, 2019

In His Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,predestined,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Romans 8:29 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (NIV)

God loves us just the way we are.  Before we come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, we are full of sin.  God loves us that way so much He sacrificed His Son for us.  When we have a baby, we love that baby just like he/she is.  We love the baby in spite of the dirty diapers, the spitting up, the crying.  We love that baby just as he/she is.  But even though we love the baby as is, we have predetermined the baby will grow to be more like us.  The baby will no longer be in diapers, spit up in our faces or cry very much.  This will not change our love for our baby.  It is the same with us and God.  Though He loves us in our very sinful state, He looks forward to us becoming more in His image as we grow with Him.  Our conformity to His image doesn’t increase His love for us but it does increase our love for Him.  Love deepens with coming closer in likeness.  Just as a marriage.  The early years are fun and we think we can’t possibly love any more than we do but, as we grow old together, we find the love has deepened with the more intimate knowledge of each other.  God does the teaching through His Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, the Holy Bible, as we become conformed to the image of His Son, but we must do our part by studying, meditating and learning the Scriptures and through 2-way communication with the Father.  It is through getting to know Him that conformity can come.

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