Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 28, 2020

Senior Wisdom

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,internet,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized,vine,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 15:1 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  (NIV)

It’s amazing how many different things and different ways one verse of scripture can say to us.  That’s one reason the Holy Bible is called the living word.  We have a vine that for many years never had very many, if any, blooms.  We contemplated digging it up and replacing it.  After many years it is now covered with beautiful blooms.  These blooms are providing nectar for many hummingbirds.  There is a lot on the internet about getting the economy going and letting seniors be exposed and die from the C virus.  In the minds of many of the youth, seniors are of no value.  Unfortunately, those youth are also the ones who refuse to listen to the experience wisdom of the seniors.  Because of their attitude they make many mistakes.  So often adult children don’t want to keep learning from their elderly parents.  Read through the scriptures and pay attention to the ages of many of those through whom God did mighty works.  Look at our recent history at the ages of those who are making calm and balanced decisions.  There are seldom one easy fix for any problem.  Instead of writing off certain groups of people and find balanced decisions that will benefit all.  It took time and patience for the blossoms to grow on our vine.  Let us allow this current trial to unite us together and stay attached to our vine, Jesus, asking for His wisdom that brings glory to God and benefits all.

February 17, 2020

Burning Incense

Filed under: Bible,God,Incense,praise,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:05 pm

1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (NIV)

Wow.  We are chosen.  We are royalty.  We are God’s special possession.  We are called into God’s wonderful light.  It’s not us who choose.  God has chosen us.  How good that feels.  We are God’s special possession.  That means we belong to God.  We are not our own.  We are God’s own.  He created us for Him.  He created us to belong to Him.  He created us so we would declare praises to and of Him.  How often do we declare praises to Him and of Him?  There is a difference.  To Him means we tell Him how special, wonderful, marvelous and so on He is.  About Him we tell others how special, wonderful, marvelous and so on He is.  We are special to Him.  Do we tell Him and others how special He is to us?  In the Old Testament the priest continually burned incense on the high alter to God.  The scripture tells us our prayers of praise are a sweet aroma or incense to God.  Let’s be sure we “burn lots of incense” from our hearts and lips declaring His praises to and of our Lord God.

February 14, 2020

Power of Prayer

Filed under: disciples,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Luke 11:1 1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”  (NIV)

The disciples were with Jesus for 3 years.  They saw Him teach and heal.  They saw Him do miracles.  The only thing they asked Him to teach them in those 3 years was to pray.  They saw His example of how important prayer was to Him.  Prayer is the most important thing we can do.  It is through prayer that we find healing, answers to problems, direction for service and ministry and understanding of the scriptures.  Jesus definitely set the example of the need for prayer.  Many times the disciples couldn’t find Him because He had gone off to pray.  He even prayed through an entire night.  In Mark 6:46 He sent His disciples off into a boat and He stayed to pray.  The disciples had trouble with a storm and Jesus, after He had stayed to pray, walked on the water to the disciples.  Our question is how important is prayer to us?  Is prayer the first thing we do when we face a problem?  Do we pray and asked for understanding before we do our daily Bible reading?  The end of the above verse tells us even John, the Baptist, taught his disciples to pray.  John had quite an impact on people and evidently, he knew he had to be armed through the power of prayer.  2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us prayer is the power of God.  Let us learn to use the power God has made available to us.

February 10, 2020

Faith and Deeds

Filed under: Christ,faith,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

James 2:14 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. (NIV)

James 2:18 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.  (NIV)

Because we are God’s children, and even though God doesn’t need our help with anything, He has made it that we are to be part of His working.  Faith is essential but, as the scripture says, faith without showing itself fulfilled through works is not really faith.  We can’t tell someone who is hungry, “I pray for you to be fed.”  God won’t instantly materialize food for that person because of what we just said.  He expects us to be His hands and give that person some food.  There are many times, when we pray, we are to wait on God to act, but there are also many times, when we pray, God expects us to act for He has equipped us to be His mouth, hands and feet.  He has enabled us to do this because He has put the Holy Spirit within us when we accepted His Son, Jesus Christ into our hearts, minds and lives.  Let us always be aware of the times God would choose to use us on one of those ways.  When we miss out, we miss an incredible blessing.

 

February 6, 2020

Worshiping Together

From Hebrews 10 in the Message Translation  So, let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out.  Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going.  He always keeps His word.  Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

These few verses in this translating say a good bit very distinctly.  First, we must be confident of who we are and how Father God sees us.  He sees us fully robed in the righteous of His Son.  Next, we are to take a firm grip on the promises Jesus revealed to us.  We can’t do that unless we are reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Then we must be worshiping together.  When we go to a church service, we must be speaking to others that are there.  We need to be encouraging and helping one another.  When we go to our worship service and greet others with “How are you?” do we really listen or even encourage them to really tell us how their week has gone?  As Christians, we are the Family of God.  Family members pull together and help each other.  They know when one of them has a problem and is walking through a trial.  Let us be sure we treat one another as family.  Let us truly take the time to be apart of one another’s lives.

January 29, 2020

The True Enemy

Filed under: armor,baptise,Christ,faith,God,scriptures,spiritual,trials,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Romans 8:35 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  (NIV)

Romans 8:37 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (NIV)

We can’t be conquerors if there is nothing to conquer.  In this life there is a lot to conquer.  Satan and his cohorts are always active trying to separate us from our relationship with God through Christ.  We see our hardships and troubles as physical and material problems but in actuality the battle is a spiritual one.  God has given us the weapons need to conquer any problem or trial we face.  We have a sword sharper than any sword mankind can create.  Our sword is the word of God.  Jesus used that sword quoting scripture to Satan during His 40 days of fasting afteher T

January 26, 2020

Start the Day

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Mark 1:15 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”(NIV)

Acts 13:32-33 32 “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: (NIV)

Listening or reading the local, national or world news is not a good way to start a day. The words “good news” are in the Holy Bible about 39 times. It is in the scriptures we find the good news.  It is in reading or listening to the written words in the Holy Bible that will lead to a good start of a new day.  Reading or listening to God’s written word will set our minds on things above over the things underneath.  That means our minds will be more attuned to our heavenly Father more than attuned to the distractions around us.  As we read or listen to God’s word let us start talking with Him and let us give Him the day He has given us.  Yes, we have made our own plans for the day but let us turn those plans over to Him.  He knows what the day holds for us.  He can guide us to the right place at the right time with the right people and say the right things.  What wonderful and fulfilling days we can have when we turn them over to God at the very start of the day.

January 24, 2020

Self-Control

Filed under: Bible,fruit,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Matthew 16:24 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  (NIV)

Denying ourselves is another way of saying we need the discipline of self-control.  The first time we see someone lacking self-control is in the Garden of Eden.  Because the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge looked good and Satan encouraged Eve to try it, Eve and Adam gave into their lust of the eyes.  We humans have a hard time with the discipline of self-control.  God knows that and sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in each believer.  One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control.  The Holy Bible is full of examples of those who gave in to the temptation.  Read about King David.  Look how impetuous Peter was before he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  We all have areas in our lives were discipline and self-control seem to evade us.  These are areas we must give over to the Holy Spirit’s control.  We must remember we need small steps into this discipline.  If our area is lack of reading the Holy Bible we can start with reading just a verse or a paragraph every day and gradually, as the Holy Spirit works in us, we will desire to increase because we will grow to love the scriptures.  Let’s remember the verse in  Peter 1:5-6 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 

January 22, 2020

Quick Forgiveness

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Ephesians 4:26 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  (NIV)

I was angry.  I left stewing with anger.  I was way overcharged for a job that the person didn’t really know how to do.  They didn’t even have the right tool to finish the job.  Some of the job we had to explain how to do it.  The amount charged was way over what was deserved.  I spent the night wrestling with it.  I knew I must forgive but I bargained with God that I would forgive after I found someone who could finish the job and not be stuck with a useless piece of equipment.  As I though and prayed about that attitude I remember that Jesus forgave me without conditions.  Forgiveness is hard for us.  We go into the what if mode of thinking.  The scriptures say it plainly.  We even pray the words of forgiveness every time we say the prayer example Jesus gave us…forgive our sins as we forgive others.  The question we must face is how do we want Jesus to forgive us.  In that same way we must forgive.  I had no choice.  Before I could sleep, I had to choose total forgiveness.  The amount of money is in God’s hands and so is the equipment.  Forgiveness means I will not hold it against them nor bring it up again.  I even prayed about writing this but it is written not from anger or hurt but from the hopes it will help someone else choose forgiveness over resentment and bitterness.  God is faithful in forgiving us.  Who are we not to be faithful in forgiving others?  Now I pray for those involved that they will allow God to work in their hearts and have a blessed life.

January 21, 2020

Thought Management

Filed under: Christ,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Proverbs 4:23 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  (NIV)

Part of guarding our heart is thought management.  What we hear and what we see goes into our mind.  Because of this, we must be guarded about what we hear and see.  That includes what we watch on television or in the movies and what we read. When things enter that are not congruent with the thoughts we should have we must not dwell on them.  We must pray and ask God to replace those thoughts with His thoughts.  We must spend time reading and meditating on scripture that is opposite the thoughts we don’t want.  We live in an evil world full of evil words and pictures.  In verse 25 we are told to keep our eyes straight ahead.  That means keep our eyes on our goal of being in the image of God and having the mind of Christ.  Let us practice keeping the thought of our total awareness that God is always with us in all we do and say.  We are never alone.  The Holy Spirit dwells within us.

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