Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 20, 2020

Quiet Place

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,soul,Time,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Psalms 23:3 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

We live in a world that is usually busy and hectic.  This kind of atmosphere depletes the soul.  The only way the soul can be really refreshed is quiet time in the presence of God.  It is God Who made our bodies, including our soul.  It is only God Who can bring real refreshment to our soul.  As we sit in His presence, read His written word, the Holy Bible, talk with Him and sit in silence we allow Him to bathe not only our soul, but at the same time He renews our mind and infuses our spirit with His Holy Spirit.  We must learn to take some real quiet time each and every day.  We need to find a place as free from noise as possible and one that won’t have interruptions.  Susanna Wesley, (John and Charles Wesley’s mother) had no quiet place away from 7 children.  She taught them when she put her apron over her head, they were to be quiet and not interrupt her.  It was her quiet time with God.  Most of us can find a quiet place better than putting an apron over her head.  We really have no excuse.  If we really want that intimate relationship with God which He wants with us, we will do all we need to be sure we have that space with Him alone each and every day.

April 1, 2020

Finding with Conditions

Deuteronomy 4:29 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.  (NIV)

This is a promise with conditions.  We must seek God with all our heart.  That means we will do anything and go to any effort regardless of time involved to seek Him because we desire to find Him more than anything or anyone else.  Also we must seek Him with all our soul.  That means we don’t wait for others to show Him to us but we seek Him with our entire mind.  We seek Him with our mind by not only reading scripture, the Holy Bible, but also intense study and even memorizing of the words we read along with taking time to listen to the Holy Spirit for interpretation and meaning applicable to us in our time and space.  If we are seeking God with our entire soul we will find the Holy Bible is not only our favorite book to read but also our first “go-to” book when needing answers to life’s trials and decisions.  When we meet these conditions, God promises we will find Him.  We will find Him through the written word, through the Holy Spirit within us, through His glory shine out through others and through His creation.  We find ourselves talking to Him and telling Him how beautiful His creation is when we walk through the woods or gardens.  When we find Him, we will speak to and listen to Him throughout all our day.  Let us really seek the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls (minds).

December 10, 2019

Reborn

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,image,Jesus,soul,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

John 3:3 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  (NIV)
God created Adam from the dust of the earth.  We all have the minerals found in the dust of the earth.  After God formed Adam, He breathed into Adam the breath of life – the spirit which is in the same image as God.  When Adam and Eve decided they wanted to know as much as God does and be just like God and ate from the forbidden tree of good and evil, the spirit God breathed into them died.  They were no longer in the image of God.  Their spirit was dead.  All man kind from then on was only born with the soul – the mind, body desires and emotions.  From that point mankind could only know God with their own minds.  Our carnal minds can’t really even begin to know God.  It took God’s love in sending His living Word, His Son, Jesus to come into the soulish, physical body of mankind to demonstrate God’s love and to pay the penalty for our sin of separation from God’s image within us.  When we accept Jesus into our souls, our mind, emotions and body, God gives us a new or renewed birth of His Image, the Spirit, in us.  As Paul complained about doing the things he doesn’t want to do, we have a war going on between our soul parts and the spirit within us.  Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword.  To renew our mind, our soulish or selfish thinking, we must stay into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must know and put deeply in our mind the words of Jesus.  Let’s be sure we spend more time arming our spirits with the sword of God (the Holy Bible) than with anything else we read, study or listen.  Let us let the image of God shine through us.

November 13, 2019

Finding Rest

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,holy,humble,Jesus,soul,Uncategorized,yoke — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (NIV)

When oxen are yoked together only one can be in the lead.  That one, the one in the slightly bigger yoke, leads and, while leading, teaches the other ox how to do the work of pulling.  We are to be yoked with Jesus.  Jesus is a gentle and humble teacher.  As we are yoked to Him it is up to us to learn of Him.  We can only learn of Him through careful and regular study of the text book for life (The Holy Bible) which God so lovingly provided for us.  Yes, we can stay yoked without learning but then we will always miss out really knowing Who it is in the other side of the yoke.  Let us earn to allow Jesus to teach us in and through all circumstances we experience by staying in the yoke, allowing Him to guide and teach us.  Through getting to know Him we sill find rest.

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.

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