Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 23, 2020

Passion for God

Filed under: Church,fellowship,garden,God,love,passion,prayer,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Philippians 3:8 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  (NIV)

Philippians 3:14 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

How much passion do we have for God?  How much do we desire to know Him?  How much passion do we have in our worship of Him?  How much passion for God do others see in us?  I look at sports arenas and see and hear people standing, shouting cheers and clapping.  I look in most church worship services and see people sitting stoically, looking sad or bored, barely singing or speaking and looking and acting like participating is a chore rather than a privilege and desire.  Where is our passion?  When God sees and hears us, what does He see and hear?  Does He see people who are just saying a few words of thanks or praise because they are supposed to say them or does He see and hear people who really love Him and are excited about the privilege of worshiping and thanking Him for all He has done and is doing for them?  Where is our passion?  We can’t drum up passion when it’s not really there.  It takes reflecting on who we really are, how sinful we really are in and of ourselves compared to how God is and what He has done for us to restore our relationship with Him as He originally created our relationship of fellowship with Him to be in the Garden of Eden for us to realize His incredible love for us and start to feel passionate about not only receiving His love but also to love Him back through worship, praise and thanksgiving.  Once again, where’s our passion?  Let’s show our passion, not only in our own prayer closet but also when we are around other people.  Passion for God will turn this world around.

June 18, 2020

Created by God

Filed under: Creation,God,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  (NIV)

Anybody who really has eyes and really looks around this earth, at the land, pants and diversity of animals, has to come to the conclusion and belief in God the creator.  The only thing that can keep them from this belief is a very closed mind and a desire to be the most important being and the smartest.  There is no other explanation for the beauty and diversity of this earth and all that are in the space beyond this earth.  Even real scientist who have an open mind are quietly admitting that all there is had to be created by God; that all that is can’t just happen.  Most of you reading this already believe God is the Source of all that was, is or will ever be.  The question we each must answer for ourselves is, how often do we really look, appreciate what we see and thank our Father for creating such beauty?  We must also consider if we are being a good steward of all this beauty God created.  He did charge mankind, at their creation to tend and care for the creation God placed us in.  Let us both appreciate, be thankful and tend this beautiful creation of God.

June 3, 2020

God Wants

Filed under: Church,God,knowledge,prayer,thanks,truth,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

 

1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

We are all familiar with the instructions to pray for those in authority.  Let us look at why we are told to do so.  Yes, as we pray for those in authority, we can have mor peaceful lives but let’s look at what God wants.  He wants all people to be saved and to know truth.  God is truth.  Without knowing God, it is impossible to know truth.  Without God working in and through us, we are powerless to the deceit of Satan.  We see people misusing power every day.  We also hear them speaking lies.  They have convinced themselves that the lies, when repeated often enough, will be truth.  So let us be diligent in praying every day for those in authority in our governments and in churches.  Let us please God by uniting with His power and bringing Truth (remember, God is truth) into our world.

April 5, 2020

Scriptual Prayer

Filed under: Bible,Father,forgive,fruit,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,joy,light,sin,thanks,Uncategorized,vine — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Colossians 1:9-14 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins  (NIV)

I copied all these verses in to demonstrate how to take a prayer recorded in the Holy Bible and turn it into a personal prayer.

Father, God, I continue to ask You to fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding Your Holy Spirit within me gives.  Help me live a life worthy of You and a life that pleases You in every way.  Help me bear fruit in every good work and continue to grow in the knowledge of You.  Strengthen me with all power according to Your glorious might an give me great endurance and patience.  Help me continue giving joyful thanks to You in all circumstances.  I give You joyful thanks.  It is through Your Son, Jesus that I am qualified to share in the inheritance of the kingdom of light.  Your Son rescued me from the dominion of darkness and has brought me into Your kingdom of light.  Thank You for forgiving my sins.  I love You, Father God.

March 11, 2020

Abram

Filed under: bless,faith,God,Lord,Obey,thanks,trust,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Genesis 12:1 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  (NIV)

Genesis 12:7 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.  (NIV)

There are two important facts we must note in these 2 verses.  In verse 1 God told Abram to go but didn’t tell him where to go.  Abram trusted God to lead him step by step.  God doesn’t give us a flow chart.  We must put our foot out for the first step and then God will show us where to put our foot for the second step.  In the 7th verse we must note that God said HE would give the land to Abram’s offspring, not to us to bless those who come after us.  Abram wasn’t mad at God because the promise was to his offspring.  Abram was so thankful to be part of God’s working for future generations that He built an altar to the Lord in thanksgiving and worship.  We probably thank God for things He does for us but what about thanking Him for things He does through us for others?  Let us learn to follow God with a much faith and obedience as Abram.

January 2, 2020

Slavery

Filed under: Bible,cross,God,Gospel,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The word “free” is in the Bible117 times.  Freedom is in 28.  Freely is in 24 times.  Other forms of the word “free” are in the Bible a total of 28 times.   That’s 197 times the Holy Bible talks about various forms of being free.   Freedom is important.  Wars have been fought in the name of freedom.  The United States constitution calls for freedom from slavery and freedom of religion.  Notice is says freedom of religion not freedom from religion.    In 1988 the world was focused on setting 2 whales, hemmed in by ice, free.  The Russians even worked with the United States to help free the whales.  It seems some consider 2 whales more important than people.    As the above verse states, it was for freedom Christ came and died on the cross.  The question we must answer for ourselves is how much are we willing to do for the freedom to worship God?  Will we keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone by our saying, “Thank You, Jesus” in the presence of another?  Are we willing to stand firm against anyone or any government that would take away our freedom to pray or worship or share the good news of the Gospel with others?  Some want to make having a Holy Bible against the law.  Are we willing to fight for the right to have our Bibles?  Let us stand firm and not be yoked by the slavery of unbelief.

December 31, 2019

Thanksgiving in Our Hearts

Filed under: anxious,God,grace,heart,scriptures,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

We are so good at petitioning God for the things we want.  We might even make promises of if He then we will.  We beg, we nag.  In this scripture verse we are told to ask with thanksgiving.  We tend to wait to see our answer before we thank God.  God wants us to thank Him as we ask the first time.  It is a privilege unearned to be allowed to talk to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  We should be continually thankful to God.  We need not be anxious about anything for God is in control of all that touches us.  Actually, He is in control of all – everything.  We are told to give thanks in everything.  There are no exceptions.  It is by the grace of God that we can even breathe.  We may be in pain, we may be facing tremendous problems but we can be assured as we look to God with thanksgiving in our hearts and in our words, He is faithful to not only stand with us but to give us the wisdom, grace and peace to walk through the problems.  Let us always present our requests to God with true thanksgiving in our hearts, minds and words.

December 22, 2019

Ask Until Peace Comes

Filed under: God,heart,peace,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Colossians 3:15 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  (NIV)

Many ask how we can be sure we are hearing God and not our own thoughts or those of Satan or other people?  When we make a decision, we should have peace in our hearts and minds if the decision is of God.  The lack of peace after a decision is made is a sign of either the wrong decision or the timing of the decision is wrong.  God is faithful to guide us and to answer us when we ask. As long as we are seeking Him and our hearts are right (no active unconfessed sin, no unforgiveness, etc.) He hears and He answers.  What is peace?  It is a feeling of a positive outcome, a confidence that we have the right answer and the right timing.  When we have peace, we no longer feel the need to keep asking others what to do.  When we have peace, we move into thanksgiving to God for supplying what we need.  As a couple we never moved forward if either one of us were without peace.  Ask God and keep listening until peace comes.

December 7, 2019

Without a Loved One

Matthew 28:20 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (NIV)

Spending Christmas, or any other celebration occasion, without someone who is really close to you is hard.  Quite often it leads us into depression.  We can be in the midst of a crowd or even with other family members and still feel alone.  We must remember what Jesus said.  He is always with us.  He is closer than with us.  He is in us through the person of the Holy Spirit.  That is closer than even a loved one can be.  Especially at Christmas we must remember what it is we are actually celebrating.  We are celebrating the very real presence of God and His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  We even have it better than the shepherds who were blessed to see Him as a new born baby laying in a cow’s feed trough.  We have the Holy Spirit inside us.  Instead of dwelling on how much we miss a loved one who is no longer with us we can choose to thank, praise and rejoice that the One Who loves us most, and hopefully Who we love most, is so very with us – dwelling in us.  This is the real meaning of Christmas.  So, as we see others with their loved ones so very close and enjoying celebrating together, let us thank God for Christmas’s past with our loved one and really celebrate with Him in a deeper and more knowing way.

November 28, 2019

Thanks Expressed

Filed under: Bible,God,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Bible Trivia for Thanksgiving Day

Thank is in the Bible 75 times

Thanks is in the Bible 35 times

Thanksgiving is in the Bible 30 times

Thankful 3 times

Thankfulness 3 times

Thanked 2

Thanking 1

That’s 149 expressions of thanks.  How many times a day do we thank God?  How often do we thank our family members?  How often do we thank others?  Let us develop the habit of expressing our thanks.

 

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