Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

October 28, 2018

Choice

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Joshua 1:9 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV)

This verse has a lot in it.  First, it is a command.  We are commanded to be strong.  To be strong takes faith – faith in God that He is faithful in His promises.  Along with being strong comes being courageous.  Courageous also takes faith in God.  Faith is a choice.  We either choose to believe and trust or we choose to doubt.  When we choose faith to be strong and courageous there is no room for fear.  Fear comes from doubt.  Faith is trust in the faithfulness of God.  When we choose to be strong and courageous resulting in the lack of fear, there is no room for discouragement.  Discouragement comes from impatience.  When we don’t get the answer we want when we want it, we can choose to remember God is faithful and will never leave us – even when we drift off to the wrong way or we can wallow in discouragement because of not choosing to believe God.  The choice is ours.

October 27, 2018

Let Go

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,meditation,prayer,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Mark 10:27 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (NIV)

To understand this verse, we must look at the preceding verses to find out what the word “this” refers.  This is Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question of who can possible be saved.  We have a brain set that we must live in sin.  We think it is impossible to live without sin.  We are conditioned to sin.  We have various sins in our lives we refuse to let go of.  The rich young ruler (Starting in Luke 18:18) who obeyed all the commandments given to Moses turned away from Jesus when he was told he had to let go of his love and false sense of security of his money.  We all have things we don’t want to let go.  This is because we trust the familiar more than we trust God.  Jesus demonstrated we could lead a sinless life.  Every time we sin it is because we have made a choice.  Our choices become habits.  But Jesus said all things are possible with God.  Our question is do we want to let go of our pet habits and let God take control?  This is something we each need to meditate on and talk with God about.  We each have more than one “pet” sin so it will take some time.  If we are willing to turn to Jesus and not walk away as the rich young ruler did, we will see all things possible.

October 21, 2018

Circumcise

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Deuteronomy 10:16 16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. (NIV)

To circumcise the penis, they remove a layer of skin called the foreskin.  To circumcise our hearts, we are to remove the layer of our heart called self-centered.  We are to make our heart open and vulnerable to the love of God and, through Him open to share His love with others.  Being stiff-necked is being closed to the needs, feelings and/or ideas of others and putting our own needs, feelings and/or ideas first and foremost in our thoughts, actions and life.  But we don’t like to circumcise our hearts.  We want to protect ourselves from the unknown.  This is a lack in trust and faith in the One Who loves us and only wants His best for us.  Since our sinful, fleshly nature is on the timid side of circumcising our hearts we must give way to the Holy Spirit within us.  We must ask Him to circumcise all the layers in our hearts that would block His love and prevent us from sharing His love with others.  Let us relax our necks and allow the Holy Spirit to circumcise our hearts, removing that stiff, tough skin and allowing the softness and gentleness of God’s love and forgiveness to permeate us.

October 15, 2018

Credit as Righteous

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Romans 4:5 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. (NIV)

To be righteous is to be right.  Mankind is not righteous.  Mankind is wrong more than right.  God is always right.  Jesus is always right.  They are righteous.  Abraham believed and trusted God so he was considered righteous.  Not because he was actually righteous but it was right to believe and trust God.  It is not our works that God considers us righteous.  It is our belief and trust in God that credits us as righteous.  When we believe and trust God we are right to do so.  We must ask ourselves do we really believe and trust God?  To trust God means we will follow in obedience because we trust He knows what is right.  Let us choose to trust God in all things.  Let us be credited as righteous.

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.

September 20, 2018

His Will

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

John 5:30 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. (KJV)

 

This is Jesus talking.  He said He did not seek His own will but the will of the Father.  How often we seek our own will.  How often we ask of God what it is we want for ourselves.  It takes a lot of faith, trust and love to truly want the will of the Father, God over our own fleshly will.  We choose when we want His will and when we would prefer our own will.  We must grow beyond this if we are truly followers of Jesus.  He came to show us the way.  Our question is will we follow in His way?  Will we choose to really trust God’s best for us and for His glory and really desire His will wherever it takes us?  He has placed His Holy Spirit within us to enable us to do so.  Let us ask Him to increase our faith and trust in the areas where we lack.  Let us choose to really desire His will in all things and at all times.

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