Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

 

January 5, 2020

Not by Might

Filed under: Church,glory,God,Lord,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.  (NIV)

This is not only the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel.  It is His word to us.  So many churches are instituting programs based on corporatians programs to entice more people to come their church.  So mand have built beyond their financial means and are looking to the ways of the word to bring in money.   They and many people involved in the ministry of the church – which includes all people who do anything in the church, not just those who earn money through their ministry – rely on their worldly wisdom to accomplish or try to accomplish their goals of increasing the numbers and/or the budget.  Then they wonder why their not working.   Increase to the Kingdom of God doesn’t come by man’s wisdom but by the power and Spirit of the Lord.  We can’t just pray God to bless our plans and effort.  We must ask, seek and listen to God’s plans and instruction of what and how to do when.  Not only are we to pray first; we are to listen and wait until we hear the answer.  Waiting on God’s instructions and then following them brings success and success brings glory to God.  Let us rely on the power and Spirit of God in all we plan and so and then go forth in His power.

October 13, 2019

Choose to Wait

Filed under: God,Lord,trust,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 27:14 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Isaiah 64:4 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  (NIV)

We live in a world of instant.  We speak before we think.  We act before we think.  We get upset when the internet works slower than we think it should.  We blow our horns at drivers that don’t take off the moment a light turns green.  We don’t like to wait.  God instructs us to wait for Him.  We mistakenly think if our prayer isn’t answered the way we want it answered right away, God didn’t hear our prayer.  We don’t trust God enough to really believe He has our best interest in His mind.  God has no time.  He sees the past, present and the future all at the same time.  He knows what our future holds.  Whether we choose to wait for His direction or go on our own is our choice.  We are told to take heart and be strong as we wait for the Lord.  Taking heart is believing God is true to His word.  The only thing God is incapable of is lying.  God is truth.  When He has us wait, He has a very good reason.  The be strong is to choose to believe regardless of circumstances we see or timing of God’s answer.  Let us choose to wait on God’s direction before we act or speak.  He is faithful.  He is all knowing.  He will always lead us in the path of righteousness.  We need only choose to wait and believe.

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