Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 3, 2019

Old Ways

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Ephesians 4:22 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  (NIV)

There are various ways to put off something.  We put off our coat but lay it aside so that it is available for us to put it back on.  We put off a chore because we don’t have time to complete it but plan to come back to it later.  These are not the kind of putting off this verse means.  We are to put off the way we lived before coming into the family of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We are to put off that way deep into the garbage incinerator.  We are to never seek to put it back on again.  We are to treat our old ways as God treats our sin – as far as the east is from the west.  There is a problem.  We can’t put off the old ways without knowing the new ways.  Putting off our old ways is a gradual process as we delve into the instruction manual God so lovingly provided for us (The Holy Bible).  As we gradually gain knowledge through our reading, studying and meditating we learn to seek wisdom in applying what we learn and the Holy Spirit, now within us, gives us understanding.  It takes perseverance and patience but we must keep pushing on toward our goal – to be a reflection of the love of God.

August 2, 2019

Seek Wisdom

Proverbs 2:6 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (NIV)

Many confuse wisdom with knowledge.  Knowledge is knowing the facts.  Wisdom is the application of the knowledge.  We might know the words in the Holy Bible but without wisdom we don’t know how to apply those words to our life.  Wisdom comes from God.  The knowledge is recorded in His written word.  Understanding of the knowledge comes through His Holy Spirit.  God doesn’t give us wisdom unless we seek it.  He tells us to seek it as we would a precious treasure.  Seeking takes effort.  It takes effort to search out knowledge and wisdom and understanding contained in the fantastic and complete handbook for life on this earth (the Holy Bible).  We can tell how much we want wisdom from God by how often we read, study and meditate on His written instructions.  Let us seek wisdom from God with all our hearts and minds.  Let us seek His wisdom more than anything else we seek.

February 14, 2019

Branches

John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

What does it mean to be a branch?  A branch is absolutely useless and nothing without being attached to the vine or tree.  It get’s all it’s nourishment from the vine.  It can only produce fruit when it get’s nourishment from the vine.  For us to be a branch, we must realize without God, we are helpless, we are nothing.  We must stay attached to Him, get our nourishment from Him.  We must realize we are nothing apart from Him.  When attached to Him we are continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit working through us that produces fruit.  When we think we have wisdom on our own, we will eventually fail.  We must come to the place where we realize apart from God, we are nothing but a body containing a sinful and flawed being.  It’s scary at first to realize we are nothing but as we realize it, our trust and faith in God grows.  Personally, I know I could never write any of the devotions that have been typed by my fingers over the last 9 or 10 years.  It is only the Holy Spirit within me working through me.  Let us all realize our total helplessness without being and staying attached to the vine, Jesus.  We stay attached through reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and often conversations with our Father, God.

February 4, 2019

Always Ready

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,service,Uncategorized,wisdom,worship — by ginrich @ 8:15 pm

Psalms 90:12  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)

None of us knows how many days we have on this earth.  We must learn to make each and every day count.  The best way to do this is to live each day as if it is the day Jesus comes back to this earth to take us home.  When He comes, we want Him to find us doing what He has called us to do.  Every morning I ask God to help me be pleasing to Him this day.  I ask Him to help me hear His direction for the day.  At night I review the day and often find myself asking forgiveness for the time I’ve wasted.  When time is past, we cannot reclaim it.  Though we cannot give an exact number to our future days, we can number each day as an important day to serve and worship our God.  Let us have the wisdom to make sure we are always ready to go with Jesus to the Father’s throne.

January 17, 2019

Junk

Filed under: devotion,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Timothy 1:3-5 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (NIV)

We are warned so often to read labels of what we eat.  There is a lot of junk hyped as good food for our bodies.  We are being warned in Timothy to be careful of what we listen to or read.  Not everything said or written in the name of Jesus is on target.  We need to constantly ask the Holy Spirit to give us discernment when we listen or read what others say God is saying to us.  There is a lot of junk being preached and written.  When we hear it over and over it become hard not to buy into it.  This is yet another reason we must diligently study the scriptures under the direction of the Holy Spirit within us to be able to recognize when we hear or read interpretations of others that are not sound doctrine.  This includes reading this devotional site.  What God says to me and how I interpret it may not interpret right for you.  So, before listening to someone or reading what someone has written, always pray first for wisdom and discernment.  God has promised if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us.  As important as it is for us to get the junk food out of our diet, it is even more important to get the religious myths and incorrect doctrines out of our spiritual lives.

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