Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 8, 2020

Conform

Romans 12:2 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.  (NIV)

I write on this verse again because our churches are in major need of intercessory prayer. Several main line denominations have already given in to the pattern of this word.  God says marriage is between one man and one woman.  Various denominations now say it’s okay to marry two of the same genders where it is legal in those states.  God said He created a man and a woman.  He didn’t create a gender called other.  He didn’t create genders that could change by their own choice.  Many churches no longer want to call sin as sin.  One main reason is they need the money to support the fancy buildings and they want the fame of mega members.  Churches aren’t to bring glory to themselves.  Churches are to bring believers together to worship and praise God and to encourage one another to be out in the trenches making disciples.  The only pattern we are to conform to is the pattern set as an example for us, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Word of God the only begotten Son of God made flesh and blood to show and teach us how God created us to live.  Let us pray diligently for those who have chosen to conform to the pattern of this world and let us conform to Jesus Christ.

August 10, 2020

Both Testaments

Psalms 102:18 18 Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:  (NIV)

So many Christians don’t read the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible.  It seems they don’t know the above verse.  The words, all the words, were given by God to obedient believers in Him for the purpose of all future generations.  They are there to instruct us, to encourage us, to teach us how to pray, to teach us how to worship, to teach us how to serve and probably teach us in many other ways that I’m not able to list right now.  It is important for us to know how God dealt with those who have gone before us.  We see the consequences of their disobedience as well as the beautiful and often miraculous results of their obedience.  In the Old Testament we7 are told of not only the power of our prayers, we are told that are prayers are a sweet aroma in heaven and that they are in God’s very own treasure chest.  If nothing else does, that should make us all want to be continually in prayer and praise to our loving Father, God.  For every paragraph we read in the New Testament portion of our Holy Bible, let us also read equally in the Old Testament.  I guarantee we will all grow stronger and be fully in love and appreciative of all the words God has led others to record for us.

August 6, 2020

True Worship

Filed under: Bride,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,light,mind,spirit,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Matthew 17:2 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.  (NIV)

Jesus’ face shone like the sun.  It shined so much His clothes became as white reflecting the light from His face.  When we worship, do we look changed.  When we truly get into worship, it can’t help but show on our faces.  That is, when we worship with our whole mind and heart.  Do we question this?  One of our granddaughters is getting married.  She just had a bridal shower.  Her face glowed.  She was excited about her love and the promise of her future.  What we think comes out in how we feel and how we feel will be shown in our face and our body posture.  Let us learn to worship with our whole heart, mind and strength allowing the Holy Spirit Who is within us lead us into true worship.

July 6, 2020

The Tabernacle

Filed under: altar,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,light,spirit,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

John 4:23 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  (NIV)

It is important to know this conversation took place at a well in Samaria with a Samaritan woman.  Please read the entire section.  In Exodus 40 there are 7 things that must compose the tabernacle: table of showbread, menorah, screen door, altar, basin, screen to the courtyard gate and anointing priest.  All these were necessary for the Hebrews to worship God.  The tabernacle was the only place of worship.  In the book of John there are 7 times Jesus identifies Himself as “I Am.”  Each I Am has a different description: the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the good shepherd, the resurrection, the way and the life.  These 7 I Am’s correspond to the 7 things necessary in the tabernacle.  We no longer are limited to worship in the tabernacle.  Jesus is our tabernacle.  He has filled us with His Holy Spirit so the tabernacle is within us.  We are free to worship God anyplace and any time.  Our question is, do we?

June 21, 2020

The Trinity

John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made  (NIV)

Genesis 1:2 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  (NIV)

Though the Holy Bible doesn’t contain the word, “trinity,” God is a trinity.  God the Father is the Source of all that was, is or will ever be.  The Word, made flesh as Jesus, the Son is the outlet of the Source.  The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the of the source through the outlet.  Though each person of the trinity has a specific function the 3 functions work as One for the 3 Persons are 1 in function and being.  We, humans, were made in the image of God. Each of us has a specific function within the family of God yet, for the specific functions to work, we must work as one.  This means our differences are to complement each other, not be a source of contention nor to be judge for their differences.  It matters not what color, gender or condition the parts of God’s families bodies are.  What matters is we each learn to function as one in our stewarding this earth God provided for us and coming together to worship God the Father through  His Word, the Son, Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit dwelling in each of us in the way the Holy Spirit moves in and through us.  Let’s grow up and quit judging, condemning, fighting and all the other separating we are doing as the human race and learn to function in the way God designed us to function.

 

June 15, 2020

Surety

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Hebrews 7:22 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.  (NIV)

In older versions surety is used in place of guarantor.   Either word means the guarantor or the one serving a surety is becoming responsible for another in regards to what is being guaranteed.  What is Jesus guaranteeing for those who come to Him?  He is guaranteeing the covenant He has made for us; the covenant of forgiveness of our sin and adoption as a child of God the Father.  With the guarantee come all the provisions of being God’s child.  These provisions include God always being with us, the Holy Spirit being in us to comfort and guide, the privilege of talking to the Father any time we want and the assurance He hears us and talks to us, and many other blessings.  Along with the blessings are the responsibility to serve the Father as Jesus did – spreading the love of God, healing the broken and forgiving others.  There is only one way to receive this guarantee or surety.  That is by accepting Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Lord and Savior of your life, confessing your sin and choosing to obey Him and worshiping the Father.  This is the only way.  This is not discrimination, It is the way God, the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be, has provided.  I pray you have chosen this way and, as a child of God, are growing both in receiving all the blessings as well as learning to flow in the responsibilities.

June 11, 2020

The Beginning

Filed under: angles,fellowship,God,Uncategorized,Word,worship — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Genesis 1:1 1 In the beginning God    (NIV)

John 1:1-2 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.  (NIV)

 

In the beginning, God.  Think about it. Really think about it.  God never wasn’t.  God always was and is and will be.  God was is and will be always eternal.  That means forever.   God wanted fellowship.  When He created angels, He created them to worship and to serve but they weren’t created in His image.  God wanted children Who would worship and serve Him out of love.  Before He could create children in His image, He had to created a place for the children to live and grow.  He created the earth and the supporting universe along with all that is on the earth for His children as a safe place for them to learn to worship and fellowship with Him.   When He created them, He charged them with caring for His creation.   Think about what part we each play in the care of the earth and all that is in it.  Are we part of the disposable thinking?  Are we being good stewards?  I know I use much more disposable items than necessary.  How about how we treat our siblings?  Yes, all mankind are our brothers and sisters.  God doesn’t want sibling rivelry or jealously.  He wants us to be a unified and loving family accepting each other for our differences and loving and supporting each other in love.  We need to do better.

May 2, 2020

Altars

Filed under: altar,Father,God,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Genesis 13:18 18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.  (NIV)

An altar is a place of worship.  Abram was in the habit of building altars anywhere he settled for a period of time.  This means Abram was in the habit of worshiping God.  When he and Lot split ways, one of the first things Abram did was to build an altar for worship.  Nowhere does it say Lot built an altar.  When we read Lot’s story we also see he sat among the leaders of Sodom.  Apparently Lot didn’t try to change the direction of sinful Sodom.  When we don’t build our altars, don’t find a place (our prayer closet) to worship God each day we will drift away.  Eventually the evil around us won’t matter.  It is so very important for us to have a special place to go where it is quiet and free from distractions to have an intimate time of one on One with our God.  Let’s make it a priority, if we haven’t already, to find our special place where we know we can talk to and listen to our Father, God.

April 16, 2020

Intimacy

Filed under: confess,Father,God,Jesus,love,praise,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized,wine,worship — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Song of Songs 1:4 4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!  Let the king bring me into his chambers.  Friends  We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine.  She How right they are to adore you!  (NIV)

Oh that each one of us has times of being away with our King Jesus into His inner chamber.  Oh that we would continually rejoice and delight in Him as much as He rejoices and delights in us.  Oh that we would give Him praise more than anything or anyone else.  To be in His inner chamber we must have times of quietness and allow ourselves to become aware of His very real presence with and in us.  We start our time reading His written word then writing down what it says to us, personally.  The we spend some time confessing our sins and thanking and praising Him as it gradually become worship.  After we have spent some time worshiping, we need to be quiet and sit, kneel or lay prostrate (whatever moves us more) enjoying His presence.  Before long we will know we are in His chamber enjoying each other.  These times aren’t for sharing.  They are even more intimate than the union between husband and wife.  If you haven’t experienced this, I encourage you to take the time to learn how.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing better and more fulfilling than really experiencing the intimate love and presence of God the Father.

April 14, 2020

Expressing Love

Filed under: Church,God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Luke 7:38 38 As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.  (NIV)

This is an act of real love.  This woman used her most costly possession and spent it all on anointing Jesus.  She wasn’t concerned with what anyone else thought of her action.  She was totally involved in expressing her love for Jesus.  This was a loving expression of pure worship.  We must consider how we worship.  I’m talking about more than singing a few songs in church and reciting a few creeds and prayers.  I’m talking about pure, loving worship.  In our culture we were taught to be quiet in church.  Some manage to say an occasional Amen or Halleluiah but mostly we stay reserved.  We don’t want to stand out I front of others.  They might think we’re a “Jesus freak.”  How about trying to really worship at home first.  Start with writing Jesus a love letter expressing your feelings and thoughts about Him.  Then read the letter aloud.  Learn to just talk aloud telling Him how much you love Him and all the things you think are special about Him.  Use your entire being.  Bow, kneel or prostrate yourself and gradually become quiet and just bask in His very real presence.  After awhile pick up your notebook and write what is in your thoughts.  Not only does God want us to freely express our love for Him to Him, He wants to express His love for us to us.  Let us learn to express our love for our God in complete abandon, alone and when in a church service with others.

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