Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

March 23, 2020

Single-minded

Filed under: devotion,God,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Isaiah 29:13 13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.  (NIV)

This talks about 2 areas we must pay close attention to.  One is when we pray.  Are we fully there when we pray or is our mind and attention divided between what we are saying and thinking about something else?  The other is when we gather together to worship.  Do we keep our attention on the things we say and sing and listen or do we allow our minds to wander from time to time?  God will not respond to us in a positive way if we are not single minded in what we say, sing, pray or listen.  We are either fully there or we are not there at all.  Just going through the motions doesn’t cut it.  Yes, it take discipline to stay fully focused.  We are so proud of ourselves in being able to multi-task.  We can’t multi-task when it comes to our relationship with God.  God is jealous.  He wants our undivided attention.  Before our prayer and devotion time make a list of the things that are on our mind that we need to do.  Then we don’t need to fear we’ll forget something.  Once they’re on the list we can totally put them aside until later.  Let’s discipline ourselves to be singe-minded.

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.

February 20, 2020

Growing Daily

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV)

It is our task to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  It is our task to grow up into mature children of God, joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are a few steps we must do in order to grow up spiritually.  We must be into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We can’t just casually read it.  We must prayerfully study it, put it deep into our minds and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and help us apply all it says into our present day lives.  Along with the study and meditation of God’s written word comes regular and often conversation time with Him through prayer.  We must be sure to take time to listen.  Writing down what we hear during our prayer time is very helpful.  Our growth is not complete without gathering together with other Christians in worship, praise and encouraging and sharing with one another.  There is much we can learn from the experiences of others in their growth walk.  Any day we have not learned something more about our God is a day wasted.  Let us not waste a single day He gives us on this earth.  Let us grow in knowledge and faith each and every day.

February 19, 2020

Tithe Plus

Filed under: Christ,encouragement,God,Jesus,tithe,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Hebrews 7:5 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham.  (NIV)

I’ve noticed on YouTube some T.V. preachers are debating about giving a tithe.  In actuality, all we “own” on this earth belongs to God.  This includes the money we earn from our jobs.  Why do we complain about giving 10% of what God allows to come our way back to Him through our churches to help to spread the Good News?  In actuality, we should give much more than 10%.  So many have taken a back seat to spreading the Good News.  The think, they give a little money to their church so let the preacher do that job.  We are all ministers of Christ Jesus.  We are all to spread the Good News, the message of salvation and God’s love.  A tithe of 10% is a small amount to support a place for us to gather together to encourage one another in spreading God’s message and in joining together to worship Him.  Let us rejoice in the privilege of giving the 10% and ask God for financial wisdom and discipline in selfish spending to enable us to give more than 10% along with giving much more of our time in spreading God’s love.

February 7, 2020

All

Filed under: commands,Father,God,heart,love,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Mark 12:30 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  (NIV)

Our problem is in understanding the word “all.”  We are a people who seek comfort, convenience and speed.  Unfortunately, that shows up in our prayer time.  In our own prayer time we are prone to quick prayers.  In worship services we become restless if the prayer time is longer than a few short minutes – our minds begin to wander rather than uniting with the prayer.  All our heart means that we want to speak with God more than any other person or activity.  All our soul is our desire is pure and our emotions are one of the joy of the privilege of speaking to God rather than the feeling of we ought to pray.  All our mind means we are totally in tune with what we say and we are fully alert to hearing God’s response.  All our strength means we are praying when we are alert, not relegating it to a time when we are so tired and sleepy we can’t keep focused on what we are saying or drowse off when we are trying to listen.  Let’s choose a time when we are most alert each day for our special quiet time with our Father, God.  At the same time, we still want to be conversing with Him throughout the day.  If we’re taking our daily jog or walk and hear a bird or see a pretty flower or tree, acknowledge that to God, thanking Him for the beauty He’s placed around us.  Let’s really turn all our heart, soul and mind with all our strength to talk and listen to the One Who loves us most and knows us best.

February 6, 2020

Worshiping Together

From Hebrews 10 in the Message Translation  So, let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out.  Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going.  He always keeps His word.  Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.

These few verses in this translating say a good bit very distinctly.  First, we must be confident of who we are and how Father God sees us.  He sees us fully robed in the righteous of His Son.  Next, we are to take a firm grip on the promises Jesus revealed to us.  We can’t do that unless we are reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Then we must be worshiping together.  When we go to a church service, we must be speaking to others that are there.  We need to be encouraging and helping one another.  When we go to our worship service and greet others with “How are you?” do we really listen or even encourage them to really tell us how their week has gone?  As Christians, we are the Family of God.  Family members pull together and help each other.  They know when one of them has a problem and is walking through a trial.  Let us be sure we treat one another as family.  Let us truly take the time to be apart of one another’s lives.

January 19, 2020

Worship Changes Us

Filed under: God,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (NIV)

Psalms 34:3 3 Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (NIV)

We are told to worship God.  God doesn’t really need our worship.  He has thousands of angels worshiping Him at all times.  We need to worship God.  When we truly worship God our face begins to change.  There is no way to worship Him with a frown on our face or our lips turned down in a pout.  True worship changes us.  Not only does it change the expression on our face which gives a glow to our face, it also changes us on the inside.  This change is reflected to the outside.  The more we worship, the more we change into the very image of God.  He did create us to be in His image.  Our sin hides that image.  Let us start each day worshiping and glorifying God.  We will carry a changed attitude and look throughout our day.

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