Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 11, 2017

Keep Oil

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Matthew 25:10 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. (NIV)

It is my prayer before you read any further you will open your Bibles and read Matthew 25 starting at verse 1.  The virgins represent the believers in Jesus.  The oil represents the Holy Spirit.  Ten of the virgins didn’t refresh their lamps with oil.  They had to go find someone with oil to refresh them.  The other ten had a daily supply of oil.  We have the option of having a daily supply of oil.  We can ask God to refill us each and every day.  We can’t afford to go one day without the re-infilling of the Holy Spirit.  No man knows the day or time of Jesus’ coming back for the believers.  Jesus said He didn’t even know the day or time.  Only the Father knows.  We must be continually ready.  We dare not sleep and let our flame, the flame of the Holy Spirit, the Light of God, burn out within us.  He must be the priority in our hearts, minds and lives.  We need to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.  This takes discipline in obedience and meditation in communion with God the Father.  Let not a day go by without the re-infilling of the Holy Spirit to enable us to keep the wicks of God’s light burning within us.

June 10, 2017

Searching

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Corinthians 2:10 10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. (NIV)

 This verse can be confusing if not read through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is God.  He doesn’t need to search all things, even the deep things of God for Himself.  He already knows all that is to know.  He searches all things in us for us to know even the deep things of God.  He is in us, wanting us to plug into His searching for us.  Our question is are we allowing Him to search within us to reveal to us the deep things of God.  It is such an exciting and glorious search when we allow ourselves to connect with Him and embark on that search.  We search through allowing Him to interpret the scriptures for uas and meditation on what He shows us.  We search through observing what God does in and around us through nature and through other people.  The search is so enjoyable and fills us with the deepest joy possible.  Let us get serious and disciplined in the search through God the Holy Spirit.

June 9, 2017

Not Return Empty

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:57 pm

Isaiah 55:11 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV)

 Jesus is the word of God.  He was sent out by God to bring salvation to all people and He accomplished this on the cross by taking on our sins for all eternity.  He returned to God the Father achieving the purpose for which He was sent.  But it takes more than what Jesus did to make His purpose totally accomplished.  It take us hearing and receiving Jesus and accepting what He did for us on the cross.  After we accept this we become joint heirs with Jesus for all of God’s blessings and for anything God plans to accomplish.  With this in mind, it is now our responsibility to see that His Word, Jesus, is heard by all others.  We do this by our actions and with our mouths.  Our question is, what are we doing to share God’s Word, Jesus, with others?

I share this several years ago but have new readers.  I bought a large print Bible from a church which had them left over from a revival.  I was given a ride to a meeting.  The driver stopped and picked up another person.  She shared how her husband had glaucoma and had very limited vision.  I also could tell they didn’t know Jesus.  A few weeks later I opened that Bible and singed “With love from Jesus.”  I went by her house and left it on the door step.  There was no way she could know it was from me.  Several months later I had the radio on and heard a testimony.  The man shared bow someone had left a large print Bible on his doorstep and as they, they accepted Jesus as their personal Savior and have opened a Christian book store.  A few months after that there was a knock on my door.  It was that lady.  She said she felt God telling her it was me who gave them the Bible.  She wanted me to know what happened after they read it.  The passed it on to another couple who accepted Jesus.  The could trace 5 pass ons and 5 conversions.  God’s Word definitely doesn’t come back void.

June 8, 2017

Always a Light

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Matthew 28:20 And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

 We were at the beach on the East coast waiting to watch the sun rise.  There was a storm brewing and the sky was dark with clouds.  Gradually we could see a touch of pink being reflected in a small cloud.  Then I noticed a bright hole surround by the dark clouds.  As I meditated God reminded me no matter how bad a storm or how dark things were, there was always a bright light to look and see if we would only remember to look to Him.  The sun was rising though we couldn’t see it.  But we could see the evidence of the sun rise and, when we look, we can see the evidence of God with us.  Let us always be looking.

June 7, 2017

Help

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Numbers 11:15 15 If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.” (NIV)

 Moses was extremely tired.  Nothing God did pleased the Hebrews in the wilderness.  After the start of every miracle they wanted more and longed to be back in the bondage which they were accustomed.  Moses was looked to for every complaint and to settle every disagreement.  Then God told Moses to go get some help.  He didn’t need to face so many problems by himself.  Read all of Numbers 11 to get the entire story.  What this tells us today is, when things get a little tight for us, when we start to feel overwhelmed, we are not to assume other people can read our mind and offer help unasked.  We need to speak up.  When we are under pressure, ask for help.  Moses was advised to choose his help carefully and so must we.  We don’t “blab” our problems to anyone who will listen.  We ask God who we should go to and ask for some help.  I have a friend who complains things are hard and no one will help, visit or call.  The friend needs to ask rather than complain about it.  If Moses needed help and God agreed, we are not inadequate for needing help ourselves.  Next time we start to feel a little too much pressure, ask God and them ask the one He leads us to for help.  As the roots of the Aspen trees (yesterday’s devotion) are connected, we are connected to one another.  Whether the helpee or the helper, it’s all the same.  It God working through us.

June 5, 2017

Aspen Grove

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 5:45 pm

Colossians 2:2 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,  (NIV)

 Aspen trees are fascinating.  Their root systems are all united together underground.  The grow and function as one.  We are to be like the aspen trees.  We are to be united together through Jesus.  We are not to be divisive.  We are to function as one.  When one hurts, we all are hurt.  When on is killed because of belief in Jesus, part of all of us is killed.  Let us learn to encourage one another.  Let us learn to pull together.  Let us not be divisive but function in the love of God through the Holy Spirit.  When we don’t agree, let us move on together in love and accept one another’s differences.  Our root system of love is underground deep through the love, grace and mercy of our God.  Let us always remember we are only as strong as the weakest one amongst us.  Let us build up, unite in Christ Jesus, and help in bringing His Kingdom on this earth as it is in heaven.

June 4, 2017

Job Discription

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:03 pm

Luke 4:18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”  Al (NIV)

 This is the first sermon or teaching of Jesus.  This was His job description.  It is also our job description.  What does it say we are to do?  We are to proclaim the good news.  The good news is forgiveness of sins and salvation to eternal life with God through His Son, Jesus.  We are to proclaim this to the poor.  This doesn’t limit to financially poor people.  We are all poor in our lives, minds and hearts without experiencing the love and forgiveness of God.  We are to proclaim liberty to the captives.  The captives are people living in the captivity of sin.  We are to help the blind recover their sight.  Without Jesus in our lives we are blind to God, His grace, His mercy, His salvation, His forgiveness and His love.  We are to set at liberty those who are oppressed.  All sinners are oppressed for joy is not possible without the love and forgiveness of God.  We are to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.  All years living with God’s Holy Spirit in us as believers and followers are years filled with the favor of God.  Are we doing all that is in our job description?

June 3, 2017

Citizenship

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:02 pm

Philippians 3:20 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, (NIV)

 The original Greek word from which “citizenship” is translated is “politeneu” which actually means good citizen.  Paul is encouraging the Romans in Philipi (a Roman city) to be good citizens of Rome.  Paul was proud to be a Roman.  But he reminded them that before this world’s citizenship comes the citizenship we have through Jesus in God’s throne room.  We must learn to be good citizens of both.  Of this world where we currently live we are to pray and intercede for our government and the leaders and people.  Of our citizenship in the eternal kingdom we are to obey our King and spread His light and love through us to all we meet.  We must be honest with ourselves as we look over our actions to see if we are really being good citizens both here and in God’s kingdom.  We must ask ourselves if His kingdom is really within us like He said it could and should be.

June 2, 2017

Mind of Christ

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

1 Corinthians 2:16 16 for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”  But we have the mind of Christ. (NIV)

 This verse seems at odds with itself.  We must look at the tenses of the verbs.  The first part is “Who has known.”  The verb has known is past perfect.  It is in the past.  Before God sent His Holy Spirit to come into the believers in His Son, Jesus, it was impossible to know the mind of God.  Now we have the Holy Spirit.  With His interpreting, the written scriptures and making them real as we meditate on them, we can come to know the mind of Christ.  We do this by reading carefully all that Jesus did and said as He physically walked this earth.  All that He said and did was to honor the Father and extend the Father’s love to all.  As we read and meditate on the words and actions of Jesus we need to visualize all that was occurring and put ourselves in the situation.  Doing this makes the written word alive in us.  As we get to know Jesus better we will get to know His mind.  This will be a life-long process.  Let us be sure to do our part by allowing the Holy Spirit to work within us.  Let us extend obedience and love to God and love to all God sends our way.

June 1, 2017

Impact of Trials

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:31 pm

2 Corinthians 12:10 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NIV)

Enduring and passing through trials isn’t only for our own learning experience.  Read about the people in the Bible.  Without Paul being in prison, many of the letters in the New Testament wouldn’t have been written.  Without John in prison on the island Revelations would not have been written.  Without David being hunted down by Saul many of the Psalms wouldn’t have been written.  Trials have an impact on the kingdom of God on this earth.  Trials carry His word further.  The next time we are going through a trial let’s not only ask God what we are to learn in and through it, let’s ask Him how we can impact His Kingdom in and through it.

 

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