Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 11, 2017

Look Up

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Luke 21:13 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. (NIV)

 I just returned from a family reunion.  It’s the first in quite some time so many of the cousins had never met each other.  In addition to all the fun, games, eating and singing, we each shared what God was doing within us at this time.  One of my nephews shared an event which encouraged him to start really looking to God.  His brother, and Air Force Academy graduate had been playing ball in the back yard of where we were gathered many years ago for a reunion.  His Academy ring flew off his finger.  The had spent a good deal of time looking for it and then hired someone with a metal detector to come and look.  I had just arrived to pick up someone to go shopping.  I asked what was happening and they told me.  I said, “Just look up.”    I left and they looked up and found the ring stuck on the branch of a bush.  The point of this is we each hear a different interpretation of what the Lord says.  I meant to pray and ask God where the ring was.  They took me literally and looked up into the trees.  Both interpretations were correct.  God gave me the message for them to literally look up and find the ring.  Finding the ring through the word I set changed the young man’s thinking of his connection with God.  The same is true when we read God’s word.  His word is living, meaning it applies in many different ways according to where we are and what we need in our walk with God.  The main thing is to be open to the Holy Spirit when we read, study and meditate on the written word for the interpretation God has for us at the specific time.  We must also encourage others to hear for themselves.  As I’ve written, each of us is uniquely made for a unique ministry.  We must never force our interpretation or method of ministry on another.

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October 10, 2017

Intimant

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 1:18 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. (NIV)

 The Phillips translation translates “closest relationship” with “intimate.”  God sent His Word, Jesus, His Son to this earth not only to take our place for sin (separation from God), but also to give us intimate knowledge of the Father.  Intimacy isn’t possible without heart-felt conversation.  To be intimae we must know someone’s heart.  We must know who they are, what they like, what they want.  Basically, everything about them.  We say God is too big for us to know intimately.  We are wrong.  God wants us to be on an intimate relationship with Him.  HE wants us to be open to Him with what is in our hearts and minds and to open to what HE has in His heart and mind.  He has blessed us with His autobiography so we can read, study and meditate on Him.  He has placed within us part of His Being in the form of His Holy Spirit.  He has given us all we know to know and relate with Him intimately.  The choice is ours.  Do we really want that intimate relationship with Him?  If so, what’s stopping us?  Too busy to really devour the autobiography He’s give us?  Too busy to spend a lot of time talking to and listening to Him.  Too busy to sit quietly and just enjoy being in His presence.  We must look at ourselves, our hearts, our priorities and decide: intimate with God or just a passing head knowledge of His existence.

October 9, 2017

Many Names

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

YAHWEH-TSIDKENU [yah-way-tzid-kay-noo]: “The Lord Our Righteousness” (Jeremiah 33:16) –YAHWEH-ROHI [yah-way-roh-hee]: “The Lord Our Shepherd” (Psalm 23:1)

YAHWEH-SHAMMAH [yah-way-sham-mahw]: “The Lord Is There” (Ezekiel 48:35)
YAHWEH-SABAOTH [yah-way-sah-bah-ohth]: “The Lord of Hosts” (Isaiah 1:24;

EL ELYON [el-el-yohn]: “Most High” (Deuteronomy 26:19)
EL ROI [el-roh-ee]: “God of Seeing” (Genesis 16:13)

EL-OLAM [el-oh-lahm]: “Everlasting God” (Psalm 90:1-3)
EL-GIBHOR [el-ghee-bohr]: “Mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6)

 God has been given many names.  Names were originally given to denote characteristics or purpose.  God is so very big that we have given Him many different names in an effort to describe Who He is.  No one name can define God.  God is too big for any one name to describe Him.  We may call Him God, Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Lord, Almighty and on and on but the only thing God cares about is that we call on Him in love, and reverence.  I address Him differently depending on my need, the reason for my addressing Him and sometimes even my emotional mood.  I respect each and every name applied to God for I love Him and know Him to be the source of everything.  Everything was created by His hand.  That’s why Jesus said we can’t swear by His name or by anything on earth.  Nothing on earth was created by us.  A good meditative study is to look up all the names for God and see how those descriptions have applied in our own life.  In the process we will probably discover many other descriptive names for what He has done in our own lives. 

October 8, 2017

Silence

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

Acts 16:6 6 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.  (NIV)

 Paul was told by God to preach His Word throughout all the gentile nations.  We’ve learned to listen to what God says when He tells us to speak.  But now, God tells Paul to be silent.  We have a harder time being silent than speaking.  We are quick (often too quick) to want to say something.  Sometimes being silent is the best witness we can be.  We don’t know why Pau wasn’t allowed by God to speak in Asia.  I might not have been God’s timing.  It might have been for protection.  We don’t need to know.  Paul was obedient.  Our question is, are we willing to hear God tell us not only when and what to speak but also willing to hear Him tell us to keep silent?  There is someone I have prayed for many years.  I’ve also witnessed to that person.  Now, God is telling me to keep silent.  Sometimes that’s hard to do but I choose to trust God’s wisdom.  My speaking is confined to my conversation with God, knowing He will answer my prayer for that person in His way and His timing.  Let us learn obedience in silence as well as in speaking.

October 7, 2017

Unique

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Acts 11:17 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” (NIV)  

 Believers’ can be from different cultures, ethnicity, and anything else.  They do not all need to sound, look or think alike. The only bond they need is a love for Crist, obedience to Him and a love for each other. We don’t have the right to criticize how a different church, denomination or person expressed their love for God.  God gives each and every person who come to Him through His Son, Jesus, the Holy Spirit to indwell in them and the seeds of the fruits of His Spirit.  What they do with them is between them and God.  Each of us was formed uniquely.  Each of us has a different ministry while on this earth.  Each of us has different expressions.  We all have the same gift from God but He designed each of us uniquely to be loved by Him and to love Him in our own unique way.  Let us pay more attention to what we do with the gift He has given us and how we receive and express His love.

October 6, 2017

All Equal

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Acts 10:34-35 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right (NIV)

 There is much talk today in the United States, Canada and some European countries about the refugee problem.  People are fleeing persecution, depravation and death and torture any way they can.  They are fleeing to try to have a better life for themselves and for their children.  Without getting into the politics of the situation, we must remember none of us are any more favored by God over any other person.  God loves all mankind.  He made mankind.  He desires all mankind to love Him so He can have fellowship with them.  But, true to His nature, He can’t have fellowship with anyone who chooses to stay separated from Him.  We must not be smug about who we are or how great our particular nation might be.  We must learn to reach out to all those in need.  We can’t classify or judge them for where they were born.  Each is a precious human in the eyes of God.  Let us get on our knees and ask God how we are to help so very many who are in fear for their future and even for their very lives.

October 5, 2017

First Step

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Acts 9:5-6 5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.  “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do. (NIV)

 We have a hard time not knowing the future.  We want a complete plan laid out for us.  God wants us to trust Him with the future.  He wants us to learn to be obedient to Him in trust.  When we walk, we can’t just sit or stand and think about the walk.  Planning the walk doesn’t accomplish the action.  We have to pick up a foot and take the first step. The first step us usually followed by another and another until we are aware we are walking.  When God tells us to do something, He doesn’t usually give us a flow chart of step by step instructions.  I’m glad he doesn’t because I would be afraid I might forget an important step.  God wants us to step out in faith, one step at a time, and He’ll guide us one step at a time.  This was made very clear to me when I read “The Hiding Place” about Corrie Ten Boone (not sure of the spelling of her name.)  Her family, all Christians, hid Jews in their house during Hitler’s reign.  When they discussed doing this she told her father she didn’t know what she was to do or how she was to do it.  Her father asked her, “When you were little and going on the train, when did I give you the train ticket?”  She responded, “Not until I needed it.”  He told her God would do the same.  As the were obedient, God would guide them each step of the way.  He still guides us step by step when we listen.  Let us always be willing to take the first step.

October 4, 2017

Missing a Blessing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Acts 4:32-33 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. (NIV)

 Some have interpreted this verse to mean we are to live in communes.  It says we are to be on in heart and mind.  Our hearts are united in our love for God and for one another and our minds are united in wanting to know God intimately.  We are to share ourselves with one another to build each one up in the faith.  If one had a need and another has the ability to meet that need, we are to follow through.  We tend to prize our time and our possessions.  We say words of kindness and encouragement and pray for the needs of others but often, we don’t want to be directly involved in God using us to meet the needs of another.  We must look at ourselves honestly.  Are we concerned with inconvenience?  Are we concerned with parting with a possession which someone else needs?  Are we concerned we won’t have enough extra cash if we give needed money to someone?  Are we afraid to listen to God when He nudges us to actively participate with Him in reaching out to another’s need?  I know there have been times I must admit I didn’t want to be bothered.  Their needs were met by God through someone else and I was the one who missed out on the blessing.  Let us stay open to the nudges of the Holy Spirit and part with time, possession or money when He nudges.  We will be the ones blessed even more than the person in need.

October 3, 2017

Timed Obedience

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Acts 3:1-5 ​1 One-day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. (NIV)

 Peter and John went to the temple to pray regularly.  The passed by many who were lame, blind or sick every day.  They didn’t stop and pray for healing with each and every person every day.  It’s not that they didn’t care.  They had developed the habit of listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit within them.  It wasn’t until the Holy Spirit nudge them to stop and pray and announce healing for this one lame man.  He wasn’t the only lame man there.  He was the one God signaled out for them to pray for so God would heal him.  We don’t know why God chooses certain people to heal and why others aren’t.  We don’t know God’s time plan.  We do know God has a plan for each and every individual.  Our job is to listen to God and pray healing for those who are in need.  The results are in God’s hands.  I’ve experienced this myself.  I was led by God to go to the hospital and pray healing from melanoma for a person who was not a believer and was actually anti-Christian.  I didn’t this out of obedience.  I really didn’t know to expect anything but just followed in obedience.  I asked the person if I could pray before I left and was told politely yes.  I held that person’s hand and just said, “In the name of Jesus, be healed.”  Then I made a quick exit for home.  The next morning that person was taken down for surgery.  The surgeon looked and decided another biopsy was in order.  There was no longer a single cancer cell.  Many years later I got a phone call from this person saying, not only was their healing, the couple had accepted Jesus and gone into full time Christian ministry.  God will do what HE wants to do when He wants to do it through anyone who will be obedient in His timing.

October 2, 2017

Victorious

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Acts 2:23 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. (NIV)

 Many blame the Jews for killing Jesus.  Others blame the Romans.  Others blame Judas.  All these were tools in the hands of God.  God, the Father, sent His Son, Jesus, to this earth in the form of a human to be killed.  God loves the mankind He made by His own hands.  He wanted to return to the fellowship He had with man in the Garden shortly after He made man.  But man had sin in him and God cannot, by His own nature, fellowship with sin.  Yes, the Jewish leaders were full of pride and jealous of the knowledge in Jesus and the attention He received from the people.  Yes, the Romans were afraid of insurrection by the Jews. Yes, Juda thought Jesus wasn’t doing what He was supposed to do for Israel.  But God is God.  Satan nor man can usurp God’s power or plans.  God allows sinful man to carry out their fleshly desires and join with Satan against God but not in a way that hurts, hinders or delay’s God’s plan.  We see a lot of activity in this world that is very evil and we wonder why God delays.  God knows the timing.  All things do truly work to His glory, even when we don’t see it at a time.  Instead of complaining or even fearing all the evil going on around us, let us pray for the lost ones and glorify God Who was, is and will ever be victorious.  Our part is to bring others into His family and give Him glory.  It is not to complain or fear.  God is victorious.  God has the time in His perfect and powerful hands.  Let us remain faithful.

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