Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 12, 2018

Being First

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Luke 14:11 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (NIV)

I’ve watched in various churches at people who think they have a special seat and get upset if anyone sits in what they consider to be their seat.  I’ve also watched at church dinners at people who are determined to be the first in line to be sure they get all they want of their favorite dish.  They are determined to put their own desires before anyone else.  They are exalting themselves.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to sit in the same place at church as long as our attitude is not a possessive one.  If someone else is already there we need to greet them and find another seat.  The above scripture is reminding us to have a giving, servant’s heart – a gracious spirit of putting others first before our own self-interest.  We are not to consider ourselves as more important than any other.  We are all equally important and loved in the eyes of God and are to treat others as equals.

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Abide

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

John 15:7 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (KJV)

Many translations use the wore “remain” rather than “abide.”  What this scripture means is to allow all of Christ, His words, His actions, His love stay within us in our minds, hearts and actions.  When it seems our prayers aren’t being answered we must check to see if we are still abiding or remaining in Christ.  It might be we aren’t following through on something He has already instructed us to do or maybe we are doing or saying something He has instructed us not to do or say.  Unanswered prayers are never because God doesn’t love us.  Unanswered prayers are when we aren’t abiding or remaining in Christ.  Let us immerse ourselves in His words through His love and grace, abiding or remaining in Him through our minds, our hearts, our words and our actions

July 11, 2018

Eternal Life

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

2 Peter 1:15 15 And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. (NIV)

Peter doesn’t say after his death but after his departure.  We have already died with Christ and have been raised up to eternal life.  Our eternal life started the moment we invited Jesus Christ into our hearts, minds and lives.  We will leave this earth and join the other saints before the throne of God in God’s timing for each one of us.  It will be a departure from this earth for we are now eternal.  What loving grace God has given to us.  There is nothing for us to ever fear.  We can walk with Him through our time on earth with total confidence.  If you are lacking that confidence, take time to renew your commitment to Jesus Christ, confessing your sin of separation from God and accepting His forgiveness.  Then open your heart and mind up to the infilling of the Holy Spirit and begin your eternal life, demonstrating the love of God all the days you walk this earth.

July 10, 2018

Nurturing Faith

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

Jude 1:3 3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. (NIV)

Faith was entrusted to us by Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross.  The question is are we staying true to that trust?  Faith is a choice, not an emotion.  We either to choose to have faith and believe or we choose not to have faith and to not believe.  We all have a measure of faith. When we’re driving down a road we choose to have faith that the cars around us will stay in their lanes.  When we sit in a chair we choose to have faith the chair will hold us.  Because of the testimony of the Bible and the testimony of those who have gone before us, we choose to believe Jesus walked on this earth to show us God’ love, died for our sins and rose that we would have eternal life.  Because we have chosen this, we believe God’s words to be true.  Because we believe God’s words to be true, we choose to have faith in the love and power of God.  As we experience more and more of God’s love and power, our faith grows.  Impatience stunts our faith.  Our sin nature of wanting what we want how we want it and when we want it stunts our faith.  To nurture our faith we must put the words of God deep into our minds and hearts and we must communicate with God throughout our days.  Let us be sure to nurture our knowledge of God and His character so the choice of faith will become more consistent and easier.

July 9, 2018

Centered

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

Isaiah 64:8 8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (NIV)

Before the potter puts the clay on the wheel he forces all the air out of the clay to be sure there are no air bubbles.  Then, when he places the clay on the wheel he makes sure the clay is exactly in the center of the wheel.  If it’s off center even just a tiny bit, when the wheel spins the clay will become askew.  We are the clay in God’s hands.  God allows us to go through trials to force out the parts in us that allow sin to enter.  Then, He places us in the center of His wheel.  However, we tend to move off the center rather than centering our thoughts and life on Him.  When we do this, we become misshapen.  God has placed us in the center through His Son, Jesus and the filling of the Holy Spirit.  It is up to us to stay there through reading and meditating on the Bible, staying in close conversation through prayer and listening to the instructions of the Holy Spirit.  Let us be sure to stay centered on God.

July 8, 2018

Know Intimately

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Luke 18:21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. (NIV)
There is a big difference between knowing and keeping the laws or commandments of God and knowing God. We can (though it’s not really possible for us) to keep every commandment to the letter and not know God. Keeping the commandments without knowing God will not give us eternal life in the Presence of God. It is only through God’s grace and coming to know Him that we will have the gift of eternal life in His very real Presence. Not only that, but we also benefit from a really abundantly, full life when we know God and walk and talk with Him trough our life. We must each ask ourselves if we really know and are intimate with God or are we just being religious. Really being intimate means we talk with, not to Him, throughout each and every day. He is always in our thoughts and are always wanting to hear from Him and to share Him with others. We still strive to keep His commandments but above all, let us strive to know Him intimately.

July 7, 2018

Keeping On

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV)

Our question is what do we do while we’re waiting for God’s answer or instructions to come to us in our time and space?  Besides continuing to pray, asking and thanking Him for His coming answer, we must continue doing the last thing He told us to do.  It may be He is waiting on us to finish something and not waiting of Him for something new.  We tend to like the new things.  We tend to tire quickly of the things we’re doing.  We don’t care for what we consider the drudgery of continuing until the job is actually in it’s totality.   It takes a great deal of discipline to carry through to the end.  Let us turn our complaints and impatience into thanksgiving and discipline in continuing what we already know while at the same time anticipating the newness of what God will bring to us next.

July 6, 2018

In His Time

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Psalms 90:4 4 A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night. (NIV)

We get so very impatient waiting for God to answer our prayers.  We forget that our sense of timing broken down into years, months, days, hours, minutes and seconds isn’t God’s timing.  God is eternal.  His time is not broken down.  We keep our minds in the temporal bracket rather than realizing the eternal time.  Waiting on God in our time and space is a matter of trust in His wisdom and His love and His promise of answering all we ask.  We may not see or hear the answer when we think it is the right time but we can trust God to know the write time in our time and space and keep thanking Him that He has hears and the answer will be here at the right time.  It is in continuing in an attitude of thanksgiving in the work God has already instructed us to do that we demonstrate our faith in Him to those around us.  How wonderful it is to be able to trust the Author of all time and space.

July 5, 2018

Evil Temptations

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

James 1:14 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. (NIV)

We are all tempted to deviate from God’s will for us.  We have temporal, worldly minds and look at the things of this earth with lust.  We are born with that attitude.  Among the first words we learn to say are:  “mine” and “me.”    We want what we want when we want it.  God wants us to love Him first then to love others.  Love means wanting God’s best for another.  A long time ago a call went out for household goods for a family who lost everything in a fire.  A friend of mine looked in her linen closet for some sheets.  She moved an unopened set of new sheets out of the way and looked for sheets she was planning to throw away.  As she pulled the old sheets out the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit said “You would give me your throw-away rather than your best?  As you might have guessed, she put the old sheets back and took out the new ones.  We are so quick to give of what we don’t want and take what we want.  This applies not only to material goods but also to power and fame.  It is this evil desire in us that causes us to given into temptation.  How do we resist?  We stay in the written word of God putting it deep in our minds and hearts and we converse with Him regularly, asking Him what He wants us to do, when He wants us to do it and how He wants us to do it.  We can’t blame others for our temptations.  They are all our own to own up to and to resist in the power of the Holy Spirit.

July 4, 2018

Loneliness

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

Genesis 2:18 18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”(NIV)

So many people suffer from a feeling of loneliness.  Being alone isn’t the same as loneliness.  Solitude isn’t loneliness.  One can be in a middle of a crowd and feel lonely.  Loneliness is a failure of connecting with others around you.  There can be no one around and yet one doesn’t feel lonely.  When we have a personally relationship with God we can no longer suffer a feeling of loneliness.  God is always with us. Not only is He always with us, He is also in us in the person of His Holy Spirit.  We can enjoy fellowship with Him when no one else is around as well as when we are in the midst of a large crowd.  If a believer should experience loneliness it is time to check their relationship with God.  It is never God Who leaves us, it is us who through unconfessed sin leave God.  Let us be sure to keep our relationship healthy through daily communication and quick confession of any sin.  Let us always enjoy the beautiful, powerful and loving companionship of God.

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