Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 8, 2017

Laws

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

Mark 7:5 5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” (NIV)

 There is a big difference between law and tradition.  God, through Moses, gave us 10 laws.  Moses added 613 for the purpose of interpreting the 10 laws God gave us.  Mankind, mostly religious leaders added over 6000 laws of their own.  These 6000 plus are the traditions the Pharisees and teachers of the law were concerned about.  They were in the practice of heaping burdens on others for their own selfish gain and pride.  Jesus came to fulfill the law of God.  The law was we are dead because of sin.  Jesus paid that price.  He told us all the laws of God were summed up in the first 2 commandments.  When we obey these 2 commandments we are following all the laws God gave Moses, for those laws are to help us live in and through love. 

 

Mark 12:29-31 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 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.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these

 

Let us live according to these 2 laws and only follow traditions that are in agreement with these.

August 7, 2017

Pay Attention

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Isaiah 28:23 23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. (NIV)

 This is an admonition from God.  We are to listen, hear and pay attention.  He has provided several ways for us to hear and listen.  We hear His voice as we read, study and meditate on His written word, the Holy Bible.  We also can hear His voice through circumstances.  Circumstances can encourage us in the direction we are headed or they can shut the door, turning our direction elsewhere.  We also can her His voice through His Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit’s voice is quiet and easy to miss if we don’t listen for Him to speak.  We learn to hear Him as we meditate on His written word, pray and meditate.  Gradually we become familiar with the gentle sound of His voice.  It is so very important for us to practice turning our ears to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.  His voice is within us because He dwells within us from the time we accept Jesus, God’s Son, into our heart, mind and life.  Learning to hear takes time and practice.  Our question is, do we want to listen for, hear and pay attention to what He would say to us?  If so, we must choose to spend the time one on one with Him without worldly interruption.  Let us be sure to go into our prayer closet regularly and hear, listen and pay attention to what the One Who loves us so much He took our sin on Himself.  Let us give Him our best time and attention.  He gives us His.

August 6, 2017

Miracles

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:15 am

Matthew 13:58 58 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. (NIV)

 Another way of writing this verse is “And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.”  I just finished reading a Christian fiction novel where several times it said, “Miracles happen to those who believe.”  This is so very true.  Miracles surround us every day but, if we don’t believe, we don’t look for them and we miss them.  Consider the creation around us.  It is all a miracle.  Consider how our bodies function.  That is a miracle.  Looking at these miracles and recognizing them for what they are and giving thanks to God for them enables us to receive and see even more miracles.  When we live expecting them we will receive them.  But, with every promise of God there is a condition.  We must be walking in obedience to His word.  Not only walking in obedience but really releasing ourselves and our desires to be one in Him.  The miracles we want to see and receive must be in agreement with God.  We don’t get ourselves into debt through accumulation of material things then expect God to perform a miracle and make the debt disappear.  We bear the consequences of our actions even though we have the forgiveness and love of God.  Walking in obedience produces a joyful and abundant life in close fellowship with our God.  Let us walk in loving obedience and keep our hearts and eyes open for the miracles God gives us each and every day.

August 5, 2017

Unity

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Psalms 133:1 1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! (NIV)

 Last Sunday there was a different group leading the praise and worship.  They were very loud and the music was very different.  To me, it wasn’t worship; it was noise.  But as I prayed about it, God said He was pleased with it because for them it was worship from their hearts.  Sometimes it’s hard to be in unity when we are so very different from each other with our likes and dislikes.  But the unity doesn’t come from our particular likes and dislikes.  Our unity comes from our being one in Christ Jesus and our desire to worship and obey Him.  We can differ on how we do this, but our love for Him is shared as is our love for each other including our differences.  Let us remember that we can disagree on how but we are unified in why and Who.

August 4, 2017

Strong and Courageous

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

Joshua 1:8-9 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go  (NIV)

 There is a lot of fear in this day and age.  Fear of home invasions, drive by shootings, road rage, robbery, infectious diseases, terrorism and on and on.  Fear is an uneasy feeling.  We may know what is making us fearful or we might suddenly be fearful without knowing what caused it.  God doesn’t want us living in fear.  He has given us the spirit of power, love and a sound mind.  When we find fear entering we need to focus on God.  He may want us to leave a certain situation.  He may want us to face a fearful situation head on.  Whatever way He wants us to walk, He has promised to be with us through all things at all times.  Even when our situation is because of disobedience to God, He will see us through when we turn and listen and choose to become obedient to His guidance.  Difficult tasks take courage.  Courage takes faith.  Faith must be walked out in obedience.  If you’re facing a difficult circumstance now, get on your knees, open the Holy Bible, present it to God and listen for His instructions.  He is faithful and will never fail or leave us.

August 3, 2017

Listening and Knowing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 3:32 pm

John 10:27 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NIV)

 I was very nervous when I first brought my first baby home.  I was afraid to sleep because I thought I might not hear the baby when she cried.  Gradually I learned my ears were always listening for my baby.  I knew her cry so distinctly I could pick her cry out of the church nursery full of crying babies.  As she grew older and more children arrived and grew, they didn’t need to identify themselves on the phone.  I knew by their distinctive voices who was talking with me.  The same is true in listening and hearing the voice of God within us.  As we learn how His voice sounds to us, as we train ourselves to continually listening for His voice, we learn to identify it.  We learn through comparing the voice we hear with the words recorded in the Holy Bible, the written Word of God.  Eventually we find, with practice in listening and following what the voice says, we can hear Him speaking to us through and in all situations.  I recognize my children’s individual voice regardless of what I’m doing when they speak.  Let us be sure to develop the same ability with the One Who knows and loves us best.

August 1, 2017

Changing Me

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Luke 11:41a 41 But now as for what is inside you (NIV)

 I opened a cabinet and took out a seldom used bowel.  The outside was pretty and shiny.  When I looked inside I wanted to turn away.  There were some old food bits and a dead bug.  While the outside was pretty and inviting, the inside was totally opposite.  Jesus is concerned with what is on our insides.  No matter how much we dress up our outside, even when we plaster on a certain expression on our faces, it’s what is inside us that counts.  We may fool ourselves thinking we are tricking people into thinking we are better or nicer than we really are, but, eventually what is on the inside will come through.  When we receive Jesus and His Holy Spirit in us, what is on the inside changes.  However, if we don’t discipline ourselves to renew our minds, we will continue to act like our insides are still the same old us.  I know I would not be a very nice person if It weren’t for the Holy Spirit inside me.  My nature is very self-centered and critical.  The Holy Spirit along with the renewing of my mind has slowly been changing me over the last several decades.  If I were to get back with my college friends they wouldn’t know me.  From glory to glory God’s changing me from earthly things to the heavenly.  If I am the same tomorrow as I am today I’m not listening to the Holy Spirit.  Let us all commit to continuing to move more and more into Christ each day which means less and less into ourselves.

July 31, 2017

First Four

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 19:18-19 18 “Which ones?” he inquired.  Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself. (NIV)

 Have you noticed Jesus didn’t include the first 4 commandments?  I believe that’s because He knew mankind, in and of themselves, could not keep those 4 commandments.  This is why Jesus had to come and die for our sins.  This is also why the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us.  It is only through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can try to keep those 4 commandments.  It is only through the blood of Jesus that we are forgiven when we slip in our efforts to keep those 4 commandments.  The commandments Jesus quoted to that man are commandments we can choose to keep.  They are within our own power.  Because of our sin of self-centeredness, the first 4 commandments are against the desires of our self-centered nature.  These are the commandments that take dedication and love to and for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Let us continually ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to enable us to put God first in our minds, hearts and lives making all he commandments the way of our daily living.

July 30, 2017

Jealous God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

 This verse is quoted throughout the Bible.  Our problem in English is the word “love.”  We use that word in so many ways.  We might want to relate it to the word “adore.”  To adore something, you put it first in your heart and mind.  You seek after it at all cost.  You worship it with all of your being.  This is the concept of love God requires.  He is a jealous God and wants nothing between Him and His children.  We sing at Christmas “O comes let us adore Him” but do we, or do we just enjoy the fun and emotions of the season.  We just celebrated Mother’s Day.  Most of us took time to giver our mothers special thanks and attention on that day.  What about the rest of the year?  Our human tendency is to slip in and out of closer relationships. Our relationship with God is one which we should never slip out of.  We need to learn to keep Him continually in the forefront of our mind, our hearts and our hearing.  Just as a new mother is constantly attuned to her new baby’s cry we need to constantly be attuned to the inner voice of God through His Holly Spirit.  Let us turn our love into true adoration

July 29, 2017

His Righteousness Showing Through Us

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:08 pm

Romans 8-11   You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (NIV)

 There is a difference between believing in our mind Jesus is the Son of God and believing in our heart and accepting Him into our lives as the Son of God.  Satan knows Jesus is the Son of God but refuses heart belief or following in his life.  It is only through the Holy Spirit in us through the acceptance of Jesus in our hearts and life that we are convicted of sin and given a desire to have the righteousness of Christ living in us.  Our problem is being willing to hear the gentle correction of the Holy Spirit early in our decision process.  Making decisions before listening in most cases will hid the righteousness of Christ living in us.  Let us not be so quick to make choices and listen to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit within us. 

 

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