Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 27, 2017

God Up

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:35 pm

John 8:7 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (NIV)

 One thing we humans are very good at is blaming others for our problems.  We don’t like to admit we might be wrong.  We don’t like to even think any problem we have is because of our own choices.  It is so easy to blame others not only for our own problems but for any problem we see.  There is a saying, “When you point one finger at someone else there are 3 fingers point back at you.”  We don’t like to take responsibility for our own actions or our feelings.  It is so much easier to blame others.  Jesus is telling these people here to stop judging others.  We like to put our own standards on others and when they don’t meet the standards we’ve set, we judge them to be wrong.  There are many who don’t want to read this.  Those are the ones who would rather blame all their troubles on someone else.  Some excuses for our blaming others are: had a bad childhood, not understood by others, can’t help the way I am, someone else made me do it and on and on.  There’s a new phrase going around.  It’s, “man up.”  I would rather say, “God up.”  Let’s be open and honest with God and acknowledge our own responsibility for our actions and feelings and relationships with others.  Let’s ask Him to heal our hurts and put them behind us, choosing to act in love in our relationships with all others.  Their response or reactions are not our responsibility but our actions and responses are our choice and accountable unto God.

May 26, 2017

Return to the Wilderness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:22 pm

Deuteronomy 1:22 22 Then all of you came to me and said, “Let us send men ahead to spy out the land for us and bring back a report about the route we are to take and the towns we will come to.”

Deuteronomy 1:32 32 In spite of this, you did not trust in the Lord your God, (NIV)

 The Hebrews saw how good the land was which God promised to give them.  They also saw the people and their fortifications in that land.  They saw them as a big problem and, instead of trusting God to fulfill His promise, the fixed their eyes on what they saw as a problem.  Because of their lack of trust they were left in the wilderness for a full generation.  We can’t judge them without looking at our own personal history.  How many times do we wallow in a problem without trusting the promises God has given us?  He said He will be with us in and through all things at all times.  He said just ask and we will receive.  He said all things are possible for us through His power and might.  We must think about the times we lacked faith and trust then ask His forgiveness and resolve to choose trust in and through each experience God allows to come our way.

An Extra

Filed under: faith,God — by ginrich @ 4:45 pm

An Extra Word

 God speaks to us through His written Word.  He also speaks to us through His creation.  I was sitting on the farm porch enjoying God’s creation.  The birds were singing, each with a unique song.  The goat herd came through, grazing contentedly.  Then, one of the goats decided leaves just out of reach seemed better than those easily reached and struggled to reach them.  Other goats noticed what this goat was doing and decided they wanted those leaves.  Before long, most of the goats were vying for the best position to reach those leaves.  After a while, one by one, they each decided they could be contented with what God had provided for them at their reach.  We are so much like those goats.  We see someone with something and decide we must have it.  Days like “Black Friday” shopping day in the U.S. are a prime example of that goat-like behavior.  We forget God supplies all our needs.  There’s no need to fight for what He has provided for someone else or to ignore what He has for each of us as individuals.  We are to be content in His provision in all situations.  Some dogs start barking and one of the goats panics and runs.  Before long the entire herd is following that panicked goat without knowing the situation.  Sound familiar?  Oh, to stay grounded in God’s Word and in faith and trust in Him

May 25, 2017

By Fruits

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Matthew 7:16 16 By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (NIV)

 It’s important to notice it is by our fruit, not by our works.  We tend to judge people by their works.  Good works are not only done by Christians; they are done by people of various religions or even no religion.  From the verse in Matthew we must look at the verse in Galatians to determine to what fruits Jesus is referring.  If good works lack these fruits they are really nothing more than filthy rags to God.  God looks at the heart, not the works.  Someone full of the Holy Spirit and growing in these fruits will do good works because of the fruits.  We must pay attention to each fruit and see which ones we’ve not permitted to grow in us. Let us be diligent to feed all these fruits through meditation on the written word and conversations with God.

May 24, 2017

Shine the Light

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

John 9:5 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 

Matthew 5:14 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. (NIV)

 Jesus shined His light while He was walking in this world.  When he sent His Holy Spirit to the believers He also sent His light.  We are His light in this world.  We are to let His light shine for all to see.  To know how to let the light shine we must study the scriptures and become very familiar with how Jesus let His light shine.  He showed His love and concern for all people regardless of age, gender, race, status, education or any other characteristic.  He touched, spoke, shared God’s commandments and healed.  He met people where they were at and never talked down to them.  We must look honestly at our light.  Our light is the reflection of Jesus and His love.  How much does it shine?  Do we let it blink on and off depending on our circumstances?  How far does it shine?  Have we allowed it to become dim?  Let’s clear of anything that shades it and let His light in us shine out bright to all.

May 23, 2017

Thoughts

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

Matthew 7:1-2 1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. (NIV)

 I constantly fight this one.  I seldom judge or criticize out loud but in my thought pattern I do.  I’m sitting at a restaurant eating and criticize in my mind how someone’s dressed or how much they’re eating.  Even in church I find myself criticizing how someone is dressed or their hair.  I criticize a slow driver without knowing the reason why they’re driving slower than the speed limit.  I could go on and on.  As I catch myself doing this I ask God to forgive me for judging and criticizing one He loves and died for and ask Him to help me stop doing this.  God not only cares about our actions, He cares about our thoughts for our thoughts reflect our hearts.  He wants us to love our neighbor as our self, not critique them.  I still do it but I’m catching myself in mid thought now. You might want to reflect on how you’re doing with this command of God.

May 22, 2017

Move

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 6:34 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)

God told Moses His name is I Am.  Am is in the present tense.  Though God knows the future, He is in the present and He expects us to be in the present.  Yesterday is in the past.  It cannot be changed.  Just because God told us to do something yesterday in a certain way doesn’t mean we are to do the same thing in the same way today.  God is on the move.  Our question we must answer is are we on the move with Him?  Humans tend to get in habits which become very comfortable.  The only habit we should have is fellowship with God.  We must choose to be open to His movement and be willing to move with Him.  The old is comfortable.  The new sometimes makes us feel insecure.  Our security is in God.  He is faithful.  He will give us what we need to move with Him.  The only standing we should do is stand on the faith God gives us.  He is faithful.  Are we?

May 21, 2017

Make Time

Matthew 6:26 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? (NIV)

 I had some free time yesterday and was sitting on the porch watching the birds.  They were flitting from tree branch to tree branch and singing the unique song God had given each one.  Though they were alert to danger, they were content doing what God created them to do.  They seemed to do it so naturally.  It mead me thing about me and other humans.  We tend to forget what God intended us to do.  He created us for fellowship.  Fellowship with Him and fellowship with one another.  Fellowship is our main business, yet we always seem to busy.  It seems we want to be too busy.  We mistakenly think our worth is tied to how much we get done rather than our relationship with God and each other.  Our priorities get out of order so easily.  What do we do about this?  We learn to start our day with fellowship and worship with and of God.  We ask Him to help us keep our priorities straight.  We think twice before we tell someone we’re too busy to be or talk to them right now.  We choose to make time.  Let us make time for God and for each other.

May 20, 2017

The Snake

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:51 pm

Numbers 21:4-9 4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” 6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. (NIV)

 To learn this lesson we must read and meditate on the entire paragraph.  The Hebrews, after experiencing many miracle of God, were complaining.  They were looking back to the land of sin where they had become comfortable.  God needed to get their attention.  He wanted them to not only look to Him but also to trust Him.  The snake on the pole was to get them to look up.  Our question we must ask and answer for ourselves is who do we look to for our source?  When we first notice a problem do we look to our own human wisdom?  Do we look to another person?  Do we look to some kind of drug or food?  Our first response to any situation should be to look to God.  When we look to God first He will guide us through our problem.  He may send us a friend or He may tell us directly what to do.  The main thing is for us first to take our problem to God without complaint but with faith and thanksgiving for His faithfulness, grace and mercy to guide and provide for us through everything He allows to pass through His hands to us.

May 19, 2017

Stumbling Block

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:11 pm

Matthew 16:23 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (NIV)

 From a human perspective we agree with Peter’s effort to keep Jesus from any harm.  Jesus had a different perspective.  Most often we don’t understand why God allows us to walk through hard trials.  A child dies young, Christians are tortured and so many other things we consider to be terrible.  We can’t see God’s perspective.  We can only trust God will turn all things to the good for His children.  Jesus had to go through horrible torture then wait 3 days before He was resurrected.  Sometimes our wait seems non-ending but God will show us His victory and glory.  Our job is to trust.  Trust is a choice.  Emotions don’t always agree with the trust.  Emotions come and go but the choice of trust can remain steadfast.  As I watch a dear friend go through a most difficult time I pray for peace to come with the trust and eventually the joy of seeing God’s victory through the trial.  Let us not be stumbling block but let us speak words of encouragement as we watch others walking through trials.

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