Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 21, 2018

Obedience Through Love

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

Matthew 22:38-40 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments (NIV)

So many pride themselves on not breaking any of the 10 commandments.  In actually all of us have broken some point of each and every commandment.  All 10 commandments are built on these two cited by Jesus.  The commandments were given not for us to make God happy with us.  They were given to us so we could be happy and contented in our lives.  They were given to us to show us the way to contentment.  When we try to obey the commandments on our own out of a since of required obedience we are missing the mark.  God loves us.  There is no stopping His love.  He wants us to enjoy the lives He’s given us.  Living by the commandments through the 2 Jesus cited brings contentment. Contentment brings happiness.  Let us remember our obedience must come from love and a desire to give and receive the love of God, directly through Him and also through others and through ourselves to others.


April 20, 2018

Voice Aloud

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

Psalms 5:3 3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly. (NIV)

Because quiet, alone time was always difficult to get, most of my communication with God was silent, totally within my mind and active thoughts.  Now that I have much time alone and in quiet, I am learning to speak aloud to God.  No, I’m not talking to myself.  I am talking with my Father, God.  Just like a parent likes to hear the voice of their child, God likes to hear our voice.  Talking aloud to God opens our spirits more to rejoicing, speaking from the heart and really communicating.  Old habits are hard to break but this one is important to break.  Yes, He hears every thought in our mind.  Yes, He hears when we talk to Him without using our physical voice.  Yes, He hears us when we write our prayers to Him.  But we mustn’t deny Him the joy of hearing our voice in conversation to Him alone.  Let not a day go by without liftin our voices to our Father, God in a one on One conversation.


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

1 Peter 3:15 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (KJV)

So often we miss the opportunities God gives us to speak His word into someone else.  A door is open and we miss it.  Either we haven’t open our ears to hear His voice for the day, we are only interested in our own preset schedule, or we are afraid of speaking up for fear we are rejected.  When we speak God’s word into someone what they do with it is not our burden other than to pray for them.  The result of our speaking God’s word is up to Him and the one to whom we speak.  Let us be sure to put fear of rejection aside and love and obedience to God up in place of our fears.  Let us remember each and every day to open our hearing to our Father’s voice and ask Him to bless someone through us each day.  Then, let us be alert to open doors.  It may be just a warm greeting to someone who is lonely.  We tend to look for the big opportunities probably because we have a desire to look really good.  Let us be willing to do the smallest of blessings to anyone at anytime and anyplace God shows us an open opportunity.  There are no reruns. 

April 19, 2018


Isaiah 1:18 18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (NIV)

The matter is settled.  On the cross Jesus said “It is finished.”   Our sins were as scarlet because it takes blood to cover our sins.  The are now white as pure wool because our confessed sins are covered by the purity of the blood of Jesus.  We do not need nor should we confess the same sin, already confessed and forgiven, over and over.  That is a sign of a lack of trust and belief in what Jesus said and did.  Of course, if we keep repeating the same sin that is different.  But, when we choose to repeat it that means our confession was not from our heart.  When we confess we must be sure not only to accept the forgiveness of God, we must be sure to forgive ourselves and anyone else involved in our sin.  It is finished.  Let’s keep it that way.


April 18, 2018

Interpretation and Understanding

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Luke 24:27 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. (NIV)

Acts 8:30 30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. (NIV).

 Interpreting and understanding the scripture is necessary for our faith to grow and our recognizing the voice of God within us.  The disciples, on the road, were blessed to have Jesus walk with them and explain the scriptures.  The man in the chariot had Philip come and help him understand.  We have the Holy Spirit to teach and help us understand the scripture.  We must be carful about taking any scripture out of context.  That is why I always encourage you to read the entire section around my quote in the translation you understand best, not just the quote.  That is also why you need to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding for where you are in the application of the scripture, what you read others write or what you hear others say.  What I and others write or say is from our perspective and where we are in our walk with God.  God may want you to understand and apply in yet a different way.  It is good to read and listen to others whose lives prove they are true believers and followers of God through Jesus but we are each individual and at different places in our lives.  What’s right for one person at one time doesn’t mean it’s right for someone else.  Not only should we be careful not to cause someone else to stumble, we need to guard against ourselves stumbling.  We should expose ourselves to the thinking of others but always take it to God for confirmation and application to our own lives.

April 17, 2018

Word for Today

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (NIV)

I’ve never been able to read the same book twice nor watch the same movie twice.  It took me awhile to learn that, because I’ve read the entire Bible, it’s not in the same category as other books.  Because it’s the living word of God and because it’s only through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit that understanding can come, every time I read the words in the Bible my understanding changes, actually deepens, as the Holy Spirit interprets it to me at the present point of my life and my ability to understand.  When we open the pages of the Bible we must first ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding.  Every word we read is a word for the day.  Without the Holy Spirit the words on the pages are only words.  Every day, as we open the pages, let us do it with openness to the Holy Spirit to show us how to apply the words we read to our lives this very day.

April 16, 2018

What If?

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

Have you ever played the “what if” game?  It’s such a temptation when we look at our current situation or look ahead.  Because we don’t know what will happen beyond the present with any amount of certainty, we tend to think out on “what if.”  Playing the “what if” game produces anxiety.  The antedote to this is remembering that Jesus said He would always be with us.  No matter what we might face in the future, Jesus is already there preparing the way for us.  “What if” can’t change what comes.  We can live securely in the present and know our tomorrows are in the hand of God.  What counts is what is.  Most “what if’s” we imagine probably will never service.  So, instead of playing the “what if” game let us live fully the moment we are in and leave tomorrow in the very capable hands of our Father, God. 

April 15, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:05 pm

Psalms 119:105 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (NIV)

Jesus is the Word of God.  Through the Holy Spirit God’s Word, made flesh, is now recorded on pages we can read with our eyes.  These pages light the direction of the paths we should walk while in our physical bodies on this planet we call earth.  The question is, how often do we turn on the lamp?  How long do we allow the lamp to stay on when we turn it on?  Do we only turn on the lamp on Sunday when we go to church?  Maybe we turn it on when we are facing a problem.  If we want our path in light rather than to stumble around in the dark, we must turn on the lamp each and every day.  We must leave the lamp on long enough to understand our path for the day.  Just reading one verse or browsing through a devotion isn’t enough light to carry us through a day.  Let us turn on the lamp God has provided for us.  Let us let it shine long and bright.  Let us use the lamp to light the Word until the Word is deep in mind, heart and lives.

April 14, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

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

Many confessing Christians stop at believing in Jesus.  There is a difference between believing in Jesus and following Him.  We can believe a chair will hold us without sitting in the chair.  Our belief in the chair is true but it is not beneficial to us.  Jesus commands us to follow Him.  Our son, when he was a toddler, loved when his granddad came to visit.  We always needed a project for granddad to occupy his time.  It was always some kind of carpentry project.  Our son would follow his granddad every where he went.  Granddad knew the boy wanted to be part of what he, granddad, did so he would give the boy a bag of nails or screws and we would see the toddler following behind or standing next to his granddad.  Jesus wants us to follow Him everywhere He goes throughout the day.  Our son had great love for his granddad and wanted to be with him and doing things with him.  Do we love Jesus enough to want to stay right with Him throughout our day?  Are we willing and wanting to “help” Him in any way He gives us to help?  Sometimes it might be just carrying a bag (prayer does that) and sometimes He might give us a different tool to use.  Our question is are we truly a follower or do we just stop at believing in?

April 13, 2018

God Understands

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:31 pm

Psalms 147:5 5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (NIV)

Many times people don’t understand us.  Sometimes we don’t even understand ourselves.  We do and say things others don’t understand and some of the time we find it hard to explain, even to ourselves, why we did or said something.  There is One Who understands everything we say, do and even think.  We might have a hard time believing this because of our own lack of understanding.  We think God is aloof, that He can’t possibly know what we are experiencing.  That is why God sent His Word, His Son, Jesus, down in the form of a human body with feelings just like we have.  He wanted to demonstrate to us He understood our battles.  He walked through the battles we face in a body just like ours but He walked through them without sin.  God has mercy on us as He observes our act, words and thoughts.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to indwell in us to enable us to stand against sin.  Understanding our words, acts and thoughts will come if we immerse ourselves in His instruction book, the Holy Bible.  Let us thank God for His grace and understanding and immerse ourselves in His instructions.

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