Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2018

Denying

Mark 14:31 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. (NIV)

A lot has been said and written about Peter, his bold statements of loyalty and his denying even knowing Jesus 3 times.  But little has been written or said about the other disciples.  It says here they all agreed with Peter as to their loyalty unto death in support of Jesus.  Yet, though they didn’t speak their denial with words, they spoke loudly by their fleeing from the scene of His arrest and not following to support Him.  We can’t point fingers at either Peter or the others.  There are times every one of us have kept silent or walked away from testifying to the Lordship of Jesus.  Most of us prefer to evade any possibility of conflict.  We don’t want others to not like us.  We don’t want others to think we’re closed-minded.  We lack boldness.  When we care more about what others think about us than we care what God thinks, we are denying God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.  When we allow unloving words to escape our mouths, we are denying our God.  Instead of pointing fingers at others, we must acknowledge our own lack of standing firm and bold, confess it to God, accept His forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and give us wisdom in how to stand firm and bold in a loving way.

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August 30, 2018

Stewards

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 ​1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (NKJ)

1 Peter 4:10-11 10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (NKJ)

We like to use the word “own.”  We own our cars, houses, money, etc.  In reality, we own nothing.  All creation belongs to God.  That includes people.  Everything that ever was, is or will be comes from God and is owned by Him.  We are merely stewards of what God owns.  But, we don’t usually act as stewards.  We like to take possession of things.  We even like to take possession of people.  Some parents thing they own their children and set their own plans for their children.  We are stewards.  That means we are care-takers of what God owns.  To each He gives a portion of what He owns for each one to tend and care, remembering that all belongs to God.  When we give our tithe, we are not really giving but returning to God what is already His.  Because we are stewards, it is very important for us to continually hear God and what to do and how to care and use what He entrusts to us.  This applies to all areas of our lives.  Let us remember Who the Owner is and be good and faithful stewards of all God puts in our hearts, hands and mind.

August 29, 2018

Clean Heart

Isaiah 64:6 6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

We go to church every week or more often.  We visit the sick and those in prison.  We tithe.  We give to the poor.  We testify to the goodness of God.  We think we’re so good.  But we’re not.  We’re sinners.  We sin throughout our days.  Just because we don’t do what we consider the big sins (adultery, murder, theft, etc.) doesn’t mean we aren’t sinning.  Telling what we like to call a “white lie” in order not to hurt someone’s feeling or to make us look better is just as much as a sin in God’s eyes as what we call the big ones.  Sin is anything, thought or action or lack of action, that separates us from God.  Anything not done in pure love separates us from God for God is Love.  We can’t come to God in prayer if our hearts aren’t clean.  We must daily acknowledge to ourselves our sins, confess them to God and ask and receive His forgiveness.  Then we must ask His Holy Spirit within us to help us turn from those “little sins” and walk with purer hearts.  As we learn to do this we will gradually recognize what we call “little sins” quicker and be able to confess them immediately rather than waiting for the end of the day.  Let us learn to keep a clean heart.

August 28, 2018

God’s Eyes

Matthew 19:26 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (NIV)

When we look at our trials, what eyes are we using to look at them?  Do we see them as King Saul and his armies saw the giant?  How about the eyes of David?  I’m sure he saw how big and strong and well-armed the giant was.  But, He also saw the power of God and through that saw the giant dead on the ground.  We need to learn to look at our trials with the eyes of God.  God said all things are possible through Him.  Are we going to choose to trust the One through Whom all things are possible or will we let our physical eyes tell us this trial is hopeless?  David fully trusted God regardless of what his physical eyes saw.  David had the experience of God helping him protect the sheep from wild animals.  We have all experienced God’s provision through past trials.  No trial is too big for God to walk with us, give us wisdom and bring us to victory and bring Him glory of our victory.  When we walk through a trial, let us remember there is more to see then what we see with our physical eyes.  Let us always ask God to show us what He sees.

August 27, 2018

Faith is a Choice

1 Samuel 17:37 37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. (NIV)

This is an example of faith.  Everybody has faith.  The question is what is their faith based on.  We have faith that when we cross a bridge it won’t collapse.  We have that faith because we have seen others cross the bridge without it collapsing.  We have faith when we sit in a chair it wont fall apart.  We have faith because the chair has held others.  We cannot exist without faith.  But, bridges have collapsed.  Chairs have broken.  There is only one place that faith will never be broken.  Only one place that faith can be put without being disappointed.  Faith in God.  Faith in God is eternal because God is eternal.  Faith in God is never disappointing because God is always true and keeps His promises.  Faith is something we choose.  We can choose to believe the bridge will stand and cross over or we can choose to go around because we don’t have faith.  The same is true with God.  We can choose to believe and trust Him or we can choose not to trust Him.  The evidence of God’s faithfulness is all around us.  It is in the very creation.  It is evident through testimonies of others.  If we come up to a new kind of bridge and we don’t know anyone has crossed it,, we will probably hesitate.  We have thousands of testimonies of the faithfulness of God over centuries.  After the first step of choosing to trust, to put faith in God, faith and trust grow with exercise.  The more often we cross a bridge or sit in a chair, the less we think about it.  The more we trust God and put our faith in Him, the more we walk in confidence with Him.  It is up to us to first, choose faith and then practice faith and exercise it so it will grow.  Let us grow our faith today.

August 26, 2018

Deep Roots

Mark 4:17 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. (NIV)

How do we make sure our roots go deep into rich soils and grow strong?  We study the scriptures diligently.  As we study, we allow the Holy Spirit to water and fertilize that we will understand what we read and study.  This is not a once a week thing.  We must study daily to grow.  Just like skipping a meal decreases the nutrition our body receives, skipping a day of Bible study weakens the growing roots.  Times are becoming difficult around the entire world for those who would stand firm on the Word of God.  Let us commit to daily study that our roots will grow deep and strong so we can stand against any storm that comes our way.

August 25, 2018

Asking for Needs

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

Matthew 6:8 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. (NIV)

Since God knows what we need, why does He want us to ask for our needs?  When we express our needs out loud to Him, we become aware of what we are asking.  We don’t always know the difference between, needs, wants, desires and lust.  Asking aloud helps us hear what it is we are asking.  Lots of times, when I go shopping, I stop and think how many hours of labor it takes to earn the money to buy a particular item.  That helps me decide if it is really a need, a want or desire and worth the effort to buy it. The more affluent we are, the more we have trouble discerning our needs from our wants.  This increases the chances of material goods becoming our idols.  Let us along with asking God for our needs, be willing to listen to Him and be willing to change our thinking and what we need.  There is nothing wrong with wants and desires above needs as long as they are kept in the right order of priorities in our lives.  We thank God for giving us not only our needs, but so many of our wants as well.

August 24, 2018

As David Did

Psalms 142:7 7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. (KJV)

David had a right to feel sorry for himself.  He wrote songs and poetry to vent his feelings.  Yet he knew Who to look to and express his feelings.  His desire was to praise God in and through all situations.  I’m sure David had no idea his writings would be read by generations and generations of people.  I too, have written my feelings in logs and some in songs.  Looking at David’s makes me want to destroy my logs I know how many thousands have been encouraged over the centuries reading David’s logs.  Maybe mine might encourage my children or grandchildren if any of them choose to browse through them.  But, what the logs are best for are for ourselves to browse through our past feelings and see how God has walked with us through the various trials of our past.  They are tremendous faith builders in current times of trials.  I encourage you to keep a log or at least a prayer journal.  I doubt very many others will ever read our private journals or logs but they are good for our own growth and encouragement.  Many times, writing about the trial helps the trial not seem so harsh.  It also helps us focus our eyes and mind on God.  Let us always pray for God to bring our soul out of the prison of sadness or depression and help us praise Him.

August 23, 2018

New Every Morning

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Luke 9:51 51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, (NKJ)

I’ve been writing a devotion every day for over 8 years.  Sometimes I don’t feel like writing.  There are many times we don’t feel like doing what we know we should do.  When that feeling hits me I think of Jesus.  He was sent by the Father to go to the cross.  I’m sure He didn’t really want to.  In His last prayer we read, (Luke 22:42) 4 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (NIV)  He really didn’t want to face the cross yet, He was willing to do whatever the Father wanted Him to do.  Then there are times I think, what could I write about that is any different from what I’ve already written the past 8+ years.  But in Lamentations 3:22-23 we read,  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.  Each day is a new day.  If we continue to grow in the Lord, we are different each day than the day before.  Our understanding changes and grows with our growth in God.  If we are the same today as we were yesterday, if all we know of God is what we knew of Him yesterday, we are not growing in Him.  Feelings are fine and good but are not to replace obedience.  Let us determine to walk anew, daily with God through the power of His Holy Spirit dwelling in us.  Let us always be ready to hear Him in new and different ways and be open to new and different things He calls us to go and do.  But let us always be sure whatever we hear and do is in agreement with the written word of God, the Holy Bible.

 

August 22, 2018

Takes Pleasure

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

Psalms 147:11 11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy. (NKV)

The correct translation for “fear” is reverence, worship” and I definitely reverence and worship the Lord, God.  I also place all my hope in Him and His mercy.  With that in mind, it blows my mind that God would ever take pleasure in me.  I don’t always take pleasure in myself.  I see my faults and failures.  God looks at me and sees the blood of His Son, Jesus.  God sees the righteousness of His Son, Jesus covering me.  This gives Him pleasure.  It is not what we do or don’t do that gives God pleasure in us.  It is our being adopted as His children through the blood of His only Son, Jesus, that gives Him such great pleasure.  We are imperfect yet we take pleasure in our children, even when their actions might disappoint us.  God is perfect.  He created us.  He knows every hair on our head.  His knowledge is too great for us to comprehend.  He even knows every star and had a name for each one.  (Psalms 147:4 4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. NKV) We are more dear to Him than the stars.  Let us never put ourselves down.  Let us remember we are children of God and He delights in us.  Let us use that knowledge to learn more of Him, listen to Him and follow Him in our actions and our thoughts.

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