Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 30, 2018

Beyond Comprehension

Filed under: devotion,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Ecclesiastes 8:17 17 then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it. (NIV)

No matter how hard we try, we can never see or know wat all God has done and continues to do.  From time to time we can see God working through us or others and sometimes we see God at work supernaturally but God did and continues to do much more than our finite minds can even imagine.  It blows my mind how God can hear 1000’s of prayers all said at the same time and answer each and every one of the individually.  When all three of my children spoke to me at once, I could only zone in on one at a time.  When God coordinates the schedules of so many who, on their own, has made up their own unique schedule, it’s beyond my comprehension how He does it.  Let’s take time today to express to God our awe and our appreciation for all He has done and continues to do.  Let us ask Him to help us be more aware of His working.

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September 29, 2018

Trees

Psalms 96:12 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (NIV)

We live in an area with a lot of trees.  Many of them are big, old and beautiful.  I enjoy looking at them.  When I see them I am reminded of God, Who created them.  The word tree and trees appears in the Scriptures 299 times.  Sometime the tree is used as a symbol, many times representing us.  When I look at a big, old tree I see the strength of it’s branches.  I see how the branches come out of the trunk. The tree has weathered many a storm because it has deep and wide roots and the trunk is thick enough not to break.  The branches that are securely rooted in the trunk also weather the storms.  We are to be like the big, old tree.  We have a trunk that will weather any storm.  The trunk we are grafted in is Jesus.  As long as we are fully connected to the trunk we will grow strong enough to weather any storm that comes our way.  Our trunk, Jesus, has a big and deep root system because Jesus is the Son of I AM, the God of all Who created all through His Word, Jesus.  The only thing that can sever our branch from the trunk is sin.  We must be sure we stay current on confessions and repenting form any sin that would try to sever us from the trunk of the Tree of Life, Jesus.  Let us quickly prune any twig that tries to grow from our branch that isn’t in tune with the love and Word of God.

September 28, 2018

Can’t Fathom

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Ecclesiastes 3:11 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. (NIV)

Ever since Eve and Adam ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil mankind has sought to know everything.  We are big on science thinking we can gain knowledge on how it was God created everything.  We make theories and try to manipulate facts to make those theories sound true.  But God has said there is no way we can fathom how and what He has done from the beginning of time as we know it through the end when Jesus shall return for His Bride (the believers and followers of Him.).  There is nothing wrong with seeking knowledge.  What is wrong is the attempt mankind makes to disprove God.  God is I AM.  All matter and time are in His hands.  I AM always was, is and will be.  When we seek knowledge, let our primary seeking be to know God through His Son, Jesus.  We do this through Bible study, meditation and prayer.  Then let us seek knowledge in how to be good stewards of all God has created.  This means taking care of this world and all things in it along with taking care of our own bodies. Let us enjoy eternity right now with God in our heart.

September 27, 2018

Futile

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:25 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? (NIV)

There is only one thing that will last for all eternity.  That is our personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Our own fame on this earth, our material possessions and everything we have worked for and accumulated will fade away.  This fact should help us with our priorities.  What do we do the most time doing?  What do we seek after the most?  Where is our passion spent?  If any of our answers are not in seeking an intimate relationship with God through Jesus, we are wasting our time on this earth and all we do is futile.  We need to regularly check our priorities.  Are we loving God with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength above all else?  God is helping us by continually filling us with His Holy Spirit.  There is no way we can do this on our own.  Let us continually ask the Holy Spirit to quicken within us our love for God and give us the wisdom to seek Him first and foremost above all things.

September 26, 2018

Roots

Filed under: Holy Spirit,meditation,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Matthew 13:7 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. (NIV)

Because we travel often, our yard is gravel.  We don’t want to have the responsibility of keeping grass mowed.  Our neighbors have grass and, when they mow, grass seed comes into our gravel and springs to life.  We can spray it with weed killer and it’ll turn brown but it is still in our grave.  We must pull it out by the roots.  The same is true with the sin in our lives.  Recognizing it, confessing it, receiving forgiveness for it is like spraying it with weed killer but the roots are still there.  We must pull the root of the sin out of our hearts and minds.  We do this through the Holy Spirit and the renewing of our minds.  We renew our minds through careful study of the Scriptures, meditation and application of what we read to the thoughts and actions of our lives.  Confession without repentance and pulling out the roots does nothing.  Let us be sure we go after all the roots of our various sins.

September 25, 2018

Ripples

Filed under: Christian,depression,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:11 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (NIV)

From time to time as I think about all many others are doing for the Kingdom of God, how they’re letting God work through them, I get discouraged about what He is doing through me.  I deride myself on how I waste so much time and how little God is doing through me.  Then the Holy Spirit reminds me about the ripples of a pebble thrown into still water.  The pebble lands in the water and sends out circles of ripples.  God seldom lets us see the ripples He sends out through us.  He knows our sin nature of pride and protects us from it.  The few times He has shown me some ripples were so very encouraging but never often enough to feed my sinful pride nature.  We know there is no way to work our way into His presence.  Our desire to work is out of our love for Him and our desire to be pleasing to Him.  So, let’s not be concerned about our ripples.  Let’s just enjoy becoming more and more intimate in our relationship with God through His Son Jesus and enjoy our ever growing relationship.  Working through us is the job of the Holy Spirit.

September 24, 2018

Requirements

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Lev 27:34 These are the commandments that the Lord commanded Moses for the people of Israel on Mount Sinai. (ESV)

As we read the book of Leviticus we can’t help but notice the many rigid and detail requirements God commanded of the Hebrews.  They were to sacrifice often and many different ways for different sins.  God was showing us there was no way for us to be good enough.  We are born sinful, fleshly beings and obtaining righteousness on our own through our own actions is impossible. To take care of that problem He sent His Son, Jesus, to take our place.  Jesus took all the different sacrifices for all the disserent sins upon Himself for a once for all one time for all for eternity.  What is left for us to do is accept the sacrifice of Jesus and allow Him to cover us with His righteousness.  If we think we can be good enough on our own we must read the book of Deuteronomy and all God required.  The Hebrews couldn’t do it and neither can we.  I mean so very thankful Jesus paid my debt and keeps me covered with His righteousness.  He’ll do the same for you if you will just ask Him

 

September 23, 2018

Flowing Together

Exodus 39:42 42 The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. (NIV)

The last few chapters of Exodus go into detail on the various pieces of the tabernacle and the clothing for the priest, how they should be made and how they should go together.  Very interesting reading.  God gifted various people with the gifts necessary to fashion the different parts of the tabernacle, furnishings and etc.   What it show us is how the various ministries of the Body of Christ, the Universal Christian Church, should be going together.  Each person within the Body of Christ has a ministry.  God is very specific about each ministry and, through His Holy Spirit and His written word (the Holy Bible), He gives each person instructions.  As we come together in our various buildings our ministries are to come together in unity.  Because of the numbers of us, we have some who have been raise up to coordinate our ministries and fit them together.  No ministry is more important or more needed than any other.  As with the pieces of the tabernacle, each has an important part to play in the Kingdom of God.  Our job is not to be possessive about what we consider to be “our” ministry, but to flow in unity with all other believers and allow the Holy Spirit to unify the results of our various ministries to bring glory to God and to increase and fortify His Kingdom.  Let is not only do our part but also allow our part to work within the whole.

September 22, 2018

Love is Action

Filed under: devotion,God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

John 15:16-17 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other (NIV)

We are on this earth to bear fruit.  Bear fruit that will last.  The only fruit that will last is the love of God.  We bear this fruit through loving others.  This is our mission on this earth.  Love is a verb of action.  Just saying we love doesn’t work.  We must show we love through serving others as we serve God.  We must give up the selfish idea our time, our possessions and our desires are more important than those of others.  We are of no more value and importance than anyone else.  I like to people watch.  I use to watch with a critical eye.  I would wonder how they let themselves get in such bad shape, why the dressed the way the did and on and on.  Now, God is teaching me to look at them as He does.  He sees people He loves very much.  He put action on His love by sacrificing His Son for all people.  As I look now, I pray for the people I see.  I talk to God about the needs I see in them.  I offer myself to God to be used by Him.  Occasionally He gives me words to speak to a stranger.  Sometimes He moves me to give them some money.  It is a matter of being open to God and hearing Him on how to convey His love to those around us.  Let us be listeners and then doers.  Let us bear fruit through the action of love.

September 21, 2018

More than Enough

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Exodus 36:4-5 4 So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done. (NIV)

The Hebrews were bringing their free will offering from their possessions to build and furnish the Tabernacle Tent.  They had walked through times of obedience and gratitude and times of disobedience and total lack of trust and belief in God.  Now they were back in a of obedience and thankfulness and were more than happy and very eager to show their thankfulness to God.  They were so very thankful they were bringing in all they had.  Where are we in our thankfulness and obedience to God?  How much of our possessions, our money, do we bring in as an offering to God?  Do our churches and our Christian charities have more than enough to take care of the needs of the sick, hungry and hurting people?  What is our attitude when we bring of our possessions, our money and our time, to God?  These are questions we each much face and answer honestly.  God knows how much we give and why we give it.  He knows if it is out of love and thanksgiving we give or simply obedience for the sake of obedience.  The tithe, 10 % is one thing.  What about our thank offering? 

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