Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 30, 2018

Need or Want

Filed under: gifts,God,God's Word,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

1 Timothy 6:6-10 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (NIV)

As we enter the season of gift giving, we must be careful of feeding others the encouragement of desiring and seeking after an indulgence of the material and temporal goods over the spiritual and relational which last for eternity.  It is sad to see a child with a list pages long of things they think they really must have.  We encourage it, laughing with the child.  God’s Word says we are to be content with what we have.  There are so very many who don’t even have a change of clothes let alone their next meal.  There is nothing wrong with giving gifts to others who really have no need.  We must keep things in perspective.  Let us be sure we give to those who are really in want along with our giving to those around us who aren’t in want but only in desire.  Let us teach our children the difference between need and want and to be content and give to those in real need.

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November 29, 2018

Last Seasons

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:03 pm

Acts 1:7 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. (KJV)

Acts 1:8 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of  (KJV)

There is a lot of talk about the end times.  Many are declaring we are seeing those times.  Jesus said it isn’t for us to know the times or seasons.  That is for the Father only.  Jesus did say we were to busy ourselves with the job of being witnesses throughout this world.  This is our job.  Speculating about where we are in God’s calendar isn’t what we are to do.  We have actually been in the end times ever since Jesus rose from earth to return to the Father.  We don’t know how long these last seasons will take or everything that will happen during them.  We are not to be concerned about them.  Our attention is to be on proclaiming the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus to all we meet.  Let us learn not to speak out of turn declaring things Jesus said not even He knew and speak of the love, merch, grace and salvation of God through Jesus which we not only know but have and continue to experience in our own lives.  God is in control but it is for us to give all mankind an opportunity to hear of Him.

November 28, 2018

Preparing Celebrations

Filed under: Advent,Bible,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 3:48 pm

Matthew 25:10 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. (NIV)

As we enter the season called Advent, a time of preparation for the coming of God’s Son, let us remember the parable of the virgins.  It tells us we are always to be ready for the coming of God’s Son.  We are so busy preparing to celebrate with family and friends and there is nothing wrong with that.  But we must be sure we keep our spirits ready.  Let us not become so busy with the material side of celebrations that we forget to spend time in the written word of God, the Holy Bible, time in prayer – 2-way communication with God, and time in service as God’s hands, feet and voice to those around us.  Doing these things daily is our preparation for the coming of God’s Son. No man knows whey He will come for His Bride, the followers of Jesus, not even the Son.  Let us enjoy our celebration with friends and family and our preparation for those celebrations, but let us even more stay prepared for the wedding banquet being prepared for us in the very presence of God, the Father.

November 27, 2018

Be Polite

Filed under: God,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:04 pm

1 Peter 3:8 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. (NIV)

This is a command for politeness.  We see it every day.  We see rudeness in driving, in people standing in line, in the political arena, in news reporter questions; basically, we see rudeness everywhere.  But before we condemn the rudeness, we see we must look at our own behavior.  How many times have we not let someone into our lane of traffic/   What about in line lines at the check-out?  For most of us we aren’t intentionally rude.  We are distracted, stressed, under pressure and have too much to do.  Our minds are inward, not outward.  We quite often don’t even comprehend the people around us.  This is not how God wants us to behave.  HE wants us to be sympathetic and loving.  He wants us not to think we are do much better, important or worthier than others.  He wants us to be kind and loving to all those around us.  Especially through the holiday season (yet all 365 days of the year) let us make a conscious effort to follow the instructions in this verse.  Let us be polite, compassionate and sympathetic in the love of God for each and every person on this earth.

November 26, 2018

Forgetting God’s Promises

Filed under: faith,God,Lord,prayer,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:28 pm

Numbers 14:27-28 27 “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. 28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say (NIV)

We must each ask ourselves if we are grumblers and complainers.  When we grumble and complain we are saying God isn’t in control.  Rather than grumble and complain about a situation, let us remember Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. When we are upset with our situation let us take a deep breath, acknowledge to God we are upset and ask Him what He wants us to do to learn from it and maybe even alleviate it. This was the Hebrews situation.  They only saw the difficulties while forgetting the promises and faithfulness of God.  In a much lesser way, I recently heard about a situation where a car got stuck in some mud.  Instead of staying cool, strong words were said and the frustration was growing.  During that situation someone else quietly talked to God, asking His forgiveness for the person so stressed and asking Him to give that person wisdom in the situation.  God is faithful.  The person was able to rock the car out of the mud.  The one who prayed continued to give God thanks.  We are to do as written in Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Notice it says in every situation, not in just a few.  Let us choose to believe and trust in the faithfulness of God.  He said He will never leave us and will always give us wisdom when we ask.

November 25, 2018

Seek Silence

Filed under: anger,Easter,God,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:27 pm

Matthew 6:6 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV)

Habakkuk 2:20 20 The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (NIV)

There are many reasons we don’t hear God.  We have unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, anger.  We are surrounded by noise.  We are continually thinking and planning and worrying.  God says for us to go into our room or closet, close the door and have our conversation with Him.  Most of us are afraid of silence.  We can’t still our thoughts.  We don’t want to think about the things that bother us.  It takes time and practice to learn and be comfortable in silence.  Once we learn, it is beyond my ability to describe the peace and the feelings that envelop us in the silence.  As we are enveloped, we begin to hear the still, soft voice of our Father.  As we do this, we find we seek our prayer closet more and more.  It is so worth the effort and discipline.  Let us go into our special prayer “closets” regularly.  Let us be still and experience and know our Father God.

November 24, 2018

Hands Up

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Exodus 17:11 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. (NIV)

Moses knew without God’s intervention the battle would be lost.  God wanted the people to learn not only to look to Him but to work with Him.  Moses’ holding up his hands was the evidence of looking to God and participating in the work of God.  So often we bring our petitions to God then sit back to wait and watch.  We fail to wait and listen to see what part we have to play in our petitions being met.  We are joint-heirs with Jesus.  As joint-heirs, that means we have joint responsibilities.  We can’t just sit back and expect God to do all the work, even though it’s well within His power and ability to do so.  God loves us and wants us to work with Him.  This takes listening after we give Him our petitions.  There are times we might have nothing to do but there will be plenty of times, like the Hebrews wielding their swords while Moses held up his hands that we have work to do with God’s Holy Spirit in us leading the way.  Let us always listen and be ready for anything God calls us to do.

November 23, 2018

Wet Feet

Filed under: faith,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:27 pm

Exodus 14:21 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, (NIV)

Joshua 3:8 8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’” (NIV)

Notice the difference in God’s instructions for parting the waters so the Hebrews could cross over on dry land.  The first time, Moses was in the process of establishing leadership for the Hebrews to follow him, so God used Moses for them to see.  The second time, to cross into the land of promise, God wanted the people to learn to look to Him for themselves.  They had to trust Him enough to go into the water before the water was held back.  They actually had to get their feet wet.  Even today there are many times we must get our feet wet as an act of faith and trust before we see the work of God in our lives.  Many miss it because they don’t want to get their feet wet.  They run from any trials as fast as they can.  They aren’t choosing to trust God, to take Him at His word.  Let us remember God often requires us to take the first step before He shows us where to place our other foot.

November 22, 2018

By God’s Spirit

Filed under: anger,faith,God,Holy Spirit,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:49 pm

Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (NIV)

God deserves all the glory because He created and is in charge of all things.  Moses learned this the hard way.  When in the wilderness and they were out of water, God told Moses to strike the rock so water would gush out (the rocks in that desert hold water).  God was allowing Moses to get the glory to ensure the respect he needed as the leader of the Hebrews.  Later on, when water was again needed, God told Moses to speak to the rock.  That was for God to get the glory to encourage faith from the Hebrews.  Moses was tired and angry at the situation and, instead of speaking to the rock as God instructed, Moses hit the rock.  Because of that act Moses never got to the Promised Land.  So often we wonder why we don’t succeed at something.  If we check our motives, how we are trying to look good, competent, powerful to others and claim the glory for ourselves, we have the answer.  We like to do things by might and by power.  God is God.  He is in charge and expects, actually demands to be obeyed.  This takes trust and faith.  Trust and faith grow by experience.  God has reasons for what He does. Let’s choose to trust and obey even without understanding.

November 21, 2018

Put Off the Old Self

Filed under: anger,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Colossians 3:5-10 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (NIV)

There’s at least a months’ worth of devotions in these verses.  It takes a brave determination to look at them honestly.  We like to think we don’t sin.  But there are some of these things we are told to put to death that we all do.  The most common is lust.  Lust includes many different things.  Some lust after food.  Just look at the obesity rate in this nation.  Others lust for tobacco, alcohol, money through gambling, power over other people, sex outside of marriage and on and on.  We are also to rid ourselves of anger which includes when we’re driving in traffic and others cut us of.  We are told not to lie to each other but we have all been guilty of what we call “harmless, little, white lies.”  We pretend we lie to not hurt others but mostly it’s to protect the image of ourselves we want to show.  I pray we regularly take time to carefully go over these verses from time to time and check how we are doing.  Then confess to our Father the things we have not been able to keep away, ask and accept forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in those areas.  These are all from our old self and we are to put on the new self, renewed in the knowledge in the image of God.

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