Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 31, 2018

Humbly Trusting

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:02 pm

2 Samuel 15:25-26 25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. 26 But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him (NIV)

David had a lot of ups and downs in his obedience to God but he humbly trusted his life to God.  He was not going to tell God what to do.  We must ask ourselves if we are truly trusting God with our lives, our future and our plans.  Even the public prayers I hear are full of petitions asking God to do this or that.  David’s attitude reminds me of Job saying, “Though He slay me yet I will trust Him.”  We must each ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us our trust level of God.  The tacking on at the end of our prayers, “If it be Thy will.” Must mean much more than just a phrase.  We shouldn’t say it if we don’t really mean whatever God’s will is for our lives, our plans, our next day is what we truly want even if it goes against our finite, logical, materialistic minds and fleshly desires.  Oh that we will always be pleasing to God, really desiring to do His will and be used by Him however He pleases.

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December 30, 2018

God Needs Us

Filed under: Creation,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:47 pm

Genesis 2:19 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. (NIV)

God is complete.  He doesn’t need anything.  Yet, even in His completeness He chose to need us.  Before sin entered into the world God turned His creation over to Adam to name all God had made.  Then sin entered the world and man separated from God.  God still chose to need man so He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus into the world as a helpless baby to grow in the way man grows, learning to eat, walk, talk and so on.  Then Jesus went to the cross and shed His blood so man could be made compete in God once again.  This is because God chose to need man.  Our question is are we aware of our need for God so we can respond to God’s need for us?  God has done His part.  It’s up to us to do our part.  Let us fulfill God’s need for us through worship, devotion, obedience, love and sharing in the ministry God has for us on this earth.

December 29, 2018

Refreshing

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

Jeremiah 31:25 25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (NIV)

When we don’t know we need refreshing we can’t be refreshed.  Also, if we don’t know how we can be refreshed, we won’t be refreshed.  So many look to the wrong things or places for refreshment.  They think alcohol will refresh them.  Maybe they look to drugs or indiscriminate intercourse.  There is only one place to get really refreshed from the stress, trials and burdens of life on this earth.  That place is through the Word of God, the Holy Bible and through a close relationship with Him.  When God created man, He put a vacuum in man that can only be satisfied by the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit.  Man blew it when he became disobedient to God’s commands.  That void is there until mankind comes to God through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Coming to Jesus isn’t just a one-time acceptance and belief in Jesus.  It is a daily relationship that needs daily refreshing.  We get this refreshing through daily reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God supplied us with and through 2-way communication with Him (prayer) throughout each and every day.  When we find ourselves stressed, worried, worn out or dissatisfied with our life, we need to check our relationship with God.  Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder.  It makes the heart grow cold.  As we prepare to enter another calendar year let’s make a disciplined effort to refresh our relationship with God each and every day through daily Bible study and 2-way conversations with our Father each and every day.

December 28, 2018

No Need Is Small

Filed under: God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Messiah,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:37 pm

Luke 2:26 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. (NIV)

According to research, Simeon was well into his 100’s when Jesus was brought into the temple to be dedicated.  Jesus was also prophesied over by an old woman named Anna.  This should be confirmation for us that we are never too old to be used by God.  No matter our financial, physical, emotional or any other condition, as long as God has us on this earth, He has a ministry for us.  I have a dear friend that always says she doesn’t feel like doing anything.  I’m so glad Jesus didn’t spend His time on this earth paying attention to how he feels in relation to what He does.  We are here as God’s vessels on this earth.  Part of our sin-nature is our tendency to let our feelings dictate what we will do.  We are each important to God.  He has things every day to do through each and every one of us.  Our problem is to be willing to listen and then respond.  Let us not let a day go by in this approaching new year that we don’t listen as we waken each morning and allow God to do His ministry that day through us.  It might be lifting someone up before His throne of grace, giving someone a smile or a meal or anything else.  It is not for us to choose but for God to flow through us in any big or small way for no need is small when it is needed.

December 27, 2018

Favorite Service

Filed under: Christmas,Easter,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sacrifice,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

Luke 1:69 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (NIV)

This is the first of the 7 prophecies spoken around the time of the birth of Jesus.  A friend visited me and said her favorite service of the entire year was the Christmas candlelight service.  That is a nice service but my favorite service of the year is the Easter Sunrise service.  Without the resurrection of Jesus from His sacrificial death for our sins there was no need or reason for His birth in human form.  All the prophecies surround His birth lead to the sacrificial death of Jesus for the payment of our sins culminating in His resurrection showing us the eternal life that is ours through His sacrifice.  I like to celebrate His resurrection within me each and every day.  It is only because He has filled me with His Holy Spirit that I am who I am today – a child of God.  This indeed is something to be celebrated each and every day.  The Christmas celebrations are fun and meaningful but I pray we all celebrate our resurrection through Jesus each and every day.

December 26, 2018

Down Cast

Filed under: depression,God,Holy Spirit,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Psalms 42:11 11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me? ( NIV)

The day after Christmas or any other major occasion quite often is followed by a day of depression and disappointment.  It might be we didn’t get what we were hoping for.  It might be we didn’t have the people or person around us we were wanting.  Whatever the outward reason, the inward reason is we are into our self.  We still put the world around the me factor.  It is the me factor that is our worst enemy.  As we read all of Psalm 42, we see the Psalmist making a change of direction.  Instead of looking at himself he redirects his eyes on God.  If we are down because we think we’re alone, we are wrong.   God has said He will never leave us.  He is more than close.  He is in us, living in us in the Person of His Holy Spirit.  If we think were down because we didn’t get what we wanted we are wrong.  He has promised to supply all our needs.  Our presumed wants beyond our needs need to be re-evaluated.  We have a choice today, after the day of celebration of the first coming or our God to this earth.  We can choose to celebrate His Presence each and every day and take our joy through that fact or we can choose to wallow in self-centered love.  Let us put our presumed disappointments behind and be thankful and joyful for the very real and personal love of God, the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be.

December 25, 2018

Today We Celebrate

Filed under: Christ,Father,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:20 pm

Luke 2:11 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  (KJV)

Today is the day we celebrate the first coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to this earth.  Without combining the celebrating of this day with the celebration of the cross on Good Friday, and the celebration of His resurrection on Easter, the first coming is incomplete.  As we celebrate today, let us celebrate the totality of God’s Son, Jesus.  Let us open our hearts and minds even more to the infilling of His Holy Spirit.  Let us thank and praise God the Father for His amazing gift of love and forgiveness.  Let us take the joy we feel today and plug into it every day throughout the year, remembering the love and the cost of that love the Father has given to us.

December 24, 2018

Swaddling Clothes

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sacrifice,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Luke 2:12 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (KJV)

Why would the angel say finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes would be a sign to them that that babe was the Lamb of God?  It was common practice to wrap a new-born baby in swaddling clothes for the baby’s comfort and protection.  It was also common practice for the priestly shepherds, the ones tending the sheep for the sin sacrifices in the temple in Jerusalem, to wrap the new-born lambs in swaddling clothes and lay the in a manger.  This was to give the young lambs a chance to calm down after their birth and gain a little strength before being put by their mother.  This was a sign to these shepherds that this babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger was indeed the promised Lamb of God, the promised Messiah.  We can barely imagine the joy in the hearts of the shepherds who really understood the gift they were seeing.  They would never leave their sheep unattended at night for anything less than the permanent replacement for the sheep they attended. Let us take joy in the Lamb of God Who has taken away our sins and brought us, through belief and faith in Him, into the family of God for all eternity.

December 23, 2018

Sheep

Filed under: God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 2:15 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (NIV)

Before we can understand the significance of the shepherds being the first to be told the Messiah has been born, we must understand who the shepherds were and what they were doing.  The sheep surrounding Bethlehem were not the normal sheep.  These sheep were the sheep being raised without spot or blemish to be used as the sin sacrifices in the temple in nearby Jerusalem.  These shepherds were chosen to tend these special sheep.  The Messiah, Jesus, is referred to as the “Lamb of God.”  He died on the cross as the perfect, without spot or blemish, free from any sin, sacrifice once and for all people and time; He was the blood offering for the sin of mankind.  No longer would priest have to sacrifice lambs as the sin offering for the people.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, competed that sacrifice for all time.  How appropriate for the ones who tended the sacrificial lambs would be the first to see the Sacrificial Lamb of God. God has a purpose for everything He does.  Everything He does knits together.  Let us take this to heart and trust God through each and everything that comes our way. Let us rejoice with the shepherds that God has taken care of our sin once and for all.

December 22, 2018

Solo Worship

Filed under: devotion,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,praise,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

So many think they can only worship the Lord in a church service with a worship leader.  They think they need to be in a group of people to help them sing or speak forth their love for God in worship and praise.  We are to worship our God each and every day.  We don’t gather together every day so that means we need to learn to worship God on our own.  To help us learn, we can put on a CD or tune in the internet to have some worship and praise songs we know to sing with.  We don’t need to sing on key.  God says just to make a joyful noise.  Hearing others (even if only through our own electronics) helps and encourages us to join with what we hear.  Before long we will be able to continue our singing or spoken worship and praise for God to Him without the aide of others.  We worship and praise with others as a sign of our unity in the family of God.  When others aren’t around, we still show our unity with God through His Holy Spirit dwelling within us.  Let’s get our CD’s out or tune into some praise and worship songs, raise our hands and fill God’s ears with the sounds of love and praise from His children.

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