Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2019

Our Way

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

Isaiah 53:6 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (NIV)

Frank Sinatra sang a song, “I’ll do it my way.”  Lots of us, when we get a new electronic, are very eager to use it we don’t take time to look at the instructions.  We can do it our way.  So often our way fails.  We like to determine for ourselves the way we will live.  We like to make our own decisions.  We often get into problems living that way.  There is only one way to live a full, abundant life.  That way is God’s way.  The only way we know God’s way is through the Holy Bible instructions.  The only way we can understand those instructions is through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.  The only way we can have the Holy Spirit within us is by receiving God’s Word, Jesus, His only Son, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Frank’s music is pretty but very misleading.  Let’s learn to do it God’s way from the start.  His instructions cover every possibility in our lives and never fail.  The reason we are like sheep is because sheep are very dependent on the shepherd.  Jesus is the Shepherd and will guard and care for us, His sheep, through all circumstances of life.  Oh that we would stop doing things our own way and allow the Shepherd to lead us His way.

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January 30, 2019

Breath of God

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:23 pm

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

We can go a few weeks without food.  We can go a few days without water.  We can’t go but a few minutes without breathing air.  So many professing Christians go days, some even weeks without spiritual air.  God breathed His air into scripture.  We need to breathe in the God-breathed scripture every day.  Without breathing in the air of God we aren’t equipped for any good work.  Without breathing in the air of God our spirits will die.  This is why so many of these devotions state how very important it is for us to read, study and meditate on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  It is more than food for us.  It is the very breath of God needed to sustain our spiritual lives.

January 29, 2019

In Tune

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

1 Corinthians 4:15-16 15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me. (NIV)

A tuning fork is a metal device made to a precise tone.  An orchestra gets it’s pitch from the 1st violinist who gets the pitch from a tuning fork set to always sound the note of “A.”  Paul was living a life imitating the life of Jesus.  He was implying his life was serving as a tuning fork for others.  Today people use various other people as their tuning forks. Some follow after movie stars, sports stars or other famous people.  We are to use Jesus as our tuning fork.  The only way to do this is through a deep reading and meditating on the Holy Bible – the instruction book God has caused His followers to write for us.  But it also takes the Holy Spirit to ring the tuning fork of the scriptures so we can hear the right pitch.  Just as musical instruments, tuning must be repeated more than once a day.  With use, the pitch of an instrument can get off kilter.  The same is true with us.  As we live throughout the day, we can gradually let our tune slip.  The Holy Spirit is in us to keep us in tune with God.  Let us learn to listen to the pitch the Holy Spirit plays with us throughout the day and stay in tune with God.

January 28, 2019

Names

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:40 pm

Exodus 6:2-3 Then God spoke to Moses, telling him, “I am Yahweh. 3 I appeared to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as God Almighty, but I did not reveal My name Yahweh to them. (ESV)

Names are important.  They were originally meant to describe who we are. Today we call people by job descriptions instead of names.  We say, Doctor, Captain, Sarge, Pastor, Reverend, and on and on.  We are told not to call people by titles.  We are to use their name.  We have lots of names for God.  But God told Moses He had one name.  That name is Yahweh.  The Israelites considered that name to be so holy they wouldn’t say it aloud.  When they wrote it they left out the vowels, they used a new pen and destroyed the pen right after they wrote that name.  They used many other names to describe God.  Quite often we use other names without consciencelessly doing so.  We look to God as a genie to grant us a temporary wish and them forget about Him.  We look to Him as a doting grandfather to give us a love pat the treat Him as if He was napping.  God is Yahweh, I AM.  He is not meant to be forgotten at any point of our day.  He is not with us just to give us what we want when we want it.  He is here so we can live, united with Him.  Let us not misuse His name or even misuse the names that describe some of the things He does.  Let us remember what a privilege He has given us through His Word, His Son, Jesus in allowing us to call Him by name.  Let us never abuse that privilege.

January 27, 2019

Race

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,love,scriptures,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Have you noticed what runners wear, or don’t wear, when they are running a race?  They don’t have anything in their pockets, in their hands, around their waist or necks.  They wear as little as possible.  They don’t want anything to slow them down.  In life, we carry a lot of baggage.  Some of our baggage includes, hurts from the past, unforgiveness, doubts, fear and on and on.  These things slow down our living a life of faith.  These things play against faith in God, in His provision, in His love for us, in His fulfillment of promises for us.  To run the race of a life of faith with perseverance, we must lay down these burdens of excel baggage at the cross of Jesus.  We lay them down by releasing them in faith to God and refusing to pick the up again.  We’ve probably done this several times but always end up picking the up due to a memory or a moment of doubt.  Instead of picking them back up, check the moment of doubt of the recurring memory with one of God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and reciting scripture does wonders for erasing doubt.  Let us learn to run the race with perseverance and faith and cast all excess baggage of doubt out of our hearts and minds.

January 26, 2019

Fulfillment

Filed under: Bible,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,ministry,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:11 pm

2 Kings 4:4 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” (NIV)

Most of the miracles recorded in the Bible weren’t accomplished without the receiver participating by doing something.  In this case, the widow had to pour oil into all the jars in order to have the money to pay her debt and enough to live on later.  When Jesus healed a blind man, he was told to go and wash his eyes to receive his sight.  Today we seem to want to be served without doing anything ourselves.  We don’t see or receive miracles because we don’t participate by doing our part to receive them.  God has given us the responsibility of being co-heirs with His Son, Jesus.  That means not only to we share in all Jesus receives, we also share in all He does.  We must participate with Him in the work our Father has for us to do.  This work includes the spreading of the Father’s love, the teaching and sharing of His Word, (Jesus is the Word) and the giving of His miracles and gifts.  What we do in the sharing of the work differs from time to time according to the situation and the instructions of the Father.  Let us learn to do more than ask for a miracle.  Let us also listen to the instructions for our part in the fulfillment of the miracle.

January 25, 2019

It Takes Blood

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Obey,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

Genesis 3:21 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (NIV)

To cover the sinfulness of Adam and Eve, God killed animals and used their skin to clothe them.  It took the shedding of the blood of the animals to cover the sin of Adam and Eve.  Before God came down in flesh to this earth it took the blood of animals sacrificed daily to cover the sins of the people.  Today it takes the blood of Jesus to cover our sin.  Since Jesus is the perfect, sinless Lamb, His one-time sacrifice covers our sin for eternity.  Just as Adam and Eve had to wear the skins of the animals to be covered, we must wear the blood of Jesus to be covered.  We wear His blood through accepting Jesus in our hearts, minds and lives, choosing to follow, obey and serve Him and confessing (giving to Him) our sins daily.  Our clothing is no longer animal skins but the righteousness of the sinless Jesus through His shed blood.

January 24, 2019

Hiding

Filed under: forgive,God,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:09 pm

Genesis 3:10 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (NIV)

God was looking for Adam but Adam hid.  Adam realized he couldn’t stay hidden from God.  God always sees and knows.  We try to hide our sin from God.  In actuality we can only hide our sin from ourself.  God sees and knows our sin.  We must come to the realization God already knows our sin, admit it to ourself and to Him and accept His forgiveness.  Denying our sinfulness doesn’t nullify our sin.  The only way out of sin is confession and receiving God’s forgiveness.  Tomorrow we’ll read how God covers and forgives our sin.  Let us learn to be honest with ourselves and express that honesty to God.

January 23, 2019

God’s Treasure

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 pm

Matthew 13:44 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (NIV)

In order to correctly interpret a verse of scripture we must know how it relates to supporting scripture throughout the Bible.  In this verse the earth is the field and we, God’s created people, are the treasure.  Jesus is the man Who gave up His all and bought us, God’s treasure, with His blood.  This is what the entire Bible is about – God seeking His treasure in the field He created.  His treasure (us) has been buried in the sin of the earth.  We, His treasure, have a choice.  We can choose to stay buried or we can choose to allow the blood of Jesus that paid for us lift us out of our buried sin to not only bring us joy but bring God the joy of His treasure (us).  It is not us who find God.  It is God Who seeks and finds us.  Let us not choose to stay hidden.  Let us let Jesus remove our sin and God clothe us in the righteousness of His Son, His Word made flesh.

January 22, 2019

Extra Rules

Matthew 15:8-9 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. (NIV)

Jesus is quoting from the prophet Isaiah.  So many churches even today have added to scripture making their own rules that people are supposed to follow.  Many churches even split because of the man-made rules.  In our human nature we want to be better than others and tell others to be like us.  We want others to worship the same way we do, eat what we eat, dislike what we dislike and on and on.  Jesus said we are to be one in Him and in each other.  Being one means to love as God loves.  It doesn’t mean we must do everything alike.  Some worship on their knees, some standing.  What counts is worship from the heart.  Let us stop criticizing others for doing things differently from us.  Let us not agree with those who would require people follow man-made rules.  Let us follow the commands of God and love one another and worship God with our entire heart and mind in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.

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