Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 11, 2019

Vacillating

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:09 pm

Matthew 26:35 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. (NIV)

I really relate to Peter.  He was an all or nothing guy.  He never did anything half-way.  I am the same.  I go all the way or I don’t go at all.  In this verse we see Peter declaring he would go all the way with Jesus.  I believe he really meant it.  Then, when he denied Jesus, I think the first time he was thinking if he protected himself he would be able to find a way to save Jesus.  Peter’s problem was he was totally in the flesh.  The Holy Spirit, the Enabler, hadn’t been given to the believers at this time.  Without the Holy Spirit we are subject to the abilities of the sinful flesh.  The sinful flesh seeks to put itself before all else.  Peter showed quite a different nature after the Holy Spirit came and filled him.  He did indeed die for Jesus.  We have a lot of heroic desires for our faith.  As sinful humans we vacillate between our flesh and old habits and the newness of being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is a gradual process having our minds renewed so we will listen and respond to the Holy Spirit rather than our sinful flesh.  Getting in the written word, the Holy Bible, on a daily basis helps to renew our minds.  Without actively putting God’s word in our minds and hearts we will fail.  Let us be more like Peter after the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Let us be disciplined in renewing our minds and stand firm for the faith.

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January 10, 2019

The Facts

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:41 pm

Luke 5:5 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (NIV)

The facts were there were no fish in the area.  Peter and his partners had fished the area all night without landing one single fish.  Yet, because Jesus told him to put down his net, Peter did so without question even though the facts told him it was useless.  Peter obeyed the voice of Jesus immediately.  How often do we listen to the facts as we know them rather than to the Word of God.  We look at the facts and see the impossible forgetting to trust that with God all is possible.  We wrestle with the facts verses God’s word and too often we let the facts speak louder than God’s word.  Let us pray to be more like Peter and, not only listen to God’s word but to trust Him and obey immediately.  As Peter was blessed with the largest haul of fish he had ever seen, we, too, will be blessed with our obedience to God and seeing His word come about in our time and space.

January 9, 2019

Not by Flesh

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:41 pm

Galatians 3:3 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? (NIV)

This is an easy trap for us.  Most often we start a particular ministry after much prayer and a firm leading and gifting of the Holy Spirit. After a while the ministry becomes routine and we depend on our own fleshly wisdom and talents and gradually the Holy Spirit and His wisdom and guidance are pushed aside by our own thoughts and efforts.  This is why so many ministries eventually fail.  We must be sure we look to the Holy Spirit daily for our direction and not just depend on ourselves, our past habits or the things that worked in the past.  Each day is a new day.  Hopefully each day finds us drawing closer to oneness with God through the Holy Spirit.  Let us always remember all we do and say must be drenched in prayer and carried out through the direction of the Holy Spirit.

January 8, 2019

Solomon’s Example

Filed under: God,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:28 pm

1 Kings 3:10-12 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked (NIV)

We are so quick to ask God for things that fit our own agenda.  So often we don’t receive what we ask.  Solomon is the example we should follow.  God told him to ask for anything he wanted.  Instead of asking for things that would benefit him personally, he asked for what was needed to fulfill the ministry God had for him.  To do this, we must first ask God what He wants to do through us.  Then, instead of asking for things we think we need or want, we should ask God for whatever He knows we need to enable us to best fulfill what God desires to do through us.  When we are totally immersed in the ministry God had for us we will be full of joy and peace for this is the way for completeness with and in God.

January 7, 2019

Our Time

Filed under: God,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:20 pm

Psalms 74:16 16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. (NIV)

So often we think of our time on this earth as OUR time.  We tend to be very selfish with our time.  We make priorities on the use of our time.  In reality we don’t own any time on this earth.  What we consider as our time is in actuality God’s time.  It is the time God has for us on this earth.  God has certain things He wants us to do with the time He has for us.  Our problem is we don’t start the day with an open mind as to what He has for us but with a plan we have made for the use of our time that day.  We like to make plans.  We like to know ahead what we will be doing the day ahead (and often the week, months and even years).  Let us remember each and every morning Who it is Who owns all time.  Let us start our mornings with an open heart and mind and ask God what He has for us to do this day.  Let us acknowledge to Him as the psalmist did that the day ahead is His and we are available and desirable to do His will for the day.

January 6, 2019

One Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

Acts 4:32 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. *NIV)

We have to wonder what made such a change in the believers.  When they were walking with Jesus they were vieing for position.  Two of them even had their mother try to have Jesus promise they would be seated on either side of Him.  In our human state we are very jealous about our position with others.  We want to be the most important and the best.  So, what changed these believers to become one in heart and mind?  They were now filled with the Holy Spirit.  Without the Holy Spirit we don’t have the power or ability to love others in the way Jesus commanded.  We always want to be out first.  Our problem, after we have received the Holy Spirit, is allowing Him to work His way within our hearts and minds.  Our old nature is very comfortable.  Our trust level is not where it should be.  We tend to think if we don’t watch out for ourselves, what we think we want and need, no one else will.  We forget God promised us He would provide for all our needs.  This promise should free us to allow God provide for the needs of others through us.  We are here as His hands and feet.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to truly love and care for those around us.  Let us be in one heart and mind with other believers that life is about God and His love.

January 5, 2019

Eating Vomit

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:20 pm

Proverbs 26:11 11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly. (NIV)

This verse applies to our repetitive mistakes.  I can’t count the times I have made the same mistake over an over.  When I was younger and went to the all you could eat buffets, I would pig out and then say, after feeling overly stuffed, I would never over eat again.  However, it was years before I wised up and refrained from those all you can eat buffets.  In our spiritual life (which should be in every aspect of our lives), the repetition of the same sin might be harder for us to spot the detriments like over eating.  In our human nature we have the misconception we are wise in or own thinking and our actions are the right ones in the situations.  It takes an open ear and heart to the Holy Spirit to notice and acknowledge areas where we repeat the same sin over and over.  As we start into this new year, let us be determined to be more open to the Holy Spirit’s prodding either directly or through someone else’s suggestion that what we are saying or doing might be out of line with the will and nature of God.  A good practice is to listen every night and review what we said and did that day asking God to correct us where we need correction and to encourage us where we need encouragement.

January 4, 2019

As Much As

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

John 13:34 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (NIV)

Most all of us recognize we are to love one another.  However, the first word in the second sentence is all important.  We are to love one another AS Jesus loves us.  How much does Jesus love us?  Enough to suffer a terrible death on the cross for us.  Though Jesus’ love for us involved giving His life for us, there is more to loving as He loves than physical dying for another.  We are, by nature, very selfish people.  We are selfish with our finances and with our time.  Are we loving one another as much as Jesus loves us with our time, our talents, our finances and/or any other possessions we might have?  With many of us our time is our most valued possession.  Are we willing to show God our love for Him by giving what we consider to be our time but it actually belongs to God, to others?  Yes, we need some time for ourselves but, if God is really in control of our lives, can’t we believe He will be in control of our time if we really return it to Him?  Let us be willing to learn to love others AS God loves us.  First we must be willing to love God as He loves us.  Then the Holy Spirit within us will enable us to love others as well.

January 3, 2019

More and More

Filed under: faith,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9NIV0

God is love.  Love is from God.  Love can’t come from anywhere or anyone other than God because God is love.  Love is a word of action.  Love gives.  God poured out His love into His Son, Jesus.  Jesus was the container of God’s love and was sent to this earth to pour out God’s love in a tangible way that humanity, in our sinfulness, could see and feel.  Love enters sinful humanity through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit can only enter humanity through Jesus.  For the Holy Spirit to enter and dwell within us – therefore allowing love (God) to dwell in us, we must accept, believe and obey Jesus, God’s receptacle of love on earth.  Let us be sure we ask Jesus to fill us with the Holy Spirit and thank and praise God the Father for such an outpouring of His love.  This is a love beyond our ability in our sinful nature to understand.  It is even hard to accept since we can’t understand it.  It takes a step of faith to ask and accept such a pure love.  Once we get a little taste of such a love we will only want more and more.  As we pass on that love to others, it will give more space in us to receive even more.  This brings to joy and the abundant life God has promised us.

January 2, 2019

Privileged

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:30 pm

Matthew 26:39 39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (NIV)

We consider ourselves free people.  We think we are free to do what we want and we don’t have to do anything we don’t want to do.  There is a saying all we have to do is die and pay taxes though some don’t even pay taxes.  Jesus had something He didn’t want to do.  He didn’t want to go to the cross.  Yet, even though He is God in flesh, He went to the cross regardless of His deep desire not to because He loved the mankind, He had created even more than He didn’t want to face the cross. We have the misconception we are privileged and need not do what we don’t want.  No one can be more privileged than God.  He set the example for us.  Life isn’t about what we want to do verses what we don’t want to do.  Life is the fulfillment of the love and light of God – the creator of all.  When we’re faced with a task we don’t want to do, yet we know we should do it, let us remember the example Jesus set for us.  In everything we do we do unto the glory of God in an attitude of love and praise for Him.  This attitude makes doing the task less of a burden because we know we don’t do it alone.  So, whatever it is we are dreading facing this day or tomorrow, let us face it knowing God is with us and will give us strength and wisdom to do all He asks of us.

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