Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 18, 2019

More Workers

Filed under: God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:51 pm

Luke 10:2 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (NIV)

It takes more than praying for more harvesters or workers for the Kingdom of God.  It takes us, ourselves, being a harvester.  God may not send us to another nation.  He may not send us to be the pastor of a congregation.  He may not call us to write books or devotions.  He does call each and every one of us to be harvester.  We are to talk about His love and demonstrate His love in our families, our neighborhoods, our work places and every place we go.  It only took a smile from someone to bring me into the harvest.  We don’t know what it takes for any individual.  We do know we are to show God’s love to all we meet.  I don’t want to hear anyone tell God that I was with them and didn’t share the love of God with them.  Let us each not only pray for more workers.  Let us be a worker for the glory of God.

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February 17, 2019

So Simple

Filed under: God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:18 pm

Matthew 22:37-40 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (NIV)

It’s really so very simple.  We are to love God with all our hearts, soul and mind and love everyone else.  We like to make things complicated.  We like to exclude others.  We like to make all sorts of rules to our favor and liking.  We must look at ourselves and see how we’re doing.  If we really love God with all our hearts, soul and minds we would love and care for all God has ever made.  This not only includes all people, it includes all creation.  Do we really love all of God’s creations?  If we do, we will care for it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into the store and left my bags I the car.  I am usually too lazy to go back and get them so I use new bags from the store and contribute to the garbage collection that doesn’t decompose and litters the earth.  That is just a very small example of one of the many ways we don’t care for God’s creation.  Even worse is the way we don’t care for our fellow human beings.  Jesus said what we do to the least of one of these is what we do to Him.  That also includes what we don’t do for the least of one of these is what we don’t do for Him.  Let us get back to the core of what God has told us to do.  Let us love Him with all our heart, our soul and our minds and love all He created (people and things) as ourselves, demonstrating it by our care for all.

February 16, 2019

Secret

Filed under: commands,confess,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Luke 8:17 17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (NIV)

We all do thing in secret.  It may be over-eating.  Some watch pornography or movies that are not healthy to watch.  Some take things that aren’t theirs.  It doesn’t matter what we do in secret.  We are only fooling ourselves.  It will be manifested.  Nothing remains hidden.  Knowing this, we must stop doing anything in secret we don’t want others to know we’re doing.  Whatever it is, confess it to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help you stop what you’re doing that you don’t want others to know about.  In actuality, nothing we do is really in secret.  Not even what we think.  God knows everything we do, say and even think.  Let us keep our mind on God and live according to the commands He has given us to guide us to a full and abundant life.

February 15, 2019

Come, Follow, Abide

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Matthew 11:28 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (NIV)

Matthew 4:19 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (NIV)

John 15:4 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

First Jesus invites us to come to Him.  We must come to Him and take Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior.  After we have come to Him, Jesus asks us to follow Him.  Following Him means to follow the teachings of Jesus.  That is where so many stop.  They try to follow the teachings of Jesus but find they fail so very often.  Too many don’t continue to listen to Jesus’ invitation to abide in Him.  Only through abiding in Him can we come anywhere near to following Him.  He promised a little later that if we would abide in Him, He will abide in us.  He abides in us through the presence of His Holy Spirit.  There is a big difference in abiding IN and abiding WITH.  We can be with someone else and still not really know them.  We can be with someone else and yet, do our own thing.  When we are abiding IN someone else we are one in them.  We function as one.  We want the same thing.  Once again, moving from the come to the follow to the abiding takes reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and daily 2-way conversations with God.  There is no other way to know Him and abide in Him.  The whole purpose of these daily devotions I write is to encourage others along with myself to continually seek to grow and to know God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit that we may have an intimate relationship with Him and be pleasing to Him.

February 14, 2019

Branches

John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

What does it mean to be a branch?  A branch is absolutely useless and nothing without being attached to the vine or tree.  It get’s all it’s nourishment from the vine.  It can only produce fruit when it get’s nourishment from the vine.  For us to be a branch, we must realize without God, we are helpless, we are nothing.  We must stay attached to Him, get our nourishment from Him.  We must realize we are nothing apart from Him.  When attached to Him we are continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit working through us that produces fruit.  When we think we have wisdom on our own, we will eventually fail.  We must come to the place where we realize apart from God, we are nothing but a body containing a sinful and flawed being.  It’s scary at first to realize we are nothing but as we realize it, our trust and faith in God grows.  Personally, I know I could never write any of the devotions that have been typed by my fingers over the last 9 or 10 years.  It is only the Holy Spirit within me working through me.  Let us all realize our total helplessness without being and staying attached to the vine, Jesus.  We stay attached through reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and often conversations with our Father, God.

February 13, 2019

A New Song

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Psalms for Today,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:48 pm

Psalms 40:3 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. (NIV)
There was a time when God had me write a new psalm from my own heart every day.  A psalm is a prayer.  It doesn’t have to rhyme.  It doesn’t have to be set to music.  Below is an example of one of the psalms I wrote.  I urge you to try it.  It might be only a few lines at first but it is very freeing and fulfilling.  I helps us see where we are in our intimacy with God.

Thank You that You always answer me when I call to you

You are righteous but I don’t always hear Your answers

Forgive my faulty or distracted hearing

Have mercy on me and continue to hear my prayers.

 

How long will this country live in shame?

How long before You lose Your Holy Spirit in this land?

Help us realize You have set us apart for You and Your use and glory.

I know You hear this.

 

Make Your power known to us

When we are in our beds

Search our hearts and keep us silent

Help us offer the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving

And deepen our trust in You.

 

Many are concerned about the future of this country

Let Your Light shine on us.

Fill us with Your joy

And continue to provide for us.

 

Give us Your peace as we sleep

For only You, Lord

Have the power to keep us safe.

February 12, 2019

Continually

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,praise,sin,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

Isaiah 27:3  I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it (NIV)

In Africa, when the graft a plant, they tie a water bottle to it just above the graft so it can continually seep water on the new graft.  God is grafting us to Himself.  He has His Holy Spirit within us to continually pour out in us enabling us to worship, praise and follow His commands.  It is our job to not block the flow of the Holy Spirit.  We block Him with willful, unconfessed sin.  We also block Him by failing to open up to Him.  Whether we put our attention elsewhere or not, He is in us, desiring for us to pay attention so we can continue to grow in the vine (Jesus).  Jesus prayed that we would be One in Him and in the Father (as well as in each other) in the same way Jesus is One in the Father and the Father in Him.  Let us not block the prayer of Jesus from coming about in our time and place.  Let us always pay attention to the Holy Spirit in us watering continually so we can come into that oneness.

February 11, 2019

Make-overs

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:51 pm

1 Peter 3:3-4 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (NIV)

In today’s culture we seem to be fixated with make-overs.  We make-over various rooms in our houses.  We go to salons for make-overs.  We make-over our wardrobes.  Manufactures develop commercials to entice our desire for make-overs.  We have a major spiritual make-over when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and take Him into our hearts, minds and lives.  This is the make-over that really counts.  Our problem is we often revert back to the way we were before our spiritual make-over.  Though Peter is addressing women in these verses, the apply to every person.  Our spiritual make-over should speak louder to those around us than any physical make-over we could have.  We must ask ourselves what people see and hear when they are with us.  Let us be sure they see and hear what God has made-over within us and ask the Holy Spirit to help us live and grow in the new image – the image of God that He placed in us when we welcomed His Son into our lives.

February 10, 2019

The Director

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

Matthew 10:19-20 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time, you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (NIV)

My nephew was on a mission trip.  He is good at updating his prayer partners daily.  I got this message he messed up.  He had prepared notes on what he was to preach at the next village.  He packed the Bibles for the villagers and for the pastors and all the other things he was taking to them but he left his notes behind.  This put him in the place he had to be sure to listen to the Holy Spirit and speak the words God had for him to share.  So often we have preconceived ideas on what needs to be said.  But we can’t really know the needs of others nor can we know what is needed only a short time ahead of where we are.  God knows all.  He has guaranteed, if we will just listen, He will tell us what to say when it’s time to speak.  How wonderful and stress free it is to be the vessel and not the director.  My nephew said it was really anointed.  This doesn’t mean we need not study the Bible.  It means, after we’ve studied, we are to allow God to do the directing.

February 9, 2019

Following Us

Filed under: God,Lord,love,mercy,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

Psalms 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV)

There is so very much contained in the verses of the 23rd Psalm.  Most of us have memorized it and tend not to really listen deep within our minds and spirits at what David really says in this Psalm.  I hope each of us will take the time to read it slowly and prayerfully.  For now we will look at the 6th verse.  What did David mean by “goodness?”  Goodness represents God’s provision for us.  He wants to be sure we have all we really need.  Usually He goes beyond our needs and showers us with so much more.  Many translations use the word “mercy” instead of “love.”  Either way it is His love for us that led Him to be merciful by forgiving us of our sins – over and over as often as we sin.  It is because of His goodness and love (or mercy) that enables us to dwell in His house forever.  We may choose to not turn around to see what and Who is following us but it doesn’t change the fact, wherever we go, the love and goodness will follow us.  We might choose not to receive it but it doesn’t mean it’s not there for us.  I pray every reader has chosen to accept the goodness and love following them every day of their walk on this earth that they will be dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.

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