Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 30, 2019

Be Holy

Filed under: Father,glory,God,holy,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Peter 1:16 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (NIV)

The word “holy” means to be set apart.  God is holy because He is set apart from the world.  He has always been in existence and only through Him has everything else come into existence.  For us to be holy means for us to be set apart or God.  We are to be a vessel for God.  Jesus demonstrated this to us by the way He walked this earth.  He passed all glory to His Father.  He said He could only do what His Father wanted Him to do.  What about us?  Are we passing all glory to the Father?  Are we glorifying the Father through our words, actions and thoughts?  There is another verse that says whatever we do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord.  We, in our sinful nature, like to be the ones who get the credit for any good we might do.  To be holy takes discipline.  Let us remember we are set apart to be a vessel for God in whatever way He chooses.  Let us choose and earn to be holy (entirely) His.

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June 29, 2019

Cry Out

Filed under: Bible,God,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 107:6 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. (NIV)

We will find the same words in this verse in many different places in the Holy Bible.  Many of us, as we walk through various troubles, walk through them much longer than necessary.  God doesn’t automatically say, I see so and so having trouble so I will fix it.  God waits for us to cry out to Him. He waits for us to seek Him in times of troubles.  It is after we seek Him that He steps in and gives us the wisdom to walk out of our troubles.  Instead of  complaining about what a hard time we are having, let us seek God for wisdom in how He wants us to respond to any situation.

June 28, 2019

Tithe First

Filed under: Christian,commands,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Deuteronomy 14:22 22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (NIV)

Luke 18:12 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  (NIV)

The command to tithe is in the Old Testament.  Why do we need to tithe since we no longer are following the sacrifices and many other things commanded in the Old Testament?  God doesn’t need our tithe.  God already owns all that is.  We need to tithe to remind us that all we have is from God.  The tithe is considered to be 10% of our income (from whatever source we get our income today).  That leaves 90%, the majority of our income up to our discretion.  Hopefully we will use some of that as offerings to further the Kingdom News on this earth.  The habit of tithing teaches us discipline in what God has entrusted to us.  To me, tithing is a privilege.  I’m privilege God allows me to be part of His work in spreading the Good News of His love and His desire for us to know His love for us.  Tithing is easy.  Other disciplines are harder.  The discipline of reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word, the Holy Bible each and every day is harder than the discipline of tithing.  The discipline of taking more than a quick moment to say a prayer, but to really take time to listen is harder than the discipline of tithing.  Yet, it surprises me how many people who claim to be Christians, do not tithe but spend most of their money, get into debt and say they don’t have enough money to tithe.  May I encourage those of you who have not developed this discipline to do so.  Make that 10% the first thing you give before spending on other things.  Not because you have been told God promised to give back to you 10 fold, but because you love God and want to acknowledge not only with your mouth that God is God and owns everything but you also want to attest to that knowledge with your financial assets.

June 27, 2019

As Little Children

Filed under: Bible,commands,Creation,faith,God,knowledge,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Genesis 1:28 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.  (NIV)

When God created mankind all He wanted was for mankind to tend the creation God had made and to communicate with Him.  Mankind chose to put themselves before God and His creation.  We are not on this earth for us.  We are here to relate to God and care for His creation.  We are doing a terrible job.  We don’t want the simplicity God had for us – to love and talk with Him and care for His creation.  We want to make thing complex.  It makes us feel important to make things complex.  We put intellectual knowledge before trust and faith in God.  We put watching a movie or listening to the news before reading and meditating on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We long for conversations with others over conversations with God.  We want God to give us what we want, when we want it rather than trust God to give us what is best for us when it is best for us to have it.  He said we must be as little children.  Little children trust their parents to tell them AAswhen to do what.  We want to tell God when we want Him to do what we want done.  Basically, we don’t take God’s commands that come with conditions and warnings seriously.  It’s way past time for us to wake up and recognize Who God is and what His commands and conditions are.  Let us seek Him first and more than we seek anything else.

June 26, 2019

All Creation

Filed under: Creation,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Ezekiel 36:1 1 “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord.  (NIV)

When I first read this verse, I thought it strange God would tell Ezekiel to prophesy to the mountains instead of to people.  But as I continued reading, I understood.  The first half of Ezekiel is addressed to the mountains and the rest of the earthly creations of God.  God cares for what He has created, not only for mankind but for all His creation.  We are to care for all God has created as well.  How we live not only affects our relationship with God and with each other; how we live also has an effect on God’s earthly creation, what we call nature or habitat.  We are abusing what God has created.  We live in a throw-away world.  We waist so many material things and pay no attention to how we dispose of unwanted items.  For the most part, we don’t give it much thought. All the earth and all within the earth are special to God.  Shouldn’t it also be special to us?  Next time we purchase something, next time we use something, next time we dispose of something, let us remember how special all things are to God.  Let us learn to be wise in our use of all God has created.

June 25, 2019

Be Angry

Filed under: anger,depression,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Ephesians 4:26 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, (NIV)

There are 2 important things to note in this verse.  The first is we are not told not to be angry.  Instead we are told not to sin in our anger.  It is how we express our anger and to what we are angry that are called sin.  Remember how Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple?  He didn’t hit the money changers.  His anger was not at them but at what it was they were doing.  We are not to be angry with the person but with what it is the person is doing.  People sin out of their own past hurts or out of false teaching or deceptions.   The second thing we must notice in this verse is that our anger must be short-lived; the sun must not go down on our anger.  We are to deal with our anger right away.  We are not to harbor our anger.  Harboring anger brings about hate, bitterness, depression and can even bring about physical illness.  Being angry is not a sin.  How we express our anger and what causes our anger are the thing that can lead us into sin.  Let us learn to be wise in our anger.

June 24, 2019

Faith or Knowledge

Filed under: Christ,faith,God,Jesus,knowledge,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Timothy 6:20-21 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith  (NIV)

We are a people who seek knowledge.  This is evidence by all the different news medias and internet communication groups.  We always want to be the ones “in the know.”  Knowledge of God won’t save us.  Knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, came to earth as a baby, died on the cross and came back to life wont save us.  Satan has that knowledge.  The only thing that can give us eternal life with God, the only way into the presence of God is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  This relationship is only possible through faith; a faith that more than knows, a faith that believes, that trusts completely.  A faith that trusts to the extent of giving up one’s power of direction of their own life and entrusting that direction to Jesus.  This is the difference between religion and Christianity.  Religion is man’s efforts to reach up to God or come perceived higher power.  Christianity is a personal, one on one relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.   It is only through such faith that knowledge can produce results and change lives.  Yes, we should seek knowledge but only through the power of our faith in Jesus.

June 23, 2019

Speaks Today

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Old Testament,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Hebrews 1:2 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (NIV)

In the Old Testament days God only spoke through the people He raised up to be prophets.  When He sent His Son, His Word to earth in the form of Jesus, He began speaking to us through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  God still speaks to us through Jesus.  He has given us a written account, the New Testament, of how Jesus lived, what Jesus taught and how Jesus ministered.  As we read the account, we hear God speaking.  When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent His Holy spirit to dwell in each and every believer/follower of Jesus in order to speak to them (us).  The only thing that hampers us from hearing God speak to us today is our failure to listen.  We choose to listen to our own intellects.  We fail to realize our own intellects are flawed.  We are in sinful, fleshly bodies and have trouble understanding things of the spirit.  God is Spirit.  We must worship Him in our spirits.  We can only worship in our spirits if we have been reborn through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through Jesus.  It is then that we are made capable to hear God speak to us as long as we are willing to listen.  It still thrills ad amazes me how much God went through in order for me to be able to hear Him speak to me.  If nothing else ever led or would lead me to fall on my knees and worship Him, this alone would be more than enough.  Just think, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be wants to speak to us.  Our question we must ask ourselves is how much do we want to hear from Him?  Let us learn to listen.  Let us really desire to listen.  Let us listen more than we talk, asking Him for things.

June 22, 2019

Mindful

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Psalms 8:4 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (NIV)

We are told here God is mindful of us.  Considering our sinful state verses God’s perfect state that is really amazing.  We must ask ourselves how mindful are we of God?  Most of us, from time to time, are mindful but how consistent are we?  God sees us and hears us and knows our thoughts continuously.  How often do we seek to hear Him?  How often do we really see His creation?  From time to time we might admire a beautiful sun rise or sun set but we continually live in the midst of His creation.  How often do we thank Him and praise Him for what He has done and is doing?  Do we really care for what He has created?  We live in a throw-away society.  Are we contributing to the thro-away attitude or are we choosing to really care for all God has created?  Each of us must consider how mindful we really are.  Let us strive to be mindful of all we think, say and do and be mindful that all we see, hear and have are not ours but are God’s.

June 21, 2019

No Matter What

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

1 Thessalonians5:16-18  Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.  This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (The Message)

Notice the 2 different (yet very much the same) translations.  So often we mis-define the word “rejoice.”  Rejoice in this instance means to be cheerful.  We don’t have to go around saying halleluiahs or singing all the time.  We are to be cheerful if we know God is in control.  We aren’t cheerful when we complain.  I hear some saying over and over how tired they are or how their head hurts and on and on.  There is no cheerfulness in that.  Our cheerfulness comes from the knowledge of God being in control of our lives.  It comes from the joy of salvation we are guaranteed by Jesus, the very Word of God.  We stay plugged into that joy, which produces cheerfulness, through continual prayer.  Continual prayer means an on-going conversation, either aloud or within our own thoughts, throughout the day with our Father.  As soon as we recognize a complaint is coming out of our mouths, let’s stop it.  Let’s let others here positive words; words of assurance and words that are uplifting.  We can be tired; we can have headaches, but we know they aren’t lasting for eternity.  The joy of the Lord does last for eternity.  No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be cheerful because we know God is right in there with us.

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