Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2019

That Is Love

Filed under: commands,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Philippians 3:8-9 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith  (NIV)

We could (if it were possible) obey each and every command of God and we still wouldn’t be righteous.  To be righteous means to be in right standing with God.  The only way to be in right standing with God is to come under the righteousness of His Son, Jesus, for only Jesus is righteous.  It is through Jesus, Who fills us with the Holy Spirit and covers us with His blood that we can be considered righteous – in right standing with God.  There is nothing on this earth, nothing we can ever do that is more important and of more value than coming under the blood of Jesus and covered by His righteousness.  Some say because God is love they don’t have to accept Jesus.  God is the One Who determines how we can approach Him.,  He sent Jesus down in the form of a human man so we could better hear Him and become united with Him.  He said Jesus is the only way.  There is no other way.  We can either choose to go the way God has provided and dwell with Him throughout eternity or we can choose to live our own way by our own rules and desires and spend eternity separated from God.  The choice is there for each and every person to make.  Because God is love, He has provided us a way to be with Him.  That is love.

August 30, 2019

Plowing Straight

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Hebrews 3:1 1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (NIV)

Today when farmers plow and want to keep a straight line they focus on a GPS screen.  Before electronics farmers had to learn to look ahead a one point that was their goal.  If the looked down or to either side they would stray off the straight-line course.  We also have a goal.  Our goal is Jesus and eternity.  If we take our eyes and our thoughts off of Jesus we will trip up and stray from the course He has for us.  There are many things we can do to help us stay focused on our goal.  We read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, daily, putting it deep into our mind.  We learn to talk with our Father in heaven throughout the day.  We learn to tune our ears to the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.  When we have a decision to make we look to God for the answer.  Let us immerse ourselves in the scriptures and talk freely with our Father, keeping our eyes on our goal of being one with God.

August 29, 2019

Nightly Check-up

Filed under: confess,forgive,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,peace,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

We need to give ourselves a nightly check before ending the day.  We check each fruit of the Spirit to see how it grew in us during the day or how we squelched a particular fruit that day.  Did we show the fruit of forbearance (patience) In our driving or with the customer that carried on a tirade blaming us for a company police or their own indiscretion?  What about joy?  Did we go around with a joyful expression and attitude?  Self-control can be a big one.  Did we practice self-control at the “all you can eat” buffet we went to for lunch or dinner?  Each fruit is a barometer of how we are walking in the Spirit of God.  If you’re normal you will find at least one, if not more fruits lacking during the day.  That’s okay.  Confess the lack, choose to turn a different direction, ask forgiveness and forgive yourself.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more mindful of that (or those) particular fruit during the next day.  Fruit must be fed to grow.  This is one way of feeding the fruits within us.

August 28, 2019

Squirting Ink

Filed under: Bible,encouragement,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 9:10 pm

Philippians 4:11 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)

As with many verses of the Bible this one can be interpreted at various levels.  Our attitude greatly affects our outcome.  When we have negative thoughts about ourselves, we block ourselves from succeeding.   When we have negative thoughts about others, we see only the negative in them.  Often this leads to a battle of name calling which we have seen lately amongst those in leadership.  God tells us to encourage one another.  We can’t do this by name calling.  My daughter-in-law calls it “squirting ink.”   Like an octopus squirts ink when it’s mad or scared, we squirt negativity on ourselves and on others with our negative thinking.  As children of God we are special.  Yes, we mess up from time to time, but God loves us through our messes.  Shouldn’t we love all those whom God loves?  This includes ourselves.  Let’s choose to start each day in a positive and loving attitude, not only about ourselves, but about all those we will meet and interface with throughout the day.

August 27, 2019

Re-choose

Filed under: confess,faith,garden,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Luke 22:31-32 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (NIV)

Jesus knew Simon (Peter) would deny Him but He also knew Peter would return to his faithful obedience and through that encourage and strengthen others.  Just like Peter, we slip away from our faith and trust and obedience from time to time.  Jesus also prayed for us when He prayed in the Garden just before they came to take Him.  John 17:20-23 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  I read this prayer often.  We are among those who believe in Him because of the message of those who have gone before us.  When we slip away from God, the Holy Spirit inside us will bring us back into our right relationship with Him.  We only need to choose to return, confess our sin of separation, and move forward In our growing more intimate with our Father.  Jesus prayed we would be one with and in them as they are One in each other and, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to be one in God as well as one in all the other believers.  He’s given us the means; we only need to make the choice.  We need to make the choice daily and sometimes re-choose in the day.

August 26, 2019

Joseph’s Trials

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Genesis 45:5 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.  (NIV)

The story of Joseph has much to teach us.  Though this statement he made in the above verse attributes all the trials he endured as part of God’s plan, I’m sure he didn’t feel that way as he went through the various trials.  Go back into Genesis and read the full story of Joseph.  He was the youngest son and the favorite of his father.  He was very vocal about the dreams he had, almost to the point of boasting.  His brothers plotted to kill him but then sold him into slavery in a foreign land.  He became a trusted slave but then was falsely accused and put into prison.  He befriended 2 people in prison and interpreted their dreams with a promise he would be remembered yet he was forgotten for some time.  Finally, he was put into the position God intended.  What he had to go through to get there was quite an ordeal.  We often question God when we go through difficult times.  As we go through our various trials we have no idea why.  Often we beg God to get us out of the trial quickly.  It can be quite some time after the trial before God shows us what we were to learn or why we had to go through it to get to a particular place.  We must hang on to the verse in James and quietly endure our trials with an open mind and heart, listening to the Holy Spirit’s instructions on how to walk through the trials rather than get out of them.  We have God’s promise He will never leave us or forsake us.  Instead of complaining about our trials, let’s embrace them and flow with God in the direction He is taking us.

August 25, 2019

Let’s Not Miss

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Proverbs 8:34-35 34 Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway. 35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord (NIV)

We must listen.  We must watch.  We must wait.  We don’t hear God because we don’t actively listen.  We don’t see the working of God in our lives and around us because we don’t actively watch.  We get into trouble because we don’t wait.  Basically, we’re spiritually lazy.  It take discipline and practice to learn to keep our ears attuned to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.  It takes learning to use spiritual eyes and really seeing what and who is around us to see God’s works.  On my walks I often thank Him for the beautiful trees and the various music the birds make.  It takes patience to wait on the perfect timing of God.  He has more children than just us to coordinate with all of sour needs and desires.  Any one of us could be delaying His movement in some event.  When we learn to listen, watch and wait we find the full and abundant life and we feel and receive the favor from our Lord.  Let’s learn to practice daily, minute by minute listening, watching and waiting.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit are in us making all this possible.

August 24, 2019

Counteract Evil with Good

Filed under: commands,cross,forgive,God,grace,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Romans 12:21 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (NIV)

This verse is hard for most of us. It follows these verses in Romans 12:19-20 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  It is part of the command to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are some things we don’t have to or shouldn’t have to forgive.  Many of us have had some terrible things done to us.  How can we possibly be expected to forgive the person who killed a love one or raped us or someone we love or spread terrible untruths about us or many other things.  God forgives everything we’ve done or said or thought regardless of what it was as long as we ask through His Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness.  Jesus took every kind of sin to the cross.  Our forgiving and is not so much for the one we are forgiving but for us to keep us turning bitter.  To overcome the evil we start with praying for the one who was evil toward us.  We pray God will work His mercy and grace within that person.  When I did that, I asked God to let me see that person with His eyes.  As He revealed that person to me I began to hurt for that person and my attitude in prayer became less of following a command and more of wanting God’s love to be received by that person for it hurts God for those He loves (that means everyone) to not receive His love.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning what the person did or said.  It is right to hate evil.  It is the perpetrator of the evil who needs forgiving along with God’s healing grace and mercy.

August 23, 2019

Thanks for Food

Filed under: Father,Jesus,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

Matthew 14:19 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  (NIV)

Many don’t say a prayer before they eat.  They don’t see any reason to.  Jesus gave thanks to the Father for the food before they ate.  If Jesus felt it necessary to thank the Father, being One with the Father, how much more is it necessary for me (or anyone else) to offer thanks to the Father for the food we/they are about to eat?  We tend to take food for granted.  We also tend to assume those who supply our food know we are thankful for their labor without our saying so.  I know when I do something for someone it makes me feel really good when they tell me thanks.  I don’t do it because I want them to thank me but because I love them.  We thank God for our food because all things come from God.  We know He loves us whether we thank Him or not but it’s nice to verbalize our thanks.  We don’t have to recite or say a long prayer of thanks.  Even a pause with a sincere thank you Father would be nice.  Whenever we eat and wherever we eat, let’s remember to pause and express our thanks to the One Who provides all we need to sustain our physical lives on this earth.

August 22, 2019

Being Real

Filed under: confess,God,healing,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

James 5:15-16 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  (NIV)

Sometimes we wonder why, when we pray for someone to be healed, they aren’t.  We can’t read just a single verse.  We must look at verse 16 along with verse 15.  In verse 16 we see a condition that must be met.  When is the last time you joined with someone (other than your spouse) and both of you confessed your sins to each other before voicing your request to God?    According to verse 16, each one doing the praying for healing must confess their sins to the others who are joining them in prayer.  Most of us have a hard time with this.  We only want others to see our “good” side.  The last thing we want anyone else to know is what we are currently doing that is displeasing to God.  As with most of God’s promises, this one for healing comes with a condition.  Let us learn to meet the conditions of the promises we want God to honor.  Let’s be willing to be real with one another.

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