Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2019

Joy in Trials

Filed under: God,joy,love,trials,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Peter 1:6-9 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (NIV)

We don’t like trials.  When faced with a trial our usually response is, “Why me, Lord?”  Actually, that is a good response if we are willing to listen to His answer rather than mean that question as a complaint.  Peter gives us the reason in verses 3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time  Going through trials is one of the ways God teaches us and continues to mold us into the image of Jesus.  As we walk through our trials we learn to listen to God.  As we walk out of our trials we are better able to minister to others who walk through their trials.  As we walk through our trials our faith and trust grow in God.  All these, as we walk through trials, depends on the attitude we have as we walk through the trials.  When a trial comes our way lets do ask God, why me wanting to know what it is God wants us to learn through the trial.  Each trial is for a specific need in our life.  God is faithful and true to His word.  We might not be happy as we walk through our trials but we can keep the glorious joy of the salvation of our soul and the constant presence and provision of God Who loves us more than we can understand..

October 30, 2019

Seventh Day

Filed under: Cell Phone,Church,commandment,gifts,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Exodus 31:15 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.  (NIV)

The statistics tell the story.  More people are dying of heart attacks in their 30’s and 40’s.  We are working 24×7.  We have our cell phones on us and answer tests about our jobs 7 days a week and throughout each days evening and even into the nights.  Many go to church on Sunday mornings but the rest of the day is spent catching up with work – either our professional jobs or work maintaining all the material stuff we’ve accumulated.  God worked for 6 days then took the 7th day to rest from His work.  He designed us to need to do the same.  We are choosing to ignore one of the 10 commandments.  All the commandments are equal in importance.  God gave them to us for our good.  We must ask ourselves why we choose not to take proper care of our bodies, minds and spirits by ignoring this commandment.  Let us choose to take one out of every 7 days as a day of rest – real rest.  Let us honor all the commandments.

October 29, 2019

Everything is God’s

Filed under: Creation,glory,God,possessions,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Romans 11:36 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.  (NIV)

We humans are so very smug.  We like to claim things as ours.  We say “my house, my car, my, mine.” As far as this world is concerned the “my” claim is right.  The problem in using it is we tend to forget all things created, even supposedly man created, are really God’s.  There is nothing created that hasn’t come from God.  We are here because God chose to have us for the purpose of fellowshipping with us.  He also gave us a job to do.  He told Adam to name all the animals and plants and tend the world God created.  That makes us God’s steward.  Even the money we earn from the job we hold is God’s.  He only asks us to give 10% back to Him to further His Kingdom on earth.  He does ask for us to be good stewards with the 90% that remains.  We need to learn the “thanks” habit rather than the “my or mine” habit.  As we use the various things God has put into our possession let us remember to thank Him and steward it in a way that will please God and bring Him glory.

October 28, 2019

Praying Scripture

Filed under: Bible,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Colossians 1:9-12 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (NIV)

Pray this prayer for yourself, putting in the personal pronouns.  When we do we are asking God for our self to know His direction for our life. We want to please Him.  We want to grow in our knowledge of Him and become more one in Him.   It’s helpful to read these 4 verses in various other translations and also to commit them to memory so we can pray this often.  This is also a good pray to pray for our loved ones.  One thing we can be very sure is when we pray scripture, we know we are praying according to the will of God and that our prayer will definitely come about in the way we pray.  As we pray scripture, we are taking into us the very breath of God for scripture is (2 Timothy 3:16) 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

October 27, 2019

Shout for God

Filed under: Christians,God,Jesus,joy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Isaiah 58:1 1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a trumpet. . (NIV)

Psalms 20:5 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.  (NIV)

I watched with amazement the videos shown on the news channel of people shouting, jumping up and down and calling everyone they knew because their favorite sports team won the game.  Whether a sports team wins or looses has no effect on our eternity.  It strikes me as strange how many Christians shout and cheer at sporting events yet barely open their mouths at a worship service.  It also strikes e strange how many Christians will call their friends to celebrate with them, yet they don’t share with their friends the victories God gives them through their lives nor the way their friends can have a personal relationship with God.  Our priorities are so off base.  If we can shout and cheer at a sporting event, let us be sure we raise our voices as we sing and pray or recite scripture in our worship services.  If we can call our friends to celebrate a sporting event win, let us be sure we share with our friends how God has blessed us and how they, too, can enjoy the blessings of God.  Let us no longer hold back the Good News of Jesus Christ.

October 26, 2019

God is Faithful

Filed under: believe,commandment,confess,faith,God,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (NIV)

We must examine if we truly trust and believe God is faithful.  A sign of our lack of trust is if we are ever anxious or worried about anything.  As long as we do our part, develop the habits of the things we have been instructed to do in Scripture, we have no need to lack trust in God’s faithfulness.  God is always faithful.  We have the power to step out of His faithfulness when we choose to go a way seperate from God’s ways but our going another way doesn’t change the faithfulness of God.  God will cause things to gently guide us back.  In Deuteronomy 7:9 we read   Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.  Let us pay attention to when we become anxious or worried so we can see where we have walked away from God, confess it and turn back to the faithfulness of God.

October 25, 2019

Habits

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,thanks,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Mark 1:35 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Many books have been written addressing the #### habits of a successful life or of a Godly life.  A habit is a continual and conscious practice of repetition of something.  Jesus had a habit.  His habit was to go off by Himself and talk with His Father.  He knew without regular conversation with His Father He would not be able to accomplish the Father’s purpose for His being in the form of man on this earth.  As we read through scripture, we find many things we are told to never neglect.  All these things must become habits if we want to be a Godly person.  We’ve mentioned prayer.  Some of the others include tithing, always being ready to give an explanation of the hope we have in Jesus, loving others, forgiving others just to name a few.  As we read and meditate on the Scripture, let us pay attention to the things we are told to do and see what has become a habit and what ones we need to develop into a habit.

October 24, 2019

Our Part

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,thanks,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Genesis 2:19 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

God doesn’t need anything.  He is always present, all knowledge, all powerful.  He is complete.  He doesn’t need us but He chose to make us.  He chose to make us in His image.  We must ask, why are we here?   What is our part in God’s plan?  Since He really doesn’t need us, do we really have a part?  God loves us and He chose to need us or He wouldn’t have created us.  When Jesus died on the cross in our place He made us co-heirs with Jesus.  Co-heirs don’t just share the blessings, they must also share in the work.  In Genesis we read God gave Adam the responsibility of naming all the animals.  God did the creating and left it up to Adam to do the identification of naming.  When sin entered the world mankind no longer participated in our part of God’s work.  It took Jesus to bring us back into doing what God chose for us to do.  He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us to enable us to do our part.  In Mark 6:5 Jesus said He couldn’t do any might works because of mankind’s unbelief.  Later on He told His disciples we would do not only what He did but we would do even greater things.  What inhibited Jesus was our lack of faith.  What inhibits us is our lack of faith.  Our part is to worship, praise, thank, listen to instructions and obey.  Our part is through our worship, praise and thanks we connect with God’s power through the Holy Spirit and we can move mountains.  Let us do our part as we rest in faith that God is faithful and will fulfill His will in and through us.

October 23, 2019

No Job too Menial

Filed under: Jesus,joy,passover,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

John 13:4-5 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  (NIV)

In many churches today we do a ceremonial foot washing.  Everyone comes with really clean feet.  This wasn’t the case in Jesus’ day.  They wore sandals and walked on dusty, dirt roads.  The table they sat at was low so they sat sideways on the floor.  That meant the feet of one person were next to the face of the next person.  It was the responsibility of the host to have a servant ready to wash the feet of all the diners before the meal.  Since they rented the room for the Passover Supper celebration there wasn’t really a designated host and so the services of a servant were overlooked.  None of the disciples wanted to do such a menial job of washing dirty feet so they just acted like it wasn’t necessary and sat down to begin the meal.  Jesus, Who was properly called Lord by the disciples, noticed the lack of washed feet and got up Himself, girded Himself with a towel and began to wash the disciples feet.  He did this to show them that no one is beneath serving others and no job is to be considered to menial for anyone to do.  Today most leaders think they are the ones to be served.  They consider themselves too big and important to do jobs they consider to be beneath them.  Jesus showed us if a job is needed and we are there, we are to do it.  No job is beneath us.  All we do is to be done with joy in service to our Lord and King, Jesus.  When we see a need, we are to fill it.  If we don’t have the capability to fill it, we are to find someone who can.  Any need is our business.  Let us not “stick our noses up in the air” thinking we’re too good, to educated, to talented or too busy to stop and fill a need

October 22, 2019

Learning from Failures

Filed under: Bible,God,Jesus,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Luke 22:33 33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” (NIV)
I really relate to Peter.  He responds with such assuredness before he even stops to think.  Jesus just finished saying all the sheep would be scattered.  Look at Peter’s track record.  He was rebuked by Jesus more than any other because of his fast answers.  He was the one who walked on the water but after a late thought, started to sink.  So often we are too quick to respond.  We live in a world ruled by hustle and rush.  We need to learn the ability for what I call “flash prayer.”  It’s when we are faced with a decision that needs to be made right away.  We stop for a moment and ask God to tell us what to decide.  As long as we have developed a one-on-One relationship with Him through prayer and Bible study, we will hear most every time.  There are times we might not hear anything.  Those are times we must put off making a decision to take it into more prayer, waiting on God for the right timing and the right decision.  Peter learned through his failures.  Just read on and learn how Peter’s ministry grew and blossomed.  We must learn from our failures so our ministry can also bloom and blossom.

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