Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 31, 2019

Thanksgiving in Our Hearts

Filed under: anxious,God,grace,heart,scriptures,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 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 are so good at petitioning God for the things we want.  We might even make promises of if He then we will.  We beg, we nag.  In this scripture verse we are told to ask with thanksgiving.  We tend to wait to see our answer before we thank God.  God wants us to thank Him as we ask the first time.  It is a privilege unearned to be allowed to talk to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  We should be continually thankful to God.  We need not be anxious about anything for God is in control of all that touches us.  Actually, He is in control of all – everything.  We are told to give thanks in everything.  There are no exceptions.  It is by the grace of God that we can even breathe.  We may be in pain, we may be facing tremendous problems but we can be assured as we look to God with thanksgiving in our hearts and in our words, He is faithful to not only stand with us but to give us the wisdom, grace and peace to walk through the problems.  Let us always present our requests to God with true thanksgiving in our hearts, minds and words.

December 30, 2019

Legalism

Filed under: Christians,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (KJV)

In this instance Paul is mostly emphasizing the legalistic Jewish rite of circumcision.  However, this verse applies to any type of legalism.  So many Christians have replaced love with legalism.  The extra rules and rites that have been established as tradition have become more important than love.  When true Godly love is present and flowing there is no need for laws.  We must be sure to choose to love all those God puts in our path and not be judgmental or critical.  God loves the lost as much as He loves those who have opened their hearts, minds and lives to Him through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Let us never put legalism in front of Godly  love.

December 29, 2019

Seeking Wisdom

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

1 Kings 10:2 2 She came to Jerusalem with a very large entourage, with camels bearing spices, gold in great abundance, and precious stones. She came to Solomon and spoke to him about everything that was on her mind.  (HCSB)

The Queen of Sheba paid a tremendous amount consisting of spices, a great abundance of gold and precious stones just to listen to the wisdom of King Solomon.  We have God’s written word, the wisdom of God Himself readily available to most of us.  Solomon’s wisdom wasn’t perfect.  God’s wisdom is perfect.  How much do we seek God’s wisdom?  Unfortunately, when things don’t cost us much or demand a lot of time and effort, the seem to fade in importance to us.  Let us seek the Holy Spirit’s help in increasing our desire and thirst to really spend our best amount of time in reading, meditating and seeking the wisdom of God so easily available to us.

December 28, 2019

According to His Character

Filed under: fruit,God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

John 16:23 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  (NIV)

A lot of people end their prayers, “In the name of Jesus.” Without understanding what that means.  Some treat the phrase as the same as rubbing a genie bottle.  When using the name of someone in an authoritative way, either asking or giving instructions or orders, one is acting under the authority of the name, the authority of the person with that name.  In order to do this, one must be asking in agreement with the one whose name they are using and acting under.  When we ask God for something in the name of Jesus, we are to be asking according to the same things which Jesus agrees.  So often our prayers are about self-desires.   These desires may not be in line with the character of God.  We need to be sure we are asking with the right motive – to become more and more one in God – in line with His character which is described in the list of the fruits of the Spirit.  Whether we are asking for ourselves or for others, our requests and motives must match those of God’s character.  Let us not be flippant in using the name of our Lord, Jesus.  Let us ask all things according to His character.

December 27, 2019

Planning Resolutions

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,Holy Spirit,knowledge,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

2 Peter 1:5-7 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (NIV)

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s many people start to think about their resolutions for the next year.  May I recommend these verses.  These verses are really the fruits of the Spirit.  Fruit must grow or it dies.  For us to have the fruits of the Holy Spirit grow in us we must use and exercise the fruit and feed it through the study and meditation of the scriptures, the Holy Bible and through regular 2-way conversation with our Father.  It might help to print out these verses and put it on our bathroom mirrors to remind ourselves every morning and every night our goal for the year.    These verses started out with “for this very reason.”   The reason is for us to participate in the divine nature of God.  In other words, to become one in God.

December 26, 2019

Blind

Filed under: Bible,blind,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

John 9:39 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”  (NIV)

To understand this verse we must read all of John 9.  After we read it we see Jesus is talking about spiritual blindness.  Those who have pride claiming they know the answers, they are good and they’re the ones who are right in and of themselves are blind spiritually.  We can only see through the eyes of our Lord.  When we admit to being blind without His seeing trough us we are then able to see for we have humbly come to Him admitting we can’t see or understand without His grace.  Pride comes from Satan.  We can say pride is satanic.  Pride was the first sin done by then angel Lucifer.  Lucifer used the lure of pride against Eve and Adam.  Pride separates us from God.  Pride is a strong lure.  Pride is something we must be on guard against.  We have a saying, pride goes before a fall.  We need the sword of the Spirit, the written word of God, the Holy Bible deep into our minds to defeat the lure of pride.  No matter how many times I write about staying in the word of God, the Holy Bible, it is never enough.  Jesus gave us the example of using the sword of the Spirit when He went into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan.  He used the sword of the Spirit, quoting the scriptures.  Let us follow the example of our Lord.  Let us know the scripture and recognize without the Lord we are totally blind.

December 25, 2019

Filed under: Christmas,cross,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

 

John 1:14 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)

Manger Bed

When I walked into the barn  Early one cold morn,  My eyes fell on the manger bed  Looking old and worn  Then I heard You softly say,  “Twas in a place like this,  snuggled in some old dry hay  I first laid to rest.”

As my Savior grew to serve  He wandered all around.  Never did He have a place  He could call His own.  When He died upon the cross  On that dismal day  They laid Him in a borrowed tomb  To wait for that third day.

Now that You have conquered death  Make Your home in me  Fill me with your warmth and peace,  Free Your love through me.  Keep my mind full of Your thoughts  Set my spirit free  To be united with Your own  Then One we’ll ever be.

These are the words to a song I wrote some time ago. I was going into our barn to mile goats and this was the result.  So often at Christmas we concentrate on the birth of Jesus, forgetting He was born in the shadow of the cross.  We forget the pain that must have been in the Father’s heart knowing what His Son must face while He was in totally human form.  Let us keep the entire purpose in mind as we celebrate with friends and family.

May you have a blessed Christmas day and spend time thanking and praising God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

December 24, 2019

Who Is Jesus

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Matthew 16:13-16 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”  (NIV)

Just who is this man Jesus whose birth we celebrate?  Some say He never existed in spite of all the facts of history and eye witnesses.  Some say He was just a good man.  Some say He was just another prophet.  There are many different answers but only one right answer.  We read in John 1:14 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.  No one who has ever walked on this earth has had more of an impact on all generations during and after His presence on this earth.  He is the only one ever born of a virgin – necessary as the Son of God, the Word made flesh and the spotless lamb through whom all may be forgiven of their separation from God and adopted as God’s children.  Satan couldn’t tempt Him  Harrod couldn’t kill Him, unbelievers can’t hide Him.  He lives with our Father, God and will return to this earth to bring all God’s children home.  No one born in such lowly means could ever have the impact that this baby, the Son of God, continues to have on the people of this earth.  Let us thank God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit for loving us more than we can comprehend.

December 23, 2019

More than One Purpose

Filed under: commands,God,superstitions,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Exodus 3:19 19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him. (NIV)

God’s way of doing things is much different than ours.  God told Moses to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let the Hebrews go.  He also says that Pharaoh won’t do it.  In our thinking, when God tells us to do something it will happen right when we do it.  God had more than the freeing of the Hebrews from Egyptian slavery.  In verse Exodus 3:20  So I will stretch out my hand and strike the Egyptians with all the wonders that I will perform among them. After that, he will let you go.  God wanted the Egyptians to know Him as God of power through all the trials He puts on them.  We are so very “me” centered.  We don’t take time to consider God might have more than one purpose in a trial we walk.  When we stop and thing how very many people God must coordinate it boggles my mind.  We need to be patient in our prayer request and while waiting for our desired result, make ourselves completely available to God for Him to use in any way.  Moses continued to go before Pharaoh until God’s purposes were fulfilled.  To the masses, it looked like defeat.  To God it was love for Egyptians who didn’t know God and His power.

December 22, 2019

Ask Until Peace Comes

Filed under: God,heart,peace,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Colossians 3:15 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  (NIV)

Many ask how we can be sure we are hearing God and not our own thoughts or those of Satan or other people?  When we make a decision, we should have peace in our hearts and minds if the decision is of God.  The lack of peace after a decision is made is a sign of either the wrong decision or the timing of the decision is wrong.  God is faithful to guide us and to answer us when we ask. As long as we are seeking Him and our hearts are right (no active unconfessed sin, no unforgiveness, etc.) He hears and He answers.  What is peace?  It is a feeling of a positive outcome, a confidence that we have the right answer and the right timing.  When we have peace, we no longer feel the need to keep asking others what to do.  When we have peace, we move into thanksgiving to God for supplying what we need.  As a couple we never moved forward if either one of us were without peace.  Ask God and keep listening until peace comes.

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