Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2020

One Family

Filed under: commands,Father,glory,God,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

John 13:34-35 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)

For the definition of love read 1 Corinthians 13.  If you’re reading an older translation that uses the word “charity” be sure you substitute the word “love” as that is the definition of charity.  We are so quick to point out the faults of others.  We are also so quick to envy someone who had more, is more popular with some group, looks better, does things better and on and on.  We must face it.  It is hard to really love someone who we envy.  Envy breeds bitterness and eventually hate.  When we find we are criticizing someone or point a finger at them we must look at our motive for doing so.  We are probably envious of something about that person.  We like to stand out as an individual.  During my professional singing career I struggled with envy and pride.  I wanted the best part.  I wanted to be know as better than other singers around me.  We all have areas where it is hard to let go of our ego and truly love others.  Jesus taught us to address God as “Our Father.”  He wants us to see ourselves equally related and loved.  No one child of God’s should stand out above another.  We all have specific jobs and places in the ministry of the Gospel.  No job is any more important than another.  It’s hard because of our sin desire to be the best of all others.  Let’s just concentrate on being the best within our selves.  Instead of comparing ourselves against others let us enjoy our differences for God has made each of us unique to blend together as a cohesive family, flowing together for the purpose of glorifying God in the love He has placed in our hearts.  Beloved, let us love one another.

 

January 30, 2020

Just Like Us

Hebrews 2:17 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.  (NIV)

Many think walking this earth without sin was easy for Jesus.  Afterall, He is the Word of God in flesh.  The verse above tells us Jesus put off His Godness and became fully human in every way.  Notice the words “every way.”  He experienced all we experience.  He had feeling like us.  His feet could hurt from walking so many miles.  He experienced hurt, disappointments, anger, rejection.  He experienced all we could ever experience and then some.  He had to shed His God nature to experience life as we must walk it. Let’s not think He didn’t struggle.  Read His last prayer in the Garden before He was taken by the guards and mob.   The difference was He knew and loved the Father and chose to be totally obedient to the Father’s will regardless of the physical pain or what His flesh desired.  Therefore, He was able to resist the temptations we quite often fail to resist.  God knows we are week in this area so He sent us a Helper to help us resist the temptations of the flesh and to desire to be intimate with our heavenly Father, God.  The Helper’s name is Holy Spirit.  He comes into us the moment we invite Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who walked this earth without sin, into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and our Savior.  He can’t be our Savior unless we also look to Him as our Lord.  God looks on our heart and knows when we mean what we say.

January 29, 2020

The True Enemy

Filed under: armor,baptise,Christ,faith,God,scriptures,spiritual,trials,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Romans 8:35 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  (NIV)

Romans 8:37 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (NIV)

We can’t be conquerors if there is nothing to conquer.  In this life there is a lot to conquer.  Satan and his cohorts are always active trying to separate us from our relationship with God through Christ.  We see our hardships and troubles as physical and material problems but in actuality the battle is a spiritual one.  God has given us the weapons need to conquer any problem or trial we face.  We have a sword sharper than any sword mankind can create.  Our sword is the word of God.  Jesus used that sword quoting scripture to Satan during His 40 days of fasting afteher T

January 28, 2020

God’s Way

Filed under: God,sheep,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

1 Samuel 17:46 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head  (NIV)

1 Samuel 17:47 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”  (NIV)

We have so much to learn from David’s life.  Here he is just a very young man, mostly still a boy who is the youngest and relegated to the lowly job of tending sheep.  He is mostly overlooked by his family.  He was sent by his father to check on his brothers.  We find King Saul and all of his commanders being in fear and listening to constant putdowns of their ability to fight.  David comes up and hears Goliath saying the Israelites aren’t worth much and neither is their God.  David has already experienced God’s power through him as he protected the sheep from wild animals.  He also spent much time praising God and getting to know Him intimately.  He can’t stand to hear what Goliath says about God.  As we read further we find David saying God will defeat Goliath through him.  King Saul wants David to do it Saul’s way with Saul’s armor and sword.  David says he can’t imitate the way Saul would (and should have) do it.  He does it his way with a stone and sling shot.  Not only does he do it but he foretold exactly how he would do it down to cutting off Goliath’s head.  This is an example for us.  We often face giants (major trials) in our life.  When we do, do we freeze in fear like the Israelites or do we stand firm in faith of God’s provision.  Do we find out how others solved similar trials and try to do it the way they did or do we go to God, asking His wisdom and how He wants to do it through us.  We are so quick at wanting others to solve our problems like Saul and his army waiting for someone else to step us.  We also think we should do things like others have.  God makes each of us unique and works through each of us in unique ways.  When we have a trial or problem, let us first seek God and find out how He wants us to walk through it with Him and the way He provides for us.

January 27, 2020

Fresh Start

From Psalms 19 the Message translation

God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!  Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work…

This version says it very plainly and distinctly.  Without daily reading and studying God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, we will regularly be making what this word says, stupid sins.  Without daily immersing ourselves in the scriptures we become prideful thinking we can do it ourselves.  We might have a schedule that prevents us from spending a good bit of time in the scriptures in the morning so that means we end our day .  Just pick a time that is right for you.  Make it a standard time and treat that time like the most important thing in your schedule.  Staying in the Word of God brings us into a more intimate relationship and opens us up to more conversational prayer with our heavenly Father.  Books by other Christians are fine but the Holy Bible needs to be our automatic go-to book.  Through those pages we grow and through growth experience a full and abundant life walking with God.

January 26, 2020

Start the Day

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Mark 1:15 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”(NIV)

Acts 13:32-33 32 “We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors 33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: (NIV)

Listening or reading the local, national or world news is not a good way to start a day. The words “good news” are in the Holy Bible about 39 times. It is in the scriptures we find the good news.  It is in reading or listening to the written words in the Holy Bible that will lead to a good start of a new day.  Reading or listening to God’s written word will set our minds on things above over the things underneath.  That means our minds will be more attuned to our heavenly Father more than attuned to the distractions around us.  As we read or listen to God’s word let us start talking with Him and let us give Him the day He has given us.  Yes, we have made our own plans for the day but let us turn those plans over to Him.  He knows what the day holds for us.  He can guide us to the right place at the right time with the right people and say the right things.  What wonderful and fulfilling days we can have when we turn them over to God at the very start of the day.

January 25, 2020

Most Important Part of Prayer

Filed under: disciples,forgive,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Matthew 6:5  And when you come before God, don’tturn that into a theatrical production either.  All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, oping for stardom! Do you think God will take a box seat?  (Message)

There is a lot on YouTube about prayer.  Many are giving formulas.  Prayer is the word for a conversation with God.  We don’t need a formula to talk with our earthly parents.  We definitely don’t need a formula to talk with our heavenly Father Who loves us even more than our earthly parents.  Many people change the sound of their voice, say one of God’s names every few words, repeat a few words over and over and so on.  We need to remember we are having a conversation with the One Who knows us best and loves us most.  We need to be natural when we talk with God.  When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray He wasn’t giving them a formula.  He was showing them their connection with God and what they (and us) can ask.  He was pointing out that God is our Father and we are to call Him such.  He showed how we can thank and praise Him and how we can ask for our basic needs and forgiveness as long as we have forgiven others.  Let us remember prayer out loud in the presence of others isn’t for show or for trying to make others think we are so spiritually mature and good.  Prayer is a conversation with God.  A conversation that requires 2-way communication so let’s not forget the most important part of prayer –listening.

January 24, 2020

Self-Control

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

Matthew 16:24 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  (NIV)

Denying ourselves is another way of saying we need the discipline of self-control.  The first time we see someone lacking self-control is in the Garden of Eden.  Because the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge looked good and Satan encouraged Eve to try it, Eve and Adam gave into their lust of the eyes.  We humans have a hard time with the discipline of self-control.  God knows that and sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in each believer.  One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control.  The Holy Bible is full of examples of those who gave in to the temptation.  Read about King David.  Look how impetuous Peter was before he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  We all have areas in our lives were discipline and self-control seem to evade us.  These are areas we must give over to the Holy Spirit’s control.  We must remember we need small steps into this discipline.  If our area is lack of reading the Holy Bible we can start with reading just a verse or a paragraph every day and gradually, as the Holy Spirit works in us, we will desire to increase because we will grow to love the scriptures.  Let’s remember the verse in  Peter 1:5-6 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; 

January 23, 2020

Getting Old

Filed under: Bible,Father,fruit,God,Holy Spirit,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Psalms 92:14 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

Today is my physical birthday.  I’m getting pretty old.  My body doesn’t respond they way it use to.  My memory escapes me at times.  My prayer is to continue to bear fruit for my God until the very moment He takes me home.  I stay fresh and green in my faith through study of the Holy Bible, meditation on what I read in those pages and continual conversation with My Father, God.  Bearing fruit is a double bearing.  Not only am I to bear fruit – helping others become more intimate with God, but also I am to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  This fruit must be in continual growth.  Hopefully I bruise some of the Holy Spirit fruit less often than I did when I was younger.  There is a song I like to sing and pray it is always true for me.  “From glory to glory He changes me…..from earthly things to the heavenly…the love that God’s shown to the world.”  I pray God is able to show His love to the world through me each day I walk on this earth.  My body may not be fresh and green but I pray my thoughts, words and actions along with my spirit say fresh and green, blooming until my very last breath.

January 22, 2020

Quick Forgiveness

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

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

I was angry.  I left stewing with anger.  I was way overcharged for a job that the person didn’t really know how to do.  They didn’t even have the right tool to finish the job.  Some of the job we had to explain how to do it.  The amount charged was way over what was deserved.  I spent the night wrestling with it.  I knew I must forgive but I bargained with God that I would forgive after I found someone who could finish the job and not be stuck with a useless piece of equipment.  As I though and prayed about that attitude I remember that Jesus forgave me without conditions.  Forgiveness is hard for us.  We go into the what if mode of thinking.  The scriptures say it plainly.  We even pray the words of forgiveness every time we say the prayer example Jesus gave us…forgive our sins as we forgive others.  The question we must face is how do we want Jesus to forgive us.  In that same way we must forgive.  I had no choice.  Before I could sleep, I had to choose total forgiveness.  The amount of money is in God’s hands and so is the equipment.  Forgiveness means I will not hold it against them nor bring it up again.  I even prayed about writing this but it is written not from anger or hurt but from the hopes it will help someone else choose forgiveness over resentment and bitterness.  God is faithful in forgiving us.  Who are we not to be faithful in forgiving others?  Now I pray for those involved that they will allow God to work in their hearts and have a blessed life.

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