Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 30, 2020

Limitations

Filed under: Christians,disciples,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Acts 1:24-25 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.

We are told to pray and ask specifically for what we need.  When doing this we must be careful not to limit God.  This is a good example of the disciples limiting God.  There were about 120 disciples (a disciple is a follower/student of someone) present in the upper room.  They were all scared but also wanted to be a witness to all Jesus said and Who He is.  They decided, since Jesus had picked 12 to be the most active and outgoing in witnessing, they needed one person to replace Judas, the betrayer.  Basically, the held an election.  They put their own qualifications on the position and picked out 2 men.  Then, as was the custom in deciding what to choose, they cast lots to make their decision.  The lots fell on Mathias.  Now, before we judge them too harshly for casting lots we must remember the Holy Spirit hadn’t come into them yet.  We never hear any more about Mathias.  God was going to select Saul (Paul) to take the place of Judas.  We are to pray specifically but we must keep an open mind to hear and receive an answer that changes what we were specifying.  We don’t know how or what role Mathias fulfilled but we do know what role Paul fulfilled as we read all the letters he wrote.  Many Christians add the phrase, “Thy will be done” and that is good.  Our problem is opening our mind to receive His will when it is different from our specific request.  Let us all learn to open our mind to all possible answers from God, even when they appear to be different from what we were expecting.  God is far above any expectation we might ever have.

 

April 29, 2020

Unsurpassing Peace

Filed under: God,heart,peace,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  (NIV

Peace.  It is a wonder thing.  Even more wonderful is the real feeling of peace.  I am filled with peace in my quiet times in the morning, on my morning walk and in my quiet time in the evening.  I even fill peace envelope me as I drift of to sleep.  The feeling of this peace leaves me at a loss for words to adequately describe it.  It is a peace that really passes understanding.  It’s not the peace we feel when there is an absence of noise or strife or confusion.  It is so much more than those.  It fills every part of my being.  As I feel the fullness of this peace, I feel the very real presence of God.  Sometimes it moves me to talk to Him but mostly I’ve learned to keep silent, soak up the peace and listen to what God has to say.  This peace is available to all of God’s children.  All we need to do is open up our hearts and minds to receive His peace an bask in His presence.  I pray you have the fullness of God’s surpassing  peace.

April 28, 2020

Holy of Holies

Filed under: Bible,commandment,cross,God,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Exodus 16:34 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.  (NIV)

Not only was a jar of manna and the tablets of the law of God’s covenant put in the tabernacle, Aaron’s rod was also put in there.  The manna represented God’s provision.  Aaron’s rod represented the authority of God.  The tablets represented the sinfulness of man unable to keep all the laws of the covenant all the time.  These three things are still relevant today.  God is our provision.  God is our authority and without the blood of Jesus we remain a slave to sin.  Those 3 items were in the Ark of the Covenant placed on the altar in the Holy of Holies.  Only the selected priest could go into the Holy of Holies and that was only once a year on the day of Atonement.  When Jesus died on the cross the vail separating the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom allowing all to see the Holy of Holies.  This was quite a feet as the vail was extremely thick.  God was showing us that we all, through His Son, Jesus, have access to the Holy of Holies.  We can all come before the altar and we all can have His manna (His Word in the Holy Bible to feed us), be guided in our life by the tablets (the laws of God) and have the benefit of the Rod by the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit within us.  How wonderful to have direct access to the Holy of Holies – God Himself.

April 27, 2020

Didn’t Know

Filed under: devotion,fellowship,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

John 20:14 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.  (NIV)

Some question how, after being with Jesus 3 years, Mary couldn’t recognize Him.  She only saw Him as dead.  We know He has risen from the dead and yet, there are many times we don’t recognize Jesus being with us.  Our mind and our eyes are focused on the things of this earth.  We stay busy and we allow our minds to forget about our God.  We leave Him out of our conversations during our days.  Maybe a short prayer, scripture reading or devotion in the morning or at the end of the day but, through the day we get busy with “things.”  During this slow-down, stay at home time is a good time to develop the habit of talking with God throughout the day.  The conversation can be out loud or just in our minds.  We must be sure we don’t do all the talking.  We need to learn to be still and know He is God and has many things to say to us.  He created us for fellowship.  Let us not let Him down.  Let us talk with Him throughout each and every day.  As we grow in our fellowship with Him, we will recognize Him more and more throughout our days.

April 26, 2020

Transplant

John 17:22 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—

The chemo they gave me for stage 4 cancer 20+ years ago damaged my heart.  They tried to ablations, that’s when they go through the veins to burn the places in the heart that are misbehaving, but neither was successful. The wanted to do a transplant but I declined.  They finally decided to put in a pacemaker which constantly paces my heart.  I’m still doing fine.  In actually I already had a heart transplant. I had it when I opened my heart to Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  But it didn’t show completely right away.  It took time for my mind to be renewed to understand my new heart- the heart of Jesus.  Gradually as I experienced various trials and as I continued to read, study and meditate on the written words God so graciously provided for us in the Holy Bible and learned how to have a 2-way conversation with Him through His Holy Spirit, more and more of the heart of Jesus showed.  I still have many times my own, old thoughts service but God’s loving grace always brings me back.  When God looks at me, He hears the heart beat of His Son.  It is that heart beat continues to draw me into more and more of a oneness with Him.  This is a life-long process.  This heart transplant is available to all who will accept it.  All one needs to do is say yes to Jesus and allow Him to replace their heart and transplant His heart in them.  But don’t stop with the transplant.  Allow God to take you through various trials as He renews you mind to tune into the heart of Jesus within you.

April 25, 2020

Conditional Promises

Filed under: faith,God,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Joshua 1:8 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  (NIV)

I enjoy reading about Joshua.  It is encouraging to see how his faith and his relationship to God gradually grew.  Now Moses is dead and Joshua has been commissioned by God to lead the Hebrews into the land of promise.  God gives Joshua a promise of prosperity and success but it is with a condition.  The word “then” tells us it is conditional.  Joshua must keep the Book of Law on his lips and meditate on it day and night so he can carefully do everything written in it.  Joshua must be obedient to God and His word.  All of God’s promises are conditional.  We can’t just quote a promise and presume to remind God of it.  We must meet the condition for each and every promise.  As we read all the promises of God, let us be sure to read all that comes before and after each promise to know the conditions.  God is faithful and expects us to be faithful as well.

April 24, 2020

All Days

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Psalms 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

As long as we follow God we will always be followed with God’s goodness and love.  We already dwell in His house as He is already within us.  We are His house while we walk this earth.  Some day we will dwell in His big house – heaven.  There is already no end of our life – just an end of our physical body as we know it.  No matter what our physical body faces, we can be assured God’s goodness and love will always follow us and we will always dwell together with God the Father, Jesus His Word and His Son and the Holy Spirit.  Knowing this is more than enough goodness and the best and most love ever possible.

April 23, 2020

The Table

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,Holy Spirit,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:06 pm

Psalms 23:5 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  (NIV)

God has prepared a table of food for us to eat right now.  It is the Holy Bible.  We can eat of it in the presence of anybody.  When a cow eats, it quickly passes the grass to one of it’s 4 stomachs.  Then it brings the grass up again to slowly chew it so it is completely digested.  It is the same when we read the Holy Bible.  Reading it one time doesn’t digest to be really in our minds and hearts when we are in the presence of enemies of God.  We need to read and re-read slowly and meditate on what we read to put it deeply in our minds and hearts and to understand how to apply what we read.  God has given us the ability to do this through His Holy Spirit.  Oil represents the Holy Spirit.  Through the Holy Spirit our brains can be renewed to understand and follow the word of God.  Our cup is as big as we allow it and will overflow with the love and peace of God as we come to now Him better and become more intimate with Him.

April 22, 2020

Dark Valleys

Filed under: fire,God,Holy Spirit,trust,Uncategorized,walk,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Psalms 23:4 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Wherever we walk, whatever we have to face, even times of pandemics, God never leaves us.  We can totally trust Him for wisdom.  Wisdom says we wear helmets on bikes.  Wisdom says we wash our hands regularly.  Trusting God doesn’t mean we walk around care free without taking proper steps wisdom dictates.  When we walk in the wisdom of God there is nothing we need ever fear.  As long as we are listening, God will correct us when we start to go the wrong way and will lead us with His staff.  It is comforting to know God will keep us on the right path as long as we listen.  As the Hebrews were guided through the desert at night by a column of flame, we are guided in our dark times by the Holy Spirit Who is always in us and always ready to guide us.

April 21, 2020

His Name’s Sake

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Psalms 23:3 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

We have many things that attempt to guide us along different paths.  We are bombarded with commercials telling us what we need to do, us or go.  We have signs on our road, words on our radio and television and even on our computers, tablets and phones.  Some of them might lead us on good paths but the only One Who can lead us on the right path for us and for the glory of God is God Himself.  Our problem is listening and looking to Him over all the others that vie for our attention.  If we are doing what we read about the last 2 days, we will find it a little easier to make sure our attention is tuned into the right Guide.  We all take many detours.  Praise God for His patience with us.  Praise Him for never leaving us even when we step away from Him for a time. As Christians, when people see and/or hear us,  it reflects on Who God is.  His leading us along the right paths protects the reputation of His name – Who He is.  Let us be sure we allow Him to guide us along the right path for each one of us.  His guidance comes through the Holy Bible and one-on-one conversation with Him in the quiet time we take each and every day.

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