Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 7, 2020

Results God’s

Filed under: anger,believe,devotion,God,healing,Holy Spirit,Jesus,spirit,Uncategorized,witness — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Matthew 17:17 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”  (NIV)

Jesus sounds a little angry here.  I think it’s more disappointment than anger.  It still applies to us today.  I have several dear people who are in need of healing whom I pray for by name and with faith each and every day.  I’ve seen some healed immediately, some a little slower yet still some who show no signs of being healed.  I’ve talked with God a good bit about this.  God heals when. How and whom He pleases.  He knows the path for each individual.  He knows what type of healing each individual needs.  We primarily see the fleshly body.  We don’t often see the spirit of another person (let alone being aware of our spirit in oneness with the Holy Spirit).  Since we usually don’t see with our spiritual eyes, we don’t see the type of healing that is probably going on within a person.  I’ve payed with the same amount of faith for those who are healed instantly upon prayer as I have for those who are no longer on this earth.  There was no difference in how I prayed or what I prayed or how I believed what I asked would come about.  We aren’t responsible for the result of our prayers.  The result is up to God.  Next time we pray for something let us remember we are just asking the One Who knows best if HE would do what we in our finite minds deem to be the best result.  Let us thank Him for hearing us and for using His wisdom in the way our prayers are answered.  At this writing I am in the hospital, not with the virus but other issues.  I don’t know God’s plans so there may be days without a devotion.  This is a good time for you to write your own devotion.  It does much for our spiritual growth to write what God puts in our heart.

July 19, 2020

Exasperation

Filed under: anger,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 17:17 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”  (NIV)

Matthew 16:9 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?  (NIV)

We all have times when we get exasperated.  It might be stuck in traffic or a long, slow line at a check out.  Often exasperation leads to taking chances like passing a car when it’s dangerous to pass.  Other times it leads to anger like road rage.  Exasperation is a part of life.  Jesus experienced exasperation.  Take time to read further on the two above examples of times Jesus was exasperated and see how He handled that emotion.  He didn’t take any risky chances.  He didn’t explode in an angry rage.  He expressed his exasperation and then patiently continued on with His message, repeating it as often as necessary and always in an attitude of love.  Most of the reasons we get exasperated are when something or someone differs from our own desires or expectations.  We think our time is more important than the time of others or that our ideas or more correct.  It comes down to pride.  Next time we get exasperated let us remember how Jesus responded, pause, take a breath, say a prayer and respond in love for others rather than self=love.

July 7, 2020

Differences Can Unite

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 26 “Look, today I set before you a blessing and a curse: 27 there will be a blessing, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today, 28 and a curse, if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and you turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known  (NIV)

This word from God wasn’t just for the Hebrews as they were about to enter the promised land.  It applies to us just as much today as it did then.  The United States was founded on God’s ten commandments.  Now we are turning away further and further from the 10 laws governing morality and a happy and healthy life for all.  We are worshiping other gods instead of worshiping the God the Creator.  We worship the gods of: self-satisfaction, power, money, gender, race, sports and on and on.  The present culture is saying “only what I think and like is right, all other views, thoughts, opinions and desires must be stopped.”  We ae in an “all about me” culture.  Anger at anything or anyone for any reasons can now be displayed in any manner including shooting, beating and defacing.  We are paying for this through business being torched, viruses spread due to an “I don’t care,” attitude and many other disruptive ways.  Christianity is considered a hate group because we stand for love of others, not just self-love first.  What do we do?  First we pray.  Praying God’s word is the sword that defeats.  Second we say and do the things that demonstrate love and respect, even for differences of race, gender, culture, financial standing, educational standing. Language, appearance and so on.  Let us pray to end the curse that is so prevalent today.  Let us reach out to those who are different than us and show them differences don’t separate, they unite as we all pull together for a full, peaceful and complete life for all.  The will know we are Christians by our love in words and actions.

May 7, 2020

Representatives

Filed under: anger,Christ,Jesus,Lord,peace,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

1 Timothy 4:16 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.  (NIV)

Many think this verse doesn’t apply to them.  They’re not a preacher, a teacher, the don’t talk to any groups of people.  We don’t only hear with our ears.  We also hear with our eyes.  We can be walking down a street with our mouths shut but people can still hear us.  They hear us by the expression on our faces.  Even when we wear a mask because of the current pandemic, our eyes say much.  The also hear by how we are walking and by our body language.  What do they hear when they see us?  Do they hear a person full of impatience, anger, pride, hatred or do they hear someone happy, patient, loving of people and full of peace?  We cannot do anything without it speaking loudly to those who see us.  Let us remember, if we are confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are representing Who He is not only through our words but through everything we do.  Let us be good representatives of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Let us exemplify the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

April 11, 2020

The Jonah Complex

Filed under: anger,Christ,forgive,God,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Jonah 4:2 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.  (NIV)

Jonah was very much like the second son in the parable of the prodigal son.  I’ve been there.  When I was a young driver and I saw people pulled over by the police I laughed and said I was glad they were getting what they deserved.  When a car sped past me I said I hoped they got caught.  God has changed me.  Now I pray for those situations that no one is hurt by their careless behavior.  Jonah didn’t like the Ninevites and wanted them to get what he considered their just deserts.  From our human, emotional perspective, we want people to take the penalty for their bad behavior but we always can find an excuse for ours.  Praise God, He is patient, loving and forgiving.  We deserve to pay a penalty for our unloving an bad behavior but God, in His great love for us and His desire to fellowship with us, sent a big part of Him, His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to put on the limited flesh of a created human like us, demonstrate how our behavior should be and take the penalty for us.  There is a condition to His continual forgiving of us.  He forgives us in the same proportion that we forgive others.  Let us not be like Jonah.  Let us be like Jesus.

March 25, 2020

Attributes of God

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,heart,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Exodus 34:6-7 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.  (NIV)

Re-read each adjective.  Each one describes one of the many attributes of God.  He is compassionate.  To be compassionate means to have sympathy and a desire to alleviate someone’s sufferings.  He is gracious. Gracious is marked by kindness and politeness.  God doesn’t force us to love and/or accept Him.  God is slow to anger.  Because He is love He is slow to get angry even when we go against His will for us.  He abounds in love because He is love.  He is faithful.  He never turns His back on those who look to Him.  He keeps loving no matter what.  He forgives wickedness, rebellion and sin never to bring what is forgiven up again.  Those attributes are plentiful to those who look to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. There is another side of God reserved for those who rebel against Him.  His punishment for them I out of love for them that through punishment they will open their hearts, minds and love to Him through His Son, Jesus.   How many of these attributes do we see at work in our own lives?  As we yield to the Holy Spirit within us we will find these attributes reflected and growing in us.

February 11, 2020

Search and Test

Filed under: anger,anxious,commands,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 139:23 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  (NIV)

Do we really want God to search us and know our hearts?  Are we really willing to know what God sees in our hearts?  It takes courage to be open to what is really in us.  We like to think the best in us. Scripture commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit can dwell in us only where we give Him room.  Places within us that still have doubt, bitterness, unresolved anger give no space for the Holy Spirit.  As we allow God to search us and reveal to us what is really in our hearts, the next step involves God bringing us into a time of testing.  It is through the testing that we see what is in us and can learn how to make room for the Holy Spirit to flow in and through that area.  It is because of this process that we read in James 1:2-3 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. So, next time we find ourselves going through a trial, let us remember God is searching us and testing us to reveal areas where we haven’t allowed His Holy Spirit to dwell.

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 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.

January 1, 2020

Demonstrate Love

Filed under: anger,God,Holy Spirit,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Romans 7:14 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  (NIV)

After the emancipation act many of the slaves stayed on the plantations.  When asked, they said they didn’t know anything else.  That is the same today with people not opening up to God.  We are born as slaves to sin.  We have a sin life-style.  In the culture we don’t know anything else.  We are comfortable in our familiar life-style.  We are afraid of change.  Opening up to God is frightening to many people.  What has been done to them in the name of love has not been good.  They have a hard time being willing to trust the God of love.  Many times God has been presented to them as judgmental, angry and stern.  It is hard for many people to be willing to walk into the unknown – that is unknown to them personally.  That is why it is so very important for those of us who have experienced the love of God to show that kind of love to all those around us.  We must not come over as judgmental or angry.  I had a conversation with someone today.  She said she has been trying to witness to some of her family and they keep saying for her to quit preaching to them.  We can demonstrate much more of the love of God through our actions than we can our words.   Let us demonstrate God’s love through our actions, keep our words in prayer to God and watch as the Holy Spirit draws others to God.

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