Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

December 20, 2019

In Line

Filed under: anger,believe,forgive,God,heart,humble,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (NIV)

So why don’t we see more of what we ask for in prayer more often? Our first problem is do we really want what it is we are asking?  When we pray for someone we don’t really know for healing, do we really want their healing?  Do we really care?  Next, do we really believe that God wants us to have what we are asking?  And the biggest blockage, is there any unforgiveness in our heart?  If we are angry or bitter or unforgiving God won’t hear us.  The parable of the widow begging the judge over and over until he finally gave her what she asked.  It’s not that God wants us to beg over and over but He does want us to know if we really want and need what it is we ask.  Let’s not be flippant in our prayers.  When we ask for something let us first be sure it is in line with the character of God.  When what we ask is in line with God’s character we can believe with our whole hearts and minds that we will receive it.

December 4, 2019

A Special Gift

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,depression,forgive,gifts,God,God's Word,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Matthew 18:35 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”  (NIV)

As we enter the season of gift giving, let’s consider one of the greatest gifts we can ever give another person.  This is the gift of forgiveness.  In reality, according to the word of God, the Holy Bible, we don’t have a choice.  Forgiveness is a command.  Our forgiveness from God the Father through Jesus, His Son, hinges on our forgiveness of others.  Not only is forgiveness a beautiful and healing gift for others, it is of the greatest benefit for ourselves.  Unforgiveness harbors bitterness, depression and even anger.  It affects our physical, emotional and spiritual parts of our being.  It robs both the one needing forgiveness and the one needing to forgive inner peace.  May I encourage you to be sure there is no one in your life that you need to forgive.  God didn’t say there are certain things you aren’t to forgive.  Forgiveness isn’t rated by degrees or intensity.  He just said, forgive in the same way He forgives us.  Let us choose to do the same.

December 1, 2019

Discouraged

Filed under: anger,Bible,Christ,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 16:8-11 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  (NIV)

We all have times of discouragement.  Jesus had times of discouragement.  There were times He was discouraged at the slow learning and trusting of His chosen disciples.  There were times He was discouraged that the people in His own home town wouldn’t believe Him.  When many of us are discouraged it sometimes leads to anger.  Jesus didn’t let His discouragement lead to anger.  He knew He was being obedient to His Father and doing His Father’s will.  This was primary for Him and He remained faithful to following His Father’s will regardless of what others might think or do.  When we are discouraged, we must first make sure we are following the will of God for our lives.  If we are, we needn’t worry about what others think.  If we aren’t, we need to get back on track.  Discouragement is an emotion which changes with the tide of events.  It will come and go.  When it comes, let’s remember we aren’t perfect but the One Who is in us is perfect and will see us through every situation.  When discouraged, get into the Holy Bible and read the uplifting promises of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

October 2, 2019

Not Qualified

Filed under: anger,God,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Romans 2:1 1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  (NIV)

Many wonder why so many people and governments are against Christians. We are very good at finger pointing.  We are very vocal about the sins of others.  We are very judgmental.  Many of us may not be so vocal about our judgements but even thinking judgements can be felt by others.    There is only one judge.  He is God.  We see governments passing laws that are against our Christian beliefs.  We are to vote against those laws.  We are to stand firm acting within the laws of God.  But, we are to love the people who are making those laws.  It is love that attracts people to God and to open up to receiving His love.  I is passing our own judgement on others that blocks others from opening up to God’s love.  Let us not participate in finger pointing, name calling and yelling in anger.  Let us do all we can with our voting power by never missing voting in an election and by doing our homework in knowing the candidates and the various laws and ordinances on the ballots.  We must pray for discernment as many times various ordinances and laws or written in a way that will confuse and cause a vote opposite to the one the voter intends.  There is one like that in Texas right now about state income tax.  It is worded so if a yes and no votes are contrary to how we would normally understand them to be.  Let’s pray, research, pay attention and love the people without anger, judgement or criticism.  We are not without sin ourselves.  We don’t have all the answers.  We aren’t qualified to judge.

July 27, 2019

Triggers

Filed under: anger,glory,God,habits,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid every weight and entangling sin.  Let us run with endurance the race set before us.  (Tree of Life version)

We all have triggers that set us off to do or say things.  Some triggers are good.  Some triggers get us back into habits, thoughts, words or actions we have been trying to get out of our lives.  It is important to identify those triggers. One of my triggers is having a container of ice cream in the house.  Since I’ve identified that trigger, I no longer buy ice cream to take into my house.  I do buy it when I visit one of my children’s houses, enjoy one dish with them and leave the rest with them.  Though this trigger is important to my physical health, it’s minor compared to triggers that lead us to fits of anger or other temptations that cause us not to reflect the love of God.  When we say or do something we know is wrong we must take time to identify the trigger that lead to that action.  It takes endurance to run this race of our walk on this earth in a way that will reflect the glory of God.  Let us perceiver with determined discipline

June 25, 2019

Be Angry

Filed under: anger,depression,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

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

There are 2 important things to note in this verse.  The first is we are not told not to be angry.  Instead we are told not to sin in our anger.  It is how we express our anger and to what we are angry that are called sin.  Remember how Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple?  He didn’t hit the money changers.  His anger was not at them but at what it was they were doing.  We are not to be angry with the person but with what it is the person is doing.  People sin out of their own past hurts or out of false teaching or deceptions.   The second thing we must notice in this verse is that our anger must be short-lived; the sun must not go down on our anger.  We are to deal with our anger right away.  We are not to harbor our anger.  Harboring anger brings about hate, bitterness, depression and can even bring about physical illness.  Being angry is not a sin.  How we express our anger and what causes our anger are the thing that can lead us into sin.  Let us learn to be wise in our anger.

June 14, 2019

Antidote

Filed under: anger,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,praise,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Hosea 14:4 4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (NIV)

Most of Hosea deals with the sins of Israel and the punishment for their sin by God.  But, as we read on to the last chapter we find God’s love and mercy are stronger than mankind’s sin.  This is so very encouraging.  As much as we would like not to sin, we are sinners.  We are in a fleshly body with a carnal mind living among other sinners and temptations.  God provide what we can call an antidote for our prone to sinning.  He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus to leave His God-head nature and clothe Himself in a fleshly body to demonstrate to us how God intends for us to live  Knowing we still wouldn’t live that as Jesus demonstrated, God allowed His Son to die as the perfect Lamb for a one time for all sin offering.  Three days later Jesus rose from the death to show us we, through our belief and following Him, can have life eternally with God.  Even though we bear the consequences in the here and now of some of our sins, God forgives and forgets them.  He no longer holds them against us and allows us to have an intimate relationship with Him.  He has every right to be angry with us.  So often we take Him for granted.  So often we treat Him like a Genie in a bottle.  So often our prayers are full of “I wants” rather than praise for Who God is and thanks for what He has done and continues to do for us.  Let us work to be less into ourselves and our wants and more into Who God really is and what He has done and is doing.

May 4, 2019

Humble Prayer

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,Father,garden,God,Jesus,Obey,praise,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

1 Corinthians 10:11 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. (NIV)

As 1/3 of my daily Bible reading comes from the Old Testament, I am reminded of God’s anger against those who refused to honor, worship and respect Him.  Entire groups of people suffered from the stubbornness of their leaders.  We, too, are being complacent in following our leaders.  We are allowing laws to be passed that are against the commands of God. So many of us just raise our hands and say, what can we do about it?  We have the strongest weapon available to mankind.  We have prayer.  God promised to heal our land if we would only humble ourselves and pray.  Prayer is more than lifting up a few words and asking God to heal our land or work within our leaders.  Prayer is real conversation.  Two-way conversation.  How much do we want our land healed?  Enough to not only really petition God but enough to offer ourselves in any way He will work through us?  Each of us must ask ourselves if we are really humbling ourselves before God, if we are really wanting our nation healed (this applies to all nations.).  We must pray as intensely as Jesus prayed in the garden before His crucifixion.  He spent time pleading with the Father.  He ended giving Himself to the Father’s will.  Let us follow His example.

March 1, 2019

Grumbling

Filed under: anger,God,mercy,praise,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Philippians 2:14 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, (NIV)

Wow.  No grumbling and no arguing.  There are so many things about which we like to grumble.  My biggest one is what I consider to be bad weather.  Along with this verse we might combine Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)  If we are grumbling about anything we are not being content.  The same is true when we argue.  Doing either of these implies we don’t believe God is in control of all that touches us.  No matter what we face, there is always a positive side to anything we consider to be an adversity.  Suffering, something most of us don’t really experience, produces endurance and faith.  We tend to grumble about the most inconsequential of things.  Instead of being negative, let’s always look for the positive in and through all situations we face.  Instead of arguing, let us remember arguing doesn’t change anyone’s mind but does hurt relationships.  In all we do and in all we experience, let us maintain an attitude of praise and thanksgiving to God for His grace and mercy.

 

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