Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 29, 2020

Think On These Things

Filed under: believe,depression,God,Jesus,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:05 pm

Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.  (NIV)

There is a lot of doom and gloom on the news and on other programs on YouTube and TV.  Both political parties claim if the other party wins it will be bad for the nation in finances, health care and individual freedom.  Health professionals fight over what the best way is to avoid getting sick.  Job market jumps up and down.  If we listen to all this stuff enough it will be hard to keep a positive attitude and many are falling into depression, some even choosing to end their own lives.  What are we to do?  Life has no sureties except all will physically die at some time and all who believe and follow Jesus Christ will have eternal life in the very presence of God.  So, how do we stay positive when going through trying times?  Philippians 4:8 tells us.  What we choose to think has a major impact on our attitude and on the outcome of how we walk through in times of trials.  We are all guaranteed to face trials during our walk on this earth.  We can allow the trials to depress us and rob us of the joy of our salvation and the joy of the eternal future waiting for us or we can choose to keep the thoughts of our mind as well as the words we speak on all that is noble, right, pure lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy.  We can’t usually control situations but we can always choose our reactions.  Let us follow the excellent advice.  Let us think about the things in Philippians 4:8.

September 22, 2020

Oaths

Filed under: believe,Bible,Eyes,God,Time,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Hebrews 6:17-18 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged  (NIV)

It seems people are so accustomed to telling and hearing lies that, when they are speaking the truth, they find it necessary to swear by some name, often it’s the name of God. Jesus told us not to swear by any name or thing but just to say a simple yes or no.  God wants us to believe and trust His faithfulness to His promises.  He knows human nature of not really believing or trusting because of our experiences with other humans.  God doesn’t have the capacity to lie.  By His very nature, God is truth.  Only truth is in God.  The above scripture refers to God’s promise to Abraham.  By all circumstances, what God was promising to Abraham seemed absolutely impossible.  God is eternal and unchangeable.  He wanted Abraham to understand that regardless of the circumstances seen with Abraham’s physical eyes.  God’s promises are still viable today.  Just as Abraham had to wait for quite some time for God’s promise to be fulfilled, sometimes we also have to wait quite some time for us to see God’s promises fulfilled.  While we wait to see a promised fulfilled, it encourages us to read the Holy Bible and note the promises already fulfilled.  Let us always remember, God cannot lie.  All God has said will come about in His timing.  Our job is to believe and walk in the promise of God’s fulfillment.

September 19, 2020

All Things

Filed under: believe,Father,glory,God,healing,Lord,love,mind,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Romans 8:32 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  (NIV)

This verse come shortly after Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Yet we seem to be full of complaints when things don’t go the way we want.  We don’t understand the “good” that God knows and sees.  We only see the finite, the temporary.  God sees in eternity.  We expect that if we are obedient to God’s word all will be easy for us.  God loves His Son, Who is His Word, a very part of He, the Father, more than we can every comprehend.  Yet, even with that love, consider what He called for His Son, Jesus, to experience.  Take, for example, Joni Erickson Todda.  She had a diving accident as a teenager.  Even though she loved (and still loves) the Lord with all her heart and hundreds of people prayed for her to be healed, she remains a quadriplegic.  Some ask, if God really loves her, why doesn’t He heal her.  Look at the ministry that has come out through her situation.  Sure, she would like physical healing but, if you ask her, I’d guess she would say God has tremendously blessed her in and through her incapacities.  I know thousands have been blessed by her ministry.  Basically, it is a heart and mental attitude that we must address within ourselves.  Either we believe all that God allows to happen to us is for the ultimate good and glory for God or it isn’t.  It’s our choice.  Our attitude won’t deprive of all things working out for good but it can deprive us of seeing the good.  Let’s keep our attitude on God’s side.

September 16, 2020

Too Much Light

Filed under: believe,Christians,God,holy,light,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Exodus 3:6 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (KJV)

Why would Moses find it necessary to hide his face from God, why be afraid to look at God, Who is love?  We are sinful beings and have things we hide in the darkness inside of us; things we don’t want anyone else to know; things we don’t even want to address.  God is more than love.  God is Light.  Light brighter and deeper than any light we could ever experience on this earth.  We don’t really want to see the sin that is still in us.  Hiding from it is much easier.  As we continue reading in Exodus we find God did shine some of His light on Moses for, when Moses came down out of the mountain he had to cover his face to please the people for his face reflected some of the light of God.  We, as believers, are also to reflect some of the light of God to others.  That could be part of the reason the world hates Christians.  They want to stay in the darkness and hate that even the little bit of the light of God that reflects on a Christian can show them a little of the sin that is in them.  What are we to do?  Let as much light of God as possible shine from us onto all those we meet in this world.  God is Light and we are to be lights.

September 12, 2020

All for His Glory

Filed under: believe,Bible,glory,God,heart,Jesus,money,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:11 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.  (NIV)

Ecclesiastes is about the vanity of our seeking after worldly things over and above seeking after an intimate relationship with God.  When our walk on this earth is over, and it’s a guarantee that all on this earth will die at some point in their walk, the material things we treasured will remain on this earth.  So, if we want to store up treasures that will be with us in eternity (assuming we have received Jesus Christ, the Son of God, into our hearts, minds and lives) how do we do this?  If we spend most of our time and energy working to achieve the material things that is what we have.  We are to spend all of out time in an intimate relationship with God, doing and working according to His will and direction.  For most of us that will include working in some kind of job that produces income for the necessities of life on this earth.  However, what we call necessities might be quite different from what God sees as necessities.  Our goal, through all we do and have, is to give glory to God.  Going into debt (remember, God did say in His written word, the Holy Bible, to own no man) to buy things just for our pleasure will produce nothing but stress when our budget get’s tight or what we bought breaks and we still owe money for it.  So much stress in this modern day is because so many are living in what we call, over their means.  Early in my walk our Sunday Bible class had a young man come in to give his testimony.  The only sentence I remember is, “I don’t even buy a pair of shoes without asking God.”  That has made a lasting impact on my life.  All I earn is by the grace of God.  All I have is by the  grace of God.  All I have belongs to God for He is the Creator of all that is.  It makes sense that I always ask Him before spending His money.  Let all we do and spend be all for the glory of God.

September 6, 2020

One

Filed under: believe,confess,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Honor,Jesus,love,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, as we are. John 17:11 (KJV)

Just what does Jesus mean by asking the Father to make us one just as He and the Father are One?  Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit are three Persons, yet they are One as God, the triune God.  They are one in their purpose.  The purpose of paying the debt for mankind’s sin and uniting them with the Godhead.  They are one in the confidence and faith that each one always accomplishes His part.  They are one in love as the love of each for the others is perfect.  They are one in honor as each one honors the others.  The are one in possession as each one considers all they have as belonging to all.  Their oneness is perfect in all things.  Jesus is asking the Father to make us one just as they are.  That means we are to be not only one with the Godhead but also one with all other believers.  This isn’t possible for us as sinful beings without the Holy Spirit encouraging and enabling us to follow Jesus in all He said and did, demonstrating the oneness between Him, the Father and the Holy Spirit.  This is our goal – to grow into oneness with God as well with each other.  It isn’t doctrine, culture, gender of race that separates us.  It is our sinful nature of self-love and self-righteousness.  Let us confess our sinful nature, repent – turn away from our the self’s in us, and open up to the Holy Spirit working within us to bring us into the oneness Jesus prayed for us.

 

September 5, 2020

How to Know

Filed under: believe,Bible,children,Christ,God,God's Word,love,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 John 3:10 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.  (NIV)

In the Message translation we read, Here’s how you tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children” the one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister.  A simple test. 

To tell the difference we must first know what is meant by “righteous ways or what is right.”  Mankind has their own personal views of what is right.  The only way to really know what is actually right is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Our standard of right and God’s standard of right are quite different.  That is one of the reasons it is so important for us to read and study the Holy Bible.  The other qualification is loving our brother or sister.  In the Bible, the term brother or sister applies not only other believers in Christ Jesus, but all who share this planet earth.  It is important to know someone’s life style, if they are doing what is right according to God’s word and if they actually do love fellow mankind before taking input from them.  Satan is a masterful deceiver and those who follow him instead of God have learned how to take a truth from God’s written word and bend it into a lie.  As John wrote, do not be deceived.  Check out everything with the word of God.

August 28, 2020

Biblical Prayers

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christ,faith,glory,God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

 

Ephesians 3:14-21 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  (NIV)

I seldom recite prayers because I enjoy taking with God from my heart.  However, there are several prayers recorded in the Holy Bible that are very good to pray as long as we mean them.  This one in Ephesians 3 is a very good prayer to pray when we are interceding for someone as well as for ourselves.  But we can’t just read it.  We must slow down and really study each phrase within this beautiful prayer.  We must look at the reason this prayer says what it does so that Christ will dwell in our hearts through faith.  It moves us on to a deeper understanding of just how much love Christ has for us along with His love for others.  When we pray this, we are saying we are willing for God’s power to be working within us.  This takes participation on our part. As we read the various prayers in the Holy Bible, let us learn to read them slowly and really digest what they say.  This will improve our instantaneous prayers we pray each and every day.

 

August 27, 2020

Discerning Ears

2 Corinthians 2:17 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.  (NIV)

The preachers who preach the prosperity message are not doing a new thing.  This was already a problem in the early church.  When we look at those who are preaching the prosperity message, a message that says if we are living according to God’s word we should have every material blessing that we want, we find they are living in big, fancy estates and many with their own jets so they don’t have to fly with the public.  There is no promise in God’s word, the Holy Bible, of a guaranteed life with every material thing one could desire.  It does state, many times, that we believers who live an obedient life are guaranteed persecution and trials.  In the persecution and trials, we are promised the Holy Spirit will see us through to the glory of God.  It is so important when we listen to a preacher we listen with a Holy Bible in hand and as the Holy Spirit to give us discernment.  Not everything they say is wrong.  Just as with Satan, they manage to start with truth and twist it just a little to suit their desired belief.  Let’s learn to always listen with spiritually discerning ears.

August 26, 2020

Always Ready

Filed under: believe,Bible,God,God's Word,Jesus,light,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

1 Peter 3:15 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,  (NIV)

We must each ask ourselves if we can give an answer to what we believe and why we believe it.  When we say we believe Jesus is the Word of God, His Son, made flesh and blood to come and show us how to live and substitute for our sin by dying on the cross and then coming back to life and ascending back to heaven to once again join His Father, God, we must be able to say why we believe this.  We can’t say because of our parents.  God doesn’t have any grandchildren.  Our believe must be based on our own choosing and our choosing must be founded by our own personal knowledge and experience.  This is why we must be very familiar with the Holy Bible and be able to quote verses for the proof of our belief.  It is also why we must be able to share what experiences we have had in our personal relationship with God.  It is good for us to think through these questions and write down our answers so, when asked, we will be able to give quick and concise answers in a loving way.  God doesn’t force Himself on anyone and we shouldn’t try to force our belief in Him on anyone.  We are only told to share His light in a loving way.  Let’s be sure we know how.

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