Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 14, 2019

Our Choice

Filed under: Bible,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

John 4:50 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed.  (NIV)

We must compare our faith with that of this man.  Read the preceding verses.  This man was a royal official which means he was probably a Roman.  He first asked Jesus to go with him to heal his very sick son.  Jesus said people didn’t believe anything they couldn’t see.  This man chose to believe Jesus.  There was no way for the man to know what was happening with his son in another town.  He just chose to trust and believe Jesus so, instead of arguing or begging Jesus, he headed back home to his son, trusting and believing.  Even before he got home, he was met with the news his son was completely well.  Just to confirm, the mans asked when his son got well.  It was at the same time Jesus told the man to go home that his son was healed.  We must ask if we always choose to believe the words of Jesus over what we see with or physical eyes or even what we hear from the world.  We can’t say Jesus doesn’t talk to us.  He gave us the words He spoke when He physically, in human form, walked this earth in what we call the Holy Bible.  He also speaks to us through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who resides in each and every believer/follower.  The choice is ours.  We can choose to always believe or we can choose to go to the limited vision of our physical eyes and the limited hearing of our physical ears.  What do you choose?

November 13, 2019

Finding Rest

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,holy,humble,Jesus,soul,Uncategorized,yoke — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (NIV)

When oxen are yoked together only one can be in the lead.  That one, the one in the slightly bigger yoke, leads and, while leading, teaches the other ox how to do the work of pulling.  We are to be yoked with Jesus.  Jesus is a gentle and humble teacher.  As we are yoked to Him it is up to us to learn of Him.  We can only learn of Him through careful and regular study of the text book for life (The Holy Bible) which God so lovingly provided for us.  Yes, we can stay yoked without learning but then we will always miss out really knowing Who it is in the other side of the yoke.  Let us earn to allow Jesus to teach us in and through all circumstances we experience by staying in the yoke, allowing Him to guide and teach us.  Through getting to know Him we sill find rest.

November 8, 2019

Desire or Reality

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

2 Timothy 2:15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.   (KJV)

The amount of time we spend studying a subject show how much we value and prioritize the subject.  We must ask, how much time to we spend studying God’s written word, the Holy Bible, verses how much time we spend on other endeavors.  Yes, that hurts to ask ourselves that as a question.  We like to think we put God first before everything and everyone else.  When we look at our time spent talking with God verses talking with others, when we look at our time reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word verses time watching T.V. or reading other books.  When we compare our time spent…….I could go on and on.  Let’s not kid ourselves about our current priorities.  Let’s confess our lack to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help us change our priorities.  Let’s match our desire to really put God first before all things and people into the reality of doing it.  When we really put God first we will find we still have plenty time for the people and things God has for our lives.

November 3, 2019

Blemishes

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,Lamb,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Peter 1:19 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.   (NIV)

When God sent His Son to become flesh and blood just as we are, we must ask how did He walk this life on earth without sin?  Jesus lived constantly aware of the very real presence of His Father.  He spent time apart talking with His Father. Jesus’ sole purpose on this earth was to do the will of the Father.  In comparing ourselves with Jesus we fall vastly short.  Most of our thinking and awareness time is about ourselves.  We are more aware of our trials than we are of God’s very real presence.  We spend more time complaining and fretting than we do thanking and praising.  It takes time and discipline to bring ourselves into a constant and consistence awareness of our Father always being with us.  The more aware we become the less we fall into temptation.  Let us choose to consciously become aware of God’s very real presence through our Bible study, meditation and frequent conversations with Him.  Let us have fewer blemishes from sin.

November 1, 2019

Know the Father

Hebrews 7:25 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  (NIV)

We sing, Jesus Loves Me, and it is so right.  We talk of Jesus.  We worship Jesus.  This is as it should be but we must remember the reason Jesus came.  He came to bring us back to the Father.  It is only through Jesus that we can access God the Father but we must ask, do we seek to really know the Father?  Jesus taught us to pray to the Father.  We are to call out to the Father.  We are to listen for the voice of the Father.  To know the Father, after being given access to Him through the Son, Jesus, we must take time.  We can know of the Father through the study and meditation of the written word, the Holy Bible, but that gives us head knowledge.  To really know the Father, we must spend quiet time with Him.  We must be still to know that He is God.  To quiet ourselves for listening we first must come into an attitude of worship by either singing or reading words of worship.  All Jesus said and did was to bring us into an intimate relationship with God the Father.  Let us not disappoint Jesus.  Let us really take the time and effort to have that deep and intimate relationship with God the Father.

October 28, 2019

Praying Scripture

Filed under: Bible,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Colossians 1:9-12 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. (NIV)

Pray this prayer for yourself, putting in the personal pronouns.  When we do we are asking God for our self to know His direction for our life. We want to please Him.  We want to grow in our knowledge of Him and become more one in Him.   It’s helpful to read these 4 verses in various other translations and also to commit them to memory so we can pray this often.  This is also a good pray to pray for our loved ones.  One thing we can be very sure is when we pray scripture, we know we are praying according to the will of God and that our prayer will definitely come about in the way we pray.  As we pray scripture, we are taking into us the very breath of God for scripture is (2 Timothy 3:16) 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

October 22, 2019

Learning from Failures

Filed under: Bible,God,Jesus,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Luke 22:33 33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” (NIV)
I really relate to Peter.  He responds with such assuredness before he even stops to think.  Jesus just finished saying all the sheep would be scattered.  Look at Peter’s track record.  He was rebuked by Jesus more than any other because of his fast answers.  He was the one who walked on the water but after a late thought, started to sink.  So often we are too quick to respond.  We live in a world ruled by hustle and rush.  We need to learn the ability for what I call “flash prayer.”  It’s when we are faced with a decision that needs to be made right away.  We stop for a moment and ask God to tell us what to decide.  As long as we have developed a one-on-One relationship with Him through prayer and Bible study, we will hear most every time.  There are times we might not hear anything.  Those are times we must put off making a decision to take it into more prayer, waiting on God for the right timing and the right decision.  Peter learned through his failures.  Just read on and learn how Peter’s ministry grew and blossomed.  We must learn from our failures so our ministry can also bloom and blossom.

October 19, 2019

Hearing with Practice

Filed under: believe,Bible,Creation,God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 9:09 pm

Romans 11:35 – 3635 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”  For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (NIV)

We, in our sinful nature, think everything is about us.  Our prayers even echo that sentiment.  We pray, God I need, God do this….  It’s mostly all about us, what we think we need and what we want.  God didn’t created humans for themselves.  He created humans and everything else for Him.  There is nothing we can do to repay Him for His grace and mercy to us.  Even when we forget all things, including us, belong to Him and are for Him, He still loves us and has mercy on us.  Let us remember we are on this earth for Him.  He wants us to develop a personal and intimate relationship with Him.  It is only through that intimate relationship with Him that we can be reshaped into His image.  His image is reflected in the fruits of the Holy Spirit (previous writings talk about the fruit).  The only way we can develop that intimate relationship with Him is by being aware, talking to and listening to the Holy Spirit Whom, Jesus, in His infinite love and mercy, inputs into every believer/follower.  This takes quiet time.  Time when we quit talking so much and start listening more.  If you’ve not experienced this, sit down with the Bible and a note pad.  Read until something really speaks to you and write your thoughts and questions on the note pad.  Then listen and write what you hear.  With practice you will learn to recognize the soft, gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.

October 17, 2019

Petty Grievance

Filed under: Bible,Church,Father,glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 17:20 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  (NIV)

This is in my top favorite verses in the Holy Bible.  It is Jesus actually praying for me (and all current and future believers.)  But it is most important that we read on to see what it is Jesus prayed for us.  In verse 21 we read, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  Jesus wants all of us believers to not only be one in Him as He is one in the Father, He wants us to be one in each other.  We are to function as one.  All too often, even in our churches, there is little unity of opinion.  As sinners we all think the way we think something should be done is not only the right way, it’s the only way.  Our church families are full of discord, some to the point of splitting and going their own separate ways.  We have a opportunity of being the answer to the prayer of Jesus.  We can learn to become one with fellow believers.  We can learn that the important thing is to glorify God and present Him to others.  Let’s lay aside our petty grievances.  Of course, to us they aren’t petty but think what our discord with one another must look like to God.  Let us come together as one.  Let us let people who are doing a particular ministry do it in the way God leads them, not insisting they do it in a way we think God would lead us.  What counts is the glory goes to God and souls are introduced to

October 8, 2019

Counterfeit Fruit

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christmas,fruit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

How do we know when the fruit of the Spirit is counterfeit?  I know quit a few people who are not believers in Jesus who exhibit more of the fruit of the Holy Spirit than many believers.  The difference is the non-believers only exhibit the fruit when they want to appear nice or it benefits them in some way.  They are not consistent in the fruits.  The fruit of the Spirit, when really a fruit and not a choice of behavior, the fruit comes from the Holy Spirit within the believer and grows within the believer over time, becoming more and more prevalent regardless of emotions or environmental circumstances.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit doesn’t turn on and of depending on who is present, how they act or any other circumstance.  There are a lot of “nice” people around, people we enjoy being with, but nice doesn’t substitute for believing and being filled with the Holy Spirit.  There are also, sorry to say, a lot of professing believers around who don’t exhibit some of the fruits in various circumstances.  Let’s be sure we allow the fruit of the Holy Spirit to grow in us, properly nourishing the fruit through Bible study, meditation and prayer.

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