Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 1, 2020

Finding with Conditions

Deuteronomy 4:29 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.  (NIV)

This is a promise with conditions.  We must seek God with all our heart.  That means we will do anything and go to any effort regardless of time involved to seek Him because we desire to find Him more than anything or anyone else.  Also we must seek Him with all our soul.  That means we don’t wait for others to show Him to us but we seek Him with our entire mind.  We seek Him with our mind by not only reading scripture, the Holy Bible, but also intense study and even memorizing of the words we read along with taking time to listen to the Holy Spirit for interpretation and meaning applicable to us in our time and space.  If we are seeking God with our entire soul we will find the Holy Bible is not only our favorite book to read but also our first “go-to” book when needing answers to life’s trials and decisions.  When we meet these conditions, God promises we will find Him.  We will find Him through the written word, through the Holy Spirit within us, through His glory shine out through others and through His creation.  We find ourselves talking to Him and telling Him how beautiful His creation is when we walk through the woods or gardens.  When we find Him, we will speak to and listen to Him throughout all our day.  Let us really seek the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls (minds).

March 31, 2020

All Things for His Glory

Filed under: Bible,Christ,glory,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Romans 13:14 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.  (NIV)

We must admit, most of our dreams and desires are built around gratifying our fleshly desires.  We are more accustomed to seeing only the physical from a physical point of view.  We also only see time as past and today with only a dream about tomorrow.  As a child of God we are to renew our minds to think more in line with the Holy Spirit and more in line with eternity.  With the pandemic that has been taking place, many are scared and acting in ways they wouldn’t normally act (i.e. panic buying toilet paper).  We tend to forget Who is in control of the outcome of what happens on this earth.  If you’ve forgotten, read the last paragraph in the last chapter of the last book of the Holy Bible, Revelations.  God has promised to work all things out for our good and His glory.  Notice the word “all.”  Even the things Satan leashes on this earth will be turned around for God’s purposes, our good and God’s glory.  Instead of just seeing what is in front of us, let us look up to God and ask Him what part He wants to do through us to bring about His purpose, our good and His glory.

March 28, 2020

Senior Wisdom

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,internet,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized,vine,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 15:1 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  (NIV)

It’s amazing how many different things and different ways one verse of scripture can say to us.  That’s one reason the Holy Bible is called the living word.  We have a vine that for many years never had very many, if any, blooms.  We contemplated digging it up and replacing it.  After many years it is now covered with beautiful blooms.  These blooms are providing nectar for many hummingbirds.  There is a lot on the internet about getting the economy going and letting seniors be exposed and die from the C virus.  In the minds of many of the youth, seniors are of no value.  Unfortunately, those youth are also the ones who refuse to listen to the experience wisdom of the seniors.  Because of their attitude they make many mistakes.  So often adult children don’t want to keep learning from their elderly parents.  Read through the scriptures and pay attention to the ages of many of those through whom God did mighty works.  Look at our recent history at the ages of those who are making calm and balanced decisions.  There are seldom one easy fix for any problem.  Instead of writing off certain groups of people and find balanced decisions that will benefit all.  It took time and patience for the blossoms to grow on our vine.  Let us allow this current trial to unite us together and stay attached to our vine, Jesus, asking for His wisdom that brings glory to God and benefits all.

March 27, 2020

Self-quartined

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (NIV)

Many of us are self-quarantined.  Others are quarantined by law.  Instead of complaining about the stoppage of things we usually are about doing, let us each ask God what He wants us to do during this time.  It’s a good time to really get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible and really study and meditate to put His word deep into our minds and heart.  It’s a good time for extra intercessory prayer.  Many are praying together at 9PM EST for one-minute uniting in prayer for our nations and for God’s glory to shine through this current situation.  We have a limited time on this earth.  We need not waste the time God gives us.  Let us be available to God through His Holy Spirit and be active for His glory while we are closed up in our individual homes.  We can reach out to others over the phone and through the internet.  The greatest thing we can do is to spend time talking and listening to God Who is in control of all that comes our way and Who has plans for us if we would only listen and the follow through.

March 26, 2020

Prayer for Today

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,kingdom,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

2 Chronicles 20:6-12 “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  (NIV)

This is the pray Jehoshaphat prayed when his nation was facing an overwhelming enemy.  I have rewarded it these last several days as I’ve prayed for our nation and the world.  You might want to try to reword other prayers in the Bible to apply to our current trials.

Lord God, Father of Jesus our Savior.  You are the God in heaven and you rule over all the earth.  You alone have the power and might and no disease or virus can withstand You.  Our God, You have healed in the past.  Virus has come upon this world.  We stand in Your presence and bear the name of Your Son, Jesus.   We cry out to You in the midst of this pandemic.  Hear us.  Use this pandemic to turn eyes and minds and hearts to You and save us.  We do not know what to do but to look to You for wisdom ad healing.

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

March 19, 2020

Growing Out of the Yoke

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,holy,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 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 we are young in our relationship with God and just starting to learn to believe and trust Him, we need to be yoked to Him.  Like oxen, the smaller being yoked to the bigger for the bigger to be able to help the smaller, we need to be yoked to Jesus to learn how to walk with Him.  But that is only the start.  Our goal is to be able to walk with Jesus by His side without needing the yoke.  We need to learn to hear His voice guide us without needing His physical steering with a yoke.  It’s much like a dog with a leash.  One of our daughters rescues abused and unwanted dogs.  She brings them back to health and then trains them with a leash.  The goal is for the dog to obey her commands without a leash.  She has dogs that are winning ribbons in obedience trials because they obey her without a leash and often with just a hand signal.  Where are we in our obedience to God.  Do we need him to keep a yoke or leash on us because we need a strong jerk to get back in the right direction?  Let us really get into God’s written word, the Holy Bible, and learn the way He wants us to walk with Him.  Through Jesus we are made do-heirs with Jesus and that means we have co-responsibilities to work along with Him for the glory of God and His Kingdom.

March 13, 2020

Strong in Faith

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Daniel 1:8 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.  (NIV)

As I read about Daniel’s early captivity I think about his parents.  Daniel was a teenager when taken captive. He was among the few teenage boys chosen to be groomed to serve the king.  The temptations that faced those young men were many.  Yet, Daniel stood firm to his upbringing and, in a polite way, asked to be tested in what his normal diet would do for his body.  Our children and grandchildren face many temptations when they first go off to college or work or military.  We must as if we are raising them and teaching them to be strong in their faith.  Are they seeing the right examples in us as to obeying and walking in the ways of God?  Have we taught them the value and necessity of Bible reading, study, meditation and prayer?  Do we encourage them to keep growing spiritually as young adults?  Let’s be sure we don’t “drop the ball” when it comes to our own.  Let’s be sure we show them through example and through teaching the tools God has given us to be strong in faith and stand against temptations.

March 10, 2020

Work Out Our Salvation

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Church,cross,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross  (NIV)

Philippians 2:12-13 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose  (NIV)

Some who call themselves Christians think they’re saved and that’s all there is.  They become complacent.  Others who have really accept Jesus think that’s all that’s needed and they continue on with their own agenda.  Read the above verses again really paying attention to what they say.  Jesus didn’t come to earth for the only reason of saving us from eternal separation from God.  He came to show us how to do our part in working out our own salvation.  We can only know how if we read, study and meditate on the wonderful instruction book, the Holy Bible, which He so mercifully gave us through His believers who have gone on before us.  We can’t just say we’re saved or say we are members of a Christian church.  We must learn to be obedient to His Word.  Working out our salvation isn’t a one-time thing.  It is a day to day job.  If we are the same as we were yesterday, we aren’t growing in our salvation.  We must ask ourselves Who Jesus is in our own life.  If we’re not different than yesterday, if we haven’t learned something new about our God than we knew yesterday, we are not growing.  A living being can’t be static.  We either grow or we fade away.  Let us really commit to working out our salvation, being a true reflection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, each and every day.  Remember, we can’t work for our salvation.  Jesus did that for us. Salvation isn’t based on what we do but what Jesus did.    We are to work out what He has done for us until it really becomes a true, daily part of us.

March 2, 2020

Striving

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Colossians 4:12 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. (NIV)

Some versions say struggling, contending or laboring fervently for the word wrestling.  We must ask ourselves how often, if ever, have we prayed for someone to stand firm, mature and be fully assured of their relationship with God.  How about praying that way for ourselves?  For so many, prayers are just a few words said.  So many prayers are lazily said.  Those prayers don’t get fulfilled.  There is an enemy called Satan who will do all he can to keep our prayers from being answered.  We don’t need to be helping him by being flippant in our prayers.  You might wonder why I’ve written so much about prayers lately?  Next to accepting Jesus Christ, God’s Son into our heart mind and life as our Lord and Savior, praying – communicating with God our Father is the most important thing we can ever do.  Prayer is necessary for all we do.  May I encourage you to look up, read and meditate on all the prayers that are in the Holy Bible.  They are wonderful examples of how to pray and what to ask.  Let us be faithful in our conversations with our Father, God.  Let’s stay in communication with Him throughout our day along with a daily, special one on One time.

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