Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 3, 2019

God Can’t Lie

Genesis 15:6 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.  (NIV)

Abram and Sarai were both well past child-bearing age.  God told Abram he and Sarai would produce a child of their own.  Abram believed Him.  There is a big difference between believing God and believing IN God.  Many people believe in God.  They believe God exists.  They even cry out to Him when in trouble.  But believing God, believing what God has and continues to say, is different.  This requires faith and trust.  We either really believe God will do what He has and continues to say He will do and we act on it with sureness, considering it done and doing our part in receiving or we just believe that there is a God somewhere but not actively involved in our own life.  The choice is ours.  But it can’t stop with a choice.  After we choose to believe God, we must follow the belief with action.  If we become worried or anxious we are not believing.  If we hesitate when God has told us to do something, we are not believing.    Some say they don’t know what God wants them to do.  The Holy Bible is full of instructions from God in how we are to live and speak.  Beyond that, the Holy Spirit is always ready to tell us what to do.  It’s just like walking.  We first set our heal down then we turn the direction of our foot. We must first listen to God through His written word and then through prayer and meditation, listening to the Holy Spirit.  It is a process of learning.  As we learn more about the nature of God, we will hear more clearly.  Let us not only believe in God.  Let us believe God for the one thing God is incapable of is telling a lie.  God is truth by His very nature.

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August 30, 2019

Plowing Straight

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Hebrews 3:1 1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (NIV)

Today when farmers plow and want to keep a straight line they focus on a GPS screen.  Before electronics farmers had to learn to look ahead a one point that was their goal.  If the looked down or to either side they would stray off the straight-line course.  We also have a goal.  Our goal is Jesus and eternity.  If we take our eyes and our thoughts off of Jesus we will trip up and stray from the course He has for us.  There are many things we can do to help us stay focused on our goal.  We read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, daily, putting it deep into our mind.  We learn to talk with our Father in heaven throughout the day.  We learn to tune our ears to the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.  When we have a decision to make we look to God for the answer.  Let us immerse ourselves in the scriptures and talk freely with our Father, keeping our eyes on our goal of being one with God.

August 28, 2019

Squirting Ink

Filed under: Bible,encouragement,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 9:10 pm

Philippians 4:11 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)

As with many verses of the Bible this one can be interpreted at various levels.  Our attitude greatly affects our outcome.  When we have negative thoughts about ourselves, we block ourselves from succeeding.   When we have negative thoughts about others, we see only the negative in them.  Often this leads to a battle of name calling which we have seen lately amongst those in leadership.  God tells us to encourage one another.  We can’t do this by name calling.  My daughter-in-law calls it “squirting ink.”   Like an octopus squirts ink when it’s mad or scared, we squirt negativity on ourselves and on others with our negative thinking.  As children of God we are special.  Yes, we mess up from time to time, but God loves us through our messes.  Shouldn’t we love all those whom God loves?  This includes ourselves.  Let’s choose to start each day in a positive and loving attitude, not only about ourselves, but about all those we will meet and interface with throughout the day.

August 21, 2019

The Winner

Filed under: Bible,Gentile,God,Jew,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Ephesians 3:6 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

There is so much anti-Jew and anti-Christian going on throughout the world.  Many wonder why Christians support the Jews. After all, aren’t the Jew responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God?  Actually no, God’s plan was for Jesus to be sacrificed.  His sacrifice was the only way we could be free from the penalty of our sin – eternal separation from God.  The Christians, most of whom were considered gentiles by the Jews who were God’s chosen race, through their belief and acceptance of Jesus as the Lord of their hearts, minds and lives, became united with the Jews and all the promises God made to His chosen race.  We are now one family.  Many Jews have come to believe and accept Jesus as the Son of God.  Other Jews do their best to follow all the precepts God gave through Moses.  Yet others are Jews only by race but no longer practicing the precepts given by God.  As Christians, we are to love all.  Through our love we are to encourage all to open their hearts to Jesus.  We do this by positive support, not by condemnation or name calling.  The Jews and the Jewish nation of Israel are an integral part of God’s plan.  We can either support God’s plan by supporting the nation of Israel as a Jewish nation or we can go against God’s plan.  Let us support God’s plan and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel.  The Holy Bible cites the world would be against us but since God is for us it doesn’t really matter what the world thinks.  I’ve read the last sentence in the Holy Bible and I know Who wins.  I stand with the Winner.

August 18, 2019

Different Interpretations

Colossians 1:9 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,  (NIV)

There is an interesting program on YouTube.  They put 2 different preachers on who are speaking on the same passage of scripture.  It is very interesting to here 2 entirely different interpretations.  This is why it is so important for each individual to read, pray and meditate on the scripture for themselves to hear what God wants them to hear for themselves at that point and time of their walk.  It is good to listen to the interpretations of others but we must seek God for ourselves to hear and understand what HE has for us.  This not only apply to spoken messages.  It includes reading things like this devotional.  Just because God gives me an interpretation doesn’t mean that is what you to hear at your point and time in your walk.  That isn’t saying that anybody’s interpretation is incorrect.  The scriptures are the living word of God.  The words don’t change but the depth of meaning is in layers depending on where we are in our walk and our understanding of our Father, God.  These particular devotions are intended to be a jump start for the readers to continue on reading and meditating on the entire passage of the quoted verse or verses and ask the Holy Spirit what they are to understand and apply that very day.  Let us listen and/or read with open minds – open to the understanding give to each individual by the Holy Spirit.

August 17, 2019

Which Fruit

Filed under: Bible,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 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   (NIV)

The evidence of our accepting Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives is the fruit of the spirit.  When any one of these is not prevalent what takes prevalence is the evil fruit of Satan – the exact opposite of the fruit of the Spirit.  When just one remains lacking, if not addressed right away, the others gradually are replaced by their opposites as well.  We must guard these fruits, fertilize them by reading, studying, and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and exercise them into full growth by reflecting them in all we say and do.  When we snap in impatience at someone, we are not exercising love, kindness or forbearance which is patience.   One reason we loose our fruits is we are so consumed with ourselves, what we want, when we want it and how we want it.  When our self-centered desires are at odds with another’s desires, we allow the evil fruits to give way to the fruits of the Spirit.  Let’s work on noticing the fruits of the Spirit and learn to allow those fruits to show.

August 14, 2019

A Banquet

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,God's Word,prayer,treasure,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Psalms 119:72 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (NIV)

We’ve all read stories of gold rush times.  How desperate people were to find their treasure.  They endured tremendous hardships.  Many even lost their lives in the effort.  That didn’t stop others from trying.  IT was worth all cost to get to their treasure.  We have a treasure God provided for us.  The treasure is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  In many countries these Bibles are plentiful but time is coming when it will be harder and harder to get a copy of this treasure.  Our question is do we really consider the Holy Bible a treasure?  How often do we get into the treasure?  Gold has to be mined.  Do we dig deep into the treasure God has provided for us?  A casual glance at rocks will miss the gold the contain.  Casually reading the Holy Bible misses the depth of the treasure God has waiting for us.  When I first came to the Lord I was devouring the Holy Bible.  I read it from cover to cover.  As I’ve grown over the years I have come to treasure it even more.  The depth of those words astounds me.  I can read a verse I’ve read before and receive a much deeper meaning from it.  As always, I continue to encourage you to really get into the Holy Bible.  Pray for understanding as you read.  Write down in a journal what you understand from what you read.  Try to memorize verses that are special to you.  Do this with a sense of enjoyment as you would a banquet of glorious food.  It is indeed a banquet of glorious food – food supplies from God, our Creator, to sustain us through life on this earth and bring us into a glorious relationship with Him and knowledge of Him.

August 10, 2019

Holy Spirit Welcome

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,heart,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Acts 19 The first thing he (Paul) said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?  Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace Him with your heart?  Did He get inside you?”  (The Message)

I like the way the Message amplifies this.  There are so many professing Christians who only know Jesus in their mind.  Many are believing in their minds because they were raised that way.  God wants us to be one with Him.  He wants to dwell inside us with His Holy Spirit.  Coming humbly to God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ is more than confessing our sins, asking forgiveness and saying we believe in Jesus.  We must be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  He is there wanting in us the moment we come to Jesus.  In actuality He is in us the moment we say yes to Jesus.  But being in us doesn’t help us unless we become aware of Him and give Him free reign in our hearts (the core of our belief).  If you haven’t fully welcomed the Holy Spirit in your heart and life, do so now.  Just tell Him you want His guidance in your life and want to learn to recognize His gentle whisper within You.  The Holy Spirit is our guide, our interpreter of the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and the comforter as we walk this earthly part of our lives.  Welcome Him with you.

August 3, 2019

Old Ways

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Ephesians 4:22 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  (NIV)

There are various ways to put off something.  We put off our coat but lay it aside so that it is available for us to put it back on.  We put off a chore because we don’t have time to complete it but plan to come back to it later.  These are not the kind of putting off this verse means.  We are to put off the way we lived before coming into the family of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We are to put off that way deep into the garbage incinerator.  We are to never seek to put it back on again.  We are to treat our old ways as God treats our sin – as far as the east is from the west.  There is a problem.  We can’t put off the old ways without knowing the new ways.  Putting off our old ways is a gradual process as we delve into the instruction manual God so lovingly provided for us (The Holy Bible).  As we gradually gain knowledge through our reading, studying and meditating we learn to seek wisdom in applying what we learn and the Holy Spirit, now within us, gives us understanding.  It takes perseverance and patience but we must keep pushing on toward our goal – to be a reflection of the love of God.

August 2, 2019

Seek Wisdom

Proverbs 2:6 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (NIV)

Many confuse wisdom with knowledge.  Knowledge is knowing the facts.  Wisdom is the application of the knowledge.  We might know the words in the Holy Bible but without wisdom we don’t know how to apply those words to our life.  Wisdom comes from God.  The knowledge is recorded in His written word.  Understanding of the knowledge comes through His Holy Spirit.  God doesn’t give us wisdom unless we seek it.  He tells us to seek it as we would a precious treasure.  Seeking takes effort.  It takes effort to search out knowledge and wisdom and understanding contained in the fantastic and complete handbook for life on this earth (the Holy Bible).  We can tell how much we want wisdom from God by how often we read, study and meditate on His written instructions.  Let us seek wisdom from God with all our hearts and minds.  Let us seek His wisdom more than anything else we seek.

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