Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 8, 2020

Not Our Thoughts

Filed under: Bible,God,prayer,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Isaiah 55:8 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  (NIV)

More on God is in control of all.  It isn’t God’s fault if we choose to build our house in a area known for floods or landslides.   A lot of things we blame God for are really because we chose to get in the way of what God planned.  We can’t possibly comprehend God’s plans with our finite minds.  We don’t have the ability to see past, present and future all at one time.  Instead of making decisions without consulting God we would find our lives much simpler if we would always consult Him before making a decision.  We consult Him in several ways: prayer which includes waiting for an answer we can hear, agreement with what is written in the Holy Bible, circumstances and input from others who know us well and also are totally committed to God.  When what we consider adversity hits us we must check to see whether we are involved due to a faulty or hasty decision on our part, being in the wrong place at the wrong time on our part or if God is calling for our complete attention.  Instead of complaining when things get hard let us look to God and ask Him not only the why but what we are to learn through the difficult times.

January 7, 2020

In Control of All Things

Filed under: believe,Bible,God,storms,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Psalms 135:6-7 6 The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths. 7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.  (NIV)

Psalms 104:14 14 He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth  (NIV)

I use to say I could complain about the weather because that kind of complaint won’t offend anyone.  However, that kind of complaint is a complaint against God.  Either God is in control of everything as the scriptures in the Holy Bible say or He isn’t.  We must decide what we believe.  Our belief is either all the way in God or none of it is in God.  There is no dipping our toe in or choosing what statements in the Holy Bible we believe and changing the meaning, definition or words to make them agree with what we choose to believe.  My daily manta last year was 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)  This is all inclusive.  When we give God our lives, we give Him control of all that touches our lives.  Who are we to complain about what God allows us to experience?    I may not like cold, stormy weather but I will no longer complain.  All things have their purpose and as we learn to be content in all things God will be able to flow in and through us without our resistance.

January 3, 2020

We Choose

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Obey,Righteous,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Romans 6:16 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  (NIV)

We have a choice as to whether we will offer ourselves to the culture, be politically correct, or offer ourselves to God.  Every word we say, every act we do is a choice.  We are accountable for what we choose.  God has given us freedom of choice.  One choice leads to separation from God and one choice leads to righteousness through Jesus Christ.  No one can make us choose one way over another.  We can’t say, like Flip Wilson used to say, “The devil made me do it.”  Satan can’t make us.  He can only encourage us.  God has give us a sword to cut through the temptations satan, our culture or anything else brings our way.  The sword is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us choose to make ourselves very familiar with the words in the Holy Bible.  Let us keep the sword of the Spirit sharp and ready to use at a moment’s notice – at anytime we have a choice to make.

January 2, 2020

Slavery

Filed under: Bible,cross,God,Gospel,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The word “free” is in the Bible117 times.  Freedom is in 28.  Freely is in 24 times.  Other forms of the word “free” are in the Bible a total of 28 times.   That’s 197 times the Holy Bible talks about various forms of being free.   Freedom is important.  Wars have been fought in the name of freedom.  The United States constitution calls for freedom from slavery and freedom of religion.  Notice is says freedom of religion not freedom from religion.    In 1988 the world was focused on setting 2 whales, hemmed in by ice, free.  The Russians even worked with the United States to help free the whales.  It seems some consider 2 whales more important than people.    As the above verse states, it was for freedom Christ came and died on the cross.  The question we must answer for ourselves is how much are we willing to do for the freedom to worship God?  Will we keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone by our saying, “Thank You, Jesus” in the presence of another?  Are we willing to stand firm against anyone or any government that would take away our freedom to pray or worship or share the good news of the Gospel with others?  Some want to make having a Holy Bible against the law.  Are we willing to fight for the right to have our Bibles?  Let us stand firm and not be yoked by the slavery of unbelief.

December 27, 2019

Planning Resolutions

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,Holy Spirit,knowledge,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

2 Peter 1:5-7 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (NIV)

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s many people start to think about their resolutions for the next year.  May I recommend these verses.  These verses are really the fruits of the Spirit.  Fruit must grow or it dies.  For us to have the fruits of the Holy Spirit grow in us we must use and exercise the fruit and feed it through the study and meditation of the scriptures, the Holy Bible and through regular 2-way conversation with our Father.  It might help to print out these verses and put it on our bathroom mirrors to remind ourselves every morning and every night our goal for the year.    These verses started out with “for this very reason.”   The reason is for us to participate in the divine nature of God.  In other words, to become one in God.

December 26, 2019

Blind

Filed under: Bible,blind,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

John 9:39 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”  (NIV)

To understand this verse we must read all of John 9.  After we read it we see Jesus is talking about spiritual blindness.  Those who have pride claiming they know the answers, they are good and they’re the ones who are right in and of themselves are blind spiritually.  We can only see through the eyes of our Lord.  When we admit to being blind without His seeing trough us we are then able to see for we have humbly come to Him admitting we can’t see or understand without His grace.  Pride comes from Satan.  We can say pride is satanic.  Pride was the first sin done by then angel Lucifer.  Lucifer used the lure of pride against Eve and Adam.  Pride separates us from God.  Pride is a strong lure.  Pride is something we must be on guard against.  We have a saying, pride goes before a fall.  We need the sword of the Spirit, the written word of God, the Holy Bible deep into our minds to defeat the lure of pride.  No matter how many times I write about staying in the word of God, the Holy Bible, it is never enough.  Jesus gave us the example of using the sword of the Spirit when He went into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan.  He used the sword of the Spirit, quoting the scriptures.  Let us follow the example of our Lord.  Let us know the scripture and recognize without the Lord we are totally blind.

December 21, 2019

All Our Heart

Filed under: Bible,Cell Phone,God,heart,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Jeremiah 29:13 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  (NIV)

What does it mean to search with all our heart?  Do we really search for God?  When we read the Bible do we read it searchingly to know God intimately?  Do we look as hard for Him throughout our day as we do searching for our car keys or our cell phone?  Do we seek God out throughout our day, not just when facing hard circumstances, but also seek Him when we feel we are on top of the world?  Do we seek to hear God speak to us through the Holy Spirit within us?  How often.  With all our heart means with every bit of our being.  Without our heart beating there is no life.  Without knowing God there is no life for God is life.  Let’s search for Him daily through the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  Let’s search for Him daily through looking and living in His creation.  Let’s search for Him daily through interaction with other people.  Let’s search for God with all our heart.  When we do, we will surely find Him for He is in everything, everywhere and always.

December 17, 2019

Strong in Heart

Filed under: Bible,discouragment,God,God's Word,heart,love,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (NIV)

This is a very hard thing to do.  We want to understand everything around us.  When we hit a block, we get upset because we think we need to understand.  We like to be the problem fixer and to fix a problem we think we need to understand it.  God is of a different mind-set.  He more than understands.  He absolutely knows all answers.  When we go through trials we often ask, why.  Quite often it’s not for understanding but for a “why me” attitude.  When we demand to understand why God allows some things we are showing a lack of trust.  All we need to know is already contained in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Understanding that is necessary is given to us through the Holy Spirit.  When the time is right for us to understand, the Holy Spirit will give us whatever understanding is needed.  Our job is to trust in the Lord with all our heart even when we don’t understand the why of a situation.

December 16, 2019

Trust With All Our Heart

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (NIV)

This is a very hard thing to do.  We want to understand everything around us.  When we hit a block, we get upset because we think we need to understand.  We like to be the problem fixer and to fix a problem we think we need to understand it.  God is of a different mind-set.  He more than understands.  He absolutely knows all answers.  When we go through trials we often ask, why.  Quite often it’s not for understanding but for a “why me” attitude.  When we demand to understand why God allows some things we are showing a lack of trust.  All we need to know is already contained in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Understanding that is necessary is given to us through the Holy Spirit.  When the time is right for us to understand, the Holy Spirit will give us whatever understanding is needed.  Our job is to trust in the Lord with all our heart even when we don’t understand the why of a situation.

December 15, 2019

Obey His Voice

Filed under: Bible,bless,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Obey,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Deuteronomy 28:2 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God.  (ESV)

Many of the blessings are listed in the following verses after the above scripture.  When we find we aren’t receiving those blessings, it isn’t because they don’t exist for us.  The absence of a blessing in our life is due to the fact we either aren’t listening to the voice of the Lord our God, through the gently whispering of the Holy Spirit and through the reading and meditating on the written Word, the Holy Bible or because we are actively ignoring what we know we should be doing or not doing.  We can’t blame God for the hard times we face.  We can only blame ourselves.  So, since that is true, instead of complaining about the lack of blessing in our life, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reveal where we stepped aside from God’s voice, confess and let His word renew our minds, thoughts and actions.  God wants to bless us in every way.  Let’s obey His voice and receive the blessings He has for us.

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