Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 26, 2020

Know His Name

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Proverbs 30:3-4 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?  Whose hands have gathered up the wind?  Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name and what is the name of his son?  Surely you know!  (NIV)

I really enjoy the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Not only is it full of wisdom for every day’s problems and trials, it is also prophetic.  Here the writer is expressing his yearning to know the name of the Son of God.  He knows the Son hold the key to knowing God.  He knows He was always with God and knows He would come down to earth.  He also knows that He would be known throughout all the ends of the earth.  He only doesn’t know what His name is.  We are blessed and privileged to know His name.  His name is Jesus Christ.  I am so glad God put me on this earth after Jesus came and died and rose so I could be forgiven for my separation through sin from God and be adopted into His family as His child and a co-heir with His Son, Jesus.  Do you know Him?  If so, are you actively introducing the Son of God by name to those around you?

April 13, 2020

Within Us

John 20:29 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  (NIV)

The tomb was empty.  Then Jesus appeared.  Could they believe their eyes and their ears?  They saw Him die on the cross.  They saw the blood and water come out of His body when a spear was pushed into Him.  They saw Him put into the tomb and a big rock put in the opening to seal the tomb.  They saw guards at the tomb to be sure His body remained in the tomb.  Yet, here He stood, speaking to them.  He even offered for Thomas to touch His hands and look at the nail holes in His feet.  They had no choice but to believe.  Jesus spent the next 40 days with His disciples and with others continuing to teach them and tell them about the Holy Spirit the Father would be sending in His place.  We can’t physical Him nor can we audibly hear Him.  Yet Jesus said those who believe and can’t see or hear are even more blessed than those who had that experience.  We see through our faith with spiritual eyes.  We see all the effects His love does in our physical world.  We hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit.  We can feel His presence because we have been blessed to come to know Jesus, the risen savior, Who loved us so very much as to pout off His God-nature and put on our nature so He could take our sin on Himself, pay the penalty, die to defeat death and give us everlasting life in the very real presence of God the Father.  Yes, Easter Sunday is over but through the Holy Spirit we have Jesus in us each and every day.  That’s so much better than only getting to see Him physically from time to time.  Let us not enjoy having the presence of Jesus in us, let us share that joy with all we meet.

March 11, 2020

Abram

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Genesis 12:1 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  (NIV)

Genesis 12:7 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.  (NIV)

There are two important facts we must note in these 2 verses.  In verse 1 God told Abram to go but didn’t tell him where to go.  Abram trusted God to lead him step by step.  God doesn’t give us a flow chart.  We must put our foot out for the first step and then God will show us where to put our foot for the second step.  In the 7th verse we must note that God said HE would give the land to Abram’s offspring, not to us to bless those who come after us.  Abram wasn’t mad at God because the promise was to his offspring.  Abram was so thankful to be part of God’s working for future generations that He built an altar to the Lord in thanksgiving and worship.  We probably thank God for things He does for us but what about thanking Him for things He does through us for others?  Let us learn to follow God with a much faith and obedience as Abram.

March 9, 2020

God’s Side

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Exodus 1:15-19 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”  (NIV)

The names Shiphrah and Puah are not known by many people, even those who have read through the book of Exodus.  However, they had a great impact on the future of the Hebrew people.  So many of us think there is nothing great we can do or God would choose to do through us.  These 2 women were mid-wives.  Not a career you’d think would lead to a mighty work.  Yet, they were strong in their faith.  They knew it would be against God if they killed the male babies.  So, in spite of the law laid down by the king of their land they honored God’s law and let the male babies live.  God gave them wisdom to answer the king in a way that would protect them.  He even blessed them with families of their own for their faithfulness.  We need to apply their faith and obedience today.  Our government is making it legal to kill babies.  Let us take encouragement from these 2 women and stand firm, doing all we can to influence our government to side with life rather than death of innocent babies.

February 25, 2020

In Our Hand

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Exodus 4:2 2 Then the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied.  (NIV)

Moses held a shepherd’s staff in his hand.  It’s just a piece of wood.  It has no particular powers.  Yet this staff was used to turn a river into blood, spill water out of a rock, part the red sea.  God didn’t need to use a staff for those miracles to occur.  He could have had Moses just speak a word or even just do it without involving Moses.  But, God wants us to use what we have.  God chooses to work through what He has already given us.  Just like the parable of the talents, what we have only grows as we use them.  As joint heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, we are part of the work of God.  Even though it would be less trouble for God to do all things on His own, He loves us enough to want to involve us so we can participate in His joy and His blessings.  We all have specific talents and abilities God has given us.  Are we using them for the good of God’s Kingdom?  Are they growing?  Let’s think about what’s in our own hands and what we are doing with it.

February 23, 2020

Lacking

Filed under: bless,God,Lent,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Matthew 25:40 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (NIV)

When we don’t see prayers answered there are a couple reasons.  The one we will look at today is summarized by the word lack.  God uses our mouths, hands and feet in answering prayers.  Sad to say, sometimes the person God wants to use to answer a certain prayer doesn’t listen.  There is a lack of hearing which makes a lack of the instrument (person) God wants to use to answer the prayer.  Someone who is starving and praying for food waits for the person God would use to give that person food.  Instead of us praying so often saying, God I need, God I want, (God knows our needs and wants and has promised to fill them) let us do more asking, God use me.  Let’s not sit back and wait for some grand and glorious thing.  God might just want us to put an arm around someone, give a smile, tell them God loves them.  We tend to look for the big and showy things and we let what seems like little things to us slip by.  Let us be diligent in our listening, going and doing.  Let it not be us that keeps a prayer from being answered in a timely way.  God will always find someone else to be His instrument but it is us who lose out on a blessing when we don’t respond.

January 11, 2020

Every Spiritual Blessing

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Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

The word bless in some form or another is in the Holy Bible 442 times.  God strengthens our faith through His blessings (Psalms 29:11 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. NIV)  David speaks of God giving us blessings in .Romans 4:6 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:  In other words, we can’t and don’t earn blessings from God;  God gives them to us.  Neither can we barter by saying if He does such and such then we will do something.  It is only through Jesus, God’s Son that we, as believers in Jesus and wearing His robe of righteousness are blessed by God  with every spiritual blessing.  May I encourage you to do a word study on blessing in all it’s forms and discover some of the spiritual blessings God has for us.  Our problem is in recognizing them and in receiving them.  Many of these blessings are missed by us because our mind is on material things.  Some of God’s blessings will show up through material things but God but God is more concerned with our spiritual life that goes into eternity.  He knows we emphasize our physical life more than enough.  What do we do with the blessings God give us?  We share them with others and we give blessings back to God.

December 15, 2019

Obey His Voice

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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.

November 24, 2019

Spiritual Blessings

Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

There are a couple things to understand about this verse.  One, God will only bless us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only through Jesus that we can approach God.  The other is, because of Jesus, God blesses us with every spiritual blessing.  Notice the word “every.”  Every spiritual blessing is there, waiting for us to receive and incorporate in our lives.  What are the spiritual blessings?  They are recorded throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  So often the word, “promise” is substituted for the word “blessing.”  As we read, meditate and study the words in the Holy Bible, let us pay attention to the promises or blessings recorded, receive them and incorporate them in faith into our everyday life.  We can only do this through faith and trust that God is true to His word.  Faith and trust is a choice.  The Holy Spirit enables us to choose to believe and trust.  Let us study and incorporate at least one promise/blessing each and every day.

May 25, 2019

Tunnel Vision

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Luke 9:23 23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV)

We are not very good at denying ourselves.  Let’s say we are about to leave our house to go out and have a relaxing dinner.  The phone rings, we almost ignore it but decided to answer it.  It is a friend who really needs someone to come over and listen and talk.  We really want to go out and enjoy the dinner so we put the friend off and say we will come over the next day.  We don’t like to be inconvenienced from our own plans.  Because of this we miss a lot of what I like to call divine interruptions.  These are events given to us by God allowing Him to work through us.  God will use someone else when we ignore His calling on us but we are the ones who will miss a blessing.  We need to be always ready to see and hear any opportunity God gives us to be a vessel for Him.  I don’t like to shop.  When I have to go to the store, I have tunnel vision.  I see or hear no one.  My goal is to get what I need as quickly as I can and get out of the store.  God has been dealing with me on my tunnel vision.  I have been blessed many times being able to stand in a store aisle and pray with someone or give someone some much needed money.  The only tunnel vision we should have is the tunnel vision on the movement of God and how He might flow through us.  This is denying our self, taking up the cross of what might be an inconvenience or interruption of pre-made plans and following His lead in allowing God to flow through us.

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