Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 16, 2018

To

Romans 6:11 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

The definition of the word “to” by Webster is —used to indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward. —used to indicate the place where someone participates in a particular activity.  Paul writes in Romans that, as a human we navigate to sin but, after we come to Jesus Christ we change the direction we head from sin to God.  Our goal is to move closer and closer to God.  We do this through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and through conversations (prayer) with Him.  In and of our own strength we can’t do this.  God knows that and has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us for direction and strength to continue our heading to God.  Our aim in everything we do, read, say and hear should be to help us continue to aim in the direction to God.  We must review our activities and see what direction they are leading us “to” – to sin or to God.

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October 7, 2018

Favor

 

Luke 2:14 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)

It’s interesting to look up in the Bible and see how many people found favor with God.  We must ask, how is it they found favor with God.  First, we must know Him through His Son, His Word, Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit within us.  Without doing this there is no favor.  Then we must listen to Him.  We listen through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and to the Holy Spirit.  We can also listen to Him through our circumstances and sometimes through someone else who is walking with God.  To listen to Him and not trust Him is fruitless.  We must trust Him, His love, forgiveness and mercy for us as His children.  Then we must obey what we hear Him say.  If we don’t obey that means we really don’t trust Him.  When circumstances tell us we seem to have lost God’s favor it’s time to check and see if we are listening, trusting and obeying.  Let us learn to remain in favor with God.

September 29, 2018

Trees

Psalms 96:12 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (NIV)

We live in an area with a lot of trees.  Many of them are big, old and beautiful.  I enjoy looking at them.  When I see them I am reminded of God, Who created them.  The word tree and trees appears in the Scriptures 299 times.  Sometime the tree is used as a symbol, many times representing us.  When I look at a big, old tree I see the strength of it’s branches.  I see how the branches come out of the trunk. The tree has weathered many a storm because it has deep and wide roots and the trunk is thick enough not to break.  The branches that are securely rooted in the trunk also weather the storms.  We are to be like the big, old tree.  We have a trunk that will weather any storm.  The trunk we are grafted in is Jesus.  As long as we are fully connected to the trunk we will grow strong enough to weather any storm that comes our way.  Our trunk, Jesus, has a big and deep root system because Jesus is the Son of I AM, the God of all Who created all through His Word, Jesus.  The only thing that can sever our branch from the trunk is sin.  We must be sure we stay current on confessions and repenting form any sin that would try to sever us from the trunk of the Tree of Life, Jesus.  Let us quickly prune any twig that tries to grow from our branch that isn’t in tune with the love and Word of God.

September 27, 2018

Futile

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:25 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? (NIV)

There is only one thing that will last for all eternity.  That is our personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Our own fame on this earth, our material possessions and everything we have worked for and accumulated will fade away.  This fact should help us with our priorities.  What do we do the most time doing?  What do we seek after the most?  Where is our passion spent?  If any of our answers are not in seeking an intimate relationship with God through Jesus, we are wasting our time on this earth and all we do is futile.  We need to regularly check our priorities.  Are we loving God with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength above all else?  God is helping us by continually filling us with His Holy Spirit.  There is no way we can do this on our own.  Let us continually ask the Holy Spirit to quicken within us our love for God and give us the wisdom to seek Him first and foremost above all things.

September 16, 2018

A Different Answer

Matthew 11:4-6 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (NIV)

Isaiah 42:7 7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. (NIV)

John knew the promises of the Old Testament.  He was waiting for the Messiah Who would set the captives free from prison.  He wanted to be free.  Jesus knew what John was hoping.  He knew what answer John wanted.  Jesus made a point to quote all but the part of the captives being free from prison.  Jesus wanted to let John know he wouldn’t be set free.  God had other plans for John as part of His testimony later.  So often we don’t understand why God answers our prayers in a different way than we want or expect.  We can’t see God’s total plan.  We don’t know what God is calling to happen on down the road past where we are.  God doesn’t do things for our own personal pleasure.  Life here isn’t about us and what we want.  Life is about glorifying God.  God is God.  We tend to put Him in our own little boxes for our wants and pleasures.  We need to remember Who God is.  God is life.  Without Him there is no life.  Just to be allowed to know Him in any small way is a privilege.  Let us thank God for where ever He has us and whatever He wants to do through us.  It is an underserved privilege.

September 15, 2018

Supplied

Exodus 25:1-9 ​1 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you. (NIV)

We must remember the Israelites were in the wilderness when this command came to them from God.  How were they able to get all of these materials?  If we go back to the last days in Egypt, the Israelites were told to take things from the Egyptians and the Egyptians were more than ready to the Israelites anything to have them gone.  God knew what they would be needing and made sure all that would be needed was provided.  So often, when God tells us to do something we hesitate because we don’t think we have everything we need to obey and go forward.  God always provides us with what we need to walk in obedience to Him.  He was faithful to the Israelites and He will always be faithful to those of us who have His Son, Jesus, in our hearts, minds and lives and strive to walk in obedience to all Jesus has taught us.  When God tells us to do something, the words, “I can’t.  I’m not able.” Should never be spoken.  We should always have the attitude, “Here I am, God.  Send me.  Use me.”  Let us be sure to take time to listen and hear what God, through His Holy Spirit, is asking us to do.  He works through every one of us regardless of age, gender, ethnic background or physical or mental ability.  He supplies all we need to walk with Him and to allow Him to flow and work through us.

September 7, 2018

Surpassing Love

Ephesians 3:19 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV)

I’ve been talking with God about His love, a love that exceeds my imagination.  He had me picture myself in His place.  Imagine ourselves with only one child.  We love that child very much.  Our child is a very good and loving and obedient child.  One day we tell the child we want him to take the place of a child who doesn’t even know us and who has been very bad and is scheduled to be consigned to hell.  We know it will be incredibly painful for our child.  Our child will go through hell even though, after a time, he will return to join us.  To tell you the truth, I know I could never let any of my children die in place of any other child.  I love my children too much for that.  God loves His Son even more than we can love our children.  Yet, He loves us, as sinful and doubtful and unloving as we are, so much He sent His Son to stand in for us.  I can’t imagine how much pain and grief it cost our God.  This is a love beyond our ability to imagine. 

September 6, 2018

Condemning

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

John 3:17 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV)

Many, many people can quote John 3:16 but not so many know what the following verse says.  It seems we spend a good bit of time condemning, criticizing and complaining.  How much time do we spend in praying about the things we are condemning, criticizing or complaining about?  We can’t save any part of the world but God can save all of it.  He wants us to be part of His work by uniting with His power through prayer.  It is our prayers that connect our finite world with God’s infinite world and power.  We need to encourage one another to pray fervently until results are seen in our time and space.  We encourage each other by sharing answers we have seen and by joining with others to pray for specific issues.  Let us turn our condemning, criticizing and complaining into prayers of faith and power.

September 4, 2018

Infinite

Deuteronomy 29:29 29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. (NIV)

God is infinite.  We are finite.  There is no way to put infinite into finite.  We try to put God into our finite understanding.  We try to box Him in a way that fits our finite thinking.  God is too big, to infinite for us to fully understand.  That is one of the reasons He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus, to this earth in a finite body.  Because we can’t understand the infinite, God put on flesh to demonstrate Who He is to us.  God is love.  This is a love we can’t fully understand.  If you are a parent, put yourself In God’s place.  Someone is being accused of things that demand a death sentence.  You tell your child to take their place and die in their behalf, even though your own child has done nothing wrong.  You love your child but are sacrificing your own child for a sake of one who doesn’t even really know you and who has done bad things.  Could you do it?  No.  I doubt any loving parent could do this.  But God, our infinite God, did this for us.  While we were sinners, while we didn’t know His love, while we lived our lives any way we wanted to, God sent His son to demonstrate His love in such a way that our finite minds could understand a little of that love.  Let us remember we can’t put Someone so infinite into our molds.  Let us open our minds to all of what God chooses to reveal to us.  With God, through His Son, all things are possible, even for us.

September 3, 2018

Memorials

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:31 pm

Acts 10:44And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. (NIV)

Not only do our tithes and offerings serve as a memorial before God, our prayers also serve as a memorial before Him.  Every prayer we utter, whether aloud or in our own quiet minds and thoughts, are laid on the alter in heaven before the Presence of God.  He not only hears them, He values our prayers.  We tend to think our prayers are for our own benefit.  We says them most often to get things we think we need or want.  Sometimes we even say prayers of thanksgiving, worship and praise.  When we stop and realize what God does with our prayers I would imagine it will change the words, meaning and motive behind our prayers.  We might forget some of the things we pray but God never forgets.  They are a memorial in His very Presence.  Let us be sure our prayers glorify our God.

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