Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 10, 2020

Eye Witness

Filed under: Christian,Christians,God,love,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

1 John 1:3 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  (NIV)

This is an eye-witness testimony.  In fact it uses the plural pronoun, “we” which means there are multiply eye-witnesses.  In a court of law, eye-witness are the best evidence there is.  These eye-witnesses were so very sure of what they saw and heard that they even gave their lives up in standing firm on what they saw and heard.  Unfortunately, in our human, sinful nature, if we don’t like what an eye-witness says they saw and heard, we choose to close our mind and ears to their testimony.  There were and still are people who don’t like the idea of God being in control of all, They want to be the ones in control.  The hardest things for people to understand are love and God.  Look at the divorce rate and the hatred that abounds and it confirms people don’t understand love.  Look at the life-style that’s being embrace and that’s evidence they don’t understand God.  God is love.  We confuse love with lust.  Love and lust are worlds apart.  The United States was founded on Jewish/Christian morals – the morals handed down to mankind by God.  These morals produce a life of love and peace.  When mankind insists on self-rule love and peace are absent.  We, as Christians, have been known as the “silent majority.”  Because of our silence we are no longer the majority but are the minority.  However, we have the power and wisdom of God available to us.  It is way past time for us to demonstrate what a Christian is and what love for God and love for neighbor means.  Let us speak loud with our actions agreeing with our words.

June 7, 2020

Really Humble

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,glory,God,government,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

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)

Let’s take a fresh look at this verse and what it means to humble ourselves.  We say we pray and seek God’s face.  We say we do our part for this nation.  There are questions we must ask ourselves.  Do we vote?  When we vote, do we research all levels of offices and laws before we cast our ballot.  Do we really know who and/or what we are electing into office or laws?  When we pray for our nation, do we pray for each individual who is in a decision-making area of our government?  Do we pray for each one to seek God’s wisdom in their decisions?  When we pray, do we really humble ourselves by admitting our part in this nation leaving the precept of God?  We Christians are just as responsible for the direction this country has taken as the worse of citizens.  We don’t speak with our votes.  We don’t speak with our actions.  When is the last time we have communicated with someone in office as to what we think the direction should be.  I don’t know about you but I must admit I’m not consistently faithful in any of the above actions.  God didn’t cause this virus but He did allow it for scripture says God is always in control.  Since God did allow it it appears, He is trying to get our attention to stand up and do our part in the leadership and direction of this country.  He has used “pandemics” before; they are recorded in the Holy Bible several times.  Let’s pay attention.  Let’s not be complacent or quiet.  Let’s not riot but let’s use the laws that are in place to speak out and move our nation back into the right direction – God’s direction.  Let’s put pray back into our schools, businesses and government.  Let’s keep gender on birth certificates.  Let’s stop the murder of babies.  Let’s be active for the glory of God.

May 29, 2020

Like Paul

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christian,gender,God,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Ephesians 6:19 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly   (NIV)

Paul was threatened with prison and death yet his prayer request was to be bold and always speak for Christ Jesus.  I don’t know about you, but Paul puts me to shame.  So many of us pray selfishly for our own comfort and convenience.  Paul was totally focused on God and spreading of His message.  We, for the most part are focused on what will make us most popular.  As believers in and followers of Jesus our number one desire should be to be pleasing to God regardless of what others might think of us.  We fear being labeled a “religious fanatic.”  That term has changed in it’s meaning as culture has pulled further and further away from God.  Today that term applies to anyone who is openly a true believer and follower of God.  I don’t use the term “Christian” because now that term seems to be defined as a church member that is basically a “good” person.  We are do good today at changing the definition of a word to match our own desires of its meaning.  Not only has the definition of Christian changed but the definition of marriage and gender have also changed.  Let us be more like Paul and desire to be bold in our belief and following of God through Jesus Christ and proclaim the gospel to those around us in a loving, non-judgmental way.

April 21, 2020

His Name’s Sake

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Psalms 23:3 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

We have many things that attempt to guide us along different paths.  We are bombarded with commercials telling us what we need to do, us or go.  We have signs on our road, words on our radio and television and even on our computers, tablets and phones.  Some of them might lead us on good paths but the only One Who can lead us on the right path for us and for the glory of God is God Himself.  Our problem is listening and looking to Him over all the others that vie for our attention.  If we are doing what we read about the last 2 days, we will find it a little easier to make sure our attention is tuned into the right Guide.  We all take many detours.  Praise God for His patience with us.  Praise Him for never leaving us even when we step away from Him for a time. As Christians, when people see and/or hear us,  it reflects on Who God is.  His leading us along the right paths protects the reputation of His name – Who He is.  Let us be sure we allow Him to guide us along the right path for each one of us.  His guidance comes through the Holy Bible and one-on-one conversation with Him in the quiet time we take each and every day.

April 9, 2020

Lavish Father

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Luke 15:11-12 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them  (NIV)

Please read the entire account of what we commonly entitle “The Prodigal Son.”  Much emphasis has been placed on the prodigal son correlating it to a Christian who has momentarily turned away from God.  Some have emphasized the other son who stayed and obeyed though his heart was not in it, only waiting to get his inheritance.  This relates to the person who only says they are a Christian but in their mind it is only an insurance policy.  The father is the real prodigal.  To be prodigal means to be lavish in spending money or even lavish in love.  The father was lavish in love.  He loved both of his sons equally and waited patiently for his prodigal son to come to his senses and return.  Notice he didn’t give the son any more money but he did lavish the identity of sonship on him by putting on the robe and throwing a banquet to tell all he had not just one son but two sons.  God loves us lavishly.  He is preparing a banquet for us.  He waits patiently when we turn our backs on Him.  He doesn’t restore the blessings we missed while we had our backs to Him but He does lavish new blessings on us when we come back.  How wonderful it would be if we never turned our backs on Him even for a short moment.  It is important for us to stay in the written word, the Hoy Bible, and to pray, being sure to always have a listening time, throughout each and every day.  We have our choice.  Keep our eyes on God and follow Him or allow our eyes to look at the multitude of temptations and sub come to them.  Let us choose God.

April 3, 2020

Faith or Assumption

Filed under: Christian,faith,God,government,love,praise,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 17:20 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  (NIV)

There is a big difference between faith and assumption.   Continuing life as normal during a pandemic because we say God will protect us is an assumption.  God gives us more wisdom than this.  He also said in. Romans 13:1 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Our  president said he really hated that church services couldn’t continue as normal but most churches cannot provide the space and safety guards needed at this time.    Our faith is not to assume God will do whatever we want whenever we want.  Our faith is to be that God will always be with us in and through any trials we meet on this earth.  God didn’t create the virus.  God can take the virus away.  But I see God calling out for us to pay attention and listen to Him.  I see Him taking our idol gods away – the gods of putting job first or money or entertainment or sports or shopping or any of the others activities we put before God.  Our response to this trial as Christians is to co-operate with the government restrictions, set a good example, keeping and showing God’s love and joy through us and most of all, praying an praising God in our own homes and through our electronics for Who He is.  We can still celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday and every week with those living in our house with us.  We can virtually celebrate through the internet but not by just sitting and watching.  We must participate with what we hear and see.  Let us quick looking, thinking listening and speaking the complaints and negatives and speak God’s love and peace.

March 15, 2020

Watching and Listening

Filed under: Christ,Christian,God,Jesus,praise,prayer,song,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Acts 16:25 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  (NIV)

Paul and Silas weren’t trying to witness to the other prisoners.  They were just praying and singing to God regardless of their situation.  As Christians, we are being watched.  People don’t want us to preach at them.  They rather watch us to see if we are really living a life full of the love of God and our fellow mankind.  Paul and Silas’ praying and singing in their situation was the strongest witness they could give.  It opened the eyes and hearts of the other prisoners.  Then, when the doors opened and their chains dropped off all the prisoners followed Paul and Silas’ lead and remained where they were.  Had the prayers and singing not won them over I sure they would have run out immediately.  Because of their choice to stay with Paul and Silas, the prison guard was also won to Christ Jesus.  Let’s remember we are being watched.  We are the flesh and blood representative of Jesus.  How we act and what we say has a direct effect on those around us.  Let’s be true to the testimony of our words in our actions and all our words.

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.

February 20, 2020

Growing Daily

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV)

It is our task to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  It is our task to grow up into mature children of God, joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are a few steps we must do in order to grow up spiritually.  We must be into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We can’t just casually read it.  We must prayerfully study it, put it deep into our minds and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and help us apply all it says into our present day lives.  Along with the study and meditation of God’s written word comes regular and often conversation time with Him through prayer.  We must be sure to take time to listen.  Writing down what we hear during our prayer time is very helpful.  Our growth is not complete without gathering together with other Christians in worship, praise and encouraging and sharing with one another.  There is much we can learn from the experiences of others in their growth walk.  Any day we have not learned something more about our God is a day wasted.  Let us not waste a single day He gives us on this earth.  Let us grow in knowledge and faith each and every day.

February 12, 2020

God Uses the Least

Filed under: Christian,God,troubles,Uncategorized,walk,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Judges 6:11 11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.  (NIV)

Judges 6:15 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”  (NIV)

Many Christians think they are too insignificant for God to ever do anything through them.  Take time to read through the 6th chapter of Judges.  Gideon was hiding in fear.  He thought himself the most insignificant of his family and his family very insignificant in compared to all others.  Yet God used him in a mighty way.  So mighty, He kept insisting Gideon decrease the number of people he would call into battle.  God wanted to demonstrate He is more powerful through us than any number of enemies that would try to come against us.  Gideon had questions for God.  He wanted to know why they were being troubled by enemies.  We have questions for God.  We wonder why we must go through trials.  Jesus told us there would be tribulation.  He said the entire world would be against us.  Matthew 24:9 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.  To us, the times of trials seem out of proportion to the times of blessings.  We only look at the short period of time we walk this sinful earth.  God sees eternity.  In our physical, sinful abode we are very short-sighted.  Let us remember 2 very significant things.  Our walk on this earth is very brief compared to the eternity we will enjoy in the very real presence of our God.  The second is God chooses to use the very least and insignificant among us for it is not our own talent or power but God’s power and wisdom through the least of us that wins the battle against the evil of this world.

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