Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 4, 2019


Filed under: Christ,Church,denomination,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Revelation 22:18-19 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. (NIV)

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever (NIV)

There are a few protestant denominations trying to change the word of God.  When they find that difficult they try to change the definition of the word they don’t like.  It appears they aren’t concerned with following the commands of God.  The want to appeal to the present day culture.  I’m so glad the apostles were more concerned with obeying and walking with our Lord than fitting in with their present-day culture.  God knows what is best for us to live an abundant life.  He doesn’t command things to ruin our fun and pleasure.  He is protecting us for troubles we can’t see on down the road.  I hope, if you’re in one of the denominations trying to change God’s commands or the definition of words used for centuries you will speak up and be counted.  Jesus had no problem correcting the religious leaders of His day and we should do the same.  No matter what some try to do, God’s word will endure forever.


February 5, 2019


Filed under: Church,Father,God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 6:30 pm

Luke 12:15 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (NIV)

Greed encompasses more than money.  Greed includes the greed for power, fame, material possessions and so on.  Greed is a lust and desire to have the most of what ever it is we are desiring and seeking.  We see greed displayed in the news every day.  Commercials even entice us to greed.  We are told we aren’t living right if we don’t have a particular product.  We are encouraged to accumulate as much of a product as we can.  Unfortunately, some churches are even preaching a financial prosperity message.  This can lead us into greed for money and for the things money can buy.  The Bible says for us to be content with what we have.  We are not to covet what other people have.  We are not to compare ourselves with others.  We are to compare ourselves with Christ.  He didn’t ever own or rent His own home.  He didn’t have a big wardrobe.  He didn’t stockpile supplies.  He looked to His Father to provide His needs while He served His Father.  When we leave this earth, everything we have accumulated stays on this earth.  We must ask ourselves if, when we leave this earth we will be remembered only for the possessions we leave behind or remembered for the love of God we have shared with others.

January 22, 2019

Extra Rules

Matthew 15:8-9 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. (NIV)

Jesus is quoting from the prophet Isaiah.  So many churches even today have added to scripture making their own rules that people are supposed to follow.  Many churches even split because of the man-made rules.  In our human nature we want to be better than others and tell others to be like us.  We want others to worship the same way we do, eat what we eat, dislike what we dislike and on and on.  Jesus said we are to be one in Him and in each other.  Being one means to love as God loves.  It doesn’t mean we must do everything alike.  Some worship on their knees, some standing.  What counts is worship from the heart.  Let us stop criticizing others for doing things differently from us.  Let us not agree with those who would require people follow man-made rules.  Let us follow the commands of God and love one another and worship God with our entire heart and mind in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.

December 18, 2018

Priorities and Schedules

Filed under: Church,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:33 pm

Exodus 18:17-18 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone (NIV)

Moses was confused about his priorities.  He thought he was responsible for everything. We need to listen to God for what He has for our own priorities.  As we hear His direction for our priorities, we need to compare them with our schedule.  So often we allow others to control our schedule to the demise of our priorities.  We allow ourselves to put other things before our priorities.  Moses was to spend His time in prayer – to stand before God for the people he was leading.  He was to hear God’s word and share that word with the people.  When he spent most of his time listening to disputes between people, he no longer had time to hear God’s direction.  We each have God-given priorities.  We need to learn to say yes to God and no to others when what they ask of us takes us away from what God is telling us to do.  This may sound harsh but, when we do things that take us away from our priorities, it means we are doing what God is telling others to do.  So many church pastors have a hard time sticking to their God given priorities.  They think, and unfortunately a lot of the church members think the pastor is responsibility for every activity in the church.  Quite often committee or commission heads think the same thing.  Let us be sure our schedule reflects our priorities.  Let us learn to flow in our priorities that we can serve God with joy and thanksgiving because we are doing what God is blessing through us.

December 6, 2018

Directed Worship

Filed under: Church,devotion,God,love,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

Most people don’t seem to know the meaning of worship.  The do manage to worship their favorite sports star.  Just watch and listen to them as they cheer their star on to success.  The also manage to worship their favorite popular singer.  The cry with ecstasy at the concerts.  But look at the people in a church service.  They look bored and distracted.  We are to worship God throughout each and every day.  Worship is more than singing though singing can be a very iatrical part of worship.  Worship is having no one or anything else in our mind and thoughts than God.  We are totally enwrapped in Him.  We are expressing our wonder, love and thankfulness to Him.  This can be done with words or song.  But it must be done totally without distracting thoughts.  God desires our worship.  He wants us to take time to totally be with and in Him.  Corporate worship with others is good but we mustn’t neglect the one on One time of worship.  Let us take time each and every day to focus on God and express our love and thanks to Him, praising Him for Who He is.

November 19, 2018

Knowing God

Filed under: Church,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:24 pm

Psalms 89:15 15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. (NIV)

We can know all about God and His characteristics and not really know God.  Until we really know God we can’t really be in His presence.  Being in His presence is different than His being with us.  To really know someone, we must be in their lives – their daily, private lives.  Most of us live one way around others and when we are alone, we live another way.  We can sit in church and sing, pray and listen to sermons and still not really know God.  Knowing is by experiencing.  To experience God, we must in reality trust Him enough to give Him total control of our life.  There are no exceptions.  This takes a lot of trust because our nature is to be in control of all we experience.  I pray you want to really know God, to totally trust Him with all the aspects of your life.  Let us give free reign to the Holy Spirit to free us from all preconceived ideas of God, Who He is and what He wants us to be, do and say.

November 18, 2018


Filed under: Church,devotion,Father,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

John 14:2 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? (NIV)

We all seek for what we consider to be our place.  We want our place of belonging.  Some have one place they will sit in church.  If someone else sits there, some will ask them to move, they are so tied to that particular place.  We think we are defined by our place.  We belong to various organizations to have a place that is ours.  We seek reserved parking places with our names on it.  We want our place to show others it is our place, we are important.  We tend to forget this world is not our place.  We are merely traveling through, hopefully letting God do some work here through us, until we get to our place Jesus is preparing for us.  He has our place.  We belong to God, not things or people of this world.  Let us not be concerned with “finding our place” on this earth and look forward to our goal of our place with God.  We are important to Him and that’s all that counts.

October 20, 2018

Fitting Together

Filed under: Bible,Church,denomination,devotion,God,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Nehemiah 4:6 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.(NIV)

To understand the import of this verse we must read Nehemiah chapter 3.  In this chapter we read how various different tribes rebuilt different portions of the walls and gates.  Each tribe did their own section.  In the end, all sections fit together and the wall and gates were rebuilt.  Instead of tribes today, we have a various group of denominations and individual churches.  God has various ministries for each individual group.  One group should not interfere with the ministry of another but allow each denomination, church and individual to work in the ministry designed for them by God.  We can’t see how they all fit together as the “walls” surrounding the Kingdome of God are not finished but we must be sure to be about the ministry God has assigned to each one of us while encouraging others to do the same.  God desires to flow through us to prepare for the New Earth, His Kingdome coming.  Let us be about our ministry.

October 14, 2018

Slow to Speak

Filed under: Bible,Church,devotion,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

James 1:21 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (NIV)

James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (NIV)

I call the epistle of James the practical how-to epistle.  James was one of the half-brothers of Jesus.  He grew up with Jesus and hears how Jesus talked and what Jesus did.  God could have sent Jesus to earth as a full-grown man, already capable of talking.  But He chose to send His Son down to earth as a helpless, unable to talk baby.  Jesus grew up, worked and listened for some 30 years before He started talking – speaking forth the word of His Father.  He was able to experience and understand how it was to be a human.  He could relate to us so we could relate to Him.  In verse 21 the word “save” is not about eternal life.  We have eternal life the moment we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives.  He is talking about being saved from the things we face.  Moral filth and evil start with words we say or hear.  Words become action.  James writes about how powerful words are.  We all want to be heard and understood.  So much so, we tend to be quick to speak what we want to say rather than listen to what someone else wants to say.  I really recommend an in-depth study of James in relations to how, when and why we talk and how we should listen.  This knowledge and the practicing of it can really save us.  It can save our relationships with others.  It can save our jobs.  It can save our churches.  It can really save.

June 7, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Church,devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Matthew 6:13 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one. (NIV)

In the prayer example Jesus gave us in teaching us how to pray, He said to pray for deliverance from the evil one who is named Satan.  We tend to forget spiritual warfare is real and necessary.  We are not battling against flesh and blood even though it seems that way.  The battle is really a spiritual one between the devil and God, His angels and His children.  Satan will do everything possible to separate God’s children from Him.  Not because the devil wants us children but because he doesn’t want God to have us.  This is a daily battle and should be part of our daily prayers.  We need to pray and bind the devil from ourselves, our family, our friends and neighbors, our churches and our country.  We need to be doing this every day.  Just because we don’t see what is going on in the spiritual world doesn’t make it any less real.  We are joint heirs with God’s Son, Jesus.  We must pray as Jesus prayed.  Let us do our part and bind Satan daily.  Let us do our part in bring the glory of God back into our families, our churches and our country.

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