Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 8, 2019

Working With God

Filed under: communion,Creation,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

2 Corinthians 6:1 1 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. (NIV)

What got my attention in this verse is the phrase “God’s co-workers.”  We don’t work for God.  We are to work with God.  That is work along side God.  That is to be aware of God’s presences with us as we work with Him.  That means we are to have 2-way conversations with Him as we work.  So often we hear people, and probably us, say we work for God.  God is our boss.  This gives us the mentality we are given an assignment by God then we leave Him and go off and do the assignment as best we can.  This thinking is part of why our “workings” don’t seem to have the success Jesus had in everything He did while walking on this earth.  He wasn’t working on His own.  Jesus was working with the Father.  How much more do we need to work with God instead of thinking we go off on our on to do “His” work.  This very change in attitude of working with and along side God rather than for God will help us become more aware of His continuous presence with us and His desire for our conversations with Him to never cease.  Imagine, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be desires to work along beside us as we work along beside Him.

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March 29, 2019

Bodies Are Temples

Filed under: Creation,God,health,Holy Spirit,prayer,temple,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

1 Corinthians 6:19 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (NIV)

I was recently at a health fair.  There was a room full of tables with people representing various types of health companies and vendors.  At most of the tables there were dishes of candies, cookies, cupcakes and various other snacks.  I thought it a little strange for a health fair to have so many non-healthy enticements.  Since our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit, we should be treating our bodies with respect.  That incudes more than healthy eating.  We need to feed our bodies with good food but also with exercise and with quiet moments of meditation with God through the Holy Spirit.  So often it is the quiet moments we fail to have.  My favorite form of exercise is what I call my prayer walk.  As I walk through the neighborhood, I tell God how much I appreciate the beautiful world He created. I pray for the people in the houses as I pass.  It is a quiet time for my soul while, at the same time, it is beneficial to my body, a temple for God’s Holy Spirit.  Let us remember our bodies are on loan to us for while we walk on this earth.  Let us care for them according to how the Owner would have us do.

February 23, 2019

Look to the Cross

Filed under: confess,Creation,cross,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:25 pm

1 Peter 2:24 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (NIV)

When mankind chose sin over God, God had to look away and withdraw from mankind.  He had to do the same when His Son, Jesus, was on the cross taking on the sins of all humanity.  Until Jesus took on our sins oneness with God was impossible.  We now have a choice.  We can choose to continue in sin or we can choose to resist sin, keep our eyes on the cross and what it cost the Father and the Son, and embrace the Holy Spirit within us as we grow into the reality of abiding IN and the oneness of our being with our Creator.  The Son of Man, Jesus, had to experience the death that mankind experienced upon the first sin of disobedience by choice to overcome that choice by choosing obedience unto death.  Now, oneness with God is made possible.  Yes, we will sin but hopefully, not by conscious choice.  Keeping our minds on the cross and the price God paid for our reunion with Him will help us make the right choices.  When we stumble, we confess, repent (change directions) and are forgiven.  Then we make our minds up to grow in knowledge from our stumbling and move on into our oneness with God.  He died so we can choose to die to the desire to sin and live in His resurrection to eternal life.

February 2, 2019

The Sound of Snow

Filed under: Creation,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:36 pm

Proverbs 15:29 29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (NIV)

I was watching a documentary on snow in keeping with our current weather.  I found out that a snow flake actually makes a sound when it hits the ground or other snow.  No human ear can hear the sound but there are advanced electronics that actually pick up and record the sound.  Amazing.  When we pray, many time we pray without using our voices.  We pray silently in our heads with our thoughts.  No human can hear that kind of prayer.  But we have Someone, Our Creator, God, Who actually hears our silent prayers.  He hears them as long as we are robed in the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  It is such a comfort to know that even when we are in a location or circumstance were we cannot speak aloud with our voice, God still hears us as we pray silently.  Let us remember He hears what we think and turn our thoughts over to Him in confidence of His love for us.

February 1, 2019

God Loves All

Filed under: Creation,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Obey,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Many think, and say if God is love He wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  They are right.  God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  This is why He sent His Son, Jesus.  No one can be in heaven who isn’t righteous.  None of us is righteous.  To be righteous one must always be completely right.  Only God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are always right.  God set the rules of only righteous being in heaven because God won’t be in the presence of sin.  He is the One Who created all that is and therefore He owns all that is and He is the only One Who can set the rules.  But He loves us so He provided a way for us to become righteous.  We can be covered with the righteousness of Jesus.  The only way we can have His righteousness cover us is by believing in Him.  Believing in Him doesn’t mean we believe He existed on earth or that He is the Son of God.  It means we believe in Him by taking Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Savior and our Lord – our boss.  Yes God loves all mankind and desires for all mankind to live with Him in heaven for eternity but man must be covered with the righteousness of Jesus to have a place in God’s home.

December 30, 2018

God Needs Us

Filed under: Creation,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:47 pm

Genesis 2:19 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. (NIV)

God is complete.  He doesn’t need anything.  Yet, even in His completeness He chose to need us.  Before sin entered into the world God turned His creation over to Adam to name all God had made.  Then sin entered the world and man separated from God.  God still chose to need man so He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus into the world as a helpless baby to grow in the way man grows, learning to eat, walk, talk and so on.  Then Jesus went to the cross and shed His blood so man could be made compete in God once again.  This is because God chose to need man.  Our question is are we aware of our need for God so we can respond to God’s need for us?  God has done His part.  It’s up to us to do our part.  Let us fulfill God’s need for us through worship, devotion, obedience, love and sharing in the ministry God has for us on this earth.

December 8, 2018

Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (NIV)

God created mankind in His image.  However, we seen to think God is in our image.  We tailor Him to our ethnic background, our culture, our likes and our dislikes.  We tend to forget God is Spirit and when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the spirit God breathed into then at creation died.  Until we come to Jesus, the Word of God in flesh, God’s only Son, we remain without being in the image of God.  When we come to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit comes into us and we are once again in the image of God.  However, we have a hard time seeing His image in us because we are so wrapped up in our physical image.  We spend more time caring how our physical bodies look then we do caring for our spiritual bodies.  Let us shake off the self-image we tend to worship and get into God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, to see God Image as portrayed by His Son, Jesus Christ.  As we become more and more in relationship to the Son, we will more and more reflect the image of God.

October 17, 2018

Fathers

Filed under: Creation,devotion,Family,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Romans 9:19-21 19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?” 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?(NIV)

Our relationship with our earthly fathers is different than it was in the writing of the epistle of Romans.  At that time fathers were the unquestionable ruler of the family.  They told their children what they would do, when they would do it, who they would marry – basically everything that would ever involve the children.  The children accepted the rule of the father.  Today in our culture children feel free to disagree both in words and in actions with their fathers.  This has affected us in how we relate to God.  Because we see Him as our Father we tend to forget to acknowledge with our word and actions Who He really is.  We think we know best what and when to do with our lives and only go to the Father when we get into trouble.  We forget we belong to God.  We thin we belong to our own self.  In actuality we don’t have the right to decide in and of ourselves what we will do with our time on this earth.  That right completely belongs to our Father, God.  It is He Who has made us and not we ourselves.  Let us remember when He made us He made us out of love and He has only the best for us planned for our time on this earth.  Let’s take the easy way and flow with Him.

October 6, 2018

Reflections

Filed under: Creation,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

I take a lot of pictures of calm lakes that have the reflection of the mountains or whatever is on the other side of the lake.  I really enjoy seeing the reflections in the water.  The reflections are a hint at the beauty of what they are reflecting.  We were created to be a reflection of God.  We must ask ourselves, when others see us, do they see a reflection of God?  How much of His love and His beauty do others see when they look at us.  I’m not talking about physical beauty.  I’m talking about the beauty of the spirit – the real person inside of us.  Our physical bodies are like the skin of a rattle snake.  They are just the shell that houses the real person God created us to be.  Let us really get and stay attached to the vine of Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us work on our reflection, take out the ripples that distort it, and allow God’s reflection to be seen in all we say and do.

October 3, 2018

Perfect Love

Filed under: Creation,devotion,God,Jesus,love,peace,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Psalms 118:29 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (NIV)

More and more often I am overwhelmed by God’s love. The more I read, study and meditate on the Scriptures, the more I learn about my God, the more I realize how little I can really know and understand about Him and the immense amount of His love and power.  He is far to loving, powerful, mercy and patient for my finite mind to ever comprehend.  I see His love all around me.  He didn’t have to create such beautiful colors nor give our eyes the capacity to distinguish the beauty, but He did.  As we learn to grow in Him, as we become more intimate with our God through His Son, Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, we learn to relax in His love as a child.  We learn to receive His love and let it envelop us.  The feeling of peace it brings is far beyond our understand.  I pray you take time just to bask in His love.  As you feel His Presence surrounding you and flowing through you, you will know you can walk through any trial this sinful world brings your way for we are each enveloped in the perfect love of the One Who has all power and is in control of all that was, is and will ever be.  His perfect love truly casts out all fear and fills us with the most abundant life.

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