Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

October 1, 2018

Pleasure

Filed under: Creation,devotion,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Revelation 4:11 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (KJV)

All things, including us human beings, were created for the pleasure of God.  This may seem like news to us.  We live as if everything on this earth was created for our own pleasure.  We live as if all things on this earth were ours to possess and do with as we wish.  The fact is, we are here specifically for the pleasure of God.  We must pause and think if our life, the way we live it, is really giving pleasure to God.  What or who is first in our heart.  Abraham held Isaac first in His heart and God tested him to see if Abraham would put God before Isaac.  We, too, must past that test.  Anything that comes before God is taking pleasure away from God.  My morning prayers always end with, “Let me be pleasing to You this day.”  I wish I could say I continue on that vain each and every day but the material things surrounding me try hard to take first place in my heart.  We live in a sinful, self-seeking world.  I’m sure Abraham really struggled on the way up that mountain with Isaac.  We, too, must struggle to be sure God is first in our heart.  To be first in our heart, He must be shown to be first in the way we live, talk and think.  We are here for the pleasure of 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 12, 2018

Word is Life

Filed under: Bible,Creation,devotion,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

John 6:63 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. (NIV)

God created everything through His Word.  Word is the life.  The Word became flesh in the person of Jesus.  Jesus is life because Jesus is the Word.  His Word is recorded in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and memorizing the Word of the Bible brings life to us as we apply the Word to our hearts, minds and lives.  This is why the Bible is so very important and should be read, studied, meditated on and prayed about daily.  It is through the Word of God (Jesus is the Word) that we have life eternal.  Let us never neglect the Word.

March 8, 2018

Horsetail Falls

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Creation,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 4:39 pm

John 9:5 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (NIV)

Matthew 5:14 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. (NIV)
Matthew 5:16 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)

In Yosemite, if you are there at the right time in the right conditions, you can see the sunset reflecting on horsetail falls making the falls look like cascading fire.  Even the water vapor from the falls lights up. While Jesus was physically walking this earth, He said He was the Light of the world.  After He rose from the dead He told us, His followers, that we are the light of the world.  Our question is do we reflect His light as horsetail falls reflects the light of the sunset?   How much Light do we reflect?  Do we need the conditions just right for His Light to reflect from us?  These as are questions we must take in prayerful meditation asking the Holy Spirit to show us how much of His Light we reflect and what conditions might be dimming the Light.

January 12, 2018

Re-clothed

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,Creation,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

2 Corinthians 5:1 1 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. (NIV)

As a hospital chaplain I frequently help people face physical death.  So many are confused and/or afraid at what they are facing.  Jesus said to the thief on the cross he would be with Him that very day in paradise.  We are not our physical bodies.  They only serve to house us while we are on this earth.  When we die, our real selves, our spirits, shed those physical bodies and immediately are in the presence of our Father God.  When Jesus return to earth our spirits will be re-clothed in perfect bodies.  There is nothing to fear for the believer in God through His Son, Jesus.  Jesus died for us so we would never need to experience the finality of death.  We begin our eternal life the moment we welcome Jesus into our heart, mind and lives.  Death has no sting for us anymore.  Our physical bodies will be shed as a snake sheds it’s skin.  How wonderful and awesome our God is.

September 16, 2017

Genesis 1:3-4 “Let there be light,” and there was light

Genesis 1:6 “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.”

Genesis 1:9 Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:11 Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so

Genesis 1:14-15 Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so

Genesis 1:20 Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.”

Genesis 1:26-27 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.

 In all of creation God spoke (Jesus is His Word) and creation came into existence.  All of creation came into existence with the words, “Let there be.”  But with man, God didn’t speak him into existence.  God made man.  He formed man out of the dust of the earth which He spoke into existence.  Then, to make man into His image, He breathed His Spirit into man.  His Spirit was breathed into man for each one to reflect His Spirit in a unique and different way because God is so big, no one being can be a true reflection of Him.  It takes the Bride of Christ (the body of believers together as one, to reflect His Image).  But man wasn’t happy just being a reflection.  Man wanted to be totally as God.  For that reason, God had to separate Himself from the Word, Jesus, and send Him to earth to show Who God is and to take the place of sinful man so man could once again be in the image of God.  Man’s body, made from the dust of the earth is the vessel holding the image of God.  As the vessel, we must care for this vessel to be able to hold God’s image. 

August 27, 2017

Draw Near 3

Filed under: Christ,Christian,Creation,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Hebrews 10:22 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water (NIV)

 Draw near to God ith the full assurance.  What do we need full assurance about?  We need the assurance that God will allow sinners like us draw near to Him.  Jesus provided the way for us to draw near to the Father.  The Holy Spirit within us confirms (gives us the assurance) we can draw near to God.  We must learn to turn our backs on the sins of our past (our separation from God) and, laying regrets and unforgiveness aside, move on with the freedom of being forgiven for all our sins and fully adopted into the family of God as joint heirs with His Son, Jesus.  This gives us all the privileges and also the responsibilities that go with being part of the family.  Guilt and regrets are gone as we stay near our Father and are replaced with joy in our cleansing with the purest water ever, the precious shed blood of Jesus.  What joy it is to stay near to God.

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