Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 18, 2020

Created by God

Filed under: Creation,God,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  (NIV)

Anybody who really has eyes and really looks around this earth, at the land, pants and diversity of animals, has to come to the conclusion and belief in God the creator.  The only thing that can keep them from this belief is a very closed mind and a desire to be the most important being and the smartest.  There is no other explanation for the beauty and diversity of this earth and all that are in the space beyond this earth.  Even real scientist who have an open mind are quietly admitting that all there is had to be created by God; that all that is can’t just happen.  Most of you reading this already believe God is the Source of all that was, is or will ever be.  The question we each must answer for ourselves is, how often do we really look, appreciate what we see and thank our Father for creating such beauty?  We must also consider if we are being a good steward of all this beauty God created.  He did charge mankind, at their creation to tend and care for the creation God placed us in.  Let us both appreciate, be thankful and tend this beautiful creation of God.

May 13, 2020


Filed under: Bible,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Hebrews 1:2 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.  (NIV)

To put this verse in today’s language it says God has spoken to us through Jesus, His Son and it was through Jesus that God made the universe and it is Jesus who owns the universe and all that is in it.  That includes you and me.  We belong to Jesus.  That leaves us with at least 2 questions.  One is what are we doing in caring for the universe that belongs to Jesus?  Are we being extravagant with how we live in this creation and how we use the things in this creation?  Are we being careless with the things we do use in this creation?  Another question is what kind of possession are we?  Are we one that enjoys being possessed by Jesus or are we one who from time to time or continually fights being possessed by Jesus?  Yet another question is do we listen to what God says to us through His Son?  He is still speaking to us today for we are still in the last days.  He speaks to us through the Holy Bible, His written word and through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each and every believer/follower.  Today is a good day to contemplate those questions honestly.

April 18, 2020

The Shepherd

Filed under: Creation,God,Jesus,Lord,peace,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Psalms 23:1 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  (NIV)

David was a man who had deep faith and love and knew how to worship God with his entire being.  This psalm is a good example  For the next several days we will look at this psalm.

First we notice He addresses God as “Lord.”  We have used the phrase, “lord it over someone” meaning to old things over someone.  In this case, David means that God is over Him.  God is the One Who gives direction and purpose and rules over all creation.  David next describes God as being his shepherd.  A shepherd stays with his sheep.  A shepherd will defend his sheep even at the cost of his own life.  A shepherd leads his sheep and makes sure they have all the nourishment they need to be healthy and strong.  A shepherd leads his sheep into peaceful places.  David said there was nothing he lacked.  A shepherd provides all his sheep need.  His sheep know no lack.  Jesus said He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep.   He continually does all that a good shepherd does.  Therefor we have no reason to complain about anything.  All we need is contained in our relationship with the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

November 23, 2019


Filed under: Christian,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Philippians 2:6-8 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)

In our sinful, human state, we struggle and fight for importance.  We want titles in front or behind our names.  We want to be the ones in power, the ones to make the decisions.  Jesus is in the very nature of His Father, God.  It was through Jesus, the Word of God, that the Father created all that is.  Yet, Jesus was willing to take off the nature of His Father and become in the nature of man.  Instead of the privileges of the Sonship of God the Father, Jesus became a servant in the fleshly form of mankind.  It is our sense of false pride that leads us to strive for importance and fame.  God created us with a need to be filled by Him.  Sin separated us from that filling.  Mankind tries all sorts of things and ways to fill that void with us.  The void can only be filled through coming to the cross of Jesus and allowing Him to forgive us and fill us with the Holy Spirit.  We don’t need titles, fame or rewards.  We only need Jesus in our minds, hearts and lives.  The title, Christian an the job description follower of Jesus is all we need for identification.

October 29, 2019

Everything is God’s

Filed under: Creation,glory,God,possessions,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Romans 11:36 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.  (NIV)

We humans are so very smug.  We like to claim things as ours.  We say “my house, my car, my, mine.” As far as this world is concerned the “my” claim is right.  The problem in using it is we tend to forget all things created, even supposedly man created, are really God’s.  There is nothing created that hasn’t come from God.  We are here because God chose to have us for the purpose of fellowshipping with us.  He also gave us a job to do.  He told Adam to name all the animals and plants and tend the world God created.  That makes us God’s steward.  Even the money we earn from the job we hold is God’s.  He only asks us to give 10% back to Him to further His Kingdom on earth.  He does ask for us to be good stewards with the 90% that remains.  We need to learn the “thanks” habit rather than the “my or mine” habit.  As we use the various things God has put into our possession let us remember to thank Him and steward it in a way that will please God and bring Him glory.

October 19, 2019

Hearing with Practice

Filed under: believe,Bible,Creation,God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 9:09 pm

Romans 11:35 – 3635 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”  For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (NIV)

We, in our sinful nature, think everything is about us.  Our prayers even echo that sentiment.  We pray, God I need, God do this….  It’s mostly all about us, what we think we need and what we want.  God didn’t created humans for themselves.  He created humans and everything else for Him.  There is nothing we can do to repay Him for His grace and mercy to us.  Even when we forget all things, including us, belong to Him and are for Him, He still loves us and has mercy on us.  Let us remember we are on this earth for Him.  He wants us to develop a personal and intimate relationship with Him.  It is only through that intimate relationship with Him that we can be reshaped into His image.  His image is reflected in the fruits of the Holy Spirit (previous writings talk about the fruit).  The only way we can develop that intimate relationship with Him is by being aware, talking to and listening to the Holy Spirit Whom, Jesus, in His infinite love and mercy, inputs into every believer/follower.  This takes quiet time.  Time when we quit talking so much and start listening more.  If you’ve not experienced this, sit down with the Bible and a note pad.  Read until something really speaks to you and write your thoughts and questions on the note pad.  Then listen and write what you hear.  With practice you will learn to recognize the soft, gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.

September 30, 2019

For Jesus

Filed under: Creation,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Colossians 1:16 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  (NIV)

All things were created through Jesus, the Son of God the Father.  All things that were created were not only created through Jesus but also FOR Jesus.  We are on this earth not for us but we are here for Jesus, God’s Son.  The things on this earth, the very earth itself are here, not for us but for Jesus.  We are being allowed to share them.  We must ask how are we taking care of the things that are for Jesus?  How are we taking care of ourselves for Jesus?  The Father has given all to and through His Son.  We must learn to be good stewards of all that is for the Son.  When we take time to meditate on how we are doing I hope we will all make changes to our life style of waste and throw away mentality and practices.

September 9, 2019

Invisible Qualities

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  (NIV)

Many say they have never seen a miracle.  Others say they have never seen God or evidence of God.  They must be blind.  We can’t look at the beautiful variety in the nature around us without seeing the evidence of God.  The variety of the music of birds.  The vast variety of the colors of flowers.  The beauty of an old tree.  All these are evidence of the miracle of God’s creation.  Seeing how intricately He designed these things and knowing Jesus said we are of even more importance than all the nature God created how can we see anything else rather then the love of God for us.  That He knows how many hairs are on our heads which we don’t even know (unless we’re bald) tells of His love and care for the smallest details of our lives.  Since He is concerned about the smallest details of our lives shouldn’t we be sharing them with Him as we converse with Him in prayer?  So many only go to God with what they think is a really big problem.  To God, everything about us and everything that concerns us is important to Him for His attention.  So, throughout every part of every day, let’s remember to keep our conversation going with God.  He already knows because He knows our thoughts even before we do, but, as we like to hear our children actually talk aloud with us, God also likes to actually hear us speak openly to Him.

June 27, 2019

As Little Children

Filed under: Bible,commands,Creation,faith,God,knowledge,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Genesis 1:28 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.  (NIV)

When God created mankind all He wanted was for mankind to tend the creation God had made and to communicate with Him.  Mankind chose to put themselves before God and His creation.  We are not on this earth for us.  We are here to relate to God and care for His creation.  We are doing a terrible job.  We don’t want the simplicity God had for us – to love and talk with Him and care for His creation.  We want to make thing complex.  It makes us feel important to make things complex.  We put intellectual knowledge before trust and faith in God.  We put watching a movie or listening to the news before reading and meditating on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We long for conversations with others over conversations with God.  We want God to give us what we want, when we want it rather than trust God to give us what is best for us when it is best for us to have it.  He said we must be as little children.  Little children trust their parents to tell them AAswhen to do what.  We want to tell God when we want Him to do what we want done.  Basically, we don’t take God’s commands that come with conditions and warnings seriously.  It’s way past time for us to wake up and recognize Who God is and what His commands and conditions are.  Let us seek Him first and more than we seek anything else.

June 26, 2019

All Creation

Filed under: Creation,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Ezekiel 36:1 1 “Son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel and say, ‘Mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord.  (NIV)

When I first read this verse, I thought it strange God would tell Ezekiel to prophesy to the mountains instead of to people.  But as I continued reading, I understood.  The first half of Ezekiel is addressed to the mountains and the rest of the earthly creations of God.  God cares for what He has created, not only for mankind but for all His creation.  We are to care for all God has created as well.  How we live not only affects our relationship with God and with each other; how we live also has an effect on God’s earthly creation, what we call nature or habitat.  We are abusing what God has created.  We live in a throw-away world.  We waist so many material things and pay no attention to how we dispose of unwanted items.  For the most part, we don’t give it much thought. All the earth and all within the earth are special to God.  Shouldn’t it also be special to us?  Next time we purchase something, next time we use something, next time we dispose of something, let us remember how special all things are to God.  Let us learn to be wise in our use of all God has created.

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