Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 11, 2017

Continual Prayer

1 Thessalonians 5:17 17 pray continually, (NIV)

 When someone is beside you throughout our day, we don’t spend the day ignoring them.  We talk with them throughout our day, not continually, but very frequently.  God is always with us.  No matter where we are or what we are doing, God is with us.  How often do we talk with Him throughout our day?  Maybe we see a pretty tree and we can thank God for creating such beauty.  Maybe it is a bird song and we thank Him for the beautiful and varied music.  Maybe we hear a siren and we ask God to be in that situation.  I think you get the gist of where I’m going.  There are things throughout our day to thank God or praise God or lift someone or something up before His throne of grace and mercy.  Let us get into the practice of speaking with the One Who loves us most and never leaves us.

November 30, 2016

Creation

Genesis 2:2 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. (NIV)

John 19:30 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (NIV)

When God finished creation after six God days (with God a day is as a thousand years or more and a thousand years or more is as a day), all things that exist or ever will were created and finished except for the atoning of the sins of mankind.  Jesus finished that on the cross.  I learned that all was finished sitting on my porch swing one day and having a vision of songs and words and other things floating around in the air.  God spoke to my heart and said all that is or will be in our time and space are already created by Him and waiting for us to see, hear and latch on and bring into our time and space.  We sometimes thing we’re so smart and cleaver with what “we” create.  All creation comes from God and is just there waiting for us to unite with His creation.  The question we must answer is what is it that we, as individuals, are to see, hear and bring into being in our time and space.  Each of us as a unique calling in this process.  Many things are delayed by our distraction on other things.  Let us learn to ask God each day what He is waiting for us to hear, see and bring forth.

November 15, 2016

Super Moon

1 Corinthians 15:41 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor. (NIV)

Last night was the “super moon.”  My son-in-law set up the telescope.  It was a beautiful, clear night, perfect for viewing.  We could see the craters in the moon.  We could also see lots of planets and stars.  We were looking at the awesomeness of God’s creation.  It also brought back memories of sitting by the television waiting for man’s first step on the moon.  That God has given us the ability to explore some of His creation outside of the earth is amazing.  The more we learn through exploration and science of His creation, the more we are awed by His power.  His creation obeys Him.  It doesn’t argue but simply does as He created it to do.  That is all but mankind that He created.  We fight Him.  We fight doing what He created us to do.  He created us to let His glory shine through us even brighter and bigger than this super moon shined.  Yet He continues to love us.  Let us choose to be as the super moon an let His glory shine through us through our obedience to His word.  Let us choose to let His love shine through us to all of His creation, including all mankind regardless of their beliefs.  Let us love.

November 12, 2016

One

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John 17:20-23 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (NIV)

My favorite prayer in the Bible is the prayer Jesus prayed just before He was crucified.  In His prayer, He actually prayed for me (and for you).  The question is what did He mean when He prayed for us to all be one just as He and the Father are one?  We are all individual people.  Look around at how we act toward one another.  Even in our churches there are signs of animosity and bitterness.  I believe the major part of being one is to be of one purpose.  Jesus and the Father had the purpose of showing us the love of God and how God created us to live our lives.  We have a common purpose that should unite us as one.  We are to love and glorify God and share Him with others.  We each are unique and have a unique way of doing this.  The way in which God leads me to share His love with others is different from the way He leads you to share.  This doesn’t mean my way is right and your’s is wrong.  We should remember we are unified in our purpose even though our way of showing and fulfilling that purpose might be different.  Let us not be so quick to judge or criticize another but look at each other recognizing our oneness of purpose and relationship to Jesus and our Father through the one and same Holy Spirit living in each of us.  Through His Holy Spirit we are one.

September 23, 2014

First Appearance

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Hebrews 9:26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

The priest had to appear before the altar of sacrifice over and over again for sin offerings. Jesus had only to appear on this earth and sacrifice Himself one time for our sin for all eternity. The sin offering is complete, never to be repeated. What lacks is man’s appropriation of that offering. Each and every individual must come before Jesus by accepting Him as God’s Son,the Word of God made flesh, confess they are a sinner, separated from God, ask and accepted His forgiveness and welcome Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives. The question is have you appropriated His sin offering for you? If so, are you telling others how to appropriate this sin offering?

October 10, 2012

Creative Process

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Genesis 2:1-3 The heavens and the earth were completed with everything that was in them.  By the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, and he ceased on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing.  God blessed the seventh day and made it holy because on it he ceased all the work that he had been doing in creation. 

Someone asked me how I was able to write a devotion every day for over 4 years.  Quite some time ago I was sitting on our porch swing.  I had a vision of pieces of songs, writings, and many other things floating around in the air.  I asked God what it meant and He (in the quiet inner voice through His Holy Spirit} said He had already finished creating all that was to be created.  It is out there to be seen, heard, recognized and given to others.  Our question is are we looking?  Are we listening?  Are we receptive to all God has to offer us to all He wants to give us?  It seems we are so smug about our own assumed abilities to create, write, come up with good ideas and inventions that we fail to take the time to listen to God or to look at what He has to show us.  God has made each one of us to be a part of His creative process.  He has finished His work and is waiting for us to take and use His work for His glory and the benefit of mankind.  You may not be called to write but you are called to use part of God’s creation to bring glory to Him and to share Him with others.  To you it may seem to be only a small thing but to someone else it could be the one thing that opens their ears, eyes and heart to our Lord.  Even a smile at someone in need of a smile is part of God’s creation process.  Let’s learn to listen and look at all God puts around us and allow Him to flow through us for His glory and His purposes. When I don’t listen, when I don’t look, I have nothing within my own being to write and share with others. Life si full of crossings where we must stop, look and listen.

April 12, 2012

Caretakers

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(NET) Genesis 2:15 The LORD God took the man and placed him in the orchard in Eden to care for it and to maintain it.

I enjoy taking walks as dawn is breaking.  The gentle light gives everything a gentle calmness. The birds are singing their morning songs. The budding flowers are opening to greet the sun.  As I was taking this all in and praising God for the beauty of His creation I started to think how much we, mankind, God’s creation have misused and abused the creation around us that God commanded us to care for and manage.  In spite of our abuse and lack God’s creation is still awesome and beautiful.  The question each of us must ask, are we obeying God’s command in this?   I know I waste a lot of material goods.  I know I fail to recycle all that could be recycled.  I often fail to realize that in my failure in this I am being disobedient to God.  I must learn to think of God before I buy, use or toss.  We are each called to be good caretakers of all that is in this world.

November 15, 2011

Knowledge

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Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.

We are a curious people. We have a thirst for knowledge.  We strive to find out more about what is in outer space.  We dive deep into the oceans to gain knowledge of the seas.  There are TV shows about God’s creation.  There are thousands of books that many of us now get on electronic devices.  We keep cell phones with e-mails and texting with us so we can always know what is happening.  We want all knowledge of all things at our fingertips, available to us in an instant.  All this is well and good as long as it doesn’t take us away from a more important desire – the knowledge of our God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It is wise and prudent to know about the creation of God.  It is wiser and more prudent to have knowledge of the Creator.  The question is which knowledge do you more diligently seek – knowledge of the creation or the Creator.“ For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ”. 2 Corinthians 4:6

October 29, 2011

Consistency

Ps 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

What a beautiful prayer.  The question is, do we really mean it?  We are so well behaved in church.  We watch what we say, we praise God and we guard or actions.  How are we when we are away from other Christians?  What do we say when another driver cuts us off?  What kind of expression is on our faces when we are having to wait for something or someone longer than we think we should?  When we ask for a steadfast spirit we are asking to be consistent in our speech, actions, obedience and love of our God.  We really do have a choice.  We really do have control of our responses.  Let us try to remember God sees and hears all we do and think.  Let us choose to be steadfast and pleasing to God.

 

October 17, 2011

Be Fruitful

Ge 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ”

After God created mankind He told the to:

1        Be fruitful

2        Multiply

3        Replenish the earth.

4        Subdue the earth.

5        Have dominion over every living thing on earth.

His first command was to be fruitful.  Mankind is to be fruitful in each area of our God-image nature.  We are to be fruitful physically, spiritually and mentally as we multiply, replenishing the earth and subdue the earth through our dominion over it all.  Fruitful physically entails taking care of our physical body so it can be a healthful and energetic house for God’s Holy Spirit.  Being fruitful spiritually means to keep our spirits united with God’s Holy Spirit and continually grow in the fruits of His Spirit.  Being fruitful mentally entails a continued renewal of our minds thorough Bible study, prayer and meditation.  Our question is are we being fruitful in each one of these areas?  We need to take time and ask God where our fruitfulness is lacking and discipline ourselves to His direction to grow fruits in these areas.  How is your fruit doing?

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