Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

June 22, 2019

Mindful

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Psalms 8:4 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? (NIV)

We are told here God is mindful of us.  Considering our sinful state verses God’s perfect state that is really amazing.  We must ask ourselves how mindful are we of God?  Most of us, from time to time, are mindful but how consistent are we?  God sees us and hears us and knows our thoughts continuously.  How often do we seek to hear Him?  How often do we really see His creation?  From time to time we might admire a beautiful sun rise or sun set but we continually live in the midst of His creation.  How often do we thank Him and praise Him for what He has done and is doing?  Do we really care for what He has created?  We live in a throw-away society.  Are we contributing to the thro-away attitude or are we choosing to really care for all God has created?  Each of us must consider how mindful we really are.  Let us strive to be mindful of all we think, say and do and be mindful that all we see, hear and have are not ours but are God’s.

June 20, 2019

Eyes Open

Filed under: Creation,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Luke 24:31 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.(NIV)

This verse is at the end of Jesus walking with 2 of His disciples as He explained the scriptures about Himself to them.  They walked with Him quite a while but their eyes were closed.  The didn’t recognize Who He was.  We must ask ourselves the same question.  How often are our eyes closed?  How often do we not recognize Jesus working in, through and around us?  We tend to keep our eyes focused on ourselves.  We miss so much as we are consumed with ourselves.  The saddest thing is we miss so much of what Jesus is doing in the here and now.  So, how do we keep our eyes open?  We can only keep them opened if they are already opened.  The first thing each and every day is to open our eyes to Jesus.  If we fail to get with Him, if we fail to recognize Him in our life when we first wake up, we quickly become consumed with distractions.  Let us learn to focus our eyes on Jesus before we allow our eyes to look elsewhere.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us keep our eyes open and see all the amazing things Jesus will do in, through and around us throughout the entire day.  There is a song I like to sing called, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”  It includes the words, “and the things on earth will grow strangely sweet.”  They grow strangely sweet because Jesus is in the things on earth.  It is through Him, the very Word of God, that the things on earth were created.  Let’s always keep our eyes open.

May 21, 2019

The Stage

Filed under: Creation,God,Honor,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Revelation 4:11 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (NIV)

When God created mankind in His image, He breathed the breath of life into mankind.  God is the breath of life.  We cannot live without God.  Life isn’t about us.  Life is about God.  We are here to give Him glory and honor and recognize His divine power over all creation.  Shakespeare said life is a stage and we are the players.  If that is so, God is the audience.  All we think, say and do, God sees and hears.  Let us start each and every day giving God glory and honor and asking the Holy Spirit to help us think, say and do things throughout the day that give God glory and honor.

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.

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.

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