Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 25, 2019

Be Angry

Filed under: anger,depression,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Ephesians 4:26 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, (NIV)

There are 2 important things to note in this verse.  The first is we are not told not to be angry.  Instead we are told not to sin in our anger.  It is how we express our anger and to what we are angry that are called sin.  Remember how Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple?  He didn’t hit the money changers.  His anger was not at them but at what it was they were doing.  We are not to be angry with the person but with what it is the person is doing.  People sin out of their own past hurts or out of false teaching or deceptions.   The second thing we must notice in this verse is that our anger must be short-lived; the sun must not go down on our anger.  We are to deal with our anger right away.  We are not to harbor our anger.  Harboring anger brings about hate, bitterness, depression and can even bring about physical illness.  Being angry is not a sin.  How we express our anger and what causes our anger are the thing that can lead us into sin.  Let us learn to be wise in our anger.

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March 2, 2019

Weakness

Filed under: depression,God,healing,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:24 pm

Mark 1:38 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (NIV)

Jesus said these words in response to His disciples telling Him there was a crowd of people waiting for Him to heal them.  Jesus didn’t come to earth to heal our physical bodies.  He came to earth for God’s image in us, God’s Holy Spirit, to give birth in us to our spirits in His image.  Our spiritual healing is so much more important than our physical healing.  It’s not that God doesn’t care about our physical condition, rather He keeps His priorities on what is most important.  Physical healing is temporary.  Spiritual healing is eternal.  No matter our physical condition, God can and will work through us to bring glory to His Kingdom.  It is in our weakness that God’s strength and power shows the most.  When we become aware of our own weakness, we have a choice.  We can wallow in depression or we can praise God and allow Him to work through us in His strength any way He chooses.  As long as we continue to breathe on this earth, God can and will work in and through us to do His will and His good pleasure.  It is up to us to be available to God.

December 26, 2018

Down Cast

Filed under: depression,God,Holy Spirit,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Psalms 42:11 11 Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me? ( NIV)

The day after Christmas or any other major occasion quite often is followed by a day of depression and disappointment.  It might be we didn’t get what we were hoping for.  It might be we didn’t have the people or person around us we were wanting.  Whatever the outward reason, the inward reason is we are into our self.  We still put the world around the me factor.  It is the me factor that is our worst enemy.  As we read all of Psalm 42, we see the Psalmist making a change of direction.  Instead of looking at himself he redirects his eyes on God.  If we are down because we think we’re alone, we are wrong.   God has said He will never leave us.  He is more than close.  He is in us, living in us in the Person of His Holy Spirit.  If we think were down because we didn’t get what we wanted we are wrong.  He has promised to supply all our needs.  Our presumed wants beyond our needs need to be re-evaluated.  We have a choice today, after the day of celebration of the first coming or our God to this earth.  We can choose to celebrate His Presence each and every day and take our joy through that fact or we can choose to wallow in self-centered love.  Let us put our presumed disappointments behind and be thankful and joyful for the very real and personal love of God, the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be.

October 5, 2018

Meaningless

Filed under: depression,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Ecclesiastes 1:2 2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (NIV)

There are times when all of us feel our lives don’t really matter.  We feel we aren’t successful enough; we are living up to our own expectations or the expectations of others.  This is how the author of Ecclesiastes was feeling.  I was feeling a little this way one day.  I was thinking I have been writing a different devotion every day for over 8 years and it probably wasn’t really of interest to anyone or helping anyone jump start their devotion time.  Though there is a place for people to put comments I seldom read them as it requires getting into a different page.  The purpose of the blog is for jumpstarting others into a thought for them to meditate on and look further into scripture so comments are not showing up for the readers.  I was surprised when I looked on my comment page.  There were so many comments and all were positive but one stood out above the rest.  One of the devotions changed someone’s mind from committing suicide.  I thank God for letting me see that He can do something for others through the writings He gives me.  We seldom see what God does through us for others.  God only asks us to obedient to His leading so He can do His work through us.  There is not one person on this earth who isn’t loved and important to God.  He wants to continue His work through each and every one of us.  Let us be open to His leading without doubting His power to flow through us even when we are unaware.  To all those who have left comments, thank you for the encouragement to continue on as God leads.  Our lives are not meaningless.  Our lives are to bring glory to God through the power of His Holy Spirit in any way He chooses.

September 25, 2018

Ripples

Filed under: Christian,depression,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:11 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (NIV)

From time to time as I think about all many others are doing for the Kingdom of God, how they’re letting God work through them, I get discouraged about what He is doing through me.  I deride myself on how I waste so much time and how little God is doing through me.  Then the Holy Spirit reminds me about the ripples of a pebble thrown into still water.  The pebble lands in the water and sends out circles of ripples.  God seldom lets us see the ripples He sends out through us.  He knows our sin nature of pride and protects us from it.  The few times He has shown me some ripples were so very encouraging but never often enough to feed my sinful pride nature.  We know there is no way to work our way into His presence.  Our desire to work is out of our love for Him and our desire to be pleasing to Him.  So, let’s not be concerned about our ripples.  Let’s just enjoy becoming more and more intimate in our relationship with God through His Son Jesus and enjoy our ever growing relationship.  Working through us is the job of the Holy Spirit.

August 24, 2018

As David Did

Psalms 142:7 7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me. (KJV)

David had a right to feel sorry for himself.  He wrote songs and poetry to vent his feelings.  Yet he knew Who to look to and express his feelings.  His desire was to praise God in and through all situations.  I’m sure David had no idea his writings would be read by generations and generations of people.  I too, have written my feelings in logs and some in songs.  Looking at David’s makes me want to destroy my logs I know how many thousands have been encouraged over the centuries reading David’s logs.  Maybe mine might encourage my children or grandchildren if any of them choose to browse through them.  But, what the logs are best for are for ourselves to browse through our past feelings and see how God has walked with us through the various trials of our past.  They are tremendous faith builders in current times of trials.  I encourage you to keep a log or at least a prayer journal.  I doubt very many others will ever read our private journals or logs but they are good for our own growth and encouragement.  Many times, writing about the trial helps the trial not seem so harsh.  It also helps us focus our eyes and mind on God.  Let us always pray for God to bring our soul out of the prison of sadness or depression and help us praise Him.

August 9, 2018

Rejoice

Psalms 118:24 24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (NKJ}

Rejoice is in the Bible 144 times.  Glad is In the Bible 77 times.  We are told to rejoice and be glad.  This is a choice.  We can choose to be sad, lonely, depressed etc. or we can choose to rejoice and be glad.  Sometimes it feels like a sacrifice – the sacrifice of praise.  It is through praising God in and through all circumstances and all days that we can move into rejoicing.  In the act of rejoicing we become glad.  When we walk around with an expression of sadness, doom and gloom, we are not demonstrating the love of God.  Rejoicing is a command.  We can choose to follow it instead of choosing to feel sorry for ourselves.  The choice is up to us.  Obey God’s command to rejoice in Him and enjoy moving into gladness or choose to feel sorry for ourselves.  Let us choose God’s way so we can be full of God’s love in joyful gladness.

May 30, 2018

Filthiness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,depression,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:31 pm

Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NIV)

I was raised going to church and believing Jesus is the Son of God.  I had religion.  As I grew up I even worked in churches in various ministries.  Since I was always law abiding and considered a good person, I didn’t realize how really sinful I was.  It’s hard for those of us who have lived a morally and legally good life to really realize how totally sinful we are.  It’s a polite head knowledge but it’s usually not really burned into our reality.  Once I realized how extremely and completely holy, loving and good God is and tried comparing myself to Him, I started to realize how filthy I am.  It takes getting to the reality of our filthiness and God’s perfectness before we can really come into an intimate relationship with Him.  That is the humbling of our spirits.  Realizing this makes us realize how blessed we are by God’s love and forgiveness.  Realizing this increases our desire to really know and stay in the presence of God.  Realizing this totally changes our lives.  Let’s be brave and ask God to show us our filthiness, then accept the blood covering of Jesus which covers our filthiness, enabling us to be aware of His presence.

May 21, 2018

Joy and Happiness

John 15:11 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. (NIV)

We tend to confuse the words “joy” and “happiness.”  These 2 words do not mean the same thing.  Happiness is a feeling that can come and go.  It usually is dependent on outside circumstances.  We are happy when our favorite team wins, we are happy when we have a delicious desert, we are happy when we receive a gift from someone, and on and on.  Joy is a state or our being, an attitude of our outlook on life.  Jesus prayed for us to have His joy within us.  His joy was in His relationship to the Father.  This showed in His always wanting to do the will of His Father and be pleasing to Him.  When we are in proper relationship with God we can be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.  This joy is not contingent on our outer circumstances.  We know trials will come our way.  This joy is based on the knowledge that God is always with us and in us.  There is nothing that can separated us from Him.  There is no greater or eternal joy than this.  Regardless of what may be going on in our physical lives, lets be sure to stay plugged into the joy that is ours through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

May 14, 2018

Leaving the Past

Isaiah 43:18-19 8 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (NIV)

There are time I remember things I did or said that were totally opposite of God’s love.  These things have been confessed and forgiven by God but, for many years, I would remain feeling guilty and mad at myself for doing or saying those things.  When we keep beating ourselves over past sins which we’ve confessed to God and asked for forgiveness, we are saying we really don’t believe God does what He said He would always do.  He said if we would confess our sins He would forgive them.  Our confessed and forgiven sins are as far away from us as east is from the west.  Confessing and receiving God’s forgiveness must be followed with our forgiving ourselves.  What is past is past.  Each day is a new day and God continually does new things in and through us.  Let us learn to move on with the flow of the Holy Spirit in the freedom of the forgiveness God gives.

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