Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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

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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.

May 11, 2018

Trials

Hebrews 5:8 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered (NIV)

We don’t know what Jesus might have suffered throughout His walk on this earth.  We know nothing about His years after age 12 until He began His public ministry around age 30.  What we do know is He did suffer some trials through which HE learned obedience.  Obedience to whom?  Obedience to His Father, God and probably obedience to His mother and His step-father.  My point is, if Jesus had to learn obedience through suffering, how much more do we need to learn obedience through suffering.  We don’t like suffering.  We prefer comfort.  But continued comfort brings a feeling of status-quo; no need to change anything.  As a living being we must continue to grow or we will fade away.  This includes our spirit.  When we find we are suffering a trial, it is time to see in what area of our life that trial is trying to bring us growth.  Instead of complaining about our trials, let us agree with James 1:1 and consider the trial a joy for the result on the other side of the trial – especially the ones that deepen our faith and bring us to a more intimate relationship with our Lord, Jesus and our Father, God.

April 19, 2018

Reconfessed

Isaiah 1:18 18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (NIV)

The matter is settled.  On the cross Jesus said “It is finished.”   Our sins were as scarlet because it takes blood to cover our sins.  The are now white as pure wool because our confessed sins are covered by the purity of the blood of Jesus.  We do not need nor should we confess the same sin, already confessed and forgiven, over and over.  That is a sign of a lack of trust and belief in what Jesus said and did.  Of course, if we keep repeating the same sin that is different.  But, when we choose to repeat it that means our confession was not from our heart.  When we confess we must be sure not only to accept the forgiveness of God, we must be sure to forgive ourselves and anyone else involved in our sin.  It is finished.  Let’s keep it that way.

 

April 6, 2018

Comforting

1 Thessalonians 5:11 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)

Some translations use the word “comfort” instead of “encourage.”  Either way we have the same result.  When someone is discouraged, depressed or grieved, they need building up, comfort encouraging.  So often we sit in judgment because someone responds to something differently than we would.  We set standards on how someone should react, especially emotionally.  Each one of us is different with different strengths and weaknesses.  We each have different ways of expressing things.  We each have different time schedules.  Instead of judging with our own expectations, we need to follow the scripture and build one another up.  We do this through prayer, through helps and through words.  When a judgment thought comes up within us we must expel it and ask the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom on how to encourage the person.  The world does enough tearing down.  Let us be in the business of building up.

March 24, 2018

Mourn

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Matthew 5:4 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (NIV)

I have a dear friend who is watching her husband slip away into the arms of God.  We don’t live in the sane place anymore so I can’t be with her to comfort her.  It’s hurts that I can’t be with her.  I am thankful for our digital age.  I can send her a comforting word from the scriptures and add my own thought each and every day.  It’s not the same as being there but it helps.  When we pray for others it’s a comfort to them to know we are praying.  It also helps them feel our love and concern when they know how we are praying.  Our prayers send love not only from us but help and encourage those in distress to feel the loving arms of God lift them up onto angel wings.  We can never underestimate the healing and encouraging power of our prayers for others.  Let us be faithful to pray.  Let us be a vessel for God’s blessings on others through our prayers.

March 7, 2018

All Our Needs

Psalms 42:1 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. (NIV)

This Psalmist was very wise.  He was aware that any emptiness, depression, anxiety or worry he experienced was a warning sign he needed to replenish his spirit with the infilling only God can give.  So many of us turn to other sources first to solve our emotions from various trials we face.  They might help momentarily but their help quickly dissipates.  When God made man, He made a place in man’s spirit that can only be filled with Him.  The only way we can fill it with Him is through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  When we take Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, He sends His Holy Spirit to dwell in us with our spirit.  It is this Holy Spirit Who will lift us up from any pit we might have stumbled into.  So, let’s join with the psalmist and turn to God through His Holy Spirit to fill all our needs, physical, spiritual, mental and emotional.  He is faithful.  Jesus promised He would fill all our needs.  We only need to place our hope and trust in Him.

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