Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 11, 2020

Every Spiritual Blessing

Filed under: Bible,bless,faith,God,Jesus,spiritual,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

The word bless in some form or another is in the Holy Bible 442 times.  God strengthens our faith through His blessings (Psalms 29:11 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. NIV)  David speaks of God giving us blessings in .Romans 4:6 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:  In other words, we can’t and don’t earn blessings from God;  God gives them to us.  Neither can we barter by saying if He does such and such then we will do something.  It is only through Jesus, God’s Son that we, as believers in Jesus and wearing His robe of righteousness are blessed by God  with every spiritual blessing.  May I encourage you to do a word study on blessing in all it’s forms and discover some of the spiritual blessings God has for us.  Our problem is in recognizing them and in receiving them.  Many of these blessings are missed by us because our mind is on material things.  Some of God’s blessings will show up through material things but God but God is more concerned with our spiritual life that goes into eternity.  He knows we emphasize our physical life more than enough.  What do we do with the blessings God give us?  We share them with others and we give blessings back to God.

December 27, 2019

Planning Resolutions

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,Holy Spirit,knowledge,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

2 Peter 1:5-7 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (NIV)

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s many people start to think about their resolutions for the next year.  May I recommend these verses.  These verses are really the fruits of the Spirit.  Fruit must grow or it dies.  For us to have the fruits of the Holy Spirit grow in us we must use and exercise the fruit and feed it through the study and meditation of the scriptures, the Holy Bible and through regular 2-way conversation with our Father.  It might help to print out these verses and put it on our bathroom mirrors to remind ourselves every morning and every night our goal for the year.    These verses started out with “for this very reason.”   The reason is for us to participate in the divine nature of God.  In other words, to become one in God.

November 24, 2019

Spiritual Blessings

Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

There are a couple things to understand about this verse.  One, God will only bless us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only through Jesus that we can approach God.  The other is, because of Jesus, God blesses us with every spiritual blessing.  Notice the word “every.”  Every spiritual blessing is there, waiting for us to receive and incorporate in our lives.  What are the spiritual blessings?  They are recorded throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  So often the word, “promise” is substituted for the word “blessing.”  As we read, meditate and study the words in the Holy Bible, let us pay attention to the promises or blessings recorded, receive them and incorporate them in faith into our everyday life.  We can only do this through faith and trust that God is true to His word.  Faith and trust is a choice.  The Holy Spirit enables us to choose to believe and trust.  Let us study and incorporate at least one promise/blessing each and every day.

October 26, 2019

God is Faithful

Filed under: believe,commandment,confess,faith,God,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (NIV)

We must examine if we truly trust and believe God is faithful.  A sign of our lack of trust is if we are ever anxious or worried about anything.  As long as we do our part, develop the habits of the things we have been instructed to do in Scripture, we have no need to lack trust in God’s faithfulness.  God is always faithful.  We have the power to step out of His faithfulness when we choose to go a way seperate from God’s ways but our going another way doesn’t change the faithfulness of God.  God will cause things to gently guide us back.  In Deuteronomy 7:9 we read   Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.  Let us pay attention to when we become anxious or worried so we can see where we have walked away from God, confess it and turn back to the faithfulness of God.

October 24, 2019

Our Part

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,thanks,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Genesis 2:19 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

God doesn’t need anything.  He is always present, all knowledge, all powerful.  He is complete.  He doesn’t need us but He chose to make us.  He chose to make us in His image.  We must ask, why are we here?   What is our part in God’s plan?  Since He really doesn’t need us, do we really have a part?  God loves us and He chose to need us or He wouldn’t have created us.  When Jesus died on the cross in our place He made us co-heirs with Jesus.  Co-heirs don’t just share the blessings, they must also share in the work.  In Genesis we read God gave Adam the responsibility of naming all the animals.  God did the creating and left it up to Adam to do the identification of naming.  When sin entered the world mankind no longer participated in our part of God’s work.  It took Jesus to bring us back into doing what God chose for us to do.  He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us to enable us to do our part.  In Mark 6:5 Jesus said He couldn’t do any might works because of mankind’s unbelief.  Later on He told His disciples we would do not only what He did but we would do even greater things.  What inhibited Jesus was our lack of faith.  What inhibits us is our lack of faith.  Our part is to worship, praise, thank, listen to instructions and obey.  Our part is through our worship, praise and thanks we connect with God’s power through the Holy Spirit and we can move mountains.  Let us do our part as we rest in faith that God is faithful and will fulfill His will in and through us.

October 18, 2019

Never Alone

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trials,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Matthew 27:46 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (NIV)

Matthew 28:20 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

Often when we go through a trial we feel God has left us.  We feel we are on our own.  It seems God isn’t answering our prayers.  Jesus understands our feelings.  He felt forsaken on the cross.  But after He rose from the dead He told the disciples (and us) that He is with us always, to the very end of the age.  The earth is still here and Jesus is still with us.  He is more than with us.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to be in us.  That’s even better than being with us.  Our emotions will feel we’7re alone from time to time but we can choose to stand in faith that as believers and followers of Jesus, the very Word of God and His only begotten Son, through Whom the universe, all that was, is and will ever be was created are never alone no matter how we feel.  Emotions come and go but faith is a choice  Let us, in all circumstances, choose faith.  We are never without the Holy Spirit for once He comes into us, He stays in us.  We only need to pay attention to Him.

October 1, 2019

Walking on Water

Filed under: faith,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,ministry,trials,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Matthew 14:29-30 29 “Come,” he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.    But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (NIV)

Most of us concentrate on Peter losing faith and falling into the water.  We must remember there were 11 other disciples in the boat.  None of them even thought about stepping out in faith onto the water to come to Jesus.  It took a lot of faith to make that first step.  So often we also have a surge of faith and take the first step.  But when we take our eyes off of Jesus and concentrate on looking at the trial as Peter did, we also lose faith and start to fail in our endeavor.  The quicker we refocus on Jesus rather than the trial at hand, the quicker we will arise above the water (the trial).  Faith is a matter of choosing where our eyes, minds and hearts will focus.  Let us choose to keep our focus on Jesus.  Let us always be willing to step out in faith when He says come (or go do…) for the Holy Spirit will always equip us with whatever is needed to walk on the top of the water of any trial or ministry that Jesus tell us to come.

September 7, 2019

Storms

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Psalms 55:8 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  (NIV)

We are visiting our son and his family and find ourselves preparing for a category 5 hurricane.  Many of us have been praying for God to turn the storm east out to sea where no one and no property can be damaged.  We know scripture says there will be more and worsening storms as we proceed through the later days of this present, sinful earth yet it is not wrong to ask Him to delay for the sake of those who are yet to enter into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  But we submit ourselves to God’s plans, whatever they are and prepare to secure ourselves as safe as possible.  We know we’re in the hands of God and need not be anxious or worried.  We do our part like boarding up windows and removing anything from outside that might be a projectile in the wind, yet we are at peace.  When we know our Creator God, it matters not when storms assail us.  His peace stays deep within.  Storms aren’t always weather related.  There are financial, emotional, sickness and various other storms of life.  They serve to deepen our faith if we will only choose to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit for directions in walking through the storms of life.  There is a chorus that summarizes it.  “Peace, peace, wonderful peace.  Looking down from heaven above…)  Peace is always looking down but we must look up to God to receive it.

September 1, 2019

Standing

Filed under: encouragement,faith,glory,God,government,Uncategorized,witness — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Acts 7:56 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”  (NIV)

Most often we read Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God the Father.  This time He is standing.  What could cause Him to stand up?  I see 2 reasons.  He is standing as Stephen is being stoned to death.  Jesus has open the curtain for Stephen to see Him as Jesus welcomes Stephen home to his rest and reward.  I also see Jesus looking at Saul, standing there holding the coats and urging them on as the stone Stephen.  As He looks at Saul, I’m sure He already sees Saul on the Damascus Road.  Jesus watches over all His Father’s children – even before they come into His family.  I can just hear Him saying to Stephen, “Hang in there, Stephen.  You’re coming home.  What you are saying is very important.  I have someone listening who will be my emissary to the gentiles.”  I hope this helps us all understand Jesus isn’t just basking in glory, He is actively encouraging us onward.  Let us be encouraged to stand firm in faith and be bold in witnessing as Stephen set the example.

August 31, 2019

That Is Love

Filed under: commands,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Philippians 3:8-9 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith  (NIV)

We could (if it were possible) obey each and every command of God and we still wouldn’t be righteous.  To be righteous means to be in right standing with God.  The only way to be in right standing with God is to come under the righteousness of His Son, Jesus, for only Jesus is righteous.  It is through Jesus, Who fills us with the Holy Spirit and covers us with His blood that we can be considered righteous – in right standing with God.  There is nothing on this earth, nothing we can ever do that is more important and of more value than coming under the blood of Jesus and covered by His righteousness.  Some say because God is love they don’t have to accept Jesus.  God is the One Who determines how we can approach Him.,  He sent Jesus down in the form of a human man so we could better hear Him and become united with Him.  He said Jesus is the only way.  There is no other way.  We can either choose to go the way God has provided and dwell with Him throughout eternity or we can choose to live our own way by our own rules and desires and spend eternity separated from God.  The choice is there for each and every person to make.  Because God is love, He has provided us a way to be with Him.  That is love.

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