Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 5, 2020

Anchors

Filed under: anchor,faith,God,storms,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Hebrews 6:19 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,  (NIV)

Job 40:6 6 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:  (NIV)

Life is full of storms.  Not only storms from the weather but storms of trials in our life.  We like them.  Many get lost in them.  When out at sea and a storm hits, they throw out an anchor to steady the ship in the storm.  We must know our anchor and how to use it.  For a ship anchor to work it must hook on to something solid.  It will not hold in sand.  Our anchor, as a child of God, is God Himself.  We throw out our anchor through faith.  If we do not trust God to be true to His promises it is like our anchor being down in sand.  Faith in God being true to His word is the solid ground for our anchor to hold fast.  As we throw out our anchor, putting our trust and faith in God’s faithfulness, it allows us to calm down and open our ears to hear God speak to us and give us direction for going through the storm.  Job was most definitely in a storm.  It was through the storm that God spoke to Job and changed Job’s relationship with Him.  We have a choice.  Storms of life can be destructive or beneficial.  It all depends on what anchors us and where the anchor is placed.

June 30, 2020

Exercising Faith

Filed under: faith,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

2 Samuel 22:35 35 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  (NIV)

Arms can’t bend a bow of bronze unless they have gradually increased their strength through consistent exercise and training.  The same is true of faith.  Faith and trust are basically the same.   We learn to trust or have faith with small things and gradually our faith increases.  If the first chair we ever sit in breaks, we are hesitant to trust or have faith that the next chair will hold us and test it out very cautiously.  Learning to have faith in God’s promise to answer our prayers builds as we continue to pray.  Keeping a prayer journal is a good tool for increasing faith.  Record what we ask with the date then record when and how it is answered.  Reading through the records and seeing how each prayer is answered is faith-building.  The saying “Use it or lose it” applies to more than just our body.  The more we pray, the more we will want to pray.  Prayer is a privilege.  Prayer is talking with the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  God is so very much bigger and knowing than we are yet, because of His Son, Jesus, God allows us to call Him “Father.”  Think on that.  It’s overwhelming.

June 14, 2020

Word for Today

2 Timothy 4:3 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  (NIV)

This is a very applicable word for today.  We see it in the looting and property damage going on.  We see it in the pushing ahead in various lines.  We hear the “me first” attitude so prevalent in our culture today.  People like to be the ones in power over other people.  People don’t want to hear about God.  They want to be their own god.  They don’t want God to be mentioned in school and want to teach things God says are evil.  We even have false teachers in Christian churches teaching self- gratification.  Many denominations are changing definitions of words in the Bible in order to agree with the god-less culture of today.  What do we do about this?  We must stand strong in our faith.  We must speak out in love, not in judgement.  Most important, we must go into our prayer war-room and bind the evil forces trying to deceive this world and pray to loose the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

May 10, 2020

Fear

Mark 4:39-40 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (NIV)

The news commentaries are full of talk about how many will be committing suicide during this pandemic and the early recovery time because of fear.  Jesus said, even in the times of storms, we have nothing to fear.  He promised the Father would always be with us and will always meet our needs.  That doesn’t mean we just sit back and expect God to send us food, shelter and money.  God has promised to give us wisdom even through trial times (James 1).  We have the wisdom available to us to wear a mask when out in an area where we could pick up an infection.  We have the wisdom to wear seat belts when in an automobile.  We have the wisdom not to spend more than we have.  Our problem is using the wisdom available to us over the impulses of the emotion of “I want.”  There is nothing wrong with healthy fear as long as it leads to taking the right course of action.  Fear means to look at the situation and find the right course of action.  One good place to find the right course of actions in most circumstance is in the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Proverbs is full of good, useful wisdom.  Let us put fear behind us and walk in the faith the Holy Spirit makes available to us along with the wisdom contained in the pages of the scriptures.

April 25, 2020

Conditional Promises

Filed under: faith,God,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Joshua 1:8 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  (NIV)

I enjoy reading about Joshua.  It is encouraging to see how his faith and his relationship to God gradually grew.  Now Moses is dead and Joshua has been commissioned by God to lead the Hebrews into the land of promise.  God gives Joshua a promise of prosperity and success but it is with a condition.  The word “then” tells us it is conditional.  Joshua must keep the Book of Law on his lips and meditate on it day and night so he can carefully do everything written in it.  Joshua must be obedient to God and His word.  All of God’s promises are conditional.  We can’t just quote a promise and presume to remind God of it.  We must meet the condition for each and every promise.  As we read all the promises of God, let us be sure to read all that comes before and after each promise to know the conditions.  God is faithful and expects us to be faithful as well.

April 3, 2020

Faith or Assumption

Filed under: Christian,faith,God,government,love,praise,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 17:20 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  (NIV)

There is a big difference between faith and assumption.   Continuing life as normal during a pandemic because we say God will protect us is an assumption.  God gives us more wisdom than this.  He also said in. Romans 13:1 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Our  president said he really hated that church services couldn’t continue as normal but most churches cannot provide the space and safety guards needed at this time.    Our faith is not to assume God will do whatever we want whenever we want.  Our faith is to be that God will always be with us in and through any trials we meet on this earth.  God didn’t create the virus.  God can take the virus away.  But I see God calling out for us to pay attention and listen to Him.  I see Him taking our idol gods away – the gods of putting job first or money or entertainment or sports or shopping or any of the others activities we put before God.  Our response to this trial as Christians is to co-operate with the government restrictions, set a good example, keeping and showing God’s love and joy through us and most of all, praying an praising God in our own homes and through our electronics for Who He is.  We can still celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday and every week with those living in our house with us.  We can virtually celebrate through the internet but not by just sitting and watching.  We must participate with what we hear and see.  Let us quick looking, thinking listening and speaking the complaints and negatives and speak God’s love and peace.

March 13, 2020

Strong in Faith

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Daniel 1:8 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.  (NIV)

As I read about Daniel’s early captivity I think about his parents.  Daniel was a teenager when taken captive. He was among the few teenage boys chosen to be groomed to serve the king.  The temptations that faced those young men were many.  Yet, Daniel stood firm to his upbringing and, in a polite way, asked to be tested in what his normal diet would do for his body.  Our children and grandchildren face many temptations when they first go off to college or work or military.  We must as if we are raising them and teaching them to be strong in their faith.  Are they seeing the right examples in us as to obeying and walking in the ways of God?  Have we taught them the value and necessity of Bible reading, study, meditation and prayer?  Do we encourage them to keep growing spiritually as young adults?  Let’s be sure we don’t “drop the ball” when it comes to our own.  Let’s be sure we show them through example and through teaching the tools God has given us to be strong in faith and stand against temptations.

March 11, 2020

Abram

Filed under: bless,faith,God,Lord,Obey,thanks,trust,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Genesis 12:1 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  (NIV)

Genesis 12:7 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.  (NIV)

There are two important facts we must note in these 2 verses.  In verse 1 God told Abram to go but didn’t tell him where to go.  Abram trusted God to lead him step by step.  God doesn’t give us a flow chart.  We must put our foot out for the first step and then God will show us where to put our foot for the second step.  In the 7th verse we must note that God said HE would give the land to Abram’s offspring, not to us to bless those who come after us.  Abram wasn’t mad at God because the promise was to his offspring.  Abram was so thankful to be part of God’s working for future generations that He built an altar to the Lord in thanksgiving and worship.  We probably thank God for things He does for us but what about thanking Him for things He does through us for others?  Let us learn to follow God with a much faith and obedience as Abram.

March 9, 2020

God’s Side

Filed under: bless,faith,God,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Exodus 1:15-19 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”  (NIV)

The names Shiphrah and Puah are not known by many people, even those who have read through the book of Exodus.  However, they had a great impact on the future of the Hebrew people.  So many of us think there is nothing great we can do or God would choose to do through us.  These 2 women were mid-wives.  Not a career you’d think would lead to a mighty work.  Yet, they were strong in their faith.  They knew it would be against God if they killed the male babies.  So, in spite of the law laid down by the king of their land they honored God’s law and let the male babies live.  God gave them wisdom to answer the king in a way that would protect them.  He even blessed them with families of their own for their faithfulness.  We need to apply their faith and obedience today.  Our government is making it legal to kill babies.  Let us take encouragement from these 2 women and stand firm, doing all we can to influence our government to side with life rather than death of innocent babies.

March 8, 2020

Strengthing

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Uncategorized,walk,Word — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Isaiah 41:10 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  (NIV)

There is a lot of fear, mostly created by the media, about the C virus.  Some are even in the panic mode.  As a child of God we need not have any fears.  God has promised He will strengthen and help us.  That includes through any and all situations we might face while walking on this earth.  However, we have a part in our strengthening.  We must treat our physical bodies in the right way.  That includes proper nutrition, exercise and rest.  If we don’t eat what our bodies need, or eat more than our bodies need, it is our fault.  God will not override what we choose to do.  We must also strengthen our mind.  We are to keep our mind on God and His words to us.  As we do this, we will also strengthen our faith.  As our faith strengthens, we become more in control of our emotions.  Let us be sure to do our part so God will do His part and we need not have any fear, ever.

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