Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 14, 2019

Hagar

Filed under: Bible,faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Time,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Genesis 16:7 7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. (NIV)

If you don’t remember the history of Hagar, go back and read the entire chapter.  Hagar was Sarah’s (Abraham’s wife) slave.  Sarah didn’t have enough faith to trust God’s promise of having a child so she sent Hagar into Abraham to have a child for her.  This got Sarah and all generations since into a lot of trouble.  God sees all that is happening on this earth.  He hears everything we say and knows every thought we don’t give voice to.  What God promises happens in God’s way and time.  Instead of being like Sarah and taking matters into our own hands rater than allowing God’s timing, let us choose to trust and let God.  That doesn’t mean we sit and do nothing.  That means we delve deeply into His written word, the Holy Bible, and put into action what it says along with 2-way (prayer) conversation with God for interpretation of the instructions in the Bible.  As co-heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, we have co-responsibilities to do as Jesus did on this earth.  We must actively carry out the Father’s directives.

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April 17, 2019

In Defense

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Matthew 26:74 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”  Immediately a rooster crowed.  (NIV)

Let’s imagine ourselves in Peter’s place.  We stated that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God not so long ago.  Then, when Jesus talked about His upcoming death, Peter said He would defend Him even to his own death.  Now Peter is faced with the reality.  He is confused and scared.  He can’t understand why the Son of God would allow this to happen.  He is becoming full of doubts.  He fears for his own life.  There are times we are faced with the possibility of doubts.  Others tell us we are weak to believe in the only way to God is Jesus.  They say if God is love, all of us are saved.  Then others say there isn’t any God.  We have experienced a lot of problems and heart break in our walk.  Sometimes it seems we are alone.  Sometimes we wonder where is God?  This is why life is a faith walk.  We all have faith in something or someone.  Some have faith in their own intelligence.  Others have faith in people who are no longer in existence.  There is one big difference.  We have the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Trinity God, living in us.  Peter was changed drastically when the Holy Spirit entered him.  He did eventually give his life on this earth in defense of Jesus.  Are we willing to stand strong and speak up in defense of Jesus as the only door to salvation?

April 13, 2019

Encouragement

Filed under: armor,encouragement,faith,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Romans 1:12  that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. (NIV)

We are to encourage each other to keep faith and grow in faith.  All of us have heard about how a charcoal coal, left by itself, will eventually quit burning.  However, when in a pile with other coals the fire can become quite hot.  There are several ways to encourage each other in our faith.  One, of course, is the gathering together in a church building.  That isn’t but once or twice a week.  There are at least 5 other days that we could all use some encouragement.  Paul writes often of how much he prays for all the believers.  This is a good way for encouragement for prayer is the strongest weapon we have.  We can also speak a good word to one another as we see others at work, school, shopping or in our own neighborhoods.  Then there is the telephone, e-mail and texting.  Let’s take advantage of the electronic age and use it in encouraging one another in our individual walks.  Sometimes just a short “Hi” brings all the encouragement someone might need on a particular day.  The day I wrote this is the 4th anniversary of my spouse leaving me for the throne of God and I was encouraged by a text from my daughter asking how I was doing.  Just knowing someone is thinking of us is a big encouragement.  Who will you encourage today?

April 3, 2019

Lack of Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,commands,faith,God,grace,Holy Spirit,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

God doesn’t want us to lack knowledge.  Faith in Him is not contradictory to knowledge.  He wants us to study His written word, the Holy Bible.  In those pages we find all the instructions we need for a full, abundant life.  As we read and study we must listen to the Holy Spirit for understanding.  Knowledge of facts without understanding and application is useless.  Knowledge just for the sake of knowledge is of little value.  God has given us the ability to learn from the mistakes of others.  The Old Testament is full of examples of mistakes in walking in obedience to God and His word.  Today we have no excuse for a lack of knowledge.  Holy Bibles are readily available in the United States and in many other countries.  The day is coming when they might not be so available so it is even more necessary to use the time we have to put the knowledge God has recorded for us into our minds and hearts.  Let us be sure we don’t lack the knowledge God has lovingly and mercifully supplied.

April 1, 2019

Interruptions

Filed under: faith,God,healing,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 9:20 20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. (NIV)

Jesus was on His way to raise a girl up from death.  I’m sure He was being encouraged to hurry by the family of the girl.  He was surrounded with a crowd.  He was on an important mission.  Yet, when He felt healing go out of Him from a woman who touched the edge of His cloak, He stopped.  Jesus was never in a hurry.  He always had time for any need of others.  Unlike Jesus, most of us are always in a hurry.  I don’t like to shop so I rush through the stores to get out as quick as I can.  Because of this I fail to see people around me.  God has dealt with me about this.  I’ve learned to focus some of my attention on others.  I’ve learned to stop and talk with others who look like they’re in need.  When we fully trust God, when we really give Him each hour of every day, we will not be in a hurry.  God always provided the time we need for anything He chooses to work through us.  In our rush, we miss the joy of what I like to call divine interruptions.  In actuality, they aren’t interruptions for they are what God has planned for us in that time and place.  Let us choose to slow down.  Let us give each moment of each day to God.  Let us keep our eyes open for God to direct and our ears open for God to enable us to hear.  Let us not miss someone needing to touch the edge of our cloak.

March 31, 2019

Delivered

Filed under: faith,God,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Psalms 34:17 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (NIV)

God hears us when we cry out to Him.  Notice He delivers us from all our troubles.  It doesn’t say He keeps troubles away from us.  We are guaranteed to have troubles.  Having troubles is like spiritual exercise.  Troubled times bring either growth or destruction according to how we face and look at them.  When we face them, calling out to God, we can be assured He will give us wisdom to walk through our troubles and come trough them in victory.  Instead of complaining to others about our troubles, let our voices call out to God.  Let’s ask Him for wisdom in waling through the troubles and strengthening our faith.  Through walking through our troubles we allow God to burn more of our old nature away and reveal more of His Image within us.  The first one we should ever go to with our troubles and our victories is God.  Too often we go to others first.  When they don’t help, then we go to God.  We are to seek the council of the godly but first let’s seek the council of God.  Then we can go to the godly for confirmation of what we hear God tell us.

March 15, 2019

As Much Love

Filed under: cross,faith,Father,God,Jesus,love,sin,suffering,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

John 15:9 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (NIV)
The Father loves His Son, Jesus.  Yet, in that love He allowed His Son to suffer the cruelty of being whipped to the bone, being nailed to a cross and physically dying in horrific pain while being jeered by a crowd.  To us, that doesn’t look like love.  Yet, the Father knew the rewards for eternity His Son would have for what, in the eyes of eternity, is only an instant of pain.  When we go through trials and tribulation, quite often we think God has deserted us.  Surely He couldn’t love us if He allows such pain and suffering.  We only see the instance of the now in this sinful world and our sinful bodies.  We fail to realize the prize that is ours for eternity.  Let us learn to be strong in faith.  God does love us.  He loves us so much He endured watching the suffering of His only Son, Jesus, so we could be free from the debt of our sins and be united in His love for all eternity.  We seldom understand why we must walk where we walk on this earth.  That is why faith and trust is needed.  Our vision is short sighted but God knows all that was, is and will ever be.  Let us rest in faith of His love and mercy through each and every situation we face knowing His love for us is complete and perfect.

March 9, 2019

Faithful

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,God's Word,scriptures,Tree,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:22 pm

Psalms 1:3 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (NIV)

If we look at the real Hebrew word which many versions have translated as rivers of water we would find out the real word should be wadi.  A wadi is a dry river bed.  The tree planted by the wadi had very deep roots which sustain it during dry seasons.  We are to have deep roots so we can sustain dry seasons in lives.  The only way to have deep roots is to have them deep into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must not only read, study and meditate on it every day, we must have it deep in our minds and hearts.  There are times we go through droughts where it seems God doesn’t talk to us.  It is in these times we must depend on our deep roots.  We rest on the word we have heard and read.  We hang on to our trust and faith and His promise that He never leaves us.  Dry times, when lived through in trust and faith, deepen our trust and faith.  Sometimes God gives me quite a few devotions to write in one day.  Sometimes that day is followed by a few days of not hearing anything.  I know He is still with me even though I don’t hear anything.  Sometimes I find my attention is needed elsewhere during those times.  During our dry times we needn’t strain to listen.  Straining can cause us to listen to the wrong voice.  Let’s learn to relax and trust, staying in the scriptures and being willing to hear.  God is faithful.  Let us also be faithful.

March 8, 2019

Without Measure

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,love,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:37 pm

Ephesians 3:18-19 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV)

As sinful humans, we have a hard time understanding what real love is.  We are full of self-love usually putting our wants and needs before others.  It is very difficult for us to really understand God’s love for us.  Because we know we aren’t worthy of His love, we have a hard time really being open to His love. His love far surpasses our knowledge ability.  As we open up more and more to the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we gradually open up more and more to God’s boundless love for us.  He knows we don’t know how to fully accept, yet alone return His love in us to Him but He loves us without measure anyway. We must start with trust in the fact God doesn’t lie and therefor loves us just as we are.  As we move deeper into knowing Him through the scripture in the Holy Bible and allow His Holy Spirit to become more active in us, we will grow in our ability to love Him and love ourselves because He loves us.  Let us stop putting ourselves (and others) down with criticism and speak positively about ourselves because we are God’s children.  Let us open up to the full measure (which is measureless) of God in us and us in God.

February 14, 2019

Branches

John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

What does it mean to be a branch?  A branch is absolutely useless and nothing without being attached to the vine or tree.  It get’s all it’s nourishment from the vine.  It can only produce fruit when it get’s nourishment from the vine.  For us to be a branch, we must realize without God, we are helpless, we are nothing.  We must stay attached to Him, get our nourishment from Him.  We must realize we are nothing apart from Him.  When attached to Him we are continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit working through us that produces fruit.  When we think we have wisdom on our own, we will eventually fail.  We must come to the place where we realize apart from God, we are nothing but a body containing a sinful and flawed being.  It’s scary at first to realize we are nothing but as we realize it, our trust and faith in God grows.  Personally, I know I could never write any of the devotions that have been typed by my fingers over the last 9 or 10 years.  It is only the Holy Spirit within me working through me.  Let us all realize our total helplessness without being and staying attached to the vine, Jesus.  We stay attached through reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and often conversations with our Father, God.

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