Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 12, 2019

Two-Way Conversation

Filed under: Christ,faith,Father,God,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Habakkuk 1:2 2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save? (NIV)

A good example of how a conversation can go between mankind and God is this book of Habakkuk.  Though it has a prophecy, it is basically the account of a conversation Habakkuk had with God.  Habakkuk wanted to understand why it appeared God wasn’t doing anything.  At first Habakkuk couldn’t understand.  He didn’t give up.  Habakkuk kept asking questions until he understood God is God and God has His way.  Most often we believers in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, go to other believers or other sources with our questions.  We think asking God those questions is a sign of lack of faith or unreverent.  God is our Father.  Fathers want us to go to them with their children’s questions.  I encourage you to prayerfully read all of Habakkuk.  It’s a very short book.  Besides being an example of how to have a conversation with God, it is also an example of how God uses something that is very evil and against God to correct and bring back into fellowship believers who have appeared to lose their way.

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July 4, 2019

Speak Slow

Filed under: body,Christ,Church,denomination,Family,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Ephesians 4:4 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  (NIV)

Just as there are different circles of family groups: the immediate, the 3 generational, the clan of relatives, yet they are all family, there are different circles of the family of God.  We call them local church, denominations and the entire body of Christ.  We always don’t act like a living family.  Sometimes we act like we’re in competition with one another.  When we read on in Ephesians and throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we are told over and over to bear with one another, to get along with one another.  It’s hard for some immediate families to do this and seems even harder for the Family of God to do this.  It starts with just one person who is determined to choose love, patience and the grace of God to swallow the sin of pride and self-righteousness and determine to get along with all of God’s children.  Let us each be that one.  The Family of God will be much more inviting for others to come into our family if they could only see more love, patience and grace actually practiced in our family.

June 27, 2019

As Little Children

Filed under: Bible,commands,Creation,faith,God,knowledge,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Genesis 1:28 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.  (NIV)

When God created mankind all He wanted was for mankind to tend the creation God had made and to communicate with Him.  Mankind chose to put themselves before God and His creation.  We are not on this earth for us.  We are here to relate to God and care for His creation.  We are doing a terrible job.  We don’t want the simplicity God had for us – to love and talk with Him and care for His creation.  We want to make thing complex.  It makes us feel important to make things complex.  We put intellectual knowledge before trust and faith in God.  We put watching a movie or listening to the news before reading and meditating on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We long for conversations with others over conversations with God.  We want God to give us what we want, when we want it rather than trust God to give us what is best for us when it is best for us to have it.  He said we must be as little children.  Little children trust their parents to tell them AAswhen to do what.  We want to tell God when we want Him to do what we want done.  Basically, we don’t take God’s commands that come with conditions and warnings seriously.  It’s way past time for us to wake up and recognize Who God is and what His commands and conditions are.  Let us seek Him first and more than we seek anything else.

June 24, 2019

Faith or Knowledge

Filed under: Christ,faith,God,Jesus,knowledge,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Timothy 6:20-21 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith  (NIV)

We are a people who seek knowledge.  This is evidence by all the different news medias and internet communication groups.  We always want to be the ones “in the know.”  Knowledge of God won’t save us.  Knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, came to earth as a baby, died on the cross and came back to life wont save us.  Satan has that knowledge.  The only thing that can give us eternal life with God, the only way into the presence of God is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  This relationship is only possible through faith; a faith that more than knows, a faith that believes, that trusts completely.  A faith that trusts to the extent of giving up one’s power of direction of their own life and entrusting that direction to Jesus.  This is the difference between religion and Christianity.  Religion is man’s efforts to reach up to God or come perceived higher power.  Christianity is a personal, one on one relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.   It is only through such faith that knowledge can produce results and change lives.  Yes, we should seek knowledge but only through the power of our faith in Jesus.

June 9, 2019

Can’t See

Filed under: armor,faith,God,God's Word,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

1 Peter 5:8 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

In the military soldiers are told as long as they can see the enemy they can defeat them.  This played true in WW1 and WW2 but in Viet Nam it became difficult.  The enemy was able to hide in bushes and sometimes even under ground.  They couldn’t see the enemy and were often attacked unawares.  This is the tactic of Satan.  We can’t see him.  We get so involved in our own selves and in our own living schedule we fail to notice the warning signs of Satan’s presence.  We are distracted and sub come to temptations without warning.  No, we are not to live like Satan is around at every corner or under every bush.  We are to keep the armor of God on us.  We are to dress in His armor each and every morning before we go out to face the world.  With this in mind I make it easy for you.  Here are the instructions for the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

May I encourage you to memorize the pieced of the armor.  I’ve written about the different pieces of the armor in the past.  There are a lot of teachings on line available also.  It is so very important for each of us to be fully armored and ready to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, Satan.  Notice the scripture ends with praying.  Prayer is the most reliable and the strongest weapon ever

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.

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.

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