Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

March 1, 2020

Keep Asking

Filed under: confess,disciples,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Matthew 15:23 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her  away, for she keeps crying out after us.”  (NIV)

Go read this section of Mathew.  It talks about a woman who was asking Jesus for something yet HE wouldn’t respond.  She kept asking and He said no.  She continued asking and HE compliment her persistent faith and said yes.  This as well as the parable about the neighbor who persisted at midnight for the bread tells us that persistence in our request isn’t a sign of lack of faith that God hears and will answer us.  There are many reasons persistence is sometimes needed.  Daniel 10:12 cites Satan interfering with the coming answer from God.  In Matthew 26:44 we read 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing  So even Jesus found it necessary to repeat His request to His Father.   Sometimes it’s because we are asking amiss and through our repeated asking the Holy Spirit helps us understand that’s not what we really need.  When I ask for something I continue asking until I have peace about it.  There are a few things I have been asking for several years and there are things that I only ask once and then know to wait on God’s perfect timing.  When we think we really want or need something either for us or someone else, never fear repeating the request until either we see it happen or we have peace that it will happen at the right time. God promised He hears us.  We just need to be sure unconfessed sin is not in the way of His hearing

February 20, 2020

Growing Daily

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV)

It is our task to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  It is our task to grow up into mature children of God, joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are a few steps we must do in order to grow up spiritually.  We must be into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We can’t just casually read it.  We must prayerfully study it, put it deep into our minds and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and help us apply all it says into our present day lives.  Along with the study and meditation of God’s written word comes regular and often conversation time with Him through prayer.  We must be sure to take time to listen.  Writing down what we hear during our prayer time is very helpful.  Our growth is not complete without gathering together with other Christians in worship, praise and encouraging and sharing with one another.  There is much we can learn from the experiences of others in their growth walk.  Any day we have not learned something more about our God is a day wasted.  Let us not waste a single day He gives us on this earth.  Let us grow in knowledge and faith each and every day.

February 10, 2020

Faith and Deeds

Filed under: Christ,faith,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

James 2:14 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. (NIV)

James 2:18 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.  (NIV)

Because we are God’s children, and even though God doesn’t need our help with anything, He has made it that we are to be part of His working.  Faith is essential but, as the scripture says, faith without showing itself fulfilled through works is not really faith.  We can’t tell someone who is hungry, “I pray for you to be fed.”  God won’t instantly materialize food for that person because of what we just said.  He expects us to be His hands and give that person some food.  There are many times, when we pray, we are to wait on God to act, but there are also many times, when we pray, God expects us to act for He has equipped us to be His mouth, hands and feet.  He has enabled us to do this because He has put the Holy Spirit within us when we accepted His Son, Jesus Christ into our hearts, minds and lives.  Let us always be aware of the times God would choose to use us on one of those ways.  When we miss out, we miss an incredible blessing.

 

February 5, 2020

Three Persons

Matthew 28:19 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the   Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  (NIV)

Although the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible there are many times the God head is referred to as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Since Jesus broke the God head into 3 persons we refer to them as the Trinity.  Many don’t understand how that works.  I like to summarize it by saying the Father is the planer.  The Word, the Son Who we know as Jesus is the One who reveals the Father’s plans.  The Holy Spirit is the One Who enables the plans in and through us.  He, the Holy Spirit, does this by dwelling in us the moment we receive the Word, God’s Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Our problem comes by our desire to be self-sufficient and in control that we fail to recognize the Holy Spirit within us.  It takes faith and trust to be willing to give up control to the Holy Spirit.  In actuality, that is the only wise option for us.  We don’t have the ability to see what lies ahead of us.  The Holy Spirit knows God’s plans and, when we listen to Him, we find we are not only walking in the power of God, we have the power of God within us.  Let us learn to live in and with God’s power.  He will teach us in the way we should go.

Psalms 32:8 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

February 3, 2020

Pleasing God

Filed under: believe,Bible,faith,God,God's Word,love,meditation,prayer,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Hebrews 11:6 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  (NIV)

Faith is a choice.  We either choose to believe and trust or we choose not to believe and trust.  The choice of faith in God becomes easier when we earnestly seek Him.  We seek God through diligent reading, studying and meditating on His instruction manual, the Holy Bible and through 2-way conversation with Him know as prayer.  How earnestly we seek is in relation to how much time we spend in His written Word verses how much time we spend reading other books or watching TV or videos.  We must ask ourselves is God a priority in our schedule or do we relegate Him to a couple hours on Sunday then go about our own fleshly desires.  When we fill ourselves with God we are filled with love.  Our goal is to be so filled with God that love floods out of us without measure.  What is our reward for pleasing God with faith and trust?  A life fuller and more abundant than we can ever imagine and an eternity in the very presence of Love.

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