Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

Advertisements

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.

August 27, 2019

Re-choose

Filed under: confess,faith,garden,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Luke 22:31-32 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (NIV)

Jesus knew Simon (Peter) would deny Him but He also knew Peter would return to his faithful obedience and through that encourage and strengthen others.  Just like Peter, we slip away from our faith and trust and obedience from time to time.  Jesus also prayed for us when He prayed in the Garden just before they came to take Him.  John 17:20-23 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  I read this prayer often.  We are among those who believe in Him because of the message of those who have gone before us.  When we slip away from God, the Holy Spirit inside us will bring us back into our right relationship with Him.  We only need to choose to return, confess our sin of separation, and move forward In our growing more intimate with our Father.  Jesus prayed we would be one with and in them as they are One in each other and, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to be one in God as well as one in all the other believers.  He’s given us the means; we only need to make the choice.  We need to make the choice daily and sometimes re-choose in the day.

August 12, 2019

David

Filed under: faith,God,heart,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (NIV)

I really enjoy reading about David.  I relate to him.  He was the youngest son.  He was considered as inconsequential and relegated to tend seep – a lowly and menial job.  He was so unimportant to his family he wasn’t even called to come with his other brothers when Samuel came to anoint one of them to become the future king.  After going through all the brothers assembled and God telling Samuel no each time Samuel had to ask Jessie if there wasn’t yet another son.  Jessie reluctantly called for David to come.  From there we trace the life of David.  God considered David to be a man after His own heart.  Wow.  I want God to feel like that about me.  What was it about David that caused God to feel that way?  Look at David’s trust in God.  Though still a young and small boy, David had absolute faith in God’s faithfulness.  I know of no one else who would ever face a giant in full body armor with nothing but a slingshot and a stone.  Yes, David disobeyed God and fell into sin several times.  What was good was he would admit it as soon as it was brought to his attention, confess and repent.  David recognized his nakedness before God and his absolute dependence on God.  Thank you, David for showing me an imperfect person can be one who God calls a person after His own heart.

August 6, 2019

Greater Works

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 14:12 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  (NIV)

This statement came from the very mouth of Jesus, the Son of God.  So, why do we seldom see works greater than Jesus did in our time and space?  There are several reasons.  The major reason is lack of belief.  In and of ourselves we are inadequate but we forget we have the same Holy Spirit in us as believers that Jesus had in Him.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that makes us one with the Son and the Father.  It is the Holy Spirit that does the works greater even than He did through Jesus.  Peter displayed this first in that on the day of Pentecost, right after the disciples received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke through the power of the Holy Spirit and we read in Acts 2:41 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number. We must admit that was indeed a mighty work.  Because of our lack of faith that Jesus really meant what He said, we don’t speak His word with boldness.  Let me repeat an example I wrote about some time ago.  We had a group of college students in our home, sharing with them the word of God.  The boys decided they wanted to be baptized.  Since we lived only 3 blocks from the ocean, we loaned them bathing trunks we kept for house guest and drove them to the beach to be baptized.  It was storm surge which means the waves were really big.  The boys were baptized many times before they got out far enough for prayer and baptism.  While they were going out being dunked many times those of us staying on the beach, unknown by each other, were praying that the water would be calm.  Nothing happened.  Storm surge continued.  On the way back to our house we discussed what we were each secretly praying.  We realized it was a lack of faith that kept us from speaking to the ocean to be still.  We didn’t really believe it would happen and didn’t want to be embarrassed.  While this discussion was happening, the girls decided they wanted to be baptized also.  We also had enough suits for them so they dressed and we returned to the beach.  This time we united together and spoke confidently to the ocean saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ we command you waves to be still.”  There appeared right away a semi-circle that followed the girls out to be baptized and, as they came in the semi-circle gradually closed behind them, returning to storm surge.  It is up to us to speak the word with boldness.  It is up to the Holy Spirit to fulfill what we speak.  We needn’t fear being embarrassed if what we speak doesn’t happen.  We might speak amiss.  It is better to speak amiss than not speak at all.  Let us learn to be bold in our faith but let us be sure what we speak is in total agreement with God’s word and His will at that time and place of our speaking.  One other reason for not seeing works of God is our failure to notice them.  The Holy Spirit is at work 24 times 7.  We only need to be aware along with being willing to be a part of His working.

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

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.

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.

Next Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.