Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

January 27, 2019

Race

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,love,scriptures,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Have you noticed what runners wear, or don’t wear, when they are running a race?  They don’t have anything in their pockets, in their hands, around their waist or necks.  They wear as little as possible.  They don’t want anything to slow them down.  In life, we carry a lot of baggage.  Some of our baggage includes, hurts from the past, unforgiveness, doubts, fear and on and on.  These things slow down our living a life of faith.  These things play against faith in God, in His provision, in His love for us, in His fulfillment of promises for us.  To run the race of a life of faith with perseverance, we must lay down these burdens of excel baggage at the cross of Jesus.  We lay them down by releasing them in faith to God and refusing to pick the up again.  We’ve probably done this several times but always end up picking the up due to a memory or a moment of doubt.  Instead of picking them back up, check the moment of doubt of the recurring memory with one of God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and reciting scripture does wonders for erasing doubt.  Let us learn to run the race with perseverance and faith and cast all excess baggage of doubt out of our hearts and minds.

January 21, 2019

Elijah’s Focus

Filed under: faith,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

1 Kings 18:44 44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’” (NIV)

There are parts of the Old Testament that are hard for me to read and I must discipline myself to read through them.  Those are the parts where nations rise against nations.  But there are other parts I really enjoy and am inspired.  One is the life of Elijah.  I like how he made it so impossible in our estimation for God to burn up his sacrifice by dousing it with water.  God sent fire and consumed even the stones.  I also like the faith he had.  He sat and waited in faith for God to send the promised rain.  It took 7 times.  He remained waiting in faith and expecting the rain to come.  As soon as there was a very small cloud, Elijah considered it done.  It hadn’t rained yet but Elijah didn’t need the proof.  Just the small cloud was enough for Elijah to know God’s timing was close.  Our problem is we look more at the problem than we look for the promise of the coming answer.  Let us improve our focus as the focus of Elijah.

January 19, 2019

Confirmation

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 pm

Matthew 11:2-3 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? (NIV)

Earlier, when John immersed Jesus, John said Jesus was the One to come, the Messiah.  Now we see John doubting.  John was in prison.  There was no encouragement.  He seldom got word of what was happening on the outside and the word he got he needed to confirm some way.  In spite of John’s doubts, Jesus said Matthew 11:11),  Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus didn’t condemn John for his time of doubt.  He said John was great.  We condemn ourselves when we have moments of doubts or when we think we aren’t doing enough for the Kingdome of heaven, yet Jesus said the lest of us is greater than John.  Doubts are part of our human nature.  They will come and go.  When they come, we only need to turn our minds and hearts to the scriptures and receive confirmation that Jesus is Who He said He is and we are, through our belief and following Jesus are God’s children as He said we are.  John was before Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind.  We are after and have received the Holy Spirit in us as confirmation of our relationship to God.  We have access to all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to use in our ministry of furthering the Kingdome of God in the hearts of all we meet.  How blessed we are.  John had to have his confirmation just through the actions of Jesus. We have confirmation through the inner dwelling of the Holy Spirit.  What greater confirmation could anyone ever ask.

January 16, 2019

Healing

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,healing,health,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

I’m not putting scripture with this because I hope this will encourage you to do your own scripture research.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Jesus is willing to heal.  Jesus is compassionate.  Jesus heals 3 ways.  He heals naturally.  He does that because He made us to heal naturally.  We cut ourselves and He created the blood clot factor to heal our cuts.  He heals through human doctors and medicine because He is the One Who gives us the wisdom in learning how He made our body work and how to keep it working right.  He heals miraculously.  He didn’t heal miraculously to draw attention to Himself.  Notice in scripture He usually said for them not to tell anyone (but they always did).  It is those who make a show out of miraculous healing that have decreased our faith in the reality of it.  Our problem is demanding which method Jesus will use to heal us.  We are also impatient.  We forget there is a warfare going on for our physical and emotional bodies.  When Daniel prayed one time it took 21 days for the angel to deliver the answer because of the spiritual warfare going on.  We are to seek all 3 types of healing.  It is important, as we continue to seek healing to actively participate in spiritual warfare.  It takes our continued and faithful prayers to unite with heaven in getting through the warfare that evil tries to prevent God’s work getting through to us.  It is imperative that we learn to stand firm and continuing in faith, be actively patient.  I hope this helps you not only understand at a deeper level, but that it also motivates you to be pro-active in seeking all 3 ways God heals.

When we do a word study on the word body we will find out we don’t own our own body.  Our body belongs to God.  It houses the Holy Spirit.  When we don’t take proper care of our body it is sin.  God will not surpass our willfulness to sin.  Our sin of not caring for our bodies suffers the consequences of sickness.  If we truly want God to heal our diseases and injuries we must do our part in being careful and eating healthy.  It isn’t a lack of God’s willingness to heal but our willingness to live in sin.  Let us quit blaming God for a lack of our healing, confess our sinful neglect and do our part in our healing.  He wants us whole.

There is a time God chooses to heal us by taking us up to Him because we have finished what He has called us to do on this earth.  That is a glorious time of perfect healing but also it is not something we should hasten.  We want to be pleasing to God and do all He has for us to do on this earth.  We have all eternity to be in His very real and tangible presence.

My prayer is for all of us, especially me, to take our responsibility for our body seriously and through our proper care of our bodies, trust God for the healing of the evil surrounding us that would try to keep our bodies from being a healthy vessel for the Holy Spirit’s work on this earth.

January 12, 2019

Trust and Obey

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,Obey,sacrifice,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 15:4 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” (NIV)

Abraham was a man of faith.  Yet, though God promised him a son from his own flesh, Abraham allowed his wife, Sara, to feed his doubt and have a son through Hagar, Sara’s slave.  It was a 25 year wait for Abraham to see God’s promise come through and Sara to give birth to Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Later we see Abraham’s faith very strong as he obeys God and prepares to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  We are impatient people.  We don’t understand God’s timing and because of that we often take things into our own hands.  This is a lack of faith and trust in the One Who can never lie, Who is always faithful to His promises.  We might not understand what seems like a delay of God in the fulfillment of a promise but we are the ones who can’t see beyond the moment we are living.  Let us choose to believe and trust God’s promises.  Let us wait for His directions and not rush ahead of God’s timing.  We don’t need to understand.  We need only to trust and obey.  As the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

January 11, 2019

Vacillating

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:09 pm

Matthew 26:35 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. (NIV)

I really relate to Peter.  He was an all or nothing guy.  He never did anything half-way.  I am the same.  I go all the way or I don’t go at all.  In this verse we see Peter declaring he would go all the way with Jesus.  I believe he really meant it.  Then, when he denied Jesus, I think the first time he was thinking if he protected himself he would be able to find a way to save Jesus.  Peter’s problem was he was totally in the flesh.  The Holy Spirit, the Enabler, hadn’t been given to the believers at this time.  Without the Holy Spirit we are subject to the abilities of the sinful flesh.  The sinful flesh seeks to put itself before all else.  Peter showed quite a different nature after the Holy Spirit came and filled him.  He did indeed die for Jesus.  We have a lot of heroic desires for our faith.  As sinful humans we vacillate between our flesh and old habits and the newness of being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is a gradual process having our minds renewed so we will listen and respond to the Holy Spirit rather than our sinful flesh.  Getting in the written word, the Holy Bible, on a daily basis helps to renew our minds.  Without actively putting God’s word in our minds and hearts we will fail.  Let us be more like Peter after the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Let us be disciplined in renewing our minds and stand firm for the faith.

January 10, 2019

The Facts

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:41 pm

Luke 5:5 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (NIV)

The facts were there were no fish in the area.  Peter and his partners had fished the area all night without landing one single fish.  Yet, because Jesus told him to put down his net, Peter did so without question even though the facts told him it was useless.  Peter obeyed the voice of Jesus immediately.  How often do we listen to the facts as we know them rather than to the Word of God.  We look at the facts and see the impossible forgetting to trust that with God all is possible.  We wrestle with the facts verses God’s word and too often we let the facts speak louder than God’s word.  Let us pray to be more like Peter and, not only listen to God’s word but to trust Him and obey immediately.  As Peter was blessed with the largest haul of fish he had ever seen, we, too, will be blessed with our obedience to God and seeing His word come about in our time and space.

January 3, 2019

More and More

Filed under: faith,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9NIV0

God is love.  Love is from God.  Love can’t come from anywhere or anyone other than God because God is love.  Love is a word of action.  Love gives.  God poured out His love into His Son, Jesus.  Jesus was the container of God’s love and was sent to this earth to pour out God’s love in a tangible way that humanity, in our sinfulness, could see and feel.  Love enters sinful humanity through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit can only enter humanity through Jesus.  For the Holy Spirit to enter and dwell within us – therefore allowing love (God) to dwell in us, we must accept, believe and obey Jesus, God’s receptacle of love on earth.  Let us be sure we ask Jesus to fill us with the Holy Spirit and thank and praise God the Father for such an outpouring of His love.  This is a love beyond our ability in our sinful nature to understand.  It is even hard to accept since we can’t understand it.  It takes a step of faith to ask and accept such a pure love.  Once we get a little taste of such a love we will only want more and more.  As we pass on that love to others, it will give more space in us to receive even more.  This brings to joy and the abundant life God has promised us.

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