Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 4, 2020

Because of Love

Filed under: believe,blood,Father,forgive,God,Guilt,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Hebrews 8:12 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (NIV)

We have a problem with guilt.  We expect ourselves to do better than we do.  When we sin, we get upset with ourselves and because of that we tend not to forgive ourselves.  This keeps us from accepting God’s forgiveness.  We have a hard time really believing He will forgive us every time we confess, we have sinned.  We tend to confess over and over.  God says after He forgives us, He no longer remembers the sin.  When He looks at us, the Father sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  This makes it easy for Him to forgive us.  His love is that strong.  We, as parents, forgive our children time after time because we love them.  How much more God loves us and forgives us.  Let us be quick to confess our sins, accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and ask the Holy Spirit to help us not repeat that sin again.

March 30, 2020

No Longer Slaves

Filed under: Father,fellowship,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,Obey,sin,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Galatians 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  (NIV)

Angels were created to be God’s slaves.  Though some rebelled against God along with Lucifer, most angels are happy serving God as servants.  We were created to walk with God and fellowship with Him.  However, we decided through Adam and Eve, to be on our own and since then, mankind has been a slave to sin.  It took God’s Word, His Son, to shed His God deity and put on the full body of created man to come and show us God’s love and mercy and to take our place for the penalty of our sin of self.  When we accept Jesus as God’s Son and as our redemption, we no longer are slaves to sin but we are children of God.  Our problem is keeping our mind and hearts to the fact we are God’s children and thus not to choose the sin of self-sufficiency and self-indulgence.  Let us choose to stop acting like slaves to sin and choose to be loving and obedient to God, our Father.  As a child of God we share in His work of loving mankind and bring glory to God.  Let us be wise in our choices of words, thoughts and actions and let us bring glory to God as we love our fellow mankind.

March 28, 2020

Senior Wisdom

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,internet,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized,vine,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 15:1 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  (NIV)

It’s amazing how many different things and different ways one verse of scripture can say to us.  That’s one reason the Holy Bible is called the living word.  We have a vine that for many years never had very many, if any, blooms.  We contemplated digging it up and replacing it.  After many years it is now covered with beautiful blooms.  These blooms are providing nectar for many hummingbirds.  There is a lot on the internet about getting the economy going and letting seniors be exposed and die from the C virus.  In the minds of many of the youth, seniors are of no value.  Unfortunately, those youth are also the ones who refuse to listen to the experience wisdom of the seniors.  Because of their attitude they make many mistakes.  So often adult children don’t want to keep learning from their elderly parents.  Read through the scriptures and pay attention to the ages of many of those through whom God did mighty works.  Look at our recent history at the ages of those who are making calm and balanced decisions.  There are seldom one easy fix for any problem.  Instead of writing off certain groups of people and find balanced decisions that will benefit all.  It took time and patience for the blossoms to grow on our vine.  Let us allow this current trial to unite us together and stay attached to our vine, Jesus, asking for His wisdom that brings glory to God and benefits all.

March 26, 2020

Prayer for Today

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,kingdom,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

2 Chronicles 20:6-12 “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  (NIV)

This is the pray Jehoshaphat prayed when his nation was facing an overwhelming enemy.  I have rewarded it these last several days as I’ve prayed for our nation and the world.  You might want to try to reword other prayers in the Bible to apply to our current trials.

Lord God, Father of Jesus our Savior.  You are the God in heaven and you rule over all the earth.  You alone have the power and might and no disease or virus can withstand You.  Our God, You have healed in the past.  Virus has come upon this world.  We stand in Your presence and bear the name of Your Son, Jesus.   We cry out to You in the midst of this pandemic.  Hear us.  Use this pandemic to turn eyes and minds and hearts to You and save us.  We do not know what to do but to look to You for wisdom ad healing.

March 5, 2020

Dark Pit

Filed under: Father,God,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Genesis 37:4 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.  (NIV)

Genesis 37:5 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.  (NIV)

Joseph was the youngest son of 12 sons.  He was his father’s favorite because he was the son of his father’s old age.  Quite often the youngest is the favorite because they are the last child the parents will have.  Joseph received a special gift from his father.  That wasn’t Joseph’s fault.  But Joseph flaunted the gift in front of his brothers.  Joseph rubbed in the fact that he was his father’s favorite.  God also gave Joseph a special gift.  Joseph was given prophetic dreams by God.  Instead of being quiet, Joseph bragged to his brothers about the dream.  Read the rest of his story and see what Joseph had to experience in order for God to humble him so He could use him.  Before we judge Joseph too harshly, we must really look at ourselves.  How many times have we boasted, bragged or flaunted something in front of others?  It is our normal, sinful self that wants to look even better than we are to others. Knowing the pits Joseph had to walk through to become humble enough for God to use him, we have a choice.  Learn to be humble now or experience dark pits until we have learned we are no better than anyone else.  It is a blessing to be used by God for anything.  Let us be sure we maintain the right attitude so we can be blessed as God loves and works through us.

March 2, 2020

Striving

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Colossians 4:12 12 Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured. (NIV)

Some versions say struggling, contending or laboring fervently for the word wrestling.  We must ask ourselves how often, if ever, have we prayed for someone to stand firm, mature and be fully assured of their relationship with God.  How about praying that way for ourselves?  For so many, prayers are just a few words said.  So many prayers are lazily said.  Those prayers don’t get fulfilled.  There is an enemy called Satan who will do all he can to keep our prayers from being answered.  We don’t need to be helping him by being flippant in our prayers.  You might wonder why I’ve written so much about prayers lately?  Next to accepting Jesus Christ, God’s Son into our heart mind and life as our Lord and Savior, praying – communicating with God our Father is the most important thing we can ever do.  Prayer is necessary for all we do.  May I encourage you to look up, read and meditate on all the prayers that are in the Holy Bible.  They are wonderful examples of how to pray and what to ask.  Let us be faithful in our conversations with our Father, God.  Let’s stay in communication with Him throughout our day along with a daily, special one on One time.

February 29, 2020

One on One

Filed under: communion,Father,God,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:59 pm

Luke 5:15-16 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (NIV)

Crowds of people came to listen to Jesus and many came to be healed by Him.  Jesus didn’t stay to speak or heal.  HE withdrew to a place where He could be alone so He could pray.  Apparently Jesus thought it was more important to pray than to stay and serve.  Since Jesus, Who definitely had an intimate relationship with God and Who knew no sin in His walk on this earth, thought prayer was more important than service, what about us?  So often we think we are too busy to stop and pray.  We allow the demands on our time to dictate to us rather than us being in control of our time.  Prayer so often takes a back seat in our schedule.  We are told to pray without ceasing.  This means to always keep an awareness of God being with us.  Jesus knew His Father was with Him.  Yet He still found it necessary for withdrawing alone for real one on one conversation with the Father.  Let us never put a one on one conversation with our Father on the back seat of our schedule.  Let us make time each day for intense one on one communion with our God.

February 22, 2020

Pray, Go, Do

1 Thessalonians 5:17 17 Pray without ceasing  .(NKJ)

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)

John 4:34 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. (NIV)

As believers and followers of Jesus, Christ, the Son of God, we are to continue the ministry of Jesus since we are joint heirs with Him.  We are not to just sit around doing our own thing feeling smug because we have the promise of eternal life with God.   we are instructed to do 3 things.  First we are to pray.  As we pray we are to ask for His instructions and listen for His instructions.  God has a purpose for each and every one of His children.  If we don’t ask and listen we miss out on the blessing of being part of His ministry on this earth.  After we hear His instructions we are to go.  We must put our feet into action.  We can’t put our feet into action if we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit giving us step by step instructions, We must more than pray unceasingly and going.  We must also do.  Jesus said we are to do the Father’s will and finish the work Jesus began.  What is the work?  It is making disciples of all nations, meaning all people of any nation, race and gender.  If we fail to pray unceasingly, actively listening to the Holy Spirit within us, we will not be successful in our work.  We cannot make a disciple of anyone.  Only God the Holy Spirit can make disciples.  We are to tell others about Jesus through our words and our actions.  We start right in our ow families, then our neighborhoods.   The Holy Spirit may be calling someone right next to you.  Are you alert enough to Him to tell that person about God’s love and call on their lives?  Let’s never miss an opportunity to do the will of the Father Who sent Jeesus.

February 21, 2020

Speaking Through Us

Filed under: Bible,encouragement,Father,God,Holy Spirit,trials,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 10:19-20 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  (NIV)

 

I remember the first time I was asked to pray out loud.  I was upset because I didn’t have advance notice.  How would I know what to pray without rehearsing it and making sure I said all the right things.  As I grew in my relationship with God, I realized I didn’t need to rehearse.  The above verses give us His promise that He will speak through us.  Our problem is taking the time to listen to Him.  It takes a little practice to quickly recognize the quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  Without regular listening we won’t hear Him when we really need to speak out.  Learning to hear takes practice.  Writing down what we hear after prayer time or a time meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, helps us to recognize what is the voice of the Holy Spirit verses our own voice.  It’s also an encouragement to have a journal of what the Holy Spirit has said to us so we can look back and see His words in present times of struggle.  Let us diligently learn how to always allow the Holy Spirit to speak not only to us personally, but also through us to others.

February 8, 2020

Just One Point

James 2:10 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.  (NIV)

That’s a strong statement.  If we just break one point of God’s law we are guilty of breaking all of His laws.  Before we think we’re doing good let’s look at a couple of God’s laws.  You shall not steal.  Never took a pencil, pin or paper from our place of work?  Not a big deal?  It’s still stealing.  Never wish we had something someone else has, either materialistic or a talent of theirs?  That is still coveting.  We could go on and on but the biggest one we all have trouble with is loving all people on this earth (we are all neighbors) as we love ourselves and how about loving God with ALL our heart, mind and strength.  To be very honest with ourselves we must admit we fall short from time to time.  Praise God.  He knew we couldn’t keep every point of all of His laws so He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of our sin.  As long as we have asked Jesus to dwell in us through His Holy Spirit and seek to follow and obey Him we are found not guilty.  God the Father no longer sees our sin.  He sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son.  Let’s be sure we share that good news with our neighbors, especially the ones we have trouble loving as much as we love ourselves.

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