Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 9, 2019

Pulling Weeds

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 13:30 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (NIV)

It was 3:30 in the morning and I was outside pulling weeds by a dim street lamp down the road a little ways.  As I was pulling the weeds, I thought about this parable Jesus told.  His harvesters won’t have a dim street light to spot the weeds.  They won’t miss a single weed because they’ll have the Light of God showing the weeds.  The weeds are all the people who have not come humbly before God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The believers are on this earth living with those who have chosen not to believe.  We, the believers are to stay in the mix with those who don’t believe.  We are to show them through our words and our actions the love of God.  We are not to keep silent.  We are to tell them in a loving way how they can have life eternal in the very presence of God.  If we tell them in a judgmental way they will not believe.  They will back away and call us names.  We can see a lot of that going on right now in the United States and other places in the world.  People don’t want to be judge by other people.  God is the One Who will do the judging.  The believers will be judged right along with the non-believers but we will have an advocate in Jesus Christ.  He will tell the Father we are under His righteousness and forgiven.  We will not be cast away but will be in the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity.  Let’s be sure to do our part that none we know will miss out.

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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.

August 5, 2019

Continuing to Surrender

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Mark 14:36 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  (NIV)

There is a hymn that goes, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.” And continues, “I surrender all.”  We’ve looked at what surrendering means in the past.  Surrendering is not a one- time event.  Jesus wanted one thing yet He was willing for the Father’s will to supersede His own will and desire.  I know for me there are times I become aware I’ve taken control of one area of my life.  We must constantly look to see if we have really surrendered all.  How about our money, our time?  The hardest for me to surrender is my adult children.  It takes real self-honesty to recognize areas where we aren’t fully surrendered.  We may have said we surrender all but the human sinful nature is to pick up again what we gave at one time.  Let’s take time regularly to make sure all areas of our lives are surrendered to the One Who loves us most.

August 4, 2019

Trinity

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Mark 1:10-11 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Some people get confused about One God and the Trinity.  They don’t understand how the One God can be three.  God is so big and complete that He can’t be contained in only one form of being.  He is the Father of all for He is the Creator.  He created through His spoken Word but because of mankind’s sin of separations from Him the Word of God became human flesh in the form of Jesus Christ thereby being the Son, the only begotten Son of the Father.  The Holy Spirit is the power of God and the from of the One God that is able to inhabit the believers who love, worship, follow in obedience an serve the One God.  All three personages of the One God appear in the baptism of the Son, Jesus Christ.  What a beautiful and awesome scene that must have been.  Let us take time to meditate on the powerful holiness of that scene and ask the Holy Spirit to help us absorb the magnitude and greatness of our God.

July 22, 2019

A Lonely Place

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 5:16 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (NIV)

So many are tired.  We are constantly stimulated by noise and business.  It seems there are always demands on our time.  Jesus had more demands on His time than we can conceive.  Yet, He knew He must withdraw to a lonely place where He could pray and be refreshed by His Father.  We too, must learn to leave everything behind for a time to refresh through prayer without interruption from distracting noise or other people.  As a couple, we took turns give each a few days to go off alone to refresh in our relationship with our God.  The condition of our thinking and our physical bodies are a good indication of when it is time to go to a lonely place to refresh.  Notice it is a lonely place, not a place of active recreation.  The entire purpose as we rest our minds and our bodies is to refresh through conversations with our Creator and have a refreshed re-infilling of the Holy Spirit.  If Jesus knew He needed to withdraw from time to time, though He was perfectly filled with the Holy Spirit, how much more do we need to do the same.  Let us be cautious in our thinking that things can’t go without us for a time.  Let us always take time in a lonely place and meet one on one with God, our Father and our Creator.

July 18, 2019

Selfies

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Jude 1:1 1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: (NIV)

We must notice this heading of Jude’s letter.  Even though Jude was a half brother of Jesus, he only mentions he is the brother of James.  What humility.  The normal human tendency would be to boast about being the half brother of Jesus.  We like to make known our connections with the great and famous.  We see people taking selfie pictures of themselves with the famous every chance they get.  This show the normal insecurity we have of who we are.  We tend to get our identity from who we know.  We, as believers in Jesus Christ are children through Him of God the Father.  The Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  What better identity can one have than being a child of God?  Knowing our identity is in Him we must learn to reflect that identity to others.  Our “selfie” with God the Father should show through the fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22.   Let’s take time to look them up and see how our “selfie” reflects each one.

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 1, 2019

Fellowship

Filed under: Christ,commandment,Father,fellowship,glory,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

1 John 1:3 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (NIV)

We use the word fellowship in several different ways.  What does it mean to have fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ?  To be in fellowship with God we live in the knowledge of His will.  We agree with His commandments and all He does.  We share in His love for His creation.  We enjoy being in His presence. All of these are in various verses of the Holy Bible.  I encourage you to to a word search on “fellowship” to learn more of what it means to fellowship with God.  Having knowledge of what is included in fellowship will help us see what areas we are not truly fellowship with God.  We all have special groups of people with whom we enjoy fellowship from time to time.  Our fellowship with them is not all-inclusive.  Let us learn to be all-inclusive with our fellowship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

June 30, 2019

Be Holy

Filed under: Father,glory,God,holy,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Peter 1:16 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (NIV)

The word “holy” means to be set apart.  God is holy because He is set apart from the world.  He has always been in existence and only through Him has everything else come into existence.  For us to be holy means for us to be set apart or God.  We are to be a vessel for God.  Jesus demonstrated this to us by the way He walked this earth.  He passed all glory to His Father.  He said He could only do what His Father wanted Him to do.  What about us?  Are we passing all glory to the Father?  Are we glorifying the Father through our words, actions and thoughts?  There is another verse that says whatever we do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord.  We, in our sinful nature, like to be the ones who get the credit for any good we might do.  To be holy takes discipline.  Let us remember we are set apart to be a vessel for God in whatever way He chooses.  Let us choose and earn to be holy (entirely) His.

June 23, 2019

Speaks Today

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Old Testament,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Hebrews 1:2 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (NIV)

In the Old Testament days God only spoke through the people He raised up to be prophets.  When He sent His Son, His Word to earth in the form of Jesus, He began speaking to us through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  God still speaks to us through Jesus.  He has given us a written account, the New Testament, of how Jesus lived, what Jesus taught and how Jesus ministered.  As we read the account, we hear God speaking.  When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent His Holy spirit to dwell in each and every believer/follower of Jesus in order to speak to them (us).  The only thing that hampers us from hearing God speak to us today is our failure to listen.  We choose to listen to our own intellects.  We fail to realize our own intellects are flawed.  We are in sinful, fleshly bodies and have trouble understanding things of the spirit.  God is Spirit.  We must worship Him in our spirits.  We can only worship in our spirits if we have been reborn through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through Jesus.  It is then that we are made capable to hear God speak to us as long as we are willing to listen.  It still thrills ad amazes me how much God went through in order for me to be able to hear Him speak to me.  If nothing else ever led or would lead me to fall on my knees and worship Him, this alone would be more than enough.  Just think, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be wants to speak to us.  Our question we must ask ourselves is how much do we want to hear from Him?  Let us learn to listen.  Let us really desire to listen.  Let us listen more than we talk, asking Him for things.

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