Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 5, 2019

Truth on Display

2 Corinthians 4:1-6   Since God has so generously let us in on what He is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times.  We refuse to wear masks and play games.  We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.  And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves.  Rather we keep everything we do and say out in the open the whole truth on display, so that those who want to an see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. (The Message Version)

Please reread the above verses.  So many main-line denominations are twisting the scriptures to say what they want them to say.  It seems the goal is now to appeal to the desires of the current culture even when it means changing definitions of words and changing what God’s written word, the Holy Bible, says.  We see government officials twisting words to suit themselves.  It is up to us, followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to speak truth.  But in speaking truth we must do it in love, not in judgment.  We are in the Advent season of the Church Calendar.  This is a time of preparation for the celebrating of the physical coming of God’s Word, Jesus Christ, as a flesh and blood human creation, to show us the love of God, the Father.  Let us determine to do at least one thing each day to show His love through us to some stranger in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.  Let us demonstrate Christians aren’t judgmental or hateful but are people who speak God’s truth in love.

December 1, 2019

Discouraged

Filed under: anger,Bible,Christ,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 16:8-11 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  (NIV)

We all have times of discouragement.  Jesus had times of discouragement.  There were times He was discouraged at the slow learning and trusting of His chosen disciples.  There were times He was discouraged that the people in His own home town wouldn’t believe Him.  When many of us are discouraged it sometimes leads to anger.  Jesus didn’t let His discouragement lead to anger.  He knew He was being obedient to His Father and doing His Father’s will.  This was primary for Him and He remained faithful to following His Father’s will regardless of what others might think or do.  When we are discouraged, we must first make sure we are following the will of God for our lives.  If we are, we needn’t worry about what others think.  If we aren’t, we need to get back on track.  Discouragement is an emotion which changes with the tide of events.  It will come and go.  When it comes, let’s remember we aren’t perfect but the One Who is in us is perfect and will see us through every situation.  When discouraged, get into the Holy Bible and read the uplifting promises of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

November 21, 2019

Starting the Day

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

Psalms 143:8 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.  (NIV)

How do you start the morning?  What is the first thing on your mind?  What is the first sound you hear?  This verse shows the best way to start the morning.  Starting listening to God before anything else sets the tone for a wonderful day ahead.  Asking Him for directions for the day and trusting Him to lead us produces a day of fulfillment and a day that brings glory to God.  Being woken up by an alarm is a harsh way to wake up.  With a regular schedule alarms won’t be needed.  Setting the alarm for a several minutes latter than we need to wake up will put our mins at rest about starting our day in time for necessary things like dressing and getting to work or school on time.  Hitting a snooze rather than getting up and opening our minds and hearts to God just produce a rushed day.  Let us learn to start our mornings saying, “Good morning, Father.  Show me the way You have for me today.”

November 17, 2019

Bringing Glory to the Father

Filed under: Father,forgive,glory,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 1:31 pm

Luke 23:34 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (NIV)

Most of my life, when I read these words of Jesus, I was thinking He was only asking God to forgive the ones that placed Him on the cross.  Now I understand I also placed Him on the cross for it was also for my sin He died.  Jesus is asking the Father to forgive me as well as the ones who were physically at the foot of His cross, jeering Him.  What a gift of love.  He was in deep pain and about to take His last breath, yet His thoughts were on us.  We, on the other hand, when facing trials no where near as severe as the trial Jesus was experiencing, think mostly about ourselves.  How was Jesus able to think of us as He was dying?  He was looking to His Father.  All Jesus said and did was to glorify the Father.  Jesus knew His purpose was to bring glory to the Father.  That is also our purpose.  Let us choose to desire to bring glory to our Father in all we say and do.

November 15, 2019

Wordless Groans

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,healing,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Romans 8:26 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  (NIV)

There are many times we have no idea how to pray, what to say.  We don’t know how to meet the need or sometimes even what the real need is.  Though we should always rely on the Holy Spirit to pray in and through us, at those times we are confused or in doubt it is absolutely necessary to allow the Holy Spirit to pray.  We might ask, how do we do that?  We sit quietly in the presence of God.  We quiet our thoughts sometimes by reading the written word, the Holy Bible, or by inspirational music or by saying or singing words of praise and trust to God.  As our thoughts turn to Him rather than our problem we ask the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and words.  Sometimes we can hear the words forming within us.  Even when we don’t hear the words forming within is this doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit isn’t interceding for us.  Jesus promised our Father would always hear us and will always answer us.  There is nothing wrong, in fact it is really truth, to admit to God and ourselves that we don’t know how to pray.  Releasing the problem or need to God is definitely a very honest and humble prayer.  As a hospital chaplain most of my prayers are for healing of the patient.  There are times when the Holy Spirit directs my prayers in other directions and I find the patient thanking me for those prayers.  If we really want God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven we must ask and release.  Many times our wordless groans, our just saying, “Oh God, please help” are the most honest prayers we can utter.  He is faithful.  We can always trust Him to work all things out for our good and His glory.

November 10, 2019

Humble Before All

Filed under: Christ,cross,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  (NIV)

Humility.  That’s a hard word for us sinful humans.  Our egos command us to be proud.  If we’re not proud, we pretend and act like we are.  We always want to be the one who’s right and the one who has all the right answers.  We want to be the one in power.  We want to be served rather than to serve.  All these wants are the complete opposite of Jesus, how He walked this earth and what He wanted.  His wants all hinged around what would please His Father.  If we really want to be pleasing to God, we must humble ourselves.  Yes, occasionally God humbles us through various circumstances.  There are many instances cited in the Holy Bible.  But God’s first choice is for us to willingly humble ourselves, not only before Him but to humble ourselves before our fellow humans.  No one of us is better than the other.  No one of us is more important than any other.  God gives each of us a job to do.  He equips us for our specific job through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who will work through us.  What do we have to be proud about?  Nothing.  We are but dust without the Holy Spirit working in and through us.  Next time we want to use the word “I” let us be cautious about what words and/or actions follow that word.

November 9, 2019

Imitators

Filed under: believe,Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

This is Jesus, the very Son of God talking.  He says He can’t do anything by Himself.  He can only do what He sees His Father doing.  The son imitates the Father.  Even though Jesus said this, we still think we can do our own things.  We even apply our self-dependence and self-reliance into our ministries.  This is one reason we fail.  This is one reason we get so tired and many get burned out.  We forget it is only through the Holy Spirit residing in us as followers of Jesus Christ that any good can come through us.  Like Peter, we jump into something without taking the time to think.  When we stop to think, hopefully we will stop to ask God what it is we should do, how we should do it and when we should do it.  Yes, we read and study what Jesus did as He physically walked this earth but we fail to remember how often He drew apart to consult with His Father.  Let us learn to do likewise.

November 4, 2019

Enveloped

Filed under: Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Psalms 37:7 7 Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;  (NIV)

When we pray, most of us just jump in and start talking to God.  When people talk to me, it is necessary for them first to get my attention.  My mind might be in deep thought.  I might be unaware of their effort to talk to me.  When we want to talk to God we must first get His attention.  We begin by addressing Him as Jesus taught us when He said to begin with “Our Father.”  As we wait for Him to respond we praise Him and wait before Him.  When we have stilled our heart and minds and have become totally aware of His presence it is time for a 2-way conversation.  Our time of talking with our Father is not a time to be rushed.  It is a joyful time, an instructional time and the most fulfilling time we can have.  Let us learn to not rush our conversations with our Father, God.  Let us learn to wait on Him, patently and enjoy being totally enveloped in His very real presence.

November 3, 2019

Blemishes

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,Lamb,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Peter 1:19 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.   (NIV)

When God sent His Son to become flesh and blood just as we are, we must ask how did He walk this life on earth without sin?  Jesus lived constantly aware of the very real presence of His Father.  He spent time apart talking with His Father. Jesus’ sole purpose on this earth was to do the will of the Father.  In comparing ourselves with Jesus we fall vastly short.  Most of our thinking and awareness time is about ourselves.  We are more aware of our trials than we are of God’s very real presence.  We spend more time complaining and fretting than we do thanking and praising.  It takes time and discipline to bring ourselves into a constant and consistence awareness of our Father always being with us.  The more aware we become the less we fall into temptation.  Let us choose to consciously become aware of God’s very real presence through our Bible study, meditation and frequent conversations with Him.  Let us have fewer blemishes from sin.

November 1, 2019

Know the Father

Hebrews 7:25 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  (NIV)

We sing, Jesus Loves Me, and it is so right.  We talk of Jesus.  We worship Jesus.  This is as it should be but we must remember the reason Jesus came.  He came to bring us back to the Father.  It is only through Jesus that we can access God the Father but we must ask, do we seek to really know the Father?  Jesus taught us to pray to the Father.  We are to call out to the Father.  We are to listen for the voice of the Father.  To know the Father, after being given access to Him through the Son, Jesus, we must take time.  We can know of the Father through the study and meditation of the written word, the Holy Bible, but that gives us head knowledge.  To really know the Father, we must spend quiet time with Him.  We must be still to know that He is God.  To quiet ourselves for listening we first must come into an attitude of worship by either singing or reading words of worship.  All Jesus said and did was to bring us into an intimate relationship with God the Father.  Let us not disappoint Jesus.  Let us really take the time and effort to have that deep and intimate relationship with God the Father.

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