Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 11, 2020

Remembering Blessings

Filed under: bless,Father,God,trust,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 106:13 13 But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.  (NIV)

Here is a good warning for us.  Because they forgot all God had done and refused to wait for His plan to unfold, they rebelled and went their own way which was to wander in the desert for 40 years.  We. as  flesh and blood, self-righteous and self-knowing in our own eyes are good at remembering the bad but quick to forget the good.  Many keep what they call a blessing journal.  My blessings are recorded in my written prayer journal each night, thanking our Father each night by naming the blessings of that day.  On days I might not feel blessed I go back and read some of my more known to me blessed days.  I say known to me because each and every day has blessings, it’s a matter of noticing them.  Let us learn from the lesson of the wandering Hebrews.  Let us thank Him for all He has done, is doing and know His plan will unfold before our very eyes in His perfect time.

August 10, 2020

Both Testaments

Psalms 102:18 18 Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:  (NIV)

So many Christians don’t read the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible.  It seems they don’t know the above verse.  The words, all the words, were given by God to obedient believers in Him for the purpose of all future generations.  They are there to instruct us, to encourage us, to teach us how to pray, to teach us how to worship, to teach us how to serve and probably teach us in many other ways that I’m not able to list right now.  It is important for us to know how God dealt with those who have gone before us.  We see the consequences of their disobedience as well as the beautiful and often miraculous results of their obedience.  In the Old Testament we7 are told of not only the power of our prayers, we are told that are prayers are a sweet aroma in heaven and that they are in God’s very own treasure chest.  If nothing else does, that should make us all want to be continually in prayer and praise to our loving Father, God.  For every paragraph we read in the New Testament portion of our Holy Bible, let us also read equally in the Old Testament.  I guarantee we will all grow stronger and be fully in love and appreciative of all the words God has led others to record for us.

August 8, 2020

Not Everyone

Filed under: believe,commands,Father,heart,heven,kingdom,mind,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (NIV)

We can say we believe Jesus is the Son of God, we can go to a Christian church but doing those things doesn’t guarantee us entrance into the kingdom of heaven.  We must do the will of the Father Who is in heaven.  What is the Father’s will?  Jesus summed up the Father’s will in Matthew 22:37-39 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor   We must really love God with all our heart.  That means He comes first before anyone else or anything else. Then we must also love our neighbor.  That means we want God’s best for our neighbor.  Who is our neighbor?  Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor.  It seems simple but it’s not.  In our fleshly, sinful state we are continuing to judge others by our own standards.  That isn’t love.  Love encourages.  Let us work on our priorities as well as our judgmental attitude.

August 5, 2020

No Fear

Filed under: Christ,Father,fear,free,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words  (NIV)

Looking through the menu on YouTube I find a good many listings inciting fear; fear of food shortage, fear of no money, fear of no utilities and on and on.  It seems there are people who enjoy planting fear in others.  It may be they are also full of fear; fear of the unknown.  As Christians, there is no unknown.  We have our future contained in the above verses.  We know what the end on this earth will be for us.  We will be united with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and with the Father God in a twinkling of an eye.  We will be with God forever.  There is nothing to fear because there is no greater outcome than being with God for all eternity.  What are we to do with this information?  We are to encourage one another with it.  We are to remind one another that there is nothing to fear for we are in the loving hands of God.  The media can continue to do however it pleases with misinformation and fear tactics but we know the truth and the truth (God is truth) sets us free from fear.

August 3, 2020

Listen to Him

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 17:5 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”  (NIV)

This took place with Peter, James and his brother John on what we call the mount of transfiguration when Jesus met with Moses and Elijah.  Peter, being his normal self, was quick to talk and say what he could do when God the Father spoke, interrupting Peter and telling him Who Jesus is (God the Father’s Son and what Peter and all us should do about it.  We are to listen to Jesus, God’s Son.  We tend to be the ones who like to do the talking.  We think we know a lot and want to share what we know and/or think with all who will listen.  Our question is, when it comes to talking with God our Father, how much time do we spend talking verses how much time do we spend listening.  The Father speaks to us through the recorded words of His Son, Jesus, found in the Holy Bible.  He’s also given us the ability to hear the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each and every believer.  Our problem is we keep our minds so active with our own thoughts we cover up the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.  Let us learn to pay attention to what God said, “This is My Son, listen to Him.”  Let us listen so much more than we speak.

August 1, 2020

Do What He Does

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Father,forgive,God,heart,Jesus,love,mind,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 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 talking.  He said He only does what He, Himself sees His Father doing.  What He sees His Father doing is what He also does.  When we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, we also have the same Father He has.  Jesus is perfect.  He is and always has been one with the Father.  If Jesus finds it necessary to do nothing by Himself, to only do what He sees the Father do, how much more necessary is it for us to do the same.  We are to do nothing by ourselves.  All we do is to be the same that the Father and Jesus do.  What do they do?  They love, they serve, they forgive, they give.  Just read the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  It is full of the things Jesus and the Father do.  Let us be busy going about doing the same things Jesus and the Father do.  Let us only do those things.  Let us remember there is nothing of any lasting value we can every do on our own.  Let us be imitators of Christ Jesus.

 

July 30, 2020

Hearing Us

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)

Before we can say we are doing what this verse says, we must really look at it.  Not just the first part of it.  We must look at each part of the verse.  The first thing, the verse is for the people who are called by God’s name.  We are only called by God’s name through His Word, His Son made flesh, Jesus Christ.  If we haven’t asked Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, we are not called by God’s name.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That means we must admit we are sinners and are nothing without the love of God in us.  Without God, through His Holy Spirit within us, we are just sinful beings.  We must pray.  Prayer is a 2-way conversation between our Father, God and ourselves.  When we pray, we must seek His face.  We seek His face through knowledge of the words He has recorded for us in what we call the Holy Bible.  We seek to know Him through those words, through our conversations with Him and through the experiences He allows in our walk on this earth.  We can’t seek His face without turning from our wicked ways.  We all have wicked ways.  We’ve made habits of many of our wicked ways.  It might be gossip, judging others, putting other people down or even many things we don’t do that we should be doing.  We must actively make the effort to turn from those ways and incorporate the things we should be doing in our lives.  When we actively do these things, we have the assurance God hears us, forgives us and will, through our own healing, heal our land.  We must each ask ourselves are we really doing all this?

July 29, 2020

Made to be Sin

2 Corinthians 5:21 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  (NIV)

God the Father made His Word, His Son, to be sin for us.  Up until that moment Jesus was without sin.  He had no sin in Him.  Yet, though His Father loved Him, He also love us who were full of sin so He made His son sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God through the righteousness of the Son, Jesus Christ.  Remember Jesus praying in the garden, “Father, if it be possible, remove this cup from me.”  Jesus wasn’t just asking not to experience the pain of the cross, He was asking not to be made sin.  But, since the time of Adam and Eve, the Father had this planned for the love of mankind whom He created.  Jesus was still without sin when He was nailed to the cross.  He still knew no sin and hadn’t been made sin.  It was while on the cross and the Father turned His head that Jesus was made sin for us and cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me.”  This was the first and only time that the Father and the Son experienced separation.  The Father remains without sin but the Son, Jesus, now bears our sin.  There is no greater love than the love given by the Father and the Son to us who were born in sin which separated us from God.  When we invite Jesus into our minds, hearts and lives and confess we are sinners and ask forgiveness, we are forgiven and covered with the righteousness of the Son, Jesus.  Since God the Father and God the Son love us so very much, how can we, who are constantly in need of forgiveness, not love our fellow sinners.

July 28, 2020

Co-Workers

Filed under: angels,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

2 Corinthians 6:1 1 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  (NIV)

Read the above verse again.  Notice it said we are co-workers with God.  We don’t work for God.  God doesn’t work for us.  We work together with God.  Part of our working with God is in consistent and continual prayer.  Remember in Daniel 9 when he prayed and fasted waiting for God to answer the angel Gabriel said God heard his prayer and sent the answer just as soon as Daniel began to pray but there was a fight between the evil spirits and tbe angels in bringing God’s answer to Daniel.  Our prayers connect the power of the Holy Spirit with us with the power from God and His angels to defeat the continual attempts of evil from blocking.  Our prayers are important as co-workers with God and His angels.  In and of ourselves there is nothing we can do.  Although God can do anything and everything in and of Himself, He has chosen to work through and with us.  It is a training process since we are now co-heirs with God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  We share in His work.  Jesus worked with the Father so we must also work with the Father.  Let us diligently read and study all Jesus did in His ministry on this earth so we, with God through the Holy Spirit can do likewise.

July 24, 2020

Exciting Bible

Filed under: believe,Bible,ears,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,spirit,spiritual,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Isaiah 6:8-11 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ 10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?” And he answered:  (NIV)

We must notice God said people would be spiritually deaf an spiritually blind.  Isaiah understood this and note his question, “For how long?”  I hope you will continue to read the above passage for God’s answer but be sure to ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding.  People who don’t have the Holy Spirit in them (all who come to Jesus, God’s Son, are full of the Holy Spirit) are spiritually blind and deaf and not only refuse to hear and see spiritually, they are unable to for they are only physical and haven’t been born spiritually.  When we read with our spiritual eyes and listen to the Holy Spirit with our spiritual ears, there is so much exciting information in the Holy Bible.  I find it hard to put down.  What is going on in the world today is already recorded in the Old Testament.  It is exciting as we see what is unfolding reminding us of the word of the Father so long ago.  Pray for your self that you can understand an enjoy the excitement of immersing yourself in the exciting and informative words God has spoken to us for wisdom, direction and comfort.

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