Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 19, 2020

All Things

Filed under: believe,Father,glory,God,healing,Lord,love,mind,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Romans 8:32 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?  (NIV)

This verse come shortly after Romans 8:28 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Yet we seem to be full of complaints when things don’t go the way we want.  We don’t understand the “good” that God knows and sees.  We only see the finite, the temporary.  God sees in eternity.  We expect that if we are obedient to God’s word all will be easy for us.  God loves His Son, Who is His Word, a very part of He, the Father, more than we can every comprehend.  Yet, even with that love, consider what He called for His Son, Jesus, to experience.  Take, for example, Joni Erickson Todda.  She had a diving accident as a teenager.  Even though she loved (and still loves) the Lord with all her heart and hundreds of people prayed for her to be healed, she remains a quadriplegic.  Some ask, if God really loves her, why doesn’t He heal her.  Look at the ministry that has come out through her situation.  Sure, she would like physical healing but, if you ask her, I’d guess she would say God has tremendously blessed her in and through her incapacities.  I know thousands have been blessed by her ministry.  Basically, it is a heart and mental attitude that we must address within ourselves.  Either we believe all that God allows to happen to us is for the ultimate good and glory for God or it isn’t.  It’s our choice.  Our attitude won’t deprive of all things working out for good but it can deprive us of seeing the good.  Let’s keep our attitude on God’s side.

September 18, 2020

Things Revealed

Filed under: devotion,glory,God,love,Obey,prayer,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Deuteronomy 29:29 29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.  (KJV)

We are a people that want to “know it all.”  God is the only One Who knows all and, in His perfect wisdom, He gradually reveals to us things that we need to know in order to be obedient to Him.  Our oldest daughter came home in tears from her first day in kindergarten.  When we asked what was wrong, she said they didn’t teach her to read that day.  She couldn’t understand there were things she had to learn first, like the alphabet. We are pretty much the same way.  We want to know all there is to know, especially we want to know all about the future.  God is pleased to reveal certain things to us but only as we are able to understand and use them.  The things God reveals to us are important to our well-being.  The devotions I’ve been writing for so many years are things God has revealed to me that I want to be sure to understand and remember and apply to my life and my relationship with God and with others.  I write them for my own benefit, yet, I share them because they might also benefit a few others.  I also write at least one prayer a day.  Quite often I write what God says to my heart immediately after my prayer.  Writing helps me with understanding and remembering which help with application.  There is nothing that belongs to us, as humans.  All things are God’s as He is the Creator of all.  The things He reveals to us are precious and should be cherished.  Let us continually be thankful to God for the things He reveals to us and use them to glorify Him through our love and obedience.

September 12, 2020

All for His Glory

Filed under: believe,Bible,glory,God,heart,Jesus,money,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:11 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve,
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.  (NIV)

Ecclesiastes is about the vanity of our seeking after worldly things over and above seeking after an intimate relationship with God.  When our walk on this earth is over, and it’s a guarantee that all on this earth will die at some point in their walk, the material things we treasured will remain on this earth.  So, if we want to store up treasures that will be with us in eternity (assuming we have received Jesus Christ, the Son of God, into our hearts, minds and lives) how do we do this?  If we spend most of our time and energy working to achieve the material things that is what we have.  We are to spend all of out time in an intimate relationship with God, doing and working according to His will and direction.  For most of us that will include working in some kind of job that produces income for the necessities of life on this earth.  However, what we call necessities might be quite different from what God sees as necessities.  Our goal, through all we do and have, is to give glory to God.  Going into debt (remember, God did say in His written word, the Holy Bible, to own no man) to buy things just for our pleasure will produce nothing but stress when our budget get’s tight or what we bought breaks and we still owe money for it.  So much stress in this modern day is because so many are living in what we call, over their means.  Early in my walk our Sunday Bible class had a young man come in to give his testimony.  The only sentence I remember is, “I don’t even buy a pair of shoes without asking God.”  That has made a lasting impact on my life.  All I earn is by the grace of God.  All I have is by the  grace of God.  All I have belongs to God for He is the Creator of all that is.  It makes sense that I always ask Him before spending His money.  Let all we do and spend be all for the glory of God.

September 11, 2020

Through It All

Filed under: anger,Bible,Bride,Christ,ears,Eyes,faith,glory,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

1 Peter 1:6-7 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire —may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  (NIV)

We have been going through trials lately: the virus and all the rules of isolation, mask wearing, no more than 10 people together, etc., the riots, lootings and killings and even the weather.  Many have lost all they own through weather turmoil or through the riots.  It’s very easy to be bitter or angry.  It’s also normal to have a little fear.  Fear that produces action to take proper care like securing things for bad weather is good.  Fear that incapacitates us is not.  We are to rejoice in God in all things; things we consider good as well as things that are difficult for us.  Centering on praising God and giving Him glory and honor helps us keep our eyes on Him and our ears tuned to His Holy Spirit for discernment and direction in walking through any trial that comes our way.  Though I wouldn’t like to repeat any of the many trials I’ve walked through, I wouldn’t want to not have walked through them for where they each have brought me in my relationship with God and my ability to love and encourage others as they walk through their trials.  When others say there are afraid of all that is going on in the world today, I say, I’ve read the last word in God’s book, the Holy Bible, and I know Who wins and where I will dwell for all eternity.  There is nothing to fear.  God is in control no matter how it might momentarily look to us.  Jesus Christ will be revealed to all when He comes to bring His Bride, the believers in Him, home.

August 28, 2020

Biblical Prayers

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christ,faith,glory,God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

 

Ephesians 3:14-21 14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 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.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.  (NIV)

I seldom recite prayers because I enjoy taking with God from my heart.  However, there are several prayers recorded in the Holy Bible that are very good to pray as long as we mean them.  This one in Ephesians 3 is a very good prayer to pray when we are interceding for someone as well as for ourselves.  But we can’t just read it.  We must slow down and really study each phrase within this beautiful prayer.  We must look at the reason this prayer says what it does so that Christ will dwell in our hearts through faith.  It moves us on to a deeper understanding of just how much love Christ has for us along with His love for others.  When we pray this, we are saying we are willing for God’s power to be working within us.  This takes participation on our part. As we read the various prayers in the Holy Bible, let us learn to read them slowly and really digest what they say.  This will improve our instantaneous prayers we pray each and every day.

 

August 27, 2020

Discerning Ears

2 Corinthians 2:17 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.  (NIV)

The preachers who preach the prosperity message are not doing a new thing.  This was already a problem in the early church.  When we look at those who are preaching the prosperity message, a message that says if we are living according to God’s word we should have every material blessing that we want, we find they are living in big, fancy estates and many with their own jets so they don’t have to fly with the public.  There is no promise in God’s word, the Holy Bible, of a guaranteed life with every material thing one could desire.  It does state, many times, that we believers who live an obedient life are guaranteed persecution and trials.  In the persecution and trials, we are promised the Holy Spirit will see us through to the glory of God.  It is so important when we listen to a preacher we listen with a Holy Bible in hand and as the Holy Spirit to give us discernment.  Not everything they say is wrong.  Just as with Satan, they manage to start with truth and twist it just a little to suit their desired belief.  Let’s learn to always listen with spiritually discerning ears.

August 25, 2020

Keep Our Eyes on Jesus

Hebrews 12:2 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  (NIV)

Luke 2:15 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”  (NIV)

The shepherds saw a magnificent, heavenly sight and sound they never heard or dreamed about before.  For most people, seeing and hearing the angels would have been more than enough.  Not for the shepherds.  They eagerly decided they must go see the baby Jesus for themselves.  They wanted to fix their eyes on Jesus.  We are told to fix our eyes on Jesus.  Right now, we can’t see Jesus physically but we still can fix our eyes on Him.  We do this through reading and studying about all He did and said while physically walking this earth.  To do this, we must not only read the red letters in the Holy Bible, we must read all of it.  Not only read, but study.  What did Jesus say in various circumstances?  What did Jesus do in various circumstances?  We are to be imitators of Jesus.  To do that we must speak in the same way and act in the same way.  That doesn’t mean mimic Him.  It does mean we are to speak and do with the same goal and in the same motivation as Jesus did.  His goal was to honor His Father and obey Him in all things and circumstances and reveal the Father’s love and light to all.  Those last 2 word in the last sentence are important.  To ALL.  We can’t be selective of who we will love, encourage and help.  Jesus wasn’t selective.  Let us be imitators of Jesus.  Let us keep our eyes on Him through daily study of the Holy Bible and daily conversation with Him through the Holy Spirit.

July 8, 2020

Manna

Filed under: glory,God,Manna,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Exodus 16:16 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’”  (NIV)

Exodus 16:18-19 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.9 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.”  (NIV)

As with all of scripture, there is much we can learn from the manna experience of the Hebrews.  They learned God provided for them all they would need for the current day.  They were not to worry about the next day.  They were only to gather what God provided for each day and use it fully.  The only exception was the Sabbath day.  When they tried to save some manna for the next day instead of trusting God’s provision, the manna rotted.  Our lesson of trust is the same as it was for the Hebrews.  God gives us each day what is sufficient for the day.  When we read the entire section, we see those who gathered more than they need found they really only had what they needed and those who didn’t gather enough for their day’s need found they really did have enough.  We are too busy looking at what others have and deciding we should have at least the same, if not more rather than trusting God’s decision on what it is we need as well as what He knows others need.  This doesn’t mean we don’t save up money for emergencies but it does mean we use what God gives us in the way He wants us to use it.  This incudes giving our tithe before spending on other things.  It also includes giving other offerings when He shows us a need.  The lesson, God gives us what we need for each day and we are to use what God gives us fully for His glory.

June 7, 2020

Really Humble

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,glory,God,government,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

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)

Let’s take a fresh look at this verse and what it means to humble ourselves.  We say we pray and seek God’s face.  We say we do our part for this nation.  There are questions we must ask ourselves.  Do we vote?  When we vote, do we research all levels of offices and laws before we cast our ballot.  Do we really know who and/or what we are electing into office or laws?  When we pray for our nation, do we pray for each individual who is in a decision-making area of our government?  Do we pray for each one to seek God’s wisdom in their decisions?  When we pray, do we really humble ourselves by admitting our part in this nation leaving the precept of God?  We Christians are just as responsible for the direction this country has taken as the worse of citizens.  We don’t speak with our votes.  We don’t speak with our actions.  When is the last time we have communicated with someone in office as to what we think the direction should be.  I don’t know about you but I must admit I’m not consistently faithful in any of the above actions.  God didn’t cause this virus but He did allow it for scripture says God is always in control.  Since God did allow it it appears, He is trying to get our attention to stand up and do our part in the leadership and direction of this country.  He has used “pandemics” before; they are recorded in the Holy Bible several times.  Let’s pay attention.  Let’s not be complacent or quiet.  Let’s not riot but let’s use the laws that are in place to speak out and move our nation back into the right direction – God’s direction.  Let’s put pray back into our schools, businesses and government.  Let’s keep gender on birth certificates.  Let’s stop the murder of babies.  Let’s be active for the glory of God.

June 1, 2020

Growing Daily

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,Holy Spirit,song,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 12:35 35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.  (NIV)

Walking was the first mode of transportation.  At one time, it was the only mode of transportation.  When we walk, we normally move forward.  Walking backward is hard and dangerous.  Walking in the Bible quite often refers to how we are in our relationship with God.  We either move forward in our relationship or we move backward and further away in our relationship.  We walk every day. There is no way to be stagnant.  We are a living being and to be living means growth and movement.  Our Spirits need to grow.  The only way our spirits can grow is by walking toward God – growing our relationship closer and closer to Him.  We do this through the study of God’s instruction book, the Holy Bible and through one on one teaching with the greatest teacher ever, the Holy Spirit.  If we are the same person today as we were yesterday we have lost a day of growth.  There is a chorus we sing: “From glory to glory He’s change me…His likeness and Image I ever will be…”  Each and every night let us contemplate on something new we’ve learned about God and what He’s changed in us that day.

 

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