Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 14, 2019

A Banquet

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,God's Word,prayer,treasure,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Psalms 119:72 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (NIV)

We’ve all read stories of gold rush times.  How desperate people were to find their treasure.  They endured tremendous hardships.  Many even lost their lives in the effort.  That didn’t stop others from trying.  IT was worth all cost to get to their treasure.  We have a treasure God provided for us.  The treasure is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  In many countries these Bibles are plentiful but time is coming when it will be harder and harder to get a copy of this treasure.  Our question is do we really consider the Holy Bible a treasure?  How often do we get into the treasure?  Gold has to be mined.  Do we dig deep into the treasure God has provided for us?  A casual glance at rocks will miss the gold the contain.  Casually reading the Holy Bible misses the depth of the treasure God has waiting for us.  When I first came to the Lord I was devouring the Holy Bible.  I read it from cover to cover.  As I’ve grown over the years I have come to treasure it even more.  The depth of those words astounds me.  I can read a verse I’ve read before and receive a much deeper meaning from it.  As always, I continue to encourage you to really get into the Holy Bible.  Pray for understanding as you read.  Write down in a journal what you understand from what you read.  Try to memorize verses that are special to you.  Do this with a sense of enjoyment as you would a banquet of glorious food.  It is indeed a banquet of glorious food – food supplies from God, our Creator, to sustain us through life on this earth and bring us into a glorious relationship with Him and knowledge of Him.

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August 13, 2019

Filed under: glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Samuel 17:36 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God.

When David was serving in such as menial job there was no one around to watch him.  He was alone with the sheep.  Yet he risked his life by giving his all in defense of the seep he was watching.  No one was there to cheer him on or tell him he was doing a good job.  He did his job because it was what he was supposed to do.  So often we want to do a job that shows how good we are to others.  We tend to want to “perform” for others and hear their praises for now good we are.  We need to be more like David.  David grew in doing a menial job and doing it really well.  Doing this job taught him how to face the job of killing the giant.  He didn’t kill the giant for the praises of man.  He killed the giant for the glory of God.  Whether our current job is to wash dishes, pick up garbage or defend the life of a leader, we are to do it well and do it for the glory of God.  It’s okay if no one ever knows what we do.  God knows.  We are on this earth for the glory of God and it is to Him we do every task – big or small.  Let’s do whatever God allows whenever He allows in the way He has entrusted us to do as a thank you for His choosing us to do it – big or small.  In God’s eyes there are no small jobs.

He was alone with the sheep.  Yet he risked his life by giving his all in defense of the seep he was watching.  No one was there to cheer him on or tell him he was doing a good job.  He did his job because it was what he was supposed to do.  So often we want to do a job that shows how good we are to others.  We tend to want to “perform” for others and hear their praises for now good we are.  We need to be more like David.  David grew in doing a menial job and doing it really well.  Doing this job taught him how to face the job of killing the giant.  He didn’t kill the giant for the praises of man.  He killed the giant for the glory of God.  Whether our current job is to wash dishes, pick up garbage or defend the life of a leader, we are to do it well and do it for the glory of God.  It’s okay if no one ever knows what we do.  God knows.  We are on this earth for the glory of God and it is to Him we do every task – big or small.  Let’s do whatever God allows whenever He allows in the way He has entrusted us to do as a thank you for His choosing us to do it – big or small.  In God’s eyes there are no small jobs.

When David was serving in such as menial job there was no one around to watch him.  He was alone with the sheep.  Yet he risked his life by giving his all in defense of the seep he was watching.  No one was there to cheer him on or tell him he was doing a good job.  He did his job because it was what he was supposed to do.  So often we want to do a job that shows how good we are to others.  We tend to want to “perform” for others and hear their audiations for now good we are.  We need to be more like David.  David grew in doing a menial job and doing it really well.  Doing this job taught him how to face the job of killing the giant.  He didn’t kill the giant for the audiations of man.  He killed the giant for the glory of God.  Whether our current job is to wash dishes, pick up garbage or defend the life of a leader, we are to do it well and do it for the glory of God.  It’s okay if no one ever knows what we do.  God knows.  We are on this earth for the glory of God and it is to Him we do every task – big or small.  Let’s do whatever God allows whenever He allows in the way He has entrusted us to do as a thank you for His choosing us to do it – big or small.  In God’s eyes there are no small jobs.

August 8, 2019

Changing Purpose

Filed under: glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

1 Corinthians 3:8 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.  (NIV)

All people need to know they have a purpose in their lives.  Those who feel like they don’t have a purpose end up committing suicide or inflicting pain on others.  God gives each individual a purpose.  Of course, our main, life time purpose is to glorify God and worship and serve Him.  We also have other purposes that change according to the times of our lives.  We need to be sure we don’t miss any of these purposes.  How do we know when it is time to transition from one purpose to another?  It is a combination of circumstances and intimate conversation with God.  One of the best things we can pass on to our children is letting them know God always has a purpose for their lives, a purpose though out every day of their lives.  We are each accountable to God for fulfilling each purpose He gives us.  When we are children our purpose is different from when we become adults.  As adults our purpose changes as our situations change.  But, even as we go through various purposes, let us never forget our primary purpose – worshiping God and bringing Him glory through our worship, praise and obedience.

July 27, 2019

Triggers

Filed under: anger,glory,God,habits,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid every weight and entangling sin.  Let us run with endurance the race set before us.  (Tree of Life version)

We all have triggers that set us off to do or say things.  Some triggers are good.  Some triggers get us back into habits, thoughts, words or actions we have been trying to get out of our lives.  It is important to identify those triggers. One of my triggers is having a container of ice cream in the house.  Since I’ve identified that trigger, I no longer buy ice cream to take into my house.  I do buy it when I visit one of my children’s houses, enjoy one dish with them and leave the rest with them.  Though this trigger is important to my physical health, it’s minor compared to triggers that lead us to fits of anger or other temptations that cause us not to reflect the love of God.  When we say or do something we know is wrong we must take time to identify the trigger that lead to that action.  It takes endurance to run this race of our walk on this earth in a way that will reflect the glory of God.  Let us perceiver with determined discipline

July 25, 2019

Voices

Filed under: Christ,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Song of Songs 8:13 13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!  (NIV)

I had the car radio on and listened as the most beautiful voice I ever heard song a song.  That got me thinking about the voice.  The amount of different sounds that can come from a human voice are astounding.  The fact that we can recognize someone on the phone by the voice when we can’t see them is amazing.  The way a voice can be used is just about unlimited.  God gave us the ability to have a voice – to have the vocal chords vibrate in various ways to produce sound along with a tongue and lips to shape the words and sounds we make.  We use our voices to communicate and to express what is in us.  Our questions is how do we use our voices to praise and glorify God?  How often do we use our voice to tell others about how sent His Word in the form of fleshly man as Jesus Christ to demonstrate His love for us and to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins that separate us from a sinless God?  Let us be sure we use our voices in a manner that is always pleasing to the One Who enables us to use them.

July 24, 2019

X-Ray

Filed under: glory,God,judging,praise,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Revelation 2:23 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.  (NIV)

I like the way The Message translation reads.  Thnen every church will know that appearances don’t and make sure you get what’s coming to you.  We are in a physical world.  We look at the world and it’s people with physical eyes.  We judge by what our physical eyes see.  God sees beyond the physical.  He sees what is in our brains.  He sees our motives.  Sometimes the praise and worship part of some churches end up with a “mob mentality” of singing.  Some are putting up a show of how much they are “into worship.”  Some churches, pastors and/or people tell it far and wide how much money the give to others.  They want everyone to see how good they are.  When are motives are to be seen by others, to be known as being spiritual or benevolent, our giving and doing are as filthy rags to God.  God x-rays our motives.  Are we worshiping out of love for Him or for show to others?  Are we giving out of love for God or to look good to others.  Let us remember we are here for God’s pleasure and glory.  Shakespeare wrote, “Life is a stage.”  God says life is for His pleasure and He doesn’t honor play acting.  Let everything we do be for the glory of God rather than the glory of mankind.

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.

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