Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 29, 2019

Fall Short

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

Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  (NIV)

To understand this verse we must first know what sin is.  Sin is a singular tense.  Jesus died for our sin; He didn’t die for what we call sins.  The word sin is an old archery word meaning miss the target.  When an archer shot, if he didn’t hit the bullseye it was said he sinned – he missed his target of the bullseye.  The above verse goes on ti say sin is falling short of the glory of God.  We are here to be in the image of God.  We should reflect the unseen character of God by displaying it in our lives.  What is the character of God?  God is love.  Look up 1 Corinthians 13.  As we read it, substitute our own name every place the word love appears.  These are the characteristics of God.  We fall short of those characteristics.  We reflect some of them some of the time but we are not consistent.  God is consistent.  We must all agree we are all sinners because we all fall short of the glory which is God.

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.

October 29, 2019

Everything is God’s

Filed under: Creation,glory,God,possessions,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Romans 11:36 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.  (NIV)

We humans are so very smug.  We like to claim things as ours.  We say “my house, my car, my, mine.” As far as this world is concerned the “my” claim is right.  The problem in using it is we tend to forget all things created, even supposedly man created, are really God’s.  There is nothing created that hasn’t come from God.  We are here because God chose to have us for the purpose of fellowshipping with us.  He also gave us a job to do.  He told Adam to name all the animals and plants and tend the world God created.  That makes us God’s steward.  Even the money we earn from the job we hold is God’s.  He only asks us to give 10% back to Him to further His Kingdom on earth.  He does ask for us to be good stewards with the 90% that remains.  We need to learn the “thanks” habit rather than the “my or mine” habit.  As we use the various things God has put into our possession let us remember to thank Him and steward it in a way that will please God and bring Him glory.

October 17, 2019

Petty Grievance

Filed under: Bible,Church,Father,glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 17:20 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  (NIV)

This is in my top favorite verses in the Holy Bible.  It is Jesus actually praying for me (and all current and future believers.)  But it is most important that we read on to see what it is Jesus prayed for us.  In verse 21 we read, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  Jesus wants all of us believers to not only be one in Him as He is one in the Father, He wants us to be one in each other.  We are to function as one.  All too often, even in our churches, there is little unity of opinion.  As sinners we all think the way we think something should be done is not only the right way, it’s the only way.  Our church families are full of discord, some to the point of splitting and going their own separate ways.  We have a opportunity of being the answer to the prayer of Jesus.  We can learn to become one with fellow believers.  We can learn that the important thing is to glorify God and present Him to others.  Let’s lay aside our petty grievances.  Of course, to us they aren’t petty but think what our discord with one another must look like to God.  Let us come together as one.  Let us let people who are doing a particular ministry do it in the way God leads them, not insisting they do it in a way we think God would lead us.  What counts is the glory goes to God and souls are introduced to

October 9, 2019

Lesser or Greater

Filed under: baptise,glory,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

There is one reason and only one reason we have the Holy Spirit within us.  This is to enable us to be witness of Jesus to the ends of the earth.  It is not to show how spiritual we are by laying hands on someone for healing and seeing them healed.  He is not residing in us for us to look spiritual.  He is not in us to do our bidding.  The Holy Spirit is in us so that we can do His bidding.  When someone tells us to pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to “come upon us” so we can see miracles, they are off base.  The Holy Spirit wants us to look to, praise and worship God the Father.  Yes, He will do miracles through us but not for show or for us to look good.  All things the Holy Spirit does are for the purpose of bringing glory to God.  John the Baptist had the right idea.  He said he was to become lesser that Jesus becomes greater.  All things we say and do should point to God.

September 28, 2019

Don’t Look Back

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Genesis 19:26 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (NIV)

We all have a tendency to look back.  Many times our memories of the past tend to get sugar-coated.  The memories seem to improve with age.  Even though Lot and his family were living in a very sinful city, his wife couldn’t resist looking back.  When we look back, we either build it up as better than it was or we berate ourselves over things that should have been don differently.  Many places in the Holy Bible instruct us to live in the now.  We are not to live in tomorrow for tomorrow is yet to come.  We are not to live in the past for the past has come and gone.  We are accountable for today.  Our question we must ask ourselves is what are we doing with each today God leaves us on this earth.  Are we looking back to yesterday or are we looking to God for today?  We can’t change yesterday.  We can’t control tomorrow.  We can use today for the glory of God.  Let us learn to live fully in today.  Let us keep our eyes focused on God throughout today.  Let us not look back but keep living in the now for the glory of God.

September 15, 2019

For God’s Glory

Filed under: glory,God,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Judges 6:15 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (NIV)

Gideon was considered to be an insignificant man.  God found him hiding in an empty well working with the wheat.  Yet, God, through Gideon, defeated an entire army.  David was also considered to be insignificant yet not only did he slay the giant, he became king over a nation.  No one is insignificant in God’s eyes.  Every individual is significant in God’s eyes and each one has a particular and unique ministry.  We must be sure we listen and are open to what God wants to do through us and not compare how He works through us with how He works through others.  Like Gideon and David, we are not the ones doing the work but rather the ones allowing God to do His work through us.  All is for the glory of God and the way God chooses to work through us is recorded in 1 Samuel 17:47 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

September 1, 2019

Standing

Filed under: encouragement,faith,glory,God,government,Uncategorized,witness — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Acts 7:56 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”  (NIV)

Most often we read Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God the Father.  This time He is standing.  What could cause Him to stand up?  I see 2 reasons.  He is standing as Stephen is being stoned to death.  Jesus has open the curtain for Stephen to see Him as Jesus welcomes Stephen home to his rest and reward.  I also see Jesus looking at Saul, standing there holding the coats and urging them on as the stone Stephen.  As He looks at Saul, I’m sure He already sees Saul on the Damascus Road.  Jesus watches over all His Father’s children – even before they come into His family.  I can just hear Him saying to Stephen, “Hang in there, Stephen.  You’re coming home.  What you are saying is very important.  I have someone listening who will be my emissary to the gentiles.”  I hope this helps us all understand Jesus isn’t just basking in glory, He is actively encouraging us onward.  Let us be encouraged to stand firm in faith and be bold in witnessing as Stephen set the example.

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.

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.

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