Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 6, 2020

Insufficient Funds

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

Isaiah 53:5 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  (NIV)

Have you ever had an overdraft at your bank?  The check was returned to you marked “insufficient funds.”  Not only that, you were also charged a fee for the overdraft.  We have a debt to God that we can’t possibly pay.  We don’t have sufficient funds for our debt.  But Jesus not only paid our debt in full.  He has seen to it we have unlimited funds.  Our problem is in how to use those unlimited funds.  God knew we would have no idea how to use the funds so He provided us with an instruction book, the Holy Bible.  Just as an accountant must study math, we must study the Holy Bible to learn how we are to use the funds God has made available to us.  Let us take full use of all God has for us for His glory.

April 26, 2020

Transplant

John 17:22 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—

The chemo they gave me for stage 4 cancer 20+ years ago damaged my heart.  They tried to ablations, that’s when they go through the veins to burn the places in the heart that are misbehaving, but neither was successful. The wanted to do a transplant but I declined.  They finally decided to put in a pacemaker which constantly paces my heart.  I’m still doing fine.  In actually I already had a heart transplant. I had it when I opened my heart to Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  But it didn’t show completely right away.  It took time for my mind to be renewed to understand my new heart- the heart of Jesus.  Gradually as I experienced various trials and as I continued to read, study and meditate on the written words God so graciously provided for us in the Holy Bible and learned how to have a 2-way conversation with Him through His Holy Spirit, more and more of the heart of Jesus showed.  I still have many times my own, old thoughts service but God’s loving grace always brings me back.  When God looks at me, He hears the heart beat of His Son.  It is that heart beat continues to draw me into more and more of a oneness with Him.  This is a life-long process.  This heart transplant is available to all who will accept it.  All one needs to do is say yes to Jesus and allow Him to replace their heart and transplant His heart in them.  But don’t stop with the transplant.  Allow God to take you through various trials as He renews you mind to tune into the heart of Jesus within you.

April 12, 2020

Gatekeeper

Filed under: Church,Easter,Father,glory,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 am

John 10:3 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  (NIV)

On this Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, this verse is very appropriate.  God is the gatekeeper.  He opened the gate for His Son, Jesus Christ, to put on human nature and come down to pay our penalty.  Sin was defeated on Good Friday on the cross and death was defeated by Jesus on resurrection Day, the day we call Easter.  God has let His Son through the gate as our Shepherd to tend us for the Father’s glory.  Our Shepherd, Jesus, knows each of us by name and, if we will but follow Him and listen for His voice through the Holy Spirit, He will always lead us out of the pin of sin into life abundant and everlasting in the presence of the Father God.  Let us rejoice today.  Even while most of us are confined to home, let us praise and thank God for the gift of resurrection.  Through the internet, turn on a church service and participate with it through joining in with the music and agreeing in prayer.  Death has been defeated, we are no longer a prisoner to sin and we have a Shepherd Who will never leave us alone.

April 1, 2020

Finding with Conditions

Deuteronomy 4:29 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.  (NIV)

This is a promise with conditions.  We must seek God with all our heart.  That means we will do anything and go to any effort regardless of time involved to seek Him because we desire to find Him more than anything or anyone else.  Also we must seek Him with all our soul.  That means we don’t wait for others to show Him to us but we seek Him with our entire mind.  We seek Him with our mind by not only reading scripture, the Holy Bible, but also intense study and even memorizing of the words we read along with taking time to listen to the Holy Spirit for interpretation and meaning applicable to us in our time and space.  If we are seeking God with our entire soul we will find the Holy Bible is not only our favorite book to read but also our first “go-to” book when needing answers to life’s trials and decisions.  When we meet these conditions, God promises we will find Him.  We will find Him through the written word, through the Holy Spirit within us, through His glory shine out through others and through His creation.  We find ourselves talking to Him and telling Him how beautiful His creation is when we walk through the woods or gardens.  When we find Him, we will speak to and listen to Him throughout all our day.  Let us really seek the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls (minds).

March 31, 2020

All Things for His Glory

Filed under: Bible,Christ,glory,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Romans 13:14 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.  (NIV)

We must admit, most of our dreams and desires are built around gratifying our fleshly desires.  We are more accustomed to seeing only the physical from a physical point of view.  We also only see time as past and today with only a dream about tomorrow.  As a child of God we are to renew our minds to think more in line with the Holy Spirit and more in line with eternity.  With the pandemic that has been taking place, many are scared and acting in ways they wouldn’t normally act (i.e. panic buying toilet paper).  We tend to forget Who is in control of the outcome of what happens on this earth.  If you’ve forgotten, read the last paragraph in the last chapter of the last book of the Holy Bible, Revelations.  God has promised to work all things out for our good and His glory.  Notice the word “all.”  Even the things Satan leashes on this earth will be turned around for God’s purposes, our good and God’s glory.  Instead of just seeing what is in front of us, let us look up to God and ask Him what part He wants to do through us to bring about His purpose, our good and His glory.

March 30, 2020

No Longer Slaves

Filed under: Father,fellowship,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,Obey,sin,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Galatians 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  (NIV)

Angels were created to be God’s slaves.  Though some rebelled against God along with Lucifer, most angels are happy serving God as servants.  We were created to walk with God and fellowship with Him.  However, we decided through Adam and Eve, to be on our own and since then, mankind has been a slave to sin.  It took God’s Word, His Son, to shed His God deity and put on the full body of created man to come and show us God’s love and mercy and to take our place for the penalty of our sin of self.  When we accept Jesus as God’s Son and as our redemption, we no longer are slaves to sin but we are children of God.  Our problem is keeping our mind and hearts to the fact we are God’s children and thus not to choose the sin of self-sufficiency and self-indulgence.  Let us choose to stop acting like slaves to sin and choose to be loving and obedient to God, our Father.  As a child of God we share in His work of loving mankind and bring glory to God.  Let us be wise in our choices of words, thoughts and actions and let us bring glory to God as we love our fellow mankind.

March 27, 2020

Self-quartined

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (NIV)

Many of us are self-quarantined.  Others are quarantined by law.  Instead of complaining about the stoppage of things we usually are about doing, let us each ask God what He wants us to do during this time.  It’s a good time to really get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible and really study and meditate to put His word deep into our minds and heart.  It’s a good time for extra intercessory prayer.  Many are praying together at 9PM EST for one-minute uniting in prayer for our nations and for God’s glory to shine through this current situation.  We have a limited time on this earth.  We need not waste the time God gives us.  Let us be available to God through His Holy Spirit and be active for His glory while we are closed up in our individual homes.  We can reach out to others over the phone and through the internet.  The greatest thing we can do is to spend time talking and listening to God Who is in control of all that comes our way and Who has plans for us if we would only listen and the follow through.

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

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)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

January 31, 2020

One Family

Filed under: commands,Father,glory,God,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

John 13:34-35 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (NIV)

For the definition of love read 1 Corinthians 13.  If you’re reading an older translation that uses the word “charity” be sure you substitute the word “love” as that is the definition of charity.  We are so quick to point out the faults of others.  We are also so quick to envy someone who had more, is more popular with some group, looks better, does things better and on and on.  We must face it.  It is hard to really love someone who we envy.  Envy breeds bitterness and eventually hate.  When we find we are criticizing someone or point a finger at them we must look at our motive for doing so.  We are probably envious of something about that person.  We like to stand out as an individual.  During my professional singing career I struggled with envy and pride.  I wanted the best part.  I wanted to be know as better than other singers around me.  We all have areas where it is hard to let go of our ego and truly love others.  Jesus taught us to address God as “Our Father.”  He wants us to see ourselves equally related and loved.  No one child of God’s should stand out above another.  We all have specific jobs and places in the ministry of the Gospel.  No job is any more important than another.  It’s hard because of our sin desire to be the best of all others.  Let’s just concentrate on being the best within our selves.  Instead of comparing ourselves against others let us enjoy our differences for God has made each of us unique to blend together as a cohesive family, flowing together for the purpose of glorifying God in the love He has placed in our hearts.  Beloved, let us love one another.

 

January 5, 2020

Not by Might

Filed under: Church,glory,God,Lord,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.  (NIV)

This is not only the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel.  It is His word to us.  So many churches are instituting programs based on corporatians programs to entice more people to come their church.  So mand have built beyond their financial means and are looking to the ways of the word to bring in money.   They and many people involved in the ministry of the church – which includes all people who do anything in the church, not just those who earn money through their ministry – rely on their worldly wisdom to accomplish or try to accomplish their goals of increasing the numbers and/or the budget.  Then they wonder why their not working.   Increase to the Kingdom of God doesn’t come by man’s wisdom but by the power and Spirit of the Lord.  We can’t just pray God to bless our plans and effort.  We must ask, seek and listen to God’s plans and instruction of what and how to do when.  Not only are we to pray first; we are to listen and wait until we hear the answer.  Waiting on God’s instructions and then following them brings success and success brings glory to God.  Let us rely on the power and Spirit of God in all we plan and so and then go forth in His power.

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