Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 23, 2019

Well Rooted

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Psalms 1:2-3 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NLV)

We had black walnut trees on some property we had.  Black walnut trees don’t bear many nuts until they are about 60 ft tall.  Their seasons of bearing fruit don’t begin until the trees are mature enough and deeply rooted.   Sometimes we wonder why we aren’t bear much fruit for God.  It is because we are not deeply rooted.  To dig our roots deep we must meditate on God’s word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  We must put His Word deeply into our minds and hearts.  We must allow the water of the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us as we read, study, meditate and memorize the written word of God which He so lovingly provided for us through those who were deeply rooted.  A good barometer of how well our roots are doing is how fruitful we are being.  The fruits we should be bearing are (Galatians 5:22-23)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  When we lack one of these fruits it is time to check on our feeding of our roots.  Let us take good care of our roots so we can be fruitful for the glory of our God.

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May 22, 2019

Choose Joy

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 51:12 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)

So many people confuse joy with happiness.  Joy comes from God.  Joy is knowing the salvation which comes from God through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  Knowing we, if we have asked Jesus to be the Lord and Redeemer of our life, have the salvation only He can give, fills us with the joy of knowing we will forever be living in the Presence of God.  Happiness comes as a temporary emotion from external circumstances.  A new pair of shoes may bring us happiness for a sort while.  Happiness comes and goes but joy lasts for eternity.  We have a choice.  We can choose to receive and live in the joy that is from God or we can choose to ignore that joy and vainly seek fleeting happiness.  The choice is ours.  Let us choose to be joyful.

May 21, 2019

The Stage

Filed under: Creation,God,Honor,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Revelation 4:11 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (NIV)

When God created mankind in His image, He breathed the breath of life into mankind.  God is the breath of life.  We cannot live without God.  Life isn’t about us.  Life is about God.  We are here to give Him glory and honor and recognize His divine power over all creation.  Shakespeare said life is a stage and we are the players.  If that is so, God is the audience.  All we think, say and do, God sees and hears.  Let us start each and every day giving God glory and honor and asking the Holy Spirit to help us think, say and do things throughout the day that give God glory and honor.

May 20, 2019

Guarantor

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,praise,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Hebrews 7:22 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. (NIV)

When we sign as guarantor of someone else’s loan, we are saying we will pay their debt for them.  We can’t pay the debt of our sin and separation from God.  We are too full of sin.  It takes perfect righteous, it takes someone who has never sinned.  The only one Who has never sinned is Jesus, the Son of God.  He is the guarantor of our covenant with God.  Our covenant guarantees us a continual relationship with God throughout eternity.  The Guarantor has promised to cover all sin we ever have done, do or will do.  That is one provision to this guarantee.  We must confess our sins, repent from them (turn a different direction) and ask the Guarantor, Jesus Christ, to abide in us and have us abide in Him.  We do the abiding through the person of the Holy Spirit.  This can be hard for our finite minds to understand but we don’t need to understand.  We only need to accept the guarantee provided by God and trust Him.  He has said we must become as little children.  A little child trusts completely.  Praise God the Father and God the Son for providing us a way to worship, praise, trust, fellowship and be united with the three Persons of the Godhead now and for all eternity.

May 19, 2019

Wadi

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Psalms 1:3 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (KJV)

There are several things we must look at in this verse to understand it and apply it to ourselves.  The first is what it means by “rivers of water.”  In that area, rivers of water were dry water beds that only occasionally had water rushing down them.  Because of that, the trees had very deep roots.  We also must have very deep roots.  Our roots must be deep in the written word, the Holy Bible, and deep into our 2-way open, conversational relationship with God.  We must also note the leaves on these trees don’t wither.  They remain on the tree year round, regardless of how much water is or isn’t in the dry river bed also known as a “wadi.”  The fruits of the Holy Spirit which God has grown in us must never wither whether in wet season or dry season.  We all go through what we falsely call as “dry times.”  The only thing dry about those times is our lack of understanding of the ever-present Holy Spirit within us.  When we learn to stay plugged into the Bible and to our conversations with God there can be no really dry time.  As long as we’re plugged in, whatever we do shall always prosper because it is not us doing it but God working and speaking through us.  Let’s be sure our roots go down deep so the fruit God chooses to bring through us will be able to come forth in God’s timing.

May 17, 2019

Sorrowful

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

2 Corinthians 7:9 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. (NIV)

When we are confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness, are we really sorry for our sins?  Sometimes confession becomes automatic.  We simply tell God we are sorry and please forgive us.  We don’t follow through by asking God’s Holy Spirit to enable us to repent, to turn in another direction and not repeat the same sin.  It takes true sorrow to desire to truly repent.  When we sin, when we recognize we have sinned, do we just say, oops or are we really sorrowful for slipping away from God’s way of life for us?  Let us realize how much unconfessed sin separates us from God’s power in us through His Holy Spirit.  Let us really be sorrowful and really have a heart for true confession and repentance.

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

May 15, 2019

Renewal

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

2 Corinthians 4:16 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (NIV)

As I watched a young man sprint up a flight of stair 2 at a time I recalled I used to be able to do that.  The aging process can be hard on our emotions.  We miss the things we use to be able to do.  But we are not to look backward.  As we age, we grow in wisdom.  As we grow in wisdom, if we really are followers of Jesus and thus children of God, we are being renewed inwardly each and every day.  Our understanding of our Father grows every time we pray and every time we read and meditate on His written word, the Holy Bible.  I see it as a trade off and much prefer the increased wisdom and knowing our Father more intimately over the physical abilities of the young.  What really amazes me is how God’s word can address all issues and thoughts we might ever have.  Fussing about what I can no longer do has been replaced with thanks for what He is now enabling me to know and do.  Let us never lose heart over an ability we loose but always look forward to our daily renewal through the Holy Spirit.

May 14, 2019

Hagar

Filed under: Bible,faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Time,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Genesis 16:7 7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. (NIV)

If you don’t remember the history of Hagar, go back and read the entire chapter.  Hagar was Sarah’s (Abraham’s wife) slave.  Sarah didn’t have enough faith to trust God’s promise of having a child so she sent Hagar into Abraham to have a child for her.  This got Sarah and all generations since into a lot of trouble.  God sees all that is happening on this earth.  He hears everything we say and knows every thought we don’t give voice to.  What God promises happens in God’s way and time.  Instead of being like Sarah and taking matters into our own hands rater than allowing God’s timing, let us choose to trust and let God.  That doesn’t mean we sit and do nothing.  That means we delve deeply into His written word, the Holy Bible, and put into action what it says along with 2-way (prayer) conversation with God for interpretation of the instructions in the Bible.  As co-heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, we have co-responsibilities to do as Jesus did on this earth.  We must actively carry out the Father’s directives.

May 13, 2019

God’s Counsel

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Psalms 81:11-12 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. 12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. (KJV)

These verses apply to more than Israel.  In the United States we are going after our own heart’ lust.  We think we, each individual of we, think we know what is best and what we think is right for us is right for everyone else.  People are telling us we must teach our young children they can choose what gender they want to be before they are even mature enough to understand what gender is.  We are making laws that make it leagel to kill a new born baby claiming it isn’t really a person if we don’t really like how the baby developed.  We are editing the Holy Bible to take out anything we don’t like with our own lustful hearts and minds.  We are even considering making the Holy Bible banned from school grounds and maybe eventually anyplace.  Read what God allowed to fall upon Israel during Old Testament times.  That nation eventually disappeared and didn’t come back until not too very many decades ago.  God will allow us to go our own way but He will also allow us to bear the consequences of our decisions and actions.  Christians, we must get own our needs and pray.  Then we must get on our feet, open our mouths, speak and take an active part in how our government and our culture runs.  Let us listen and put into action the perfect counsel of God.

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