Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 11, 2020

Remembering Blessings

Filed under: bless,Father,God,trust,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 106:13 13 But they soon forgot what he had done and did not wait for his plan to unfold.  (NIV)

Here is a good warning for us.  Because they forgot all God had done and refused to wait for His plan to unfold, they rebelled and went their own way which was to wander in the desert for 40 years.  We. as  flesh and blood, self-righteous and self-knowing in our own eyes are good at remembering the bad but quick to forget the good.  Many keep what they call a blessing journal.  My blessings are recorded in my written prayer journal each night, thanking our Father each night by naming the blessings of that day.  On days I might not feel blessed I go back and read some of my more known to me blessed days.  I say known to me because each and every day has blessings, it’s a matter of noticing them.  Let us learn from the lesson of the wandering Hebrews.  Let us thank Him for all He has done, is doing and know His plan will unfold before our very eyes in His perfect time.

August 10, 2020

Both Testaments

Psalms 102:18 18 Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:  (NIV)

So many Christians don’t read the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible.  It seems they don’t know the above verse.  The words, all the words, were given by God to obedient believers in Him for the purpose of all future generations.  They are there to instruct us, to encourage us, to teach us how to pray, to teach us how to worship, to teach us how to serve and probably teach us in many other ways that I’m not able to list right now.  It is important for us to know how God dealt with those who have gone before us.  We see the consequences of their disobedience as well as the beautiful and often miraculous results of their obedience.  In the Old Testament we7 are told of not only the power of our prayers, we are told that are prayers are a sweet aroma in heaven and that they are in God’s very own treasure chest.  If nothing else does, that should make us all want to be continually in prayer and praise to our loving Father, God.  For every paragraph we read in the New Testament portion of our Holy Bible, let us also read equally in the Old Testament.  I guarantee we will all grow stronger and be fully in love and appreciative of all the words God has led others to record for us.

August 9, 2020

Ways of Healing

Filed under: believe,confess,faith,forgive,God,healing,Jesus,miracle,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Matthew 9:29 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;  (NIV)

Matthew 9:2 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”  (NIV)

Matthew 8:5-7 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?  (NIV)

To even begin to understand healing we must look at some of the various healing Jesus’ performed while walking on this earth.  In the first verse above Jesus said what would be done to them would be according to their own faith.  In other words, if they believed he not only could but would heal them and restore their sight, their sight would be restored.  If the had any doubts, it wouldn’t.

In the second verse above Jesus told him his sins are forgiven.  Sometimes we are sick through our own sins.  Much sickness is due to our choice of food and quantity or our life style or our addictions.  These are all sins when not followed in the healthy and God created way.  We get what we do to ourselves.  But, getting on our knees in repentance and asking and accepting forgiveness of our sin with a determination to sin no more can release us and heal us.

In the third verse above, it is not the one who needs healing who has the faith.  The servant is healed by the faith of the centurion.  Jesus was impressed not only with the centurion’s faith but also for his love for his servant.  When we really love someone and are willing to go to any lengths for that person’s healing (the centurion had to travel to Jesus) and we truly and completely believe Jesus will heal the person we love, miracles of healing take place.

One word of caution about healing.  Healing comes in many different forms.  Just because we might not see physical healing which is what our physical eyes, mind and heart desire, doesn’t mean healing in some form hasn’t taken place.  Our only responsibility is to believe and ask in faith.  The way our prayer is answered is up to God.

August 7, 2020

Results God’s

Filed under: anger,believe,devotion,God,healing,Holy Spirit,Jesus,spirit,Uncategorized,witness — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Matthew 17:17 17 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.”  (NIV)

Jesus sounds a little angry here.  I think it’s more disappointment than anger.  It still applies to us today.  I have several dear people who are in need of healing whom I pray for by name and with faith each and every day.  I’ve seen some healed immediately, some a little slower yet still some who show no signs of being healed.  I’ve talked with God a good bit about this.  God heals when. How and whom He pleases.  He knows the path for each individual.  He knows what type of healing each individual needs.  We primarily see the fleshly body.  We don’t often see the spirit of another person (let alone being aware of our spirit in oneness with the Holy Spirit).  Since we usually don’t see with our spiritual eyes, we don’t see the type of healing that is probably going on within a person.  I’ve payed with the same amount of faith for those who are healed instantly upon prayer as I have for those who are no longer on this earth.  There was no difference in how I prayed or what I prayed or how I believed what I asked would come about.  We aren’t responsible for the result of our prayers.  The result is up to God.  Next time we pray for something let us remember we are just asking the One Who knows best if HE would do what we in our finite minds deem to be the best result.  Let us thank Him for hearing us and for using His wisdom in the way our prayers are answered.  At this writing I am in the hospital, not with the virus but other issues.  I don’t know God’s plans so there may be days without a devotion.  This is a good time for you to write your own devotion.  It does much for our spiritual growth to write what God puts in our heart.

August 5, 2020

No Fear

Filed under: Christ,Father,fear,free,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words  (NIV)

Looking through the menu on YouTube I find a good many listings inciting fear; fear of food shortage, fear of no money, fear of no utilities and on and on.  It seems there are people who enjoy planting fear in others.  It may be they are also full of fear; fear of the unknown.  As Christians, there is no unknown.  We have our future contained in the above verses.  We know what the end on this earth will be for us.  We will be united with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and with the Father God in a twinkling of an eye.  We will be with God forever.  There is nothing to fear because there is no greater outcome than being with God for all eternity.  What are we to do with this information?  We are to encourage one another with it.  We are to remind one another that there is nothing to fear for we are in the loving hands of God.  The media can continue to do however it pleases with misinformation and fear tactics but we know the truth and the truth (God is truth) sets us free from fear.

August 3, 2020

Listen to Him

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 17:5 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”  (NIV)

This took place with Peter, James and his brother John on what we call the mount of transfiguration when Jesus met with Moses and Elijah.  Peter, being his normal self, was quick to talk and say what he could do when God the Father spoke, interrupting Peter and telling him Who Jesus is (God the Father’s Son and what Peter and all us should do about it.  We are to listen to Jesus, God’s Son.  We tend to be the ones who like to do the talking.  We think we know a lot and want to share what we know and/or think with all who will listen.  Our question is, when it comes to talking with God our Father, how much time do we spend talking verses how much time do we spend listening.  The Father speaks to us through the recorded words of His Son, Jesus, found in the Holy Bible.  He’s also given us the ability to hear the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each and every believer.  Our problem is we keep our minds so active with our own thoughts we cover up the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.  Let us learn to pay attention to what God said, “This is My Son, listen to Him.”  Let us listen so much more than we speak.

August 2, 2020

Roots in the Rock

Filed under: Christ,free,God,Jesus,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Psalms 18:2 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  (NIV)

I am always amazed seeing trees tenaciously growing in solid rock.  They seem determined to thrive in spite of lack of soil.  After a period of time, their roots gradually break up the rock which eventually becomes soil.  When we go through troubling times it feels like we are fighting against hard rocks.  But we have a rock we are to tenaciously take root in.  Our rock is the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  As we dig our roots in deeply into our Rock, Jesus, we find our roots surrounded in the richest soil possible.  Let’s be like the trees God created.  Let’s dig our roots in deeply to our Rock and enjoy the rich soil that time planted in our Rock creates.

August 1, 2020

Do What He Does

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Father,forgive,God,heart,Jesus,love,mind,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

This is Jesus talking.  He said He only does what He, Himself sees His Father doing.  What He sees His Father doing is what He also does.  When we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, we also have the same Father He has.  Jesus is perfect.  He is and always has been one with the Father.  If Jesus finds it necessary to do nothing by Himself, to only do what He sees the Father do, how much more necessary is it for us to do the same.  We are to do nothing by ourselves.  All we do is to be the same that the Father and Jesus do.  What do they do?  They love, they serve, they forgive, they give.  Just read the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  It is full of the things Jesus and the Father do.  Let us be busy going about doing the same things Jesus and the Father do.  Let us only do those things.  Let us remember there is nothing of any lasting value we can every do on our own.  Let us be imitators of Christ Jesus.

 

July 31, 2020

Direct Our Thoughts

Filed under: Bible,Church,fear,God,joy,Lord,love,peace,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Psalms 42:3 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” “Where is your God?”  *NIV)

During this time of pandemic, we can really relate to all of this psalm.  Read it all.  David was basically quarantined from his home because Saul was after him.  We are being told we can’t go to church.  People can gather together to protest but church isn’t allowed over 10 people and they can’t sing.  The speakers of those instructions of can’t and don’t are trying to put fear in us.  David was thinking day and night about how bad things were for him.  He was getting depressed.  David in Psalms 42:5 tells himself, Why, my soul, are you downcast?  Why so disturbed within me?  Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.  David realized he could change his thoughts.  We can change our thoughts.  Instead of being negative we can choose to be positive.  If the church we usually attend isn’t meeting in person, we can tune in one on-line.  We can sing by ourselves or sing with a cd.  We can praise God and read His written word.  We can reach out to others by phone or by mail or other means.  It’s all up to where we look.  We can look at ourselves and think about what we can’t do or don’t have or we can look to God’s face and praise and thank Him for what He has done and continues to do for us.  God doesn’t put fear or despair in us.  We do that ourselves by our own thoughts or the thoughts we allow others to put into us.  Let us fill our minds with the thoughts of God contained in His written word, the Holy Bible and fill our minds with His love and peace.  Then let us pass his love and peace to others in whatever way we can.  Let the joy of our Lord radiate in and through us.

July 30, 2020

Hearing Us

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)

Before we can say we are doing what this verse says, we must really look at it.  Not just the first part of it.  We must look at each part of the verse.  The first thing, the verse is for the people who are called by God’s name.  We are only called by God’s name through His Word, His Son made flesh, Jesus Christ.  If we haven’t asked Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, we are not called by God’s name.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That means we must admit we are sinners and are nothing without the love of God in us.  Without God, through His Holy Spirit within us, we are just sinful beings.  We must pray.  Prayer is a 2-way conversation between our Father, God and ourselves.  When we pray, we must seek His face.  We seek His face through knowledge of the words He has recorded for us in what we call the Holy Bible.  We seek to know Him through those words, through our conversations with Him and through the experiences He allows in our walk on this earth.  We can’t seek His face without turning from our wicked ways.  We all have wicked ways.  We’ve made habits of many of our wicked ways.  It might be gossip, judging others, putting other people down or even many things we don’t do that we should be doing.  We must actively make the effort to turn from those ways and incorporate the things we should be doing in our lives.  When we actively do these things, we have the assurance God hears us, forgives us and will, through our own healing, heal our land.  We must each ask ourselves are we really doing all this?

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