Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 22, 2019

Stumblers

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Luke 17:1 1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. (NIV)

Notice Jesus told His disciples things will cause us to stumble.  He didn’t condemn stumbling.  He did condemn those who cause the stumbling.  We must be on the alert that we aren’t the ones causing someone else to stumble (weakening someone’s faith, causing someone to lie or any form of sin).  We can say something that puts someone else on the spot and makes them feel pressured to lie.  We can act in ways that aren’t pleasing to God and encourage others to act the same way.  We can tempt others to partake in something negative.  We can listen to or participate in gossip.  There are so many ways we can cause others to stumble.  Instead of being the cause of someone else’s stumbling let us be an encourager for others to be imitators of Christ Jesus.  When we see someone stumble, let us be an encourager for them to correct their stumble.  We are not only to watch out for ourselves, we are to help our brothers and sisters live pleasing lives to God.

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February 21, 2019

Under His Wings

Filed under: Uncategorized,Bible,God's Word,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Father — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

Luke 13:34 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. (NIV)

If you’ve ever watched little chicks and the hen you would have notice the chicks keep coming out from under the hen and the hen continually tries to bring the chicks back under for warmth and protection.  It is that way with God.  He wants to give us the warmth of His love and protect us from harm but we keep stepping out from under His loving protection.  We allow ourselves to become distracted by material things.  The more distracted we become, the further from God we wander.  God sets things in our path to bring us back to Him but often we ignore those things.  How do we stay under His love and protection?  Once again I must express how very important it is to stay in the written word of God, His instruction book for life on this earth, the Holy Bible.  Along with those instructions we must take regular time to talk with Him and listen to Him through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each and every believer.  The more we stay under His wings, the closer to Him we grow and the more like Him we will be.  Let us stay under the wings of our loving Father.

February 20, 2019

Value

Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

February 19, 2019

Time to Listen

Filed under: God,Kingdo,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:03 pm

Luke 10:41-42 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (NIV)

We are to work for the furthering of God’s Kingdom.  For some of us our problem is we are so busy working we fail to spend one on one time with God.  John Wesley was a good example for us.  The busier his schedule was going to be on a given day, the earlier he arose to have his one on one time with God.  When our cars don’t have enough fuel they can’t get us to our destination.  When we fail to spend one on one time with God each and every day, we don’t have the “fuel” to work for the furthering of His Kingdom.  We need His daily instructions.  We need to hear His encouraging words each and every day. We need His love to fuel us to move forward.  We don’t have the power in and of ourselves to serve God.  We don’t have the love within and of ourselves to reach out in love to others.  Yes, we are called to work like Martha but not without first choosing the time Mary chose to be in the actual presence of God and listening to Him.

Luke 10:41-42 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (NIV)

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February 18, 2019

More Workers

Filed under: God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:51 pm

Luke 10:2 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (NIV)

It takes more than praying for more harvesters or workers for the Kingdom of God.  It takes us, ourselves, being a harvester.  God may not send us to another nation.  He may not send us to be the pastor of a congregation.  He may not call us to write books or devotions.  He does call each and every one of us to be harvester.  We are to talk about His love and demonstrate His love in our families, our neighborhoods, our work places and every place we go.  It only took a smile from someone to bring me into the harvest.  We don’t know what it takes for any individual.  We do know we are to show God’s love to all we meet.  I don’t want to hear anyone tell God that I was with them and didn’t share the love of God with them.  Let us each not only pray for more workers.  Let us be a worker for the glory of God.

February 17, 2019

So Simple

Filed under: God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:18 pm

Matthew 22:37-40 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (NIV)

It’s really so very simple.  We are to love God with all our hearts, soul and mind and love everyone else.  We like to make things complicated.  We like to exclude others.  We like to make all sorts of rules to our favor and liking.  We must look at ourselves and see how we’re doing.  If we really love God with all our hearts, soul and minds we would love and care for all God has ever made.  This not only includes all people, it includes all creation.  Do we really love all of God’s creations?  If we do, we will care for it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into the store and left my bags I the car.  I am usually too lazy to go back and get them so I use new bags from the store and contribute to the garbage collection that doesn’t decompose and litters the earth.  That is just a very small example of one of the many ways we don’t care for God’s creation.  Even worse is the way we don’t care for our fellow human beings.  Jesus said what we do to the least of one of these is what we do to Him.  That also includes what we don’t do for the least of one of these is what we don’t do for Him.  Let us get back to the core of what God has told us to do.  Let us love Him with all our heart, our soul and our minds and love all He created (people and things) as ourselves, demonstrating it by our care for all.

February 16, 2019

Secret

Filed under: commands,confess,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Luke 8:17 17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (NIV)

We all do thing in secret.  It may be over-eating.  Some watch pornography or movies that are not healthy to watch.  Some take things that aren’t theirs.  It doesn’t matter what we do in secret.  We are only fooling ourselves.  It will be manifested.  Nothing remains hidden.  Knowing this, we must stop doing anything in secret we don’t want others to know we’re doing.  Whatever it is, confess it to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help you stop what you’re doing that you don’t want others to know about.  In actuality, nothing we do is really in secret.  Not even what we think.  God knows everything we do, say and even think.  Let us keep our mind on God and live according to the commands He has given us to guide us to a full and abundant life.

February 15, 2019

Come, Follow, Abide

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Matthew 11:28 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (NIV)

Matthew 4:19 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (NIV)

John 15:4 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

First Jesus invites us to come to Him.  We must come to Him and take Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior.  After we have come to Him, Jesus asks us to follow Him.  Following Him means to follow the teachings of Jesus.  That is where so many stop.  They try to follow the teachings of Jesus but find they fail so very often.  Too many don’t continue to listen to Jesus’ invitation to abide in Him.  Only through abiding in Him can we come anywhere near to following Him.  He promised a little later that if we would abide in Him, He will abide in us.  He abides in us through the presence of His Holy Spirit.  There is a big difference in abiding IN and abiding WITH.  We can be with someone else and still not really know them.  We can be with someone else and yet, do our own thing.  When we are abiding IN someone else we are one in them.  We function as one.  We want the same thing.  Once again, moving from the come to the follow to the abiding takes reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and daily 2-way conversations with God.  There is no other way to know Him and abide in Him.  The whole purpose of these daily devotions I write is to encourage others along with myself to continually seek to grow and to know God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit that we may have an intimate relationship with Him and be pleasing to Him.

February 14, 2019

Branches

John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

What does it mean to be a branch?  A branch is absolutely useless and nothing without being attached to the vine or tree.  It get’s all it’s nourishment from the vine.  It can only produce fruit when it get’s nourishment from the vine.  For us to be a branch, we must realize without God, we are helpless, we are nothing.  We must stay attached to Him, get our nourishment from Him.  We must realize we are nothing apart from Him.  When attached to Him we are continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit working through us that produces fruit.  When we think we have wisdom on our own, we will eventually fail.  We must come to the place where we realize apart from God, we are nothing but a body containing a sinful and flawed being.  It’s scary at first to realize we are nothing but as we realize it, our trust and faith in God grows.  Personally, I know I could never write any of the devotions that have been typed by my fingers over the last 9 or 10 years.  It is only the Holy Spirit within me working through me.  Let us all realize our total helplessness without being and staying attached to the vine, Jesus.  We stay attached through reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and often conversations with our Father, God.

February 13, 2019

A New Song

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Psalms for Today,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:48 pm

Psalms 40:3 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. (NIV)
There was a time when God had me write a new psalm from my own heart every day.  A psalm is a prayer.  It doesn’t have to rhyme.  It doesn’t have to be set to music.  Below is an example of one of the psalms I wrote.  I urge you to try it.  It might be only a few lines at first but it is very freeing and fulfilling.  I helps us see where we are in our intimacy with God.

Thank You that You always answer me when I call to you

You are righteous but I don’t always hear Your answers

Forgive my faulty or distracted hearing

Have mercy on me and continue to hear my prayers.

 

How long will this country live in shame?

How long before You lose Your Holy Spirit in this land?

Help us realize You have set us apart for You and Your use and glory.

I know You hear this.

 

Make Your power known to us

When we are in our beds

Search our hearts and keep us silent

Help us offer the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving

And deepen our trust in You.

 

Many are concerned about the future of this country

Let Your Light shine on us.

Fill us with Your joy

And continue to provide for us.

 

Give us Your peace as we sleep

For only You, Lord

Have the power to keep us safe.

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