Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 9, 2019

Pulling Weeds

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 13:30 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (NIV)

It was 3:30 in the morning and I was outside pulling weeds by a dim street lamp down the road a little ways.  As I was pulling the weeds, I thought about this parable Jesus told.  His harvesters won’t have a dim street light to spot the weeds.  They won’t miss a single weed because they’ll have the Light of God showing the weeds.  The weeds are all the people who have not come humbly before God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The believers are on this earth living with those who have chosen not to believe.  We, the believers are to stay in the mix with those who don’t believe.  We are to show them through our words and our actions the love of God.  We are not to keep silent.  We are to tell them in a loving way how they can have life eternal in the very presence of God.  If we tell them in a judgmental way they will not believe.  They will back away and call us names.  We can see a lot of that going on right now in the United States and other places in the world.  People don’t want to be judge by other people.  God is the One Who will do the judging.  The believers will be judged right along with the non-believers but we will have an advocate in Jesus Christ.  He will tell the Father we are under His righteousness and forgiven.  We will not be cast away but will be in the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity.  Let’s be sure to do our part that none we know will miss out.

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August 8, 2019

Changing Purpose

Filed under: glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

1 Corinthians 3:8 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor.  (NIV)

All people need to know they have a purpose in their lives.  Those who feel like they don’t have a purpose end up committing suicide or inflicting pain on others.  God gives each individual a purpose.  Of course, our main, life time purpose is to glorify God and worship and serve Him.  We also have other purposes that change according to the times of our lives.  We need to be sure we don’t miss any of these purposes.  How do we know when it is time to transition from one purpose to another?  It is a combination of circumstances and intimate conversation with God.  One of the best things we can pass on to our children is letting them know God always has a purpose for their lives, a purpose though out every day of their lives.  We are each accountable to God for fulfilling each purpose He gives us.  When we are children our purpose is different from when we become adults.  As adults our purpose changes as our situations change.  But, even as we go through various purposes, let us never forget our primary purpose – worshiping God and bringing Him glory through our worship, praise and obedience.

August 7, 2019

Position

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

Daniel 6:10 10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.  (NIV)

We have become lazy people.  We sometimes stand in church for singing but for most prayer time we sit.  We also sit a home when we pray.  We like to say we are bowing before God with our hearts but physically we remain seated.  We are physical people.  Most of us use our hands as we talk to give our words more emphasis.  May I suggest we follow Daniel’s example.  Let us bow down on our knees each day for a time of prayerful conversation with God.  Let us speak aloud to Him rather than just in our minds.  Let us even lay prostrate in prayerful and out loud conversation with God.  Try it and see the difference it makes in our prayer life.  It adds a depth of reverence not really possible when all we do is sit or lay in our beds as we pray.  Yes, God hears our prayers expressed in our minds without coming out aloud through our mouths.  Yes, God hears our prayers regardless of our physical position.  But, when we involve our physical bodies our entire being is more in tune with our relationship with our Creator.

August 6, 2019

Greater Works

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 14:12 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  (NIV)

This statement came from the very mouth of Jesus, the Son of God.  So, why do we seldom see works greater than Jesus did in our time and space?  There are several reasons.  The major reason is lack of belief.  In and of ourselves we are inadequate but we forget we have the same Holy Spirit in us as believers that Jesus had in Him.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that makes us one with the Son and the Father.  It is the Holy Spirit that does the works greater even than He did through Jesus.  Peter displayed this first in that on the day of Pentecost, right after the disciples received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke through the power of the Holy Spirit and we read in Acts 2:41 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number. We must admit that was indeed a mighty work.  Because of our lack of faith that Jesus really meant what He said, we don’t speak His word with boldness.  Let me repeat an example I wrote about some time ago.  We had a group of college students in our home, sharing with them the word of God.  The boys decided they wanted to be baptized.  Since we lived only 3 blocks from the ocean, we loaned them bathing trunks we kept for house guest and drove them to the beach to be baptized.  It was storm surge which means the waves were really big.  The boys were baptized many times before they got out far enough for prayer and baptism.  While they were going out being dunked many times those of us staying on the beach, unknown by each other, were praying that the water would be calm.  Nothing happened.  Storm surge continued.  On the way back to our house we discussed what we were each secretly praying.  We realized it was a lack of faith that kept us from speaking to the ocean to be still.  We didn’t really believe it would happen and didn’t want to be embarrassed.  While this discussion was happening, the girls decided they wanted to be baptized also.  We also had enough suits for them so they dressed and we returned to the beach.  This time we united together and spoke confidently to the ocean saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ we command you waves to be still.”  There appeared right away a semi-circle that followed the girls out to be baptized and, as they came in the semi-circle gradually closed behind them, returning to storm surge.  It is up to us to speak the word with boldness.  It is up to the Holy Spirit to fulfill what we speak.  We needn’t fear being embarrassed if what we speak doesn’t happen.  We might speak amiss.  It is better to speak amiss than not speak at all.  Let us learn to be bold in our faith but let us be sure what we speak is in total agreement with God’s word and His will at that time and place of our speaking.  One other reason for not seeing works of God is our failure to notice them.  The Holy Spirit is at work 24 times 7.  We only need to be aware along with being willing to be a part of His working.

August 5, 2019

Continuing to Surrender

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Mark 14:36 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  (NIV)

There is a hymn that goes, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.” And continues, “I surrender all.”  We’ve looked at what surrendering means in the past.  Surrendering is not a one- time event.  Jesus wanted one thing yet He was willing for the Father’s will to supersede His own will and desire.  I know for me there are times I become aware I’ve taken control of one area of my life.  We must constantly look to see if we have really surrendered all.  How about our money, our time?  The hardest for me to surrender is my adult children.  It takes real self-honesty to recognize areas where we aren’t fully surrendered.  We may have said we surrender all but the human sinful nature is to pick up again what we gave at one time.  Let’s take time regularly to make sure all areas of our lives are surrendered to the One Who loves us most.

August 4, 2019

Trinity

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Mark 1:10-11 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

Some people get confused about One God and the Trinity.  They don’t understand how the One God can be three.  God is so big and complete that He can’t be contained in only one form of being.  He is the Father of all for He is the Creator.  He created through His spoken Word but because of mankind’s sin of separations from Him the Word of God became human flesh in the form of Jesus Christ thereby being the Son, the only begotten Son of the Father.  The Holy Spirit is the power of God and the from of the One God that is able to inhabit the believers who love, worship, follow in obedience an serve the One God.  All three personages of the One God appear in the baptism of the Son, Jesus Christ.  What a beautiful and awesome scene that must have been.  Let us take time to meditate on the powerful holiness of that scene and ask the Holy Spirit to help us absorb the magnitude and greatness of our God.

August 3, 2019

Old Ways

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Ephesians 4:22 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  (NIV)

There are various ways to put off something.  We put off our coat but lay it aside so that it is available for us to put it back on.  We put off a chore because we don’t have time to complete it but plan to come back to it later.  These are not the kind of putting off this verse means.  We are to put off the way we lived before coming into the family of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We are to put off that way deep into the garbage incinerator.  We are to never seek to put it back on again.  We are to treat our old ways as God treats our sin – as far as the east is from the west.  There is a problem.  We can’t put off the old ways without knowing the new ways.  Putting off our old ways is a gradual process as we delve into the instruction manual God so lovingly provided for us (The Holy Bible).  As we gradually gain knowledge through our reading, studying and meditating we learn to seek wisdom in applying what we learn and the Holy Spirit, now within us, gives us understanding.  It takes perseverance and patience but we must keep pushing on toward our goal – to be a reflection of the love of God.

August 2, 2019

Seek Wisdom

Proverbs 2:6 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (NIV)

Many confuse wisdom with knowledge.  Knowledge is knowing the facts.  Wisdom is the application of the knowledge.  We might know the words in the Holy Bible but without wisdom we don’t know how to apply those words to our life.  Wisdom comes from God.  The knowledge is recorded in His written word.  Understanding of the knowledge comes through His Holy Spirit.  God doesn’t give us wisdom unless we seek it.  He tells us to seek it as we would a precious treasure.  Seeking takes effort.  It takes effort to search out knowledge and wisdom and understanding contained in the fantastic and complete handbook for life on this earth (the Holy Bible).  We can tell how much we want wisdom from God by how often we read, study and meditate on His written instructions.  Let us seek wisdom from God with all our hearts and minds.  Let us seek His wisdom more than anything else we seek.

August 1, 2019

Holy Ground

Filed under: God,holy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Exodus 3:5 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”  (NIV)

We wear shoes to protect us and to enable us to do our work.  Shoes stand between us and the ground – the earth – the world.  Why did God tell Moses to take his shoes (sandals) off?  To approach God we must not have anything between us and God.  We must come to Him naked from all our attachments to this earth.  Anyplace we meet God is holy because God is holy.  We approach God in our prayer times.  Do we really treat those times as holy?  What stands between us and God?  Is it unconfessed sin or unforgiveness?  Maybe it’s a lack of real trust and faith in Who God is and how much He loves us.  Whatever keeps us from “taking off our shoes,” standing naked before our in our prayer time, we must discover and rid ourselves of that encumbrance.  God already sees us in our nakedness.  It is from ourselves that we are hiding.  Let us choose to trust our loving Father and come totally naked – free from all that binds us to this earth.  Let us experience praying on holy ground.

July 31, 2019

Child-like

Filed under: Bible,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Genesis 22:2 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”  (NIV)

Luke 18:17 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  (NIV)

Little children believe everything a parent tells them. Some are told of and Easter Bunny or Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy and the children believe.  Abraham is a good example of believing God with a child-like faith.  God promised Abraham he would have multiple heirs through his son and Abraham believed God.  When God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Abraham obeyed with the confidence God would keep His promise.  He knew that somehow God would work all things out.  Not knowing how God would do it didn’t keep Abraham from obeying.  There are many times what God says in scripture seems at odds with what our own finite logic says in certain situations.  Our question we must answer is do we have the child-like trust and faith in our Father that all He says to us is true and will come about in His timing?

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