Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 3, 2019

God Can’t Lie

Genesis 15:6 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.  (NIV)

Abram and Sarai were both well past child-bearing age.  God told Abram he and Sarai would produce a child of their own.  Abram believed Him.  There is a big difference between believing God and believing IN God.  Many people believe in God.  They believe God exists.  They even cry out to Him when in trouble.  But believing God, believing what God has and continues to say, is different.  This requires faith and trust.  We either really believe God will do what He has and continues to say He will do and we act on it with sureness, considering it done and doing our part in receiving or we just believe that there is a God somewhere but not actively involved in our own life.  The choice is ours.  But it can’t stop with a choice.  After we choose to believe God, we must follow the belief with action.  If we become worried or anxious we are not believing.  If we hesitate when God has told us to do something, we are not believing.    Some say they don’t know what God wants them to do.  The Holy Bible is full of instructions from God in how we are to live and speak.  Beyond that, the Holy Spirit is always ready to tell us what to do.  It’s just like walking.  We first set our heal down then we turn the direction of our foot. We must first listen to God through His written word and then through prayer and meditation, listening to the Holy Spirit.  It is a process of learning.  As we learn more about the nature of God, we will hear more clearly.  Let us not only believe in God.  Let us believe God for the one thing God is incapable of is telling a lie.  God is truth by His very nature.

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August 30, 2019

Plowing Straight

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

Hebrews 3:1 1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (NIV)

Today when farmers plow and want to keep a straight line they focus on a GPS screen.  Before electronics farmers had to learn to look ahead a one point that was their goal.  If the looked down or to either side they would stray off the straight-line course.  We also have a goal.  Our goal is Jesus and eternity.  If we take our eyes and our thoughts off of Jesus we will trip up and stray from the course He has for us.  There are many things we can do to help us stay focused on our goal.  We read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, daily, putting it deep into our mind.  We learn to talk with our Father in heaven throughout the day.  We learn to tune our ears to the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.  When we have a decision to make we look to God for the answer.  Let us immerse ourselves in the scriptures and talk freely with our Father, keeping our eyes on our goal of being one with God.

August 18, 2019

Different Interpretations

Colossians 1:9 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,  (NIV)

There is an interesting program on YouTube.  They put 2 different preachers on who are speaking on the same passage of scripture.  It is very interesting to here 2 entirely different interpretations.  This is why it is so important for each individual to read, pray and meditate on the scripture for themselves to hear what God wants them to hear for themselves at that point and time of their walk.  It is good to listen to the interpretations of others but we must seek God for ourselves to hear and understand what HE has for us.  This not only apply to spoken messages.  It includes reading things like this devotional.  Just because God gives me an interpretation doesn’t mean that is what you to hear at your point and time in your walk.  That isn’t saying that anybody’s interpretation is incorrect.  The scriptures are the living word of God.  The words don’t change but the depth of meaning is in layers depending on where we are in our walk and our understanding of our Father, God.  These particular devotions are intended to be a jump start for the readers to continue on reading and meditating on the entire passage of the quoted verse or verses and ask the Holy Spirit what they are to understand and apply that very day.  Let us listen and/or read with open minds – open to the understanding give to each individual by the Holy Spirit.

August 14, 2019

A Banquet

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,God's Word,prayer,treasure,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Psalms 119:72 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (NIV)

We’ve all read stories of gold rush times.  How desperate people were to find their treasure.  They endured tremendous hardships.  Many even lost their lives in the effort.  That didn’t stop others from trying.  IT was worth all cost to get to their treasure.  We have a treasure God provided for us.  The treasure is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  In many countries these Bibles are plentiful but time is coming when it will be harder and harder to get a copy of this treasure.  Our question is do we really consider the Holy Bible a treasure?  How often do we get into the treasure?  Gold has to be mined.  Do we dig deep into the treasure God has provided for us?  A casual glance at rocks will miss the gold the contain.  Casually reading the Holy Bible misses the depth of the treasure God has waiting for us.  When I first came to the Lord I was devouring the Holy Bible.  I read it from cover to cover.  As I’ve grown over the years I have come to treasure it even more.  The depth of those words astounds me.  I can read a verse I’ve read before and receive a much deeper meaning from it.  As always, I continue to encourage you to really get into the Holy Bible.  Pray for understanding as you read.  Write down in a journal what you understand from what you read.  Try to memorize verses that are special to you.  Do this with a sense of enjoyment as you would a banquet of glorious food.  It is indeed a banquet of glorious food – food supplies from God, our Creator, to sustain us through life on this earth and bring us into a glorious relationship with Him and knowledge of Him.

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 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 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.

July 29, 2019

Discouragement

Filed under: Bible,discouragment,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Mark 6:4 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (NIV)

Mark 8:17 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  (NIV)

Mark 9:19 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”  (NIV)

I’m having trouble with my computer.  I almost finish writing a devotion when suddenly it disappears.  I find myself fighting discouragement.  Jesus was discouraged.  Above are a few examples of times He was discouraged.  What did He do when discouraged?  He continued in His ministry, teaching about love from and for God the Father, healing, delivering and encouraging others.  This is the best antidote for discouragement.  Continue iDn what God has for us to continue.  Of course, we must make sure we are doing the right thing.  Sometimes discouragement comes to us as a warning that we are heading the wrong direction.  When discouraged, stop and pray.  As God if we need to change direction.  Listen.  Read and meditate on the written word, the Holy Bible.  Then, when we have the direction, put aside the discouragement, a temporary emotion, and move on with joy in our hearts that Jesus has already experienced what we are experiencing and the Father was faithful to Him and is also faithful to us.

July 25, 2019

Voices

Filed under: Christ,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Song of Songs 8:13 13 You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice!  (NIV)

I had the car radio on and listened as the most beautiful voice I ever heard song a song.  That got me thinking about the voice.  The amount of different sounds that can come from a human voice are astounding.  The fact that we can recognize someone on the phone by the voice when we can’t see them is amazing.  The way a voice can be used is just about unlimited.  God gave us the ability to have a voice – to have the vocal chords vibrate in various ways to produce sound along with a tongue and lips to shape the words and sounds we make.  We use our voices to communicate and to express what is in us.  Our questions is how do we use our voices to praise and glorify God?  How often do we use our voice to tell others about how sent His Word in the form of fleshly man as Jesus Christ to demonstrate His love for us and to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins that separate us from a sinless God?  Let us be sure we use our voices in a manner that is always pleasing to the One Who enables us to use them.

July 17, 2019

God Is Love

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)

God is love.  Without God there is no love because God is love and love is God.  People say they love someone because that someone make them feel good or needed or something.  It is because of how someone else makes them feel.  That isn’t love.  Without God in us through His Holy Spirit it is impossible for us to love anyone.  We are, by nature, full of self.  Jesus demonstrated love by the way He walked this earth.  The scriptures, the Holy Bible, the written word of God, is full of examples of love – the love of God.  Love and God are one and the same.  We can only love when we allow God to love through us.  Let us allow God to love through us.  Let us immerse ourselves in the Holy Bible so we can recognize how God’s love is worked out through His children.  God is Love.

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