Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 30, 2020

No Longer Slaves

Filed under: Father,fellowship,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,Obey,sin,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Galatians 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  (NIV)

Angels were created to be God’s slaves.  Though some rebelled against God along with Lucifer, most angels are happy serving God as servants.  We were created to walk with God and fellowship with Him.  However, we decided through Adam and Eve, to be on our own and since then, mankind has been a slave to sin.  It took God’s Word, His Son, to shed His God deity and put on the full body of created man to come and show us God’s love and mercy and to take our place for the penalty of our sin of self.  When we accept Jesus as God’s Son and as our redemption, we no longer are slaves to sin but we are children of God.  Our problem is keeping our mind and hearts to the fact we are God’s children and thus not to choose the sin of self-sufficiency and self-indulgence.  Let us choose to stop acting like slaves to sin and choose to be loving and obedient to God, our Father.  As a child of God we share in His work of loving mankind and bring glory to God.  Let us be wise in our choices of words, thoughts and actions and let us bring glory to God as we love our fellow mankind.

March 27, 2020

Self-quartined

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (NIV)

Many of us are self-quarantined.  Others are quarantined by law.  Instead of complaining about the stoppage of things we usually are about doing, let us each ask God what He wants us to do during this time.  It’s a good time to really get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible and really study and meditate to put His word deep into our minds and heart.  It’s a good time for extra intercessory prayer.  Many are praying together at 9PM EST for one-minute uniting in prayer for our nations and for God’s glory to shine through this current situation.  We have a limited time on this earth.  We need not waste the time God gives us.  Let us be available to God through His Holy Spirit and be active for His glory while we are closed up in our individual homes.  We can reach out to others over the phone and through the internet.  The greatest thing we can do is to spend time talking and listening to God Who is in control of all that comes our way and Who has plans for us if we would only listen and the follow through.

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

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)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

March 19, 2020

Growing Out of the Yoke

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,holy,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (NIV)

When we are young in our relationship with God and just starting to learn to believe and trust Him, we need to be yoked to Him.  Like oxen, the smaller being yoked to the bigger for the bigger to be able to help the smaller, we need to be yoked to Jesus to learn how to walk with Him.  But that is only the start.  Our goal is to be able to walk with Jesus by His side without needing the yoke.  We need to learn to hear His voice guide us without needing His physical steering with a yoke.  It’s much like a dog with a leash.  One of our daughters rescues abused and unwanted dogs.  She brings them back to health and then trains them with a leash.  The goal is for the dog to obey her commands without a leash.  She has dogs that are winning ribbons in obedience trials because they obey her without a leash and often with just a hand signal.  Where are we in our obedience to God.  Do we need him to keep a yoke or leash on us because we need a strong jerk to get back in the right direction?  Let us really get into God’s written word, the Holy Bible, and learn the way He wants us to walk with Him.  Through Jesus we are made do-heirs with Jesus and that means we have co-responsibilities to work along with Him for the glory of God and His Kingdom.

March 8, 2020

Strengthing

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Uncategorized,walk,Word — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Isaiah 41:10 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  (NIV)

There is a lot of fear, mostly created by the media, about the C virus.  Some are even in the panic mode.  As a child of God we need not have any fears.  God has promised He will strengthen and help us.  That includes through any and all situations we might face while walking on this earth.  However, we have a part in our strengthening.  We must treat our physical bodies in the right way.  That includes proper nutrition, exercise and rest.  If we don’t eat what our bodies need, or eat more than our bodies need, it is our fault.  God will not override what we choose to do.  We must also strengthen our mind.  We are to keep our mind on God and His words to us.  As we do this, we will also strengthen our faith.  As our faith strengthens, we become more in control of our emotions.  Let us be sure to do our part so God will do His part and we need not have any fear, ever.

February 28, 2020

No Shadows

Filed under: Bible,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,light,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

2 Corinthians 3:2 2 You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.  (NIV)

Jesus said we are the light of the world.  We are to light the way for others to meet Jesus and have a relationship with Him.  Paul wrote we are the letter.  Hundreds of people won’t read the Bible but they do read us.  We must consider what they see when the read us.  Do they see the love, joy and peace of God or do they see judgment and condemnation?  There is only one way to be the light.  We must be reflecting Jesus Who is the Light.  To reflect Him we must do more than receive Him and believe in Him as our Lord and Savior.  We must grow in our relationship with Him.  We must know what He said and how He walked this earth so we can really follow Him.  We do this by really studying and meditating on the written Word, the Holy Bible.  We must understand what it is the Bible says to us and how to apply it to our daily living.  This only comes by our being responsive to the Holy Spirit Who came to dwell in us and guide us the moment we received Jesus.  We must ask ourselves, how much of a light are we.  What is in our lives and hearts that cast a shadow over our light.  Let us rid ourselves of any shadow and let our light fully shine so all may see Jesus in and through us.

February 20, 2020

Growing Daily

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV)

It is our task to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  It is our task to grow up into mature children of God, joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are a few steps we must do in order to grow up spiritually.  We must be into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We can’t just casually read it.  We must prayerfully study it, put it deep into our minds and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and help us apply all it says into our present day lives.  Along with the study and meditation of God’s written word comes regular and often conversation time with Him through prayer.  We must be sure to take time to listen.  Writing down what we hear during our prayer time is very helpful.  Our growth is not complete without gathering together with other Christians in worship, praise and encouraging and sharing with one another.  There is much we can learn from the experiences of others in their growth walk.  Any day we have not learned something more about our God is a day wasted.  Let us not waste a single day He gives us on this earth.  Let us grow in knowledge and faith each and every day.

February 18, 2020

Right Every Time

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,holy,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work  (NIV)

We are good at using Google to learn how to do something.  For many, that is their first resource for answers to problems.  God has given us a much better resource.  For answers to life, how to live it, how to walk through trials, how to relate to others and many other how to’s, the entire Holy Bible is full of answers.  The richest, largest amount of answers to life’s issues are in the book of Proverbs.  I like reading that book in various translations.  With so many translations of the Holy Bible available as e-books, it is easy to look up any subject to see what the Holy Bible, to see what God says about that subject.  When we need an answer to a problem, let’s learn to go to the Holy Bible, go to God first.  He is right every time.

February 16, 2020

Get Rid and Replace

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,immerse,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (NIV)

We are told here that it is our responsibility to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit (lies and extravagancies), hypocrisy (saying one thing and doing another), envy (jealousy and covertness) and slander (name calling and gossip).  We are all guilty of most of those.  How do we get rid of those sinful traits?  We feed on the Lord through prayer (2-way conversation with Him) and Bible study.  We search the Bible for the things on which we should be thinking.  It use to bother me that God knows every thought in my head.  Some of my thoughts aren’t very good.  But I have learned thoughts enter our head by what we see, hear and read.  Everything we see, hear and read enters our head as thoughts.  We are not responsible for what enters our head but we are responsible for what we do with what enters our head.  We are to push out – get rid of – the thoughts that are not in line with God’s word.  We do this by mulling over, continuing to think, and many times carry out the thoughts that are in line with God’s word.  Every time we are aware of a bad thought let’s immediately choose for our mind to dwell on a good thought.  We can rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.  Refuse to read and listen to those thoughts and immerse ourselves in the Holy Writings from God – the Holy Bible..

February 9, 2020

Living In Us

Filed under: Bible,body,Church,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,temple,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Romans 12:1 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  (NIV)

We tend to forget our physical bodies contain the Holy Spirit.  It seems we take more care with the condition of our church buildings and our houses than we do our bodies.  As I walked the aisles of a mega-store I noticed everything in the middle of the aisles, all the products they were featuring and trying to get us to buy, were not healthy items.  When is the last time we’ve seen fresh apples or some other healthy and nutritious food featured in a center aisle?  Satan loves it.  Keep temptations in front of our eyes and make it seem normal to indulge.  We must learn to treat our bodies as we would the body of our Lord and Savior.  We are accountable for the condition of our bodies, minds and spirit.  Let’s feed our bodies with healthy, nutritious food, our mind take in healthy, uplifting information and our spirits drink thirstily from the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let’s have the Holy Spirit living in a temple fitting for Him.

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