Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 21, 2020

The Trinity

John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made  (NIV)

Genesis 1:2 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  (NIV)

Though the Holy Bible doesn’t contain the word, “trinity,” God is a trinity.  God the Father is the Source of all that was, is or will ever be.  The Word, made flesh as Jesus, the Son is the outlet of the Source.  The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the of the source through the outlet.  Though each person of the trinity has a specific function the 3 functions work as One for the 3 Persons are 1 in function and being.  We, humans, were made in the image of God. Each of us has a specific function within the family of God yet, for the specific functions to work, we must work as one.  This means our differences are to complement each other, not be a source of contention nor to be judge for their differences.  It matters not what color, gender or condition the parts of God’s families bodies are.  What matters is we each learn to function as one in our stewarding this earth God provided for us and coming together to worship God the Father through  His Word, the Son, Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit dwelling in each of us in the way the Holy Spirit moves in and through us.  Let’s grow up and quit judging, condemning, fighting and all the other separating we are doing as the human race and learn to function in the way God designed us to function.

 

June 4, 2020

From Reading to Living

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

1 Peter 1:23 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  (NIV)

Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.  Through the Holy Spirit God gave us the living word in writing which we call the Holy Bible.  We can read it as merely words which have been recorded or we can allow the recorded words to become living words in us.  For the words to become living in us we need the Holy Spirit to speak to us as we read.  When I read, sometimes it takes only one verse to become living in me, breathing in me a new or a deeper insight as to it’s meaning and application in my current life.  Then there are times I must read several chapters before I hear the Holy Spirit making it a living word to me for that time.  The point is, we are not to just read the written word of God we are to digest it and allow it to become the living word within us through the aid of the Holy Spirit.  Let us always remember, when we read the Holy Bible we are eating and digesting it as real food for our lives, not just information or history.  Let us feast on the living word of God.

May 31, 2020

Search Ourselves

Filed under: devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Acts 17:11 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  (NIV)

The Berean Jews were very wise.  When anyone quotes scripture or explains it, regardless of who they are or how well know or educated they are, it is important for each of us to search out and study the scriptures for ourselves.  Words tend to mean different things to different people.  Scripture can be misread, misquoted and misinterpreted.  Also, when we listen or even when we read, we often mishear or misread a word or two which can change the entire meaning of what we are hearing or reading.  I did an experiment in a sermon I preached one time.  I omitted a word.  It was a very small word.  It was the word, “in”.  No one caught the omission.  Leaving that little word out of the sentence totally changed the meaning of the sentence.  It is so very important to read the scripture along with the minister when he/she reads it.  It is important that you look up the scriptures I use and read them in the context, not just the one or two lines I quote.  It is also important to read several different translations.  The most important thing to do is to pray before reading or listening and ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind to the interpretation and application God wants you to understand for you on this very day.  This is the living word of God.  He provided for us for our daily road map.  Let us never have a day we don’t search out with great eagerness the words God has for us each and every day.

 

May 28, 2020

Knowing or Believing

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (NIV)

Believing that someone existed isn’t the same as believing IN the person.  When you believe IN someone you trust that person.  Trust is built on love.  When you love someone, you are loyal to that person.  It’s one thing to believe a person name Jesus Who was written about in a collection of books called the Holy Bible walked this earth but quite another to believe IN Jesus as the only Son of God Who, as God’s Word, put on the form of a God-created human and demonstrated God’s love and pan for us.  God, as the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be, calls the shots.  He is the One Who decided the only way for us to have fellowship with Him and eternal life is through believing IN Jesus Christ.  Reading the Bible, going to church and trying to be good on our own doesn’t cut it.  We must actually acknowledge we are sinners and can only be saved from the penalty of our sin through the blood of Jesus.  We must ask God to forgive our sins and welcome Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives not only as our savior but as the Lord, the director of our lives.  Later we read Jesus said if we confess our belief in Him before men, He will confess us before God the Father.  Our belief is personal but it isn’t privet.  We are to be open about our belief in order to follow the commission Jesus gave us; ( Matthew 28:19-20} 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)  Let’s confess Jesus before others and demonstrate His love through our words and actions.

May 27, 2020

Deception

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,light,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

2 Corinthians 11:14 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. (NIV)

I seldom write about Satan otherwise known as the devil because I don’t like given him attention  However, it is very important for all of us to recognize this deceiver.  Satan is very deceptive.  He makes little suggestions to us that seem harmless.  He might say, go ahead and lie because it’s just a little lie and you don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings by speaking the truth.  However, on little lie leads to more lies which lead to bigger lies and before long, we are trapped in lies.  It’s the same with stealing.  We might take a pen from work.  It’s just a pen.  No one will miss it.  Before long we will be taking more and more things away from our employer.  How do we learn to recognize when it’s Satan attempting to deceive us?  This is why it is so important that we have the word of God, the words in the Holy Bible, deeply planted in our minds and able to recall them.  Every deception by Satan has a real truth in the scriptures.  Satan has an uncanny way of change just one word as he quotes scripture to us.  In Genesis 3 he questioned Eve by asking if God said they weren’t to eat from any tree in the garden.  Satan likes to put questions in our mind as to what God actually said.  Satan dangles the good in front of us.  God desires the best for us.  Let us continue to eat and digest the word of God so we can resist the schemes of the devil.

May 25, 2020

Applying Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,knowledge,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

James 1:22-25 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do (NIV)

Having knowledge for the sake of knowledge does no good unless we apply the knowledge we have.  Being able to quote scripture from the Holy Bible does no good unless we do what the scripture says.  I’m sure we all know someone who quotes scripture often in regards to what others are or aren’t doing but, observing the person themselves show they don’t apply it to their own lives.  As for a as I’m concerned, I have my hands full with applying scripture to my own life consistently without trying to check up on others.  Let us be careful with our quoting scripture to others unless we are actually living that scripture consistently ourselves.  Knowledge gained is not for pride but for application.  Let us be faithful in the application of the knowledge God has so lovingly provided for us in His written word, the Holy Bible.

May 24, 2020

Seeking Knowledge

2 Timothy 3:7 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

We are a people who seek knowledge.  We want to be “in the know.”  A very common phrase today is “Go google it.”  We have knowledge at our fingertips.  Our questions we must answer is what knowledge, the Holy Bible.  We must also answer, “Do we know the Holy Bible.?”  How much do we know of what is in the Bible?  Modern versions are being produced now that exclude some parts of the Bible and even change the meaning of some of the words.  Do we know the Bible well enough to discern when words have been omitted or changed?  God’s Word is a lamp to our feet telling what direction we should walk and a light to our path showing us truth.  It is important to cross reference what we read in the scriptures to be sure we are reading correctly.  It is also very important to pray before we read and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the interpretation for the application we are to follow.  Let us be sure the first and primary knowledge we seek first and most of all comes from God.  Knowledge of the things of the world only come after God’s knowledge.

May 13, 2020

Questions

Filed under: Bible,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Hebrews 1:2 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.  (NIV)

To put this verse in today’s language it says God has spoken to us through Jesus, His Son and it was through Jesus that God made the universe and it is Jesus who owns the universe and all that is in it.  That includes you and me.  We belong to Jesus.  That leaves us with at least 2 questions.  One is what are we doing in caring for the universe that belongs to Jesus?  Are we being extravagant with how we live in this creation and how we use the things in this creation?  Are we being careless with the things we do use in this creation?  Another question is what kind of possession are we?  Are we one that enjoys being possessed by Jesus or are we one who from time to time or continually fights being possessed by Jesus?  Yet another question is do we listen to what God says to us through His Son?  He is still speaking to us today for we are still in the last days.  He speaks to us through the Holy Bible, His written word and through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each and every believer/follower.  Today is a good day to contemplate those questions honestly.

April 26, 2020

Transplant

John 17:22 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—

The chemo they gave me for stage 4 cancer 20+ years ago damaged my heart.  They tried to ablations, that’s when they go through the veins to burn the places in the heart that are misbehaving, but neither was successful. The wanted to do a transplant but I declined.  They finally decided to put in a pacemaker which constantly paces my heart.  I’m still doing fine.  In actually I already had a heart transplant. I had it when I opened my heart to Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  But it didn’t show completely right away.  It took time for my mind to be renewed to understand my new heart- the heart of Jesus.  Gradually as I experienced various trials and as I continued to read, study and meditate on the written words God so graciously provided for us in the Holy Bible and learned how to have a 2-way conversation with Him through His Holy Spirit, more and more of the heart of Jesus showed.  I still have many times my own, old thoughts service but God’s loving grace always brings me back.  When God looks at me, He hears the heart beat of His Son.  It is that heart beat continues to draw me into more and more of a oneness with Him.  This is a life-long process.  This heart transplant is available to all who will accept it.  All one needs to do is say yes to Jesus and allow Him to replace their heart and transplant His heart in them.  But don’t stop with the transplant.  Allow God to take you through various trials as He renews you mind to tune into the heart of Jesus within you.

April 24, 2020

All Days

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

Psalms 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

As long as we follow God we will always be followed with God’s goodness and love.  We already dwell in His house as He is already within us.  We are His house while we walk this earth.  Some day we will dwell in His big house – heaven.  There is already no end of our life – just an end of our physical body as we know it.  No matter what our physical body faces, we can be assured God’s goodness and love will always follow us and we will always dwell together with God the Father, Jesus His Word and His Son and the Holy Spirit.  Knowing this is more than enough goodness and the best and most love ever possible.

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