Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 23, 2019

Well Rooted

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Psalms 1:2-3 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NLV)

We had black walnut trees on some property we had.  Black walnut trees don’t bear many nuts until they are about 60 ft tall.  Their seasons of bearing fruit don’t begin until the trees are mature enough and deeply rooted.   Sometimes we wonder why we aren’t bear much fruit for God.  It is because we are not deeply rooted.  To dig our roots deep we must meditate on God’s word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  We must put His Word deeply into our minds and hearts.  We must allow the water of the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us as we read, study, meditate and memorize the written word of God which He so lovingly provided for us through those who were deeply rooted.  A good barometer of how well our roots are doing is how fruitful we are being.  The fruits we should be bearing are (Galatians 5:22-23)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  When we lack one of these fruits it is time to check on our feeding of our roots.  Let us take good care of our roots so we can be fruitful for the glory of our God.

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May 22, 2019

Choose Joy

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 51:12 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)

So many people confuse joy with happiness.  Joy comes from God.  Joy is knowing the salvation which comes from God through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  Knowing we, if we have asked Jesus to be the Lord and Redeemer of our life, have the salvation only He can give, fills us with the joy of knowing we will forever be living in the Presence of God.  Happiness comes as a temporary emotion from external circumstances.  A new pair of shoes may bring us happiness for a sort while.  Happiness comes and goes but joy lasts for eternity.  We have a choice.  We can choose to receive and live in the joy that is from God or we can choose to ignore that joy and vainly seek fleeting happiness.  The choice is ours.  Let us choose to be joyful.

May 19, 2019

Wadi

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Psalms 1:3 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (KJV)

There are several things we must look at in this verse to understand it and apply it to ourselves.  The first is what it means by “rivers of water.”  In that area, rivers of water were dry water beds that only occasionally had water rushing down them.  Because of that, the trees had very deep roots.  We also must have very deep roots.  Our roots must be deep in the written word, the Holy Bible, and deep into our 2-way open, conversational relationship with God.  We must also note the leaves on these trees don’t wither.  They remain on the tree year round, regardless of how much water is or isn’t in the dry river bed also known as a “wadi.”  The fruits of the Holy Spirit which God has grown in us must never wither whether in wet season or dry season.  We all go through what we falsely call as “dry times.”  The only thing dry about those times is our lack of understanding of the ever-present Holy Spirit within us.  When we learn to stay plugged into the Bible and to our conversations with God there can be no really dry time.  As long as we’re plugged in, whatever we do shall always prosper because it is not us doing it but God working and speaking through us.  Let’s be sure our roots go down deep so the fruit God chooses to bring through us will be able to come forth in God’s timing.

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

May 14, 2019

Hagar

Filed under: Bible,faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Time,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Genesis 16:7 7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. (NIV)

If you don’t remember the history of Hagar, go back and read the entire chapter.  Hagar was Sarah’s (Abraham’s wife) slave.  Sarah didn’t have enough faith to trust God’s promise of having a child so she sent Hagar into Abraham to have a child for her.  This got Sarah and all generations since into a lot of trouble.  God sees all that is happening on this earth.  He hears everything we say and knows every thought we don’t give voice to.  What God promises happens in God’s way and time.  Instead of being like Sarah and taking matters into our own hands rater than allowing God’s timing, let us choose to trust and let God.  That doesn’t mean we sit and do nothing.  That means we delve deeply into His written word, the Holy Bible, and put into action what it says along with 2-way (prayer) conversation with God for interpretation of the instructions in the Bible.  As co-heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, we have co-responsibilities to do as Jesus did on this earth.  We must actively carry out the Father’s directives.

May 10, 2019

Misunderstanding

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Mark 8:16 16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

Be sure you read from verse 1.  This is an example of spiritual blindness.  Jesus just finished feeding 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread.  The disciples didn’t spiritually hear or see what Jesus was telling them when He said (Mark 8:15) 15Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”  He wasn’t talking about physical bread made with yeast that we put into our mouths to eat.  He was talking about the yeast of the sin of spiritual blindness and deafness.  If we didn’t understand the importance of the impact of spiritual blindness and deafness yesterday, lets pray on these verses.  Jesus’ first words of warning were, “Be careful.”  Deafness and blindness can creep into us very slowly.  We might first just disagree or misunderstand one word of God.  Before long we are deciding we can edit God’s words to agree with what our own self-centered mind thinks.  The Holy Bible is not just a good collection of books containing history and moral platitudes.  The Holy Bible is God’s Word.  God is Spirit and can only be understand through the spirit.  It is only the Holy Spirit Who can give us the interpretation and meaning of scripture.  On our own, we just read into His words with our own finite understanding.  We can’t take one verse out, interpreting it in a way that doesn’t have total agreement with the entire Bible.  It is all or nothing.  When we have been born again through Jesus, we are no longer humans having spiritual experiences but are now spiritual beings in human bodies.  Join me in prayer, Holy Spirit, keep our eyes and ears spiritually open to all the Father says.

May 6, 2019

Take to Heart

Filed under: Bible,confess,Father,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Ezekiel 3:10 10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. (NIV)

Oh how much we all need to take this verse into us.  We must listen carefully.  We are so very distracted by all the noise surrounding us throughout our days.  We can’t take God’s words to heart if we don’t listen carefully.  I am guilty of keeping music playing.  We must have times of silence, especially when we pray and when we read God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  When listening carefully, we must really take what we hear and read to heart.  We can’t do this if unconfessed sin is blocking us.  Always start with confessing and a refilling of the Holy Spirit.  It takes a clean heart to receive the words of our perfect God.  Let us not fear silence.  Let us embrace silence and listen carefully to our Father Who so very much desires for us to hear Him.

May 5, 2019

God is God

Filed under: Christ,commands,God,God's Word,grace,Jesus,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Hebrews 7:18 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (NIV)

The law of circumcision and obeying all the laws will not save us.  We aren’t capable of obeying all the laws in our own sinful nature.  It is only God’s grace that can save us from our sinful nature.  God chose to save us through our trust and faith in His Word made flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ.  There is no way we can every be righteous or good enough.  In our fleshly state, we are weak.  Our efforts to do good or to do God’s work are useless.  The only good we can do is to allow God to do His work through us.  God’s grace is available to all.  God desires all to come under His grace.  But, as with all God’s promises, there is a condition.  The only way we can come under God’s grace is through His Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  God made all that is and that give Him the only authority to set the rules and bounds.  Nothing we can do can ever change Who God is or what God chooses.  God is God and we are only able to relate to Him through His mercy and grace.  We try to obey but must lean on God’s love and forgiveness.  People say that’s prejudice to say there is only 1 way.  That is set by God.  Let’s make sure everyone knows the 1 way to God’s grace and mercy.

April 26, 2019

Love Personified

Filed under: denomination,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 14:1 1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. (NIV)

This is why there are so many denominations.  We think everyone should totally agree with what we think and/or believe.  We dispute over how communion is served.  We dispute over how, when or if one is baptized.  We dispute over so many things.  What we are to agree on is God sent His Word, Jesus, to become as man to demonstrate His love for us, show and teach us how to live, die on the cross for our sin and rise back to full life to give us eternity with God.  That is what matters.  Let’s not get into disputes with how others express their beliefs in how to demonstrate God’s love and how to worship Him.  We are to show love to one another.  It is love for and of God and through Him for all His creation included our fellow human beings, regardless of what they believe or how they live.  God is love.  We are created in His Image, therefore we must also be love personified.

April 24, 2019

Subject to Authority

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Romans 13:1-2 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV)

This is not happening in many countries including the United States.  In our sinful nature we have become so prideful and independent that we refuse to be subjected to the authority of another when we have a different outlook than they do.  God didn’t say to be subject to them only when we agree with them.  He said to be subject to our governing authorities.  The only exception is when the authorities disagree with the word of God.  Those in the United States know what is going on with many of our government leaders.  So many of them act more immature than spoiled children.  What we can do about it is pray for those who have broken any semblance of respect for the various offices of government.  Pray for those who are in authority over us will come to know God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Pray this, not for our country but for the love of God Who desires not a single one be lost from knowing Him.

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