Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 20, 2020

Okay to Fail

Filed under: Boat,Father,God,healing,Jesus,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Matthew 14:29 29 “Come,” he s aid.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  (NIV)

Matthew 14:30 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  (NIV)

There have been many sermons preached about how Peter took his eyes off Jesus, looked at the water and sank but I’ve not heard any about the fact Peter was the only one of all those in the boat that even tried.  Besides keeping our eyes on Jesus instead of our circumstances we must learn that all God asks is for us to try.  We needn’t be ashamed of failure.  We can learn much from our failures.  What we are to be ashamed of is not trying.  Many are afraid of praying for healing out loud for fear that a healing won’t occur.  Our job is to pray and ask.  It is up to God how He chooses to answer our prayers.  I remember God directing me to go to the hospital to pray for a non-believer to be healed of melanoma the day before her surgery.  I went in pure obedience.  I asked her if I could pray for her.  She was polite and said yes.  I held her hand, prayed, “Father God, by the authority given to me by Your Son, Jesus, I speak healing.  The melanoma must go.”  Then I said good by and left it in God’s hands.  The next day they took her down to surgery, looked at the melanoma and decided they better do another biopsy before the do the surgery.  There was no melanoma.  I never heard from the lady for several years.  Quite some time later she phoned, asked if I remembered her and said not only was she healed when I prayed, but she and her husband both accepted Jesus as their Savior and are in full time Christian work.  Object lesson of Peter’s walking attempt and my prayer is be obedient and speak out the promises Jesus said we had in His name and leave the results where they should be – in the very loving and capable hands of God the Father.  Thank you, Peter for daring to come to Jesus on the water and showing us it’s okay to fail as long as we try.

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.”

February 29, 2020

One on One

Filed under: communion,Father,God,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:59 pm

Luke 5:15-16 15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  (NIV)

Crowds of people came to listen to Jesus and many came to be healed by Him.  Jesus didn’t stay to speak or heal.  HE withdrew to a place where He could be alone so He could pray.  Apparently Jesus thought it was more important to pray than to stay and serve.  Since Jesus, Who definitely had an intimate relationship with God and Who knew no sin in His walk on this earth, thought prayer was more important than service, what about us?  So often we think we are too busy to stop and pray.  We allow the demands on our time to dictate to us rather than us being in control of our time.  Prayer so often takes a back seat in our schedule.  We are told to pray without ceasing.  This means to always keep an awareness of God being with us.  Jesus knew His Father was with Him.  Yet He still found it necessary for withdrawing alone for real one on one conversation with the Father.  Let us never put a one on one conversation with our Father on the back seat of our schedule.  Let us make time each day for intense one on one communion with our God.

November 15, 2019

Wordless Groans

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,healing,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Romans 8:26 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  (NIV)

There are many times we have no idea how to pray, what to say.  We don’t know how to meet the need or sometimes even what the real need is.  Though we should always rely on the Holy Spirit to pray in and through us, at those times we are confused or in doubt it is absolutely necessary to allow the Holy Spirit to pray.  We might ask, how do we do that?  We sit quietly in the presence of God.  We quiet our thoughts sometimes by reading the written word, the Holy Bible, or by inspirational music or by saying or singing words of praise and trust to God.  As our thoughts turn to Him rather than our problem we ask the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and words.  Sometimes we can hear the words forming within us.  Even when we don’t hear the words forming within is this doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit isn’t interceding for us.  Jesus promised our Father would always hear us and will always answer us.  There is nothing wrong, in fact it is really truth, to admit to God and ourselves that we don’t know how to pray.  Releasing the problem or need to God is definitely a very honest and humble prayer.  As a hospital chaplain most of my prayers are for healing of the patient.  There are times when the Holy Spirit directs my prayers in other directions and I find the patient thanking me for those prayers.  If we really want God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven we must ask and release.  Many times our wordless groans, our just saying, “Oh God, please help” are the most honest prayers we can utter.  He is faithful.  We can always trust Him to work all things out for our good and His glory.

November 2, 2019

Heaven and Earth

Filed under: Christian,God,government,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

Read the above verses again.  We are to pray for those who legislate our government.  Not only for our own good but also for their salvation.  Judging from what has been going on in most all of the governments of all the nations, not enough of us have been doing this  We must ask ourselves how often we pray for the president, vice president, speaker of the house, our own various representatives and also those who legislate our state, county and cities or towns.  We must lift them up by name.  Each one has a name and each one needs to know God through His Son, Jesus in order to have His wisdom in the affairs of the various governments.  We might ask, how do we pray for them?  We ask the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers for each individual we lift up before the throne of God.  Yes, this is a long list of people to pray for along with our own families and friends but it is also necessary.  Praying every day for each one isn’t needed.  I pray for different people and causes on different days of the week so that by the end of the week I’ve lifted up each one.  God doesn’t mind if we use notes and calendars for our prayer lists.  Making a list just shows how serious we are in praying for the various needs.  Let us remember not to shirk our duty as Christians in praying for our governments along with our families, friends and all whom God puts on our hearts and minds.  Prayer is the best weapon in existence in bringing the Kingdom of heaven and this earth into unity.

August 22, 2019

Being Real

Filed under: confess,God,healing,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

James 5:15-16 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  (NIV)

Sometimes we wonder why, when we pray for someone to be healed, they aren’t.  We can’t read just a single verse.  We must look at verse 16 along with verse 15.  In verse 16 we see a condition that must be met.  When is the last time you joined with someone (other than your spouse) and both of you confessed your sins to each other before voicing your request to God?    According to verse 16, each one doing the praying for healing must confess their sins to the others who are joining them in prayer.  Most of us have a hard time with this.  We only want others to see our “good” side.  The last thing we want anyone else to know is what we are currently doing that is displeasing to God.  As with most of God’s promises, this one for healing comes with a condition.  Let us learn to meet the conditions of the promises we want God to honor.  Let’s be willing to be real with one another.

April 19, 2019

The Crowd

Filed under: Christian,Christians,healing,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Matthew 27:23 23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him (NIV)

Let’s look at the crowd.  It was only a week ago they were lined on both sides of the road waving palm branches and shouting praises to Jesus.  They were rejoicing in the One they expected to bring them freedom.  They are some of the ones who had been healed by Him.  They listened to His parables and teaching.  Now they were waving their fists and shouting, “Crucify Him.”  Crowd mentality is an interesting subject.  When in a crowd we start acting like herd animals.  We want to blend in with the crowd.  We want to agree with the majority.  We see this mentality on major shopping days.  It only takes one person to grab an item before others join in and fights begin.  We must ask ourselves if we have ever gone with the crowd when part of us knew that wasn’t the right thing to do.  It takes courage to stand up for what is right when others are shouting and proclaiming what is wrong.  We must ask ourselves what we would do if we were in that crowd on that Friday?  Do we know where we stand?  Do we keep silent in the presence of those who speak against Christians?  Let us speak out in love.  Let us make sure others know we accept them, just not their values.

April 1, 2019


Filed under: faith,God,healing,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 9:20 20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. (NIV)

Jesus was on His way to raise a girl up from death.  I’m sure He was being encouraged to hurry by the family of the girl.  He was surrounded with a crowd.  He was on an important mission.  Yet, when He felt healing go out of Him from a woman who touched the edge of His cloak, He stopped.  Jesus was never in a hurry.  He always had time for any need of others.  Unlike Jesus, most of us are always in a hurry.  I don’t like to shop so I rush through the stores to get out as quick as I can.  Because of this I fail to see people around me.  God has dealt with me about this.  I’ve learned to focus some of my attention on others.  I’ve learned to stop and talk with others who look like they’re in need.  When we fully trust God, when we really give Him each hour of every day, we will not be in a hurry.  God always provided the time we need for anything He chooses to work through us.  In our rush, we miss the joy of what I like to call divine interruptions.  In actuality, they aren’t interruptions for they are what God has planned for us in that time and place.  Let us choose to slow down.  Let us give each moment of each day to God.  Let us keep our eyes open for God to direct and our ears open for God to enable us to hear.  Let us not miss someone needing to touch the edge of our cloak.

March 2, 2019


Filed under: depression,God,healing,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:24 pm

Mark 1:38 38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” (NIV)

Jesus said these words in response to His disciples telling Him there was a crowd of people waiting for Him to heal them.  Jesus didn’t come to earth to heal our physical bodies.  He came to earth for God’s image in us, God’s Holy Spirit, to give birth in us to our spirits in His image.  Our spiritual healing is so much more important than our physical healing.  It’s not that God doesn’t care about our physical condition, rather He keeps His priorities on what is most important.  Physical healing is temporary.  Spiritual healing is eternal.  No matter our physical condition, God can and will work through us to bring glory to His Kingdom.  It is in our weakness that God’s strength and power shows the most.  When we become aware of our own weakness, we have a choice.  We can wallow in depression or we can praise God and allow Him to work through us in His strength any way He chooses.  As long as we continue to breathe on this earth, God can and will work in and through us to do His will and His good pleasure.  It is up to us to be available to God.

January 16, 2019


Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,healing,health,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

I’m not putting scripture with this because I hope this will encourage you to do your own scripture research.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Jesus is willing to heal.  Jesus is compassionate.  Jesus heals 3 ways.  He heals naturally.  He does that because He made us to heal naturally.  We cut ourselves and He created the blood clot factor to heal our cuts.  He heals through human doctors and medicine because He is the One Who gives us the wisdom in learning how He made our body work and how to keep it working right.  He heals miraculously.  He didn’t heal miraculously to draw attention to Himself.  Notice in scripture He usually said for them not to tell anyone (but they always did).  It is those who make a show out of miraculous healing that have decreased our faith in the reality of it.  Our problem is demanding which method Jesus will use to heal us.  We are also impatient.  We forget there is a warfare going on for our physical and emotional bodies.  When Daniel prayed one time it took 21 days for the angel to deliver the answer because of the spiritual warfare going on.  We are to seek all 3 types of healing.  It is important, as we continue to seek healing to actively participate in spiritual warfare.  It takes our continued and faithful prayers to unite with heaven in getting through the warfare that evil tries to prevent God’s work getting through to us.  It is imperative that we learn to stand firm and continuing in faith, be actively patient.  I hope this helps you not only understand at a deeper level, but that it also motivates you to be pro-active in seeking all 3 ways God heals.

When we do a word study on the word body we will find out we don’t own our own body.  Our body belongs to God.  It houses the Holy Spirit.  When we don’t take proper care of our body it is sin.  God will not surpass our willfulness to sin.  Our sin of not caring for our bodies suffers the consequences of sickness.  If we truly want God to heal our diseases and injuries we must do our part in being careful and eating healthy.  It isn’t a lack of God’s willingness to heal but our willingness to live in sin.  Let us quit blaming God for a lack of our healing, confess our sinful neglect and do our part in our healing.  He wants us whole.

There is a time God chooses to heal us by taking us up to Him because we have finished what He has called us to do on this earth.  That is a glorious time of perfect healing but also it is not something we should hasten.  We want to be pleasing to God and do all He has for us to do on this earth.  We have all eternity to be in His very real and tangible presence.

My prayer is for all of us, especially me, to take our responsibility for our body seriously and through our proper care of our bodies, trust God for the healing of the evil surrounding us that would try to keep our bodies from being a healthy vessel for the Holy Spirit’s work on this earth.

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