Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 28, 2020

Nothing is Insignificant

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Ruth 2:3 3 So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.  (NIV)

No task is insignificant in the hands of God.  When you read the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 you see how important it was for Ruth to glen in the field belonging to Boaz.  So often we think our day to day chores are insignificant.  We falsely think that God only works through the bold and magnificent things.  In Colossians 3:23  we read,  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  Ruth gleaned the leftovers in the field with all her heart out of love for Naomi and her God.  God honored that, led Ruth to the field of Boaz and we can read the rest of the plan of God in Ruth and Matthew 1.  It is important for us to remember all our time and all our actions are under God.  Let us enter into all we say and so giving God glory and credit for, without Him, we can’t do anything.

June 9, 2020

Know Truth

Filed under: free,God,heart,Jesus,sin,truth,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

John 8:31-32 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (NIV)

I read the other day that the current culture’s definition of truth is whatever an individual determines is true for themselves.  They claim there is no definite truth.  Truth is a variable, Jesus said He is truth.  There is no truth outside of God.  There is no way to know truth without knowing God.  There is no way to know God without opening the door of our hearts, minds and lives to Jesus, the Word of God made flesh so that could see Truth.  When we come to see Truth (see God) we are set free from the lies that come through sin.  Sin is a great deceiver.  Sin says we are the most important of all.  Sin says what we think and feel is truth.  Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life.  Without following Jesus our way is lost and confused and has no truth and leads only to deception and death.  Let us seek to know the truth and learn from Him to walk in the truth.

June 2, 2020

A Place

Filed under: Father,God,heart,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

John 14:2 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  (NIV)

How wonderful.  Jesus is preparing a place of us in His and ours Father’s house.  The question we must ask ourselves is what kind of place have we prepared for Him?  How big a place does He have in our hearts?  How big a place does He have in our minds?  How big a place does He have in our time schedule?  He went to the cross for us so He could prepare a place for us.  What are we willing to do to make sure we give Him the primary place in our lives?  This is a question each one of us needs to ask ourselves.  We need to go more than just what our desire is.  We need to look at what is an actual reality in our lives.  Let us be sure He is in the best and biggest place in all areas of our lives.

May 1, 2020

Start the Engine

Filed under: baptise,Church,denomination,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

1 Corinthians 12:3 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.  (NIV)
Acts 19:2 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

Acts 9:17 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

When we accept Jesus as the Lord of our life we do so because the Holy Spirit has come into our minds and hearts to open up to Him.  There is no way to accept Jesus as the Lord of our lives without the invite and power of the Holy Spirit for our normal, sinful, human nature is opposed to anything or anyone other than ourselves being Lord.  However, like putting gas in a car and never turning on the engine – the gas does no good and is powerless without us turning on the engine – so it is with the Holy Spirit Who entered into us when we opened our hearts to Jesus.   We need to be awaken to the fact that the Holy Spirit in us with all His power and wisdom is really in us.  Many people call this the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  What it really is. is the awareness of the Holy Spirit within us and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak in and through us and to work in and through us.  In so many denominations and churches little is said and even less taught about the Holy Spirit.  May I suggest a word study on the Holy Spirit to learn how He speaks in and through us and how He works in and through us.  Without allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through us we can only be lukewarm like the church in Laodicea.   Let us all learn how to let the Holy Spirit speak and work in and through us with all His wisdom and power.

April 29, 2020

Unsurpassing Peace

Filed under: God,heart,peace,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  (NIV

Peace.  It is a wonder thing.  Even more wonderful is the real feeling of peace.  I am filled with peace in my quiet times in the morning, on my morning walk and in my quiet time in the evening.  I even fill peace envelope me as I drift of to sleep.  The feeling of this peace leaves me at a loss for words to adequately describe it.  It is a peace that really passes understanding.  It’s not the peace we feel when there is an absence of noise or strife or confusion.  It is so much more than those.  It fills every part of my being.  As I feel the fullness of this peace, I feel the very real presence of God.  Sometimes it moves me to talk to Him but mostly I’ve learned to keep silent, soak up the peace and listen to what God has to say.  This peace is available to all of God’s children.  All we need to do is open up our hearts and minds to receive His peace an bask in His presence.  I pray you have the fullness of God’s surpassing  peace.

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 23, 2020

The Table

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,Holy Spirit,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:06 pm

Psalms 23:5 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  (NIV)

God has prepared a table of food for us to eat right now.  It is the Holy Bible.  We can eat of it in the presence of anybody.  When a cow eats, it quickly passes the grass to one of it’s 4 stomachs.  Then it brings the grass up again to slowly chew it so it is completely digested.  It is the same when we read the Holy Bible.  Reading it one time doesn’t digest to be really in our minds and hearts when we are in the presence of enemies of God.  We need to read and re-read slowly and meditate on what we read to put it deeply in our minds and hearts and to understand how to apply what we read.  God has given us the ability to do this through His Holy Spirit.  Oil represents the Holy Spirit.  Through the Holy Spirit our brains can be renewed to understand and follow the word of God.  Our cup is as big as we allow it and will overflow with the love and peace of God as we come to now Him better and become more intimate with Him.

April 17, 2020

In God’s Hand

Filed under: confess,God,heart,Lord,Obey,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Psalms 37:23-24 23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.  (NIV)

I love reading about the life of David.  I especially like to read the Psalms he wrote for they speak honestly about his heart and God said David was a man of His heart.  David messed up a lot.  He committed adultery, he murdered and did many other bad things, yet God loved Him.  David knew he messed up from time to time.  When it was pointed out to him, David was quick to confess and ask God for forgiveness.  We also stumble from time to time.  We trip over fleshly desires or doubt.  God has promised to uphold us just as He did David.  The only danger in falling comes when we don’t confess and ask forgiveness every time we stumble.  Building up many wrong words or actions without confessing and repenting leads to falling out from obedience and desire to walk with God.  David delighted in God and continually went back into following the steps of God.  God will uphold us in His hand but His hand is open.  It is our choice to remain in His hand or jump out of His hand.  Let us always choose to remain in God’s hand.

April 10, 2020

Good Friday

Filed under: blood,Father,God,heart,Jesus,love,mercy,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Matthew 27:46 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).  (NIV)

We call this day Good Friday.  In a way it seems strange that we would have the word “good” attached to the description of this day.  But, what Jesus did for us was definitely good for us.  God the Father had to turn away from Jesus when Jesus took on our sin of separation and disobedience to God for God, by His very nature, cannot be in the presence of sin.  Since Jesus substituted for us by taking on our sin, we will never need to cry out, “God, why have you left us.”  Once we invite Jesus into our life, minds and hearts, God will never leave us.  This makes it a Good Friday.  Not only do we take extra time today to remember the extreme cost to the Father and the Son, Jesus, we should tank God each and every day for His mercy, grace and love.  When the Father looks at us, He sees the blood of His Son covering us and sees us as righteous.

April 9, 2020

Lavish Father

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Luke 15:11-12 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them  (NIV)

Please read the entire account of what we commonly entitle “The Prodigal Son.”  Much emphasis has been placed on the prodigal son correlating it to a Christian who has momentarily turned away from God.  Some have emphasized the other son who stayed and obeyed though his heart was not in it, only waiting to get his inheritance.  This relates to the person who only says they are a Christian but in their mind it is only an insurance policy.  The father is the real prodigal.  To be prodigal means to be lavish in spending money or even lavish in love.  The father was lavish in love.  He loved both of his sons equally and waited patiently for his prodigal son to come to his senses and return.  Notice he didn’t give the son any more money but he did lavish the identity of sonship on him by putting on the robe and throwing a banquet to tell all he had not just one son but two sons.  God loves us lavishly.  He is preparing a banquet for us.  He waits patiently when we turn our backs on Him.  He doesn’t restore the blessings we missed while we had our backs to Him but He does lavish new blessings on us when we come back.  How wonderful it would be if we never turned our backs on Him even for a short moment.  It is important for us to stay in the written word, the Hoy Bible, and to pray, being sure to always have a listening time, throughout each and every day.  We have our choice.  Keep our eyes on God and follow Him or allow our eyes to look at the multitude of temptations and sub come to them.  Let us choose God.

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