Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2019

In the Flesh

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Romans 8:5 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (NIV)

By the word, flesh, Paul doesn’t mean our physical bodies.  He is talking about the materialistic world in which we live.  Let us say we want to buy a boat or new drapes or anything else but decide to do that we can’t give our tithe for a month or two.  This is walking according to the flesh.  Anything that puts following the precepts of God behind any other desire is walking in the flesh.  There is a new movement now called minimalism.  The reasons are as varied as the people in this movement.  When the reason is only for more money to do more things considered fun it is a fleshly reason.  When the reason is not being entrapped by too much requiring our attention, thus competing with our time to fulfill the ministry God has given us we are endeavoring to walk in the Spirit.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us keep our priorities in order.  It’s okay to have what we call our creature or fleshly comforts as long as we are still putting God first in our minds, hearts and lives.

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May 15, 2019

Renewal

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

2 Corinthians 4:16 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. (NIV)

As I watched a young man sprint up a flight of stair 2 at a time I recalled I used to be able to do that.  The aging process can be hard on our emotions.  We miss the things we use to be able to do.  But we are not to look backward.  As we age, we grow in wisdom.  As we grow in wisdom, if we really are followers of Jesus and thus children of God, we are being renewed inwardly each and every day.  Our understanding of our Father grows every time we pray and every time we read and meditate on His written word, the Holy Bible.  I see it as a trade off and much prefer the increased wisdom and knowing our Father more intimately over the physical abilities of the young.  What really amazes me is how God’s word can address all issues and thoughts we might ever have.  Fussing about what I can no longer do has been replaced with thanks for what He is now enabling me to know and do.  Let us never lose heart over an ability we loose but always look forward to our daily renewal through the Holy Spirit.

May 8, 2019

Our Garden

Filed under: Father,garden,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Genesis 3:8 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  (NIV)

John 20:15 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” (NIV)

The place where mankind chose to separate himself from God was in a garden.  The first thing Jesus did after He was resurrected was talk to Mary in the garden.  We can still communicate with Jesus in the garden.  Our garden is our prayer room.  Our prayer room doesn’t have to be a real room with 4 walls.  It is any room we make in our mind and heart to be alone with our Father and communicate with Him.  Charles and John Wesley’s mother had her prayer room.  It was comprised of the space under her apron that she would put over her head to let others know she was busy having a conversation with our Father.  The location of our garden can change according to our circumstances.  We can make our prayer room in a plane, in an office, in school or anywhere we might be.  Let us go into our garden to talk with our Lord throughout each and every day.

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 2, 2019

First Place

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Matthew 19:21 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (NIV)

God doesn’t have a problem with people being rich.  God wants first place in our hearts and lives.  Nothing is to take precedence over our love and obedience to God.  Jesus knew this rich man’s heart.  The man valued his riches over anything else and would not make the choice to part with them.  We must each ask ourselves what is holding us back from giving all of our self to God?  It could be one or more of many different things.  With some it might be fame, power, money, a relationship with someone, some kind of material possession like cars or high fashion.  It could be an activity that is more important than God.  Each one of us is different and has different priorities.  God wants first place in our priorities.  Let’s be honest with ourselves and open to ask God to show us anything that we have, want or do that keeps Him out of first place in our lives, thoughts and actions.

April 20, 2019

Broken Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,Messiah,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

John 19:26 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” (NIV)

Can you possibly imagine watching your child, the one you gave birth to, the one you fed, taught and raised to adulthood, being taunted, beaten and nailed to a cross?  I can’t imagine such pain.  I know I wouldn’t be able to keep quiet.  Yet, Mary was there and was quiet.  I’m sure she must have had tears running down her cheeks but she remained quiet throughout the entire trial.  There is probably a very good reason for her remaining quiet.  She knew, without a doubt, her son, Jesus, was the Son of God.  She had faith in God and knew He would work good through all of this.  That doesn’t stop her heart from hurting.  We have many trials we have to walk through that hurt our hearts.  Our question is, do we blame God for our trials or do we look to Him knowing He is right with us and will help us get through the trials.  Even when our heart is breaking, do we remain in the peace of God that passes all human understanding?  We either believe God or we don’t.  There is no half way.  We can’t only believe Him when all is good for us.  Our belief must be consistent.  Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to completely abide in us and let us choose to continually abide in the Father and the Son.

April 12, 2019

On Guard

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,heart,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Proverbs 4:23 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (NIV)

What we allow to stay in our mind seeps down into our heart.  To guard our heart we must be careful what we allow our mind to think.  To guard our mind we must feed it with the word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must also protect it from things that would lull us away from God’s word.  That means not reading, listening or viewing certain things.  We know what is bad for us.  We falsely think we are strong enough to withstand continuous exposure but continuous exposure eventually makes us think it’s the norm.  We can check what’s in our heart by listening to what comes out of our mouths.  Our mouths are good barometers of what is really inside of us.  Let us pay attention to what we say and what we think.  Let us practice really abiding in Christ and allowing Him to fully abide in us.

April 7, 2019

Hearing

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

James 1:22-25  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.   Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 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)

These verses are very self-explanatory.  Either we do what scripture says or we don’t.  Jesus talks about it in His parable of the farmer spreading out seed.  Some lands on rocky soil and doesn’t take root.  Please refresh your memory by reading starting with Matthew 13:3.   The farmer is God.  God is the One tossing out all the seed into all types of soil.  The seed is God’s Word, Jesus, and all that God has provided in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  The Word never changes.  What does change in this parable is the soil.  The soil represents the ears of mankind.  We must ask what kind of ears do we have.  Eyes have lids and are able to close.  God didn’t provide lids for ears.  He designed ears to stay open and always hear.  What are we tuned in to hear?  Do we hear the rocks – all the material things around us that seem to scream for attention?  Do we hear the weeds – all the fleshly desires of our sinful hearts?  We train our ears to hear the seed, the Word of God, through study and meditation on the scripture and through prayer – the practice of talking with God and then listening what He says to us, both through the scripture and through the soft voice of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s be sure we practice hearing

March 13, 2019

As I Am Known

John 10:14-15 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father (NIV)

What a wonderful promise.  We believers, called sheep by Jesus, are not only known by Jesus and the Father but we are to know Him just like the Father knows His Son, Jesus and Jesus know His Father.  Wow.  I don’t know about you but I feel like I have a long way to go to know Jesus and the Father as well as they know me.  I know God comes through on all His promises.  I look forward to knowing God that intimately.  I can’t sit ad wait for it to happen.  In order for God to fulfill such a promise we each have a part to play in the fulfillment.  To know God that intimately, we must know the word of God, the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  To know the Holy Bible we must read, meditate and put it deeply in our hearts and minds.  Not only put it in our hearts and minds, we must also live it in our everyday lives.  The only way to do any of this is with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Many refer to the Holy Spirit as “it.”  The Holy Spirit isn’t an “it.”  The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Godhead, Trinity.  We are to pray to the Father but we may also talk to Jesus and talk to the Holy Spirit.  Before we pick up our Bible we need to ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts that we may understand and apply what we read.  It excites me that I have the promise of Jesus that I will know God in the same way God knows me.  This is abiding.

February 4, 2019

Always Ready

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,service,Uncategorized,wisdom,worship — by ginrich @ 8:15 pm

Psalms 90:12  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)

None of us knows how many days we have on this earth.  We must learn to make each and every day count.  The best way to do this is to live each day as if it is the day Jesus comes back to this earth to take us home.  When He comes, we want Him to find us doing what He has called us to do.  Every morning I ask God to help me be pleasing to Him this day.  I ask Him to help me hear His direction for the day.  At night I review the day and often find myself asking forgiveness for the time I’ve wasted.  When time is past, we cannot reclaim it.  Though we cannot give an exact number to our future days, we can number each day as an important day to serve and worship our God.  Let us have the wisdom to make sure we are always ready to go with Jesus to the Father’s throne.

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