Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 15, 2020

Change

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (NIV)

I have a high need for change.  Maybe because I was a military brat and moved to a new place most every year.  My need for change even carries through in the house.  No one in the family would get up in the night without a flashlight because I might have been up re-arranging the furniture.  My desire for changing things is alike to God.  He is continually changing us.  His desire is for us to be like His Son, Jesus so we can be one with Him, one in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This requires change.  Though our salvation is instant the moment we ask Jesus into our mind, heart and life, the change in our heart, mind and life takes time.  As we read, study and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we get to know God better and gradually, through the Holy Spirit working in us, we become more and more like God.  When I think back on how I was, spoke, acted and thought, years ago I am amazed at the person I have become today.  Yet, as I look at who I am today and think about who God will make me be tomorrow, I’m even amazed.  My goal is the same as God’s goal for me – to become truly one with God in thought, heart and action.  Change isn’t easy for us – even those who like me like change.  Change occurs not only through reading and meditating on scripture, change comes through walking through trials.  So, when trials come our way, let us praise God for He is in the changing process to make us more one with Him.

January 14, 2020

Don’t Know You

Filed under: fruit,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,love,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Matthew 7:22-23 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!    (NIV)

Some will wonder how can someone who has performed many miracles in the name of Jesus possibly be unknown by our Lord.  God doesn’t look on the deeds we perform.  God also doesn’t let His name go out in vain.  He will do miracles and will allow demons to be driven out but He looks on the heart of the one who is involved in the action.  He judges and recognizes us by the fruits of His Holy Spirit.  Are those fruits really in our hearts?  Do we really let those fruits grow in us?  Do we display those fruits not only when others can see but also when we are alone?  We can find these fruits listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  Do we love God more than our own reputation and more than any other person or thing or possession?  Why are we doing what appears to be good?  Is it so others will think good of us?  Do we think by doing good we earn points with God?  With God there is no such thing as earning points.  God is love.  God recognizes love and responds to love.  It is the love of God as it flows in and through us back to God that unites us with God.  If we don’t love all God created we cannot be loving God.  Let us be sure our hearts are right.  Let us think, speak and do all we do in love – the love God continually gives us and desires to flow through us to others.

December 31, 2019

Thanksgiving in Our Hearts

Filed under: anxious,God,grace,heart,scriptures,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

We are so good at petitioning God for the things we want.  We might even make promises of if He then we will.  We beg, we nag.  In this scripture verse we are told to ask with thanksgiving.  We tend to wait to see our answer before we thank God.  God wants us to thank Him as we ask the first time.  It is a privilege unearned to be allowed to talk to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  We should be continually thankful to God.  We need not be anxious about anything for God is in control of all that touches us.  Actually, He is in control of all – everything.  We are told to give thanks in everything.  There are no exceptions.  It is by the grace of God that we can even breathe.  We may be in pain, we may be facing tremendous problems but we can be assured as we look to God with thanksgiving in our hearts and in our words, He is faithful to not only stand with us but to give us the wisdom, grace and peace to walk through the problems.  Let us always present our requests to God with true thanksgiving in our hearts, minds and words.

December 30, 2019

Legalism

Filed under: Christians,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (KJV)

In this instance Paul is mostly emphasizing the legalistic Jewish rite of circumcision.  However, this verse applies to any type of legalism.  So many Christians have replaced love with legalism.  The extra rules and rites that have been established as tradition have become more important than love.  When true Godly love is present and flowing there is no need for laws.  We must be sure to choose to love all those God puts in our path and not be judgmental or critical.  God loves the lost as much as He loves those who have opened their hearts, minds and lives to Him through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Let us never put legalism in front of Godly  love.

December 22, 2019

Ask Until Peace Comes

Filed under: God,heart,peace,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Colossians 3:15 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  (NIV)

Many ask how we can be sure we are hearing God and not our own thoughts or those of Satan or other people?  When we make a decision, we should have peace in our hearts and minds if the decision is of God.  The lack of peace after a decision is made is a sign of either the wrong decision or the timing of the decision is wrong.  God is faithful to guide us and to answer us when we ask. As long as we are seeking Him and our hearts are right (no active unconfessed sin, no unforgiveness, etc.) He hears and He answers.  What is peace?  It is a feeling of a positive outcome, a confidence that we have the right answer and the right timing.  When we have peace, we no longer feel the need to keep asking others what to do.  When we have peace, we move into thanksgiving to God for supplying what we need.  As a couple we never moved forward if either one of us were without peace.  Ask God and keep listening until peace comes.

December 21, 2019

All Our Heart

Filed under: Bible,Cell Phone,God,heart,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Jeremiah 29:13 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  (NIV)

What does it mean to search with all our heart?  Do we really search for God?  When we read the Bible do we read it searchingly to know God intimately?  Do we look as hard for Him throughout our day as we do searching for our car keys or our cell phone?  Do we seek God out throughout our day, not just when facing hard circumstances, but also seek Him when we feel we are on top of the world?  Do we seek to hear God speak to us through the Holy Spirit within us?  How often.  With all our heart means with every bit of our being.  Without our heart beating there is no life.  Without knowing God there is no life for God is life.  Let’s search for Him daily through the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  Let’s search for Him daily through looking and living in His creation.  Let’s search for Him daily through interaction with other people.  Let’s search for God with all our heart.  When we do, we will surely find Him for He is in everything, everywhere and always.

December 20, 2019

In Line

Filed under: anger,believe,forgive,God,heart,humble,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (NIV)

So why don’t we see more of what we ask for in prayer more often? Our first problem is do we really want what it is we are asking?  When we pray for someone we don’t really know for healing, do we really want their healing?  Do we really care?  Next, do we really believe that God wants us to have what we are asking?  And the biggest blockage, is there any unforgiveness in our heart?  If we are angry or bitter or unforgiving God won’t hear us.  The parable of the widow begging the judge over and over until he finally gave her what she asked.  It’s not that God wants us to beg over and over but He does want us to know if we really want and need what it is we ask.  Let’s not be flippant in our prayers.  When we ask for something let us first be sure it is in line with the character of God.  When what we ask is in line with God’s character we can believe with our whole hearts and minds that we will receive it.

December 17, 2019

Strong in Heart

Filed under: Bible,discouragment,God,God's Word,heart,love,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (NIV)

This is a very hard thing to do.  We want to understand everything around us.  When we hit a block, we get upset because we think we need to understand.  We like to be the problem fixer and to fix a problem we think we need to understand it.  God is of a different mind-set.  He more than understands.  He absolutely knows all answers.  When we go through trials we often ask, why.  Quite often it’s not for understanding but for a “why me” attitude.  When we demand to understand why God allows some things we are showing a lack of trust.  All we need to know is already contained in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Understanding that is necessary is given to us through the Holy Spirit.  When the time is right for us to understand, the Holy Spirit will give us whatever understanding is needed.  Our job is to trust in the Lord with all our heart even when we don’t understand the why of a situation.

December 16, 2019

Trust With All Our Heart

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (NIV)

This is a very hard thing to do.  We want to understand everything around us.  When we hit a block, we get upset because we think we need to understand.  We like to be the problem fixer and to fix a problem we think we need to understand it.  God is of a different mind-set.  He more than understands.  He absolutely knows all answers.  When we go through trials we often ask, why.  Quite often it’s not for understanding but for a “why me” attitude.  When we demand to understand why God allows some things we are showing a lack of trust.  All we need to know is already contained in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Understanding that is necessary is given to us through the Holy Spirit.  When the time is right for us to understand, the Holy Spirit will give us whatever understanding is needed.  Our job is to trust in the Lord with all our heart even when we don’t understand the why of a situation.

November 13, 2019

Finding Rest

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,holy,humble,Jesus,soul,Uncategorized,yoke — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (NIV)

When oxen are yoked together only one can be in the lead.  That one, the one in the slightly bigger yoke, leads and, while leading, teaches the other ox how to do the work of pulling.  We are to be yoked with Jesus.  Jesus is a gentle and humble teacher.  As we are yoked to Him it is up to us to learn of Him.  We can only learn of Him through careful and regular study of the text book for life (The Holy Bible) which God so lovingly provided for us.  Yes, we can stay yoked without learning but then we will always miss out really knowing Who it is in the other side of the yoke.  Let us earn to allow Jesus to teach us in and through all circumstances we experience by staying in the yoke, allowing Him to guide and teach us.  Through getting to know Him we sill find rest.

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