Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

February 1, 2019

God Loves All

Filed under: Creation,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Obey,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Many think, and say if God is love He wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  They are right.  God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  This is why He sent His Son, Jesus.  No one can be in heaven who isn’t righteous.  None of us is righteous.  To be righteous one must always be completely right.  Only God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are always right.  God set the rules of only righteous being in heaven because God won’t be in the presence of sin.  He is the One Who created all that is and therefore He owns all that is and He is the only One Who can set the rules.  But He loves us so He provided a way for us to become righteous.  We can be covered with the righteousness of Jesus.  The only way we can have His righteousness cover us is by believing in Him.  Believing in Him doesn’t mean we believe He existed on earth or that He is the Son of God.  It means we believe in Him by taking Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Savior and our Lord – our boss.  Yes God loves all mankind and desires for all mankind to live with Him in heaven for eternity but man must be covered with the righteousness of Jesus to have a place in God’s home.

January 31, 2019

Our Way

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

Isaiah 53:6 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (NIV)

Frank Sinatra sang a song, “I’ll do it my way.”  Lots of us, when we get a new electronic, are very eager to use it we don’t take time to look at the instructions.  We can do it our way.  So often our way fails.  We like to determine for ourselves the way we will live.  We like to make our own decisions.  We often get into problems living that way.  There is only one way to live a full, abundant life.  That way is God’s way.  The only way we know God’s way is through the Holy Bible instructions.  The only way we can understand those instructions is through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.  The only way we can have the Holy Spirit within us is by receiving God’s Word, Jesus, His only Son, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Frank’s music is pretty but very misleading.  Let’s learn to do it God’s way from the start.  His instructions cover every possibility in our lives and never fail.  The reason we are like sheep is because sheep are very dependent on the shepherd.  Jesus is the Shepherd and will guard and care for us, His sheep, through all circumstances of life.  Oh that we would stop doing things our own way and allow the Shepherd to lead us His way.

January 27, 2019

Race

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,love,scriptures,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Have you noticed what runners wear, or don’t wear, when they are running a race?  They don’t have anything in their pockets, in their hands, around their waist or necks.  They wear as little as possible.  They don’t want anything to slow them down.  In life, we carry a lot of baggage.  Some of our baggage includes, hurts from the past, unforgiveness, doubts, fear and on and on.  These things slow down our living a life of faith.  These things play against faith in God, in His provision, in His love for us, in His fulfillment of promises for us.  To run the race of a life of faith with perseverance, we must lay down these burdens of excel baggage at the cross of Jesus.  We lay them down by releasing them in faith to God and refusing to pick the up again.  We’ve probably done this several times but always end up picking the up due to a memory or a moment of doubt.  Instead of picking them back up, check the moment of doubt of the recurring memory with one of God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and reciting scripture does wonders for erasing doubt.  Let us learn to run the race with perseverance and faith and cast all excess baggage of doubt out of our hearts and minds.

January 22, 2019

Extra Rules

Matthew 15:8-9 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. (NIV)

Jesus is quoting from the prophet Isaiah.  So many churches even today have added to scripture making their own rules that people are supposed to follow.  Many churches even split because of the man-made rules.  In our human nature we want to be better than others and tell others to be like us.  We want others to worship the same way we do, eat what we eat, dislike what we dislike and on and on.  Jesus said we are to be one in Him and in each other.  Being one means to love as God loves.  It doesn’t mean we must do everything alike.  Some worship on their knees, some standing.  What counts is worship from the heart.  Let us stop criticizing others for doing things differently from us.  Let us not agree with those who would require people follow man-made rules.  Let us follow the commands of God and love one another and worship God with our entire heart and mind in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.

January 6, 2019

One Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

Acts 4:32 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. *NIV)

We have to wonder what made such a change in the believers.  When they were walking with Jesus they were vieing for position.  Two of them even had their mother try to have Jesus promise they would be seated on either side of Him.  In our human state we are very jealous about our position with others.  We want to be the most important and the best.  So, what changed these believers to become one in heart and mind?  They were now filled with the Holy Spirit.  Without the Holy Spirit we don’t have the power or ability to love others in the way Jesus commanded.  We always want to be out first.  Our problem, after we have received the Holy Spirit, is allowing Him to work His way within our hearts and minds.  Our old nature is very comfortable.  Our trust level is not where it should be.  We tend to think if we don’t watch out for ourselves, what we think we want and need, no one else will.  We forget God promised us He would provide for all our needs.  This promise should free us to allow God provide for the needs of others through us.  We are here as His hands and feet.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to truly love and care for those around us.  Let us be in one heart and mind with other believers that life is about God and His love.

January 1, 2019

New Beginning

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:00 pm

2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (NIV)

Many people made New Year’s resolutions.  We are good at making resolutions.  We are equally as good at letting those resolutions fade away – some quickly and a few maybe longer.  We look at the first day of a new calendar year as a new beginning.  We actually have a new beginning every time we confess our sins.  After we confess a sin, God not only forgives, He considers the sin as never having been done.  We are renewed through the grace of God.  We can enter this new year not only thinking the first day of the year is a new beginning but each and every morning can be a new beginning.  We only need to confess and repent each night and every morning as the Holy Spirit to quicken within our minds and hearts a new and stronger beginning in loving, obeying and serving God our Father.  Our new creation has come; we only need to recognize and appropriate it.

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