Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 23, 2019

Well Rooted

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Psalms 1:2-3 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NLV)

We had black walnut trees on some property we had.  Black walnut trees don’t bear many nuts until they are about 60 ft tall.  Their seasons of bearing fruit don’t begin until the trees are mature enough and deeply rooted.   Sometimes we wonder why we aren’t bear much fruit for God.  It is because we are not deeply rooted.  To dig our roots deep we must meditate on God’s word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  We must put His Word deeply into our minds and hearts.  We must allow the water of the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us as we read, study, meditate and memorize the written word of God which He so lovingly provided for us through those who were deeply rooted.  A good barometer of how well our roots are doing is how fruitful we are being.  The fruits we should be bearing are (Galatians 5:22-23)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  When we lack one of these fruits it is time to check on our feeding of our roots.  Let us take good care of our roots so we can be fruitful for the glory of our God.

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May 20, 2019

Guarantor

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,praise,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Hebrews 7:22 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. (NIV)

When we sign as guarantor of someone else’s loan, we are saying we will pay their debt for them.  We can’t pay the debt of our sin and separation from God.  We are too full of sin.  It takes perfect righteous, it takes someone who has never sinned.  The only one Who has never sinned is Jesus, the Son of God.  He is the guarantor of our covenant with God.  Our covenant guarantees us a continual relationship with God throughout eternity.  The Guarantor has promised to cover all sin we ever have done, do or will do.  That is one provision to this guarantee.  We must confess our sins, repent from them (turn a different direction) and ask the Guarantor, Jesus Christ, to abide in us and have us abide in Him.  We do the abiding through the person of the Holy Spirit.  This can be hard for our finite minds to understand but we don’t need to understand.  We only need to accept the guarantee provided by God and trust Him.  He has said we must become as little children.  A little child trusts completely.  Praise God the Father and God the Son for providing us a way to worship, praise, trust, fellowship and be united with the three Persons of the Godhead now and for all eternity.

May 19, 2019

Wadi

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Psalms 1:3 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (KJV)

There are several things we must look at in this verse to understand it and apply it to ourselves.  The first is what it means by “rivers of water.”  In that area, rivers of water were dry water beds that only occasionally had water rushing down them.  Because of that, the trees had very deep roots.  We also must have very deep roots.  Our roots must be deep in the written word, the Holy Bible, and deep into our 2-way open, conversational relationship with God.  We must also note the leaves on these trees don’t wither.  They remain on the tree year round, regardless of how much water is or isn’t in the dry river bed also known as a “wadi.”  The fruits of the Holy Spirit which God has grown in us must never wither whether in wet season or dry season.  We all go through what we falsely call as “dry times.”  The only thing dry about those times is our lack of understanding of the ever-present Holy Spirit within us.  When we learn to stay plugged into the Bible and to our conversations with God there can be no really dry time.  As long as we’re plugged in, whatever we do shall always prosper because it is not us doing it but God working and speaking through us.  Let’s be sure our roots go down deep so the fruit God chooses to bring through us will be able to come forth in God’s timing.

May 18, 2019

Only One Substitute

Filed under: Christ,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ezekiel 18:2 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
“‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? (NIV)

To fully understand this verse, we must read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 18.  What it says to us is no one can pay the penalty of the sins of another.  The only One Who can pay the penalty of the sins of another is the only One without sin, the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Each one of us is accountable for our own sin, not for anyone else’s.  Each one of us must come to the cross of Jesus, confess our sins, ask Jesus to be the ruler of our life and receive His resurrected body through the Holy Spirit in order to have the penalty of our sins transferred from our self to Him.  A parent can’t believe for their child nor can a spouse believe for the other spouse.  What we can do for another is to pray, share our testimony and encourage repentance.  Let us do our part to see no one is left without the saving and loving knowledge of Jesus Christ

May 17, 2019

Sorrowful

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

2 Corinthians 7:9 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. (NIV)

When we are confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness, are we really sorry for our sins?  Sometimes confession becomes automatic.  We simply tell God we are sorry and please forgive us.  We don’t follow through by asking God’s Holy Spirit to enable us to repent, to turn in another direction and not repeat the same sin.  It takes true sorrow to desire to truly repent.  When we sin, when we recognize we have sinned, do we just say, oops or are we really sorrowful for slipping away from God’s way of life for us?  Let us realize how much unconfessed sin separates us from God’s power in us through His Holy Spirit.  Let us really be sorrowful and really have a heart for true confession and repentance.

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

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 12, 2019

Ascension

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

John 20:17 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. (KJV)

John 20:27 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. (KJV)

Hebrews 9:12 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (KJV)

Prayerfully read these verses and ask the Holy Spirit to explain them more in depth.  In verse 17 we find Mary, early in the morning, looking for the body of Jesus.  When she sees Him, resurrected, she starts to touch Him.  HE says not to touch Him because He hasn’t yet ascended to the Father.  Later, the same day we read verse 27 where Jesus tells Thomas to touch Him.  Where was Jesus from that early morning to later that same day?  He ascended to the Father.  After He ascended to the Father He returned, having completed the redemption of sins for all of us for all time.  It was only then that we can touch Him.  If that doesn’t awe struck us I doubt anything can.  Also notice in verse 17 Jesus not only talks about ascending to His Father but also says He is ascending to your (that means our) Father, and to His God and to our God.  Jesus is identifying our oneness through Him with the Father because of His death, resurrection and ascension.  Amazing.  I am so thankful God has given us the written Word, the Holy Bible, for us to see in black (some red) and white the work He and His Son did so we could be called His children.

May 10, 2019

Misunderstanding

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Mark 8:16 16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

Be sure you read from verse 1.  This is an example of spiritual blindness.  Jesus just finished feeding 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread.  The disciples didn’t spiritually hear or see what Jesus was telling them when He said (Mark 8:15) 15Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”  He wasn’t talking about physical bread made with yeast that we put into our mouths to eat.  He was talking about the yeast of the sin of spiritual blindness and deafness.  If we didn’t understand the importance of the impact of spiritual blindness and deafness yesterday, lets pray on these verses.  Jesus’ first words of warning were, “Be careful.”  Deafness and blindness can creep into us very slowly.  We might first just disagree or misunderstand one word of God.  Before long we are deciding we can edit God’s words to agree with what our own self-centered mind thinks.  The Holy Bible is not just a good collection of books containing history and moral platitudes.  The Holy Bible is God’s Word.  God is Spirit and can only be understand through the spirit.  It is only the Holy Spirit Who can give us the interpretation and meaning of scripture.  On our own, we just read into His words with our own finite understanding.  We can’t take one verse out, interpreting it in a way that doesn’t have total agreement with the entire Bible.  It is all or nothing.  When we have been born again through Jesus, we are no longer humans having spiritual experiences but are now spiritual beings in human bodies.  Join me in prayer, Holy Spirit, keep our eyes and ears spiritually open to all the Father says.

May 9, 2019

Deaf and Blind

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,internet,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Isaiah 42:18-20 8 “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!19 Who is blind but my servant,
and deaf like the messenger I send?  Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord?20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”

God isn’t talking about physical sight or physical hearing.  He’s talking about spiritual blindness and spiritual hearing.  We have a natural, sinful tendency not to see or hear what we don’t want to see or hear.  This is very true as we read God’s word, the Holy Bible.  We don’t want to acknowledge the words that disagree with our fleshly desires.  One example is the movement to delete all verses that call homosexuality a sin.  Taking those verses out of the Bible will not change God’s judgement.  We must pray before we read the scriptures.  We must pray we will see the words spiritually and hear what God is saying to us through those words.  There are times we can read the scripture and not be able to say what we just read because our mind is elsewhere.  I’ve heard many read scriptures yet miss reading some of the words in it.  One example is John 3:16. Some read, “God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes Him should not parish but have everlasting life.”  I hope you immediately realized what word is missing.  If not, please open your own Bible and carefully read that verse.  Let us not be spiritually blind or dear.  Let us always ask the Holy Spirit to help us see and hear with the spirit.

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