Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 14, 2019

Our Choice

Filed under: Bible,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

John 4:50 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed.  (NIV)

We must compare our faith with that of this man.  Read the preceding verses.  This man was a royal official which means he was probably a Roman.  He first asked Jesus to go with him to heal his very sick son.  Jesus said people didn’t believe anything they couldn’t see.  This man chose to believe Jesus.  There was no way for the man to know what was happening with his son in another town.  He just chose to trust and believe Jesus so, instead of arguing or begging Jesus, he headed back home to his son, trusting and believing.  Even before he got home, he was met with the news his son was completely well.  Just to confirm, the mans asked when his son got well.  It was at the same time Jesus told the man to go home that his son was healed.  We must ask if we always choose to believe the words of Jesus over what we see with or physical eyes or even what we hear from the world.  We can’t say Jesus doesn’t talk to us.  He gave us the words He spoke when He physically, in human form, walked this earth in what we call the Holy Bible.  He also speaks to us through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who resides in each and every believer/follower.  The choice is ours.  We can choose to always believe or we can choose to go to the limited vision of our physical eyes and the limited hearing of our physical ears.  What do you choose?

November 12, 2019

Cost

Filed under: Christ,cross,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,surrender,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 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)

God considers our worth to Him of such major importance that He gave His only Son so He could have us with Him.  In line of this, we must ask what is Christ, God’s Son, Jesus, worth to us?  For that matter, what is God the Father worth to us?  Is God the Father and God the Son worth total surrender?  What is it we think or do that we refuse to surrender to God?  Worth is rated by how much it cost.  Our union with God cost Him His Son.  Our union with Christ cost Him death on a cross.  What about us?  What are we willing to pay for God?  We must regularly examine what act or thought we refuse to lay at the cross of Jesus.  Lacking any one thing is a lack of surrender.  Let us regularly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us places in our lives, hearts and minds which are yet to be surrendered to God.  We sing the hymn, All to Jesus I Surrender…let us continue in the surrendering process.  Our relationship with God is worth far more than anything in and of this world.

November 10, 2019

Humble Before All

Filed under: Christ,cross,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  (NIV)

Humility.  That’s a hard word for us sinful humans.  Our egos command us to be proud.  If we’re not proud, we pretend and act like we are.  We always want to be the one who’s right and the one who has all the right answers.  We want to be the one in power.  We want to be served rather than to serve.  All these wants are the complete opposite of Jesus, how He walked this earth and what He wanted.  His wants all hinged around what would please His Father.  If we really want to be pleasing to God, we must humble ourselves.  Yes, occasionally God humbles us through various circumstances.  There are many instances cited in the Holy Bible.  But God’s first choice is for us to willingly humble ourselves, not only before Him but to humble ourselves before our fellow humans.  No one of us is better than the other.  No one of us is more important than any other.  God gives each of us a job to do.  He equips us for our specific job through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who will work through us.  What do we have to be proud about?  Nothing.  We are but dust without the Holy Spirit working in and through us.  Next time we want to use the word “I” let us be cautious about what words and/or actions follow that word.

November 9, 2019

Imitators

Filed under: believe,Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

This is Jesus, the very Son of God talking.  He says He can’t do anything by Himself.  He can only do what He sees His Father doing.  The son imitates the Father.  Even though Jesus said this, we still think we can do our own things.  We even apply our self-dependence and self-reliance into our ministries.  This is one reason we fail.  This is one reason we get so tired and many get burned out.  We forget it is only through the Holy Spirit residing in us as followers of Jesus Christ that any good can come through us.  Like Peter, we jump into something without taking the time to think.  When we stop to think, hopefully we will stop to ask God what it is we should do, how we should do it and when we should do it.  Yes, we read and study what Jesus did as He physically walked this earth but we fail to remember how often He drew apart to consult with His Father.  Let us learn to do likewise.

November 8, 2019

Desire or Reality

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

2 Timothy 2:15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.   (KJV)

The amount of time we spend studying a subject show how much we value and prioritize the subject.  We must ask, how much time to we spend studying God’s written word, the Holy Bible, verses how much time we spend on other endeavors.  Yes, that hurts to ask ourselves that as a question.  We like to think we put God first before everything and everyone else.  When we look at our time spent talking with God verses talking with others, when we look at our time reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word verses time watching T.V. or reading other books.  When we compare our time spent…….I could go on and on.  Let’s not kid ourselves about our current priorities.  Let’s confess our lack to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help us change our priorities.  Let’s match our desire to really put God first before all things and people into the reality of doing it.  When we really put God first we will find we still have plenty time for the people and things God has for our lives.

October 24, 2019

Our Part

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,thanks,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Genesis 2:19 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

God doesn’t need anything.  He is always present, all knowledge, all powerful.  He is complete.  He doesn’t need us but He chose to make us.  He chose to make us in His image.  We must ask, why are we here?   What is our part in God’s plan?  Since He really doesn’t need us, do we really have a part?  God loves us and He chose to need us or He wouldn’t have created us.  When Jesus died on the cross in our place He made us co-heirs with Jesus.  Co-heirs don’t just share the blessings, they must also share in the work.  In Genesis we read God gave Adam the responsibility of naming all the animals.  God did the creating and left it up to Adam to do the identification of naming.  When sin entered the world mankind no longer participated in our part of God’s work.  It took Jesus to bring us back into doing what God chose for us to do.  He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us to enable us to do our part.  In Mark 6:5 Jesus said He couldn’t do any might works because of mankind’s unbelief.  Later on He told His disciples we would do not only what He did but we would do even greater things.  What inhibited Jesus was our lack of faith.  What inhibits us is our lack of faith.  Our part is to worship, praise, thank, listen to instructions and obey.  Our part is through our worship, praise and thanks we connect with God’s power through the Holy Spirit and we can move mountains.  Let us do our part as we rest in faith that God is faithful and will fulfill His will in and through us.

October 20, 2019

Stop and Listen

Filed under: believe,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Exodus 3:4 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”  And Moses said, “Here I am.”  (NIV)

God had been trying to get Moses’ attention.  It took a burning bush for Moses to stop and listen to God.  What does it take for us to stop and listen?  We live a hectic life full of noise and interruptions.  Stopping to listen isn’t normal for us.  We see this as little children pull on an adult’s leg trying to get the adult to stop and listen.  How hard does God need to pull on our leg before we’ll stop what we’re doing and saying and actually listen to Him.  God, through the Person of the Holy Spirit is within every believer wanting to give us guidance on every action and decision we make.  We would find we would make a lot fewer mistakes, take fewer wrong turns, if we would only stop and listen.  Next time we see a burning bush (something that is vying for our attention) or fee the tug on our leg, let’s stop and take time to listen to the Holy Spirit.

October 19, 2019

Hearing with Practice

Filed under: believe,Bible,Creation,God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 9:09 pm

Romans 11:35 – 3635 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”  For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (NIV)

We, in our sinful nature, think everything is about us.  Our prayers even echo that sentiment.  We pray, God I need, God do this….  It’s mostly all about us, what we think we need and what we want.  God didn’t created humans for themselves.  He created humans and everything else for Him.  There is nothing we can do to repay Him for His grace and mercy to us.  Even when we forget all things, including us, belong to Him and are for Him, He still loves us and has mercy on us.  Let us remember we are on this earth for Him.  He wants us to develop a personal and intimate relationship with Him.  It is only through that intimate relationship with Him that we can be reshaped into His image.  His image is reflected in the fruits of the Holy Spirit (previous writings talk about the fruit).  The only way we can develop that intimate relationship with Him is by being aware, talking to and listening to the Holy Spirit Whom, Jesus, in His infinite love and mercy, inputs into every believer/follower.  This takes quiet time.  Time when we quit talking so much and start listening more.  If you’ve not experienced this, sit down with the Bible and a note pad.  Read until something really speaks to you and write your thoughts and questions on the note pad.  Then listen and write what you hear.  With practice you will learn to recognize the soft, gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.

October 18, 2019

Never Alone

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trials,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:38 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)

Matthew 28:20 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

Often when we go through a trial we feel God has left us.  We feel we are on our own.  It seems God isn’t answering our prayers.  Jesus understands our feelings.  He felt forsaken on the cross.  But after He rose from the dead He told the disciples (and us) that He is with us always, to the very end of the age.  The earth is still here and Jesus is still with us.  He is more than with us.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to be in us.  That’s even better than being with us.  Our emotions will feel we’7re alone from time to time but we can choose to stand in faith that as believers and followers of Jesus, the very Word of God and His only begotten Son, through Whom the universe, all that was, is and will ever be was created are never alone no matter how we feel.  Emotions come and go but faith is a choice  Let us, in all circumstances, choose faith.  We are never without the Holy Spirit for once He comes into us, He stays in us.  We only need to pay attention to Him.

October 15, 2019

Applying the Words of Jesus

Filed under: forgive,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Matthew 7:24 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  (NIV)

Matthew 7:26 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (NIV)

We either apply the words of Jesus, putting them into daily practice in our lives or we don’t.  We don’t get te option of applying only the words of Jesus that we like or that are easy or that seem to benefit us the most.  It is an all or nothing.  We either apply them or we don’t.  Before we get too smug we must really think honestly.  One thing Jesus said we are to do is to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  Have we really done this?  Is there anyone we like to recall the wrong they’ve done to us?  That isn’t forgiveness.  We are told to love our enemies and pray for them.  Don’t we usually try to avoid them?  How often do we pray for them?  I believe you get the point.  Applying the words of Jesus to our daily life isn’t possible in and of our own strength.  We must depend on the Holy Spirit to enable us to apply the words of Jesus.  It is only through His power and His love pouring in and through us that this is possible.  Let us learn to begin each day asking Him to enable us to apply the words of Jesus throughout our day, spreading His love to all who cross our path.

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