Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 10, 2018

From or Of

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (NIV)

There is a difference between learning from someone and learning of someone.  To learn from someone you don’t necessarily learn about who that person is, you learn what that person teaches.  To learn of someone, you learn who that person is, what they exemplify, how they live as well as what they teach.  Many know what Jesus taught by reading their Bibles.  However, knowing what Jesus taught is not the same as knowing Jesus.  Jesus want us to know Him for through knowing Him we will come to know the Father.  Everything Jesus did and said was to glorify the Father.  We can’t glorify the Father, God without learning OF Jesus.  We do this not only through study and meditation of what is recorded in the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Bible, but also through prayer (2-way conversation with God) and through listening to the Holy Spirit Who comes to dwell in us when we commit to know of Jesus.  Let us not only learn from Him.  Let us learn OF Him.

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October 9, 2018

Free Reign

Filed under: baptise,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,immerse,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Acts 19:4-6 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied (NIV)

John was baptizing (the correct translation is immersing) before the ministry of Jesus.  His immersing was an outward sign of repentance from a life of sin.  After Jesus’ ministry the immersing was and is done in the name of Jesus.  It is more than a public sign of repenting from a sinful life.  It is, in the name  of Jesus, a public sign of following Jesus, believing and trusting Him.  At the time of immersion, we are now filled with His Holy Spirit.  This couldn’t happen until Jesus returned to the Father and He sent the Holy Spirit to the believers.  It is only with the Holy Spirit that we are able to fight the natural tendency to sin and walk our own way without God.  Our problem lies in recognizing the Holy Spirit’s presence in us and allowing Him to work in and through us.  All followers are filled with the Holy Spirit but not all give reign to the Holy spirit within our lives.  Let us learn to give free reign to the Holy spirit within us, to teach us, lead us and speak to us that we can be pleasing to God and glorify Him.

October 7, 2018

Favor

 

Luke 2:14 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)

It’s interesting to look up in the Bible and see how many people found favor with God.  We must ask, how is it they found favor with God.  First, we must know Him through His Son, His Word, Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit within us.  Without doing this there is no favor.  Then we must listen to Him.  We listen through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and to the Holy Spirit.  We can also listen to Him through our circumstances and sometimes through someone else who is walking with God.  To listen to Him and not trust Him is fruitless.  We must trust Him, His love, forgiveness and mercy for us as His children.  Then we must obey what we hear Him say.  If we don’t obey that means we really don’t trust Him.  When circumstances tell us we seem to have lost God’s favor it’s time to check and see if we are listening, trusting and obeying.  Let us learn to remain in favor with God.

October 6, 2018

Reflections

Filed under: Creation,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

I take a lot of pictures of calm lakes that have the reflection of the mountains or whatever is on the other side of the lake.  I really enjoy seeing the reflections in the water.  The reflections are a hint at the beauty of what they are reflecting.  We were created to be a reflection of God.  We must ask ourselves, when others see us, do they see a reflection of God?  How much of His love and His beauty do others see when they look at us.  I’m not talking about physical beauty.  I’m talking about the beauty of the spirit – the real person inside of us.  Our physical bodies are like the skin of a rattle snake.  They are just the shell that houses the real person God created us to be.  Let us really get and stay attached to the vine of Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us work on our reflection, take out the ripples that distort it, and allow God’s reflection to be seen in all we say and do.

October 5, 2018

Meaningless

Filed under: depression,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Ecclesiastes 1:2 2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (NIV)

There are times when all of us feel our lives don’t really matter.  We feel we aren’t successful enough; we are living up to our own expectations or the expectations of others.  This is how the author of Ecclesiastes was feeling.  I was feeling a little this way one day.  I was thinking I have been writing a different devotion every day for over 8 years and it probably wasn’t really of interest to anyone or helping anyone jump start their devotion time.  Though there is a place for people to put comments I seldom read them as it requires getting into a different page.  The purpose of the blog is for jumpstarting others into a thought for them to meditate on and look further into scripture so comments are not showing up for the readers.  I was surprised when I looked on my comment page.  There were so many comments and all were positive but one stood out above the rest.  One of the devotions changed someone’s mind from committing suicide.  I thank God for letting me see that He can do something for others through the writings He gives me.  We seldom see what God does through us for others.  God only asks us to obedient to His leading so He can do His work through us.  There is not one person on this earth who isn’t loved and important to God.  He wants to continue His work through each and every one of us.  Let us be open to His leading without doubting His power to flow through us even when we are unaware.  To all those who have left comments, thank you for the encouragement to continue on as God leads.  Our lives are not meaningless.  Our lives are to bring glory to God through the power of His Holy Spirit in any way He chooses.

October 4, 2018

Overwhelmed

Filed under: devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sacrifice,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Matthew 5:17 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (NIV)

When we read through the book of Deuteronomy we can be overwhelmed by the variety of sacrifices for different sins.  The requirements for these sacrifices were very specific.  Each type of sin had it’s own special sacrifice.  When Jesus died on the cross, He fulfilled all these sacrifices for all sins for all time.  We no longer need to partake in those sacrifices.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins for all time. When we continue reading chapter 5 of Matthew we read we must still obey the commands of God given to Moses.  God knows we aren’t able to obey them perfectly.  That’s why He sent His Son, His Word made flesh to dwell among us and show us what He means.  He also sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in each and every follower to help us obey the commandments given through Moses.  If there were no other reason but this, it is more than enough to never be able to give God enough thanks and praise.

October 2, 2018

In The Heart

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

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NIV)

As I learn to people watch with the eyes of God, this is one of the verses that helps to move me forward.  Samuel was looking at the outward appearance for what he perceived would make a good king.  God knows the heart of mankind.  We tend to hide our hearts from others.  We fear rejection and judgement if others could see our hearts.  But it is with the God-heart that the Holy Spirits quickens within us that we are to use when looking at others.  No, we can’t see what’s in their heart.  Samuel couldn’t see what was in David’s heart but, as we read the Psalms, we can see why God wanted David.  When we look at the homeless person on the street do we judge for ourselves why that person is homeless?  We don’t know where that person has had to walk.  God knows.  God cares.  God loves.  Who are we not to do the same.  If we can’t help materially, we can lift the people we tend to want to judge up in prayer to the throne of God.  Let Him know we know He loves that person and, if He chooses to use us in that person’s life, let’s let Him know we are available.

September 27, 2018

Futile

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:25 25 for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? (NIV)

There is only one thing that will last for all eternity.  That is our personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Our own fame on this earth, our material possessions and everything we have worked for and accumulated will fade away.  This fact should help us with our priorities.  What do we do the most time doing?  What do we seek after the most?  Where is our passion spent?  If any of our answers are not in seeking an intimate relationship with God through Jesus, we are wasting our time on this earth and all we do is futile.  We need to regularly check our priorities.  Are we loving God with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength above all else?  God is helping us by continually filling us with His Holy Spirit.  There is no way we can do this on our own.  Let us continually ask the Holy Spirit to quicken within us our love for God and give us the wisdom to seek Him first and foremost above all things.

September 26, 2018

Roots

Filed under: Holy Spirit,meditation,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Matthew 13:7 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. (NIV)

Because we travel often, our yard is gravel.  We don’t want to have the responsibility of keeping grass mowed.  Our neighbors have grass and, when they mow, grass seed comes into our gravel and springs to life.  We can spray it with weed killer and it’ll turn brown but it is still in our grave.  We must pull it out by the roots.  The same is true with the sin in our lives.  Recognizing it, confessing it, receiving forgiveness for it is like spraying it with weed killer but the roots are still there.  We must pull the root of the sin out of our hearts and minds.  We do this through the Holy Spirit and the renewing of our minds.  We renew our minds through careful study of the Scriptures, meditation and application of what we read to the thoughts and actions of our lives.  Confession without repentance and pulling out the roots does nothing.  Let us be sure we go after all the roots of our various sins.

September 25, 2018

Ripples

Filed under: Christian,depression,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:11 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (NIV)

From time to time as I think about all many others are doing for the Kingdom of God, how they’re letting God work through them, I get discouraged about what He is doing through me.  I deride myself on how I waste so much time and how little God is doing through me.  Then the Holy Spirit reminds me about the ripples of a pebble thrown into still water.  The pebble lands in the water and sends out circles of ripples.  God seldom lets us see the ripples He sends out through us.  He knows our sin nature of pride and protects us from it.  The few times He has shown me some ripples were so very encouraging but never often enough to feed my sinful pride nature.  We know there is no way to work our way into His presence.  Our desire to work is out of our love for Him and our desire to be pleasing to Him.  So, let’s not be concerned about our ripples.  Let’s just enjoy becoming more and more intimate in our relationship with God through His Son Jesus and enjoy our ever growing relationship.  Working through us is the job of the Holy Spirit.

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