Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 21, 2019

Under His Wings

Filed under: Uncategorized,Bible,God's Word,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Father — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

Luke 13:34 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. (NIV)

If you’ve ever watched little chicks and the hen you would have notice the chicks keep coming out from under the hen and the hen continually tries to bring the chicks back under for warmth and protection.  It is that way with God.  He wants to give us the warmth of His love and protect us from harm but we keep stepping out from under His loving protection.  We allow ourselves to become distracted by material things.  The more distracted we become, the further from God we wander.  God sets things in our path to bring us back to Him but often we ignore those things.  How do we stay under His love and protection?  Once again I must express how very important it is to stay in the written word of God, His instruction book for life on this earth, the Holy Bible.  Along with those instructions we must take regular time to talk with Him and listen to Him through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each and every believer.  The more we stay under His wings, the closer to Him we grow and the more like Him we will be.  Let us stay under the wings of our loving Father.

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February 16, 2019

Secret

Filed under: commands,confess,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Luke 8:17 17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (NIV)

We all do thing in secret.  It may be over-eating.  Some watch pornography or movies that are not healthy to watch.  Some take things that aren’t theirs.  It doesn’t matter what we do in secret.  We are only fooling ourselves.  It will be manifested.  Nothing remains hidden.  Knowing this, we must stop doing anything in secret we don’t want others to know we’re doing.  Whatever it is, confess it to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help you stop what you’re doing that you don’t want others to know about.  In actuality, nothing we do is really in secret.  Not even what we think.  God knows everything we do, say and even think.  Let us keep our mind on God and live according to the commands He has given us to guide us to a full and abundant life.

February 15, 2019

Come, Follow, Abide

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Matthew 11:28 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (NIV)

Matthew 4:19 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (NIV)

John 15:4 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

First Jesus invites us to come to Him.  We must come to Him and take Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior.  After we have come to Him, Jesus asks us to follow Him.  Following Him means to follow the teachings of Jesus.  That is where so many stop.  They try to follow the teachings of Jesus but find they fail so very often.  Too many don’t continue to listen to Jesus’ invitation to abide in Him.  Only through abiding in Him can we come anywhere near to following Him.  He promised a little later that if we would abide in Him, He will abide in us.  He abides in us through the presence of His Holy Spirit.  There is a big difference in abiding IN and abiding WITH.  We can be with someone else and still not really know them.  We can be with someone else and yet, do our own thing.  When we are abiding IN someone else we are one in them.  We function as one.  We want the same thing.  Once again, moving from the come to the follow to the abiding takes reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and daily 2-way conversations with God.  There is no other way to know Him and abide in Him.  The whole purpose of these daily devotions I write is to encourage others along with myself to continually seek to grow and to know God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit that we may have an intimate relationship with Him and be pleasing to Him.

February 14, 2019

Branches

John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

What does it mean to be a branch?  A branch is absolutely useless and nothing without being attached to the vine or tree.  It get’s all it’s nourishment from the vine.  It can only produce fruit when it get’s nourishment from the vine.  For us to be a branch, we must realize without God, we are helpless, we are nothing.  We must stay attached to Him, get our nourishment from Him.  We must realize we are nothing apart from Him.  When attached to Him we are continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit working through us that produces fruit.  When we think we have wisdom on our own, we will eventually fail.  We must come to the place where we realize apart from God, we are nothing but a body containing a sinful and flawed being.  It’s scary at first to realize we are nothing but as we realize it, our trust and faith in God grows.  Personally, I know I could never write any of the devotions that have been typed by my fingers over the last 9 or 10 years.  It is only the Holy Spirit within me working through me.  Let us all realize our total helplessness without being and staying attached to the vine, Jesus.  We stay attached through reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and often conversations with our Father, God.

February 13, 2019

A New Song

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Psalms for Today,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:48 pm

Psalms 40:3 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. (NIV)
There was a time when God had me write a new psalm from my own heart every day.  A psalm is a prayer.  It doesn’t have to rhyme.  It doesn’t have to be set to music.  Below is an example of one of the psalms I wrote.  I urge you to try it.  It might be only a few lines at first but it is very freeing and fulfilling.  I helps us see where we are in our intimacy with God.

Thank You that You always answer me when I call to you

You are righteous but I don’t always hear Your answers

Forgive my faulty or distracted hearing

Have mercy on me and continue to hear my prayers.

 

How long will this country live in shame?

How long before You lose Your Holy Spirit in this land?

Help us realize You have set us apart for You and Your use and glory.

I know You hear this.

 

Make Your power known to us

When we are in our beds

Search our hearts and keep us silent

Help us offer the sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving

And deepen our trust in You.

 

Many are concerned about the future of this country

Let Your Light shine on us.

Fill us with Your joy

And continue to provide for us.

 

Give us Your peace as we sleep

For only You, Lord

Have the power to keep us safe.

February 12, 2019

Continually

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,praise,sin,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

Isaiah 27:3  I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it (NIV)

In Africa, when the graft a plant, they tie a water bottle to it just above the graft so it can continually seep water on the new graft.  God is grafting us to Himself.  He has His Holy Spirit within us to continually pour out in us enabling us to worship, praise and follow His commands.  It is our job to not block the flow of the Holy Spirit.  We block Him with willful, unconfessed sin.  We also block Him by failing to open up to Him.  Whether we put our attention elsewhere or not, He is in us, desiring for us to pay attention so we can continue to grow in the vine (Jesus).  Jesus prayed that we would be One in Him and in the Father (as well as in each other) in the same way Jesus is One in the Father and the Father in Him.  Let us not block the prayer of Jesus from coming about in our time and place.  Let us always pay attention to the Holy Spirit in us watering continually so we can come into that oneness.

February 11, 2019

Make-overs

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:51 pm

1 Peter 3:3-4 3 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. (NIV)

In today’s culture we seem to be fixated with make-overs.  We make-over various rooms in our houses.  We go to salons for make-overs.  We make-over our wardrobes.  Manufactures develop commercials to entice our desire for make-overs.  We have a major spiritual make-over when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and take Him into our hearts, minds and lives.  This is the make-over that really counts.  Our problem is we often revert back to the way we were before our spiritual make-over.  Though Peter is addressing women in these verses, the apply to every person.  Our spiritual make-over should speak louder to those around us than any physical make-over we could have.  We must ask ourselves what people see and hear when they are with us.  Let us be sure they see and hear what God has made-over within us and ask the Holy Spirit to help us live and grow in the new image – the image of God that He placed in us when we welcomed His Son into our lives.

February 10, 2019

The Director

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

Matthew 10:19-20 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time, you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (NIV)

My nephew was on a mission trip.  He is good at updating his prayer partners daily.  I got this message he messed up.  He had prepared notes on what he was to preach at the next village.  He packed the Bibles for the villagers and for the pastors and all the other things he was taking to them but he left his notes behind.  This put him in the place he had to be sure to listen to the Holy Spirit and speak the words God had for him to share.  So often we have preconceived ideas on what needs to be said.  But we can’t really know the needs of others nor can we know what is needed only a short time ahead of where we are.  God knows all.  He has guaranteed, if we will just listen, He will tell us what to say when it’s time to speak.  How wonderful and stress free it is to be the vessel and not the director.  My nephew said it was really anointed.  This doesn’t mean we need not study the Bible.  It means, after we’ve studied, we are to allow God to do the directing.

February 3, 2019

Various Translations

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

Mark 6:60 for they al saw Him and were terrified.  But immediately, He spoke to them.  He said, “Take courage!  I am.  Do not be afraid.”(Tree of Life Version)

I like getting new getting new versions of the Bible and reading through its entirety.  This time I noticed something in this verse I never noticed before.  Jesus identified Himself “I am.”  This is the same as God told Moses when Moses asked God what was His name.  Jesus was once again identifying Himself to His yet not understanding disciples.  We are still not understanding.  He works in and through us each and every day but we fail so often to recognize His hand in and through our lives.  So often we take credit for what we think it is us doing ourselves.  In actuality it is “I Am” working in and through us.  He tells us daily to take courage for He is here, now and always.

As happens with me when I write these devotions, this didn’t go the way I expected.  I thought it would be an encouragement to read various translations which it is good to do.  Whatever translation will encourage us to read often is the one we should mostly use for it is not the translation that speaks to us but the Holy Spirit that gives us understanding through any translation.  Though we often have preconceived ideas, let us always be willing to flow in any direction the Holy Spirit takes us.

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.

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