Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 4, 2020

Because of Love

Filed under: believe,blood,Father,forgive,God,Guilt,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Hebrews 8:12 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (NIV)

We have a problem with guilt.  We expect ourselves to do better than we do.  When we sin, we get upset with ourselves and because of that we tend not to forgive ourselves.  This keeps us from accepting God’s forgiveness.  We have a hard time really believing He will forgive us every time we confess, we have sinned.  We tend to confess over and over.  God says after He forgives us, He no longer remembers the sin.  When He looks at us, the Father sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  This makes it easy for Him to forgive us.  His love is that strong.  We, as parents, forgive our children time after time because we love them.  How much more God loves us and forgives us.  Let us be quick to confess our sins, accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and ask the Holy Spirit to help us not repeat that sin again.

April 1, 2020

Finding with Conditions

Deuteronomy 4:29 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.  (NIV)

This is a promise with conditions.  We must seek God with all our heart.  That means we will do anything and go to any effort regardless of time involved to seek Him because we desire to find Him more than anything or anyone else.  Also we must seek Him with all our soul.  That means we don’t wait for others to show Him to us but we seek Him with our entire mind.  We seek Him with our mind by not only reading scripture, the Holy Bible, but also intense study and even memorizing of the words we read along with taking time to listen to the Holy Spirit for interpretation and meaning applicable to us in our time and space.  If we are seeking God with our entire soul we will find the Holy Bible is not only our favorite book to read but also our first “go-to” book when needing answers to life’s trials and decisions.  When we meet these conditions, God promises we will find Him.  We will find Him through the written word, through the Holy Spirit within us, through His glory shine out through others and through His creation.  We find ourselves talking to Him and telling Him how beautiful His creation is when we walk through the woods or gardens.  When we find Him, we will speak to and listen to Him throughout all our day.  Let us really seek the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls (minds).

March 27, 2020

Self-quartined

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (NIV)

Many of us are self-quarantined.  Others are quarantined by law.  Instead of complaining about the stoppage of things we usually are about doing, let us each ask God what He wants us to do during this time.  It’s a good time to really get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible and really study and meditate to put His word deep into our minds and heart.  It’s a good time for extra intercessory prayer.  Many are praying together at 9PM EST for one-minute uniting in prayer for our nations and for God’s glory to shine through this current situation.  We have a limited time on this earth.  We need not waste the time God gives us.  Let us be available to God through His Holy Spirit and be active for His glory while we are closed up in our individual homes.  We can reach out to others over the phone and through the internet.  The greatest thing we can do is to spend time talking and listening to God Who is in control of all that comes our way and Who has plans for us if we would only listen and the follow through.

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

March 20, 2020

Vine and Branches

Filed under: branches,fruit,Holy Spirit,Jesus,pruning,Tree,Uncategorized,vine — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

John 15:1-2 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruit (NIV)

I was sitting in the campground looking at the beautiful trees around me.  I noticed one that had unusual flowers all through it.  I’ve never seen a tree with that kind of flower so I went over for a closer inspection.  The flowers were from a beautiful vine that had wrapped itself around the trunk and all of the branches.  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.  When we allow Him to wrap Himself around us with His Holy Spirit we become beautiful and will bear fruit.  I doubt that tree was aware of the flowers but it probably was aware of the vine wrapping tightly around It’s trunk.  We may not be aware of the fruit of the Holy Spirit within us (hopefully we have grown into it being natural to allow the fruit in us to work) but we should be aware of Jesus, the vine, tightly entwining us with His Holy Spirit.

 

March 17, 2020

Lie Down

Filed under: believe,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Psalms 23:2 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,  (NIV)

We must notice the verbs of action; makes, lie down and leads.  God enables us to lie down but we must bend our knees and lie down.  God doesn’t pick us up like a baby and lay us down.  So many of us act like a baby who doesn’t want to lie down.  If you’ve struggled with a baby like this you’ll understand what I mean.  Often we just give up trying to make them lie down.  We must ask ourselves if we are struggling to stand on our own when God is bidding us to rest in the green pastures.  He also leads us into the quiet places.  But we must choose to follow.  Are we so wrapped up in our business that we don’t take time to follow our Lord into the quiet places of prayer, praise and meditation with Him?  We pray this prayer Jesus gave as an example so very often.  Let us contemplate on each verse the true meaning of this prayer.  Let us choose to allow the Holy Spirit to make it real in our hearts, minds and life.

March 16, 2020

Free Indeed

Filed under: believe,Christ,free,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

John 8:36 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  (NIV)

Do we really believe this?  Do we act and feel free?  Daniel was a prisoner yet he believed and acted free to worship and pray to God regardless of the nation’s consequences.  He was even thrown into the lions den for praying to God.  We must decide if we believe we are free in God or not.  If we are, we will continue to live and speak by the precepts of God.  We will pray.  We will share, when asked, why we have such an abundant life regardless of the situations around us.  Freedom is a joyful thing.  Do we act joyful – the joy of our Lord?  We are the only ones who can answer these questions.  God said to pray without ceasing.  That means He is always in the forefront of our minds and we are tuned to Him to hear Him at any time.  As a mother is tuned to hear her own child’s cry over any other, we are to be so tuned to the voice of God’s Holy Spirit within us.  When we realize we are free in God, we will realize there is no need or room for complaints.  Freedom is mankind’s most prized possession.  Let us possess what God has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let us possess that freedom in Him.  Let us act it out.

March 7, 2020

Love Not Judgement

Filed under: encouragement,God,Holy Spirit,judging,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Joshua 22:18 18 And are you now turning away from the Lord?  “‘If you rebel against the Lord today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel. (NIV)

Though many churches are turning away from God’s word in favor of current culture, we must be careful in judging.  This is a lesson we learn in this recorded event in Joshua.  Looks can be deceiving and mis-interpreted as was in this case.  When accused of setting up an altar they responded in Joshua 22:24 24 “No! We did it for fear that some day your descendants might say to ours, ‘What do you have to do with the Lord, the God of Israel?  Their intent was good but good intentions can be mis-interpreted.  We must be careful that our words and actions don’t take on the possibility of being mis-interpreted.  Quite often our stance on the precepts of God, which are always correct, come over as hate.  We must learn to speak in love, not condemnation of the individual.  It is only man-kind who put value classifications on sins and select only certain sins to speak out on.  In God’s eyes, anything against His precepts is equal in separation from Him.  Telling lies, regardless of how “little” they are is equal to adultery.  Unforgiveness is equal to homosexuality.  We are to emphasize love of each other with encouragement to follow the precepts of God.  It is the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit that can pull people out of sinful actions, not our judgement.  Let us reach out in love to all while at the same time showing them through our words and actions how living our lives in obedience to God’s precepts bring a joyful and abundant life.

March 4, 2020

Kingdom In Us

Filed under: Christ,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,kingdom,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 17:21 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (NKJ)

Luke 11:2 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come.  (NIV)

We pray for God’s kingdom to come every time we say the Lord’s prayer.  Jesus said the kingdom of God is within us.  The us is those who have accepted Jesus in their hearts, minds and lives.  God’s kingdom is within us because, the moment we allow Jesus unto our lives the Holy Spirit enters us.  Our problem is recognizing the Holy Spirit, listening to the Holy Spirit and allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts, words and actions.  Jesus described what God’s kingdom is like.  As we read the 13th chapter of Matthew we can get a better understanding of what the kingdom of God is like.  Then we must look at ourselves and see if our thoughts, words and actions fit the descriptions of the kingdom of God.  Comparing these descriptions of the fruits of the Holy Spirit go hand in hand in determining how much of the kingdom of God we display in our lives.  Let us be sure there is nothing within us blocking the kingdom of God being in us in a way that shines out to those around us, giving them a desire to come to know our risen Lord, Jesus Christ.

March 3, 2020

Delight in the Lord

Filed under: heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Psalms 37:4 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (NIV)

Delight ourselves in the Lord.  The word delight means a feeling of great pleasure.  We must ask do we really delight in the Lord.  Does it give us great pleasure to think of Him, talk with Him and tell others about Him.  Let’s be honest with ourselves.  Is talking with and/or about our Lord the subject that brings us the most pleasure?  The amount of time we spend doing that is a good indication of how much pleasure He is for us.  Or do we talk with Him to get the things we want from Him.  What if He were never to do anything for us?  Would that affect how we feel about Him.  Let’s take some really quality time and see how much of a relationship we really desire with our Lord.  We can ask the Holy Spirit to quicken our hearts and minds to really make Him first place in us.  There is really no one I’d rather speak to before speaking with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Yes, part of the reason is because He loves me enough to pay the penalty for my sin.  But a good part has become because of the relationship I feel with Him developed over years of talking with Him and seeing how His work of love had affected not only myself but many others I know.  Let us truly desire to delight ourselves in the Lord.

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