Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 24, 2020

Self-Control

Filed under: Bible,fruit,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Matthew 16:24 24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  (NIV)

Denying ourselves is another way of saying we need the discipline of self-control.  The first time we see someone lacking self-control is in the Garden of Eden.  Because the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge looked good and Satan encouraged Eve to try it, Eve and Adam gave into their lust of the eyes.  We humans have a hard time with the discipline of self-control.  God knows that and sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in each believer.  One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is self-control.  The Holy Bible is full of examples of those who gave in to the temptation.  Read about King David.  Look how impetuous Peter was before he was filled with the Holy Spirit.  We all have areas in our lives were discipline and self-control seem to evade us.  These are areas we must give over to the Holy Spirit’s control.  We must remember we need small steps into this discipline.  If our area is lack of reading the Holy Bible we can start with reading just a verse or a paragraph every day and gradually, as the Holy Spirit works in us, we will desire to increase because we will grow to love the scriptures.  Let’s remember the verse in  Peter 1:5-6 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 

January 23, 2020

Getting Old

Filed under: Bible,Father,fruit,God,Holy Spirit,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Psalms 92:14 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

Today is my physical birthday.  I’m getting pretty old.  My body doesn’t respond they way it use to.  My memory escapes me at times.  My prayer is to continue to bear fruit for my God until the very moment He takes me home.  I stay fresh and green in my faith through study of the Holy Bible, meditation on what I read in those pages and continual conversation with My Father, God.  Bearing fruit is a double bearing.  Not only am I to bear fruit – helping others become more intimate with God, but also I am to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  This fruit must be in continual growth.  Hopefully I bruise some of the Holy Spirit fruit less often than I did when I was younger.  There is a song I like to sing and pray it is always true for me.  “From glory to glory He changes me…..from earthly things to the heavenly…the love that God’s shown to the world.”  I pray God is able to show His love to the world through me each day I walk on this earth.  My body may not be fresh and green but I pray my thoughts, words and actions along with my spirit say fresh and green, blooming until my very last breath.

January 21, 2020

Thought Management

Filed under: Christ,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Proverbs 4:23 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.  (NIV)

Part of guarding our heart is thought management.  What we hear and what we see goes into our mind.  Because of this, we must be guarded about what we hear and see.  That includes what we watch on television or in the movies and what we read. When things enter that are not congruent with the thoughts we should have we must not dwell on them.  We must pray and ask God to replace those thoughts with His thoughts.  We must spend time reading and meditating on scripture that is opposite the thoughts we don’t want.  We live in an evil world full of evil words and pictures.  In verse 25 we are told to keep our eyes straight ahead.  That means keep our eyes on our goal of being in the image of God and having the mind of Christ.  Let us practice keeping the thought of our total awareness that God is always with us in all we do and say.  We are never alone.  The Holy Spirit dwells within us.

January 16, 2020

Totally Human

Filed under: baptise,believe,Bible,Father,garden,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

John 5:30 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  (NIV)

This seems like an odd statement or Jesus Who is the Word of God, the Son of God, One with God to say.  Why can’t He, Himself, do everything since God is all powerful and all knowing?  When Jesus came to put on the flesh of mankind, He left His God-nature so He could experience all we experience, ,fell all we feel.  If He was still full of the Oneness of God’s nature He wouldn’t feel as we do.  Yet, He never did sin.  Sin is a separation from God.  Even though Jesus was fully man, He showed us how, as a person, we could still be one with God.  He demonstrated how to think, act and love.  Never did he shy away from the sinner, the lame, the sick, the poor nor those who seemed to have it all.  He treated all equally with love.  Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as He was baptized by John.  He demonstrated how we, also, can be full of the Holy Spirit.  Our problem is in being willing to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit within us as believers and followers.  As we read, meditate and study on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we learn how Jesus demonstrated thinking, speaking and acting as one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Let us choose to read, study, listen and learn that we may truly become one like Jesus prayed for us in the Garden just before He went to the cross for us.

January 15, 2020

Change

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (NIV)

I have a high need for change.  Maybe because I was a military brat and moved to a new place most every year.  My need for change even carries through in the house.  No one in the family would get up in the night without a flashlight because I might have been up re-arranging the furniture.  My desire for changing things is alike to God.  He is continually changing us.  His desire is for us to be like His Son, Jesus so we can be one with Him, one in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This requires change.  Though our salvation is instant the moment we ask Jesus into our mind, heart and life, the change in our heart, mind and life takes time.  As we read, study and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we get to know God better and gradually, through the Holy Spirit working in us, we become more and more like God.  When I think back on how I was, spoke, acted and thought, years ago I am amazed at the person I have become today.  Yet, as I look at who I am today and think about who God will make me be tomorrow, I’m even amazed.  My goal is the same as God’s goal for me – to become truly one with God in thought, heart and action.  Change isn’t easy for us – even those who like me like change.  Change occurs not only through reading and meditating on scripture, change comes through walking through trials.  So, when trials come our way, let us praise God for He is in the changing process to make us more one with Him.

January 14, 2020

Don’t Know You

Filed under: fruit,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,love,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Matthew 7:22-23 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!    (NIV)

Some will wonder how can someone who has performed many miracles in the name of Jesus possibly be unknown by our Lord.  God doesn’t look on the deeds we perform.  God also doesn’t let His name go out in vain.  He will do miracles and will allow demons to be driven out but He looks on the heart of the one who is involved in the action.  He judges and recognizes us by the fruits of His Holy Spirit.  Are those fruits really in our hearts?  Do we really let those fruits grow in us?  Do we display those fruits not only when others can see but also when we are alone?  We can find these fruits listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  Do we love God more than our own reputation and more than any other person or thing or possession?  Why are we doing what appears to be good?  Is it so others will think good of us?  Do we think by doing good we earn points with God?  With God there is no such thing as earning points.  God is love.  God recognizes love and responds to love.  It is the love of God as it flows in and through us back to God that unites us with God.  If we don’t love all God created we cannot be loving God.  Let us be sure our hearts are right.  Let us think, speak and do all we do in love – the love God continually gives us and desires to flow through us to others.

January 12, 2020

Recognize Satan

Ephesians 6:12 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  (NIV)

There are Christians who don’t believe Satan really exists.  So many think their struggles are because of others or the culture or their own mistakes.  They are their own mistakes in that they don’t recognize the deceptive voices of Satan.  Satan would have us believe the lie that the Holy Bible is outdated.  He would tell us to get with the times.  He is the one encouraging Christian denominations to accept same-sex marriages and gay and lesbian lifestyles.  These are strictly forbidden by God.  God created male and female.  He did not create a third category of gender.  One of our problems is we confuse the sin from the sinner.  Because of our verbal attacks on the sinner rather than the sin, we are producing more enemies of God.  Notice when Jesus turned over the money tables in the temple He didn’t attack the money changers, only what they were doing.   There are many other lies of Satan that we tend not to recognize.  That is another reason why it is so important for us to really make God’s written word, the Holy Bible, an active part of our minds.  Let us really know God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to help us distinguish the voice of Satan so we can stand firmly against him.

January 10, 2020

Like a Tree

Filed under: fruit,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,storms,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Psalms 1:3 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.  (NIV)

Trees are a wonderful creation of God.  The put down roots.  The roots can be so deep that the tree can stand straight in the strongest of storms.  The deep roots go down enough to get nourishment needed for growth.  The tree grows up toward the light.  A healthy tree produces many leaves which draw their nourishment from the deep roots.  When we live a life in the realization of the presence of God within us, we are like a tree planted by streams of water.  This enables us to yield fruit (the fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. NIV)  The words tree or trees are used in the scripture 299 times.  We have a choice.  Will we be a healthy tree growing to the light of God and putting our roots deep into the Holy Bible through the Holy Spirit, prospering in His likeness or will we be like a tree planted in the dry desert soon to wither and be useless.  Let us be sure we allow our roots to go deep and shoot toward the light of God.

 

January 9, 2020

Ask, Seek, Knock

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Matthew 7:7 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  (NIV)

All 3 of these components need to be in our prayers.  First, we must ask.  We ask for our needs, our desires and the needs of others.  After we ask, we must seek.  We seek to know God’s will.  We find His will through careful reading and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and through the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within us.  After seeking God’s will we must knock.  When we knock on a door we stand and wait for the door to be opened.  We tend to rush ahead of God.  We must learn to wait on God’s timing in answering our prayers.  This is an easy verse to memorize.  Let us not only memorize it.  Let us also apply it in our day-to-day living.

January 6, 2020

Joy in Giving

2 Corinthians 8:7 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.  (NIV)

Christmas time is fun for many reasons.  The best part of Christmas for me is the giving.  It is fun to pray about what to give someone, make or purchase it and watch the joy on their face as they open the gift.  However, during the rest of the year we find it seems harder for people to be in a giving mood.  There are many reasons for tight wallets.  Some are afraid they might not have enough for their own needs and wants.  That is because they don’t really believe the promise of God that He will meet all their needs.  Perhaps they’re making their desires even more important than their needs.  In the above verse we read we can have faith, we can speak well, we can have great knowledge, we can be earnest in our belief and we can also have the love of God but these things, without being accompanied by giving are not real but only self-centered desires.  Let us be sure we are giving even more than our tithe.  Yes, we keep 90 % of what we get but doing that can become legalistic.  Let us pay attention to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit and be givers whenever He presents a need to us.  Givers not only of our money but of our other possessions and of our time.  Giving fills us with joy.

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