Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 22, 2019

Stumblers

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Luke 17:1 1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. (NIV)

Notice Jesus told His disciples things will cause us to stumble.  He didn’t condemn stumbling.  He did condemn those who cause the stumbling.  We must be on the alert that we aren’t the ones causing someone else to stumble (weakening someone’s faith, causing someone to lie or any form of sin).  We can say something that puts someone else on the spot and makes them feel pressured to lie.  We can act in ways that aren’t pleasing to God and encourage others to act the same way.  We can tempt others to partake in something negative.  We can listen to or participate in gossip.  There are so many ways we can cause others to stumble.  Instead of being the cause of someone else’s stumbling let us be an encourager for others to be imitators of Christ Jesus.  When we see someone stumble, let us be an encourager for them to correct their stumble.  We are not only to watch out for ourselves, we are to help our brothers and sisters live pleasing lives to God.

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February 20, 2019

Value

Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

February 17, 2019

So Simple

Filed under: God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:18 pm

Matthew 22:37-40 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (NIV)

It’s really so very simple.  We are to love God with all our hearts, soul and mind and love everyone else.  We like to make things complicated.  We like to exclude others.  We like to make all sorts of rules to our favor and liking.  We must look at ourselves and see how we’re doing.  If we really love God with all our hearts, soul and minds we would love and care for all God has ever made.  This not only includes all people, it includes all creation.  Do we really love all of God’s creations?  If we do, we will care for it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into the store and left my bags I the car.  I am usually too lazy to go back and get them so I use new bags from the store and contribute to the garbage collection that doesn’t decompose and litters the earth.  That is just a very small example of one of the many ways we don’t care for God’s creation.  Even worse is the way we don’t care for our fellow human beings.  Jesus said what we do to the least of one of these is what we do to Him.  That also includes what we don’t do for the least of one of these is what we don’t do for Him.  Let us get back to the core of what God has told us to do.  Let us love Him with all our heart, our soul and our minds and love all He created (people and things) as ourselves, demonstrating it by our care for all.

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 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 6, 2019

Arrogance

Filed under: God,grace,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:46 pm

Romans 12:3 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. (NIV)

We’ve read many places in scripture that tell us to be humble.  When or if we say or think we are humble, in actuality we are being arrogant.  We are boasting about being humble.  Being humble is difficult for us sinful humans.  We like to think of ourselves as better than others.  We like other to think of us as better than them.  We have the sinful desire of being first in all we think, do and have.  Sometimes, in our striving to become humble we go too far and start to not like ourselves.  Instead of judging ourselves, let us learn to as the Holy Spirit to show us what we need to change.  Let us not worry about being humble or being proud.  Let us be content in learning to love, serve and obey our God.  Let us be concerned with building up others through encouraging words.  Let us think of ourselves as children of God, not though our own efforts but through the grace of God and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.  When we speak, let it be of the love of God rather than of our presumed accomplishments. Rather than praising ourselves let us praise God

February 5, 2019

Greed

Filed under: Church,Father,God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 6:30 pm

Luke 12:15 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (NIV)

Greed encompasses more than money.  Greed includes the greed for power, fame, material possessions and so on.  Greed is a lust and desire to have the most of what ever it is we are desiring and seeking.  We see greed displayed in the news every day.  Commercials even entice us to greed.  We are told we aren’t living right if we don’t have a particular product.  We are encouraged to accumulate as much of a product as we can.  Unfortunately, some churches are even preaching a financial prosperity message.  This can lead us into greed for money and for the things money can buy.  The Bible says for us to be content with what we have.  We are not to covet what other people have.  We are not to compare ourselves with others.  We are to compare ourselves with Christ.  He didn’t ever own or rent His own home.  He didn’t have a big wardrobe.  He didn’t stockpile supplies.  He looked to His Father to provide His needs while He served His Father.  When we leave this earth, everything we have accumulated stays on this earth.  We must ask ourselves if, when we leave this earth we will be remembered only for the possessions we leave behind or remembered for the love of God we have shared with others.

February 4, 2019

Always Ready

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,service,Uncategorized,wisdom,worship — by ginrich @ 8:15 pm

Psalms 90:12  Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV)

None of us knows how many days we have on this earth.  We must learn to make each and every day count.  The best way to do this is to live each day as if it is the day Jesus comes back to this earth to take us home.  When He comes, we want Him to find us doing what He has called us to do.  Every morning I ask God to help me be pleasing to Him this day.  I ask Him to help me hear His direction for the day.  At night I review the day and often find myself asking forgiveness for the time I’ve wasted.  When time is past, we cannot reclaim it.  Though we cannot give an exact number to our future days, we can number each day as an important day to serve and worship our God.  Let us have the wisdom to make sure we are always ready to go with Jesus to the Father’s throne.

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