Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 14, 2019

Our Choice

Filed under: Bible,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

John 4:50 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed.  (NIV)

We must compare our faith with that of this man.  Read the preceding verses.  This man was a royal official which means he was probably a Roman.  He first asked Jesus to go with him to heal his very sick son.  Jesus said people didn’t believe anything they couldn’t see.  This man chose to believe Jesus.  There was no way for the man to know what was happening with his son in another town.  He just chose to trust and believe Jesus so, instead of arguing or begging Jesus, he headed back home to his son, trusting and believing.  Even before he got home, he was met with the news his son was completely well.  Just to confirm, the mans asked when his son got well.  It was at the same time Jesus told the man to go home that his son was healed.  We must ask if we always choose to believe the words of Jesus over what we see with or physical eyes or even what we hear from the world.  We can’t say Jesus doesn’t talk to us.  He gave us the words He spoke when He physically, in human form, walked this earth in what we call the Holy Bible.  He also speaks to us through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who resides in each and every believer/follower.  The choice is ours.  We can choose to always believe or we can choose to go to the limited vision of our physical eyes and the limited hearing of our physical ears.  What do you choose?

November 13, 2019

Finding Rest

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,holy,humble,Jesus,soul,Uncategorized,yoke — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (NIV)

When oxen are yoked together only one can be in the lead.  That one, the one in the slightly bigger yoke, leads and, while leading, teaches the other ox how to do the work of pulling.  We are to be yoked with Jesus.  Jesus is a gentle and humble teacher.  As we are yoked to Him it is up to us to learn of Him.  We can only learn of Him through careful and regular study of the text book for life (The Holy Bible) which God so lovingly provided for us.  Yes, we can stay yoked without learning but then we will always miss out really knowing Who it is in the other side of the yoke.  Let us earn to allow Jesus to teach us in and through all circumstances we experience by staying in the yoke, allowing Him to guide and teach us.  Through getting to know Him we sill find rest.

November 12, 2019

Cost

Filed under: Christ,cross,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,surrender,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 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)

God considers our worth to Him of such major importance that He gave His only Son so He could have us with Him.  In line of this, we must ask what is Christ, God’s Son, Jesus, worth to us?  For that matter, what is God the Father worth to us?  Is God the Father and God the Son worth total surrender?  What is it we think or do that we refuse to surrender to God?  Worth is rated by how much it cost.  Our union with God cost Him His Son.  Our union with Christ cost Him death on a cross.  What about us?  What are we willing to pay for God?  We must regularly examine what act or thought we refuse to lay at the cross of Jesus.  Lacking any one thing is a lack of surrender.  Let us regularly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us places in our lives, hearts and minds which are yet to be surrendered to God.  We sing the hymn, All to Jesus I Surrender…let us continue in the surrendering process.  Our relationship with God is worth far more than anything in and of this world.

November 10, 2019

Humble Before All

Filed under: Christ,cross,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  (NIV)

Humility.  That’s a hard word for us sinful humans.  Our egos command us to be proud.  If we’re not proud, we pretend and act like we are.  We always want to be the one who’s right and the one who has all the right answers.  We want to be the one in power.  We want to be served rather than to serve.  All these wants are the complete opposite of Jesus, how He walked this earth and what He wanted.  His wants all hinged around what would please His Father.  If we really want to be pleasing to God, we must humble ourselves.  Yes, occasionally God humbles us through various circumstances.  There are many instances cited in the Holy Bible.  But God’s first choice is for us to willingly humble ourselves, not only before Him but to humble ourselves before our fellow humans.  No one of us is better than the other.  No one of us is more important than any other.  God gives each of us a job to do.  He equips us for our specific job through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who will work through us.  What do we have to be proud about?  Nothing.  We are but dust without the Holy Spirit working in and through us.  Next time we want to use the word “I” let us be cautious about what words and/or actions follow that word.

November 9, 2019

Imitators

Filed under: believe,Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

This is Jesus, the very Son of God talking.  He says He can’t do anything by Himself.  He can only do what He sees His Father doing.  The son imitates the Father.  Even though Jesus said this, we still think we can do our own things.  We even apply our self-dependence and self-reliance into our ministries.  This is one reason we fail.  This is one reason we get so tired and many get burned out.  We forget it is only through the Holy Spirit residing in us as followers of Jesus Christ that any good can come through us.  Like Peter, we jump into something without taking the time to think.  When we stop to think, hopefully we will stop to ask God what it is we should do, how we should do it and when we should do it.  Yes, we read and study what Jesus did as He physically walked this earth but we fail to remember how often He drew apart to consult with His Father.  Let us learn to do likewise.

November 7, 2019

Hidden Treasure

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Colossians 3:3 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  (NIV)

As God’s treasure we are hidden in Christ.  That means we are under the protection of Christ.  There is nothing we need to fear because through Jesus Christ, we are protected as God’s treasures; hidden in His perfect love.  The old self, the self that chose to live in sin – separated from God, has been purchased by the blood of Jesus, God’s Son and through His resurrection, lives highly treasured by God the Father.  Nothing can touch us without first passing through God’s hand.  Does that mean we will never suffer?  No.  We live in a sinful world where, for now, Satin is still god of this world.  But even through suffering we are guaranteed to be victorious because we are God’s treasures, hidden under the blood of Jesus.  Let us live in boldness and stand firm in faith spreading the news of allowing Jesus to hide us as the treasure of God.

November 6, 2019

Costly Treasure

Filed under: blood,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Matthew 26:28 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  (NIV)

Jesus paid dearly for God to have His treasure (us).  He paid with the shedding of His blood and tremendous pain and rejection.  All the gold and silver and gems in the world aren’t as valuable as the blood of Jesus.  We were bough with the greatest of cost.  Since we are so treasured by God, how dare we not love ourselves and care for ourselves.  Since our fellow mankind is equally treasured by God, how dare we not love our fellow mankind.  There is no room for us in our treasured state to have unforgiveness or hate for any other of God’s treasures.  It matters not how rich, poor, educated, uneducated, powerful, beautiful, ugly or any other characteristic anyone else has, they are treasured equally.  As we relate to others, let us remember how much it cost Jesus to enable God to have His treasures

November 5, 2019

Our Treasure

Filed under: God,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Matthew 13:44 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.  (NIV)

This is one of only 2 very shot parables.  This one is also the plot of the entire Bible.  The kingdom of heaven isn’t the treasure.  Jesus is the man who found the treasure.  We are the treasure Jesus finds.  We are the treasure because we are the ones who God loves.  He loves and treasures us so much and is so desirous of an intimate relationship with us that He willingly sent His only Son, Jesus, to this earth, casting off His divinity to become in the same physical shape of us in order to bring the treasure (us) to God.   Remember, Adam and Eve did not go looking for God after they sinned, God went looking for them.  God is still looking for all of His treasure.  Our question is are we wanting to be found?  There is a saying, where your heart is there is your treasure.  God’s heart is for us.  We are His treasure.  Where is our heart?  Have we made God our treasure?

November 3, 2019

Blemishes

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,Lamb,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Peter 1:19 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.   (NIV)

When God sent His Son to become flesh and blood just as we are, we must ask how did He walk this life on earth without sin?  Jesus lived constantly aware of the very real presence of His Father.  He spent time apart talking with His Father. Jesus’ sole purpose on this earth was to do the will of the Father.  In comparing ourselves with Jesus we fall vastly short.  Most of our thinking and awareness time is about ourselves.  We are more aware of our trials than we are of God’s very real presence.  We spend more time complaining and fretting than we do thanking and praising.  It takes time and discipline to bring ourselves into a constant and consistence awareness of our Father always being with us.  The more aware we become the less we fall into temptation.  Let us choose to consciously become aware of God’s very real presence through our Bible study, meditation and frequent conversations with Him.  Let us have fewer blemishes from sin.

November 2, 2019

Heaven and Earth

Filed under: Christian,God,government,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

Read the above verses again.  We are to pray for those who legislate our government.  Not only for our own good but also for their salvation.  Judging from what has been going on in most all of the governments of all the nations, not enough of us have been doing this  We must ask ourselves how often we pray for the president, vice president, speaker of the house, our own various representatives and also those who legislate our state, county and cities or towns.  We must lift them up by name.  Each one has a name and each one needs to know God through His Son, Jesus in order to have His wisdom in the affairs of the various governments.  We might ask, how do we pray for them?  We ask the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers for each individual we lift up before the throne of God.  Yes, this is a long list of people to pray for along with our own families and friends but it is also necessary.  Praying every day for each one isn’t needed.  I pray for different people and causes on different days of the week so that by the end of the week I’ve lifted up each one.  God doesn’t mind if we use notes and calendars for our prayer lists.  Making a list just shows how serious we are in praying for the various needs.  Let us remember not to shirk our duty as Christians in praying for our governments along with our families, friends and all whom God puts on our hearts and minds.  Prayer is the best weapon in existence in bringing the Kingdom of heaven and this earth into unity.

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