Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2019

Joy in Trials

Filed under: God,joy,love,trials,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Peter 1:6-9 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (NIV)

We don’t like trials.  When faced with a trial our usually response is, “Why me, Lord?”  Actually, that is a good response if we are willing to listen to His answer rather than mean that question as a complaint.  Peter gives us the reason in verses 3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time  Going through trials is one of the ways God teaches us and continues to mold us into the image of Jesus.  As we walk through our trials we learn to listen to God.  As we walk out of our trials we are better able to minister to others who walk through their trials.  As we walk through our trials our faith and trust grow in God.  All these, as we walk through trials, depends on the attitude we have as we walk through the trials.  When a trial comes our way lets do ask God, why me wanting to know what it is God wants us to learn through the trial.  Each trial is for a specific need in our life.  God is faithful and true to His word.  We might not be happy as we walk through our trials but we can keep the glorious joy of the salvation of our soul and the constant presence and provision of God Who loves us more than we can understand..

October 27, 2019

Shout for God

Filed under: Christians,God,Jesus,joy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Isaiah 58:1 1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a trumpet. . (NIV)

Psalms 20:5 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.  (NIV)

I watched with amazement the videos shown on the news channel of people shouting, jumping up and down and calling everyone they knew because their favorite sports team won the game.  Whether a sports team wins or looses has no effect on our eternity.  It strikes me as strange how many Christians shout and cheer at sporting events yet barely open their mouths at a worship service.  It also strikes e strange how many Christians will call their friends to celebrate with them, yet they don’t share with their friends the victories God gives them through their lives nor the way their friends can have a personal relationship with God.  Our priorities are so off base.  If we can shout and cheer at a sporting event, let us be sure we raise our voices as we sing and pray or recite scripture in our worship services.  If we can call our friends to celebrate a sporting event win, let us be sure we share with our friends how God has blessed us and how they, too, can enjoy the blessings of God.  Let us no longer hold back the Good News of Jesus Christ.

October 23, 2019

No Job too Menial

Filed under: Jesus,joy,passover,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

John 13:4-5 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  (NIV)

In many churches today we do a ceremonial foot washing.  Everyone comes with really clean feet.  This wasn’t the case in Jesus’ day.  They wore sandals and walked on dusty, dirt roads.  The table they sat at was low so they sat sideways on the floor.  That meant the feet of one person were next to the face of the next person.  It was the responsibility of the host to have a servant ready to wash the feet of all the diners before the meal.  Since they rented the room for the Passover Supper celebration there wasn’t really a designated host and so the services of a servant were overlooked.  None of the disciples wanted to do such a menial job of washing dirty feet so they just acted like it wasn’t necessary and sat down to begin the meal.  Jesus, Who was properly called Lord by the disciples, noticed the lack of washed feet and got up Himself, girded Himself with a towel and began to wash the disciples feet.  He did this to show them that no one is beneath serving others and no job is to be considered to menial for anyone to do.  Today most leaders think they are the ones to be served.  They consider themselves too big and important to do jobs they consider to be beneath them.  Jesus showed us if a job is needed and we are there, we are to do it.  No job is beneath us.  All we do is to be done with joy in service to our Lord and King, Jesus.  When we see a need, we are to fill it.  If we don’t have the capability to fill it, we are to find someone who can.  Any need is our business.  Let us not “stick our noses up in the air” thinking we’re too good, to educated, to talented or too busy to stop and fill a need

August 29, 2019

Nightly Check-up

Filed under: confess,forgive,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,peace,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

We need to give ourselves a nightly check before ending the day.  We check each fruit of the Spirit to see how it grew in us during the day or how we squelched a particular fruit that day.  Did we show the fruit of forbearance (patience) In our driving or with the customer that carried on a tirade blaming us for a company police or their own indiscretion?  What about joy?  Did we go around with a joyful expression and attitude?  Self-control can be a big one.  Did we practice self-control at the “all you can eat” buffet we went to for lunch or dinner?  Each fruit is a barometer of how we are walking in the Spirit of God.  If you’re normal you will find at least one, if not more fruits lacking during the day.  That’s okay.  Confess the lack, choose to turn a different direction, ask forgiveness and forgive yourself.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more mindful of that (or those) particular fruit during the next day.  Fruit must be fed to grow.  This is one way of feeding the fruits within us.

August 17, 2019

Which Fruit

Filed under: Bible,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

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 evidence of our accepting Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives is the fruit of the spirit.  When any one of these is not prevalent what takes prevalence is the evil fruit of Satan – the exact opposite of the fruit of the Spirit.  When just one remains lacking, if not addressed right away, the others gradually are replaced by their opposites as well.  We must guard these fruits, fertilize them by reading, studying, and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and exercise them into full growth by reflecting them in all we say and do.  When we snap in impatience at someone, we are not exercising love, kindness or forbearance which is patience.   One reason we loose our fruits is we are so consumed with ourselves, what we want, when we want it and how we want it.  When our self-centered desires are at odds with another’s desires, we allow the evil fruits to give way to the fruits of the Spirit.  Let’s work on noticing the fruits of the Spirit and learn to allow those fruits to show.

August 15, 2019

All Tasks

Filed under: God,government,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Colossians 3:23-24 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV)

The work ethic seems to be fading.  People want to get paid but they don’t want to work hard.  They clamor for more money and less hours of working.  This is not only in the jobs people have.  It is prevalent throughout our culture – schools, government, health care and quality control are to name just a few.  God tells us that whatever we do we are to do with al our heart.   This includes taking out the trash, washing dishes or leading the country.  All we do is as an offering to God.  We do this not because we expect rewards though God will and does reward us but because we love the Lord and want to be pleasing to Him.  The best little book I’ve read on this subject is “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence.  I’ve mentioned this booklet before.  It is available on the internet as a free download.  There is joy in the any and all  tasks when they are done with a heart for God.

July 29, 2019

Discouragement

Filed under: Bible,discouragment,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Mark 6:4 4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” (NIV)

Mark 8:17 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  (NIV)

Mark 9:19 19 “You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”  (NIV)

I’m having trouble with my computer.  I almost finish writing a devotion when suddenly it disappears.  I find myself fighting discouragement.  Jesus was discouraged.  Above are a few examples of times He was discouraged.  What did He do when discouraged?  He continued in His ministry, teaching about love from and for God the Father, healing, delivering and encouraging others.  This is the best antidote for discouragement.  Continue iDn what God has for us to continue.  Of course, we must make sure we are doing the right thing.  Sometimes discouragement comes to us as a warning that we are heading the wrong direction.  When discouraged, stop and pray.  As God if we need to change direction.  Listen.  Read and meditate on the written word, the Holy Bible.  Then, when we have the direction, put aside the discouragement, a temporary emotion, and move on with joy in our hearts that Jesus has already experienced what we are experiencing and the Father was faithful to Him and is also faithful to us.

May 22, 2019

Choose Joy

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 51:12 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)

So many people confuse joy with happiness.  Joy comes from God.  Joy is knowing the salvation which comes from God through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  Knowing we, if we have asked Jesus to be the Lord and Redeemer of our life, have the salvation only He can give, fills us with the joy of knowing we will forever be living in the Presence of God.  Happiness comes as a temporary emotion from external circumstances.  A new pair of shoes may bring us happiness for a sort while.  Happiness comes and goes but joy lasts for eternity.  We have a choice.  We can choose to receive and live in the joy that is from God or we can choose to ignore that joy and vainly seek fleeting happiness.  The choice is ours.  Let us choose to be joyful.

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