Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 13, 2019

Choose to Wait

Filed under: God,Lord,trust,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 27:14 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Isaiah 64:4 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  (NIV)

We live in a world of instant.  We speak before we think.  We act before we think.  We get upset when the internet works slower than we think it should.  We blow our horns at drivers that don’t take off the moment a light turns green.  We don’t like to wait.  God instructs us to wait for Him.  We mistakenly think if our prayer isn’t answered the way we want it answered right away, God didn’t hear our prayer.  We don’t trust God enough to really believe He has our best interest in His mind.  God has no time.  He sees the past, present and the future all at the same time.  He knows what our future holds.  Whether we choose to wait for His direction or go on our own is our choice.  We are told to take heart and be strong as we wait for the Lord.  Taking heart is believing God is true to His word.  The only thing God is incapable of is lying.  God is truth.  When He has us wait, He has a very good reason.  The be strong is to choose to believe regardless of circumstances we see or timing of God’s answer.  Let us choose to wait on God’s direction before we act or speak.  He is faithful.  He is all knowing.  He will always lead us in the path of righteousness.  We need only choose to wait and believe.

October 12, 2019

Holy Spirit is Here

Filed under: baptise,Christ,Christian,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Acts 10:44 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (NIV)

Many Christians falsely believe that receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate event sometime after conversion.  They falsely believe that miraculous signs should accompany the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enters the believer the moment the believer opens their heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit came to this earth on the day of Pentecost in the upper room to those waiting for the promise of His coming to be filled.  When we lead someone to Christ, when they open their heart to Him, we must tell them about the Holy Spirit Who now indwells in them.  Our problem is not in the receiving of the Holy Spirit but in the recognizing of His dwelling within us and our opening up to learn to listen to Him and allow Him to flow through us.  If you’ve opened your heart to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the door to the Father’s presence you have the Holy Spirit within you.  Learn to listen as you read the written word and as you converse with the Father.  It is a matter of opening our mind and our ears.

September 29, 2019

Pointing Fingers

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,judging,Lord,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Romans 2:1-3  You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?  (NIV)

The Message Translation reads, Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again.  Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself.  IT takes one to know one.  Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors.  We are so very good at holding others to higher standards than we hold ourselves.  We can always come up with an excuse as to why we do, say or don’t do or say certain things yet we don’t excuse others for the same things.  The Message continues by saying God isn’t so easily diverted.  HE sees right through al such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.  That’s pretty plane talk.  I’ve learned to some it up with the saying, “Except for the grace of God, go I.”  Jesus summed it up by saying, “Who is without sin throw the first stone.”  Before we criticize someone else, we must look at ourselves with complete honesty.  We don’t like to do this.  We, because of our sinful nature, like to see ourselves as the ones in the right.  Let us quit pointing our finger at others and daily ask God to reveal to us what is in us that we can repent and allow the Holy Spirit to work within us to become a better reflection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

September 3, 2019

God Can’t Lie

Genesis 15:6 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.  (NIV)

Abram and Sarai were both well past child-bearing age.  God told Abram he and Sarai would produce a child of their own.  Abram believed Him.  There is a big difference between believing God and believing IN God.  Many people believe in God.  They believe God exists.  They even cry out to Him when in trouble.  But believing God, believing what God has and continues to say, is different.  This requires faith and trust.  We either really believe God will do what He has and continues to say He will do and we act on it with sureness, considering it done and doing our part in receiving or we just believe that there is a God somewhere but not actively involved in our own life.  The choice is ours.  But it can’t stop with a choice.  After we choose to believe God, we must follow the belief with action.  If we become worried or anxious we are not believing.  If we hesitate when God has told us to do something, we are not believing.    Some say they don’t know what God wants them to do.  The Holy Bible is full of instructions from God in how we are to live and speak.  Beyond that, the Holy Spirit is always ready to tell us what to do.  It’s just like walking.  We first set our heal down then we turn the direction of our foot. We must first listen to God through His written word and then through prayer and meditation, listening to the Holy Spirit.  It is a process of learning.  As we learn more about the nature of God, we will hear more clearly.  Let us not only believe in God.  Let us believe God for the one thing God is incapable of is telling a lie.  God is truth by His very nature.

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.

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.

May 8, 2019

Our Garden

Filed under: Father,garden,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Genesis 3:8 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  (NIV)

John 20:15 15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” (NIV)

The place where mankind chose to separate himself from God was in a garden.  The first thing Jesus did after He was resurrected was talk to Mary in the garden.  We can still communicate with Jesus in the garden.  Our garden is our prayer room.  Our prayer room doesn’t have to be a real room with 4 walls.  It is any room we make in our mind and heart to be alone with our Father and communicate with Him.  Charles and John Wesley’s mother had her prayer room.  It was comprised of the space under her apron that she would put over her head to let others know she was busy having a conversation with our Father.  The location of our garden can change according to our circumstances.  We can make our prayer room in a plane, in an office, in school or anywhere we might be.  Let us go into our garden to talk with our Lord throughout each and every day.

April 6, 2019

Forgiveness

Filed under: forgive,God,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Colossians 3:13 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)

Sometimes this can be emotionally hard to do.  We’ve all been hurt at times.  It’s hard not to want to hurt back.  It’s also hard to choose to forgive.  Forgiving means not bringing it up again or holding it against someone.  When God forgives us, He said He remembers it no longer.  We are totally forgiven and are no longer to bring it up ourselves.  In our human nature we like telling and retelling others about our hurts of the past.  When we forgive, we can no longer bring it up for telling and retelling.  We might not have trouble forgiving what we consider to be little things but when the hurt is big it is much harder to forgive.  However, God doesn’t qualify what kind or how much hurt we’ve experienced.  Neither does He limit what kind of sin we commit that He will forgive.  He forgives all and we must do the same.  Forgiving releases us from the hurt even more than it releases the one whom we forgive.  Healing from the hurt doesn’t begin to take place until forgiveness is given.  God commands us to forgive, not so much for the good of the one who hurt us for they usually have consequences and guilt from their behavior, but for our good.  Forgiveness brings us freedom in the love of God.  Unforgiveness fosters bitterness and eventually hate which will block the love of God from our hearts and lives.  Let us always choose to forgive and let God bring healing to our emotions.

March 30, 2019

As He Served

Filed under: Jesus,Lord,seder,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

John 13:15 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (NIV)

Jesus was the honored guest at the Passover Seder dinner yet He took off His robe, tied a towel around Himself and did the roll of a servant by washing the feet of the disciples.  Though He was the One Who should have been served, He did the lowliest of servings.  Then He said we are to do the same as He did.  No job is too lowly, too beneath us or too dirty for us to do.  We tried to teach of children when you see a piece of trash on the ground or floor, it doesn’t matter that you weren’t the one who dropped it there, you see it, you pick it up and dispense of it the right way.  How much more beautiful our road sides would be if we all applied that task to ourselves.  It’s the same with all other jobs.  We falsely think we are to be served by others.  We think it’s their job.  Many times we don’t even thank those who serve us.  Afterall, they get paid to do so.  Jesus, the King of All, the Son of God, the One we should serve, served us to the ultimate.  He gave His life for us.  Let us cultivate a servant’s heart in ourselves.  Let us watch and follow through where we can be of service, regardless of how inconvenient we may deem it to be.  Let us also be sure to thank those who serve us, regardless of how much they might be paid to do so.  Let us follow the example of our Lord.

March 27, 2019

Engagements

Matthew 22:2 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. (NIV)

Please read the entire parable before reading this.  Engagements are a very important time of preparation for a wedding.  It takes time for 2 people, raised in different families, to really begin to know each other.  Engagements are a time to talk about issues of life that come up every day in a marriage.  While we are walking on this earth, we are in an engagement time with Jesus.  Hopefully, each and every day, through our conversations with Him in prayer and through the study and meditation on His written word, the Holy Bible, we learn a little more about Jesus each and every day.  Through our learning we learn more of how He expects us to live in union (marriage) with Him.  While we are learning to know our Lord, better, His Father is preparing a great wedding banquet for the time His Son, Jesus, returns to earth to bring His Bride (all the following believers who are In Christ) home to His Father for the great banquet.  What a wonderful time of rejoicing and celebrating that will be.  Right now, we must concentrate on knowing Jesus more and more.  That is why we have a time of engagements.  Let us do our part in learning more about Jesus while the Father does His part in preparing the wedding banquet.  As the parable says, all are invited but few accept the invitation.  Have you accepted the invitation?  The invitation reads in John 3:16.

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