Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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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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.

March 12, 2019

Delight for Scripture

Filed under: Bible,bless,God,God's Word,Lord,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Psalms 1:2 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night  (NIV)

The psalmist is describing someone who delights in the law of the Lord; the person who meditates on God’s written word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  When we read the entire psalm we find that person is blessed.  We must ask ourselves, do we really delight in reading and meditating on the scriptures?  Does reading a meditating on the scriptures bring us joy?  The psalmist goes on to say that person is fruitful – productive.  He also says that person is prosperous in all he does.  Prosperous doesn’t refer to money but to success in accomplishments.  When we find we’re not productive in God’s Kingdom, the things we do don’t end in success, we must check our relationship to God’s written word.  Are we not reading and meditating on it with a feeling of thankfulness?  Has the Holy Bible lost its influence on our lives, what we think, say and do?  Let us delight in the Words God has given us and meditate on them daily.

March 1, 2019

Transformation

Filed under: Christ,Christians,Father,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

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)

Life is movement.  There is no standing still in life.  We either move or we die.  For Christians, we must be constantly changing, constantly being transformed into the image of Christ Jesus.  If we are not moving, not in a state of being transformed, our faith is in the process of dying.  A dear friend of mine who was in her 100’s said, “Any day I don’t learn something new about my Lord and Savior is a day wasted.”  When we rise in the morning it should be with an expectation to continue to transformation process and as we are being transformed, learning something new about our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Before we sleep at night we should review the day and express to God, the Father, what we have learned about His Son during the day.  As we do this, we can’t help but be filled with the glory that comes from the Lord.

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 9, 2019

Following Us

Filed under: God,Lord,love,mercy,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

Psalms 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV)

There is so very much contained in the verses of the 23rd Psalm.  Most of us have memorized it and tend not to really listen deep within our minds and spirits at what David really says in this Psalm.  I hope each of us will take the time to read it slowly and prayerfully.  For now we will look at the 6th verse.  What did David mean by “goodness?”  Goodness represents God’s provision for us.  He wants to be sure we have all we really need.  Usually He goes beyond our needs and showers us with so much more.  Many translations use the word “mercy” instead of “love.”  Either way it is His love for us that led Him to be merciful by forgiving us of our sins – over and over as often as we sin.  It is because of His goodness and love (or mercy) that enables us to dwell in His house forever.  We may choose to not turn around to see what and Who is following us but it doesn’t change the fact, wherever we go, the love and goodness will follow us.  We might choose not to receive it but it doesn’t mean it’s not there for us.  I pray every reader has chosen to accept the goodness and love following them every day of their walk on this earth that they will be dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.

February 1, 2019

God Loves All

Filed under: Creation,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Obey,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 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)

Many think, and say if God is love He wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  They are right.  God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  This is why He sent His Son, Jesus.  No one can be in heaven who isn’t righteous.  None of us is righteous.  To be righteous one must always be completely right.  Only God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are always right.  God set the rules of only righteous being in heaven because God won’t be in the presence of sin.  He is the One Who created all that is and therefore He owns all that is and He is the only One Who can set the rules.  But He loves us so He provided a way for us to become righteous.  We can be covered with the righteousness of Jesus.  The only way we can have His righteousness cover us is by believing in Him.  Believing in Him doesn’t mean we believe He existed on earth or that He is the Son of God.  It means we believe in Him by taking Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Savior and our Lord – our boss.  Yes God loves all mankind and desires for all mankind to live with Him in heaven for eternity but man must be covered with the righteousness of Jesus to have a place in God’s home.

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