Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 1, 2020

Finding with Conditions

Deuteronomy 4:29 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.  (NIV)

This is a promise with conditions.  We must seek God with all our heart.  That means we will do anything and go to any effort regardless of time involved to seek Him because we desire to find Him more than anything or anyone else.  Also we must seek Him with all our soul.  That means we don’t wait for others to show Him to us but we seek Him with our entire mind.  We seek Him with our mind by not only reading scripture, the Holy Bible, but also intense study and even memorizing of the words we read along with taking time to listen to the Holy Spirit for interpretation and meaning applicable to us in our time and space.  If we are seeking God with our entire soul we will find the Holy Bible is not only our favorite book to read but also our first “go-to” book when needing answers to life’s trials and decisions.  When we meet these conditions, God promises we will find Him.  We will find Him through the written word, through the Holy Spirit within us, through His glory shine out through others and through His creation.  We find ourselves talking to Him and telling Him how beautiful His creation is when we walk through the woods or gardens.  When we find Him, we will speak to and listen to Him throughout all our day.  Let us really seek the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls (minds).

March 31, 2020

All Things for His Glory

Filed under: Bible,Christ,glory,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Romans 13:14 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.  (NIV)

We must admit, most of our dreams and desires are built around gratifying our fleshly desires.  We are more accustomed to seeing only the physical from a physical point of view.  We also only see time as past and today with only a dream about tomorrow.  As a child of God we are to renew our minds to think more in line with the Holy Spirit and more in line with eternity.  With the pandemic that has been taking place, many are scared and acting in ways they wouldn’t normally act (i.e. panic buying toilet paper).  We tend to forget Who is in control of the outcome of what happens on this earth.  If you’ve forgotten, read the last paragraph in the last chapter of the last book of the Holy Bible, Revelations.  God has promised to work all things out for our good and His glory.  Notice the word “all.”  Even the things Satan leashes on this earth will be turned around for God’s purposes, our good and God’s glory.  Instead of just seeing what is in front of us, let us look up to God and ask Him what part He wants to do through us to bring about His purpose, our good and His glory.

March 26, 2020

Prayer for Today

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,kingdom,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

2 Chronicles 20:6-12 “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  (NIV)

This is the pray Jehoshaphat prayed when his nation was facing an overwhelming enemy.  I have rewarded it these last several days as I’ve prayed for our nation and the world.  You might want to try to reword other prayers in the Bible to apply to our current trials.

Lord God, Father of Jesus our Savior.  You are the God in heaven and you rule over all the earth.  You alone have the power and might and no disease or virus can withstand You.  Our God, You have healed in the past.  Virus has come upon this world.  We stand in Your presence and bear the name of Your Son, Jesus.   We cry out to You in the midst of this pandemic.  Hear us.  Use this pandemic to turn eyes and minds and hearts to You and save us.  We do not know what to do but to look to You for wisdom ad healing.

March 18, 2020

Follow Through

Filed under: Church,God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Deuteronomy 23:23 23 Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth.  (NIV)

Ouch.  Whatever we say we will do we must follow through.  How many times has someone asked us to pray for them or for someone else and we get busy and forget?  This is why I tell them let’s pray right now.  It doesn’t matter where we are, we can pray anyplace and anytime.  I they reply they don’t have time I think they really don’t want them or the person they’re concerned about prayed for.  There are many other things we say we will do.  Especially when we join a church.  We promised to pray for and support the church through our prayers, financial gifts and actions.  We must check each of those three topics and see how we’re doing.  Jesus said we are not to swear by anything but just saying a simple yes or no is a firm commitment.  We must be careful in making commitments by saying yes or no in regards to anything.  Let us learn to always speak the truth and follow through on the words we speak.

March 17, 2020

Lie Down

Filed under: believe,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Psalms 23:2 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,  (NIV)

We must notice the verbs of action; makes, lie down and leads.  God enables us to lie down but we must bend our knees and lie down.  God doesn’t pick us up like a baby and lay us down.  So many of us act like a baby who doesn’t want to lie down.  If you’ve struggled with a baby like this you’ll understand what I mean.  Often we just give up trying to make them lie down.  We must ask ourselves if we are struggling to stand on our own when God is bidding us to rest in the green pastures.  He also leads us into the quiet places.  But we must choose to follow.  Are we so wrapped up in our business that we don’t take time to follow our Lord into the quiet places of prayer, praise and meditation with Him?  We pray this prayer Jesus gave as an example so very often.  Let us contemplate on each verse the true meaning of this prayer.  Let us choose to allow the Holy Spirit to make it real in our hearts, minds and life.

March 16, 2020

Free Indeed

Filed under: believe,Christ,free,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

John 8:36 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  (NIV)

Do we really believe this?  Do we act and feel free?  Daniel was a prisoner yet he believed and acted free to worship and pray to God regardless of the nation’s consequences.  He was even thrown into the lions den for praying to God.  We must decide if we believe we are free in God or not.  If we are, we will continue to live and speak by the precepts of God.  We will pray.  We will share, when asked, why we have such an abundant life regardless of the situations around us.  Freedom is a joyful thing.  Do we act joyful – the joy of our Lord?  We are the only ones who can answer these questions.  God said to pray without ceasing.  That means He is always in the forefront of our minds and we are tuned to Him to hear Him at any time.  As a mother is tuned to hear her own child’s cry over any other, we are to be so tuned to the voice of God’s Holy Spirit within us.  When we realize we are free in God, we will realize there is no need or room for complaints.  Freedom is mankind’s most prized possession.  Let us possess what God has given us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let us possess that freedom in Him.  Let us act it out.

March 11, 2020


Filed under: bless,faith,God,Lord,Obey,thanks,trust,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Genesis 12:1 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  (NIV)

Genesis 12:7 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.  (NIV)

There are two important facts we must note in these 2 verses.  In verse 1 God told Abram to go but didn’t tell him where to go.  Abram trusted God to lead him step by step.  God doesn’t give us a flow chart.  We must put our foot out for the first step and then God will show us where to put our foot for the second step.  In the 7th verse we must note that God said HE would give the land to Abram’s offspring, not to us to bless those who come after us.  Abram wasn’t mad at God because the promise was to his offspring.  Abram was so thankful to be part of God’s working for future generations that He built an altar to the Lord in thanksgiving and worship.  We probably thank God for things He does for us but what about thanking Him for things He does through us for others?  Let us learn to follow God with a much faith and obedience as Abram.

March 3, 2020

Delight in the Lord

Filed under: heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Psalms 37:4 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (NIV)

Delight ourselves in the Lord.  The word delight means a feeling of great pleasure.  We must ask do we really delight in the Lord.  Does it give us great pleasure to think of Him, talk with Him and tell others about Him.  Let’s be honest with ourselves.  Is talking with and/or about our Lord the subject that brings us the most pleasure?  The amount of time we spend doing that is a good indication of how much pleasure He is for us.  Or do we talk with Him to get the things we want from Him.  What if He were never to do anything for us?  Would that affect how we feel about Him.  Let’s take some really quality time and see how much of a relationship we really desire with our Lord.  We can ask the Holy Spirit to quicken our hearts and minds to really make Him first place in us.  There is really no one I’d rather speak to before speaking with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Yes, part of the reason is because He loves me enough to pay the penalty for my sin.  But a good part has become because of the relationship I feel with Him developed over years of talking with Him and seeing how His work of love had affected not only myself but many others I know.  Let us truly desire to delight ourselves in the Lord.

February 26, 2020

It Only Takes One

Filed under: Church,Jesus,Lord,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

John 4:7 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (NIV)

Not only was she a Samaritan (looked down upon by the Israelites), she was also alone yet Jesus took the time, as tired and hungry as He was, to speak with her and teach her about worship.  We are so number oriented.  If what we deem to be enough people don’t show up for a Bible class or a prayer meeting or any other event we are prone to cancel it.  We consider it not worth our time unless the number of people we desire are there.  Churches are deemed successful if their numbers are large.  We don’t stop to think the impact we can have on just one person can ripple out to an impact on many.  From tis one woman at the well, many in an entire town became followers of Jesus.  In actuality, she was the first missionary.  She had no training but she met Jesus and shared her experience with others.  We must share our experiences with our Lord and Savior, Jesus with those we meet.  We can share at work or in a grocery store or anywhere.  We are not limited to sharing only in a church building.  There have been many times I have stopped to talk and them pray with a stranger in a big box store.  Let’s not wait for what we consider the right time or the right place or the right people.  Let us be open to step out and speak up sharing God’s love and the wonderful news of Jesus Christ anytime, any place with any one.  Actually change all the “any” words to “every.”

February 9, 2020

Living In Us

Filed under: Bible,body,Church,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,temple,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Romans 12:1 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  (NIV)

We tend to forget our physical bodies contain the Holy Spirit.  It seems we take more care with the condition of our church buildings and our houses than we do our bodies.  As I walked the aisles of a mega-store I noticed everything in the middle of the aisles, all the products they were featuring and trying to get us to buy, were not healthy items.  When is the last time we’ve seen fresh apples or some other healthy and nutritious food featured in a center aisle?  Satan loves it.  Keep temptations in front of our eyes and make it seem normal to indulge.  We must learn to treat our bodies as we would the body of our Lord and Savior.  We are accountable for the condition of our bodies, minds and spirit.  Let’s feed our bodies with healthy, nutritious food, our mind take in healthy, uplifting information and our spirits drink thirstily from the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let’s have the Holy Spirit living in a temple fitting for Him.

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