Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 28, 2020

Nothing is Insignificant

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Ruth 2:3 3 So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.  (NIV)

No task is insignificant in the hands of God.  When you read the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 you see how important it was for Ruth to glen in the field belonging to Boaz.  So often we think our day to day chores are insignificant.  We falsely think that God only works through the bold and magnificent things.  In Colossians 3:23  we read,  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  Ruth gleaned the leftovers in the field with all her heart out of love for Naomi and her God.  God honored that, led Ruth to the field of Boaz and we can read the rest of the plan of God in Ruth and Matthew 1.  It is important for us to remember all our time and all our actions are under God.  Let us enter into all we say and so giving God glory and credit for, without Him, we can’t do anything.

June 24, 2020

A Place for Us

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,treasure,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

John 14:4 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” (NIV)

Jesus told us the place where He was going and now is.  He said He would be going to His Father.  He has also told us the way we could go to the same place, the place where He and His Father are.  Jesus said He is the way.  He said there is no other way but through Him.  I don’t know if He will be coming back for me or I will be joining Him but I know one of the two will occur.  What I want you to notice is He used the word “place.”  Heaven is a real place.  According to the vision John had and recorded in the book of Revelation, that very real place has a throne in it.  On the throne sits God the Father.  Right beside the throne sits Jesus, God’s Word, God’s Son made flesh and crucified for our sin of separation from God the risen back to real life for our resurrection.  Through Jesus, those of us who have welcomed Him into or hearts and lives as our Lord and Savior, will be able to enter that very real place.  Jesus said He prepared a place for us in the same place where He and the Father are.  This is a reality.  Because Jesus, the Word and Son of God is in the very real presence of the Father, He sent the person of the Holy Spirit to dwell in each of us believers so we could live on this earth already in the very real persons of God.  The Holy Spirit is within us to comfort us through earthly trials and to give us wisdom in all our decisions.  We only need to ask and listen.  All answers to all questions are available to us through the Holy Spirit and through the written instruction book, the Holy Bible, which God so lovingly provided for us.  Let’s just learn to always look to Him and listen to Him.  A special place is with Him with our name on it.  So, since we have a place prepared for us, let’s not struggle to build up treasures here on earth but build up treasures in our place with God.

June 23, 2020

Meditation

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,Lord,meditation,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

2 Samuel 7:18-19 18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human  (NIV)

We are a people who make our own priorities.  For many, their profession is a priority, Other prioritize their favorite sport as being the most important thing in their life.  It might be a car or other possession or can even be power or limelight.  There is only one thing that should be a priority in all of our lives.  That is our relationship with God, the Creator of all.  In order to have a relationship with God we must go to Him through His Son Jesus.  This route is the only way God established for us to approach Him.  Once we go through the door which Jesus opened for us, we must grow in our relationship with God by getting to know Him.  Meditation is an important way to get to know God.  David, a man after God’s own heart, was very familiar with meditation.  He often would sit before the Lord, talking with Him, asking Him questions and listening to Him.  We need a quiet place free from distractions to meditate before God.  One of our biggest distractions can be our own thoughts.  I always take a note pad to write down the things that clutter my mind of the tasks I need to do so I can dismiss them for a later time.  This clears the clutter out of my mind so I can turn my mind to God.  On reflection on how close our relationship with God is is how often we actually do sit down before Him to meditate and listen to Him.  Our love for God is reflected by how often our desire is to be with Him alone.  Let’s not let the busyness of this world weaken our relationship with the One Who knows and loves us best.

June 19, 2020

Truth Denied

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,Lord,truth,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Luke 21:17 17 Everyone will hate you because of me.  (NIV)

John 8:45 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!  (NIV)

People like to think whatever they know themselves, whatever they think, is the truth.  We don’t like being told that we are wrong.  We don’t like to change our thinking.  Throughout the ages, people have been ridiculed and even killed because of what the say is truth differs from what others believe is truth.  Socrates was forced to drink hemlock for what he said was truth.  They sawed Isaiah in half for speaking God’s truth.  Stephen was stoned to death for speaking God’s truth.  Galileo was threatened so much that he retracted his statement of truth.  Jesus, Who is Truth, was beaten and crucified.  We are good at lying in order to protect our reputation and be accepted by others.  We must ask ourselves if it is evident to those at work, school, in our neighborhood or even among our family if they know we believe, love and serve God through Jesus Christ.  Do we try to fit in to the current culture’s mold or do we speak the truth in love?  Next time someone uses our Lord’s name in vain or tells a disgraceful joke or deans someone or gossips, let’s be sure we don’t laugh or in any way show our agreement.  When they ask why we don’t laugh or agree, let’s be sure we speak the truth of God’s love. Let’s stand firm for Truth.

June 13, 2020

A Donkey’s Mouth

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

Numbers 22:28 28 Then the Lord opened the donkey’s mouth, and it said to Balaam, “What have I done   (NIV)

God can speak to us through anyone and anything.  When we don’t hear God it isn’t because God’s not speaking.  We don’t hear God because we aren’t listening and/or aren’t expecting to ear God.  In your church service you might think the sermon isn’t good.  You think you’re not getting anything out of it.  That means you’re not expecting God to talk to you.  Let’s learn to keep our ears tuned to hear God through anyone, anything and anytime.  Let’s walk through our day with an expectation that our Father wants to talk to us and will talk to us as soon as we are willing to pay attention and listen.  Let’s not be so stubborn that God has to open the mouth of a donkey to get our attention.  Jesus said even the stones can cry out if no one else praises God.  Let us say as little Samuel said, “Speak, Lord for your servant is listening.”

May 30, 2020

Encourage Daily

Filed under: Church,discouragment,encouragement,God,Jesus,judging,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Hebrews 3:13 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  (NIV)

Everybody like to be told they’re doing a good job. Everybody like to know they’re appreciated.  I know when I get a like on one of these devotions it encourages me.  It encourages me even more when I get comments.  Because I never publish the comments (the comments aren’t what this blog is about) I don’t get very many.  Sometimes I get tired and think it’s time to stop posting but when I do, I get a comment that encourages me to continue.  We need to take the little amount of time it takes to tell someone they’re doing a good job or we appreciate what they’re doing.  A cashier might be having a hard day and had to put up with some angry customers.  How encourage it would be to thank them for they’re service.  There are so very many ways we can encourage people.  Encouragement and thanks motivate people to try a little harder.  Judgement and criticism discourage people from trying at all.  It gives a “what’s the use” attitude.  The above scripture was written to believers in a young church.  When we first open our hearts to believe and follow Jesus, it is tempting to compare what we know and how we act with those who have matured in their faith.  Instead of comparing one another or judging, let us follow the call to encourage one another daily.  The word “daily” is important for, if it doesn’t become a habit to encourage others, it gradually is totally forgotten.  Taking the brief time to read this shows your desire to grow in the Lord.  That is awesome.  The light of God shines through you and your thoughts of God cause a smile on His face.

May 28, 2020

Knowing or Believing

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)

Believing that someone existed isn’t the same as believing IN the person.  When you believe IN someone you trust that person.  Trust is built on love.  When you love someone, you are loyal to that person.  It’s one thing to believe a person name Jesus Who was written about in a collection of books called the Holy Bible walked this earth but quite another to believe IN Jesus as the only Son of God Who, as God’s Word, put on the form of a God-created human and demonstrated God’s love and pan for us.  God, as the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be, calls the shots.  He is the One Who decided the only way for us to have fellowship with Him and eternal life is through believing IN Jesus Christ.  Reading the Bible, going to church and trying to be good on our own doesn’t cut it.  We must actually acknowledge we are sinners and can only be saved from the penalty of our sin through the blood of Jesus.  We must ask God to forgive our sins and welcome Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives not only as our savior but as the Lord, the director of our lives.  Later we read Jesus said if we confess our belief in Him before men, He will confess us before God the Father.  Our belief is personal but it isn’t privet.  We are to be open about our belief in order to follow the commission Jesus gave us; ( Matthew 28:19-20} 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)  Let’s confess Jesus before others and demonstrate His love through our words and actions.

May 7, 2020

Representatives

Filed under: anger,Christ,Jesus,Lord,peace,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

1 Timothy 4:16 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.  (NIV)

Many think this verse doesn’t apply to them.  They’re not a preacher, a teacher, the don’t talk to any groups of people.  We don’t only hear with our ears.  We also hear with our eyes.  We can be walking down a street with our mouths shut but people can still hear us.  They hear us by the expression on our faces.  Even when we wear a mask because of the current pandemic, our eyes say much.  The also hear by how we are walking and by our body language.  What do they hear when they see us?  Do they hear a person full of impatience, anger, pride, hatred or do they hear someone happy, patient, loving of people and full of peace?  We cannot do anything without it speaking loudly to those who see us.  Let us remember, if we are confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are representing Who He is not only through our words but through everything we do.  Let us be good representatives of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Let us exemplify the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

May 1, 2020

Start the Engine

Filed under: baptise,Church,denomination,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

1 Corinthians 12:3 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.  (NIV)
Acts 19:2 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

Acts 9:17 17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

When we accept Jesus as the Lord of our life we do so because the Holy Spirit has come into our minds and hearts to open up to Him.  There is no way to accept Jesus as the Lord of our lives without the invite and power of the Holy Spirit for our normal, sinful, human nature is opposed to anything or anyone other than ourselves being Lord.  However, like putting gas in a car and never turning on the engine – the gas does no good and is powerless without us turning on the engine – so it is with the Holy Spirit Who entered into us when we opened our hearts to Jesus.   We need to be awaken to the fact that the Holy Spirit in us with all His power and wisdom is really in us.  Many people call this the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  What it really is. is the awareness of the Holy Spirit within us and allowing the Holy Spirit to speak in and through us and to work in and through us.  In so many denominations and churches little is said and even less taught about the Holy Spirit.  May I suggest a word study on the Holy Spirit to learn how He speaks in and through us and how He works in and through us.  Without allowing the Holy Spirit to work in and through us we can only be lukewarm like the church in Laodicea.   Let us all learn how to let the Holy Spirit speak and work in and through us with all His wisdom and power.

April 30, 2020

Limitations

Filed under: Christians,disciples,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Acts 1:24-25 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.

We are told to pray and ask specifically for what we need.  When doing this we must be careful not to limit God.  This is a good example of the disciples limiting God.  There were about 120 disciples (a disciple is a follower/student of someone) present in the upper room.  They were all scared but also wanted to be a witness to all Jesus said and Who He is.  They decided, since Jesus had picked 12 to be the most active and outgoing in witnessing, they needed one person to replace Judas, the betrayer.  Basically, the held an election.  They put their own qualifications on the position and picked out 2 men.  Then, as was the custom in deciding what to choose, they cast lots to make their decision.  The lots fell on Mathias.  Now, before we judge them too harshly for casting lots we must remember the Holy Spirit hadn’t come into them yet.  We never hear any more about Mathias.  God was going to select Saul (Paul) to take the place of Judas.  We are to pray specifically but we must keep an open mind to hear and receive an answer that changes what we were specifying.  We don’t know how or what role Mathias fulfilled but we do know what role Paul fulfilled as we read all the letters he wrote.  Many Christians add the phrase, “Thy will be done” and that is good.  Our problem is opening our mind to receive His will when it is different from our specific request.  Let us all learn to open our mind to all possible answers from God, even when they appear to be different from what we were expecting.  God is far above any expectation we might ever have.

 

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