Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 21, 2018

Circumcise

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Deuteronomy 10:16 16 Circumcise your hearts, therefore, and do not be stiff-necked any longer. (NIV)

To circumcise the penis, they remove a layer of skin called the foreskin.  To circumcise our hearts, we are to remove the layer of our heart called self-centered.  We are to make our heart open and vulnerable to the love of God and, through Him open to share His love with others.  Being stiff-necked is being closed to the needs, feelings and/or ideas of others and putting our own needs, feelings and/or ideas first and foremost in our thoughts, actions and life.  But we don’t like to circumcise our hearts.  We want to protect ourselves from the unknown.  This is a lack in trust and faith in the One Who loves us and only wants His best for us.  Since our sinful, fleshly nature is on the timid side of circumcising our hearts we must give way to the Holy Spirit within us.  We must ask Him to circumcise all the layers in our hearts that would block His love and prevent us from sharing His love with others.  Let us relax our necks and allow the Holy Spirit to circumcise our hearts, removing that stiff, tough skin and allowing the softness and gentleness of God’s love and forgiveness to permeate us.

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October 13, 2018

Faith Expressed

Filed under: Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Galatians 5:6 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (NIV)

Being a Christian isn’t about religion – a following of rules.  It is about a relationship with God through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  This relationship is based on faith.  Faith in God’s great love for us; so great that He sent Jesus to earth to suffer on the cross so we would no longer have to do all the sacrifices described in the Bible but that through the one sacrifice of Jesus our sins are forgiven for all of eternity.  But, if we don’t live out and express this faith through love, it is nothing.  God is love.  Any expression of God must be done in love.  Love doesn’t coerce or force.  Love nurtures.  If we see our life, our testimony isn’t bearing fruit, we must check to see if our faith is immersed in the love of God and expressed in our love for God and for fellow mankind.  The characteristics of this love are found in 1 Corinthians 13.  Read them daily putting our own name in the place of love and see how we come out.  It can be very revealing.

October 8, 2018

Households

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Acts 16:34 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. (NIV)

Have you noticed how many times in the New Testament, when someone accepts Jesus, they bring their entire household into acceptance also?  Households were unified in their love for God.  Today there are more households separated in their beliefs than there are unified.  We preach individualism today.  We are told to let our children make up their own minds about what to believe and how to live.  This has been carried to such an extreme people get reported for teaching their children the Bible.  It is past time for believers to stand firm.  We need to trust God and be bold. But we must do it in love, not condemnation.  Some have given Christians a bad image through their pointing out things in a condemning way rather than loving people into the Kingdom.  Let us learn to reach out in love while standing firm for God through Jesus.  Let us courageously raise our children and grandchildren to love the Lord with all their mind, strength and might and their neighbor as themselves.

October 3, 2018

Perfect Love

Filed under: Creation,devotion,God,Jesus,love,peace,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Psalms 118:29 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (NIV)

More and more often I am overwhelmed by God’s love. The more I read, study and meditate on the Scriptures, the more I learn about my God, the more I realize how little I can really know and understand about Him and the immense amount of His love and power.  He is far to loving, powerful, mercy and patient for my finite mind to ever comprehend.  I see His love all around me.  He didn’t have to create such beautiful colors nor give our eyes the capacity to distinguish the beauty, but He did.  As we learn to grow in Him, as we become more intimate with our God through His Son, Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, we learn to relax in His love as a child.  We learn to receive His love and let it envelop us.  The feeling of peace it brings is far beyond our understand.  I pray you take time just to bask in His love.  As you feel His Presence surrounding you and flowing through you, you will know you can walk through any trial this sinful world brings your way for we are each enveloped in the perfect love of the One Who has all power and is in control of all that was, is and will ever be.  His perfect love truly casts out all fear and fills us with the most abundant life.

October 2, 2018

In The Heart

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NIV)

As I learn to people watch with the eyes of God, this is one of the verses that helps to move me forward.  Samuel was looking at the outward appearance for what he perceived would make a good king.  God knows the heart of mankind.  We tend to hide our hearts from others.  We fear rejection and judgement if others could see our hearts.  But it is with the God-heart that the Holy Spirits quickens within us that we are to use when looking at others.  No, we can’t see what’s in their heart.  Samuel couldn’t see what was in David’s heart but, as we read the Psalms, we can see why God wanted David.  When we look at the homeless person on the street do we judge for ourselves why that person is homeless?  We don’t know where that person has had to walk.  God knows.  God cares.  God loves.  Who are we not to do the same.  If we can’t help materially, we can lift the people we tend to want to judge up in prayer to the throne of God.  Let Him know we know He loves that person and, if He chooses to use us in that person’s life, let’s let Him know we are available.

September 22, 2018

Love is Action

Filed under: devotion,God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

John 15:16-17 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other (NIV)

We are on this earth to bear fruit.  Bear fruit that will last.  The only fruit that will last is the love of God.  We bear this fruit through loving others.  This is our mission on this earth.  Love is a verb of action.  Just saying we love doesn’t work.  We must show we love through serving others as we serve God.  We must give up the selfish idea our time, our possessions and our desires are more important than those of others.  We are of no more value and importance than anyone else.  I like to people watch.  I use to watch with a critical eye.  I would wonder how they let themselves get in such bad shape, why the dressed the way the did and on and on.  Now, God is teaching me to look at them as He does.  He sees people He loves very much.  He put action on His love by sacrificing His Son for all people.  As I look now, I pray for the people I see.  I talk to God about the needs I see in them.  I offer myself to God to be used by Him.  Occasionally He gives me words to speak to a stranger.  Sometimes He moves me to give them some money.  It is a matter of being open to God and hearing Him on how to convey His love to those around us.  Let us be listeners and then doers.  Let us bear fruit through the action of love.

September 20, 2018

His Will

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

John 5:30 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me. (KJV)

 

This is Jesus talking.  He said He did not seek His own will but the will of the Father.  How often we seek our own will.  How often we ask of God what it is we want for ourselves.  It takes a lot of faith, trust and love to truly want the will of the Father, God over our own fleshly will.  We choose when we want His will and when we would prefer our own will.  We must grow beyond this if we are truly followers of Jesus.  He came to show us the way.  Our question is will we follow in His way?  Will we choose to really trust God’s best for us and for His glory and really desire His will wherever it takes us?  He has placed His Holy Spirit within us to enable us to do so.  Let us ask Him to increase our faith and trust in the areas where we lack.  Let us choose to really desire His will in all things and at all times.

September 8, 2018

Answers Unrecognized

Filed under: devotion,God,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Romans 11:33 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! (NIV)

God answers all prayers raised from clean hearts; hearts that are free from unconfessed sin and unforgiveness.  The problem is we are looking for answers that conform to our own thoughts of what they should be.  We can’t, in our finite and normally self-seeking minds, understand the judgments and paths of God.  We can choose to trust or choose not to trust.  God has proved His love and His provision for us over centuries.  When we don’t think a prayer is being answered, we must do a few things.  First we must be sure we have no unconfessed sin.  We must be sure we have no unforgiveness in our hearts.  We must truthfully look at our prayer request.  Are we asking for something within the will of God or asking for something for a selfish or covet desire.  If all these conditions stand according to the precepts of God, it might be we just don’t recognize the answer.  Then we need ask the Holy Spirit to show us in what way God has answered our prayer.  God is always faithful.  It is us who are distracted from our faithfulness.

September 7, 2018

Surpassing Love

Ephesians 3:19 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV)

I’ve been talking with God about His love, a love that exceeds my imagination.  He had me picture myself in His place.  Imagine ourselves with only one child.  We love that child very much.  Our child is a very good and loving and obedient child.  One day we tell the child we want him to take the place of a child who doesn’t even know us and who has been very bad and is scheduled to be consigned to hell.  We know it will be incredibly painful for our child.  Our child will go through hell even though, after a time, he will return to join us.  To tell you the truth, I know I could never let any of my children die in place of any other child.  I love my children too much for that.  God loves His Son even more than we can love our children.  Yet, He loves us, as sinful and doubtful and unloving as we are, so much He sent His Son to stand in for us.  I can’t imagine how much pain and grief it cost our God.  This is a love beyond our ability to imagine. 

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