Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 20, 2019

Value

Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

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February 18, 2019

More Workers

Filed under: God,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:51 pm

Luke 10:2 2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (NIV)

It takes more than praying for more harvesters or workers for the Kingdom of God.  It takes us, ourselves, being a harvester.  God may not send us to another nation.  He may not send us to be the pastor of a congregation.  He may not call us to write books or devotions.  He does call each and every one of us to be harvester.  We are to talk about His love and demonstrate His love in our families, our neighborhoods, our work places and every place we go.  It only took a smile from someone to bring me into the harvest.  We don’t know what it takes for any individual.  We do know we are to show God’s love to all we meet.  I don’t want to hear anyone tell God that I was with them and didn’t share the love of God with them.  Let us each not only pray for more workers.  Let us be a worker for the glory of God.

February 17, 2019

So Simple

Filed under: God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:18 pm

Matthew 22:37-40 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. (NIV)

It’s really so very simple.  We are to love God with all our hearts, soul and mind and love everyone else.  We like to make things complicated.  We like to exclude others.  We like to make all sorts of rules to our favor and liking.  We must look at ourselves and see how we’re doing.  If we really love God with all our hearts, soul and minds we would love and care for all God has ever made.  This not only includes all people, it includes all creation.  Do we really love all of God’s creations?  If we do, we will care for it.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into the store and left my bags I the car.  I am usually too lazy to go back and get them so I use new bags from the store and contribute to the garbage collection that doesn’t decompose and litters the earth.  That is just a very small example of one of the many ways we don’t care for God’s creation.  Even worse is the way we don’t care for our fellow human beings.  Jesus said what we do to the least of one of these is what we do to Him.  That also includes what we don’t do for the least of one of these is what we don’t do for Him.  Let us get back to the core of what God has told us to do.  Let us love Him with all our heart, our soul and our minds and love all He created (people and things) as ourselves, demonstrating it by our care for all.

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 5, 2019

Greed

Filed under: Church,Father,God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 6:30 pm

Luke 12:15 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (NIV)

Greed encompasses more than money.  Greed includes the greed for power, fame, material possessions and so on.  Greed is a lust and desire to have the most of what ever it is we are desiring and seeking.  We see greed displayed in the news every day.  Commercials even entice us to greed.  We are told we aren’t living right if we don’t have a particular product.  We are encouraged to accumulate as much of a product as we can.  Unfortunately, some churches are even preaching a financial prosperity message.  This can lead us into greed for money and for the things money can buy.  The Bible says for us to be content with what we have.  We are not to covet what other people have.  We are not to compare ourselves with others.  We are to compare ourselves with Christ.  He didn’t ever own or rent His own home.  He didn’t have a big wardrobe.  He didn’t stockpile supplies.  He looked to His Father to provide His needs while He served His Father.  When we leave this earth, everything we have accumulated stays on this earth.  We must ask ourselves if, when we leave this earth we will be remembered only for the possessions we leave behind or remembered for the love of God we have shared with others.

February 2, 2019

The Sound of Snow

Filed under: Creation,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:36 pm

Proverbs 15:29 29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (NIV)

I was watching a documentary on snow in keeping with our current weather.  I found out that a snow flake actually makes a sound when it hits the ground or other snow.  No human ear can hear the sound but there are advanced electronics that actually pick up and record the sound.  Amazing.  When we pray, many time we pray without using our voices.  We pray silently in our heads with our thoughts.  No human can hear that kind of prayer.  But we have Someone, Our Creator, God, Who actually hears our silent prayers.  He hears them as long as we are robed in the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  It is such a comfort to know that even when we are in a location or circumstance were we cannot speak aloud with our voice, God still hears us as we pray silently.  Let us remember He hears what we think and turn our thoughts over to Him in confidence of His love for us.

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.

January 27, 2019

Race

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,love,scriptures,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Have you noticed what runners wear, or don’t wear, when they are running a race?  They don’t have anything in their pockets, in their hands, around their waist or necks.  They wear as little as possible.  They don’t want anything to slow them down.  In life, we carry a lot of baggage.  Some of our baggage includes, hurts from the past, unforgiveness, doubts, fear and on and on.  These things slow down our living a life of faith.  These things play against faith in God, in His provision, in His love for us, in His fulfillment of promises for us.  To run the race of a life of faith with perseverance, we must lay down these burdens of excel baggage at the cross of Jesus.  We lay them down by releasing them in faith to God and refusing to pick the up again.  We’ve probably done this several times but always end up picking the up due to a memory or a moment of doubt.  Instead of picking them back up, check the moment of doubt of the recurring memory with one of God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and reciting scripture does wonders for erasing doubt.  Let us learn to run the race with perseverance and faith and cast all excess baggage of doubt out of our hearts and minds.

January 17, 2019

Junk

Filed under: devotion,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Timothy 1:3-5 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (NIV)

We are warned so often to read labels of what we eat.  There is a lot of junk hyped as good food for our bodies.  We are being warned in Timothy to be careful of what we listen to or read.  Not everything said or written in the name of Jesus is on target.  We need to constantly ask the Holy Spirit to give us discernment when we listen or read what others say God is saying to us.  There is a lot of junk being preached and written.  When we hear it over and over it become hard not to buy into it.  This is yet another reason we must diligently study the scriptures under the direction of the Holy Spirit within us to be able to recognize when we hear or read interpretations of others that are not sound doctrine.  This includes reading this devotional site.  What God says to me and how I interpret it may not interpret right for you.  So, before listening to someone or reading what someone has written, always pray first for wisdom and discernment.  God has promised if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us.  As important as it is for us to get the junk food out of our diet, it is even more important to get the religious myths and incorrect doctrines out of our spiritual lives.

January 6, 2019

One Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

Acts 4:32 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. *NIV)

We have to wonder what made such a change in the believers.  When they were walking with Jesus they were vieing for position.  Two of them even had their mother try to have Jesus promise they would be seated on either side of Him.  In our human state we are very jealous about our position with others.  We want to be the most important and the best.  So, what changed these believers to become one in heart and mind?  They were now filled with the Holy Spirit.  Without the Holy Spirit we don’t have the power or ability to love others in the way Jesus commanded.  We always want to be out first.  Our problem, after we have received the Holy Spirit, is allowing Him to work His way within our hearts and minds.  Our old nature is very comfortable.  Our trust level is not where it should be.  We tend to think if we don’t watch out for ourselves, what we think we want and need, no one else will.  We forget God promised us He would provide for all our needs.  This promise should free us to allow God provide for the needs of others through us.  We are here as His hands and feet.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to truly love and care for those around us.  Let us be in one heart and mind with other believers that life is about God and His love.

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