Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 3, 2020

Barriers Broken

Filed under: Bible,gender,Jesus,judging,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

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

This is really awesome.  Jews didn’t speak or even go near Samaritans.  There were major differences in their religious beliefs.  There was a great deal of prejudice and animosity on both sides.  Not only was there a major hatred between the 2 cultures, men never spoke to women – especially when no one else was present.  Not only these 2 issues, this woman was also hated by her people due to her sinful behavior.  Jesus was demonstrating there is nothing that separates us from God or from each other; not race, culture, gender or past history.  In God’s eyes we are all equal.  Jesus is our example yet we are so far from following him.  There is a big war on gender identity, on racial differences, on cultural differences on everything that is considered to be different from anyone else.  There is really no human that isn’t at least a little prejudiced about some form of difference between him/her and another.  We need to get our act together.  God loves all people.  God created all people.  All people are equally important to God.  We are to do the same.  Let us learn to appreciate the differences without critical judgment.  God is the judge, not us.  Let us learn to demonstrate God’s love following the instructions in the Holy Bible and let God take care of those who choose not to follow God.  Love and acceptance go a long way to healing hatred.  Jesus broke those barriers between race, culture, gender and sinful life-styles.  Who are we to put barriers back in place?

June 29, 2020

Little Things

Filed under: Bible,body,Father,God,holy,Holy Spirit,love,Obey,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 14:23 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  (NIV)

If we can’t obey God in the small things, there is no way we will be able to obey Him in the bigger things.  Each one of us has different things we consider easy and small versus big and hard.  We need to start with the things we consider as easy.  I find it easy to pray/talk with God throughout my day.  For me talking with God as I walk through my day as natural as breathing.  From time to time I find it hard to have the discipline to care for my body in the right way.  My body contains God’s Holy Spirit, and as such, I should always take proper care to maintain it in good health through eating right and exercising right.  That might seem like a little thing to you.  It may even be that exercise has become the most important thing in your life.  We must be careful with our priorities.  As we read and study the Holy Bible, let’s pay attention to all the things God tells us we should be doing and make note of the things we need to improve on.  It doesn’t matter if it seems to be of very little importance.  Little things add up to big things.  Let’s learn to walk in loving obedience in all we think, say and do.

June 23, 2020

Passion for God

Filed under: Church,fellowship,garden,God,love,passion,prayer,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Philippians 3:8 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  (NIV)

Philippians 3:14 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

How much passion do we have for God?  How much do we desire to know Him?  How much passion do we have in our worship of Him?  How much passion for God do others see in us?  I look at sports arenas and see and hear people standing, shouting cheers and clapping.  I look in most church worship services and see people sitting stoically, looking sad or bored, barely singing or speaking and looking and acting like participating is a chore rather than a privilege and desire.  Where is our passion?  When God sees and hears us, what does He see and hear?  Does He see people who are just saying a few words of thanks or praise because they are supposed to say them or does He see and hear people who really love Him and are excited about the privilege of worshiping and thanking Him for all He has done and is doing for them?  Where is our passion?  We can’t drum up passion when it’s not really there.  It takes reflecting on who we really are, how sinful we really are in and of ourselves compared to how God is and what He has done for us to restore our relationship with Him as He originally created our relationship of fellowship with Him to be in the Garden of Eden for us to realize His incredible love for us and start to feel passionate about not only receiving His love but also to love Him back through worship, praise and thanksgiving.  Once again, where’s our passion?  Let’s show our passion, not only in our own prayer closet but also when we are around other people.  Passion for God will turn this world around.

June 14, 2020

Word for Today

2 Timothy 4:3 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  (NIV)

This is a very applicable word for today.  We see it in the looting and property damage going on.  We see it in the pushing ahead in various lines.  We hear the “me first” attitude so prevalent in our culture today.  People like to be the ones in power over other people.  People don’t want to hear about God.  They want to be their own god.  They don’t want God to be mentioned in school and want to teach things God says are evil.  We even have false teachers in Christian churches teaching self- gratification.  Many denominations are changing definitions of words in the Bible in order to agree with the god-less culture of today.  What do we do about this?  We must stand strong in our faith.  We must speak out in love, not in judgement.  Most important, we must go into our prayer war-room and bind the evil forces trying to deceive this world and pray to loose the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

June 10, 2020

Eye Witness

Filed under: Christian,Christians,God,love,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

1 John 1:3 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  (NIV)

This is an eye-witness testimony.  In fact it uses the plural pronoun, “we” which means there are multiply eye-witnesses.  In a court of law, eye-witness are the best evidence there is.  These eye-witnesses were so very sure of what they saw and heard that they even gave their lives up in standing firm on what they saw and heard.  Unfortunately, in our human, sinful nature, if we don’t like what an eye-witness says they saw and heard, we choose to close our mind and ears to their testimony.  There were and still are people who don’t like the idea of God being in control of all, They want to be the ones in control.  The hardest things for people to understand are love and God.  Look at the divorce rate and the hatred that abounds and it confirms people don’t understand love.  Look at the life-style that’s being embrace and that’s evidence they don’t understand God.  God is love.  We confuse love with lust.  Love and lust are worlds apart.  The United States was founded on Jewish/Christian morals – the morals handed down to mankind by God.  These morals produce a life of love and peace.  When mankind insists on self-rule love and peace are absent.  We, as Christians, have been known as the “silent majority.”  Because of our silence we are no longer the majority but are the minority.  However, we have the power and wisdom of God available to us.  It is way past time for us to demonstrate what a Christian is and what love for God and love for neighbor means.  Let us speak loud with our actions agreeing with our words.

May 29, 2020

Like Paul

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christian,gender,God,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Ephesians 6:19 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly   (NIV)

Paul was threatened with prison and death yet his prayer request was to be bold and always speak for Christ Jesus.  I don’t know about you, but Paul puts me to shame.  So many of us pray selfishly for our own comfort and convenience.  Paul was totally focused on God and spreading of His message.  We, for the most part are focused on what will make us most popular.  As believers in and followers of Jesus our number one desire should be to be pleasing to God regardless of what others might think of us.  We fear being labeled a “religious fanatic.”  That term has changed in it’s meaning as culture has pulled further and further away from God.  Today that term applies to anyone who is openly a true believer and follower of God.  I don’t use the term “Christian” because now that term seems to be defined as a church member that is basically a “good” person.  We are do good today at changing the definition of a word to match our own desires of its meaning.  Not only has the definition of Christian changed but the definition of marriage and gender have also changed.  Let us be more like Paul and desire to be bold in our belief and following of God through Jesus Christ and proclaim the gospel to those around us in a loving, non-judgmental way.

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 20, 2020

Up to Us

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christians,God,internet,love,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (NIV)

Many think because they belong to a Christian denomination they are Christians and they have eternal life.  Religions don’t reject Christ.  Religions are a man-made system of beliefs that man-kind devises with their own ideas.  To be a saved believer/follower and have full access to God the Father is an individual decision.  God has no grandchildren.  Each person must enter through the door of Jesus by their own choice.  We each have 2 choices, heaven or hell.  We can’t blame God if we choose to reject the only door He has provided for us.  The choice is entirely up to us as individuals.  The only way we can walk through the door of Jesus is by opening more than just our mind in acknowledging He is the Son of God, died and rose from the dead to open the door for us, we must put our trust in Him and make the choice to follow in the way He demonstrated for us to walk.  Some say since God is a God of love He will give eternal life to all of His creation.  It is because He is a God of love that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sin for there is no way for us to pay the penalty since we are so full of sin.  It is His love that provided the door for us.  There is no greater love than God putting on full humanity, leaving His God completeness and experience life as we know it and showing us hoe to live it free from sin, suffering physically through beatings and crucifixion and emotionally by betrayal and rejection.  The choice is up to us.  We each must walk through the door of Jesus Christ on our own.

May 12, 2020

All Important

Filed under: God,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Job 38:4 4 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.  (NIV)

God is too big to be contained in His creation.  He is bigger than all of nature.  He is bigger than any building mankind can make.  He is bigger than any eloquent preacher.  He is bigger than anything that can ever exist.  Yet He chose to channel parts of His attributes through the people He created.  Each person is important in channeling one of His attributes.  It may be a smile that is needed at one time.  It was with me.  It was a smile and elderly lady gave me that led me to a personal relationship with God.  It may be a pat on the back at just the right time or just the words “thank you” expressed at the right time to a person in need.  There is no telling what it is God will do through who for who at just the right time.  We are each equally needed to display the various attributes of God.  You are very important in this.  God has an attribute He has chosen to display only through you.  We most likely aren’t aware of what attribute God chooses to display through us but God knows and will do so as long as we allow Him.  We allow Him by opening ourselves up to Him and allowing Him to flow through us in whatever way He chooses.  We open ourselves up to Him by acknowledging there is nothing we, in and of ourselves, can ever accomplish that is good without God working in and through us.  God has a shortage of believers/followers who open themselves up to Him.  There are attributes of God this earth hasn’t received because there are people who have yet to come to Him.  It is a responsibility of each and every believer/follower to share the love of God with others to help them to see, know and open up to the love of God and allow some of His attributes to flow through them.  Are you open?  If so, are you sharing with others how mighty, knowing and loving God is and how He wants His love, through some of His many attributes to flow through each and every one of us?  Let’s each do our part to allow all of God’s creation to show forth the beauty and majesty and love of God, the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be.

April 26, 2020

Transplant

John 17:22 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—

The chemo they gave me for stage 4 cancer 20+ years ago damaged my heart.  They tried to ablations, that’s when they go through the veins to burn the places in the heart that are misbehaving, but neither was successful. The wanted to do a transplant but I declined.  They finally decided to put in a pacemaker which constantly paces my heart.  I’m still doing fine.  In actually I already had a heart transplant. I had it when I opened my heart to Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  But it didn’t show completely right away.  It took time for my mind to be renewed to understand my new heart- the heart of Jesus.  Gradually as I experienced various trials and as I continued to read, study and meditate on the written words God so graciously provided for us in the Holy Bible and learned how to have a 2-way conversation with Him through His Holy Spirit, more and more of the heart of Jesus showed.  I still have many times my own, old thoughts service but God’s loving grace always brings me back.  When God looks at me, He hears the heart beat of His Son.  It is that heart beat continues to draw me into more and more of a oneness with Him.  This is a life-long process.  This heart transplant is available to all who will accept it.  All one needs to do is say yes to Jesus and allow Him to replace their heart and transplant His heart in them.  But don’t stop with the transplant.  Allow God to take you through various trials as He renews you mind to tune into the heart of Jesus within you.

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