Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 1, 2018

Cut Out

Filed under: Bible,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:59 pm

Hebrews 4:12 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (NIV)

For this verse to apply to us we must read the written word, the Holy Bible, study it and apply it to our everyday words and actions.  We must be open and honest with ourselves when we read it.  We can’t just gloss over thinking it doesn’t really apply to us.  We must allow the written word, through the Holy Spirit, to judge our thoughts and attitudes.  This can be hard for some of us to do because we like to think we are better than we really are.  We like to shove down certain thoughts as if we never have them.  It takes the written word of God to cut through our thoughts and attitudes.  A surrendered life will allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the thoughts and attitudes which must be cut out of our minds and hearts.  Let us learn to allow the sword of God’s Spirit to cut out of us any thought or attitude which are not in line with His written word.

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October 27, 2018

Let Go

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,meditation,prayer,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Mark 10:27 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (NIV)

To understand this verse, we must look at the preceding verses to find out what the word “this” refers.  This is Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question of who can possible be saved.  We have a brain set that we must live in sin.  We think it is impossible to live without sin.  We are conditioned to sin.  We have various sins in our lives we refuse to let go of.  The rich young ruler (Starting in Luke 18:18) who obeyed all the commandments given to Moses turned away from Jesus when he was told he had to let go of his love and false sense of security of his money.  We all have things we don’t want to let go.  This is because we trust the familiar more than we trust God.  Jesus demonstrated we could lead a sinless life.  Every time we sin it is because we have made a choice.  Our choices become habits.  But Jesus said all things are possible with God.  Our question is do we want to let go of our pet habits and let God take control?  This is something we each need to meditate on and talk with God about.  We each have more than one “pet” sin so it will take some time.  If we are willing to turn to Jesus and not walk away as the rich young ruler did, we will see all things possible.

October 24, 2018

Common Good

1 Corinthians 12:7 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)

We humans have a strong desire for individualism.  We look after self to a high degree.  We even tend to think that the gifts God gives us are for our own self.  But God gives us gifts for the common good – the good of our fellow human beings.  We are each very important to the family of God.  We read in 1 Corinthians 12:22-26 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it  This is saying the you are very important and very special.  When I first started my walk with God I asked to be a little toe.  I didn’t think God would ever want to use me for anything special.  God told me toes are important because they keep the body in balance.  My reaction was, I was so unbalanced I couldn’t even be a little toe.  It takes being open to God through His Holy Spirit as we read His instruction book (The Holy Bible), meditate on it and learn to apply it to our daily lives and learning how to listen to the gentle, quiet voice of His Holy Spirit within us to bring us into functioning with the gifts He gives us for the good of all of His family.  I want to encourage you in your walk.  You are very important in the family of God.  God has a specific ministry for you that no one else is called or equipped to do.  As you grow in Him your gift will grow and your ministry will grow.  Let us each grow for the common good of all of God’s family.

October 22, 2018

Missing Word

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

James 1:22 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV)

Listening is useless if not followed by action.  As we listen we must be careful with what goes into your ears.  When we “listen” to the word are we sure it’s the Word of God we are listening to or someone else’s interpretation of the Word of God.  This is why we must read and meditate daily on the written Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We should also take it to service where the it is being preached.  So often it is misquoted.  I did a test one time when I was preaching.  I left out a very small word which totally changed the meaning of the verse.  I asked if I had read it correctly and the all said yes.  Then I asked them to open their Bibles to the verse I was quoting and read it along with me.  I was surprised how many still didn’t notice I was leaving out one word.  Every word in the Bible is important.  We must not skip over any but must be careful when we read and when we listen.  Satan is quite a deceiver.  He used a misquote to tempt Eve.  Let’s be sure we don’t give him the opportunity of using a mis-quote or missing word to deceive us from acting on the real word of God.

October 16, 2018

To

Romans 6:11 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

The definition of the word “to” by Webster is —used to indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward. —used to indicate the place where someone participates in a particular activity.  Paul writes in Romans that, as a human we navigate to sin but, after we come to Jesus Christ we change the direction we head from sin to God.  Our goal is to move closer and closer to God.  We do this through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and through conversations (prayer) with Him.  In and of our own strength we can’t do this.  God knows that and has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us for direction and strength to continue our heading to God.  Our aim in everything we do, read, say and hear should be to help us continue to aim in the direction to God.  We must review our activities and see what direction they are leading us “to” – to sin or to God.

October 10, 2018

From or Of

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (NIV)

There is a difference between learning from someone and learning of someone.  To learn from someone you don’t necessarily learn about who that person is, you learn what that person teaches.  To learn of someone, you learn who that person is, what they exemplify, how they live as well as what they teach.  Many know what Jesus taught by reading their Bibles.  However, knowing what Jesus taught is not the same as knowing Jesus.  Jesus want us to know Him for through knowing Him we will come to know the Father.  Everything Jesus did and said was to glorify the Father.  We can’t glorify the Father, God without learning OF Jesus.  We do this not only through study and meditation of what is recorded in the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Bible, but also through prayer (2-way conversation with God) and through listening to the Holy Spirit Who comes to dwell in us when we commit to know of Jesus.  Let us not only learn from Him.  Let us learn OF Him.

October 7, 2018

Favor

 

Luke 2:14 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)

It’s interesting to look up in the Bible and see how many people found favor with God.  We must ask, how is it they found favor with God.  First, we must know Him through His Son, His Word, Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit within us.  Without doing this there is no favor.  Then we must listen to Him.  We listen through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and to the Holy Spirit.  We can also listen to Him through our circumstances and sometimes through someone else who is walking with God.  To listen to Him and not trust Him is fruitless.  We must trust Him, His love, forgiveness and mercy for us as His children.  Then we must obey what we hear Him say.  If we don’t obey that means we really don’t trust Him.  When circumstances tell us we seem to have lost God’s favor it’s time to check and see if we are listening, trusting and obeying.  Let us learn to remain in favor with God.

October 6, 2018

Reflections

Filed under: Creation,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

I take a lot of pictures of calm lakes that have the reflection of the mountains or whatever is on the other side of the lake.  I really enjoy seeing the reflections in the water.  The reflections are a hint at the beauty of what they are reflecting.  We were created to be a reflection of God.  We must ask ourselves, when others see us, do they see a reflection of God?  How much of His love and His beauty do others see when they look at us.  I’m not talking about physical beauty.  I’m talking about the beauty of the spirit – the real person inside of us.  Our physical bodies are like the skin of a rattle snake.  They are just the shell that houses the real person God created us to be.  Let us really get and stay attached to the vine of Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us work on our reflection, take out the ripples that distort it, and allow God’s reflection to be seen in all we say and do.

October 5, 2018

Meaningless

Filed under: depression,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Ecclesiastes 1:2 2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (NIV)

There are times when all of us feel our lives don’t really matter.  We feel we aren’t successful enough; we are living up to our own expectations or the expectations of others.  This is how the author of Ecclesiastes was feeling.  I was feeling a little this way one day.  I was thinking I have been writing a different devotion every day for over 8 years and it probably wasn’t really of interest to anyone or helping anyone jump start their devotion time.  Though there is a place for people to put comments I seldom read them as it requires getting into a different page.  The purpose of the blog is for jumpstarting others into a thought for them to meditate on and look further into scripture so comments are not showing up for the readers.  I was surprised when I looked on my comment page.  There were so many comments and all were positive but one stood out above the rest.  One of the devotions changed someone’s mind from committing suicide.  I thank God for letting me see that He can do something for others through the writings He gives me.  We seldom see what God does through us for others.  God only asks us to obedient to His leading so He can do His work through us.  There is not one person on this earth who isn’t loved and important to God.  He wants to continue His work through each and every one of us.  Let us be open to His leading without doubting His power to flow through us even when we are unaware.  To all those who have left comments, thank you for the encouragement to continue on as God leads.  Our lives are not meaningless.  Our lives are to bring glory to God through the power of His Holy Spirit in any way He chooses.

September 26, 2018

Roots

Filed under: Holy Spirit,meditation,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Matthew 13:7 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. (NIV)

Because we travel often, our yard is gravel.  We don’t want to have the responsibility of keeping grass mowed.  Our neighbors have grass and, when they mow, grass seed comes into our gravel and springs to life.  We can spray it with weed killer and it’ll turn brown but it is still in our grave.  We must pull it out by the roots.  The same is true with the sin in our lives.  Recognizing it, confessing it, receiving forgiveness for it is like spraying it with weed killer but the roots are still there.  We must pull the root of the sin out of our hearts and minds.  We do this through the Holy Spirit and the renewing of our minds.  We renew our minds through careful study of the Scriptures, meditation and application of what we read to the thoughts and actions of our lives.  Confession without repentance and pulling out the roots does nothing.  Let us be sure we go after all the roots of our various sins.

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