Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 23, 2019

Well Rooted

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Psalms 1:2-3 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NLV)

We had black walnut trees on some property we had.  Black walnut trees don’t bear many nuts until they are about 60 ft tall.  Their seasons of bearing fruit don’t begin until the trees are mature enough and deeply rooted.   Sometimes we wonder why we aren’t bear much fruit for God.  It is because we are not deeply rooted.  To dig our roots deep we must meditate on God’s word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  We must put His Word deeply into our minds and hearts.  We must allow the water of the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us as we read, study, meditate and memorize the written word of God which He so lovingly provided for us through those who were deeply rooted.  A good barometer of how well our roots are doing is how fruitful we are being.  The fruits we should be bearing are (Galatians 5:22-23)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  When we lack one of these fruits it is time to check on our feeding of our roots.  Let us take good care of our roots so we can be fruitful for the glory of our God.

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March 24, 2019

In Christ

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

1 Corinthians 15:22 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (NIV)

Little words are very important.  When ignored, the entire meaning of the statement can be lost.  In this verse it is the word “in.”  We can believe Christ Jesus is the Son of God, but, if we don’t allow Christ to be IN us, we are not children of God, we are not saved from eternal death – separation from God.  To have Christ IN us we must be open and accepting to the infilling of His Holy Spirit.  We must, as Christ commanded, eat of Him.  To eat of Him means we study and meditate on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God so lovingly provided for us by the Holy Spirit giving the words to listening people.  We must also enter into a 2-way conversation with Him many times daily.  Notice the conversation must be 2-ways.  We must not do all the talking.  We must take time to listen to the still, small, quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  To be IN Christ we are no longer the self-centered person but are becoming a Christ-centered person.  Let us learn to abide in Christ more and more each and every day, allowing Him to be in us as we learn to be IN Him.

February 15, 2019

Come, Follow, Abide

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Matthew 11:28 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (NIV)

Matthew 4:19 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” (NIV)

John 15:4 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

First Jesus invites us to come to Him.  We must come to Him and take Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior.  After we have come to Him, Jesus asks us to follow Him.  Following Him means to follow the teachings of Jesus.  That is where so many stop.  They try to follow the teachings of Jesus but find they fail so very often.  Too many don’t continue to listen to Jesus’ invitation to abide in Him.  Only through abiding in Him can we come anywhere near to following Him.  He promised a little later that if we would abide in Him, He will abide in us.  He abides in us through the presence of His Holy Spirit.  There is a big difference in abiding IN and abiding WITH.  We can be with someone else and still not really know them.  We can be with someone else and yet, do our own thing.  When we are abiding IN someone else we are one in them.  We function as one.  We want the same thing.  Once again, moving from the come to the follow to the abiding takes reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and daily 2-way conversations with God.  There is no other way to know Him and abide in Him.  The whole purpose of these daily devotions I write is to encourage others along with myself to continually seek to grow and to know God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit that we may have an intimate relationship with Him and be pleasing to Him.

February 14, 2019

Branches

John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

What does it mean to be a branch?  A branch is absolutely useless and nothing without being attached to the vine or tree.  It get’s all it’s nourishment from the vine.  It can only produce fruit when it get’s nourishment from the vine.  For us to be a branch, we must realize without God, we are helpless, we are nothing.  We must stay attached to Him, get our nourishment from Him.  We must realize we are nothing apart from Him.  When attached to Him we are continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit working through us that produces fruit.  When we think we have wisdom on our own, we will eventually fail.  We must come to the place where we realize apart from God, we are nothing but a body containing a sinful and flawed being.  It’s scary at first to realize we are nothing but as we realize it, our trust and faith in God grows.  Personally, I know I could never write any of the devotions that have been typed by my fingers over the last 9 or 10 years.  It is only the Holy Spirit within me working through me.  Let us all realize our total helplessness without being and staying attached to the vine, Jesus.  We stay attached through reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and often conversations with our Father, God.

January 30, 2019

Breath of God

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:23 pm

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

We can go a few weeks without food.  We can go a few days without water.  We can’t go but a few minutes without breathing air.  So many professing Christians go days, some even weeks without spiritual air.  God breathed His air into scripture.  We need to breathe in the God-breathed scripture every day.  Without breathing in the air of God we aren’t equipped for any good work.  Without breathing in the air of God our spirits will die.  This is why so many of these devotions state how very important it is for us to read, study and meditate on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  It is more than food for us.  It is the very breath of God needed to sustain our spiritual lives.

December 29, 2018

Refreshing

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

Jeremiah 31:25 25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (NIV)

When we don’t know we need refreshing we can’t be refreshed.  Also, if we don’t know how we can be refreshed, we won’t be refreshed.  So many look to the wrong things or places for refreshment.  They think alcohol will refresh them.  Maybe they look to drugs or indiscriminate intercourse.  There is only one place to get really refreshed from the stress, trials and burdens of life on this earth.  That place is through the Word of God, the Holy Bible and through a close relationship with Him.  When God created man, He put a vacuum in man that can only be satisfied by the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit.  Man blew it when he became disobedient to God’s commands.  That void is there until mankind comes to God through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Coming to Jesus isn’t just a one-time acceptance and belief in Jesus.  It is a daily relationship that needs daily refreshing.  We get this refreshing through daily reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God supplied us with and through 2-way communication with Him (prayer) throughout each and every day.  When we find ourselves stressed, worried, worn out or dissatisfied with our life, we need to check our relationship with God.  Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder.  It makes the heart grow cold.  As we prepare to enter another calendar year let’s make a disciplined effort to refresh our relationship with God each and every day through daily Bible study and 2-way conversations with our Father each and every day.

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.

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.

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