Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

September 19, 2018

Light Burden

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Matthew 11:30 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)

We get confused by this statement.  Our effort to walk with God doesn’t seem easy.  But this word is misunderstood.  In the Greek the word means custom made.  This means God has made a specific yoke for each one of us.  Our yoke that yokes us to Jesus is custom made for us.  It is made or us to be able to work along side and with Jesus and all His power and wisdom.  Our problem is we keep pulling against the yoke.  We have preconceived ideas of how God wants to flow through us.  We strive to undertake the ministry (yoke) designed for someone else.  Oxen are yoked together the make their work easier.  They learn to move at the same speed.  We tend to pull ahead or lag behind.  Being yoked to Jesus is a learning process.  Through prayer, meditation, and Bible study we learn to flow with Jesus.  He had given us His Holy Spirit to help, encourage and guide us.  Let us learn to remain in the distinctive yoke He has for us.  When we allow our distinctive yoke to keep us ever beside and with Jesus our burden is indeed easy and light.

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