Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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 20, 2020

Okay to Fail

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Matthew 14:29 29 “Come,” he s aid.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  (NIV)

Matthew 14:30 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  (NIV)

There have been many sermons preached about how Peter took his eyes off Jesus, looked at the water and sank but I’ve not heard any about the fact Peter was the only one of all those in the boat that even tried.  Besides keeping our eyes on Jesus instead of our circumstances we must learn that all God asks is for us to try.  We needn’t be ashamed of failure.  We can learn much from our failures.  What we are to be ashamed of is not trying.  Many are afraid of praying for healing out loud for fear that a healing won’t occur.  Our job is to pray and ask.  It is up to God how He chooses to answer our prayers.  I remember God directing me to go to the hospital to pray for a non-believer to be healed of melanoma the day before her surgery.  I went in pure obedience.  I asked her if I could pray for her.  She was polite and said yes.  I held her hand, prayed, “Father God, by the authority given to me by Your Son, Jesus, I speak healing.  The melanoma must go.”  Then I said good by and left it in God’s hands.  The next day they took her down to surgery, looked at the melanoma and decided they better do another biopsy before the do the surgery.  There was no melanoma.  I never heard from the lady for several years.  Quite some time later she phoned, asked if I remembered her and said not only was she healed when I prayed, but she and her husband both accepted Jesus as their Savior and are in full time Christian work.  Object lesson of Peter’s walking attempt and my prayer is be obedient and speak out the promises Jesus said we had in His name and leave the results where they should be – in the very loving and capable hands of God the Father.  Thank you, Peter for daring to come to Jesus on the water and showing us it’s okay to fail as long as we try.

May 14, 2020

To Do List

Filed under: Bible,disciples,Father,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

Isaiah 61:1 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,  (NIV)

This same verse appears in Luke 4:18.   Jesus read this verse in the synagogue at the beginning of His ministry.  This is His “to do” list.  What is in His list?  He is to proclaim the good new to the poor.  The good news is salvation is possible through Jesus.  He also would bind up the brokenhearted.  That means through Him our sorrows would be healed.  He would proclaim freedom for the captives.  We are free from the captivity of sin through Jesus.  He would release the prisoners from darkness.  We would no longer be blinded by the lies of sin.  “To do” lists are a good thing to have.  They help keep us focused.  Jesus left us with a “to do” list. In Matthew 28:19-20 1 we read, 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.”  Jesus isn’t just talking to His disciples who were physically with Him as He was about to ascend back to the Father.  He was speaking to all disciples/believers.  We are all to go into the world and make disciples regardless of a person’s ethnicity.  We are to teach one another to obey all Jesus has commanded which we can find in the Holy bible.  If these are not the top priorities on our personal “to do” list we are missing out on the full and abundant life God promises to all who believe.  Going out into the world means the area of the world where we live as well as some leaving their home base for other parts of the world.  Our ministry, our outreach, starts right in the homes where we live.  Then it extends outward.  Let us fulfill our “to do” lists.

April 25, 2020

Conditional Promises

Filed under: faith,God,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Joshua 1:8 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  (NIV)

I enjoy reading about Joshua.  It is encouraging to see how his faith and his relationship to God gradually grew.  Now Moses is dead and Joshua has been commissioned by God to lead the Hebrews into the land of promise.  God gives Joshua a promise of prosperity and success but it is with a condition.  The word “then” tells us it is conditional.  Joshua must keep the Book of Law on his lips and meditate on it day and night so he can carefully do everything written in it.  Joshua must be obedient to God and His word.  All of God’s promises are conditional.  We can’t just quote a promise and presume to remind God of it.  We must meet the condition for each and every promise.  As we read all the promises of God, let us be sure to read all that comes before and after each promise to know the conditions.  God is faithful and expects us to be faithful as well.

April 17, 2020

In God’s Hand

Filed under: confess,God,heart,Lord,Obey,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Psalms 37:23-24 23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.  (NIV)

I love reading about the life of David.  I especially like to read the Psalms he wrote for they speak honestly about his heart and God said David was a man of His heart.  David messed up a lot.  He committed adultery, he murdered and did many other bad things, yet God loved Him.  David knew he messed up from time to time.  When it was pointed out to him, David was quick to confess and ask God for forgiveness.  We also stumble from time to time.  We trip over fleshly desires or doubt.  God has promised to uphold us just as He did David.  The only danger in falling comes when we don’t confess and ask forgiveness every time we stumble.  Building up many wrong words or actions without confessing and repenting leads to falling out from obedience and desire to walk with God.  David delighted in God and continually went back into following the steps of God.  God will uphold us in His hand but His hand is open.  It is our choice to remain in His hand or jump out of His hand.  Let us always choose to remain in God’s hand.

April 9, 2020

Lavish Father

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Luke 15:11-12 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them  (NIV)

Please read the entire account of what we commonly entitle “The Prodigal Son.”  Much emphasis has been placed on the prodigal son correlating it to a Christian who has momentarily turned away from God.  Some have emphasized the other son who stayed and obeyed though his heart was not in it, only waiting to get his inheritance.  This relates to the person who only says they are a Christian but in their mind it is only an insurance policy.  The father is the real prodigal.  To be prodigal means to be lavish in spending money or even lavish in love.  The father was lavish in love.  He loved both of his sons equally and waited patiently for his prodigal son to come to his senses and return.  Notice he didn’t give the son any more money but he did lavish the identity of sonship on him by putting on the robe and throwing a banquet to tell all he had not just one son but two sons.  God loves us lavishly.  He is preparing a banquet for us.  He waits patiently when we turn our backs on Him.  He doesn’t restore the blessings we missed while we had our backs to Him but He does lavish new blessings on us when we come back.  How wonderful it would be if we never turned our backs on Him even for a short moment.  It is important for us to stay in the written word, the Hoy Bible, and to pray, being sure to always have a listening time, throughout each and every day.  We have our choice.  Keep our eyes on God and follow Him or allow our eyes to look at the multitude of temptations and sub come to them.  Let us choose God.

March 30, 2020

No Longer Slaves

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Galatians 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  (NIV)

Angels were created to be God’s slaves.  Though some rebelled against God along with Lucifer, most angels are happy serving God as servants.  We were created to walk with God and fellowship with Him.  However, we decided through Adam and Eve, to be on our own and since then, mankind has been a slave to sin.  It took God’s Word, His Son, to shed His God deity and put on the full body of created man to come and show us God’s love and mercy and to take our place for the penalty of our sin of self.  When we accept Jesus as God’s Son and as our redemption, we no longer are slaves to sin but we are children of God.  Our problem is keeping our mind and hearts to the fact we are God’s children and thus not to choose the sin of self-sufficiency and self-indulgence.  Let us choose to stop acting like slaves to sin and choose to be loving and obedient to God, our Father.  As a child of God we share in His work of loving mankind and bring glory to God.  Let us be wise in our choices of words, thoughts and actions and let us bring glory to God as we love our fellow mankind.

March 13, 2020

Strong in Faith

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Daniel 1:8 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.  (NIV)

As I read about Daniel’s early captivity I think about his parents.  Daniel was a teenager when taken captive. He was among the few teenage boys chosen to be groomed to serve the king.  The temptations that faced those young men were many.  Yet, Daniel stood firm to his upbringing and, in a polite way, asked to be tested in what his normal diet would do for his body.  Our children and grandchildren face many temptations when they first go off to college or work or military.  We must as if we are raising them and teaching them to be strong in their faith.  Are they seeing the right examples in us as to obeying and walking in the ways of God?  Have we taught them the value and necessity of Bible reading, study, meditation and prayer?  Do we encourage them to keep growing spiritually as young adults?  Let’s be sure we don’t “drop the ball” when it comes to our own.  Let’s be sure we show them through example and through teaching the tools God has given us to be strong in faith and stand against temptations.

March 11, 2020

Abram

Filed under: bless,faith,God,Lord,Obey,thanks,trust,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Genesis 12:1 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  (NIV)

Genesis 12:7 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.  (NIV)

There are two important facts we must note in these 2 verses.  In verse 1 God told Abram to go but didn’t tell him where to go.  Abram trusted God to lead him step by step.  God doesn’t give us a flow chart.  We must put our foot out for the first step and then God will show us where to put our foot for the second step.  In the 7th verse we must note that God said HE would give the land to Abram’s offspring, not to us to bless those who come after us.  Abram wasn’t mad at God because the promise was to his offspring.  Abram was so thankful to be part of God’s working for future generations that He built an altar to the Lord in thanksgiving and worship.  We probably thank God for things He does for us but what about thanking Him for things He does through us for others?  Let us learn to follow God with a much faith and obedience as Abram.

March 9, 2020

God’s Side

Filed under: bless,faith,God,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Exodus 1:15-19 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?”
19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, “Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.”  (NIV)

The names Shiphrah and Puah are not known by many people, even those who have read through the book of Exodus.  However, they had a great impact on the future of the Hebrew people.  So many of us think there is nothing great we can do or God would choose to do through us.  These 2 women were mid-wives.  Not a career you’d think would lead to a mighty work.  Yet, they were strong in their faith.  They knew it would be against God if they killed the male babies.  So, in spite of the law laid down by the king of their land they honored God’s law and let the male babies live.  God gave them wisdom to answer the king in a way that would protect them.  He even blessed them with families of their own for their faithfulness.  We need to apply their faith and obedience today.  Our government is making it legal to kill babies.  Let us take encouragement from these 2 women and stand firm, doing all we can to influence our government to side with life rather than death of innocent babies.

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