Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 7, 2018

All Our Needs

Psalms 42:1 1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. (NIV)

This Psalmist was very wise.  He was aware that any emptiness, depression, anxiety or worry he experienced was a warning sign he needed to replenish his spirit with the infilling only God can give.  So many of us turn to other sources first to solve our emotions from various trials we face.  They might help momentarily but their help quickly dissipates.  When God made man, He made a place in man’s spirit that can only be filled with Him.  The only way we can fill it with Him is through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  When we take Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, He sends His Holy Spirit to dwell in us with our spirit.  It is this Holy Spirit Who will lift us up from any pit we might have stumbled into.  So, let’s join with the psalmist and turn to God through His Holy Spirit to fill all our needs, physical, spiritual, mental and emotional.  He is faithful.  Jesus promised He would fill all our needs.  We only need to place our hope and trust in Him.


February 4, 2018


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Psalms 119:114 114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. (NIV)

Everybody has a place or a thing where they do or do for refuge when troubled.  Some go shopping, some eat, some drink, some watch hours of movies and on and on.  There is only one place to find a refuge that will actually help us.  That refuge is God.  To get to that refuge we have a few options.  We can play some music that reminds us of His Presence.  We can open His written word and read verses that calm, strengthen and encourage us.  We can sit quietly in His Presence and let His Holy Spirit speak to us and calm us.  All the others things of the material world my take our mind off our stress or problem but none of them will every give us a solution or will ease the hurt or fear for very long.  God is the place we can go because God loves us so very much.  When we are in the habit of reading the written word of God, we become more familiar with the various passages.  This helps us find passages of comfort and/or instruction and encouragement for the issue that drives us to our refuge. 

December 29, 2017


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Exodus 33:14 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (NIV)

After a holiday season it is normal to be tired.  We’ve added many things to our normal schedule.  We need not stay in a state of tiredness.  We only need to be still before God and bask in His Presence.  It is when we are quiet in His Presence we get rest.  Rest is complete for our bodies, our mind, our heart and our spirit.  To become aware of His Presence, open our Bibles and read some of the beautiful prayers in the Psalms.  Then sit quietly and let our ears tune into the calm, gentle and quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.  Enjoy the love time with just us and God alone.  Bask in it.  It’s amazing how healing it is to bask in His Presence.


December 3, 2017


Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (NIV)

 Matthew 1:23 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us” (NIV)

 The definition of Immanuel is in the above verse.  Until Jesus, the Word of God, came into the world as a baby, God wasn’t with us.  He saw us.  He spoke to a few chosen people.  But, ever since mankind put a wedge between God and mankind in the Garden of Eden through disobedience, God was no longer with us.  Jesus came, not only to pay the ultimate and only price for mankind sins, He also came to show us the Triune God.  He demonstrated God’s love and power as He walked this earth in human form.  People were able to see Him, hear Him and touch Him.  His human body has left us for awhile but will come back at the Father’s appointed time to collect God’s children.  In the meantime, He has given us the Person of the Holy Spirit to be even closer to us than He was to those when He physically walked this earth.  The Holy Spirit indwells in each person who has invited Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives.  No one can get closer than that.  What a wonderful gift.  We are never apart from God.  Our bodies will die but we already are experience eternal life in the very real presence of God.



November 21, 2017

No Pouting

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John 11:20-21 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. (NIV)

 When we read this section of scripture we seem to concentrate on the conversation Martha had with Jesus.  Have you ever thought about why Mary stayed home.  She chose not to go see Jesus as her sister, Martha, did.  It appears she was upset with Jesus.  Maybe even angry.  She had seen Jesus heal so many people yet He didn’t care to come as soon as he hears Lazarus was sick.  If He had come, Lazarus wouldn’t have died.  We can understand her being upset with Jesus.  What about us?  We pray for something and it doesn’t seem to get answered.  We want to see it come about in our way and our time.  We remind God of His promise to answer our prayers but they seem unanswered.  At least, the answers we want don’t seem to be there.  Jesus was going to answer Mary’s prayer for the healing of Lazarus but He would do it in His time, in His way and for His purpose and God’s glory.  We are short sighted and tend to pout when we don’t get what we want when we want it the way we want it.  Faith says we give our need to God in trust for His provision in His way and in His time.  After we state our needs, we turn our request into thanks that God has heard our prayer and is in the process of answering in His way and time.  This is reverence, recognizing God is the ultimate authority, knows what is best and loves us enough to take our requests and will answer them in His perfect way and time.


November 20, 2017


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Hebrews 12:28 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, (NIV)

 Because we can call God Father we seem to have lost reverence for Him.  We gather together and enjoy talking with each other before the worship service starts.  We have trouble settling down.  We enjoy the songs that lead to loud rejoicing, dancing and clapping.  Reverence means to hold in high esteem, respect.  Respect means to admire deeply and have high admiration.  We are so quick to pray for things.  We pray, “God I need…. God please do…..God help with…..” and so on.  Many of our songs are asking for things from God.  We need to spend more time revering God for Who He is.  One time, when I was in the hospital my children said they missed me, not for what I did, but just for being with me.  Wow.  What a statement of love.  God wants us to enjoy being with Him.  Yes, He said we could ask Him for what we needed but that should be secondary.  As we approach Thanksgiving, let us concentrate on thankfulness.  After we thank God for all He has done for, let’s praise Him for Who He is.  Let’s enjoy sitting quietly in His Presence.  Let’s enjoy knowing He is in us through His Holy Spirit.  Let us express our love.  Let us listen.  Let’s revere God.


November 19, 2017

One Day

Exodus 20:8 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (NIV)

 Today is the day most of us set aside as the Sabbath day.  It is a day to stop from our normal duties and spend quality time with God and with His family of believers.  Some people must work on this day because other people or animals are dependent on them.  God intends for us to work only 6 days a week.  It is important for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health to take one day off from our normal chores.  We need to set aside one day a week to rest and renew our entire being through God by taking time to draw apart with Him and with other believers for refreshing, renewal and encouraging.  It matters not what day we set aside as long as we set aside one day.  At the beginning of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in the use of it.  At the end of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us consider what we have learned and done in this day.


November 17, 2017

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Matthew 6:34 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)

 We all have the same number of hours in each and every day.  Some make the most of it.  Some waste it.  At the end of the day some have nothing but regrets on how they spent the day.  How do we use the day wisely?  Let us consider when we get up in the morning this day is the last day we will spend on this earth.  What will we choose to do?  The first thing is to spend time with God.  Thank and praise Him for giving us this day.  Ask Him how He wants us to spend this day.  Meditate on the scripture and give some listening time.  He will direct us when we ask and when we are open to His plans for us.  Once the day is gone, we can never get that day back.  Without spending our best time early in the day, talking and listing to God our day is not productive in Him.  It is only in God that we have love and light.  I want God to say well done to me.  The best hope I can have of this is to treat every day as my last day, my last opportunity to please God with what I do and say on this earth.  This is the day the Lord has made and given me.  I will rejoice and live it in and through Him


November 16, 2017

Confirming God’s Voice

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Matthew 16:23 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (NIV)

 When we are new in our faith and are learning to hear the inner voice of God, we need to know how to confirm what we think we hear as really being from God and not from our own flesh or from Satan.  One very consistent check is God never tells us anything that isn’t consistent with His written word, The Holy Bible.  But that consistently can’t be held to only one verse.  A single verse, taken out of context, can be interpreted in the wrong way.  What can confuse us is many times what God says will conflict with our own sinful desires or old, habitual thinking.  What God tells us can challenge our faith and take courage to step out and follow.  But, as we meditate on what we hear, the Holy Spirit will bring us peace.  It takes courage to step out in new ways, ways that might bring ridicule from others.  The world is against God.  We will be made fun of and criticized in our walk of faith.  Jesus was taunted and criticized.  How can we expect less?  As we learn to hear God’s inner voice in us it is good to have someone to pray with us and confirm what we are hearing.  God will never tell us to do anything that is against His written word or will hinder our spiritual growth.  As we practice listening, we will be able to confirm His voice faster.  Most important, and I can’t say it enough, we must know God’s written word.  We must be in it daily, not just reading it, but meditating on it and putting it deep in our minds and hearts.


November 14, 2017


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Job 14:7-9 7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant (NIV)

 Sometimes things happen that make us feel helpless and hopeless.  But, the above scripture reminds us that as long as we have breath we have hope.  We also have help.  Sometimes the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as the water of life.  When we have opened our hearts and minds to God through Jesus, His Son, and strive to follow Him in all our ways, we have the water of the Holy Spirit in us.  When we find ourselves in that hopeless or helpless situation all we need to do is look to God.  We tell Him how we feel and ask Him to show us the way through our hopelessness.  The Holy Spirit is our guide and our helper.  As we open God’s instruction book for living (the Holy Bible) we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in reading and meditating on God’s written word.  As we pray, read and meditate we are refilled with the hope of our salvation in Jesus Christ.  We redress ourselves in God’s Armor (Ephesians 6:13-17) picking up the sword (the words in the Bible) to slay our negative feelings.  Before long, we will stand victorious.

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