Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 6, 2017

All Equal

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Acts 10:34-35 34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right (NIV)

 There is much talk today in the United States, Canada and some European countries about the refugee problem.  People are fleeing persecution, depravation and death and torture any way they can.  They are fleeing to try to have a better life for themselves and for their children.  Without getting into the politics of the situation, we must remember none of us are any more favored by God over any other person.  God loves all mankind.  He made mankind.  He desires all mankind to love Him so He can have fellowship with them.  But, true to His nature, He can’t have fellowship with anyone who chooses to stay separated from Him.  We must not be smug about who we are or how great our particular nation might be.  We must learn to reach out to all those in need.  We can’t classify or judge them for where they were born.  Each is a precious human in the eyes of God.  Let us get on our knees and ask God how we are to help so very many who are in fear for their future and even for their very lives.

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October 2, 2017

Victorious

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Acts 2:23 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. (NIV)

 Many blame the Jews for killing Jesus.  Others blame the Romans.  Others blame Judas.  All these were tools in the hands of God.  God, the Father, sent His Son, Jesus, to this earth in the form of a human to be killed.  God loves the mankind He made by His own hands.  He wanted to return to the fellowship He had with man in the Garden shortly after He made man.  But man had sin in him and God cannot, by His own nature, fellowship with sin.  Yes, the Jewish leaders were full of pride and jealous of the knowledge in Jesus and the attention He received from the people.  Yes, the Romans were afraid of insurrection by the Jews. Yes, Juda thought Jesus wasn’t doing what He was supposed to do for Israel.  But God is God.  Satan nor man can usurp God’s power or plans.  God allows sinful man to carry out their fleshly desires and join with Satan against God but not in a way that hurts, hinders or delay’s God’s plan.  We see a lot of activity in this world that is very evil and we wonder why God delays.  God knows the timing.  All things do truly work to His glory, even when we don’t see it at a time.  Instead of complaining or even fearing all the evil going on around us, let us pray for the lost ones and glorify God Who was, is and will ever be victorious.  Our part is to bring others into His family and give Him glory.  It is not to complain or fear.  God is victorious.  God has the time in His perfect and powerful hands.  Let us remain faithful.

September 29, 2017

Burdens

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 11:28-30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (NIV)

 There are a variety of burdens.  There is a God-given burden.  This is a message of warning from God and the Bible has many of these burdens or warnings from God.  Today we get this kind of burden when we feel we are to witness to someone or pray for someone.  God is giving us a burden for His direction.  This burden starts as a feel and then grows into a burden until we follow through in obedience to God. There is a burden of guilt. Psalms 38:4 4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.}  We feel this burden when we have been sinning.  God burdens us with guilt so we will become aware of the sin and confess it to Him and receive His forgiveness.  God allows the burdens because He loves us and wants us living in His love, joy and rest.  The feeling of burdens are to get our attention so we will turn to Him and allow Him to take on the burdens for us.  When we feel burdens, we need to check where our attention is. Are we looking to ourselves and thinking we should have the answers we need or will we choose to look to God and allow Him to walk us through our burdens?  We will always have burdens we need to deal with but we don’t need to deal with them on our own.  Let us learn to give them over to God and allow Him to walk us through them in peace of minds, trust and love of God.

September 13, 2017

Finding Wisdom

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

James 1:5 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. (NIV)

 Proverbs 1:1-6 ​1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; 4 for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young—5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—6 for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise (NIV)

 When we have a decision to make many of us pray for wisdom.  God gives wisdom generously to those who ask.  All we need do is open the Bible.  We can start with Proverbs.  It is full of wisdom on most any subject.  As we read concerning the decision we must make, we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide us to the right passages and give us understanding in how to apply them to our particular problem.  God is ever faithful to guide us when we ask.  Our question is do we really want to hear and if so, are we committed to follow?

September 8, 2017

Harvest Now

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 9:37-38 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (NIV)

 We live in an exciting season.  The earth is in labor pains with extreme weather conditions. There are wars and rumors of wars.  Nations are rising up against Christians.  We don’t know how long this season will last before Jesus comes back for His Bride.  It could be a day or 100 thousand years.  God’s days are different from ours.  We do know God desires for not one person to be lost from Him.  As trials continue to come people become more aware they don’t have control over their own situations.  They start searching to find some peace.  They begin to open up.  The harvest is right now.  The question is where are the harvesters?  Every Christian is called to be an harvester.  We must each ask ourselves if we are harvesting.  Are we serious about harvesting?  Do we really care about the lost?  If so, what are we doing about it.  Let us get about the work God has for us to do.  Let us lead others to the peace and love of God through Jesus Christ, His only Son and the only entry way to the throne of God.

September 6, 2017

Addictions

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!  (NIV)

 The moment we accept Jesus into our minds, hearts and lives we become new creations in God.  God brings into us His Holy Spirit.  But through us, externally, it is a process to be revealed.  We are full of old, sinful and familiar and comfortable habits.  These habits don’t automatically die.  It take time for us to listen to the Holy Spirit as He gently urges us to turn our backs on these old habits and allow the newness of His Holy Spirit to shine in and through us.  These habits are often referred to as addictions.  We tend to put restrains on what we call addictions thinking only of alcohol, gambling and etc.  In reality, any habit can and most likely is an addiction.  We must allow the Holy Spirit to reveal to us our addictions be it food, cigarettes, sex, money, power or most anything under creation and enable us to put the addiction in the right perspective (God’s perspective).  In all things and relationships, we are to put God first.  The best instruction book for this process is the Holy Bible.  There is a book I highly recommend to help in this process, “Goliath Must Fall” by Louie Giglio which is most helpful in identifying our addictions.  We often don’t recognize them in ourselves because they are so very comfortable.  Once we do, it is important to stay away from all temptation until the Holy Spirit has made us strong.  We are in a process of “from glory to glory He’s changing me from earthly things to the heavenly.”  Let us continue moving on with God through Jesus and the power of His Holy Spirit.

September 5, 2017

Fear is Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Proverbs 9:10 10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.  (NIV)

 This proverb is written as a corresponding or parallel couplet which means the two lines express the same thought with different words to aid in the understanding.  This proverb defines what scripture means by the phrase “fear the Lord.”  We usually define fear as “to be afraid.”  We see, but the second line of the couplet the word fear is defined as knowledge.  To fear the Lord means to have knowledge of the Lord.  We can only have knowledge of Him through Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Having knowledge of God is the beginning wisdom.  When man ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, man separated himself from the knowledge and wisdom of God.  We need not be afraid of God because He loves us.  Loves us so much He put His only Son, Jesus through a horrendous ordeal for our sake.  We can choose to live without the knowledge of God and be without the peace, joy and wisdom His knowledge brings or we can choose, through Jesus, to come into the knowledge of God and grow in understanding through His Holy Spirit.

 

July 27, 2017

More than Representatives

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Ephesians 4:3-4 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (NIV)

 Colossians 3:14-15 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (NIV)

 There are many people who never will have a personal encounter with Jesus.   The only way these people can see Jesus is when they see Him through a believer.  Jesus dwells in us, the believers.  We must remember we are possibly the only Jesus others might ever see.  When they look at us, are they able to see the love and peace of Jesus?  Since He is in us, are we allowing Him to show through our expression and speak through our words?  We are more than His representatives.  Since He dwells in us, we are Jesus to others.  It is important for us to connect closely and be real with others. What led me to Jesus was a smile on a lady when she looked at me (this is in one of my older devotions). We might never know the effect we have on someone else. Let’s be sure the effect is a result of Jesus in us.

March 12, 2017

Division

Matthew 12:25 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.  (NIV)

 Our country is divided against itself.  Our churches have division within them.  Families have division within them.  This is seen in the divorce rate.  There is only one thing that can unite any of them.  That one thing is the love of God.  That love is connected to us though prayer.  Love is only realized through communication.  We tend to try to solve divisions in our own finite wisdom.  Divisions can only be solved through God’s wisdom and love.  Our part is to pray and to ask His Holy Spirit to enable us to show and share God’s love.  We don’t have to agree with each other on the interpretation of various aspects of scripture.  Scripture is a living word and says different things to each of us at different times according to our circumstances, relationship with God and openness to understand.  We only need agree that Jesus is the Son of God come in flesh of man to demonstrate God’s love and take our sins away; to reunite us with God, the Father though His death and resurrection.  Let us demonstrate His love and share His love.

February 7, 2017

Seek

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:01 am

Matthew 6:33 3 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (NIV)

 This has been one of my major guiding verses.  It’s among the first few verses I memorized.  Jesus said the kingdom of God is within us when we accept Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior.  Since His kingdom is within us we must make every endeavor to seek it, nurture it and let it grow more and more within us.  We do this through worship, prayer, meditation and studying the Holy Bible.  We are also to seek the righteousness of Jesus.  Jesus is righteousness.  We seek His righteousness the same way we seek the kingdom of God.  These are first in our hearts, minds and lives.  Everything else will fall into order if we keep God as our priority.  Our question is, what are we most seeking?  Let’s take some time out today to check our priorities.

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