Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 7, 2019

Storms

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Psalms 55:8 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  (NIV)

We are visiting our son and his family and find ourselves preparing for a category 5 hurricane.  Many of us have been praying for God to turn the storm east out to sea where no one and no property can be damaged.  We know scripture says there will be more and worsening storms as we proceed through the later days of this present, sinful earth yet it is not wrong to ask Him to delay for the sake of those who are yet to enter into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  But we submit ourselves to God’s plans, whatever they are and prepare to secure ourselves as safe as possible.  We know we’re in the hands of God and need not be anxious or worried.  We do our part like boarding up windows and removing anything from outside that might be a projectile in the wind, yet we are at peace.  When we know our Creator God, it matters not when storms assail us.  His peace stays deep within.  Storms aren’t always weather related.  There are financial, emotional, sickness and various other storms of life.  They serve to deepen our faith if we will only choose to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit for directions in walking through the storms of life.  There is a chorus that summarizes it.  “Peace, peace, wonderful peace.  Looking down from heaven above…)  Peace is always looking down but we must look up to God to receive it.

August 29, 2019

Nightly Check-up

Filed under: confess,forgive,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,peace,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

We need to give ourselves a nightly check before ending the day.  We check each fruit of the Spirit to see how it grew in us during the day or how we squelched a particular fruit that day.  Did we show the fruit of forbearance (patience) In our driving or with the customer that carried on a tirade blaming us for a company police or their own indiscretion?  What about joy?  Did we go around with a joyful expression and attitude?  Self-control can be a big one.  Did we practice self-control at the “all you can eat” buffet we went to for lunch or dinner?  Each fruit is a barometer of how we are walking in the Spirit of God.  If you’re normal you will find at least one, if not more fruits lacking during the day.  That’s okay.  Confess the lack, choose to turn a different direction, ask forgiveness and forgive yourself.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more mindful of that (or those) particular fruit during the next day.  Fruit must be fed to grow.  This is one way of feeding the fruits within us.

November 8, 2018

Shoes of Peace

Filed under: armor,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:44 pm

Ephesians 6:15 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (NIV)

There are many different types of shoes.  We need the right shoes for the task we are doing.  A football player wears shoes much different than a distance runner.  As we walk out this life we must be sure we have shoes that give us a good, strong foundation that is solid and protective.  God had provided this for us through the gift of His Holy Spirit Who fills us with peace far beyond our comprehension.  When we take His Son, Jesus, into our heart, mind and life He fills us with His Holy Spirit and the peace is there for us.  We access this peace through faith and trust in Him.  Knowing He is with us in and through all situations gives us a peace that enables us to walk through any situation.  Many times in my walk I’ve been astonished at the peace I had when those around me thought I should be really upset and worried.  Let us be sure we allow the Holy Spirit to bathe us in His peace each and every day and walk with the shoes of His peace wherever He leads.

October 3, 2018

Perfect Love

Filed under: Creation,devotion,God,Jesus,love,peace,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Psalms 118:29 29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (NIV)

More and more often I am overwhelmed by God’s love. The more I read, study and meditate on the Scriptures, the more I learn about my God, the more I realize how little I can really know and understand about Him and the immense amount of His love and power.  He is far to loving, powerful, mercy and patient for my finite mind to ever comprehend.  I see His love all around me.  He didn’t have to create such beautiful colors nor give our eyes the capacity to distinguish the beauty, but He did.  As we learn to grow in Him, as we become more intimate with our God through His Son, Jesus, and through the Holy Spirit, we learn to relax in His love as a child.  We learn to receive His love and let it envelop us.  The feeling of peace it brings is far beyond our understand.  I pray you take time just to bask in His love.  As you feel His Presence surrounding you and flowing through you, you will know you can walk through any trial this sinful world brings your way for we are each enveloped in the perfect love of the One Who has all power and is in control of all that was, is and will ever be.  His perfect love truly casts out all fear and fills us with the most abundant life.

August 13, 2018

Waiting on God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Psalms 27:14 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Many wake up, check the schedule they made for the day and move on with it.  They don’t think about God or speak to Him until something interrupts their schedule.  To wait for the Lord doesn’t mean to do nothing.  It means to look to Him, get His direction for our schedule and a clear direction and then walk out in it.  When we run ahead of God we find ourselves in a mess.  God is the coordinator of all that is.  Running ahead brings failure.  Likewise, if we delay in following what God has for us most often we will miss out on a blessing.  God is God of time.  He wants to guide us one step at a time. He knows when it is time to take the step and what step we are to take.  Let us not begin a day without turning the schedule we have made over to God for His direction and correction.  God’s timing is perfect.  Let us wait on the Lord so our strength is renewed through our faith and trust.  This brings the courage to face all circumstances because we know God is with us and we are with Him.

July 22, 2018

Baggage

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)

So many of us carry a lot of baggage around.  We carry baggage like unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, lust, anger and on and on.  This baggage should be dealt with immediately.  Instead of all this negative and weighty baggage we should carry the baggage of the fruit of the Spirit.  We shouldn’t even get out of the bed in the morning without ridding ourselves of any negative baggage and asking the Holy Spirit to refresh us with His fruits.  These are the things we should carry with us throughout our day.  Let us take time to follow through on releasing the old, negative baggage and dressing inside and out with the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit.

June 4, 2018

God is Bigger than Mistakes

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, (NIV)

The word “scripture” in the New Testament refers to the books of the Old Testament.  The entire Bible has been translated many times. The original writings weren’t written with the idea they would someday be considered sacred.  But collectively we call them the written word of God.  Yes, they probably have mistakes in them but God is bigger than any mistake.  The Bible needs to be read through the Holy Spirit within us.  Every time before I preach I pray for the Holy Spirit to make each person hear what God wants them to hear.  Several times I have asked different people what they heard me say  They would each say something very different, even different from what I thought I said.  This is the work of the Holy Spirit.  Just as they heard different things, we understand different things when we read the Bible, according to where we are in our walk and what God wants us to understand.  We need not worry about what translation we use, what is considered the most accurate translation.  The Bible is the Living Word of God because the Holy Spirit interprets any translation we read in the way we need at the time.  Just pick a translation that seems to flow in you, pray before you read and listen to the whisper of the Holy Spirit as He brings you understanding.

May 14, 2018

Leaving the Past

Isaiah 43:18-19 8 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (NIV)

There are time I remember things I did or said that were totally opposite of God’s love.  These things have been confessed and forgiven by God but, for many years, I would remain feeling guilty and mad at myself for doing or saying those things.  When we keep beating ourselves over past sins which we’ve confessed to God and asked for forgiveness, we are saying we really don’t believe God does what He said He would always do.  He said if we would confess our sins He would forgive them.  Our confessed and forgiven sins are as far away from us as east is from the west.  Confessing and receiving God’s forgiveness must be followed with our forgiving ourselves.  What is past is past.  Each day is a new day and God continually does new things in and through us.  Let us learn to move on with the flow of the Holy Spirit in the freedom of the forgiveness God gives.

May 5, 2018

Doors

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Proverbs 8:34 34 Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. (NIV)

Doors mark a place of transition.  Through them you pass from one place to another.  Doors can be shut or open.  They can be locked or unlocked.  I have been planning a big trip with much excitement and was really looking forward to it.  2 times the door was shut.  As I prayed about it I recalled a time we forced a door open in spite of it being shut several times.  We paid the price for it for 4 years.  I didn’t want to repeat that lesson so, after praying, I called and canceled the planned trip.  Was I disappointed?  Yes.  But I can’t see what is ahead even the next hour.  I trust God allowed the door to be shut because He has other plans for me during that time.  It is so wonderful to be able to trust the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be with the plans for my future.  Doors are good for transition.  They are good when opened and one can walk through freely.  The are good when closed and one needs to knock to test and see if they might be locked.  The are also good when they don’t open because a closed door can be protection from a transition that wasn’t meant to be.  Next time we see a closed door, lets be sure to knock in prayer asking God if it is to open and we are to step through to whatever lies on the other side.

May 4, 2018

Before the Sun Sets

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Ephesians 4:26 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, (NIV)

Attending a patient’s family just after the patient had died, it is so sad to hear them say how guilty they feel.  They never made piece.  The relationship was troubled by unresolved anger.  Now it seemed the anger was about trivial things.  God gives us so much wisdom in the scriptures.  Here He tells us not to let the sun set without resolving our anger.  None of us knows if we will take the next breath.  None of us knows if our loved ones will take their next breath.  This is not to put fear in us.  This is to help us understand that we are to live in love, not anger.  We are each unique.  That means we can’t always agree on the same viewpoint.  We need to respect the right to disagree without thinking it makes one of us less than the other.  Let us be quick to put a check on our anger.  When we feel anger arising, let us be quick to choose to forgive and accept differences of opinions.  Let us never keep ourselves in a place where we can be overcome with regret.

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