Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 18, 2020

God’s Will

Filed under: Father,God,grace,Jesus,judging,peace,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Galatians 1:3-4 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father (NIV)

Many people ask how to know God’s will.  It is right here in this verse.  God wills that we all would be rescued from sin through the blood of His Son, Jesus so we can be full of His grace and peace.  It grieves God that even one person would reject the grace of salvation God provides.  His will for those of us who have accepted His grace of salvation is for us to share with others this marvelous grace.  There are as many ways to share the news of this grace as there are people who have accepted it.  We share by our expression on our faces, by our words we speak and by our actions.  People like to people watch.  Along with people watching goes coming to a conclusion (judging) what a person is.  We must ask ourselves each night how various people perceives us during the day.  Were we doing our part in fulfilling the will of God or were we hampering it?  Let us be mindful of our expressions, our words and our actions.  Let all of them reflect the attributes of love described in 1 Corinthians 13..

May 7, 2020

Representatives

Filed under: anger,Christ,Jesus,Lord,peace,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

1 Timothy 4:16 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.  (NIV)

Many think this verse doesn’t apply to them.  They’re not a preacher, a teacher, the don’t talk to any groups of people.  We don’t only hear with our ears.  We also hear with our eyes.  We can be walking down a street with our mouths shut but people can still hear us.  They hear us by the expression on our faces.  Even when we wear a mask because of the current pandemic, our eyes say much.  The also hear by how we are walking and by our body language.  What do they hear when they see us?  Do they hear a person full of impatience, anger, pride, hatred or do they hear someone happy, patient, loving of people and full of peace?  We cannot do anything without it speaking loudly to those who see us.  Let us remember, if we are confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are representing Who He is not only through our words but through everything we do.  Let us be good representatives of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Let us exemplify the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

April 29, 2020

Unsurpassing Peace

Filed under: God,heart,peace,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  (NIV

Peace.  It is a wonder thing.  Even more wonderful is the real feeling of peace.  I am filled with peace in my quiet times in the morning, on my morning walk and in my quiet time in the evening.  I even fill peace envelope me as I drift of to sleep.  The feeling of this peace leaves me at a loss for words to adequately describe it.  It is a peace that really passes understanding.  It’s not the peace we feel when there is an absence of noise or strife or confusion.  It is so much more than those.  It fills every part of my being.  As I feel the fullness of this peace, I feel the very real presence of God.  Sometimes it moves me to talk to Him but mostly I’ve learned to keep silent, soak up the peace and listen to what God has to say.  This peace is available to all of God’s children.  All we need to do is open up our hearts and minds to receive His peace an bask in His presence.  I pray you have the fullness of God’s surpassing  peace.

April 18, 2020

The Shepherd

Filed under: Creation,God,Jesus,Lord,peace,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Psalms 23:1 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  (NIV)

David was a man who had deep faith and love and knew how to worship God with his entire being.  This psalm is a good example  For the next several days we will look at this psalm.

First we notice He addresses God as “Lord.”  We have used the phrase, “lord it over someone” meaning to old things over someone.  In this case, David means that God is over Him.  God is the One Who gives direction and purpose and rules over all creation.  David next describes God as being his shepherd.  A shepherd stays with his sheep.  A shepherd will defend his sheep even at the cost of his own life.  A shepherd leads his sheep and makes sure they have all the nourishment they need to be healthy and strong.  A shepherd leads his sheep into peaceful places.  David said there was nothing he lacked.  A shepherd provides all his sheep need.  His sheep know no lack.  Jesus said He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep.   He continually does all that a good shepherd does.  Therefor we have no reason to complain about anything.  All we need is contained in our relationship with the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

March 22, 2020

God’s Wrath

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,mercy,peace,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Nahum 1:2 2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.  The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.  (NIV)

As children adopted into the family of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, we experience the loving nature of God.  However, there are those who experience God in a very different way.  Yes, God is love.  That doesn’t mean God is never angry.  God will see to it that His enemies, those who reject His Son and choose to follow the way of self and the way of Satan, feel His wrath.  This is one reason those who are not believers are so against those of us who walk with God.  When one is filled with wrath one will take it out on others.  We know the statement, “misery loves company.”  Instead of hating back or judging those bent on evil against us, we need to reach out in love and lift them up before the throne of God that they will open up their minds and hearts to the love and mercy of God.  The biggest vengeance God takes on them is the lack of the peace that can only come from God.  It is a peace that far passes any human understanding.  It is this peace we can have even during times of a pandemic disease such as this COVID-19 virus we are now facing.  God has given us wisdom in maintain good hygiene and health.  Let’s use the wisdom He’s given us, pray for those who are without the peace of God and continue to walk in love and faith without fear or panic.

December 22, 2019

Ask Until Peace Comes

Filed under: God,heart,peace,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Colossians 3:15 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  (NIV)

Many ask how we can be sure we are hearing God and not our own thoughts or those of Satan or other people?  When we make a decision, we should have peace in our hearts and minds if the decision is of God.  The lack of peace after a decision is made is a sign of either the wrong decision or the timing of the decision is wrong.  God is faithful to guide us and to answer us when we ask. As long as we are seeking Him and our hearts are right (no active unconfessed sin, no unforgiveness, etc.) He hears and He answers.  What is peace?  It is a feeling of a positive outcome, a confidence that we have the right answer and the right timing.  When we have peace, we no longer feel the need to keep asking others what to do.  When we have peace, we move into thanksgiving to God for supplying what we need.  As a couple we never moved forward if either one of us were without peace.  Ask God and keep listening until peace comes.

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.

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