Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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

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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.

April 21, 2018

Conscience

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Titus 1:15 15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. (NIV)

We’ve all been told at one time or anther to let our conscience be our guide.  Our conscience is not a dependable guide.  Our conscience is developed from how we are raised, our family values, the culture around us and what we’ve been taught to believe.  It is only when we have the Holy Spirit living in us and we have trained ourselves and fed upon the written word of God that our conscience can be of value to us.  Paul struggled with this. (Romans 7:15)   “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (NIV) Remember Paul was, in good conscience, persecuting the believers in Jesus before He met Him on the road.  His conscience was now in training to agree with the word of God.  Let us be sure we feed our conscience with the written word of God and listen to the Holy Spirit within us.

April 19, 2018

Reconfessed

Isaiah 1:18 18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. (NIV)

The matter is settled.  On the cross Jesus said “It is finished.”   Our sins were as scarlet because it takes blood to cover our sins.  The are now white as pure wool because our confessed sins are covered by the purity of the blood of Jesus.  We do not need nor should we confess the same sin, already confessed and forgiven, over and over.  That is a sign of a lack of trust and belief in what Jesus said and did.  Of course, if we keep repeating the same sin that is different.  But, when we choose to repeat it that means our confession was not from our heart.  When we confess we must be sure not only to accept the forgiveness of God, we must be sure to forgive ourselves and anyone else involved in our sin.  It is finished.  Let’s keep it that way.

 

April 16, 2018

What If?

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Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

Have you ever played the “what if” game?  It’s such a temptation when we look at our current situation or look ahead.  Because we don’t know what will happen beyond the present with any amount of certainty, we tend to think out on “what if.”  Playing the “what if” game produces anxiety.  The antedote to this is remembering that Jesus said He would always be with us.  No matter what we might face in the future, Jesus is already there preparing the way for us.  “What if” can’t change what comes.  We can live securely in the present and know our tomorrows are in the hand of God.  What counts is what is.  Most “what if’s” we imagine probably will never service.  So, instead of playing the “what if” game let us live fully the moment we are in and leave tomorrow in the very capable hands of our Father, God. 

April 13, 2018

God Understands

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Psalms 147:5 5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (NIV)

Many times people don’t understand us.  Sometimes we don’t even understand ourselves.  We do and say things others don’t understand and some of the time we find it hard to explain, even to ourselves, why we did or said something.  There is One Who understands everything we say, do and even think.  We might have a hard time believing this because of our own lack of understanding.  We think God is aloof, that He can’t possibly know what we are experiencing.  That is why God sent His Word, His Son, Jesus, down in the form of a human body with feelings just like we have.  He wanted to demonstrate to us He understood our battles.  He walked through the battles we face in a body just like ours but He walked through them without sin.  God has mercy on us as He observes our act, words and thoughts.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to indwell in us to enable us to stand against sin.  Understanding our words, acts and thoughts will come if we immerse ourselves in His instruction book, the Holy Bible.  Let us thank God for His grace and understanding and immerse ourselves in His instructions.

April 6, 2018

Comforting

1 Thessalonians 5:11 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (NIV)

Some translations use the word “comfort” instead of “encourage.”  Either way we have the same result.  When someone is discouraged, depressed or grieved, they need building up, comfort encouraging.  So often we sit in judgment because someone responds to something differently than we would.  We set standards on how someone should react, especially emotionally.  Each one of us is different with different strengths and weaknesses.  We each have different ways of expressing things.  We each have different time schedules.  Instead of judging with our own expectations, we need to follow the scripture and build one another up.  We do this through prayer, through helps and through words.  When a judgment thought comes up within us we must expel it and ask the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom on how to encourage the person.  The world does enough tearing down.  Let us be in the business of building up.

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