Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 19, 2018

Additions

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Deuteronomy 4:2 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. (NIV)

Mankind has not followed this command.  Our disobedience of adding to what God said started in the Garden of Eden.  When Satan tempted Eve, it might have been her effort to emphasize what God said when she said to Satan, (Genesis 3:3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Notice in Genesis 2:17   God said, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” He didn’t say, “you must not touch it.”  One thing we don’t know is did Eve add those extra words or did Adam add them when he told her what God said about that tree.  God gave His command to Adam before Eve was formed.  We continue to add to what God says.  Denominations add to God’s commands, individual churches add to God’s commands, people add to God’s commands.  Sometimes we add because we think by adding to God’s commands we are emphasizing them.  Other times we add because we want it to appear God is requiring what we want other to believe, say or act.  Whatever the reason for our adding to what God commands, the reasons don’t make it any less obedient or sinful.  This is one reason it is so important for us to read, study and meditate on God’s written word and get it deep into our minds and hearts.  It’s also why we should take our Bibles to church and read along as verses are quoted to us.  Leaving out words or adding words can lead us astray.  Let us stick with what God says and not edit it according to our own fleshy desires.

 

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October 7, 2018

Favor

 

Luke 2:14 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)

It’s interesting to look up in the Bible and see how many people found favor with God.  We must ask, how is it they found favor with God.  First, we must know Him through His Son, His Word, Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit within us.  Without doing this there is no favor.  Then we must listen to Him.  We listen through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and to the Holy Spirit.  We can also listen to Him through our circumstances and sometimes through someone else who is walking with God.  To listen to Him and not trust Him is fruitless.  We must trust Him, His love, forgiveness and mercy for us as His children.  Then we must obey what we hear Him say.  If we don’t obey that means we really don’t trust Him.  When circumstances tell us we seem to have lost God’s favor it’s time to check and see if we are listening, trusting and obeying.  Let us learn to remain in favor with God.

October 6, 2018

Reflections

Filed under: Creation,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

I take a lot of pictures of calm lakes that have the reflection of the mountains or whatever is on the other side of the lake.  I really enjoy seeing the reflections in the water.  The reflections are a hint at the beauty of what they are reflecting.  We were created to be a reflection of God.  We must ask ourselves, when others see us, do they see a reflection of God?  How much of His love and His beauty do others see when they look at us.  I’m not talking about physical beauty.  I’m talking about the beauty of the spirit – the real person inside of us.  Our physical bodies are like the skin of a rattle snake.  They are just the shell that houses the real person God created us to be.  Let us really get and stay attached to the vine of Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us work on our reflection, take out the ripples that distort it, and allow God’s reflection to be seen in all we say and do.

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.

September 29, 2018

Trees

Psalms 96:12 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (NIV)

We live in an area with a lot of trees.  Many of them are big, old and beautiful.  I enjoy looking at them.  When I see them I am reminded of God, Who created them.  The word tree and trees appears in the Scriptures 299 times.  Sometime the tree is used as a symbol, many times representing us.  When I look at a big, old tree I see the strength of it’s branches.  I see how the branches come out of the trunk. The tree has weathered many a storm because it has deep and wide roots and the trunk is thick enough not to break.  The branches that are securely rooted in the trunk also weather the storms.  We are to be like the big, old tree.  We have a trunk that will weather any storm.  The trunk we are grafted in is Jesus.  As long as we are fully connected to the trunk we will grow strong enough to weather any storm that comes our way.  Our trunk, Jesus, has a big and deep root system because Jesus is the Son of I AM, the God of all Who created all through His Word, Jesus.  The only thing that can sever our branch from the trunk is sin.  We must be sure we stay current on confessions and repenting form any sin that would try to sever us from the trunk of the Tree of Life, Jesus.  Let us quickly prune any twig that tries to grow from our branch that isn’t in tune with the love and Word of God.

September 26, 2018

Roots

Filed under: Holy Spirit,meditation,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Matthew 13:7 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. (NIV)

Because we travel often, our yard is gravel.  We don’t want to have the responsibility of keeping grass mowed.  Our neighbors have grass and, when they mow, grass seed comes into our gravel and springs to life.  We can spray it with weed killer and it’ll turn brown but it is still in our grave.  We must pull it out by the roots.  The same is true with the sin in our lives.  Recognizing it, confessing it, receiving forgiveness for it is like spraying it with weed killer but the roots are still there.  We must pull the root of the sin out of our hearts and minds.  We do this through the Holy Spirit and the renewing of our minds.  We renew our minds through careful study of the Scriptures, meditation and application of what we read to the thoughts and actions of our lives.  Confession without repentance and pulling out the roots does nothing.  Let us be sure we go after all the roots of our various sins.

September 23, 2018

Flowing Together

Exodus 39:42 42 The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. (NIV)

The last few chapters of Exodus go into detail on the various pieces of the tabernacle and the clothing for the priest, how they should be made and how they should go together.  Very interesting reading.  God gifted various people with the gifts necessary to fashion the different parts of the tabernacle, furnishings and etc.   What it show us is how the various ministries of the Body of Christ, the Universal Christian Church, should be going together.  Each person within the Body of Christ has a ministry.  God is very specific about each ministry and, through His Holy Spirit and His written word (the Holy Bible), He gives each person instructions.  As we come together in our various buildings our ministries are to come together in unity.  Because of the numbers of us, we have some who have been raise up to coordinate our ministries and fit them together.  No ministry is more important or more needed than any other.  As with the pieces of the tabernacle, each has an important part to play in the Kingdom of God.  Our job is not to be possessive about what we consider to be “our” ministry, but to flow in unity with all other believers and allow the Holy Spirit to unify the results of our various ministries to bring glory to God and to increase and fortify His Kingdom.  Let is not only do our part but also allow our part to work within the whole.

September 16, 2018

A Different Answer

Matthew 11:4-6 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: 5 The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. 6 Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (NIV)

Isaiah 42:7 7 to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness. (NIV)

John knew the promises of the Old Testament.  He was waiting for the Messiah Who would set the captives free from prison.  He wanted to be free.  Jesus knew what John was hoping.  He knew what answer John wanted.  Jesus made a point to quote all but the part of the captives being free from prison.  Jesus wanted to let John know he wouldn’t be set free.  God had other plans for John as part of His testimony later.  So often we don’t understand why God answers our prayers in a different way than we want or expect.  We can’t see God’s total plan.  We don’t know what God is calling to happen on down the road past where we are.  God doesn’t do things for our own personal pleasure.  Life here isn’t about us and what we want.  Life is about glorifying God.  God is God.  We tend to put Him in our own little boxes for our wants and pleasures.  We need to remember Who God is.  God is life.  Without Him there is no life.  Just to be allowed to know Him in any small way is a privilege.  Let us thank God for where ever He has us and whatever He wants to do through us.  It is an underserved privilege.

September 4, 2018

Infinite

Deuteronomy 29:29 29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. (NIV)

God is infinite.  We are finite.  There is no way to put infinite into finite.  We try to put God into our finite understanding.  We try to box Him in a way that fits our finite thinking.  God is too big, to infinite for us to fully understand.  That is one of the reasons He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus, to this earth in a finite body.  Because we can’t understand the infinite, God put on flesh to demonstrate Who He is to us.  God is love.  This is a love we can’t fully understand.  If you are a parent, put yourself In God’s place.  Someone is being accused of things that demand a death sentence.  You tell your child to take their place and die in their behalf, even though your own child has done nothing wrong.  You love your child but are sacrificing your own child for a sake of one who doesn’t even really know you and who has done bad things.  Could you do it?  No.  I doubt any loving parent could do this.  But God, our infinite God, did this for us.  While we were sinners, while we didn’t know His love, while we lived our lives any way we wanted to, God sent His son to demonstrate His love in such a way that our finite minds could understand a little of that love.  Let us remember we can’t put Someone so infinite into our molds.  Let us open our minds to all of what God chooses to reveal to us.  With God, through His Son, all things are possible, even for us.

September 1, 2018

Past History

Genesis 48:18-19 18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” (NIV)

We, as sinful humans, like to think we know what is best.  We presume what we think is best agrees with God’s plan.  Her, Joseph thought the normal blessing of the oldest over the youngest was the best and right way to go.  He thought so strongly that he attempted to correct his father, thinking his father was confused and mistaken.  His father responded in verse 19, But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nation (NIV).  Joseph’s father had walked with God much longer than Joseph.  As history proves later, the father was correct.  (This was not the first time the younger received the blessing usually intended for the oldest.)  In today’s culture we don’t treat the elderly with the respect we should.  We expect them to be confused and wrong in their decisions.  Wisdom comes with age and experience.  In our youth, we like to ignore history.  We fail to take our lessons from the past.  Though our past mistakes are forgiven, let us not forget them so as not to repeat them.

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