Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 21, 2019

Under His Wings

Filed under: Uncategorized,Bible,God's Word,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Father — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

Luke 13:34 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. (NIV)

If you’ve ever watched little chicks and the hen you would have notice the chicks keep coming out from under the hen and the hen continually tries to bring the chicks back under for warmth and protection.  It is that way with God.  He wants to give us the warmth of His love and protect us from harm but we keep stepping out from under His loving protection.  We allow ourselves to become distracted by material things.  The more distracted we become, the further from God we wander.  God sets things in our path to bring us back to Him but often we ignore those things.  How do we stay under His love and protection?  Once again I must express how very important it is to stay in the written word of God, His instruction book for life on this earth, the Holy Bible.  Along with those instructions we must take regular time to talk with Him and listen to Him through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each and every believer.  The more we stay under His wings, the closer to Him we grow and the more like Him we will be.  Let us stay under the wings of our loving Father.

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February 14, 2019

Branches

John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

What does it mean to be a branch?  A branch is absolutely useless and nothing without being attached to the vine or tree.  It get’s all it’s nourishment from the vine.  It can only produce fruit when it get’s nourishment from the vine.  For us to be a branch, we must realize without God, we are helpless, we are nothing.  We must stay attached to Him, get our nourishment from Him.  We must realize we are nothing apart from Him.  When attached to Him we are continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit working through us that produces fruit.  When we think we have wisdom on our own, we will eventually fail.  We must come to the place where we realize apart from God, we are nothing but a body containing a sinful and flawed being.  It’s scary at first to realize we are nothing but as we realize it, our trust and faith in God grows.  Personally, I know I could never write any of the devotions that have been typed by my fingers over the last 9 or 10 years.  It is only the Holy Spirit within me working through me.  Let us all realize our total helplessness without being and staying attached to the vine, Jesus.  We stay attached through reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and often conversations with our Father, God.

January 30, 2019

Breath of God

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:23 pm

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

We can go a few weeks without food.  We can go a few days without water.  We can’t go but a few minutes without breathing air.  So many professing Christians go days, some even weeks without spiritual air.  God breathed His air into scripture.  We need to breathe in the God-breathed scripture every day.  Without breathing in the air of God we aren’t equipped for any good work.  Without breathing in the air of God our spirits will die.  This is why so many of these devotions state how very important it is for us to read, study and meditate on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  It is more than food for us.  It is the very breath of God needed to sustain our spiritual lives.

January 29, 2019

In Tune

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

1 Corinthians 4:15-16 15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me. (NIV)

A tuning fork is a metal device made to a precise tone.  An orchestra gets it’s pitch from the 1st violinist who gets the pitch from a tuning fork set to always sound the note of “A.”  Paul was living a life imitating the life of Jesus.  He was implying his life was serving as a tuning fork for others.  Today people use various other people as their tuning forks. Some follow after movie stars, sports stars or other famous people.  We are to use Jesus as our tuning fork.  The only way to do this is through a deep reading and meditating on the Holy Bible – the instruction book God has caused His followers to write for us.  But it also takes the Holy Spirit to ring the tuning fork of the scriptures so we can hear the right pitch.  Just as musical instruments, tuning must be repeated more than once a day.  With use, the pitch of an instrument can get off kilter.  The same is true with us.  As we live throughout the day, we can gradually let our tune slip.  The Holy Spirit is in us to keep us in tune with God.  Let us learn to listen to the pitch the Holy Spirit plays with us throughout the day and stay in tune with God.

January 27, 2019

Race

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,love,scriptures,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Have you noticed what runners wear, or don’t wear, when they are running a race?  They don’t have anything in their pockets, in their hands, around their waist or necks.  They wear as little as possible.  They don’t want anything to slow them down.  In life, we carry a lot of baggage.  Some of our baggage includes, hurts from the past, unforgiveness, doubts, fear and on and on.  These things slow down our living a life of faith.  These things play against faith in God, in His provision, in His love for us, in His fulfillment of promises for us.  To run the race of a life of faith with perseverance, we must lay down these burdens of excel baggage at the cross of Jesus.  We lay them down by releasing them in faith to God and refusing to pick the up again.  We’ve probably done this several times but always end up picking the up due to a memory or a moment of doubt.  Instead of picking them back up, check the moment of doubt of the recurring memory with one of God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and reciting scripture does wonders for erasing doubt.  Let us learn to run the race with perseverance and faith and cast all excess baggage of doubt out of our hearts and minds.

January 19, 2019

Confirmation

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 pm

Matthew 11:2-3 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? (NIV)

Earlier, when John immersed Jesus, John said Jesus was the One to come, the Messiah.  Now we see John doubting.  John was in prison.  There was no encouragement.  He seldom got word of what was happening on the outside and the word he got he needed to confirm some way.  In spite of John’s doubts, Jesus said Matthew 11:11),  Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus didn’t condemn John for his time of doubt.  He said John was great.  We condemn ourselves when we have moments of doubts or when we think we aren’t doing enough for the Kingdome of heaven, yet Jesus said the lest of us is greater than John.  Doubts are part of our human nature.  They will come and go.  When they come, we only need to turn our minds and hearts to the scriptures and receive confirmation that Jesus is Who He said He is and we are, through our belief and following Jesus are God’s children as He said we are.  John was before Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind.  We are after and have received the Holy Spirit in us as confirmation of our relationship to God.  We have access to all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to use in our ministry of furthering the Kingdome of God in the hearts of all we meet.  How blessed we are.  John had to have his confirmation just through the actions of Jesus. We have confirmation through the inner dwelling of the Holy Spirit.  What greater confirmation could anyone ever ask.

January 17, 2019

Junk

Filed under: devotion,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Timothy 1:3-5 3 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. (NIV)

We are warned so often to read labels of what we eat.  There is a lot of junk hyped as good food for our bodies.  We are being warned in Timothy to be careful of what we listen to or read.  Not everything said or written in the name of Jesus is on target.  We need to constantly ask the Holy Spirit to give us discernment when we listen or read what others say God is saying to us.  There is a lot of junk being preached and written.  When we hear it over and over it become hard not to buy into it.  This is yet another reason we must diligently study the scriptures under the direction of the Holy Spirit within us to be able to recognize when we hear or read interpretations of others that are not sound doctrine.  This includes reading this devotional site.  What God says to me and how I interpret it may not interpret right for you.  So, before listening to someone or reading what someone has written, always pray first for wisdom and discernment.  God has promised if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us.  As important as it is for us to get the junk food out of our diet, it is even more important to get the religious myths and incorrect doctrines out of our spiritual lives.

January 16, 2019

Healing

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,healing,health,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

I’m not putting scripture with this because I hope this will encourage you to do your own scripture research.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Jesus is willing to heal.  Jesus is compassionate.  Jesus heals 3 ways.  He heals naturally.  He does that because He made us to heal naturally.  We cut ourselves and He created the blood clot factor to heal our cuts.  He heals through human doctors and medicine because He is the One Who gives us the wisdom in learning how He made our body work and how to keep it working right.  He heals miraculously.  He didn’t heal miraculously to draw attention to Himself.  Notice in scripture He usually said for them not to tell anyone (but they always did).  It is those who make a show out of miraculous healing that have decreased our faith in the reality of it.  Our problem is demanding which method Jesus will use to heal us.  We are also impatient.  We forget there is a warfare going on for our physical and emotional bodies.  When Daniel prayed one time it took 21 days for the angel to deliver the answer because of the spiritual warfare going on.  We are to seek all 3 types of healing.  It is important, as we continue to seek healing to actively participate in spiritual warfare.  It takes our continued and faithful prayers to unite with heaven in getting through the warfare that evil tries to prevent God’s work getting through to us.  It is imperative that we learn to stand firm and continuing in faith, be actively patient.  I hope this helps you not only understand at a deeper level, but that it also motivates you to be pro-active in seeking all 3 ways God heals.

When we do a word study on the word body we will find out we don’t own our own body.  Our body belongs to God.  It houses the Holy Spirit.  When we don’t take proper care of our body it is sin.  God will not surpass our willfulness to sin.  Our sin of not caring for our bodies suffers the consequences of sickness.  If we truly want God to heal our diseases and injuries we must do our part in being careful and eating healthy.  It isn’t a lack of God’s willingness to heal but our willingness to live in sin.  Let us quit blaming God for a lack of our healing, confess our sinful neglect and do our part in our healing.  He wants us whole.

There is a time God chooses to heal us by taking us up to Him because we have finished what He has called us to do on this earth.  That is a glorious time of perfect healing but also it is not something we should hasten.  We want to be pleasing to God and do all He has for us to do on this earth.  We have all eternity to be in His very real and tangible presence.

My prayer is for all of us, especially me, to take our responsibility for our body seriously and through our proper care of our bodies, trust God for the healing of the evil surrounding us that would try to keep our bodies from being a healthy vessel for the Holy Spirit’s work on this earth.

January 14, 2019

Swine

Filed under: God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Matthew 7:6 6 “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (NIV)

There’s not much more depressing than sharing a new insight into a scripture verse with someone and having them respond with an of course or you mean you didn’t already know or some other put-down remark.  It robs us of the joy of having a fresh insight into God’s word.  We not only need to be careful about who we share our insights with but we must be sure we are never on the other end by putting someone else down for what they are learning.  This doesn’t mean we don’t share scripture with others.  It only means what we share must be done with the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We are told in scripture to build one another up, not to put one another down.  Let us always be sure we are not the swine someone had dared to share what is sacred to them with us.  It is a privilege to be trusted enough for someone to share with us.

December 20, 2018

No Deletes

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:05 pm

Revelation 22:19 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. (NIV)

The entire Holy Bible is prophetic and this verse applies to the entire Holy Bible.  There are many denominations today that are taking out various parts of the Holy Scripture which are in conflict with what the current culture is wanting.  These denominations are bending to culture rather than following God’s Word.  They are looking for numbers of people and money from people rather than trusting God.  We cannot pick and choose what commands of God we will obey and what commands of God are right to change with the times.  God never changes.  He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  His Word never changes.  What He has prophesized through various prophets either has already come about or will come about in God’s time and our future time.  Just because we don’t like something God says doesn’t make it no longer applicable to our lives.  We either believe all God says and choose to follow it or we don’t believe any of it and choose not to follow.  Let us stand true in faith to the entire Word of God.  The commands we have trouble with we can lift before the throne of God’s grace and count on the Holy Spirit to work within us God’s will and good pleasure.  Let’s not be guilty of either adding or deleting any of the words of God’s loving instructions to us.

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