Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

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May 10, 2019

Misunderstanding

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Mark 8:16 16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.”

Be sure you read from verse 1.  This is an example of spiritual blindness.  Jesus just finished feeding 5000 people with 5 loaves of bread.  The disciples didn’t spiritually hear or see what Jesus was telling them when He said (Mark 8:15) 15Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.”  He wasn’t talking about physical bread made with yeast that we put into our mouths to eat.  He was talking about the yeast of the sin of spiritual blindness and deafness.  If we didn’t understand the importance of the impact of spiritual blindness and deafness yesterday, lets pray on these verses.  Jesus’ first words of warning were, “Be careful.”  Deafness and blindness can creep into us very slowly.  We might first just disagree or misunderstand one word of God.  Before long we are deciding we can edit God’s words to agree with what our own self-centered mind thinks.  The Holy Bible is not just a good collection of books containing history and moral platitudes.  The Holy Bible is God’s Word.  God is Spirit and can only be understand through the spirit.  It is only the Holy Spirit Who can give us the interpretation and meaning of scripture.  On our own, we just read into His words with our own finite understanding.  We can’t take one verse out, interpreting it in a way that doesn’t have total agreement with the entire Bible.  It is all or nothing.  When we have been born again through Jesus, we are no longer humans having spiritual experiences but are now spiritual beings in human bodies.  Join me in prayer, Holy Spirit, keep our eyes and ears spiritually open to all the Father says.

May 9, 2019

Deaf and Blind

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,internet,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Isaiah 42:18-20 8 “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!19 Who is blind but my servant,
and deaf like the messenger I send?  Who is blind like the one in covenant with me, blind like the servant of the Lord?20 You have seen many things, but you pay no attention; your ears are open, but you do not listen.”

God isn’t talking about physical sight or physical hearing.  He’s talking about spiritual blindness and spiritual hearing.  We have a natural, sinful tendency not to see or hear what we don’t want to see or hear.  This is very true as we read God’s word, the Holy Bible.  We don’t want to acknowledge the words that disagree with our fleshly desires.  One example is the movement to delete all verses that call homosexuality a sin.  Taking those verses out of the Bible will not change God’s judgement.  We must pray before we read the scriptures.  We must pray we will see the words spiritually and hear what God is saying to us through those words.  There are times we can read the scripture and not be able to say what we just read because our mind is elsewhere.  I’ve heard many read scriptures yet miss reading some of the words in it.  One example is John 3:16. Some read, “God so love the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes Him should not parish but have everlasting life.”  I hope you immediately realized what word is missing.  If not, please open your own Bible and carefully read that verse.  Let us not be spiritually blind or dear.  Let us always ask the Holy Spirit to help us see and hear with the spirit.

April 9, 2019

In His Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,predestined,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Romans 8:29 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (NIV)

God loves us just the way we are.  Before we come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, we are full of sin.  God loves us that way so much He sacrificed His Son for us.  When we have a baby, we love that baby just like he/she is.  We love the baby in spite of the dirty diapers, the spitting up, the crying.  We love that baby just as he/she is.  But even though we love the baby as is, we have predetermined the baby will grow to be more like us.  The baby will no longer be in diapers, spit up in our faces or cry very much.  This will not change our love for our baby.  It is the same with us and God.  Though He loves us in our very sinful state, He looks forward to us becoming more in His image as we grow with Him.  Our conformity to His image doesn’t increase His love for us but it does increase our love for Him.  Love deepens with coming closer in likeness.  Just as a marriage.  The early years are fun and we think we can’t possibly love any more than we do but, as we grow old together, we find the love has deepened with the more intimate knowledge of each other.  God does the teaching through His Holy Spirit and the Scriptures, the Holy Bible, as we become conformed to the image of His Son, but we must do our part by studying, meditating and learning the Scriptures and through 2-way communication with the Father.  It is through getting to know Him that conformity can come.

March 27, 2019

Engagements

Matthew 22:2 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. (NIV)

Please read the entire parable before reading this.  Engagements are a very important time of preparation for a wedding.  It takes time for 2 people, raised in different families, to really begin to know each other.  Engagements are a time to talk about issues of life that come up every day in a marriage.  While we are walking on this earth, we are in an engagement time with Jesus.  Hopefully, each and every day, through our conversations with Him in prayer and through the study and meditation on His written word, the Holy Bible, we learn a little more about Jesus each and every day.  Through our learning we learn more of how He expects us to live in union (marriage) with Him.  While we are learning to know our Lord, better, His Father is preparing a great wedding banquet for the time His Son, Jesus, returns to earth to bring His Bride (all the following believers who are In Christ) home to His Father for the great banquet.  What a wonderful time of rejoicing and celebrating that will be.  Right now, we must concentrate on knowing Jesus more and more.  That is why we have a time of engagements.  Let us do our part in learning more about Jesus while the Father does His part in preparing the wedding banquet.  As the parable says, all are invited but few accept the invitation.  Have you accepted the invitation?  The invitation reads in John 3:16.

March 26, 2019

Intellectual Interpretation

2 Corinthians 10:5 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

Many people think they are smart enough, had enough theological courses and read enough to interpret scripture on their own.  The One qualified to interpret scripture is the author, the Holy Spirit.  Apart from the Holy Spirit no physical, human intelligence can possibly interpret what is Spirit.  There is such a large amount of pride amongst intellectual scholars of God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  There is no way our finite minds, on their own, can possible correctly interpret what is written by the Spirit of God.  Unless we are in Christ Jesus and have learned to listen to the soft, gently voice of the 3rd Person of the Trinity of God, the Holy Spirit, there is no way we can fully interpret, understand and apply the principles of the Bible.  There is nothing wrong with taking theological courses and feeding our intellects but let us remember it is only through opening our intellects to the Holy Spirit that true interpretation comes.  Let us combine our finite intellects with the openness to the Holy Spirit that we can take captive every thought to make ourselves obedient to Christ.

March 24, 2019

In Christ

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

1 Corinthians 15:22 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (NIV)

Little words are very important.  When ignored, the entire meaning of the statement can be lost.  In this verse it is the word “in.”  We can believe Christ Jesus is the Son of God, but, if we don’t allow Christ to be IN us, we are not children of God, we are not saved from eternal death – separation from God.  To have Christ IN us we must be open and accepting to the infilling of His Holy Spirit.  We must, as Christ commanded, eat of Him.  To eat of Him means we study and meditate on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God so lovingly provided for us by the Holy Spirit giving the words to listening people.  We must also enter into a 2-way conversation with Him many times daily.  Notice the conversation must be 2-ways.  We must not do all the talking.  We must take time to listen to the still, small, quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  To be IN Christ we are no longer the self-centered person but are becoming a Christ-centered person.  Let us learn to abide in Christ more and more each and every day, allowing Him to be in us as we learn to be IN Him.

March 23, 2019

Whose First

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

Notice the believers prayed for courage and strength to speak the word of God.  They didn’t pray for protection.  They didn’t pray for an easy life.  They were centered on bringing glory to God, serving Him and spreading the gospel to all as was the last command of Jesus before He returned to the Father.  Notice what happened after their prayer. Acts 4:31  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  One of the reasons we don’t see more miracles today is our self-centered prayers.  We are so good at asking for what we think we need and what we want to support our fleshly desires.  Where is our drive?  Where is our enthusiasm?  Where is our real commitment of love to share the word of God with those who don’t know, understand or accept?  Let us fight our pride of self-sufficiency and our idol of a comfortable life and really put God first above all.

March 19, 2019

Context

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Obey,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Isaiah 55:2 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. (NIV)

Taken out of context we could read this as saying we can eat whatever looks good to us as much as we like.  In actuality, we are to eat what God says is good and delight in His provision for us.  This is an example of taking a verse of scripture out of context.  Unfortunately, many people do this to try and validate their sinful, lustful desires.  Taking a scripture passage out of context is as bad as adding to scripture or changing the definitions of words in order to agree with the current cultural desires.  Our desire, as children of God is to be pleasing to Him.  Children are pleasing to their parents when they obey and follow what their parents tell them.  God has provided us with an instruction book, the Holy Bible for our pattern or road map in living on this sinful earth.  We can’t edit it to make it agree with our own fleshly desires.  When we read a verse in the Bible, we must be sure we read all the verses before and after that deal with the same subject.  We can also verify our interpretation of a verse by looking at other references in the Bible dealing with the same subject.  God has been gracious to us in providing such wonderful instruction books (all the books in the Holy Bible).  Let’s not fail to take advantage of His generosity.

March 17, 2019

Lay Down Our Life

Filed under: God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

John 15:1213 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.   (NIV)

So often we take this to mean we are to physically lay down our life for another.  There is so much more to these verses than dying for another.  We are to lay down our pre-planed schedule for another in need.  Quite often we politely say, “If you need anything, let me know.”  We say that because it sounds loving and maybe we do mean it at the time.  However, when they call, we have made plans and respond to their need with we’re busy but let us know next time.  That isn’t laying down our life for another.  That is putting convenience and/or desire before others.  As we read scripture, we must be sure we listen to the Holy Spirit, letting Him give us the meaning for our time and place and letting Him show us were we need to change in order to really follow through on God’s word to us.

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