Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 15, 2020

Change

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (NIV)

I have a high need for change.  Maybe because I was a military brat and moved to a new place most every year.  My need for change even carries through in the house.  No one in the family would get up in the night without a flashlight because I might have been up re-arranging the furniture.  My desire for changing things is alike to God.  He is continually changing us.  His desire is for us to be like His Son, Jesus so we can be one with Him, one in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This requires change.  Though our salvation is instant the moment we ask Jesus into our mind, heart and life, the change in our heart, mind and life takes time.  As we read, study and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we get to know God better and gradually, through the Holy Spirit working in us, we become more and more like God.  When I think back on how I was, spoke, acted and thought, years ago I am amazed at the person I have become today.  Yet, as I look at who I am today and think about who God will make me be tomorrow, I’m even amazed.  My goal is the same as God’s goal for me – to become truly one with God in thought, heart and action.  Change isn’t easy for us – even those who like me like change.  Change occurs not only through reading and meditating on scripture, change comes through walking through trials.  So, when trials come our way, let us praise God for He is in the changing process to make us more one with Him.

January 12, 2020

Recognize Satan

Ephesians 6:12 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  (NIV)

There are Christians who don’t believe Satan really exists.  So many think their struggles are because of others or the culture or their own mistakes.  They are their own mistakes in that they don’t recognize the deceptive voices of Satan.  Satan would have us believe the lie that the Holy Bible is outdated.  He would tell us to get with the times.  He is the one encouraging Christian denominations to accept same-sex marriages and gay and lesbian lifestyles.  These are strictly forbidden by God.  God created male and female.  He did not create a third category of gender.  One of our problems is we confuse the sin from the sinner.  Because of our verbal attacks on the sinner rather than the sin, we are producing more enemies of God.  Notice when Jesus turned over the money tables in the temple He didn’t attack the money changers, only what they were doing.   There are many other lies of Satan that we tend not to recognize.  That is another reason why it is so important for us to really make God’s written word, the Holy Bible, an active part of our minds.  Let us really know God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to help us distinguish the voice of Satan so we can stand firmly against him.

January 10, 2020

Like a Tree

Filed under: fruit,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,storms,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Psalms 1:3 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.  (NIV)

Trees are a wonderful creation of God.  The put down roots.  The roots can be so deep that the tree can stand straight in the strongest of storms.  The deep roots go down enough to get nourishment needed for growth.  The tree grows up toward the light.  A healthy tree produces many leaves which draw their nourishment from the deep roots.  When we live a life in the realization of the presence of God within us, we are like a tree planted by streams of water.  This enables us to yield fruit (the fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. NIV)  The words tree or trees are used in the scripture 299 times.  We have a choice.  Will we be a healthy tree growing to the light of God and putting our roots deep into the Holy Bible through the Holy Spirit, prospering in His likeness or will we be like a tree planted in the dry desert soon to wither and be useless.  Let us be sure we allow our roots to go deep and shoot toward the light of God.

 

January 6, 2020

Joy in Giving

2 Corinthians 8:7 7 But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.  (NIV)

Christmas time is fun for many reasons.  The best part of Christmas for me is the giving.  It is fun to pray about what to give someone, make or purchase it and watch the joy on their face as they open the gift.  However, during the rest of the year we find it seems harder for people to be in a giving mood.  There are many reasons for tight wallets.  Some are afraid they might not have enough for their own needs and wants.  That is because they don’t really believe the promise of God that He will meet all their needs.  Perhaps they’re making their desires even more important than their needs.  In the above verse we read we can have faith, we can speak well, we can have great knowledge, we can be earnest in our belief and we can also have the love of God but these things, without being accompanied by giving are not real but only self-centered desires.  Let us be sure we are giving even more than our tithe.  Yes, we keep 90 % of what we get but doing that can become legalistic.  Let us pay attention to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit and be givers whenever He presents a need to us.  Givers not only of our money but of our other possessions and of our time.  Giving fills us with joy.

January 3, 2020

We Choose

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Obey,Righteous,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Romans 6:16 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  (NIV)

We have a choice as to whether we will offer ourselves to the culture, be politically correct, or offer ourselves to God.  Every word we say, every act we do is a choice.  We are accountable for what we choose.  God has given us freedom of choice.  One choice leads to separation from God and one choice leads to righteousness through Jesus Christ.  No one can make us choose one way over another.  We can’t say, like Flip Wilson used to say, “The devil made me do it.”  Satan can’t make us.  He can only encourage us.  God has give us a sword to cut through the temptations satan, our culture or anything else brings our way.  The sword is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us choose to make ourselves very familiar with the words in the Holy Bible.  Let us keep the sword of the Spirit sharp and ready to use at a moment’s notice – at anytime we have a choice to make.

January 2, 2020

Slavery

Filed under: Bible,cross,God,Gospel,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The word “free” is in the Bible117 times.  Freedom is in 28.  Freely is in 24 times.  Other forms of the word “free” are in the Bible a total of 28 times.   That’s 197 times the Holy Bible talks about various forms of being free.   Freedom is important.  Wars have been fought in the name of freedom.  The United States constitution calls for freedom from slavery and freedom of religion.  Notice is says freedom of religion not freedom from religion.    In 1988 the world was focused on setting 2 whales, hemmed in by ice, free.  The Russians even worked with the United States to help free the whales.  It seems some consider 2 whales more important than people.    As the above verse states, it was for freedom Christ came and died on the cross.  The question we must answer for ourselves is how much are we willing to do for the freedom to worship God?  Will we keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone by our saying, “Thank You, Jesus” in the presence of another?  Are we willing to stand firm against anyone or any government that would take away our freedom to pray or worship or share the good news of the Gospel with others?  Some want to make having a Holy Bible against the law.  Are we willing to fight for the right to have our Bibles?  Let us stand firm and not be yoked by the slavery of unbelief.

December 31, 2019

Thanksgiving in Our Hearts

Filed under: anxious,God,grace,heart,scriptures,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

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)

We are so good at petitioning God for the things we want.  We might even make promises of if He then we will.  We beg, we nag.  In this scripture verse we are told to ask with thanksgiving.  We tend to wait to see our answer before we thank God.  God wants us to thank Him as we ask the first time.  It is a privilege unearned to be allowed to talk to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  We should be continually thankful to God.  We need not be anxious about anything for God is in control of all that touches us.  Actually, He is in control of all – everything.  We are told to give thanks in everything.  There are no exceptions.  It is by the grace of God that we can even breathe.  We may be in pain, we may be facing tremendous problems but we can be assured as we look to God with thanksgiving in our hearts and in our words, He is faithful to not only stand with us but to give us the wisdom, grace and peace to walk through the problems.  Let us always present our requests to God with true thanksgiving in our hearts, minds and words.

December 27, 2019

Planning Resolutions

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,Holy Spirit,knowledge,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

2 Peter 1:5-7 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. (NIV)

During the week between Christmas and New Year’s many people start to think about their resolutions for the next year.  May I recommend these verses.  These verses are really the fruits of the Spirit.  Fruit must grow or it dies.  For us to have the fruits of the Holy Spirit grow in us we must use and exercise the fruit and feed it through the study and meditation of the scriptures, the Holy Bible and through regular 2-way conversation with our Father.  It might help to print out these verses and put it on our bathroom mirrors to remind ourselves every morning and every night our goal for the year.    These verses started out with “for this very reason.”   The reason is for us to participate in the divine nature of God.  In other words, to become one in God.

December 26, 2019

Blind

Filed under: Bible,blind,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

John 9:39 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”  (NIV)

To understand this verse we must read all of John 9.  After we read it we see Jesus is talking about spiritual blindness.  Those who have pride claiming they know the answers, they are good and they’re the ones who are right in and of themselves are blind spiritually.  We can only see through the eyes of our Lord.  When we admit to being blind without His seeing trough us we are then able to see for we have humbly come to Him admitting we can’t see or understand without His grace.  Pride comes from Satan.  We can say pride is satanic.  Pride was the first sin done by then angel Lucifer.  Lucifer used the lure of pride against Eve and Adam.  Pride separates us from God.  Pride is a strong lure.  Pride is something we must be on guard against.  We have a saying, pride goes before a fall.  We need the sword of the Spirit, the written word of God, the Holy Bible deep into our minds to defeat the lure of pride.  No matter how many times I write about staying in the word of God, the Holy Bible, it is never enough.  Jesus gave us the example of using the sword of the Spirit when He went into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan.  He used the sword of the Spirit, quoting the scriptures.  Let us follow the example of our Lord.  Let us know the scripture and recognize without the Lord we are totally blind.

December 21, 2019

All Our Heart

Filed under: Bible,Cell Phone,God,heart,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Jeremiah 29:13 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  (NIV)

What does it mean to search with all our heart?  Do we really search for God?  When we read the Bible do we read it searchingly to know God intimately?  Do we look as hard for Him throughout our day as we do searching for our car keys or our cell phone?  Do we seek God out throughout our day, not just when facing hard circumstances, but also seek Him when we feel we are on top of the world?  Do we seek to hear God speak to us through the Holy Spirit within us?  How often.  With all our heart means with every bit of our being.  Without our heart beating there is no life.  Without knowing God there is no life for God is life.  Let’s search for Him daily through the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  Let’s search for Him daily through looking and living in His creation.  Let’s search for Him daily through interaction with other people.  Let’s search for God with all our heart.  When we do, we will surely find Him for He is in everything, everywhere and always.

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