Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 28, 2020

God’s Way

Filed under: God,sheep,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

1 Samuel 17:46 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head  (NIV)

1 Samuel 17:47 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”  (NIV)

We have so much to learn from David’s life.  Here he is just a very young man, mostly still a boy who is the youngest and relegated to the lowly job of tending sheep.  He is mostly overlooked by his family.  He was sent by his father to check on his brothers.  We find King Saul and all of his commanders being in fear and listening to constant putdowns of their ability to fight.  David comes up and hears Goliath saying the Israelites aren’t worth much and neither is their God.  David has already experienced God’s power through him as he protected the sheep from wild animals.  He also spent much time praising God and getting to know Him intimately.  He can’t stand to hear what Goliath says about God.  As we read further we find David saying God will defeat Goliath through him.  King Saul wants David to do it Saul’s way with Saul’s armor and sword.  David says he can’t imitate the way Saul would (and should have) do it.  He does it his way with a stone and sling shot.  Not only does he do it but he foretold exactly how he would do it down to cutting off Goliath’s head.  This is an example for us.  We often face giants (major trials) in our life.  When we do, do we freeze in fear like the Israelites or do we stand firm in faith of God’s provision.  Do we find out how others solved similar trials and try to do it the way they did or do we go to God, asking His wisdom and how He wants to do it through us.  We are so quick at wanting others to solve our problems like Saul and his army waiting for someone else to step us.  We also think we should do things like others have.  God makes each of us unique and works through each of us in unique ways.  When we have a trial or problem, let us first seek God and find out how He wants us to walk through it with Him and the way He provides for us.

October 21, 2019

Goliath

Filed under: armor,God,sheep,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

1 Samuel 17:41 41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David  (NIV)

Please take a minute to read the entire section about David and Goliath before you read any further in this.  Notice all the armor Goliath wore.  There was only a small part of his body exposed, from his forehead to the bottom of his mouth.  Notice also his extreme height.  Also notice he had  a shield bearer.  Shield bearers were only with the archers because they wouldn’t have a free hand to hold a shield.  It was unusual for someone armed as Goliath to have a shield bearer.  Reading on, Goliath (1 Samuel 17:43) He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  If you noticed the description of David he only had one shepherd’s staff, not multiple sticks.  Notice also (1 Samuel 17:44) Goliath said Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” Putting together Goliath’s height and his apparent double vision, he had a pituitary disease which caused continual growth of the body along with double vision.  He needed the shield bearer in front of him to serve as his eyes.  He needed David to come to him for two reasons.  He couldn’t see David well and he was trained in hand to hand combat.  David was trained to hurl stones from a distance to kill animas that would try to get the sheep.  The Israelites judged Goliath only by what they saw.  We judge our trials by what we see when we focus our eyes on our trials.  David focused his eyes on God and the promises of God.  When we walk through a trial we can be like the Israelites and see a big giant or we can be like David and see God and His promises to always be with us.  It’s our choice.

June 6, 2019

Giants

Filed under: Christ,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Corinthians 12:4 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. (NIV)

Notice Who distributes the gifts of the Spirit.  All the gifts belong to the Holy Spirit.  They are not ours.  He makes any of the gifts we need at the time we need them available to us.  These are not gifts we own.  These are the Holy Spirit’s gifts available to us as we need to use them.  Because we have the availability of these gifts, we have no excuse to not be bold in our faith and service to God.  The gifts are available to us as we need them because we have a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  This is why young David was able and not afraid to beat Goliath.  He knew His relationship with God.  God demonstrated His power through David many times as he protected his sheep from lions and bears.  Goliath was nothing more than an adversary of God just as the lions and bears are adversaries of sheep.  David knew it wasn’t his own strength or strategy but the wisdom and power of God.  I’m sure David was listening to God as to the timing of letting that stone fly through the air at Goliath’s most vulnerable time.  Like David, we have nothing to fear.  We only need to learn to trust God and listen to the gentle instructions of the Holy Spirit.  God will give us the ability to defeat all giants in our lives if we would only listen and allow Him.

March 13, 2019

As I Am Known

John 10:14-15 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father (NIV)

What a wonderful promise.  We believers, called sheep by Jesus, are not only known by Jesus and the Father but we are to know Him just like the Father knows His Son, Jesus and Jesus know His Father.  Wow.  I don’t know about you but I feel like I have a long way to go to know Jesus and the Father as well as they know me.  I know God comes through on all His promises.  I look forward to knowing God that intimately.  I can’t sit ad wait for it to happen.  In order for God to fulfill such a promise we each have a part to play in the fulfillment.  To know God that intimately, we must know the word of God, the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  To know the Holy Bible we must read, meditate and put it deeply in our hearts and minds.  Not only put it in our hearts and minds, we must also live it in our everyday lives.  The only way to do any of this is with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Many refer to the Holy Spirit as “it.”  The Holy Spirit isn’t an “it.”  The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Godhead, Trinity.  We are to pray to the Father but we may also talk to Jesus and talk to the Holy Spirit.  Before we pick up our Bible we need to ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts that we may understand and apply what we read.  It excites me that I have the promise of Jesus that I will know God in the same way God knows me.  This is abiding.

January 31, 2019

Our Way

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

Isaiah 53:6 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (NIV)

Frank Sinatra sang a song, “I’ll do it my way.”  Lots of us, when we get a new electronic, are very eager to use it we don’t take time to look at the instructions.  We can do it our way.  So often our way fails.  We like to determine for ourselves the way we will live.  We like to make our own decisions.  We often get into problems living that way.  There is only one way to live a full, abundant life.  That way is God’s way.  The only way we know God’s way is through the Holy Bible instructions.  The only way we can understand those instructions is through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.  The only way we can have the Holy Spirit within us is by receiving God’s Word, Jesus, His only Son, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Frank’s music is pretty but very misleading.  Let’s learn to do it God’s way from the start.  His instructions cover every possibility in our lives and never fail.  The reason we are like sheep is because sheep are very dependent on the shepherd.  Jesus is the Shepherd and will guard and care for us, His sheep, through all circumstances of life.  Oh that we would stop doing things our own way and allow the Shepherd to lead us His way.

December 24, 2018

Swaddling Clothes

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sacrifice,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Luke 2:12 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (KJV)

Why would the angel say finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes would be a sign to them that that babe was the Lamb of God?  It was common practice to wrap a new-born baby in swaddling clothes for the baby’s comfort and protection.  It was also common practice for the priestly shepherds, the ones tending the sheep for the sin sacrifices in the temple in Jerusalem, to wrap the new-born lambs in swaddling clothes and lay the in a manger.  This was to give the young lambs a chance to calm down after their birth and gain a little strength before being put by their mother.  This was a sign to these shepherds that this babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger was indeed the promised Lamb of God, the promised Messiah.  We can barely imagine the joy in the hearts of the shepherds who really understood the gift they were seeing.  They would never leave their sheep unattended at night for anything less than the permanent replacement for the sheep they attended. Let us take joy in the Lamb of God Who has taken away our sins and brought us, through belief and faith in Him, into the family of God for all eternity.

December 23, 2018

Sheep

Filed under: God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 2:15 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (NIV)

Before we can understand the significance of the shepherds being the first to be told the Messiah has been born, we must understand who the shepherds were and what they were doing.  The sheep surrounding Bethlehem were not the normal sheep.  These sheep were the sheep being raised without spot or blemish to be used as the sin sacrifices in the temple in nearby Jerusalem.  These shepherds were chosen to tend these special sheep.  The Messiah, Jesus, is referred to as the “Lamb of God.”  He died on the cross as the perfect, without spot or blemish, free from any sin, sacrifice once and for all people and time; He was the blood offering for the sin of mankind.  No longer would priest have to sacrifice lambs as the sin offering for the people.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, competed that sacrifice for all time.  How appropriate for the ones who tended the sacrificial lambs would be the first to see the Sacrificial Lamb of God. God has a purpose for everything He does.  Everything He does knits together.  Let us take this to heart and trust God through each and everything that comes our way. Let us rejoice with the shepherds that God has taken care of our sin once and for all.

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