Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 5, 2020

Anchors

Filed under: anchor,faith,God,storms,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Hebrews 6:19 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,  (NIV)

Job 40:6 6 Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm:  (NIV)

Life is full of storms.  Not only storms from the weather but storms of trials in our life.  We like them.  Many get lost in them.  When out at sea and a storm hits, they throw out an anchor to steady the ship in the storm.  We must know our anchor and how to use it.  For a ship anchor to work it must hook on to something solid.  It will not hold in sand.  Our anchor, as a child of God, is God Himself.  We throw out our anchor through faith.  If we do not trust God to be true to His promises it is like our anchor being down in sand.  Faith in God being true to His word is the solid ground for our anchor to hold fast.  As we throw out our anchor, putting our trust and faith in God’s faithfulness, it allows us to calm down and open our ears to hear God speak to us and give us direction for going through the storm.  Job was most definitely in a storm.  It was through the storm that God spoke to Job and changed Job’s relationship with Him.  We have a choice.  Storms of life can be destructive or beneficial.  It all depends on what anchors us and where the anchor is placed.

June 25, 2020

Word Pictures

Filed under: Bible,God,storms,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Psalms 107:4 4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. (NIV)

Psalms 107:10 10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, (NIV)

Psalms 107:17 17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. (NIV)

Psalms 107:23 23 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. (NIV)

I enjoy reading, especially when the author paints good word pictures.  The psalmist was good at painting word pictures.  These are 4-word pictures.  Though fictional word pictures usually only set up the scenery needed for the story, the word pictures in the Holy Bible are for our learning.  Each one of these 4-word pictures show a trial we face during our earthly life.  Each one continues the description then goes into the solution.  We resist going through trials but trials are the best teachers.  We tend to forget Who directs our walk.  In Psalms 107:25 we read,  For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
that lifted high the waves.
  God uses storms or trials to bet our attention.   We get to the other side of the trial our faith is deepened and our relationship with God is strengthened.  Take time today to read all of Psalm 107.  Walking through the trials isn’t fun but walking through by faith leads to a victorious celebration as we see the blessings of our Lord.  We end with this promise in Psalms 107:28-29 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

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 7, 2020

In Control of All Things

Filed under: believe,Bible,God,storms,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Psalms 135:6-7 6 The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth,
in the seas and all their depths. 7 He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.  (NIV)

Psalms 104:14 14 He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—
bringing forth food from the earth  (NIV)

I use to say I could complain about the weather because that kind of complaint won’t offend anyone.  However, that kind of complaint is a complaint against God.  Either God is in control of everything as the scriptures in the Holy Bible say or He isn’t.  We must decide what we believe.  Our belief is either all the way in God or none of it is in God.  There is no dipping our toe in or choosing what statements in the Holy Bible we believe and changing the meaning, definition or words to make them agree with what we choose to believe.  My daily manta last year was Philippians 4:11 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)  This is all inclusive.  When we give God our lives, we give Him control of all that touches our lives.  Who are we to complain about what God allows us to experience?    I may not like cold, stormy weather but I will no longer complain.  All things have their purpose and as we learn to be content in all things God will be able to flow in and through us without our resistance.

September 2, 2019

Storms

Filed under: storms,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Psalms 55:8 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  (NIV)

We are visiting our son and his family and find ourselves preparing for a category 5 hurricane.  Many of us have been praying for God to turn the storm east out to sea where no one and no property can be damaged.  We know scripture says there will be more and worsening storms as we proceed through the later days of this present, sinful earth yet it is not wrong to ask Him to delay for the sake of those who are yet to enter into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  But we submit ourselves to God’s plans, whatever they are and prepare to secure ourselves as safe as possible.  We know we’re in the hands of God and need not be anxious or worried.  We do our part like boarding up windows and removing anything from outside that might be a projectile in the wind, yet we are at peace.  When we know our Creator God, it matters not when storms assail us.  His peace stays deep within.  Storms aren’t always weather related.  There are financial, emotional, sickness and various other storms of life.  They serve to deepen our faith if we will only choose to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit for directions in walking through the storms of life.  There is a chorus that summarizes it.  “Peace, peace, wonderful peace.  Looking down from heaven above…)  Peace is always looking down but we must look up to God to receive it.

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