Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 3, 2019

Blemishes

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,Lamb,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Peter 1:19 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.   (NIV)

When God sent His Son to become flesh and blood just as we are, we must ask how did He walk this life on earth without sin?  Jesus lived constantly aware of the very real presence of His Father.  He spent time apart talking with His Father. Jesus’ sole purpose on this earth was to do the will of the Father.  In comparing ourselves with Jesus we fall vastly short.  Most of our thinking and awareness time is about ourselves.  We are more aware of our trials than we are of God’s very real presence.  We spend more time complaining and fretting than we do thanking and praising.  It takes time and discipline to bring ourselves into a constant and consistence awareness of our Father always being with us.  The more aware we become the less we fall into temptation.  Let us choose to consciously become aware of God’s very real presence through our Bible study, meditation and frequent conversations with Him.  Let us have fewer blemishes from sin.

October 29, 2019

Everything is God’s

Filed under: Creation,glory,God,possessions,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Romans 11:36 36 For from him and through him and for him are all things.  To him be the glory forever! Amen.  (NIV)

We humans are so very smug.  We like to claim things as ours.  We say “my house, my car, my, mine.” As far as this world is concerned the “my” claim is right.  The problem in using it is we tend to forget all things created, even supposedly man created, are really God’s.  There is nothing created that hasn’t come from God.  We are here because God chose to have us for the purpose of fellowshipping with us.  He also gave us a job to do.  He told Adam to name all the animals and plants and tend the world God created.  That makes us God’s steward.  Even the money we earn from the job we hold is God’s.  He only asks us to give 10% back to Him to further His Kingdom on earth.  He does ask for us to be good stewards with the 90% that remains.  We need to learn the “thanks” habit rather than the “my or mine” habit.  As we use the various things God has put into our possession let us remember to thank Him and steward it in a way that will please God and bring Him glory.

October 25, 2019

Habits

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,thanks,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Mark 1:35 35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Many books have been written addressing the #### habits of a successful life or of a Godly life.  A habit is a continual and conscious practice of repetition of something.  Jesus had a habit.  His habit was to go off by Himself and talk with His Father.  He knew without regular conversation with His Father He would not be able to accomplish the Father’s purpose for His being in the form of man on this earth.  As we read through scripture, we find many things we are told to never neglect.  All these things must become habits if we want to be a Godly person.  We’ve mentioned prayer.  Some of the others include tithing, always being ready to give an explanation of the hope we have in Jesus, loving others, forgiving others just to name a few.  As we read and meditate on the Scripture, let us pay attention to the things we are told to do and see what has become a habit and what ones we need to develop into a habit.

October 24, 2019

Our Part

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,thanks,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Genesis 2:19 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

God doesn’t need anything.  He is always present, all knowledge, all powerful.  He is complete.  He doesn’t need us but He chose to make us.  He chose to make us in His image.  We must ask, why are we here?   What is our part in God’s plan?  Since He really doesn’t need us, do we really have a part?  God loves us and He chose to need us or He wouldn’t have created us.  When Jesus died on the cross in our place He made us co-heirs with Jesus.  Co-heirs don’t just share the blessings, they must also share in the work.  In Genesis we read God gave Adam the responsibility of naming all the animals.  God did the creating and left it up to Adam to do the identification of naming.  When sin entered the world mankind no longer participated in our part of God’s work.  It took Jesus to bring us back into doing what God chose for us to do.  He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us to enable us to do our part.  In Mark 6:5 Jesus said He couldn’t do any might works because of mankind’s unbelief.  Later on He told His disciples we would do not only what He did but we would do even greater things.  What inhibited Jesus was our lack of faith.  What inhibits us is our lack of faith.  Our part is to worship, praise, thank, listen to instructions and obey.  Our part is through our worship, praise and thanks we connect with God’s power through the Holy Spirit and we can move mountains.  Let us do our part as we rest in faith that God is faithful and will fulfill His will in and through us.

September 27, 2019

Both Talk

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,scriptures,song,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Colossians 4:2 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV)

The Tree of Life version translates it as keeping alert and thankful.  For what are we to keep watchful or alert?  When we pray, we are opening up a conversation with our Father, God.  So often we just have our say then move on with earthly things.  We are to be alert to hearing God respond to our part of the conversation.  No prayer is complete without taking time to listen.  Why did Jesus spend so many nights apart by himself in lonely places?  He waned to be sure He did as much listening to His Father without distractions as He did talking to His Father.  Listening is hard to learn.  We must have silence to listen.  Silence for most of us today is a little frightening.  We are bombarded with noise all day and night.  We don’t know how to handle silence.  So often our thoughts run wild in silence.  To learn to listen in silence start slowly.  Say, speak, Father, I’m listening.  It might be a verse of scripture that comes to your mind or a song you’ve sung in church.  Take it as a beginning and meditate on it.  Gradually you will learn to hear and recognize the gentle, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.  Gradually you will learn to give God as much time to talk to you as you talk to Him, maybe even let Him talk more than you do.  What wonderful conversations you can have.

September 19, 2019

Righteousness, a Gift

Filed under: believe,Christ,gifts,God,Jesus,praise,Righteous,salvation,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  (NIV)

Unlike salvation, we can’t choose righteousness.  Righteousness is only found in Jesus.  Righteousness is something He gives those who choose salvation.  It is His righteousness that robes us.  It is Jesus Who gives us His righteousness.  There is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to be righteous.  While we are in our earthly bodies we continue to battle our natural sin nature.  Through our choice of salvation and our continual repentance we maintain the robe of the righteousness of Jesus.  Because of Jesus and the righteousness with which He robes us, God sees His righteousness on us and the penalty for our sinfulness is forgiven and put out of sight.  Righteousness costs us nothing but it cost Jesus more than we can ever imagine.  He had to separate Himself from His Godliness and become fully human to experience all we experience yet totally without our willfulness to sin to show us how much God loves us and desires for us to be with Him for eternity.  There is no way we can every imagine how much that cost Him.  Let us continually praise and thank Him for the great and glorious gift of righteousness which He so costly had given to all who choose salvation through Jesus.

August 23, 2019

Thanks for Food

Filed under: Father,Jesus,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

Matthew 14:19 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.  (NIV)

Many don’t say a prayer before they eat.  They don’t see any reason to.  Jesus gave thanks to the Father for the food before they ate.  If Jesus felt it necessary to thank the Father, being One with the Father, how much more is it necessary for me (or anyone else) to offer thanks to the Father for the food we/they are about to eat?  We tend to take food for granted.  We also tend to assume those who supply our food know we are thankful for their labor without our saying so.  I know when I do something for someone it makes me feel really good when they tell me thanks.  I don’t do it because I want them to thank me but because I love them.  We thank God for our food because all things come from God.  We know He loves us whether we thank Him or not but it’s nice to verbalize our thanks.  We don’t have to recite or say a long prayer of thanks.  Even a pause with a sincere thank you Father would be nice.  Whenever we eat and wherever we eat, let’s remember to pause and express our thanks to the One Who provides all we need to sustain our physical lives on this earth.

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