Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 11, 2020

Abram

Filed under: bless,faith,God,Lord,Obey,thanks,trust,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Genesis 12:1 1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.  (NIV)

Genesis 12:7 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the Lord, who had appeared to him.  (NIV)

There are two important facts we must note in these 2 verses.  In verse 1 God told Abram to go but didn’t tell him where to go.  Abram trusted God to lead him step by step.  God doesn’t give us a flow chart.  We must put our foot out for the first step and then God will show us where to put our foot for the second step.  In the 7th verse we must note that God said HE would give the land to Abram’s offspring, not to us to bless those who come after us.  Abram wasn’t mad at God because the promise was to his offspring.  Abram was so thankful to be part of God’s working for future generations that He built an altar to the Lord in thanksgiving and worship.  We probably thank God for things He does for us but what about thanking Him for things He does through us for others?  Let us learn to follow God with a much faith and obedience as Abram.

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 22, 2019

Ask Until Peace Comes

Filed under: God,heart,peace,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Colossians 3:15 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  (NIV)

Many ask how we can be sure we are hearing God and not our own thoughts or those of Satan or other people?  When we make a decision, we should have peace in our hearts and minds if the decision is of God.  The lack of peace after a decision is made is a sign of either the wrong decision or the timing of the decision is wrong.  God is faithful to guide us and to answer us when we ask. As long as we are seeking Him and our hearts are right (no active unconfessed sin, no unforgiveness, etc.) He hears and He answers.  What is peace?  It is a feeling of a positive outcome, a confidence that we have the right answer and the right timing.  When we have peace, we no longer feel the need to keep asking others what to do.  When we have peace, we move into thanksgiving to God for supplying what we need.  As a couple we never moved forward if either one of us were without peace.  Ask God and keep listening until peace comes.

December 7, 2019

Without a Loved One

Matthew 28:20 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (NIV)

Spending Christmas, or any other celebration occasion, without someone who is really close to you is hard.  Quite often it leads us into depression.  We can be in the midst of a crowd or even with other family members and still feel alone.  We must remember what Jesus said.  He is always with us.  He is closer than with us.  He is in us through the person of the Holy Spirit.  That is closer than even a loved one can be.  Especially at Christmas we must remember what it is we are actually celebrating.  We are celebrating the very real presence of God and His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  We even have it better than the shepherds who were blessed to see Him as a new born baby laying in a cow’s feed trough.  We have the Holy Spirit inside us.  Instead of dwelling on how much we miss a loved one who is no longer with us we can choose to thank, praise and rejoice that the One Who loves us most, and hopefully Who we love most, is so very with us – dwelling in us.  This is the real meaning of Christmas.  So, as we see others with their loved ones so very close and enjoying celebrating together, let us thank God for Christmas’s past with our loved one and really celebrate with Him in a deeper and more knowing way.

November 28, 2019

Thanks Expressed

Filed under: Bible,God,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Bible Trivia for Thanksgiving Day

Thank is in the Bible 75 times

Thanks is in the Bible 35 times

Thanksgiving is in the Bible 30 times

Thankful 3 times

Thankfulness 3 times

Thanked 2

Thanking 1

That’s 149 expressions of thanks.  How many times a day do we thank God?  How often do we thank our family members?  How often do we thank others?  Let us develop the habit of expressing our thanks.

 

November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Eve

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,thanks,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Corinthians 14:17 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.  (NIV)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  It was intended to be a day we set aside to thank God for the freedom we have at the present in our country to worship God and tell of His glorious works.  Yet, for most, this day has become a day to edify our favorite sports team.  It is also now a day when many stores open in the afternoon to get a jump-start on what has become known as Black Friday.  We can’t wait to buy more stuff.  As we prepare for tomorrow, let us be sure to take time to thank our God for the freedom we still have but are in danger of losing.  Let us also spend some time in intercession for those elected to lead our country.  Let us also spend some time in intercession for those who want to deny us the right to worship and express our beliefs and hold fast to the precepts in God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  Let our thankfulness outweigh the time and enthusiasm we spend on watching our favorite sports team or the good price we might be after for more stuff.  Let us truly be thankful and give thanks.

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.

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