Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 8, 2019

Desire or Reality

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

2 Timothy 2:15 15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.   (KJV)

The amount of time we spend studying a subject show how much we value and prioritize the subject.  We must ask, how much time to we spend studying God’s written word, the Holy Bible, verses how much time we spend on other endeavors.  Yes, that hurts to ask ourselves that as a question.  We like to think we put God first before everything and everyone else.  When we look at our time spent talking with God verses talking with others, when we look at our time reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word verses time watching T.V. or reading other books.  When we compare our time spent…….I could go on and on.  Let’s not kid ourselves about our current priorities.  Let’s confess our lack to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help us change our priorities.  Let’s match our desire to really put God first before all things and people into the reality of doing it.  When we really put God first we will find we still have plenty time for the people and things God has for our lives.

August 6, 2019

Greater Works

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 14:12 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  (NIV)

This statement came from the very mouth of Jesus, the Son of God.  So, why do we seldom see works greater than Jesus did in our time and space?  There are several reasons.  The major reason is lack of belief.  In and of ourselves we are inadequate but we forget we have the same Holy Spirit in us as believers that Jesus had in Him.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that makes us one with the Son and the Father.  It is the Holy Spirit that does the works greater even than He did through Jesus.  Peter displayed this first in that on the day of Pentecost, right after the disciples received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke through the power of the Holy Spirit and we read in Acts 2:41 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number. We must admit that was indeed a mighty work.  Because of our lack of faith that Jesus really meant what He said, we don’t speak His word with boldness.  Let me repeat an example I wrote about some time ago.  We had a group of college students in our home, sharing with them the word of God.  The boys decided they wanted to be baptized.  Since we lived only 3 blocks from the ocean, we loaned them bathing trunks we kept for house guest and drove them to the beach to be baptized.  It was storm surge which means the waves were really big.  The boys were baptized many times before they got out far enough for prayer and baptism.  While they were going out being dunked many times those of us staying on the beach, unknown by each other, were praying that the water would be calm.  Nothing happened.  Storm surge continued.  On the way back to our house we discussed what we were each secretly praying.  We realized it was a lack of faith that kept us from speaking to the ocean to be still.  We didn’t really believe it would happen and didn’t want to be embarrassed.  While this discussion was happening, the girls decided they wanted to be baptized also.  We also had enough suits for them so they dressed and we returned to the beach.  This time we united together and spoke confidently to the ocean saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ we command you waves to be still.”  There appeared right away a semi-circle that followed the girls out to be baptized and, as they came in the semi-circle gradually closed behind them, returning to storm surge.  It is up to us to speak the word with boldness.  It is up to the Holy Spirit to fulfill what we speak.  We needn’t fear being embarrassed if what we speak doesn’t happen.  We might speak amiss.  It is better to speak amiss than not speak at all.  Let us learn to be bold in our faith but let us be sure what we speak is in total agreement with God’s word and His will at that time and place of our speaking.  One other reason for not seeing works of God is our failure to notice them.  The Holy Spirit is at work 24 times 7.  We only need to be aware along with being willing to be a part of His working.

May 14, 2019

Hagar

Filed under: Bible,faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Time,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Genesis 16:7 7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. (NIV)

If you don’t remember the history of Hagar, go back and read the entire chapter.  Hagar was Sarah’s (Abraham’s wife) slave.  Sarah didn’t have enough faith to trust God’s promise of having a child so she sent Hagar into Abraham to have a child for her.  This got Sarah and all generations since into a lot of trouble.  God sees all that is happening on this earth.  He hears everything we say and knows every thought we don’t give voice to.  What God promises happens in God’s way and time.  Instead of being like Sarah and taking matters into our own hands rater than allowing God’s timing, let us choose to trust and let God.  That doesn’t mean we sit and do nothing.  That means we delve deeply into His written word, the Holy Bible, and put into action what it says along with 2-way (prayer) conversation with God for interpretation of the instructions in the Bible.  As co-heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, we have co-responsibilities to do as Jesus did on this earth.  We must actively carry out the Father’s directives.

April 25, 2019

Productive Time

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Psalms 63:6 6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. (NIV)

On nights we find it hard to sleep how do we use our sleepless time?  Do we stress over our next day’s schedule or the problems we faced during the previous day?  Let’s turn our sleepless times into productive times.  Let’s make them our quiet times to remember all God has done for us.  Let’s use the time to praise Him.  I find myself suddenly singing praises to God when I can’t sleep.  It is a wonderful time because there are no interruptions.  It’s a wonderful time of being alone with the One Who loves us most.  It is a time when our ears can be totally tuned to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit within us.  It really is my favorite time of the day.  Even with little sleep on those nights I find myself totally refreshed with the beautiful time of one on One with my Father, God.  Give it a try.  I’m pretty sure you’ll like it.

March 5, 2019

Instantenous

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Psalms 27:14 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Our electronic age as increased our impatience.  We don’t like waiting.  We want everything immediately.  We see tempers flair when people are waiting in various lines.  We carry our impatience through into our prayers.  We want God to “fix” things right away.  As we read about Jesus, walking and healing we see He was never in a hurry.  His first priority was to talk with His Father.  It would be easier for us if God only told us what He wants us to do just before we are to do it.  Though that is often the case, there are times God tells us something in advance.  In those times we must be sure to keep our ears tuned to the Holy Spirit for the timing.  It takes strength and heart faith and trust to wait.  There can be many reasons God tells us to wait.  It might be a preparation time for us or others.  It might be a trust strengthening time for us.  We don’t need to know why God tells us to wait.  We are to trust God, knowing He alone knows when all things are ready for Him to act or speak through us.  Let us learn to keep our instantaneous demands to our computers and wait on God’s time for all other actions.

February 19, 2019

Time to Listen

Filed under: God,Kingdo,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:03 pm

Luke 10:41-42 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (NIV)

We are to work for the furthering of God’s Kingdom.  For some of us our problem is we are so busy working we fail to spend one on one time with God.  John Wesley was a good example for us.  The busier his schedule was going to be on a given day, the earlier he arose to have his one on one time with God.  When our cars don’t have enough fuel they can’t get us to our destination.  When we fail to spend one on one time with God each and every day, we don’t have the “fuel” to work for the furthering of His Kingdom.  We need His daily instructions.  We need to hear His encouraging words each and every day. We need His love to fuel us to move forward.  We don’t have the power in and of ourselves to serve God.  We don’t have the love within and of ourselves to reach out in love to others.  Yes, we are called to work like Martha but not without first choosing the time Mary chose to be in the actual presence of God and listening to Him.

Luke 10:41-42 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (NIV)

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January 7, 2019

Our Time

Filed under: God,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:20 pm

Psalms 74:16 16 The day is yours, and yours also the night; you established the sun and moon. (NIV)

So often we think of our time on this earth as OUR time.  We tend to be very selfish with our time.  We make priorities on the use of our time.  In reality we don’t own any time on this earth.  What we consider as our time is in actuality God’s time.  It is the time God has for us on this earth.  God has certain things He wants us to do with the time He has for us.  Our problem is we don’t start the day with an open mind as to what He has for us but with a plan we have made for the use of our time that day.  We like to make plans.  We like to know ahead what we will be doing the day ahead (and often the week, months and even years).  Let us remember each and every morning Who it is Who owns all time.  Let us start our mornings with an open heart and mind and ask God what He has for us to do this day.  Let us acknowledge to Him as the psalmist did that the day ahead is His and we are available and desirable to do His will for the day.

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