Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

 

December 10, 2019

Reborn

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,image,Jesus,soul,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

John 3:3 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  (NIV)
God created Adam from the dust of the earth.  We all have the minerals found in the dust of the earth.  After God formed Adam, He breathed into Adam the breath of life – the spirit which is in the same image as God.  When Adam and Eve decided they wanted to know as much as God does and be just like God and ate from the forbidden tree of good and evil, the spirit God breathed into them died.  They were no longer in the image of God.  Their spirit was dead.  All man kind from then on was only born with the soul – the mind, body desires and emotions.  From that point mankind could only know God with their own minds.  Our carnal minds can’t really even begin to know God.  It took God’s love in sending His living Word, His Son, Jesus to come into the soulish, physical body of mankind to demonstrate God’s love and to pay the penalty for our sin of separation from God’s image within us.  When we accept Jesus into our souls, our mind, emotions and body, God gives us a new or renewed birth of His Image, the Spirit, in us.  As Paul complained about doing the things he doesn’t want to do, we have a war going on between our soul parts and the spirit within us.  Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword.  To renew our mind, our soulish or selfish thinking, we must stay into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must know and put deeply in our mind the words of Jesus.  Let’s be sure we spend more time arming our spirits with the sword of God (the Holy Bible) than with anything else we read, study or listen.  Let us let the image of God shine through us.

September 9, 2019

Invisible Qualities

Filed under: Creation,God,prayer,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Romans 1:20 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.  (NIV)

Many say they have never seen a miracle.  Others say they have never seen God or evidence of God.  They must be blind.  We can’t look at the beautiful variety in the nature around us without seeing the evidence of God.  The variety of the music of birds.  The vast variety of the colors of flowers.  The beauty of an old tree.  All these are evidence of the miracle of God’s creation.  Seeing how intricately He designed these things and knowing Jesus said we are of even more importance than all the nature God created how can we see anything else rather then the love of God for us.  That He knows how many hairs are on our heads which we don’t even know (unless we’re bald) tells of His love and care for the smallest details of our lives.  Since He is concerned about the smallest details of our lives shouldn’t we be sharing them with Him as we converse with Him in prayer?  So many only go to God with what they think is a really big problem.  To God, everything about us and everything that concerns us is important to Him for His attention.  So, throughout every part of every day, let’s remember to keep our conversation going with God.  He already knows because He knows our thoughts even before we do, but, as we like to hear our children actually talk aloud with us, God also likes to actually hear us speak openly to Him.

March 9, 2019

Faithful

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,God's Word,scriptures,Tree,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:22 pm

Psalms 1:3 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (NIV)

If we look at the real Hebrew word which many versions have translated as rivers of water we would find out the real word should be wadi.  A wadi is a dry river bed.  The tree planted by the wadi had very deep roots which sustain it during dry seasons.  We are to have deep roots so we can sustain dry seasons in lives.  The only way to have deep roots is to have them deep into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must not only read, study and meditate on it every day, we must have it deep in our minds and hearts.  There are times we go through droughts where it seems God doesn’t talk to us.  It is in these times we must depend on our deep roots.  We rest on the word we have heard and read.  We hang on to our trust and faith and His promise that He never leaves us.  Dry times, when lived through in trust and faith, deepen our trust and faith.  Sometimes God gives me quite a few devotions to write in one day.  Sometimes that day is followed by a few days of not hearing anything.  I know He is still with me even though I don’t hear anything.  Sometimes I find my attention is needed elsewhere during those times.  During our dry times we needn’t strain to listen.  Straining can cause us to listen to the wrong voice.  Let’s learn to relax and trust, staying in the scriptures and being willing to hear.  God is faithful.  Let us also be faithful.

September 29, 2018

Trees

Psalms 96:12 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (NIV)

We live in an area with a lot of trees.  Many of them are big, old and beautiful.  I enjoy looking at them.  When I see them I am reminded of God, Who created them.  The word tree and trees appears in the Scriptures 299 times.  Sometime the tree is used as a symbol, many times representing us.  When I look at a big, old tree I see the strength of it’s branches.  I see how the branches come out of the trunk. The tree has weathered many a storm because it has deep and wide roots and the trunk is thick enough not to break.  The branches that are securely rooted in the trunk also weather the storms.  We are to be like the big, old tree.  We have a trunk that will weather any storm.  The trunk we are grafted in is Jesus.  As long as we are fully connected to the trunk we will grow strong enough to weather any storm that comes our way.  Our trunk, Jesus, has a big and deep root system because Jesus is the Son of I AM, the God of all Who created all through His Word, Jesus.  The only thing that can sever our branch from the trunk is sin.  We must be sure we stay current on confessions and repenting form any sin that would try to sever us from the trunk of the Tree of Life, Jesus.  Let us quickly prune any twig that tries to grow from our branch that isn’t in tune with the love and Word of God.

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