Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 1, 2020

Finding with Conditions

Deuteronomy 4:29 29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.  (NIV)

This is a promise with conditions.  We must seek God with all our heart.  That means we will do anything and go to any effort regardless of time involved to seek Him because we desire to find Him more than anything or anyone else.  Also we must seek Him with all our soul.  That means we don’t wait for others to show Him to us but we seek Him with our entire mind.  We seek Him with our mind by not only reading scripture, the Holy Bible, but also intense study and even memorizing of the words we read along with taking time to listen to the Holy Spirit for interpretation and meaning applicable to us in our time and space.  If we are seeking God with our entire soul we will find the Holy Bible is not only our favorite book to read but also our first “go-to” book when needing answers to life’s trials and decisions.  When we meet these conditions, God promises we will find Him.  We will find Him through the written word, through the Holy Spirit within us, through His glory shine out through others and through His creation.  We find ourselves talking to Him and telling Him how beautiful His creation is when we walk through the woods or gardens.  When we find Him, we will speak to and listen to Him throughout all our day.  Let us really seek the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our souls (minds).

March 29, 2020

Joined Together

Filed under: body,God,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ephesians 4:16 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  (NIV)

Ephesians 5:15-16 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  (NIV)

Yesterday I sounded off because I am in the senior group and didn’t like the attitude of someone dear to me.  That person misinterpreted what President Trump was saying and trying to do.  If we would all live by the above verses we wouldn’t have to shut down the country.  Each person is important and needed to do their part.  There are no insignificant parts to life on this earth.  God has a purpose for each and every individual and those purposes are linked together, held together by each and every person.  We fail to grow and build up in love when even one person doesn’t do what God designed that person to do.  Instead of pointing fingers, we are each responsibility for our own individual part, allowing it to join with all the other parts.  Regardless of any trial we might face, we are told to make the most of every opportunity.  We must ask, are we numbered with the complainers and nay sayers or are we making the most of whatever opportunities present themselves.

February 21, 2020

Speaking Through Us

Filed under: Bible,encouragement,Father,God,Holy Spirit,trials,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 10:19-20 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  (NIV)

 

I remember the first time I was asked to pray out loud.  I was upset because I didn’t have advance notice.  How would I know what to pray without rehearsing it and making sure I said all the right things.  As I grew in my relationship with God, I realized I didn’t need to rehearse.  The above verses give us His promise that He will speak through us.  Our problem is taking the time to listen to Him.  It takes a little practice to quickly recognize the quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  Without regular listening we won’t hear Him when we really need to speak out.  Learning to hear takes practice.  Writing down what we hear after prayer time or a time meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, helps us to recognize what is the voice of the Holy Spirit verses our own voice.  It’s also an encouragement to have a journal of what the Holy Spirit has said to us so we can look back and see His words in present times of struggle.  Let us diligently learn how to always allow the Holy Spirit to speak not only to us personally, but also through us to others.

February 18, 2020

Right Every Time

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,holy,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work  (NIV)

We are good at using Google to learn how to do something.  For many, that is their first resource for answers to problems.  God has given us a much better resource.  For answers to life, how to live it, how to walk through trials, how to relate to others and many other how to’s, the entire Holy Bible is full of answers.  The richest, largest amount of answers to life’s issues are in the book of Proverbs.  I like reading that book in various translations.  With so many translations of the Holy Bible available as e-books, it is easy to look up any subject to see what the Holy Bible, to see what God says about that subject.  When we need an answer to a problem, let’s learn to go to the Holy Bible, go to God first.  He is right every time.

January 29, 2020

The True Enemy

Filed under: armor,baptise,Christ,faith,God,scriptures,spiritual,trials,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Romans 8:35 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  (NIV)

Romans 8:37 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (NIV)

We can’t be conquerors if there is nothing to conquer.  In this life there is a lot to conquer.  Satan and his cohorts are always active trying to separate us from our relationship with God through Christ.  We see our hardships and troubles as physical and material problems but in actuality the battle is a spiritual one.  God has given us the weapons need to conquer any problem or trial we face.  We have a sword sharper than any sword mankind can create.  Our sword is the word of God.  Jesus used that sword quoting scripture to Satan during His 40 days of fasting afteher T

January 28, 2020

God’s Way

Filed under: God,sheep,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

1 Samuel 17:46 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head  (NIV)

1 Samuel 17:47 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”  (NIV)

We have so much to learn from David’s life.  Here he is just a very young man, mostly still a boy who is the youngest and relegated to the lowly job of tending sheep.  He is mostly overlooked by his family.  He was sent by his father to check on his brothers.  We find King Saul and all of his commanders being in fear and listening to constant putdowns of their ability to fight.  David comes up and hears Goliath saying the Israelites aren’t worth much and neither is their God.  David has already experienced God’s power through him as he protected the sheep from wild animals.  He also spent much time praising God and getting to know Him intimately.  He can’t stand to hear what Goliath says about God.  As we read further we find David saying God will defeat Goliath through him.  King Saul wants David to do it Saul’s way with Saul’s armor and sword.  David says he can’t imitate the way Saul would (and should have) do it.  He does it his way with a stone and sling shot.  Not only does he do it but he foretold exactly how he would do it down to cutting off Goliath’s head.  This is an example for us.  We often face giants (major trials) in our life.  When we do, do we freeze in fear like the Israelites or do we stand firm in faith of God’s provision.  Do we find out how others solved similar trials and try to do it the way they did or do we go to God, asking His wisdom and how He wants to do it through us.  We are so quick at wanting others to solve our problems like Saul and his army waiting for someone else to step us.  We also think we should do things like others have.  God makes each of us unique and works through each of us in unique ways.  When we have a trial or problem, let us first seek God and find out how He wants us to walk through it with Him and the way He provides for us.

January 15, 2020

Change

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (NIV)

I have a high need for change.  Maybe because I was a military brat and moved to a new place most every year.  My need for change even carries through in the house.  No one in the family would get up in the night without a flashlight because I might have been up re-arranging the furniture.  My desire for changing things is alike to God.  He is continually changing us.  His desire is for us to be like His Son, Jesus so we can be one with Him, one in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This requires change.  Though our salvation is instant the moment we ask Jesus into our mind, heart and life, the change in our heart, mind and life takes time.  As we read, study and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we get to know God better and gradually, through the Holy Spirit working in us, we become more and more like God.  When I think back on how I was, spoke, acted and thought, years ago I am amazed at the person I have become today.  Yet, as I look at who I am today and think about who God will make me be tomorrow, I’m even amazed.  My goal is the same as God’s goal for me – to become truly one with God in thought, heart and action.  Change isn’t easy for us – even those who like me like change.  Change occurs not only through reading and meditating on scripture, change comes through walking through trials.  So, when trials come our way, let us praise God for He is in the changing process to make us more one with Him.

January 8, 2020

Not Our Thoughts

Filed under: Bible,God,prayer,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Isaiah 55:8 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  (NIV)

More on God is in control of all.  It isn’t God’s fault if we choose to build our house in a area known for floods or landslides.   A lot of things we blame God for are really because we chose to get in the way of what God planned.  We can’t possibly comprehend God’s plans with our finite minds.  We don’t have the ability to see past, present and future all at one time.  Instead of making decisions without consulting God we would find our lives much simpler if we would always consult Him before making a decision.  We consult Him in several ways: prayer which includes waiting for an answer we can hear, agreement with what is written in the Holy Bible, circumstances and input from others who know us well and also are totally committed to God.  When what we consider adversity hits us we must check to see whether we are involved due to a faulty or hasty decision on our part, being in the wrong place at the wrong time on our part or if God is calling for our complete attention.  Instead of complaining when things get hard let us look to God and ask Him not only the why but what we are to learn through the difficult times.

December 17, 2019

Strong in Heart

Filed under: Bible,discouragment,God,God's Word,heart,love,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Proverbs 3:5 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (NIV)

This is a very hard thing to do.  We want to understand everything around us.  When we hit a block, we get upset because we think we need to understand.  We like to be the problem fixer and to fix a problem we think we need to understand it.  God is of a different mind-set.  He more than understands.  He absolutely knows all answers.  When we go through trials we often ask, why.  Quite often it’s not for understanding but for a “why me” attitude.  When we demand to understand why God allows some things we are showing a lack of trust.  All we need to know is already contained in the pages of the Holy Bible.  Understanding that is necessary is given to us through the Holy Spirit.  When the time is right for us to understand, the Holy Spirit will give us whatever understanding is needed.  Our job is to trust in the Lord with all our heart even when we don’t understand the why of a situation.

October 31, 2019

Joy in Trials

Filed under: God,joy,love,trials,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Peter 1:6-9 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (NIV)

We don’t like trials.  When faced with a trial our usually response is, “Why me, Lord?”  Actually, that is a good response if we are willing to listen to His answer rather than mean that question as a complaint.  Peter gives us the reason in verses 3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time  Going through trials is one of the ways God teaches us and continues to mold us into the image of Jesus.  As we walk through our trials we learn to listen to God.  As we walk out of our trials we are better able to minister to others who walk through their trials.  As we walk through our trials our faith and trust grow in God.  All these, as we walk through trials, depends on the attitude we have as we walk through the trials.  When a trial comes our way lets do ask God, why me wanting to know what it is God wants us to learn through the trial.  Each trial is for a specific need in our life.  God is faithful and true to His word.  We might not be happy as we walk through our trials but we can keep the glorious joy of the salvation of our soul and the constant presence and provision of God Who loves us more than we can understand..

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