Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 26, 2020

Know His Name

Filed under: Bible,bless,Christ,God,Jesus,knowledge,sin,trials,troubles,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

 

Proverbs 30:3-4 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?  Whose hands have gathered up the wind?  Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name and what is the name of his son?  Surely you know!  (NIV)

I really enjoy the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Not only is it full of wisdom for every day’s problems and trials, it is also prophetic.  Here the writer is expressing his yearning to know the name of the Son of God.  He knows the Son hold the key to knowing God.  He knows He was always with God and knows He would come down to earth.  He also knows that He would be known throughout all the ends of the earth.  He only doesn’t know what His name is.  We are blessed and privileged to know His name.  His name is Jesus Christ.  I am so glad God put me on this earth after Jesus came and died and rose so I could be forgiven for my separation through sin from God and be adopted into His family as His child and a co-heir with His Son, Jesus.  Do you know Him?  If so, are you actively introducing the Son of God by name to those around you?

June 25, 2020

Word Pictures

Filed under: Bible,God,storms,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Psalms 107:4 4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. (NIV)

Psalms 107:10 10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains, (NIV)

Psalms 107:17 17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. (NIV)

Psalms 107:23 23 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters. (NIV)

I enjoy reading, especially when the author paints good word pictures.  The psalmist was good at painting word pictures.  These are 4-word pictures.  Though fictional word pictures usually only set up the scenery needed for the story, the word pictures in the Holy Bible are for our learning.  Each one of these 4-word pictures show a trial we face during our earthly life.  Each one continues the description then goes into the solution.  We resist going through trials but trials are the best teachers.  We tend to forget Who directs our walk.  In Psalms 107:25 we read,  For he spoke and stirred up a tempest
that lifted high the waves.
  God uses storms or trials to bet our attention.   We get to the other side of the trial our faith is deepened and our relationship with God is strengthened.  Take time today to read all of Psalm 107.  Walking through the trials isn’t fun but walking through by faith leads to a victorious celebration as we see the blessings of our Lord.  We end with this promise in Psalms 107:28-29 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. 29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

May 19, 2020

The Comforter

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Acts 8:4 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. (NIV)

When all is right in our world we become complacent.  It takes times of trials and tribulations to wake us up.  The early disciples were afraid for their lives so they fled many different directions.  Because of this the word of God was scattered among many different countries.  The world has been awakened today by a virus which many are calling a pandemic.  Travel has been stopped do how is it we spread the news of God’s grace of salvation through His Son, Jesus?  We live in an age of electronics.  We have television, radio, computers, tablets, cell phones and they are all filled now with testimonies of God’s grace and words of explanations about what is written in the Holy Bible.  Churches are getting on board videotaping and airing their teachings.  Churches are gathering food and feeding the hungry.  Churches are busy working in their communities.  We, the believers, are the church.  None of us should be complacent during this time (or at any time).  We each have a part to play whether it be donating food or money, serving in a food pantry, being part of the taping of a service or any other way of reaching out to the community.  The most important thing we can do is to pray.  But we must be sure our prayers are followed by our willingness to take action.  When people are scared like so many are right now, they look for comfort.  Let us do our part to introduce them to the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ.

May 16, 2020

Make the Most of Today

Filed under: anxious,Church,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,trials,Uncategorized,worry — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 6:34 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  (NIV)

Now that many things are starting to open up people are starting to get more anxious and worried.  Will they have a job to go back to?  If not, will they find a new job?  Is it safe to go to the grocery store?  What about church?  There ae as many questions about tomorrow as there are people.  Jesus had an answer to each and every question.  Don’t worry about tomorrow.  We are to live in today.  Today we know we should wear a face mask to protect us and others from any lingering virus.  Today we know we should be careful with our finances yet continue to give back to God the portion He asked for in the scriptures (a tenth of our income).  God is always faithful.  Will we be faithful?  There is nothing wrong with making tentative plans for tomorrow as long as we are willing to listen to the Holy Spirit for any change of direction God has for us.  I like not knowing what tomorrow brings.  Tomorrow can bring wonderful, new surprises or it can bring a new trial that helps me get to know what is in me and how much of God’s character am I allowing to shine out through me.  Tomorrow is in God’s hands.  Let’s enjoy today, whether in a trial or in a glorious surprise.  Let’s make the most of whatever God has brought us for this day, learning from today to make the most of whatever comes tomorrow.

May 10, 2020

Fear

Mark 4:39-40 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (NIV)

The news commentaries are full of talk about how many will be committing suicide during this pandemic and the early recovery time because of fear.  Jesus said, even in the times of storms, we have nothing to fear.  He promised the Father would always be with us and will always meet our needs.  That doesn’t mean we just sit back and expect God to send us food, shelter and money.  God has promised to give us wisdom even through trial times (James 1).  We have the wisdom available to us to wear a mask when out in an area where we could pick up an infection.  We have the wisdom to wear seat belts when in an automobile.  We have the wisdom not to spend more than we have.  Our problem is using the wisdom available to us over the impulses of the emotion of “I want.”  There is nothing wrong with healthy fear as long as it leads to taking the right course of action.  Fear means to look at the situation and find the right course of action.  One good place to find the right course of actions in most circumstance is in the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Proverbs is full of good, useful wisdom.  Let us put fear behind us and walk in the faith the Holy Spirit makes available to us along with the wisdom contained in the pages of the scriptures.

May 8, 2020

Flight Plan

Proverbs 1:2 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;  (NIV)

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  (NIV)

A few days ago, the Blue Angels did a formation fly over over Houston in honor of the medical profession.  Their formation was in the shape of the medical symbol.  What thrilled me the most was the tail plane pilot who had a body cam on him so we could see the entire formation through his window.  We could also see his hands on the steering wheel and his feet on the pedals.  From the ground the planes seem to be flying very smoothly and effortlessly.  When the tale plane’s camera we could see tremendous vibration.  His hands never left the steering wheel and he was continuously making little adjustments.  His feet were also busy pushing and releasing pedals.  To fly in such a close formation, 18 inches apart at wing tip, required complete concentration with no distractions. They are told to keep their sight on the star (on the wing tip).   We are called to live like we are flying.  Our star, the point we are to always keep in our sight, is God.  We have the scriptures, the Holy Bible, as our steering wheel.  We must keep our mind on the words in the scriptures and make little adjustments to our words, our thinking and our actions.  When we delay those little adjustments, we find a major adjustment is needed.  Our attention to needed adjustments is normally unexpected trials that capture our attention.  Just as the pilots needed a lot of schooling to learn to fly their planes, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to school us through the scriptures so we can learn to apply them to our flight on this earth.  The formations for our earthly flight is in the shape of a cross.  It is both vertical and horizontal.  We look vertically for our flight plans and fly conjunction horizontally with other believers as we are all different parts of the one body.  Let us fly well and safely.

April 26, 2020

Transplant

John 17:22 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—

The chemo they gave me for stage 4 cancer 20+ years ago damaged my heart.  They tried to ablations, that’s when they go through the veins to burn the places in the heart that are misbehaving, but neither was successful. The wanted to do a transplant but I declined.  They finally decided to put in a pacemaker which constantly paces my heart.  I’m still doing fine.  In actually I already had a heart transplant. I had it when I opened my heart to Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  But it didn’t show completely right away.  It took time for my mind to be renewed to understand my new heart- the heart of Jesus.  Gradually as I experienced various trials and as I continued to read, study and meditate on the written words God so graciously provided for us in the Holy Bible and learned how to have a 2-way conversation with Him through His Holy Spirit, more and more of the heart of Jesus showed.  I still have many times my own, old thoughts service but God’s loving grace always brings me back.  When God looks at me, He hears the heart beat of His Son.  It is that heart beat continues to draw me into more and more of a oneness with Him.  This is a life-long process.  This heart transplant is available to all who will accept it.  All one needs to do is say yes to Jesus and allow Him to replace their heart and transplant His heart in them.  But don’t stop with the transplant.  Allow God to take you through various trials as He renews you mind to tune into the heart of Jesus within you.

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.

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