Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 12, 2020

God Uses the Least

Filed under: Christian,God,troubles,Uncategorized,walk,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Judges 6:11 11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.  (NIV)

Judges 6:15 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”  (NIV)

Many Christians think they are too insignificant for God to ever do anything through them.  Take time to read through the 6th chapter of Judges.  Gideon was hiding in fear.  He thought himself the most insignificant of his family and his family very insignificant in compared to all others.  Yet God used him in a mighty way.  So mighty, He kept insisting Gideon decrease the number of people he would call into battle.  God wanted to demonstrate He is more powerful through us than any number of enemies that would try to come against us.  Gideon had questions for God.  He wanted to know why they were being troubled by enemies.  We have questions for God.  We wonder why we must go through trials.  Jesus told us there would be tribulation.  He said the entire world would be against us.  Matthew 24:9 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.  To us, the times of trials seem out of proportion to the times of blessings.  We only look at the short period of time we walk this sinful earth.  God sees eternity.  In our physical, sinful abode we are very short-sighted.  Let us remember 2 very significant things.  Our walk on this earth is very brief compared to the eternity we will enjoy in the very real presence of our God.  The second is God chooses to use the very least and insignificant among us for it is not our own talent or power but God’s power and wisdom through the least of us that wins the battle against the evil of this world.

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

June 29, 2019

Cry Out

Filed under: Bible,God,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 107:6 6 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. (NIV)

We will find the same words in this verse in many different places in the Holy Bible.  Many of us, as we walk through various troubles, walk through them much longer than necessary.  God doesn’t automatically say, I see so and so having trouble so I will fix it.  God waits for us to cry out to Him. He waits for us to seek Him in times of troubles.  It is after we seek Him that He steps in and gives us the wisdom to walk out of our troubles.  Instead of  complaining about what a hard time we are having, let us seek God for wisdom in how He wants us to respond to any situation.

June 16, 2019

Father’s Day

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Gospel,image,love,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 12:33 pm

Ephesians 6:4 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  (NIV)

Today is Father’s Day.  It too much longer for our culture to recognize the importance of fathers than it did recognizing mothers.  Fathers are very important.  Fathers stand as a symbol of our heavenly Father.  For those who had abusive fathers, it is hard for them to believe that our Father, God, could ever be loving.  They picture God as judgmental, angry or over-bearing.  It is so very important for every child to have a positive father-figure in their lives.  It might be their birth father, a step-father, a grandfather, uncle or even a close family friend.  On this day, let us take time to pray for the fathers we know that they will nurture, train and instruct their children in the way of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Let us also thank God (and if still walking on this earth, our own father figure) for their part in helping us learn to know the love of God.

June 4, 2019

Part of the Action

Filed under: Christ,Father,prayer,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Colossians 3:1-2   So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.  Pursue the things over which Christ presides.  Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.  Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is.  See things from His perspective. (Message Translation)

This translation is pretty straight forward on how it says it.  If we are really serious about following Christ, we would put more effort into following His example.  He drew apart from others often to talk one-on-one with His Father.  He was never absorbed with the day to day but focused on the needs around Him.  How alert are we to the needs of others around us? When we greet someone with “Hi, how are you?” and they politely answer fine, do really hear the tone of their voice or the look in their eyes?  Whey I do the chaplain hospital rounds and ask a patient how they are and they answer fine, I ask if that is why their here.  Quite often they open up and share their fears or heart aches with me and we end by praying together.  Let us not be so absorbed in our own “problems” (God is in control of them) that we have blind eyes to the problems of others.  Let us be a part of the action of Christ around us.

March 31, 2019

Delivered

Filed under: faith,God,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Psalms 34:17 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (NIV)

God hears us when we cry out to Him.  Notice He delivers us from all our troubles.  It doesn’t say He keeps troubles away from us.  We are guaranteed to have troubles.  Having troubles is like spiritual exercise.  Troubled times bring either growth or destruction according to how we face and look at them.  When we face them, calling out to God, we can be assured He will give us wisdom to walk through our troubles and come trough them in victory.  Instead of complaining to others about our troubles, let our voices call out to God.  Let’s ask Him for wisdom in waling through the troubles and strengthening our faith.  Through walking through our troubles we allow God to burn more of our old nature away and reveal more of His Image within us.  The first one we should ever go to with our troubles and our victories is God.  Too often we go to others first.  When they don’t help, then we go to God.  We are to seek the council of the godly but first let’s seek the council of God.  Then we can go to the godly for confirmation of what we hear God tell us.

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