Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 22, 2019

The Right Time

Filed under: Christ,God,praise,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Romans 5:6 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (NIV)

In college English I was told the first sentence of each paragraph is one of the 2 most important, the other being the last sentence.  I never really noticed this phrase, “at just the right time,” before.  Everything God does is at just the right time.  He doesn’t explain to us the timing.  We are to trust as a child has to trust their parents.  Children are eager for things to happen quickly.  When they ask their parents, “when,” their parents say when it is the right time.  God’s concept of time is very different from ours.  To Him 1000 years can be one day or one day 1000 years.  We can’t possibly comprehend how many things must be coordinated for various things to happen.  We, just as a child waiting for Christmas or birthday, get quite impatient.  Sometimes we even think God must not care or didn’t hear or know of our problem.  We start to complain.  I’ve learned to ask one time and then the rest of the time I thank God He heard me and is in the process of bringing it about into my time and space.  Let’s remember Who is in control and knows when the right time is and practice thanking and praising while we wait.

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April 1, 2019

Interruptions

Filed under: faith,God,healing,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 9:20 20 Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. (NIV)

Jesus was on His way to raise a girl up from death.  I’m sure He was being encouraged to hurry by the family of the girl.  He was surrounded with a crowd.  He was on an important mission.  Yet, when He felt healing go out of Him from a woman who touched the edge of His cloak, He stopped.  Jesus was never in a hurry.  He always had time for any need of others.  Unlike Jesus, most of us are always in a hurry.  I don’t like to shop so I rush through the stores to get out as quick as I can.  Because of this I fail to see people around me.  God has dealt with me about this.  I’ve learned to focus some of my attention on others.  I’ve learned to stop and talk with others who look like they’re in need.  When we fully trust God, when we really give Him each hour of every day, we will not be in a hurry.  God always provided the time we need for anything He chooses to work through us.  In our rush, we miss the joy of what I like to call divine interruptions.  In actuality, they aren’t interruptions for they are what God has planned for us in that time and place.  Let us choose to slow down.  Let us give each moment of each day to God.  Let us keep our eyes open for God to direct and our ears open for God to enable us to hear.  Let us not miss someone needing to touch the edge of our cloak.

March 15, 2019

As Much Love

Filed under: cross,faith,Father,God,Jesus,love,sin,suffering,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

John 15:9 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (NIV)
The Father loves His Son, Jesus.  Yet, in that love He allowed His Son to suffer the cruelty of being whipped to the bone, being nailed to a cross and physically dying in horrific pain while being jeered by a crowd.  To us, that doesn’t look like love.  Yet, the Father knew the rewards for eternity His Son would have for what, in the eyes of eternity, is only an instant of pain.  When we go through trials and tribulation, quite often we think God has deserted us.  Surely He couldn’t love us if He allows such pain and suffering.  We only see the instance of the now in this sinful world and our sinful bodies.  We fail to realize the prize that is ours for eternity.  Let us learn to be strong in faith.  God does love us.  He loves us so much He endured watching the suffering of His only Son, Jesus, so we could be free from the debt of our sins and be united in His love for all eternity.  We seldom understand why we must walk where we walk on this earth.  That is why faith and trust is needed.  Our vision is short sighted but God knows all that was, is and will ever be.  Let us rest in faith of His love and mercy through each and every situation we face knowing His love for us is complete and perfect.

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.

March 8, 2019

Without Measure

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,love,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:37 pm

Ephesians 3:18-19 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV)

As sinful humans, we have a hard time understanding what real love is.  We are full of self-love usually putting our wants and needs before others.  It is very difficult for us to really understand God’s love for us.  Because we know we aren’t worthy of His love, we have a hard time really being open to His love. His love far surpasses our knowledge ability.  As we open up more and more to the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we gradually open up more and more to God’s boundless love for us.  He knows we don’t know how to fully accept, yet alone return His love in us to Him but He loves us without measure anyway. We must start with trust in the fact God doesn’t lie and therefor loves us just as we are.  As we move deeper into knowing Him through the scripture in the Holy Bible and allow His Holy Spirit to become more active in us, we will grow in our ability to love Him and love ourselves because He loves us.  Let us stop putting ourselves (and others) down with criticism and speak positively about ourselves because we are God’s children.  Let us open up to the full measure (which is measureless) of God in us and us in God.

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 14, 2019

Branches

John 15:5 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (NIV)

What does it mean to be a branch?  A branch is absolutely useless and nothing without being attached to the vine or tree.  It get’s all it’s nourishment from the vine.  It can only produce fruit when it get’s nourishment from the vine.  For us to be a branch, we must realize without God, we are helpless, we are nothing.  We must stay attached to Him, get our nourishment from Him.  We must realize we are nothing apart from Him.  When attached to Him we are continually being filled with the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit working through us that produces fruit.  When we think we have wisdom on our own, we will eventually fail.  We must come to the place where we realize apart from God, we are nothing but a body containing a sinful and flawed being.  It’s scary at first to realize we are nothing but as we realize it, our trust and faith in God grows.  Personally, I know I could never write any of the devotions that have been typed by my fingers over the last 9 or 10 years.  It is only the Holy Spirit within me working through me.  Let us all realize our total helplessness without being and staying attached to the vine, Jesus.  We stay attached through reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and often conversations with our Father, God.

January 27, 2019

Race

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,love,scriptures,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Have you noticed what runners wear, or don’t wear, when they are running a race?  They don’t have anything in their pockets, in their hands, around their waist or necks.  They wear as little as possible.  They don’t want anything to slow them down.  In life, we carry a lot of baggage.  Some of our baggage includes, hurts from the past, unforgiveness, doubts, fear and on and on.  These things slow down our living a life of faith.  These things play against faith in God, in His provision, in His love for us, in His fulfillment of promises for us.  To run the race of a life of faith with perseverance, we must lay down these burdens of excel baggage at the cross of Jesus.  We lay them down by releasing them in faith to God and refusing to pick the up again.  We’ve probably done this several times but always end up picking the up due to a memory or a moment of doubt.  Instead of picking them back up, check the moment of doubt of the recurring memory with one of God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and reciting scripture does wonders for erasing doubt.  Let us learn to run the race with perseverance and faith and cast all excess baggage of doubt out of our hearts and minds.

January 25, 2019

It Takes Blood

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Obey,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

Genesis 3:21 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (NIV)

To cover the sinfulness of Adam and Eve, God killed animals and used their skin to clothe them.  It took the shedding of the blood of the animals to cover the sin of Adam and Eve.  Before God came down in flesh to this earth it took the blood of animals sacrificed daily to cover the sins of the people.  Today it takes the blood of Jesus to cover our sin.  Since Jesus is the perfect, sinless Lamb, His one-time sacrifice covers our sin for eternity.  Just as Adam and Eve had to wear the skins of the animals to be covered, we must wear the blood of Jesus to be covered.  We wear His blood through accepting Jesus in our hearts, minds and lives, choosing to follow, obey and serve Him and confessing (giving to Him) our sins daily.  Our clothing is no longer animal skins but the righteousness of the sinless Jesus through His shed blood.

January 12, 2019

Trust and Obey

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,Obey,sacrifice,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 15:4 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” (NIV)

Abraham was a man of faith.  Yet, though God promised him a son from his own flesh, Abraham allowed his wife, Sara, to feed his doubt and have a son through Hagar, Sara’s slave.  It was a 25 year wait for Abraham to see God’s promise come through and Sara to give birth to Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Later we see Abraham’s faith very strong as he obeys God and prepares to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  We are impatient people.  We don’t understand God’s timing and because of that we often take things into our own hands.  This is a lack of faith and trust in the One Who can never lie, Who is always faithful to His promises.  We might not understand what seems like a delay of God in the fulfillment of a promise but we are the ones who can’t see beyond the moment we are living.  Let us choose to believe and trust God’s promises.  Let us wait for His directions and not rush ahead of God’s timing.  We don’t need to understand.  We need only to trust and obey.  As the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

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