Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 12, 2019

David

Filed under: faith,God,heart,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (NIV)

I really enjoy reading about David.  I relate to him.  He was the youngest son.  He was considered as inconsequential and relegated to tend seep – a lowly and menial job.  He was so unimportant to his family he wasn’t even called to come with his other brothers when Samuel came to anoint one of them to become the future king.  After going through all the brothers assembled and God telling Samuel no each time Samuel had to ask Jessie if there wasn’t yet another son.  Jessie reluctantly called for David to come.  From there we trace the life of David.  God considered David to be a man after His own heart.  Wow.  I want God to feel like that about me.  What was it about David that caused God to feel that way?  Look at David’s trust in God.  Though still a young and small boy, David had absolute faith in God’s faithfulness.  I know of no one else who would ever face a giant in full body armor with nothing but a slingshot and a stone.  Yes, David disobeyed God and fell into sin several times.  What was good was he would admit it as soon as it was brought to his attention, confess and repent.  David recognized his nakedness before God and his absolute dependence on God.  Thank you, David for showing me an imperfect person can be one who God calls a person after His own heart.

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August 6, 2019

Greater Works

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 14:12 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  (NIV)

This statement came from the very mouth of Jesus, the Son of God.  So, why do we seldom see works greater than Jesus did in our time and space?  There are several reasons.  The major reason is lack of belief.  In and of ourselves we are inadequate but we forget we have the same Holy Spirit in us as believers that Jesus had in Him.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that makes us one with the Son and the Father.  It is the Holy Spirit that does the works greater even than He did through Jesus.  Peter displayed this first in that on the day of Pentecost, right after the disciples received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke through the power of the Holy Spirit and we read in Acts 2:41 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number. We must admit that was indeed a mighty work.  Because of our lack of faith that Jesus really meant what He said, we don’t speak His word with boldness.  Let me repeat an example I wrote about some time ago.  We had a group of college students in our home, sharing with them the word of God.  The boys decided they wanted to be baptized.  Since we lived only 3 blocks from the ocean, we loaned them bathing trunks we kept for house guest and drove them to the beach to be baptized.  It was storm surge which means the waves were really big.  The boys were baptized many times before they got out far enough for prayer and baptism.  While they were going out being dunked many times those of us staying on the beach, unknown by each other, were praying that the water would be calm.  Nothing happened.  Storm surge continued.  On the way back to our house we discussed what we were each secretly praying.  We realized it was a lack of faith that kept us from speaking to the ocean to be still.  We didn’t really believe it would happen and didn’t want to be embarrassed.  While this discussion was happening, the girls decided they wanted to be baptized also.  We also had enough suits for them so they dressed and we returned to the beach.  This time we united together and spoke confidently to the ocean saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ we command you waves to be still.”  There appeared right away a semi-circle that followed the girls out to be baptized and, as they came in the semi-circle gradually closed behind them, returning to storm surge.  It is up to us to speak the word with boldness.  It is up to the Holy Spirit to fulfill what we speak.  We needn’t fear being embarrassed if what we speak doesn’t happen.  We might speak amiss.  It is better to speak amiss than not speak at all.  Let us learn to be bold in our faith but let us be sure what we speak is in total agreement with God’s word and His will at that time and place of our speaking.  One other reason for not seeing works of God is our failure to notice them.  The Holy Spirit is at work 24 times 7.  We only need to be aware along with being willing to be a part of His working.

July 31, 2019

Child-like

Filed under: Bible,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Genesis 22:2 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”  (NIV)

Luke 18:17 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  (NIV)

Little children believe everything a parent tells them. Some are told of and Easter Bunny or Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy and the children believe.  Abraham is a good example of believing God with a child-like faith.  God promised Abraham he would have multiple heirs through his son and Abraham believed God.  When God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Abraham obeyed with the confidence God would keep His promise.  He knew that somehow God would work all things out.  Not knowing how God would do it didn’t keep Abraham from obeying.  There are many times what God says in scripture seems at odds with what our own finite logic says in certain situations.  Our question we must answer is do we have the child-like trust and faith in our Father that all He says to us is true and will come about in His timing?

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

July 12, 2019

Two-Way Conversation

Filed under: Christ,faith,Father,God,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Habakkuk 1:2 2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save? (NIV)

A good example of how a conversation can go between mankind and God is this book of Habakkuk.  Though it has a prophecy, it is basically the account of a conversation Habakkuk had with God.  Habakkuk wanted to understand why it appeared God wasn’t doing anything.  At first Habakkuk couldn’t understand.  He didn’t give up.  Habakkuk kept asking questions until he understood God is God and God has His way.  Most often we believers in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, go to other believers or other sources with our questions.  We think asking God those questions is a sign of lack of faith or unreverent.  God is our Father.  Fathers want us to go to them with their children’s questions.  I encourage you to prayerfully read all of Habakkuk.  It’s a very short book.  Besides being an example of how to have a conversation with God, it is also an example of how God uses something that is very evil and against God to correct and bring back into fellowship believers who have appeared to lose their way.

June 27, 2019

As Little Children

Filed under: Bible,commands,Creation,faith,God,knowledge,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Genesis 1:28 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.  (NIV)

When God created mankind all He wanted was for mankind to tend the creation God had made and to communicate with Him.  Mankind chose to put themselves before God and His creation.  We are not on this earth for us.  We are here to relate to God and care for His creation.  We are doing a terrible job.  We don’t want the simplicity God had for us – to love and talk with Him and care for His creation.  We want to make thing complex.  It makes us feel important to make things complex.  We put intellectual knowledge before trust and faith in God.  We put watching a movie or listening to the news before reading and meditating on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We long for conversations with others over conversations with God.  We want God to give us what we want, when we want it rather than trust God to give us what is best for us when it is best for us to have it.  He said we must be as little children.  Little children trust their parents to tell them AAswhen to do what.  We want to tell God when we want Him to do what we want done.  Basically, we don’t take God’s commands that come with conditions and warnings seriously.  It’s way past time for us to wake up and recognize Who God is and what His commands and conditions are.  Let us seek Him first and more than we seek anything else.

May 20, 2019

Guarantor

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,praise,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Hebrews 7:22 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. (NIV)

When we sign as guarantor of someone else’s loan, we are saying we will pay their debt for them.  We can’t pay the debt of our sin and separation from God.  We are too full of sin.  It takes perfect righteous, it takes someone who has never sinned.  The only one Who has never sinned is Jesus, the Son of God.  He is the guarantor of our covenant with God.  Our covenant guarantees us a continual relationship with God throughout eternity.  The Guarantor has promised to cover all sin we ever have done, do or will do.  That is one provision to this guarantee.  We must confess our sins, repent from them (turn a different direction) and ask the Guarantor, Jesus Christ, to abide in us and have us abide in Him.  We do the abiding through the person of the Holy Spirit.  This can be hard for our finite minds to understand but we don’t need to understand.  We only need to accept the guarantee provided by God and trust Him.  He has said we must become as little children.  A little child trusts completely.  Praise God the Father and God the Son for providing us a way to worship, praise, trust, fellowship and be united with the three Persons of the Godhead now and for all eternity.

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

May 14, 2019

Hagar

Filed under: Bible,faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Time,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Genesis 16:7 7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. (NIV)

If you don’t remember the history of Hagar, go back and read the entire chapter.  Hagar was Sarah’s (Abraham’s wife) slave.  Sarah didn’t have enough faith to trust God’s promise of having a child so she sent Hagar into Abraham to have a child for her.  This got Sarah and all generations since into a lot of trouble.  God sees all that is happening on this earth.  He hears everything we say and knows every thought we don’t give voice to.  What God promises happens in God’s way and time.  Instead of being like Sarah and taking matters into our own hands rater than allowing God’s timing, let us choose to trust and let God.  That doesn’t mean we sit and do nothing.  That means we delve deeply into His written word, the Holy Bible, and put into action what it says along with 2-way (prayer) conversation with God for interpretation of the instructions in the Bible.  As co-heirs with God’s Son, Jesus, we have co-responsibilities to do as Jesus did on this earth.  We must actively carry out the Father’s directives.

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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