Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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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January 10, 2019

The Facts

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:41 pm

Luke 5:5 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” (NIV)

The facts were there were no fish in the area.  Peter and his partners had fished the area all night without landing one single fish.  Yet, because Jesus told him to put down his net, Peter did so without question even though the facts told him it was useless.  Peter obeyed the voice of Jesus immediately.  How often do we listen to the facts as we know them rather than to the Word of God.  We look at the facts and see the impossible forgetting to trust that with God all is possible.  We wrestle with the facts verses God’s word and too often we let the facts speak louder than God’s word.  Let us pray to be more like Peter and, not only listen to God’s word but to trust Him and obey immediately.  As Peter was blessed with the largest haul of fish he had ever seen, we, too, will be blessed with our obedience to God and seeing His word come about in our time and space.

January 6, 2019

One Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

Acts 4:32 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. *NIV)

We have to wonder what made such a change in the believers.  When they were walking with Jesus they were vieing for position.  Two of them even had their mother try to have Jesus promise they would be seated on either side of Him.  In our human state we are very jealous about our position with others.  We want to be the most important and the best.  So, what changed these believers to become one in heart and mind?  They were now filled with the Holy Spirit.  Without the Holy Spirit we don’t have the power or ability to love others in the way Jesus commanded.  We always want to be out first.  Our problem, after we have received the Holy Spirit, is allowing Him to work His way within our hearts and minds.  Our old nature is very comfortable.  Our trust level is not where it should be.  We tend to think if we don’t watch out for ourselves, what we think we want and need, no one else will.  We forget God promised us He would provide for all our needs.  This promise should free us to allow God provide for the needs of others through us.  We are here as His hands and feet.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to truly love and care for those around us.  Let us be in one heart and mind with other believers that life is about God and His love.

January 3, 2019

More and More

Filed under: faith,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9NIV0

God is love.  Love is from God.  Love can’t come from anywhere or anyone other than God because God is love.  Love is a word of action.  Love gives.  God poured out His love into His Son, Jesus.  Jesus was the container of God’s love and was sent to this earth to pour out God’s love in a tangible way that humanity, in our sinfulness, could see and feel.  Love enters sinful humanity through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit can only enter humanity through Jesus.  For the Holy Spirit to enter and dwell within us – therefore allowing love (God) to dwell in us, we must accept, believe and obey Jesus, God’s receptacle of love on earth.  Let us be sure we ask Jesus to fill us with the Holy Spirit and thank and praise God the Father for such an outpouring of His love.  This is a love beyond our ability in our sinful nature to understand.  It is even hard to accept since we can’t understand it.  It takes a step of faith to ask and accept such a pure love.  Once we get a little taste of such a love we will only want more and more.  As we pass on that love to others, it will give more space in us to receive even more.  This brings to joy and the abundant life God has promised us.

December 31, 2018

Humbly Trusting

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,prayer,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:02 pm

2 Samuel 15:25-26 25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, he will bring me back and let me see it and his dwelling place again. 26 But if he says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let him do to me whatever seems good to him (NIV)

David had a lot of ups and downs in his obedience to God but he humbly trusted his life to God.  He was not going to tell God what to do.  We must ask ourselves if we are truly trusting God with our lives, our future and our plans.  Even the public prayers I hear are full of petitions asking God to do this or that.  David’s attitude reminds me of Job saying, “Though He slay me yet I will trust Him.”  We must each ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us our trust level of God.  The tacking on at the end of our prayers, “If it be Thy will.” Must mean much more than just a phrase.  We shouldn’t say it if we don’t really mean whatever God’s will is for our lives, our plans, our next day is what we truly want even if it goes against our finite, logical, materialistic minds and fleshly desires.  Oh that we will always be pleasing to God, really desiring to do His will and be used by Him however He pleases.

December 24, 2018

Swaddling Clothes

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sacrifice,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Luke 2:12 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (KJV)

Why would the angel say finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes would be a sign to them that that babe was the Lamb of God?  It was common practice to wrap a new-born baby in swaddling clothes for the baby’s comfort and protection.  It was also common practice for the priestly shepherds, the ones tending the sheep for the sin sacrifices in the temple in Jerusalem, to wrap the new-born lambs in swaddling clothes and lay the in a manger.  This was to give the young lambs a chance to calm down after their birth and gain a little strength before being put by their mother.  This was a sign to these shepherds that this babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger was indeed the promised Lamb of God, the promised Messiah.  We can barely imagine the joy in the hearts of the shepherds who really understood the gift they were seeing.  They would never leave their sheep unattended at night for anything less than the permanent replacement for the sheep they attended. Let us take joy in the Lamb of God Who has taken away our sins and brought us, through belief and faith in Him, into the family of God for all eternity.

December 23, 2018

Sheep

Filed under: God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 2:15 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (NIV)

Before we can understand the significance of the shepherds being the first to be told the Messiah has been born, we must understand who the shepherds were and what they were doing.  The sheep surrounding Bethlehem were not the normal sheep.  These sheep were the sheep being raised without spot or blemish to be used as the sin sacrifices in the temple in nearby Jerusalem.  These shepherds were chosen to tend these special sheep.  The Messiah, Jesus, is referred to as the “Lamb of God.”  He died on the cross as the perfect, without spot or blemish, free from any sin, sacrifice once and for all people and time; He was the blood offering for the sin of mankind.  No longer would priest have to sacrifice lambs as the sin offering for the people.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, competed that sacrifice for all time.  How appropriate for the ones who tended the sacrificial lambs would be the first to see the Sacrificial Lamb of God. God has a purpose for everything He does.  Everything He does knits together.  Let us take this to heart and trust God through each and everything that comes our way. Let us rejoice with the shepherds that God has taken care of our sin once and for all.

November 26, 2018

Forgetting God’s Promises

Filed under: faith,God,Lord,prayer,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:28 pm

Numbers 14:27-28 27 “How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. 28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say (NIV)

We must each ask ourselves if we are grumblers and complainers.  When we grumble and complain we are saying God isn’t in control.  Rather than grumble and complain about a situation, let us remember Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. When we are upset with our situation let us take a deep breath, acknowledge to God we are upset and ask Him what He wants us to do to learn from it and maybe even alleviate it. This was the Hebrews situation.  They only saw the difficulties while forgetting the promises and faithfulness of God.  In a much lesser way, I recently heard about a situation where a car got stuck in some mud.  Instead of staying cool, strong words were said and the frustration was growing.  During that situation someone else quietly talked to God, asking His forgiveness for the person so stressed and asking Him to give that person wisdom in the situation.  God is faithful.  The person was able to rock the car out of the mud.  The one who prayed continued to give God thanks.  We are to do as written in Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Notice it says in every situation, not in just a few.  Let us choose to believe and trust in the faithfulness of God.  He said He will never leave us and will always give us wisdom when we ask.

November 23, 2018

Wet Feet

Filed under: faith,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:27 pm

Exodus 14:21 21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, (NIV)

Joshua 3:8 8 Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’” (NIV)

Notice the difference in God’s instructions for parting the waters so the Hebrews could cross over on dry land.  The first time, Moses was in the process of establishing leadership for the Hebrews to follow him, so God used Moses for them to see.  The second time, to cross into the land of promise, God wanted the people to learn to look to Him for themselves.  They had to trust Him enough to go into the water before the water was held back.  They actually had to get their feet wet.  Even today there are many times we must get our feet wet as an act of faith and trust before we see the work of God in our lives.  Many miss it because they don’t want to get their feet wet.  They run from any trials as fast as they can.  They aren’t choosing to trust God, to take Him at His word.  Let us remember God often requires us to take the first step before He shows us where to place our other foot.

November 22, 2018

By God’s Spirit

Filed under: anger,faith,God,Holy Spirit,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:49 pm

Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. (NIV)

God deserves all the glory because He created and is in charge of all things.  Moses learned this the hard way.  When in the wilderness and they were out of water, God told Moses to strike the rock so water would gush out (the rocks in that desert hold water).  God was allowing Moses to get the glory to ensure the respect he needed as the leader of the Hebrews.  Later on, when water was again needed, God told Moses to speak to the rock.  That was for God to get the glory to encourage faith from the Hebrews.  Moses was tired and angry at the situation and, instead of speaking to the rock as God instructed, Moses hit the rock.  Because of that act Moses never got to the Promised Land.  So often we wonder why we don’t succeed at something.  If we check our motives, how we are trying to look good, competent, powerful to others and claim the glory for ourselves, we have the answer.  We like to do things by might and by power.  God is God.  He is in charge and expects, actually demands to be obeyed.  This takes trust and faith.  Trust and faith grow by experience.  God has reasons for what He does. Let’s choose to trust and obey even without understanding.

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