Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 29, 2020

Little Things

Filed under: Bible,body,Father,God,holy,Holy Spirit,love,Obey,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 14:23 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  (NIV)

If we can’t obey God in the small things, there is no way we will be able to obey Him in the bigger things.  Each one of us has different things we consider easy and small versus big and hard.  We need to start with the things we consider as easy.  I find it easy to pray/talk with God throughout my day.  For me talking with God as I walk through my day as natural as breathing.  From time to time I find it hard to have the discipline to care for my body in the right way.  My body contains God’s Holy Spirit, and as such, I should always take proper care to maintain it in good health through eating right and exercising right.  That might seem like a little thing to you.  It may even be that exercise has become the most important thing in your life.  We must be careful with our priorities.  As we read and study the Holy Bible, let’s pay attention to all the things God tells us we should be doing and make note of the things we need to improve on.  It doesn’t matter if it seems to be of very little importance.  Little things add up to big things.  Let’s learn to walk in loving obedience in all we think, say and do.

June 23, 2020

Meditation

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,Lord,meditation,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

2 Samuel 7:18-19 18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human  (NIV)

We are a people who make our own priorities.  For many, their profession is a priority, Other prioritize their favorite sport as being the most important thing in their life.  It might be a car or other possession or can even be power or limelight.  There is only one thing that should be a priority in all of our lives.  That is our relationship with God, the Creator of all.  In order to have a relationship with God we must go to Him through His Son Jesus.  This route is the only way God established for us to approach Him.  Once we go through the door which Jesus opened for us, we must grow in our relationship with God by getting to know Him.  Meditation is an important way to get to know God.  David, a man after God’s own heart, was very familiar with meditation.  He often would sit before the Lord, talking with Him, asking Him questions and listening to Him.  We need a quiet place free from distractions to meditate before God.  One of our biggest distractions can be our own thoughts.  I always take a note pad to write down the things that clutter my mind of the tasks I need to do so I can dismiss them for a later time.  This clears the clutter out of my mind so I can turn my mind to God.  On reflection on how close our relationship with God is is how often we actually do sit down before Him to meditate and listen to Him.  Our love for God is reflected by how often our desire is to be with Him alone.  Let’s not let the busyness of this world weaken our relationship with the One Who knows and loves us best.

June 16, 2020

Raven

Filed under: food,God,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Luke 12:24 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  (NIV)

Really consider the ravens or any bird.  They don’t sit still very long.  From early dawn to dusk they are flying around looking for the God’s provisions of food and shelter material.  They don’t just sit in their nest or on a tree branch waiting for God to bring food and nesting material to them.  Jesus is telling us we are to work, to go out to get God’s provisions for us.  He created all we need for our lives.  That’s the end of His work.  It is up to us to go and get the provisions He so lovingly and generously provides.  It may be we grow our own food.  It is God Who makes it possible for seeds to grow.  It may be we get some kind of paying job for the income to purchase the food we need.  God enables us to work and to learn an occupation.  We all have our part of working while walking this earth.  Let us not sit and complain.  Let is look and see what God has for us and go for it.  Let us learn from the birds.

June 1, 2020

Growing Daily

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,Holy Spirit,song,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 12:35 35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.  (NIV)

Walking was the first mode of transportation.  At one time, it was the only mode of transportation.  When we walk, we normally move forward.  Walking backward is hard and dangerous.  Walking in the Bible quite often refers to how we are in our relationship with God.  We either move forward in our relationship or we move backward and further away in our relationship.  We walk every day. There is no way to be stagnant.  We are a living being and to be living means growth and movement.  Our Spirits need to grow.  The only way our spirits can grow is by walking toward God – growing our relationship closer and closer to Him.  We do this through the study of God’s instruction book, the Holy Bible and through one on one teaching with the greatest teacher ever, the Holy Spirit.  If we are the same person today as we were yesterday we have lost a day of growth.  There is a chorus we sing: “From glory to glory He’s change me…His likeness and Image I ever will be…”  Each and every night let us contemplate on something new we’ve learned about God and what He’s changed in us that day.

 

April 29, 2020

Unsurpassing Peace

Filed under: God,heart,peace,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  (NIV

Peace.  It is a wonder thing.  Even more wonderful is the real feeling of peace.  I am filled with peace in my quiet times in the morning, on my morning walk and in my quiet time in the evening.  I even fill peace envelope me as I drift of to sleep.  The feeling of this peace leaves me at a loss for words to adequately describe it.  It is a peace that really passes understanding.  It’s not the peace we feel when there is an absence of noise or strife or confusion.  It is so much more than those.  It fills every part of my being.  As I feel the fullness of this peace, I feel the very real presence of God.  Sometimes it moves me to talk to Him but mostly I’ve learned to keep silent, soak up the peace and listen to what God has to say.  This peace is available to all of God’s children.  All we need to do is open up our hearts and minds to receive His peace an bask in His presence.  I pray you have the fullness of God’s surpassing  peace.

April 22, 2020

Dark Valleys

Filed under: fire,God,Holy Spirit,trust,Uncategorized,walk,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Psalms 23:4 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Wherever we walk, whatever we have to face, even times of pandemics, God never leaves us.  We can totally trust Him for wisdom.  Wisdom says we wear helmets on bikes.  Wisdom says we wash our hands regularly.  Trusting God doesn’t mean we walk around care free without taking proper steps wisdom dictates.  When we walk in the wisdom of God there is nothing we need ever fear.  As long as we are listening, God will correct us when we start to go the wrong way and will lead us with His staff.  It is comforting to know God will keep us on the right path as long as we listen.  As the Hebrews were guided through the desert at night by a column of flame, we are guided in our dark times by the Holy Spirit Who is always in us and always ready to guide us.

March 30, 2020

No Longer Slaves

Filed under: Father,fellowship,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,Obey,sin,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Galatians 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  (NIV)

Angels were created to be God’s slaves.  Though some rebelled against God along with Lucifer, most angels are happy serving God as servants.  We were created to walk with God and fellowship with Him.  However, we decided through Adam and Eve, to be on our own and since then, mankind has been a slave to sin.  It took God’s Word, His Son, to shed His God deity and put on the full body of created man to come and show us God’s love and mercy and to take our place for the penalty of our sin of self.  When we accept Jesus as God’s Son and as our redemption, we no longer are slaves to sin but we are children of God.  Our problem is keeping our mind and hearts to the fact we are God’s children and thus not to choose the sin of self-sufficiency and self-indulgence.  Let us choose to stop acting like slaves to sin and choose to be loving and obedient to God, our Father.  As a child of God we share in His work of loving mankind and bring glory to God.  Let us be wise in our choices of words, thoughts and actions and let us bring glory to God as we love our fellow mankind.

March 8, 2020

Strengthing

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Uncategorized,walk,Word — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Isaiah 41:10 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  (NIV)

There is a lot of fear, mostly created by the media, about the C virus.  Some are even in the panic mode.  As a child of God we need not have any fears.  God has promised He will strengthen and help us.  That includes through any and all situations we might face while walking on this earth.  However, we have a part in our strengthening.  We must treat our physical bodies in the right way.  That includes proper nutrition, exercise and rest.  If we don’t eat what our bodies need, or eat more than our bodies need, it is our fault.  God will not override what we choose to do.  We must also strengthen our mind.  We are to keep our mind on God and His words to us.  As we do this, we will also strengthen our faith.  As our faith strengthens, we become more in control of our emotions.  Let us be sure to do our part so God will do His part and we need not have any fear, ever.

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 27, 2020

Fresh Start

From Psalms 19 the Message translation

God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!  Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work…

This version says it very plainly and distinctly.  Without daily reading and studying God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, we will regularly be making what this word says, stupid sins.  Without daily immersing ourselves in the scriptures we become prideful thinking we can do it ourselves.  We might have a schedule that prevents us from spending a good bit of time in the scriptures in the morning so that means we end our day .  Just pick a time that is right for you.  Make it a standard time and treat that time like the most important thing in your schedule.  Staying in the Word of God brings us into a more intimate relationship and opens us up to more conversational prayer with our heavenly Father.  Books by other Christians are fine but the Holy Bible needs to be our automatic go-to book.  Through those pages we grow and through growth experience a full and abundant life walking with God.

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