Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

January 23, 2020

Getting Old

Filed under: Bible,Father,fruit,God,Holy Spirit,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Psalms 92:14 14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green,

Today is my physical birthday.  I’m getting pretty old.  My body doesn’t respond they way it use to.  My memory escapes me at times.  My prayer is to continue to bear fruit for my God until the very moment He takes me home.  I stay fresh and green in my faith through study of the Holy Bible, meditation on what I read in those pages and continual conversation with My Father, God.  Bearing fruit is a double bearing.  Not only am I to bear fruit – helping others become more intimate with God, but also I am to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.  This fruit must be in continual growth.  Hopefully I bruise some of the Holy Spirit fruit less often than I did when I was younger.  There is a song I like to sing and pray it is always true for me.  “From glory to glory He changes me…..from earthly things to the heavenly…the love that God’s shown to the world.”  I pray God is able to show His love to the world through me each day I walk on this earth.  My body may not be fresh and green but I pray my thoughts, words and actions along with my spirit say fresh and green, blooming until my very last breath.

January 20, 2020

When Jesus Comes

Romans 13:11 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  (NIV)

There are a lot of prophecies on You-Tube.  Not knowing the people giving them we must be cautious and check the out with the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Jesus said no man knows when He will return – not even Him.  What we can know is every minute gets us one-minute closes to His return.  In the meantime, we are to live ready for His return having Him find us doing what He has called us to do.  He told us about being ready through the parable of the 10 virgins and their lamps and oil.  Instead of trying to determine exactly where we are on God’s time clock we would do better to check where we are in our faith and our walk with Him.  Many are mostly concerned with feeding their intellects and showing how much they know.  We do better to feed our spirits and showing God our love and our desire to walk with Him 24X7.  Yes, Jesus is coming for His bride – the believers and followers in Him.  Let us continue to “groom” ourselves for the wedding feast trusting the Father for the timing.

November 14, 2019

Our Choice

Filed under: Bible,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

John 4:50 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed.  (NIV)

We must compare our faith with that of this man.  Read the preceding verses.  This man was a royal official which means he was probably a Roman.  He first asked Jesus to go with him to heal his very sick son.  Jesus said people didn’t believe anything they couldn’t see.  This man chose to believe Jesus.  There was no way for the man to know what was happening with his son in another town.  He just chose to trust and believe Jesus so, instead of arguing or begging Jesus, he headed back home to his son, trusting and believing.  Even before he got home, he was met with the news his son was completely well.  Just to confirm, the mans asked when his son got well.  It was at the same time Jesus told the man to go home that his son was healed.  We must ask if we always choose to believe the words of Jesus over what we see with or physical eyes or even what we hear from the world.  We can’t say Jesus doesn’t talk to us.  He gave us the words He spoke when He physically, in human form, walked this earth in what we call the Holy Bible.  He also speaks to us through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who resides in each and every believer/follower.  The choice is ours.  We can choose to always believe or we can choose to go to the limited vision of our physical eyes and the limited hearing of our physical ears.  What do you choose?

November 9, 2019

Imitators

Filed under: believe,Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

This is Jesus, the very Son of God talking.  He says He can’t do anything by Himself.  He can only do what He sees His Father doing.  The son imitates the Father.  Even though Jesus said this, we still think we can do our own things.  We even apply our self-dependence and self-reliance into our ministries.  This is one reason we fail.  This is one reason we get so tired and many get burned out.  We forget it is only through the Holy Spirit residing in us as followers of Jesus Christ that any good can come through us.  Like Peter, we jump into something without taking the time to think.  When we stop to think, hopefully we will stop to ask God what it is we should do, how we should do it and when we should do it.  Yes, we read and study what Jesus did as He physically walked this earth but we fail to remember how often He drew apart to consult with His Father.  Let us learn to do likewise.

October 31, 2019

Joy in Trials

Filed under: God,joy,love,trials,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Peter 1:6-9 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (NIV)

We don’t like trials.  When faced with a trial our usually response is, “Why me, Lord?”  Actually, that is a good response if we are willing to listen to His answer rather than mean that question as a complaint.  Peter gives us the reason in verses 3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time  Going through trials is one of the ways God teaches us and continues to mold us into the image of Jesus.  As we walk through our trials we learn to listen to God.  As we walk out of our trials we are better able to minister to others who walk through their trials.  As we walk through our trials our faith and trust grow in God.  All these, as we walk through trials, depends on the attitude we have as we walk through the trials.  When a trial comes our way lets do ask God, why me wanting to know what it is God wants us to learn through the trial.  Each trial is for a specific need in our life.  God is faithful and true to His word.  We might not be happy as we walk through our trials but we can keep the glorious joy of the salvation of our soul and the constant presence and provision of God Who loves us more than we can understand..

October 1, 2019

Walking on Water

Filed under: faith,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,ministry,trials,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Matthew 14:29-30 29 “Come,” he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.    But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (NIV)

Most of us concentrate on Peter losing faith and falling into the water.  We must remember there were 11 other disciples in the boat.  None of them even thought about stepping out in faith onto the water to come to Jesus.  It took a lot of faith to make that first step.  So often we also have a surge of faith and take the first step.  But when we take our eyes off of Jesus and concentrate on looking at the trial as Peter did, we also lose faith and start to fail in our endeavor.  The quicker we refocus on Jesus rather than the trial at hand, the quicker we will arise above the water (the trial).  Faith is a matter of choosing where our eyes, minds and hearts will focus.  Let us choose to keep our focus on Jesus.  Let us always be willing to step out in faith when He says come (or go do…) for the Holy Spirit will always equip us with whatever is needed to walk on the top of the water of any trial or ministry that Jesus tell us to come.

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