Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 26, 2020

Know His Name

Filed under: Bible,bless,Christ,God,Jesus,knowledge,sin,trials,troubles,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

 

Proverbs 30:3-4 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?  Whose hands have gathered up the wind?  Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name and what is the name of his son?  Surely you know!  (NIV)

I really enjoy the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Not only is it full of wisdom for every day’s problems and trials, it is also prophetic.  Here the writer is expressing his yearning to know the name of the Son of God.  He knows the Son hold the key to knowing God.  He knows He was always with God and knows He would come down to earth.  He also knows that He would be known throughout all the ends of the earth.  He only doesn’t know what His name is.  We are blessed and privileged to know His name.  His name is Jesus Christ.  I am so glad God put me on this earth after Jesus came and died and rose so I could be forgiven for my separation through sin from God and be adopted into His family as His child and a co-heir with His Son, Jesus.  Do you know Him?  If so, are you actively introducing the Son of God by name to those around you?

June 24, 2020

A Place for Us

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,treasure,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

John 14:4 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” (NIV)

Jesus told us the place where He was going and now is.  He said He would be going to His Father.  He has also told us the way we could go to the same place, the place where He and His Father are.  Jesus said He is the way.  He said there is no other way but through Him.  I don’t know if He will be coming back for me or I will be joining Him but I know one of the two will occur.  What I want you to notice is He used the word “place.”  Heaven is a real place.  According to the vision John had and recorded in the book of Revelation, that very real place has a throne in it.  On the throne sits God the Father.  Right beside the throne sits Jesus, God’s Word, God’s Son made flesh and crucified for our sin of separation from God the risen back to real life for our resurrection.  Through Jesus, those of us who have welcomed Him into or hearts and lives as our Lord and Savior, will be able to enter that very real place.  Jesus said He prepared a place for us in the same place where He and the Father are.  This is a reality.  Because Jesus, the Word and Son of God is in the very real presence of the Father, He sent the person of the Holy Spirit to dwell in each of us believers so we could live on this earth already in the very real persons of God.  The Holy Spirit is within us to comfort us through earthly trials and to give us wisdom in all our decisions.  We only need to ask and listen.  All answers to all questions are available to us through the Holy Spirit and through the written instruction book, the Holy Bible, which God so lovingly provided for us.  Let’s just learn to always look to Him and listen to Him.  A special place is with Him with our name on it.  So, since we have a place prepared for us, let’s not struggle to build up treasures here on earth but build up treasures in our place with God.

June 14, 2020

Word for Today

2 Timothy 4:3 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  (NIV)

This is a very applicable word for today.  We see it in the looting and property damage going on.  We see it in the pushing ahead in various lines.  We hear the “me first” attitude so prevalent in our culture today.  People like to be the ones in power over other people.  People don’t want to hear about God.  They want to be their own god.  They don’t want God to be mentioned in school and want to teach things God says are evil.  We even have false teachers in Christian churches teaching self- gratification.  Many denominations are changing definitions of words in the Bible in order to agree with the god-less culture of today.  What do we do about this?  We must stand strong in our faith.  We must speak out in love, not in judgement.  Most important, we must go into our prayer war-room and bind the evil forces trying to deceive this world and pray to loose the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

June 10, 2020

Eye Witness

Filed under: Christian,Christians,God,love,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

1 John 1:3 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  (NIV)

This is an eye-witness testimony.  In fact it uses the plural pronoun, “we” which means there are multiply eye-witnesses.  In a court of law, eye-witness are the best evidence there is.  These eye-witnesses were so very sure of what they saw and heard that they even gave their lives up in standing firm on what they saw and heard.  Unfortunately, in our human, sinful nature, if we don’t like what an eye-witness says they saw and heard, we choose to close our mind and ears to their testimony.  There were and still are people who don’t like the idea of God being in control of all, They want to be the ones in control.  The hardest things for people to understand are love and God.  Look at the divorce rate and the hatred that abounds and it confirms people don’t understand love.  Look at the life-style that’s being embrace and that’s evidence they don’t understand God.  God is love.  We confuse love with lust.  Love and lust are worlds apart.  The United States was founded on Jewish/Christian morals – the morals handed down to mankind by God.  These morals produce a life of love and peace.  When mankind insists on self-rule love and peace are absent.  We, as Christians, have been known as the “silent majority.”  Because of our silence we are no longer the majority but are the minority.  However, we have the power and wisdom of God available to us.  It is way past time for us to demonstrate what a Christian is and what love for God and love for neighbor means.  Let us speak loud with our actions agreeing with our words.

May 10, 2020

Fear

Mark 4:39-40 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (NIV)

The news commentaries are full of talk about how many will be committing suicide during this pandemic and the early recovery time because of fear.  Jesus said, even in the times of storms, we have nothing to fear.  He promised the Father would always be with us and will always meet our needs.  That doesn’t mean we just sit back and expect God to send us food, shelter and money.  God has promised to give us wisdom even through trial times (James 1).  We have the wisdom available to us to wear a mask when out in an area where we could pick up an infection.  We have the wisdom to wear seat belts when in an automobile.  We have the wisdom not to spend more than we have.  Our problem is using the wisdom available to us over the impulses of the emotion of “I want.”  There is nothing wrong with healthy fear as long as it leads to taking the right course of action.  Fear means to look at the situation and find the right course of action.  One good place to find the right course of actions in most circumstance is in the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Proverbs is full of good, useful wisdom.  Let us put fear behind us and walk in the faith the Holy Spirit makes available to us along with the wisdom contained in the pages of the scriptures.

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 28, 2020

Senior Wisdom

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,internet,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized,vine,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 15:1 1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  (NIV)

It’s amazing how many different things and different ways one verse of scripture can say to us.  That’s one reason the Holy Bible is called the living word.  We have a vine that for many years never had very many, if any, blooms.  We contemplated digging it up and replacing it.  After many years it is now covered with beautiful blooms.  These blooms are providing nectar for many hummingbirds.  There is a lot on the internet about getting the economy going and letting seniors be exposed and die from the C virus.  In the minds of many of the youth, seniors are of no value.  Unfortunately, those youth are also the ones who refuse to listen to the experience wisdom of the seniors.  Because of their attitude they make many mistakes.  So often adult children don’t want to keep learning from their elderly parents.  Read through the scriptures and pay attention to the ages of many of those through whom God did mighty works.  Look at our recent history at the ages of those who are making calm and balanced decisions.  There are seldom one easy fix for any problem.  Instead of writing off certain groups of people and find balanced decisions that will benefit all.  It took time and patience for the blossoms to grow on our vine.  Let us allow this current trial to unite us together and stay attached to our vine, Jesus, asking for His wisdom that brings glory to God and benefits all.

March 26, 2020

Prayer for Today

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,kingdom,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

2 Chronicles 20:6-12 “Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’10 “But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance. 12 Our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  (NIV)

This is the pray Jehoshaphat prayed when his nation was facing an overwhelming enemy.  I have rewarded it these last several days as I’ve prayed for our nation and the world.  You might want to try to reword other prayers in the Bible to apply to our current trials.

Lord God, Father of Jesus our Savior.  You are the God in heaven and you rule over all the earth.  You alone have the power and might and no disease or virus can withstand You.  Our God, You have healed in the past.  Virus has come upon this world.  We stand in Your presence and bear the name of Your Son, Jesus.   We cry out to You in the midst of this pandemic.  Hear us.  Use this pandemic to turn eyes and minds and hearts to You and save us.  We do not know what to do but to look to You for wisdom ad healing.

March 22, 2020

God’s Wrath

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,mercy,peace,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Nahum 1:2 2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.  The Lord takes vengeance on his foes and vents his wrath against his enemies.  (NIV)

As children adopted into the family of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, we experience the loving nature of God.  However, there are those who experience God in a very different way.  Yes, God is love.  That doesn’t mean God is never angry.  God will see to it that His enemies, those who reject His Son and choose to follow the way of self and the way of Satan, feel His wrath.  This is one reason those who are not believers are so against those of us who walk with God.  When one is filled with wrath one will take it out on others.  We know the statement, “misery loves company.”  Instead of hating back or judging those bent on evil against us, we need to reach out in love and lift them up before the throne of God that they will open up their minds and hearts to the love and mercy of God.  The biggest vengeance God takes on them is the lack of the peace that can only come from God.  It is a peace that far passes any human understanding.  It is this peace we can have even during times of a pandemic disease such as this COVID-19 virus we are now facing.  God has given us wisdom in maintain good hygiene and health.  Let’s use the wisdom He’s given us, pray for those who are without the peace of God and continue to walk in love and faith without fear or panic.

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.

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