Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 27, 2020

Self-quartined

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens (NIV)

Many of us are self-quarantined.  Others are quarantined by law.  Instead of complaining about the stoppage of things we usually are about doing, let us each ask God what He wants us to do during this time.  It’s a good time to really get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible and really study and meditate to put His word deep into our minds and heart.  It’s a good time for extra intercessory prayer.  Many are praying together at 9PM EST for one-minute uniting in prayer for our nations and for God’s glory to shine through this current situation.  We have a limited time on this earth.  We need not waste the time God gives us.  Let us be available to God through His Holy Spirit and be active for His glory while we are closed up in our individual homes.  We can reach out to others over the phone and through the internet.  The greatest thing we can do is to spend time talking and listening to God Who is in control of all that comes our way and Who has plans for us if we would only listen and the follow through.

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

March 10, 2020

Work Out Our Salvation

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Church,cross,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross  (NIV)

Philippians 2:12-13 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose  (NIV)

Some who call themselves Christians think they’re saved and that’s all there is.  They become complacent.  Others who have really accept Jesus think that’s all that’s needed and they continue on with their own agenda.  Read the above verses again really paying attention to what they say.  Jesus didn’t come to earth for the only reason of saving us from eternal separation from God.  He came to show us how to do our part in working out our own salvation.  We can only know how if we read, study and meditate on the wonderful instruction book, the Holy Bible, which He so mercifully gave us through His believers who have gone on before us.  We can’t just say we’re saved or say we are members of a Christian church.  We must learn to be obedient to His Word.  Working out our salvation isn’t a one-time thing.  It is a day to day job.  If we are the same as we were yesterday, we aren’t growing in our salvation.  We must ask ourselves Who Jesus is in our own life.  If we’re not different than yesterday, if we haven’t learned something new about our God than we knew yesterday, we are not growing.  A living being can’t be static.  We either grow or we fade away.  Let us really commit to working out our salvation, being a true reflection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, each and every day.  Remember, we can’t work for our salvation.  Jesus did that for us. Salvation isn’t based on what we do but what Jesus did.    We are to work out what He has done for us until it really becomes a true, daily part of us.

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 21, 2020

Speaking Through Us

Filed under: Bible,encouragement,Father,God,Holy Spirit,trials,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 10:19-20 19 But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, 20 for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  (NIV)

 

I remember the first time I was asked to pray out loud.  I was upset because I didn’t have advance notice.  How would I know what to pray without rehearsing it and making sure I said all the right things.  As I grew in my relationship with God, I realized I didn’t need to rehearse.  The above verses give us His promise that He will speak through us.  Our problem is taking the time to listen to Him.  It takes a little practice to quickly recognize the quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  Without regular listening we won’t hear Him when we really need to speak out.  Learning to hear takes practice.  Writing down what we hear after prayer time or a time meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, helps us to recognize what is the voice of the Holy Spirit verses our own voice.  It’s also an encouragement to have a journal of what the Holy Spirit has said to us so we can look back and see His words in present times of struggle.  Let us diligently learn how to always allow the Holy Spirit to speak not only to us personally, but also through us to others.

February 20, 2020

Growing Daily

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV)

It is our task to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  It is our task to grow up into mature children of God, joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are a few steps we must do in order to grow up spiritually.  We must be into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We can’t just casually read it.  We must prayerfully study it, put it deep into our minds and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and help us apply all it says into our present day lives.  Along with the study and meditation of God’s written word comes regular and often conversation time with Him through prayer.  We must be sure to take time to listen.  Writing down what we hear during our prayer time is very helpful.  Our growth is not complete without gathering together with other Christians in worship, praise and encouraging and sharing with one another.  There is much we can learn from the experiences of others in their growth walk.  Any day we have not learned something more about our God is a day wasted.  Let us not waste a single day He gives us on this earth.  Let us grow in knowledge and faith each and every day.

February 16, 2020

Get Rid and Replace

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,immerse,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (NIV)

We are told here that it is our responsibility to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit (lies and extravagancies), hypocrisy (saying one thing and doing another), envy (jealousy and covertness) and slander (name calling and gossip).  We are all guilty of most of those.  How do we get rid of those sinful traits?  We feed on the Lord through prayer (2-way conversation with Him) and Bible study.  We search the Bible for the things on which we should be thinking.  It use to bother me that God knows every thought in my head.  Some of my thoughts aren’t very good.  But I have learned thoughts enter our head by what we see, hear and read.  Everything we see, hear and read enters our head as thoughts.  We are not responsible for what enters our head but we are responsible for what we do with what enters our head.  We are to push out – get rid of – the thoughts that are not in line with God’s word.  We do this by mulling over, continuing to think, and many times carry out the thoughts that are in line with God’s word.  Every time we are aware of a bad thought let’s immediately choose for our mind to dwell on a good thought.  We can rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.  Refuse to read and listen to those thoughts and immerse ourselves in the Holy Writings from God – the Holy Bible..

February 9, 2020

Living In Us

Filed under: Bible,body,Church,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,temple,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Romans 12:1 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  (NIV)

We tend to forget our physical bodies contain the Holy Spirit.  It seems we take more care with the condition of our church buildings and our houses than we do our bodies.  As I walked the aisles of a mega-store I noticed everything in the middle of the aisles, all the products they were featuring and trying to get us to buy, were not healthy items.  When is the last time we’ve seen fresh apples or some other healthy and nutritious food featured in a center aisle?  Satan loves it.  Keep temptations in front of our eyes and make it seem normal to indulge.  We must learn to treat our bodies as we would the body of our Lord and Savior.  We are accountable for the condition of our bodies, minds and spirit.  Let’s feed our bodies with healthy, nutritious food, our mind take in healthy, uplifting information and our spirits drink thirstily from the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let’s have the Holy Spirit living in a temple fitting for Him.

February 8, 2020

Just One Point

James 2:10 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.  (NIV)

That’s a strong statement.  If we just break one point of God’s law we are guilty of breaking all of His laws.  Before we think we’re doing good let’s look at a couple of God’s laws.  You shall not steal.  Never took a pencil, pin or paper from our place of work?  Not a big deal?  It’s still stealing.  Never wish we had something someone else has, either materialistic or a talent of theirs?  That is still coveting.  We could go on and on but the biggest one we all have trouble with is loving all people on this earth (we are all neighbors) as we love ourselves and how about loving God with ALL our heart, mind and strength.  To be very honest with ourselves we must admit we fall short from time to time.  Praise God.  He knew we couldn’t keep every point of all of His laws so He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of our sin.  As long as we have asked Jesus to dwell in us through His Holy Spirit and seek to follow and obey Him we are found not guilty.  God the Father no longer sees our sin.  He sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son.  Let’s be sure we share that good news with our neighbors, especially the ones we have trouble loving as much as we love ourselves.

February 5, 2020

Three Persons

Matthew 28:19 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the   Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  (NIV)

Although the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible there are many times the God head is referred to as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Since Jesus broke the God head into 3 persons we refer to them as the Trinity.  Many don’t understand how that works.  I like to summarize it by saying the Father is the planer.  The Word, the Son Who we know as Jesus is the One who reveals the Father’s plans.  The Holy Spirit is the One Who enables the plans in and through us.  He, the Holy Spirit, does this by dwelling in us the moment we receive the Word, God’s Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Our problem comes by our desire to be self-sufficient and in control that we fail to recognize the Holy Spirit within us.  It takes faith and trust to be willing to give up control to the Holy Spirit.  In actuality, that is the only wise option for us.  We don’t have the ability to see what lies ahead of us.  The Holy Spirit knows God’s plans and, when we listen to Him, we find we are not only walking in the power of God, we have the power of God within us.  Let us learn to live in and with God’s power.  He will teach us in the way we should go.

Psalms 32:8 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

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