Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 1, 2019

Know the Father

Hebrews 7:25 25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.  (NIV)

We sing, Jesus Loves Me, and it is so right.  We talk of Jesus.  We worship Jesus.  This is as it should be but we must remember the reason Jesus came.  He came to bring us back to the Father.  It is only through Jesus that we can access God the Father but we must ask, do we seek to really know the Father?  Jesus taught us to pray to the Father.  We are to call out to the Father.  We are to listen for the voice of the Father.  To know the Father, after being given access to Him through the Son, Jesus, we must take time.  We can know of the Father through the study and meditation of the written word, the Holy Bible, but that gives us head knowledge.  To really know the Father, we must spend quiet time with Him.  We must be still to know that He is God.  To quiet ourselves for listening we first must come into an attitude of worship by either singing or reading words of worship.  All Jesus said and did was to bring us into an intimate relationship with God the Father.  Let us not disappoint Jesus.  Let us really take the time and effort to have that deep and intimate relationship with God the Father.

October 18, 2019

Never Alone

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trials,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

Matthew 27:46 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (NIV)

Matthew 28:20 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

Often when we go through a trial we feel God has left us.  We feel we are on our own.  It seems God isn’t answering our prayers.  Jesus understands our feelings.  He felt forsaken on the cross.  But after He rose from the dead He told the disciples (and us) that He is with us always, to the very end of the age.  The earth is still here and Jesus is still with us.  He is more than with us.  He has sent the Holy Spirit to be in us.  That’s even better than being with us.  Our emotions will feel we’7re alone from time to time but we can choose to stand in faith that as believers and followers of Jesus, the very Word of God and His only begotten Son, through Whom the universe, all that was, is and will ever be was created are never alone no matter how we feel.  Emotions come and go but faith is a choice  Let us, in all circumstances, choose faith.  We are never without the Holy Spirit for once He comes into us, He stays in us.  We only need to pay attention to Him.

October 15, 2019

Applying the Words of Jesus

Filed under: forgive,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Matthew 7:24 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  (NIV)

Matthew 7:26 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (NIV)

We either apply the words of Jesus, putting them into daily practice in our lives or we don’t.  We don’t get te option of applying only the words of Jesus that we like or that are easy or that seem to benefit us the most.  It is an all or nothing.  We either apply them or we don’t.  Before we get too smug we must really think honestly.  One thing Jesus said we are to do is to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  Have we really done this?  Is there anyone we like to recall the wrong they’ve done to us?  That isn’t forgiveness.  We are told to love our enemies and pray for them.  Don’t we usually try to avoid them?  How often do we pray for them?  I believe you get the point.  Applying the words of Jesus to our daily life isn’t possible in and of our own strength.  We must depend on the Holy Spirit to enable us to apply the words of Jesus.  It is only through His power and His love pouring in and through us that this is possible.  Let us learn to begin each day asking Him to enable us to apply the words of Jesus throughout our day, spreading His love to all who cross our path.

August 14, 2019

A Banquet

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,God's Word,prayer,treasure,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Psalms 119:72 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (NIV)

We’ve all read stories of gold rush times.  How desperate people were to find their treasure.  They endured tremendous hardships.  Many even lost their lives in the effort.  That didn’t stop others from trying.  IT was worth all cost to get to their treasure.  We have a treasure God provided for us.  The treasure is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  In many countries these Bibles are plentiful but time is coming when it will be harder and harder to get a copy of this treasure.  Our question is do we really consider the Holy Bible a treasure?  How often do we get into the treasure?  Gold has to be mined.  Do we dig deep into the treasure God has provided for us?  A casual glance at rocks will miss the gold the contain.  Casually reading the Holy Bible misses the depth of the treasure God has waiting for us.  When I first came to the Lord I was devouring the Holy Bible.  I read it from cover to cover.  As I’ve grown over the years I have come to treasure it even more.  The depth of those words astounds me.  I can read a verse I’ve read before and receive a much deeper meaning from it.  As always, I continue to encourage you to really get into the Holy Bible.  Pray for understanding as you read.  Write down in a journal what you understand from what you read.  Try to memorize verses that are special to you.  Do this with a sense of enjoyment as you would a banquet of glorious food.  It is indeed a banquet of glorious food – food supplies from God, our Creator, to sustain us through life on this earth and bring us into a glorious relationship with Him and knowledge of Him.

August 6, 2019

Greater Works

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 14:12 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  (NIV)

This statement came from the very mouth of Jesus, the Son of God.  So, why do we seldom see works greater than Jesus did in our time and space?  There are several reasons.  The major reason is lack of belief.  In and of ourselves we are inadequate but we forget we have the same Holy Spirit in us as believers that Jesus had in Him.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that makes us one with the Son and the Father.  It is the Holy Spirit that does the works greater even than He did through Jesus.  Peter displayed this first in that on the day of Pentecost, right after the disciples received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke through the power of the Holy Spirit and we read in Acts 2:41 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number. We must admit that was indeed a mighty work.  Because of our lack of faith that Jesus really meant what He said, we don’t speak His word with boldness.  Let me repeat an example I wrote about some time ago.  We had a group of college students in our home, sharing with them the word of God.  The boys decided they wanted to be baptized.  Since we lived only 3 blocks from the ocean, we loaned them bathing trunks we kept for house guest and drove them to the beach to be baptized.  It was storm surge which means the waves were really big.  The boys were baptized many times before they got out far enough for prayer and baptism.  While they were going out being dunked many times those of us staying on the beach, unknown by each other, were praying that the water would be calm.  Nothing happened.  Storm surge continued.  On the way back to our house we discussed what we were each secretly praying.  We realized it was a lack of faith that kept us from speaking to the ocean to be still.  We didn’t really believe it would happen and didn’t want to be embarrassed.  While this discussion was happening, the girls decided they wanted to be baptized also.  We also had enough suits for them so they dressed and we returned to the beach.  This time we united together and spoke confidently to the ocean saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ we command you waves to be still.”  There appeared right away a semi-circle that followed the girls out to be baptized and, as they came in the semi-circle gradually closed behind them, returning to storm surge.  It is up to us to speak the word with boldness.  It is up to the Holy Spirit to fulfill what we speak.  We needn’t fear being embarrassed if what we speak doesn’t happen.  We might speak amiss.  It is better to speak amiss than not speak at all.  Let us learn to be bold in our faith but let us be sure what we speak is in total agreement with God’s word and His will at that time and place of our speaking.  One other reason for not seeing works of God is our failure to notice them.  The Holy Spirit is at work 24 times 7.  We only need to be aware along with being willing to be a part of His working.

August 2, 2019

Seek Wisdom

Proverbs 2:6 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (NIV)

Many confuse wisdom with knowledge.  Knowledge is knowing the facts.  Wisdom is the application of the knowledge.  We might know the words in the Holy Bible but without wisdom we don’t know how to apply those words to our life.  Wisdom comes from God.  The knowledge is recorded in His written word.  Understanding of the knowledge comes through His Holy Spirit.  God doesn’t give us wisdom unless we seek it.  He tells us to seek it as we would a precious treasure.  Seeking takes effort.  It takes effort to search out knowledge and wisdom and understanding contained in the fantastic and complete handbook for life on this earth (the Holy Bible).  We can tell how much we want wisdom from God by how often we read, study and meditate on His written instructions.  Let us seek wisdom from God with all our hearts and minds.  Let us seek His wisdom more than anything else we seek.

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

June 27, 2019

As Little Children

Filed under: Bible,commands,Creation,faith,God,knowledge,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Genesis 1:28 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.  (NIV)

When God created mankind all He wanted was for mankind to tend the creation God had made and to communicate with Him.  Mankind chose to put themselves before God and His creation.  We are not on this earth for us.  We are here to relate to God and care for His creation.  We are doing a terrible job.  We don’t want the simplicity God had for us – to love and talk with Him and care for His creation.  We want to make thing complex.  It makes us feel important to make things complex.  We put intellectual knowledge before trust and faith in God.  We put watching a movie or listening to the news before reading and meditating on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We long for conversations with others over conversations with God.  We want God to give us what we want, when we want it rather than trust God to give us what is best for us when it is best for us to have it.  He said we must be as little children.  Little children trust their parents to tell them AAswhen to do what.  We want to tell God when we want Him to do what we want done.  Basically, we don’t take God’s commands that come with conditions and warnings seriously.  It’s way past time for us to wake up and recognize Who God is and what His commands and conditions are.  Let us seek Him first and more than we seek anything else.

June 23, 2019

Speaks Today

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Old Testament,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Hebrews 1:2 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. (NIV)

In the Old Testament days God only spoke through the people He raised up to be prophets.  When He sent His Son, His Word to earth in the form of Jesus, He began speaking to us through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  God still speaks to us through Jesus.  He has given us a written account, the New Testament, of how Jesus lived, what Jesus taught and how Jesus ministered.  As we read the account, we hear God speaking.  When Jesus returned to the Father, He sent His Holy spirit to dwell in each and every believer/follower of Jesus in order to speak to them (us).  The only thing that hampers us from hearing God speak to us today is our failure to listen.  We choose to listen to our own intellects.  We fail to realize our own intellects are flawed.  We are in sinful, fleshly bodies and have trouble understanding things of the spirit.  God is Spirit.  We must worship Him in our spirits.  We can only worship in our spirits if we have been reborn through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit through Jesus.  It is then that we are made capable to hear God speak to us as long as we are willing to listen.  It still thrills ad amazes me how much God went through in order for me to be able to hear Him speak to me.  If nothing else ever led or would lead me to fall on my knees and worship Him, this alone would be more than enough.  Just think, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be wants to speak to us.  Our question we must ask ourselves is how much do we want to hear from Him?  Let us learn to listen.  Let us really desire to listen.  Let us listen more than we talk, asking Him for things.

June 21, 2019

No Matter What

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

1 Thessalonians5:16-18  Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens.  This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live. (The Message)

Notice the 2 different (yet very much the same) translations.  So often we mis-define the word “rejoice.”  Rejoice in this instance means to be cheerful.  We don’t have to go around saying halleluiahs or singing all the time.  We are to be cheerful if we know God is in control.  We aren’t cheerful when we complain.  I hear some saying over and over how tired they are or how their head hurts and on and on.  There is no cheerfulness in that.  Our cheerfulness comes from the knowledge of God being in control of our lives.  It comes from the joy of salvation we are guaranteed by Jesus, the very Word of God.  We stay plugged into that joy, which produces cheerfulness, through continual prayer.  Continual prayer means an on-going conversation, either aloud or within our own thoughts, throughout the day with our Father.  As soon as we recognize a complaint is coming out of our mouths, let’s stop it.  Let’s let others here positive words; words of assurance and words that are uplifting.  We can be tired; we can have headaches, but we know they aren’t lasting for eternity.  The joy of the Lord does last for eternity.  No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can be cheerful because we know God is right in there with us.

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