Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 6, 2018

Be Salty

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:44 pm

Matthew 5:13 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (NIV)

Salt is a very important element.  Our bodies have salt.  Without salt we would die.  Salt is used as a preservative.  It is also used as a flavor enhancer.  It can also be used to scrub a pot or in water to gargle for a sore throat.  In Leviticus 2:13, we read, “Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.”  All offerings, grain and meat, were to be salted before offered to God.  We are an offering to God.  We are also to cleanse, enhance and preserve others on the earth for the glory of God.  We do this through our words and our actions.  Do our words enhance people, giving them the loving flavor of God?  Are we salty enough to preserve the statutes of God in our actions?  Let us be sure there is plenty of salt in our shaker and shake it every where we go with everyone who passes our way.


March 5, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

Numbers 11:29 29 But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!” (NIV)

 (Reminder: please read the entire section of scripture).

Many misunderstand what prophecy is.  They think it is limited to fortelling something of the future.  Prophecy is speaking out God’s word.  God is speaking to all believers.  When Jesus ascended and sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in all believers He enabled all believers to speak God’s word.  The problem is so many haven’t opened their minds and hearts to the Holy Spirit within them. God wants to use our ears to hear Him and our mouths to speak forth His living word.  He is speaking.  The question is, are we listening and are we being bold enough to share (speak forth) what He is saying to us?  Some fear speaking amiss.  God is bigger than any mistake we could ever make.  As long as our heart is right we needn’t fear.  May I encourage you to share what God tells you in your quiet time with Him?  Share His love and His words with others.

March 4, 2018

Hands Tied

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

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)

I was driving down the interstate when a car went speeding around me and in and out of the traffic.  Shortly behind that car were about a dozen police cars, lights flashing, chasing that speeding car.  I watched in front of me on down the interstate and saw the suspect leading them off and back on the interstate for several exits.  The exit before I was to exit I saw them on the frontage road.  Police cars surrounding the suspect car with the police standing in the road with guns drawn and aimed at the suspect.  I prayed, “God, let it end peacefully with not one shot fired.”  I drove to my exit, let my passenger off then returned to go back home.  As I passed the exit of the confrontation I saw the suspect’s car still surrounded with flashing lights but no police standing with guns drawn.  To confirm no shots had been fired I listened to the news that night.  No news about it.  Car chases are very common and not newsworthy unless gunfire is exchanged.  God answered my prayer.  I don’t know if others prayed.  I do know God allowed me to see the need so I would pray.  Prayers continue for that suspect to turn his or her life over to God.  We never know if we might be the only prayer link for someone.  God has tied His hands on this earth for a while.  He has chosen to work through our hands, our feet and our mouths.  We do this by uniting with His power and wisdom through prayer and then speaking it into existence with our mouths.  Let us humbly pray when we see things amiss so the power of God may be loosened on this earth.

March 3, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

Matthew 6:19 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (NIV)

Many work hard to build a legacy for the future.  The legacy they try to build is a big business or famous landmark.  They devote most of their time and energy to the building of this legacy.  As we age, some of realize how very short this life on earth is.  We see the old legacies torn down and others try to build new legacies.  We give so much energy to building up of material things  These things will not last.  There is a legacy that will last all eternity.  This is the legacy we build through worshiping serving and obeying Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  He has even provided us with an instruction book on how to build that legacy that will last all eternity.  Let us keep our energy and concentration in the right perspective.  Let us concentrate more on the legacy that will last eternally and less on the temporal legacy that time will destroy.

March 2, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:50 pm

Colossians 3:12 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (NIV)

This is a tall order and impossible to do on our own.  It is only through the Holy Spirit within us that we can really be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and (hardest for me) patient.  We continually compare ourselves with others.  In doing that, humility falls by the wayside along with compassion.  We may claim to be patient with other people but we might have trouble being patient with ourselves.  Jesus said not to call anyone stupid (raca) but I am guilty of calling some other drivers stupid not to mention calling myself stupid on occasion.  When we come to recognize Who God really is compared to who we are we will gradually recognize everything is about Him, not us.  Then comes true humility, not only in our relationship with God but our relationship with others.  Matthew 5:22 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. (NIV)

March 1, 2018

Awesome Reverence

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:24 pm

Isaiah 6:5 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” (NIV)

Isiah had an encounter with God.  In God’s actual presence Isaiah realized who he was in respect to Who God is.  We are so used to the privilege of calling God our Father because of His Son, Jesus, that we really don’t comprehend Who He really is.  It continually amazes me that He allows me to address Him as Father.  Actually, I usually say Father, God.  We tend, as humans, to get used to and comfortable with things we do repeatedly.  Talking with God throughout our day sometimes grows into a casual familiarity.  Let’s take time to think about being in Isiah’s place and actually having a seeing, physical encounter with Father, God.  Isaiah was able to speak.  I think I would become speechless and hide my face in shame.  I am a sinner saved by the grace and mercy of Father God through the suffering of His Son, Jesus.  This is amazing that God, the Creator of all that was, is and will be would do such a thing for me.  I pray I never loose my amazement and awe of Father, God.  Let us always approach Father, God with awesome reverence and may that awesome reverence keep a joy and boldness in us as we relate to others on this earth.

February 28, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:56 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:1 1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless. (NIV)

In our normal humanness, we seek pleasure.  We seek it in a variety of ways.  Our problem is, we don’t really understand what pleasure is.  We seek it among things of the earth.  We seek money yet, regardless of how much money we accumulate, it never seems enough.  We seek power yet, regardless of how much power we might get, we want more.  We seek fame and on and on.  God made us with a void in us that can only be filled by Him.  It is only seeking Him and allowing Him to fill that void that we can find and experience pleasure.  This pleasure is eternal.  We can’t spend it all and become empty because, through His Holy Spirit, we are continually being refilled.  The only thing that can block the refilling is unconfessed sin.  It is so important for us to confess our sins of the day every night and become new every morning.  A newness created by sin being removed and refreshing and refilling of the Holy Spirit bringing the pleasure of living in the very presence of God.  Let us continually be filled and be in the midst of pleasure.

February 27, 2018

In Truth

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

John 4:23 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. (NIV)

Truth is most often used to mean being in accord with fact or reality, or fidelity to an original or standard.[1] Truth may also often be used in modern contexts to refer to an idea of “truth to self,” or authenticity. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)  We are to worship God in Spirit and truth.  The Spirit is the Holy Spirit Who dwells in us as soon as we accept Jesus as the Son of God and as our Lord and Savior.  Without the Holy Spirit in us we cannot worship God.  We also must worship Him in truth.  We can’t worship Him when our minds are elsewhere.  We can’t worship Him when we have unforgiveness in our heart.  We can’t worship Him when we have unconfessed sin in our heart.  These things block the truth.  The truth is, without the blood of Jesus covering us we have no right to even think about approaching God.  This is why we must prepare ourselves to worship.  We can’t sit in church before the worship service starts and, in our minds, judge someone on how they are dressed or talk or act and then expect to go into worship.  We must humble ourselves in our sinfulness, confess, forgive and come into His presence in an attitude of humility and thanksgiving for the privilege God gives us to come before Him.  Our private times of worship as well as our public times of worship take preparation.  Let us humble and truthfully prepare our hearts and minds to worship God  fiving freedom to the Holy Spirit within us to make known to us what is truthfully within our minds and hearts that we may confess, ask forgiveness, forgive and worship Him in with the Spirit and the real truthfulness within us.

February 26, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

Genesis 3:5 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. (NIV)

Natural mankind is against God because natural mankind wants to be as God.  Mankind, deep within, knows they don’t have all the answers but, because they want to be the ones in charge of their lives, they disavow the existence of God through Jesus.  They don’t want to give up their own control over everything even though they know they can’t always win.  It’s like painting over a rusty iron gate.  It doesn’t matter how many coats of paint we put over the rust, the rust will eventually come through the paint unless it was first removed.  It is that way with mankind.  Unless the desire to be like God is removed, it will always come through.  Many try to paint over that desire by various religions.  Eventually, as with the rust, mankind’s sin nature will come through.  The only way to remove the rust, the sin nature, is by opening one’s mind and heart to God’s Son, Jesus, and His sacrifice of blood so that our rust, our sin, can be removed.  His blood more than covers our sin.  His blood removes our sin as we confess the sin.  Those of us who have come to Jesus and accepted His blood to remove our rusted sin must understand what keeps others away and why they oppose us so.  Through our prayers and love and the way we talk and act, they will come to see they have nothing to fear and everything to gain.

February 25, 2018


Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

Isaiah 40:31 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)

The word “wait” is a verb.  Verbs are words of action.  Waiting on the Lord doesn’t mean to sit around and do nothing.  Wait is what our word “waiter” comes from.  It means to serve.  While we “wait” on the Lord we continue doing the last thing He told us to do.  As we continue and wait (serve) we build up our faith muscles.  We wait in hope.  Hope that has the assurance that all God has promised will come about.  We wait (serve) knowing each time we follow His instructions we grow stronger.  We wait knowing as we serve we become more intimate with our Lord.  As we wait, we run to Him.  We never grow weary of running to God because we know He loves us and we gladly run into the arms of Love.  We walk without fainting because the past experiences of waiting have built up our faith.  Let us faithful wait for what the Lord brings our way as we continue serving today.

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