Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 17, 2012


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Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

At the beach I enjoy watching the seagulls. They fly up from the land with great effort then catch an air current and soar. Soaring in the air currents saves energy and makes their trip much easier. God sent us an “air current” that cane to help us soar. It is His Holy Spirit. Years ago I wrote and published a song about soaring.

When you are downcast and tired and weary
When you’re alone and confusion reigns
Stand with your hands lifted up unto heaven
Sing songs of praises to God, most high.

Then you’ll be soaring on the wind of God’s Spirit
Soaring on to new heights above
Soaring with Christ Jesus my Savior
Soaring in His love.

When those around you are hurting and crying
When you thing pain victorious will be
Lift your voice loudly in praises to Zion
Sing songs of praises to God, most High


When you are up in the mountains so glorious
When you are down in the valley so low
Lift your voice loudly in praises to Zion
Sing songs of praises to God, most High.


When we recognize God is in control of our lives and allows what touches us, there is no reason to be down or discouraged. The question is are we willing to turn our moanings and complaints into praises to God?

May 11, 2012


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Isaiah 43:12 I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

God has revealed Himself through Jesus. Through the crucifixion He has saved us and proclaimed Who He is. There is no other way to the only true, Creator, God except through His only Son, Jesus. For all those who come to Him through Jesus, God says we are His witnesses. Witnesses tell what they have seen and heard. We who know the way to God are to tell others and show others the way. Our question is are we being witnesses? Do we demonstrate through our words and actions that we know God? Do we tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Let us choose not to be silent. Let us tell those around us as well as show them God is God and there is but one way to come to Him. When we come that way we not only are promised an abundant life, we are promised all eternity in the very Presence of God.

April 25, 2012

With or Without Us

Isaiah 55:10-11 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Many years ago someone gave me a ride to a meeting. After picking me up they went and picked up someone I didn’t know. On the way back after the meeting it was obvious this lady did not know Jesus. She also shared how her husband had glaucoma and could only see very large print. We had just purchased left-over large print New Testaments from a church that used them for a revival. I took one of these, signed “from Jesus with love” in the front cover and left it on their doorstep. I thought nothing more about it and did not see that lady again. Several years later I heard a testimony on our local Christian radio. It was a man who shared how someone had left a large print New Testament on their doorstep and by reading it they both accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and had opened a Christian bookstore. A few weeks later the lady came to my house and said she thought it might be me who left that New Testament at their door. She wanted me to know what happened to it. They gave it to another couple who accepted Jesus and passed it on to 4 other couples who each accepted Jesus. After that they lost track of it. This goes to prove God’s Word does not come back void. He will achieve His purpose with or without us. But, when we allow ourselves to be part of His work we receive a blessing. Our question is will we be part of His work through passing on His Word, either written or oral? The choice is ours.

April 24, 2012

Pushing Ahead

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:45 am
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Isaiah 45:2 I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We have become so accustomed to a fast pace that we become restless and impatient with quiet. Noise and bustle are all around us. Plans get interrupted and we get into a reaction mode. We don’t give God the opportunity to go ahead of us so we make our lives more difficult. We tend to forget we can take God at His Word. He says He will go before us yet we are determined to push ahead of Him. We’re in a hurry and won’t stop to pray and listen. When we find doors closed we must be careful not to push them open. My husband and I learned this the hard way. We had a house in one state for sale and were impatient to buy a house in another state we really liked. It was a new job but we wanted the house and did not want to wait to see how the job would work out. We pushed doors open and managed to do some tricky financing with the bank and bought the house. The job didn’t work out. We moved back to the house that didn’t sell and it took 4 years for the new house we were so impatient to buy to sell. We banged on the door and pushed it open instead of waiting for God to show us which door He had prepared for us to enter. Our question is are we willing to wait, pray and listen and allow God to go before us and prepare the way for us?

December 15, 2011

Advent 15

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christian,Christmas,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:55 am
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Isaiah 11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Isaiah was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Isaiah knew Jesus would be coming.  Jesus indirectly referred to this verse when He said He is the vine and we are the branches.  Jesus bore fruit.  We cannot bear fruit unless we abide in Jesus – the vine.  Our question today is are we abiding in Jesus?  We can tell by looking for the fruits.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit are listed in the 5th chapter of Galatians.  Lets take time today to refresh our minds on these fruits and ask God to bring growth to them in us.  In order to prepare the way for His Kingdom to come on earth we must be bearing fruits.

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