Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 30, 2014

Witnesses

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1 Corinthians 15:6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

We are not told if all 500 were together in one place or one time or if He appeared to them in smaller groups. The main point is 500 witnesses are very strong. When that may people affirm they saw Jesus alive it’s pretty strong proof. Many today try to argue there is no proof that Jesus rose from the dead. Just because we weren’t there to see it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. We believe America fought a war for independence but we must believe it on the witness of the past. My feeling is those that don’t believe it really happened are looking for an excuse to continue with their own self-styled life. The question for those of us who do believe and know without a doubt because of the witness of the Holy Spirit within us is are we joining the more than 500 by witnessing to the fact Jesus is alive today and will come back, physically, to this earth to bring His believers home?

April 29, 2014

Do You Love Me

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

John 21:15-17 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

There is so much in these 3 verses. We will only touch the surface and I hope you will take time to do an in-depth study and meditation on these verses. Peter denied Jesus 3 times. Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him 3 times. To truly understand what Jesus was asking we need to look to the original Greek translation. In the English language there is only one word for “love.” We use the word in so many ways and so many levels. There is still debate among Biblical scholars as to what words for “love” were actually used. Some think when Jesus asked Peter if he love Him more than “these” He was referring to the boats and fishing, the life style Peter was accustomed to. Others think Jesus was referring to Peter loving his friends more than Him. Others think Jesus and Peter were using different words for love implying different levels of love. What is important is Jesus was telling Peter to show his love for Him by feeding the sheep. That is His message to us We are to feed others by sharing Jesus with them: Who He is to us,, what He does for us, how to have Him in our hearts, minds and lives. Our question is are we feeding someone today?

April 28, 2014

Food

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

John 21:7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.

The disciples didn’t know what to do so they returned to their fishing. They fished all night to no avail. When the were heading back to shore at daybreak they heard a voice tell them to cast their net on the other side of the boat. They decided they had nothing to loose so they did and their nets filled with fish. John realized it was Jesus Who spoke and said so. Impulsive Peter couldn’t wait to see Jesus. He had much to beg for forgiveness for he denied even knowing Him. He jumped in and swam to shore. Jesus had already cooked some fish for them. He cared for their need of food. He still cares for our need of food, physical and spiritual. We seem to have little trouble taking the physical food but we often shut our minds and hearts to the spiritual food He offers. He went to a lot of trouble inspiring men to record His words and actions so they could be read by future generations. He inspired them in such a way to make their words living for all generations regardless of time or circumstances. Our question is do we value those words? Do we hunger to read and meditate on them even more than we hunger and enjoy our favorite physical food? Which food do we eat more of, spiritual or physical?

April 27, 2014

Doubts

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John 20:24-25 Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.”

Thomas refused to believe the others. It didn’t matter to him how many said they say Jesus alive. He had to see for himself. Before we get too critical of his lack of belief we must examine ourselves. Sometimes we are too quick to believe things. We hear something on the news and believe it to be true. We hear gossip and believe it to be true. Yet the most important thing, the way to God, seems so hard for so many to believe. We look at the miracle of creation and don’t believe it was planned and orchestrated by God because we didn’t see Him do it. We don’t understand how God could love us so and forgive us so we don’t believe and continue living in regret of sin. It seems easier to believe the bad than the good. Thomas believed the bad. The Man he trusted and thought would save the Jews from the Romans died. No one could come back to life after such a horrible death. Jesus is full of compassion. He knows our weakness. He came to Thomas and showed him the scars from the nails. Thomas believed. He shows Himself in many ways today yet so many doubt. Even believers have to fight doubts. That’s one reason God has sent His Holy Spirit to us. The Holy Spirit is thee witness within us to all Jesus said and did. Our question is are we listening to His Spirit or to the noise of the world?

April 26, 2014

Denying Jesus Is Alive

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Matthew 28:11 While they were going, behold, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests all that had taken place.

Please read the verses that follow. The guards saw the empty tomb. They were there when the angels rolled the stone away. I’m sure they were scared and confused. Nothing like that had ever happened. They were probably trembling when they reported to their superiors. They had been told to guard the tomb to see no one could take His body and claim He had risen from the dead. They were expecting to get into big trouble. Instead they were paid to lie about what happened. They were very happy to lie because they had a reward rather than a punishment. What about us today? Why do we deny Jesus is alive through our words or actions? We may not say He is not alive but we do say and act out as if He is no longer alive within us. What is our motive? Are we more concerned with what others think than we are with being loyal to our Lord? The next time we say something hurtful or turn our backs on someone’s need let’s remember we are acting as if Jesus is not alive.

April 25, 2014

Locked Doors

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John 20:19. On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together and locked the doors of the place because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

Imagine being in that room. Emotions were running high. All were afraid of the Jewish leaders coming for them. Some had seen Jesus. Others didn’t believe. The debates must have been heated. All of a sudden Jesus appears in their midst. The door is still locked. Jesus knows their fear and confusion and speaks peace. When Jesus speaks peace there is peace. Their minds were still confused but they felt peace in the presence of Jesus. They didn’t have to understand to feel the peace. We each have a variety of locked doors within us. We don’t mean for them to keep Jesus out though at times we might think we want to). But if we listen for Him to speak peace to us He will come into those areas and help us unlock our doors. Let’s ask His Holy Spirit to flow through those key holes and bring the healing of Jesus into those areas.

April 24, 2014

For the Entire Body

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Mark 16:12-13. After this he appeared in a different form to two of them while they were on their way to the country. They went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

Here is another case of not believing. We tend to think if we don’t hear, see or experience something for ourselves it is not true. We don’t know what is meant be “a different form,” but they did recognize Jesus. This may be the same event in Luke 24:13 “Now that very day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. These were 2 of the disciples who had heard the tomb was empty. They were going back to their own town. We like to be in our own homes when we’re confused or scared. They were talking about what the missing body meant when Jesus joined them. They did not recognize Him and were amazed He questioned them on what had just taken place in Jerusalem. Surely by now everyone had heard. Then Jesus started explaining the prophecies of the Old Scriptures and how they had just been fulfilled. As He left they realized Who He is and quickly returned to tell the rest of them. We all have varied spiritual experiences. We seldom talk about them for fear of unbelief from those we tell. When we keep our mouths shut we are quenching the Holy Spirit. God wants us to share what He tells us and does for us. We are all members of one Body and must learn to put behind the individualism of the world. Let’s share something with someone today.

April 23, 2014

True Commitment

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Mark 15:40. There were also women, watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.

Did you notice there were only 4 who stood by Jesus as He died on the cross? One man and 3 women. It stands to reason He first appears to the women who were so faithful to Him. The rest of His followers were too afraid for their own lives to stand with Him. These 4 were willing to suffer anything to stay with Him and remain faithful. This brings us to our question. When the going gets tough who do we seek to protect? We really don’t know how we will react in a crisis. I remember that young girl at Columbine High School who stood up to face the boy with a gun and confirm she was a Christian. What commitment. She was shot as soon as the words were out of her mouth. How do we ready ourselves for such a commitment? To be faithful in our commitment we must know with absolute assurance Who Jesus is, what He promised and what part we have in the fulfillment of His promise. This promise is contained in John 3:16. Let’s get our own Bibles out, read it and the entire chapter and commit to studying His written word to make all of it very real in our hearts, minds and lives.

April 22, 2014

Wet Blanket

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Mark 16:9-10. Early on the first day of the week, after he arose, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had driven out seven demons. She went out and told those who were with him, while they were mourning and weeping.

Here, again, Jesus appears to a woman. He had turned her life around. She saw Him, heard Him and believed Him. Imagine her joy seeing and hearing for herself her Savior standing and talking to her after such a terrible death. She had to share such immense joy. What a contrast: her great joy and the mourning and weeping of the others. When we are in the throes do disparity it is hard to have someone around who us full of joy and saying the opposite of what we believe. They didn’t believe her. Let’s put ourselves in their place. We haven’t experienced the Holy Spirit yet so we have no witness within ourselves. We have never heard of someone coming alive after such a death. Lazarus was different as he died of sickness. His body wasn’t beaten like that of Jesus. This was unbelievable. Let’s put ourselves into Mary’s situation. She was thrilled. She was so very sure her experience was real. It would be very frustrating not to be believed. What about us today? When someone shares a spiritual insight or experience with us do we acknowledge it was real for them or do we throw a wet blanket on them.?

April 21, 2014

Afraid to Tell

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Mark 16:5-8
Then as they went into the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe b sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. a He has been raised! b He is not here. Look, there is the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” Then a they went out and ran from the tomb, for terror and bewilderment had seized them. b And they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Jesus remained on this earth for 40 more days. The first who were told of His resurrection were the women who came to finish anointing His dead body. Though the were told bu angels they could not believe. They had no history to prepare them. They saw how hard of death He suffered. They couldn’t comprehend this was possible. Their fear and confusion over what they were told shut their mouthes and they told no one. Before we judge them too harshly for their unbelief and their silence we must examine ourselves. How often have we kept our mouths shut? What is it that makes us fear telling the good news to others? Let’s overcome those fears and tell someone pie today.

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