Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 30, 2014

Spoken in Confidence

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

John 11:41-44. ” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.””

There’ say lot in these few verses. Notice the first thing Jesus does is assess the problem. Nothing can happen as long as the stone blocks the door. The next thin He does is turn to God, the Father, acknowledging His faith at one with the Father. After moving the blockage (the stone) out of the way and praying in faith to God, the Father, Jesus speaks the word of faith. He doesn’t as but commands with complete confidence it will happen. He had to address Lazarus by name so others wouldn’t come forth as well. How do we apply this to our own life? We must remove the blockage, a heart of stone or doubt. We must bring it to God the Father in faith. We must release it into existence be speaking without doubt. The question is do we really believe God at His word?

September 29, 2014

Missing Piece

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

Romans 12:5-8. ” so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”

When we work a jig saw puzzle just getting one piece in the wrong place can prevent the entire puzzle from taking shape and showing the picture. The same is true with our churches. When one member is in the wrong ministry instead of the ministry God gifted, that person is in the wrong place and the full picture of the church will be marred. It is so important for each member to know what specific ministry within the church God has equipped them and called them to. No one ministry is more important than any other. All are needed for the individual church to function fully in the community. The question is do we know our church ministry calling and are we fully functioning in it?

September 28, 2014

The Same Spirit

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

John 14:16-17. ” And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”

Acts 2:33. “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.”

Jesus said after He returns to the Father He would send the same Holy Spirit Who dwells in Him to come into and dwell in His followers. Think about it. The same Spirit that filled and worked through Jesus is in us. This means, when we learn to fully appropriate this Spirit we can truly live and work as Jesus did on this earth. Our problem is we allow temptations to infiltrate and block the flow of this Holy Spirit instead of keeping our eyes on Jesus and our minds full of His words as recorded in the Holy Bible. I was taught as a child that anything worth doing takes effort, discipline and time. Our question is are we keeping temptation at bay and spending the effort, discipline and time and keeping our eyes on Jesus and our minds full of His words as recorded in the Holy Bible?

September 27, 2014

Mountains and Valleys

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

Luke 4:1-2. And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.

Jesus just experienced a spiritual high. He was baptized by His cousin, John, and as He came up out of the water a dove came down and the voice of His Father was heard saying, “this is Me Son.” Right after this high He experienced the wilderness and trials of temptation from the devil. This happens to us throughout our life’s journey. Everything is wonderful then, often without warning, things go bad. We want to stay on the mountain top with everything wonderful. Up on this mountain we tend to become lazy, prideful and take our good time for granted. We don’t really look to God. It is down in the dark valleys of trials and temptation that we reach up to God for direction. In these times we practice our faith and it can grow. Our growth is stunted if, instead of seeking God for direction, we grumble and complain. We can praise God that we don’t need to go through the valley’s Jesus walked and thank Him for being with us and helping us grow more one in Him as we exercise faith in the valleys we walk. May I suggest you close your devotional time today be reading the first chapter of James. May our valleys be a blessed time of growth.

September 26, 2014

From a Young Teen

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

This was written by my 14 year old granddaughter. If a majority of our youth are like this we are in good hands

The bible says we need to take up the shield of faith. What this means to me is making the Words of God the main determining factor for every action you take, and remaining at peace whether you know the outcome or not. FUMC has changed the way I look at my faith in God. I was lost before I joined this youth. But about a year ago, I was invited by a blonde headed girl the day we decided to try out the church on a random Sunday. I had no idea just how much this youth group would change me. Throughout this year I have learned so much about faith.
My faith has led me through a memorable journey with God. I recently started going to Bible study and heard so many stories, lessons and even scientific facts that actually connect with God. I mean, I was truly amazed. You never realize how incredible faith can feel until it makes so much sense it knocks you in the head and makes you realize how important it is to know that there is always proof but people will always find other things to change that fact. You just have to believe.
Faith includes noticing the mess, the emptiness and discomfort, and letting it be there until some light returns. Eventually all the pieces fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, trust your heart and know that everything happens for a reason… Ephesians chapter 6 verse 16 says: “in addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”.
The published definition of faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something; whether its been proven or not. Basically faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see are darkness, like taking the first step when you can’t see the whole stair case, or like taking a path with out always knowing where you will end up. God always leads us to where we need to be not where we want to be. Everything you will soon become is already inside you, you just have to remember that faith in God includes faith in His timing. I know that we are all wanting to know where we will end up at in 10, 20, 30, 50, or even 80 years. but God has a plan for us. We just need to buckle up and take the ride of life and allow God to be our driver.
i know that this thought can be scary. Fear and faith are the same thing. The only difference is fear is heading the wrong direction. Faith is the only thing I know of that is stronger than fear. Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this is to see what we believe… what I mean by this is that if you live by faith and not fear you will soon come face to face with your one and only Savior.
Disciples of Jesus Christ are given a protective defense shield from God to hinder Satan’s incoming warheads. The Bible calls this protective shield, “Our shield of faith.” God gives us this weapon … but we must learn how to use it as effectively as possible to receive maximized benefit from it.
Remember to be gentle with yourself and others. We are all children of chance, and none can say why some fields will blossom while others lay brown beneath the August sun. Care for those around you. Look past your differences. Their dreams are no less than yours, their choices in life no more easily made. Find your faith, and take the journey of life that will lead to everlasting life.
Please join me in prayer: Father God thanks for loving us and caring for us. Help us find our faith and never let it go. I pray that you will heal everybody in this room and everybody who couldn’t make it. You made all of us by hand and created everybody with their own uniqueness. Help us all find what we were made for and surf the waves of your faith as we find our way around the struggles in life. Turn our weaknesses into strengths, fears into courage, and greed into peace. You created us and You gave all of us our own passion, personality, talent, fate, strengths, weaknesses, fears, and our whole personality. I am so grateful for this Lord we can search the whole world and never find anybody exactly like us. That’s pretty neat of You to have the ability to do that. Thanks so much. May we all find our faith in You. Amen!

September 25, 2014

Appearance 3

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 12:00 am

Hebrews 9:28. so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

The third appearance is yet to come. This is when Jesus returns to this earth to gather His Bride (all those who have appropriated His sin offering) and will join all of the believers, those who have gone before with those still on earth, together before the throne of God. What a grand and glorious time that will be. Will you be there? How about your family and friends? Don’t wait to hear someone say, “You didn’t tell me.” Tell them today.

All is accounted for; past, present and future. All was planned by God before the very beginning. Nothing waits to be done other than mankind’s appropriation of what has been done for him.

September 24, 2014

Appearance 2

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

Hebrews 9:24. For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

Jesus is now in appearance with God the Father. Now, not only as the Word but also as the Son of Man and the Son of God. He is there not only on His own right but also on behalf of each person who takes His sacrifice of the sin offering into their own life. Because of this, when God looks at the individual who has appropriated this sacrifice, He sees the shed blood of His Son and not the sin. Our question is when God looks at us what does He see? When He looks at those around us what does He see? We must share this good news with all those around us.

September 23, 2014

First Appearance

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

Hebrews 9:26 for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

The priest had to appear before the altar of sacrifice over and over again for sin offerings. Jesus had only to appear on this earth and sacrifice Himself one time for our sin for all eternity. The sin offering is complete, never to be repeated. What lacks is man’s appropriation of that offering. Each and every individual must come before Jesus by accepting Him as God’s Son,the Word of God made flesh, confess they are a sinner, separated from God, ask and accepted His forgiveness and welcome Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives. The question is have you appropriated His sin offering for you? If so, are you telling others how to appropriate this sin offering?

September 22, 2014

Justification

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

Romans 3:28. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

This verse isn’t saying faith justifies us. Faith is the way we receive justification. The only justification is Jesus taking our sins on the cross and paying the price for our forgiveness. It is our faith in Jesus as the Son of God, the Word of God made flesh that we can be justified as forgiven and children of God. All we have to bring is our sin for, apart from Jesus in us, there can be no justification. Faith is receiving Christ. It is not our doing but His doing by the grace and love of God. We can’t boast about our faith for it is given us by God. Our only contribution is receiving and using it in our daily walk. Our question is what are we doing with the faith God has given us? Faith is a fruit of God’s Spirit and must be used to grow. Let us allow faith to grow.

September 21, 2014

Opening Our Minds

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

Luke 24:45. Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,

The last 3 days on 1 short verse with so much to say. When we meditate and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding, our minds are opened to the scriptures. There are so many depths to them. So many people just read what is on the surface. Let’s learn to slow down as we read the Bible and allow God”s Holy Spirit to open our minds to the depth of meaning as Jesus opened the minds of His disciples on that road to Emmaus.

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