Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 19, 2017

Follow Me

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 12:30 am

Matthew 8:22 But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” (NIV)

 Jesus wasn’t being harsh or insensitive.  He was giving a lesson in priorities of the heart.  In this case and in the one in the verses just before this where the scribe says he wants to follow Jesus but is told there is no permanent housing and the scribe turns away, Jesus is telling us God comes before everything else.  If we are faithful in our obedience and devotion to God, if we really put Him first place in our hearts and minds, all else will fall into place.  These men wanted to do it backwards.  They wanted to see everything in the place they desired before they followed Jesus in devotion and obedience.   We must ask ourselves daily if we are truly putting God first or our own fleshly desires first.  Some want into pubic ministry and boast of their service to God because they want to appear great and knowledgeable about God.  We an spot them easily.  Our desire for service to God, whether it be publicly displayed to thousands or privately centered on a few is only as real as our heart desiring it purely for the pleasure of God Himself.  It is not my concern if any read these devotions.  I write the daily because God gives them to me daily and it is good for my own growth and obedience.  It is up to God if others are blessed through them.  This is our attitude in ministry and all we do. Scripture tells is in everything we do, do it as unto the Lord.  We must continually remind ourselves of this and remain humble and obedient to our Lord God.

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February 17, 2017

Touching

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:23 pm

Matthew 8:14-15 14 When Jesus came into Peter’s house, he saw Peter’s mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him (NIV)

 There are many truths in these 2 verses.  One is that it is fine to be married and in ministry.  Peter was married and Jesus cared for his mother-in-law.  The next is touching.   There is a lot of communication in the simple touch of a hand.  A touch can communicate love, caring, acceptance and through those healing and comfort.  I am a volunteer chaplain at our regional hospital.  When I pray for the sick, I hold their hand.  This communicates peace and comfort.  Another truth in these verses is after healing comes serving Jesus.  We are not healed for our own comfort but to continue in the service of our God, praising, worshiping and thanking Him as we communicate His love, peace and healing to others.  This is how we serve our God, through serving others.  As we walk through this day we must ask God to show us who we are to serve in serving Him this day.

February 16, 2017

Humility

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:40 pm

Matthew 8:8 8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed (NIV)

 The prayer of faith is a wonderful thing.  It can travel miles and miles to any location without the person praying traveling with it.  The fuel it uses to travel is the assurance of faith.  But the one with the faith must recognize it is not themself, their own righteousness, their own power or anything about them that fulfills the prayer of faith.  It is only the righteousness of Jesus and the power and grace and mercy of God that fulfills the prayer.  We don’t deserve such grace and mercy.  It is given to us by the pure love of God through His Son, Jesus.  Our faith must be based on true humility of the recognition of our sinfulness and God’s righteousness.  There is a big difference in a prayer being spoken in boldness of a humble faith and one being spoken in the boldness of pride.  We must continually examine ourselves and be sure we remain truly humble. 

February 15, 2017

Believe It

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:16 pm

Matthew 8:13 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” (NIV)

 Jesus still says that to us today.  Go and it will happen just as we believe it will.  Our question we must answer for ourselves is what do we really believe.  When we pray and ask for something, what is really in our heart and mind about the answer.  When we lived in Florida near the beach we had a group of college students who wanted to be baptized.  It was the boys who wanted this.  We took them to the beach and it was storm surge which means really big and frequent waves.  They were baptized several times before they waded out far enough to be officially baptized.  There were several older men on the beach who, individually and quietly were praying for the waves to be still as Jesus commanded on the lake.  That didn’t happen.  On the way to our house, the girls in the group decided they also wanted to be baptized.  I always kept several swim suits of various sizes in the house for such an occasion.  While the girls were getting dressed, the older men said what they were each praying and wondering why it didn’t happen.  They were asked, “Did you speak out loud in faith?”  The answer was no.  They were afraid it wouldn’t happen and didn’t want to be embarrassed.  That’s why it didn’t happen.  When we took the girls to the beach the men spoke in unison out loud, “Ocean, be still.”  There was a half circle surrounding the girls that followed them out that was like glass.  The girls were baptized in the stillness with the storm surge surrounding the half circle.  As they walked back to the beach the storm surge followed behind them.  We must learn to speak the commands of God in the same boldness and faith Jesus spoke.

February 14, 2017

Reach Out

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 11:31 pm

Matthew 8:2-3 2 A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” (NIV)

 Jesus is still willing.  Not only to heal our physical ailments but to clean us from sin.  All we need do is ask Him.  But when we ask, we must be willing to receive.  He also wants to heal others through our touch.  He is not physically on this earth and has given us His Holy Spirit and the power within for us to reach our hands out and touch others.  Our touch is to connect them with His Spirit and bring healing, both physical, emotional and spiritual.  Our question must be are we reaching out to others?  What are we communicating to them with our touch?  Jesus communicated love and wholeness.  Let us go and do likewise

Practice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 12:25 am

Matthew 7:24 “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)

 Do we hear the words of Jesus as we read the Bible?  When we read, do we read to really hear and understand and let the words really sink into our mind and heart?  Are we as eager to hear His words as we are when we first realize we are in love with someone?  If so, are we putting those words we are hearing into practice?  Practice means to keep going over and over until it becomes natural.  When I first started piano lessons I had to learn my scales.  I had to play them over and over until I could play them without even thinking about them.  Have we made the words spoken by Jesus so much a part of ourselves that we can and do follow them as a natural part of who we are?  This is our goal.  This should be our hearts desire.  Jesus prayed for us to become one in Him as He is One with the Father.  I pray you want this as much as I do.  Help us Holy Spirit to desire, to hear, to practice and to become One.

February 13, 2017

Lord

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:14 am

Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven (NIV)

 Many today call themselves Christians but, as we read yesterday, their fruits don’t confirm it.  They have had to take many verses out of the Bible for they choose not to obey them.  We can’t choose which of God’s commands for living we will follow and which ones we will claim are not for today.  God doesn’t change nor do His commands.  They think, because God is love, it is okay for them to continue to walk in sin because it is no longer sin in this day and age and if it were, God would forgive them anyway.  There is no need for repentance(turning away from the sin) as God’s forgiveness doesn’t require it from them because of His love.  It is so sad that they are so deceived by the desires of the flesh and the changes in culture.  Those who do their best to obey the will of the Father must pray for and set an example for and speak in love to those who have changed the rules of daily living as recorded in the Holy Bible.  We must ask ourselves if there are rules of God we have chosen not to follow.  If so, we must confess, repent and ask the Holy Spirit to lead us away from that path and stand strong in obedience.

February 12, 2017

Fruits

Filed under: Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 3:11 am

Matthew 7:16 16 By their fruit you will recognize them (NIV)

 Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. (NIV)

Though this verse in Matthew is referring to recognizing false prophets by their fruit, it means their fruit is not the fruit of the Spirit quoted in Galatians.  We must consider ourselves.  What fruit do people see in us?  We need to look at each one of these fruits in a nakedly honest attitude and see what fruit we have not permitted to grow in us.  We are given the bud of each of these fruits when we receive God’s Holy Spirit.  All buds must be nourished to grow.  We nourish through the studying and meditation on the Word of God (The Holy Bible) and through our conversational prayer with God.  Then we must practice the fruit which is the digesting process.  We don’t like being that honest with ourselves but in order to grow the fruit God’s Spirit has given us, we must look honestly.  This doesn’t mean hyper-critically.  Putting ourselves down doesn’t help.  We must view this as a learning and growing process.  We can’t work on all the fruit at once so let’s ask God to show us which one we need to work on first.  It helps to memorize these 2 verses in Galatians so we can use it as a guide as we walk out our days.  Just remember the first fruit is love and we must love ourselves as we look honestly at our weaknesses.  After all, God loves us so who are we not to love the one God loves.

February 11, 2017

Narrow Gate

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:25 am

Matthew 7:13-14 13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. (NIV)

 So many people think they can approach God and go to heaven by being good.  They think there are many different roads to the same place.  They are partly right.  There are many different roads to eternal hell but there is only one road to heaven.  That road must go through the cross of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, Who was and is the Word through Whom God created all that is or will ever be.  People think because God is love that He will welcome all good people into His home in heaven.  God is love.  Because He loves us, He did provide a way into His home in heaven.  He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ, to take our place and die for the penalty of our sins so we can become righteous through the righteousness of Jesus and be able to stand in the presence of God.  Sin cannot stand before God for God is without sin.   This is the purest form of love.  A love that wants the best for us in our lives on this earth and throughout eternity in His home.  All are invited to walk through that one gate.  Unfortunately, not all will want to walk that gate.  It is up to us to help as many as possible find this one gate and help them enter and be with God throughout eternity.  Our question is, are we living up to our responsibility?

February 10, 2017

The Golden Rule

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 5:13 am

Matthew 7:12 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (NIV)

 This verse is known as the “Golden Rule.” We must notice it says “what you would have them do to you.”  It doesn’t say what they have done to you.  So often we want to retaliate.  We see this in the political scene with the name calling.  It seems to be a contest on who can call who the worst name last.  We also see this at Christmas in a competition of outgiving the other.  We forget the reason for all our words and actions is love.  This love is a God love.  It is a love that wants God’s best for others.  We really don’t know what anyone else wants.  They may not like what we want or how we want to be treated.  But, as followers of Jesus and having God’s Holy Spirit inside us to guide us, we can pray before we speak or act and ask Him what it is we are to say or do.  We must notice this verse starts out “So in everything.”  There are no exceptions to our words or actions.  All must be in line with God’s love, not only for us, but for others.  We must ask God to show us the areas and/or the people where we have not been doing us, ask for forgiveness and repent and make the correct changes in our words and/or actions with the ones He reveals to us.

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