Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 31, 2018

Finished

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

John 19:28-30 28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. (NIV)

As we read these verses, we must ask, are we thirsty for Him?  He has sent His Holy Spirit and has provided the instruction book for living (The Holy Bible) for us to drink.  He has finished all that is necessary for us to be united in oneness with God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  The choice is ours.  We can have as much to drink as we desire.  Let us be like the sponge they offered Him on the cross.  Let us be totally saturated in Him.  It is finished.  Our salvation is complete.  Jesus has risen and is alive.  Let’s celebrate Jesus tomorrow.  Alleluia.

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March 30, 2018

Holy Spirit

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Luke 23:46 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (NIV)

Jesus, being the Word of God, had power over his physical life on this earth.  He dismissed that power giving His spirit release to go back to the Father.  While He was walking on this earth He contained all of the Holy Spirit within Him.  The Word (Jesus) and the Holy Spirit (the very breath of God) returned to heaven at the bidding of Jesus.  Praise God, we are on the other side of His ascension to heaven.  God the Father sent the Holy Spirit back to dwell in each and every believer in His Word (Jesus).  Our question is, are we allowing the breath of God within us and flow through us?

March 29, 2018

Compassion for Others

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

John 19:26 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” (NIV)

These words spoken by Jesus as He was in terrible agony on the cross amaze me.  When I am in pain (and never the kind of pain Jesus experienced), my thoughts are totally on myself.  Jesus, in spite of His pain, had compassion for His mother.  What an example we have to follow.  We are to have compassion for those around us.  We are born into sin, the sin of me, me, me.  Jesus withstood the cross for us, us, us.  Let’s ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us look up and out more than in and down.

March 28, 2018

Forsaken

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Matthew 27:46 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). (NIV)

This verse makes we cry.  Jesus had never been separated from His Father.  Even walking on this earth, He was always aware of the Father’s presence with Him.  But God, the Father cannot be in the presence of sin because of His very nature.  While Jesus was taking on our sins, God, the Father, had to look away.  Now that Jesus has taken away our sins, when God, the Father looks at us, He sees the righteousness of His Son and, because of His Son, Jesus, God, the Father is always present with us through His Holy Spirit.  As we approach Good Friday (Good because of what Jesus and the Father did for us) let us reflect on the extremely high cost to both the Father and the Son.

March 27, 2018

In Paradise

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Luke 23:43 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV)

After Jesus asked God to forgive those who were crucifying Him, He had a short conversation with one of the thieves.  This thief admitted he deserved what He got and asked Jesus for mercy.  Jesus gave the thief (who, as we say today, was on his deathbed) he would join Jesus this very day in paradise.  The thief lived a life of sin.  Yet, when he asked Jesus, he was forgiven and promised eternal life in the presence of God.  The only qualification was coming to God through Jesus.  It doesn’t matter how late in our lives we come to Jesus, nor what we have done in the past. God’s mercy extends to all of us.  The earlier in our life on this earth we come to God, the more fulfilled and abundant our lives are.  The moment we die, Jesus said we will be in paradise. Paradise is how Jesus described His home in heaven.

March 26, 2018

Forgive

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Matthew 6:12 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. (NIV)

Luke 23:34 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. (NIV)

In Luke, when Jesus asked God to forgive those crucifying Him, they didn’t ask for forgiveness.  We are told to forgive.  We are not told we don’t need to forgive when they don’t ask for forgiveness.  Forgiving doesn’t mean we don’t remember.  It means we no longer hold them accountable for what they did.  When we forgive someone, we must not tell others what they did and how we forgave them.  That is nothing more than pride.  Also, revealing the sin of another might hurt others.  In our forgiveness we want God’s best for the one we forgive.  When they have broken the law, they are still accountable to the law and face the consequences set by the law.  They don’t face consequences from us, personally.  Forgiveness must be complete.  We must not only forgive them, we must pray for them as Jesus prayed for those who crucified Him.  Forgiveness is between the one hurt and the one who did the hurting.  Let us learn to keep it that way.  Let us live a life of real forgiveness for God has forgiven us.

March 25, 2018

Be a Witness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

John 3:31-32 31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. (NIV)

Notice in Acts 1:8 Jesus said “you will be witnesses).  He didn’t say you are to witness but you will be.  This means our very lives are to be witnesses.  If we don’t show in the way we live, the love of God, if our lives don’t show the power of God flowing through us, it matters not what we say with our mouths.  We must reflect are we witness when we stand in a long, slow moving line, when we are in traffic and people try to cut in front of us, when someone is rude to us?  I think you get the idea.  Our lives must consistently witness to God in us.  Jesus came to earth as a witness of the Father, His love for us, His power, mercy and grace.  All Jesus did witness to the love of the Father.  He sent us His Holy Spirit so we can be witnesses just as He was when He walked this earth.  Let’s put our own fleshly impatience and desires to rest and be consistent witness of God and all His attributes.

March 24, 2018

Mourn

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,depression,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Matthew 5:4 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (NIV)

I have a dear friend who is watching her husband slip away into the arms of God.  We don’t live in the sane place anymore so I can’t be with her to comfort her.  It’s hurts that I can’t be with her.  I am thankful for our digital age.  I can send her a comforting word from the scriptures and add my own thought each and every day.  It’s not the same as being there but it helps.  When we pray for others it’s a comfort to them to know we are praying.  It also helps them feel our love and concern when they know how we are praying.  Our prayers send love not only from us but help and encourage those in distress to feel the loving arms of God lift them up onto angel wings.  We can never underestimate the healing and encouraging power of our prayers for others.  Let us be faithful to pray.  Let us be a vessel for God’s blessings on others through our prayers.

March 23, 2018

Priorities

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV)

We need to ask God to tell us how to set our priorities.  What He wants most for us to do.  Moses had to learn this in Exodus 18.  Overreaching makes us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually tired.  When we say yes to every request, regardless of how needed they might be, we become unable to do well what God is calling us to do.  So often we say yes because we want to look good or we don’t want to hurt feelings.  It is so important to know where and how God wants us to use His time.  I say His time because time is not ours.  We aren’t here on this earth for ourselves.  We are here for God.  We are here to be His eyes, hands, feet and mouth.  God doesn’t need us but He wants us and wants to give us the joy of His working and speaking through us.  We must take time to hear Him on our priorities.  God should be our first priority.  Intimate time with God is our first priority.  When we do this God’s priorities for us will line up.  The little word, “no” is not a bad word.  It’s a protective word – protective for the priorities God has for us.

March 22, 2018

Sabbath

Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy (NIV)

Mark 2:27 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (NIV)

As the Hebrew religion grew and the religious leaders added more and more rules to the 10 commandments, it because wrong to do absolutely anything on the Sabbath.  Jesus corrected this misconception of man.  The Sabbath was made for man.  The Greek word from which Sabbath comes means “to breathe.”  It was made for a day of rest.  A day to catch our breath..  We are to work for 6 days then, as the Father, God, did, we are to rest on the 7th day.  God created everything in 6 days through His spoken Word.  He spoke and everything came into existence, except for mankind which He actually made and breathed His own breath of life into.  When you speak, you exhale.  The day of rest was meant to catch your breath and rest from your labors.  Today we have a hard time with resting from our labors.  With all the electronics at our disposal, we think we must work 24 times 7.  This attitude has led to poor physical and emotional health.  We are to take one day a week as our Sabbath and rest from our work.  For some of us that day is Sunday.  For some of us, Sunday is one of our busiest days.  It doesn’t matter what day we take to rest but we must take one day for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  It is in resting our minds, bodies and emotions that we clear out the cobwebs which prevent us from hearing what our Father has to say to us.  Let us not give into the temptation to use that day to play catch up.  If we catch up with anything, let it be ourselves and our relationship with our Father through a day of rest and relaxation in His Presence.

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