Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 21, 2018

Gluttony

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,health,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

1 Corinthians 9:27 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 6:12-13 12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” (NIV)

God has been dealing with me for quite some time about my body.  I don’t own my body.  My body belongs to God.  Am I treating my body like it belongs to God?  I must admit, no.  I have a body that can hide a good bit of imperfections like weight.  I know how to eat healthy but so often give into things that look or smell really good whether I’m hungry or not or whether they’re beneficial to my body or not.  An unhealthy body (one that isn’t the proper weight or proper condition from exercise) is a poor testament for a Christian.  It shows a spirit of gluttony.  We don’t like to use the word “gluttony.” I believe in calling a spade a spade.  There are many scriptures about this problem.  Just do a word search on “food” and you’ll find a good amount of them.  We go on diets usually for the wrong reason.  Our reason is most often to look good.  That is vanity.  I’ve committed to God many times I will do better.  Then I go to my favorite grocery store and go crazy.  When it’s at home in sight I eat it.  How about you?  We are bombarded every where we go with food.  Even at our churches “covered dish” meals we load our plates.  I am publicly (on line) committing to my readers I am determined to ask God before putting anything in my mouth.  I never post comments because that isn’t the purpose of this blog.  I do read them and, if asked, will update on how I’m doing if interested.  How about joining me in this adventure.  As we should speak unless it’s something God wants us to say, so we shouldn’t eat unless it’s something God wants us to eat.

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March 20, 2018

Seder

Matthew 26:26-28 26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. 27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (NIV)

Last Sunday night I spoke on the Seder, the Passover celebration and the symbolism of it fulfilled by Jesus.  I strongly urge you to do some research on it yourself and, if at all possible, attend a Christian celebration of the Seder.  There is not space in this devotional to go into the details.  I will just hit the portion the writer quoted Jesus.

In the Seder there are 4 cups of wine.  There are also 3 Matza (unleavened bread).  The Matza in the middle is broken in 2 and wrapped in white linen and hidden.  More on this later.  The first cup of wine represents the sanctification and freedom of the Hebrews from the Egyptian slavery.  For us it represents our sanctification and freedom from sin by the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.  The second cup represents the deliverance and is celebrated in jo of God’s deliverance from slavery.  We celebrate our deliverance from the bondage of sin.  The 3rd cup is the cup of redemption.  This is the cup Jesus raised and said represents His blood shed for us.  No one drinks this cup right away.  At the beginning of the celebration an empty place was set at the table for the Prophet, Elijah (Malachi 4:5)  At this time a child opens the door for Elijah and the hidden Matza is unwrapped and eaten.  This is when Jesus said this is His body.  The Matza had been wrapped in with linen as was the body of Jesus.  It was broken as was Jesus which was broken by the scourging.  It was in the middle of 3 as Jesus was in the tomb for 3 days.  After they ate the Matza they drank the 3rd cup.  The 4th cup is the cup of thanksgiving and hope.  We are thankful for the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and the giving to us of the Holy Spirit and have our hope in the glory of the presence of God.  When we take the elements of what we all the communion, let us reflect on the cost to the Father and the Son and come with clean, confessed hearts asking for a fresh infilling of His Holy Spirit and the strength and courage Jesus showed through the trial and crucifixion for our salvation.

March 19, 2018

Plural Pronouns

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Matthew 6:9 9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, (NIV)

We must pay attention to the pronouns Jesus uses in the pattern of prayer He gave us.  All the pronouns are in the plural tense, not the singular.  Some think it’s because the disciples, as a group, ask Him to teach them to prayer.  I think it is because we are all a family.  We are not just to pray for ourselves and our own personal needs and wants.  We are to recognize we, collectively, are the body of Jesus on this earth.  We are to pray for one another, not just for ourselves.  We are to recognize that each of us is an important part of the body of Christ.  We are not in this race by ourselves.  We are all in this race together and as in a chain with a weak link, we are only a healthy body if we are all healthy.  We are so focused on “me, mine, my,” that we have trouble getting out of our own self-centered selves.  Jesus wants us to be other-minded while, at the same time, the Father will take care of the personal needs we lay before Him.  Not only are the pronouns plural because we are brothers and sisters, they at also plural because of what Jesus said to Mary in front of the empty tomb. (John 20:17 NJV)  Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.  God is the Father of Jesus, and, because of Jesus, He is also our Father.  Let us remember we are not, by ourself, the only child God has adopted into His family through His only begotten Son, Jesus.  All of us who have asked Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives are equally in God’s family.  Let us pray for one another as we pray to “Our Father.”

March 18, 2018

Leaving Our Burdens

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Psalms 55:22 22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (NIV)

I used to kneel at the alter in church and “cast my burdens upon the Lord.”  Then, when I left church I would devise how I had to do things to make sure my prayers were answered.  What I was doing was picking my burdens back up because I didn’t really believe God would answer my prayers.  Sometimes it’s not because we don’t believe but because we are impatient and don’t want to wait on God’s timing or God’s way of answering.  Whenever we are anxious or worried we are showing we have picked up our burdens rather than trusting God to take them and give us the answers to them.  It’s not saying we have nothing to do with the answering.  It’s saying God has the answers and will give them to us in the right time and the right way.  Let us learn to lay our burdens before the throne of God and give Him the time He wants to bring us the answers.  God has promised to meet all our needs.  He is faithful in His time and His way.  Let us leave our burdens with Him and open our hearts, minds and ears to hear Him as He speaks to us.

March 17, 2018

After This Manner

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Matthew 6:9 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (ESV)

So many think what we call “The Lord’s Prayer,” is a prayer Jesus told us to recite.  Notice He said, “After this manner.”  There is nothing wrong with reciting this prayer but we are also to use it a a pattern for our prayers.  Jesus gave it to us to teach us how to pattern our prayers.  When we look closely we can form an acronym ACTS.  A is for adoration.  We start our prayers with adoration of God the Father.  This is entering into worship which ushers us into His very presence.  Next us confession.  We acknowledge who we are in comparison of Who God is.  We confess our sins to Him for sin blocks out His presence in us.  T is for thanksgiving.  We are thankful to Him and give Him our thanks for all things: for the privilege of being allowed to talk to Him, for being adopted as His child and whatever comes into our minds. S is for supplication.  We are quick to petition God for all the things we need or want.  We quite often start our prayers with supplication.  When we do this we are missing all Jesus taught us.  Yes, there are times for what I call “flash prayers.”  During those times we are speaking in the heat of the moment.  The pattern Jesus gave us is for our daily, one on one time with the Father in worship and deep prayer.  Let us learn to pray unceasingly but always giving time each day for the deep prayer in the pattern Jesus so lovingly gave us. 

March 16, 2018

The Spirit Prays

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Acts 2:1 1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 14:15 15 So what shall I do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will also pray with my understanding; I will sing with my spirit, but I will also sing with my understanding. (NIV)

Genesis 11:1 1 Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. (NIV)

Genesis 11:6 6 The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. (NIV)

Zephaniah 3:9 9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. (NIV)

 

Words are very important.  They are the vessel that connects people to people and people to God. Notice twin babies speak to each other.  To us it sounds like they’re speaking gibberish but they act like they understand what each one is saying to the other.  We have a hold up in our minds.  We don’t understand what Pentecost means.  Pente means 5 and coste means to the tenth power.  Pentecost means 50.  It was on the 50th day after Jesus returned to heaven.  At that time the prophecy in Zephaniah 3:9 came into being.  When God made Adam and Eve, He gave them a language to communicate with each other and with Him.  That was the one language on the earth, the only language until mankind decided to do things their own way in building the tower that would reach to heaven.  Read all of Genesis 11 for background on that.  On the day of Pentecost God returned the heavenly language first given to Adam and Eve and the people on the earth during the early eras.  We call that speaking in tongues because we don’t understand that language any more than we understand the language of the twins.  It is a language for our spirit to pray directly to God.  We pray with our own birth language with our minds.  We are also to pray with the heavenly language God gives us through the Holy Spirit.  We have complete control of if or when we use that language.  Maybe when our prayers don’t seem to be coming to fruition it’s because we limit our prayers to our finite understanding instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to pray in the heavenly language.  As Paul says, there is a need to pray in both languages.  As in any language it takes practice to speak fluently.  I encourage you to get alone, come into the realization of being in the presence of God, and give your mouth to the spirit within you.  As a child learns to speak one sound at a time, so we learn a new language one sound at a time.  Yes, it sounds like gibberish as we learn but it is a real language given to us by God so we can pray with the spirit as well as spray with our own understanding.

March 15, 2018

Breath

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Ezekiel 37:9 9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” (NIV)

We’ve all experienced being in air where all we wanted is to get somewhere where we could get a good, clean, refreshing breath.  Prophesy is God’s words.  God’s words are the breath of God.  Breath gives life.  Without breath there is no life.  To have life we must breathe in God’s word.  To breathe in God’s word we must be daily immersed in the written word (the breath) of God.  I can never say enough about the importance of reading, meditating, studying and memorizing God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Just as we can’t go very long without breathing, we can’t survive spiritually without being in the written word of God, God’s breath of life.  We must ask ourselves if we are breathing daily or if we are trying to hold our breath.  Let us breathe throughout each and every day.

March 14, 2018

The Teacher

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Matthew 7:28-29 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law (NIV)

My favorite teacher was Miss Black. She taught 10th grade chemistry.  She was my favorite because she was passionate about her subject.  She conveyed her passion to us because she wanted us to be passionate about it also.  Jesus is addressed as the teacher 43 times in the 4 gospels.  He was (and still is).  He was passionate.  Passionate about His Father and passionate for those He taught to be passionate about His Father.  Not only was and is He passionate, He was authoritative.  He was authoritative in a way no other person was or ever can be authoritative.  When we teach we are sharing what we have been taught by others.  Jesus teaches what He has personally experienced.  All of our scientific knowledge and historical knowledge always has room for doubt because of possible misrepresentation.  What Jesus says never has doubt.  Jesus taught the actual facts about God and about God’s creation and the way and why and what of mankind.  After Jesus returned to the Father He sent His Holy Spirit to give about 40 writers the words He taught to record the in books collected in the one book we call the Holy Bible.  When we open those pages, the Holy Spirit is still here to give us understanding of the words of Jesus.  All we need do to experience the best teacher that ever was, is or will be is open those pages each and every day, read, meditate and open our minds to the Holy Spirit.  He will give us all instruction, understanding and wisdom we need to have a full, abundant life and glorify the Father through our lives.

March 13, 2018

Eat Bread

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Matthew 6:11 11 Give us today our daily bread. (NIV)

When we go without eating we get tired and probably cranky.  We can’t go very many days without eating.  Jesus told us to pray for our daily bread.  This prayer has several levels.  We are to pray for the physical bread that we eat in order to take in the needed nutrients our physical body needs.  We are also to pray for the spiritual bread.  In John 6:33 , (NIV) we read, For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” This bread from God came down from heaven in 2 different ways.  The first way is recorded in John 6:35 (NIV) Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  We eat our daily bread through Jesus.  After He ascended to heaven we are left with the written Word, the Holy Bible.  For this written word we must have the Holy Spirit in us to give us the ability to digest this bread.  As we read and meditate daily the Holy Spirit will interpret what we read to bring us to understanding and digest it deep within us.  We need this bread daily.  Skipping a meal of this bread will make us spiritually tired and we will get cranky.  Let us not only eat this bread daily, let us feast on it.

March 12, 2018

Friend

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

John 14:16 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— (NIV)

So many believers are afraid of the Holy Spirit because they have seen people who say they have the Holy Spirit and they act weird.  They would probably act weird even without the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is the third person of God.  He isn’t an “it.”  He is a real living being.  God is in three persons and all three are in this verse.  Jesus is speaking.  Jesus, the Son, God’s Word, is the One Who asks the Father to give us the Holy Spirit after the Son returns to the Father.  The Holy Spirit is in us to comfort us, to help us and to guide us.  There is nothing to fear about the Holy Spirit. He is God as our friend.  He is in us to be our friend.  A friend wants the best for their friend.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t take control of us.  We have control of what and when we speak or how we dress or act.  Let us open ourselves to the Holy Spirit as our best friend Who knows our needs and wants to guide us in the best for us and help us know the Father and the Son more intimately.

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