Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 28, 2019

Use It or Lose It

Filed under: gifts,God,Jesus,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 19:26 26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. (NIV)

In the exercise world there is a saying, “Use it or lose it.”  The same is true in the spiritual world.  God has given each of us gifts for the purpose of serving Him and spreading His love and His Word.  The question we must answer is are we using the gifts God has given us?  When we use our gifts we become more adapt at using them.  As we use them in serving God we are able to increase our service.  There is also another saying, “Practice makes perfect.”  Though we will not be perfect nor use our gifts perfectly nor serve God perfectly while we live in our sinful, physical state, we can, through using our gifts, grow closer and closer to being perfect in the Lord.  Those new in the faith don’t know their gift.  As we grow in our faith our gifts will become obvious to others around us.  If you don’t know your gifts, talk with a believer who knows you.  They can help you identify your gifts.  Quite often we think our gifts are our natural talents and often they are in agreement with each other.  But, don’t close your mind to gifts far different from your natural talents.  I’m a professional musician by training.  God did use me in this way for quit a while.  I wasn’t trained in writing.  This was a big surprise for me.  Remember, with God, anything and everything is possible.

February 27, 2019

Image of God

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

1 Corinthians 15:49 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. (NIV)

The other day someone said to me they were glad they wouldn’t be overweight when they lived in heaven.  God did create us in His image but that image is our spirits.  That image died when man first disobeyed God.  That image was housed in our physical bodies, the image of the earthly person.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives we are reborn into the image of God. Our spirits are reborn.  We have no idea what our spirits will be housed in when the morning comes – the day God gives us new bodies.  Jesus put on the image of the earthly man so He could take on the sin, the disobedience of earthly man.  He showed us He knew the problems of earthly man for He experienced them first hand, yet without sinning – without disobedience to the Father.  We need not worry about how we will look in heaven.  We can be sure it will be beautiful and sinless.  We will know one another because we will recognize the spirit of each other – the part of us that is the real us created in the perfect image of our Father, God.  There will be no male or female but all will be in the perfect image of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Praise God.

February 26, 2019

Casting Lots

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:48 pm

Acts 1:26 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. (KJV)

This is the last time we read about casting lots in the New Testament.  This was a normal practice for trying to find the right decision.  What was wrong with casting lots?  For one thing, it was a game of chance.  For another thing, the apostles were told to wait for further instructions.  They were to wait for the Holy Spirit to come within them.  The lots fell on Matthias.  Nothing is every recorded about Matthias again.  God chose Paul to replace Judas Iscariot.  Today we are to not cast lots (roll the dice), consult game boards or consult mediums or the stars.  We are to ask God to reveal to us the answers we need.  He reveals them through the Holy Bible and through the gentle, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes I wonder if fewer Christians would have been killed or jailed by Paul if the apostles had waited for the Holy Spirit to tell them who was to be the 12th apostle.  Let us always look to the Holy Bible and the Holy Spirit for our directions.

February 25, 2019

Kingdom of God

Filed under: Christ,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,judging,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

Luke 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (KJV)

The kingdom of God is a spiritual place, for God is Spirit.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives the kingdom of God enters into us in the person of the Holy Spirit.  The kingdom of God consists of God’s children, the believers and followers of Jesus Christ.  When Jesus returns to this earth only those who are God’s children, those who are already in His kingdom, will remain.  Those who refused to follow Jesus will be permanently separated from God’s kingdom.  When we live in a kingdom, we follow the laws of that kingdom.  Breaking the laws is sin.  When we break a law, we must confess, admit our guilt.  But we have an advocate, a Defender in the person of Jesus who, as defender and judge, forgives us and allows us to continue being in the kingdom and the kingdom in us.  How wonderful to be in a relationship with the defender and judge of all.

February 24, 2019

Choice of View

Filed under: God,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:11 pm

James 1:2 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (NIV)

The most beautiful sight I’ve seen from an airplane was when we flew over a hurricane.  Looking down on the dark, swirling clouds was an awesome and beautiful sight.  Then I thought about those underneath the hurricane.  I could imagine their fear and dread.  For them there was nothing awesome or beautiful about it.  That is how it is when we go through various trials.  We are under them but God is looking down from above.  God sees the potential of how much we can learn and benefit from the trials.  He knows how those trials can shave off our weeds and make us more one in Him.  When we change our attitude toward our trials and see them as an opportunity to learn and grow, the fear and dread will ebb away.  It’s all a matter of where we stand to view the trials.  Let’s choose to stand with God and His view of the trials and the result.

February 23, 2019

Look to the Cross

Filed under: confess,Creation,cross,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:25 pm

1 Peter 2:24 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (NIV)

When mankind chose sin over God, God had to look away and withdraw from mankind.  He had to do the same when His Son, Jesus, was on the cross taking on the sins of all humanity.  Until Jesus took on our sins oneness with God was impossible.  We now have a choice.  We can choose to continue in sin or we can choose to resist sin, keep our eyes on the cross and what it cost the Father and the Son, and embrace the Holy Spirit within us as we grow into the reality of abiding IN and the oneness of our being with our Creator.  The Son of Man, Jesus, had to experience the death that mankind experienced upon the first sin of disobedience by choice to overcome that choice by choosing obedience unto death.  Now, oneness with God is made possible.  Yes, we will sin but hopefully, not by conscious choice.  Keeping our minds on the cross and the price God paid for our reunion with Him will help us make the right choices.  When we stumble, we confess, repent (change directions) and are forgiven.  Then we make our minds up to grow in knowledge from our stumbling and move on into our oneness with God.  He died so we can choose to die to the desire to sin and live in His resurrection to eternal life.

February 22, 2019

Stumblers

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Luke 17:1 1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. (NIV)

Notice Jesus told His disciples things will cause us to stumble.  He didn’t condemn stumbling.  He did condemn those who cause the stumbling.  We must be on the alert that we aren’t the ones causing someone else to stumble (weakening someone’s faith, causing someone to lie or any form of sin).  We can say something that puts someone else on the spot and makes them feel pressured to lie.  We can act in ways that aren’t pleasing to God and encourage others to act the same way.  We can tempt others to partake in something negative.  We can listen to or participate in gossip.  There are so many ways we can cause others to stumble.  Instead of being the cause of someone else’s stumbling let us be an encourager for others to be imitators of Christ Jesus.  When we see someone stumble, let us be an encourager for them to correct their stumble.  We are not only to watch out for ourselves, we are to help our brothers and sisters live pleasing lives to God.

February 21, 2019

Under His Wings

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

Luke 13:34 34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. (NIV)

If you’ve ever watched little chicks and the hen you would have notice the chicks keep coming out from under the hen and the hen continually tries to bring the chicks back under for warmth and protection.  It is that way with God.  He wants to give us the warmth of His love and protect us from harm but we keep stepping out from under His loving protection.  We allow ourselves to become distracted by material things.  The more distracted we become, the further from God we wander.  God sets things in our path to bring us back to Him but often we ignore those things.  How do we stay under His love and protection?  Once again I must express how very important it is to stay in the written word of God, His instruction book for life on this earth, the Holy Bible.  Along with those instructions we must take regular time to talk with Him and listen to Him through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each and every believer.  The more we stay under His wings, the closer to Him we grow and the more like Him we will be.  Let us stay under the wings of our loving Father.

February 20, 2019

Value

Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

February 19, 2019

Time to Listen

Filed under: God,Kingdo,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:03 pm

Luke 10:41-42 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (NIV)

We are to work for the furthering of God’s Kingdom.  For some of us our problem is we are so busy working we fail to spend one on one time with God.  John Wesley was a good example for us.  The busier his schedule was going to be on a given day, the earlier he arose to have his one on one time with God.  When our cars don’t have enough fuel they can’t get us to our destination.  When we fail to spend one on one time with God each and every day, we don’t have the “fuel” to work for the furthering of His Kingdom.  We need His daily instructions.  We need to hear His encouraging words each and every day. We need His love to fuel us to move forward.  We don’t have the power in and of ourselves to serve God.  We don’t have the love within and of ourselves to reach out in love to others.  Yes, we are called to work like Martha but not without first choosing the time Mary chose to be in the actual presence of God and listening to Him.

Luke 10:41-42 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (NIV)

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