Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 31, 2019

Delivered

Filed under: faith,God,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Psalms 34:17 17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (NIV)

God hears us when we cry out to Him.  Notice He delivers us from all our troubles.  It doesn’t say He keeps troubles away from us.  We are guaranteed to have troubles.  Having troubles is like spiritual exercise.  Troubled times bring either growth or destruction according to how we face and look at them.  When we face them, calling out to God, we can be assured He will give us wisdom to walk through our troubles and come trough them in victory.  Instead of complaining to others about our troubles, let our voices call out to God.  Let’s ask Him for wisdom in waling through the troubles and strengthening our faith.  Through walking through our troubles we allow God to burn more of our old nature away and reveal more of His Image within us.  The first one we should ever go to with our troubles and our victories is God.  Too often we go to others first.  When they don’t help, then we go to God.  We are to seek the council of the godly but first let’s seek the council of God.  Then we can go to the godly for confirmation of what we hear God tell us.

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March 30, 2019

As He Served

Filed under: Jesus,Lord,seder,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

John 13:15 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (NIV)

Jesus was the honored guest at the Passover Seder dinner yet He took off His robe, tied a towel around Himself and did the roll of a servant by washing the feet of the disciples.  Though He was the One Who should have been served, He did the lowliest of servings.  Then He said we are to do the same as He did.  No job is too lowly, too beneath us or too dirty for us to do.  We tried to teach of children when you see a piece of trash on the ground or floor, it doesn’t matter that you weren’t the one who dropped it there, you see it, you pick it up and dispense of it the right way.  How much more beautiful our road sides would be if we all applied that task to ourselves.  It’s the same with all other jobs.  We falsely think we are to be served by others.  We think it’s their job.  Many times we don’t even thank those who serve us.  Afterall, they get paid to do so.  Jesus, the King of All, the Son of God, the One we should serve, served us to the ultimate.  He gave His life for us.  Let us cultivate a servant’s heart in ourselves.  Let us watch and follow through where we can be of service, regardless of how inconvenient we may deem it to be.  Let us also be sure to thank those who serve us, regardless of how much they might be paid to do so.  Let us follow the example of our Lord.

March 29, 2019

Bodies Are Temples

Filed under: Creation,God,health,Holy Spirit,prayer,temple,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

1 Corinthians 6:19 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (NIV)

I was recently at a health fair.  There was a room full of tables with people representing various types of health companies and vendors.  At most of the tables there were dishes of candies, cookies, cupcakes and various other snacks.  I thought it a little strange for a health fair to have so many non-healthy enticements.  Since our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit, we should be treating our bodies with respect.  That incudes more than healthy eating.  We need to feed our bodies with good food but also with exercise and with quiet moments of meditation with God through the Holy Spirit.  So often it is the quiet moments we fail to have.  My favorite form of exercise is what I call my prayer walk.  As I walk through the neighborhood, I tell God how much I appreciate the beautiful world He created. I pray for the people in the houses as I pass.  It is a quiet time for my soul while, at the same time, it is beneficial to my body, a temple for God’s Holy Spirit.  Let us remember our bodies are on loan to us for while we walk on this earth.  Let us care for them according to how the Owner would have us do.

March 28, 2019

The Word is God

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

John 1:1 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (NIV)

In the beginning was the Word.  Words are a means of communication.  Words come from God.  God was the and is the Word.  God is the source of all communication.  Because He made man in His image man also has the ability for words.  No other creation uses words as a means of communication.  Man thinks to himself in words to understand what he himself is thinking.  Because God loves man. He sent His Word down to earth in the form of man.  He took the name of Jesus Christ in order to show us the Word, God in flesh, to communicate to us God’s very image of Love.  God is Love.  Without God love doesn’t exist.  Because God is the Word and has given us words to communicate, we must be careful with the words we speak.  God’s spoken Word is love.  Our words we speak must be word of love, never words of hate.  Our words should always be used to build others up and encourage them to receive the love of God.  As we think and speak, let us remember it is only because of the Word of God that we are able to think and communicate.  As God’s Word is full of grace and truth, so should our words ever be full of God’s grace and truth.

March 27, 2019

Engagements

Matthew 22:2 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. (NIV)

Please read the entire parable before reading this.  Engagements are a very important time of preparation for a wedding.  It takes time for 2 people, raised in different families, to really begin to know each other.  Engagements are a time to talk about issues of life that come up every day in a marriage.  While we are walking on this earth, we are in an engagement time with Jesus.  Hopefully, each and every day, through our conversations with Him in prayer and through the study and meditation on His written word, the Holy Bible, we learn a little more about Jesus each and every day.  Through our learning we learn more of how He expects us to live in union (marriage) with Him.  While we are learning to know our Lord, better, His Father is preparing a great wedding banquet for the time His Son, Jesus, returns to earth to bring His Bride (all the following believers who are In Christ) home to His Father for the great banquet.  What a wonderful time of rejoicing and celebrating that will be.  Right now, we must concentrate on knowing Jesus more and more.  That is why we have a time of engagements.  Let us do our part in learning more about Jesus while the Father does His part in preparing the wedding banquet.  As the parable says, all are invited but few accept the invitation.  Have you accepted the invitation?  The invitation reads in John 3:16.

March 26, 2019

Intellectual Interpretation

2 Corinthians 10:5 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

Many people think they are smart enough, had enough theological courses and read enough to interpret scripture on their own.  The One qualified to interpret scripture is the author, the Holy Spirit.  Apart from the Holy Spirit no physical, human intelligence can possibly interpret what is Spirit.  There is such a large amount of pride amongst intellectual scholars of God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  There is no way our finite minds, on their own, can possible correctly interpret what is written by the Spirit of God.  Unless we are in Christ Jesus and have learned to listen to the soft, gently voice of the 3rd Person of the Trinity of God, the Holy Spirit, there is no way we can fully interpret, understand and apply the principles of the Bible.  There is nothing wrong with taking theological courses and feeding our intellects but let us remember it is only through opening our intellects to the Holy Spirit that true interpretation comes.  Let us combine our finite intellects with the openness to the Holy Spirit that we can take captive every thought to make ourselves obedient to Christ.

March 25, 2019

Full Measure of Joy

Filed under: Bible,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

John 17:13 13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. (NIV)

Joy is in the Bible 222 times.  Other forms of the word joy are in the Bible 30 times.  God wants us to be joyful.  Because He wants us to be joyful, we are blessed and privileged to have the joy of Jesus in us.  Not just a little joy but a full measure of His joy within us.  We have the joy of knowing God loves us.  We have the joy of doing God’s will.  We have the joy of knowing we will be in the very reals Presence of God throughout all eternity.  Just as Peter, sitting chained up in jail was full of joy and singing even though his circumstances looked dire, we also, through any and all situations can have the joy of Jesus in us.  It’s all a matter of where we look and on what we allow our minds to dwell.  In the midst of our worldly sorrows, even through tears, we can still be filled with the Joy of our Lord.  Let us always remember, through all things, the joy of knowing God is always and will always be with us.

March 24, 2019

In Christ

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

1 Corinthians 15:22 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (NIV)

Little words are very important.  When ignored, the entire meaning of the statement can be lost.  In this verse it is the word “in.”  We can believe Christ Jesus is the Son of God, but, if we don’t allow Christ to be IN us, we are not children of God, we are not saved from eternal death – separation from God.  To have Christ IN us we must be open and accepting to the infilling of His Holy Spirit.  We must, as Christ commanded, eat of Him.  To eat of Him means we study and meditate on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God so lovingly provided for us by the Holy Spirit giving the words to listening people.  We must also enter into a 2-way conversation with Him many times daily.  Notice the conversation must be 2-ways.  We must not do all the talking.  We must take time to listen to the still, small, quiet, inner voice of the Holy Spirit.  To be IN Christ we are no longer the self-centered person but are becoming a Christ-centered person.  Let us learn to abide in Christ more and more each and every day, allowing Him to be in us as we learn to be IN Him.

March 23, 2019

Whose First

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

Notice the believers prayed for courage and strength to speak the word of God.  They didn’t pray for protection.  They didn’t pray for an easy life.  They were centered on bringing glory to God, serving Him and spreading the gospel to all as was the last command of Jesus before He returned to the Father.  Notice what happened after their prayer. Acts 4:31  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  One of the reasons we don’t see more miracles today is our self-centered prayers.  We are so good at asking for what we think we need and what we want to support our fleshly desires.  Where is our drive?  Where is our enthusiasm?  Where is our real commitment of love to share the word of God with those who don’t know, understand or accept?  Let us fight our pride of self-sufficiency and our idol of a comfortable life and really put God first above all.

March 22, 2019

Hate the Act

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:46 pm

Psalms 119:128 128 and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path. (NIV)

This is quite a statement.  The psalmist says he agrees with all God says.  For that it means we agree with all contained in the Holy Bible.  That means we don’t take out or add anything to it.  That also means we don’t redefine words to suit our own, fleshly desires.  If we are really abiding in Jesus we will agree with this statement.  If we agree with this statement, we will hate every wrong path; that is every thing that isn’t in agreement with the word of God.  At the same time, we must be sure not to hate the person who doesn’t agree with this statement.  It is the acts we hate, not the people who, though very misguided in their thinking and actions, do those acts.  It is only through our sharing the love of God that others will be able to receive His love and come into His Kingdom.  It is a difficult balance in keeping our hate for sinful acts separate from the people who do them.  The people who do them quite often think we are against them, not just their actions.  It is only through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit that we can show the love of God while at the same time standing firm against sinful acts.  Remembering we, also, are guilty of sinful acts though we falsely think our sins are not as bad as those of others.  Let us not cast stones.  Let us reach out in love and demonstrate love by our actions.

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