Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 30, 2019

Thank the Source

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Colossians 1:3-4 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people (NIV)

We all like recognition.  We like a pat on our back.  We like to be told thanks for a job well done.  Paul doesn’t do that.  He doesn’t thank other believers for the work they do because we aren’t capable of doing the work.  It is God Who does the work through us.  Paul goes right to the Source and thanks God for the work done by believers in other places.  We have a major pride problem when we think how good we are at what we do.  I’ve learned I must pray and ask God for wisdom before any project I might tackle.  I’ve learned to pray before I talk to someone about God and His gracious gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Paul warns us to pray without ceasing.  That’s about the best advice we can ever receive.  Not only should we pray for ourselves, we need to join Paul in praying for all those who are spreading the good news of the salvation available to all who will choose to believe and follow Jesus.  We don’t deserve or earn thanks and praise for being a vessel God works through.  His working through us is an undeserved privilege.  Let us thank God for those who have helped us along our way.  Let us be available to be one of those through whom God helps others.

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April 29, 2019

The Sheet

Filed under: Christ,Gentile,God,Jesus,Jew,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Acts 10:11 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. (NIV)

If you are not Jewish by birth you should join me in being thankful for this vision Peter had.  Until Peter had this vision, Jesus was only for the Jews.  But, the Jews, for the most part, refused Jesus.  This opened it up for us who are called gentiles by the Jews.  Peter was being told through his vision that Jesus came not only to God’s chosen people, the Jews, but to all people.  Peter’s vision opened the door for Paul’s ministry to the gentiles.  It took 3 times for Peter to lay down his prejudice against gentiles and realize God loves all of us.  We must consider how many times it takes God to get us to lay down our prejudice.  Do we really welcome all to hear the good news of Jesus Christ?  Do we welcome everyone into our church services?  Are we really ready to sit by anyone and talk with them?  We have a strong tendency to judge people by their clothes and their speech.  Let us allow God to remove all our prejudices from us.  Let us allow Him to love everyone through us.  Thank You, God for sending that sheet to Peter.

April 28, 2019

United in Holiness

Filed under: Christ,denomination,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

1 Corinthians 3:3-4 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? (NIV)

This still applies to so many regular, very committed church goers today.  For when one says, “I am Methodist, I am Baptist, I am Pentecostal” and on and on.  We jealousy brag about our own particular denominational choice and quarrel over the minor differences.  As a hospital chaplain, I’m often asked what church I’m with.  I never answer that question.  My answer is I believe and follow Jesus Christ, the only Son of God Who gave His life for my sins and rose from death that I may have life eternally with God.  This is what we are to be about.  We are to spread the good news of the grace and love of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let us remember, since we are the temple of God because His Holy Spirit is in us, we are holy vessels.  Let us go beyond being worldly.  Let us be united in the love of our God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

April 27, 2019

Fire

Filed under: Father,fire,God,image,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Mark 9:49 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. (NIV)

We know God created us in His Image.  However, sin distorted God’s image in us.  We are also familiar with the verses about God being the potter and we being the clay.  In order for the clay to be formed into the image the Potter desires, it must remain flexible.  We must consider how flexible are we?  Do we hang on to an idea so hard that we refuse to listen to others or be corrected when it might be wrong?  As long as the clay is flexible the potter can mold and remold the clay until the right image is seen.  But the potter doesn’t stop with the shaping.  In order for the shape to be useful, the image must go into the fire.  As the image is painted, the process of being fired must be repeated with each coat of paint.  In the process of God reshaping us into His image, we go into the fire furnace many times.  Let’s not look at those times with dread.  These are productive times when different aspects of the Image of our Father are being set into us.  As the sinful aspects of our image are burned away, the righteous aspects of God are burned into existence in us.

April 26, 2019

Love Personified

Filed under: denomination,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 14:1 1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. (NIV)

This is why there are so many denominations.  We think everyone should totally agree with what we think and/or believe.  We dispute over how communion is served.  We dispute over how, when or if one is baptized.  We dispute over so many things.  What we are to agree on is God sent His Word, Jesus, to become as man to demonstrate His love for us, show and teach us how to live, die on the cross for our sin and rise back to full life to give us eternity with God.  That is what matters.  Let’s not get into disputes with how others express their beliefs in how to demonstrate God’s love and how to worship Him.  We are to show love to one another.  It is love for and of God and through Him for all His creation included our fellow human beings, regardless of what they believe or how they live.  God is love.  We are created in His Image, therefore we must also be love personified.

April 25, 2019

Productive Time

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Time,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Psalms 63:6 6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. (NIV)

On nights we find it hard to sleep how do we use our sleepless time?  Do we stress over our next day’s schedule or the problems we faced during the previous day?  Let’s turn our sleepless times into productive times.  Let’s make them our quiet times to remember all God has done for us.  Let’s use the time to praise Him.  I find myself suddenly singing praises to God when I can’t sleep.  It is a wonderful time because there are no interruptions.  It’s a wonderful time of being alone with the One Who loves us most.  It is a time when our ears can be totally tuned to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit within us.  It really is my favorite time of the day.  Even with little sleep on those nights I find myself totally refreshed with the beautiful time of one on One with my Father, God.  Give it a try.  I’m pretty sure you’ll like it.

April 24, 2019

Subject to Authority

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Romans 13:1-2 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV)

This is not happening in many countries including the United States.  In our sinful nature we have become so prideful and independent that we refuse to be subjected to the authority of another when we have a different outlook than they do.  God didn’t say to be subject to them only when we agree with them.  He said to be subject to our governing authorities.  The only exception is when the authorities disagree with the word of God.  Those in the United States know what is going on with many of our government leaders.  So many of them act more immature than spoiled children.  What we can do about it is pray for those who have broken any semblance of respect for the various offices of government.  Pray for those who are in authority over us will come to know God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Pray this, not for our country but for the love of God Who desires not a single one be lost from knowing Him.

April 23, 2019

Our Use

Filed under: gender,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 9:20-21 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?  (NIV)

Much is being debated about people who want to change the gender of their birth.  We read here we are not to argue or talk back to God.  He is the creator.  He chooses the gender of our birth.  Choosing to change our gender is like a slap in the face of God.  God places in each individual a specific purpose.  Our trying to change who we were born to be will produce a life of struggle against what God has chosen for us.  We can apply this to even more than gender.  Some want to be a different race.  Some want to look or sound different than they are.  We need to learn to accept with joy what God has created and seek to find His purpose in us as we walk through this life.  There is a saying, “bloom where you are panted.”  We need to learn to bloom as we were created.  Each one of us is the “only me God has” and no one else can ever take our place.  It is a joy learning to meet the real “me” as we look in the face of our Savior.  Our “use” is in the hands of our Creator.  Let us fulfill our “use” through Him through the power of His Holy Spirit within us.

April 22, 2019

The Right Time

Filed under: Christ,God,praise,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Romans 5:6 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (NIV)

In college English I was told the first sentence of each paragraph is one of the 2 most important, the other being the last sentence.  I never really noticed this phrase, “at just the right time,” before.  Everything God does is at just the right time.  He doesn’t explain to us the timing.  We are to trust as a child has to trust their parents.  Children are eager for things to happen quickly.  When they ask their parents, “when,” their parents say when it is the right time.  God’s concept of time is very different from ours.  To Him 1000 years can be one day or one day 1000 years.  We can’t possibly comprehend how many things must be coordinated for various things to happen.  We, just as a child waiting for Christmas or birthday, get quite impatient.  Sometimes we even think God must not care or didn’t hear or know of our problem.  We start to complain.  I’ve learned to ask one time and then the rest of the time I thank God He heard me and is in the process of bringing it about into my time and space.  Let’s remember Who is in control and knows when the right time is and practice thanking and praising while we wait.

April 21, 2019

Empty is Exciting

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 am

John 20:1-2 ​1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Picture yourself going to the cemetery where your love one is buried and finding the grave dug up and no casket.  How would you feel.  Imagine hoe the 3 women and the 2 disciples felt when they found the tomb open and empty.  It was very important to properly prepare a body for burial and they hadn’t had time earlier so they wanted to do it now.  What a shock.  They were still in shock from the crucifixion.  How could they handle anything else?  Most of them returned to the others but Mary stayed.  She was too devastated to leave.  Then Jesus said her name.  She knew immediately Who called her.  What an emotional ride that must have been.  As we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus today, we, for the most part don’t get so excited.  We tend to forget it is like an anniversary celebration.  I know with me and mine, each increasing number became more exciting for so many around us don’t make it very long.  Just because we have known about the resurrection, just because we actually celebrate it every day in some form, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t get excited on Easter and show our excitement.  Hopefully today we are each excited enough to tell someone He is still alive.  Jesus is alive in us through His Holy Spirit and we are alive in Him.

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