Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2019

In the Flesh

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Romans 8:5 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (NIV)

By the word, flesh, Paul doesn’t mean our physical bodies.  He is talking about the materialistic world in which we live.  Let us say we want to buy a boat or new drapes or anything else but decide to do that we can’t give our tithe for a month or two.  This is walking according to the flesh.  Anything that puts following the precepts of God behind any other desire is walking in the flesh.  There is a new movement now called minimalism.  The reasons are as varied as the people in this movement.  When the reason is only for more money to do more things considered fun it is a fleshly reason.  When the reason is not being entrapped by too much requiring our attention, thus competing with our time to fulfill the ministry God has given us we are endeavoring to walk in the Spirit.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us keep our priorities in order.  It’s okay to have what we call our creature or fleshly comforts as long as we are still putting God first in our minds, hearts and lives.

May 30, 2019

One Thousand Years

Filed under: forgive,God,grace,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

2 Peter 3:8 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (NIV)

This verse is not easily understood.  We are locked into our physical time and space.  God isn’t.  God is all eternity.  One thing we can learn from this verse is what we do or say in one day, even in one moment of a day, can last and does last into eternity.  Words and actions can’t be taken back.  We all have things we regret saying or doing.  Those things can be forgiven by God when we ask.  It takes God’s grace and mercy to erase those from eternity.  God doesn’t force others to erase those things from their memories.  They can only fade as we appropriate God’s forgiveness through us on others.  Sometimes we end the day saying, “Whew.  I’m glad this day is over.”  The physical day may be over but what we said and did could last into eternity.  Let us be mindful and careful with our words and actions.

May 29, 2019

Physical Limitations

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,image,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

We are confused as to what the image of God is.  We think His image is our physical bodies.  Our physical bodies are just the temporary container of God’s Image.  Our creation wasn’t complete, wasn’t in God’s image until God breathed His breath of life into us.  How does the image of God look?  For that we must looks at the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. Take time right now to look them up and work on memorizing those verses.  Our physical bodies, the containers for God’s image, can be in any form or shape but we must be sure we allow the image of God to show through our bodies.  Jonnie Erickson Tata is a prime example of the image of God.  She is a quadriplegic yet she displays the image of God in spite of the condition of her physical body.  Yes, we are to take care of our container, our physical bodies, so they can house the image of God within them.  Our physical bodies might limit what we can physically do but, when we belong to God, His image in us cannot be limited by our physical limitations but only by our willingness to allow His image to show in and through us or choosing to be full of physical self.  Let us remember Whose we are and allow Him to shine forth through our words, actions and attitudes.

May 28, 2019

Ministers

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,God,God's Word,Jesus,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ Jesus, write this letter to all the Christians in Philippi, pastors and ministers included.  (The Message Bible)

I enjoy reading the Message Bible just for pleasure, not as a study Bible.  This verse really captured my attention.  So many Christians think it is the paid Pastor’s job to minister to the people.  This verse demonstrates some are pastors but all are ministers.  We all, as joint heirs with Jesus Christ, are to minister His Word, the Good News of God’s love, mercy, grace and salvation, to all we meet.  The Pastor’s job is to feed the flock and encourage the flock so they (we) are equipped to go out and minister to the population.  Being a Christian is not a Sunday only job.  Being a Christian, unlike religions of the world, is a way of life.  Being a Christian is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week ever going, non-stopping way of life.  We must ask if we are fully involved and participating in the ministry of being a Christian, a believing follower of God’s Word, His only Son, Jesus Christ and following the example Jesus set for us when He put on the human body form and walked this earth.

May 27, 2019

Learn from the Past

Filed under: Christians,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Ezekiel 22:7-8 7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths. (NIV)

God’s word to people and nations in the past also applies to us now.  As we read these verses we can see our own nation and culture going the same way.  Parents are being stripped of their parental rights in the way they raise and teach their children.  Immigrants (foreigners) are separated from their children and housed in very poor conditions.  Symbols of Christianity are being outlawed.  Children are forced to recite things against their beliefs.  We could go on and on.  The question is, what are we going to do about it.  If we sit silent and do nothing we must read on in Ezekiel and see how God disciplined those in Ezekiel’s time.  Our first and strongest weapon of defense which is actually an offence weapon is prayer.  It is the prayer of believers and followers of Christ Jesus that connect with the power in heaven.  Daniel’s prayer is a good example of that connection.  Along with prayer we must be willing to stand firm, speak out and follow the precepts of God.  Let us learn from those in the past.  Let us stand up for our freedom to worship God and to share His word with others.

May 26, 2019

By Our Self

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

Wow.  Here is the Word of God, God’s only begotten Son saying He can’t do anything in and of Himself.  It is only what He sees His Father doing that enables Him to do it.  Since that is true of Jesus, the second person of the Triune God, how much more is it true of us.  We might say it isn’t fair.  There’s no way we can see what the Father does.  That isn’t accurate.  We see through the reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God has so lovingly provided for us.  We see through the testimonies of others as they share what God has done for, in and through them.  We see through reflecting on what God has done in, for and through us.  Our problem is paying attention rather than making the false assumption we can do it by our self.  No matter what the task is at hand, let us always ask God for the wisdom in how to address it.

May 25, 2019

Tunnel Vision

Filed under: bless,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 9:23 23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV)

We are not very good at denying ourselves.  Let’s say we are about to leave our house to go out and have a relaxing dinner.  The phone rings, we almost ignore it but decided to answer it.  It is a friend who really needs someone to come over and listen and talk.  We really want to go out and enjoy the dinner so we put the friend off and say we will come over the next day.  We don’t like to be inconvenienced from our own plans.  Because of this we miss a lot of what I like to call divine interruptions.  These are events given to us by God allowing Him to work through us.  God will use someone else when we ignore His calling on us but we are the ones who will miss a blessing.  We need to be always ready to see and hear any opportunity God gives us to be a vessel for Him.  I don’t like to shop.  When I have to go to the store, I have tunnel vision.  I see or hear no one.  My goal is to get what I need as quickly as I can and get out of the store.  God has been dealing with me on my tunnel vision.  I have been blessed many times being able to stand in a store aisle and pray with someone or give someone some much needed money.  The only tunnel vision we should have is the tunnel vision on the movement of God and how He might flow through us.  This is denying our self, taking up the cross of what might be an inconvenience or interruption of pre-made plans and following His lead in allowing God to flow through us.

May 24, 2019

Pride

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
What was the mindset of Christ Jesus?  Let us continue with the next few verses. (Philippians 2:6-8 NIV)  6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross.  Lucifer was cast out heaven because of pride, the pride of wanting to be equal if not greater than God.  It was with that same motivation he was able to tempt Eve and Adam.  Ever since mankind has been pulled away from God with mankind’s own pride.  Before any of us think pride is not our problem, how many times have we been disappointed because something “good” we did didn’t get what we considered to be the appropriate acknowledgement?  In our sinful nature we don’t want to consider ourselves as being nothing in and of ourselves.  We want to be served rather than to serve.  We want an easy life rather than a life that would glorify God if in glorifying God means suffering in any way.  The only way we can become close to having the same mindset as Christ Jesus is through the power of the Holy Spirit.  In and of ourselves it is impossible.  Let us open ourselves up to the power of the Holy Spirit and give Him free reign in our mind and our lives.  Let us remember without God and His mercy, love and power we couldn’t even take our next breath.

May 23, 2019

Well Rooted

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Psalms 1:2-3 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NLV)

We had black walnut trees on some property we had.  Black walnut trees don’t bear many nuts until they are about 60 ft tall.  Their seasons of bearing fruit don’t begin until the trees are mature enough and deeply rooted.   Sometimes we wonder why we aren’t bear much fruit for God.  It is because we are not deeply rooted.  To dig our roots deep we must meditate on God’s word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  We must put His Word deeply into our minds and hearts.  We must allow the water of the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us as we read, study, meditate and memorize the written word of God which He so lovingly provided for us through those who were deeply rooted.  A good barometer of how well our roots are doing is how fruitful we are being.  The fruits we should be bearing are (Galatians 5:22-23)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  When we lack one of these fruits it is time to check on our feeding of our roots.  Let us take good care of our roots so we can be fruitful for the glory of our God.

May 22, 2019

Choose Joy

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 51:12 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)

So many people confuse joy with happiness.  Joy comes from God.  Joy is knowing the salvation which comes from God through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  Knowing we, if we have asked Jesus to be the Lord and Redeemer of our life, have the salvation only He can give, fills us with the joy of knowing we will forever be living in the Presence of God.  Happiness comes as a temporary emotion from external circumstances.  A new pair of shoes may bring us happiness for a sort while.  Happiness comes and goes but joy lasts for eternity.  We have a choice.  We can choose to receive and live in the joy that is from God or we can choose to ignore that joy and vainly seek fleeting happiness.  The choice is ours.  Let us choose to be joyful.

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