Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 29, 2020

Joined Together

Filed under: body,God,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ephesians 4:16 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.  (NIV)

Ephesians 5:15-16 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.  (NIV)

Yesterday I sounded off because I am in the senior group and didn’t like the attitude of someone dear to me.  That person misinterpreted what President Trump was saying and trying to do.  If we would all live by the above verses we wouldn’t have to shut down the country.  Each person is important and needed to do their part.  There are no insignificant parts to life on this earth.  God has a purpose for each and every individual and those purposes are linked together, held together by each and every person.  We fail to grow and build up in love when even one person doesn’t do what God designed that person to do.  Instead of pointing fingers, we are each responsibility for our own individual part, allowing it to join with all the other parts.  Regardless of any trial we might face, we are told to make the most of every opportunity.  We must ask, are we numbered with the complainers and nay sayers or are we making the most of whatever opportunities present themselves.

February 9, 2020

Living In Us

Filed under: Bible,body,Church,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,temple,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Romans 12:1 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  (NIV)

We tend to forget our physical bodies contain the Holy Spirit.  It seems we take more care with the condition of our church buildings and our houses than we do our bodies.  As I walked the aisles of a mega-store I noticed everything in the middle of the aisles, all the products they were featuring and trying to get us to buy, were not healthy items.  When is the last time we’ve seen fresh apples or some other healthy and nutritious food featured in a center aisle?  Satan loves it.  Keep temptations in front of our eyes and make it seem normal to indulge.  We must learn to treat our bodies as we would the body of our Lord and Savior.  We are accountable for the condition of our bodies, minds and spirit.  Let’s feed our bodies with healthy, nutritious food, our mind take in healthy, uplifting information and our spirits drink thirstily from the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let’s have the Holy Spirit living in a temple fitting for Him.

February 2, 2020

Communion

Filed under: blood,body,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Luke 22:19 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  (NIV)

Today we share communion, the breaking of bread and drinking of the cup.  I sang a song I wrote many years ago.  The words are as follows (These words are copywrite)

 

No fancy statues, no monuments tall

To remember the Savior Who died for us all.

Just two simple elements, that’s all we need

To remember our Jesus our Lord and our King.

As they were eating He took up the bread,

He blessed it and broke it and gave it and said,

This is My body, take it and eat.

It’s broken for you in remembrance of Me.

After the bread He took up the cup

He blessed it and gave it to all and said.

This is My blood, the new covenant.

Take it and drink it be free from your sins.

Lord Jesus, I thank You for taking my place.

For giving Your body to strengthen my faith.

Lord Jesus I thank You for spilling Your blood.

It cleanses and washes and makes me God’s child.

Just two simple elements, that’s all it takes.

Take them and eat them and drink them in faith.

The Lord will sustain you and cleanse all your sins.

He wants to be in you, oh let Him come in.

He wants to be in you, your Lord and your King.

September 25, 2019

Not Canabilism

Filed under: Bible,body,confess,forgive,God,God's Word,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

John 6:53 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  (NIV)

That does sound cannibalistic.  How are we to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus?  We eat by delving deeply into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must more than read it to eat it.  We must study it, meditate on it and put it securely into our minds for total recall.  We drink His blood through continually confessing our sins, asking forgiveness, accepting forgiveness and repenting – turning our back on each sinful habit.  Drinking in His forgiveness after we have confessed is drinking His blood which was shed for the forgiveness of our sin of separation from God.  The eating and drinking is a daily thing not intended to be saved for what we call the Lord’s supper or communion.  Those elements are a symbol of what we are to do daily in eating and drinking of Jesus.  No matter how much we eat His body, the written word of God we can never get too full.  Let us make the eating and drinking of Jesus a daily practice.

August 19, 2019

Gathering Together

Filed under: body,Christ,Church,encouragement,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Hebrews 10:23-25 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

I like how the Message interprets these verses. So let’s do it—full of belief, confident that we’re presentable inside and out.  Let’s keep a firm grip on the promises that keep us going.  He always keeps his word.  Let’s see ow inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.   I especially like the part of being inventive.  So very often, in most of our churches, the order of worship and the things said are the same week after week.  This probably has a part in why the overall attendance in churches is steadily declining.  People are bored and see no advantage in gathering together for worship.  In the church where I am currently attending, we have to stay on our toes so to speak.  The order for worship varies from week to week.  That means we can’t worship as an automatic reflex.  We must think about what we are doing and saying.  We have a time of updating each other on prayer needs and encouraging one another in our various walks.  We can’t be a true part of the body of Christ if we avoid being with the other parts of His body.  In other words, if we aren’t fully involved in a local church group, we are not functioning in the body of Christ.  We are not meant and cannot do it alone.  If you aren’t already involved in a local church group, find a church that believes and practices the message of the Holy Bible and become a real and active part that the part of His body you are can function with the other parts of His body and become whole.

August 11, 2019

All Parts Needed

Filed under: body,Christ,Church,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Ephesians 4:16  From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by ever supporting ligament.  The pr9per working of each individual part produces the body’s growth, for building itself up in love. (Tree of Life Version)

So often we have the attitude, “Let someone else do it.”  In our local churches we expect the church staff to do all the work.  We might think we aren’t very important in the scheme of things.  No believer is insignificant in the Body of Christ.  Each member is a very important and integral part in the working of God’s Kingdom on earth.  Just like our physical body, if one arm isn’t working the body is handicapped.  The same is true with the Body of Christ – the entire group of believers.  You, reader, are very important to the entire working for the glory of God.  Your function may change from time to time, but you are uniquely equipped by God through the Holy Spirit to function in a particular way for the building of God’s family.  For a time it may be to pass out bulletins to people as the enter for worship on Sunday.  You may be the first person that greets them with a smile and a loving word.  It was a lady’s smile that brought me into God’s family.  I think of that precious lady often.  To the casual observer, she was just an elderly lady sitting quietly in the congregation.  To me she was a life saver.  Don’t ever think that who you are an what you do or say isn’t as important as the most famous expounder of the word of God.  All parts of the body are needed in each of their unique ways.

July 14, 2019

On Our Account

Filed under: body,Christ,Christian,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (NIV)

I used to pray for Jesus to come quickly until I realized how selfish that is.  I know quite a few people that don’t acknowledge Who Jesus is.  They have no relationship with God.  I’m glad God is what seems slow to us in keeping His promise of Jesus coming for His Bride (the body of believers).  I’m glad He is patient with me.  I’m glad He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  But just being glad is not enough.  Just wanting others to believer is not enough.  We must take an active part in showing them the love of God so they will want to believe.  We do that through our words and our actions.  When they see us driving in traffic what do they see?  When they see us standing in a long line at a store, what do they see?  As believers we are to act as Jesus did when walking this earth.  Let us learn to take this seriously.  In the 80’ the big thing was “What would Jesus do?”  Before we act or speak, let us ask the Holy Spirit within us what Jesus wants us to do or say.”  Let none be lost on our account.

July 11, 2019

Blendin

Filed under: body,Christ,gifts,God,ministry,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

1 Corinthians 12:12 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (NIV)

Being in a choir, orchestra or band is a good training ground for how to function in the Body of Christ.  As believers, we are all members of one body.  In a choir or orchestra or band we are each part of one group.  We are to sing or play as one.  There are times when one particular part is to stand out above the others but, for the most part, all parts should blend as one.  We, as sinful humans like to shine out as individuals.  We want to be the one who is noticed.  We want to be known as better than other at what we do.  This is contrary to the body of Christ.  There are times when certain parts of the body of Christ believers are to stand out more than other parts but, for the most part, we are to blend our ministries and gifts.  Our purpose is to glorify God through Jesus Christ.  That is the purpose of each and everyone of us.  Through that glorifying we are to encourage others to come into the family of the body of Christ.  It is not a contest to see who can bring in the most people.  It is not a contest to see who has the most important “job” or position.  It is not a competition to see who shines the most.  We are a family of blended voices, talents, gifts in order to glorify God as the Bride of Christ.  Next time we find we want to be noticed, lets remember we are part of the Bride of Christ and it is the entire Bride of Christ to be noticed.  Yes, we are each a unique part of His Body, yet in our uniqueness we are to blend with the others parts (members).

July 7, 2019

Family of God

Filed under: body,Christ,denomination,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:31 pm

Ephesians 4:4 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  (NIV)

Just as there are different circles of family groups: the immediate, the 3 generational, the clan of relatives, yet they are all family, there are different circles of the family of God.  We call them local church, denominations and the entire body of Christ.  We always don’t act like a living family.  Sometimes we act like we’re in competition with one another.  When we read on in Ephesians and throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we are told over and over to bear with one another, to get along with one another.  It’s hard for some immediate families to do this and seems even harder for the Family of God to do this.  It starts with just one person who is determined to choose love, patience and the grace of God to swallow the sin of pride and self-righteousness and determine to get along with all of God’s children.  Let us each be that one.  The Family of God will be much more inviting for others to come into our family if they could only see more love, patience and grace actually practiced in our family.

July 4, 2019

Speak Slow

Filed under: body,Christ,Church,denomination,Family,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Ephesians 4:4 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  (NIV)

Just as there are different circles of family groups: the immediate, the 3 generational, the clan of relatives, yet they are all family, there are different circles of the family of God.  We call them local church, denominations and the entire body of Christ.  We always don’t act like a living family.  Sometimes we act like we’re in competition with one another.  When we read on in Ephesians and throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we are told over and over to bear with one another, to get along with one another.  It’s hard for some immediate families to do this and seems even harder for the Family of God to do this.  It starts with just one person who is determined to choose love, patience and the grace of God to swallow the sin of pride and self-righteousness and determine to get along with all of God’s children.  Let us each be that one.  The Family of God will be much more inviting for others to come into our family if they could only see more love, patience and grace actually practiced in our family.

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