Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 29, 2020

Little Things

Filed under: Bible,body,Father,God,holy,Holy Spirit,love,Obey,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 14:23 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  (NIV)

If we can’t obey God in the small things, there is no way we will be able to obey Him in the bigger things.  Each one of us has different things we consider easy and small versus big and hard.  We need to start with the things we consider as easy.  I find it easy to pray/talk with God throughout my day.  For me talking with God as I walk through my day as natural as breathing.  From time to time I find it hard to have the discipline to care for my body in the right way.  My body contains God’s Holy Spirit, and as such, I should always take proper care to maintain it in good health through eating right and exercising right.  That might seem like a little thing to you.  It may even be that exercise has become the most important thing in your life.  We must be careful with our priorities.  As we read and study the Holy Bible, let’s pay attention to all the things God tells us we should be doing and make note of the things we need to improve on.  It doesn’t matter if it seems to be of very little importance.  Little things add up to big things.  Let’s learn to walk in loving obedience in all we think, say and do.

May 22, 2020

Heavenly Bodies

Filed under: Bible,body,disciples,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 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)

Many are afraid of cremation.  There is no reason to fear what happens to our physical bodies.  It isn’t our physical bodies that will be resurrected.  It is our spirits.  Our spirits will be given a new, heavenly body.  Our physical bodies, in relation to our heavenly bodies, are like a seed.  The seed bears no resemblance to what the dead seed becomes as it burst into life.  We can’t see what a tomato looks like from looking at a tomato seed.  Will we recognize one-another in our new, heavenly bodies?  Yes.  We recognize the spirit of one-another just as the disciples recognized Moses and Elijah on the mountain as they talked with Jesus.  Yes, right now, as we walk this earth, our physical bodies are important and need to be taken proper care, but we must remember our spirits are of much more importance.  It is very important we take care to feed and strengthen our spirits through meditation and study on the scriptures, the Holy Bible, and through 2-way conversation (prayer) with our heavenly Father.  Let us be sure to properly feed our spirit.

May 8, 2020

Flight Plan

Proverbs 1:2 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;  (NIV)

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  (NIV)

A few days ago, the Blue Angels did a formation fly over over Houston in honor of the medical profession.  Their formation was in the shape of the medical symbol.  What thrilled me the most was the tail plane pilot who had a body cam on him so we could see the entire formation through his window.  We could also see his hands on the steering wheel and his feet on the pedals.  From the ground the planes seem to be flying very smoothly and effortlessly.  When the tale plane’s camera we could see tremendous vibration.  His hands never left the steering wheel and he was continuously making little adjustments.  His feet were also busy pushing and releasing pedals.  To fly in such a close formation, 18 inches apart at wing tip, required complete concentration with no distractions. They are told to keep their sight on the star (on the wing tip).   We are called to live like we are flying.  Our star, the point we are to always keep in our sight, is God.  We have the scriptures, the Holy Bible, as our steering wheel.  We must keep our mind on the words in the scriptures and make little adjustments to our words, our thinking and our actions.  When we delay those little adjustments, we find a major adjustment is needed.  Our attention to needed adjustments is normally unexpected trials that capture our attention.  Just as the pilots needed a lot of schooling to learn to fly their planes, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to school us through the scriptures so we can learn to apply them to our flight on this earth.  The formations for our earthly flight is in the shape of a cross.  It is both vertical and horizontal.  We look vertically for our flight plans and fly conjunction horizontally with other believers as we are all different parts of the one body.  Let us fly well and safely.

April 13, 2020

Within Us

John 20:29 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  (NIV)

The tomb was empty.  Then Jesus appeared.  Could they believe their eyes and their ears?  They saw Him die on the cross.  They saw the blood and water come out of His body when a spear was pushed into Him.  They saw Him put into the tomb and a big rock put in the opening to seal the tomb.  They saw guards at the tomb to be sure His body remained in the tomb.  Yet, here He stood, speaking to them.  He even offered for Thomas to touch His hands and look at the nail holes in His feet.  They had no choice but to believe.  Jesus spent the next 40 days with His disciples and with others continuing to teach them and tell them about the Holy Spirit the Father would be sending in His place.  We can’t physical Him nor can we audibly hear Him.  Yet Jesus said those who believe and can’t see or hear are even more blessed than those who had that experience.  We see through our faith with spiritual eyes.  We see all the effects His love does in our physical world.  We hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit.  We can feel His presence because we have been blessed to come to know Jesus, the risen savior, Who loved us so very much as to pout off His God-nature and put on our nature so He could take our sin on Himself, pay the penalty, die to defeat death and give us everlasting life in the very real presence of God the Father.  Yes, Easter Sunday is over but through the Holy Spirit we have Jesus in us each and every day.  That’s so much better than only getting to see Him physically from time to time.  Let us not enjoy having the presence of Jesus in us, let us share that joy with all we meet.

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.

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