Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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July 12, 2019

Two-Way Conversation

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

Habakkuk 1:2 2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save? (NIV)

A good example of how a conversation can go between mankind and God is this book of Habakkuk.  Though it has a prophecy, it is basically the account of a conversation Habakkuk had with God.  Habakkuk wanted to understand why it appeared God wasn’t doing anything.  At first Habakkuk couldn’t understand.  He didn’t give up.  Habakkuk kept asking questions until he understood God is God and God has His way.  Most often we believers in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, go to other believers or other sources with our questions.  We think asking God those questions is a sign of lack of faith or unreverent.  God is our Father.  Fathers want us to go to them with their children’s questions.  I encourage you to prayerfully read all of Habakkuk.  It’s a very short book.  Besides being an example of how to have a conversation with God, it is also an example of how God uses something that is very evil and against God to correct and bring back into fellowship believers who have appeared to lose their way.

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 10, 2019

James and the Church Family

James 1:1 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings. (NIV)

I like the introduction to James in “The Message” translation of the Holy Bible.  James was a half-brother of Jesus.  He grew up with Him.  As per normal human behavior, we tend to think more critically of those closest to us even though we love them.  James grew up not believing Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Jesus showed Himself to James after His resurrection.  We all must believe in the resurrected Jesus to be a Christian believer.

When Christian belivers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does.  Outsiders, and labels them a such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised.  It’s simiar with sinners outside the church. (The Message Bible)

James deals with the various problems pastors have in discerning, confronting and dealing with the normal problems of sin in the body of believers.  Each of us, from time to time, are part of those problems.  Let us look to our own words and actions rather than judging the words and actions of others in our church family.  Let us be an active participant in the gathering together for worship which includes encouraging others and helping others rather than judging and criticizing.

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 5, 2019

Just as Christ

Filed under: Christ,denomination,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 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.

July 3, 2019

Testing the Spirits

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,marriage,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

1 John 4:1-3 1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.   (NIV)

We must remember there is a spiritual world with many different spirits.  All of the spirits clamor for our attention.  There is only One spirit we are to heed.  The Holy Spirit.  Everything the Holy Spirit says to us is in total agreement with the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Anything that contradicts the words in the Bible, anything that changes the definition of those words, is not the Holy Spirit but one of the spirits from Satan’s domain.  There is one denomination taking a vote to change the definition of marriage from a union between a man and woman to a union between 2 individuals.  That is not in agreement with the definition of marriage given to us in the Holy Bible.  I’m sure you are tired of my always saying how important it is for us to really know the words in the Holy Bible but it is really that important.  As we draw closer and closer to the return of Jesus for His Bride  (the believers in Him) the voices of the evil spirits will be louder and louder and the cultural pressure for believers to join in with the way of the evil spirits will be greater and greater.  While we have the freedom, let’s really put the words of scripture deeply into our minds and hearts.

July 1, 2019

Fellowship

Filed under: Christ,commandment,Father,fellowship,glory,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

1 John 1:3 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (NIV)

We use the word fellowship in several different ways.  What does it mean to have fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ?  To be in fellowship with God we live in the knowledge of His will.  We agree with His commandments and all He does.  We share in His love for His creation.  We enjoy being in His presence. All of these are in various verses of the Holy Bible.  I encourage you to to a word search on “fellowship” to learn more of what it means to fellowship with God.  Having knowledge of what is included in fellowship will help us see what areas we are not truly fellowship with God.  We all have special groups of people with whom we enjoy fellowship from time to time.  Our fellowship with them is not all-inclusive.  Let us learn to be all-inclusive with our fellowship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

June 24, 2019

Faith or Knowledge

Filed under: Christ,faith,God,Jesus,knowledge,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Timothy 6:20-21 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith  (NIV)

We are a people who seek knowledge.  This is evidence by all the different news medias and internet communication groups.  We always want to be the ones “in the know.”  Knowledge of God won’t save us.  Knowledge that Jesus is the Son of God, came to earth as a baby, died on the cross and came back to life wont save us.  Satan has that knowledge.  The only thing that can give us eternal life with God, the only way into the presence of God is through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  This relationship is only possible through faith; a faith that more than knows, a faith that believes, that trusts completely.  A faith that trusts to the extent of giving up one’s power of direction of their own life and entrusting that direction to Jesus.  This is the difference between religion and Christianity.  Religion is man’s efforts to reach up to God or come perceived higher power.  Christianity is a personal, one on one relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.   It is only through such faith that knowledge can produce results and change lives.  Yes, we should seek knowledge but only through the power of our faith in Jesus.

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