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 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.

June 28, 2019

Tithe First

Filed under: Christian,commands,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Deuteronomy 14:22 22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (NIV)

Luke 18:12 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  (NIV)

The command to tithe is in the Old Testament.  Why do we need to tithe since we no longer are following the sacrifices and many other things commanded in the Old Testament?  God doesn’t need our tithe.  God already owns all that is.  We need to tithe to remind us that all we have is from God.  The tithe is considered to be 10% of our income (from whatever source we get our income today).  That leaves 90%, the majority of our income up to our discretion.  Hopefully we will use some of that as offerings to further the Kingdom News on this earth.  The habit of tithing teaches us discipline in what God has entrusted to us.  To me, tithing is a privilege.  I’m privilege God allows me to be part of His work in spreading the Good News of His love and His desire for us to know His love for us.  Tithing is easy.  Other disciplines are harder.  The discipline of reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word, the Holy Bible each and every day is harder than the discipline of tithing.  The discipline of taking more than a quick moment to say a prayer, but to really take time to listen is harder than the discipline of tithing.  Yet, it surprises me how many people who claim to be Christians, do not tithe but spend most of their money, get into debt and say they don’t have enough money to tithe.  May I encourage those of you who have not developed this discipline to do so.  Make that 10% the first thing you give before spending on other things.  Not because you have been told God promised to give back to you 10 fold, but because you love God and want to acknowledge not only with your mouth that God is God and owns everything but you also want to attest to that knowledge with your financial assets.

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 13, 2019

God’s Counsel

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Psalms 81:11-12 11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. 12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. (KJV)

These verses apply to more than Israel.  In the United States we are going after our own heart’ lust.  We think we, each individual of we, think we know what is best and what we think is right for us is right for everyone else.  People are telling us we must teach our young children they can choose what gender they want to be before they are even mature enough to understand what gender is.  We are making laws that make it leagel to kill a new born baby claiming it isn’t really a person if we don’t really like how the baby developed.  We are editing the Holy Bible to take out anything we don’t like with our own lustful hearts and minds.  We are even considering making the Holy Bible banned from school grounds and maybe eventually anyplace.  Read what God allowed to fall upon Israel during Old Testament times.  That nation eventually disappeared and didn’t come back until not too very many decades ago.  God will allow us to go our own way but He will also allow us to bear the consequences of our decisions and actions.  Christians, we must get own our needs and pray.  Then we must get on our feet, open our mouths, speak and take an active part in how our government and our culture runs.  Let us listen and put into action the perfect counsel of God.

April 19, 2019

The Crowd

Filed under: Christian,Christians,healing,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Matthew 27:23 23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him (NIV)

Let’s look at the crowd.  It was only a week ago they were lined on both sides of the road waving palm branches and shouting praises to Jesus.  They were rejoicing in the One they expected to bring them freedom.  They are some of the ones who had been healed by Him.  They listened to His parables and teaching.  Now they were waving their fists and shouting, “Crucify Him.”  Crowd mentality is an interesting subject.  When in a crowd we start acting like herd animals.  We want to blend in with the crowd.  We want to agree with the majority.  We see this mentality on major shopping days.  It only takes one person to grab an item before others join in and fights begin.  We must ask ourselves if we have ever gone with the crowd when part of us knew that wasn’t the right thing to do.  It takes courage to stand up for what is right when others are shouting and proclaiming what is wrong.  We must ask ourselves what we would do if we were in that crowd on that Friday?  Do we know where we stand?  Do we keep silent in the presence of those who speak against Christians?  Let us speak out in love.  Let us make sure others know we accept them, just not their values.

February 20, 2019

Value

Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

January 30, 2019

Breath of God

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:23 pm

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (NIV)

We can go a few weeks without food.  We can go a few days without water.  We can’t go but a few minutes without breathing air.  So many professing Christians go days, some even weeks without spiritual air.  God breathed His air into scripture.  We need to breathe in the God-breathed scripture every day.  Without breathing in the air of God we aren’t equipped for any good work.  Without breathing in the air of God our spirits will die.  This is why so many of these devotions state how very important it is for us to read, study and meditate on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  It is more than food for us.  It is the very breath of God needed to sustain our spiritual lives.

October 13, 2018

Faith Expressed

Filed under: Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Galatians 5:6 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (NIV)

Being a Christian isn’t about religion – a following of rules.  It is about a relationship with God through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  This relationship is based on faith.  Faith in God’s great love for us; so great that He sent Jesus to earth to suffer on the cross so we would no longer have to do all the sacrifices described in the Bible but that through the one sacrifice of Jesus our sins are forgiven for all of eternity.  But, if we don’t live out and express this faith through love, it is nothing.  God is love.  Any expression of God must be done in love.  Love doesn’t coerce or force.  Love nurtures.  If we see our life, our testimony isn’t bearing fruit, we must check to see if our faith is immersed in the love of God and expressed in our love for God and for fellow mankind.  The characteristics of this love are found in 1 Corinthians 13.  Read them daily putting our own name in the place of love and see how we come out.  It can be very revealing.

October 8, 2018

Households

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Acts 16:34 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. (NIV)

Have you noticed how many times in the New Testament, when someone accepts Jesus, they bring their entire household into acceptance also?  Households were unified in their love for God.  Today there are more households separated in their beliefs than there are unified.  We preach individualism today.  We are told to let our children make up their own minds about what to believe and how to live.  This has been carried to such an extreme people get reported for teaching their children the Bible.  It is past time for believers to stand firm.  We need to trust God and be bold. But we must do it in love, not condemnation.  Some have given Christians a bad image through their pointing out things in a condemning way rather than loving people into the Kingdom.  Let us learn to reach out in love while standing firm for God through Jesus.  Let us courageously raise our children and grandchildren to love the Lord with all their mind, strength and might and their neighbor as themselves.

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