Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 27, 2019

Shout for God

Filed under: Christians,God,Jesus,joy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Isaiah 58:1 1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a trumpet. . (NIV)

Psalms 20:5 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.  (NIV)

I watched with amazement the videos shown on the news channel of people shouting, jumping up and down and calling everyone they knew because their favorite sports team won the game.  Whether a sports team wins or looses has no effect on our eternity.  It strikes me as strange how many Christians shout and cheer at sporting events yet barely open their mouths at a worship service.  It also strikes e strange how many Christians will call their friends to celebrate with them, yet they don’t share with their friends the victories God gives them through their lives nor the way their friends can have a personal relationship with God.  Our priorities are so off base.  If we can shout and cheer at a sporting event, let us be sure we raise our voices as we sing and pray or recite scripture in our worship services.  If we can call our friends to celebrate a sporting event win, let us be sure we share with our friends how God has blessed us and how they, too, can enjoy the blessings of God.  Let us no longer hold back the Good News of Jesus Christ.

October 11, 2019

God’s Work

Filed under: Christians,God,heart,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Colossians 3:23 -2423 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV)

So many Christians define the Lord’s work as the work designated by the congregation for the paid minister to do.  Many include all church ministries as “the Lord’s work.”  According to the above verses, all work done by Christians is the Lord’s work.  We are to do everything with all our heart and unto our Lord.  As Christians, we are continually being watched by those who have yet to believe.  What we do and say and how we do and say things is a direct reflection on the love and power of God.  When we do jobs we falsely consider beneath us like cleaning up someone else’s mess, do we do it in joy and unto the Lord or do words of complaint come out of our mouth with a big scowl across our faces.  As believers, we have acknowledged we belong to God.  That means all our time and all we say and do belong to God.  Let us remember we are working for our Lord and do so in all we say and do with joy in our hears for the privilege of God working through us and allowing us to be part of His work.

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.

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.

March 1, 2019

Transformation

Filed under: Christ,Christians,Father,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)

Life is movement.  There is no standing still in life.  We either move or we die.  For Christians, we must be constantly changing, constantly being transformed into the image of Christ Jesus.  If we are not moving, not in a state of being transformed, our faith is in the process of dying.  A dear friend of mine who was in her 100’s said, “Any day I don’t learn something new about my Lord and Savior is a day wasted.”  When we rise in the morning it should be with an expectation to continue to transformation process and as we are being transformed, learning something new about our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Before we sleep at night we should review the day and express to God, the Father, what we have learned about His Son during the day.  As we do this, we can’t help but be filled with the glory that comes from the Lord.

January 22, 2019

Extra Rules

Matthew 15:8-9 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. (NIV)

Jesus is quoting from the prophet Isaiah.  So many churches even today have added to scripture making their own rules that people are supposed to follow.  Many churches even split because of the man-made rules.  In our human nature we want to be better than others and tell others to be like us.  We want others to worship the same way we do, eat what we eat, dislike what we dislike and on and on.  Jesus said we are to be one in Him and in each other.  Being one means to love as God loves.  It doesn’t mean we must do everything alike.  Some worship on their knees, some standing.  What counts is worship from the heart.  Let us stop criticizing others for doing things differently from us.  Let us not agree with those who would require people follow man-made rules.  Let us follow the commands of God and love one another and worship God with our entire heart and mind in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.

January 20, 2019

Real Events

Filed under: Christians,God,Jesus,Old Testament,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

Matthew 12:40 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (NIV)

Many confessing Christians say the Old Testament isn’t relevant for today.  They claim many of the events in the Old Testament are just fairy tells or metaphors.  Jesus quoted from the Old Testament a good bit.  In this verse in Matthew He compares what He will do with what happened to Jonah.  This is a confirmation from Jesus that Jonah was actually in the belly of a huge fish for 3 days and 3 nights.  Now, we can’t comprehend how this could really happen but, we still say with God all things are possible.  If we really believe with God all things are possible, why would we doubt the event of Jonah?  Just because we haven’t experienced or witnessed an experience doesn’t mean someone hasn’t experienced what we find mostly impossible to believe.  Let us remember we are not as intelligent as we like to think.  What man can’t do or understand God can and does.  Let us choose faith over our less than perfect intelligence.  With God all things are possible including all the events in the Old Testament.

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