Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 18, 2020

Follow Through

Filed under: Church,God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Deuteronomy 23:23 23 Whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth.  (NIV)

Ouch.  Whatever we say we will do we must follow through.  How many times has someone asked us to pray for them or for someone else and we get busy and forget?  This is why I tell them let’s pray right now.  It doesn’t matter where we are, we can pray anyplace and anytime.  I they reply they don’t have time I think they really don’t want them or the person they’re concerned about prayed for.  There are many other things we say we will do.  Especially when we join a church.  We promised to pray for and support the church through our prayers, financial gifts and actions.  We must check each of those three topics and see how we’re doing.  Jesus said we are not to swear by anything but just saying a simple yes or no is a firm commitment.  We must be careful in making commitments by saying yes or no in regards to anything.  Let us learn to always speak the truth and follow through on the words we speak.

March 10, 2020

Work Out Our Salvation

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Church,cross,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross  (NIV)

Philippians 2:12-13 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose  (NIV)

Some who call themselves Christians think they’re saved and that’s all there is.  They become complacent.  Others who have really accept Jesus think that’s all that’s needed and they continue on with their own agenda.  Read the above verses again really paying attention to what they say.  Jesus didn’t come to earth for the only reason of saving us from eternal separation from God.  He came to show us how to do our part in working out our own salvation.  We can only know how if we read, study and meditate on the wonderful instruction book, the Holy Bible, which He so mercifully gave us through His believers who have gone on before us.  We can’t just say we’re saved or say we are members of a Christian church.  We must learn to be obedient to His Word.  Working out our salvation isn’t a one-time thing.  It is a day to day job.  If we are the same as we were yesterday, we aren’t growing in our salvation.  We must ask ourselves Who Jesus is in our own life.  If we’re not different than yesterday, if we haven’t learned something new about our God than we knew yesterday, we are not growing.  A living being can’t be static.  We either grow or we fade away.  Let us really commit to working out our salvation, being a true reflection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, each and every day.  Remember, we can’t work for our salvation.  Jesus did that for us. Salvation isn’t based on what we do but what Jesus did.    We are to work out what He has done for us until it really becomes a true, daily part of us.

February 26, 2020

It Only Takes One

Filed under: Church,Jesus,Lord,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

John 4:7 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (NIV)

Not only was she a Samaritan (looked down upon by the Israelites), she was also alone yet Jesus took the time, as tired and hungry as He was, to speak with her and teach her about worship.  We are so number oriented.  If what we deem to be enough people don’t show up for a Bible class or a prayer meeting or any other event we are prone to cancel it.  We consider it not worth our time unless the number of people we desire are there.  Churches are deemed successful if their numbers are large.  We don’t stop to think the impact we can have on just one person can ripple out to an impact on many.  From tis one woman at the well, many in an entire town became followers of Jesus.  In actuality, she was the first missionary.  She had no training but she met Jesus and shared her experience with others.  We must share our experiences with our Lord and Savior, Jesus with those we meet.  We can share at work or in a grocery store or anywhere.  We are not limited to sharing only in a church building.  There have been many times I have stopped to talk and them pray with a stranger in a big box store.  Let’s not wait for what we consider the right time or the right place or the right people.  Let us be open to step out and speak up sharing God’s love and the wonderful news of Jesus Christ anytime, any place with any one.  Actually change all the “any” words to “every.”

February 24, 2020

Show Our Joy

Filed under: Church,God,joy,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Philippians 4:4 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  (NIV)

One thing so many of our church worship services lack is rejoicing.  So many churches are either filled with somber quietness or idle chatter before the worship service.  During the worship service things are quiet.  Much of the problems comes from our being told to be quiet in church as little children.  God tells us to rejoice.  We are to rejoice while singing and while praying.  I find it odd that people are quick to rejoice loudly at a pop concert or a sports event yet, in church they sit there stoically.  We might be singing an old hymn out of an old hymn book but that doesn’t mean we can’t sing with gusto and with a face and expression full of joy.  We might be reciting a psalm as a responsive reading or saying the Lord’s Prayer collectively but that doesn’t mean we can do it with expression of joy in our voices.  Let’s listen to ourselves in our next worship service.  Do we sound joyful?  It is a privilege to come together to worship our God.  It is a joy to be able to do so.  Let’s show it in our faces and our voices.

February 13, 2020

Confession and Small Groups

Filed under: Church,confess,encouragement,God,prayer,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

James 5:16 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  (NIV)

This is something most of us don’t do.  It seems like the ones who do confess their sins do so over and over boasting about how bad they were and how good they are now.  Why are we to confess our sins to one-another.  One reason is, when done with the right attitude and motive, it helps keep us humble.  Another reason is it encourages others not to feel so bad about themselves for they have the same problem and temptations.  Confession out loud gets the sin in the open for us and enables us to better deal with why we are so tempted in that particular area.  When confessed, we can no longer deny we have a problem in the area.  We must be careful, however.  We must know who it is we are confessing our sins to.  Confession to a known gossip is an opening for major problems.  This is one reason it is important to be a member of a small group within the larger local church group.  Confession to a large amount of people isn’t wise.  In a small group we are more able to pray with and for one another.  Small groups know not to take out of the group what is said in the group.  If you’re not in a small group may I encourage you to either find one or start one yourself.  The purpose of a small group is to share what God is doing in your lives and encourage one another in continual growth in relationship to God and to one another.

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 6, 2020

Worshiping Together

From Hebrews 10 in the Message Translation  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 how 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.

These few verses in this translating say a good bit very distinctly.  First, we must be confident of who we are and how Father God sees us.  He sees us fully robed in the righteous of His Son.  Next, we are to take a firm grip on the promises Jesus revealed to us.  We can’t do that unless we are reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Then we must be worshiping together.  When we go to a church service, we must be speaking to others that are there.  We need to be encouraging and helping one another.  When we go to our worship service and greet others with “How are you?” do we really listen or even encourage them to really tell us how their week has gone?  As Christians, we are the Family of God.  Family members pull together and help each other.  They know when one of them has a problem and is walking through a trial.  Let us be sure we treat one another as family.  Let us truly take the time to be apart of one another’s lives.

January 5, 2020

Not by Might

Filed under: Church,glory,God,Lord,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Zechariah 4:6 6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.  (NIV)

This is not only the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel.  It is His word to us.  So many churches are instituting programs based on corporatians programs to entice more people to come their church.  So mand have built beyond their financial means and are looking to the ways of the word to bring in money.   They and many people involved in the ministry of the church – which includes all people who do anything in the church, not just those who earn money through their ministry – rely on their worldly wisdom to accomplish or try to accomplish their goals of increasing the numbers and/or the budget.  Then they wonder why their not working.   Increase to the Kingdom of God doesn’t come by man’s wisdom but by the power and Spirit of the Lord.  We can’t just pray God to bless our plans and effort.  We must ask, seek and listen to God’s plans and instruction of what and how to do when.  Not only are we to pray first; we are to listen and wait until we hear the answer.  Waiting on God’s instructions and then following them brings success and success brings glory to God.  Let us rely on the power and Spirit of God in all we plan and so and then go forth in His power.

October 30, 2019

Seventh Day

Filed under: Cell Phone,Church,commandment,gifts,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Exodus 31:15 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.  (NIV)

The statistics tell the story.  More people are dying of heart attacks in their 30’s and 40’s.  We are working 24×7.  We have our cell phones on us and answer tests about our jobs 7 days a week and throughout each days evening and even into the nights.  Many go to church on Sunday mornings but the rest of the day is spent catching up with work – either our professional jobs or work maintaining all the material stuff we’ve accumulated.  God worked for 6 days then took the 7th day to rest from His work.  He designed us to need to do the same.  We are choosing to ignore one of the 10 commandments.  All the commandments are equal in importance.  God gave them to us for our good.  We must ask ourselves why we choose not to take proper care of our bodies, minds and spirits by ignoring this commandment.  Let us choose to take one out of every 7 days as a day of rest – real rest.  Let us honor all the commandments.

October 17, 2019

Petty Grievance

Filed under: Bible,Church,Father,glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 17:20 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  (NIV)

This is in my top favorite verses in the Holy Bible.  It is Jesus actually praying for me (and all current and future believers.)  But it is most important that we read on to see what it is Jesus prayed for us.  In verse 21 we read, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  Jesus wants all of us believers to not only be one in Him as He is one in the Father, He wants us to be one in each other.  We are to function as one.  All too often, even in our churches, there is little unity of opinion.  As sinners we all think the way we think something should be done is not only the right way, it’s the only way.  Our church families are full of discord, some to the point of splitting and going their own separate ways.  We have a opportunity of being the answer to the prayer of Jesus.  We can learn to become one with fellow believers.  We can learn that the important thing is to glorify God and present Him to others.  Let’s lay aside our petty grievances.  Of course, to us they aren’t petty but think what our discord with one another must look like to God.  Let us come together as one.  Let us let people who are doing a particular ministry do it in the way God leads them, not insisting they do it in a way we think God would lead us.  What counts is the glory goes to God and souls are introduced to

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