Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 8, 2020

Conform

Romans 12:2 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will.  (NIV)

I write on this verse again because our churches are in major need of intercessory prayer. Several main line denominations have already given in to the pattern of this word.  God says marriage is between one man and one woman.  Various denominations now say it’s okay to marry two of the same genders where it is legal in those states.  God said He created a man and a woman.  He didn’t create a gender called other.  He didn’t create genders that could change by their own choice.  Many churches no longer want to call sin as sin.  One main reason is they need the money to support the fancy buildings and they want the fame of mega members.  Churches aren’t to bring glory to themselves.  Churches are to bring believers together to worship and praise God and to encourage one another to be out in the trenches making disciples.  The only pattern we are to conform to is the pattern set as an example for us, Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the Word of God the only begotten Son of God made flesh and blood to show and teach us how God created us to live.  Let us pray diligently for those who have chosen to conform to the pattern of this world and let us conform to Jesus Christ.

August 23, 2020

Choosing Forgivness

Filed under: cross,disciples,Father,forgive,God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 26:50 50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”  Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. (NIV)

Jesus knew what was in the heart of Judas.  At their dinner He already knew. Yet, as Judas brought a large contingent of soldiers and a mob to betray Jesus, Jesus still called Judas “friend.”  What love.  What compassion.  I don’t know about you but, if I had been there, I probably would have called Judas a lot of other names, none of which are honorable, loving or forgiving.  This is one of several good examples of the love of God that we are to hold for each other along with forgiveness. The only thing stopping Judas from forgiveness was his own ability in asking and accepting it.  Instead he chose suicide.  We are each victims of various hurts but none of them can be as deep and hurtful as what was done to Jesus.  All of his friends, his disciples, denied any connection with Him.  He was lied about, severelly beaten, spit on and all manner of abuse then made to carry the cross beam to the crucifixion place.  While in severe pain, He asked His Father to forgive them even though the stood at the foot of the cross and continued to hurl insults at Him.  How can we possibly think it’s alright not to forgive those who hurt us.  When we fail to forgive, we keep ourselves a prisoner of the hurt. Forgiveness leads to freedom and restores our ability to follow God’s command of loving others which is wanting God’s best for others.  Forgiving is a choice.  Let’s choose God’s way every time we are hurt in any way.

July 9, 2020

Demonstrate Forgiveness

 

John 13:5 5 Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.  (NIV)

Notice none of the disciples are excluded from Jesus’ washing their feet.  Peter, who would even curse Him as he denied knowing Jesus, even tried to get Jesus not to wash His feet.  The most surprising one whose feet Jesus washed was Judas.  Jesus already knew Judas would betray Him.  In spite of that, He washed the feet of His betrayer.  Jesus was forgiving the sin before it was even committed, yet He knew the sin was already in place in the heart of Judas.  Jesus was demonstrating mercy.  So many Christians are vindictive in their judgement of others.  So many show no mercy.  There are consequences in breaking the laws of the government and they must be followed as long as they are not against the laws of God, but the penalties of the consequences can be carried out with mercy.  Jesus was saying He knew they would flee from Him and even lie about knowing Him but, after they return to Him they would know their forgiveness.  We are to forgive just as Jesus did and continues to do.  We each bear the consequences of our sins but the consequences are only while we walk this earth.  When we confess our sins to the Father we are forgiven without any eternal consequences.  Let us learn not to continually whip ourselves or others over pass sins.  Let us confess and let those confessed and forgiven sins be buried under the blood of Jesus and move on in obedience under His forgiveness and mercy as e show forgiveness and mercy not only to others, but also to ourselves.

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 14, 2020

To Do List

Filed under: Bible,disciples,Father,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

Isaiah 61:1 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,  (NIV)

This same verse appears in Luke 4:18.   Jesus read this verse in the synagogue at the beginning of His ministry.  This is His “to do” list.  What is in His list?  He is to proclaim the good new to the poor.  The good news is salvation is possible through Jesus.  He also would bind up the brokenhearted.  That means through Him our sorrows would be healed.  He would proclaim freedom for the captives.  We are free from the captivity of sin through Jesus.  He would release the prisoners from darkness.  We would no longer be blinded by the lies of sin.  “To do” lists are a good thing to have.  They help keep us focused.  Jesus left us with a “to do” list. In Matthew 28:19-20 1 we read, therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Jesus isn’t just talking to His disciples who were physically with Him as He was about to ascend back to the Father.  He was speaking to all disciples/believers.  We are all to go into the world and make disciples regardless of a person’s ethnicity.  We are to teach one another to obey all Jesus has commanded which we can find in the Holy bible.  If these are not the top priorities on our personal “to do” list we are missing out on the full and abundant life God promises to all who believe.  Going out into the world means the area of the world where we live as well as some leaving their home base for other parts of the world.  Our ministry, our outreach, starts right in the homes where we live.  Then it extends outward.  Let us fulfill our “to do” lists.

May 10, 2020

Fear

Mark 4:39-40 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (NIV)

The news commentaries are full of talk about how many will be committing suicide during this pandemic and the early recovery time because of fear.  Jesus said, even in the times of storms, we have nothing to fear.  He promised the Father would always be with us and will always meet our needs.  That doesn’t mean we just sit back and expect God to send us food, shelter and money.  God has promised to give us wisdom even through trial times (James 1).  We have the wisdom available to us to wear a mask when out in an area where we could pick up an infection.  We have the wisdom to wear seat belts when in an automobile.  We have the wisdom not to spend more than we have.  Our problem is using the wisdom available to us over the impulses of the emotion of “I want.”  There is nothing wrong with healthy fear as long as it leads to taking the right course of action.  Fear means to look at the situation and find the right course of action.  One good place to find the right course of actions in most circumstance is in the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Proverbs is full of good, useful wisdom.  Let us put fear behind us and walk in the faith the Holy Spirit makes available to us along with the wisdom contained in the pages of the scriptures.

April 30, 2020

Limitations

Filed under: Christians,disciples,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Acts 1:24-25 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.

We are told to pray and ask specifically for what we need.  When doing this we must be careful not to limit God.  This is a good example of the disciples limiting God.  There were about 120 disciples (a disciple is a follower/student of someone) present in the upper room.  They were all scared but also wanted to be a witness to all Jesus said and Who He is.  They decided, since Jesus had picked 12 to be the most active and outgoing in witnessing, they needed one person to replace Judas, the betrayer.  Basically, the held an election.  They put their own qualifications on the position and picked out 2 men.  Then, as was the custom in deciding what to choose, they cast lots to make their decision.  The lots fell on Mathias.  Now, before we judge them too harshly for casting lots we must remember the Holy Spirit hadn’t come into them yet.  We never hear any more about Mathias.  God was going to select Saul (Paul) to take the place of Judas.  We are to pray specifically but we must keep an open mind to hear and receive an answer that changes what we were specifying.  We don’t know how or what role Mathias fulfilled but we do know what role Paul fulfilled as we read all the letters he wrote.  Many Christians add the phrase, “Thy will be done” and that is good.  Our problem is opening our mind to receive His will when it is different from our specific request.  Let us all learn to open our mind to all possible answers from God, even when they appear to be different from what we were expecting.  God is far above any expectation we might ever have.

 

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.

April 2, 2020

The Called Call

Filed under: believe,Christ,disciples,Jesus,Messiah,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

John 1:41 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  (NIV)

John 1:45 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  (NIV)

Jesus, Himself, called Andrew to follow Him.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and have him join him in following Jesus.  The same happened when Jesus called Phillip.  Phillip went to find Nathaniel.  It took me awhile to realize the importance of these 2 examples.  Those who are called by Jesus are to call others to follow Jesus.  Many do this when they first come to follow Jesus.  The problem is as time goes by some loose their excitement and enthusiasm and not only don’t call others but even don’t share any of the Good News with others.  How sad to keep the best and most precious treasure we an ever have hidden in our own hearts without sharing it with others.  We shouldn’t let a day go by that we don’t share the Good News with someone.  We are even to share it with those who have already heard and even with those who already believe and follow.  We must ask ourselves each night ad to who we shared Jesus with that day.  Oh that we all would develop not only the excitement but also the discipline of doing so.

March 1, 2020

Keep Asking

Filed under: confess,disciples,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Matthew 15:23 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her  away, for she keeps crying out after us.”  (NIV)

Go read this section of Mathew.  It talks about a woman who was asking Jesus for something yet HE wouldn’t respond.  She kept asking and He said no.  She continued asking and HE compliment her persistent faith and said yes.  This as well as the parable about the neighbor who persisted at midnight for the bread tells us that persistence in our request isn’t a sign of lack of faith that God hears and will answer us.  There are many reasons persistence is sometimes needed.  Daniel 10:12 cites Satan interfering with the coming answer from God.  In Matthew 26:44 we read 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing  So even Jesus found it necessary to repeat His request to His Father.   Sometimes it’s because we are asking amiss and through our repeated asking the Holy Spirit helps us understand that’s not what we really need.  When I ask for something I continue asking until I have peace about it.  There are a few things I have been asking for several years and there are things that I only ask once and then know to wait on God’s perfect timing.  When we think we really want or need something either for us or someone else, never fear repeating the request until either we see it happen or we have peace that it will happen at the right time. God promised He hears us.  We just need to be sure unconfessed sin is not in the way of His hearing

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