Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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

February 22, 2020

Pray, Go, Do

1 Thessalonians 5:17 17 Pray without ceasing  .(NKJ)

Matthew 28:19 19 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, (NIV)

John 4:34 34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. (NIV)

As believers and followers of Jesus, Christ, the Son of God, we are to continue the ministry of Jesus since we are joint heirs with Him.  We are not to just sit around doing our own thing feeling smug because we have the promise of eternal life with God.   we are instructed to do 3 things.  First we are to pray.  As we pray we are to ask for His instructions and listen for His instructions.  God has a purpose for each and every one of His children.  If we don’t ask and listen we miss out on the blessing of being part of His ministry on this earth.  After we hear His instructions we are to go.  We must put our feet into action.  We can’t put our feet into action if we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit giving us step by step instructions, We must more than pray unceasingly and going.  We must also do.  Jesus said we are to do the Father’s will and finish the work Jesus began.  What is the work?  It is making disciples of all nations, meaning all people of any nation, race and gender.  If we fail to pray unceasingly, actively listening to the Holy Spirit within us, we will not be successful in our work.  We cannot make a disciple of anyone.  Only God the Holy Spirit can make disciples.  We are to tell others about Jesus through our words and our actions.  We start right in our ow families, then our neighborhoods.   The Holy Spirit may be calling someone right next to you.  Are you alert enough to Him to tell that person about God’s love and call on their lives?  Let’s never miss an opportunity to do the will of the Father Who sent Jeesus.

February 14, 2020

Power of Prayer

Filed under: disciples,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:30 pm

Luke 11:1 1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”  (NIV)

The disciples were with Jesus for 3 years.  They saw Him teach and heal.  They saw Him do miracles.  The only thing they asked Him to teach them in those 3 years was to pray.  They saw His example of how important prayer was to Him.  Prayer is the most important thing we can do.  It is through prayer that we find healing, answers to problems, direction for service and ministry and understanding of the scriptures.  Jesus definitely set the example of the need for prayer.  Many times the disciples couldn’t find Him because He had gone off to pray.  He even prayed through an entire night.  In Mark 6:46 He sent His disciples off into a boat and He stayed to pray.  The disciples had trouble with a storm and Jesus, after He had stayed to pray, walked on the water to the disciples.  Our question is how important is prayer to us?  Is prayer the first thing we do when we face a problem?  Do we pray and asked for understanding before we do our daily Bible reading?  The end of the above verse tells us even John, the Baptist, taught his disciples to pray.  John had quite an impact on people and evidently, he knew he had to be armed through the power of prayer.  2 Corinthians 10:4 tells us prayer is the power of God.  Let us learn to use the power God has made available to us.

February 5, 2020

Three Persons

Matthew 28:19 19 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,  (NIV)

Although the word “Trinity” is not in the Bible there are many times the God head is referred to as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Since Jesus broke the God head into 3 persons we refer to them as the Trinity.  Many don’t understand how that works.  I like to summarize it by saying the Father is the planer.  The Word, the Son Who we know as Jesus is the One who reveals the Father’s plans.  The Holy Spirit is the One Who enables the plans in and through us.  He, the Holy Spirit, does this by dwelling in us the moment we receive the Word, God’s Son, Jesus, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Our problem comes by our desire to be self-sufficient and in control that we fail to recognize the Holy Spirit within us.  It takes faith and trust to be willing to give up control to the Holy Spirit.  In actuality, that is the only wise option for us.  We don’t have the ability to see what lies ahead of us.  The Holy Spirit knows God’s plans and, when we listen to Him, we find we are not only walking in the power of God, we have the power of God within us.  Let us learn to live in and with God’s power.  He will teach us in the way we should go.

Psalms 32:8 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

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