Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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 12, 2020

Gatekeeper

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John 10:3 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  (NIV)

On this Easter Sunday, the day of resurrection, this verse is very appropriate.  God is the gatekeeper.  He opened the gate for His Son, Jesus Christ, to put on human nature and come down to pay our penalty.  Sin was defeated on Good Friday on the cross and death was defeated by Jesus on resurrection Day, the day we call Easter.  God has let His Son through the gate as our Shepherd to tend us for the Father’s glory.  Our Shepherd, Jesus, knows each of us by name and, if we will but follow Him and listen for His voice through the Holy Spirit, He will always lead us out of the pin of sin into life abundant and everlasting in the presence of the Father God.  Let us rejoice today.  Even while most of us are confined to home, let us praise and thank God for the gift of resurrection.  Through the internet, turn on a church service and participate with it through joining in with the music and agreeing in prayer.  Death has been defeated, we are no longer a prisoner to sin and we have a Shepherd Who will never leave us alone.

December 27, 2018

Favorite Service

Filed under: Christmas,Easter,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sacrifice,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

Luke 1:69 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (NIV)

This is the first of the 7 prophecies spoken around the time of the birth of Jesus.  A friend visited me and said her favorite service of the entire year was the Christmas candlelight service.  That is a nice service but my favorite service of the year is the Easter Sunrise service.  Without the resurrection of Jesus from His sacrificial death for our sins there was no need or reason for His birth in human form.  All the prophecies surround His birth lead to the sacrificial death of Jesus for the payment of our sins culminating in His resurrection showing us the eternal life that is ours through His sacrifice.  I like to celebrate His resurrection within me each and every day.  It is only because He has filled me with His Holy Spirit that I am who I am today – a child of God.  This indeed is something to be celebrated each and every day.  The Christmas celebrations are fun and meaningful but I pray we all celebrate our resurrection through Jesus each and every day.

November 25, 2018

Seek Silence

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Matthew 6:6 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV)

Habakkuk 2:20 20 The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (NIV)

There are many reasons we don’t hear God.  We have unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, anger.  We are surrounded by noise.  We are continually thinking and planning and worrying.  God says for us to go into our room or closet, close the door and have our conversation with Him.  Most of us are afraid of silence.  We can’t still our thoughts.  We don’t want to think about the things that bother us.  It takes time and practice to learn and be comfortable in silence.  Once we learn, it is beyond my ability to describe the peace and the feelings that envelop us in the silence.  As we are enveloped, we begin to hear the still, soft voice of our Father.  As we do this, we find we seek our prayer closet more and more.  It is so worth the effort and discipline.  Let us go into our special prayer “closets” regularly.  Let us be still and experience and know our Father God.

April 3, 2018

After Easter

Acts 1:3 3 After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.(NIV)

We’ve finished the Lent season and finished celebrating Easter.  After the resurrection, Jesus appeared several times to the disciples and at least at one time recorded to over 500 people at one time.  We don’t know what He said to the 500 but His main purpose was to show He was indeed alive and all of His followers were to go into the world and share about Jesus and the love of the Father.  The disciples were told to wait until the Holy Spirit came to dwell in them.  We don’t have to wait.  If we are a follower of Jesus, we received the Holy Spirit the day we committed to follow Him.  We are to continue rejoicing and go out and share the good news with others.  Let’s not let a day go by when we don’t ask God to help us share His good news with someone each and every day.  He is alive.  Are we?

April 16, 2017

He Is Alive

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,Easter,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:13 am

Matthew 28:6 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. (NIV)

 He is alive.  Jesus rose from the dead.  The tomb is empty.  Though He rose from the dead, He returned to His Father in heaven.  But He hasn’t left us alone.  He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within each and every believer.  He now lives on this earth inside and through each and every believer.  We must ask if Jesus is alive in us?  Do we push Him out?  Do we ask for a renewal of the Holy Spirit in and through us each and every day?  Do others see Jesus in and through us?  There is much to contemplate today.  Let us be sure He is resurrected in us.  Let us be sure we allow His Holy Spirit to live in every area of our lives.  Let us be sure when others see and hear us they know Jesus is alive.  Praise God.  Jesus lives.

April 20, 2014

Easter

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,Easter,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Matthew 28:6. He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying.

Hallelujah! Jesus IS alive! We start with questions. Is He alive in us? Do others see Jesus alive in us? Are we truly thankful? Do we show it? Are we as excited about Him being alive in us as we are when our favorite sports team is winning? Ouch. Compare our enthusiasm at church with our enthusiasm in a sports arena? Let’s think about this today. Are we as eager to celebrate His resurrection at sunrise as we are to get up early and get the best tickets for the big game? We’re talking about the biggest game–the game of life: life everlasting with God. If that doesn’t excite us He is not alive in us. Let’s get excited and show and tell everyone “Jesus is alive in me and He can be alive in you.” Happy Resurrection Day!

March 31, 2013

Resurrection

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Mark 16:8. Then they went out and ran from the tomb, for terror and bewilderment had seized them. And they said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

We see this day as a day to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  The disciples didn’t feel that day.  They were already confused, disappointed and feeling guilty.  The missing body of Jesus just led to more confusion.  In the current political climate the feared the Romans had hidden Him.  Even though Jesus had told them several times what would happen they were unable to comprehend.  It was one thing raising Lazarus from the dead but raising Himself after such physical devastation was incomprehensible.  Today we have the witness reports in the Bible and confirmation of the Holy Spirit so we believe and can celebrate.  What better way to celebrate than to share with someone how to have eternal life with God.  Our question is, will we do it?

April 8, 2012

Easter

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John 20:6-7 Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

It is Easter Sunday – the day of resurrection. What happened on that first Easter? The disciples found an empty tomb. In the tomb were the strips of linen that had been wrapped around Jesus’ body. Off to the side was the cloth that was laid over His face. This cloth was folded. It was the custom at a meal for guest to leave the table from time to time. When they left they would fold their napkin as a sign to the servants they were not finished and would be back for more. When they left the table for the last time they would wad their napkins instead of folding it. If you have noticed when communion is served in a church today, the cloth covering the bread is folded and then unfolded and replaced over the bread tray again. This is a sign to show Jesus is not finished. Jesus is coming back to collect His Bride (the church of believers) and the meal will continue at the wedding feast. Today we celebrate both His walk on this earth, His death for our sins and His resurrection for our resurrected and eternal lives with Him. We don’t deserve this. We cannot earn this. This is a gift from God. Let us celebrate with praise and thanksgiving and let all those around us know what a wonderful, loving, giving and forgiving God He is and how they can enter into the family of believers.

April 24, 2011

Easter

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,Easter,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:26 am

Mk 16:6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

He is alive.  The tomb is empty.  The women were in shock.  They didn’t understand.  One ran to tell some of the others who had gathered together for comfort.  The other knelt outside the tomb in grief.  She was so consumed with grief she didn’t recognize the one standing in front of her.  But she knew how He called her name.  When He said, “Mary” she immediately knew Him.  Quite often we don’t recognize the Presence of God in our lives.  Have we learned to recognize His voice within us?  No matter what the challenge we face, He is always here.  We only need to keep our ears open and listen.  Take time to listen to Him today.  He IS alive.  He speaks today.  Praise God.  Have a joyful Easter.

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