Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 15, 2019

Ever Conscious

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,passover,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Matthew 26:37-38 7 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  (NIV)

As we look toward the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, let’s look at the days just before.  We’ll start with right after Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover Diner.  At the dinner Jesus did and said some things the disciples didn’t understand. They still looked to Him as being the King Who takes over from the Romans and sets the country of Israel free.  Now we look at Jesus taking 3 of His disciples a little bit away from the others.  He tells them He is overwhelmed with sorrow.  They can’t understand this.  There is no way for anything bad to happen to Jesus.  The saw Him raise people from death.  They believed He was truly God’s Son so nothing bad could ever happen to Him.  They were told to keep watch with Him.  After such a feast of eating they were very drowsy.  They kept nodding off to sleep.  They weren’t worried about anything.  Surely God was in control and victory would be theirs very soon.  From Jesus’ perspective we see things very differently.  Jesus knows what horrible suffering was soon to come His way.  He wanted the comfort of His friends but it wasn’t there.  He asked His Father to find some other way to save mankind from eternal separation from God because of sin.  Yet, regardless of His loneliness and the foreboding of suffering, He submitted to the Father’s will.  Two very different outlooks.  The disciples were oblivious and comfortable in their ignorance.  Jesus, sorrowful yet willing.  What is our own outlook?  We can’t fault the disciples.  They didn’t know.  We can fault us.  There are times we turn our backs on Jesus.  He wants to abide in us and us to abide in Him.  Yet we allow distractions to push Jesus out of our consciousness.  Let us not be spiritually drowsy.  Let us stay ever conscious of the ever presence of Jesus within us.

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April 8, 2019

Working With God

Filed under: communion,Creation,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

2 Corinthians 6:1 1 As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. (NIV)

What got my attention in this verse is the phrase “God’s co-workers.”  We don’t work for God.  We are to work with God.  That is work along side God.  That is to be aware of God’s presences with us as we work with Him.  That means we are to have 2-way conversations with Him as we work.  So often we hear people, and probably us, say we work for God.  God is our boss.  This gives us the mentality we are given an assignment by God then we leave Him and go off and do the assignment as best we can.  This thinking is part of why our “workings” don’t seem to have the success Jesus had in everything He did while walking on this earth.  He wasn’t working on His own.  Jesus was working with the Father.  How much more do we need to work with God instead of thinking we go off on our on to do “His” work.  This very change in attitude of working with and along side God rather than for God will help us become more aware of His continuous presence with us and His desire for our conversations with Him to never cease.  Imagine, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be desires to work along beside us as we work along beside Him.

April 5, 2019

Goal Oriented

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,save,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Luke 19:10 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (NIV)

Jesus was goal oriented.  He knew He was on earth for a reason.  That reason was to seek out and save all of us who are lost and separated from God the Father.  Everything Jesus did was to achieve this goal.  How did He know what to do to achieve the goal?  In Mark 1:38  Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”  First, He had to keep in mind what His goal was. In Luke 6:12 we read, One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.  Before any action or decision, Jesus spent time in prayer.  It’s interesting to read what occurred after Jesus prayed.  In this instance, Jesus chose the 12 disciples after talking and listening to His Father.  Even though Jesus is the Word of God and One Person of the God-head, He said (John 5:30) By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  How much more does this apply to us.  We end up not achieving what we set out to do because we think we can do it on our own.  We love our false feeling of independence.  In actuality, we can’t draw our next breath without the will of God for us to do so.  Let us remember to always pray and listen before we take action.  Let us also remember why we are here.  We are hers to bring glory to God and to share His love with others that they may come to know God.  It is God’s desire that not one be lost.

April 4, 2019

Serving Servant

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,love,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Philippians 2:5  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (NIV)

Here are instructions as to how we are to relate with our fellow human beings.  We are to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.  What kind of mindset did Jesus have when walking in a human body on this earth?  We read further, (Philippians 2:6) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.  We concentrate on the fact all men are created equal and that is right.  However, we are not to use our equableness in the wrong way. In verse 7 we read, rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  Jesus too on the very nature of a servant.  We are not only here to serve God, we are here to serve one another.  Our own nature says we want to be served, not serve.  God’s nature says we are to serve, not be served.  We would rather be the guest of honor at a banquet than the server cleaning up after the banquet.  When we learn to serve, we find there is a special joy in knowing we have helped others.  That is the joy that comes from God.  Those who always find themselves being served loose what joy they have by becoming accustomed to being served and desiring it more and more to the point of never being happy with what they have.  Let us open ourselves to the very nature of God.  Jesus showed us the Father’s nature by serving through perfect love; serving all the way through death.  Let us die to our egos and serve one another.

March 27, 2019

Engagements

Matthew 22:2 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. (NIV)

Please read the entire parable before reading this.  Engagements are a very important time of preparation for a wedding.  It takes time for 2 people, raised in different families, to really begin to know each other.  Engagements are a time to talk about issues of life that come up every day in a marriage.  While we are walking on this earth, we are in an engagement time with Jesus.  Hopefully, each and every day, through our conversations with Him in prayer and through the study and meditation on His written word, the Holy Bible, we learn a little more about Jesus each and every day.  Through our learning we learn more of how He expects us to live in union (marriage) with Him.  While we are learning to know our Lord, better, His Father is preparing a great wedding banquet for the time His Son, Jesus, returns to earth to bring His Bride (all the following believers who are In Christ) home to His Father for the great banquet.  What a wonderful time of rejoicing and celebrating that will be.  Right now, we must concentrate on knowing Jesus more and more.  That is why we have a time of engagements.  Let us do our part in learning more about Jesus while the Father does His part in preparing the wedding banquet.  As the parable says, all are invited but few accept the invitation.  Have you accepted the invitation?  The invitation reads in John 3:16.

March 23, 2019

Whose First

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

Notice the believers prayed for courage and strength to speak the word of God.  They didn’t pray for protection.  They didn’t pray for an easy life.  They were centered on bringing glory to God, serving Him and spreading the gospel to all as was the last command of Jesus before He returned to the Father.  Notice what happened after their prayer. Acts 4:31  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  One of the reasons we don’t see more miracles today is our self-centered prayers.  We are so good at asking for what we think we need and what we want to support our fleshly desires.  Where is our drive?  Where is our enthusiasm?  Where is our real commitment of love to share the word of God with those who don’t know, understand or accept?  Let us fight our pride of self-sufficiency and our idol of a comfortable life and really put God first above all.

March 21, 2019

Recognize Who God Is

Filed under: Christ,confess,Father,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

2 Peter 3:18 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (NIV)

When we pray do, we spend most of our prayer time asking for things.  We want to be comfortable.  We want this or that for our convenience.  We are to pray we will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  If we need to go through a trial to grow, praise God.  But though we do ask for things, and this is okay to do, we need to spend most of our time in praise and words of love, bring glory to God.  We tend to concentrate on the Father image, the Daddy love, of God which sometimes leads us to forgetting Who God really is.  It is only by His grace and mercy through His Son, Jesus that we can approach Him, speak to Him, ask Him and praise Him.  We really don’t have a full concept of how mighty, powerful and all-consuming God is.  Yes, He is our Father if we have come to Him through Jesus, yet, He is still God.  Let us approach Him with praises and thanks on our lips and, only after we have confessed our love for Him and confessed our sin, ask for forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit for help in changing our direction in the things we con Ifess, should we turn our attention on our needs and wants.  He already knows our needs and wants but, as Jesus asked the blind man what he wanted, God wants us to voice our wants to Him.  Let us remember ACTS in our prayers.  Acknowledge and acclaim Who God is, Confess our sin, Thank Him for forgiveness and for all He has done for us, the finally Supplicate – ask for things we need and want.

March 15, 2019

As Much Love

Filed under: cross,faith,Father,God,Jesus,love,sin,suffering,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

John 15:9 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (NIV)
The Father loves His Son, Jesus.  Yet, in that love He allowed His Son to suffer the cruelty of being whipped to the bone, being nailed to a cross and physically dying in horrific pain while being jeered by a crowd.  To us, that doesn’t look like love.  Yet, the Father knew the rewards for eternity His Son would have for what, in the eyes of eternity, is only an instant of pain.  When we go through trials and tribulation, quite often we think God has deserted us.  Surely He couldn’t love us if He allows such pain and suffering.  We only see the instance of the now in this sinful world and our sinful bodies.  We fail to realize the prize that is ours for eternity.  Let us learn to be strong in faith.  God does love us.  He loves us so much He endured watching the suffering of His only Son, Jesus, so we could be free from the debt of our sins and be united in His love for all eternity.  We seldom understand why we must walk where we walk on this earth.  That is why faith and trust is needed.  Our vision is short sighted but God knows all that was, is and will ever be.  Let us rest in faith of His love and mercy through each and every situation we face knowing His love for us is complete and perfect.

March 13, 2019

As I Am Known

John 10:14-15 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father (NIV)

What a wonderful promise.  We believers, called sheep by Jesus, are not only known by Jesus and the Father but we are to know Him just like the Father knows His Son, Jesus and Jesus know His Father.  Wow.  I don’t know about you but I feel like I have a long way to go to know Jesus and the Father as well as they know me.  I know God comes through on all His promises.  I look forward to knowing God that intimately.  I can’t sit ad wait for it to happen.  In order for God to fulfill such a promise we each have a part to play in the fulfillment.  To know God that intimately, we must know the word of God, the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  To know the Holy Bible we must read, meditate and put it deeply in our hearts and minds.  Not only put it in our hearts and minds, we must also live it in our everyday lives.  The only way to do any of this is with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Many refer to the Holy Spirit as “it.”  The Holy Spirit isn’t an “it.”  The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Godhead, Trinity.  We are to pray to the Father but we may also talk to Jesus and talk to the Holy Spirit.  Before we pick up our Bible we need to ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts that we may understand and apply what we read.  It excites me that I have the promise of Jesus that I will know God in the same way God knows me.  This is abiding.

March 7, 2019

In the Name…

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

John 14:13 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (NIV)

So many tack on “in the name of Jesus” at the end of their prayers.  We must understand what it means to pray in someone else’s name.  When we do or speak in the name of someone else we are saying that the person with that name gave us the authority to speak or do what ever we are saying or doing.  Just automatically adding the name of Jesus to the end of our prayers isn’t a magic wand.  Doing that is using His name in vain.  When we pray and use the name of Jesus, we must be sure we are praying in agreement with God’s written word and we are allowing the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers and actions.  The purpose of asking in the name of Jesus is not a means to be sure our prayer is answered but a means for the Father to be glorified in His Son.  When we say “in the name of Jesus,” we are not only praying in the authority Jesus has given us, we are verbally glorifying the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.  So, let’s not just tack on “in the name of Jesus;” let’s be sure we know we are actively speaking what the Holy Spirit directs while giving glory to God the Father and God the Son, Jesus.

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