Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 15, 2019

Human

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Mark 6:2 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? (NIV)

The only way to really experience and understand what someone is going through is to walk in their shoes.  Jesus, Who is the Word of God, separated from God and became a human like us for about 33 years.  During this time He was completely human though still filled with the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the God-head.  This made it possible for Him to experience all the we, humans, experience.  He is no longer human but has returned fully to being the Word of God.  Sometimes we think that God can’t possibly understand what we are up against.  We thin His commandments are too difficult for us to fully obey.  But, God, through Jesus, His Word, fully understands because He has fully experienced.  We are fully flesh and blood, human beings.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and follow and worship Him, we receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Some day we will shed the flesh and blood but our Spirit, birthed by the Holy Spirit, will live with God.  We will be given new bodies, different from our sinful nature and live in the very real and tangible presence of God, the Father, God the Son and the Word and God the Holy Spirit.  What a glorious time that will be.  Knowing what is in our future enables us to face anything we must face in our temporary flesh and blood human state.

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January 3, 2019

More and More

Filed under: faith,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9NIV0

God is love.  Love is from God.  Love can’t come from anywhere or anyone other than God because God is love.  Love is a word of action.  Love gives.  God poured out His love into His Son, Jesus.  Jesus was the container of God’s love and was sent to this earth to pour out God’s love in a tangible way that humanity, in our sinfulness, could see and feel.  Love enters sinful humanity through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit can only enter humanity through Jesus.  For the Holy Spirit to enter and dwell within us – therefore allowing love (God) to dwell in us, we must accept, believe and obey Jesus, God’s receptacle of love on earth.  Let us be sure we ask Jesus to fill us with the Holy Spirit and thank and praise God the Father for such an outpouring of His love.  This is a love beyond our ability in our sinful nature to understand.  It is even hard to accept since we can’t understand it.  It takes a step of faith to ask and accept such a pure love.  Once we get a little taste of such a love we will only want more and more.  As we pass on that love to others, it will give more space in us to receive even more.  This brings to joy and the abundant life God has promised us.

December 29, 2018

Refreshing

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

Jeremiah 31:25 25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (NIV)

When we don’t know we need refreshing we can’t be refreshed.  Also, if we don’t know how we can be refreshed, we won’t be refreshed.  So many look to the wrong things or places for refreshment.  They think alcohol will refresh them.  Maybe they look to drugs or indiscriminate intercourse.  There is only one place to get really refreshed from the stress, trials and burdens of life on this earth.  That place is through the Word of God, the Holy Bible and through a close relationship with Him.  When God created man, He put a vacuum in man that can only be satisfied by the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit.  Man blew it when he became disobedient to God’s commands.  That void is there until mankind comes to God through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Coming to Jesus isn’t just a one-time acceptance and belief in Jesus.  It is a daily relationship that needs daily refreshing.  We get this refreshing through daily reading, studying and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, which God supplied us with and through 2-way communication with Him (prayer) throughout each and every day.  When we find ourselves stressed, worried, worn out or dissatisfied with our life, we need to check our relationship with God.  Absence doesn’t make the heart grow fonder.  It makes the heart grow cold.  As we prepare to enter another calendar year let’s make a disciplined effort to refresh our relationship with God each and every day through daily Bible study and 2-way conversations with our Father each and every day.

December 25, 2018

Today We Celebrate

Filed under: Christ,Father,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:20 pm

Luke 2:11 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  (KJV)

Today is the day we celebrate the first coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to this earth.  Without combining the celebrating of this day with the celebration of the cross on Good Friday, and the celebration of His resurrection on Easter, the first coming is incomplete.  As we celebrate today, let us celebrate the totality of God’s Son, Jesus.  Let us open our hearts and minds even more to the infilling of His Holy Spirit.  Let us thank and praise God the Father for His amazing gift of love and forgiveness.  Let us take the joy we feel today and plug into it every day throughout the year, remembering the love and the cost of that love the Father has given to us.

December 18, 2018

Priorities and Schedules

Filed under: Church,Father,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:33 pm

Exodus 18:17-18 17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone (NIV)

Moses was confused about his priorities.  He thought he was responsible for everything. We need to listen to God for what He has for our own priorities.  As we hear His direction for our priorities, we need to compare them with our schedule.  So often we allow others to control our schedule to the demise of our priorities.  We allow ourselves to put other things before our priorities.  Moses was to spend His time in prayer – to stand before God for the people he was leading.  He was to hear God’s word and share that word with the people.  When he spent most of his time listening to disputes between people, he no longer had time to hear God’s direction.  We each have God-given priorities.  We need to learn to say yes to God and no to others when what they ask of us takes us away from what God is telling us to do.  This may sound harsh but, when we do things that take us away from our priorities, it means we are doing what God is telling others to do.  So many church pastors have a hard time sticking to their God given priorities.  They think, and unfortunately a lot of the church members think the pastor is responsibility for every activity in the church.  Quite often committee or commission heads think the same thing.  Let us be sure our schedule reflects our priorities.  Let us learn to flow in our priorities that we can serve God with joy and thanksgiving because we are doing what God is blessing through us.

December 16, 2018

Intellects or Service

Filed under: Father,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Peter 4:7-11 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

We love to feed our intellect.  We like to be the ones who have the answers to questions.  When we don’t really know the answer, we like to think we do and make one up.  As in the days right after Jesus returned to His throne in heaven, every generation thinks they are in the last days.  Many delve deeply into Daniel and Revelation and think they have the correct interpretation.  Some even go as far as presuming a date and time of Jesus’ return.  Peter tells us how we should behave during the last days.  As we read it, we can’t find anything that says we should know or guess the exact time.  When Jesus was walking this earth He said He didn’t even know, only the Father knows.  We have our hands full just doing what Peter says we should be doing.  We are to pray – pray for those who have yet to come into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  We are to love each other deeply which means we are to keep a heart of forgiveness rather than wearing our feelings on our sleeves.  Gifts we receive are for our service to God and those He sends our way.  We are to be faithful stewards – not only steward of money but stewards of all we have and all the capabilities God give us.  It is through the glory of God that His power prevails in this world.

December 15, 2018

In the Backgrounbd

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Matthew 1:20 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

Joseph is given the short straw.  He isn’t mentioned very often yet, God chose him to be the earthly father of His only Son.  God trusted Joseph to protect, raise and care for His Son as He grew from an infant to an adult.  Joseph was a man who listened to God.  Not only did he listen, he responded in immediate obedience.  There are many songs about Mary but we tend to forget Joseph.  Joseph seems to be in the background.  So often we think we are only in the background.  We see famous evangelists and writers that seem to get a lot of praise for what they do for the Kingdom of God.  The people who are in the background are incredibly important.  Joseph was a integral part of Jesus’ walk on this earth  We each have an integral part to play in the Kingdom of God.  No task is more important than another.  Let us do whatever God calls us to do with our entire heart, a heart full of joy and praise for being involved in the Kingdom of God.

December 9, 2018

Motives

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

James 4:3 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (NIV)

When we make our deeds and desires know to God in prayer yet don’t find them coming to us we must check our motives for asking.  So often our motives are for our own comfort or gain or for looking good to others.  Our motive should be to be pleasing to God.  We should desire to serve Him with thankful hearts.  In doing this we develop the desire to serve others and help them build a personal relationship with God.  Christianity isn’t a religion.  It is a relationship.  It isn’t man reaching up to God but God reaching down to man.  He reached down to the fullest by coming to earth in a human, physical form so we could relate better.  We can’t relate to what we don’t know and so God came down to our level of understanding.  Let us keep our priorities straight.  Let us really desire to be pleasing to God.  Let all we ask of Him be to deepen our relationship with Him and serve Him.  He has promised we will receive all we need to become one in Him.  Jesus prayed we would be one in Him just as He is one in the Father.  Jesus always prayed with the right motive and His prayers are always answered and fulfilled.  He still speaks to the Father on behalf of us.

December 5, 2018

Ultimate Love

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,sacrifice,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:56 pm

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

Any think that a loving God would welcome all to live with Him for eternity.  As long as they’re basically good, they should be able to go to heaven.  This is a misunderstanding of Who God is.  We are so accustomed to our right and freedom of choice that we think anything we choose is the right way for us.  God is the One Who created all that was, is and will ever be.  All things created are subjected to Him.  He created us.  He alone has the right and authority to set the rules.  He chose to send His Word, His only Son, in the physical form of Jesus Christ, to connect us to Himself, the Father, God.  He chose Jesus as the only way for people He created to spend eternity with Him.  His love is in the fact that He sent Jesus to die on the cross as a one-time sacrifice of blood to cover our sins.  Before Jesus shed His blood on the cross, mankind had to shed the blood of animals regularly as sin offerings.  We no longer need to sacrifice animals.  The sin offering was given by Jesus once and for all eternity for all who would come to Him in faith.  It isn’t a lack of love that God requires us enter His gates through Jesus.  It was an extreme love that allows us the way of entrance through His Son, Jesus.  This is the ultimate love.

December 4, 2018

Pleasing

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:33 pm

Hebrews 13:20-21 20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (NIV)

Why does God equip us with everything good?  It is not so we can have everything we want for our own self-pleasure and comfort, nor is it for us to look good by giving generously to others.  God equips us with everything good that is needed for doing His will.  He uses what He gives us to make us pleasing to Him.  We please Him in our devotion and obedience to His Son, Jesus Christ.  In our natural, sinful nature we are always looking out for us, not only our needs but our wants and desires.  We compare what we have or don’t have with what others have or don’t have.  We need to learn to look to Jesus.  My daily morning prayer is that I would be a pleasure to God, my Father during this day.  I want to be pleasing to Him.  I trust Him to equip me with everything necessary for me to be pleasing to Him.  Be it to be part of the birthing process of a new saint or giving someone food or an encouraging smile.  Whatever God desire of us each and every day is what we should ask to do and listen to do it.  Let us be pleasing to Him each and every day.

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