Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 23, 2017

Black Friday

Matthew 3:3 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”(NIV)

Today is Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow is known as “Black Friday.”  It might be called black because this is the day the retailers hope their bottom line will be in the black.  In 3 days, Sunday, it will be the first day of the Christian Advent season.  The word “advent” means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event: Synonyms are:: arrival · appearance · emergence · materialization · occurrence · dawn · birth · rise · development · approach · coming.  During this Advent season I will be citing prophecies from the Old Testament and the fulfillment in the New Testament.  Since there are more than 300 prophecies and not so many days in this season I will begin tomorrow.  We need to each be encouraged to concentrate more on the reason for our celebration rather than the push on materialism.  We need to share the love and joy and hopefully prepare the hearts of others to fully receive the most blessed gift ever – the gift of the Word of God coming in flesh so we could see His great love for us.  Let us share with all we meet.

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October 19, 2017

Good Measure

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Luke 6:38 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)

 We traveled and lived full time in a motor home for over 10 years.  Everything we owned was in that motorhome.  We had a rule.  We couldn’t bring anything in without the same weight and size came out.  The same is true in the spiritual world.  When we don’t give we have no room to receive.  God gives us joy and love but to continue to receive these gifts we must pass the out to others to make more room in our hearts and minds for more.  The more we give out, the more we can receive.  This is true in every area of our lives.  It’s also true in the negative things.  When we give out greed, anger, bitterness, resentment the same will come back to us.  We have a choice.  Whatever we want to receive we must give first.  But we must guard our hearts and minds.  We don’t give only because we want to get.  We give freely because God has freely given to us.  We give out of love for God as a sign of our love and thanks.  Giving is infectious.  Not only does it bring us joy, it passes joy to others and brings others into the desire to give.  Let us choose to be givers of all that God gives us.

October 7, 2017

Unique

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Acts 11:17 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” (NIV)  

 Believers’ can be from different cultures, ethnicity, and anything else.  They do not all need to sound, look or think alike. The only bond they need is a love for Crist, obedience to Him and a love for each other. We don’t have the right to criticize how a different church, denomination or person expressed their love for God.  God gives each and every person who come to Him through His Son, Jesus, the Holy Spirit to indwell in them and the seeds of the fruits of His Spirit.  What they do with them is between them and God.  Each of us was formed uniquely.  Each of us has a different ministry while on this earth.  Each of us has different expressions.  We all have the same gift from God but He designed each of us uniquely to be loved by Him and to love Him in our own unique way.  Let us pay more attention to what we do with the gift He has given us and how we receive and express His love.

August 23, 2017

Giving Our Best

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

John 12:3 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. (NIV)

 This pint of pure nard was worth a year’s income in that day.  Mary was giving her all to Jesus.  This was an outward sign of love for her Savior.  Mary didn’t know she was preparing Jesus for burial.  She only knew Jesus raised her brother from the dead and that He was the Messiah promised and sent by God the Father.  She didn’t understand all that the Messiah meant but she knew He loved them and they loved Him.  She worshiped Jesus with complete abandonment.  I had a friend who learned from this lesson.  A family in our church lost everything from a fire.  We were all gathering household items to give them.  My friend went through her linen closet looking for old sheets she no longer wanted.  In the process, she had to move new sheets that hadn’t even been opened.  As she took out the old sheets she her the Holy Spirit say, “You keep your best for yourself and give me the discards?”  She immediately put the old sheets away and gave the new, unused sheets.  So often we are counting the cost of what we give like all of it belongs to us and we think we are do great in sharing some of what we have with God.  This is backwards.  All we have belongs to God and He allows us to share in what He has.  As we see needs, let us give generously with love to God as we give to Him through others who are in need.

March 24, 2017

Giving Multiplied

Matthew 14:18-19 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. (NIV)

 What we give to God with a thankful heart will be multiplied.  We don’t give out of obligation or just because we are supposed to be giving.  We give out of thanks and love for God, Who He is and what He has  done and does do.  The giving involves our hearts, minds and possessions. We don’t give expecting to get something back.  We give because we want to give.  The little boy wanted to give his 2 fish and 5 loaves to Jesus.  Jesus gave them to God.  God blessed them more times over than we can count.  We must ask what we are holding back from God.  It may be money or possessions or time or a past hurt or anything else.  We need to ask God to show us what it is and choose to give it to Him.  Then watch and see how He blesses us.

March 13, 2017

Gatherer

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:34 pm

Matthew 12:30 30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. (NIV)

 Jesus said in Romans 8:17  Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.  Since we are co-heirs, we must also be co-workers.  We have a responsibility to work with Jesus.  When He speaks of gathering or scattering He is talking about the lost sheep, those who don’t know Him.  We scatter by not showing them the love, grace and mercy of God.  We gather by loving and showing them the grace and mercy of God through our words and our actions.  We get so consumed in our own personal lives we forget our purpose.  We must continually check on ourselves and see if we are a gatherer or a scatterer.  Who are you going to talk to about Jesus today?

December 25, 2016

Thank You, Jesus

Matthew 20:18-19 18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day, he will be raised to life!” (NIV)

 We celebrate today as the day Jesus was born of the Virgen, Mary, as flesh and blood.  He left God the Father for the sole purpose of dying on the cross for our sins so we can once again be in the image of God.  His entire walk on earth He knew what His purpose was and what He would be facing.  Christmas day is of no consequence without the death and resurrection of Jesus.  As we celebrate His first coming, let’s be sure to thank Him for His sacrifice for us and continue to prepare for His second coming for us, His Bride by sharing this glorious news with all we meet. 

 Happy Birthday, Jesus. Thank You for coming, dying, resurrecting and the promise of coming back for us.

December 15, 2016

Myrrh

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:39 am

Matthew 2:11 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (NIV)

 Myrrh comes from a small bushy tree. It is an expensive spice, used for making perfume, incense, medicine, and for anointing the dead.  It is considered to be a spice for a king.

The Bible cites myrrh s three times in the life and death of Jesus Christ. The above verse in Matthew states that the Kings visited the child Jesus, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Mark notes that when Jesus was dying on the cross, someone offered him wine mixed with myrrh to stop the pain, but he did not take it. Finally,  says Nicodemus brought a mixture of 75 pounds of myrrh and aloes to anoint Jesus’ body when it was laid in the tomb.  It was a much-treasured spice for kings.  Our question is what do we highly treasure that we can bring to our King, Jesus.  What is most valuable to us?  Is it our money, our time, or talents or whatever we highly treasure?  Let is give of our treasure to our King, Jesus to be used in glorifying Him and bringing others to glorify Him. 

 

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December 14, 2016

Frankincense

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:52 am

Matthew 2:11 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (NIV)

 Frankincense is a milky white resin extracted from species of the genus Boswellia, which thrive in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India. It’s a small tree which grows to a height of 16 feet. It has papery bark, sparse bunches of paired leaves, and flowers with white petals and a yellow or red center.  It had religious, medicinal and personal uses and was highly treasured.  When burned, the smoke was considered to be prayers rising up to heaven.  Our prayers are as the smoke of frankincense.  As we pray, are we aware that our words are as the smoke of frankincense rising up to heaven to the very ears of our God?  As frankincense was treasured, so does God treasure our prayers.

December 13, 2016

Gold

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:03 am

Matthew 2:11 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. (NIV)

 Gold has been an international measure of wealth practically since the dawn of history, with each culture and era expressing gold weights and value according to their own custom.  It has never mattered what country or time you are in, gold is always accepted as a medium of exchange.  The gold the visitors brought would cover expenses that Joseph and Mary had until after they were able to return home and Joseph could return to his carpentry.  We don’t know how much of their individual wealth they were giving to the family but we do know they went to a lot of trouble to bring them their gift.  How much trouble are we willing to go to in order to bring our gifts to our Lord? 

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