Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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December 7, 2018

Too Much

Filed under: Christmas,gifts,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

James 1:13-14 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed.  (NIV)

During this season we are hit hard with temptation through advertising claiming various things are necessary for our comfort and/or enjoyment.  Many buy into the temptation and find themselves in debt long after the things they bought have become inadequate or broken.  Many blame God for their financial situation.  God has promised to provide all we need.  Our problem is we can’t distinguish between needs and wants and so many of our wants have been created by others telling us we should want.  God places each of us at various income levels for our various, specific ministry.  Our problem come from not asking for His wisdom in our financial spending.  We tend to forget all we have is really His and we are to be good stewards of what He puts in our hands.  We tend to forget to teach our children this most valuable lesson by overindulging them with too many things under the tree on Christmas morning.  Let’s teach them along with ourselves that we are to submit to God all we have and seek His wisdom on the use of all He puts into our hands.

November 30, 2018

Need or Want

Filed under: gifts,God,God's Word,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

1 Timothy 6:6-10 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (NIV)

As we enter the season of gift giving, we must be careful of feeding others the encouragement of desiring and seeking after an indulgence of the material and temporal goods over the spiritual and relational which last for eternity.  It is sad to see a child with a list pages long of things they think they really must have.  We encourage it, laughing with the child.  God’s Word says we are to be content with what we have.  There are so very many who don’t even have a change of clothes let alone their next meal.  There is nothing wrong with giving gifts to others who really have no need.  We must keep things in perspective.  Let us be sure we give to those who are really in want along with our giving to those around us who aren’t in want but only in desire.  Let us teach our children the difference between need and want and to be content and give to those in real need.

October 24, 2018

Common Good

1 Corinthians 12:7 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)

We humans have a strong desire for individualism.  We look after self to a high degree.  We even tend to think that the gifts God gives us are for our own self.  But God gives us gifts for the common good – the good of our fellow human beings.  We are each very important to the family of God.  We read in 1 Corinthians 12:22-26 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it  This is saying the you are very important and very special.  When I first started my walk with God I asked to be a little toe.  I didn’t think God would ever want to use me for anything special.  God told me toes are important because they keep the body in balance.  My reaction was, I was so unbalanced I couldn’t even be a little toe.  It takes being open to God through His Holy Spirit as we read His instruction book (The Holy Bible), meditate on it and learn to apply it to our daily lives and learning how to listen to the gentle, quiet voice of His Holy Spirit within us to bring us into functioning with the gifts He gives us for the good of all of His family.  I want to encourage you in your walk.  You are very important in the family of God.  God has a specific ministry for you that no one else is called or equipped to do.  As you grow in Him your gift will grow and your ministry will grow.  Let us each grow for the common good of all of God’s family.

September 21, 2018

More than Enough

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Exodus 36:4-5 4 So all the skilled workers who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left what they were doing 5 and said to Moses, “The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the Lord commanded to be done. (NIV)

The Hebrews were bringing their free will offering from their possessions to build and furnish the Tabernacle Tent.  They had walked through times of obedience and gratitude and times of disobedience and total lack of trust and belief in God.  Now they were back in a of obedience and thankfulness and were more than happy and very eager to show their thankfulness to God.  They were so very thankful they were bringing in all they had.  Where are we in our thankfulness and obedience to God?  How much of our possessions, our money, do we bring in as an offering to God?  Do our churches and our Christian charities have more than enough to take care of the needs of the sick, hungry and hurting people?  What is our attitude when we bring of our possessions, our money and our time, to God?  These are questions we each much face and answer honestly.  God knows how much we give and why we give it.  He knows if it is out of love and thanksgiving we give or simply obedience for the sake of obedience.  The tithe, 10 % is one thing.  What about our thank offering? 

August 17, 2018

Possessing

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Genesis 13:17 17 Get up and walk around the land, through its length and width, for I will give it to you.” (NIV)

Before Abraham could possess the land, God promised to give him, he had to walk it.  It was only his when he actively took it.  When God gives us His gifts, they aren’t really ours until we not only accept them, we must use them.  The gifts of the Holy Spirit are available to each of us as we have need of them.  But, if we fail to use them, they do us no good.  The gift of giving won’t activate unless we first choose to give.  The most important one, the gift of love, remains dormant until we choose to love.  The love of the Bible isn’t always emotional.  It means wanting God’s best for another and being willing to be part of God’s best in helping another.  Let us be sure we not only talk about the gifts God gives us.  Let us be sure to activate them by using them.

July 1, 2018

Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

1 Corinthians 13:2 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (NIV)

We are obsessed with knowledge.  It seems we worship knowledge more than God.  We are bombarded with information for our knowledge through every medium.  We pride ourselves on how much knowledge we have.  Knowledge won’t give us a relationship with God.  We can have knowledge of every word in the Bible and still not know God.  Our salvation and adoption into the family of God is based on relationship.  We must have an intimate relationship with Jesus, God’s Son.  Knowledge is no substitute for a relationship.  It’s not wrong to seek knowledge but it must be kept in the proper perspective.  Do we seek knowledge more than we seek to talk with God?  Do we seek knowledge more than we keep to sit in the presence and awareness of God in and with us?  Knowledge is good and necessary but let us first seek to love God with all our heart, mind and strength..  Let’s not allow the seeking of knowledge to take away from our time with God on a one on One basis.

May 16, 2018

Seasons

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Ecclesiastes 3:1 1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV)

Life is full of changing seasons.  As we grow in the Spirit of God, we tend to think we have a particular gift or ministry that is ours for the duration.  All the gifts actually belong to the Holy Spirit.  We actually do call the “the gifts of the Holy Spirit.”  He distributes His gifts to us as we need them.  Thinking that we have a particular gift and/or a particular ministry limits what God is allowed to do through us.  I’ve experienced flowing in a variety of ministries during my walk with God. Each one has been different yet each one has incorporated a different gift of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes it is hard to be moved from one ministry to another.  We have a hard time letting go of the past and embracing the new of the present.  Let’s read all of chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes.  We need to mditate on it.  Let’s ask God if we’re holding Him back from something new He wants to accomplish through us. Let’s be willing to let go of the old, familiar and comfortable and embrace the new when God chooses to move us on to other areas.  This is part of the full and abundant life God has promised us. 

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?

March 11, 2018

Have It All

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Luke 15:29 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.  T

Read the entire parable of the prodigal son. The prodigal recognized his mistake and came in spirit of repentance.  The son who stayed home didn’t want his brother to be forgiven.  Notice in Luke 15:12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.  The father didn’t just give the prodigal his share, he divided the shares between both sons at the time.  The brother of the prodigal was the oldest when meant he got double portion.  The problem arises in the fact that the brother did nothing with his double portion.  He continued doing as he has always done.  His double portion was there for him all the time.  God has given us so very much yet we continue going as we always have.  So often we don’t notice what God has given us, when we do, we don’t ask Him how we are to use what He gives us.  Let us learn not to pay attention to what God gives us, learn how to use His gifts and start using them.

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