Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 11, 2019

Blendin

Filed under: body,Christ,gifts,God,ministry,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

1 Corinthians 12:12 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (NIV)

Being in a choir, orchestra or band is a good training ground for how to function in the Body of Christ.  As believers, we are all members of one body.  In a choir or orchestra or band we are each part of one group.  We are to sing or play as one.  There are times when one particular part is to stand out above the others but, for the most part, all parts should blend as one.  We, as sinful humans like to shine out as individuals.  We want to be the one who is noticed.  We want to be known as better than other at what we do.  This is contrary to the body of Christ.  There are times when certain parts of the body of Christ believers are to stand out more than other parts but, for the most part, we are to blend our ministries and gifts.  Our purpose is to glorify God through Jesus Christ.  That is the purpose of each and everyone of us.  Through that glorifying we are to encourage others to come into the family of the body of Christ.  It is not a contest to see who can bring in the most people.  It is not a contest to see who has the most important “job” or position.  It is not a competition to see who shines the most.  We are a family of blended voices, talents, gifts in order to glorify God as the Bride of Christ.  Next time we find we want to be noticed, lets remember we are part of the Bride of Christ and it is the entire Bride of Christ to be noticed.  Yes, we are each a unique part of His Body, yet in our uniqueness we are to blend with the others parts (members).

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June 6, 2019

Giants

Filed under: Christ,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Corinthians 12:4 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. (NIV)

Notice Who distributes the gifts of the Spirit.  All the gifts belong to the Holy Spirit.  They are not ours.  He makes any of the gifts we need at the time we need them available to us.  These are not gifts we own.  These are the Holy Spirit’s gifts available to us as we need to use them.  Because we have the availability of these gifts, we have no excuse to not be bold in our faith and service to God.  The gifts are available to us as we need them because we have a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  This is why young David was able and not afraid to beat Goliath.  He knew His relationship with God.  God demonstrated His power through David many times as he protected his sheep from lions and bears.  Goliath was nothing more than an adversary of God just as the lions and bears are adversaries of sheep.  David knew it wasn’t his own strength or strategy but the wisdom and power of God.  I’m sure David was listening to God as to the timing of letting that stone fly through the air at Goliath’s most vulnerable time.  Like David, we have nothing to fear.  We only need to learn to trust God and listen to the gentle instructions of the Holy Spirit.  God will give us the ability to defeat all giants in our lives if we would only listen and allow Him.

February 28, 2019

Use It or Lose It

Filed under: gifts,God,Jesus,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 19:26 26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. (NIV)

In the exercise world there is a saying, “Use it or lose it.”  The same is true in the spiritual world.  God has given each of us gifts for the purpose of serving Him and spreading His love and His Word.  The question we must answer is are we using the gifts God has given us?  When we use our gifts we become more adapt at using them.  As we use them in serving God we are able to increase our service.  There is also another saying, “Practice makes perfect.”  Though we will not be perfect nor use our gifts perfectly nor serve God perfectly while we live in our sinful, physical state, we can, through using our gifts, grow closer and closer to being perfect in the Lord.  Those new in the faith don’t know their gift.  As we grow in our faith our gifts will become obvious to others around us.  If you don’t know your gifts, talk with a believer who knows you.  They can help you identify your gifts.  Quite often we think our gifts are our natural talents and often they are in agreement with each other.  But, don’t close your mind to gifts far different from your natural talents.  I’m a professional musician by training.  God did use me in this way for quit a while.  I wasn’t trained in writing.  This was a big surprise for me.  Remember, with God, anything and everything is possible.

January 26, 2019

Fulfillment

Filed under: Bible,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,ministry,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:11 pm

2 Kings 4:4 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” (NIV)

Most of the miracles recorded in the Bible weren’t accomplished without the receiver participating by doing something.  In this case, the widow had to pour oil into all the jars in order to have the money to pay her debt and enough to live on later.  When Jesus healed a blind man, he was told to go and wash his eyes to receive his sight.  Today we seem to want to be served without doing anything ourselves.  We don’t see or receive miracles because we don’t participate by doing our part to receive them.  God has given us the responsibility of being co-heirs with His Son, Jesus.  That means not only to we share in all Jesus receives, we also share in all He does.  We must participate with Him in the work our Father has for us to do.  This work includes the spreading of the Father’s love, the teaching and sharing of His Word, (Jesus is the Word) and the giving of His miracles and gifts.  What we do in the sharing of the work differs from time to time according to the situation and the instructions of the Father.  Let us learn to do more than ask for a miracle.  Let us also listen to the instructions for our part in the fulfillment of the miracle.

January 19, 2019

Confirmation

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 pm

Matthew 11:2-3 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? (NIV)

Earlier, when John immersed Jesus, John said Jesus was the One to come, the Messiah.  Now we see John doubting.  John was in prison.  There was no encouragement.  He seldom got word of what was happening on the outside and the word he got he needed to confirm some way.  In spite of John’s doubts, Jesus said Matthew 11:11),  Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus didn’t condemn John for his time of doubt.  He said John was great.  We condemn ourselves when we have moments of doubts or when we think we aren’t doing enough for the Kingdome of heaven, yet Jesus said the lest of us is greater than John.  Doubts are part of our human nature.  They will come and go.  When they come, we only need to turn our minds and hearts to the scriptures and receive confirmation that Jesus is Who He said He is and we are, through our belief and following Jesus are God’s children as He said we are.  John was before Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind.  We are after and have received the Holy Spirit in us as confirmation of our relationship to God.  We have access to all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to use in our ministry of furthering the Kingdome of God in the hearts of all we meet.  How blessed we are.  John had to have his confirmation just through the actions of Jesus. We have confirmation through the inner dwelling of the Holy Spirit.  What greater confirmation could anyone ever ask.

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 24, 2018

Swaddling Clothes

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sacrifice,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Luke 2:12 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (KJV)

Why would the angel say finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes would be a sign to them that that babe was the Lamb of God?  It was common practice to wrap a new-born baby in swaddling clothes for the baby’s comfort and protection.  It was also common practice for the priestly shepherds, the ones tending the sheep for the sin sacrifices in the temple in Jerusalem, to wrap the new-born lambs in swaddling clothes and lay the in a manger.  This was to give the young lambs a chance to calm down after their birth and gain a little strength before being put by their mother.  This was a sign to these shepherds that this babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger was indeed the promised Lamb of God, the promised Messiah.  We can barely imagine the joy in the hearts of the shepherds who really understood the gift they were seeing.  They would never leave their sheep unattended at night for anything less than the permanent replacement for the sheep they attended. Let us take joy in the Lamb of God Who has taken away our sins and brought us, through belief and faith in Him, into the family of God for all eternity.

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 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.

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