Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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

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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

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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

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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

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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? 

November 28, 2016

Gifts

Proverbs 18:16 16 A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. (NIV)

Giving gifts at Christmas started from the Magi who came with gifts for Jesus.  Then the tradition became of giving to show a desire and appreciation for a relationship.  Now they seem to be obligatory.  We are in a rush to open them, say a quick thank you then move on to open the next gift.  A gift should be something from the heart that says I appreciate our relationship.  It doesn’t need to be material.  The best gifts are those of service and time.  Our question this season is what gift will we bring to the Christ Child?  Will we offer Him from our best?  How about a gift of time?  Why not pray and ask Him where He wants us to donate a gift of time?  Let us be more prayerful as we think on what gifts to give to whom and give of our best to exemplify the relationships we appreciate.

November 21, 2016

Praises

John 8:15 15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. (NIV)

As a retired professional musician, it is very hard not to sit in judgement when music is presented at church.  I learned a long time ago that God hears our music very differently from the way we hear it.  We were all enjoying singing our praises to God.  The man next to me was clapping way off the beat and singing notes I didn’t know even existed in our musical scales.  I hear God ask me who was singing the most beautiful praises to Him.  I felt very smug until I heard Him say it was the man next to me.  God said He listens to the heart doing the praise, not the voice.  Since then I have tried to tune in to the person’s heart rather than their notes, rhythm or pronunciation.  I must admit many times I must remind myself of what I learned to be able to relax and join inwardly with the person presenting their praise to God.  All praises to God are beautiful and perfect.

November 13, 2016

Steps

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Proverbs 20:24 24 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.  How then can anyone understand their own way? (NIV)

I have a crushed vertebra.  It is my own fault.  I was determined I could do something by myself which I have always done before.  I was wrong.  My body is older than it was before.  We tend to not acknowledge changes in our body.  The same is true of our ministry.  Just because God has us doing a particular ministry at one time doesn’t mean we are always to be doing that ministry.  As we grow in the Lord our ability to hear and to flow with His Holy Spirit changes with our growth.  We must learn to be open to change.  God has ordered our steps throughout our life.  If we get too comfortable in one place we might miss new blessings God has for us in new places.  Let us always be listening for a change in the direction of our steps.  I know from experience God is using me in ways I would have never thought possible several years ago.  Remember, the Holy Spirit is in each of us with all of the gifts that belong to the Holy Spirit.  We don’t own any one gift.  They are the Holy Spirit’s gifts.  All the gifts are available for our use at the time we need to use them.  One day God may use you to flow in the gift of healing, another day it may be giving or a prophecy.  Let us be open and available at all time for whatever God wants to do through us.

November 10, 2016

Giving

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:41 am

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)

My car was in the shop for 3 weeks due to a deer hitting it.  When I went to pay, I expected to pay all of my deductible plus the part my insurance declined.  I was so surprised when the shop said my deductible was $100 less and they would take care of the insurance difference.  This is a perfect example of God using people to give to those who are faithful in giving.  Our tithe always came first before any bills or other expenses.  Then there were the love offerings as God would lead us to give to others.  It is a joy to be a giver.  It is even nice when you unexpectedly receive.  But, whether you are the giver or the receiver, it is all through God’s loving hand.

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