Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 30, 2019

Seventh Day

Filed under: Cell Phone,Church,commandment,gifts,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Exodus 31:15 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.  (NIV)

The statistics tell the story.  More people are dying of heart attacks in their 30’s and 40’s.  We are working 24×7.  We have our cell phones on us and answer tests about our jobs 7 days a week and throughout each days evening and even into the nights.  Many go to church on Sunday mornings but the rest of the day is spent catching up with work – either our professional jobs or work maintaining all the material stuff we’ve accumulated.  God worked for 6 days then took the 7th day to rest from His work.  He designed us to need to do the same.  We are choosing to ignore one of the 10 commandments.  All the commandments are equal in importance.  God gave them to us for our good.  We must ask ourselves why we choose not to take proper care of our bodies, minds and spirits by ignoring this commandment.  Let us choose to take one out of every 7 days as a day of rest – real rest.  Let us honor all the commandments.

October 7, 2019

Fruits or Gifts

Filed under: fruit,gifts,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)

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

There is a big difference between the fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.  Many mistakenly judge spiritual maturity by how well someone exhibits one or more of the gifts of the Spirit.  The gifts can function either in the Spirit or even in someone’s natural talent, abilities and/or training.  The fruit of the Spirit is only evidenced by how much we allow the Holy Spirit to dwell and live in and through us.  It is important for us to do a self-check often with each of the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit to see how we are growing spiritually.  We are to have all of the fruits of the Spirit.  Unlike the fruits of the Holy Spirit, we are not to have all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  We may even find that we have different ones of the gifts at different times in our ministry.  Someone can be a really exhilarating evangelist leading many souls to Christ and yet not exhibit many or some of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.   Let us not judge each other by our works but by the fruits exhibited but by the fruits.

September 26, 2019

Who He Is

Filed under: Christian,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Corinthians 3:1 1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.  (NIV)

Paul wrote this to a church who was functioning in the gifts of the Holy Spirit but were yet living their lives for their worldly, fleshly desires.   This is still very applicable for today.  We can see it even among the clergy.  There seems to be a competition for who can achieve the largest membership, the biggest building, the most newsworthy outreach.  We are quick to testify what God does for us, how He blesses us.  There is nothing wrong with that as long as our emphasis is on Who God is rather than what He does for us.  We have a difficult time freeing ourselves from the thinking of it’s all about “me.”  Even it’s all about what God does for me or what I supposedly do for God are the wrong emphasis.  Life is all about God.  God is life.  Without God there is no life.  The gifts of God through His Holy Spirit are wonderful but it isn’t about His gifts.  It is about God and Who He is.  Let us grow up.  Let us put our emphasis on Who God is rather than what He can do for us.  Let us allow God to free us from our carnality and fully envelope His Holy Spirit within us, not for what He does for us but for Who He is.

September 19, 2019

Righteousness, a Gift

Filed under: believe,Christ,gifts,God,Jesus,praise,Righteous,salvation,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  (NIV)

Unlike salvation, we can’t choose righteousness.  Righteousness is only found in Jesus.  Righteousness is something He gives those who choose salvation.  It is His righteousness that robes us.  It is Jesus Who gives us His righteousness.  There is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to be righteous.  While we are in our earthly bodies we continue to battle our natural sin nature.  Through our choice of salvation and our continual repentance we maintain the robe of the righteousness of Jesus.  Because of Jesus and the righteousness with which He robes us, God sees His righteousness on us and the penalty for our sinfulness is forgiven and put out of sight.  Righteousness costs us nothing but it cost Jesus more than we can ever imagine.  He had to separate Himself from His Godliness and become fully human to experience all we experience yet totally without our willfulness to sin to show us how much God loves us and desires for us to be with Him for eternity.  There is no way we can every imagine how much that cost Him.  Let us continually praise and thank Him for the great and glorious gift of righteousness which He so costly had given to all who choose salvation through Jesus.

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).

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.

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