Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 1, 2019

Standing

Filed under: encouragement,faith,glory,God,government,Uncategorized,witness — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Acts 7:56 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”  (NIV)

Most often we read Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God the Father.  This time He is standing.  What could cause Him to stand up?  I see 2 reasons.  He is standing as Stephen is being stoned to death.  Jesus has open the curtain for Stephen to see Him as Jesus welcomes Stephen home to his rest and reward.  I also see Jesus looking at Saul, standing there holding the coats and urging them on as the stone Stephen.  As He looks at Saul, I’m sure He already sees Saul on the Damascus Road.  Jesus watches over all His Father’s children – even before they come into His family.  I can just hear Him saying to Stephen, “Hang in there, Stephen.  You’re coming home.  What you are saying is very important.  I have someone listening who will be my emissary to the gentiles.”  I hope this helps us all understand Jesus isn’t just basking in glory, He is actively encouraging us onward.  Let us be encouraged to stand firm in faith and be bold in witnessing as Stephen set the example.

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August 15, 2019

All Tasks

Filed under: God,government,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Colossians 3:23-24 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV)

The work ethic seems to be fading.  People want to get paid but they don’t want to work hard.  They clamor for more money and less hours of working.  This is not only in the jobs people have.  It is prevalent throughout our culture – schools, government, health care and quality control are to name just a few.  God tells us that whatever we do we are to do with al our heart.   This includes taking out the trash, washing dishes or leading the country.  All we do is as an offering to God.  We do this not because we expect rewards though God will and does reward us but because we love the Lord and want to be pleasing to Him.  The best little book I’ve read on this subject is “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence.  I’ve mentioned this booklet before.  It is available on the internet as a free download.  There is joy in the any and all  tasks when they are done with a heart for God.

June 3, 2019

Shooting Off Our Mouth

Filed under: Christ,confess,forgive,government,Jesus,Obey,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Acts 23:5 5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’” (NIV)

Romans 13:1 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (NIV)

We take great delight in criticizing our government leaders.  We even say things about them that aren’t verified by fact.  We even enjoy hearing others speaking negatively about those who are in our government.  As much as we don’t like what scripture says, as a follower of Jesus Christ we are to follow what the scripture says.  We are not to say negative or evil things about those in our government.  In the United States, we have the power to choose who is in our government.  We do this by our vote.  I’ve noticed some of the people around me who complain and have the foulest mouth about those in the government are the same people who sit at home on election days.  Instead of mouthing off at those in government, let us practice obeying another verse in the scripture.  2 Chronicles 7:1  says if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Let us stop shooting our mouth off to others and use our mouth to confess our sins along with the sins of our government and ask God for forgiveness and direction.

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