Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 22, 2018

Sabbath

Exodus 20:8-11 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy (NIV)

Mark 2:27 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. (NIV)

As the Hebrew religion grew and the religious leaders added more and more rules to the 10 commandments, it because wrong to do absolutely anything on the Sabbath.  Jesus corrected this misconception of man.  The Sabbath was made for man.  The Greek word from which Sabbath comes means “to breathe.”  It was made for a day of rest.  A day to catch our breath..  We are to work for 6 days then, as the Father, God, did, we are to rest on the 7th day.  God created everything in 6 days through His spoken Word.  He spoke and everything came into existence, except for mankind which He actually made and breathed His own breath of life into.  When you speak, you exhale.  The day of rest was meant to catch your breath and rest from your labors.  Today we have a hard time with resting from our labors.  With all the electronics at our disposal, we think we must work 24 times 7.  This attitude has led to poor physical and emotional health.  We are to take one day a week as our Sabbath and rest from our work.  For some of us that day is Sunday.  For some of us, Sunday is one of our busiest days.  It doesn’t matter what day we take to rest but we must take one day for our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.  It is in resting our minds, bodies and emotions that we clear out the cobwebs which prevent us from hearing what our Father has to say to us.  Let us not give into the temptation to use that day to play catch up.  If we catch up with anything, let it be ourselves and our relationship with our Father through a day of rest and relaxation in His Presence.

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March 21, 2018

Gluttony

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,health,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

1 Corinthians 9:27 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (NIV)

1 Corinthians 6:12-13 12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” (NIV)

God has been dealing with me for quite some time about my body.  I don’t own my body.  My body belongs to God.  Am I treating my body like it belongs to God?  I must admit, no.  I have a body that can hide a good bit of imperfections like weight.  I know how to eat healthy but so often give into things that look or smell really good whether I’m hungry or not or whether they’re beneficial to my body or not.  An unhealthy body (one that isn’t the proper weight or proper condition from exercise) is a poor testament for a Christian.  It shows a spirit of gluttony.  We don’t like to use the word “gluttony.” I believe in calling a spade a spade.  There are many scriptures about this problem.  Just do a word search on “food” and you’ll find a good amount of them.  We go on diets usually for the wrong reason.  Our reason is most often to look good.  That is vanity.  I’ve committed to God many times I will do better.  Then I go to my favorite grocery store and go crazy.  When it’s at home in sight I eat it.  How about you?  We are bombarded every where we go with food.  Even at our churches “covered dish” meals we load our plates.  I am publicly (on line) committing to my readers I am determined to ask God before putting anything in my mouth.  I never post comments because that isn’t the purpose of this blog.  I do read them and, if asked, will update on how I’m doing if interested.  How about joining me in this adventure.  As we should speak unless it’s something God wants us to say, so we shouldn’t eat unless it’s something God wants us to eat.

November 19, 2017

One Day

Exodus 20:8 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (NIV)

 Today is the day most of us set aside as the Sabbath day.  It is a day to stop from our normal duties and spend quality time with God and with His family of believers.  Some people must work on this day because other people or animals are dependent on them.  God intends for us to work only 6 days a week.  It is important for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health to take one day off from our normal chores.  We need to set aside one day a week to rest and renew our entire being through God by taking time to draw apart with Him and with other believers for refreshing, renewal and encouraging.  It matters not what day we set aside as long as we set aside one day.  At the beginning of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in the use of it.  At the end of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us consider what we have learned and done in this day.

September 14, 2017

The Body Temple

1 Peter 4 ​1 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. (NIV)

Our body is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit and we are to treat it as such.  This means we take care of our body to enable it to do the work of the Holy Spirit.  That applies even when we think we might be depriving ourselves of fleshly desires.  Treating our body as the temple of the Holy Spirit means we give our bodies the proper fuel it needs to keep it healthy and strong.  We give it the amount of activity it needs to keep the muscles and bones strong.  We give it the amount of rest it needs to keep it strong.  Yes, sometimes we might feel deprived of our fleshly desires.  Our question is do we love God and want to serve Him more than we love the fleshly temptations of this world.  A momentary pleasure last but just a moment but the joy of obedience lasts or eternity.

August 16, 2017

Health

Proverbs 4:20-22 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. (NIV)

 Sunday Night I preached about healing.  There is a lot of teaching going around that says just name it, believe it and claim it.  All promises in the Bible have a condition with them.  Yes, we do live in a sinful world and are subject to the diseases in this world, but God has given us instruction on how to stay in good health.  If we smoke, we can expect heart disease or lung cancer.  If we binge on a lot of sugar and gain a lot of extra weight, we can expect diabetes.  There are many diseases and sickness that are attributed directly to our lack of discipline and eating correctly.  God has given us freedom of choice.  We can choose to maintain a healthy body for the temple of His Holy Spirit dwelling in us or we can forget wisdom and discipline and ignore the rules of good health.  The choice is ours.  When diseases of the sinful world assault us, we still have a choice to listen to the wisdom of the Holy Spirit for directions of receiving the miracle God has for us.  Let us stop blaming other things or people and take responsibility for our own health.  Let us maintain healthy minds and bodies so the Holy Spirit has a healthy home within us and can flow unimpeded through us to this sinful world.

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