Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 7, 2020

Differences Can Unite

Deuteronomy 11:26-28 26 “Look, today I set before you a blessing and a curse: 27 there will be a blessing, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today, 28 and a curse, if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and you turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known  (NIV)

This word from God wasn’t just for the Hebrews as they were about to enter the promised land.  It applies to us just as much today as it did then.  The United States was founded on God’s ten commandments.  Now we are turning away further and further from the 10 laws governing morality and a happy and healthy life for all.  We are worshiping other gods instead of worshiping the God the Creator.  We worship the gods of: self-satisfaction, power, money, gender, race, sports and on and on.  The present culture is saying “only what I think and like is right, all other views, thoughts, opinions and desires must be stopped.”  We ae in an “all about me” culture.  Anger at anything or anyone for any reasons can now be displayed in any manner including shooting, beating and defacing.  We are paying for this through business being torched, viruses spread due to an “I don’t care,” attitude and many other disruptive ways.  Christianity is considered a hate group because we stand for love of others, not just self-love first.  What do we do?  First we pray.  Praying God’s word is the sword that defeats.  Second we say and do the things that demonstrate love and respect, even for differences of race, gender, culture, financial standing, educational standing. Language, appearance and so on.  Let us pray to end the curse that is so prevalent today.  Let us reach out to those who are different than us and show them differences don’t separate, they unite as we all pull together for a full, peaceful and complete life for all.  The will know we are Christians by our love in words and actions.

March 29, 2019

Bodies Are Temples

Filed under: Creation,God,health,Holy Spirit,prayer,temple,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

1 Corinthians 6:19 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; (NIV)

I was recently at a health fair.  There was a room full of tables with people representing various types of health companies and vendors.  At most of the tables there were dishes of candies, cookies, cupcakes and various other snacks.  I thought it a little strange for a health fair to have so many non-healthy enticements.  Since our bodies are temples for the Holy Spirit, we should be treating our bodies with respect.  That incudes more than healthy eating.  We need to feed our bodies with good food but also with exercise and with quiet moments of meditation with God through the Holy Spirit.  So often it is the quiet moments we fail to have.  My favorite form of exercise is what I call my prayer walk.  As I walk through the neighborhood, I tell God how much I appreciate the beautiful world He created. I pray for the people in the houses as I pass.  It is a quiet time for my soul while, at the same time, it is beneficial to my body, a temple for God’s Holy Spirit.  Let us remember our bodies are on loan to us for while we walk on this earth.  Let us care for them according to how the Owner would have us do.

January 16, 2019


Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,healing,health,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

I’m not putting scripture with this because I hope this will encourage you to do your own scripture research.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Jesus is willing to heal.  Jesus is compassionate.  Jesus heals 3 ways.  He heals naturally.  He does that because He made us to heal naturally.  We cut ourselves and He created the blood clot factor to heal our cuts.  He heals through human doctors and medicine because He is the One Who gives us the wisdom in learning how He made our body work and how to keep it working right.  He heals miraculously.  He didn’t heal miraculously to draw attention to Himself.  Notice in scripture He usually said for them not to tell anyone (but they always did).  It is those who make a show out of miraculous healing that have decreased our faith in the reality of it.  Our problem is demanding which method Jesus will use to heal us.  We are also impatient.  We forget there is a warfare going on for our physical and emotional bodies.  When Daniel prayed one time it took 21 days for the angel to deliver the answer because of the spiritual warfare going on.  We are to seek all 3 types of healing.  It is important, as we continue to seek healing to actively participate in spiritual warfare.  It takes our continued and faithful prayers to unite with heaven in getting through the warfare that evil tries to prevent God’s work getting through to us.  It is imperative that we learn to stand firm and continuing in faith, be actively patient.  I hope this helps you not only understand at a deeper level, but that it also motivates you to be pro-active in seeking all 3 ways God heals.

When we do a word study on the word body we will find out we don’t own our own body.  Our body belongs to God.  It houses the Holy Spirit.  When we don’t take proper care of our body it is sin.  God will not surpass our willfulness to sin.  Our sin of not caring for our bodies suffers the consequences of sickness.  If we truly want God to heal our diseases and injuries we must do our part in being careful and eating healthy.  It isn’t a lack of God’s willingness to heal but our willingness to live in sin.  Let us quit blaming God for a lack of our healing, confess our sinful neglect and do our part in our healing.  He wants us whole.

There is a time God chooses to heal us by taking us up to Him because we have finished what He has called us to do on this earth.  That is a glorious time of perfect healing but also it is not something we should hasten.  We want to be pleasing to God and do all He has for us to do on this earth.  We have all eternity to be in His very real and tangible presence.

My prayer is for all of us, especially me, to take our responsibility for our body seriously and through our proper care of our bodies, trust God for the healing of the evil surrounding us that would try to keep our bodies from being a healthy vessel for the Holy Spirit’s work on this earth.

September 11, 2018


Filed under: Christian,devotion,God,health,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Exodus 15:26 26 He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.” (NIV)

As a hospital chaplain I am asked frequently by patients to pray for healing.  Many of them want to eat what they want, when they want, drink what they want, smoke what they want and lead sedentary lives yet, expect God to heal them and bless their life style.  God has given us a responsibility for our own health.  He has given us access to wisdom on how to maintain our bodies to be healthy the way He designed them to be.  When we don’t take care, when we are not good stewards of what God has given us we can’t expect Him to intervene and presto, all is back in order.  Yes, it will rain on the just and the unjust.  Disease is not always the result of personal sin but the total sin of humanity against nature and God’s creation.  This doesn’t excuse us from our personal responsibility.  When we start to feel sick we must self-check to see what part in the illness our own choice of life-style played in our sickness.  Let us be good stewards, not only of our money and talents God had given us but also of the bodies He’s given us.

August 11, 2018

Healed for Service

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,health,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 8:15 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. (NIV)

Jesus heals us not only out of love for us, He heals us for us to be able to be His hands, feet, mouth and heart on this earth.  Notice Peter’s mother got up and began to wait on Him.  She didn’t take time to tell everyone she was healed.  She demonstrated her healing by her service.  We tend to so consumed with what we want Jesus to do for us that we minimize what He would like to do through us for others.  This is from our sinful state of selfishness.  Let us choose to put Jesus first in reality, not just in words or theory.  When we ask for healing, let our reason be so we can actively serve Him by allowing Him to serve and speak through us to those He brings our way.

June 9, 2018

Eagle Wings

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,health,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Isaiah 40:31 31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

It is so hard for us to wait on the Lord.  His timing and our timing seem to be incredibly far apart.  As I write this I am in the hospital.  My doctor and I are waiting on the Lord to see what direction He wants to go with the healing of my body.  Surgery is the last result.  So often we rush ahead of God.  We pride ourselves on thinking we know what’s best and what we need to do for our future.  We fail to remember we don’t know what will come tomorrow.  Only God knows.  That makes His timing the best timing there is.  Rushing ahead, I’ve learned well by experience, only creates problems and slows down God’s blessings on us.  The more we become immersed in the electronic age, the more impatient we become and the harder it is to wait on the Lord.  Waiting has many benefits.  Besides getting us to the right direction and results, waiting renews our strength.  We, when walking with God in His timing really can mount any trials soring with the strength of eagles’ wings.  We will not be weary nor will we faint.  Let’s try to remember, in any situation, pray and wait for God’s answer.

March 22, 2018


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.

March 21, 2018


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.

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