Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 11, 2018

Responbility

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.

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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

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.

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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