Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 13, 2019

Finding Rest

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,holy,humble,Jesus,soul,Uncategorized,yoke — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (NIV)

When oxen are yoked together only one can be in the lead.  That one, the one in the slightly bigger yoke, leads and, while leading, teaches the other ox how to do the work of pulling.  We are to be yoked with Jesus.  Jesus is a gentle and humble teacher.  As we are yoked to Him it is up to us to learn of Him.  We can only learn of Him through careful and regular study of the text book for life (The Holy Bible) which God so lovingly provided for us.  Yes, we can stay yoked without learning but then we will always miss out really knowing Who it is in the other side of the yoke.  Let us earn to allow Jesus to teach us in and through all circumstances we experience by staying in the yoke, allowing Him to guide and teach us.  Through getting to know Him we sill find rest.

November 12, 2019

Cost

Filed under: Christ,cross,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,surrender,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (NIV)

God considers our worth to Him of such major importance that He gave His only Son so He could have us with Him.  In line of this, we must ask what is Christ, God’s Son, Jesus, worth to us?  For that matter, what is God the Father worth to us?  Is God the Father and God the Son worth total surrender?  What is it we think or do that we refuse to surrender to God?  Worth is rated by how much it cost.  Our union with God cost Him His Son.  Our union with Christ cost Him death on a cross.  What about us?  What are we willing to pay for God?  We must regularly examine what act or thought we refuse to lay at the cross of Jesus.  Lacking any one thing is a lack of surrender.  Let us regularly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us places in our lives, hearts and minds which are yet to be surrendered to God.  We sing the hymn, All to Jesus I Surrender…let us continue in the surrendering process.  Our relationship with God is worth far more than anything in and of this world.

October 12, 2019

Holy Spirit is Here

Filed under: baptise,Christ,Christian,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Acts 10:44 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (NIV)

Many Christians falsely believe that receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate event sometime after conversion.  They falsely believe that miraculous signs should accompany the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enters the believer the moment the believer opens their heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit came to this earth on the day of Pentecost in the upper room to those waiting for the promise of His coming to be filled.  When we lead someone to Christ, when they open their heart to Him, we must tell them about the Holy Spirit Who now indwells in them.  Our problem is not in the receiving of the Holy Spirit but in the recognizing of His dwelling within us and our opening up to learn to listen to Him and allow Him to flow through us.  If you’ve opened your heart to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the door to the Father’s presence you have the Holy Spirit within you.  Learn to listen as you read the written word and as you converse with the Father.  It is a matter of opening our mind and our ears.

October 11, 2019

God’s Work

Filed under: Christians,God,heart,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Colossians 3:23 -2423 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV)

So many Christians define the Lord’s work as the work designated by the congregation for the paid minister to do.  Many include all church ministries as “the Lord’s work.”  According to the above verses, all work done by Christians is the Lord’s work.  We are to do everything with all our heart and unto our Lord.  As Christians, we are continually being watched by those who have yet to believe.  What we do and say and how we do and say things is a direct reflection on the love and power of God.  When we do jobs we falsely consider beneath us like cleaning up someone else’s mess, do we do it in joy and unto the Lord or do words of complaint come out of our mouth with a big scowl across our faces.  As believers, we have acknowledged we belong to God.  That means all our time and all we say and do belong to God.  Let us remember we are working for our Lord and do so in all we say and do with joy in our hears for the privilege of God working through us and allowing us to be part of His work.

October 10, 2019

Greatest Miracle

Filed under: believe,God's Word,heart,Jesus,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

John 6:32-35 32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.   34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (NIV)

Just as people did when Jesus walked this earth, we still seek the miraculous.  We define the miraculous as external events that are out of the natural flow of things.  Jesus said the greatest miracle is in coming to Him and eating the truth He gives us.  I know the changes He made in me, who I am, how I think, speak and act are bigger than any miracle like making the physically blind to see or the Grto walk.  The change He made in me has opened my blind eyes to the spiritual workings of God and has enabled me to walk in a way and to places I would never have walked without His leading me.  The “flashy” miracles are fine but let us look for the miracle Jesus makes within our hearts.  Eating from His word, believing all He says and walking in what He says far surpasses any other miracle He does.

October 1, 2019

Walking on Water

Filed under: faith,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,ministry,trials,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Matthew 14:29-30 29 “Come,” he said.  Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.    But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” (NIV)

Most of us concentrate on Peter losing faith and falling into the water.  We must remember there were 11 other disciples in the boat.  None of them even thought about stepping out in faith onto the water to come to Jesus.  It took a lot of faith to make that first step.  So often we also have a surge of faith and take the first step.  But when we take our eyes off of Jesus and concentrate on looking at the trial as Peter did, we also lose faith and start to fail in our endeavor.  The quicker we refocus on Jesus rather than the trial at hand, the quicker we will arise above the water (the trial).  Faith is a matter of choosing where our eyes, minds and hearts will focus.  Let us choose to keep our focus on Jesus.  Let us always be willing to step out in faith when He says come (or go do…) for the Holy Spirit will always equip us with whatever is needed to walk on the top of the water of any trial or ministry that Jesus tell us to come.

September 24, 2019

Seeking Jesus

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

John 6:26 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.  (NIV)

The crowd of people were running after Jesus because He fed them already prepared food.  The spent most of their days growing, harvesting and preparing their food to eat.  Jesus gave them already prepared food and all they had at do was eat it.  Before we condemn them we must ask ourselves why we seek Jesus.  Many seek Him because they’ve heard what is called the prosperity message.  This message claims if we are obedient and tithe, we will be blessed with unlimited material riches.  That promise is nowhere in the Bible.  When we follow Jesus, we are promised a full and abundant life but with that full and abundant life comes persecution and trials.  If we seek Jesus for life insurance of going to heaven we will be disappointed.  Jesus isn’t a life insurance policy.  Yes, if we follow Jesus with our heart, mind and life, we will go to heaven but only if we really believe IN Him as the only Son of God.  Take some time and see if you can put into words why you are seeking Jesus.  He promises if we seek Him we will surely find Him.

September 23, 2019

A Willing Heart

Filed under: Christian,heart,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Luke 10:1 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.  (NIV)

Before Jesus appointed the 12 disciples as apostles, He sent 72 disciples out by twos to help each other share His good news of salvation.  Jesus had been ministering about 18 months before He appointed the 12.  We don’t know how many disciples He had.  Disciples were students who followed their teacher to learn from him.  While being a disciple they continued in their profession earning their needed support.  When the 12 were appointed they left their professions and became full time students learning all Jesus taught them.  At the time Jesus appointed the 12 He was already on the hit list of the religious hierarchy.  They were already planning to murder Him.  The 12 were told they would be hated just as He was hated.  We can see the hate today as more and more Christians are being persecuted by those in the world and how governments are trying to make laws against Christians.  Our question we must face is will we stand true as the 12 did or will we fall away as many of the disciples did.  It doesn’t take education to serve and follow Jesus.  It take a willing heart.  Where is your heart?

September 10, 2019

Real Worship

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Amos 5:21-23 21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.   Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them. 23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.  (NIV)

I am concerned about some of the contemporary services in many of the churches.  The music is loud with memorizing rhythms.  The worship team is professional and the music is such as to grab the emotions.  As many start responding and joining in it tends to become a crowd mentality.  People look around to see how others are responding and start to respond in the same way.  The emphasis seems to be on the emotions to the music rather than on the sense of the presence of God.  I was in a service doing this when I heard the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit ask me if I knew whose worship was true and really pleasing to God.  A little huffed up, being a professional singer, I thought about myself.  Then I was directed to look at the young man standing next to me.  He was not singing any recognizable pitch or rhythm but he also was totally unaware anyone else was around him.  He was totally singing praises and worshiping God, Almighty.   True praise and worship comes from the heart.  True praise and worship comes from the individual.  Yes, individuals can and should often combine with other individuals to offer corporate worship to God but it must come from each one’s heart without concern of what others present might think of the way we sing, stand, look or anything else.  All eyes and hearts should be tuned to God.  Next time we’re are in a setting of corporate worship, let’s be sure to keep our eyes, minds and heart on God, not on our neighbor.

August 20, 2019

Our Whole Heart

Filed under: Church,encouragement,God,heart,praise,song,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

.I love the praise and worship time in music at church (or anywhere else).  But I am hearing less and less of worship.  Worship is to and about God.  It is offering Him our thanks and praises and love for Who He is.  So many of the songs we sing are about us, what we want, what we need.  These are songs of intercession.  There is nothing wrong with these songs.  They definitely have their place in our service.  My problem is the imbalance of the songs.  I think the worship songs should outweigh the songs of intercession.  We are gathering together mostly to worship.  We also gather together for encouragement for that is so very necessary but let us first worship with our who heart and being.  That means singing the songs of worship to God, not about God.  That means when the worship leader repeats the song over and over we don’t go into rote in our singing and let our minds wander.  We continue to pay attention to the words and make them real in our hearts and minds.  I’ve shared this before but it bears repeating.  One day as I was enjoying worshiping the Lord with about 500 other worshipers, I heard God say, “Do you know who’s worship is the loveliest.”  Since was a professional singer I started to get puffed up.  Then I heard Him say the man standing right next to me.  I looked.  He had his eyes closed, his hands up and was singing notes that didn’t even exist in a rhythm that didn’t really match any known rhythm but he was totally unaware of anyone else being around.  He was totally focused on worshiping Hid Father God.  Oh what a lesson I learned.  Worship is totally from the heart and is not for others to think you sound really good.  Let us worship with our whole hearts and not be concerned with what others around us might think.  Their focus should be on worshiping God, not on what others are doing.

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