Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 17, 2018

Remember the Basics

Filed under: Bible,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:46 pm

2 Peter 1:12 12 So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.  (NIV)

Peter was very familiar with human nature.  We all need to be reminded of things we already know.  We tend to become complacent.  Complacency leads to bad habits creeping into our life style.  This is one of the many reasons we need to be reading, studying and meditating on the written Word of God, the Holy Bible, daily.  It is the living word because the same verse can say different things to us depending on where we are in our walk.  It’s not that the same verse will say conflicting things.  It’s that there are various levels or depths of meaning.  This is part of the reminding.  We tend to want to skip the basics for the more complex and complicated meanings.  We must remember Jesus said we must come as a little child.  Let us never forget the basics.  Let us always go back to John 3:16 and remember it is Jesus Who is our Source of salvation, not our works.  Our works can only follow our love and devotion to our Savior.

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December 16, 2018

Intellects or Service

Filed under: Father,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:01 pm

1 Peter 4:7-11 7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV)

We love to feed our intellect.  We like to be the ones who have the answers to questions.  When we don’t really know the answer, we like to think we do and make one up.  As in the days right after Jesus returned to His throne in heaven, every generation thinks they are in the last days.  Many delve deeply into Daniel and Revelation and think they have the correct interpretation.  Some even go as far as presuming a date and time of Jesus’ return.  Peter tells us how we should behave during the last days.  As we read it, we can’t find anything that says we should know or guess the exact time.  When Jesus was walking this earth He said He didn’t even know, only the Father knows.  We have our hands full just doing what Peter says we should be doing.  We are to pray – pray for those who have yet to come into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  We are to love each other deeply which means we are to keep a heart of forgiveness rather than wearing our feelings on our sleeves.  Gifts we receive are for our service to God and those He sends our way.  We are to be faithful stewards – not only steward of money but stewards of all we have and all the capabilities God give us.  It is through the glory of God that His power prevails in this world.

December 15, 2018

In the Backgrounbd

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Matthew 1:20 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

Joseph is given the short straw.  He isn’t mentioned very often yet, God chose him to be the earthly father of His only Son.  God trusted Joseph to protect, raise and care for His Son as He grew from an infant to an adult.  Joseph was a man who listened to God.  Not only did he listen, he responded in immediate obedience.  There are many songs about Mary but we tend to forget Joseph.  Joseph seems to be in the background.  So often we think we are only in the background.  We see famous evangelists and writers that seem to get a lot of praise for what they do for the Kingdom of God.  The people who are in the background are incredibly important.  Joseph was a integral part of Jesus’ walk on this earth  We each have an integral part to play in the Kingdom of God.  No task is more important than another.  Let us do whatever God calls us to do with our entire heart, a heart full of joy and praise for being involved in the Kingdom of God.

December 12, 2018

Immeasurably More

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Ephesians 3:20 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, (NIV)

Most of us accept that God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ever ask or imagine.  Unfortunately many of us don’t read pass that part of this verse.  It is according to God’s power that is at work within us that God does immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.  Not because He can’t do it by Himself but because, as joint heirs with His Son, Jesus, God deposited His power through His Holy Spirit within us to work with Him in doing immeasurably more than we could ever imagine.  This is done through prayer.  Sometimes it happens with one prayer but usually it take many prayers, unceasing prayers to measure out the power God has placed in us.  Yes, it is God’s power.  Yes, it is through the Holy Spirit within us.  But, if we aren’t faithful in our prayers, our joining the power God has placed in us, released it through the prayer of faith and joined with God we won’t see what we ask fulfilled.  Let us be disciplined and be consistent in using the power of the Holy Spirit God has placed in us. Let us show the world immeasurably more than any could ask or imagine.

December 10, 2018

The Spirit Within

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:03 pm

James 4:5 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? (NIV)

When we come to Jesus and ask Him to be in our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior, God rebirths us with the spirit.  His Spirit of life was breathed into mankind at creation and died with mankind’s disobedience.  Jesus made it possible for us to be filled with the spirit again.  God jealously longs for us to be full of the spirit.  The spirit within us is what unites us as one with God.  Without the spirit in us we cannot be with God.  God is spirit and we must also be spirit.  That God jealously longs for us to be one with Him is amazing.  He really, earnestly desires for us to dwell with Him for eternity.  But He has given us freedom of choice.  Without choice there is no love.  God wants us to want Him as much as He wants us.  The choice isn’t haphazard.  We can’t slip in and out.  We either choose to allow the spirit to thrive within us or we choose to close our hearts, minds and lives to God.  What do you choose?

December 9, 2018

Motives

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

James 4:3 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. (NIV)

When we make our deeds and desires know to God in prayer yet don’t find them coming to us we must check our motives for asking.  So often our motives are for our own comfort or gain or for looking good to others.  Our motive should be to be pleasing to God.  We should desire to serve Him with thankful hearts.  In doing this we develop the desire to serve others and help them build a personal relationship with God.  Christianity isn’t a religion.  It is a relationship.  It isn’t man reaching up to God but God reaching down to man.  He reached down to the fullest by coming to earth in a human, physical form so we could relate better.  We can’t relate to what we don’t know and so God came down to our level of understanding.  Let us keep our priorities straight.  Let us really desire to be pleasing to God.  Let all we ask of Him be to deepen our relationship with Him and serve Him.  He has promised we will receive all we need to become one in Him.  Jesus prayed we would be one in Him just as He is one in the Father.  Jesus always prayed with the right motive and His prayers are always answered and fulfilled.  He still speaks to the Father on behalf of us.

December 8, 2018

Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (NIV)

God created mankind in His image.  However, we seen to think God is in our image.  We tailor Him to our ethnic background, our culture, our likes and our dislikes.  We tend to forget God is Spirit and when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the spirit God breathed into then at creation died.  Until we come to Jesus, the Word of God in flesh, God’s only Son, we remain without being in the image of God.  When we come to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit comes into us and we are once again in the image of God.  However, we have a hard time seeing His image in us because we are so wrapped up in our physical image.  We spend more time caring how our physical bodies look then we do caring for our spiritual bodies.  Let us shake off the self-image we tend to worship and get into God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, to see God Image as portrayed by His Son, Jesus Christ.  As we become more and more in relationship to the Son, we will more and more reflect the image of God.

December 5, 2018

Ultimate Love

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,sacrifice,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:56 pm

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

Any think that a loving God would welcome all to live with Him for eternity.  As long as they’re basically good, they should be able to go to heaven.  This is a misunderstanding of Who God is.  We are so accustomed to our right and freedom of choice that we think anything we choose is the right way for us.  God is the One Who created all that was, is and will ever be.  All things created are subjected to Him.  He created us.  He alone has the right and authority to set the rules.  He chose to send His Word, His only Son, in the physical form of Jesus Christ, to connect us to Himself, the Father, God.  He chose Jesus as the only way for people He created to spend eternity with Him.  His love is in the fact that He sent Jesus to die on the cross as a one-time sacrifice of blood to cover our sins.  Before Jesus shed His blood on the cross, mankind had to shed the blood of animals regularly as sin offerings.  We no longer need to sacrifice animals.  The sin offering was given by Jesus once and for all eternity for all who would come to Him in faith.  It isn’t a lack of love that God requires us enter His gates through Jesus.  It was an extreme love that allows us the way of entrance through His Son, Jesus.  This is the ultimate love.

December 4, 2018

Pleasing

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:33 pm

Hebrews 13:20-21 20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (NIV)

Why does God equip us with everything good?  It is not so we can have everything we want for our own self-pleasure and comfort, nor is it for us to look good by giving generously to others.  God equips us with everything good that is needed for doing His will.  He uses what He gives us to make us pleasing to Him.  We please Him in our devotion and obedience to His Son, Jesus Christ.  In our natural, sinful nature we are always looking out for us, not only our needs but our wants and desires.  We compare what we have or don’t have with what others have or don’t have.  We need to learn to look to Jesus.  My daily morning prayer is that I would be a pleasure to God, my Father during this day.  I want to be pleasing to Him.  I trust Him to equip me with everything necessary for me to be pleasing to Him.  Be it to be part of the birthing process of a new saint or giving someone food or an encouraging smile.  Whatever God desire of us each and every day is what we should ask to do and listen to do it.  Let us be pleasing to Him each and every day.

December 2, 2018

Guaranteed Suffering

Filed under: God,Jesus,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:09 pm

Hebrews 5:8 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered (NIV)

Since Jesus, God’s Word in flesh, God’s only Son, who was perfect had to learn obedience through suffering, why do so many Christians think, since they are children of God, they should never have to suffer.  So many preach a life style of always being blessed.  I can’t find anywhere in God’s written word, the Holy Bible, that we would live a life of ease.  I do find many references that we would have many trials and tribulations as we walk with God.  We have a hard time learning through the mistakes or sufferings of others.  We learn best through our own experiences and sufferings.  James, the brother of Jesus, knew this very well.  He starts out his epistle telling us to be thankful when trials and tribulations come our way.  This is the only way to build our faith and trust in God and His power and love.  When we find ourselves in a “suffering” situation it is definitely time to look to God and ask Him what it is we are to learn as we walk through the situation with Him by our side.  When we ask and listen, God is always faithful to provide the answers.

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