Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 12, 2020

Reflecting

Filed under: blood,Father,God,Jew,joy,penalty,sacrifice,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

1 Peter 3:18 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.  (NIV)

I struggle when I partake of what we call the Lord’s Supper or communion.  It makes me thin about how much Jesus suffered so I wouldn’t have to pay the penalty for my own sins.  Reread what they did to Him.  Visualize it here in Matthew 27:27-31 27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. Can you imagine going through something like what He experienced?  It makes me cringe.  As I eat the bread and drink from the cup I think about what Jesus went through.  It makes me cry and leaves a biter taste in my mouth.  How do we show Him our thanks for what He experienced so we could live covered by His righteousness and blood sacrifice?  Do we thank Him with more than lip-service?  Most of us don’t spend enough time thinking about how our thoughts, words and actions represent our thankfulness and love to God the Father and to God the Son.  The sacrifice cost the Father to suffer as well as the Son.  None of us, in our imperfect love, likes to see on of our children suffer.  God’s love is purer.  The Father had to turn His eyes away from the suffering of His Son as His Son took on our sin.  I can’t imagine such pain – the pain either and both of them experienced.  Let us put our complaints about things we think are suffering and live reflecting His love and joy each and every day.

April 8, 2020

Let Us Be Joyful

Filed under: God,joy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Romans 12:12 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  (NIV)

Many are upset, frustrated, complaining and some even afraid of having to stay in their own homes during this pandemic.  Some even call it tribulation.  This is not tribulation.  This is an opportunity to realize what is important in life.  The most important thing in life is life itself through the power, grace and mercy of God.  Being home isn’t an affliction, it is an opportunity for renewing our hearts, minds and spirits.  It is a time of uninterrupted prayer.  Yes, many are without income during this time.  In the flesh that is a scary time.  But it is also an opportunity to earn to look to God Who has promised to meet all our needs according to His purpose.  Instead of complaints let us be joyful in hope for our hope in God and His control of the actual outcome is assured.  Let us be faithful in prayer for the world, our nation, our leaders, our family and our neighbors.  God will get us through this with the results God wants.  Let us stay on God’s side in faith with joy and patience for God is faithful.

April 5, 2020

Scriptual Prayer

Filed under: Bible,Father,forgive,fruit,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,joy,light,sin,thanks,Uncategorized,vine — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Colossians 1:9-14 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins  (NIV)

I copied all these verses in to demonstrate how to take a prayer recorded in the Holy Bible and turn it into a personal prayer.

Father, God, I continue to ask You to fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding Your Holy Spirit within me gives.  Help me live a life worthy of You and a life that pleases You in every way.  Help me bear fruit in every good work and continue to grow in the knowledge of You.  Strengthen me with all power according to Your glorious might an give me great endurance and patience.  Help me continue giving joyful thanks to You in all circumstances.  I give You joyful thanks.  It is through Your Son, Jesus that I am qualified to share in the inheritance of the kingdom of light.  Your Son rescued me from the dominion of darkness and has brought me into Your kingdom of light.  Thank You for forgiving my sins.  I love You, Father God.

February 24, 2020

Show Our Joy

Filed under: Church,God,joy,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Philippians 4:4 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  (NIV)

One thing so many of our church worship services lack is rejoicing.  So many churches are either filled with somber quietness or idle chatter before the worship service.  During the worship service things are quiet.  Much of the problems comes from our being told to be quiet in church as little children.  God tells us to rejoice.  We are to rejoice while singing and while praying.  I find it odd that people are quick to rejoice loudly at a pop concert or a sports event yet, in church they sit there stoically.  We might be singing an old hymn out of an old hymn book but that doesn’t mean we can’t sing with gusto and with a face and expression full of joy.  We might be reciting a psalm as a responsive reading or saying the Lord’s Prayer collectively but that doesn’t mean we can do it with expression of joy in our voices.  Let’s listen to ourselves in our next worship service.  Do we sound joyful?  It is a privilege to come together to worship our God.  It is a joy to be able to do so.  Let’s show it in our faces and our voices.

December 19, 2019

Leaping with Joy

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,immerse,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 1:41 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  (NIV)

Here is more evidence that what some call a fetus because it hasn’t left the womb yet, is actually a living being, a baby.  The baby in Elizabeth’s womb, later to be named John and known as John the Baptizer or John the Immerser, could hear and know of Mary’s presence and could hear from God that Mary had His Son in her womb.  The word is leaped, not moved.  Leaping is a reaction of excitement.  His excitement encouraged his mother, Elizabeth, to give herself to the Holy Spirit and tell Mary how blessed she is and how she is carrying her Lord, the Son of God.  There is now way for Elizabeth to know this but by the telling of it to her by the Holy Spirit.  Mary wasn’t showing her pregnancy yet.  The birth of Jesus in total human form was completely orchestrated by God and we can read about it even in the book of Genesis.  Let us put the excitement (the leaping with joy) back into our celebration of Christmas.  Let us demonstrate the real reason for this season.

October 31, 2019

Joy in Trials

Filed under: God,joy,love,trials,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Peter 1:6-9 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (NIV)

We don’t like trials.  When faced with a trial our usually response is, “Why me, Lord?”  Actually, that is a good response if we are willing to listen to His answer rather than mean that question as a complaint.  Peter gives us the reason in verses 3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time  Going through trials is one of the ways God teaches us and continues to mold us into the image of Jesus.  As we walk through our trials we learn to listen to God.  As we walk out of our trials we are better able to minister to others who walk through their trials.  As we walk through our trials our faith and trust grow in God.  All these, as we walk through trials, depends on the attitude we have as we walk through the trials.  When a trial comes our way lets do ask God, why me wanting to know what it is God wants us to learn through the trial.  Each trial is for a specific need in our life.  God is faithful and true to His word.  We might not be happy as we walk through our trials but we can keep the glorious joy of the salvation of our soul and the constant presence and provision of God Who loves us more than we can understand..

October 27, 2019

Shout for God

Filed under: Christians,God,Jesus,joy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Isaiah 58:1 1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a trumpet. . (NIV)

Psalms 20:5 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.  (NIV)

I watched with amazement the videos shown on the news channel of people shouting, jumping up and down and calling everyone they knew because their favorite sports team won the game.  Whether a sports team wins or looses has no effect on our eternity.  It strikes me as strange how many Christians shout and cheer at sporting events yet barely open their mouths at a worship service.  It also strikes e strange how many Christians will call their friends to celebrate with them, yet they don’t share with their friends the victories God gives them through their lives nor the way their friends can have a personal relationship with God.  Our priorities are so off base.  If we can shout and cheer at a sporting event, let us be sure we raise our voices as we sing and pray or recite scripture in our worship services.  If we can call our friends to celebrate a sporting event win, let us be sure we share with our friends how God has blessed us and how they, too, can enjoy the blessings of God.  Let us no longer hold back the Good News of Jesus Christ.

October 23, 2019

No Job too Menial

Filed under: Jesus,joy,passover,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

John 13:4-5 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  (NIV)

In many churches today we do a ceremonial foot washing.  Everyone comes with really clean feet.  This wasn’t the case in Jesus’ day.  They wore sandals and walked on dusty, dirt roads.  The table they sat at was low so they sat sideways on the floor.  That meant the feet of one person were next to the face of the next person.  It was the responsibility of the host to have a servant ready to wash the feet of all the diners before the meal.  Since they rented the room for the Passover Supper celebration there wasn’t really a designated host and so the services of a servant were overlooked.  None of the disciples wanted to do such a menial job of washing dirty feet so they just acted like it wasn’t necessary and sat down to begin the meal.  Jesus, Who was properly called Lord by the disciples, noticed the lack of washed feet and got up Himself, girded Himself with a towel and began to wash the disciples feet.  He did this to show them that no one is beneath serving others and no job is to be considered to menial for anyone to do.  Today most leaders think they are the ones to be served.  They consider themselves too big and important to do jobs they consider to be beneath them.  Jesus showed us if a job is needed and we are there, we are to do it.  No job is beneath us.  All we do is to be done with joy in service to our Lord and King, Jesus.  When we see a need, we are to fill it.  If we don’t have the capability to fill it, we are to find someone who can.  Any need is our business.  Let us not “stick our noses up in the air” thinking we’re too good, to educated, to talented or too busy to stop and fill a need

August 29, 2019

Nightly Check-up

Filed under: confess,forgive,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,peace,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

We need to give ourselves a nightly check before ending the day.  We check each fruit of the Spirit to see how it grew in us during the day or how we squelched a particular fruit that day.  Did we show the fruit of forbearance (patience) In our driving or with the customer that carried on a tirade blaming us for a company police or their own indiscretion?  What about joy?  Did we go around with a joyful expression and attitude?  Self-control can be a big one.  Did we practice self-control at the “all you can eat” buffet we went to for lunch or dinner?  Each fruit is a barometer of how we are walking in the Spirit of God.  If you’re normal you will find at least one, if not more fruits lacking during the day.  That’s okay.  Confess the lack, choose to turn a different direction, ask forgiveness and forgive yourself.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more mindful of that (or those) particular fruit during the next day.  Fruit must be fed to grow.  This is one way of feeding the fruits within us.

August 17, 2019

Which Fruit

Filed under: Bible,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control   (NIV)

The evidence of our accepting Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives is the fruit of the spirit.  When any one of these is not prevalent what takes prevalence is the evil fruit of Satan – the exact opposite of the fruit of the Spirit.  When just one remains lacking, if not addressed right away, the others gradually are replaced by their opposites as well.  We must guard these fruits, fertilize them by reading, studying, and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible, and exercise them into full growth by reflecting them in all we say and do.  When we snap in impatience at someone, we are not exercising love, kindness or forbearance which is patience.   One reason we loose our fruits is we are so consumed with ourselves, what we want, when we want it and how we want it.  When our self-centered desires are at odds with another’s desires, we allow the evil fruits to give way to the fruits of the Spirit.  Let’s work on noticing the fruits of the Spirit and learn to allow those fruits to show.

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