Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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October 24, 2018

Common Good

1 Corinthians 12:7 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)

We humans have a strong desire for individualism.  We look after self to a high degree.  We even tend to think that the gifts God gives us are for our own self.  But God gives us gifts for the common good – the good of our fellow human beings.  We are each very important to the family of God.  We read in 1 Corinthians 12:22-26 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it  This is saying the you are very important and very special.  When I first started my walk with God I asked to be a little toe.  I didn’t think God would ever want to use me for anything special.  God told me toes are important because they keep the body in balance.  My reaction was, I was so unbalanced I couldn’t even be a little toe.  It takes being open to God through His Holy Spirit as we read His instruction book (The Holy Bible), meditate on it and learn to apply it to our daily lives and learning how to listen to the gentle, quiet voice of His Holy Spirit within us to bring us into functioning with the gifts He gives us for the good of all of His family.  I want to encourage you in your walk.  You are very important in the family of God.  God has a specific ministry for you that no one else is called or equipped to do.  As you grow in Him your gift will grow and your ministry will grow.  Let us each grow for the common good of all of God’s family.

October 20, 2018

Fitting Together

Filed under: Bible,Church,denomination,devotion,God,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Nehemiah 4:6 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.(NIV)

To understand the import of this verse we must read Nehemiah chapter 3.  In this chapter we read how various different tribes rebuilt different portions of the walls and gates.  Each tribe did their own section.  In the end, all sections fit together and the wall and gates were rebuilt.  Instead of tribes today, we have a various group of denominations and individual churches.  God has various ministries for each individual group.  One group should not interfere with the ministry of another but allow each denomination, church and individual to work in the ministry designed for them by God.  We can’t see how they all fit together as the “walls” surrounding the Kingdome of God are not finished but we must be sure to be about the ministry God has assigned to each one of us while encouraging others to do the same.  God desires to flow through us to prepare for the New Earth, His Kingdome coming.  Let us be about our ministry.

September 23, 2018

Flowing Together

Exodus 39:42 42 The Israelites had done all the work just as the Lord had commanded Moses. (NIV)

The last few chapters of Exodus go into detail on the various pieces of the tabernacle and the clothing for the priest, how they should be made and how they should go together.  Very interesting reading.  God gifted various people with the gifts necessary to fashion the different parts of the tabernacle, furnishings and etc.   What it show us is how the various ministries of the Body of Christ, the Universal Christian Church, should be going together.  Each person within the Body of Christ has a ministry.  God is very specific about each ministry and, through His Holy Spirit and His written word (the Holy Bible), He gives each person instructions.  As we come together in our various buildings our ministries are to come together in unity.  Because of the numbers of us, we have some who have been raise up to coordinate our ministries and fit them together.  No ministry is more important or more needed than any other.  As with the pieces of the tabernacle, each has an important part to play in the Kingdom of God.  Our job is not to be possessive about what we consider to be “our” ministry, but to flow in unity with all other believers and allow the Holy Spirit to unify the results of our various ministries to bring glory to God and to increase and fortify His Kingdom.  Let is not only do our part but also allow our part to work within the whole.

September 18, 2018

Each Important

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

John 21:22 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (NIV)

Many times as I look at someone else’s ministry, what they are doing and how they are serving our God, I feel so inadequate.  I feel like I am letting God down.  I’m not doing enough.  Most interpret the above verse just to mean giving our physical lives for God.  It also applies to our ministry.  God has different plans for each and every one of His children.  We are all to minister, to serve Him, but in very different ways.  No one ministry is more important than any other.   Someone called to preach to thousands is no important to God then someone called to speak to just one person.  God seldom shows us the ripples that come from our ministry.  He knows we would either be too prideful or think to little of what He has designed to work through us for His glory.  When we see someone in a very public ministry, a ministry which appears to really be on fire for God, let us remember each and every ministry that brings glory to God is equally important and on fire.  If any ministry is more important than others, it would be the ministry of prayer for prayer is the weapon God has given us to defeat the evil in this world and the tool to connect to God’s wisdom and power.  Whatever God is having us do, whatever He is doing through us, let’s praise and thank Him for His allowing us to join with Him in His work for His glory.

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