Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 22, 2019

Learning from Failures

Filed under: Bible,God,Jesus,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Luke 22:33 33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” (NIV)
I really relate to Peter.  He responds with such assuredness before he even stops to think.  Jesus just finished saying all the sheep would be scattered.  Look at Peter’s track record.  He was rebuked by Jesus more than any other because of his fast answers.  He was the one who walked on the water but after a late thought, started to sink.  So often we are too quick to respond.  We live in a world ruled by hustle and rush.  We need to learn the ability for what I call “flash prayer.”  It’s when we are faced with a decision that needs to be made right away.  We stop for a moment and ask God to tell us what to decide.  As long as we have developed a one-on-One relationship with Him through prayer and Bible study, we will hear most every time.  There are times we might not hear anything.  Those are times we must put off making a decision to take it into more prayer, waiting on God for the right timing and the right decision.  Peter learned through his failures.  Just read on and learn how Peter’s ministry grew and blossomed.  We must learn from our failures so our ministry can also bloom and blossom.

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 4, 2019

Not Mine But His

Filed under: God,ministry,possessions,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Luke 12:15 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”  (NIV)

We are consumed with a desire of ownership.  We want to own our own house, our car, our toys.  We even want to claim ownership to our jobs and our ministries.  Even as volunteers we get upset if someone else wants to take over our position.  We have a false sense of ownership.  In actuality, nothing in this world is owned by any human being.  Everything belongs to God as He is the One Who created all that was, is or will ever be.  Any ability we have for a job or a ministry is purely from the grace of God.  We are to watch out, be on our guard, against a possessive attitude.  We are born in sin with the attitude of “it’s mine.”  We need to remember all is from God and we need to be good stewards by taking proper care of and with all that is.  Let us learn to be good stewards of God’s possessions.

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 15, 2019

For God’s Glory

Filed under: glory,God,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Judges 6:15 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” (NIV)

Gideon was considered to be an insignificant man.  God found him hiding in an empty well working with the wheat.  Yet, God, through Gideon, defeated an entire army.  David was also considered to be insignificant yet not only did he slay the giant, he became king over a nation.  No one is insignificant in God’s eyes.  Every individual is significant in God’s eyes and each one has a particular and unique ministry.  We must be sure we listen and are open to what God wants to do through us and not compare how He works through us with how He works through others.  Like Gideon and David, we are not the ones doing the work but rather the ones allowing God to do His work through us.  All is for the glory of God and the way God chooses to work through us is recorded in 1 Samuel 17:47 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

July 11, 2019

Blendin

Filed under: body,Christ,gifts,God,ministry,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

1 Corinthians 12:12 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (NIV)

Being in a choir, orchestra or band is a good training ground for how to function in the Body of Christ.  As believers, we are all members of one body.  In a choir or orchestra or band we are each part of one group.  We are to sing or play as one.  There are times when one particular part is to stand out above the others but, for the most part, all parts should blend as one.  We, as sinful humans like to shine out as individuals.  We want to be the one who is noticed.  We want to be known as better than other at what we do.  This is contrary to the body of Christ.  There are times when certain parts of the body of Christ believers are to stand out more than other parts but, for the most part, we are to blend our ministries and gifts.  Our purpose is to glorify God through Jesus Christ.  That is the purpose of each and everyone of us.  Through that glorifying we are to encourage others to come into the family of the body of Christ.  It is not a contest to see who can bring in the most people.  It is not a contest to see who has the most important “job” or position.  It is not a competition to see who shines the most.  We are a family of blended voices, talents, gifts in order to glorify God as the Bride of Christ.  Next time we find we want to be noticed, lets remember we are part of the Bride of Christ and it is the entire Bride of Christ to be noticed.  Yes, we are each a unique part of His Body, yet in our uniqueness we are to blend with the others parts (members).

May 31, 2019

In the Flesh

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Romans 8:5 5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (NIV)

By the word, flesh, Paul doesn’t mean our physical bodies.  He is talking about the materialistic world in which we live.  Let us say we want to buy a boat or new drapes or anything else but decide to do that we can’t give our tithe for a month or two.  This is walking according to the flesh.  Anything that puts following the precepts of God behind any other desire is walking in the flesh.  There is a new movement now called minimalism.  The reasons are as varied as the people in this movement.  When the reason is only for more money to do more things considered fun it is a fleshly reason.  When the reason is not being entrapped by too much requiring our attention, thus competing with our time to fulfill the ministry God has given us we are endeavoring to walk in the Spirit.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us keep our priorities in order.  It’s okay to have what we call our creature or fleshly comforts as long as we are still putting God first in our minds, hearts and lives.

May 28, 2019

Ministers

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,God,God's Word,Jesus,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ Jesus, write this letter to all the Christians in Philippi, pastors and ministers included.  (The Message Bible)

I enjoy reading the Message Bible just for pleasure, not as a study Bible.  This verse really captured my attention.  So many Christians think it is the paid Pastor’s job to minister to the people.  This verse demonstrates some are pastors but all are ministers.  We all, as joint heirs with Jesus Christ, are to minister His Word, the Good News of God’s love, mercy, grace and salvation, to all we meet.  The Pastor’s job is to feed the flock and encourage the flock so they (we) are equipped to go out and minister to the population.  Being a Christian is not a Sunday only job.  Being a Christian, unlike religions of the world, is a way of life.  Being a Christian is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week ever going, non-stopping way of life.  We must ask if we are fully involved and participating in the ministry of being a Christian, a believing follower of God’s Word, His only Son, Jesus Christ and following the example Jesus set for us when He put on the human body form and walked this earth.

January 26, 2019

Fulfillment

Filed under: Bible,gifts,God,God's Word,Jesus,ministry,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:11 pm

2 Kings 4:4 4 Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.” (NIV)

Most of the miracles recorded in the Bible weren’t accomplished without the receiver participating by doing something.  In this case, the widow had to pour oil into all the jars in order to have the money to pay her debt and enough to live on later.  When Jesus healed a blind man, he was told to go and wash his eyes to receive his sight.  Today we seem to want to be served without doing anything ourselves.  We don’t see or receive miracles because we don’t participate by doing our part to receive them.  God has given us the responsibility of being co-heirs with His Son, Jesus.  That means not only to we share in all Jesus receives, we also share in all He does.  We must participate with Him in the work our Father has for us to do.  This work includes the spreading of the Father’s love, the teaching and sharing of His Word, (Jesus is the Word) and the giving of His miracles and gifts.  What we do in the sharing of the work differs from time to time according to the situation and the instructions of the Father.  Let us learn to do more than ask for a miracle.  Let us also listen to the instructions for our part in the fulfillment of the miracle.

January 9, 2019

Not by Flesh

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,ministry,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:41 pm

Galatians 3:3 3 Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh? (NIV)

This is an easy trap for us.  Most often we start a particular ministry after much prayer and a firm leading and gifting of the Holy Spirit. After a while the ministry becomes routine and we depend on our own fleshly wisdom and talents and gradually the Holy Spirit and His wisdom and guidance are pushed aside by our own thoughts and efforts.  This is why so many ministries eventually fail.  We must be sure we look to the Holy Spirit daily for our direction and not just depend on ourselves, our past habits or the things that worked in the past.  Each day is a new day.  Hopefully each day finds us drawing closer to oneness with God through the Holy Spirit.  Let us always remember all we do and say must be drenched in prayer and carried out through the direction of the Holy Spirit.

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