Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 6, 2019

Giants

Filed under: Christ,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Corinthians 12:4 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. (NIV)

Notice Who distributes the gifts of the Spirit.  All the gifts belong to the Holy Spirit.  They are not ours.  He makes any of the gifts we need at the time we need them available to us.  These are not gifts we own.  These are the Holy Spirit’s gifts available to us as we need to use them.  Because we have the availability of these gifts, we have no excuse to not be bold in our faith and service to God.  The gifts are available to us as we need them because we have a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  This is why young David was able and not afraid to beat Goliath.  He knew His relationship with God.  God demonstrated His power through David many times as he protected his sheep from lions and bears.  Goliath was nothing more than an adversary of God just as the lions and bears are adversaries of sheep.  David knew it wasn’t his own strength or strategy but the wisdom and power of God.  I’m sure David was listening to God as to the timing of letting that stone fly through the air at Goliath’s most vulnerable time.  Like David, we have nothing to fear.  We only need to learn to trust God and listen to the gentle instructions of the Holy Spirit.  God will give us the ability to defeat all giants in our lives if we would only listen and allow Him.

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March 13, 2019

As I Am Known

John 10:14-15 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father (NIV)

What a wonderful promise.  We believers, called sheep by Jesus, are not only known by Jesus and the Father but we are to know Him just like the Father knows His Son, Jesus and Jesus know His Father.  Wow.  I don’t know about you but I feel like I have a long way to go to know Jesus and the Father as well as they know me.  I know God comes through on all His promises.  I look forward to knowing God that intimately.  I can’t sit ad wait for it to happen.  In order for God to fulfill such a promise we each have a part to play in the fulfillment.  To know God that intimately, we must know the word of God, the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  To know the Holy Bible we must read, meditate and put it deeply in our hearts and minds.  Not only put it in our hearts and minds, we must also live it in our everyday lives.  The only way to do any of this is with the help of the Holy Spirit.  Many refer to the Holy Spirit as “it.”  The Holy Spirit isn’t an “it.”  The Holy Spirit is the 3rd person of the Godhead, Trinity.  We are to pray to the Father but we may also talk to Jesus and talk to the Holy Spirit.  Before we pick up our Bible we need to ask the Holy Spirit to open our minds and hearts that we may understand and apply what we read.  It excites me that I have the promise of Jesus that I will know God in the same way God knows me.  This is abiding.

January 31, 2019

Our Way

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

Isaiah 53:6 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (NIV)

Frank Sinatra sang a song, “I’ll do it my way.”  Lots of us, when we get a new electronic, are very eager to use it we don’t take time to look at the instructions.  We can do it our way.  So often our way fails.  We like to determine for ourselves the way we will live.  We like to make our own decisions.  We often get into problems living that way.  There is only one way to live a full, abundant life.  That way is God’s way.  The only way we know God’s way is through the Holy Bible instructions.  The only way we can understand those instructions is through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.  The only way we can have the Holy Spirit within us is by receiving God’s Word, Jesus, His only Son, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Frank’s music is pretty but very misleading.  Let’s learn to do it God’s way from the start.  His instructions cover every possibility in our lives and never fail.  The reason we are like sheep is because sheep are very dependent on the shepherd.  Jesus is the Shepherd and will guard and care for us, His sheep, through all circumstances of life.  Oh that we would stop doing things our own way and allow the Shepherd to lead us His way.

December 24, 2018

Swaddling Clothes

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sacrifice,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Luke 2:12 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (KJV)

Why would the angel say finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes would be a sign to them that that babe was the Lamb of God?  It was common practice to wrap a new-born baby in swaddling clothes for the baby’s comfort and protection.  It was also common practice for the priestly shepherds, the ones tending the sheep for the sin sacrifices in the temple in Jerusalem, to wrap the new-born lambs in swaddling clothes and lay the in a manger.  This was to give the young lambs a chance to calm down after their birth and gain a little strength before being put by their mother.  This was a sign to these shepherds that this babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger was indeed the promised Lamb of God, the promised Messiah.  We can barely imagine the joy in the hearts of the shepherds who really understood the gift they were seeing.  They would never leave their sheep unattended at night for anything less than the permanent replacement for the sheep they attended. Let us take joy in the Lamb of God Who has taken away our sins and brought us, through belief and faith in Him, into the family of God for all eternity.

December 23, 2018

Sheep

Filed under: God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:54 pm

Luke 2:15 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” (NIV)

Before we can understand the significance of the shepherds being the first to be told the Messiah has been born, we must understand who the shepherds were and what they were doing.  The sheep surrounding Bethlehem were not the normal sheep.  These sheep were the sheep being raised without spot or blemish to be used as the sin sacrifices in the temple in nearby Jerusalem.  These shepherds were chosen to tend these special sheep.  The Messiah, Jesus, is referred to as the “Lamb of God.”  He died on the cross as the perfect, without spot or blemish, free from any sin, sacrifice once and for all people and time; He was the blood offering for the sin of mankind.  No longer would priest have to sacrifice lambs as the sin offering for the people.  Jesus, the Lamb of God, competed that sacrifice for all time.  How appropriate for the ones who tended the sacrificial lambs would be the first to see the Sacrificial Lamb of God. God has a purpose for everything He does.  Everything He does knits together.  Let us take this to heart and trust God through each and everything that comes our way. Let us rejoice with the shepherds that God has taken care of our sin once and for all.

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