Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 9, 2020

Ways of Healing

Filed under: believe,confess,faith,forgive,God,healing,Jesus,miracle,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Matthew 9:29 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”;  (NIV)

Matthew 9:2 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”  (NIV)

Matthew 8:5-7 5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”
7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?  (NIV)

To even begin to understand healing we must look at some of the various healing Jesus’ performed while walking on this earth.  In the first verse above Jesus said what would be done to them would be according to their own faith.  In other words, if they believed he not only could but would heal them and restore their sight, their sight would be restored.  If the had any doubts, it wouldn’t.

In the second verse above Jesus told him his sins are forgiven.  Sometimes we are sick through our own sins.  Much sickness is due to our choice of food and quantity or our life style or our addictions.  These are all sins when not followed in the healthy and God created way.  We get what we do to ourselves.  But, getting on our knees in repentance and asking and accepting forgiveness of our sin with a determination to sin no more can release us and heal us.

In the third verse above, it is not the one who needs healing who has the faith.  The servant is healed by the faith of the centurion.  Jesus was impressed not only with the centurion’s faith but also for his love for his servant.  When we really love someone and are willing to go to any lengths for that person’s healing (the centurion had to travel to Jesus) and we truly and completely believe Jesus will heal the person we love, miracles of healing take place.

One word of caution about healing.  Healing comes in many different forms.  Just because we might not see physical healing which is what our physical eyes, mind and heart desire, doesn’t mean healing in some form hasn’t taken place.  Our only responsibility is to believe and ask in faith.  The way our prayer is answered is up to God.

August 8, 2020

Not Everyone

Filed under: believe,commands,Father,heart,heven,kingdom,mind,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (NIV)

We can say we believe Jesus is the Son of God, we can go to a Christian church but doing those things doesn’t guarantee us entrance into the kingdom of heaven.  We must do the will of the Father Who is in heaven.  What is the Father’s will?  Jesus summed up the Father’s will in Matthew 22:37-39 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor   We must really love God with all our heart.  That means He comes first before anyone else or anything else. Then we must also love our neighbor.  That means we want God’s best for our neighbor.  Who is our neighbor?  Jesus said anyone in need is our neighbor.  It seems simple but it’s not.  In our fleshly, sinful state we are continuing to judge others by our own standards.  That isn’t love.  Love encourages.  Let us work on our priorities as well as our judgmental attitude.

July 30, 2020

Hearing Us

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)

Before we can say we are doing what this verse says, we must really look at it.  Not just the first part of it.  We must look at each part of the verse.  The first thing, the verse is for the people who are called by God’s name.  We are only called by God’s name through His Word, His Son made flesh, Jesus Christ.  If we haven’t asked Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, we are not called by God’s name.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That means we must admit we are sinners and are nothing without the love of God in us.  Without God, through His Holy Spirit within us, we are just sinful beings.  We must pray.  Prayer is a 2-way conversation between our Father, God and ourselves.  When we pray, we must seek His face.  We seek His face through knowledge of the words He has recorded for us in what we call the Holy Bible.  We seek to know Him through those words, through our conversations with Him and through the experiences He allows in our walk on this earth.  We can’t seek His face without turning from our wicked ways.  We all have wicked ways.  We’ve made habits of many of our wicked ways.  It might be gossip, judging others, putting other people down or even many things we don’t do that we should be doing.  We must actively make the effort to turn from those ways and incorporate the things we should be doing in our lives.  When we actively do these things, we have the assurance God hears us, forgives us and will, through our own healing, heal our land.  We must each ask ourselves are we really doing all this?

July 22, 2020

First Sermon

Filed under: bless,God,Jesus,mercy,peace,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Matthew 5:3 3 “The poor in spirit are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.  (NIV)

This verse and the following verses are the first recorded teaching of Jesus.  Usually, when one starts teaching or preaching, they start with what is most important or the main topic of their ministry.  I know my first sermon was on John 3:16 for it’s all about our relationship with God through His Son, Jesus.  When Jesus spoke these words in the native language, Aramaic, the word He used which we have translated at blessed actually meant bestowed good will by God.  In other words, happy in the fulfillment and favor of God.  To further understand the meaning, we must look at all if what we call, the Beatitudes to see how, in our lives, God blesses or favors us in our fulfillment with Him.  The first one is poor in spirit.  That means we are humbled in who we are compared to Who God is.  We are to mourn our sinfulness and are comforted with God’s forgiveness through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Meekness means we are aware that we inherently can do nothing good unless it is God doing good through us.  As He does good through us, the earth is blessed.  We are fulfilled in our hunger for the righteousness of Jesus because when we welcome Him into our hearts, minds and lives we are complete and therefore satisfied.  As we learn to be merciful as God is merciful, we not only receive His mercy but also the mercy of other believers.  When our hearts are pure in our desire for God, we gradually learn to see God in everything around us.  God is the source of peace.  We cannot be a child of His if we don’t carry His peace in and through us.  We are called to be one in spirit with God and with other believers and peace is necessary for oneness.  Jesus was persecuted because of His righteousness.  Sin doesn’t like righteousness and is constantly attacking those who seek righteousness.  We see those attacks coming more and more every day.  Because we are covered with the righteousness of Jesus and sin hates righteousness, we will be reviled and persecuted.  It is a privilege to join Jesus in the suffering for righteousness sake and our reward is eternal in heaven.  So much better than temporal awards that will rust and fall away.  As we continue to read throughout the gospels, we find Jesus teaching on each of the facets at different times and in different ways.   When we compare these with the fruits of the Holy Spirit we will find how those fruits help us grow into living the fulfillment of these beatitudes.

 

July 9, 2020

Demonstrate Forgiveness

 

John 13:5 5 Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.  (NIV)

Notice none of the disciples are excluded from Jesus’ washing their feet.  Peter, who would even curse Him as he denied knowing Jesus, even tried to get Jesus not to wash His feet.  The most surprising one whose feet Jesus washed was Judas.  Jesus already knew Judas would betray Him.  In spite of that, He washed the feet of His betrayer.  Jesus was forgiving the sin before it was even committed, yet He knew the sin was already in place in the heart of Judas.  Jesus was demonstrating mercy.  So many Christians are vindictive in their judgement of others.  So many show no mercy.  There are consequences in breaking the laws of the government and they must be followed as long as they are not against the laws of God, but the penalties of the consequences can be carried out with mercy.  Jesus was saying He knew they would flee from Him and even lie about knowing Him but, after they return to Him they would know their forgiveness.  We are to forgive just as Jesus did and continues to do.  We each bear the consequences of our sins but the consequences are only while we walk this earth.  When we confess our sins to the Father we are forgiven without any eternal consequences.  Let us learn not to continually whip ourselves or others over pass sins.  Let us confess and let those confessed and forgiven sins be buried under the blood of Jesus and move on in obedience under His forgiveness and mercy as e show forgiveness and mercy not only to others, but also to ourselves.

July 3, 2020

Barriers Broken

Filed under: Bible,gender,Jesus,judging,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

John 4:7 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (NIV)

This is really awesome.  Jews didn’t speak or even go near Samaritans.  There were major differences in their religious beliefs.  There was a great deal of prejudice and animosity on both sides.  Not only was there a major hatred between the 2 cultures, men never spoke to women – especially when no one else was present.  Not only these 2 issues, this woman was also hated by her people due to her sinful behavior.  Jesus was demonstrating there is nothing that separates us from God or from each other; not race, culture, gender or past history.  In God’s eyes we are all equal.  Jesus is our example yet we are so far from following him.  There is a big war on gender identity, on racial differences, on cultural differences on everything that is considered to be different from anyone else.  There is really no human that isn’t at least a little prejudiced about some form of difference between him/her and another.  We need to get our act together.  God loves all people.  God created all people.  All people are equally important to God.  We are to do the same.  Let us learn to appreciate the differences without critical judgment.  God is the judge, not us.  Let us learn to demonstrate God’s love following the instructions in the Holy Bible and let God take care of those who choose not to follow God.  Love and acceptance go a long way to healing hatred.  Jesus broke those barriers between race, culture, gender and sinful life-styles.  Who are we to put barriers back in place?

June 26, 2020

Know His Name

Filed under: Bible,bless,Christ,God,Jesus,knowledge,sin,trials,troubles,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

 

Proverbs 30:3-4 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?  Whose hands have gathered up the wind?  Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name and what is the name of his son?  Surely you know!  (NIV)

I really enjoy the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Not only is it full of wisdom for every day’s problems and trials, it is also prophetic.  Here the writer is expressing his yearning to know the name of the Son of God.  He knows the Son hold the key to knowing God.  He knows He was always with God and knows He would come down to earth.  He also knows that He would be known throughout all the ends of the earth.  He only doesn’t know what His name is.  We are blessed and privileged to know His name.  His name is Jesus Christ.  I am so glad God put me on this earth after Jesus came and died and rose so I could be forgiven for my separation through sin from God and be adopted into His family as His child and a co-heir with His Son, Jesus.  Do you know Him?  If so, are you actively introducing the Son of God by name to those around you?

June 24, 2020

A Place for Us

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,treasure,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

John 14:4 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” (NIV)

Jesus told us the place where He was going and now is.  He said He would be going to His Father.  He has also told us the way we could go to the same place, the place where He and His Father are.  Jesus said He is the way.  He said there is no other way but through Him.  I don’t know if He will be coming back for me or I will be joining Him but I know one of the two will occur.  What I want you to notice is He used the word “place.”  Heaven is a real place.  According to the vision John had and recorded in the book of Revelation, that very real place has a throne in it.  On the throne sits God the Father.  Right beside the throne sits Jesus, God’s Word, God’s Son made flesh and crucified for our sin of separation from God the risen back to real life for our resurrection.  Through Jesus, those of us who have welcomed Him into or hearts and lives as our Lord and Savior, will be able to enter that very real place.  Jesus said He prepared a place for us in the same place where He and the Father are.  This is a reality.  Because Jesus, the Word and Son of God is in the very real presence of the Father, He sent the person of the Holy Spirit to dwell in each of us believers so we could live on this earth already in the very real persons of God.  The Holy Spirit is within us to comfort us through earthly trials and to give us wisdom in all our decisions.  We only need to ask and listen.  All answers to all questions are available to us through the Holy Spirit and through the written instruction book, the Holy Bible, which God so lovingly provided for us.  Let’s just learn to always look to Him and listen to Him.  A special place is with Him with our name on it.  So, since we have a place prepared for us, let’s not struggle to build up treasures here on earth but build up treasures in our place with God.

June 23, 2020

Passion for God

Filed under: Church,fellowship,garden,God,love,passion,prayer,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Philippians 3:8 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ  (NIV)

Philippians 3:14 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

How much passion do we have for God?  How much do we desire to know Him?  How much passion do we have in our worship of Him?  How much passion for God do others see in us?  I look at sports arenas and see and hear people standing, shouting cheers and clapping.  I look in most church worship services and see people sitting stoically, looking sad or bored, barely singing or speaking and looking and acting like participating is a chore rather than a privilege and desire.  Where is our passion?  When God sees and hears us, what does He see and hear?  Does He see people who are just saying a few words of thanks or praise because they are supposed to say them or does He see and hear people who really love Him and are excited about the privilege of worshiping and thanking Him for all He has done and is doing for them?  Where is our passion?  We can’t drum up passion when it’s not really there.  It takes reflecting on who we really are, how sinful we really are in and of ourselves compared to how God is and what He has done for us to restore our relationship with Him as He originally created our relationship of fellowship with Him to be in the Garden of Eden for us to realize His incredible love for us and start to feel passionate about not only receiving His love but also to love Him back through worship, praise and thanksgiving.  Once again, where’s our passion?  Let’s show our passion, not only in our own prayer closet but also when we are around other people.  Passion for God will turn this world around.

June 9, 2020

Know Truth

Filed under: free,God,heart,Jesus,sin,truth,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

John 8:31-32 31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  (NIV)

I read the other day that the current culture’s definition of truth is whatever an individual determines is true for themselves.  They claim there is no definite truth.  Truth is a variable, Jesus said He is truth.  There is no truth outside of God.  There is no way to know truth without knowing God.  There is no way to know God without opening the door of our hearts, minds and lives to Jesus, the Word of God made flesh so that could see Truth.  When we come to see Truth (see God) we are set free from the lies that come through sin.  Sin is a great deceiver.  Sin says we are the most important of all.  Sin says what we think and feel is truth.  Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life.  Without following Jesus our way is lost and confused and has no truth and leads only to deception and death.  Let us seek to know the truth and learn from Him to walk in the truth.

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