Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 15, 2018

Always Now

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Matthew 14:27  But immediately, Yeshua spoke to them, saying, “Take courage!  I am.  Don’t be afraid.”  (TLV)

Some versions translate the tense of the Hebrew to I am here.  In the original it only says I am.  This is the name God said is His when Moses asked what was His name.  Jesus is identifying Himself as God.  Because Jesus is God in flesh, God’s Son, the Word of God and He always is, there is never anything for us to fear.  We can walk through any trial life on this earth brings our way knowing I AM is always with us.  He promised never to leave us and He is always true to His word.  Our problem is sometimes we leave Him.  We clutter our minds with unnecessary concerns about the “what if’s.”  Peter only lost faith when He chose to look at the circumstances rather than at I AM.  We need only to look and listen and walk in obedience to the instructions He has caused to be written for us in the Holy Bible and to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit He has so graciously and mercifully allowed to dwell in each and every believer.  Let us always remember I AM is always NOW.

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August 14, 2018

A Summary

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It is important for us to know the Gospel of Christ in summary.  Here are some of the summary verses.  All are from the New International Version.

John 1:1-5 ​1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.4 Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.5 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.

John 3:16-18 16 “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.

Mark 16:6 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.

1 John 5:11 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

We need to commit something like this example so we can quickly summarize the Gospel to those who don’t know it.  Hopefully we can then lead them in the prayer of acceptance, commitment, forgiveness and salvation so they will also enjoy an intimate, personal relationship with God the Father though His Son Jesus.

August 7, 2018

Our Thoughts

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Psalms 139:2 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. (NIV)

God know our thoughts even before we are aware of what we are thinking.  I don’t know about you but this concerns me.  I have thoughts from time to time that I wouldn’t want anyone to know, especially God.  I am so thankful I have Jesus as my defender.  When God the Father brings up one of my thoughts Jesus will say He died for that thought and I’m forgiven.  I don’t dwell on my bad thoughts.  As soon as I’m aware of them, I push them out and replace them with good ones.  It might be a thought as simple as judging why someone is how they are in a negative way.  I replace it with how much God loves that person.  It’s so comforting to know I’m forgiven for those bad thoughts.  On the other side, God also knows my loving, good thoughts.  But I’m responsible to see that these thoughts are carried out into action.  Just having a good thought is like saying we’ll pray for someone.  They do no good if not carried out in action.  Let’s toss out the bad thoughts immediately, replace them with good thoughts then carry those good thoughts out in action.

August 3, 2018

Shoes

Exodus 3:5 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. (NIV)

I used to wonder what the significance of taking off our shoes was.  In the Old Testament culture shoes were symbols of deals finished as in Ruth and Boaz.  In Eastern cultures shoes worn outside are not worn in the house.  We wear shoes for protection.  We need no protection from God.  Being barefoot is a sign of humility.  This is a sign of trust and submission.  In God’s armor, shoes represent the Gospel of peace.  Shoes are usually the last thing we put on when we dress.  When we put them on we are ready for action.  When we take our shoes off in the presence of God as we worship Him we are showing our humility, our not ready for action until we listen to Him for instructions, our vulnerability without God in our life.  Physically taking off our shoes when we worship and pray helps us realize our vulnerability without God, or need to listen and our inability to act without His instruction.  Whether we do this physically or mentally, let us keep the attitude of humility and need for His instruction before we can go forward.

August 1, 2018

Good Works

Galatians 2:16 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified. (NIV)

So many think they are Christians and will get to heaven because they are “good,” they do good things, they obey the laws, the give to charities, they speak nicely and on and on.  We can be considered to be the nicest person to ever walk this planet and that is not good enough to get into the presence of God.  There is only one way.  That one way was determined by God.  That one way isn’t closed-minded but a requirement made by the One Who made all that was, is or ever will be.  That one way is through God’s only begotten Son, the One Who was with Him from the beginning, His Word made flesh in the form of the One we call Jesus.  It’s not that “good works” aren’t necessary.  Good works follow our belief and acceptance into our hearts, minds and lives through the obedience out of our love for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  God is love and merciful.  He proved it through the sending of His Son to demonstrate His love than take our place for our sin of separation from our Creator.  That is proof enough.  When we allow Jesus into us His Holy Spirit confirms His truth.  We do “good works” not out of fear or out of the false notion we are earning our way to heaven but out of a love for God and a desire to serve and please Him and share His love with those around us.  There is no way we can do enough “good works” to be in His presence but being in His presence motivates and equips us to allow His Holy Spirit to do real good works through us.  Let us remember It is only through Jesus that we can call God our Father.  Let us continually thank and praise Him through the works He equips us to do.

July 21, 2018

Much Required

1 Corinthians 4:2 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.

Luke 12:48 48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. (NIV)

Until we look at these verses we might be amazed and wondering why so many famous and supposedly successful ministers fall by the wayside.  We must look at their lifestyle.  They pride themselves on their rich houses, clothing and success.  The more they taste of the success that allows much material goods, the more they seek after it.  They soon forget that all their success is only from the grace of God, not from their own doing.  Look at Moses.  He forgot it was God Who supplied the water out of the rock and claimed he, himself could hit a rock and get water.  For that act he was denied entrance to the promised land.  Success, in the eyes of the world, is a hard thing to handle for most people.  We equate it with our worth as a person.  We tend to take pride in our becoming valuable as a person to others.  We tend to push God further and further from us.  We must take great care to honor and thank God for each and everything we accomplish for, without the ability He gives us and the wisdom He gives us, we would not be able to accomplish anything of value.  God has the wisdom to know how much “success” we can handle with humility.  Let’s not push the limits.  Let’s be thankful for what God gives us and acknowledge with humility and true meaning that, apart from God, we can do nothing.  Let us also pray for those who, through their ministry, are held up in front of others as being “great,” that they will not fall into to the temptations that fame and popularity can bring.  Let us all strive to prove ourselves faithful to God, recognizing who we are and Who He is.

June 26, 2018

Peace Within

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Isaiah 52:7 7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (NIV)

Most of mankind seek peace.  The peace referred to in the above scripture isn’t the absence of war.  This peace is the peace of God.  This peace is only possible through the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit only sheds inner peace to those who have accepted Jesus, God’s Son, into their hearts, minds and lives.  This peace is beyond human understanding.  This peace can be in us even when we are in the midst of earthly war.  This peace is between a person and God.  This peace is the assurance of the forgiveness of sins.  Jesus, God’s Son, brought the good news of this peace.  This peace had not been available to people since Sin entered mankind in the Garden of Eden.  This peace is the evidence of God reigning in us.  If we are lacking this peace we must get on our knees and confess anything that is blocking our God’s peace in us.  Let us continually live in His peace.

March 14, 2018

The Teacher

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Matthew 7:28-29 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law (NIV)

My favorite teacher was Miss Black. She taught 10th grade chemistry.  She was my favorite because she was passionate about her subject.  She conveyed her passion to us because she wanted us to be passionate about it also.  Jesus is addressed as the teacher 43 times in the 4 gospels.  He was (and still is).  He was passionate.  Passionate about His Father and passionate for those He taught to be passionate about His Father.  Not only was and is He passionate, He was authoritative.  He was authoritative in a way no other person was or ever can be authoritative.  When we teach we are sharing what we have been taught by others.  Jesus teaches what He has personally experienced.  All of our scientific knowledge and historical knowledge always has room for doubt because of possible misrepresentation.  What Jesus says never has doubt.  Jesus taught the actual facts about God and about God’s creation and the way and why and what of mankind.  After Jesus returned to the Father He sent His Holy Spirit to give about 40 writers the words He taught to record the in books collected in the one book we call the Holy Bible.  When we open those pages, the Holy Spirit is still here to give us understanding of the words of Jesus.  All we need do to experience the best teacher that ever was, is or will be is open those pages each and every day, read, meditate and open our minds to the Holy Spirit.  He will give us all instruction, understanding and wisdom we need to have a full, abundant life and glorify the Father through our lives.

November 8, 2017

Running the Race

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2 Timothy 4:7 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (NIV)

 To run a race, we must prepare for it.  Racers spend a good deal of their time in training.  They train regardless of weather.  They train when they would rather do something else.  They train because they have a goal they most definitely want to achieve.  They know the only way to achieve that goal is to train.  We, as believers and followers of Jesus are also in a race.  We’re in a race to harvest believers before Jesus returns.  But it takes training to win that race.  Our training consists of our knowledge of the written Word of God, the Holy Bible, and how to apply that word to our own life.  As we learn this, we gradually begin to show God through our words and actions.  As we gradually show God through our lives, we gradually grow in faith and boldness to share this with others.  A racer doesn’t train for a 5-mile race before they can run a 2-mile race.  We can’t win people we don’t know until we win those in our own family.  The race begins in the home front.  When we are not in condition for the race in our own homes, there is no way we are in condition for other places.  Let us train to run the race all the way to the end.

October 12, 2017

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Acts 13:22 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ (NIV)

 Luke 10:40-42 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her (NIV)

 I so want God to say I am a woman after His own heart.  I so much want to be that woman.  God said that about David.  Reading about David’s life we see he made a lot of mistakes and times of sinning against God, yet he was a man after God’s own heart.  In spite of all his sins, he longed to love and please and obey God.  Mary was also evidently a woman after God’s own heart.  She had a desire to put listening to Jesus as more of a priority than being about serving.  God had asked me to think about how much time I spend serving Him verses time I spend being with Him.  We can be so busy in our ministry or in day to day activities and responsibilities that we push personal one on one time with God back until we realize we are barely making nay time for Him.  John Wesley knew how to avoid this time trap of mixing up our priorities.  The more he had on his schedule for the coming day, the earlier he rose to have more time in prayer and communion with God.  Our first priority is on our knees.  There is nothing we can accomplish for God or for any other person or purpose without the wisdom and work of God through us.  Let us learn what John Wesley knew so well.  God first in our hearts, mind and time personally, one on one, before ministry or even life can start.

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