Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 15, 2013

Enthusiasm

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Romans 12:11. Do not lag in zeal, be enthusiastic in spirit, serve the Lord.

Go into quite a few churches and look for zeal or enthusiasm. Their hard to find. Go into any stadium or sports arena and you will see plenty zeal and enthusiasm. Something is very wrong with our values. A game lasts but for a little while. After a short time it will be forgotten. Our worship and praise of God will resound in heaven for all eternity. We, if we are followers of Jesus Christ, will be in the midst of the praises we have expressed when we enjoy the very real presence of our God and Creator for all eternity. Our question is where should we be most enthusiastic and show the most zeal; a sporting event or in a church? Let us be zealous and enthusiastic in praising and serving our God.

April 2, 2013

Forty

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Acts 1:3. To the same apostles also, after his suffering, he presented himself alive with many convincing proofs. He was seen by them over a forty-day period and spoke about matters concerning the kingdom of God.

The number forty has a big significance in the Bible. It is associated with a period of probation, trial, and chastisement. Jesus was tried in the wilderness for forty days and defeated the temptations os Satan.  It can also point to the action of grace  leading to and ending in revival and renewal. Jesus appeared off and on to His disciples off and on for forty days after His resurrection before ascending to heaven.  As I meditate on what to write and think I know what direction God would have me go I find He takes me a totally different direction.  I think we might be looking at what Jesus did during these forty days.  Our question is if you knew you would leave this earth in forty days how would you use them? The next question is what’s stopping you from dong it?  We might only have the next minute.

November 16, 2012

One Thing Lacking

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Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

If you’ve read the Bible you would find Jesus did not give these instructions to everyone who wanted  salvation or wanted to follow Him.  He specifically gave them to this one man.  Jesus knew where this man’s heart was.  He knew what was most important in this man’s life.  This man’s life revolved around his own riches.  Being rich was his priority.  What Jesus is asking of each of us is to make Him and His will the most important thing in our lives.  He tells us we are to put Him before everything and everyone else.  This does not mean we don’t work at a job to earn money to support ourselves and our families.  This doesn’t mean we are to turn our backs on our families and go to some deserted place to live to be alone with God.  This means we are to put Him first, to let Him show us what to do when and where as we continue to support our families and be with them while we are loving, worshiping and obeying our God.  When we put God first in what we do and who we are all other relationships and life tasks fall into order.  God gives His children wisdom, love, patience and all the other fruits of His Holy Spirit listed in the book of Galatians.  There is no greater richness than the love and provision of God.  We have a choice.  We can be like that rich man and turn our backs on God or we can trust the love of God and put Him first in all we do.  He has promised unfailing love and provision.  He has promised eternal life with Him.  He has promised a full and abundant life on this earth when we follow His instructions.  I can attest to all this.  Riches on this earth from this earth can be lost in a  second.  God in us can never be lost.  What do you have to lose?  What do you choose?

July 14, 2012

Leaving Fruit

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Ps 92:12 –14 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This has been a long and hard week in our church. We lost 2 members within 24 hours. These members graduated to their reward in heaven. Both were in what is considered to be “old age.” We will surely miss them but as we look around we see the fruit they bore as they walked this earth. Both were very loved and beautiful men of God. Both had a very strong witness for God and His love and faithfulness. One of them, in his 90’s said as long as he could get out of bed to go to the bathroom he would be at church to praise his God on Sunday morning and to encourage his brothers and sisters in the Lord. His example had a great impact on those who find excuses not to gather with others on Sunday morning. It is always easy to find an excuse: it’s raining, it’s too hot, I’m too tired, I don’t have time and on and on. For our dear brother there was never a reason for an excuse. God said to set apart a day to rest. This is not to “rest” in bed, at the lake or any other “restful” activity but to rest in prayer and praises to Him. Gathering with other believers is like taking a vitamin pill. The praise, prayers and encouragement of others along with ours lifts us up and energizes us for a new week of walking and serving in the power and love of our God through Christ Jesus His Son and through His Holy Spirit. We are happy for our brothers who are rejoicing with God and when we feel sad because of missing them we can look around and see the fruits they left continue to grow. Our question is are we allowing God’s Holy Spirit to grow fruits through us that will grow when we join Him in heaven?

June 23, 2012

Learning

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Psalms 119:7 I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Many think life is a game and treat it according. Life is not a game. Life on this earth is a training ground for eternal life in heaven in the very real Presence of God the Creator. Heaven is a real place and we will have things to do in heaven. One of the most precious things we will be able to do is praise our God. We learn how to praise Him here in this life on earth. We practice in our own times of devotions and meditations and we practice when we gather together with some of His other children in collective worship services. We also train in various ministries and responsibilities according to the talents and gifts God gives us. We will be joyfully busy in heaven. But to get there we need a ticket. Our ticket is the blood of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. When we accept Him as our Savior and the director of our life we are washed in His blood and given His Holy Spirit, our ticket to heaven. Our question is do we have our ticket and are we actively training for our time in heaven or are we treating life here as a game? Let us choose to be diligent in our training.

April 15, 2012

Bones

Luke 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

There is a man who has claimed he found the bones of Jesus. It sees he wants his moment of fame. There are many reasons these bones are not the bones of Jesus. The main reason is Jesus said He still had his bones after He was resurrected. The disciples witnessed this. There are other problems with this man’s claim also. He’s claiming something that cannot be proven. We don’t have a DNA on Jesus. This man can only claim the bones belonged to a man crucified around the same time as Jesus. Crucifixion was a very common form of torture the Romans used for anyone against the government. It is not surprising bones of crucified men during that period are being found. The same man claims these bones are buried near the bones of a woman named Mary. Mary was a very common name – it still is. Does all this matter? Not to me. Even if somehow Jesus shed His bones on this earth before He ascended back up to heaven it would not change my belief. I know Jesus is the Son and Word of God. I know He came to walk this earth to show us some of God the Father. I know He died on a cross to take on my sins for all eternity. I know 3 days after He died on that cross He rose back to life and walked this earth another 40 days to show us through Him we to can have life after our physical bodies die. I know He physically rose through the clouds into heaven and will come back for us in the same manner so we can attend His wedding feast and be in the glorious Presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity. I know all this based on witness of the past and on my own experiences. Our questions today is will we let someone’s new claims change what we have experienced ourselves and bring doubt or will we choose to stand on what we, personally know to be true. Jesus died once for 3 days but is alive even today so we can be alive for all eternity.

April 1, 2012

Palm Sunday

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Luke 19:40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Today is Palm Sunday. This is the day we celebrate the Triumphal Entry. We have read some of the things Jesus did and taught as He was headed to Jerusalem. Now He is here. He already has everything ready. The disciples were sent ahead to get a young donkey never ridden before. A warrior goes into the city on a white horse. A King goes in to the city on a donkey (David did this also). The people are excited. They are praising Him. The religious leaders are jealous and don’t like what they hear. They tell Jesus He should make the people be quiet. Jesus shows His power and His Sovereignty by saying the stones could cry out if the people were quiet. This encourages me to cry out as to Who Jesus is. If He can speak through stones or an ass (Balaam) He can speak through people like you and me. We’re not to keep quiet. We’re to cry out. We’re to let all know Who Jesus is. Our question is will we open our mouths? God won’t speak for us but He will speak through us. Our goal is to go home to heaven and see how many people we can take with us.

March 23, 2012

One Foound

Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Luke 15:5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus tells two parables, two stories pointing to a truth. In each parable something is lost then found. He is referring to the human race He created as being lost from Him. He said when one repents there is great rejoicing in heaven. He says when one is found it is joyfully accepted and put into the proper place. Our question is do we seek diligently for those who are lost. The shepherd left his comfort zone and his companions to find that lost sheep. The woman diligently cleaned until she found her coin. We, believers, have experience the joy in heaven when we came to know our Lord and Savior. We now are called to seek the lost and lead them into the way of everlasting life. Our question is what are we doing and do we really rejoice when we hear a new believer testify to God?

October 22, 2011

Learning to Pray

Mt 6:7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words

Have you given yourself time to learn the “art” of praying unceasingly?  Prayer is communion with God.  Jesus said, “Unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3 (NAS).  After you took the step of accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, did you allow yourself to become a child?

A small child talks to his parents unceasingly.  He asks about everything.   He thinks out loud.  He even says everything he is going to do even though he may already know it is right.  Have you become a little child with your Father?

Talk to Him all day every day.  If you are alone, talk out loud.  If others are present, talk silently.  Tell Him how you feel, what you think, what you’re doing.  Ask Him what you should do next.  Tell Him about your family, your friends, and your concerns.  Be sure you also allow your Father time to talk to you.  He not only wants to tell you what to do, He wants to share His thoughts, feelings and concerns with you.

Be ready as a small child to be spontaneous in your reactions to the One you love.  Be open in simple trust.  You cannot build a relationship with someone you don’t know.  Allow you Father to show you how well He knows you and loves you.  As He reveals yourself to you He will also reveal Himself to you.

Practice this art of communion with God.  Get serious with Him and allow Him to get serious with you.  You will be joyfully surprised and delighted with the process of your union with God.

 

June 11, 2011

Temporal or Eternal

 

Col 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.

 

 

We are in an age of instant gratification.  We get impatient when our computers take longer than we think they should, when fast food doesn’t come fast, when we have to wait in traffic.  Almost everything we do we want it fast.  We have forgotten how to be silent.  We have forgotten how to take time to mediate.  We are good at instant prayers but seldom take the time to really pray through in issue.  We tend to forget we were created to have fellowship with God.  That means spend time with Him.  Yes, we have to have careers to earn our food, clothes and roof over our heads, but must of us have way more than we need.  Not only are we living in an “instant” age, we are also living in an “I want it” age.  We need to learn to turn our eyes and attention to God.  We need to realize we are looking and preparing for the eternal.  The temporal may be demanding our attention but the eternal (God) is our best reward.  Let us determine and choose to set our minds on the things above, the things of God, rather than our selfish, earthly desires.

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