Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2013

Answered Prayer

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Acts 12:15. But they said to her, “Youve lost your mind!” But she kept insisting that it was Peter, and they kept saying, “It is his angel!”

Read the nature account. Peter was chained in prison and his friends were praying for his release. While they were praying Peter, released by God through an angel came to the door. The girl who answered was so surprised Peter was out that she forgot to open the door but want to tell the others while they were still praying for Peter’s release. They did not believe their prayers were answered. There are two truths here. One is where was their belief and where is ours. We often miss the answers to our prayers because we aren’t really looking for them. The other is regardless of our faith God will accomplish His will and purpose with or with out our faith. The question is do we want to actively be part of His workings though our prayers believing and looking expectantly for His answers?

April 19, 2013

Our Concern

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John 21:21-22. So when Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to live until I come back, what concern is that of yours? You follow me!”

One of the questions Peter asked Jesus during those 40 days was about what someone else should be doing.  Jesus basically told Peter to be concerned about His own obedience to Him.  We are so prone to compare our own actions with those of another.  We think if they don’t do something we don’t need to do it either or if they do something we should do it also.  We need to listen to Jesus’ reply to Peter.  We need to pay attention to what He tells us to do and follow through in obedience.  If we choose to compare ourselves with anyone it should be with Jesus.  We are to be imitators of Him, not of others.  Jesus walked in total obedience to all God told Him to do.  Our question is evident here.  My concern is me and I fall far short.

April 15, 2013

Still Appearing

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1 Corinthians 15:5. and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.

There is a debate on who Cephas was.  In John 1:42 Jesus tells Simon (Peter) he shall be called Cephas which means “rock.”  But Cephas was a common name.  Some historians in. The first 4 centuries say that this Cephas is one of the 70 disciples.  It really doesn’t matter which one Jesus appeared to.  The point is Jesus was busy during those 40 days appearing to various believers increasing their faith and preparing them to receive His Holy Spirit.  Today Jesus my not appear physically since He is back with the Father but He still appears to us in many other ways through His Holy Spirit.  It might be through a smile, a kind word,  helping hand.  Our question is do we look for Him in our everyday lives or are we distracted by other things?  Do we allow Him to appear through us t others? He wants all to see Him.  Let us be busy looking and doing our part.

September 15, 2012

Coward

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Matthew 16:18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades a will not overpower it.

Peter is the one who said he would die for Jesus yet denied Him 3 times in one night. Jesus knew Peter would do this yet He called Peter a rock on which His Church would start building. What happened to change Peter from a coward into an evangelists helping to start the Church of followers of Jesus, the Son of God and our Messiah – Lord and Savior? What happened was the Holy Spirit. The Apostles were huddle in fear, hiding in a room. Jesus had already appeared to them several time but they were still in a state of confusion as to what they were to do. Suddenly a wind swept into the room and flames of fire rested on each one. They were being filled with God’s Holy Spirit. This in filling changed Peter and the rest from confused cowards to people who would share God’s message of salvation through the blood of Jesus with the world. Our question is are we cowards or are we allowing the Holy Spirit to speak boldly through us in love and share the message of salvation with those we meet on our life’s journey? Each of us must face this question each and every day.

June 26, 2012

Betraial

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Luke 22:48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We all understand what it feels like to be betrayed. We’ve had friends turn their backs on us, gossip about us and tell lies about us. We’ve had family members who won’t speak to us even though they can’t remember why their mad. There are many ways and forms of betrayal. Jesus was betrayed. He was betrayed by on of His select 12 disciples, a disciple who held the trusted position of treasure for their small group. Jesus knows how it feels to have a close, trusted friend betray you. Yet Jesus did not get mad at Judas. He questioned why he chose a kiss to betray Him but never did Jesus say anything harsh to Judas. Peter also betrayed Him, not just once but three times in a row. Jesus’ response is to ask if Peter loved Him and gives Peter a position of responsibility. Our question is how to we react when we are betrayed? Actually we should not react but should respond. Do we respond in love and compassion with forgiveness? Jesus knew God was using Judas to complete His ministry. If not Judas someone else would have been used. When we are betrayed there is always a lesson and growth in our relationship to God to gain. Next time we are betrayed let us look to God, forgive the betrayer and move on with God’s plan for our lives.

June 5, 2012

Who Are You

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Matthew16:15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus asked this of Peter and Peter answered “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter really didn’t understand what that meant until after He received God’s Holy Spirit. If someone were to ask someone who knows you who you are what would they say? Would they describe you as selfish, greedy, angry, depressed, a go-getter, a work-a-holic or one of many other descriptions? Hopefully they would say you are a man or woman of God. If someone asked you personally who you are what would you say. Many of us think of our job description as who we are. Some think of their marital status or some other person-to-person relationship. What we answer says what comes first to us. Our question is, who do we say we are?

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