Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 10, 2012

Simeon

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Luke 2:25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon who was righteous and devout, looking for the restoration of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

Simeon was looking for the Messiah, the salvation not only of the Hebrews but of the gentiles as well.  Jesus was not born with a halo around His head.  He looked pretty much like any other baby.  Yet the Holy Spirit was upon Simeon to recognize the One he was looking for and to prophecy over Him.  He acknowledge Jesus was here for all man kind, not just the Jews.  Imagine the amazement, confusion and fear of Mary and Joseph as Simeon prophesied.  “This child is destined to be the cause of the falling and rising of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be rejected. Indeed, as a result of him the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed and a sword will pierce your own soul as well.”  There was no way for them to really understand what this prophecy meant but ending with the sword piercing their soul must have put some fear and concern into their hearts and minds.  I know it would mine.  Simeon was so sure this was the One he was looking for that he asked God to let him pass on.  He was old and tired and now he considered all his purpose for being on this earth was complete.  He has seen the promised savior.  Our question is are we as confident as Simeon?  Have we seen the Savior of all mankind?  Jesus didn’t come to save one class or one culture of people.  He cane to save each and every individual regardless of how they look, how they thought, what they did or any other characteristic.  God created all mankind and loves all mankind.  Who are we to do less?  Let us reach out in God’s love to someone we don’t know today.

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September 19, 2012

School or Drop-out

John 20:17 Jesus replied, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. ”

From the words of Jesus His Father is also our Father and His God is also our God.  If we really meditate on this it will blow our mind.  Jesus is saying we are equal in our relationship through Jesus with God.  There is one catch to that.  The only way this can be is for us to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Jesus said He is the only way into God’s family.  We cannot work our way.  We cannot find our way alone or through any other form of religion.  We must humble ourselves, acknowledge and confess we are sinners, accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, accept His atonement for our continual sins on the cross and desire to walk as He walked on this earth in obedience to God and love for mankind.  When we do this He fills us with His Holy Spirit Who empowers us to walk in obedience and love.  We get very impatient and upet when we find we still disobey and find we still don’t love mankind.  It takes time and growth.  It takes going to school – the school of life experiences, the study of God’s written word (the Bible) and the school of 2-way prayer and meditation.  This school makes life very exciting and full.  Our question is are we willing to go to school and stay in school are will be be drop-outs?

May 12, 2012

Deep Within

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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Psalms 51:6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This is part of a prayer from the psalmist to God. In it the psalmist recognizes his sinfulness and God’s power and compassion to forgive. He recognizes God is truth and wisdom and the only way to hear truth and get wisdom is to listen deep within ourselves. When we receive God’s Son, Jesus, as our Redeemer, Lord and Savior we also receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. It is this Spirit Who convicts us of our sin, reveals God’s truth and give us God’s wisdom. Our question is are we willing to be quiet and listen? Being quiet is something which needs to be practiced. It is difficult to shut out all the interfering thoughts without blanking our minds so much we can’t even hear God. Let us learn to take time each day to tune out the world and tune in God through His Holy Spirit.

March 20, 2012

The Banquet

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:32 am
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Luke 14:23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Continuing on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus told this parable of a banquet. He spoke of how those invited refused to come. They had other obligations they considered more pressing. They presumed they could go to the banquet when it was convenient for them. The invitation was issued to all who would come. We have several questions today. Each one of us has been invited to the wedding feast of Jesus, God’s Son. We must accept the invitation before the banquet. If we delay it will be too late for us. We accept the invitation by asking Jesus to be in our hearts minds and life as our Lord and Savior. The there is the question about going out to the roads and country lanes and inviting others to join us at the banquet. Are we issuing God’s invitation? Are we letting others around us know there will be a wedding banquet for us, the bride of Christ, the Church of believers? God wants all to come in. Let us do our part.

January 9, 2012

Kingdom of Heaven is Near

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Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Next Matthew tells us more of what to “preach.” We are to tell others the kingdom of heaven is near. This kingdom is near because when we accept Jesus the kingdom of heaven comes within us. We begin our eternal life the moment we are born anew in Jesus. This step, accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior is a necessary part in also preparing for God’s Kingdom to come on earth. There are several writings in my archives about this. Here Matthew is dwelling on the kingdom coming in each of us. God is reaching down and offering the gift of His presence to us. All we need do is accept by accepting His only Son, Jesus Christ. We are to “preach” this message to all who will listen. We are not to fear offending others by telling them of God’s great love and gift to us. We are to fear offending God by keeping our mouths shut. Tell someone today.

December 27, 2011

Cleaning Time

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead

Ever since a young child I have always dedicated the week between Christmas and New Years to clean my room. As an adult I go through the house and donate or trash what can be donated or trashed. After I met Jesus as my Lord I started adding something to the house cleaning. I now include spiritual cleaning during that week. I take time to ask God what in me needs to have His light shed and where I need His cleansing. This time goes deeper than my normal times of confession and repentance through the year. I have a long way to take hold of the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit, which reflect His image, but I am determined to push on with Him. Won’t you join me?

December 22, 2011

Advent 24

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christmas,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:34 am
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John 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”

 

Before I came to Jesus as my Lord, I played my life as many different characters.  I grew up in church and rarely missed a Sunday.  I was very active as a leader and sometimes an employee in churches.  I believed Jesus to be the Son of God but I didn’t understand the concept of surrender to Him as Lord.  What others saw in me was not who I was but who I wanted them to think I was.  I also was sure to get the credit for all “I did” in the church.  After I came to Jesus as my Lord, after I really surrendered my life, my heart and my mind to Him I no longer wanted to play my life out as other characters.  Now, what people see in me is what they get; is what I am.  I also am sure to acknowledge that all I do is by God’s grace alone.  I can do no good thing in and of myself.  As part of our Advent preparation let us take time to ask God to reveal any shadows in us that still need His Light.  This will help us to be part of His preparation for His Son’s coming to establish His Kingdom on earth.

December 17, 2011

Advent 21

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christian,Christmas,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:55 am
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Mt 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

He will save His people from their sins.  What a wonderful thing.  There is no way we can save ourselves from our sins.  There is no way we can ever be good enough.  Jesus was sent by God the Father to save His people from their sins.  Who are His people?  His people are those who believe Jesus is the Son of God, that He came to earth to die on the cross and take on our sins, that they want Him to be the Lord of their lives and have taken Him into their hearts and minds and desire to walk in obedience to all He said.  When we have done this we become ‘His people.”  Each of us must answer if we are among His people.  We must do more than believe and accept.  We must live the way He showed and taught us to live.  Advent is quickly coming to a close.  Let each of us be sure we are ready to help prepare the way for our Lord.

October 28, 2011

Can’t Pray

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:49 am
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Ro 8:26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit  himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express

Sometimes, due to your physical condition or other problems, it seems you cannot pray.  What is prayer?  Prayer is communion with God.

If you have received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit is within you and continually interceding for you.  When you cannot pray, orally acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit within you.  Let Him pray for you.  Try to realize how much love it took for God to give us His Holy Spirit as a constant intercessor.  Allow Him to be your Comforter as well.  Try to relax and become aware of His Presence.

If you are able, call a friend and tell them of your need.  People are blessed when they intercede for others.  Many times they get so busy they forget.  Bless them by asking for their prayers.

Practice your awareness of God’s Holy Spirit within you while you are not quite so disturbed.  Remind yourself throughout the day that He is there.  Talk to Him and thank Him for being there.  Thank your Father for sending Him to you.  Thank Jesus for dying so you could receive Him

The more you become aware of His Presence on your better days, the easier it is to feel His Presence on the other days.  Then you can rest in trust while the Spirit prays.

October 10, 2011

Separated

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:21 am
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Matt. 27:46   My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Jesus had never experienced being separated from His Father.  There was no way God could be a part of Jesus, His Son, as Jesus took on the burden of our sins.  God cannot be in the presence of sin.  Jesus experienced that painful separation from the Father so we would never have to experience separation again.  What a miraculous and marvelous sacrifice of love that was.  Many have suffered death on a cross but there was only One Who could take on the sin of all humanity.  Jesus had emotions just as we do.  Think about how deeply it hurt to be separated from the One Who had always – even before time – been a part of you and you Him.  It is hard for us to comprehend in our sinful state.  We can now always be in the Presence of God after we come to His Son, Jesus and accept Him as our Lord and Savior and receive forgiveness for our purposeful separation through sins.  The question is have we done this and are we becoming more and more aware each day of the very real presence of God, our Father, through His Son Jesus Christ?

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