Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 14, 2013

Spiritual Bodies

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John 17:3. Now this is eternal life – that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

We experience eternal life as we experience God. We tend to think of life as our physical bodies. Our physical bodies are not us. They contain us. God is Spirit and we were created in His image which makes us spirit. Our question is are we willing to stop being so consumed with our physical bodies and feed and tend our spiritual bodies? This is short but meditation. The reality of this needs to be deep until it becomes a reality in our minds. Take one extra time today meditating on some scripture and open yourself up to His Holy Spirit helping you see the scripture you’re meditating on in a new way experiencing the love and wisdom of God.

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June 9, 2013

Use Me

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Luke 2:49. But he replied, “Why were you looking for me? Didnt you know that I must be in my Fathers house?”

Jesus wanted to be in His Father’s house to be about His Father’s business. He was not there to be entertained but to share scripture. We should not go to church merely for what we can get. We go for what we can do. Do we say, “What can I do?” or do we say, ” find someone else?”. Paul said, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” Too many of us think–entertain me, make the music and the sermon please me, say what I want to hear. If we would prove that we are the legitimate children of God, we must find out the best way of carrying out God’s wishes. It’s not about me, me, me but God and God alone. Our question is are we about our Father’s business are we trying to use Him about our business? Let us join Isaiah and say, “Use me,”

June 8, 2013

Fully Present

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Nehemiah 8:8. They read from the book of Gods law, explaining it and imparting insight. Thus the people gained understanding from what was read.

Sometimes we might feel pretty smug. We go to church, assembling with other believers. We look good, loyal, committed and obedient. The question is where is our mind and heart while we are in a worship service? When the Scripture is read do we really listen? Do we open our own Bibles and read along? When hymns are sung do we lift up our voice and sing to God? The Bible says sing praises with a loud voice. It doesn’t say it has to be on tune or sound good. When the sermon’s given do we really listen and take notes for further reflection? Let us choose to be fully present when we gather together. God used a mule to teach. He will teach us through anyone or anything is we are open and receptive.

May 2, 2013

Choices

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Matthew 17:1-3. Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain. And he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with him.

We think of Jesus as God which is right but we fail to think of Him as a human with a body which will feel pain, emotions which feel loneliness, and a mind to make choices much like we have.  There were a few times He had the choice as to whether to follow through with God’s plan to redeem mankind.  The first was in the wilderness after His baptism.  The above scripture is another time.  He knew He was about to face the cross.  He took His closest friends with Him for emotional encouragement.  When He was transformed He had a choice to return to the Father.  Moses went easily,  Elijah didn’t even face death.  What a temptation it must have been to want to be free from the burden.  He looked at the friends He loved and knew their future along with all mankind depended on His choice.  Our question is do we really realize what it cost Him and how very much He did for us?  When we are faced with a difficult choice will we choose the easy way are go God’s way?

December 7, 2012

Caesar Augustus

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Luke 2:1  Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus to register all the empire  for taxes.

Caesar Augustus commanded all citizens go to the place their forefathers came from and register.  Joseph and Mary both came from the lineage of David so they had to travel to Bethlehem.  They would never have undertaken a trip like that this close to the delivery of her baby.  It is amazing how God can use even those who are not believers.  Without this edict from Augustus Jesus would have been born in Nazareth  instead a the prophecies for-told, in Bethlehem.  Scripture says even the rulers of the countries are there by the hand of God.  We are to pray for them and obey them as long as they do not take away our freedom to worship our God.  Our question is are we in the group of unbelievers being used unaware by God or are we in the group of believers making ourselves consciously aware of God using and flowing through us?  Let us pay attention to God’s workings through and around us.

November 14, 2012

Not My Will But Yours

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Luke 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours 
be done.” 

I’m tired and don’t feel good today.  I didn’t want to write.  Yet I remember what Jesus said to God the Father.  Jesus did not want to receive 40 less one lashing that would take out chunks of His flesh.  He didn’t want a crown of thorns mashed down on His head.  He didn’t want to drag a cross beam through crowded streets in the midst of jeering, angry voices.  He didn’t want to be stripped naked and nailed to a cross.  He did want to do His Father’s will and do all this for me so I could be forgiven and have fellowship with Him and the Father and be with them for all eternity.  All He’s asking me to do is sit, pray, listen, read scripture and write what I hear.  How can I do less no matter what is going on or how I feel.  Many times we find we are faced with a situation we don’t really want or maybe don’t even like.  If we have given God our lives, if we give the day to Him for His will and His glory then anything that comes our way  is there for us to face through His hand for His purpose.  Our question is do we choose to trust and serve God through and in the midst of all things?  He did so much for us.  How can we not do so little for Him.

October 20, 2012

Check It Out

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2 Timothy 3:16 Every scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

Sometimes when I’m walking in the early morning I can start to see a slight reflection of the coming sun.  It is mixed with the reflection of many man-made lights.  This makes it hard to determine which is making the reflections.  It is the same when we hear someone read som of God’s written word to us or read an excerpt written by someone (including me).  Man is able to take the words of someone else out of context and shape them into proving what he wants to prove.  This is why whenever we hear someone cite scripture or reprint it in another text (like this one) it is our responsibility to go to the Bible and read what comes before and after it to know the context and the meaning the Holy Spirit wants us to hear.  Taking it as it is given by another fallible human is how many cults get their seed to start.  Our question is are we willing to take the time and learn for ourselves or would we rather consider ourselves to be  babies who trust any bottle put into them?  We alone are responsible for what we do with what we hear or read.  Let’s make sure we feed on God’s Word.  I pray al my readers check out what I write and ask God in what way it applies to you in your time and space.  That is why these devotions are short.  They are not designed to give a teaching but to give a jump-start to your thinking and a place to start your meditations and Bible studies.  May God bless you as you seek, along with me, to grow in His knowledge and love and grace.

April 19, 2012

Everything in Love

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John 13:34 “A new command give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

My husband was preaching on being serious about God. During it he made the statement, “Any activity that doesn’t produce love is wasted.” We tend to get so tied up in business we get lost in the tide. So much of what we do is done from habit or self-indulgence. . We need to slow down and ask ourselves why we are doing the things we are doing. Is there any value in the task at hand? Is it for someone’s benefit? Scripture tells us whatever we do in word or in deed we are to do in the name of the Lord. We cannot and dare not do anything in the name of our Lord if it is not done in love. This brings to mind a very good booklet I read many years ago that had a great impact on my life. It is called “Practicing the Presence” by Brother Laurence. It is now a free e-book and I highly recommend it. It seems we, as busy human beings, need continuous reminders of why we are here and what we are about. Thank you, Richard, for reminding me.

March 5, 2012

Mary and Martha

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Luke 10:41-42 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Much has been said about the “Mary/Martha personalities. Most of us (men and women both) have a mixture of the two personalities. There are times are consumed with the material problems and presumed responsibilities of the day. There are days we end with wondering if it was “much ado about nothing.” Hopefully there are days when we desire to draw apart from the material world and spend time with our God. Jesus wasn’t telling Martha she should never be about her chores. He was telling her there were times that chores should be put on the back burner and time should be taken to feed our spirits. Mary chose to delay chores and listen to Jesus. How many times do we delay our business to take quiet time with our Lord? John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist denomination, was a good example. On days he was scheduled to be the busiest he got up extra early to have more time with God. He knew to be well balanced he must balance his time spent serving with time spent communing with God. Let us develop the habit of always allotting quality time with God each and every day. That’s more than reading devotion and/or a couple verses of scripture. That’s to include time to listen to what God is putting in our hearts each and every day. Our question is do we take time to listen as Mary did?

February 25, 2012

Pride

Matthew 4:6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The second temptation was the Pride of life. While the first temptation was aimed to war against man using the weak flesh, the second was geared to war against the human spirit and its pride and haughtiness. This temptation aims for those who are strong, who have life of church involvement, and practice the church rites and rituals. When we boast, and show pride because of our dedication to church events, the gifts God has given us and His work in our life; we are living a false life of piety. Satan tempted Jesus misusing the scripture twisting it to imply that one can jump from the top of a pinnacle and not be hurt. We have seen many who appear on the top of their world give into a temptation because they considered themselves above temptation. They considered themselves as being above all. Then we see them fall. All of us are tempted with pride from time to time. It is a false pride because it covers up our deep-rooted feelings of not being good enough or doing good enough. God says our goodness is as filthy rags. We can never, in and of ourselves, be good enough or do good enough. It is only through the shed blood of Jesus and through God’s grace that any good can come out of us and that good is because God graciously gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit. Today is a day to contemplate areas where we have built up too much pride. Today is a day to acknowledge that without God in us, we are nothing. The hardest part is being honest with ourselves. Then, after confession we must accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves and move on using the gifts and grace God gives us and give the credit and glory to God.

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