Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 22, 2017

Blood

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,God,Holy Spirit — by ginrich @ 6:52 pm

1 Peter 1:18-21 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God (NIV)

 We sing songs about the blood of Jesus but we really don’t talk about it much.  We don’t like to really recognize the seriousness of sin.  We don’t like to think about God demanding that only blood can cover sin.  In the Old Testament, before God sent His Word down to earth in the form of Jesus, the only way for forgiveness of sin was by the blood offering of a perfect animal.  God did the firs sacrifice in killing an animal to cover Adam and Eve’s sin nakedness with the skin of an animal.  Animal sacrifice shad to be repeated over and over.  God, in His great mercy, and which He had planned since before He even established creation, had in mind a permanent forgiveness or mankind’s sin.  This perfect sacrifice was the blood of Jesus.  Only His blood could cover sin for all eternity.  This is because only His blood is God’s blood since Jesus and God are One.  Only His blood is righteous and perfect.  How do we get His perfect, righteous blood to wipe out our sins?  We accept Jesus into our heart, mind and life as our Lord and Savior.  As Lord, this means we will obey Him to our fullest ability.  As Savior, we acknowledge we have no righteousness in and of ourselves and are dependent on the righteousness of Jesus to cover our sin.  Let us be sure to thank God for His incredible sacrifice in the shedding of the blood of His Son, His Word, Jesus to cleanse us for all time from our sin and separation from Him.

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November 21, 2017

No Pouting

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

John 11:20-21 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. (NIV)

 When we read this section of scripture we seem to concentrate on the conversation Martha had with Jesus.  Have you ever thought about why Mary stayed home.  She chose not to go see Jesus as her sister, Martha, did.  It appears she was upset with Jesus.  Maybe even angry.  She had seen Jesus heal so many people yet He didn’t care to come as soon as he hears Lazarus was sick.  If He had come, Lazarus wouldn’t have died.  We can understand her being upset with Jesus.  What about us?  We pray for something and it doesn’t seem to get answered.  We want to see it come about in our way and our time.  We remind God of His promise to answer our prayers but they seem unanswered.  At least, the answers we want don’t seem to be there.  Jesus was going to answer Mary’s prayer for the healing of Lazarus but He would do it in His time, in His way and for His purpose and God’s glory.  We are short sighted and tend to pout when we don’t get what we want when we want it the way we want it.  Faith says we give our need to God in trust for His provision in His way and in His time.  After we state our needs, we turn our request into thanks that God has heard our prayer and is in the process of answering in His way and time.  This is reverence, recognizing God is the ultimate authority, knows what is best and loves us enough to take our requests and will answer them in His perfect way and time.

November 20, 2017

Reverence

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:55 pm

Hebrews 12:28 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, (NIV)

 Because we can call God Father we seem to have lost reverence for Him.  We gather together and enjoy talking with each other before the worship service starts.  We have trouble settling down.  We enjoy the songs that lead to loud rejoicing, dancing and clapping.  Reverence means to hold in high esteem, respect.  Respect means to admire deeply and have high admiration.  We are so quick to pray for things.  We pray, “God I need…. God please do…..God help with…..” and so on.  Many of our songs are asking for things from God.  We need to spend more time revering God for Who He is.  One time, when I was in the hospital my children said they missed me, not for what I did, but just for being with me.  Wow.  What a statement of love.  God wants us to enjoy being with Him.  Yes, He said we could ask Him for what we needed but that should be secondary.  As we approach Thanksgiving, let us concentrate on thankfulness.  After we thank God for all He has done for, let’s praise Him for Who He is.  Let’s enjoy sitting quietly in His Presence.  Let’s enjoy knowing He is in us through His Holy Spirit.  Let us express our love.  Let us listen.  Let’s revere God.

November 19, 2017

One Day

Exodus 20:8 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. (NIV)

 Today is the day most of us set aside as the Sabbath day.  It is a day to stop from our normal duties and spend quality time with God and with His family of believers.  Some people must work on this day because other people or animals are dependent on them.  God intends for us to work only 6 days a week.  It is important for our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health to take one day off from our normal chores.  We need to set aside one day a week to rest and renew our entire being through God by taking time to draw apart with Him and with other believers for refreshing, renewal and encouraging.  It matters not what day we set aside as long as we set aside one day.  At the beginning of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in the use of it.  At the end of this day we set aside, let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us consider what we have learned and done in this day.

November 18, 2017

Growing in Love

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:49 pm

2 Peter 3:18 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (NIV)

 I was reminiscing over the years of our marriage.  As the years progressed, our love deepened.  As our love deepened our communication and relationship changed.  We communicated better and our love grew.  We expressed our love in different ways as it grew.  The same is true (or should be) with our relationship with God.  As we grow in Him, as we come to know Him more intimately, our love grows and our communication changes.  We hear Him better.  We talk in more different ways.  Our emotions are displayed in different ways.  Love that has grown over the years is a most beautiful thing.  50+years of marriage developed a very deep love and intimate communication.  The years walking in the love of and for God develop into the most beautiful love relationship that can ever exist on this earth.  We must strive to grow in our love and knowledge of our God and grow in our communication with Him.  We do that through meditation on the Word of God (The Holy Bible) and through talking and listening to Him through His Holy Spirit each and every day.  Communication with our Father should be as easy and natural as breathing.

November 17, 2017

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:46 pm

Matthew 6:34 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)

 We all have the same number of hours in each and every day.  Some make the most of it.  Some waste it.  At the end of the day some have nothing but regrets on how they spent the day.  How do we use the day wisely?  Let us consider when we get up in the morning this day is the last day we will spend on this earth.  What will we choose to do?  The first thing is to spend time with God.  Thank and praise Him for giving us this day.  Ask Him how He wants us to spend this day.  Meditate on the scripture and give some listening time.  He will direct us when we ask and when we are open to His plans for us.  Once the day is gone, we can never get that day back.  Without spending our best time early in the day, talking and listing to God our day is not productive in Him.  It is only in God that we have love and light.  I want God to say well done to me.  The best hope I can have of this is to treat every day as my last day, my last opportunity to please God with what I do and say on this earth.  This is the day the Lord has made and given me.  I will rejoice and live it in and through Him

November 16, 2017

Confirming God’s Voice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:32 am

Matthew 16:23 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (NIV)

 When we are new in our faith and are learning to hear the inner voice of God, we need to know how to confirm what we think we hear as really being from God and not from our own flesh or from Satan.  One very consistent check is God never tells us anything that isn’t consistent with His written word, The Holy Bible.  But that consistently can’t be held to only one verse.  A single verse, taken out of context, can be interpreted in the wrong way.  What can confuse us is many times what God says will conflict with our own sinful desires or old, habitual thinking.  What God tells us can challenge our faith and take courage to step out and follow.  But, as we meditate on what we hear, the Holy Spirit will bring us peace.  It takes courage to step out in new ways, ways that might bring ridicule from others.  The world is against God.  We will be made fun of and criticized in our walk of faith.  Jesus was taunted and criticized.  How can we expect less?  As we learn to hear God’s inner voice in us it is good to have someone to pray with us and confirm what we are hearing.  God will never tell us to do anything that is against His written word or will hinder our spiritual growth.  As we practice listening, we will be able to confirm His voice faster.  Most important, and I can’t say it enough, we must know God’s written word.  We must be in it daily, not just reading it, but meditating on it and putting it deep in our minds and hearts.

November 15, 2017

God’s Timin

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:05 pm

Genesis 15:4 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” (NIV)

Genesis 16:2 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”
Abram agreed to what Sarai said. (NIV)

 God gave a promise to Abram and Sarai.  They became impatient and allowed doubt to enter.  They decided they had to take matters into their own hands.  They went ahead of God’s timing.  God has a plan for each of us.  He never tells us to do anything that isn’t for His glory and for our best.  But what He has is also in His timing, not ours.  We are very impatient people.  That is why God usually waits to give us instructions because He knows we’ll run ahead with it and do it in our way and our own time.  When we jump ahead of God we do it in our own strength rather than through the strength of God.  Things don’t turn out right then.  We need to learn to wait on God.  It’s our “I want it now.” that gets us into debt and encourages some to steal.  Waiting is hard.  What do we do when we have to wait?  We wait with thanksgiving knowing God is in control and He had the right time for each thing that is to occur in this world.  Next time we start to do something or even open our mouth about something, check with God first.  We need to ask Him 2 questions: Is this the right thing to do or say?  Is this the right time to do it or say it?  Let us learn to live in God’s way and God’s timing.

November 14, 2017

Water

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 4:55 pm

Job 14:7-9 7 “At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.8 Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil,9 yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant (NIV)

 Sometimes things happen that make us feel helpless and hopeless.  But, the above scripture reminds us that as long as we have breath we have hope.  We also have help.  Sometimes the Bible refers to the Holy Spirit as the water of life.  When we have opened our hearts and minds to God through Jesus, His Son, and strive to follow Him in all our ways, we have the water of the Holy Spirit in us.  When we find ourselves in that hopeless or helpless situation all we need to do is look to God.  We tell Him how we feel and ask Him to show us the way through our hopelessness.  The Holy Spirit is our guide and our helper.  As we open God’s instruction book for living (the Holy Bible) we ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in reading and meditating on God’s written word.  As we pray, read and meditate we are refilled with the hope of our salvation in Jesus Christ.  We redress ourselves in God’s Armor (Ephesians 6:13-17) picking up the sword (the words in the Bible) to slay our negative feelings.  Before long, we will stand victorious.

November 13, 2017

Authority

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Colossians 2:9-11 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. (NIV)

 Everyone has some authority over something or someone.  Parents have authority over their children.  Teachers have authority over their students.  Employers have authority over their employees.  Kings have authority over their subjects.  But over all the worldly authorities, God is the ultimate authority.  So many of us fight against God’s authority.  We want our lives the way we want them when we want them.  It is God Who gifts us in certain and different ways.  It is God Who chooses the path each of us should walk for the glory of God and for our own joy and fulfillment.  So often we pray amiss because we haven’t opened our heart and minds to the path God is calling for us.  It’s usually beyond our ability to know our total path throughout our life.  We need only to know our path for the day we are living.  We do this by asking God, daily, what His purpose is for that day, what steps He wants us to take that day.  This is the only way to have a day of joy, peace and fulfillment.  As we read in the Bible the various tasks various people were called to accomplish we get an idea of the differences in the callings of individuals.  Just look at Joseph’s life.  So many things he went through appeared to be adverse to a joyful, fulfilling purpose, yet each adversity he faced prepared him for a calling to save a nation.  We need to choose trust in God for the steps we face as we walk with Him in pure, trusting and faithful obedience to the calling He chooses for us.

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