Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 18, 2020

Being Saved

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christian,God,Jesus,penalty,save,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Romans 13:11-14 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.  (NIV)

These verses say a lot about today, the present time we are living.  We Christians, at least in the United States have been slumbering; we’ve been complacent.  We have taken the freedom of our worshiping in groups, owning and reding Bibles and sharing our faith with others totally for granted.  The hour has already passed.  Our freedom has been under attack.  We need to wake up.  We need to put on the armor of light.  God is light and His armor for us to put on is described in Ephesians 6:11. We need to recognize we were saved from the penalty of sin when we invited Jesus into our heart, mind and lives and now we are saved from the power of sin.  Sin only enters us by choice now and unfortunately, we still choose it many times. We need to choose to live according to the precepts laid out for us in the Holy Bible.  We do this without being anxious or fearful of the situation in our nation and our world.  We do what God tells us to do and trust Him as He fulfills all His promises.  Now we are being saved from the power of sin but soon we will be saved from even the presence of sin because we will be in the very real presence of God where there is no sin.

January 17, 2020

Forgiveness Means

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

John 13:5 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  (NIV)

We’ve read a lot about forgiveness.  We have experienced the forgiveness of God most every day of our lives.  We are told we are to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are things we shouldn’t forgive.  We confuse forgiving the person with forgiving the action.  We often look at the example of Jesus forgiving Peter for denying Him 3 times.  We must also look at their last supper together in the upper room.  Notice Jesus washed the feet of all the disciples.  He knew Peter would deny Him 3 times in a few hours.  He knew Judas was going to betray His whereabouts to the religious leaders for 30 pieces of silver.  He knew all of them would hide away in fear.  Yet, He washed all of their feet.  Yes, including Peter and Judas.  We claim we want to follow the example of Jesus.  We like to give to others.  We like to visit the sick and the imprisoned.  We like sharing the good news.  But, forgiving someone who has hurt us or lied about us or has killed someone we know and love.   How can we possibly forgive them?  Jesus does.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning the actions.  Nor does it mean someone doesn’t have to bear the consequences of the actions.  Forgiveness means  a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.  We don’t deserve God’s forgiveness yet, because He loves us, He continually forgives us.  The disciples didn’t deserve Jesus’ forgiveness, yet He forgave them.    God even loves those who have hurt us.  Since God loves and forgives, who are we not to do the same?  Forgiveness is a conscious choice.  Let us learn to choose to forgive.  As we forgive healing of the hurt will slowly take the place of resentment and bitterness that only hurts us, not the ones who caused the hurt.  As we pray in the prayer Jesus taught us, “Forgive our sins as we forgive the sins of others.

January 16, 2020

Totally Human

Filed under: baptise,believe,Bible,Father,garden,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

John 5:30 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  (NIV)

This seems like an odd statement or Jesus Who is the Word of God, the Son of God, One with God to say.  Why can’t He, Himself, do everything since God is all powerful and all knowing?  When Jesus came to put on the flesh of mankind, He left His God-nature so He could experience all we experience, ,fell all we feel.  If He was still full of the Oneness of God’s nature He wouldn’t feel as we do.  Yet, He never did sin.  Sin is a separation from God.  Even though Jesus was fully man, He showed us how, as a person, we could still be one with God.  He demonstrated how to think, act and love.  Never did he shy away from the sinner, the lame, the sick, the poor nor those who seemed to have it all.  He treated all equally with love.  Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as He was baptized by John.  He demonstrated how we, also, can be full of the Holy Spirit.  Our problem is in being willing to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit within us as believers and followers.  As we read, meditate and study on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we learn how Jesus demonstrated thinking, speaking and acting as one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Let us choose to read, study, listen and learn that we may truly become one like Jesus prayed for us in the Garden just before He went to the cross for us.

January 15, 2020

Change

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (NIV)

I have a high need for change.  Maybe because I was a military brat and moved to a new place most every year.  My need for change even carries through in the house.  No one in the family would get up in the night without a flashlight because I might have been up re-arranging the furniture.  My desire for changing things is alike to God.  He is continually changing us.  His desire is for us to be like His Son, Jesus so we can be one with Him, one in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This requires change.  Though our salvation is instant the moment we ask Jesus into our mind, heart and life, the change in our heart, mind and life takes time.  As we read, study and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we get to know God better and gradually, through the Holy Spirit working in us, we become more and more like God.  When I think back on how I was, spoke, acted and thought, years ago I am amazed at the person I have become today.  Yet, as I look at who I am today and think about who God will make me be tomorrow, I’m even amazed.  My goal is the same as God’s goal for me – to become truly one with God in thought, heart and action.  Change isn’t easy for us – even those who like me like change.  Change occurs not only through reading and meditating on scripture, change comes through walking through trials.  So, when trials come our way, let us praise God for He is in the changing process to make us more one with Him.

January 14, 2020

Don’t Know You

Filed under: fruit,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,love,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Matthew 7:22-23 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!    (NIV)

Some will wonder how can someone who has performed many miracles in the name of Jesus possibly be unknown by our Lord.  God doesn’t look on the deeds we perform.  God also doesn’t let His name go out in vain.  He will do miracles and will allow demons to be driven out but He looks on the heart of the one who is involved in the action.  He judges and recognizes us by the fruits of His Holy Spirit.  Are those fruits really in our hearts?  Do we really let those fruits grow in us?  Do we display those fruits not only when others can see but also when we are alone?  We can find these fruits listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  Do we love God more than our own reputation and more than any other person or thing or possession?  Why are we doing what appears to be good?  Is it so others will think good of us?  Do we think by doing good we earn points with God?  With God there is no such thing as earning points.  God is love.  God recognizes love and responds to love.  It is the love of God as it flows in and through us back to God that unites us with God.  If we don’t love all God created we cannot be loving God.  Let us be sure our hearts are right.  Let us think, speak and do all we do in love – the love God continually gives us and desires to flow through us to others.

January 13, 2020

Job’s Pride

Filed under: Christians,gender,God,grace,love,pride,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Job 1:1 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. (NIV)

I appreciate the study of the book of Job.  That is because it really gets my attention and draws me upright.  On casual reading we think Job was doing really good.  Even God told Satan Job was righteous.  However, Job was one who was legalistic.  He was doing everything to earn his way with God.  He didn’t know about the grace of God.  Job thought he was good and was proud of his goodness.  He even boasted about it later in the book.  God finally talked to Job citing Who He is and what He had done and drew Job up short.  As with the prodigal sons (one went off and the other stayed home but both were prodigal in their own way) and with the pharacess who thought themselves to be so good but whose hearts were full of self, Job was full of self until God got his attention.  We, as Christians, also struggle with pride of being good compared to the thief or prostitute or murderer.  We forget it is not our works or our presumed goodness that connects us with God.  We are only in the presence of God through God’s grace and love.  God doesn’t desire sacrifices or even good works.  God wants us to love Him as much as He loves us.  I don’t know about you but I know I fall far short of that.  I desire to be there and I ask God to do all He needs to in order to bring me to that point.  What we do that we call good must be done in love, not in the desire to “earn points” with God.  If it’s been awhile, go back and reread Job, especially where God talks to him but, as we read, we need to put ourselves in Job’s place.

January 12, 2020

Recognize Satan

Ephesians 6:12 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  (NIV)

There are Christians who don’t believe Satan really exists.  So many think their struggles are because of others or the culture or their own mistakes.  They are their own mistakes in that they don’t recognize the deceptive voices of Satan.  Satan would have us believe the lie that the Holy Bible is outdated.  He would tell us to get with the times.  He is the one encouraging Christian denominations to accept same-sex marriages and gay and lesbian lifestyles.  These are strictly forbidden by God.  God created male and female.  He did not create a third category of gender.  One of our problems is we confuse the sin from the sinner.  Because of our verbal attacks on the sinner rather than the sin, we are producing more enemies of God.  Notice when Jesus turned over the money tables in the temple He didn’t attack the money changers, only what they were doing.   There are many other lies of Satan that we tend not to recognize.  That is another reason why it is so important for us to really make God’s written word, the Holy Bible, an active part of our minds.  Let us really know God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to help us distinguish the voice of Satan so we can stand firmly against him.

January 11, 2020

Every Spiritual Blessing

Filed under: Bible,bless,faith,God,Jesus,spiritual,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

The word bless in some form or another is in the Holy Bible 442 times.  God strengthens our faith through His blessings (Psalms 29:11 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. NIV)  David speaks of God giving us blessings in .Romans 4:6 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:  In other words, we can’t and don’t earn blessings from God;  God gives them to us.  Neither can we barter by saying if He does such and such then we will do something.  It is only through Jesus, God’s Son that we, as believers in Jesus and wearing His robe of righteousness are blessed by God  with every spiritual blessing.  May I encourage you to do a word study on blessing in all it’s forms and discover some of the spiritual blessings God has for us.  Our problem is in recognizing them and in receiving them.  Many of these blessings are missed by us because our mind is on material things.  Some of God’s blessings will show up through material things but God but God is more concerned with our spiritual life that goes into eternity.  He knows we emphasize our physical life more than enough.  What do we do with the blessings God give us?  We share them with others and we give blessings back to God.

January 10, 2020

Like a Tree

Filed under: fruit,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,storms,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Psalms 1:3 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.  (NIV)

Trees are a wonderful creation of God.  The put down roots.  The roots can be so deep that the tree can stand straight in the strongest of storms.  The deep roots go down enough to get nourishment needed for growth.  The tree grows up toward the light.  A healthy tree produces many leaves which draw their nourishment from the deep roots.  When we live a life in the realization of the presence of God within us, we are like a tree planted by streams of water.  This enables us to yield fruit (the fruit of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. NIV)  The words tree or trees are used in the scripture 299 times.  We have a choice.  Will we be a healthy tree growing to the light of God and putting our roots deep into the Holy Bible through the Holy Spirit, prospering in His likeness or will we be like a tree planted in the dry desert soon to wither and be useless.  Let us be sure we allow our roots to go deep and shoot toward the light of God.

 

January 9, 2020

Ask, Seek, Knock

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Matthew 7:7 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  (NIV)

All 3 of these components need to be in our prayers.  First, we must ask.  We ask for our needs, our desires and the needs of others.  After we ask, we must seek.  We seek to know God’s will.  We find His will through careful reading and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and through the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within us.  After seeking God’s will we must knock.  When we knock on a door we stand and wait for the door to be opened.  We tend to rush ahead of God.  We must learn to wait on God’s timing in answering our prayers.  This is an easy verse to memorize.  Let us not only memorize it.  Let us also apply it in our day-to-day living.

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