Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 15, 2018

Credit as Righteous

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Romans 4:5 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. (NIV)

To be righteous is to be right.  Mankind is not righteous.  Mankind is wrong more than right.  God is always right.  Jesus is always right.  They are righteous.  Abraham believed and trusted God so he was considered righteous.  Not because he was actually righteous but it was right to believe and trust God.  It is not our works that God considers us righteous.  It is our belief and trust in God that credits us as righteous.  When we believe and trust God we are right to do so.  We must ask ourselves do we really believe and trust God?  To trust God means we will follow in obedience because we trust He knows what is right.  Let us choose to trust God in all things.  Let us be credited as righteous.

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October 14, 2018

Slow to Speak

Filed under: Bible,Church,devotion,God,God's Word,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

James 1:21 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. (NIV)

James 1:19 19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (NIV)

I call the epistle of James the practical how-to epistle.  James was one of the half-brothers of Jesus.  He grew up with Jesus and hears how Jesus talked and what Jesus did.  God could have sent Jesus to earth as a full-grown man, already capable of talking.  But He chose to send His Son down to earth as a helpless, unable to talk baby.  Jesus grew up, worked and listened for some 30 years before He started talking – speaking forth the word of His Father.  He was able to experience and understand how it was to be a human.  He could relate to us so we could relate to Him.  In verse 21 the word “save” is not about eternal life.  We have eternal life the moment we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives.  He is talking about being saved from the things we face.  Moral filth and evil start with words we say or hear.  Words become action.  James writes about how powerful words are.  We all want to be heard and understood.  So much so, we tend to be quick to speak what we want to say rather than listen to what someone else wants to say.  I really recommend an in-depth study of James in relations to how, when and why we talk and how we should listen.  This knowledge and the practicing of it can really save us.  It can save our relationships with others.  It can save our jobs.  It can save our churches.  It can really save.

October 13, 2018

Faith Expressed

Filed under: Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Galatians 5:6 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (NIV)

Being a Christian isn’t about religion – a following of rules.  It is about a relationship with God through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  This relationship is based on faith.  Faith in God’s great love for us; so great that He sent Jesus to earth to suffer on the cross so we would no longer have to do all the sacrifices described in the Bible but that through the one sacrifice of Jesus our sins are forgiven for all of eternity.  But, if we don’t live out and express this faith through love, it is nothing.  God is love.  Any expression of God must be done in love.  Love doesn’t coerce or force.  Love nurtures.  If we see our life, our testimony isn’t bearing fruit, we must check to see if our faith is immersed in the love of God and expressed in our love for God and for fellow mankind.  The characteristics of this love are found in 1 Corinthians 13.  Read them daily putting our own name in the place of love and see how we come out.  It can be very revealing.

October 12, 2018

Pass the Glory

Filed under: devotion,God,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Daniel 2:28 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: (NIV)

Daniel 2:30 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind. *NIV)

Daniel was interpreting the King’s dream.  This was an impossible task for any man since the King wouldn’t even say what the dream was about.  Daniel and his friends prayed for the answer and God gave it to Daniel.  Most people would have taken all the credit and received glory for this but Daniel passed the credit and glory to God.  Daniel acknowledge with man it was impossible but with God all things are possible.  We still tend to take credit for things we say and do.  This stems from a desire to be the one “in the know” and the one with power because we think it makes us look better than other people.  We can take a lesson from Daniel.  He wasn’t trying to be the one who looked better than the others.  He acknowledged God’s provision of wisdom.  When we are complimented or praised for what we do, do we stuff it in our heads (which will make our heads swell with false pride) or do we acknowledge God at work in us?  Let us remember all wisdom and all good comes from God.

October 11, 2018

Always Watching

Filed under: God,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Proverbs 15:3 3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. (KJV)

I was in my car expressing to myself my irritation at another driver who was now out of sight.  No one could see or hear me.  Then this verse came to mind.  God could see and hear me.  So often we act and speak one way when others are around to see and hear us but we act, think and speak differently when we think there is no one around to hear and see.  This is because of the natural sin pride.  We like to make ourselves look and sound better than we are.  But, we aren’t fooling God.  He knows exactly who we are.  We need to learn consistency in our lives.  We’re here to please God, not necessarily please ourselves or others.  Usually our pleasing God will also please ourselves and others.  We need not cringe at the thought of never being out of God’s sight or hearing.  He loves us; in spite of our pride, our disobedience and our vacillations, He loves us far beyond our ability to comprehend.  Let us learn to be who we are – a child of God who is striving to learn and act like our Father.  When we mis-step, He is right here to pick us up, love us and show us the right way.

October 10, 2018

From or Of

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (NIV)

There is a difference between learning from someone and learning of someone.  To learn from someone you don’t necessarily learn about who that person is, you learn what that person teaches.  To learn of someone, you learn who that person is, what they exemplify, how they live as well as what they teach.  Many know what Jesus taught by reading their Bibles.  However, knowing what Jesus taught is not the same as knowing Jesus.  Jesus want us to know Him for through knowing Him we will come to know the Father.  Everything Jesus did and said was to glorify the Father.  We can’t glorify the Father, God without learning OF Jesus.  We do this not only through study and meditation of what is recorded in the Holy Scriptures, the Holy Bible, but also through prayer (2-way conversation with God) and through listening to the Holy Spirit Who comes to dwell in us when we commit to know of Jesus.  Let us not only learn from Him.  Let us learn OF Him.

October 9, 2018

Free Reign

Filed under: baptise,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,immerse,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Acts 19:4-6 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied (NIV)

John was baptizing (the correct translation is immersing) before the ministry of Jesus.  His immersing was an outward sign of repentance from a life of sin.  After Jesus’ ministry the immersing was and is done in the name of Jesus.  It is more than a public sign of repenting from a sinful life.  It is, in the name  of Jesus, a public sign of following Jesus, believing and trusting Him.  At the time of immersion, we are now filled with His Holy Spirit.  This couldn’t happen until Jesus returned to the Father and He sent the Holy Spirit to the believers.  It is only with the Holy Spirit that we are able to fight the natural tendency to sin and walk our own way without God.  Our problem lies in recognizing the Holy Spirit’s presence in us and allowing Him to work in and through us.  All followers are filled with the Holy Spirit but not all give reign to the Holy spirit within our lives.  Let us learn to give free reign to the Holy spirit within us, to teach us, lead us and speak to us that we can be pleasing to God and glorify Him.

October 8, 2018

Households

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Acts 16:34 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household. (NIV)

Have you noticed how many times in the New Testament, when someone accepts Jesus, they bring their entire household into acceptance also?  Households were unified in their love for God.  Today there are more households separated in their beliefs than there are unified.  We preach individualism today.  We are told to let our children make up their own minds about what to believe and how to live.  This has been carried to such an extreme people get reported for teaching their children the Bible.  It is past time for believers to stand firm.  We need to trust God and be bold. But we must do it in love, not condemnation.  Some have given Christians a bad image through their pointing out things in a condemning way rather than loving people into the Kingdom.  Let us learn to reach out in love while standing firm for God through Jesus.  Let us courageously raise our children and grandchildren to love the Lord with all their mind, strength and might and their neighbor as themselves.

October 7, 2018

Favor

 

Luke 2:14 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (NIV)

It’s interesting to look up in the Bible and see how many people found favor with God.  We must ask, how is it they found favor with God.  First, we must know Him through His Son, His Word, Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit within us.  Without doing this there is no favor.  Then we must listen to Him.  We listen through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and to the Holy Spirit.  We can also listen to Him through our circumstances and sometimes through someone else who is walking with God.  To listen to Him and not trust Him is fruitless.  We must trust Him, His love, forgiveness and mercy for us as His children.  Then we must obey what we hear Him say.  If we don’t obey that means we really don’t trust Him.  When circumstances tell us we seem to have lost God’s favor it’s time to check and see if we are listening, trusting and obeying.  Let us learn to remain in favor with God.

October 6, 2018

Reflections

Filed under: Creation,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

I take a lot of pictures of calm lakes that have the reflection of the mountains or whatever is on the other side of the lake.  I really enjoy seeing the reflections in the water.  The reflections are a hint at the beauty of what they are reflecting.  We were created to be a reflection of God.  We must ask ourselves, when others see us, do they see a reflection of God?  How much of His love and His beauty do others see when they look at us.  I’m not talking about physical beauty.  I’m talking about the beauty of the spirit – the real person inside of us.  Our physical bodies are like the skin of a rattle snake.  They are just the shell that houses the real person God created us to be.  Let us really get and stay attached to the vine of Jesus and ask the Holy Spirit within us to help us work on our reflection, take out the ripples that distort it, and allow God’s reflection to be seen in all we say and do.

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