Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 30, 2011

Magnificent Love

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1Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

 

Forgiveness is not just God putting our sins behind us and allowing us to commune with Him.  It is restoring us to the condition of mankind’s first creation  before sin entered through disobedience.  Every time we sin we step away from God.  Every time we confess and are forgiven we come back into full fellowship with God.  That deserves more than just a thank You, God for forgiving me.  We should be whooping and rejoicing that we are allowed into His Presence as if we never had committed any sins.  What a magnificent love that is.  No matter how many times we mess up God is waiting for us to come back to Him.  If that doesn’t set your heart afire I doubt anything will.  This is a love beyond carnal comprehension.  This is a love that should be proclaimed constantly and loudly throughout the earth.  The question is are we proclaiming it?

September 29, 2011

Didn’t Tell

Ro 10:14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

I your child or someone else you loved was in danger you would probably do all you could to warn them.  We only think of danger as being physical.  We fail to consider spiritual danger.  Our physical lives are fleeting but our spiritual life can be eternally in the Presence of God, our Creator.  Yet, there is only one way for that to happen.  We must come to Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, and accept Him as our Lord and Savior and obey and follow His example.  The question is, are we sharing that with those we love?  Are we warning them that without Jesus they will forever be out of the Presence of God?  How much do we really care?  We must first get on our knees and pray for them.  We must ask God to send His Holy Spirit to call them into His family.  Then it is our turn to tell them and show them through our lives.  I don’t want to stand in the Presence of God and have someone point to me and say “She didn’t tell me about You, God.”

September 28, 2011

Little Things

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:48 am
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Lk 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

 

I broke my little toe last night.  It’s so little yet causes a good bit of pain.  I was determined to take my prayer walk this morning.  It’s amazing how such a little thing can affect your balance and can distract.  There is no such thing as a “little” sin or a “little” lie.  In Gal 5:9 we read “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.”  As a broken little toe kept me a little off balanced, any “little” sin in our lives keeps us off balanced.  We also read in Jas 3:5 “Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”  We tend not to think about the damage little things can do.  It is the big thing that gets our attention.  Let us learn to stay on the alert for the little things in our lives that can get us off balance with God or can get others around us off balance.

September 27, 2011

Who Will You Follow

Ro 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is  —his good, pleasing land perfect will.

There is a strong movement in several Christian denominations to conform their beliefs to the beliefs of the world.  They are claiming that all of God’s commands in the Bible are not relevant in today’s world.  They have decided the can choose to keep what they like and toss out what they don’t like.  They’re major concern is numbers of members and amount of money not being dedicated to God and to obedience to His Word.  God told us through Jesus that we are to be the light of the world.  We are to set the standards and be the example and encourage the world to desire to follow God’s way.  The question is do we choose to let God set our standard and follow Him or do we choose to fit into the changing world standards and follow the world?  Decide today whom you will choose.

September 26, 2011

Treasures and Priorities

 

.Mt 6:19-20 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

 

We are so very materialistic.  We are consumed with things – with owning things.  We buy bigger and fancier houses than we need using them as a status symbol.  We buy expensive clothes and accessories to show the status we want to show.  We get financially stressed by seeking to appear a certain status.  We need to learn, as Christians, our status comes from our relationship with God.  When we come to Jesus and receive Him as our Lord and Savior we have the status of adopted children of God.  There can be no higher status than that.  If we want to display our status it is by letting God’s Light shine through us into the world around us.  If we want treasures they are to be the fruits of God’s Spirit and the people we bring to God.  There is nothing wrong with owning houses and wearing nice clothes as long as these things are not our priorities.  The question today is what are our priorities?  Let us take time to allow God’s Holy Spirit to show us areas where our priorities are wrong and let us determine to move on with God

September 25, 2011

Falling Into Sin

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Dt 6:5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

 

Why do we keep falling into sin?  We don’t love God passionately.  We don’t seek Him with all our hearts, souls and strength.  We have been so indoctrinated with the “daddy” image of God we tend to forget Who He really is.  We become lazy and complacent.  We don’t mediate on His written Word to discern His plan for us.  It takes hard work to grow.  We are not passionate enough about God to be willing to work hard.  We have become soft and lazy in our complacency.  The question is when are we going to take God seriously enough to really stand in awe of Him and roll up our sleeves and get busy learning how to follow His statues and really put Him first in our thoughts and actions?

September 24, 2011

Why Jesus Came

Jn 17:23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

In this prayer of Jesus He expresses why He came.  He came to bring us into unity – unity with God the Father and God the Son and with each other.  To come into unity we must first go to the cross, accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, ask and receive forgiveness of our sins (anything that breaks our unity with God) and receive His Holy Spirit into our lives.  Unity is hard for us as humans.  We are taught early to be independent.  We strive to have our way.  We see so much disunity in our churches.  Everyone has their own opinion and wants their opinion to set the standard.  We fail to look to God for direction and answers.  We fail to lay our own opinions aside to be in unity with each other.  As long as decisions follow the Word of God, we can choose to put our own opinions aside for the good of unity.  Let us quit striving to be so individualistic and strive to be one in God and one in each other.

September 22, 2011

Pushing Through

Pr 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

 

We were transferred to a different state.  Our house was on the market but we didn’t want to wait for it to sell to buy another house in the new state.  We found a house we really liked.  From appearances it seemed like a good thing to do.  We managed some fancy financing from the bank and pushed on.  By pushed on, I mean we really pushed it through.  We enjoyed that house.  Meanwhile our other house remained on the market.  In six months we were back in the original house due to a job change because we stood on our Christian principles and refused to bend to the pressure.  The new house remained on the market for 4 years.  What was wrong?  We did not pray about the house. We wanted it so much we pushed through and contrived and did some fancy financing.  We rationalized that since we were going to use the new house for God’s glory we could use our tithe money to help out our fancy deal with the bank.  We did not listen or even give God a chance to speak to us.  God did use the house for His glory while it was on the market 4 years.  We paid for our error and took a long time to recover.  What we learned:  always seek God on any and every decision and be sure to listen to Him; if you have to force it you might be going the wrong way; there is never a reason to put tithe money anywhere but into the building up of God’s church; God uses our mistakes for His glory, we must walk out the consequences even though we have God’s forgiveness, we learn from where we have gone wrong and share it with others.  The question is are you trying to push past God’s directions on something in your life?  What can protect us?  Seek the Lord with all our hearts, all our minds and all our strength.  Everything else comes after God.

September 21, 2011

In a Rush

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:35 am

Jn 11:6 Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days

We rush through life.  We are always in hurry.  We run from one task to another pushing as much as we can into a day.  When we were in Anchorage, Alaska someone told us it was their second day there and they had seen everything there was to see.  We name a lot of things they never heard of.  They were in a rush.  Jesus was never in a rush.  He always saw everything around Him.  He went through His days slowly and with confidence yet He touched multitudes of people.  We miss so many opportunities in our haste.  We miss miracles and we miss opportunities to be used by God for His glory.  Let us learn to slow down and live in the present.  When we acknowledge God’s control of our lives we can know there is enough time for all He wants us to do and experience.

September 20, 2011

Seed of Faith

Gal. 2:20 “I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me. For the life I live now in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me”

To have faith we must be in Christ because He is the Author and Finisher of faith.  Religions of the world do not have faith, only belief.  Believing something does not necessarily make it real or true.  Faith is Christ.  It lives in Christ.  When we except Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior He gives us the gift of faith.  Faith follows belief and acceptance.  Christianity is not a religion.  Religion is man’s attempt to reach up to some higher power.  Christianity is God reaching down to man through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Through His gift of faith it becomes a way of life, not an off and on religion.  Paul understood this when he wrote, “nevertheless it is not I who live but Christ lives in me.”  Through faith Christ lives in us in the form of His Holy Spirit.  It is His gift of faith that unites us with God.  Without faith we are lost from God.  We cannot work for it nor earn it nor do we deserve it.  It is only through the grace of God and His love for us.  Let us let Christ live in us through the faith He gives us.  Faith is described as a little mustard seed.  Seeds can grow as they are nourished.  Let us feed on God’s Word and nourish the seed of faith He has given us.

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