Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 21, 2014

I Am the Former of Light

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Isaiah 45:7 I am the one who forms light and creates darkness; the one who brings about peace
and creates calamity. I am the Lord, who accomplishes all these things.

There is a lot of meat in this verse. Today we look at “I Am the One Who forms light.” The “Big Bang” scientist even say creation began with light. God says He formed light. Scientifically they say that first light still glows. We know it still glows, not only through the universe, but also through Jesus Christ, God’s Son. It also shines through the believers through God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in them. Our question is in what areas of our life are we blocking out God’s light? Are we letting it shine deep within us to show us what is in us? Are we letting it shine out through us to show others the way out of darkness?

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March 20, 2014

I Am the Blotter

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Isaiah 43:25. I am the one who blots out your rebellious deeds for my sake;
your sins I do not remember.

How wonderful. God not only forgives our rebellious deeds, He blots them out. When we forgive someone the memory of the act is still with us. We just try to not hold it against them or “get even.” When God forgives it is as if they never existed; they are gone forever and our slate is clean. God says He doesn’t do it for us but for His own sake. God loves us and wants us to be part of Him. By His own rules and nature, God can have no part of sin in Him. Therefore, for us to be in Him our sin must be no more. Our sins are no longer in His memory. They are in our memory. We have to be sure not to confess the same sin event over and over to God. We can only do that when we accept His forgiveness and forgive ourselves. We must then put it behind us and move forward with God. Let’s make a practice of leaving the past behind, living in the present and trusting God for the future.

March 19, 2014

I Am Your Holy One

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Isaiah 43:15. I am the Lord, your Holy One, the one who created Israel, your king.”

God describes Himself as our Holy One, our King and our Lord. In countries ruled by kings the king had all authority and decided the direction for the country and all in it. The king took credit for all that was good and blamed others when things didn’t go the way he wanted. No one could initiate a conversation with the ling unless he started it himself. No one could sit in the presence of the king. God, our Lord and King is different from the ruling kings of this world. God is our Holy One and all He desires goes the way He wants with one exception. God desires for all mankind to be in a His family but mankind has the right to choose or reject. God will give many opportunities but will not force. As the creator of love God knows love can’t be forced or earned. Love can only be given and received. In Revelation 3:20 we read, “Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears my voice and opens the door I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with me.” Our God is waiting at the door of our being, waiting to have His love for us received. Our question is have we opened all our doors for Him to come in and be our Lord and King? We have so many rooms in ourselves. Witch room has a door and none of the doors can be opened from the outside? Let’s take time today for God to reveal to us any doors that are still shut. Let’s open all our doors and be totally immersed in God’s love.

March 18, 2014

I Am the Only Deliverer

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Isaiah 43:11. I am the Lord, and there is no deliverer besides me.

We read hoe God is a deliverer. He says there is no other deliverer–He is the only one. To be delivered by God we must be one of a His own. We can only do that by believing in and following His only Son, Jesus Christ Who is God’s Word in flesh and blood. God, Who created all things and Who is Lord of all that is, calls the shots. We may not understand His way but we are to follow His way. Our question is have we been delivered through His Son, Jesus Christ? If you’re not sure you can be right now. All you need do is tell God you are a sinner, you want Jesus in your heart, mind and life as Lord and Savior, you receive Him and thank Him. You may not feel any different. Feelings come eventually. You make the choice to believe and God does the rest.

March 17, 2014

I Am Deliverer

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Isaiah 43:3. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your deliverer. I have handed over Egypt as a ransom price, Ethiopia and Seba in place of you.

God describes Himself to be our deliverer. He said it about Israel which is the home of a His chosen people. We believers in Jesus are part of His chosen through adoption into His family. Therefore God is our deliverer. He delivers us from the penalty of sin. He delivers us from our own thoughtless actions. He delivers us from death into life everlasting with Him. God is the Holy One and the deliverer

March 16, 2014

I Am the God Of

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Genesis 26:24 The Lord appeared to him that night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”

Wow! For God to tell somebody that He is the God of someone. Put your name in the blank. “I am the God of _____________. For God to acknowledge He is your God to someone else, for Him to signal you out personally, by your name, how awesome is that. Read about Abraham and learn of the cost in how He followed God. Our question is are we willing to follow God anywhere and at any time and in any condition? Let’s be really honest with ourselves. We have so many excuses we mistaking lay call reasons: too tired, too sick, too busy, and on and on. Let’s ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us keep guard against such excuses. God will always give us what we need to follow Him but He will not take the first step of faith for us. First we take that step, then God provides.

March 15, 2014

I Am Sovereign

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Genesis 35:11. Then God said to him, “I am the sovereign God. Be fruitful and multiply! A nation-even a company of nations-will descend from you; kings will be among your descendants!

God describes Himself as “the sovereign God.” “Sovereign” is defined as “a supreme ruler, one who possesses supreme or ultimate power.” God is sovereign. He alone has the ultimate power over all creation. He allows His creation limited and temporary power. As we’ve read in Job, even Satan has to stay within the limited power God temporarily allows him. Satan strove to be AS God instead of like God. He enticed Adam and Eve to be AS God rather than be in the image of God, reflecting Who God is through them. We still strive to be AS God rather than reflecting and mirroring God. Our question is will we allow God to be sovereign over all of our being throughout each day He gives us on this earth?

March 14, 2014

I Am Lord

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Exodus 6:6. Therefore, tell the Israelites, I am the Lord. I will bring you out from your enslavement to the Egyptians, I will rescue you from the hard labor they impose, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.

Here God says He is Lord. A “lord” is a person in authority. God says He is “the” Lord. This means He is The One in authority. He has authority over all that was, is or will ever be. No one can alter His plans or purpose. God gives freedom of choice up to a point. We can choose not to obey Him, we can choose trouble, but our chooses will never change the outcome God has for all His creation. “Lord” is also a title of honor and respect. Whenever we use the word “Lord” in our prayers or I our reference to God, we are showing our respect for His authority. Our question is are we allowing His authority in our daily decisions or are we going our own way?

March 13, 2014

I AM

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Exodus 3:14. God said to Moses, “ I am that I am.” And he said, “You must say this to the Israelites, I am has sent me to you. ”

We’ve looked at some of the scriptures Jesus quoted. Now we will look through the Old Testament to see where God described Himself by the words “I Am.” In this verse from Exodus we find Moses in doubt as to Who is really sending him on such a difficult mission. God tells Moses, “I Am.” God needs no other name other than the fact that He is always. He was, He is and He will be ever the same. The verb “am” implies present tense. God is always in the here and now. His Presence with us never changes. His power never changes. His love for us never changes. We are always changing. God is continually at work changing us little by little back into His Image; the image He first created mankind to be. Our question is are we the same today as we were yesterday? If so, we are missing the mark. Let s learn to be flexible and willing vessels for God to reshape us and mold us daily into the child He desires.

March 12, 2014

Second Greatest

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Leviticus 19:18. You must not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the children of your people, but you must love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

This must be very important because God validates what He says by stating He is the Lord. Notice He didn’t say “a lord” but “The Lord.” This means there is only one Lord and that is God. What is it that is so crucial? Jesus explains this Old Testament verse in Matthew 5:43-44
“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemy and a pray for those who persecute you.” We must remember this form of love means to want God’s best for someone. We are to love all in this way. Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 22:38-39. “This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” The greatest commandment is to love God with our entire being. Loving our neighbors is the second greatest but as Jesus explains it all people on this earth are to be considered neighbors. There is usually someone who always irritates us and we like to avoid them. Let’s learn to pray for them and we will find our perspective slowly changes as we continue praying.

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