Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2014

Always By God’s Side

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John 1:17-18. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Jesus has always been beside God. The only time they have ever been apart was when Jesus took the sins of all mankind on Himself so mankind could be reborn through Him and forgiven by God the Father. While Jesus took on the being of man He demonstrated and taught mankind about God the Father. It is through Jesus and His Holy Spirit that we can approach God with our praises, worship and petitions. Jesus can and does relate to our physical concerns. He knows the emotions we experience. There is nothing we can hide from Him. Our question is what do we try to hide from ourselves? Let us ask His help in seeing ourselves, and purging all within us that doesn’t fit the definition of love as defined in I Corinthians 13.

August 30, 2014

The Only Way

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

John 14: Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus said He is the way to God the Father. Through Jesus is truth and life. There is no other way. So many people don’t know what a Christian is. It’s been defined as someone who lives a good, moral life by their standards. A christian is an imitator of Jesus Christ, a little Christ. We must be careful not to put extra demands, meanings or definitions on the way to God. It is so tempting to require our own standards on others. The only way to eternal life with God is Jesus and no one else or nothing else will help. Following the commands of Jesus and living the way He taught by opening our minds, hearts and lives to be like Him is the only way to God the Father and eternal life in God’s presence. When we open ourselves to Jesus He sends His Holy Spirit into us to give us the power to be in Him and live for Him. It is unloving to stand quiet and not tell those who think there is any other way but through Jesus. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to give us the words to correct them through the love He has for all. Oh, that no one be left behind.

August 29, 2014

Growing Faith and Love

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2 Thessalonians 1:3. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.

Faith and love walk and grow hand in hand. We can’t have faith without love and can’t love (God’s love) without faith. Looking at either one is a good measure in how we are growing. For faith and love to be real and alive they both must be in an active stage of growth. Either they grow each and every day or they slowly die. When we’re driving down the street and see a homeless person what is in our mind (and heart)? Is there someone in our church we would like to avoid? Jesus doesn’t avoid anyone. Would we rather not really listen to what someone has to say? Praise God, He always listens to us. Let’s give thanks for all whom God brings across our path and allow His love and faith grow in us.

August 28, 2014

If We Love

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

1 John 4:7-8. Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

We so misunderstand and misuse the word “love.” We say we love people, things, food, activities and so on with the same word. The Bible uses 3 different words for our word “love.” One is for romantic love, one for brotherly love and one is the love of God. We are commanded to love with the love of God. This kind of love isn’t in our sinful being until we allow Jesus, God’s Son, into our lives, hearts and minds. This kind of love is not based on emotions though emotions might be felt (but not necessarily) but is based on God’s love flowing in and through us. This type of love wants God’s best for others, not God’s judgement. This kind of love will not say, think or do things that would hurt another. Our question is where are we in having this type of love for others? We must look past our outward actions into our thoughts which reveal our hearts. Let us ask God to open our hearts and minds to His love in and through us to others.

August 27, 2014

Who’ s at Work

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

Philippians 2:13. for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Since it is God Who works in us Why is it so hard for us to do both His will and work? God, through His Holy Spirit works in us a desire to be pleasing to Him and doing His will. He doesn’t force us. He wants us to respond to Him through love and through that love, obedience. Our part is to receive Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives and allow His Holy Spirit to work the desire within us. As our desire grows our love and desire to be obedient in service to God and His creations grows. As this grows we release more of the power of God through us. Our question is do we really desire to grow in Him and be pleasing to Him? Even though it is God’s work, not ours, it is through us God desires to do His work. Let’s be willing and eager vessels.

August 26, 2014

Freedom of Choice

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

Ezekiel 36:26. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

Since God gives us a new heart and a new spirit when we come to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, why are we commanded to do and not do certain things and why is it so difficult to follow those commands? Through God’s grace we are given new hearts and spirits but we also have freedom of choice. We can choose to continue living with our old, sinful hearts and spirits or we can choose to learn how to live and function with the new hearts and spirits. The commands are there not to dictate but to show us how to function with the new, God-given hearts and spirits. Our question is what are we doing with our freedom of choice?

August 25, 2014

Bond Servant

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1 Corinthians 7:22-23. For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men.

A slave has no choice. He goes where he’s told and does what he’s told. He can’t question. A slave could decide he loves his master enough to become a bond slave. He then remains with his master forever and does his master’s bidding. We are all born slaves to sin. We have a choice. Through the grace of God we can come to His Son, Jesus, and become an adopted child of God with the attitude of a bond slave. This means we will never leave Him and will faithfully serve Him. Our question is are we faithfully serving God or are we still serving our sin bondage?

August 24, 2014

His Rest

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

Matthew 11:28. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

How can we possibly have rest if we are supposed to labor, help others, witness and so on? Read on “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29). It is in Jesus that we find rest even in the midst of our labors. We find rest in Him because we are equally yoked with Him. He stands beside us and shares His power with us, laboring alongside. The labors seem easy when we know we are with Jesus. He carries our problems, troubles and cares. We can labor in peace with a joyful heart and rested mind because He carries our burdens. We have His rest available. Our question is do we keep yoked to Him or struggle to “do it on our own?”

August 23, 2014

Sabbath Rest

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

Hebrews 4:9-10. So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his.

Our Sundays are one of our busiest days of the week. We are busy helping others come together to worship God and fellowship with other believers. We try to take some other day off to rest our minds, bodies and emotions as we also feed our own spirits. We have a daughter who, because of the nature of her work, must work 7 days a week and is on call 24 x 7. We’ve explained to her and her employer how important it is for her body, mind, emotions and spirit to have one full day off every week. We are praying God will give them wisdom to work this out while still meeting the demands of the job. God didn’t design our physical bodies to be a working machine. We must learn the proper balance for all of our being. We need time to rest from our routines and rest in our God, allowing Him to refresh us for His glory. Our question is are we taking good care of His temple (our bodies, minds and hearts are the temple where His a Holy Spirit resides)?

August 22, 2014

Motivation to Study

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

I I Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

There is a problematic challenge for Bible teachers, preachers and Christian writers. When reading and studying the Bible the temptation is always to do it with a sermon, teaching or writing in mind. These motivations can block out the study for self, for what God is saying to our own personal life for our own personal growth. We must first feed ourselves before we feed others. In classroom discussions we find people more anxious to speak of what they know than to listen to what others have learned. Instead of listening for our own benefit we listen to see what we can add. We want to appear knowledgable. Let us learn to seek knowledge for our own growth. As we grow God will open up opportunities to share our knowledge with others in a way that will increase our own growth and encourage theirs. Let us show ourselves approved unto God through our studies and our listening skills.

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