Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2015

Strength in Weakness

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 11:23 am

2 Corinthians. 12:10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I was raised with the words, “Anything that needs doing or that you want to do, you can.” As I grew I found that wasn’t true. I found there are many things I want or need to do but don’t have the ability or strength to do them. If we could do everything by ourselves we wouldn’t look to God. It is our weakness that reminds us it is only through God that we can do all things. Hebrews 11: 32-34 talks about the strength that comes out of our weakness. This strength can only come if, in our weakness, we look to God and allow Him, through His Holy Spirit, to work in and through us. This applies to the physical, emotional and spiritual realms of our lives. Our question is are we going to let pride rule and presume we have the strength to conquer all with our own physical, emotional and intellectual strength or admit our weakness and trust in God, His power, wisdom and might?

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January 30, 2015

Outstretched Arms

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 9:04 am

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But while he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him

The father was looking for his lost son. When he saw him coming the father didn’t know the son was coming to ask forgiveness and repent. He only knew his son was coming and rushed to him with open arms. The father’s love was for the son whether he repented or not. We tend to think God won’t love us if we aren’t good. This is because we often love others in this manner. But God loves the worst of us. He is there waiting for us to seek Him. His arms are outstretched on the cross waiting for us to come and receive His love. Repentance comes after we see His arms open for us. We have two questions to consider and answer. Have we come into God’s open, outstretched arms which enable repentance? Are we learning to love others with open arms as God loves us? God stretched out His arms to receive us into His love through His son, Jesus. He wants all to come into Him and receive His love.

January 29, 2015

Enoch

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

Genesis 5:21-22 And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: and Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters

We don’t know much about Enoch other than after his first-born, Methuselah, Enoch was known for walking with God,. Imagine how it would be to be known for walking with God,. There is nothing else we need to know about a person who is walking with God. To walk with God takes faith and assurance. Enoch had that faith. His faith is recorded in the faith chapter in Hebrews 11. We must examine how and when we walk with God, Do we just walk with Him on Sunday morning, maybe Sunday night and perhaps once in the middle of the week? The Bible doesn’t limit the times Enoch walked with God,. He was so consistent in his walk that God took him up into heaven without his experiencing physical death. We don’t know anything about how Enoch walked before the birth of his first son. Apparently it didn’t matter how Enoch walked then. What counts is Enoch, as an adult, walked with God. We can walk with God also. We have an advantage Enoch didn’t have. We have the gift of God’s Holy Spirit to guide us in our walk. Our question is, do we take the time to listen to the gentle, quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit or do we just rush on by our own fallible intellect? Let us strive to walk with God consistently

January 28, 2015

Continual In-fillling

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

5 he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior.
Titus 3:5-6 (NET)

Being filled with God’s Holy Spirit isn’t a onetime event. He does first enter us when we first accept and receive Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives but we need more than that. Because of our sinful nature and the carnal world we live in, we must be continually filled with God’s Holy Spirit. Before I preach, before I pray, before I minister to another’s needs, before I read and/or study the Holy Bible, before I write I always ask for a fresh in-filling of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me I can’t receive anything from God for in and of myself I lack in understanding. I’ve developed the habit of asking for refilling the moment I wake up in the morning and throughout the day as various tasks change. Let’s learn to be continually filling with the Holy Spirit.

January 27, 2015

Righteousness

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

Romans 3:10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;

If no one is righteous how can anyone stand in the presence of God? It is not our own righteousness for we are sinful beings and cannot be righteous. It is the righteousness of God Himself through His Word made flesh, Jesus, Who is righteous. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives we are clothed in His righteousness. This doesn’t mean we can continue willfully in our sin and unrighteousness; We strive for righteousness by doing our best to follow the example Jesus gave us as He walked this earth but we remain under His righteousness through faith in Him. When God looks at us He sees the righteousness of Jesus. Let us be sure we ask the Holy Spirit to clothe us in the righteousness of Jesus every morning.

January 26, 2015

Only by Grace

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

Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven

The Pharisees were devoted to obeying all the laws. They were so intent on obeying the laws that they became full of pride. I know I don’t always obey all of God’s laws. How can I ever enter the Kingdom of Heaven? There is one major difference between the Pharisees’ and myself. I know I can only enter heaven by the grace of God through His Son, Jesus. I want to obey God’s laws and I try to obey them but obeying them to the letter won’t get me into heaven. The Pharisees tried that. I must continually humble myself before God, recognize I am a sinner, not worthy to be in His presence and trust Jesus to cover me with His shed blood in order for me, a sinner, to stand in the presence of the Most Holy God. Pride prohibits grace. Only the humble are open to receiving the grace of God.

January 25, 2015

Uniting Power

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

Daniel 10:12-13 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thy heart to understand, and to humble thyself before thy God, thy words were heard: and I am come for thy words’ sake. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the kings of Persia

Many ask why we should pray. Since God is in control they don’t see any reason for them to pray. God is in control. He has chosen mankind through His Son, Jesus, to be co-heirs with His Son. As co-heirs we not only share in the benefits of the heir but also in the work. Prayer is what we call conversation with God,. In Daniel we also see conversation uniting the power of the believer’s prayer with God’s power.. Even though God is in control He has chosen to use our prayers as a connection with His power. He can do all things Himself without any involvement from us but God is trusting us with a responsibility for uniting with Him. Our question is are we living up to our responsibility and God’s trust in us?

January 24, 2015

Asking with Thanksgiving

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

Philippians 4:6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

It is fine for us to seek God with our requests but there is a key word in this verse. The key word is “thanksgiving,” We are not to ask as if the fulfillment of our request is our right, We have no rights, God doesn’t owe us anything, We are to ask in a spirit of thanks for all God has done for us. We are to ask in a spirit of thanksgiving with the knowledge that God knows what is best for us. We are to ask in thanksgiving that we are allowed to approach God and ask for anything., Our question is, how thankful are we? If we are thankful, how often do we express our thanks to God. Let us not assume He knows we are thankful. Let us give voice to our thankfulness and let us show our thankfulness to God by attesting it to others rather than complaining about what we don’t have. Let us give thanks in everything.

January 23, 2015

Birthdays

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

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God

Today is my first birthday. I say first birthday because it is the anniversary of my first birth. But I also have a second birth to celebrate. The physical life from my first birth will only last for a while. The spiritual life from my second birth will last all eternity. The first, physical birth was a result of love expressed between my dad and my mother. The second, spiritual birth, was a result of the love of my heavenly Father, God, Who sent His only Son, His Word, Jesus, to this earth through a physical birth to show us God’s love and to take my place for the punishment of my sin so I could have the second, spiritual birth and always be in the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, Now there is nothing that can ever separate me from His presence. My prayer for each of you is that you have experienced this second birth and carry the assurance with you always as you share this fantastic birth with others.,

January 22, 2015

Laws

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

Exodus 21:28-29 And if an ox gore a man or a woman to death, the ox shall be surely stoned, and its flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit. But if the ox was wont to gore in time past, and it hath been testified to its owner, and he hath not kept it in, but it hath killed a man or a woman, the ox shall be stoned, and its owner also shall be put to death

This is one example of the laws in the book of Exodus. So many people get upset today if anything from the Holy Bible appears in anything related to our government. Those who study the laws given to the Hebrews in the Old Testament are astonished by how similar they are to our laws. Our founding fathers got the ideas for our laws from the Old Testament. It makes a good study to read these laws and find the similarities of our laws with them. Unfortunately today there is a movement to change our laws and make new laws that exclude God and the ways God instructed us to live. Let us be vocal and voting believers and ensure the laws of our country are for the good of mankind allowing us to obey the laws of God.

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