Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 31, 2017

Not Good Enough

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:19 pm

Matthew 16:27-28 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done. (NIV)

 Yes, we will be rewarded for what we have done as long as what we have done is out of love for Jesus.  We cannot earn our way to heaven.  There is no way for any human to do enough or be good enough to get into heaven.  We only get the keys to enter heaven through believing in and trusting and living for Jesus in the way He showed us to live.  Because of what Jesus did for us we will also come into the Father’s glory if we have lived for Him.  The verses preceding this (I do hope you read the entire section) deal with taking up our cross, denying ourselves and living for Him.  This doesn’t mean we don’t take care of ourselves but it does mean we love and serve others rather than wanting others to serve us.  We serve others out of the love we have for God because He loves us more than we can understand and gave His only Son for us.  Yes, He knew He would have His Son back but, His Son is different now that He has taken on our sins.  This is love beyond our understanding.  If this doesn’t motivate us to “take up our cross” and follow Him in service and love to others I would have to question if we really know and trust Him as our Lord and Savior.

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March 30, 2017

Keys

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:21 pm

Matthew 16:18-19 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (NIV)

 What God has revealed to me about these two verses may upset some people.  Jesus was not referring to Peter as a person as being the rock He builds His church on.  He builds His church on the confession of Peter saying Jesus is the Son of the Living God and the Messiah promised centuries before.  When we accept Jesus, agreeing with Peter’s statement of faith, we are given the keys of the kingdom of heaven because heaven is our home and those who live in the home have the keys to it.  Jesus is the key.  Through the Holy Spirit Who now dwells in each and every believer, what we bind or loose on this earth is also bound or loosed in heaven.  That is one reason it is so very important to forgive others immediately.  Unforgiveness binds us and others to sin.  Forgiveness looses us and others.  Our question is, if we are living out this statement of faith are we picking up our responsibility of being a key holder, binding only the sin and loosing the sinner into the love and acceptance of Jesus?

March 29, 2017

Humble Faith

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:06 pm

Matthew 15:28 28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. (NIV)

 It matters not what gender, race, ethnic, education, profession or anything else we are, the only thing needed for our requests to God is faith.  But, we must recognize our unworthiness in and of ourselves to even ask God for anything.  It is only because of His Son, Jesus, that we are given the privilege of talking with Almighty God.  We cannot come to Him in arrogance or pride.  We come to Him in complete humility of our sinfulness and with thanksgiving of the righteousness of Jesus.  We also learn thorough this scripture section the importance of interceding for our children.  This woman was humbling herself as totally worthless in hopes of the attention of Jesus.  We now have the assurance of His attention as long as we have Him as Lord of our lives.  Let us always come humbly before Him and recognize the equality of all who seek Him.

March 28, 2017

From Thought to Mouth

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 10:23 pm

Matthew 15:11 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (NIV)

 With all the emphasis on health through nutrition many of us concentrate more on what goes in our mouth than what comes out.  What is in our thoughts quite often will spill out of our mouths.  Sometimes that happens embarrassingly fast.  This is one reason we are told to “hide the words of God deep in our hearts that we won’t sin against Him.”  The only way to do this is by daily study and meditation of His written word, the Holy Bible.  This should be what we read more than any other thing.  The Bible is our Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.  Everything we need to know to live a full, abundant life pleasing to God is contained in its pages.  When our thoughts are on “Philippians 4:8 whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (NIV) When we learn to keep our thoughts on these things our mouths will not speak words that defile.  Let us concentrate more on what comes out of our mouths rather than what we put into our mouths.

 

March 27, 2017

More Than Lip Service

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:51 pm

Matthew 15:8 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. (NIV)

 Honoring God with our lips and not meaning it is very close to using His name in vain.  There are many who acknowledge Jesus is the Son of God yet they do not honor Him in their hearts, minds or lives.  They may be very active in church thinking all they do is enough.  So often we mistake the love of God for a love that never disciplines when necessary.  God created us to love and to be loved by us.  Our works are not our primary reason for being.  Our primary reason for being is to be in a close relationship with our Father through His Son, Jesus and with the help of His Holy Spirit.  As Lent is drawing to a close let’s be sure we ask the Holy Spirit to show us where our hearts are.  Do we love God so much our biggest desire is to be with Him and please Him? 

March 26, 2017

Why Doubt

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:56 pm

Matthew 14:31 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” (NIV)

 Jesus asked his of Peter as Peter was walking out to Him on the water.  Peter’s problem was he took his eyes off of Jesus and turned them on the stormy situation.  We must ask ourselves how often in a day Jesus says that to us?  How often do we focus on our circumstances instead of Jesus?  What is our first thought when we see we’re in a stormy situation?  Do we keep focused on the situation or do we turn our eyes onto Jesus?  When we do turn our eyes on Jesus, do we look at Him with the eyes of faith?  It comes down to a choice.  Either we believe what God tells us in the Scriptures or we don’t.  The Scriptures come in an entire package.  We can’t pick and choose what we will believe or what we will obey.  When we give our heart, mind and lives to Jesus it is all or nothing.  His hand is reaching down to us.  Do we choose to reach our hand up to Him so He can hold it and lead us?  Let us think and pray honestly and openly and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us areas where we are not focused on God.

March 25, 2017

Take Courage

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:38 pm

Matthew 14:27 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (NIV)

 The disciples weren’t sure what they were seeing was real.  They were afraid.  Jesus’ response to fear is to trust Him.  Quite often we see things that bring fear into us.  Fear isn’t bad as long as it directs us to Jesus.  He is our guide and our protector.  When we need wisdom to get out of a bad situation all we need do is ask.  He has promised to give wisdom to those who ask.  If we are in danger, we can trust Him to be with us.  He has promised never to leave us alone.  Even a past president said there is nothing to fear but fear itself.  Fear is only there to get our attention.  It’s what we do with the fear that can bring trouble.  When fear comes, we must choose to look to God immediately and trust Him.  He is never changing and is always faithful.  Right now, I am under a tornado watch.  Several people called to see if I was okay and would I like to come over with them.  There is no need.  I know Who is in charge of my life and I rest comfortably and confidently in His hands.  Let us always take courage.  It is God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  There is nothing to fear.

March 24, 2017

Giving Multiplied

Matthew 14:18-19 18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. (NIV)

 What we give to God with a thankful heart will be multiplied.  We don’t give out of obligation or just because we are supposed to be giving.  We give out of thanks and love for God, Who He is and what He has  done and does do.  The giving involves our hearts, minds and possessions. We don’t give expecting to get something back.  We give because we want to give.  The little boy wanted to give his 2 fish and 5 loaves to Jesus.  Jesus gave them to God.  God blessed them more times over than we can count.  We must ask what we are holding back from God.  It may be money or possessions or time or a past hurt or anything else.  We need to ask God to show us what it is and choose to give it to Him.  Then watch and see how He blesses us.

March 23, 2017

Grieving

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,Lent,prayer — by ginrich @ 9:43 pm

Matthew 14:13a 13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. (NIV)

 Jesus withdrew to a private place to be alone.  He had just been told His cousin, John the Baptizer, had been beheaded.  Jesus wanted some time alone to grieve.  He knew John was with His Father in heaven but He still grieved.  It’s okay to grieve when we lose someone we love.  It doesn’t mean we don’t have faith or we don’t trust God.  It just means we miss the one we love.  We seem to think we must show a brave face to the world or they will think we don’t have faith.  Jesus had more than faith.  He had absolute knowledge yet He still grieved at John’s departure from this world.  We must not criticize or condemn those who are mourning.  Jesus even said those who mourn will be comforted.  So, if you’ve lost someone you love it’s okay to grieve.  Just do it with Jesus telling the Father thanks for the time you’ve had with that person even though a certain amount of sadness remains.  His joy in You can partner with the sadness of the loss.

March 22, 2017

Honor Now

Matthew 13:57 57 And they took offense at him.  But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town and in his own home.” (NIV)

 Sometimes it seems the people closest to us are the most critical of us.  Of course, we can turn that backwards and say sometimes we are the most critical of those closest to us.  We need to make sure we build our love ones up and let them know how much we love, honor, respect and appreciate them.  At memorial services, we say all sorts of good and loving things about the one who has died.  It is a shame we don’t say those things to the one who is with us while they are with us.  In our mind we can write an obituary about someone we have been criticizing and then pray and ask God forgiveness for our critical thoughts and words.  Then let’s be sure we verbally give love and honor to that person in the here and now.  Let us be sure we honor the ones closest to us even more than we honor others we hold in esteem.

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