Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2018

Pressing On

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Philippians 3:13 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (NIV)

Forgetting what is behind can be interpreted in many different ways.  I believe Paul is referring to past sins that have been confessed and forgiven.  I know I have a long history of condemning myself over and over for a past sin which I had confessed and been forgiven.  The problem is, we often forget to forgive ourselves.  So many of us hold ourselves to a pretty high standard.  We want to do everything right.  We want to be perfect.  We don’t want to hurt anyone.  But, we are human and we, as long as we’re in our earthily, physical state, will not be perfect, will not do everything right and will hurt other people.  Paul had really hurt a lot of people in his past but he moved on straining toward the goal of loving, following, serving and being obedient to Jesus Christ.  Occasionally he would refer to his past, sinful life in order to make a point about God’s forgiveness but never did he berate himself once he had received the forgiveness from God.  No, we haven’t taken hold of being perfectly One in God but that is our goal and we are pressing forward rather than sliding back.  Let us always keep our goal in the forefront of our minds.  We are the Bride of Christ and in God’s perfect time we will be at the wedding banquet.

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October 30, 2018

Self-Examine

Filed under: Christ,devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

2 Corinthians 13:5 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (NIV)

Examine ourselves to see where we are in our faith in God.  This is something we should do each and every night.  Examine ourselves to see how we did throughout the day.  Confess where we acted or spoke reflecting lack of faith.  Every lie, regardless of how slight it might be, every unloving thought are sins in the sight of God.  Anything not done in love is not done in faith.  I’ve learned keeping short accounts with God, regularly examining myself and regularly confessing sins – anything not done out of love for God and for fellow beings, stunts my growth, my relationship and my hearing God through His Holy Spirit within me.  Unconfessed sins crowd out the Holy Spirit.  Let us learn to test ourselves daily.  We don’t want to crowd out Jesus.

October 29, 2018

Mindset

Filed under: devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Philippians 2:5  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (NIV)

This is a hard word for us.  We are to have the same mindset as Jesus had as He walked this earth.  To understand this we must read the next several verses in Philippians 2:6-8 (NIV) 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross.  We don’t like to do this.  We would rather be served and be considered to be more important than others.  We do everything possible to preserve our own life.  We try to orchestrate things to be advantage for us. This is our sin nature.  Jesus displayed an entirely different attitude.  He had every right to demand being served by others.  He was (and still is) more important, knowledgeable, powerful than any other person, yet, He put His God-nature aside to demonstrate to us how God designed us to live together.  Jesus said others will know we are God’s children by the way we love one another.  He didn’t differentiate between gender, races, nationality or any other characteristic.  He reached out in love to all.  We can’t do this without the Holy Spirit actively working in and through us.  We can’t do this if we are not willing to let go of the prejudices we have been taught over the years.  Jesus loved (and still does) those who refused to love, trust, believe or obey Him.  Since Jesus, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit love all, who are we to decide someone, no matter how disobedient or harmful, isn’t worth our love.  Let us love all into the Family of God

October 28, 2018

Choice

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Joshua 1:9 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (NIV)

This verse has a lot in it.  First, it is a command.  We are commanded to be strong.  To be strong takes faith – faith in God that He is faithful in His promises.  Along with being strong comes being courageous.  Courageous also takes faith in God.  Faith is a choice.  We either choose to believe and trust or we choose to doubt.  When we choose faith to be strong and courageous there is no room for fear.  Fear comes from doubt.  Faith is trust in the faithfulness of God.  When we choose to be strong and courageous resulting in the lack of fear, there is no room for discouragement.  Discouragement comes from impatience.  When we don’t get the answer we want when we want it, we can choose to remember God is faithful and will never leave us – even when we drift off to the wrong way or we can wallow in discouragement because of not choosing to believe God.  The choice is ours.

October 27, 2018

Let Go

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,meditation,prayer,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Mark 10:27 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (NIV)

To understand this verse, we must look at the preceding verses to find out what the word “this” refers.  This is Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question of who can possible be saved.  We have a brain set that we must live in sin.  We think it is impossible to live without sin.  We are conditioned to sin.  We have various sins in our lives we refuse to let go of.  The rich young ruler (Starting in Luke 18:18) who obeyed all the commandments given to Moses turned away from Jesus when he was told he had to let go of his love and false sense of security of his money.  We all have things we don’t want to let go.  This is because we trust the familiar more than we trust God.  Jesus demonstrated we could lead a sinless life.  Every time we sin it is because we have made a choice.  Our choices become habits.  But Jesus said all things are possible with God.  Our question is do we want to let go of our pet habits and let God take control?  This is something we each need to meditate on and talk with God about.  We each have more than one “pet” sin so it will take some time.  If we are willing to turn to Jesus and not walk away as the rich young ruler did, we will see all things possible.

October 26, 2018

Wait in Hope

Filed under: devotion,faith,God,Lord,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Isaiah 40:30-31 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)

Many translations translate hope as wait.  Both are correct.  When we have hope it enables us to wait for the result wanted to come about.  When we wait we wait with hope.  Wait I a verb, a word of action.  When we wait we don’t sit and do nothing.  When we are tired, we must wait to perform a task so our bodies can recover with rest to perform it.  We all grow tired and weary from time to time.  That is our body (and sometimes our emotions) telling us we must rest.  We don’t rest passively, we rest in hope.  But for us children of God our hope is drenched in faith and trust in our Father Who has promised to always be with us and to see us through any situation we find ourselves.  The promise after we wait and hope is that we will soar on wings like eagles.  Eagles wings are very strong.  So when we are weary, physically or emotionally, let us wait with hope on the Lord for He is faithful and always keeps His promises.  Let our waiting in hope be a time of renewing our faith and trust in Him.

October 25, 2018

Point of View

Filed under: devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

2 Corinthians 5:16 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. (NIV)

When we judge someone, talk badly about them and don’t welcome them or encourage them we are regarding them from a worldly point of view.  We must remember Jesus died for each and every one of us.  God loves each and every one of us.  Who are we to dislike someone God loves and Jesus gave His life for?  This should change the way we look at a homeless person.  Instead of forming our own opinion as to why they are homeless, we must open our hearts and minds to hearing the Holy Spirit and what our part is to be in that person’s life.  IT may be just to pray for them.  It may be to speak to them.  It may be to give them some money or take them to a place and buy them food.  Our worldly point of view is full of preconceived ideas.  Let us open ourselves us to God’s point of view in all we see, hear, say and do.  He has given us His Holy Spirit to enable us to view through His love.

October 24, 2018

Common Good

1 Corinthians 12:7 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)

We humans have a strong desire for individualism.  We look after self to a high degree.  We even tend to think that the gifts God gives us are for our own self.  But God gives us gifts for the common good – the good of our fellow human beings.  We are each very important to the family of God.  We read in 1 Corinthians 12:22-26 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it  This is saying the you are very important and very special.  When I first started my walk with God I asked to be a little toe.  I didn’t think God would ever want to use me for anything special.  God told me toes are important because they keep the body in balance.  My reaction was, I was so unbalanced I couldn’t even be a little toe.  It takes being open to God through His Holy Spirit as we read His instruction book (The Holy Bible), meditate on it and learn to apply it to our daily lives and learning how to listen to the gentle, quiet voice of His Holy Spirit within us to bring us into functioning with the gifts He gives us for the good of all of His family.  I want to encourage you in your walk.  You are very important in the family of God.  God has a specific ministry for you that no one else is called or equipped to do.  As you grow in Him your gift will grow and your ministry will grow.  Let us each grow for the common good of all of God’s family.

October 23, 2018

Devil Can’t Make Us

Filed under: devotion,God,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (NIV)

There was a comedian that, whenever he did something bad, would say, “The devil made me do it.”  He quite often had a little mock up of a devil sitting on his shoulder.  Granted, the devil will do his best to tempt us to do what is against God’s will for us but he doesn’t have the power to make us do it.  The power is up to us.  Our danger comes in thinking we are standing firm, that we can’t be tempted.  This thinking puts us in the midst of being surrounded by what tempts us.  If we tend to too much alcohol we should stay away from it rather than going where plenty of alcohol is served.  If we tend to get into debt we should stay away from shopping malls or wherever it is we like to drop extra money for things not really needed.  If we tend to over eat and are over our normal weight we should stay away from all you can eat buffets.  I think you get the picture.  God is faithful but sometimes we aren’t.  The way out of temptation is to stay away from the temptation.  When we see it coming we have a choice.  Let’s choose to walk God’s way.

October 22, 2018

Missing Word

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

James 1:22 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV)

Listening is useless if not followed by action.  As we listen we must be careful with what goes into your ears.  When we “listen” to the word are we sure it’s the Word of God we are listening to or someone else’s interpretation of the Word of God.  This is why we must read and meditate daily on the written Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We should also take it to service where the it is being preached.  So often it is misquoted.  I did a test one time when I was preaching.  I left out a very small word which totally changed the meaning of the verse.  I asked if I had read it correctly and the all said yes.  Then I asked them to open their Bibles to the verse I was quoting and read it along with me.  I was surprised how many still didn’t notice I was leaving out one word.  Every word in the Bible is important.  We must not skip over any but must be careful when we read and when we listen.  Satan is quite a deceiver.  He used a misquote to tempt Eve.  Let’s be sure we don’t give him the opportunity of using a mis-quote or missing word to deceive us from acting on the real word of God.

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