Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 30, 2019

For Jesus

Filed under: Creation,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Colossians 1:16 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  (NIV)

All things were created through Jesus, the Son of God the Father.  All things that were created were not only created through Jesus but also FOR Jesus.  We are on this earth not for us but we are here for Jesus, God’s Son.  The things on this earth, the very earth itself are here, not for us but for Jesus.  We are being allowed to share them.  We must ask how are we taking care of the things that are for Jesus?  How are we taking care of ourselves for Jesus?  The Father has given all to and through His Son.  We must learn to be good stewards of all that is for the Son.  When we take time to meditate on how we are doing I hope we will all make changes to our life style of waste and throw away mentality and practices.

September 29, 2019

Pointing Fingers

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,judging,Lord,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Romans 2:1-3  You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?  (NIV)

The Message Translation reads, Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again.  Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself.  IT takes one to know one.  Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors.  We are so very good at holding others to higher standards than we hold ourselves.  We can always come up with an excuse as to why we do, say or don’t do or say certain things yet we don’t excuse others for the same things.  The Message continues by saying God isn’t so easily diverted.  HE sees right through al such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.  That’s pretty plane talk.  I’ve learned to some it up with the saying, “Except for the grace of God, go I.”  Jesus summed it up by saying, “Who is without sin throw the first stone.”  Before we criticize someone else, we must look at ourselves with complete honesty.  We don’t like to do this.  We, because of our sinful nature, like to see ourselves as the ones in the right.  Let us quit pointing our finger at others and daily ask God to reveal to us what is in us that we can repent and allow the Holy Spirit to work within us to become a better reflection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

September 28, 2019

Don’t Look Back

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Genesis 19:26 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (NIV)

We all have a tendency to look back.  Many times our memories of the past tend to get sugar-coated.  The memories seem to improve with age.  Even though Lot and his family were living in a very sinful city, his wife couldn’t resist looking back.  When we look back, we either build it up as better than it was or we berate ourselves over things that should have been don differently.  Many places in the Holy Bible instruct us to live in the now.  We are not to live in tomorrow for tomorrow is yet to come.  We are not to live in the past for the past has come and gone.  We are accountable for today.  Our question we must ask ourselves is what are we doing with each today God leaves us on this earth.  Are we looking back to yesterday or are we looking to God for today?  We can’t change yesterday.  We can’t control tomorrow.  We can use today for the glory of God.  Let us learn to live fully in today.  Let us keep our eyes focused on God throughout today.  Let us not look back but keep living in the now for the glory of God.

September 27, 2019

Both Talk

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,scriptures,song,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Colossians 4:2 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV)

The Tree of Life version translates it as keeping alert and thankful.  For what are we to keep watchful or alert?  When we pray, we are opening up a conversation with our Father, God.  So often we just have our say then move on with earthly things.  We are to be alert to hearing God respond to our part of the conversation.  No prayer is complete without taking time to listen.  Why did Jesus spend so many nights apart by himself in lonely places?  He waned to be sure He did as much listening to His Father without distractions as He did talking to His Father.  Listening is hard to learn.  We must have silence to listen.  Silence for most of us today is a little frightening.  We are bombarded with noise all day and night.  We don’t know how to handle silence.  So often our thoughts run wild in silence.  To learn to listen in silence start slowly.  Say, speak, Father, I’m listening.  It might be a verse of scripture that comes to your mind or a song you’ve sung in church.  Take it as a beginning and meditate on it.  Gradually you will learn to hear and recognize the gentle, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit.  Gradually you will learn to give God as much time to talk to you as you talk to Him, maybe even let Him talk more than you do.  What wonderful conversations you can have.

September 26, 2019

Who He Is

Filed under: Christian,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Corinthians 3:1 1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.  (NIV)

Paul wrote this to a church who was functioning in the gifts of the Holy Spirit but were yet living their lives for their worldly, fleshly desires.   This is still very applicable for today.  We can see it even among the clergy.  There seems to be a competition for who can achieve the largest membership, the biggest building, the most newsworthy outreach.  We are quick to testify what God does for us, how He blesses us.  There is nothing wrong with that as long as our emphasis is on Who God is rather than what He does for us.  We have a difficult time freeing ourselves from the thinking of it’s all about “me.”  Even it’s all about what God does for me or what I supposedly do for God are the wrong emphasis.  Life is all about God.  God is life.  Without God there is no life.  The gifts of God through His Holy Spirit are wonderful but it isn’t about His gifts.  It is about God and Who He is.  Let us grow up.  Let us put our emphasis on Who God is rather than what He can do for us.  Let us allow God to free us from our carnality and fully envelope His Holy Spirit within us, not for what He does for us but for Who He is.

September 25, 2019

Not Canabilism

Filed under: Bible,body,confess,forgive,God,God's Word,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

John 6:53 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  (NIV)

That does sound cannibalistic.  How are we to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus?  We eat by delving deeply into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must more than read it to eat it.  We must study it, meditate on it and put it securely into our minds for total recall.  We drink His blood through continually confessing our sins, asking forgiveness, accepting forgiveness and repenting – turning our back on each sinful habit.  Drinking in His forgiveness after we have confessed is drinking His blood which was shed for the forgiveness of our sin of separation from God.  The eating and drinking is a daily thing not intended to be saved for what we call the Lord’s supper or communion.  Those elements are a symbol of what we are to do daily in eating and drinking of Jesus.  No matter how much we eat His body, the written word of God we can never get too full.  Let us make the eating and drinking of Jesus a daily practice.

September 24, 2019

Seeking Jesus

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

John 6:26 26 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.  (NIV)

The crowd of people were running after Jesus because He fed them already prepared food.  The spent most of their days growing, harvesting and preparing their food to eat.  Jesus gave them already prepared food and all they had at do was eat it.  Before we condemn them we must ask ourselves why we seek Jesus.  Many seek Him because they’ve heard what is called the prosperity message.  This message claims if we are obedient and tithe, we will be blessed with unlimited material riches.  That promise is nowhere in the Bible.  When we follow Jesus, we are promised a full and abundant life but with that full and abundant life comes persecution and trials.  If we seek Jesus for life insurance of going to heaven we will be disappointed.  Jesus isn’t a life insurance policy.  Yes, if we follow Jesus with our heart, mind and life, we will go to heaven but only if we really believe IN Him as the only Son of God.  Take some time and see if you can put into words why you are seeking Jesus.  He promises if we seek Him we will surely find Him.

September 23, 2019

A Willing Heart

Filed under: Christian,heart,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Luke 10:1 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.  (NIV)

Before Jesus appointed the 12 disciples as apostles, He sent 72 disciples out by twos to help each other share His good news of salvation.  Jesus had been ministering about 18 months before He appointed the 12.  We don’t know how many disciples He had.  Disciples were students who followed their teacher to learn from him.  While being a disciple they continued in their profession earning their needed support.  When the 12 were appointed they left their professions and became full time students learning all Jesus taught them.  At the time Jesus appointed the 12 He was already on the hit list of the religious hierarchy.  They were already planning to murder Him.  The 12 were told they would be hated just as He was hated.  We can see the hate today as more and more Christians are being persecuted by those in the world and how governments are trying to make laws against Christians.  Our question we must face is will we stand true as the 12 did or will we fall away as many of the disciples did.  It doesn’t take education to serve and follow Jesus.  It take a willing heart.  Where is your heart?

September 22, 2019


Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Luke 6:12-13 12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:  (NIV)

Jesus, the very Son of God, always took time alone to pray to His Father before making any decision.  Here He spent the night asking God who, from the disciples who were following Him as their teacher but who still worked at their various jobs, should He select to be apostles and how many to select.  If Jesus felt the need to consult His father, how much more do we need to talk with God, our Father, before making any decision.  We don’t always need an all-night prayer time but we do need to stop and consult God before we decide.  We so often decide for what we deem as good when God wants to give us the best.  Yes, there are times we don’t need to consult God.  There are things scripture has already told us that we are to do.  Let us learn to not be so sure of our own self that we fail to submit all we plan or wish to plan to God for possible changes before we commit.

September 21, 2019

Penalty Paid

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

John 8:24 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”  (NIV)

We can’t do enough good or be good enough to get into heaven.  We, in and of ourselves, by our very sinful nature, are condemned to hell.  There is only one way to enter the Kingdom of heaven.  That is through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.  Basically, He had to die so we could live.  Without Jesus taking on the punishment of death for our sins, we remain condemned to hell because God is just and that is what we deserve.  If we don’t allow Jesus to cover us with His robe of righteousness bought by the shedding of His blood, we have no hope.  We must believe He clothes us with His righteousness as the very Son of God and submit to Him as our Lord and Savior.  This is a necessity because God is not only Love, God is just and justice demands penalties be paid for sin.  Jesus paid our penalty.

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