Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 25, 2020

Attributes of God

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,heart,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Exodus 34:6-7 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.  (NIV)

Re-read each adjective.  Each one describes one of the many attributes of God.  He is compassionate.  To be compassionate means to have sympathy and a desire to alleviate someone’s sufferings.  He is gracious. Gracious is marked by kindness and politeness.  God doesn’t force us to love and/or accept Him.  God is slow to anger.  Because He is love He is slow to get angry even when we go against His will for us.  He abounds in love because He is love.  He is faithful.  He never turns His back on those who look to Him.  He keeps loving no matter what.  He forgives wickedness, rebellion and sin never to bring what is forgiven up again.  Those attributes are plentiful to those who look to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. There is another side of God reserved for those who rebel against Him.  His punishment for them I out of love for them that through punishment they will open their hearts, minds and love to Him through His Son, Jesus.   How many of these attributes do we see at work in our own lives?  As we yield to the Holy Spirit within us we will find these attributes reflected and growing in us.

February 11, 2020

Search and Test

Filed under: anger,anxious,commands,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 139:23 23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  (NIV)

Do we really want God to search us and know our hearts?  Are we really willing to know what God sees in our hearts?  It takes courage to be open to what is really in us.  We like to think the best in us. Scripture commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit can dwell in us only where we give Him room.  Places within us that still have doubt, bitterness, unresolved anger give no space for the Holy Spirit.  As we allow God to search us and reveal to us what is really in our hearts, the next step involves God bringing us into a time of testing.  It is through the testing that we see what is in us and can learn how to make room for the Holy Spirit to flow in and through that area.  It is because of this process that we read in James 1:2-3 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. So, next time we find ourselves going through a trial, let us remember God is searching us and testing us to reveal areas where we haven’t allowed His Holy Spirit to dwell.

January 30, 2020

Just Like Us

Hebrews 2:17 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.  (NIV)

Many think walking this earth without sin was easy for Jesus.  Afterall, He is the Word of God in flesh.  The verse above tells us Jesus put off His Godness and became fully human in every way.  Notice the words “every way.”  He experienced all we experience.  He had feeling like us.  His feet could hurt from walking so many miles.  He experienced hurt, disappointments, anger, rejection.  He experienced all we could ever experience and then some.  He had to shed His God nature to experience life as we must walk it. Let’s not think He didn’t struggle.  Read His last prayer in the Garden before He was taken by the guards and mob.   The difference was He knew and loved the Father and chose to be totally obedient to the Father’s will regardless of the physical pain or what His flesh desired.  Therefore, He was able to resist the temptations we quite often fail to resist.  God knows we are week in this area so He sent us a Helper to help us resist the temptations of the flesh and to desire to be intimate with our heavenly Father, God.  The Helper’s name is Holy Spirit.  He comes into us the moment we invite Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who walked this earth without sin, into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and our Savior.  He can’t be our Savior unless we also look to Him as our Lord.  God looks on our heart and knows when we mean what we say.

January 22, 2020

Quick Forgiveness

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Ephesians 4:26 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  (NIV)

I was angry.  I left stewing with anger.  I was way overcharged for a job that the person didn’t really know how to do.  They didn’t even have the right tool to finish the job.  Some of the job we had to explain how to do it.  The amount charged was way over what was deserved.  I spent the night wrestling with it.  I knew I must forgive but I bargained with God that I would forgive after I found someone who could finish the job and not be stuck with a useless piece of equipment.  As I though and prayed about that attitude I remember that Jesus forgave me without conditions.  Forgiveness is hard for us.  We go into the what if mode of thinking.  The scriptures say it plainly.  We even pray the words of forgiveness every time we say the prayer example Jesus gave us…forgive our sins as we forgive others.  The question we must face is how do we want Jesus to forgive us.  In that same way we must forgive.  I had no choice.  Before I could sleep, I had to choose total forgiveness.  The amount of money is in God’s hands and so is the equipment.  Forgiveness means I will not hold it against them nor bring it up again.  I even prayed about writing this but it is written not from anger or hurt but from the hopes it will help someone else choose forgiveness over resentment and bitterness.  God is faithful in forgiving us.  Who are we not to be faithful in forgiving others?  Now I pray for those involved that they will allow God to work in their hearts and have a blessed life.

January 1, 2020

Demonstrate Love

Filed under: anger,God,Holy Spirit,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Romans 7:14 14 We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.  (NIV)

After the emancipation act many of the slaves stayed on the plantations.  When asked, they said they didn’t know anything else.  That is the same today with people not opening up to God.  We are born as slaves to sin.  We have a sin life-style.  In the culture we don’t know anything else.  We are comfortable in our familiar life-style.  We are afraid of change.  Opening up to God is frightening to many people.  What has been done to them in the name of love has not been good.  They have a hard time being willing to trust the God of love.  Many times God has been presented to them as judgmental, angry and stern.  It is hard for many people to be willing to walk into the unknown – that is unknown to them personally.  That is why it is so very important for those of us who have experienced the love of God to show that kind of love to all those around us.  We must not come over as judgmental or angry.  I had a conversation with someone today.  She said she has been trying to witness to some of her family and they keep saying for her to quit preaching to them.  We can demonstrate much more of the love of God through our actions than we can our words.   Let us demonstrate God’s love through our actions, keep our words in prayer to God and watch as the Holy Spirit draws others to God.

December 20, 2019

In Line

Filed under: anger,believe,forgive,God,heart,humble,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (NIV)

So why don’t we see more of what we ask for in prayer more often? Our first problem is do we really want what it is we are asking?  When we pray for someone we don’t really know for healing, do we really want their healing?  Do we really care?  Next, do we really believe that God wants us to have what we are asking?  And the biggest blockage, is there any unforgiveness in our heart?  If we are angry or bitter or unforgiving God won’t hear us.  The parable of the widow begging the judge over and over until he finally gave her what she asked.  It’s not that God wants us to beg over and over but He does want us to know if we really want and need what it is we ask.  Let’s not be flippant in our prayers.  When we ask for something let us first be sure it is in line with the character of God.  When what we ask is in line with God’s character we can believe with our whole hearts and minds that we will receive it.

December 4, 2019

A Special Gift

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,depression,forgive,gifts,God,God's Word,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Matthew 18:35 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”  (NIV)

As we enter the season of gift giving, let’s consider one of the greatest gifts we can ever give another person.  This is the gift of forgiveness.  In reality, according to the word of God, the Holy Bible, we don’t have a choice.  Forgiveness is a command.  Our forgiveness from God the Father through Jesus, His Son, hinges on our forgiveness of others.  Not only is forgiveness a beautiful and healing gift for others, it is of the greatest benefit for ourselves.  Unforgiveness harbors bitterness, depression and even anger.  It affects our physical, emotional and spiritual parts of our being.  It robs both the one needing forgiveness and the one needing to forgive inner peace.  May I encourage you to be sure there is no one in your life that you need to forgive.  God didn’t say there are certain things you aren’t to forgive.  Forgiveness isn’t rated by degrees or intensity.  He just said, forgive in the same way He forgives us.  Let us choose to do the same.

December 1, 2019

Discouraged

Filed under: anger,Bible,Christ,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 16:8-11 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  (NIV)

We all have times of discouragement.  Jesus had times of discouragement.  There were times He was discouraged at the slow learning and trusting of His chosen disciples.  There were times He was discouraged that the people in His own home town wouldn’t believe Him.  When many of us are discouraged it sometimes leads to anger.  Jesus didn’t let His discouragement lead to anger.  He knew He was being obedient to His Father and doing His Father’s will.  This was primary for Him and He remained faithful to following His Father’s will regardless of what others might think or do.  When we are discouraged, we must first make sure we are following the will of God for our lives.  If we are, we needn’t worry about what others think.  If we aren’t, we need to get back on track.  Discouragement is an emotion which changes with the tide of events.  It will come and go.  When it comes, let’s remember we aren’t perfect but the One Who is in us is perfect and will see us through every situation.  When discouraged, get into the Holy Bible and read the uplifting promises of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

October 2, 2019

Not Qualified

Filed under: anger,God,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Romans 2:1 1 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.  (NIV)

Many wonder why so many people and governments are against Christians. We are very good at finger pointing.  We are very vocal about the sins of others.  We are very judgmental.  Many of us may not be so vocal about our judgements but even thinking judgements can be felt by others.    There is only one judge.  He is God.  We see governments passing laws that are against our Christian beliefs.  We are to vote against those laws.  We are to stand firm acting within the laws of God.  But, we are to love the people who are making those laws.  It is love that attracts people to God and to open up to receiving His love.  I is passing our own judgement on others that blocks others from opening up to God’s love.  Let us not participate in finger pointing, name calling and yelling in anger.  Let us do all we can with our voting power by never missing voting in an election and by doing our homework in knowing the candidates and the various laws and ordinances on the ballots.  We must pray for discernment as many times various ordinances and laws or written in a way that will confuse and cause a vote opposite to the one the voter intends.  There is one like that in Texas right now about state income tax.  It is worded so if a yes and no votes are contrary to how we would normally understand them to be.  Let’s pray, research, pay attention and love the people without anger, judgement or criticism.  We are not without sin ourselves.  We don’t have all the answers.  We aren’t qualified to judge.

July 27, 2019

Triggers

Filed under: anger,glory,God,habits,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Hebrews 12:1  Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid every weight and entangling sin.  Let us run with endurance the race set before us.  (Tree of Life version)

We all have triggers that set us off to do or say things.  Some triggers are good.  Some triggers get us back into habits, thoughts, words or actions we have been trying to get out of our lives.  It is important to identify those triggers. One of my triggers is having a container of ice cream in the house.  Since I’ve identified that trigger, I no longer buy ice cream to take into my house.  I do buy it when I visit one of my children’s houses, enjoy one dish with them and leave the rest with them.  Though this trigger is important to my physical health, it’s minor compared to triggers that lead us to fits of anger or other temptations that cause us not to reflect the love of God.  When we say or do something we know is wrong we must take time to identify the trigger that lead to that action.  It takes endurance to run this race of our walk on this earth in a way that will reflect the glory of God.  Let us perceiver with determined discipline

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