Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 5, 2019

Truth on Display

2 Corinthians 4:1-6   Since God has so generously let us in on what He is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times.  We refuse to wear masks and play games.  We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.  And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves.  Rather we keep everything we do and say out in the open the whole truth on display, so that those who want to an see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. (The Message Version)

Please reread the above verses.  So many main-line denominations are twisting the scriptures to say what they want them to say.  It seems the goal is now to appeal to the desires of the current culture even when it means changing definitions of words and changing what God’s written word, the Holy Bible, says.  We see government officials twisting words to suit themselves.  It is up to us, followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to speak truth.  But in speaking truth we must do it in love, not in judgment.  We are in the Advent season of the Church Calendar.  This is a time of preparation for the celebrating of the physical coming of God’s Word, Jesus Christ, as a flesh and blood human creation, to show us the love of God, the Father.  Let us determine to do at least one thing each day to show His love through us to some stranger in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.  Let us demonstrate Christians aren’t judgmental or hateful but are people who speak God’s truth in love.

November 30, 2019

Presented

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,Righteous,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Romans 3:25-26 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus  (NIV)

God presented Christ.  He presented Christ to all in the world.  He presented Christ for Christ to demonstrate His righteousness.  The word “present” is being used as a verb.  It means “to deliver something.”  What was it God was delivering through presenting Christ?  He was delivering a way to righteousness.  It is only through righteousness (a right relationship with God) that we can have any kind of relationship with God.  Jesus Christ is the only one who is righteous.  Without receiving God’s delivery through Jesus Christ of His righteousness we have no relationship with God.  It is the righteousness of Jesus which justifies us, but only if we have faith in Jesus.  Faith is defined as complete confidence or trust in someone or something.  Trust is believing in the reliability of someone or something.  Throughout history, God has proven He is true and reliable in His word.  God isn’t a man that He could lie.  God can’t lie.  God is truth.  For us it is a matter of choice.  We can choose to believe and come under the covering of Jesus and His righteousness or we can choose to ignore what has been proven throughout history.  God, through Jesus Christ, is the only way presented freely to us.

November 9, 2019

Imitators

Filed under: believe,Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

This is Jesus, the very Son of God talking.  He says He can’t do anything by Himself.  He can only do what He sees His Father doing.  The son imitates the Father.  Even though Jesus said this, we still think we can do our own things.  We even apply our self-dependence and self-reliance into our ministries.  This is one reason we fail.  This is one reason we get so tired and many get burned out.  We forget it is only through the Holy Spirit residing in us as followers of Jesus Christ that any good can come through us.  Like Peter, we jump into something without taking the time to think.  When we stop to think, hopefully we will stop to ask God what it is we should do, how we should do it and when we should do it.  Yes, we read and study what Jesus did as He physically walked this earth but we fail to remember how often He drew apart to consult with His Father.  Let us learn to do likewise.

October 26, 2019

God is Faithful

Filed under: believe,commandment,confess,faith,God,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (NIV)

We must examine if we truly trust and believe God is faithful.  A sign of our lack of trust is if we are ever anxious or worried about anything.  As long as we do our part, develop the habits of the things we have been instructed to do in Scripture, we have no need to lack trust in God’s faithfulness.  God is always faithful.  We have the power to step out of His faithfulness when we choose to go a way seperate from God’s ways but our going another way doesn’t change the faithfulness of God.  God will cause things to gently guide us back.  In Deuteronomy 7:9 we read   Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.  Let us pay attention to when we become anxious or worried so we can see where we have walked away from God, confess it and turn back to the faithfulness of God.

October 20, 2019

Stop and Listen

Filed under: believe,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Exodus 3:4 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”  And Moses said, “Here I am.”  (NIV)

God had been trying to get Moses’ attention.  It took a burning bush for Moses to stop and listen to God.  What does it take for us to stop and listen?  We live a hectic life full of noise and interruptions.  Stopping to listen isn’t normal for us.  We see this as little children pull on an adult’s leg trying to get the adult to stop and listen.  How hard does God need to pull on our leg before we’ll stop what we’re doing and saying and actually listen to Him.  God, through the Person of the Holy Spirit is within every believer wanting to give us guidance on every action and decision we make.  We would find we would make a lot fewer mistakes, take fewer wrong turns, if we would only stop and listen.  Next time we see a burning bush (something that is vying for our attention) or fee the tug on our leg, let’s stop and take time to listen to the Holy Spirit.

October 19, 2019

Hearing with Practice

Filed under: believe,Bible,Creation,God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 9:09 pm

Romans 11:35 – 3635 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”  For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (NIV)

We, in our sinful nature, think everything is about us.  Our prayers even echo that sentiment.  We pray, God I need, God do this….  It’s mostly all about us, what we think we need and what we want.  God didn’t created humans for themselves.  He created humans and everything else for Him.  There is nothing we can do to repay Him for His grace and mercy to us.  Even when we forget all things, including us, belong to Him and are for Him, He still loves us and has mercy on us.  Let us remember we are on this earth for Him.  He wants us to develop a personal and intimate relationship with Him.  It is only through that intimate relationship with Him that we can be reshaped into His image.  His image is reflected in the fruits of the Holy Spirit (previous writings talk about the fruit).  The only way we can develop that intimate relationship with Him is by being aware, talking to and listening to the Holy Spirit Whom, Jesus, in His infinite love and mercy, inputs into every believer/follower.  This takes quiet time.  Time when we quit talking so much and start listening more.  If you’ve not experienced this, sit down with the Bible and a note pad.  Read until something really speaks to you and write your thoughts and questions on the note pad.  Then listen and write what you hear.  With practice you will learn to recognize the soft, gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.

October 10, 2019

Greatest Miracle

Filed under: believe,God's Word,heart,Jesus,miracle,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

John 6:32-35 32 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.   34 “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. (NIV)

Just as people did when Jesus walked this earth, we still seek the miraculous.  We define the miraculous as external events that are out of the natural flow of things.  Jesus said the greatest miracle is in coming to Him and eating the truth He gives us.  I know the changes He made in me, who I am, how I think, speak and act are bigger than any miracle like making the physically blind to see or the Grto walk.  The change He made in me has opened my blind eyes to the spiritual workings of God and has enabled me to walk in a way and to places I would never have walked without His leading me.  The “flashy” miracles are fine but let us look for the miracle Jesus makes within our hearts.  Eating from His word, believing all He says and walking in what He says far surpasses any other miracle He does.

October 8, 2019

Counterfeit Fruit

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christmas,fruit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

How do we know when the fruit of the Spirit is counterfeit?  I know quit a few people who are not believers in Jesus who exhibit more of the fruit of the Holy Spirit than many believers.  The difference is the non-believers only exhibit the fruit when they want to appear nice or it benefits them in some way.  They are not consistent in the fruits.  The fruit of the Spirit, when really a fruit and not a choice of behavior, the fruit comes from the Holy Spirit within the believer and grows within the believer over time, becoming more and more prevalent regardless of emotions or environmental circumstances.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit doesn’t turn on and of depending on who is present, how they act or any other circumstance.  There are a lot of “nice” people around, people we enjoy being with, but nice doesn’t substitute for believing and being filled with the Holy Spirit.  There are also, sorry to say, a lot of professing believers around who don’t exhibit some of the fruits in various circumstances.  Let’s be sure we allow the fruit of the Holy Spirit to grow in us, properly nourishing the fruit through Bible study, meditation and prayer.

October 6, 2019

Believe into Righteousness

Romans 4:3 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Abraham was credited as righteous not because of anything he did.  He was credited with righteousness because He believed God.  He believed God to the point of total obedience regardless of what God asked him to do.  Abraham believed God had the power to raise his promised son up from the dead.  Was Abraham perfect?  No.  But Abraham believed God in and through his own imperfections.  We must ask ourselves if we really believe God in everything He says?  Are there words in the Holy Bible we choose to ignore?  If we truly believe God we won’t choose to ignore any word from God – including those words that require sacrifice on our part.  If we truly believe God we won’t shut our ears to the Holy Spirit when we pray.  IF we truly believe God we will not fear, worry or be anxious.  Let us take time to listen to the Holy Spirit, asking Him to reveal to us areas where our belief is weak or absent.  Let us believe to the point of being credited with righteousness – the righteousness of Jesus.

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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