Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 26, 2020

Bible Says It

Filed under: believe,Bible,fellowship,God,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  (NKJ)

Many don’t believe what is in the Holy Bible because they don’t understand.  Our finite minds can’t fully comprehend how God does the things He does or even why He has told us to do certain things and not do outer things.  Understanding and being able to apply what is recorded in the scriptures isn’t possible from purely and intelligent means.  It is not until we accept Jesus, the Son of God into our hearts, minds and lives and choose to follow Him and allow the Holy Spirit to enter us that we are able to choose to believe all that is in the scriptures because of Who spoke the scriptures into existence through those who were willing to listen and follow and record what the Holy Spirit said to them.  It is that same Holy Spirit Who speaks to us today through those very words He gave others to record.  We don’t have to understand the how or why of every word of the Holy Bible.  Belief is a choice.  Because God said it through His Holy Spirit, we can choose to believe it and follow it.  There is a saying, “God said it, I read it and I believe it.”  We either choose to believe the entire Holy Bible or we don’t.  We can’t choose just the words we like and change the meaning or remove the words we don’t like.  God didn’t put the words there for us to like.  He put the words there so we could have an abundant life and walk daily in fellowship with Him now and throughout eternity.

May 21, 2020

Growing Up

Filed under: believe,Bible,children,Christ,God,Jesus,kingdom,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Matthew 18:3 3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  (NIV)

A little child know they are totally dependent on their parents.  They trust the love and provision of their parents.  That is how we are to come into the family of God.  We are to trust in the love and provision of God knowing our inability to walk through this life on our own.  But we are not to remain as little children.  So many Christians think after they accept Jesus Christ and follow with baptism and join a church, they can just coast through life.  Life is a school for us to learn our jobs in the Kingdom of heaven.  We can only do this through regular study of the scriptures, the Holy Bible< God so lovingly provided for our education and instruction, through prayer – 2-way conversation with God the Father and through learning to walk according to the instructions we read and study.  As with the accepting to walk through the door Jesus provided for us, it is also up to us if we will choose to grow up as co-heirs with Jesus.  Let us choose to grow up.

May 20, 2020

Up to Us

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christians,God,internet,love,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (NIV)

Many think because they belong to a Christian denomination they are Christians and they have eternal life.  Religions don’t reject Christ.  Religions are a man-made system of beliefs that man-kind devises with their own ideas.  To be a saved believer/follower and have full access to God the Father is an individual decision.  God has no grandchildren.  Each person must enter through the door of Jesus by their own choice.  We each have 2 choices, heaven or hell.  We can’t blame God if we choose to reject the only door He has provided for us.  The choice is entirely up to us as individuals.  The only way we can walk through the door of Jesus is by opening more than just our mind in acknowledging He is the Son of God, died and rose from the dead to open the door for us, we must put our trust in Him and make the choice to follow in the way He demonstrated for us to walk.  Some say since God is a God of love He will give eternal life to all of His creation.  It is because He is a God of love that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sin for there is no way for us to pay the penalty since we are so full of sin.  It is His love that provided the door for us.  There is no greater love than God putting on full humanity, leaving His God completeness and experience life as we know it and showing us hoe to live it free from sin, suffering physically through beatings and crucifixion and emotionally by betrayal and rejection.  The choice is up to us.  We each must walk through the door of Jesus Christ on our own.

May 15, 2020

Fervent Prayer

Filed under: believe,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Acts 12:5 5 So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.  (NIV)

What does it mean to “earnestly pray”?  Most of us have a tendency to pray quick prayers.  There are times quick prayers, quick conversations with God, quick requests are needed but those shouldn’t be our only prayers.  Let’s look at the subject of this prayer in Acts 12.  Peter was in prison.  A group of believers were clustered together.  They were scared.  There was a vendetta out against those who believed in Jesus.  Just saying His name could get you thrown in prison and prison were quite often a death sentence.  They were united together praying for Peter and asking God to find some way to release Peter from prison.  Peter was the primary leader of the young group of believers.  Let us look further at the faith of those believes in the effectiveness.  We’re not sure how long they prayed for Peter’s release.  Very early in the morning there was a knock on the door.  It was Peter.  The young woman who answered the door was afraid to open it but heard Peter identify himself.  Instead of opening the door for him, she went to tell others.  It was a big surprise to them to find Peter had gotten out of the prison.  So often we miss the answer to our prayers for one of 2 reasons.  Either we don’t really pray for something like we really need or want it or we don’t really expect it to happen.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us learn to pray fervently for the things that will really glorify God.  Prime on the list is that this nation will turn back to God and will become a reflection of God’s light in the darkness of this sinful world.

May 9, 2020

Spread the Good News

Filed under: believe,Church,Gospel,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  (NIV)

Our American, English language is lacking.  We use the same word for many different things.  We also have words that can either be applied as singular or as plural.  This verse is one good example of singular versus plural.  In the original Hebrew the word you is in the plural form.  Jesus didn’t address just one person when He said they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on just one person.  Jesus said all people would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them.  He also said all people who have received the Holy Spirit are to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.  As Spirit filled believers and followers, this includes us.  We can’t sit around on expect a professional, paid church minister to be the one to go out and spread the Gospel.  His/her job is to equip the believers to go out and spread the good news.  We each must ask ourselves, what are we, personally doing to spread the good news to those God puts in our path each day?  We can’t say because we send money to missionaries, we are doing all we need do.  That is only a small part of what we should be doing.  Spreading the good news is done with our words and our actions.  Let’s make it our daily goal to share the good news with at least one person each and every day.

May 6, 2020

Insufficient Funds

Filed under: believe,glory,God,Jesus,Kingdo,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Isaiah 53:5 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.  (NIV)

Have you ever had an overdraft at your bank?  The check was returned to you marked “insufficient funds.”  Not only that, you were also charged a fee for the overdraft.  We have a debt to God that we can’t possibly pay.  We don’t have sufficient funds for our debt.  But Jesus not only paid our debt in full.  He has seen to it we have unlimited funds.  Our problem is in how to use those unlimited funds.  God knew we would have no idea how to use the funds so He provided us with an instruction book, the Holy Bible.  Just as an accountant must study math, we must study the Holy Bible to learn how we are to use the funds God has made available to us.  Let us take full use of all God has for us for His glory.

April 13, 2020

Within Us

John 20:29 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  (NIV)

The tomb was empty.  Then Jesus appeared.  Could they believe their eyes and their ears?  They saw Him die on the cross.  They saw the blood and water come out of His body when a spear was pushed into Him.  They saw Him put into the tomb and a big rock put in the opening to seal the tomb.  They saw guards at the tomb to be sure His body remained in the tomb.  Yet, here He stood, speaking to them.  He even offered for Thomas to touch His hands and look at the nail holes in His feet.  They had no choice but to believe.  Jesus spent the next 40 days with His disciples and with others continuing to teach them and tell them about the Holy Spirit the Father would be sending in His place.  We can’t physical Him nor can we audibly hear Him.  Yet Jesus said those who believe and can’t see or hear are even more blessed than those who had that experience.  We see through our faith with spiritual eyes.  We see all the effects His love does in our physical world.  We hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit.  We can feel His presence because we have been blessed to come to know Jesus, the risen savior, Who loved us so very much as to pout off His God-nature and put on our nature so He could take our sin on Himself, pay the penalty, die to defeat death and give us everlasting life in the very real presence of God the Father.  Yes, Easter Sunday is over but through the Holy Spirit we have Jesus in us each and every day.  That’s so much better than only getting to see Him physically from time to time.  Let us not enjoy having the presence of Jesus in us, let us share that joy with all we meet.

April 4, 2020

Because of Love

Filed under: believe,blood,Father,forgive,God,Guilt,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Hebrews 8:12 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (NIV)

We have a problem with guilt.  We expect ourselves to do better than we do.  When we sin, we get upset with ourselves and because of that we tend not to forgive ourselves.  This keeps us from accepting God’s forgiveness.  We have a hard time really believing He will forgive us every time we confess, we have sinned.  We tend to confess over and over.  God says after He forgives us, He no longer remembers the sin.  When He looks at us, the Father sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  This makes it easy for Him to forgive us.  His love is that strong.  We, as parents, forgive our children time after time because we love them.  How much more God loves us and forgives us.  Let us be quick to confess our sins, accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and ask the Holy Spirit to help us not repeat that sin again.

April 2, 2020

The Called Call

Filed under: believe,Christ,disciples,Jesus,Messiah,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

John 1:41 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  (NIV)

John 1:45 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  (NIV)

Jesus, Himself, called Andrew to follow Him.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and have him join him in following Jesus.  The same happened when Jesus called Phillip.  Phillip went to find Nathaniel.  It took me awhile to realize the importance of these 2 examples.  Those who are called by Jesus are to call others to follow Jesus.  Many do this when they first come to follow Jesus.  The problem is as time goes by some loose their excitement and enthusiasm and not only don’t call others but even don’t share any of the Good News with others.  How sad to keep the best and most precious treasure we an ever have hidden in our own hearts without sharing it with others.  We shouldn’t let a day go by that we don’t share the Good News with someone.  We are even to share it with those who have already heard and even with those who already believe and follow.  We must ask ourselves each night ad to who we shared Jesus with that day.  Oh that we all would develop not only the excitement but also the discipline of doing so.

March 17, 2020

Lie Down

Filed under: believe,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Psalms 23:2 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,  (NIV)

We must notice the verbs of action; makes, lie down and leads.  God enables us to lie down but we must bend our knees and lie down.  God doesn’t pick us up like a baby and lay us down.  So many of us act like a baby who doesn’t want to lie down.  If you’ve struggled with a baby like this you’ll understand what I mean.  Often we just give up trying to make them lie down.  We must ask ourselves if we are struggling to stand on our own when God is bidding us to rest in the green pastures.  He also leads us into the quiet places.  But we must choose to follow.  Are we so wrapped up in our business that we don’t take time to follow our Lord into the quiet places of prayer, praise and meditation with Him?  We pray this prayer Jesus gave as an example so very often.  Let us contemplate on each verse the true meaning of this prayer.  Let us choose to allow the Holy Spirit to make it real in our hearts, minds and life.

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