Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

September 19, 2019

Righteousness, a Gift

Filed under: believe,Christ,gifts,God,Jesus,praise,Righteous,salvation,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  (NIV)

Unlike salvation, we can’t choose righteousness.  Righteousness is only found in Jesus.  Righteousness is something He gives those who choose salvation.  It is His righteousness that robes us.  It is Jesus Who gives us His righteousness.  There is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to be righteous.  While we are in our earthly bodies we continue to battle our natural sin nature.  Through our choice of salvation and our continual repentance we maintain the robe of the righteousness of Jesus.  Because of Jesus and the righteousness with which He robes us, God sees His righteousness on us and the penalty for our sinfulness is forgiven and put out of sight.  Righteousness costs us nothing but it cost Jesus more than we can ever imagine.  He had to separate Himself from His Godliness and become fully human to experience all we experience yet totally without our willfulness to sin to show us how much God loves us and desires for us to be with Him for eternity.  There is no way we can every imagine how much that cost Him.  Let us continually praise and thank Him for the great and glorious gift of righteousness which He so costly had given to all who choose salvation through Jesus.

September 14, 2019

All Called

Filed under: believe,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  (NIV)

Did you know, if you are a believer in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, you are a priest?  It says so in the above verse.  There is no hierarchy in the family of God other than the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  All believers are equal.  The human element in the various Christian denominations have set up an hierarchy and limited the members in what they can do.  No where in scripture is it said only certain believers can serve communion or baptize new believers.  The only thing we can’t do as believers is perform marriages that are recognized as legal by the various governments.  It is not the paid ministers job to visit the sick and pray for them.  It is the duty of each and every believer.  Paid ministers shouldn’t be held to any higher of standard than what we call the “lay” people are held.  In God’s eyes, we are all equal.  Since God holds us all equal In His eyes, let us do likewise.  All believers are called to the priesthood.  All believers are called to serve God.  Let us all do our part to share God’s wonderful light.

September 6, 2019

In Jesus’ Name

Filed under: believe,God,Jesus,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 6:01 pm

John 16:26-27 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  (NIV)

When Jesus walked this earth people asked Him for their needs.  Before Jesus returned to the Father He said we no longer needed to ask Him.  We now have direct access to the Father and are to ask Him.  We are to ask in the name of Jesus.  This doesn’t mean we tack on “in the name of Jesus” at the end of all our prayers.  If we are believers and have accepted Jesus as God’s Son and the Lord of our lives we bear the name of Jesus on our very being.  When God the Father looks at us and hears us, He sees the blood of Jesus and His righteousness on us.  This is what gives us direct access to the Father.  Many think tacking on “in Jesus’ name” will give them a better chance of their prayer being answered.  It isn’t what we say that get’s our prayers answered but what covers us – the blood of Jesus.  Jesus even told us when we pray to pray to our Father in heaven.  We are to praise Jesus and thank Jesus but we are to make our request know to our Father in faith and thanksgiving.  Thank You, Jesus for stamping me with Your name.

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