Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

February 8, 2020

Just One Point

James 2:10 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.  (NIV)

That’s a strong statement.  If we just break one point of God’s law we are guilty of breaking all of His laws.  Before we think we’re doing good let’s look at a couple of God’s laws.  You shall not steal.  Never took a pencil, pin or paper from our place of work?  Not a big deal?  It’s still stealing.  Never wish we had something someone else has, either materialistic or a talent of theirs?  That is still coveting.  We could go on and on but the biggest one we all have trouble with is loving all people on this earth (we are all neighbors) as we love ourselves and how about loving God with ALL our heart, mind and strength.  To be very honest with ourselves we must admit we fall short from time to time.  Praise God.  He knew we couldn’t keep every point of all of His laws so He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of our sin.  As long as we have asked Jesus to dwell in us through His Holy Spirit and seek to follow and obey Him we are found not guilty.  God the Father no longer sees our sin.  He sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son.  Let’s be sure we share that good news with our neighbors, especially the ones we have trouble loving as much as we love ourselves.

February 2, 2020

Communion

Filed under: blood,body,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Luke 22:19 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”  (NIV)

Today we share communion, the breaking of bread and drinking of the cup.  I sang a song I wrote many years ago.  The words are as follows (These words are copywrite)

 

No fancy statues, no monuments tall

To remember the Savior Who died for us all.

Just two simple elements, that’s all we need

To remember our Jesus our Lord and our King.

As they were eating He took up the bread,

He blessed it and broke it and gave it and said,

This is My body, take it and eat.

It’s broken for you in remembrance of Me.

After the bread He took up the cup

He blessed it and gave it to all and said.

This is My blood, the new covenant.

Take it and drink it be free from your sins.

Lord Jesus, I thank You for taking my place.

For giving Your body to strengthen my faith.

Lord Jesus I thank You for spilling Your blood.

It cleanses and washes and makes me God’s child.

Just two simple elements, that’s all it takes.

Take them and eat them and drink them in faith.

The Lord will sustain you and cleanse all your sins.

He wants to be in you, oh let Him come in.

He wants to be in you, your Lord and your King.

December 14, 2019

Fully Human

Hebrews 2:14 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  (NIV)

Hebrews 2:14 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (ESV)

I also added the English Standard Version to help us understand this verse.  Many people claim Jesus wasn’t really human.  Scripture tells us differently.  The Word of God took off His God nature and became fully human, born from a woman’s egg but fertilized by God’s seed.  He was flesh and blood.  He needed to eat food, drink water and He bled, just as we do.  He had moments of exhaustion, He could laugh with His disciples and He could cry with Mary and Martha.  We can’t say He doesn’t understand how we feel or how hard it is to resist temptations.  He experienced all we experience except sin.  He had to be totally flesh and blood to conquer death for us.  When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil the image of God that was in them died.  God had to put on the image of man, had to become man, to let the image of man die and the image of God resurrect within man.  His image will only come into us through the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  Without our coming to the cross on which Jesus died for us, confessing our separation from God and asking Jesus to dwell in us we cannot be in the Image of God and will have to face spiritual death for eternity.  Praise God for His making a way for us to be united with Him, conquering death for all time.

November 26, 2019

No Monuments

Filed under: blood,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Genesis 11:4 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”  (NIV)

We, as sinful mankind, think we can build a way to heaven with our own hands and works.  There is no work, regardless of how good we might think it is, that will get us into heaven.  The only way to heaven is through the door Jesus, the Son of God, provided for us.  That door is accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and committing to live in obedience to His word.  We build monuments to ourselves in an effort to say how good we are.  In and of ourselves there is no goodness.  It takes the love of God for goodness to exist.  Only when we release the Holy Spirit Who resides in us when we accept Jesus, will real good come through us.  Jesus didn’t tell us to build monuments to Him.  He left us with 2 basic things in His honor; the bread representing His body and the wine representing His blood.  Here are the words to a song I wrote.

Two Simple Elements

No fancy statues, no monuments tall

To remember the Savior Who died for us all.

Just two simple elements, that’s all we need

To remember our Jesus our Lord and our King.

 

As they were eating He took up the bread,

He blessed it and broke it and gave it and said,

This is My body, take it and eat.

It’s broken for you in remembrance of Me.

 

After the bread He took up the cup

He blessed it and gave it to all and said.

This is My blood, the new covenant.

Take it and drink it be free from your sins.

 

Lord Jesus, I thank You for taking my place.

For giving Your body to strengthen my faith.

Lord Jesus I thank You for spilling Your blood.

It cleanses and washes and makes me God’s child.

 

Just two simple elements, that’s all it takes.

Take them and eat them and drink them in faith.

The Lord will sustain you and cleanse all your sins.

He wants to be in you, oh let Him come in.

He wants to be in you, your Lord and your King.

 

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November 25, 2019

Holy and Blameless

Filed under: blood,Christ,God,holy,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Ephesians 1:4 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  (NIV)

There are a few things in this verse to pay close attention to.  The first is God chose us even before He started creating the universe as we know it.  He had plans for us from before the beginning of time as we know it.  For what did God choose us?  He chose us to be holy and blameless in His sight.  How can we, being full of sin and because of sin, separate from God, be holy and blameless.  Red the last 3 words.  In His sight.  When God looks at us, He sees the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Because of that blood God sees us holy and blameless.  His Son took our sin and our blame on Himself.  The last 2 word in this verse are “in love.”  It is only in love that God allowed His Son to experience the pain and suffering and separation from Him to take on our Sin and blame.  What wonderous love is this!

November 6, 2019

Costly Treasure

Filed under: blood,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Matthew 26:28 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.  (NIV)

Jesus paid dearly for God to have His treasure (us).  He paid with the shedding of His blood and tremendous pain and rejection.  All the gold and silver and gems in the world aren’t as valuable as the blood of Jesus.  We were bough with the greatest of cost.  Since we are so treasured by God, how dare we not love ourselves and care for ourselves.  Since our fellow mankind is equally treasured by God, how dare we not love our fellow mankind.  There is no room for us in our treasured state to have unforgiveness or hate for any other of God’s treasures.  It matters not how rich, poor, educated, uneducated, powerful, beautiful, ugly or any other characteristic anyone else has, they are treasured equally.  As we relate to others, let us remember how much it cost Jesus to enable God to have His treasures

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