Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 5, 2020

How to Know

Filed under: believe,Bible,children,Christ,God,God's Word,love,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 John 3:10 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.  (NIV)

In the Message translation we read, Here’s how you tell the difference between God’s children and the Devil’s children” the one who won’t practice righteous ways isn’t from God, nor is the one who won’t love brother or sister.  A simple test. 

To tell the difference we must first know what is meant by “righteous ways or what is right.”  Mankind has their own personal views of what is right.  The only way to really know what is actually right is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Our standard of right and God’s standard of right are quite different.  That is one of the reasons it is so important for us to read and study the Holy Bible.  The other qualification is loving our brother or sister.  In the Bible, the term brother or sister applies not only other believers in Christ Jesus, but all who share this planet earth.  It is important to know someone’s life style, if they are doing what is right according to God’s word and if they actually do love fellow mankind before taking input from them.  Satan is a masterful deceiver and those who follow him instead of God have learned how to take a truth from God’s written word and bend it into a lie.  As John wrote, do not be deceived.  Check out everything with the word of God.

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.

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