Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 22, 2019

Stumblers

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Luke 17:1 1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. (NIV)

Notice Jesus told His disciples things will cause us to stumble.  He didn’t condemn stumbling.  He did condemn those who cause the stumbling.  We must be on the alert that we aren’t the ones causing someone else to stumble (weakening someone’s faith, causing someone to lie or any form of sin).  We can say something that puts someone else on the spot and makes them feel pressured to lie.  We can act in ways that aren’t pleasing to God and encourage others to act the same way.  We can tempt others to partake in something negative.  We can listen to or participate in gossip.  There are so many ways we can cause others to stumble.  Instead of being the cause of someone else’s stumbling let us be an encourager for others to be imitators of Christ Jesus.  When we see someone stumble, let us be an encourager for them to correct their stumble.  We are not only to watch out for ourselves, we are to help our brothers and sisters live pleasing lives to God.

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December 25, 2018

Today We Celebrate

Filed under: Christ,Father,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:20 pm

Luke 2:11 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  (KJV)

Today is the day we celebrate the first coming of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to this earth.  Without combining the celebrating of this day with the celebration of the cross on Good Friday, and the celebration of His resurrection on Easter, the first coming is incomplete.  As we celebrate today, let us celebrate the totality of God’s Son, Jesus.  Let us open our hearts and minds even more to the infilling of His Holy Spirit.  Let us thank and praise God the Father for His amazing gift of love and forgiveness.  Let us take the joy we feel today and plug into it every day throughout the year, remembering the love and the cost of that love the Father has given to us.

December 8, 2018

Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 1:26-27 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them (NIV)

God created mankind in His image.  However, we seen to think God is in our image.  We tailor Him to our ethnic background, our culture, our likes and our dislikes.  We tend to forget God is Spirit and when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, the spirit God breathed into then at creation died.  Until we come to Jesus, the Word of God in flesh, God’s only Son, we remain without being in the image of God.  When we come to Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God’s Holy Spirit comes into us and we are once again in the image of God.  However, we have a hard time seeing His image in us because we are so wrapped up in our physical image.  We spend more time caring how our physical bodies look then we do caring for our spiritual bodies.  Let us shake off the self-image we tend to worship and get into God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, to see God Image as portrayed by His Son, Jesus Christ.  As we become more and more in relationship to the Son, we will more and more reflect the image of God.

December 4, 2018

Pleasing

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:33 pm

Hebrews 13:20-21 20 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen (NIV)

Why does God equip us with everything good?  It is not so we can have everything we want for our own self-pleasure and comfort, nor is it for us to look good by giving generously to others.  God equips us with everything good that is needed for doing His will.  He uses what He gives us to make us pleasing to Him.  We please Him in our devotion and obedience to His Son, Jesus Christ.  In our natural, sinful nature we are always looking out for us, not only our needs but our wants and desires.  We compare what we have or don’t have with what others have or don’t have.  We need to learn to look to Jesus.  My daily morning prayer is that I would be a pleasure to God, my Father during this day.  I want to be pleasing to Him.  I trust Him to equip me with everything necessary for me to be pleasing to Him.  Be it to be part of the birthing process of a new saint or giving someone food or an encouraging smile.  Whatever God desire of us each and every day is what we should ask to do and listen to do it.  Let us be pleasing to Him each and every day.

November 15, 2018

Individuls

Filed under: Christ,faith,Father,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:25 pm

John 21:22 22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” (NIV)

We tend to always be concerned with other people.  What they do, what they say, how God is using them.  We look with a coveting eye making sure we do, get or appear a little better and are angry or jealous if someone else appears to have something we want or think we should have or do.  Jesus wants us to be dependent on the Father, not on others.  He wants us to go to Him first with our questions and problems.  We can go to others after we hear from our Father and get confirmation we are hearing correctly.  The direction God has for each of us is individually planned by Him.  Our faith is individual.  Our faith doesn’t depend on what anyone else does, doesn’t do. Says or doesn’t say.  Our faith depends on our choice to believe and trust.  Let us remember God is our Source for everything.  He is also the Source for others.  What He asks of us to walk and what He asks of others to walk are individually planned by Him for each one of us.  Though we are One in the Body of Christ, we are still each an individual child of God.  Let us develop an intimate relationship with Him more intimate than with any of our brothers or sisters in Christ.

November 10, 2018

Flaming Arrows

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

The flaming arrows of the evil one applies to our temptations to give into and enjoy things that separate us from God.  We are bombarded with these flaming arrows constantly through the media, billboards and those who live in those indulgences.  They can be as simple and “innocent” as over indulging in food not nutritional and harmful the our body which houses the Holy Spirit to holding unforgiveness or anger in our hearts.  Anything not  covered in the love of God is a flaming arrow.  Flaming because we are so tempted and it burns into our desire.  To take on the shield of faith we must change our desires to God and the things of God.  We must agree with the Psalm 42:1 and really want to seek after God and become one in Him.  Let us remember the arrows of temptation are flaming in effort to burn deep within our hearts.  Let’s choose to have God, through His Holy Spirit burn deeply in our hearts.  Remember, choice comes before feeling.

November 9, 2018

Shield of Faith

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

Faith is believing God to be true to His word. God is love and love doesn’t lie.  God promised to be with us always and never leave us (that doesn’t mean we don’t leave God.).  We either choose to believe God and all He has said and promised or we choose not to believe.  We can’t halfway believe.  Faith is a total trust in the word of God and the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Jesus gave us an example of the shield of faith when he was in the wilderness fasting for 40 days.  At the end of His fasting time Satan came to tempt Him.  Jesus was weak from hunger and thirst.  Temptation must have been very strong to end His misery.  Yet, in His physical weakness Jesus quoted scripture, the words of God, to Satan and defeated the temptations Satan offered.  In order to be able to hold the shield of faith, we must be familiar with the promises and words of God.  This take study, meditation and yes, memorization of the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  It’s the words in the Holy Bible that have the power to defeat the enemy.  Let us learn to hold up the shield of faith, knowing the word of God so well that the faith it brings has absolutely no doubts in God’s powerful word.

November 7, 2018

Covering Our Heart

Filed under: armor,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:18 pm

Ephesians 6:14 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, (NIV)

The breastplate covers our chest, our heart.  It is the righteousness of Jesus that covers our hearts.  God looks at our hearts and when we have received His Son, Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord in our minds, lives and hearts He fills us with His righteousness.  This is what God sees when He looks at us.  But our heart aren’t protected unless we put on the breastplate of His righteousness.  We do this every day by giving ourselves and the day to the glory of God.  With our willingness to listen to and let the Holy Spirit lead us throughout the day, we will continue in the righteousness of Jesus and serve God, bringing Him glory through what we say and do.  Let us not miss one day without covering our hearts with the breastplate of the righteousness of Jesus so lovingly given to us through His savrifice.

November 1, 2018

My Prayer

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Philippians 1:9-11 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God (NIV)

This is a prayer I pray often.  I have several names listed by this prayer.  I include my name among those names.  I am gradually realizing I should pray this prayer every day.  Instead of reading any further, may I suggest you put some names with this prayer and lift them up before the throne of God?  Tomorrow we’ll look into love abounding more and more.

October 31, 2018

Pressing On

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Philippians 3:13 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (NIV)

Forgetting what is behind can be interpreted in many different ways.  I believe Paul is referring to past sins that have been confessed and forgiven.  I know I have a long history of condemning myself over and over for a past sin which I had confessed and been forgiven.  The problem is, we often forget to forgive ourselves.  So many of us hold ourselves to a pretty high standard.  We want to do everything right.  We want to be perfect.  We don’t want to hurt anyone.  But, we are human and we, as long as we’re in our earthily, physical state, will not be perfect, will not do everything right and will hurt other people.  Paul had really hurt a lot of people in his past but he moved on straining toward the goal of loving, following, serving and being obedient to Jesus Christ.  Occasionally he would refer to his past, sinful life in order to make a point about God’s forgiveness but never did he berate himself once he had received the forgiveness from God.  No, we haven’t taken hold of being perfectly One in God but that is our goal and we are pressing forward rather than sliding back.  Let us always keep our goal in the forefront of our minds.  We are the Bride of Christ and in God’s perfect time we will be at the wedding banquet.

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