Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 20, 2020

When Jesus Comes

Romans 13:11 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  (NIV)

There are a lot of prophecies on You-Tube.  Not knowing the people giving them we must be cautious and check the out with the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Jesus said no man knows when He will return – not even Him.  What we can know is every minute gets us one-minute closes to His return.  In the meantime, we are to live ready for His return having Him find us doing what He has called us to do.  He told us about being ready through the parable of the 10 virgins and their lamps and oil.  Instead of trying to determine exactly where we are on God’s time clock we would do better to check where we are in our faith and our walk with Him.  Many are mostly concerned with feeding their intellects and showing how much they know.  We do better to feed our spirits and showing God our love and our desire to walk with Him 24X7.  Yes, Jesus is coming for His bride – the believers and followers in Him.  Let us continue to “groom” ourselves for the wedding feast trusting the Father for the timing.

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.

December 13, 2019

B.C. and A.D.

Matthew 1:23 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  (NIV)

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.   (NIV)

It is amazing how this prophecy in Isaiah was fulfilled through a young virgin.  What’s even more amazing is that the entire world calendar is built around the birth of this child, Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.  The calendar is marked with the years before Christ (B.C.) and the years after the year of the Lord (A.D.)  Even those who deny the existence of Jesus agree with and use the calendar.  Notice the real translation of A.D. isn’t “after death.”  The Latin word are translated “After the Lord.”  Even though there is an attack on those who believe and accept the fact of God made flesh to demonstrate His love in a tangible way and take on our sin of separation, it doesn’t change the fact.  Let us continue to say with strength and conviction along with Peter, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.  As we celebrate with our friends and families, let us remember the amazing miracle we are celebrating.  In spite of our self-love and indulgences, God loves us so very much that He became human flesh and blood to bring us into right relationship with Him.  No religion believes in God.  Only Christians, not a religion but a way of life.

December 9, 2019

Proof of Grace

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Luke 23:43 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV)

If anyone needs proof that it is only the grace of Jesus Christ that opens our door to heaven it is this statement Jesus made to one of the thieves on the cross.  There is no way for this thief to change his life.  He has no time to do good works.  He has no time to obey the 10 commandments.  He has no time to be baptized.  He has no time to partake of the communion of the Lord’s supper.  He only has time enough to ask Jesus to forgive him for living apart from God.  The reason we obey the commandments, the reason we attempt to do good works is because we love God and want to please Him, not because we are earning our way to heaven.  What a comforting statement Jesus made to the thief.  The moment we ask Jesus to remember us, to live within us, we are guaranteed a place in heaven.  We can relax.  We don’t need to work ourselves in a frenzy trying to be do-gooders or legalistic.  We need only believe, receive through faith by grace and desire to live each day pleasing to our Father.

December 8, 2019

Walk in Him

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Colossians 2:6 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  (KJV)

Walk in Christ Jesus.  The word walk is a verb, a word of action.  When we walk, we can either move forward or move backward.  We can’t stay in one place and actually walk.  To be in Christ means to be identified as one in Christ.  We are one in Christ through the Holy Spirit as long as we have accepted Him into our hearts, minds and lives as the One true Son of God made flesh for our benefits.  So, how do we walk in Christ?  We move forward in our relationship of intimacy with Him.  There is never a time when we are to stop walking in Him.  Because of so many distractions in this world that try to divert our attention and even try to get us to walk backwards we must have the discipline of daily Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversations with God.  A dear friend, when she was 102, said to me, “A day without learning something new about my Lord and Savior is a day wasted.”  That has remained in the forefront of my mind ever since. That is what started me in writing a different devotion each and every day for over 10 years now.  If what I learn and share can help even 1 person, it is worth sharing.  I pray at least one of the several thousand devotions God has given me to write may have helped you draw closer to our Father.

December 7, 2019

Without a Loved One

Matthew 28:20 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (NIV)

Spending Christmas, or any other celebration occasion, without someone who is really close to you is hard.  Quite often it leads us into depression.  We can be in the midst of a crowd or even with other family members and still feel alone.  We must remember what Jesus said.  He is always with us.  He is closer than with us.  He is in us through the person of the Holy Spirit.  That is closer than even a loved one can be.  Especially at Christmas we must remember what it is we are actually celebrating.  We are celebrating the very real presence of God and His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  We even have it better than the shepherds who were blessed to see Him as a new born baby laying in a cow’s feed trough.  We have the Holy Spirit inside us.  Instead of dwelling on how much we miss a loved one who is no longer with us we can choose to thank, praise and rejoice that the One Who loves us most, and hopefully Who we love most, is so very with us – dwelling in us.  This is the real meaning of Christmas.  So, as we see others with their loved ones so very close and enjoying celebrating together, let us thank God for Christmas’s past with our loved one and really celebrate with Him in a deeper and more knowing way.

December 5, 2019

Truth on Display

2 Corinthians 4:1-6   Since God has so generously let us in on what He is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times.  We refuse to wear masks and play games.  We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.  And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves.  Rather we keep everything we do and say out in the open the whole truth on display, so that those who want to an see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. (The Message Version)

Please reread the above verses.  So many main-line denominations are twisting the scriptures to say what they want them to say.  It seems the goal is now to appeal to the desires of the current culture even when it means changing definitions of words and changing what God’s written word, the Holy Bible, says.  We see government officials twisting words to suit themselves.  It is up to us, followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to speak truth.  But in speaking truth we must do it in love, not in judgment.  We are in the Advent season of the Church Calendar.  This is a time of preparation for the celebrating of the physical coming of God’s Word, Jesus Christ, as a flesh and blood human creation, to show us the love of God, the Father.  Let us determine to do at least one thing each day to show His love through us to some stranger in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.  Let us demonstrate Christians aren’t judgmental or hateful but are people who speak God’s truth in love.

December 2, 2019

Staying Attached

Filed under: Bible,Christ,fruit,God,Jesus,Lord,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 15:5-7 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  (NIV)

Our full time job and priority is to stay attached to Jesus, the vine of life in God. Grape vines don’t labor to produce their fruit.  They naturally produce fruit as long as they’re attached to the vine.  We needn’t strive to produce fruit.  We will produce fruit naturally as long as we stay attached to Jesus, the vine of life with God.  What is the fruit we will produce?  The fruit is listed in 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)  Our question is how do we stay firmly attached to the vine (Jesus)?  We stay attached through reading, meditation and studying the scriptures (the Holy Bible), putting them in our hearts and minds and through 2-way conversation (prayer) with our Lord, Jesus.  Doing those things will not only keep us attached to the vine (Jesus) but will also produce growth in the branch (us).  Let us do more than stay attached.  Let us grow strong.  As we grow strong we will be able to bear more fruit.

December 1, 2019

Discouraged

Filed under: anger,Bible,Christ,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 16:8-11 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  (NIV)

We all have times of discouragement.  Jesus had times of discouragement.  There were times He was discouraged at the slow learning and trusting of His chosen disciples.  There were times He was discouraged that the people in His own home town wouldn’t believe Him.  When many of us are discouraged it sometimes leads to anger.  Jesus didn’t let His discouragement lead to anger.  He knew He was being obedient to His Father and doing His Father’s will.  This was primary for Him and He remained faithful to following His Father’s will regardless of what others might think or do.  When we are discouraged, we must first make sure we are following the will of God for our lives.  If we are, we needn’t worry about what others think.  If we aren’t, we need to get back on track.  Discouragement is an emotion which changes with the tide of events.  It will come and go.  When it comes, let’s remember we aren’t perfect but the One Who is in us is perfect and will see us through every situation.  When discouraged, get into the Holy Bible and read the uplifting promises of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

November 30, 2019

Presented

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,Righteous,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Romans 3:25-26 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus  (NIV)

God presented Christ.  He presented Christ to all in the world.  He presented Christ for Christ to demonstrate His righteousness.  The word “present” is being used as a verb.  It means “to deliver something.”  What was it God was delivering through presenting Christ?  He was delivering a way to righteousness.  It is only through righteousness (a right relationship with God) that we can have any kind of relationship with God.  Jesus Christ is the only one who is righteous.  Without receiving God’s delivery through Jesus Christ of His righteousness we have no relationship with God.  It is the righteousness of Jesus which justifies us, but only if we have faith in Jesus.  Faith is defined as complete confidence or trust in someone or something.  Trust is believing in the reliability of someone or something.  Throughout history, God has proven He is true and reliable in His word.  God isn’t a man that He could lie.  God can’t lie.  God is truth.  For us it is a matter of choice.  We can choose to believe and come under the covering of Jesus and His righteousness or we can choose to ignore what has been proven throughout history.  God, through Jesus Christ, is the only way presented freely to us.

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