Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

May 20, 2020

Up to Us

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christians,God,internet,love,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (NIV)

Many think because they belong to a Christian denomination they are Christians and they have eternal life.  Religions don’t reject Christ.  Religions are a man-made system of beliefs that man-kind devises with their own ideas.  To be a saved believer/follower and have full access to God the Father is an individual decision.  God has no grandchildren.  Each person must enter through the door of Jesus by their own choice.  We each have 2 choices, heaven or hell.  We can’t blame God if we choose to reject the only door He has provided for us.  The choice is entirely up to us as individuals.  The only way we can walk through the door of Jesus is by opening more than just our mind in acknowledging He is the Son of God, died and rose from the dead to open the door for us, we must put our trust in Him and make the choice to follow in the way He demonstrated for us to walk.  Some say since God is a God of love He will give eternal life to all of His creation.  It is because He is a God of love that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sin for there is no way for us to pay the penalty since we are so full of sin.  It is His love that provided the door for us.  There is no greater love than God putting on full humanity, leaving His God completeness and experience life as we know it and showing us hoe to live it free from sin, suffering physically through beatings and crucifixion and emotionally by betrayal and rejection.  The choice is up to us.  We each must walk through the door of Jesus Christ on our own.

May 19, 2020

The Comforter

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Acts 8:4 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. (NIV)

When all is right in our world we become complacent.  It takes times of trials and tribulations to wake us up.  The early disciples were afraid for their lives so they fled many different directions.  Because of this the word of God was scattered among many different countries.  The world has been awakened today by a virus which many are calling a pandemic.  Travel has been stopped do how is it we spread the news of God’s grace of salvation through His Son, Jesus?  We live in an age of electronics.  We have television, radio, computers, tablets, cell phones and they are all filled now with testimonies of God’s grace and words of explanations about what is written in the Holy Bible.  Churches are getting on board videotaping and airing their teachings.  Churches are gathering food and feeding the hungry.  Churches are busy working in their communities.  We, the believers, are the church.  None of us should be complacent during this time (or at any time).  We each have a part to play whether it be donating food or money, serving in a food pantry, being part of the taping of a service or any other way of reaching out to the community.  The most important thing we can do is to pray.  But we must be sure our prayers are followed by our willingness to take action.  When people are scared like so many are right now, they look for comfort.  Let us do our part to introduce them to the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ.

May 7, 2020

Representatives

Filed under: anger,Christ,Jesus,Lord,peace,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

1 Timothy 4:16 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.  (NIV)

Many think this verse doesn’t apply to them.  They’re not a preacher, a teacher, the don’t talk to any groups of people.  We don’t only hear with our ears.  We also hear with our eyes.  We can be walking down a street with our mouths shut but people can still hear us.  They hear us by the expression on our faces.  Even when we wear a mask because of the current pandemic, our eyes say much.  The also hear by how we are walking and by our body language.  What do they hear when they see us?  Do they hear a person full of impatience, anger, pride, hatred or do they hear someone happy, patient, loving of people and full of peace?  We cannot do anything without it speaking loudly to those who see us.  Let us remember, if we are confessing Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are representing Who He is not only through our words but through everything we do.  Let us be good representatives of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Let us exemplify the description of love in 1 Corinthians 13.

May 4, 2020

Adoption

Filed under: Adoption,Christ,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Ephesians 1:4-5 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will   (NIV)

If you know anyone who has adopted a child, you know how much they wanted to and to what extremes and hardship they went to in order to adopt.  From the very beginning of creation God know we would choose to separate ourselves from Him and had In mind a way to adopt us back as His children.  He had one begotten Son Who is part of His own being and sent His Son, Jesus, to this earth in a totally human created form to show us the love of the Father and the Son and to have the Son pay the penalty for our choice of separation from Him.  We didn’t choose God.  God chose us.  He chose us from the very beginning.  He loves us regardless of our disobedience, our lack of love for Him and our desire to be self-centered.  Not only did He choose us, He went to extreme measures to adopt us as His very own children.  There is nothing more extreme than giving up your life for someone else.  God didn’t have to do this.  God could have wiped out the face of the earth and all therein and started over again.  But God loves His creation and chose to make a way for us to become His children.  We don’t have to pay money or memorize any creed or do any work.  We only need to open our hearts and minds to God the Son, Jesus Christ, and acknowledge He did die for the penalty of our sin of self-centered love and then rose in physical form to enable us to be adopted as children of the Father and make us co-heirs with the Son, Jesus.  It costs us nothing.  It cost the Father and the Son everything.  I pray you have said yes to the adoption.  As we get to know our Father and our Brother, Jesus, our love for God grows and our relationship becomes more and more into unity.  This gives God pleasure and is the fulfillment of His will for us.

 

April 11, 2020

The Jonah Complex

Filed under: anger,Christ,forgive,God,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Jonah 4:2 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.  (NIV)

Jonah was very much like the second son in the parable of the prodigal son.  I’ve been there.  When I was a young driver and I saw people pulled over by the police I laughed and said I was glad they were getting what they deserved.  When a car sped past me I said I hoped they got caught.  God has changed me.  Now I pray for those situations that no one is hurt by their careless behavior.  Jonah didn’t like the Ninevites and wanted them to get what he considered their just deserts.  From our human, emotional perspective, we want people to take the penalty for their bad behavior but we always can find an excuse for ours.  Praise God, He is patient, loving and forgiving.  We deserve to pay a penalty for our unloving an bad behavior but God, in His great love for us and His desire to fellowship with us, sent a big part of Him, His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to put on the limited flesh of a created human like us, demonstrate how our behavior should be and take the penalty for us.  There is a condition to His continual forgiving of us.  He forgives us in the same proportion that we forgive others.  Let us not be like Jonah.  Let us be like Jesus.

April 7, 2020

Not Discriminating

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

People accuse Christians as being biased and prejudiced because we say there is only one way to salvation and eternal life with God and that is through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  If there was any other way God would not have had to separate Himself from His Word, His Son, and send Him down in human likeness to suffer and die on a cross in payment form our penalty of our sinful nature.  That very fact is sufficient proof that there is only one way to eternal life with God.  There is so much proof that all Jesus said was truth.  Jesus said He is the only way to the Father because He and the Father are one.  So many think that they can be good enough to stand in the presence of God.  When we look at the attributes of God, (March 25 devotion) we find we cannot consistently hold up to them let alone being consistent with just one of His attributes.  By God’s very nature He cannot be in the presence of the opposite of His attributes.  We mostly live in the presence of the opposite of His attributes.  God desires all mankind to enter into His presence.  That’s why He sent His Son to pay our penalty and why He sent the Holy Spirit down to dwell in those Who would choose to enter by the only door – Jesus Christ.  No, we are not prejudiced or being biased or closed minded nor is God.  God loves all mankind and, in His love, and mercy He has made a way possible for us to stand in His very presence.  Let us reach out in love and mercy to others, demonstrating by our words and our lives the attributes of God and by this encouraging others to enter the way God has so lovingly provided.

April 6, 2020

Being Holy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,holy,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Ephesians 1:18 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  (NIV)

God has called us to be a holy people.  Holiness is found in God.  God formed us in His image.  We killed that image when we, through Adam and Eve, chose to disobey God and do our own things. Even after we ask God’s Son, Jesus Christ, into our hearts, minds and lives, we still choose to do our own thing.  To be holy we must ask God to show us both His holiness (which we can find throughout the Holy Bible) and teach us how we can be holy with the help of the Holy Spirit within us.  In order to be holy we must be willing to be wholly given to God for His will and His pleasure in and through our lives.  This takes daily commitment.  This takes consulting God before we make decisions.  We consult Him through the scriptures as well as listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within us.  The choice is ours.  If it were not possible, God wouldn’t have told us to be holy as He is holy.  We need to review the aspects or characteristics of God (March 25 devotion) and see His holiness.  Let’s choose to open our eyes and minds to be enlightened in order to fulfil God’s desire for us to be holy as He is holy.

April 2, 2020

The Called Call

Filed under: believe,Christ,disciples,Jesus,Messiah,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

John 1:41 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  (NIV)

John 1:45 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  (NIV)

Jesus, Himself, called Andrew to follow Him.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and have him join him in following Jesus.  The same happened when Jesus called Phillip.  Phillip went to find Nathaniel.  It took me awhile to realize the importance of these 2 examples.  Those who are called by Jesus are to call others to follow Jesus.  Many do this when they first come to follow Jesus.  The problem is as time goes by some loose their excitement and enthusiasm and not only don’t call others but even don’t share any of the Good News with others.  How sad to keep the best and most precious treasure we an ever have hidden in our own hearts without sharing it with others.  We shouldn’t let a day go by that we don’t share the Good News with someone.  We are even to share it with those who have already heard and even with those who already believe and follow.  We must ask ourselves each night ad to who we shared Jesus with that day.  Oh that we all would develop not only the excitement but also the discipline of doing so.

March 31, 2020

All Things for His Glory

Filed under: Bible,Christ,glory,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Romans 13:14 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.  (NIV)

We must admit, most of our dreams and desires are built around gratifying our fleshly desires.  We are more accustomed to seeing only the physical from a physical point of view.  We also only see time as past and today with only a dream about tomorrow.  As a child of God we are to renew our minds to think more in line with the Holy Spirit and more in line with eternity.  With the pandemic that has been taking place, many are scared and acting in ways they wouldn’t normally act (i.e. panic buying toilet paper).  We tend to forget Who is in control of the outcome of what happens on this earth.  If you’ve forgotten, read the last paragraph in the last chapter of the last book of the Holy Bible, Revelations.  God has promised to work all things out for our good and His glory.  Notice the word “all.”  Even the things Satan leashes on this earth will be turned around for God’s purposes, our good and God’s glory.  Instead of just seeing what is in front of us, let us look up to God and ask Him what part He wants to do through us to bring about His purpose, our good and His glory.

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