Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 22, 2019

Choose Joy

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 51:12 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)

So many people confuse joy with happiness.  Joy comes from God.  Joy is knowing the salvation which comes from God through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  Knowing we, if we have asked Jesus to be the Lord and Redeemer of our life, have the salvation only He can give, fills us with the joy of knowing we will forever be living in the Presence of God.  Happiness comes as a temporary emotion from external circumstances.  A new pair of shoes may bring us happiness for a sort while.  Happiness comes and goes but joy lasts for eternity.  We have a choice.  We can choose to receive and live in the joy that is from God or we can choose to ignore that joy and vainly seek fleeting happiness.  The choice is ours.  Let us choose to be joyful.

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May 20, 2019

Guarantor

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,praise,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Hebrews 7:22 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. (NIV)

When we sign as guarantor of someone else’s loan, we are saying we will pay their debt for them.  We can’t pay the debt of our sin and separation from God.  We are too full of sin.  It takes perfect righteous, it takes someone who has never sinned.  The only one Who has never sinned is Jesus, the Son of God.  He is the guarantor of our covenant with God.  Our covenant guarantees us a continual relationship with God throughout eternity.  The Guarantor has promised to cover all sin we ever have done, do or will do.  That is one provision to this guarantee.  We must confess our sins, repent from them (turn a different direction) and ask the Guarantor, Jesus Christ, to abide in us and have us abide in Him.  We do the abiding through the person of the Holy Spirit.  This can be hard for our finite minds to understand but we don’t need to understand.  We only need to accept the guarantee provided by God and trust Him.  He has said we must become as little children.  A little child trusts completely.  Praise God the Father and God the Son for providing us a way to worship, praise, trust, fellowship and be united with the three Persons of the Godhead now and for all eternity.

May 18, 2019

Only One Substitute

Filed under: Christ,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ezekiel 18:2 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
“‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? (NIV)

To fully understand this verse, we must read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 18.  What it says to us is no one can pay the penalty of the sins of another.  The only One Who can pay the penalty of the sins of another is the only One without sin, the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Each one of us is accountable for our own sin, not for anyone else’s.  Each one of us must come to the cross of Jesus, confess our sins, ask Jesus to be the ruler of our life and receive His resurrected body through the Holy Spirit in order to have the penalty of our sins transferred from our self to Him.  A parent can’t believe for their child nor can a spouse believe for the other spouse.  What we can do for another is to pray, share our testimony and encourage repentance.  Let us do our part to see no one is left without the saving and loving knowledge of Jesus Christ

May 5, 2019

God is God

Filed under: Christ,commands,God,God's Word,grace,Jesus,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Hebrews 7:18 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (NIV)

The law of circumcision and obeying all the laws will not save us.  We aren’t capable of obeying all the laws in our own sinful nature.  It is only God’s grace that can save us from our sinful nature.  God chose to save us through our trust and faith in His Word made flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ.  There is no way we can every be righteous or good enough.  In our fleshly state, we are weak.  Our efforts to do good or to do God’s work are useless.  The only good we can do is to allow God to do His work through us.  God’s grace is available to all.  God desires all to come under His grace.  But, as with all God’s promises, there is a condition.  The only way we can come under God’s grace is through His Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  God made all that is and that give Him the only authority to set the rules and bounds.  Nothing we can do can ever change Who God is or what God chooses.  God is God and we are only able to relate to Him through His mercy and grace.  We try to obey but must lean on God’s love and forgiveness.  People say that’s prejudice to say there is only 1 way.  That is set by God.  Let’s make sure everyone knows the 1 way to God’s grace and mercy.

April 30, 2019

Thank the Source

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Colossians 1:3-4 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people (NIV)

We all like recognition.  We like a pat on our back.  We like to be told thanks for a job well done.  Paul doesn’t do that.  He doesn’t thank other believers for the work they do because we aren’t capable of doing the work.  It is God Who does the work through us.  Paul goes right to the Source and thanks God for the work done by believers in other places.  We have a major pride problem when we think how good we are at what we do.  I’ve learned I must pray and ask God for wisdom before any project I might tackle.  I’ve learned to pray before I talk to someone about God and His gracious gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Paul warns us to pray without ceasing.  That’s about the best advice we can ever receive.  Not only should we pray for ourselves, we need to join Paul in praying for all those who are spreading the good news of the salvation available to all who will choose to believe and follow Jesus.  We don’t deserve or earn thanks and praise for being a vessel God works through.  His working through us is an undeserved privilege.  Let us thank God for those who have helped us along our way.  Let us be available to be one of those through whom God helps others.

April 29, 2019

The Sheet

Filed under: Christ,Gentile,God,Jesus,Jew,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Acts 10:11 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. (NIV)

If you are not Jewish by birth you should join me in being thankful for this vision Peter had.  Until Peter had this vision, Jesus was only for the Jews.  But, the Jews, for the most part, refused Jesus.  This opened it up for us who are called gentiles by the Jews.  Peter was being told through his vision that Jesus came not only to God’s chosen people, the Jews, but to all people.  Peter’s vision opened the door for Paul’s ministry to the gentiles.  It took 3 times for Peter to lay down his prejudice against gentiles and realize God loves all of us.  We must consider how many times it takes God to get us to lay down our prejudice.  Do we really welcome all to hear the good news of Jesus Christ?  Do we welcome everyone into our church services?  Are we really ready to sit by anyone and talk with them?  We have a strong tendency to judge people by their clothes and their speech.  Let us allow God to remove all our prejudices from us.  Let us allow Him to love everyone through us.  Thank You, God for sending that sheet to Peter.

April 28, 2019

United in Holiness

Filed under: Christ,denomination,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

1 Corinthians 3:3-4 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? (NIV)

This still applies to so many regular, very committed church goers today.  For when one says, “I am Methodist, I am Baptist, I am Pentecostal” and on and on.  We jealousy brag about our own particular denominational choice and quarrel over the minor differences.  As a hospital chaplain, I’m often asked what church I’m with.  I never answer that question.  My answer is I believe and follow Jesus Christ, the only Son of God Who gave His life for my sins and rose from death that I may have life eternally with God.  This is what we are to be about.  We are to spread the good news of the grace and love of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Let us remember, since we are the temple of God because His Holy Spirit is in us, we are holy vessels.  Let us go beyond being worldly.  Let us be united in the love of our God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

April 24, 2019

Subject to Authority

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Romans 13:1-2 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV)

This is not happening in many countries including the United States.  In our sinful nature we have become so prideful and independent that we refuse to be subjected to the authority of another when we have a different outlook than they do.  God didn’t say to be subject to them only when we agree with them.  He said to be subject to our governing authorities.  The only exception is when the authorities disagree with the word of God.  Those in the United States know what is going on with many of our government leaders.  So many of them act more immature than spoiled children.  What we can do about it is pray for those who have broken any semblance of respect for the various offices of government.  Pray for those who are in authority over us will come to know God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Pray this, not for our country but for the love of God Who desires not a single one be lost from knowing Him.

April 22, 2019

The Right Time

Filed under: Christ,God,praise,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Romans 5:6 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (NIV)

In college English I was told the first sentence of each paragraph is one of the 2 most important, the other being the last sentence.  I never really noticed this phrase, “at just the right time,” before.  Everything God does is at just the right time.  He doesn’t explain to us the timing.  We are to trust as a child has to trust their parents.  Children are eager for things to happen quickly.  When they ask their parents, “when,” their parents say when it is the right time.  God’s concept of time is very different from ours.  To Him 1000 years can be one day or one day 1000 years.  We can’t possibly comprehend how many things must be coordinated for various things to happen.  We, just as a child waiting for Christmas or birthday, get quite impatient.  Sometimes we even think God must not care or didn’t hear or know of our problem.  We start to complain.  I’ve learned to ask one time and then the rest of the time I thank God He heard me and is in the process of bringing it about into my time and space.  Let’s remember Who is in control and knows when the right time is and practice thanking and praising while we wait.

April 14, 2019

Not Ashamed

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (NIV)

The Holy Bible, the gospel containing the words of God, has already been outlawed in many countries and other countries are headed that way.  We must be sure we don’t act ashamed of the gospel.  We must be open about our belief.  We can show the gospel of Jesus Christ through our words, our actions, our countenance and by openly carrying and reading the Holy Bible.  We must speak out in love to those who are so vehemently against us, showing them we are not against them but we stand firm on our belief.  Jesus never forced anyone to believe.  Jesus spoke words of love and touched others in love.  Even so, people were against Him.  We can’t expect less but we are also to stand strong in love as Jesus did when He walked on this earth.  He now walks on this earth through us.  Let us reach out in love and acceptance of others while at the same time allowing them to see God’s love through us.  Let us show them we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ Jesus.

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