Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 24, 2019

Spiritual Blessings

Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

There are a couple things to understand about this verse.  One, God will only bless us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only through Jesus that we can approach God.  The other is, because of Jesus, God blesses us with every spiritual blessing.  Notice the word “every.”  Every spiritual blessing is there, waiting for us to receive and incorporate in our lives.  What are the spiritual blessings?  They are recorded throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  So often the word, “promise” is substituted for the word “blessing.”  As we read, meditate and study the words in the Holy Bible, let us pay attention to the promises or blessings recorded, receive them and incorporate them in faith into our everyday life.  We can only do this through faith and trust that God is true to His word.  Faith and trust is a choice.  The Holy Spirit enables us to choose to believe and trust.  Let us study and incorporate at least one promise/blessing each and every day.

November 16, 2019

Undeserved Grace

Filed under: Bible,Christ,forgive,God,grace,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Romans 3:24 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

If you have a Bible that has the words of Jesus in red letters, you will not find the word grace.  Jesus didn’t talk about grace.  He demonstrated grace.   There is nothing we can do that makes us worthy of forgiveness for our separation from God.  We are underserving of His forgiveness.  It is only through His grace.  Grace is when someone gives or does something for someone else who is not deserving of it. Donald Barnhouse, a pastor and Bible scholar said, “Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace.”   When we show grace, we are doing a favor or kindness to someone who isn’t deserving of it.  One example of Jesus reaching out in grace was when He washed the feet of His disciples.  After He finished, He said for us to go and do likewise.  He didn’t mean for us to actually wash feet.  He meant for us to stoop to help someone else.  We give grace with a humble heart.  Quite often some of us say, “But for the grace of go God I.”  It is wonderful being on the receiving end of grace.  It fairly easy to show grace to those we know and love.  It is difficult to show grace to someone who has hurt us.  It is that act of grace that enables us to forgive.  We are to reach out showing grace through the love of God to all we encounter.

November 12, 2019

Cost

Filed under: Christ,cross,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,surrender,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (NIV)

God considers our worth to Him of such major importance that He gave His only Son so He could have us with Him.  In line of this, we must ask what is Christ, God’s Son, Jesus, worth to us?  For that matter, what is God the Father worth to us?  Is God the Father and God the Son worth total surrender?  What is it we think or do that we refuse to surrender to God?  Worth is rated by how much it cost.  Our union with God cost Him His Son.  Our union with Christ cost Him death on a cross.  What about us?  What are we willing to pay for God?  We must regularly examine what act or thought we refuse to lay at the cross of Jesus.  Lacking any one thing is a lack of surrender.  Let us regularly ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us places in our lives, hearts and minds which are yet to be surrendered to God.  We sing the hymn, All to Jesus I Surrender…let us continue in the surrendering process.  Our relationship with God is worth far more than anything in and of this world.

November 10, 2019

Humble Before All

Filed under: Christ,cross,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  (NIV)

Humility.  That’s a hard word for us sinful humans.  Our egos command us to be proud.  If we’re not proud, we pretend and act like we are.  We always want to be the one who’s right and the one who has all the right answers.  We want to be the one in power.  We want to be served rather than to serve.  All these wants are the complete opposite of Jesus, how He walked this earth and what He wanted.  His wants all hinged around what would please His Father.  If we really want to be pleasing to God, we must humble ourselves.  Yes, occasionally God humbles us through various circumstances.  There are many instances cited in the Holy Bible.  But God’s first choice is for us to willingly humble ourselves, not only before Him but to humble ourselves before our fellow humans.  No one of us is better than the other.  No one of us is more important than any other.  God gives each of us a job to do.  He equips us for our specific job through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who will work through us.  What do we have to be proud about?  Nothing.  We are but dust without the Holy Spirit working in and through us.  Next time we want to use the word “I” let us be cautious about what words and/or actions follow that word.

November 9, 2019

Imitators

Filed under: believe,Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 5:19 19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.  (NIV)

This is Jesus, the very Son of God talking.  He says He can’t do anything by Himself.  He can only do what He sees His Father doing.  The son imitates the Father.  Even though Jesus said this, we still think we can do our own things.  We even apply our self-dependence and self-reliance into our ministries.  This is one reason we fail.  This is one reason we get so tired and many get burned out.  We forget it is only through the Holy Spirit residing in us as followers of Jesus Christ that any good can come through us.  Like Peter, we jump into something without taking the time to think.  When we stop to think, hopefully we will stop to ask God what it is we should do, how we should do it and when we should do it.  Yes, we read and study what Jesus did as He physically walked this earth but we fail to remember how often He drew apart to consult with His Father.  Let us learn to do likewise.

November 7, 2019

Hidden Treasure

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Colossians 3:3 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  (NIV)

As God’s treasure we are hidden in Christ.  That means we are under the protection of Christ.  There is nothing we need to fear because through Jesus Christ, we are protected as God’s treasures; hidden in His perfect love.  The old self, the self that chose to live in sin – separated from God, has been purchased by the blood of Jesus, God’s Son and through His resurrection, lives highly treasured by God the Father.  Nothing can touch us without first passing through God’s hand.  Does that mean we will never suffer?  No.  We live in a sinful world where, for now, Satin is still god of this world.  But even through suffering we are guaranteed to be victorious because we are God’s treasures, hidden under the blood of Jesus.  Let us live in boldness and stand firm in faith spreading the news of allowing Jesus to hide us as the treasure of God.

October 12, 2019

Holy Spirit is Here

Filed under: baptise,Christ,Christian,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Acts 10:44 44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. (NIV)

Many Christians falsely believe that receiving the Holy Spirit is a separate event sometime after conversion.  They falsely believe that miraculous signs should accompany the receiving of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit enters the believer the moment the believer opens their heart to Jesus as Lord and Savior.  The Holy Spirit came to this earth on the day of Pentecost in the upper room to those waiting for the promise of His coming to be filled.  When we lead someone to Christ, when they open their heart to Him, we must tell them about the Holy Spirit Who now indwells in them.  Our problem is not in the receiving of the Holy Spirit but in the recognizing of His dwelling within us and our opening up to learn to listen to Him and allow Him to flow through us.  If you’ve opened your heart to Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the door to the Father’s presence you have the Holy Spirit within you.  Learn to listen as you read the written word and as you converse with the Father.  It is a matter of opening our mind and our ears.

September 29, 2019

Pointing Fingers

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,judging,Lord,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Romans 2:1-3  You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?  (NIV)

The Message Translation reads, Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again.  Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself.  IT takes one to know one.  Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors.  We are so very good at holding others to higher standards than we hold ourselves.  We can always come up with an excuse as to why we do, say or don’t do or say certain things yet we don’t excuse others for the same things.  The Message continues by saying God isn’t so easily diverted.  HE sees right through al such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.  That’s pretty plane talk.  I’ve learned to some it up with the saying, “Except for the grace of God, go I.”  Jesus summed it up by saying, “Who is without sin throw the first stone.”  Before we criticize someone else, we must look at ourselves with complete honesty.  We don’t like to do this.  We, because of our sinful nature, like to see ourselves as the ones in the right.  Let us quit pointing our finger at others and daily ask God to reveal to us what is in us that we can repent and allow the Holy Spirit to work within us to become a better reflection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

September 21, 2019

Penalty Paid

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

John 8:24 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”  (NIV)

We can’t do enough good or be good enough to get into heaven.  We, in and of ourselves, by our very sinful nature, are condemned to hell.  There is only one way to enter the Kingdom of heaven.  That is through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.  Basically, He had to die so we could live.  Without Jesus taking on the punishment of death for our sins, we remain condemned to hell because God is just and that is what we deserve.  If we don’t allow Jesus to cover us with His robe of righteousness bought by the shedding of His blood, we have no hope.  We must believe He clothes us with His righteousness as the very Son of God and submit to Him as our Lord and Savior.  This is a necessity because God is not only Love, God is just and justice demands penalties be paid for sin.  Jesus paid our penalty.

September 19, 2019

Righteousness, a Gift

Filed under: believe,Christ,gifts,God,Jesus,praise,Righteous,salvation,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  (NIV)

Unlike salvation, we can’t choose righteousness.  Righteousness is only found in Jesus.  Righteousness is something He gives those who choose salvation.  It is His righteousness that robes us.  It is Jesus Who gives us His righteousness.  There is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to be righteous.  While we are in our earthly bodies we continue to battle our natural sin nature.  Through our choice of salvation and our continual repentance we maintain the robe of the righteousness of Jesus.  Because of Jesus and the righteousness with which He robes us, God sees His righteousness on us and the penalty for our sinfulness is forgiven and put out of sight.  Righteousness costs us nothing but it cost Jesus more than we can ever imagine.  He had to separate Himself from His Godliness and become fully human to experience all we experience yet totally without our willfulness to sin to show us how much God loves us and desires for us to be with Him for eternity.  There is no way we can every imagine how much that cost Him.  Let us continually praise and thank Him for the great and glorious gift of righteousness which He so costly had given to all who choose salvation through Jesus.

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