Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 3, 2020

Faith or Assumption

Filed under: Christian,faith,God,government,love,praise,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 17:20 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  (NIV)

There is a big difference between faith and assumption.   Continuing life as normal during a pandemic because we say God will protect us is an assumption.  God gives us more wisdom than this.  He also said in. Romans 13:1 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.  Our  president said he really hated that church services couldn’t continue as normal but most churches cannot provide the space and safety guards needed at this time.    Our faith is not to assume God will do whatever we want whenever we want.  Our faith is to be that God will always be with us in and through any trials we meet on this earth.  God didn’t create the virus.  God can take the virus away.  But I see God calling out for us to pay attention and listen to Him.  I see Him taking our idol gods away – the gods of putting job first or money or entertainment or sports or shopping or any of the others activities we put before God.  Our response to this trial as Christians is to co-operate with the government restrictions, set a good example, keeping and showing God’s love and joy through us and most of all, praying an praising God in our own homes and through our electronics for Who He is.  We can still celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday and every week with those living in our house with us.  We can virtually celebrate through the internet but not by just sitting and watching.  We must participate with what we hear and see.  Let us quick looking, thinking listening and speaking the complaints and negatives and speak God’s love and peace.

March 15, 2020

Watching and Listening

Filed under: Christ,Christian,God,Jesus,praise,prayer,song,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Acts 16:25 25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  (NIV)

Paul and Silas weren’t trying to witness to the other prisoners.  They were just praying and singing to God regardless of their situation.  As Christians, we are being watched.  People don’t want us to preach at them.  They rather watch us to see if we are really living a life full of the love of God and our fellow mankind.  Paul and Silas’ praying and singing in their situation was the strongest witness they could give.  It opened the eyes and hearts of the other prisoners.  Then, when the doors opened and their chains dropped off all the prisoners followed Paul and Silas’ lead and remained where they were.  Had the prayers and singing not won them over I sure they would have run out immediately.  Because of their choice to stay with Paul and Silas, the prison guard was also won to Christ Jesus.  Let’s remember we are being watched.  We are the flesh and blood representative of Jesus.  How we act and what we say has a direct effect on those around us.  Let’s be true to the testimony of our words in our actions and all our words.

March 10, 2020

Work Out Our Salvation

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Church,cross,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:37 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)

Philippians 2:12-13 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose  (NIV)

Some who call themselves Christians think they’re saved and that’s all there is.  They become complacent.  Others who have really accept Jesus think that’s all that’s needed and they continue on with their own agenda.  Read the above verses again really paying attention to what they say.  Jesus didn’t come to earth for the only reason of saving us from eternal separation from God.  He came to show us how to do our part in working out our own salvation.  We can only know how if we read, study and meditate on the wonderful instruction book, the Holy Bible, which He so mercifully gave us through His believers who have gone on before us.  We can’t just say we’re saved or say we are members of a Christian church.  We must learn to be obedient to His Word.  Working out our salvation isn’t a one-time thing.  It is a day to day job.  If we are the same as we were yesterday, we aren’t growing in our salvation.  We must ask ourselves Who Jesus is in our own life.  If we’re not different than yesterday, if we haven’t learned something new about our God than we knew yesterday, we are not growing.  A living being can’t be static.  We either grow or we fade away.  Let us really commit to working out our salvation, being a true reflection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, each and every day.  Remember, we can’t work for our salvation.  Jesus did that for us. Salvation isn’t based on what we do but what Jesus did.    We are to work out what He has done for us until it really becomes a true, daily part of us.

February 20, 2020

Growing Daily

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV)

It is our task to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.  It is our task to grow up into mature children of God, joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  There are a few steps we must do in order to grow up spiritually.  We must be into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We can’t just casually read it.  We must prayerfully study it, put it deep into our minds and ask the Holy Spirit to give us understanding and help us apply all it says into our present day lives.  Along with the study and meditation of God’s written word comes regular and often conversation time with Him through prayer.  We must be sure to take time to listen.  Writing down what we hear during our prayer time is very helpful.  Our growth is not complete without gathering together with other Christians in worship, praise and encouraging and sharing with one another.  There is much we can learn from the experiences of others in their growth walk.  Any day we have not learned something more about our God is a day wasted.  Let us not waste a single day He gives us on this earth.  Let us grow in knowledge and faith each and every day.

February 12, 2020

God Uses the Least

Filed under: Christian,God,troubles,Uncategorized,walk,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Judges 6:11 11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites.  (NIV)

Judges 6:15 15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”  (NIV)

Many Christians think they are too insignificant for God to ever do anything through them.  Take time to read through the 6th chapter of Judges.  Gideon was hiding in fear.  He thought himself the most insignificant of his family and his family very insignificant in compared to all others.  Yet God used him in a mighty way.  So mighty, He kept insisting Gideon decrease the number of people he would call into battle.  God wanted to demonstrate He is more powerful through us than any number of enemies that would try to come against us.  Gideon had questions for God.  He wanted to know why they were being troubled by enemies.  We have questions for God.  We wonder why we must go through trials.  Jesus told us there would be tribulation.  He said the entire world would be against us.  Matthew 24:9 9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me.  To us, the times of trials seem out of proportion to the times of blessings.  We only look at the short period of time we walk this sinful earth.  God sees eternity.  In our physical, sinful abode we are very short-sighted.  Let us remember 2 very significant things.  Our walk on this earth is very brief compared to the eternity we will enjoy in the very real presence of our God.  The second is God chooses to use the very least and insignificant among us for it is not our own talent or power but God’s power and wisdom through the least of us that wins the battle against the evil of this world.

January 18, 2020

Being Saved

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christian,God,Jesus,penalty,save,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Romans 13:11-14 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. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.  (NIV)

These verses say a lot about today, the present time we are living.  We Christians, at least in the United States have been slumbering; we’ve been complacent.  We have taken the freedom of our worshiping in groups, owning and reding Bibles and sharing our faith with others totally for granted.  The hour has already passed.  Our freedom has been under attack.  We need to wake up.  We need to put on the armor of light.  God is light and His armor for us to put on is described in Ephesians 6:11. We need to recognize we were saved from the penalty of sin when we invited Jesus into our heart, mind and lives and now we are saved from the power of sin.  Sin only enters us by choice now and unfortunately, we still choose it many times. We need to choose to live according to the precepts laid out for us in the Holy Bible.  We do this without being anxious or fearful of the situation in our nation and our world.  We do what God tells us to do and trust Him as He fulfills all His promises.  Now we are being saved from the power of sin but soon we will be saved from even the presence of sin because we will be in the very real presence of God where there is no sin.

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 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.

November 23, 2019

Identification

Filed under: Christian,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Philippians 2:6-8 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)

In our sinful, human state, we struggle and fight for importance.  We want titles in front or behind our names.  We want to be the ones in power, the ones to make the decisions.  Jesus is in the very nature of His Father, God.  It was through Jesus, the Word of God, that the Father created all that is.  Yet, Jesus was willing to take off the nature of His Father and become in the nature of man.  Instead of the privileges of the Sonship of God the Father, Jesus became a servant in the fleshly form of mankind.  It is our sense of false pride that leads us to strive for importance and fame.  God created us with a need to be filled by Him.  Sin separated us from that filling.  Mankind tries all sorts of things and ways to fill that void with us.  The void can only be filled through coming to the cross of Jesus and allowing Him to forgive us and fill us with the Holy Spirit.  We don’t need titles, fame or rewards.  We only need Jesus in our minds, hearts and lives.  The title, Christian an the job description follower of Jesus is all we need for identification.

November 2, 2019

Heaven and Earth

Filed under: Christian,God,government,healing,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

1 Timothy 2:1-4 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.  (NIV)

Read the above verses again.  We are to pray for those who legislate our government.  Not only for our own good but also for their salvation.  Judging from what has been going on in most all of the governments of all the nations, not enough of us have been doing this  We must ask ourselves how often we pray for the president, vice president, speaker of the house, our own various representatives and also those who legislate our state, county and cities or towns.  We must lift them up by name.  Each one has a name and each one needs to know God through His Son, Jesus in order to have His wisdom in the affairs of the various governments.  We might ask, how do we pray for them?  We ask the Holy Spirit to direct our prayers for each individual we lift up before the throne of God.  Yes, this is a long list of people to pray for along with our own families and friends but it is also necessary.  Praying every day for each one isn’t needed.  I pray for different people and causes on different days of the week so that by the end of the week I’ve lifted up each one.  God doesn’t mind if we use notes and calendars for our prayer lists.  Making a list just shows how serious we are in praying for the various needs.  Let us remember not to shirk our duty as Christians in praying for our governments along with our families, friends and all whom God puts on our hearts and minds.  Prayer is the best weapon in existence in bringing the Kingdom of heaven and this earth into unity.

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