Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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 26, 2019

Who He Is

Filed under: Christian,gifts,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Corinthians 3:1 1 Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.  (NIV)

Paul wrote this to a church who was functioning in the gifts of the Holy Spirit but were yet living their lives for their worldly, fleshly desires.   This is still very applicable for today.  We can see it even among the clergy.  There seems to be a competition for who can achieve the largest membership, the biggest building, the most newsworthy outreach.  We are quick to testify what God does for us, how He blesses us.  There is nothing wrong with that as long as our emphasis is on Who God is rather than what He does for us.  We have a difficult time freeing ourselves from the thinking of it’s all about “me.”  Even it’s all about what God does for me or what I supposedly do for God are the wrong emphasis.  Life is all about God.  God is life.  Without God there is no life.  The gifts of God through His Holy Spirit are wonderful but it isn’t about His gifts.  It is about God and Who He is.  Let us grow up.  Let us put our emphasis on Who God is rather than what He can do for us.  Let us allow God to free us from our carnality and fully envelope His Holy Spirit within us, not for what He does for us but for Who He is.

September 23, 2019

A Willing Heart

Filed under: Christian,heart,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Luke 10:1 1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go.  (NIV)

Before Jesus appointed the 12 disciples as apostles, He sent 72 disciples out by twos to help each other share His good news of salvation.  Jesus had been ministering about 18 months before He appointed the 12.  We don’t know how many disciples He had.  Disciples were students who followed their teacher to learn from him.  While being a disciple they continued in their profession earning their needed support.  When the 12 were appointed they left their professions and became full time students learning all Jesus taught them.  At the time Jesus appointed the 12 He was already on the hit list of the religious hierarchy.  They were already planning to murder Him.  The 12 were told they would be hated just as He was hated.  We can see the hate today as more and more Christians are being persecuted by those in the world and how governments are trying to make laws against Christians.  Our question we must face is will we stand true as the 12 did or will we fall away as many of the disciples did.  It doesn’t take education to serve and follow Jesus.  It take a willing heart.  Where is your heart?

August 10, 2019

Holy Spirit Welcome

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,heart,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Acts 19 The first thing he (Paul) said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?  Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace Him with your heart?  Did He get inside you?”  (The Message)

I like the way the Message amplifies this.  There are so many professing Christians who only know Jesus in their mind.  Many are believing in their minds because they were raised that way.  God wants us to be one with Him.  He wants to dwell inside us with His Holy Spirit.  Coming humbly to God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ is more than confessing our sins, asking forgiveness and saying we believe in Jesus.  We must be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  He is there wanting in us the moment we come to Jesus.  In actuality He is in us the moment we say yes to Jesus.  But being in us doesn’t help us unless we become aware of Him and give Him free reign in our hearts (the core of our belief).  If you haven’t fully welcomed the Holy Spirit in your heart and life, do so now.  Just tell Him you want His guidance in your life and want to learn to recognize His gentle whisper within You.  The Holy Spirit is our guide, our interpreter of the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and the comforter as we walk this earthly part of our lives.  Welcome Him with you.

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

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