Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 12, 2020

Doing My Part

Filed under: Bride,Christians,God,Jesus,light,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Jeremiah 5:23 23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.  (NIV)

Nation after nation, including the United States, has been turning away from God.  We need to recognize what is going on in this world.  We have fires, storms, locust, viruses, unstable stock markets and on and on.  We who are followers of Jesus Christ and worship God the Father, have been lazy in doing our part to bring and keep His light in our nations.  We are allowing laws to be passed which try to inhibit our freedom not only to share the good news of God to others but to pray and worship and do business according to His principles.  We have been silent too long.  Let us be careful who we vote into power in this nation.  We need to research the candidates, look at their life style and pray about them before we vote.  We need to cooperate with God and give our people more time to come into the Light of God before Jesus returns to collect His Bride (the believers who follow Him.).  We each have a part.  We must ask ourselves, “Am I doing my part?”

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.

January 27, 2020

Fresh Start

From Psalms 19 the Message translation

God’s Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!  Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work…

This version says it very plainly and distinctly.  Without daily reading and studying God’s written Word, the Holy Bible, we will regularly be making what this word says, stupid sins.  Without daily immersing ourselves in the scriptures we become prideful thinking we can do it ourselves.  We might have a schedule that prevents us from spending a good bit of time in the scriptures in the morning so that means we end our day .  Just pick a time that is right for you.  Make it a standard time and treat that time like the most important thing in your schedule.  Staying in the Word of God brings us into a more intimate relationship and opens us up to more conversational prayer with our heavenly Father.  Books by other Christians are fine but the Holy Bible needs to be our automatic go-to book.  Through those pages we grow and through growth experience a full and abundant life walking with God.

January 20, 2020

When Jesus Comes

Romans 13:11 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.  (NIV)

There are a lot of prophecies on You-Tube.  Not knowing the people giving them we must be cautious and check the out with the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Jesus said no man knows when He will return – not even Him.  What we can know is every minute gets us one-minute closes to His return.  In the meantime, we are to live ready for His return having Him find us doing what He has called us to do.  He told us about being ready through the parable of the 10 virgins and their lamps and oil.  Instead of trying to determine exactly where we are on God’s time clock we would do better to check where we are in our faith and our walk with Him.  Many are mostly concerned with feeding their intellects and showing how much they know.  We do better to feed our spirits and showing God our love and our desire to walk with Him 24X7.  Yes, Jesus is coming for His bride – the believers and followers in Him.  Let us continue to “groom” ourselves for the wedding feast trusting the Father for the timing.

January 13, 2020

Job’s Pride

Filed under: Christians,gender,God,grace,love,pride,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Job 1:1 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. (NIV)

I appreciate the study of the book of Job.  That is because it really gets my attention and draws me upright.  On casual reading we think Job was doing really good.  Even God told Satan Job was righteous.  However, Job was one who was legalistic.  He was doing everything to earn his way with God.  He didn’t know about the grace of God.  Job thought he was good and was proud of his goodness.  He even boasted about it later in the book.  God finally talked to Job citing Who He is and what He had done and drew Job up short.  As with the prodigal sons (one went off and the other stayed home but both were prodigal in their own way) and with the pharacess who thought themselves to be so good but whose hearts were full of self, Job was full of self until God got his attention.  We, as Christians, also struggle with pride of being good compared to the thief or prostitute or murderer.  We forget it is not our works or our presumed goodness that connects us with God.  We are only in the presence of God through God’s grace and love.  God doesn’t desire sacrifices or even good works.  God wants us to love Him as much as He loves us.  I don’t know about you but I know I fall far short of that.  I desire to be there and I ask God to do all He needs to in order to bring me to that point.  What we do that we call good must be done in love, not in the desire to “earn points” with God.  If it’s been awhile, go back and reread Job, especially where God talks to him but, as we read, we need to put ourselves in Job’s place.

January 12, 2020

Recognize Satan

Ephesians 6:12 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  (NIV)

There are Christians who don’t believe Satan really exists.  So many think their struggles are because of others or the culture or their own mistakes.  They are their own mistakes in that they don’t recognize the deceptive voices of Satan.  Satan would have us believe the lie that the Holy Bible is outdated.  He would tell us to get with the times.  He is the one encouraging Christian denominations to accept same-sex marriages and gay and lesbian lifestyles.  These are strictly forbidden by God.  God created male and female.  He did not create a third category of gender.  One of our problems is we confuse the sin from the sinner.  Because of our verbal attacks on the sinner rather than the sin, we are producing more enemies of God.  Notice when Jesus turned over the money tables in the temple He didn’t attack the money changers, only what they were doing.   There are many other lies of Satan that we tend not to recognize.  That is another reason why it is so important for us to really make God’s written word, the Holy Bible, an active part of our minds.  Let us really know God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to help us distinguish the voice of Satan so we can stand firmly against him.

December 30, 2019

Legalism

Filed under: Christians,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (KJV)

In this instance Paul is mostly emphasizing the legalistic Jewish rite of circumcision.  However, this verse applies to any type of legalism.  So many Christians have replaced love with legalism.  The extra rules and rites that have been established as tradition have become more important than love.  When true Godly love is present and flowing there is no need for laws.  We must be sure to choose to love all those God puts in our path and not be judgmental or critical.  God loves the lost as much as He loves those who have opened their hearts, minds and lives to Him through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Let us never put legalism in front of Godly  love.

December 13, 2019

B.C. and A.D.

Matthew 1:23 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  (NIV)

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.   (NIV)

It is amazing how this prophecy in Isaiah was fulfilled through a young virgin.  What’s even more amazing is that the entire world calendar is built around the birth of this child, Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.  The calendar is marked with the years before Christ (B.C.) and the years after the year of the Lord (A.D.)  Even those who deny the existence of Jesus agree with and use the calendar.  Notice the real translation of A.D. isn’t “after death.”  The Latin word are translated “After the Lord.”  Even though there is an attack on those who believe and accept the fact of God made flesh to demonstrate His love in a tangible way and take on our sin of separation, it doesn’t change the fact.  Let us continue to say with strength and conviction along with Peter, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.  As we celebrate with our friends and families, let us remember the amazing miracle we are celebrating.  In spite of our self-love and indulgences, God loves us so very much that He became human flesh and blood to bring us into right relationship with Him.  No religion believes in God.  Only Christians, not a religion but a way of life.

October 27, 2019

Shout for God

Filed under: Christians,God,Jesus,joy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Isaiah 58:1 1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.  Raise your voice like a trumpet. . (NIV)

Psalms 20:5 5 May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.  (NIV)

I watched with amazement the videos shown on the news channel of people shouting, jumping up and down and calling everyone they knew because their favorite sports team won the game.  Whether a sports team wins or looses has no effect on our eternity.  It strikes me as strange how many Christians shout and cheer at sporting events yet barely open their mouths at a worship service.  It also strikes e strange how many Christians will call their friends to celebrate with them, yet they don’t share with their friends the victories God gives them through their lives nor the way their friends can have a personal relationship with God.  Our priorities are so off base.  If we can shout and cheer at a sporting event, let us be sure we raise our voices as we sing and pray or recite scripture in our worship services.  If we can call our friends to celebrate a sporting event win, let us be sure we share with our friends how God has blessed us and how they, too, can enjoy the blessings of God.  Let us no longer hold back the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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