Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

October 11, 2019

God’s Work

Filed under: Christians,God,heart,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Colossians 3:23 -2423 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. (NIV)

So many Christians define the Lord’s work as the work designated by the congregation for the paid minister to do.  Many include all church ministries as “the Lord’s work.”  According to the above verses, all work done by Christians is the Lord’s work.  We are to do everything with all our heart and unto our Lord.  As Christians, we are continually being watched by those who have yet to believe.  What we do and say and how we do and say things is a direct reflection on the love and power of God.  When we do jobs we falsely consider beneath us like cleaning up someone else’s mess, do we do it in joy and unto the Lord or do words of complaint come out of our mouth with a big scowl across our faces.  As believers, we have acknowledged we belong to God.  That means all our time and all we say and do belong to God.  Let us remember we are working for our Lord and do so in all we say and do with joy in our hears for the privilege of God working through us and allowing us to be part of His work.

May 27, 2019

Learn from the Past

Filed under: Christians,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Ezekiel 22:7-8 7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths. (NIV)

God’s word to people and nations in the past also applies to us now.  As we read these verses we can see our own nation and culture going the same way.  Parents are being stripped of their parental rights in the way they raise and teach their children.  Immigrants (foreigners) are separated from their children and housed in very poor conditions.  Symbols of Christianity are being outlawed.  Children are forced to recite things against their beliefs.  We could go on and on.  The question is, what are we going to do about it.  If we sit silent and do nothing we must read on in Ezekiel and see how God disciplined those in Ezekiel’s time.  Our first and strongest weapon of defense which is actually an offence weapon is prayer.  It is the prayer of believers and followers of Christ Jesus that connect with the power in heaven.  Daniel’s prayer is a good example of that connection.  Along with prayer we must be willing to stand firm, speak out and follow the precepts of God.  Let us learn from those in the past.  Let us stand up for our freedom to worship God and to share His word with others.

April 19, 2019

The Crowd

Filed under: Christian,Christians,healing,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Matthew 27:23 23 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.
But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him (NIV)

Let’s look at the crowd.  It was only a week ago they were lined on both sides of the road waving palm branches and shouting praises to Jesus.  They were rejoicing in the One they expected to bring them freedom.  They are some of the ones who had been healed by Him.  They listened to His parables and teaching.  Now they were waving their fists and shouting, “Crucify Him.”  Crowd mentality is an interesting subject.  When in a crowd we start acting like herd animals.  We want to blend in with the crowd.  We want to agree with the majority.  We see this mentality on major shopping days.  It only takes one person to grab an item before others join in and fights begin.  We must ask ourselves if we have ever gone with the crowd when part of us knew that wasn’t the right thing to do.  It takes courage to stand up for what is right when others are shouting and proclaiming what is wrong.  We must ask ourselves what we would do if we were in that crowd on that Friday?  Do we know where we stand?  Do we keep silent in the presence of those who speak against Christians?  Let us speak out in love.  Let us make sure others know we accept them, just not their values.

March 1, 2019

Transformation

Filed under: Christ,Christians,Father,God,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:58 pm

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. (NIV)

Life is movement.  There is no standing still in life.  We either move or we die.  For Christians, we must be constantly changing, constantly being transformed into the image of Christ Jesus.  If we are not moving, not in a state of being transformed, our faith is in the process of dying.  A dear friend of mine who was in her 100’s said, “Any day I don’t learn something new about my Lord and Savior is a day wasted.”  When we rise in the morning it should be with an expectation to continue to transformation process and as we are being transformed, learning something new about our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Before we sleep at night we should review the day and express to God, the Father, what we have learned about His Son during the day.  As we do this, we can’t help but be filled with the glory that comes from the Lord.

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