Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 10, 2020

Eye Witness

Filed under: Christian,Christians,God,love,Uncategorized,wisdom — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

1 John 1:3 3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  (NIV)

This is an eye-witness testimony.  In fact it uses the plural pronoun, “we” which means there are multiply eye-witnesses.  In a court of law, eye-witness are the best evidence there is.  These eye-witnesses were so very sure of what they saw and heard that they even gave their lives up in standing firm on what they saw and heard.  Unfortunately, in our human, sinful nature, if we don’t like what an eye-witness says they saw and heard, we choose to close our mind and ears to their testimony.  There were and still are people who don’t like the idea of God being in control of all, They want to be the ones in control.  The hardest things for people to understand are love and God.  Look at the divorce rate and the hatred that abounds and it confirms people don’t understand love.  Look at the life-style that’s being embrace and that’s evidence they don’t understand God.  God is love.  We confuse love with lust.  Love and lust are worlds apart.  The United States was founded on Jewish/Christian morals – the morals handed down to mankind by God.  These morals produce a life of love and peace.  When mankind insists on self-rule love and peace are absent.  We, as Christians, have been known as the “silent majority.”  Because of our silence we are no longer the majority but are the minority.  However, we have the power and wisdom of God available to us.  It is way past time for us to demonstrate what a Christian is and what love for God and love for neighbor means.  Let us speak loud with our actions agreeing with our words.

June 7, 2020

Really Humble

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,glory,God,government,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

Let’s take a fresh look at this verse and what it means to humble ourselves.  We say we pray and seek God’s face.  We say we do our part for this nation.  There are questions we must ask ourselves.  Do we vote?  When we vote, do we research all levels of offices and laws before we cast our ballot.  Do we really know who and/or what we are electing into office or laws?  When we pray for our nation, do we pray for each individual who is in a decision-making area of our government?  Do we pray for each one to seek God’s wisdom in their decisions?  When we pray, do we really humble ourselves by admitting our part in this nation leaving the precept of God?  We Christians are just as responsible for the direction this country has taken as the worse of citizens.  We don’t speak with our votes.  We don’t speak with our actions.  When is the last time we have communicated with someone in office as to what we think the direction should be.  I don’t know about you but I must admit I’m not consistently faithful in any of the above actions.  God didn’t cause this virus but He did allow it for scripture says God is always in control.  Since God did allow it it appears, He is trying to get our attention to stand up and do our part in the leadership and direction of this country.  He has used “pandemics” before; they are recorded in the Holy Bible several times.  Let’s pay attention.  Let’s not be complacent or quiet.  Let’s not riot but let’s use the laws that are in place to speak out and move our nation back into the right direction – God’s direction.  Let’s put pray back into our schools, businesses and government.  Let’s keep gender on birth certificates.  Let’s stop the murder of babies.  Let’s be active for the glory of God.

May 20, 2020

Up to Us

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christians,God,internet,love,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (NIV)

Many think because they belong to a Christian denomination they are Christians and they have eternal life.  Religions don’t reject Christ.  Religions are a man-made system of beliefs that man-kind devises with their own ideas.  To be a saved believer/follower and have full access to God the Father is an individual decision.  God has no grandchildren.  Each person must enter through the door of Jesus by their own choice.  We each have 2 choices, heaven or hell.  We can’t blame God if we choose to reject the only door He has provided for us.  The choice is entirely up to us as individuals.  The only way we can walk through the door of Jesus is by opening more than just our mind in acknowledging He is the Son of God, died and rose from the dead to open the door for us, we must put our trust in Him and make the choice to follow in the way He demonstrated for us to walk.  Some say since God is a God of love He will give eternal life to all of His creation.  It is because He is a God of love that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sin for there is no way for us to pay the penalty since we are so full of sin.  It is His love that provided the door for us.  There is no greater love than God putting on full humanity, leaving His God completeness and experience life as we know it and showing us hoe to live it free from sin, suffering physically through beatings and crucifixion and emotionally by betrayal and rejection.  The choice is up to us.  We each must walk through the door of Jesus Christ on our own.

April 30, 2020

Limitations

Filed under: Christians,disciples,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Acts 1:24-25 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.

We are told to pray and ask specifically for what we need.  When doing this we must be careful not to limit God.  This is a good example of the disciples limiting God.  There were about 120 disciples (a disciple is a follower/student of someone) present in the upper room.  They were all scared but also wanted to be a witness to all Jesus said and Who He is.  They decided, since Jesus had picked 12 to be the most active and outgoing in witnessing, they needed one person to replace Judas, the betrayer.  Basically, the held an election.  They put their own qualifications on the position and picked out 2 men.  Then, as was the custom in deciding what to choose, they cast lots to make their decision.  The lots fell on Mathias.  Now, before we judge them too harshly for casting lots we must remember the Holy Spirit hadn’t come into them yet.  We never hear any more about Mathias.  God was going to select Saul (Paul) to take the place of Judas.  We are to pray specifically but we must keep an open mind to hear and receive an answer that changes what we were specifying.  We don’t know how or what role Mathias fulfilled but we do know what role Paul fulfilled as we read all the letters he wrote.  Many Christians add the phrase, “Thy will be done” and that is good.  Our problem is opening our mind to receive His will when it is different from our specific request.  Let us all learn to open our mind to all possible answers from God, even when they appear to be different from what we were expecting.  God is far above any expectation we might ever have.

 

April 9, 2020

Lavish Father

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Father,God,heart,Jesus,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Luke 15:11-12 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them  (NIV)

Please read the entire account of what we commonly entitle “The Prodigal Son.”  Much emphasis has been placed on the prodigal son correlating it to a Christian who has momentarily turned away from God.  Some have emphasized the other son who stayed and obeyed though his heart was not in it, only waiting to get his inheritance.  This relates to the person who only says they are a Christian but in their mind it is only an insurance policy.  The father is the real prodigal.  To be prodigal means to be lavish in spending money or even lavish in love.  The father was lavish in love.  He loved both of his sons equally and waited patiently for his prodigal son to come to his senses and return.  Notice he didn’t give the son any more money but he did lavish the identity of sonship on him by putting on the robe and throwing a banquet to tell all he had not just one son but two sons.  God loves us lavishly.  He is preparing a banquet for us.  He waits patiently when we turn our backs on Him.  He doesn’t restore the blessings we missed while we had our backs to Him but He does lavish new blessings on us when we come back.  How wonderful it would be if we never turned our backs on Him even for a short moment.  It is important for us to stay in the written word, the Hoy Bible, and to pray, being sure to always have a listening time, throughout each and every day.  We have our choice.  Keep our eyes on God and follow Him or allow our eyes to look at the multitude of temptations and sub come to them.  Let us choose God.

April 7, 2020

Not Discriminating

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

People accuse Christians as being biased and prejudiced because we say there is only one way to salvation and eternal life with God and that is through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  If there was any other way God would not have had to separate Himself from His Word, His Son, and send Him down in human likeness to suffer and die on a cross in payment form our penalty of our sinful nature.  That very fact is sufficient proof that there is only one way to eternal life with God.  There is so much proof that all Jesus said was truth.  Jesus said He is the only way to the Father because He and the Father are one.  So many think that they can be good enough to stand in the presence of God.  When we look at the attributes of God, (March 25 devotion) we find we cannot consistently hold up to them let alone being consistent with just one of His attributes.  By God’s very nature He cannot be in the presence of the opposite of His attributes.  We mostly live in the presence of the opposite of His attributes.  God desires all mankind to enter into His presence.  That’s why He sent His Son to pay our penalty and why He sent the Holy Spirit down to dwell in those Who would choose to enter by the only door – Jesus Christ.  No, we are not prejudiced or being biased or closed minded nor is God.  God loves all mankind and, in His love, and mercy He has made a way possible for us to stand in His very presence.  Let us reach out in love and mercy to others, demonstrating by our words and our lives the attributes of God and by this encouraging others to enter the way God has so lovingly provided.

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.

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