Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 5, 2019

God is God

Filed under: Christ,commands,God,God's Word,grace,Jesus,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Hebrews 7:18 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (NIV)

The law of circumcision and obeying all the laws will not save us.  We aren’t capable of obeying all the laws in our own sinful nature.  It is only God’s grace that can save us from our sinful nature.  God chose to save us through our trust and faith in His Word made flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ.  There is no way we can every be righteous or good enough.  In our fleshly state, we are weak.  Our efforts to do good or to do God’s work are useless.  The only good we can do is to allow God to do His work through us.  God’s grace is available to all.  God desires all to come under His grace.  But, as with all God’s promises, there is a condition.  The only way we can come under God’s grace is through His Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  God made all that is and that give Him the only authority to set the rules and bounds.  Nothing we can do can ever change Who God is or what God chooses.  God is God and we are only able to relate to Him through His mercy and grace.  We try to obey but must lean on God’s love and forgiveness.  People say that’s prejudice to say there is only 1 way.  That is set by God.  Let’s make sure everyone knows the 1 way to God’s grace and mercy.

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May 4, 2019

Humble Prayer

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,Father,garden,God,Jesus,Obey,praise,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

1 Corinthians 10:11 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. (NIV)

As 1/3 of my daily Bible reading comes from the Old Testament, I am reminded of God’s anger against those who refused to honor, worship and respect Him.  Entire groups of people suffered from the stubbornness of their leaders.  We, too, are being complacent in following our leaders.  We are allowing laws to be passed that are against the commands of God. So many of us just raise our hands and say, what can we do about it?  We have the strongest weapon available to mankind.  We have prayer.  God promised to heal our land if we would only humble ourselves and pray.  Prayer is more than lifting up a few words and asking God to heal our land or work within our leaders.  Prayer is real conversation.  Two-way conversation.  How much do we want our land healed?  Enough to not only really petition God but enough to offer ourselves in any way He will work through us?  Each of us must ask ourselves if we are really humbling ourselves before God, if we are really wanting our nation healed (this applies to all nations.).  We must pray as intensely as Jesus prayed in the garden before His crucifixion.  He spent time pleading with the Father.  He ended giving Himself to the Father’s will.  Let us follow His example.

April 10, 2019

Exalting Together

Filed under: commands,God,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Psalms 34:3  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (NIV)

We’ve all heard people who say they are Christians but they don’t need to go to church.  They say they can worship by themselves.  Yes, we can worship by ourselves but we are told to exalt God together.  That means we must gather with others to exalt God.  As I sit in church and look around, I hear words of praise coming from the mouths of others but their faces look glum.  I can’t understand how anyone can praise while looking like they’re mad or sad.  When we are exalting someone, we are praising them and saying how wonderful they are.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t do that with a sour face.  Our faces reflect the meaning behind the words we say.  As we gather together to exalt God, let us show we really mean the words of exaltation.  Let as gather together to glorify the Lord showing how much we love and mean what we say and sing in faces reflecting our love and joy He has given us.

April 3, 2019

Lack of Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,commands,faith,God,grace,Holy Spirit,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

God doesn’t want us to lack knowledge.  Faith in Him is not contradictory to knowledge.  He wants us to study His written word, the Holy Bible.  In those pages we find all the instructions we need for a full, abundant life.  As we read and study we must listen to the Holy Spirit for understanding.  Knowledge of facts without understanding and application is useless.  Knowledge just for the sake of knowledge is of little value.  God has given us the ability to learn from the mistakes of others.  The Old Testament is full of examples of mistakes in walking in obedience to God and His word.  Today we have no excuse for a lack of knowledge.  Holy Bibles are readily available in the United States and in many other countries.  The day is coming when they might not be so available so it is even more necessary to use the time we have to put the knowledge God has recorded for us into our minds and hearts.  Let us be sure we don’t lack the knowledge God has lovingly and mercifully supplied.

March 23, 2019

Whose First

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

Notice the believers prayed for courage and strength to speak the word of God.  They didn’t pray for protection.  They didn’t pray for an easy life.  They were centered on bringing glory to God, serving Him and spreading the gospel to all as was the last command of Jesus before He returned to the Father.  Notice what happened after their prayer. Acts 4:31  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  One of the reasons we don’t see more miracles today is our self-centered prayers.  We are so good at asking for what we think we need and what we want to support our fleshly desires.  Where is our drive?  Where is our enthusiasm?  Where is our real commitment of love to share the word of God with those who don’t know, understand or accept?  Let us fight our pride of self-sufficiency and our idol of a comfortable life and really put God first above all.

March 14, 2019

Justify Ourselves

Filed under: Bible,commands,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Job 40:8 8 “Would you discredit my justice?  Would you condemn me to justify yourself? (NIV)

There is a movement on to change the commands in the Bible along with definitions of some of the words.  Mankind regards their intelligence as being greater than God.  Mankind says times have changed and our rules must change with the times.  God says He never changes.  Neither do His commands.  In our effort to change God’s commands and change the definitions of the words in the Bible we are saying we are more intelligent and knowledgeable than God, Who created all that was, is or will ever be.  We do this to justify our changing things to our selfish and sinful desires.  We discredit all God is in doing this.  Let us learn the lesson of Job, who, after arguing his own point, had nothing left but agree with God Who is the source of all life.

February 16, 2019

Secret

Filed under: commands,confess,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:14 pm

Luke 8:17 17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. (NIV)

We all do thing in secret.  It may be over-eating.  Some watch pornography or movies that are not healthy to watch.  Some take things that aren’t theirs.  It doesn’t matter what we do in secret.  We are only fooling ourselves.  It will be manifested.  Nothing remains hidden.  Knowing this, we must stop doing anything in secret we don’t want others to know we’re doing.  Whatever it is, confess it to God and ask the Holy Spirit to help you stop what you’re doing that you don’t want others to know about.  In actuality, nothing we do is really in secret.  Not even what we think.  God knows everything we do, say and even think.  Let us keep our mind on God and live according to the commands He has given us to guide us to a full and abundant life.

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