Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2019

That Is Love

Filed under: commands,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Philippians 3:8-9 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith  (NIV)

We could (if it were possible) obey each and every command of God and we still wouldn’t be righteous.  To be righteous means to be in right standing with God.  The only way to be in right standing with God is to come under the righteousness of His Son, Jesus, for only Jesus is righteous.  It is through Jesus, Who fills us with the Holy Spirit and covers us with His blood that we can be considered righteous – in right standing with God.  There is nothing on this earth, nothing we can ever do that is more important and of more value than coming under the blood of Jesus and covered by His righteousness.  Some say because God is love they don’t have to accept Jesus.  God is the One Who determines how we can approach Him.,  He sent Jesus down in the form of a human man so we could better hear Him and become united with Him.  He said Jesus is the only way.  There is no other way.  We can either choose to go the way God has provided and dwell with Him throughout eternity or we can choose to live our own way by our own rules and desires and spend eternity separated from God.  The choice is there for each and every person to make.  Because God is love, He has provided us a way to be with Him.  That is love.

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August 24, 2019

Counteract Evil with Good

Filed under: commands,cross,forgive,God,grace,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Romans 12:21 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (NIV)

This verse is hard for most of us. It follows these verses in Romans 12:19-20 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  It is part of the command to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are some things we don’t have to or shouldn’t have to forgive.  Many of us have had some terrible things done to us.  How can we possibly be expected to forgive the person who killed a love one or raped us or someone we love or spread terrible untruths about us or many other things.  God forgives everything we’ve done or said or thought regardless of what it was as long as we ask through His Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness.  Jesus took every kind of sin to the cross.  Our forgiving and is not so much for the one we are forgiving but for us to keep us turning bitter.  To overcome the evil we start with praying for the one who was evil toward us.  We pray God will work His mercy and grace within that person.  When I did that, I asked God to let me see that person with His eyes.  As He revealed that person to me I began to hurt for that person and my attitude in prayer became less of following a command and more of wanting God’s love to be received by that person for it hurts God for those He loves (that means everyone) to not receive His love.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning what the person did or said.  It is right to hate evil.  It is the perpetrator of the evil who needs forgiving along with God’s healing grace and mercy.

July 20, 2019

Authority Over Demons

Filed under: Christian,commands,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Luke 9:1 When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2 and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick  (NIV)

We don’t like to talk about it or even listen to others talk about it but there is spiritual warfare going on each and every day.  Many confessed Christians choose to think demons aren’t real or if they are, they don’t live inside people.  They forget the Holy Spirit lives inside true believers and, if the place for the Him is empty there is plenty of room for demons to come in and harass.  Jesus not only gave believers the authority to drive out all demons, He commanded us to do so.  When we read on we find the apostles returning and bragging about how the demons obeyed them.  We have a saying today, pride goes before a fall.  Let’s read on what happened later as recorded by Mark.  (Mark 9:16-18) “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech. 18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”  Instead of taking authority over the demons, the apostles were arguing amongst themselves how to do it, what to say.  Jesus told them what they weren’t understanding about their authority over demons.  ( Mark 9:29) 29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”  Jesus has given us authority over demons but it isn’t authority by our might or our name.  We only have authority over demons through the name of Jesus.  Before we command a demon to leave, we must be sure we are well dressed in the armor of God listed in Ephesians 6.  Let us not stay as infants in our relationship with God.  Let us move on to full maturity.  Though there is not a demon behind every tree so to speak, we must keep our spiritual eyes open, listen to the directions of the Holy Spirit and stand against evil when the Holy Spirit directs us.

July 8, 2019

As Jesus Lived

Filed under: Bible,commands,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 John 2:6 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. (NIV)

Wow!  That’s a big command.  Living as Jesus did.  Jesus gave us sleep many a night to talk with the Father.  Jesus always stopped for interruptions.  Jesus kept His mouth shut when falsely accused.  Jesus reached out to heal a hurt rather than placing blame.  Those are just a few things about the way Jesus lived when walking on this earth.  This is impossible for us without the Holy Spirit.  It is so important for us to learn to hear the soft whisper of the Holy Spirit.  It is also important for us to really read the scriptures, the Holy Bible and become very familiar with all Jesus said and did.  Sometime just read the red-letters in your Bible.  If you don’t have a red-letter edition, I recommend you buy, download or borrow one.  It puts more consistency on the words of Jesus when we just read the red-letters.  We can’t live a Jesus did if we aren’t very familiar with how He lived when physically on this earth.

June 28, 2019

Tithe First

Filed under: Christian,commands,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Deuteronomy 14:22 22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (NIV)

Luke 18:12 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  (NIV)

The command to tithe is in the Old Testament.  Why do we need to tithe since we no longer are following the sacrifices and many other things commanded in the Old Testament?  God doesn’t need our tithe.  God already owns all that is.  We need to tithe to remind us that all we have is from God.  The tithe is considered to be 10% of our income (from whatever source we get our income today).  That leaves 90%, the majority of our income up to our discretion.  Hopefully we will use some of that as offerings to further the Kingdom News on this earth.  The habit of tithing teaches us discipline in what God has entrusted to us.  To me, tithing is a privilege.  I’m privilege God allows me to be part of His work in spreading the Good News of His love and His desire for us to know His love for us.  Tithing is easy.  Other disciplines are harder.  The discipline of reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word, the Holy Bible each and every day is harder than the discipline of tithing.  The discipline of taking more than a quick moment to say a prayer, but to really take time to listen is harder than the discipline of tithing.  Yet, it surprises me how many people who claim to be Christians, do not tithe but spend most of their money, get into debt and say they don’t have enough money to tithe.  May I encourage those of you who have not developed this discipline to do so.  Make that 10% the first thing you give before spending on other things.  Not because you have been told God promised to give back to you 10 fold, but because you love God and want to acknowledge not only with your mouth that God is God and owns everything but you also want to attest to that knowledge with your financial assets.

June 27, 2019

As Little Children

Filed under: Bible,commands,Creation,faith,God,knowledge,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Genesis 1:28 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.  (NIV)

When God created mankind all He wanted was for mankind to tend the creation God had made and to communicate with Him.  Mankind chose to put themselves before God and His creation.  We are not on this earth for us.  We are here to relate to God and care for His creation.  We are doing a terrible job.  We don’t want the simplicity God had for us – to love and talk with Him and care for His creation.  We want to make thing complex.  It makes us feel important to make things complex.  We put intellectual knowledge before trust and faith in God.  We put watching a movie or listening to the news before reading and meditating on the Word of God, the Holy Bible.  We long for conversations with others over conversations with God.  We want God to give us what we want, when we want it rather than trust God to give us what is best for us when it is best for us to have it.  He said we must be as little children.  Little children trust their parents to tell them AAswhen to do what.  We want to tell God when we want Him to do what we want done.  Basically, we don’t take God’s commands that come with conditions and warnings seriously.  It’s way past time for us to wake up and recognize Who God is and what His commands and conditions are.  Let us seek Him first and more than we seek anything else.

June 19, 2019

All People

Filed under: commands,God,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

1 Timothy 2:1 1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— (NIV)

We have trouble praying for those we love.  I mean more than just lifting their name up.  I mean intense prayer.  Lifting those we don’t know up before God’s throne of grace is even more difficult for us.  Many use the excuse they don’t know what the people need.  It is not a question of praying for particular needs of others.  It is about praying for others to know and follow Jesus with faith and endurance.  Everybody needs faith and endurance.  There are people we know who need specific petitions.  There are others we now who need intercession.  Then there are those for whom we are thankful for their being in our lives.  Our question we must answer is are we willing to follow the command in the scripture – to pray for all people.  We needn’t name every person.  We can pray for groups of people such as those who are being persecuted in various countries.  We can pray generally for missionaries in certain countries.  Keeping a prayer log and putting a particular group down on a certain day of the week is very helpful.  Also, praying for who we hear about in the news.  There is really no legitimate excuse not to follow this scripture other than a feeling of complacency.  Let us be more active in our prayer life.  Let us be more inclusive.

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.

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.

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