Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 28, 2020

Knowing or Believing

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (NIV)

Believing that someone existed isn’t the same as believing IN the person.  When you believe IN someone you trust that person.  Trust is built on love.  When you love someone, you are loyal to that person.  It’s one thing to believe a person name Jesus Who was written about in a collection of books called the Holy Bible walked this earth but quite another to believe IN Jesus as the only Son of God Who, as God’s Word, put on the form of a God-created human and demonstrated God’s love and pan for us.  God, as the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be, calls the shots.  He is the One Who decided the only way for us to have fellowship with Him and eternal life is through believing IN Jesus Christ.  Reading the Bible, going to church and trying to be good on our own doesn’t cut it.  We must actually acknowledge we are sinners and can only be saved from the penalty of our sin through the blood of Jesus.  We must ask God to forgive our sins and welcome Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives not only as our savior but as the Lord, the director of our lives.  Later we read Jesus said if we confess our belief in Him before men, He will confess us before God the Father.  Our belief is personal but it isn’t privet.  We are to be open about our belief in order to follow the commission Jesus gave us; ( Matthew 28:19-20} 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)  Let’s confess Jesus before others and demonstrate His love through our words and actions.

April 17, 2020

In God’s Hand

Filed under: confess,God,heart,Lord,Obey,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Psalms 37:23-24 23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.  (NIV)

I love reading about the life of David.  I especially like to read the Psalms he wrote for they speak honestly about his heart and God said David was a man of His heart.  David messed up a lot.  He committed adultery, he murdered and did many other bad things, yet God loved Him.  David knew he messed up from time to time.  When it was pointed out to him, David was quick to confess and ask God for forgiveness.  We also stumble from time to time.  We trip over fleshly desires or doubt.  God has promised to uphold us just as He did David.  The only danger in falling comes when we don’t confess and ask forgiveness every time we stumble.  Building up many wrong words or actions without confessing and repenting leads to falling out from obedience and desire to walk with God.  David delighted in God and continually went back into following the steps of God.  God will uphold us in His hand but His hand is open.  It is our choice to remain in His hand or jump out of His hand.  Let us always choose to remain in God’s hand.

April 16, 2020

Intimacy

Filed under: confess,Father,God,Jesus,love,praise,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized,wine,worship — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Song of Songs 1:4 4 Take me away with you—let us hurry!  Let the king bring me into his chambers.  Friends  We rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine.  She How right they are to adore you!  (NIV)

Oh that each one of us has times of being away with our King Jesus into His inner chamber.  Oh that we would continually rejoice and delight in Him as much as He rejoices and delights in us.  Oh that we would give Him praise more than anything or anyone else.  To be in His inner chamber we must have times of quietness and allow ourselves to become aware of His very real presence with and in us.  We start our time reading His written word then writing down what it says to us, personally.  The we spend some time confessing our sins and thanking and praising Him as it gradually become worship.  After we have spent some time worshiping, we need to be quiet and sit, kneel or lay prostrate (whatever moves us more) enjoying His presence.  Before long we will know we are in His chamber enjoying each other.  These times aren’t for sharing.  They are even more intimate than the union between husband and wife.  If you haven’t experienced this, I encourage you to take the time to learn how.  There is nothing, absolutely nothing better and more fulfilling than really experiencing the intimate love and presence of God the Father.

March 1, 2020

Keep Asking

Filed under: confess,disciples,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Matthew 15:23 23 Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her  away, for she keeps crying out after us.”  (NIV)

Go read this section of Mathew.  It talks about a woman who was asking Jesus for something yet HE wouldn’t respond.  She kept asking and He said no.  She continued asking and HE compliment her persistent faith and said yes.  This as well as the parable about the neighbor who persisted at midnight for the bread tells us that persistence in our request isn’t a sign of lack of faith that God hears and will answer us.  There are many reasons persistence is sometimes needed.  Daniel 10:12 cites Satan interfering with the coming answer from God.  In Matthew 26:44 we read 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing  So even Jesus found it necessary to repeat His request to His Father.   Sometimes it’s because we are asking amiss and through our repeated asking the Holy Spirit helps us understand that’s not what we really need.  When I ask for something I continue asking until I have peace about it.  There are a few things I have been asking for several years and there are things that I only ask once and then know to wait on God’s perfect timing.  When we think we really want or need something either for us or someone else, never fear repeating the request until either we see it happen or we have peace that it will happen at the right time. God promised He hears us.  We just need to be sure unconfessed sin is not in the way of His hearing

February 13, 2020

Confession and Small Groups

Filed under: Church,confess,encouragement,God,prayer,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

James 5:16 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  (NIV)

This is something most of us don’t do.  It seems like the ones who do confess their sins do so over and over boasting about how bad they were and how good they are now.  Why are we to confess our sins to one-another.  One reason is, when done with the right attitude and motive, it helps keep us humble.  Another reason is it encourages others not to feel so bad about themselves for they have the same problem and temptations.  Confession out loud gets the sin in the open for us and enables us to better deal with why we are so tempted in that particular area.  When confessed, we can no longer deny we have a problem in the area.  We must be careful, however.  We must know who it is we are confessing our sins to.  Confession to a known gossip is an opening for major problems.  This is one reason it is important to be a member of a small group within the larger local church group.  Confession to a large amount of people isn’t wise.  In a small group we are more able to pray with and for one another.  Small groups know not to take out of the group what is said in the group.  If you’re not in a small group may I encourage you to either find one or start one yourself.  The purpose of a small group is to share what God is doing in your lives and encourage one another in continual growth in relationship to God and to one another.

February 4, 2020

No More Guilt

Filed under: believe,confess,forgive,God,God's Word,Guilt,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Psalms 32:5 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.  (NIV)

Jesus went to the cross so our sin can be forgiven.  There is something we must do to receive that forgiveness.  We must confess our transgressions to the Lord.  When we do this, He forgives us and we can put guilt away.  Continuing to feel guilty over a sin that has been confessed and forgiven by God is saying we don’t believe God is true to His word.  Continuing to confess the same sin (unless we keep doing the same sin) over and over is also a sign of disbelief.  When we feel guilty over a past sin we must be sure we have confessed it, accepted God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves.  When guilt starts to reenter our minds let’s put it out.  Satan does his best to keep guilt alive in us as he wants us to think God isn’t true to His word.  When we feel like it’s a real battle, we must get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and read verses about God’s forgiveness.  Memorize some of them so we stay armed against false guilt.  I call the guilt false because once God forgives the sin it is gone with no reason for guilt.  Remember, God is always faithful and can never lie.

October 26, 2019

God is Faithful

Filed under: believe,commandment,confess,faith,God,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (NIV)

We must examine if we truly trust and believe God is faithful.  A sign of our lack of trust is if we are ever anxious or worried about anything.  As long as we do our part, develop the habits of the things we have been instructed to do in Scripture, we have no need to lack trust in God’s faithfulness.  God is always faithful.  We have the power to step out of His faithfulness when we choose to go a way seperate from God’s ways but our going another way doesn’t change the faithfulness of God.  God will cause things to gently guide us back.  In Deuteronomy 7:9 we read   Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.  Let us pay attention to when we become anxious or worried so we can see where we have walked away from God, confess it and turn back to the faithfulness of God.

September 25, 2019

Not Canabilism

Filed under: Bible,body,confess,forgive,God,God's Word,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

John 6:53 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  (NIV)

That does sound cannibalistic.  How are we to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus?  We eat by delving deeply into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must more than read it to eat it.  We must study it, meditate on it and put it securely into our minds for total recall.  We drink His blood through continually confessing our sins, asking forgiveness, accepting forgiveness and repenting – turning our back on each sinful habit.  Drinking in His forgiveness after we have confessed is drinking His blood which was shed for the forgiveness of our sin of separation from God.  The eating and drinking is a daily thing not intended to be saved for what we call the Lord’s supper or communion.  Those elements are a symbol of what we are to do daily in eating and drinking of Jesus.  No matter how much we eat His body, the written word of God we can never get too full.  Let us make the eating and drinking of Jesus a daily practice.

September 13, 2019

Continually Confess

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (NIV)

The verb tense in the English translation is not in agreement with the original.  Confession is not a one-time thing.  We are to continually confess our sins – not repeats of ones already confessed and repented but the sins we make daily.  I don’t know about you but never a day goes by without my doing or saying or thinking something that is out of character with the character of Jesus.  Those things need confession daily.  We don’t just say, “Father forgive me for any sins I did today.”  We must be specific.  We need to be specific so we will actually realize what we have done, said or failed to do so we can repent – turn away from it – and move on building the character of Jesus in our thoughts, words and deeds.  Think you got through the day without any sin?  Be quite, ask the Holy Spirit to review the day with you and you will learn how imperfect we are in our human nature.  Let us continually confess each and every sin and God will continue to be faithful, forgiving us and continuing to purify us from all unrighteousness.

August 29, 2019

Nightly Check-up

Filed under: confess,forgive,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,peace,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

We need to give ourselves a nightly check before ending the day.  We check each fruit of the Spirit to see how it grew in us during the day or how we squelched a particular fruit that day.  Did we show the fruit of forbearance (patience) In our driving or with the customer that carried on a tirade blaming us for a company police or their own indiscretion?  What about joy?  Did we go around with a joyful expression and attitude?  Self-control can be a big one.  Did we practice self-control at the “all you can eat” buffet we went to for lunch or dinner?  Each fruit is a barometer of how we are walking in the Spirit of God.  If you’re normal you will find at least one, if not more fruits lacking during the day.  That’s okay.  Confess the lack, choose to turn a different direction, ask forgiveness and forgive yourself.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more mindful of that (or those) particular fruit during the next day.  Fruit must be fed to grow.  This is one way of feeding the fruits within us.

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