Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 23, 2020

Choosing Forgivness

Filed under: cross,disciples,Father,forgive,God,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 26:50 50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”  Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. (NIV)

Jesus knew what was in the heart of Judas.  At their dinner He already knew. Yet, as Judas brought a large contingent of soldiers and a mob to betray Jesus, Jesus still called Judas “friend.”  What love.  What compassion.  I don’t know about you but, if I had been there, I probably would have called Judas a lot of other names, none of which are honorable, loving or forgiving.  This is one of several good examples of the love of God that we are to hold for each other along with forgiveness. The only thing stopping Judas from forgiveness was his own ability in asking and accepting it.  Instead he chose suicide.  We are each victims of various hurts but none of them can be as deep and hurtful as what was done to Jesus.  All of his friends, his disciples, denied any connection with Him.  He was lied about, severelly beaten, spit on and all manner of abuse then made to carry the cross beam to the crucifixion place.  While in severe pain, He asked His Father to forgive them even though the stood at the foot of the cross and continued to hurl insults at Him.  How can we possibly think it’s alright not to forgive those who hurt us.  When we fail to forgive, we keep ourselves a prisoner of the hurt. Forgiveness leads to freedom and restores our ability to follow God’s command of loving others which is wanting God’s best for others.  Forgiving is a choice.  Let’s choose God’s way every time we are hurt in any way.

May 23, 2020

Contracts

Filed under: baptise,Bible,cross,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 3:13 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.  (NIV)

When we buy a house or car we sign our name on a contract.  This does 2 things.  Our signing our name identifies who we are.  It also says we will fulfill the contract.  Baptism is the same thing.  It is saying we are a child of God who will fulfill our contract of worshiping the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and live in obedience to all He says.  Jesus found it necessary to “sign” this contract of baptism at the start of His public ministry.  Quite often we must have our signed contract confirmed by a notary.  Jesus’ signed baptism contract was notified by the Holy Spirit descending on Him and His Father speaking out saying, “This is My Son in Whom I love and with Whom I Am well pleased.”  Jesus totally fulfilled His contract.  He never varied from the goal of the cross.  He never took a side track.  Unfortunately, we are prone to take many side tracks forgetting the instructions in our contract.  Avoiding these side tracks takes regular study in the instruction book (the Holy Bible), and paying close attention to the voice of the Teacher, the Holy Spirit.  Let us learn to continually keep our eyes and therefor our path on the goal of our contract.

April 28, 2020

Holy of Holies

Filed under: Bible,commandment,cross,God,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Exodus 16:34 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.  (NIV)

Not only was a jar of manna and the tablets of the law of God’s covenant put in the tabernacle, Aaron’s rod was also put in there.  The manna represented God’s provision.  Aaron’s rod represented the authority of God.  The tablets represented the sinfulness of man unable to keep all the laws of the covenant all the time.  These three things are still relevant today.  God is our provision.  God is our authority and without the blood of Jesus we remain a slave to sin.  Those 3 items were in the Ark of the Covenant placed on the altar in the Holy of Holies.  Only the selected priest could go into the Holy of Holies and that was only once a year on the day of Atonement.  When Jesus died on the cross the vail separating the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom allowing all to see the Holy of Holies.  This was quite a feet as the vail was extremely thick.  God was showing us that we all, through His Son, Jesus, have access to the Holy of Holies.  We can all come before the altar and we all can have His manna (His Word in the Holy Bible to feed us), be guided in our life by the tablets (the laws of God) and have the benefit of the Rod by the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit within us.  How wonderful to have direct access to the Holy of Holies – God Himself.

April 13, 2020

Within Us

John 20:29 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  (NIV)

The tomb was empty.  Then Jesus appeared.  Could they believe their eyes and their ears?  They saw Him die on the cross.  They saw the blood and water come out of His body when a spear was pushed into Him.  They saw Him put into the tomb and a big rock put in the opening to seal the tomb.  They saw guards at the tomb to be sure His body remained in the tomb.  Yet, here He stood, speaking to them.  He even offered for Thomas to touch His hands and look at the nail holes in His feet.  They had no choice but to believe.  Jesus spent the next 40 days with His disciples and with others continuing to teach them and tell them about the Holy Spirit the Father would be sending in His place.  We can’t physical Him nor can we audibly hear Him.  Yet Jesus said those who believe and can’t see or hear are even more blessed than those who had that experience.  We see through our faith with spiritual eyes.  We see all the effects His love does in our physical world.  We hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit.  We can feel His presence because we have been blessed to come to know Jesus, the risen savior, Who loved us so very much as to pout off His God-nature and put on our nature so He could take our sin on Himself, pay the penalty, die to defeat death and give us everlasting life in the very real presence of God the Father.  Yes, Easter Sunday is over but through the Holy Spirit we have Jesus in us each and every day.  That’s so much better than only getting to see Him physically from time to time.  Let us not enjoy having the presence of Jesus in us, let us share that joy with all we meet.

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 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.

January 2, 2020

Slavery

Filed under: Bible,cross,God,Gospel,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The word “free” is in the Bible117 times.  Freedom is in 28.  Freely is in 24 times.  Other forms of the word “free” are in the Bible a total of 28 times.   That’s 197 times the Holy Bible talks about various forms of being free.   Freedom is important.  Wars have been fought in the name of freedom.  The United States constitution calls for freedom from slavery and freedom of religion.  Notice is says freedom of religion not freedom from religion.    In 1988 the world was focused on setting 2 whales, hemmed in by ice, free.  The Russians even worked with the United States to help free the whales.  It seems some consider 2 whales more important than people.    As the above verse states, it was for freedom Christ came and died on the cross.  The question we must answer for ourselves is how much are we willing to do for the freedom to worship God?  Will we keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone by our saying, “Thank You, Jesus” in the presence of another?  Are we willing to stand firm against anyone or any government that would take away our freedom to pray or worship or share the good news of the Gospel with others?  Some want to make having a Holy Bible against the law.  Are we willing to fight for the right to have our Bibles?  Let us stand firm and not be yoked by the slavery of unbelief.

December 25, 2019

Filed under: Christmas,cross,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

 

John 1:14 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)

Manger Bed

When I walked into the barn  Early one cold morn,  My eyes fell on the manger bed  Looking old and worn  Then I heard You softly say,  “Twas in a place like this,  snuggled in some old dry hay  I first laid to rest.”

As my Savior grew to serve  He wandered all around.  Never did He have a place  He could call His own.  When He died upon the cross  On that dismal day  They laid Him in a borrowed tomb  To wait for that third day.

Now that You have conquered death  Make Your home in me  Fill me with your warmth and peace,  Free Your love through me.  Keep my mind full of Your thoughts  Set my spirit free  To be united with Your own  Then One we’ll ever be.

These are the words to a song I wrote some time ago. I was going into our barn to mile goats and this was the result.  So often at Christmas we concentrate on the birth of Jesus, forgetting He was born in the shadow of the cross.  We forget the pain that must have been in the Father’s heart knowing what His Son must face while He was in totally human form.  Let us keep the entire purpose in mind as we celebrate with friends and family.

May you have a blessed Christmas day and spend time thanking and praising God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

December 14, 2019

Fully Human

Hebrews 2:14 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  (NIV)

Hebrews 2:14 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (ESV)

I also added the English Standard Version to help us understand this verse.  Many people claim Jesus wasn’t really human.  Scripture tells us differently.  The Word of God took off His God nature and became fully human, born from a woman’s egg but fertilized by God’s seed.  He was flesh and blood.  He needed to eat food, drink water and He bled, just as we do.  He had moments of exhaustion, He could laugh with His disciples and He could cry with Mary and Martha.  We can’t say He doesn’t understand how we feel or how hard it is to resist temptations.  He experienced all we experience except sin.  He had to be totally flesh and blood to conquer death for us.  When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil the image of God that was in them died.  God had to put on the image of man, had to become man, to let the image of man die and the image of God resurrect within man.  His image will only come into us through the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  Without our coming to the cross on which Jesus died for us, confessing our separation from God and asking Jesus to dwell in us we cannot be in the Image of God and will have to face spiritual death for eternity.  Praise God for His making a way for us to be united with Him, conquering death for all time.

December 9, 2019

Proof of Grace

Filed under: baptise,believe,Christ,commandment,cross,Father,God,grace,Jesus,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Luke 23:43 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV)

If anyone needs proof that it is only the grace of Jesus Christ that opens our door to heaven it is this statement Jesus made to one of the thieves on the cross.  There is no way for this thief to change his life.  He has no time to do good works.  He has no time to obey the 10 commandments.  He has no time to be baptized.  He has no time to partake of the communion of the Lord’s supper.  He only has time enough to ask Jesus to forgive him for living apart from God.  The reason we obey the commandments, the reason we attempt to do good works is because we love God and want to please Him, not because we are earning our way to heaven.  What a comforting statement Jesus made to the thief.  The moment we ask Jesus to remember us, to live within us, we are guaranteed a place in heaven.  We can relax.  We don’t need to work ourselves in a frenzy trying to be do-gooders or legalistic.  We need only believe, receive through faith by grace and desire to live each day pleasing to our Father.

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