Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 4, 2019

Definitions

Filed under: Christ,Church,denomination,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Revelation 22:18-19 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll. (NIV)

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever (NIV)

There are a few protestant denominations trying to change the word of God.  When they find that difficult they try to change the definition of the word they don’t like.  It appears they aren’t concerned with following the commands of God.  The want to appeal to the present day culture.  I’m so glad the apostles were more concerned with obeying and walking with our Lord than fitting in with their present-day culture.  God knows what is best for us to live an abundant life.  He doesn’t command things to ruin our fun and pleasure.  He is protecting us for troubles we can’t see on down the road.  I hope, if you’re in one of the denominations trying to change God’s commands or the definition of words used for centuries you will speak up and be counted.  Jesus had no problem correcting the religious leaders of His day and we should do the same.  No matter what some try to do, God’s word will endure forever.

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January 22, 2019

Extra Rules

Matthew 15:8-9 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. (NIV)

Jesus is quoting from the prophet Isaiah.  So many churches even today have added to scripture making their own rules that people are supposed to follow.  Many churches even split because of the man-made rules.  In our human nature we want to be better than others and tell others to be like us.  We want others to worship the same way we do, eat what we eat, dislike what we dislike and on and on.  Jesus said we are to be one in Him and in each other.  Being one means to love as God loves.  It doesn’t mean we must do everything alike.  Some worship on their knees, some standing.  What counts is worship from the heart.  Let us stop criticizing others for doing things differently from us.  Let us not agree with those who would require people follow man-made rules.  Let us follow the commands of God and love one another and worship God with our entire heart and mind in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.

October 20, 2018

Fitting Together

Filed under: Bible,Church,denomination,devotion,God,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:10 pm

Nehemiah 4:6 6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.(NIV)

To understand the import of this verse we must read Nehemiah chapter 3.  In this chapter we read how various different tribes rebuilt different portions of the walls and gates.  Each tribe did their own section.  In the end, all sections fit together and the wall and gates were rebuilt.  Instead of tribes today, we have a various group of denominations and individual churches.  God has various ministries for each individual group.  One group should not interfere with the ministry of another but allow each denomination, church and individual to work in the ministry designed for them by God.  We can’t see how they all fit together as the “walls” surrounding the Kingdome of God are not finished but we must be sure to be about the ministry God has assigned to each one of us while encouraging others to do the same.  God desires to flow through us to prepare for the New Earth, His Kingdome coming.  Let us be about our ministry.

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