Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 18, 2019

Confession for Forgiveness

Filed under: Bible,confess,Father,forgive,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 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)

Many think, once they invite Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives they no longer need to confess any more sins.  The think sins in the future are covered by their initial confession.  Looking at tis verse it is important to read the first word, “if.”  It is the sins confessed that are forgiven.  That’s why I do what I call spiritual breathing each night.  I look over my day, what I did, didn’t do, said, didn’t say and thought.  I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that didn’t bring glory and honor to God.  It takes a willingness to be totally honest with our self to admit what we did or didn’t do or say or think could qualify as a sin but, in reality, anything that doesn’t bring glory and honor to God, anything that doesn’t agree with God’s instructions on living contained in the Holy Bible, is sin.  When I first started doing this I ended with, “And God, if there’s anything I overlooked, please forgive me for it.”  As I’ve grown in my relationship with God I find Him holding me more accountable for my own actions and inactions.  Is there ever an evening when I have nothing to confess?  Absolutely not.  Will there ever be?  That will be when Jesus brings me in front of the throne of the Father.  Let us be quick to confess our own sins and equally quick to forgive others their sins.

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June 17, 2019

Literal or Symbolic

Filed under: Bible,forgive,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Matthew 5:30 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.  (NIV)

A friend and I had a discussion on this verse.  Is it to be taken literally or symbolically?  My mind centered on the pronoun “it.”  Most read the pronoun referring to the right hand.  I see it referring to the word “stumble.”  It is the sin we are to throw away from us.  If our right hand, actually it is the choices we make with our mind, causes us to sin, we are to be sure our right hand, the thought in our mind that chose to carry out the sin, is cut away from us.  The parts of our body respond to the thoughts we harbor in our mind.  What the right hand does is a reflection of what we are thinking.  Literally cutting off our right hand won’t change the thoughts in our mind I see this as a symbolic statement.  It is important, as we read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, that we listen to the spoken word of God, the Holy Spirit, and gain our understanding of the application of the words in our life for the here and now.  When we become aware of our sinning or stumbling into a temptation, let us renew our minds through confession, forgiveness and inputting both the written word of God and the spoken words of God in the here and now.

June 3, 2019

Shooting Off Our Mouth

Filed under: Christ,confess,forgive,government,Jesus,Obey,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Acts 23:5 5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’” (NIV)

Romans 13:1 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (NIV)

We take great delight in criticizing our government leaders.  We even say things about them that aren’t verified by fact.  We even enjoy hearing others speaking negatively about those who are in our government.  As much as we don’t like what scripture says, as a follower of Jesus Christ we are to follow what the scripture says.  We are not to say negative or evil things about those in our government.  In the United States, we have the power to choose who is in our government.  We do this by our vote.  I’ve noticed some of the people around me who complain and have the foulest mouth about those in the government are the same people who sit at home on election days.  Instead of mouthing off at those in government, let us practice obeying another verse in the scripture.  2 Chronicles 7:1  says if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Let us stop shooting our mouth off to others and use our mouth to confess our sins along with the sins of our government and ask God for forgiveness and direction.

May 30, 2019

One Thousand Years

Filed under: forgive,God,grace,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

2 Peter 3:8 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (NIV)

This verse is not easily understood.  We are locked into our physical time and space.  God isn’t.  God is all eternity.  One thing we can learn from this verse is what we do or say in one day, even in one moment of a day, can last and does last into eternity.  Words and actions can’t be taken back.  We all have things we regret saying or doing.  Those things can be forgiven by God when we ask.  It takes God’s grace and mercy to erase those from eternity.  God doesn’t force others to erase those things from their memories.  They can only fade as we appropriate God’s forgiveness through us on others.  Sometimes we end the day saying, “Whew.  I’m glad this day is over.”  The physical day may be over but what we said and did could last into eternity.  Let us be mindful and careful with our words and actions.

April 6, 2019

Forgiveness

Filed under: forgive,God,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Colossians 3:13 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)

Sometimes this can be emotionally hard to do.  We’ve all been hurt at times.  It’s hard not to want to hurt back.  It’s also hard to choose to forgive.  Forgiving means not bringing it up again or holding it against someone.  When God forgives us, He said He remembers it no longer.  We are totally forgiven and are no longer to bring it up ourselves.  In our human nature we like telling and retelling others about our hurts of the past.  When we forgive, we can no longer bring it up for telling and retelling.  We might not have trouble forgiving what we consider to be little things but when the hurt is big it is much harder to forgive.  However, God doesn’t qualify what kind or how much hurt we’ve experienced.  Neither does He limit what kind of sin we commit that He will forgive.  He forgives all and we must do the same.  Forgiving releases us from the hurt even more than it releases the one whom we forgive.  Healing from the hurt doesn’t begin to take place until forgiveness is given.  God commands us to forgive, not so much for the good of the one who hurt us for they usually have consequences and guilt from their behavior, but for our good.  Forgiveness brings us freedom in the love of God.  Unforgiveness fosters bitterness and eventually hate which will block the love of God from our hearts and lives.  Let us always choose to forgive and let God bring healing to our emotions.

March 21, 2019

Recognize Who God Is

Filed under: Christ,confess,Father,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

2 Peter 3:18 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. (NIV)

When we pray do, we spend most of our prayer time asking for things.  We want to be comfortable.  We want this or that for our convenience.  We are to pray we will continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  If we need to go through a trial to grow, praise God.  But though we do ask for things, and this is okay to do, we need to spend most of our time in praise and words of love, bring glory to God.  We tend to concentrate on the Father image, the Daddy love, of God which sometimes leads us to forgetting Who God really is.  It is only by His grace and mercy through His Son, Jesus that we can approach Him, speak to Him, ask Him and praise Him.  We really don’t have a full concept of how mighty, powerful and all-consuming God is.  Yes, He is our Father if we have come to Him through Jesus, yet, He is still God.  Let us approach Him with praises and thanks on our lips and, only after we have confessed our love for Him and confessed our sin, ask for forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit for help in changing our direction in the things we con Ifess, should we turn our attention on our needs and wants.  He already knows our needs and wants but, as Jesus asked the blind man what he wanted, God wants us to voice our wants to Him.  Let us remember ACTS in our prayers.  Acknowledge and acclaim Who God is, Confess our sin, Thank Him for forgiveness and for all He has done for us, the finally Supplicate – ask for things we need and want.

March 18, 2019

Smug

Filed under: forgive,God,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Jonah 4:1 1 But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. (NIV)

I hope you will take a few minutes to refresh yourself by reading the entire short account of Jonah.  Jonah was angry with God.  Jonah, in resentful obedience to God told Nineveh they would be destroyed because of their sin, Jonah wanted to see that was done.  So often we want to see others pay for the wrong they’ve done.  Revenge feels good to our sinful existence.  We like to forget we are also sinners.  We have done thing that have hurt other people.  God has forgiven us.  We know God also forgives others but, in our sinful nature, we resent that.  It makes us feel better, in our sinful nature, to see others get what we think they should deserve.  In our spirits we know we aren’t any better than the others but we like to think we are.  Seeing other get punished makes us feel better about ourselves.  I use to be gleeful when passing someone who’s been pulled over by police.  How smug of me.  I am occasionally guilty of speeding.  Instead of feeling smug, I should be glad they were stopped before getting into an accident and say “except for the grace of God that could be me.”  Let us learn to really love our fellow sojourners on this earth and pray they will come to know the merciful forgiveness of God.

March 10, 2019

Remembered No More

Filed under: forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Isaiah 43:25 25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. (NIV)

God blots out our transgressions, not just for our sake but for His sake.  Sin cannot be in the presence of Almighty God.  God is love and God is sinless.  God loves us and desires for us to be in His presence but, without blotting out our sin, He cannot, by His very nature, have us in His presence.  In addition, because He, through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Who is the Word of God Who took on flesh to be able to take on our sin, He remembers our sins no more.  He puts them so far away that they never come back to His mind.  When we confess a sin, it is forgiven, as long as we recognize it is forgiven because of the sacrifice of Jesus.  I learned this because I kept confessing the same sin, only done once, over and over.  Finally, I heard the Holy Spirit ask me, “What sin?”.  Once confessed, once forgiven for all time.  We must learn not to rake ourselves over the coals.  We must learn to forgive ourselves just as God forgives us.  Only through forgiving ourselves can we live fully in the forgiveness of God, our Father.

February 25, 2019

Kingdom of God

Filed under: Christ,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,judging,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

Luke 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (KJV)

The kingdom of God is a spiritual place, for God is Spirit.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives the kingdom of God enters into us in the person of the Holy Spirit.  The kingdom of God consists of God’s children, the believers and followers of Jesus Christ.  When Jesus returns to this earth only those who are God’s children, those who are already in His kingdom, will remain.  Those who refused to follow Jesus will be permanently separated from God’s kingdom.  When we live in a kingdom, we follow the laws of that kingdom.  Breaking the laws is sin.  When we break a law, we must confess, admit our guilt.  But we have an advocate, a Defender in the person of Jesus who, as defender and judge, forgives us and allows us to continue being in the kingdom and the kingdom in us.  How wonderful to be in a relationship with the defender and judge of all.

February 23, 2019

Look to the Cross

Filed under: confess,Creation,cross,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:25 pm

1 Peter 2:24 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (NIV)

When mankind chose sin over God, God had to look away and withdraw from mankind.  He had to do the same when His Son, Jesus, was on the cross taking on the sins of all humanity.  Until Jesus took on our sins oneness with God was impossible.  We now have a choice.  We can choose to continue in sin or we can choose to resist sin, keep our eyes on the cross and what it cost the Father and the Son, and embrace the Holy Spirit within us as we grow into the reality of abiding IN and the oneness of our being with our Creator.  The Son of Man, Jesus, had to experience the death that mankind experienced upon the first sin of disobedience by choice to overcome that choice by choosing obedience unto death.  Now, oneness with God is made possible.  Yes, we will sin but hopefully, not by conscious choice.  Keeping our minds on the cross and the price God paid for our reunion with Him will help us make the right choices.  When we stumble, we confess, repent (change directions) and are forgiven.  Then we make our minds up to grow in knowledge from our stumbling and move on into our oneness with God.  He died so we can choose to die to the desire to sin and live in His resurrection to eternal life.

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