Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 11, 2020

The Jonah Complex

Filed under: anger,Christ,forgive,God,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Jonah 4:2 2 He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity.  (NIV)

Jonah was very much like the second son in the parable of the prodigal son.  I’ve been there.  When I was a young driver and I saw people pulled over by the police I laughed and said I was glad they were getting what they deserved.  When a car sped past me I said I hoped they got caught.  God has changed me.  Now I pray for those situations that no one is hurt by their careless behavior.  Jonah didn’t like the Ninevites and wanted them to get what he considered their just deserts.  From our human, emotional perspective, we want people to take the penalty for their bad behavior but we always can find an excuse for ours.  Praise God, He is patient, loving and forgiving.  We deserve to pay a penalty for our unloving an bad behavior but God, in His great love for us and His desire to fellowship with us, sent a big part of Him, His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to put on the limited flesh of a created human like us, demonstrate how our behavior should be and take the penalty for us.  There is a condition to His continual forgiving of us.  He forgives us in the same proportion that we forgive others.  Let us not be like Jonah.  Let us be like Jesus.

April 5, 2020

Scriptual Prayer

Filed under: Bible,Father,forgive,fruit,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,joy,light,sin,thanks,Uncategorized,vine — by ginrich @ 7:50 pm

Colossians 1:9-14 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins  (NIV)

I copied all these verses in to demonstrate how to take a prayer recorded in the Holy Bible and turn it into a personal prayer.

Father, God, I continue to ask You to fill me with the knowledge of Your will through all the wisdom and understanding Your Holy Spirit within me gives.  Help me live a life worthy of You and a life that pleases You in every way.  Help me bear fruit in every good work and continue to grow in the knowledge of You.  Strengthen me with all power according to Your glorious might an give me great endurance and patience.  Help me continue giving joyful thanks to You in all circumstances.  I give You joyful thanks.  It is through Your Son, Jesus that I am qualified to share in the inheritance of the kingdom of light.  Your Son rescued me from the dominion of darkness and has brought me into Your kingdom of light.  Thank You for forgiving my sins.  I love You, Father God.

April 4, 2020

Because of Love

Filed under: believe,blood,Father,forgive,God,Guilt,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Hebrews 8:12 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (NIV)

We have a problem with guilt.  We expect ourselves to do better than we do.  When we sin, we get upset with ourselves and because of that we tend not to forgive ourselves.  This keeps us from accepting God’s forgiveness.  We have a hard time really believing He will forgive us every time we confess, we have sinned.  We tend to confess over and over.  God says after He forgives us, He no longer remembers the sin.  When He looks at us, the Father sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  This makes it easy for Him to forgive us.  His love is that strong.  We, as parents, forgive our children time after time because we love them.  How much more God loves us and forgives us.  Let us be quick to confess our sins, accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and ask the Holy Spirit to help us not repeat that sin again.

March 25, 2020

Attributes of God

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,heart,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Exodus 34:6-7 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.  (NIV)

Re-read each adjective.  Each one describes one of the many attributes of God.  He is compassionate.  To be compassionate means to have sympathy and a desire to alleviate someone’s sufferings.  He is gracious. Gracious is marked by kindness and politeness.  God doesn’t force us to love and/or accept Him.  God is slow to anger.  Because He is love He is slow to get angry even when we go against His will for us.  He abounds in love because He is love.  He is faithful.  He never turns His back on those who look to Him.  He keeps loving no matter what.  He forgives wickedness, rebellion and sin never to bring what is forgiven up again.  Those attributes are plentiful to those who look to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. There is another side of God reserved for those who rebel against Him.  His punishment for them I out of love for them that through punishment they will open their hearts, minds and love to Him through His Son, Jesus.   How many of these attributes do we see at work in our own lives?  As we yield to the Holy Spirit within us we will find these attributes reflected and growing in us.

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 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.  (NIV)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

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.

January 25, 2020

Most Important Part of Prayer

Filed under: disciples,forgive,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Matthew 6:5  And when you come before God, don’tturn that into a theatrical production either.  All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, oping for stardom! Do you think God will take a box seat?  (Message)

There is a lot on YouTube about prayer.  Many are giving formulas.  Prayer is the word for a conversation with God.  We don’t need a formula to talk with our earthly parents.  We definitely don’t need a formula to talk with our heavenly Father Who loves us even more than our earthly parents.  Many people change the sound of their voice, say one of God’s names every few words, repeat a few words over and over and so on.  We need to remember we are having a conversation with the One Who knows us best and loves us most.  We need to be natural when we talk with God.  When Jesus taught the disciples how to pray He wasn’t giving them a formula.  He was showing them their connection with God and what they (and us) can ask.  He was pointing out that God is our Father and we are to call Him such.  He showed how we can thank and praise Him and how we can ask for our basic needs and forgiveness as long as we have forgiven others.  Let us remember prayer out loud in the presence of others isn’t for show or for trying to make others think we are so spiritually mature and good.  Prayer is a conversation with God.  A conversation that requires 2-way communication so let’s not forget the most important part of prayer –listening.

January 22, 2020

Quick Forgiveness

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,Jesus,prayer,scriptures — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Ephesians 4:26 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry,  (NIV)

I was angry.  I left stewing with anger.  I was way overcharged for a job that the person didn’t really know how to do.  They didn’t even have the right tool to finish the job.  Some of the job we had to explain how to do it.  The amount charged was way over what was deserved.  I spent the night wrestling with it.  I knew I must forgive but I bargained with God that I would forgive after I found someone who could finish the job and not be stuck with a useless piece of equipment.  As I though and prayed about that attitude I remember that Jesus forgave me without conditions.  Forgiveness is hard for us.  We go into the what if mode of thinking.  The scriptures say it plainly.  We even pray the words of forgiveness every time we say the prayer example Jesus gave us…forgive our sins as we forgive others.  The question we must face is how do we want Jesus to forgive us.  In that same way we must forgive.  I had no choice.  Before I could sleep, I had to choose total forgiveness.  The amount of money is in God’s hands and so is the equipment.  Forgiveness means I will not hold it against them nor bring it up again.  I even prayed about writing this but it is written not from anger or hurt but from the hopes it will help someone else choose forgiveness over resentment and bitterness.  God is faithful in forgiving us.  Who are we not to be faithful in forgiving others?  Now I pray for those involved that they will allow God to work in their hearts and have a blessed life.

January 17, 2020

Forgiveness Means

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

John 13:5 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  (NIV)

We’ve read a lot about forgiveness.  We have experienced the forgiveness of God most every day of our lives.  We are told we are to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are things we shouldn’t forgive.  We confuse forgiving the person with forgiving the action.  We often look at the example of Jesus forgiving Peter for denying Him 3 times.  We must also look at their last supper together in the upper room.  Notice Jesus washed the feet of all the disciples.  He knew Peter would deny Him 3 times in a few hours.  He knew Judas was going to betray His whereabouts to the religious leaders for 30 pieces of silver.  He knew all of them would hide away in fear.  Yet, He washed all of their feet.  Yes, including Peter and Judas.  We claim we want to follow the example of Jesus.  We like to give to others.  We like to visit the sick and the imprisoned.  We like sharing the good news.  But, forgiving someone who has hurt us or lied about us or has killed someone we know and love.   How can we possibly forgive them?  Jesus does.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning the actions.  Nor does it mean someone doesn’t have to bear the consequences of the actions.  Forgiveness means  a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.  We don’t deserve God’s forgiveness yet, because He loves us, He continually forgives us.  The disciples didn’t deserve Jesus’ forgiveness, yet He forgave them.    God even loves those who have hurt us.  Since God loves and forgives, who are we not to do the same?  Forgiveness is a conscious choice.  Let us learn to choose to forgive.  As we forgive healing of the hurt will slowly take the place of resentment and bitterness that only hurts us, not the ones who caused the hurt.  As we pray in the prayer Jesus taught us, “Forgive our sins as we forgive the sins of others.

December 20, 2019

In Line

Filed under: anger,believe,forgive,God,heart,humble,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Mark 11:24 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  (NIV)

So why don’t we see more of what we ask for in prayer more often? Our first problem is do we really want what it is we are asking?  When we pray for someone we don’t really know for healing, do we really want their healing?  Do we really care?  Next, do we really believe that God wants us to have what we are asking?  And the biggest blockage, is there any unforgiveness in our heart?  If we are angry or bitter or unforgiving God won’t hear us.  The parable of the widow begging the judge over and over until he finally gave her what she asked.  It’s not that God wants us to beg over and over but He does want us to know if we really want and need what it is we ask.  Let’s not be flippant in our prayers.  When we ask for something let us first be sure it is in line with the character of God.  When what we ask is in line with God’s character we can believe with our whole hearts and minds that we will receive it.

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