Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

January 25, 2019

It Takes Blood

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Obey,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

Genesis 3:21 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (NIV)

To cover the sinfulness of Adam and Eve, God killed animals and used their skin to clothe them.  It took the shedding of the blood of the animals to cover the sin of Adam and Eve.  Before God came down in flesh to this earth it took the blood of animals sacrificed daily to cover the sins of the people.  Today it takes the blood of Jesus to cover our sin.  Since Jesus is the perfect, sinless Lamb, His one-time sacrifice covers our sin for eternity.  Just as Adam and Eve had to wear the skins of the animals to be covered, we must wear the blood of Jesus to be covered.  We wear His blood through accepting Jesus in our hearts, minds and lives, choosing to follow, obey and serve Him and confessing (giving to Him) our sins daily.  Our clothing is no longer animal skins but the righteousness of the sinless Jesus through His shed blood.

January 24, 2019

Hiding

Filed under: forgive,God,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:09 pm

Genesis 3:10 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (NIV)

God was looking for Adam but Adam hid.  Adam realized he couldn’t stay hidden from God.  God always sees and knows.  We try to hide our sin from God.  In actuality we can only hide our sin from ourself.  God sees and knows our sin.  We must come to the realization God already knows our sin, admit it to ourself and to Him and accept His forgiveness.  Denying our sinfulness doesn’t nullify our sin.  The only way out of sin is confession and receiving God’s forgiveness.  Tomorrow we’ll read how God covers and forgives our sin.  Let us learn to be honest with ourselves and express that honesty to God.

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