Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 3, 2020

Barriers Broken

Filed under: Bible,gender,Jesus,judging,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

John 4:7 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (NIV)

This is really awesome.  Jews didn’t speak or even go near Samaritans.  There were major differences in their religious beliefs.  There was a great deal of prejudice and animosity on both sides.  Not only was there a major hatred between the 2 cultures, men never spoke to women – especially when no one else was present.  Not only these 2 issues, this woman was also hated by her people due to her sinful behavior.  Jesus was demonstrating there is nothing that separates us from God or from each other; not race, culture, gender or past history.  In God’s eyes we are all equal.  Jesus is our example yet we are so far from following him.  There is a big war on gender identity, on racial differences, on cultural differences on everything that is considered to be different from anyone else.  There is really no human that isn’t at least a little prejudiced about some form of difference between him/her and another.  We need to get our act together.  God loves all people.  God created all people.  All people are equally important to God.  We are to do the same.  Let us learn to appreciate the differences without critical judgment.  God is the judge, not us.  Let us learn to demonstrate God’s love following the instructions in the Holy Bible and let God take care of those who choose not to follow God.  Love and acceptance go a long way to healing hatred.  Jesus broke those barriers between race, culture, gender and sinful life-styles.  Who are we to put barriers back in place?

May 29, 2020

Like Paul

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christian,gender,God,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Ephesians 6:19 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly   (NIV)

Paul was threatened with prison and death yet his prayer request was to be bold and always speak for Christ Jesus.  I don’t know about you, but Paul puts me to shame.  So many of us pray selfishly for our own comfort and convenience.  Paul was totally focused on God and spreading of His message.  We, for the most part are focused on what will make us most popular.  As believers in and followers of Jesus our number one desire should be to be pleasing to God regardless of what others might think of us.  We fear being labeled a “religious fanatic.”  That term has changed in it’s meaning as culture has pulled further and further away from God.  Today that term applies to anyone who is openly a true believer and follower of God.  I don’t use the term “Christian” because now that term seems to be defined as a church member that is basically a “good” person.  We are do good today at changing the definition of a word to match our own desires of its meaning.  Not only has the definition of Christian changed but the definition of marriage and gender have also changed.  Let us be more like Paul and desire to be bold in our belief and following of God through Jesus Christ and proclaim the gospel to those around us in a loving, non-judgmental way.

January 13, 2020

Job’s Pride

Filed under: Christians,gender,God,grace,love,pride,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Job 1:1 1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. (NIV)

I appreciate the study of the book of Job.  That is because it really gets my attention and draws me upright.  On casual reading we think Job was doing really good.  Even God told Satan Job was righteous.  However, Job was one who was legalistic.  He was doing everything to earn his way with God.  He didn’t know about the grace of God.  Job thought he was good and was proud of his goodness.  He even boasted about it later in the book.  God finally talked to Job citing Who He is and what He had done and drew Job up short.  As with the prodigal sons (one went off and the other stayed home but both were prodigal in their own way) and with the pharacess who thought themselves to be so good but whose hearts were full of self, Job was full of self until God got his attention.  We, as Christians, also struggle with pride of being good compared to the thief or prostitute or murderer.  We forget it is not our works or our presumed goodness that connects us with God.  We are only in the presence of God through God’s grace and love.  God doesn’t desire sacrifices or even good works.  God wants us to love Him as much as He loves us.  I don’t know about you but I know I fall far short of that.  I desire to be there and I ask God to do all He needs to in order to bring me to that point.  What we do that we call good must be done in love, not in the desire to “earn points” with God.  If it’s been awhile, go back and reread Job, especially where God talks to him but, as we read, we need to put ourselves in Job’s place.

July 15, 2019

Ask Anything

Filed under: gender,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

1 John 5:14-15 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.  (NIV)

We can’t read verse 15 without first reading verse 14.  So many want to just interpret verse 15 without the 14th.  Many get upset when they ask for things from God yet don’t receive them.  Sometimes it weakens their belief.  We are to ask according to God’s will.  His will is for our motive for anything we say, do or want be based on love for God and love for our fellow people.  This rules out self-indulgence.  God hears us when we ask in the right attitude—the right motive.  Whatever we ask, according to His will, we can have absolute confidence it will be done in His perfect time.  We must remember God’s time is different from our time.  We must also remember God sees all time whereas we can only see the present.  How wonderful it is, as children of God, that we can trust His wisdom and His timing for all things.

April 23, 2019

Our Use

Filed under: gender,God,Holy Spirit,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 9:20-21 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?  (NIV)

Much is being debated about people who want to change the gender of their birth.  We read here we are not to argue or talk back to God.  He is the creator.  He chooses the gender of our birth.  Choosing to change our gender is like a slap in the face of God.  God places in each individual a specific purpose.  Our trying to change who we were born to be will produce a life of struggle against what God has chosen for us.  We can apply this to even more than gender.  Some want to be a different race.  Some want to look or sound different than they are.  We need to learn to accept with joy what God has created and seek to find His purpose in us as we walk through this life.  There is a saying, “bloom where you are panted.”  We need to learn to bloom as we were created.  Each one of us is the “only me God has” and no one else can ever take our place.  It is a joy learning to meet the real “me” as we look in the face of our Savior.  Our “use” is in the hands of our Creator.  Let us fulfill our “use” through Him through the power of His Holy Spirit within us.

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