Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 4, 2019

A Special Gift

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,depression,forgive,gifts,God,God's Word,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Matthew 18:35 35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”  (NIV)

As we enter the season of gift giving, let’s consider one of the greatest gifts we can ever give another person.  This is the gift of forgiveness.  In reality, according to the word of God, the Holy Bible, we don’t have a choice.  Forgiveness is a command.  Our forgiveness from God the Father through Jesus, His Son, hinges on our forgiveness of others.  Not only is forgiveness a beautiful and healing gift for others, it is of the greatest benefit for ourselves.  Unforgiveness harbors bitterness, depression and even anger.  It affects our physical, emotional and spiritual parts of our being.  It robs both the one needing forgiveness and the one needing to forgive inner peace.  May I encourage you to be sure there is no one in your life that you need to forgive.  God didn’t say there are certain things you aren’t to forgive.  Forgiveness isn’t rated by degrees or intensity.  He just said, forgive in the same way He forgives us.  Let us choose to do the same.

December 2, 2019

Staying Attached

Filed under: Bible,Christ,fruit,God,Jesus,Lord,meditation,prayer,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

John 15:5-7 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  (NIV)

Our full time job and priority is to stay attached to Jesus, the vine of life in God. Grape vines don’t labor to produce their fruit.  They naturally produce fruit as long as they’re attached to the vine.  We needn’t strive to produce fruit.  We will produce fruit naturally as long as we stay attached to Jesus, the vine of life with God.  What is the fruit we will produce?  The fruit is listed in Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)  Our question is how do we stay firmly attached to the vine (Jesus)?  We stay attached through reading, meditation and studying the scriptures (the Holy Bible), putting them in our hearts and minds and through 2-way conversation (prayer) with our Lord, Jesus.  Doing those things will not only keep us attached to the vine (Jesus) but will also produce growth in the branch (us).  Let us do more than stay attached.  Let us grow strong.  As we grow strong we will be able to bear more fruit.

December 1, 2019

Discouraged

Filed under: anger,Bible,Christ,Father,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Matthew 16:8-11 8 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? 9 Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 10 Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? 11 How is it you don’t understand that I was not talking to you about bread? But be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  (NIV)

We all have times of discouragement.  Jesus had times of discouragement.  There were times He was discouraged at the slow learning and trusting of His chosen disciples.  There were times He was discouraged that the people in His own home town wouldn’t believe Him.  When many of us are discouraged it sometimes leads to anger.  Jesus didn’t let His discouragement lead to anger.  He knew He was being obedient to His Father and doing His Father’s will.  This was primary for Him and He remained faithful to following His Father’s will regardless of what others might think or do.  When we are discouraged, we must first make sure we are following the will of God for our lives.  If we are, we needn’t worry about what others think.  If we aren’t, we need to get back on track.  Discouragement is an emotion which changes with the tide of events.  It will come and go.  When it comes, let’s remember we aren’t perfect but the One Who is in us is perfect and will see us through every situation.  When discouraged, get into the Holy Bible and read the uplifting promises of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

November 30, 2019

Presented

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,Righteous,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Romans 3:25-26 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus  (NIV)

God presented Christ.  He presented Christ to all in the world.  He presented Christ for Christ to demonstrate His righteousness.  The word “present” is being used as a verb.  It means “to deliver something.”  What was it God was delivering through presenting Christ?  He was delivering a way to righteousness.  It is only through righteousness (a right relationship with God) that we can have any kind of relationship with God.  Jesus Christ is the only one who is righteous.  Without receiving God’s delivery through Jesus Christ of His righteousness we have no relationship with God.  It is the righteousness of Jesus which justifies us, but only if we have faith in Jesus.  Faith is defined as complete confidence or trust in someone or something.  Trust is believing in the reliability of someone or something.  Throughout history, God has proven He is true and reliable in His word.  God isn’t a man that He could lie.  God can’t lie.  God is truth.  For us it is a matter of choice.  We can choose to believe and come under the covering of Jesus and His righteousness or we can choose to ignore what has been proven throughout history.  God, through Jesus Christ, is the only way presented freely to us.

November 29, 2019

Fall Short

Filed under: glory,God,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  (NIV)

To understand this verse we must first know what sin is.  Sin is a singular tense.  Jesus died for our sin; He didn’t die for what we call sins.  The word sin is an old archery word meaning miss the target.  When an archer shot, if he didn’t hit the bullseye it was said he sinned – he missed his target of the bullseye.  The above verse goes on ti say sin is falling short of the glory of God.  We are here to be in the image of God.  We should reflect the unseen character of God by displaying it in our lives.  What is the character of God?  God is love.  Look up 1 Corinthians 13.  As we read it, substitute our own name every place the word love appears.  These are the characteristics of God.  We fall short of those characteristics.  We reflect some of them some of the time but we are not consistent.  God is consistent.  We must all agree we are all sinners because we all fall short of the glory which is God.

November 28, 2019

Thanks Expressed

Filed under: Bible,God,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Bible Trivia for Thanksgiving Day

Thank is in the Bible 75 times

Thanks is in the Bible 35 times

Thanksgiving is in the Bible 30 times

Thankful 3 times

Thankfulness 3 times

Thanked 2

Thanking 1

That’s 149 expressions of thanks.  How many times a day do we thank God?  How often do we thank our family members?  How often do we thank others?  Let us develop the habit of expressing our thanks.

 

November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Eve

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,thanks,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Corinthians 14:17 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.  (NIV)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  It was intended to be a day we set aside to thank God for the freedom we have at the present in our country to worship God and tell of His glorious works.  Yet, for most, this day has become a day to edify our favorite sports team.  It is also now a day when many stores open in the afternoon to get a jump-start on what has become known as Black Friday.  We can’t wait to buy more stuff.  As we prepare for tomorrow, let us be sure to take time to thank our God for the freedom we still have but are in danger of losing.  Let us also spend some time in intercession for those elected to lead our country.  Let us also spend some time in intercession for those who want to deny us the right to worship and express our beliefs and hold fast to the precepts in God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  Let our thankfulness outweigh the time and enthusiasm we spend on watching our favorite sports team or the good price we might be after for more stuff.  Let us truly be thankful and give thanks.

November 26, 2019

No Monuments

Filed under: blood,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Genesis 11:4 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”  (NIV)

We, as sinful mankind, think we can build a way to heaven with our own hands and works.  There is no work, regardless of how good we might think it is, that will get us into heaven.  The only way to heaven is through the door Jesus, the Son of God, provided for us.  That door is accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and committing to live in obedience to His word.  We build monuments to ourselves in an effort to say how good we are.  In and of ourselves there is no goodness.  It takes the love of God for goodness to exist.  Only when we release the Holy Spirit Who resides in us when we accept Jesus, will real good come through us.  Jesus didn’t tell us to build monuments to Him.  He left us with 2 basic things in His honor; the bread representing His body and the wine representing His blood.  Here are the words to a song I wrote.

Two Simple Elements

No fancy statues, no monuments tall

To remember the Savior Who died for us all.

Just two simple elements, that’s all we need

To remember our Jesus our Lord and our King.

 

As they were eating He took up the bread,

He blessed it and broke it and gave it and said,

This is My body, take it and eat.

It’s broken for you in remembrance of Me.

 

After the bread He took up the cup

He blessed it and gave it to all and said.

This is My blood, the new covenant.

Take it and drink it be free from your sins.

 

Lord Jesus, I thank You for taking my place.

For giving Your body to strengthen my faith.

Lord Jesus I thank You for spilling Your blood.

It cleanses and washes and makes me God’s child.

 

Just two simple elements, that’s all it takes.

Take them and eat them and drink them in faith.

The Lord will sustain you and cleanse all your sins.

He wants to be in you, oh let Him come in.

He wants to be in you, your Lord and your King.

 

1976 Copyright

November 25, 2019

Holy and Blameless

Filed under: blood,Christ,God,holy,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Ephesians 1:4 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  (NIV)

There are a few things in this verse to pay close attention to.  The first is God chose us even before He started creating the universe as we know it.  He had plans for us from before the beginning of time as we know it.  For what did God choose us?  He chose us to be holy and blameless in His sight.  How can we, being full of sin and because of sin, separate from God, be holy and blameless.  Red the last 3 words.  In His sight.  When God looks at us, He sees the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Because of that blood God sees us holy and blameless.  His Son took our sin and our blame on Himself.  The last 2 word in this verse are “in love.”  It is only in love that God allowed His Son to experience the pain and suffering and separation from Him to take on our Sin and blame.  What wonderous love is this!

November 24, 2019

Spiritual Blessings

Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

There are a couple things to understand about this verse.  One, God will only bless us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only through Jesus that we can approach God.  The other is, because of Jesus, God blesses us with every spiritual blessing.  Notice the word “every.”  Every spiritual blessing is there, waiting for us to receive and incorporate in our lives.  What are the spiritual blessings?  They are recorded throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  So often the word, “promise” is substituted for the word “blessing.”  As we read, meditate and study the words in the Holy Bible, let us pay attention to the promises or blessings recorded, receive them and incorporate them in faith into our everyday life.  We can only do this through faith and trust that God is true to His word.  Faith and trust is a choice.  The Holy Spirit enables us to choose to believe and trust.  Let us study and incorporate at least one promise/blessing each and every day.

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