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 14, 2019

Antidote

Filed under: anger,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,praise,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Hosea 14:4 4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (NIV)

Most of Hosea deals with the sins of Israel and the punishment for their sin by God.  But, as we read on to the last chapter we find God’s love and mercy are stronger than mankind’s sin.  This is so very encouraging.  As much as we would like not to sin, we are sinners.  We are in a fleshly body with a carnal mind living among other sinners and temptations.  God provide what we can call an antidote for our prone to sinning.  He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus to leave His God-head nature and clothe Himself in a fleshly body to demonstrate to us how God intends for us to live  Knowing we still wouldn’t live that as Jesus demonstrated, God allowed His Son to die as the perfect Lamb for a one time for all sin offering.  Three days later Jesus rose from the death to show us we, through our belief and following Him, can have life eternally with God.  Even though we bear the consequences in the here and now of some of our sins, God forgives and forgets them.  He no longer holds them against us and allows us to have an intimate relationship with Him.  He has every right to be angry with us.  So often we take Him for granted.  So often we treat Him like a Genie in a bottle.  So often our prayers are full of “I wants” rather than praise for Who God is and thanks for what He has done and continues to do for us.  Let us work to be less into ourselves and our wants and more into Who God really is and what He has done and is doing.

June 12, 2019

God Speaks

Genesis 1:3 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  (NIV)

And God said.  God spoke.  When God spoke, what He said happened.  Whatever God says happens.  God spoke throughout the Old and New Testament of what we call the Holy Bible.  We can read, time after time how what God spoke happened.  Some happened immediately and some happened quite a while after.  Some are still waiting to happen.  God still speaks today.  He has given those who believe in and follow His Son, Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, the Person of the Holy Spirit to speak to and through those believers/followers.  As God was creating the earth there were no humans.  Now God speaks to and through humans.  Quite often the humans don’t listen.  God will cause what He has spoken or is speaking to come about with or without humans.  It is the humans who miss out by ignoring what God has or is saying.  He desires for us to allow Him to speak and work through us because we are now joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must ask ourselves if we are listening.  We listen both through the written word, the Holy Bible and through the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.  We must more than listen.  We must act on what God says.  Let us always listen.  As to the spoken words today, no spoken word from God will ever disagree with what God has allowed to be written in the scriptures, the Holy Bible.  That is why it is so very important for us to commit the scriptures to our minds.  Let us know scripture and be prepared to hear God speaking to us today

June 9, 2019

Can’t See

Filed under: armor,faith,God,God's Word,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

1 Peter 5:8 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

In the military soldiers are told as long as they can see the enemy they can defeat them.  This played true in WW1 and WW2 but in Viet Nam it became difficult.  The enemy was able to hide in bushes and sometimes even under ground.  They couldn’t see the enemy and were often attacked unawares.  This is the tactic of Satan.  We can’t see him.  We get so involved in our own selves and in our own living schedule we fail to notice the warning signs of Satan’s presence.  We are distracted and sub come to temptations without warning.  No, we are not to live like Satan is around at every corner or under every bush.  We are to keep the armor of God on us.  We are to dress in His armor each and every morning before we go out to face the world.  With this in mind I make it easy for you.  Here are the instructions for the armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

May I encourage you to memorize the pieced of the armor.  I’ve written about the different pieces of the armor in the past.  There are a lot of teachings on line available also.  It is so very important for each of us to be fully armored and ready to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one, Satan.  Notice the scripture ends with praying.  Prayer is the most reliable and the strongest weapon ever

June 7, 2019

Yesterday’s Bread

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,meditation,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Luke 11:3 3 Give us each day our daily bread. (NIV)

Most all of us, when we think of bread, think of the physical food we make which we call bread.  Jesus said He is the bread of life.  The scripture is called the living word of God.  It is called living because the verses have multiple layers of meaning according to where we are in our time and space.  One meaning of this verse is that we don’t go physically hungry which, for most of us, is far from a problem.  Anther meaning is that we be full of Jesus, our bread of life, each and every day.  There is a song called “Not Yesterday’s Bread.”  For awhile I couldn’t understand what that meant.  So, I finally asked God to explaned that song to me.  We can’t live only on the infilling of the Holy Spirit from yesterday.  We need a fresh infilling every day.  We get this infilling through reading, studying and meditation on the scripture, the Holy Bible and talking with God each and every day.  What we learned and received yesterday is well and good but today is a new day and we need the Bread for this day.  Let us not depend on yesterday’s bread.  Let us seek our new bread for each and every day.

May 28, 2019

Ministers

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,God,God's Word,Jesus,ministry,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ Jesus, write this letter to all the Christians in Philippi, pastors and ministers included.  (The Message Bible)

I enjoy reading the Message Bible just for pleasure, not as a study Bible.  This verse really captured my attention.  So many Christians think it is the paid Pastor’s job to minister to the people.  This verse demonstrates some are pastors but all are ministers.  We all, as joint heirs with Jesus Christ, are to minister His Word, the Good News of God’s love, mercy, grace and salvation, to all we meet.  The Pastor’s job is to feed the flock and encourage the flock so they (we) are equipped to go out and minister to the population.  Being a Christian is not a Sunday only job.  Being a Christian, unlike religions of the world, is a way of life.  Being a Christian is a 24 hour a day, 7 day a week ever going, non-stopping way of life.  We must ask if we are fully involved and participating in the ministry of being a Christian, a believing follower of God’s Word, His only Son, Jesus Christ and following the example Jesus set for us when He put on the human body form and walked this earth.

May 27, 2019

Learn from the Past

Filed under: Christians,God,God's Word,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Ezekiel 22:7-8 7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the foreigner and mistreated the fatherless and the widow. 8 You have despised my holy things and desecrated my Sabbaths. (NIV)

God’s word to people and nations in the past also applies to us now.  As we read these verses we can see our own nation and culture going the same way.  Parents are being stripped of their parental rights in the way they raise and teach their children.  Immigrants (foreigners) are separated from their children and housed in very poor conditions.  Symbols of Christianity are being outlawed.  Children are forced to recite things against their beliefs.  We could go on and on.  The question is, what are we going to do about it.  If we sit silent and do nothing we must read on in Ezekiel and see how God disciplined those in Ezekiel’s time.  Our first and strongest weapon of defense which is actually an offence weapon is prayer.  It is the prayer of believers and followers of Christ Jesus that connect with the power in heaven.  Daniel’s prayer is a good example of that connection.  Along with prayer we must be willing to stand firm, speak out and follow the precepts of God.  Let us learn from those in the past.  Let us stand up for our freedom to worship God and to share His word with others.

May 23, 2019

Well Rooted

Filed under: Bible,fruit,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,meditation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

Psalms 1:2-3 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. (NLV)

We had black walnut trees on some property we had.  Black walnut trees don’t bear many nuts until they are about 60 ft tall.  Their seasons of bearing fruit don’t begin until the trees are mature enough and deeply rooted.   Sometimes we wonder why we aren’t bear much fruit for God.  It is because we are not deeply rooted.  To dig our roots deep we must meditate on God’s word, the Holy Bible, day and night.  We must put His Word deeply into our minds and hearts.  We must allow the water of the Holy Spirit to flow in and through us as we read, study, meditate and memorize the written word of God which He so lovingly provided for us through those who were deeply rooted.  A good barometer of how well our roots are doing is how fruitful we are being.  The fruits we should be bearing are (Galatians 5:22-23)22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  When we lack one of these fruits it is time to check on our feeding of our roots.  Let us take good care of our roots so we can be fruitful for the glory of our God.

May 22, 2019

Choose Joy

Filed under: Christ,God,God's Word,Jesus,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Psalms 51:12 12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. (NIV)

So many people confuse joy with happiness.  Joy comes from God.  Joy is knowing the salvation which comes from God through His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  Knowing we, if we have asked Jesus to be the Lord and Redeemer of our life, have the salvation only He can give, fills us with the joy of knowing we will forever be living in the Presence of God.  Happiness comes as a temporary emotion from external circumstances.  A new pair of shoes may bring us happiness for a sort while.  Happiness comes and goes but joy lasts for eternity.  We have a choice.  We can choose to receive and live in the joy that is from God or we can choose to ignore that joy and vainly seek fleeting happiness.  The choice is ours.  Let us choose to be joyful.

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