Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 13, 2019

B.C. and A.D.

Matthew 1:23 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  (NIV)

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.   (NIV)

It is amazing how this prophecy in Isaiah was fulfilled through a young virgin.  What’s even more amazing is that the entire world calendar is built around the birth of this child, Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.  The calendar is marked with the years before Christ (B.C.) and the years after the year of the Lord (A.D.)  Even those who deny the existence of Jesus agree with and use the calendar.  Notice the real translation of A.D. isn’t “after death.”  The Latin word are translated “After the Lord.”  Even though there is an attack on those who believe and accept the fact of God made flesh to demonstrate His love in a tangible way and take on our sin of separation, it doesn’t change the fact.  Let us continue to say with strength and conviction along with Peter, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.  As we celebrate with our friends and families, let us remember the amazing miracle we are celebrating.  In spite of our self-love and indulgences, God loves us so very much that He became human flesh and blood to bring us into right relationship with Him.  No religion believes in God.  Only Christians, not a religion but a way of life.

December 11, 2019

Bring to Remembrance

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

John 14:26 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  (NIV)

The Holy Spirit can’t bring things to our remembrance if we don’t have the things in our brains and hearts.  We must read, study, meditate and memorize scripture in the Holy Bible each and every day.  One way I’ve managed to memorize is by putting a verse on my cell phone as the wall paper.  It comes up every time I turn on my cell phone and I’ve made the habit of reading it every time before I use the phone.  Another method is to put the verse on a card on the bathroom mirror.  It is the first thing we see every morning and the last thing we see at night.  May I urge you to find a method that best suits you and really be diligent in memorizing scripture.  A day is approaching when our Holy Bibles will be hard to find, if not illegal to own.  We must put God’s word into our brains so the Holy Spirit can bring up the verses we need at the time we need them.

December 10, 2019

Reborn

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,image,Jesus,soul,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

John 3:3 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  (NIV)
God created Adam from the dust of the earth.  We all have the minerals found in the dust of the earth.  After God formed Adam, He breathed into Adam the breath of life – the spirit which is in the same image as God.  When Adam and Eve decided they wanted to know as much as God does and be just like God and ate from the forbidden tree of good and evil, the spirit God breathed into them died.  They were no longer in the image of God.  Their spirit was dead.  All man kind from then on was only born with the soul – the mind, body desires and emotions.  From that point mankind could only know God with their own minds.  Our carnal minds can’t really even begin to know God.  It took God’s love in sending His living Word, His Son, Jesus to come into the soulish, physical body of mankind to demonstrate God’s love and to pay the penalty for our sin of separation from God’s image within us.  When we accept Jesus into our souls, our mind, emotions and body, God gives us a new or renewed birth of His Image, the Spirit, in us.  As Paul complained about doing the things he doesn’t want to do, we have a war going on between our soul parts and the spirit within us.  Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword.  To renew our mind, our soulish or selfish thinking, we must stay into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must know and put deeply in our mind the words of Jesus.  Let’s be sure we spend more time arming our spirits with the sword of God (the Holy Bible) than with anything else we read, study or listen.  Let us let the image of God shine through us.

December 7, 2019

Without a Loved One

Matthew 28:20 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  (NIV)

Spending Christmas, or any other celebration occasion, without someone who is really close to you is hard.  Quite often it leads us into depression.  We can be in the midst of a crowd or even with other family members and still feel alone.  We must remember what Jesus said.  He is always with us.  He is closer than with us.  He is in us through the person of the Holy Spirit.  That is closer than even a loved one can be.  Especially at Christmas we must remember what it is we are actually celebrating.  We are celebrating the very real presence of God and His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ.  We even have it better than the shepherds who were blessed to see Him as a new born baby laying in a cow’s feed trough.  We have the Holy Spirit inside us.  Instead of dwelling on how much we miss a loved one who is no longer with us we can choose to thank, praise and rejoice that the One Who loves us most, and hopefully Who we love most, is so very with us – dwelling in us.  This is the real meaning of Christmas.  So, as we see others with their loved ones so very close and enjoying celebrating together, let us thank God for Christmas’s past with our loved one and really celebrate with Him in a deeper and more knowing way.

December 5, 2019

Truth on Display

2 Corinthians 4:1-6   Since God has so generously let us in on what He is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times.  We refuse to wear masks and play games.  We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.  And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves.  Rather we keep everything we do and say out in the open the whole truth on display, so that those who want to an see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. (The Message Version)

Please reread the above verses.  So many main-line denominations are twisting the scriptures to say what they want them to say.  It seems the goal is now to appeal to the desires of the current culture even when it means changing definitions of words and changing what God’s written word, the Holy Bible, says.  We see government officials twisting words to suit themselves.  It is up to us, followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to speak truth.  But in speaking truth we must do it in love, not in judgment.  We are in the Advent season of the Church Calendar.  This is a time of preparation for the celebrating of the physical coming of God’s Word, Jesus Christ, as a flesh and blood human creation, to show us the love of God, the Father.  Let us determine to do at least one thing each day to show His love through us to some stranger in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.  Let us demonstrate Christians aren’t judgmental or hateful but are people who speak God’s truth in love.

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.

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 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.

November 23, 2019

Identification

Filed under: Christian,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Philippians 2:6-8 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  (NIV)

In our sinful, human state, we struggle and fight for importance.  We want titles in front or behind our names.  We want to be the ones in power, the ones to make the decisions.  Jesus is in the very nature of His Father, God.  It was through Jesus, the Word of God, that the Father created all that is.  Yet, Jesus was willing to take off the nature of His Father and become in the nature of man.  Instead of the privileges of the Sonship of God the Father, Jesus became a servant in the fleshly form of mankind.  It is our sense of false pride that leads us to strive for importance and fame.  God created us with a need to be filled by Him.  Sin separated us from that filling.  Mankind tries all sorts of things and ways to fill that void with us.  The void can only be filled through coming to the cross of Jesus and allowing Him to forgive us and fill us with the Holy Spirit.  We don’t need titles, fame or rewards.  We only need Jesus in our minds, hearts and lives.  The title, Christian an the job description follower of Jesus is all we need for identification.

November 17, 2019

The Crown

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

1 Corinthians 9:24-25 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  (NIV)

The prize Paul is writing about is the crown of a child of the King (God) and to hear Him say, “Well done, my child.”  If this is our desire we will put off our laziness and our distractions of the things that will eventually burn and pay attention to our discipline of learning all Jesus said in teaching us how to walk on this earth.  Being able to recite the entire Bible from memory won’t cut it unless we also are applying it to our lives.  God can be summed up by the statement “God is love.”  Without God there is no real love.  Without following Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to flow through our lives, love, the kind of love that starts with grace, can’t flow through us.  The only kind of love we can have without God is self-love; the love that says, “What’s in it for me.”  Let’s spend more time in reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God (the Holy Bible) than we spend reading other books or watching television.  Let’s spend more time talking with God than with others.  Let’s really put God first in our heart, mind and actions.  Let’s train to win the crown that lasts forever.

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