Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  (NIV)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

March 6, 2020

Little is Much

Filed under: God,grace,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

John 6:9 9 “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?” (NIV)

Just a small boy with his lunch of 5 small barley loaves and 2 small fish.  So many think they don’t have enough talent or money or time or education or anything else for God to do anything through them.  From this young boy’s lunch more than 5000 people were fed as much as they wanted with much left-over.  We don’t know who the boy was or why he was there with his lunch.  We do know Jesus did a miracle through him and the meager food he had.  We can also look at many others recorded in the wonderful pages of the Holy Bible.  Moses was slow of speech yet God used Him to lead a nation out of slavery.  Gideon was a scared man hiding in an empty well and God used Him to defeat a nation.  David was a shepherd boy and God made him King of a nation.  As we read through the Bible let’s pay attention to who the people were that God used.  Let it encourage us to make ourselves available to God for any use He desires.  It might be leading hundreds to the saving grace of Jesus or it might be encouraging one hurting person.  We are the vessels God created.  We belong to God for His purpose.  Let’s be sure we are ready with listening ears and a willing heart.

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.

December 31, 2019

Thanksgiving in Our Hearts

Filed under: anxious,God,grace,heart,scriptures,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (NIV)

We are so good at petitioning God for the things we want.  We might even make promises of if He then we will.  We beg, we nag.  In this scripture verse we are told to ask with thanksgiving.  We tend to wait to see our answer before we thank God.  God wants us to thank Him as we ask the first time.  It is a privilege unearned to be allowed to talk to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  We should be continually thankful to God.  We need not be anxious about anything for God is in control of all that touches us.  Actually, He is in control of all – everything.  We are told to give thanks in everything.  There are no exceptions.  It is by the grace of God that we can even breathe.  We may be in pain, we may be facing tremendous problems but we can be assured as we look to God with thanksgiving in our hearts and in our words, He is faithful to not only stand with us but to give us the wisdom, grace and peace to walk through the problems.  Let us always present our requests to God with true thanksgiving in our hearts, minds and words.

December 9, 2019

Proof of Grace

Filed under: baptise,believe,Christ,commandment,cross,Father,God,grace,Jesus,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Luke 23:43 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV)

If anyone needs proof that it is only the grace of Jesus Christ that opens our door to heaven it is this statement Jesus made to one of the thieves on the cross.  There is no way for this thief to change his life.  He has no time to do good works.  He has no time to obey the 10 commandments.  He has no time to be baptized.  He has no time to partake of the communion of the Lord’s supper.  He only has time enough to ask Jesus to forgive him for living apart from God.  The reason we obey the commandments, the reason we attempt to do good works is because we love God and want to please Him, not because we are earning our way to heaven.  What a comforting statement Jesus made to the thief.  The moment we ask Jesus to remember us, to live within us, we are guaranteed a place in heaven.  We can relax.  We don’t need to work ourselves in a frenzy trying to be do-gooders or legalistic.  We need only believe, receive through faith by grace and desire to live each day pleasing to our Father.

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.

November 16, 2019

Undeserved Grace

Filed under: Bible,Christ,forgive,God,grace,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Romans 3:24 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

If you have a Bible that has the words of Jesus in red letters, you will not find the word grace.  Jesus didn’t talk about grace.  He demonstrated grace.   There is nothing we can do that makes us worthy of forgiveness for our separation from God.  We are underserving of His forgiveness.  It is only through His grace.  Grace is when someone gives or does something for someone else who is not deserving of it. Donald Barnhouse, a pastor and Bible scholar said, “Love that goes upward is worship; love that goes outward is affection; love that stoops is grace.”   When we show grace, we are doing a favor or kindness to someone who isn’t deserving of it.  One example of Jesus reaching out in grace was when He washed the feet of His disciples.  After He finished, He said for us to go and do likewise.  He didn’t mean for us to actually wash feet.  He meant for us to stoop to help someone else.  We give grace with a humble heart.  Quite often some of us say, “But for the grace of go God I.”  It is wonderful being on the receiving end of grace.  It fairly easy to show grace to those we know and love.  It is difficult to show grace to someone who has hurt us.  It is that act of grace that enables us to forgive.  We are to reach out showing grace through the love of God to all we encounter.

October 19, 2019

Hearing with Practice

Filed under: believe,Bible,Creation,God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 9:09 pm

Romans 11:35 – 3635 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?”  For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. (NIV)

We, in our sinful nature, think everything is about us.  Our prayers even echo that sentiment.  We pray, God I need, God do this….  It’s mostly all about us, what we think we need and what we want.  God didn’t created humans for themselves.  He created humans and everything else for Him.  There is nothing we can do to repay Him for His grace and mercy to us.  Even when we forget all things, including us, belong to Him and are for Him, He still loves us and has mercy on us.  Let us remember we are on this earth for Him.  He wants us to develop a personal and intimate relationship with Him.  It is only through that intimate relationship with Him that we can be reshaped into His image.  His image is reflected in the fruits of the Holy Spirit (previous writings talk about the fruit).  The only way we can develop that intimate relationship with Him is by being aware, talking to and listening to the Holy Spirit Whom, Jesus, in His infinite love and mercy, inputs into every believer/follower.  This takes quiet time.  Time when we quit talking so much and start listening more.  If you’ve not experienced this, sit down with the Bible and a note pad.  Read until something really speaks to you and write your thoughts and questions on the note pad.  Then listen and write what you hear.  With practice you will learn to recognize the soft, gentle voice of the Holy Spirit.

August 24, 2019

Counteract Evil with Good

Filed under: commands,cross,forgive,God,grace,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Romans 12:21 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (NIV)

This verse is hard for most of us. It follows these verses in Romans 12:19-20 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  It is part of the command to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are some things we don’t have to or shouldn’t have to forgive.  Many of us have had some terrible things done to us.  How can we possibly be expected to forgive the person who killed a love one or raped us or someone we love or spread terrible untruths about us or many other things.  God forgives everything we’ve done or said or thought regardless of what it was as long as we ask through His Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness.  Jesus took every kind of sin to the cross.  Our forgiving and is not so much for the one we are forgiving but for us to keep us turning bitter.  To overcome the evil we start with praying for the one who was evil toward us.  We pray God will work His mercy and grace within that person.  When I did that, I asked God to let me see that person with His eyes.  As He revealed that person to me I began to hurt for that person and my attitude in prayer became less of following a command and more of wanting God’s love to be received by that person for it hurts God for those He loves (that means everyone) to not receive His love.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning what the person did or said.  It is right to hate evil.  It is the perpetrator of the evil who needs forgiving along with God’s healing grace and mercy.

June 15, 2019

Pressure-Wash

Filed under: God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Ephesians 1:7 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (NIV)

I spent 2 days pressure washing the siding on my house.  The nozzle of the pressure washer has a couple settings.  It ranges from a fine mist spray to a strong, concentrated and mostly one-point spray.  The spray setting, I had to use depended on what was on the siding.  A good bit of it took the strong, concentrated and mostly one-point spray.  This required patience as there was a good bit of soil to remove and it was there long term.  It is the same with our sin.  It took the blood of Jesus to wash our sins away.  Some sins left us quickly.  But some of our sins had become long-term habits and took more of the strong, concentrated and mostlh one-point spray.  Our salvation is instantaneous the moment we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior but our renewing or washing of our minds is a process.  We mustn’t get discouraged when we are troubled over and over with an old, bad habit of a particular sin.  It takes the one-point concentrated strength of the Holy Spirit working in us.  Let’s thank and praise God for His continual work within us remolding a remaking us into His Image through the power of the blood of Jesus and the persistence of the Holy Spirit.

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