Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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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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.

May 30, 2019

One Thousand Years

Filed under: forgive,God,grace,mercy,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

2 Peter 3:8 8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. (NIV)

This verse is not easily understood.  We are locked into our physical time and space.  God isn’t.  God is all eternity.  One thing we can learn from this verse is what we do or say in one day, even in one moment of a day, can last and does last into eternity.  Words and actions can’t be taken back.  We all have things we regret saying or doing.  Those things can be forgiven by God when we ask.  It takes God’s grace and mercy to erase those from eternity.  God doesn’t force others to erase those things from their memories.  They can only fade as we appropriate God’s forgiveness through us on others.  Sometimes we end the day saying, “Whew.  I’m glad this day is over.”  The physical day may be over but what we said and did could last into eternity.  Let us be mindful and careful with our words and actions.

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

May 5, 2019

God is God

Filed under: Christ,commands,God,God's Word,grace,Jesus,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Hebrews 7:18 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (NIV)

The law of circumcision and obeying all the laws will not save us.  We aren’t capable of obeying all the laws in our own sinful nature.  It is only God’s grace that can save us from our sinful nature.  God chose to save us through our trust and faith in His Word made flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ.  There is no way we can every be righteous or good enough.  In our fleshly state, we are weak.  Our efforts to do good or to do God’s work are useless.  The only good we can do is to allow God to do His work through us.  God’s grace is available to all.  God desires all to come under His grace.  But, as with all God’s promises, there is a condition.  The only way we can come under God’s grace is through His Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  God made all that is and that give Him the only authority to set the rules and bounds.  Nothing we can do can ever change Who God is or what God chooses.  God is God and we are only able to relate to Him through His mercy and grace.  We try to obey but must lean on God’s love and forgiveness.  People say that’s prejudice to say there is only 1 way.  That is set by God.  Let’s make sure everyone knows the 1 way to God’s grace and mercy.

April 3, 2019

Lack of Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,commands,faith,God,grace,Holy Spirit,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

God doesn’t want us to lack knowledge.  Faith in Him is not contradictory to knowledge.  He wants us to study His written word, the Holy Bible.  In those pages we find all the instructions we need for a full, abundant life.  As we read and study we must listen to the Holy Spirit for understanding.  Knowledge of facts without understanding and application is useless.  Knowledge just for the sake of knowledge is of little value.  God has given us the ability to learn from the mistakes of others.  The Old Testament is full of examples of mistakes in walking in obedience to God and His word.  Today we have no excuse for a lack of knowledge.  Holy Bibles are readily available in the United States and in many other countries.  The day is coming when they might not be so available so it is even more necessary to use the time we have to put the knowledge God has recorded for us into our minds and hearts.  Let us be sure we don’t lack the knowledge God has lovingly and mercifully supplied.

February 6, 2019

Arrogance

Filed under: God,grace,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:46 pm

Romans 12:3 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. (NIV)

We’ve read many places in scripture that tell us to be humble.  When or if we say or think we are humble, in actuality we are being arrogant.  We are boasting about being humble.  Being humble is difficult for us sinful humans.  We like to think of ourselves as better than others.  We like other to think of us as better than them.  We have the sinful desire of being first in all we think, do and have.  Sometimes, in our striving to become humble we go too far and start to not like ourselves.  Instead of judging ourselves, let us learn to as the Holy Spirit to show us what we need to change.  Let us not worry about being humble or being proud.  Let us be content in learning to love, serve and obey our God.  Let us be concerned with building up others through encouraging words.  Let us think of ourselves as children of God, not though our own efforts but through the grace of God and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.  When we speak, let it be of the love of God rather than of our presumed accomplishments. Rather than praising ourselves let us praise God

January 19, 2019

Confirmation

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 pm

Matthew 11:2-3 2 When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples 3 to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? (NIV)

Earlier, when John immersed Jesus, John said Jesus was the One to come, the Messiah.  Now we see John doubting.  John was in prison.  There was no encouragement.  He seldom got word of what was happening on the outside and the word he got he needed to confirm some way.  In spite of John’s doubts, Jesus said Matthew 11:11),  Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Jesus didn’t condemn John for his time of doubt.  He said John was great.  We condemn ourselves when we have moments of doubts or when we think we aren’t doing enough for the Kingdome of heaven, yet Jesus said the lest of us is greater than John.  Doubts are part of our human nature.  They will come and go.  When they come, we only need to turn our minds and hearts to the scriptures and receive confirmation that Jesus is Who He said He is and we are, through our belief and following Jesus are God’s children as He said we are.  John was before Jesus died on the cross for the sins of mankind.  We are after and have received the Holy Spirit in us as confirmation of our relationship to God.  We have access to all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to use in our ministry of furthering the Kingdome of God in the hearts of all we meet.  How blessed we are.  John had to have his confirmation just through the actions of Jesus. We have confirmation through the inner dwelling of the Holy Spirit.  What greater confirmation could anyone ever ask.

December 28, 2018

No Need Is Small

Filed under: God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Messiah,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:37 pm

Luke 2:26 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. (NIV)

According to research, Simeon was well into his 100’s when Jesus was brought into the temple to be dedicated.  Jesus was also prophesied over by an old woman named Anna.  This should be confirmation for us that we are never too old to be used by God.  No matter our financial, physical, emotional or any other condition, as long as God has us on this earth, He has a ministry for us.  I have a dear friend that always says she doesn’t feel like doing anything.  I’m so glad Jesus didn’t spend His time on this earth paying attention to how he feels in relation to what He does.  We are here as God’s vessels on this earth.  Part of our sin-nature is our tendency to let our feelings dictate what we will do.  We are each important to God.  He has things every day to do through each and every one of us.  Our problem is to be willing to listen and then respond.  Let us not let a day go by in this approaching new year that we don’t listen as we waken each morning and allow God to do His ministry that day through us.  It might be lifting someone up before His throne of grace, giving someone a smile or a meal or anything else.  It is not for us to choose but for God to flow through us in any big or small way for no need is small when it is needed.

December 19, 2018

Revenge

Filed under: anger,God,grace,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:40 pm

1 Samuel 25:26 26 And now, my lord, as surely as the Lord your God lives and as you live, since the Lord has kept you from bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hands, may your enemies and all who are intent on harming my lord be like Nabal.  (NIV)

Human, sinful nature wants to get even (revenge) when others do us harm.  This is a normal, sinful characteristic of our nature, our desire to put self first.  Reading all of 1 Samuel 25 we find David had protected the family and workers of Nabal.  When David needed Nabal’s help, Nabal responded with hate for David.  This made David mad and he wanted, as most of us would, to get even with Nabal; to pay him back for his antagonism and for turn his back on David when David had been so good to him.  Nabal had a very intelligent wife. It seems she was stepping in on behalf of Nabal but actually she was protecting her household and also protecting David from further problems.  It comes down to trusting God to punish those who have done wrong.  We are not to judge others. Jesus demonstrated this on the cross when He called out, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.”  When others do us harm we are to pray for them; we are to lift them up before God’s throne of grace that He will work within them and bring them humbly before His throne.  This doesn’t mean people why have done wrong against the laws of the land go without consequences.  Living out the consequences of our behavior is separate from the forgiveness of God and others.  We live out the consequences of our decisions in the state of forgiveness from God (and others) as we learn to change our choices.  God took Nabal out of the picture while the rest of Nabal’s family were free from bearing the consequences of Nabal’s self-centered choices.  Let us learn to respond in love and forgiveness when others offend us.  Let us love them into the Kingdom of God.

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