Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 4, 2020

Because of Love

Filed under: believe,blood,Father,forgive,God,Guilt,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Hebrews 8:12 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (NIV)

We have a problem with guilt.  We expect ourselves to do better than we do.  When we sin, we get upset with ourselves and because of that we tend not to forgive ourselves.  This keeps us from accepting God’s forgiveness.  We have a hard time really believing He will forgive us every time we confess, we have sinned.  We tend to confess over and over.  God says after He forgives us, He no longer remembers the sin.  When He looks at us, the Father sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  This makes it easy for Him to forgive us.  His love is that strong.  We, as parents, forgive our children time after time because we love them.  How much more God loves us and forgives us.  Let us be quick to confess our sins, accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and ask the Holy Spirit to help us not repeat that sin again.

February 8, 2020

Just One Point

James 2:10 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.  (NIV)

That’s a strong statement.  If we just break one point of God’s law we are guilty of breaking all of His laws.  Before we think we’re doing good let’s look at a couple of God’s laws.  You shall not steal.  Never took a pencil, pin or paper from our place of work?  Not a big deal?  It’s still stealing.  Never wish we had something someone else has, either materialistic or a talent of theirs?  That is still coveting.  We could go on and on but the biggest one we all have trouble with is loving all people on this earth (we are all neighbors) as we love ourselves and how about loving God with ALL our heart, mind and strength.  To be very honest with ourselves we must admit we fall short from time to time.  Praise God.  He knew we couldn’t keep every point of all of His laws so He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of our sin.  As long as we have asked Jesus to dwell in us through His Holy Spirit and seek to follow and obey Him we are found not guilty.  God the Father no longer sees our sin.  He sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son.  Let’s be sure we share that good news with our neighbors, especially the ones we have trouble loving as much as we love ourselves.

February 4, 2020

No More Guilt

Filed under: believe,confess,forgive,God,God's Word,Guilt,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Psalms 32:5 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.  (NIV)

Jesus went to the cross so our sin can be forgiven.  There is something we must do to receive that forgiveness.  We must confess our transgressions to the Lord.  When we do this, He forgives us and we can put guilt away.  Continuing to feel guilty over a sin that has been confessed and forgiven by God is saying we don’t believe God is true to His word.  Continuing to confess the same sin (unless we keep doing the same sin) over and over is also a sign of disbelief.  When we feel guilty over a past sin we must be sure we have confessed it, accepted God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves.  When guilt starts to reenter our minds let’s put it out.  Satan does his best to keep guilt alive in us as he wants us to think God isn’t true to His word.  When we feel like it’s a real battle, we must get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and read verses about God’s forgiveness.  Memorize some of them so we stay armed against false guilt.  I call the guilt false because once God forgives the sin it is gone with no reason for guilt.  Remember, God is always faithful and can never lie.

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