Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 1, 2019

God Loves All

Filed under: Creation,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Obey,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Many think, and say if God is love He wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  They are right.  God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  This is why He sent His Son, Jesus.  No one can be in heaven who isn’t righteous.  None of us is righteous.  To be righteous one must always be completely right.  Only God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are always right.  God set the rules of only righteous being in heaven because God won’t be in the presence of sin.  He is the One Who created all that is and therefore He owns all that is and He is the only One Who can set the rules.  But He loves us so He provided a way for us to become righteous.  We can be covered with the righteousness of Jesus.  The only way we can have His righteousness cover us is by believing in Him.  Believing in Him doesn’t mean we believe He existed on earth or that He is the Son of God.  It means we believe in Him by taking Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Savior and our Lord – our boss.  Yes God loves all mankind and desires for all mankind to live with Him in heaven for eternity but man must be covered with the righteousness of Jesus to have a place in God’s home.

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January 31, 2019

Our Way

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sheep,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

Isaiah 53:6 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. (NIV)

Frank Sinatra sang a song, “I’ll do it my way.”  Lots of us, when we get a new electronic, are very eager to use it we don’t take time to look at the instructions.  We can do it our way.  So often our way fails.  We like to determine for ourselves the way we will live.  We like to make our own decisions.  We often get into problems living that way.  There is only one way to live a full, abundant life.  That way is God’s way.  The only way we know God’s way is through the Holy Bible instructions.  The only way we can understand those instructions is through the interpretation of the Holy Spirit.  The only way we can have the Holy Spirit within us is by receiving God’s Word, Jesus, His only Son, into our hearts, minds and lives.  Frank’s music is pretty but very misleading.  Let’s learn to do it God’s way from the start.  His instructions cover every possibility in our lives and never fail.  The reason we are like sheep is because sheep are very dependent on the shepherd.  Jesus is the Shepherd and will guard and care for us, His sheep, through all circumstances of life.  Oh that we would stop doing things our own way and allow the Shepherd to lead us His way.

January 27, 2019

Race

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,love,scriptures,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Have you noticed what runners wear, or don’t wear, when they are running a race?  They don’t have anything in their pockets, in their hands, around their waist or necks.  They wear as little as possible.  They don’t want anything to slow them down.  In life, we carry a lot of baggage.  Some of our baggage includes, hurts from the past, unforgiveness, doubts, fear and on and on.  These things slow down our living a life of faith.  These things play against faith in God, in His provision, in His love for us, in His fulfillment of promises for us.  To run the race of a life of faith with perseverance, we must lay down these burdens of excel baggage at the cross of Jesus.  We lay them down by releasing them in faith to God and refusing to pick the up again.  We’ve probably done this several times but always end up picking the up due to a memory or a moment of doubt.  Instead of picking them back up, check the moment of doubt of the recurring memory with one of God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and reciting scripture does wonders for erasing doubt.  Let us learn to run the race with perseverance and faith and cast all excess baggage of doubt out of our hearts and minds.

January 22, 2019

Extra Rules

Matthew 15:8-9 8 “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. (NIV)

Jesus is quoting from the prophet Isaiah.  So many churches even today have added to scripture making their own rules that people are supposed to follow.  Many churches even split because of the man-made rules.  In our human nature we want to be better than others and tell others to be like us.  We want others to worship the same way we do, eat what we eat, dislike what we dislike and on and on.  Jesus said we are to be one in Him and in each other.  Being one means to love as God loves.  It doesn’t mean we must do everything alike.  Some worship on their knees, some standing.  What counts is worship from the heart.  Let us stop criticizing others for doing things differently from us.  Let us not agree with those who would require people follow man-made rules.  Let us follow the commands of God and love one another and worship God with our entire heart and mind in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.

January 6, 2019

One Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:45 pm

Acts 4:32 32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. *NIV)

We have to wonder what made such a change in the believers.  When they were walking with Jesus they were vieing for position.  Two of them even had their mother try to have Jesus promise they would be seated on either side of Him.  In our human state we are very jealous about our position with others.  We want to be the most important and the best.  So, what changed these believers to become one in heart and mind?  They were now filled with the Holy Spirit.  Without the Holy Spirit we don’t have the power or ability to love others in the way Jesus commanded.  We always want to be out first.  Our problem, after we have received the Holy Spirit, is allowing Him to work His way within our hearts and minds.  Our old nature is very comfortable.  Our trust level is not where it should be.  We tend to think if we don’t watch out for ourselves, what we think we want and need, no one else will.  We forget God promised us He would provide for all our needs.  This promise should free us to allow God provide for the needs of others through us.  We are here as His hands and feet.  Let us allow the Holy Spirit to enable us to truly love and care for those around us.  Let us be in one heart and mind with other believers that life is about God and His love.

January 1, 2019

New Beginning

Filed under: God,heart,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:00 pm

2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (NIV)

Many people made New Year’s resolutions.  We are good at making resolutions.  We are equally as good at letting those resolutions fade away – some quickly and a few maybe longer.  We look at the first day of a new calendar year as a new beginning.  We actually have a new beginning every time we confess our sins.  After we confess a sin, God not only forgives, He considers the sin as never having been done.  We are renewed through the grace of God.  We can enter this new year not only thinking the first day of the year is a new beginning but each and every morning can be a new beginning.  We only need to confess and repent each night and every morning as the Holy Spirit to quicken within our minds and hearts a new and stronger beginning in loving, obeying and serving God our Father.  Our new creation has come; we only need to recognize and appropriate it.

December 22, 2018

Solo Worship

Filed under: devotion,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,praise,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

So many think they can only worship the Lord in a church service with a worship leader.  They think they need to be in a group of people to help them sing or speak forth their love for God in worship and praise.  We are to worship our God each and every day.  We don’t gather together every day so that means we need to learn to worship God on our own.  To help us learn, we can put on a CD or tune in the internet to have some worship and praise songs we know to sing with.  We don’t need to sing on key.  God says just to make a joyful noise.  Hearing others (even if only through our own electronics) helps and encourages us to join with what we hear.  Before long we will be able to continue our singing or spoken worship and praise for God to Him without the aide of others.  We worship and praise with others as a sign of our unity in the family of God.  When others aren’t around, we still show our unity with God through His Holy Spirit dwelling within us.  Let’s get our CD’s out or tune into some praise and worship songs, raise our hands and fill God’s ears with the sounds of love and praise from His children.

December 14, 2018

Look at the Heart

Filed under: God,heart,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (NIV)

We need reminder of this so very often.  We are so quick to judge or size up people by how they look, how they dress, what type of job they have, their education and so on.  Because we do this most of us always try to present the image, we think others would like and respect rather than who we really are.  God sees through all of this.  He looks at our heart, the who we are when no one is looking.  God chose David, who, as the youngest was treated more as a servant.  Taking care of the sheep was considered one of the lowliest jobs.  Yet, this shepherd boy was being raised up by God to be King of God’s chosen people.  God can, will and does use any of us for His purposes.  We mustn’t think that we’re not good enough, important enough, educated enough or any other enough for God to work through us.  Each of us is important to God.  We must remember that about all others we see.  We are all equally important.  Let us ask God to help us see others as He sees them.  Let us also ask God to help us see ourselves as He sees us.

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