Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 25, 2019

Holy and Blameless

Filed under: blood,Christ,God,holy,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Ephesians 1:4 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love  (NIV)

There are a few things in this verse to pay close attention to.  The first is God chose us even before He started creating the universe as we know it.  He had plans for us from before the beginning of time as we know it.  For what did God choose us?  He chose us to be holy and blameless in His sight.  How can we, being full of sin and because of sin, separate from God, be holy and blameless.  Red the last 3 words.  In His sight.  When God looks at us, He sees the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Because of that blood God sees us holy and blameless.  His Son took our sin and our blame on Himself.  The last 2 word in this verse are “in love.”  It is only in love that God allowed His Son to experience the pain and suffering and separation from Him to take on our Sin and blame.  What wonderous love is this!

November 13, 2019

Finding Rest

Filed under: Bible,God,heart,holy,humble,Jesus,soul,Uncategorized,yoke — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Matthew 11:29 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  (NIV)

When oxen are yoked together only one can be in the lead.  That one, the one in the slightly bigger yoke, leads and, while leading, teaches the other ox how to do the work of pulling.  We are to be yoked with Jesus.  Jesus is a gentle and humble teacher.  As we are yoked to Him it is up to us to learn of Him.  We can only learn of Him through careful and regular study of the text book for life (The Holy Bible) which God so lovingly provided for us.  Yes, we can stay yoked without learning but then we will always miss out really knowing Who it is in the other side of the yoke.  Let us earn to allow Jesus to teach us in and through all circumstances we experience by staying in the yoke, allowing Him to guide and teach us.  Through getting to know Him we sill find rest.

August 1, 2019

Holy Ground

Filed under: God,holy,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

Exodus 3:5 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”  (NIV)

We wear shoes to protect us and to enable us to do our work.  Shoes stand between us and the ground – the earth – the world.  Why did God tell Moses to take his shoes (sandals) off?  To approach God we must not have anything between us and God.  We must come to Him naked from all our attachments to this earth.  Anyplace we meet God is holy because God is holy.  We approach God in our prayer times.  Do we really treat those times as holy?  What stands between us and God?  Is it unconfessed sin or unforgiveness?  Maybe it’s a lack of real trust and faith in Who God is and how much He loves us.  Whatever keeps us from “taking off our shoes,” standing naked before our in our prayer time, we must discover and rid ourselves of that encumbrance.  God already sees us in our nakedness.  It is from ourselves that we are hiding.  Let us choose to trust our loving Father and come totally naked – free from all that binds us to this earth.  Let us experience praying on holy ground.

June 30, 2019

Be Holy

Filed under: Father,glory,God,holy,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Peter 1:16 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” (NIV)

The word “holy” means to be set apart.  God is holy because He is set apart from the world.  He has always been in existence and only through Him has everything else come into existence.  For us to be holy means for us to be set apart or God.  We are to be a vessel for God.  Jesus demonstrated this to us by the way He walked this earth.  He passed all glory to His Father.  He said He could only do what His Father wanted Him to do.  What about us?  Are we passing all glory to the Father?  Are we glorifying the Father through our words, actions and thoughts?  There is another verse that says whatever we do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord.  We, in our sinful nature, like to be the ones who get the credit for any good we might do.  To be holy takes discipline.  Let us remember we are set apart to be a vessel for God in whatever way He chooses.  Let us choose and earn to be holy (entirely) His.

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