Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 9, 2020

Spread the Good News

Filed under: believe,Church,Gospel,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Acts 1:8 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  (NIV)

Our American, English language is lacking.  We use the same word for many different things.  We also have words that can either be applied as singular or as plural.  This verse is one good example of singular versus plural.  In the original Hebrew the word you is in the plural form.  Jesus didn’t address just one person when He said they would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on just one person.  Jesus said all people would receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on them.  He also said all people who have received the Holy Spirit are to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth.  As Spirit filled believers and followers, this includes us.  We can’t sit around on expect a professional, paid church minister to be the one to go out and spread the Gospel.  His/her job is to equip the believers to go out and spread the good news.  We each must ask ourselves, what are we, personally doing to spread the good news to those God puts in our path each day?  We can’t say because we send money to missionaries, we are doing all we need do.  That is only a small part of what we should be doing.  Spreading the good news is done with our words and our actions.  Let’s make it our daily goal to share the good news with at least one person each and every day.

April 28, 2020

Holy of Holies

Filed under: Bible,commandment,cross,God,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Exodus 16:34 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.  (NIV)

Not only was a jar of manna and the tablets of the law of God’s covenant put in the tabernacle, Aaron’s rod was also put in there.  The manna represented God’s provision.  Aaron’s rod represented the authority of God.  The tablets represented the sinfulness of man unable to keep all the laws of the covenant all the time.  These three things are still relevant today.  God is our provision.  God is our authority and without the blood of Jesus we remain a slave to sin.  Those 3 items were in the Ark of the Covenant placed on the altar in the Holy of Holies.  Only the selected priest could go into the Holy of Holies and that was only once a year on the day of Atonement.  When Jesus died on the cross the vail separating the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom allowing all to see the Holy of Holies.  This was quite a feet as the vail was extremely thick.  God was showing us that we all, through His Son, Jesus, have access to the Holy of Holies.  We can all come before the altar and we all can have His manna (His Word in the Holy Bible to feed us), be guided in our life by the tablets (the laws of God) and have the benefit of the Rod by the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit within us.  How wonderful to have direct access to the Holy of Holies – God Himself.

April 6, 2020

Being Holy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,holy,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Ephesians 1:18 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,  (NIV)

God has called us to be a holy people.  Holiness is found in God.  God formed us in His image.  We killed that image when we, through Adam and Eve, chose to disobey God and do our own things. Even after we ask God’s Son, Jesus Christ, into our hearts, minds and lives, we still choose to do our own thing.  To be holy we must ask God to show us both His holiness (which we can find throughout the Holy Bible) and teach us how we can be holy with the help of the Holy Spirit within us.  In order to be holy we must be willing to be wholly given to God for His will and His pleasure in and through our lives.  This takes daily commitment.  This takes consulting God before we make decisions.  We consult Him through the scriptures as well as listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within us.  The choice is ours.  If it were not possible, God wouldn’t have told us to be holy as He is holy.  We need to review the aspects or characteristics of God (March 25 devotion) and see His holiness.  Let’s choose to open our eyes and minds to be enlightened in order to fulfil God’s desire for us to be holy as He is holy.

March 19, 2020

Growing Out of the Yoke

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,holy,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 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 we are young in our relationship with God and just starting to learn to believe and trust Him, we need to be yoked to Him.  Like oxen, the smaller being yoked to the bigger for the bigger to be able to help the smaller, we need to be yoked to Jesus to learn how to walk with Him.  But that is only the start.  Our goal is to be able to walk with Jesus by His side without needing the yoke.  We need to learn to hear His voice guide us without needing His physical steering with a yoke.  It’s much like a dog with a leash.  One of our daughters rescues abused and unwanted dogs.  She brings them back to health and then trains them with a leash.  The goal is for the dog to obey her commands without a leash.  She has dogs that are winning ribbons in obedience trials because they obey her without a leash and often with just a hand signal.  Where are we in our obedience to God.  Do we need him to keep a yoke or leash on us because we need a strong jerk to get back in the right direction?  Let us really get into God’s written word, the Holy Bible, and learn the way He wants us to walk with Him.  Through Jesus we are made do-heirs with Jesus and that means we have co-responsibilities to work along with Him for the glory of God and His Kingdom.

February 18, 2020

Right Every Time

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,holy,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work  (NIV)

We are good at using Google to learn how to do something.  For many, that is their first resource for answers to problems.  God has given us a much better resource.  For answers to life, how to live it, how to walk through trials, how to relate to others and many other how to’s, the entire Holy Bible is full of answers.  The richest, largest amount of answers to life’s issues are in the book of Proverbs.  I like reading that book in various translations.  With so many translations of the Holy Bible available as e-books, it is easy to look up any subject to see what the Holy Bible, to see what God says about that subject.  When we need an answer to a problem, let’s learn to go to the Holy Bible, go to God first.  He is right every time.

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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