Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 26, 2020

Meek

Filed under: Bible,God,holy,Holy Spirit,Meek,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Matthew 5:5 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  (NIV)

Our American/English words change their meaning over time.  In today’s culture the meanings change even faster.  Example: gay used to mean very happy, now it means homosexual.  Meek is another word whose meaning has changed.  Today when we think of meek, we think of someone who is very introverted and shy, someone who won’t stand up for their self or for their beliefs.  Meek in the Holy Bible is quite different.  The ancient Greeks, namely Aristotle – defined meek as “the character of one having the passion of resentment under control, and therefore is tranquil and untroubled.”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary -defines meek as “enduring injury with patience and without resentment.”   This is what Jesus meant when He said to turn the other cheek.  In the King James Bible Dictionary we read “mild of temper, not easily provoked or irritated, submissive to the Divine will, not proud or self-sufficient.”  Meekness is difficult for us.  We think meekness means lack of confidence.  The problem is our confidence is misplaced.  We think we should have confidence in ourselves, our own ability to handle any situation that comes our way.  Our confidence should actually be in God.  He is the One Who enables us to handle any situation that comes our way.  There is nothing good in us except where we allow God, through His Holy Spirit, to be in us and work through us.  Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us become meek – totally and consistently dependent on His direction and power instead of impatiently running off on our own, self-centered, non-meek way.

September 17, 2020

Holy Nation

Filed under: commands,God,holy,Jesus,Obey,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Exodus 19:5-6 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. (KJV)

What does it take to be a holy nation?  It takes being fully obedient to God and keeping His covenant.  What is God’s covenant?  God made a new covenant with us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We are to believe in Him as the one and only Son of God, the Lamb of God sacrificed to pay our penalty of sin, and raised from the dead to give us eternal life with God.  The only thing that can follow belief, true belief, is obedience.  Jesus summed up what we are to do in obedience.  We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, strength and mind and we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  How much do we usually love ourselves?  Enough to always want God’s best for us.  We are to love others in the same way.  Prayers alone will not make our nation holy.  It takes each and every one of us to obey God fully keeping His covenant through Jesus Christ.  Let’s not only do this ourselves, let’s also share this with others, encouraging them to follow Jesus and make this nation holy.

September 16, 2020

Too Much Light

Filed under: believe,Christians,God,holy,light,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Exodus 3:6 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (KJV)

Why would Moses find it necessary to hide his face from God, why be afraid to look at God, Who is love?  We are sinful beings and have things we hide in the darkness inside of us; things we don’t want anyone else to know; things we don’t even want to address.  God is more than love.  God is Light.  Light brighter and deeper than any light we could ever experience on this earth.  We don’t really want to see the sin that is still in us.  Hiding from it is much easier.  As we continue reading in Exodus we find God did shine some of His light on Moses for, when Moses came down out of the mountain he had to cover his face to please the people for his face reflected some of the light of God.  We, as believers, are also to reflect some of the light of God to others.  That could be part of the reason the world hates Christians.  They want to stay in the darkness and hate that even the little bit of the light of God that reflects on a Christian can show them a little of the sin that is in them.  What are we to do?  Let as much light of God as possible shine from us onto all those we meet in this world.  God is Light and we are to be lights.

August 12, 2020

Be Holy

Filed under: believe,Bible,body,Christ,devotion,God,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

1 Peter 1:15-16  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Before we can ever be holy we must understand Gpd’s holiness.  God is spirit and we, as flesh and blood must have sanctification of the spirit which isn’t possible without being reborn through the blood of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  Only through His blood can our spirits be born and sanctified.  Paul told the Ephesians they were ‘chosen to be holy and to pray for the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God to be given to them as believers, that they might know ‘the hope of their calling which is to be holy as God is holy.  We must ask ourselves; do we want to be holy as God is holy?  If so, we must cooperate with God in the process of continually being holy.  I say continually because God is always present tense.  God said His name is “I AM” I AM is always in the present tense.  He never passes, He always is.  Jesus Christ is holy and left His Godness to put on flesh and show us how to be holy.  Not only did He give us an actual example of what holiness is, after He returned to His Godness in heaven HE sent His Holy Spirit to be our teacher.  He also had the Holy Spirit guide willing believers to record instructions in writing of the Holy Bible.  The Holy Bible, written by the Holy Spirit, is a spiritual set of books understandable only through the Holy Spirit.  We can’t understand with just our finite minds.  We must avail ourselves of the Help and interpretation of the Holy Spirit to understand how to apply the instructions in the Bible to our lives in the present tense.  We, in our human state are more concerned with our own happiness than we are with holiness, salvation and sanctification.    One of our problems is we no longer use the continual tense for verbs.  Be holy is not a one time event.  It is a continuing process.  This is only a devotion, not a teaching.  I encourage each of you to take time to, first be silent and listen to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit within you.  He will guide you both in your reading and studying of the written instruction book (Holy Bible) and in your prayers, your 2-way conversation with God the Father.  Holiness is absent without the intimate relationship with the One Who is holy.  Let us grow in our hearing ability and grow continually in holiness a God is

July 18, 2020

Scales

Filed under: believe,Bible,God,God's Word,heart,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mind,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Acts 9:18 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized,  (NIV)

Please read the entire section to get the context.  This is about Saul/Paul.  He was not a believer in Jesus.  In fact, he was going around the country arresting believers in Jesus.  It was on the way to do that that he had an encounter with Jesus.  He was made blind.  Those who don’t believe are blind.  But after he was prayed for and welcomed the Holy Spirit to dwell within him, the scales on his eyes fell off and he could see.  As with the Light (Jesus is the light) we are blind until we welcome Jesus and His Holy Spirit into our hearts, minds and lives.  Our eyes have scales figuratively.  It is up to us to keep our eyes clear of scales by looking at Jesus and looking into the written word, the Holy Bible.  I can never stress enough the importance of staying in the Bible for our daily instructions.  The more we delve into it, the less scales will be on our eyes.  Let’s keep the scales off by immersing ourselves in the Word of God (Jesus) and the words of God (the Holy Bible).

July 17, 2020

Light Dispels Darkness

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,holy,immerse,Jesus,light,meditation,mind,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Psalms 119:105 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.  (NIV)

Think about what a light does.  It dispels darkness.  If we would attach a light on our feet when we get up during the night we wouldn’t stumble and probably stub our toes.  Darkness cannot struggle against light.  The moment there is light, darkness disappears.  In this verse the light comes from a lamp and the lamp is God’s word.  Jesus is the word of God.  He supplied us with His written word in the Holy Bible.  When we read, study and meditate on the words in the Bible and get them deeply in our minds we have light to dispel any darkness.  The light shows us the way to walk.  The darkness, the deceit and lies of Satan, have to go away.  They can’t stand in the light of God’s word.  In Luke 11:33-34 “we read, No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light.  We are to look at the Light.  We are to keep our focus on Jesus.  We are to keep our eye on the Word of God and also the words of God recorded in the Holy Bible.  The question we must ask, how much time do we spend reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible and on the Word of God, Jesus?  Let us make sure we keep our minds and our hearts immersed in the Light of God and thereby reduce our stumbling.

June 29, 2020

Little Things

Filed under: Bible,body,Father,God,holy,Holy Spirit,love,Obey,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

John 14:23 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.  (NIV)

If we can’t obey God in the small things, there is no way we will be able to obey Him in the bigger things.  Each one of us has different things we consider easy and small versus big and hard.  We need to start with the things we consider as easy.  I find it easy to pray/talk with God throughout my day.  For me talking with God as I walk through my day as natural as breathing.  From time to time I find it hard to have the discipline to care for my body in the right way.  My body contains God’s Holy Spirit, and as such, I should always take proper care to maintain it in good health through eating right and exercising right.  That might seem like a little thing to you.  It may even be that exercise has become the most important thing in your life.  We must be careful with our priorities.  As we read and study the Holy Bible, let’s pay attention to all the things God tells us we should be doing and make note of the things we need to improve on.  It doesn’t matter if it seems to be of very little importance.  Little things add up to big things.  Let’s learn to walk in loving obedience in all we think, say and do.

June 21, 2020

The Trinity

John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made  (NIV)

Genesis 1:2 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  (NIV)

Though the Holy Bible doesn’t contain the word, “trinity,” God is a trinity.  God the Father is the Source of all that was, is or will ever be.  The Word, made flesh as Jesus, the Son is the outlet of the Source.  The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the of the source through the outlet.  Though each person of the trinity has a specific function the 3 functions work as One for the 3 Persons are 1 in function and being.  We, humans, were made in the image of God. Each of us has a specific function within the family of God yet, for the specific functions to work, we must work as one.  This means our differences are to complement each other, not be a source of contention nor to be judge for their differences.  It matters not what color, gender or condition the parts of God’s families bodies are.  What matters is we each learn to function as one in our stewarding this earth God provided for us and coming together to worship God the Father through  His Word, the Son, Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit dwelling in each of us in the way the Holy Spirit moves in and through us.  Let’s grow up and quit judging, condemning, fighting and all the other separating we are doing as the human race and learn to function in the way God designed us to function.

 

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.

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