Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 14, 2019

Fully Human

Hebrews 2:14 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  (NIV)

Hebrews 2:14 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (ESV)

I also added the English Standard Version to help us understand this verse.  Many people claim Jesus wasn’t really human.  Scripture tells us differently.  The Word of God took off His God nature and became fully human, born from a woman’s egg but fertilized by God’s seed.  He was flesh and blood.  He needed to eat food, drink water and He bled, just as we do.  He had moments of exhaustion, He could laugh with His disciples and He could cry with Mary and Martha.  We can’t say He doesn’t understand how we feel or how hard it is to resist temptations.  He experienced all we experience except sin.  He had to be totally flesh and blood to conquer death for us.  When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil the image of God that was in them died.  God had to put on the image of man, had to become man, to let the image of man die and the image of God resurrect within man.  His image will only come into us through the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  Without our coming to the cross on which Jesus died for us, confessing our separation from God and asking Jesus to dwell in us we cannot be in the Image of God and will have to face spiritual death for eternity.  Praise God for His making a way for us to be united with Him, conquering death for all time.

December 10, 2019

Reborn

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,image,Jesus,soul,Tree,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

John 3:3 3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  (NIV)
God created Adam from the dust of the earth.  We all have the minerals found in the dust of the earth.  After God formed Adam, He breathed into Adam the breath of life – the spirit which is in the same image as God.  When Adam and Eve decided they wanted to know as much as God does and be just like God and ate from the forbidden tree of good and evil, the spirit God breathed into them died.  They were no longer in the image of God.  Their spirit was dead.  All man kind from then on was only born with the soul – the mind, body desires and emotions.  From that point mankind could only know God with their own minds.  Our carnal minds can’t really even begin to know God.  It took God’s love in sending His living Word, His Son, Jesus to come into the soulish, physical body of mankind to demonstrate God’s love and to pay the penalty for our sin of separation from God’s image within us.  When we accept Jesus into our souls, our mind, emotions and body, God gives us a new or renewed birth of His Image, the Spirit, in us.  As Paul complained about doing the things he doesn’t want to do, we have a war going on between our soul parts and the spirit within us.  Hebrews 4:12 tells us that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword.  To renew our mind, our soulish or selfish thinking, we must stay into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must know and put deeply in our mind the words of Jesus.  Let’s be sure we spend more time arming our spirits with the sword of God (the Holy Bible) than with anything else we read, study or listen.  Let us let the image of God shine through us.

June 16, 2019

Father’s Day

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Gospel,image,love,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 12:33 pm

Ephesians 6:4 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  (NIV)

Today is Father’s Day.  It too much longer for our culture to recognize the importance of fathers than it did recognizing mothers.  Fathers are very important.  Fathers stand as a symbol of our heavenly Father.  For those who had abusive fathers, it is hard for them to believe that our Father, God, could ever be loving.  They picture God as judgmental, angry or over-bearing.  It is so very important for every child to have a positive father-figure in their lives.  It might be their birth father, a step-father, a grandfather, uncle or even a close family friend.  On this day, let us take time to pray for the fathers we know that they will nurture, train and instruct their children in the way of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Let us also thank God (and if still walking on this earth, our own father figure) for their part in helping us learn to know the love of God.

May 29, 2019

Physical Limitations

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,image,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

We are confused as to what the image of God is.  We think His image is our physical bodies.  Our physical bodies are just the temporary container of God’s Image.  Our creation wasn’t complete, wasn’t in God’s image until God breathed His breath of life into us.  How does the image of God look?  For that we must looks at the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. Take time right now to look them up and work on memorizing those verses.  Our physical bodies, the containers for God’s image, can be in any form or shape but we must be sure we allow the image of God to show through our bodies.  Jonnie Erickson Tata is a prime example of the image of God.  She is a quadriplegic yet she displays the image of God in spite of the condition of her physical body.  Yes, we are to take care of our container, our physical bodies, so they can house the image of God within them.  Our physical bodies might limit what we can physically do but, when we belong to God, His image in us cannot be limited by our physical limitations but only by our willingness to allow His image to show in and through us or choosing to be full of physical self.  Let us remember Whose we are and allow Him to shine forth through our words, actions and attitudes.

April 27, 2019

Fire

Filed under: Father,fire,God,image,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Mark 9:49 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. (NIV)

We know God created us in His Image.  However, sin distorted God’s image in us.  We are also familiar with the verses about God being the potter and we being the clay.  In order for the clay to be formed into the image the Potter desires, it must remain flexible.  We must consider how flexible are we?  Do we hang on to an idea so hard that we refuse to listen to others or be corrected when it might be wrong?  As long as the clay is flexible the potter can mold and remold the clay until the right image is seen.  But the potter doesn’t stop with the shaping.  In order for the shape to be useful, the image must go into the fire.  As the image is painted, the process of being fired must be repeated with each coat of paint.  In the process of God reshaping us into His image, we go into the fire furnace many times.  Let’s not look at those times with dread.  These are productive times when different aspects of the Image of our Father are being set into us.  As the sinful aspects of our image are burned away, the righteous aspects of God are burned into existence in us.

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