Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 16, 2020

Get Rid and Replace

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,immerse,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

1 Peter 2:1-3 1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good (NIV)

We are told here that it is our responsibility to rid ourselves of all malice, deceit (lies and extravagancies), hypocrisy (saying one thing and doing another), envy (jealousy and covertness) and slander (name calling and gossip).  We are all guilty of most of those.  How do we get rid of those sinful traits?  We feed on the Lord through prayer (2-way conversation with Him) and Bible study.  We search the Bible for the things on which we should be thinking.  It use to bother me that God knows every thought in my head.  Some of my thoughts aren’t very good.  But I have learned thoughts enter our head by what we see, hear and read.  Everything we see, hear and read enters our head as thoughts.  We are not responsible for what enters our head but we are responsible for what we do with what enters our head.  We are to push out – get rid of – the thoughts that are not in line with God’s word.  We do this by mulling over, continuing to think, and many times carry out the thoughts that are in line with God’s word.  Every time we are aware of a bad thought let’s immediately choose for our mind to dwell on a good thought.  We can rid ourselves of all malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander of every kind.  Refuse to read and listen to those thoughts and immerse ourselves in the Holy Writings from God – the Holy Bible..

December 19, 2019

Leaping with Joy

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,immerse,joy,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Luke 1:41 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  (NIV)

Here is more evidence that what some call a fetus because it hasn’t left the womb yet, is actually a living being, a baby.  The baby in Elizabeth’s womb, later to be named John and known as John the Baptizer or John the Immerser, could hear and know of Mary’s presence and could hear from God that Mary had His Son in her womb.  The word is leaped, not moved.  Leaping is a reaction of excitement.  His excitement encouraged his mother, Elizabeth, to give herself to the Holy Spirit and tell Mary how blessed she is and how she is carrying her Lord, the Son of God.  There is now way for Elizabeth to know this but by the telling of it to her by the Holy Spirit.  Mary wasn’t showing her pregnancy yet.  The birth of Jesus in total human form was completely orchestrated by God and we can read about it even in the book of Genesis.  Let us put the excitement (the leaping with joy) back into our celebration of Christmas.  Let us demonstrate the real reason for this season.

October 9, 2018

Free Reign

Filed under: baptise,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,immerse,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Acts 19:4-6 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied (NIV)

John was baptizing (the correct translation is immersing) before the ministry of Jesus.  His immersing was an outward sign of repentance from a life of sin.  After Jesus’ ministry the immersing was and is done in the name of Jesus.  It is more than a public sign of repenting from a sinful life.  It is, in the name  of Jesus, a public sign of following Jesus, believing and trusting Him.  At the time of immersion, we are now filled with His Holy Spirit.  This couldn’t happen until Jesus returned to the Father and He sent the Holy Spirit to the believers.  It is only with the Holy Spirit that we are able to fight the natural tendency to sin and walk our own way without God.  Our problem lies in recognizing the Holy Spirit’s presence in us and allowing Him to work in and through us.  All followers are filled with the Holy Spirit but not all give reign to the Holy spirit within our lives.  Let us learn to give free reign to the Holy spirit within us, to teach us, lead us and speak to us that we can be pleasing to God and glorify Him.

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