Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 18, 2020

Being Saved

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christian,God,Jesus,penalty,save,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Romans 13:11-14 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.  (NIV)

These verses say a lot about today, the present time we are living.  We Christians, at least in the United States have been slumbering; we’ve been complacent.  We have taken the freedom of our worshiping in groups, owning and reding Bibles and sharing our faith with others totally for granted.  The hour has already passed.  Our freedom has been under attack.  We need to wake up.  We need to put on the armor of light.  God is light and His armor for us to put on is described in Ephesians 6:11. We need to recognize we were saved from the penalty of sin when we invited Jesus into our heart, mind and lives and now we are saved from the power of sin.  Sin only enters us by choice now and unfortunately, we still choose it many times. We need to choose to live according to the precepts laid out for us in the Holy Bible.  We do this without being anxious or fearful of the situation in our nation and our world.  We do what God tells us to do and trust Him as He fulfills all His promises.  Now we are being saved from the power of sin but soon we will be saved from even the presence of sin because we will be in the very real presence of God where there is no sin.

January 17, 2020

Forgiveness Means

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

John 13:5 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  (NIV)

We’ve read a lot about forgiveness.  We have experienced the forgiveness of God most every day of our lives.  We are told we are to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are things we shouldn’t forgive.  We confuse forgiving the person with forgiving the action.  We often look at the example of Jesus forgiving Peter for denying Him 3 times.  We must also look at their last supper together in the upper room.  Notice Jesus washed the feet of all the disciples.  He knew Peter would deny Him 3 times in a few hours.  He knew Judas was going to betray His whereabouts to the religious leaders for 30 pieces of silver.  He knew all of them would hide away in fear.  Yet, He washed all of their feet.  Yes, including Peter and Judas.  We claim we want to follow the example of Jesus.  We like to give to others.  We like to visit the sick and the imprisoned.  We like sharing the good news.  But, forgiving someone who has hurt us or lied about us or has killed someone we know and love.   How can we possibly forgive them?  Jesus does.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning the actions.  Nor does it mean someone doesn’t have to bear the consequences of the actions.  Forgiveness means  a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness.  We don’t deserve God’s forgiveness yet, because He loves us, He continually forgives us.  The disciples didn’t deserve Jesus’ forgiveness, yet He forgave them.    God even loves those who have hurt us.  Since God loves and forgives, who are we not to do the same?  Forgiveness is a conscious choice.  Let us learn to choose to forgive.  As we forgive healing of the hurt will slowly take the place of resentment and bitterness that only hurts us, not the ones who caused the hurt.  As we pray in the prayer Jesus taught us, “Forgive our sins as we forgive the sins of others.

January 16, 2020

Totally Human

Filed under: baptise,believe,Bible,Father,garden,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

John 5:30 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  (NIV)

This seems like an odd statement or Jesus Who is the Word of God, the Son of God, One with God to say.  Why can’t He, Himself, do everything since God is all powerful and all knowing?  When Jesus came to put on the flesh of mankind, He left His God-nature so He could experience all we experience, ,fell all we feel.  If He was still full of the Oneness of God’s nature He wouldn’t feel as we do.  Yet, He never did sin.  Sin is a separation from God.  Even though Jesus was fully man, He showed us how, as a person, we could still be one with God.  He demonstrated how to think, act and love.  Never did he shy away from the sinner, the lame, the sick, the poor nor those who seemed to have it all.  He treated all equally with love.  Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as He was baptized by John.  He demonstrated how we, also, can be full of the Holy Spirit.  Our problem is in being willing to listen and respond to the Holy Spirit within us as believers and followers.  As we read, meditate and study on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we learn how Jesus demonstrated thinking, speaking and acting as one with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Let us choose to read, study, listen and learn that we may truly become one like Jesus prayed for us in the Garden just before He went to the cross for us.

January 15, 2020

Change

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (NIV)

I have a high need for change.  Maybe because I was a military brat and moved to a new place most every year.  My need for change even carries through in the house.  No one in the family would get up in the night without a flashlight because I might have been up re-arranging the furniture.  My desire for changing things is alike to God.  He is continually changing us.  His desire is for us to be like His Son, Jesus so we can be one with Him, one in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This requires change.  Though our salvation is instant the moment we ask Jesus into our mind, heart and life, the change in our heart, mind and life takes time.  As we read, study and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we get to know God better and gradually, through the Holy Spirit working in us, we become more and more like God.  When I think back on how I was, spoke, acted and thought, years ago I am amazed at the person I have become today.  Yet, as I look at who I am today and think about who God will make me be tomorrow, I’m even amazed.  My goal is the same as God’s goal for me – to become truly one with God in thought, heart and action.  Change isn’t easy for us – even those who like me like change.  Change occurs not only through reading and meditating on scripture, change comes through walking through trials.  So, when trials come our way, let us praise God for He is in the changing process to make us more one with Him.

January 12, 2020

Recognize Satan

Ephesians 6:12 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  (NIV)

There are Christians who don’t believe Satan really exists.  So many think their struggles are because of others or the culture or their own mistakes.  They are their own mistakes in that they don’t recognize the deceptive voices of Satan.  Satan would have us believe the lie that the Holy Bible is outdated.  He would tell us to get with the times.  He is the one encouraging Christian denominations to accept same-sex marriages and gay and lesbian lifestyles.  These are strictly forbidden by God.  God created male and female.  He did not create a third category of gender.  One of our problems is we confuse the sin from the sinner.  Because of our verbal attacks on the sinner rather than the sin, we are producing more enemies of God.  Notice when Jesus turned over the money tables in the temple He didn’t attack the money changers, only what they were doing.   There are many other lies of Satan that we tend not to recognize.  That is another reason why it is so important for us to really make God’s written word, the Holy Bible, an active part of our minds.  Let us really know God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to help us distinguish the voice of Satan so we can stand firmly against him.

January 11, 2020

Every Spiritual Blessing

Filed under: Bible,bless,faith,God,Jesus,spiritual,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

The word bless in some form or another is in the Holy Bible 442 times.  God strengthens our faith through His blessings (Psalms 29:11 11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. NIV)  David speaks of God giving us blessings in .Romans 4:6 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:  In other words, we can’t and don’t earn blessings from God;  God gives them to us.  Neither can we barter by saying if He does such and such then we will do something.  It is only through Jesus, God’s Son that we, as believers in Jesus and wearing His robe of righteousness are blessed by God  with every spiritual blessing.  May I encourage you to do a word study on blessing in all it’s forms and discover some of the spiritual blessings God has for us.  Our problem is in recognizing them and in receiving them.  Many of these blessings are missed by us because our mind is on material things.  Some of God’s blessings will show up through material things but God but God is more concerned with our spiritual life that goes into eternity.  He knows we emphasize our physical life more than enough.  What do we do with the blessings God give us?  We share them with others and we give blessings back to God.

January 2, 2020

Slavery

Filed under: Bible,cross,God,Gospel,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The word “free” is in the Bible117 times.  Freedom is in 28.  Freely is in 24 times.  Other forms of the word “free” are in the Bible a total of 28 times.   That’s 197 times the Holy Bible talks about various forms of being free.   Freedom is important.  Wars have been fought in the name of freedom.  The United States constitution calls for freedom from slavery and freedom of religion.  Notice is says freedom of religion not freedom from religion.    In 1988 the world was focused on setting 2 whales, hemmed in by ice, free.  The Russians even worked with the United States to help free the whales.  It seems some consider 2 whales more important than people.    As the above verse states, it was for freedom Christ came and died on the cross.  The question we must answer for ourselves is how much are we willing to do for the freedom to worship God?  Will we keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone by our saying, “Thank You, Jesus” in the presence of another?  Are we willing to stand firm against anyone or any government that would take away our freedom to pray or worship or share the good news of the Gospel with others?  Some want to make having a Holy Bible against the law.  Are we willing to fight for the right to have our Bibles?  Let us stand firm and not be yoked by the slavery of unbelief.

December 30, 2019

Legalism

Filed under: Christians,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.  (KJV)

In this instance Paul is mostly emphasizing the legalistic Jewish rite of circumcision.  However, this verse applies to any type of legalism.  So many Christians have replaced love with legalism.  The extra rules and rites that have been established as tradition have become more important than love.  When true Godly love is present and flowing there is no need for laws.  We must be sure to choose to love all those God puts in our path and not be judgmental or critical.  God loves the lost as much as He loves those who have opened their hearts, minds and lives to Him through His Word, His Son, Jesus.  Let us never put legalism in front of Godly  love.

December 28, 2019

According to His Character

Filed under: fruit,God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

John 16:23 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you.  (NIV)

A lot of people end their prayers, “In the name of Jesus.” Without understanding what that means.  Some treat the phrase as the same as rubbing a genie bottle.  When using the name of someone in an authoritative way, either asking or giving instructions or orders, one is acting under the authority of the name, the authority of the person with that name.  In order to do this, one must be asking in agreement with the one whose name they are using and acting under.  When we ask God for something in the name of Jesus, we are to be asking according to the same things which Jesus agrees.  So often our prayers are about self-desires.   These desires may not be in line with the character of God.  We need to be sure we are asking with the right motive – to become more and more one in God – in line with His character which is described in the list of the fruits of the Spirit.  Whether we are asking for ourselves or for others, our requests and motives must match those of God’s character.  Let us not be flippant in using the name of our Lord, Jesus.  Let us ask all things according to His character.

December 26, 2019

Blind

Filed under: Bible,blind,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

John 9:39 39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.”  (NIV)

To understand this verse we must read all of John 9.  After we read it we see Jesus is talking about spiritual blindness.  Those who have pride claiming they know the answers, they are good and they’re the ones who are right in and of themselves are blind spiritually.  We can only see through the eyes of our Lord.  When we admit to being blind without His seeing trough us we are then able to see for we have humbly come to Him admitting we can’t see or understand without His grace.  Pride comes from Satan.  We can say pride is satanic.  Pride was the first sin done by then angel Lucifer.  Lucifer used the lure of pride against Eve and Adam.  Pride separates us from God.  Pride is a strong lure.  Pride is something we must be on guard against.  We have a saying, pride goes before a fall.  We need the sword of the Spirit, the written word of God, the Holy Bible deep into our minds to defeat the lure of pride.  No matter how many times I write about staying in the word of God, the Holy Bible, it is never enough.  Jesus gave us the example of using the sword of the Spirit when He went into the wilderness and was tempted by Satan.  He used the sword of the Spirit, quoting the scriptures.  Let us follow the example of our Lord.  Let us know the scripture and recognize without the Lord we are totally blind.

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