Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 18, 2019

Salvation

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,repent,salvation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

2 Corinthians 7:10 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  (NIV)

Salvation is offered by God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Salvation is something we choose.  God doesn’t push it on us.  We must choose to accept salvation through believing in God’s Son, Jesus Christ and turning our backs on the sins of this world.  We choose to worship, praise and obey God and His statutes.  There is no salvation without repentance.  There is no other way for salvation from the penalty of our sins except through the Son of God.  It might not seem fair to us that this is the only way.  We falsely think a loving God would give salvation to everyone regardless of what they believe.  God is God and God makes the rules.  Because He is Love, He desires and offers salvation to everyone and has provided the way to salvation.  It is up to us to choose to accept the way He’s provided.  I pray you have learned the difference between believing Jesus is the Son of God and moved to believing IN Jesus as the Son of God and as your way to salvation.  He is simply a matter of choice – your choice.

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September 14, 2019

All Called

Filed under: believe,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

1 Peter 2:9 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  (NIV)

Did you know, if you are a believer in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, you are a priest?  It says so in the above verse.  There is no hierarchy in the family of God other than the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  All believers are equal.  The human element in the various Christian denominations have set up an hierarchy and limited the members in what they can do.  No where in scripture is it said only certain believers can serve communion or baptize new believers.  The only thing we can’t do as believers is perform marriages that are recognized as legal by the various governments.  It is not the paid ministers job to visit the sick and pray for them.  It is the duty of each and every believer.  Paid ministers shouldn’t be held to any higher of standard than what we call the “lay” people are held.  In God’s eyes, we are all equal.  Since God holds us all equal In His eyes, let us do likewise.  All believers are called to the priesthood.  All believers are called to serve God.  Let us all do our part to share God’s wonderful light.

September 13, 2019

Continually Confess

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (NIV)

The verb tense in the English translation is not in agreement with the original.  Confession is not a one-time thing.  We are to continually confess our sins – not repeats of ones already confessed and repented but the sins we make daily.  I don’t know about you but never a day goes by without my doing or saying or thinking something that is out of character with the character of Jesus.  Those things need confession daily.  We don’t just say, “Father forgive me for any sins I did today.”  We must be specific.  We need to be specific so we will actually realize what we have done, said or failed to do so we can repent – turn away from it – and move on building the character of Jesus in our thoughts, words and deeds.  Think you got through the day without any sin?  Be quite, ask the Holy Spirit to review the day with you and you will learn how imperfect we are in our human nature.  Let us continually confess each and every sin and God will continue to be faithful, forgiving us and continuing to purify us from all unrighteousness.

September 7, 2019

Storms

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Psalms 55:8 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  (NIV)

We are visiting our son and his family and find ourselves preparing for a category 5 hurricane.  Many of us have been praying for God to turn the storm east out to sea where no one and no property can be damaged.  We know scripture says there will be more and worsening storms as we proceed through the later days of this present, sinful earth yet it is not wrong to ask Him to delay for the sake of those who are yet to enter into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  But we submit ourselves to God’s plans, whatever they are and prepare to secure ourselves as safe as possible.  We know we’re in the hands of God and need not be anxious or worried.  We do our part like boarding up windows and removing anything from outside that might be a projectile in the wind, yet we are at peace.  When we know our Creator God, it matters not when storms assail us.  His peace stays deep within.  Storms aren’t always weather related.  There are financial, emotional, sickness and various other storms of life.  They serve to deepen our faith if we will only choose to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit for directions in walking through the storms of life.  There is a chorus that summarizes it.  “Peace, peace, wonderful peace.  Looking down from heaven above…)  Peace is always looking down but we must look up to God to receive it.

September 6, 2019

In Jesus’ Name

Filed under: believe,God,Jesus,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 6:01 pm

John 16:26-27 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  (NIV)

When Jesus walked this earth people asked Him for their needs.  Before Jesus returned to the Father He said we no longer needed to ask Him.  We now have direct access to the Father and are to ask Him.  We are to ask in the name of Jesus.  This doesn’t mean we tack on “in the name of Jesus” at the end of all our prayers.  If we are believers and have accepted Jesus as God’s Son and the Lord of our lives we bear the name of Jesus on our very being.  When God the Father looks at us and hears us, He sees the blood of Jesus and His righteousness on us.  This is what gives us direct access to the Father.  Many think tacking on “in Jesus’ name” will give them a better chance of their prayer being answered.  It isn’t what we say that get’s our prayers answered but what covers us – the blood of Jesus.  Jesus even told us when we pray to pray to our Father in heaven.  We are to praise Jesus and thank Jesus but we are to make our request know to our Father in faith and thanksgiving.  Thank You, Jesus for stamping me with Your name.

September 5, 2019

Scattering

Filed under: God,Jesus,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

 

Acts 8:4 4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.  (NIV)

Many ask why God allows His children to be persecuted.  When things are going our way we tend, by sinful nature, to become complacent.  It takes trials like persecution to move us into action.  If the early followers of “the Way” weren’t persecuted “the Way” would have remained in Jerusalem.  Scattering from persecution was what spread the Gospel of Good News around the world.  Today, in countries where there is little persecution, so many confessing Christians are complacent.  They take their freedom of worship as a given.  In countries where people are being imprisoned, beaten or killed for confession Jesus, new believers are added daily.  Being willing to stand firm against persecution says that the belief is worth their life and that speaks volumes to those watching.  The early apostles asked for prayer not for their lives to be protected but for their ability and strength to stand firm to the way of eternal life – Jesus, the only way and mediator between God the Father and mankind.  Let us learn to be bold while we are still somewhat free to do so.  Jesus stands for us before the Father so we should stand for Him before mankind.

August 31, 2019

That Is Love

Filed under: commands,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Philippians 3:8-9 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith  (NIV)

We could (if it were possible) obey each and every command of God and we still wouldn’t be righteous.  To be righteous means to be in right standing with God.  The only way to be in right standing with God is to come under the righteousness of His Son, Jesus, for only Jesus is righteous.  It is through Jesus, Who fills us with the Holy Spirit and covers us with His blood that we can be considered righteous – in right standing with God.  There is nothing on this earth, nothing we can ever do that is more important and of more value than coming under the blood of Jesus and covered by His righteousness.  Some say because God is love they don’t have to accept Jesus.  God is the One Who determines how we can approach Him.,  He sent Jesus down in the form of a human man so we could better hear Him and become united with Him.  He said Jesus is the only way.  There is no other way.  We can either choose to go the way God has provided and dwell with Him throughout eternity or we can choose to live our own way by our own rules and desires and spend eternity separated from God.  The choice is there for each and every person to make.  Because God is love, He has provided us a way to be with Him.  That is love.

August 30, 2019

Plowing Straight

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Hebrews 3:1 1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. (NIV)

Today when farmers plow and want to keep a straight line they focus on a GPS screen.  Before electronics farmers had to learn to look ahead a one point that was their goal.  If the looked down or to either side they would stray off the straight-line course.  We also have a goal.  Our goal is Jesus and eternity.  If we take our eyes and our thoughts off of Jesus we will trip up and stray from the course He has for us.  There are many things we can do to help us stay focused on our goal.  We read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, daily, putting it deep into our mind.  We learn to talk with our Father in heaven throughout the day.  We learn to tune our ears to the gentle whispers of the Holy Spirit.  When we have a decision to make we look to God for the answer.  Let us immerse ourselves in the scriptures and talk freely with our Father, keeping our eyes on our goal of being one with God.

August 27, 2019

Re-choose

Filed under: confess,faith,garden,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Luke 22:31-32 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (NIV)

Jesus knew Simon (Peter) would deny Him but He also knew Peter would return to his faithful obedience and through that encourage and strengthen others.  Just like Peter, we slip away from our faith and trust and obedience from time to time.  Jesus also prayed for us when He prayed in the Garden just before they came to take Him.  John 17:20-23 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  I read this prayer often.  We are among those who believe in Him because of the message of those who have gone before us.  When we slip away from God, the Holy Spirit inside us will bring us back into our right relationship with Him.  We only need to choose to return, confess our sin of separation, and move forward In our growing more intimate with our Father.  Jesus prayed we would be one with and in them as they are One in each other and, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to be one in God as well as one in all the other believers.  He’s given us the means; we only need to make the choice.  We need to make the choice daily and sometimes re-choose in the day.

August 25, 2019

Let’s Not Miss

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Proverbs 8:34-35 34 Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway. 35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord (NIV)

We must listen.  We must watch.  We must wait.  We don’t hear God because we don’t actively listen.  We don’t see the working of God in our lives and around us because we don’t actively watch.  We get into trouble because we don’t wait.  Basically, we’re spiritually lazy.  It take discipline and practice to learn to keep our ears attuned to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.  It takes learning to use spiritual eyes and really seeing what and who is around us to see God’s works.  On my walks I often thank Him for the beautiful trees and the various music the birds make.  It takes patience to wait on the perfect timing of God.  He has more children than just us to coordinate with all of sour needs and desires.  Any one of us could be delaying His movement in some event.  When we learn to listen, watch and wait we find the full and abundant life and we feel and receive the favor from our Lord.  Let’s learn to practice daily, minute by minute listening, watching and waiting.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit are in us making all this possible.

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