Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 11, 2019

Looks Are Deceiving

Filed under: God,judging,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (NIV)

This is hard for many of us to do.  I’ve been guilty of wanting to cross to the other side of a street when I’ve seen someone who looks really dirty coming toward me.  We are so quick to judge people by what they are wearing, how their hair looks, what color skin they have, what kind of car they drive, where they live and on and on.  I’m so glad God looks at my heart rather than how my physical body looks or the clothes I wear or the car I drive or the house I live in.  It is hard for us to conquer the habit of judging people by external standards.  It takes a good bit of courage and time to allow ourselves to get to know someone who is very different from our perception of how someone should look.  As we learn to communicate with God throughout our day, we can learn to quick judging the external and ask God to show us how He sees others.  I know I’ve been very shocked and disappointed when I’ve gotten to know the kind of person someone who looked very impressive was.  Let’s choose to be open to all of God’s children and ask Him to let us see with His eyes and His love.

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August 9, 2019

Pulling Weeds

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 13:30 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’” (NIV)

It was 3:30 in the morning and I was outside pulling weeds by a dim street lamp down the road a little ways.  As I was pulling the weeds, I thought about this parable Jesus told.  His harvesters won’t have a dim street light to spot the weeds.  They won’t miss a single weed because they’ll have the Light of God showing the weeds.  The weeds are all the people who have not come humbly before God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The believers are on this earth living with those who have chosen not to believe.  We, the believers are to stay in the mix with those who don’t believe.  We are to show them through our words and our actions the love of God.  We are not to keep silent.  We are to tell them in a loving way how they can have life eternal in the very presence of God.  If we tell them in a judgmental way they will not believe.  They will back away and call us names.  We can see a lot of that going on right now in the United States and other places in the world.  People don’t want to be judge by other people.  God is the One Who will do the judging.  The believers will be judged right along with the non-believers but we will have an advocate in Jesus Christ.  He will tell the Father we are under His righteousness and forgiven.  We will not be cast away but will be in the presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity.  Let’s be sure to do our part that none we know will miss out.

July 24, 2019

X-Ray

Filed under: glory,God,judging,praise,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Revelation 2:23 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.  (NIV)

I like the way The Message translation reads.  Thnen every church will know that appearances don’t and make sure you get what’s coming to you.  We are in a physical world.  We look at the world and it’s people with physical eyes.  We judge by what our physical eyes see.  God sees beyond the physical.  He sees what is in our brains.  He sees our motives.  Sometimes the praise and worship part of some churches end up with a “mob mentality” of singing.  Some are putting up a show of how much they are “into worship.”  Some churches, pastors and/or people tell it far and wide how much money the give to others.  They want everyone to see how good they are.  When are motives are to be seen by others, to be known as being spiritual or benevolent, our giving and doing are as filthy rags to God.  God x-rays our motives.  Are we worshiping out of love for Him or for show to others?  Are we giving out of love for God or to look good to others.  Let us remember we are here for God’s pleasure and glory.  Shakespeare wrote, “Life is a stage.”  God says life is for His pleasure and He doesn’t honor play acting.  Let everything we do be for the glory of God rather than the glory of mankind.

July 10, 2019

James and the Church Family

James 1:1 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings. (NIV)

I like the introduction to James in “The Message” translation of the Holy Bible.  James was a half-brother of Jesus.  He grew up with Him.  As per normal human behavior, we tend to think more critically of those closest to us even though we love them.  James grew up not believing Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Jesus showed Himself to James after His resurrection.  We all must believe in the resurrected Jesus to be a Christian believer.

When Christian belivers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does.  Outsiders, and labels them a such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised.  It’s simiar with sinners outside the church. (The Message Bible)

James deals with the various problems pastors have in discerning, confronting and dealing with the normal problems of sin in the body of believers.  Each of us, from time to time, are part of those problems.  Let us look to our own words and actions rather than judging the words and actions of others in our church family.  Let us be an active participant in the gathering together for worship which includes encouraging others and helping others rather than judging and criticizing.

June 11, 2019

Not Humble

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Timothy 1:15 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (NIV)

We are to be humble but very few of us really are.  Even this verse could point to a lack of humility.  We’ve all heard people actually bragging about how sinful they were and how very much God has forgiven them.  Even when we judge others as committing a sin far words than the sins we commit is a lack of real humility.  In God’s eyes, sin is sin.  All sin is equal whether it be rape, adultery, murder, stealing or even what we call a white lie.  Thinking within ourselves that we’re not as bad as someone else is a lack of humility.  As long as those kinds of thoughts are in our minds, we aren’t humble.  Jesus displayed real humility.  He emptied Himself of His God head identity and became just like us.  Yet, even like us, He never sinned.  He remained true to the Father and displayed nothing but love for all mankind.  He never told anyone their sin was worse than another’s sin.  He just spoke words of love and said sin no more.  He alone had the right to say that.  We don’t have the right to say sin no more to anyone until we manage to sin no more ourselves.  Let us not kid ourselves saying or thinking we are humble.  Let us, instead, ask God to fill us up with the Holy Spirit and enable us to love without judgement and walk in the way of Christ Jesus.

May 16, 2019

His Power

2 Corinthians 12:9 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  (NIV)

As I get older, I notice my body getting weaker.  I also notice my memory slipping just a little.  I’m so very glad for this verse.  I don’t have to figure out the answers to the problems I face.  I only need to go to scripture, the Word of God, the Holy Bible and listen to the Holy Spirit and know with total confidence that God will let me know what ever I need to know.  He always has the perfect solution for any problem.  I don’t know how to keep our nation from becoming Sodom but I do know how to lift up this nation before the throne of God and trust Him to work through His children.  All this keeps me from stress and worry.  I can choose to have complete trust and confidence in my Father.  It is in our understanding of our weakness that God can funnel His power through us.  When we don’t see His power, it is because we are mistrusting in our own imagined power.  His grace is indeed sufficient for us for His power is perfect.  Let us learn to let His power flow freely through us.

February 25, 2019

Kingdom of God

Filed under: Christ,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,judging,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

Luke 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (KJV)

The kingdom of God is a spiritual place, for God is Spirit.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives the kingdom of God enters into us in the person of the Holy Spirit.  The kingdom of God consists of God’s children, the believers and followers of Jesus Christ.  When Jesus returns to this earth only those who are God’s children, those who are already in His kingdom, will remain.  Those who refused to follow Jesus will be permanently separated from God’s kingdom.  When we live in a kingdom, we follow the laws of that kingdom.  Breaking the laws is sin.  When we break a law, we must confess, admit our guilt.  But we have an advocate, a Defender in the person of Jesus who, as defender and judge, forgives us and allows us to continue being in the kingdom and the kingdom in us.  How wonderful to be in a relationship with the defender and judge of all.

January 13, 2019

Seeing Clearly

Filed under: God,judging,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:28 pm

Matthew 7:5 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (NIV)

Most of us stop with the meaning of quit judging others and get the sin out of our own lives.  There is more to this verse than that.  After we have gotten victory of a particular sin, we are able to help someone else who is struggling with the same sin.  It is hard to help others when we haven’t had the same experiences.  Many times we go through various trials so we can be more qualified to help others going through the same trial.  After breaking my knee cap, I am more aware of the struggles of those who have handicaps.  Mine was only temporary but so many are permanent.  I now know when and how to help when I see someone else struggling to move from one place to another.  When we go through various struggles, let’s be sure to ask God to make us aware of all we need to learn in order to help others in the same struggles.

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