Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 3, 2020

Barriers Broken

Filed under: Bible,gender,Jesus,judging,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

John 4:7 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (NIV)

This is really awesome.  Jews didn’t speak or even go near Samaritans.  There were major differences in their religious beliefs.  There was a great deal of prejudice and animosity on both sides.  Not only was there a major hatred between the 2 cultures, men never spoke to women – especially when no one else was present.  Not only these 2 issues, this woman was also hated by her people due to her sinful behavior.  Jesus was demonstrating there is nothing that separates us from God or from each other; not race, culture, gender or past history.  In God’s eyes we are all equal.  Jesus is our example yet we are so far from following him.  There is a big war on gender identity, on racial differences, on cultural differences on everything that is considered to be different from anyone else.  There is really no human that isn’t at least a little prejudiced about some form of difference between him/her and another.  We need to get our act together.  God loves all people.  God created all people.  All people are equally important to God.  We are to do the same.  Let us learn to appreciate the differences without critical judgment.  God is the judge, not us.  Let us learn to demonstrate God’s love following the instructions in the Holy Bible and let God take care of those who choose not to follow God.  Love and acceptance go a long way to healing hatred.  Jesus broke those barriers between race, culture, gender and sinful life-styles.  Who are we to put barriers back in place?

June 21, 2020

The Trinity

John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made  (NIV)

Genesis 1:2 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  (NIV)

Though the Holy Bible doesn’t contain the word, “trinity,” God is a trinity.  God the Father is the Source of all that was, is or will ever be.  The Word, made flesh as Jesus, the Son is the outlet of the Source.  The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the of the source through the outlet.  Though each person of the trinity has a specific function the 3 functions work as One for the 3 Persons are 1 in function and being.  We, humans, were made in the image of God. Each of us has a specific function within the family of God yet, for the specific functions to work, we must work as one.  This means our differences are to complement each other, not be a source of contention nor to be judge for their differences.  It matters not what color, gender or condition the parts of God’s families bodies are.  What matters is we each learn to function as one in our stewarding this earth God provided for us and coming together to worship God the Father through  His Word, the Son, Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit dwelling in each of us in the way the Holy Spirit moves in and through us.  Let’s grow up and quit judging, condemning, fighting and all the other separating we are doing as the human race and learn to function in the way God designed us to function.

 

June 17, 2020

Snap Judgement

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,judging,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

Acts 28:4 4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.”

Oh how quick we people are to judge others.  Look at their quick judgement of Paul.  An innocent man who is sharing the love and testimony of God is perceived as a murderer.  They just sat around looking at him and waiting for him to drop dead.  Some of them might even have been hoping he would die and might have been disappointed when he didn’t.  They were so very surprised he didn’t die that they snapped to another wrong judgement.  They decided Paul was a god.  This gave Paul an open door to tell them of the love and power of God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We can’t fault them.  We do the same thing.  I use to rejoice when I saw someone pulled over to the side of the road getting a ticket.  Now I pray for them to learn from their mistake.  Let us learn not to judge.  There is no way for us to know where someone else has walked.  Let us learn to reach out in love to all.

June 14, 2020

Word for Today

2 Timothy 4:3 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.  (NIV)

This is a very applicable word for today.  We see it in the looting and property damage going on.  We see it in the pushing ahead in various lines.  We hear the “me first” attitude so prevalent in our culture today.  People like to be the ones in power over other people.  People don’t want to hear about God.  They want to be their own god.  They don’t want God to be mentioned in school and want to teach things God says are evil.  We even have false teachers in Christian churches teaching self- gratification.  Many denominations are changing definitions of words in the Bible in order to agree with the god-less culture of today.  What do we do about this?  We must stand strong in our faith.  We must speak out in love, not in judgement.  Most important, we must go into our prayer war-room and bind the evil forces trying to deceive this world and pray to loose the power and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.

May 30, 2020

Encourage Daily

Filed under: Church,discouragment,encouragement,God,Jesus,judging,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Hebrews 3:13 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  (NIV)

Everybody like to be told they’re doing a good job. Everybody like to know they’re appreciated.  I know when I get a like on one of these devotions it encourages me.  It encourages me even more when I get comments.  Because I never publish the comments (the comments aren’t what this blog is about) I don’t get very many.  Sometimes I get tired and think it’s time to stop posting but when I do, I get a comment that encourages me to continue.  We need to take the little amount of time it takes to tell someone they’re doing a good job or we appreciate what they’re doing.  A cashier might be having a hard day and had to put up with some angry customers.  How encourage it would be to thank them for they’re service.  There are so very many ways we can encourage people.  Encouragement and thanks motivate people to try a little harder.  Judgement and criticism discourage people from trying at all.  It gives a “what’s the use” attitude.  The above scripture was written to believers in a young church.  When we first open our hearts to believe and follow Jesus, it is tempting to compare what we know and how we act with those who have matured in their faith.  Instead of comparing one another or judging, let us follow the call to encourage one another daily.  The word “daily” is important for, if it doesn’t become a habit to encourage others, it gradually is totally forgotten.  Taking the brief time to read this shows your desire to grow in the Lord.  That is awesome.  The light of God shines through you and your thoughts of God cause a smile on His face.

May 29, 2020

Like Paul

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christian,gender,God,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Ephesians 6:19 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly   (NIV)

Paul was threatened with prison and death yet his prayer request was to be bold and always speak for Christ Jesus.  I don’t know about you, but Paul puts me to shame.  So many of us pray selfishly for our own comfort and convenience.  Paul was totally focused on God and spreading of His message.  We, for the most part are focused on what will make us most popular.  As believers in and followers of Jesus our number one desire should be to be pleasing to God regardless of what others might think of us.  We fear being labeled a “religious fanatic.”  That term has changed in it’s meaning as culture has pulled further and further away from God.  Today that term applies to anyone who is openly a true believer and follower of God.  I don’t use the term “Christian” because now that term seems to be defined as a church member that is basically a “good” person.  We are do good today at changing the definition of a word to match our own desires of its meaning.  Not only has the definition of Christian changed but the definition of marriage and gender have also changed.  Let us be more like Paul and desire to be bold in our belief and following of God through Jesus Christ and proclaim the gospel to those around us in a loving, non-judgmental way.

May 18, 2020

God’s Will

Filed under: Father,God,grace,Jesus,judging,peace,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Galatians 1:3-4 3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father (NIV)

Many people ask how to know God’s will.  It is right here in this verse.  God wills that we all would be rescued from sin through the blood of His Son, Jesus so we can be full of His grace and peace.  It grieves God that even one person would reject the grace of salvation God provides.  His will for those of us who have accepted His grace of salvation is for us to share with others this marvelous grace.  There are as many ways to share the news of this grace as there are people who have accepted it.  We share by our expression on our faces, by our words we speak and by our actions.  People like to people watch.  Along with people watching goes coming to a conclusion (judging) what a person is.  We must ask ourselves each night how various people perceives us during the day.  Were we doing our part in fulfilling the will of God or were we hampering it?  Let us be mindful of our expressions, our words and our actions.  Let all of them reflect the attributes of love described in 1 Corinthians 13..

March 7, 2020

Love Not Judgement

Filed under: encouragement,God,Holy Spirit,judging,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Joshua 22:18 18 And are you now turning away from the Lord?  “‘If you rebel against the Lord today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel. (NIV)

Though many churches are turning away from God’s word in favor of current culture, we must be careful in judging.  This is a lesson we learn in this recorded event in Joshua.  Looks can be deceiving and mis-interpreted as was in this case.  When accused of setting up an altar they responded in Joshua 22:24 24 “No! We did it for fear that some day your descendants might say to ours, ‘What do you have to do with the Lord, the God of Israel?  Their intent was good but good intentions can be mis-interpreted.  We must be careful that our words and actions don’t take on the possibility of being mis-interpreted.  Quite often our stance on the precepts of God, which are always correct, come over as hate.  We must learn to speak in love, not condemnation of the individual.  It is only man-kind who put value classifications on sins and select only certain sins to speak out on.  In God’s eyes, anything against His precepts is equal in separation from Him.  Telling lies, regardless of how “little” they are is equal to adultery.  Unforgiveness is equal to homosexuality.  We are to emphasize love of each other with encouragement to follow the precepts of God.  It is the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit that can pull people out of sinful actions, not our judgement.  Let us reach out in love to all while at the same time showing them through our words and actions how living our lives in obedience to God’s precepts bring a joyful and abundant life.

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 18, 2019

Nations in Order

Filed under: commands,God,judging,Lord,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Deuteronomy 28:1 1 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth.  (NIV)

God’s promises are still good for today.  I would encourage us to pray diligently for our nation (any nation you are living).  All nations strive to be the dominant nation in the world.  Yet, all nations have departed from following the commands of the Lord God.  Not only is their discord between nations, there is discord within each nation.  The nations can’t fully obey the Lord until the individuals in the nation obey the Lord.  Before we point our finger at others, we must examine ourselves.  Each of us have things we should be doing and things we should not be doing.  Each of us have things we should not have said and things we should have said.  Each of us has prayed for things with selfish motives and not prayed for things we are told to lift up in prayer.  Let us strive to get our own lives in order so the nations can follow.

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