Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 26, 2019

Love Personified

Filed under: denomination,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 14:1 1 Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. (NIV)

This is why there are so many denominations.  We think everyone should totally agree with what we think and/or believe.  We dispute over how communion is served.  We dispute over how, when or if one is baptized.  We dispute over so many things.  What we are to agree on is God sent His Word, Jesus, to become as man to demonstrate His love for us, show and teach us how to live, die on the cross for our sin and rise back to full life to give us eternity with God.  That is what matters.  Let’s not get into disputes with how others express their beliefs in how to demonstrate God’s love and how to worship Him.  We are to show love to one another.  It is love for and of God and through Him for all His creation included our fellow human beings, regardless of what they believe or how they live.  God is love.  We are created in His Image, therefore we must also be love personified.

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April 14, 2019

Not Ashamed

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Gospel,Jesus,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Romans 1:16 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. (NIV)

The Holy Bible, the gospel containing the words of God, has already been outlawed in many countries and other countries are headed that way.  We must be sure we don’t act ashamed of the gospel.  We must be open about our belief.  We can show the gospel of Jesus Christ through our words, our actions, our countenance and by openly carrying and reading the Holy Bible.  We must speak out in love to those who are so vehemently against us, showing them we are not against them but we stand firm on our belief.  Jesus never forced anyone to believe.  Jesus spoke words of love and touched others in love.  Even so, people were against Him.  We can’t expect less but we are also to stand strong in love as Jesus did when He walked on this earth.  He now walks on this earth through us.  Let us reach out in love and acceptance of others while at the same time allowing them to see God’s love through us.  Let us show them we are not ashamed of the gospel of Christ Jesus.

April 10, 2019

Exalting Together

Filed under: commands,God,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Psalms 34:3  Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (NIV)

We’ve all heard people who say they are Christians but they don’t need to go to church.  They say they can worship by themselves.  Yes, we can worship by ourselves but we are told to exalt God together.  That means we must gather with others to exalt God.  As I sit in church and look around, I hear words of praise coming from the mouths of others but their faces look glum.  I can’t understand how anyone can praise while looking like they’re mad or sad.  When we are exalting someone, we are praising them and saying how wonderful they are.  I don’t know about you, but I can’t do that with a sour face.  Our faces reflect the meaning behind the words we say.  As we gather together to exalt God, let us show we really mean the words of exaltation.  Let as gather together to glorify the Lord showing how much we love and mean what we say and sing in faces reflecting our love and joy He has given us.

April 4, 2019

Serving Servant

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,love,service,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Philippians 2:5  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (NIV)

Here are instructions as to how we are to relate with our fellow human beings.  We are to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.  What kind of mindset did Jesus have when walking in a human body on this earth?  We read further, (Philippians 2:6) Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage.  We concentrate on the fact all men are created equal and that is right.  However, we are not to use our equableness in the wrong way. In verse 7 we read, rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  Jesus too on the very nature of a servant.  We are not only here to serve God, we are here to serve one another.  Our own nature says we want to be served, not serve.  God’s nature says we are to serve, not be served.  We would rather be the guest of honor at a banquet than the server cleaning up after the banquet.  When we learn to serve, we find there is a special joy in knowing we have helped others.  That is the joy that comes from God.  Those who always find themselves being served loose what joy they have by becoming accustomed to being served and desiring it more and more to the point of never being happy with what they have.  Let us open ourselves to the very nature of God.  Jesus showed us the Father’s nature by serving through perfect love; serving all the way through death.  Let us die to our egos and serve one another.

March 23, 2019

Whose First

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

Notice the believers prayed for courage and strength to speak the word of God.  They didn’t pray for protection.  They didn’t pray for an easy life.  They were centered on bringing glory to God, serving Him and spreading the gospel to all as was the last command of Jesus before He returned to the Father.  Notice what happened after their prayer. Acts 4:31  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  One of the reasons we don’t see more miracles today is our self-centered prayers.  We are so good at asking for what we think we need and what we want to support our fleshly desires.  Where is our drive?  Where is our enthusiasm?  Where is our real commitment of love to share the word of God with those who don’t know, understand or accept?  Let us fight our pride of self-sufficiency and our idol of a comfortable life and really put God first above all.

March 22, 2019

Hate the Act

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:46 pm

Psalms 119:128 128 and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path. (NIV)

This is quite a statement.  The psalmist says he agrees with all God says.  For that it means we agree with all contained in the Holy Bible.  That means we don’t take out or add anything to it.  That also means we don’t redefine words to suit our own, fleshly desires.  If we are really abiding in Jesus we will agree with this statement.  If we agree with this statement, we will hate every wrong path; that is every thing that isn’t in agreement with the word of God.  At the same time, we must be sure not to hate the person who doesn’t agree with this statement.  It is the acts we hate, not the people who, though very misguided in their thinking and actions, do those acts.  It is only through our sharing the love of God that others will be able to receive His love and come into His Kingdom.  It is a difficult balance in keeping our hate for sinful acts separate from the people who do them.  The people who do them quite often think we are against them, not just their actions.  It is only through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit that we can show the love of God while at the same time standing firm against sinful acts.  Remembering we, also, are guilty of sinful acts though we falsely think our sins are not as bad as those of others.  Let us not cast stones.  Let us reach out in love and demonstrate love by our actions.

March 17, 2019

Lay Down Our Life

Filed under: God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

John 15:1213 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.   (NIV)

So often we take this to mean we are to physically lay down our life for another.  There is so much more to these verses than dying for another.  We are to lay down our pre-planed schedule for another in need.  Quite often we politely say, “If you need anything, let me know.”  We say that because it sounds loving and maybe we do mean it at the time.  However, when they call, we have made plans and respond to their need with we’re busy but let us know next time.  That isn’t laying down our life for another.  That is putting convenience and/or desire before others.  As we read scripture, we must be sure we listen to the Holy Spirit, letting Him give us the meaning for our time and place and letting Him show us were we need to change in order to really follow through on God’s word to us.

March 15, 2019

As Much Love

Filed under: cross,faith,Father,God,Jesus,love,sin,suffering,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

John 15:9 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (NIV)
The Father loves His Son, Jesus.  Yet, in that love He allowed His Son to suffer the cruelty of being whipped to the bone, being nailed to a cross and physically dying in horrific pain while being jeered by a crowd.  To us, that doesn’t look like love.  Yet, the Father knew the rewards for eternity His Son would have for what, in the eyes of eternity, is only an instant of pain.  When we go through trials and tribulation, quite often we think God has deserted us.  Surely He couldn’t love us if He allows such pain and suffering.  We only see the instance of the now in this sinful world and our sinful bodies.  We fail to realize the prize that is ours for eternity.  Let us learn to be strong in faith.  God does love us.  He loves us so much He endured watching the suffering of His only Son, Jesus, so we could be free from the debt of our sins and be united in His love for all eternity.  We seldom understand why we must walk where we walk on this earth.  That is why faith and trust is needed.  Our vision is short sighted but God knows all that was, is and will ever be.  Let us rest in faith of His love and mercy through each and every situation we face knowing His love for us is complete and perfect.

March 8, 2019

Without Measure

Filed under: Bible,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lamb,love,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:37 pm

Ephesians 3:18-19 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (NIV)

As sinful humans, we have a hard time understanding what real love is.  We are full of self-love usually putting our wants and needs before others.  It is very difficult for us to really understand God’s love for us.  Because we know we aren’t worthy of His love, we have a hard time really being open to His love. His love far surpasses our knowledge ability.  As we open up more and more to the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we gradually open up more and more to God’s boundless love for us.  He knows we don’t know how to fully accept, yet alone return His love in us to Him but He loves us without measure anyway. We must start with trust in the fact God doesn’t lie and therefor loves us just as we are.  As we move deeper into knowing Him through the scripture in the Holy Bible and allow His Holy Spirit to become more active in us, we will grow in our ability to love Him and love ourselves because He loves us.  Let us stop putting ourselves (and others) down with criticism and speak positively about ourselves because we are God’s children.  Let us open up to the full measure (which is measureless) of God in us and us in God.

February 20, 2019

Value

Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

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