Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 4, 2020

Because of Love

Filed under: believe,blood,Father,forgive,God,Guilt,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Hebrews 8:12 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (NIV)

We have a problem with guilt.  We expect ourselves to do better than we do.  When we sin, we get upset with ourselves and because of that we tend not to forgive ourselves.  This keeps us from accepting God’s forgiveness.  We have a hard time really believing He will forgive us every time we confess, we have sinned.  We tend to confess over and over.  God says after He forgives us, He no longer remembers the sin.  When He looks at us, the Father sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  This makes it easy for Him to forgive us.  His love is that strong.  We, as parents, forgive our children time after time because we love them.  How much more God loves us and forgives us.  Let us be quick to confess our sins, accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and ask the Holy Spirit to help us not repeat that sin again.

April 3, 2020

Faith or Assumption

Filed under: Christian,faith,God,government,love,praise,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Matthew 17:20 20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”  (NIV)

There is a big difference between faith and assumption.   Continuing life as normal during a pandemic because we say God will protect us is an assumption.  God gives us more wisdom than this.  He also said in. Romans 13:1 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.  Our  president said he really hated that church services couldn’t continue as normal but most churches cannot provide the space and safety guards needed at this time.    Our faith is not to assume God will do whatever we want whenever we want.  Our faith is to be that God will always be with us in and through any trials we meet on this earth.  God didn’t create the virus.  God can take the virus away.  But I see God calling out for us to pay attention and listen to Him.  I see Him taking our idol gods away – the gods of putting job first or money or entertainment or sports or shopping or any of the others activities we put before God.  Our response to this trial as Christians is to co-operate with the government restrictions, set a good example, keeping and showing God’s love and joy through us and most of all, praying an praising God in our own homes and through our electronics for Who He is.  We can still celebrate Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday and every week with those living in our house with us.  We can virtually celebrate through the internet but not by just sitting and watching.  We must participate with what we hear and see.  Let us quick looking, thinking listening and speaking the complaints and negatives and speak God’s love and peace.

March 30, 2020

No Longer Slaves

Filed under: Father,fellowship,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,Obey,sin,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Galatians 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  (NIV)

Angels were created to be God’s slaves.  Though some rebelled against God along with Lucifer, most angels are happy serving God as servants.  We were created to walk with God and fellowship with Him.  However, we decided through Adam and Eve, to be on our own and since then, mankind has been a slave to sin.  It took God’s Word, His Son, to shed His God deity and put on the full body of created man to come and show us God’s love and mercy and to take our place for the penalty of our sin of self.  When we accept Jesus as God’s Son and as our redemption, we no longer are slaves to sin but we are children of God.  Our problem is keeping our mind and hearts to the fact we are God’s children and thus not to choose the sin of self-sufficiency and self-indulgence.  Let us choose to stop acting like slaves to sin and choose to be loving and obedient to God, our Father.  As a child of God we share in His work of loving mankind and bring glory to God.  Let us be wise in our choices of words, thoughts and actions and let us bring glory to God as we love our fellow mankind.

March 25, 2020

Attributes of God

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,heart,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Exodus 34:6-7 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.  (NIV)

Re-read each adjective.  Each one describes one of the many attributes of God.  He is compassionate.  To be compassionate means to have sympathy and a desire to alleviate someone’s sufferings.  He is gracious. Gracious is marked by kindness and politeness.  God doesn’t force us to love and/or accept Him.  God is slow to anger.  Because He is love He is slow to get angry even when we go against His will for us.  He abounds in love because He is love.  He is faithful.  He never turns His back on those who look to Him.  He keeps loving no matter what.  He forgives wickedness, rebellion and sin never to bring what is forgiven up again.  Those attributes are plentiful to those who look to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. There is another side of God reserved for those who rebel against Him.  His punishment for them I out of love for them that through punishment they will open their hearts, minds and love to Him through His Son, Jesus.   How many of these attributes do we see at work in our own lives?  As we yield to the Holy Spirit within us we will find these attributes reflected and growing in us.

March 5, 2020

Dark Pit

Filed under: Father,God,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Genesis 37:4 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.  (NIV)

Genesis 37:5 5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more.  (NIV)

Joseph was the youngest son of 12 sons.  He was his father’s favorite because he was the son of his father’s old age.  Quite often the youngest is the favorite because they are the last child the parents will have.  Joseph received a special gift from his father.  That wasn’t Joseph’s fault.  But Joseph flaunted the gift in front of his brothers.  Joseph rubbed in the fact that he was his father’s favorite.  God also gave Joseph a special gift.  Joseph was given prophetic dreams by God.  Instead of being quiet, Joseph bragged to his brothers about the dream.  Read the rest of his story and see what Joseph had to experience in order for God to humble him so He could use him.  Before we judge Joseph too harshly, we must really look at ourselves.  How many times have we boasted, bragged or flaunted something in front of others?  It is our normal, sinful self that wants to look even better than we are to others. Knowing the pits Joseph had to walk through to become humble enough for God to use him, we have a choice.  Learn to be humble now or experience dark pits until we have learned we are no better than anyone else.  It is a blessing to be used by God for anything.  Let us be sure we maintain the right attitude so we can be blessed as God loves and works through us.

February 26, 2020

It Only Takes One

Filed under: Church,Jesus,Lord,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

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

Not only was she a Samaritan (looked down upon by the Israelites), she was also alone yet Jesus took the time, as tired and hungry as He was, to speak with her and teach her about worship.  We are so number oriented.  If what we deem to be enough people don’t show up for a Bible class or a prayer meeting or any other event we are prone to cancel it.  We consider it not worth our time unless the number of people we desire are there.  Churches are deemed successful if their numbers are large.  We don’t stop to think the impact we can have on just one person can ripple out to an impact on many.  From tis one woman at the well, many in an entire town became followers of Jesus.  In actuality, she was the first missionary.  She had no training but she met Jesus and shared her experience with others.  We must share our experiences with our Lord and Savior, Jesus with those we meet.  We can share at work or in a grocery store or anywhere.  We are not limited to sharing only in a church building.  There have been many times I have stopped to talk and them pray with a stranger in a big box store.  Let’s not wait for what we consider the right time or the right place or the right people.  Let us be open to step out and speak up sharing God’s love and the wonderful news of Jesus Christ anytime, any place with any one.  Actually change all the “any” words to “every.”

February 8, 2020

Just One Point

James 2:10 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.  (NIV)

That’s a strong statement.  If we just break one point of God’s law we are guilty of breaking all of His laws.  Before we think we’re doing good let’s look at a couple of God’s laws.  You shall not steal.  Never took a pencil, pin or paper from our place of work?  Not a big deal?  It’s still stealing.  Never wish we had something someone else has, either materialistic or a talent of theirs?  That is still coveting.  We could go on and on but the biggest one we all have trouble with is loving all people on this earth (we are all neighbors) as we love ourselves and how about loving God with ALL our heart, mind and strength.  To be very honest with ourselves we must admit we fall short from time to time.  Praise God.  He knew we couldn’t keep every point of all of His laws so He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus Christ to pay the penalty of our sin.  As long as we have asked Jesus to dwell in us through His Holy Spirit and seek to follow and obey Him we are found not guilty.  God the Father no longer sees our sin.  He sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son.  Let’s be sure we share that good news with our neighbors, especially the ones we have trouble loving as much as we love ourselves.

February 7, 2020

All

Filed under: commands,Father,God,heart,love,prayer,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Mark 12:30 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  (NIV)

Our problem is in understanding the word “all.”  We are a people who seek comfort, convenience and speed.  Unfortunately, that shows up in our prayer time.  In our own prayer time we are prone to quick prayers.  In worship services we become restless if the prayer time is longer than a few short minutes – our minds begin to wander rather than uniting with the prayer.  All our heart means that we want to speak with God more than any other person or activity.  All our soul is our desire is pure and our emotions are one of the joy of the privilege of speaking to God rather than the feeling of we ought to pray.  All our mind means we are totally in tune with what we say and we are fully alert to hearing God’s response.  All our strength means we are praying when we are alert, not relegating it to a time when we are so tired and sleepy we can’t keep focused on what we are saying or drowse off when we are trying to listen.  Let’s choose a time when we are most alert each day for our special quiet time with our Father, God.  At the same time, we still want to be conversing with Him throughout the day.  If we’re taking our daily jog or walk and hear a bird or see a pretty flower or tree, acknowledge that to God, thanking Him for the beauty He’s placed around us.  Let’s really turn all our heart, soul and mind with all our strength to talk and listen to the One Who loves us most and knows us best.

February 3, 2020

Pleasing God

Filed under: believe,Bible,faith,God,God's Word,love,meditation,prayer,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

Hebrews 11:6 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  (NIV)

Faith is a choice.  We either choose to believe and trust or we choose not to believe and trust.  The choice of faith in God becomes easier when we earnestly seek Him.  We seek God through diligent reading, studying and meditating on His instruction manual, the Holy Bible and through 2-way conversation with Him know as prayer.  How earnestly we seek is in relation to how much time we spend in His written Word verses how much time we spend reading other books or watching TV or videos.  We must ask ourselves is God a priority in our schedule or do we relegate Him to a couple hours on Sunday then go about our own fleshly desires.  When we fill ourselves with God we are filled with love.  Our goal is to be so filled with God that love floods out of us without measure.  What is our reward for pleasing God with faith and trust?  A life fuller and more abundant than we can ever imagine and an eternity in the very presence of Love.

February 1, 2020

Fair

Filed under: believe,God,Lord,love,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:31 pm

Matthew 20:13 13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius?  (NIV)

This is the parable about the vineyard owner who hired people to work and then, as the work continued, hired more.  He paid all of them the same amount, even though they worked different lengths.  Recently I heard someone complain that the new hire at their work were being hired in at a higher rate than they had been.  That put them, with less experience, at almost the same pay scale as those who had been working there longer.  This attitude leads to bitterness and envy.  This parable applies to this situation as well as it did to the vineyard.  We are so hung up on comparisons we fail to remember Who is in charge of our life and Who has promised to meet all our needs.  Let’s put envy and bitterness along with comparisons behind and look to our Lord God asking Him to let His love flow through us to everyone.  He loves all so who are we to be envious of others when we are all loved equally.  Let’s not let our materialistic logic rob us of letting love flow in and through us and growing in faith believing God is faithful to all who believe.

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