Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 28, 2019

Tithe First

Filed under: Christian,commands,God,meditation,Obey,prayer,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Deuteronomy 14:22 22 Be sure to set aside a tenth of all that your fields produce each year. (NIV)

Luke 18:12 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  (NIV)

The command to tithe is in the Old Testament.  Why do we need to tithe since we no longer are following the sacrifices and many other things commanded in the Old Testament?  God doesn’t need our tithe.  God already owns all that is.  We need to tithe to remind us that all we have is from God.  The tithe is considered to be 10% of our income (from whatever source we get our income today).  That leaves 90%, the majority of our income up to our discretion.  Hopefully we will use some of that as offerings to further the Kingdom News on this earth.  The habit of tithing teaches us discipline in what God has entrusted to us.  To me, tithing is a privilege.  I’m privilege God allows me to be part of His work in spreading the Good News of His love and His desire for us to know His love for us.  Tithing is easy.  Other disciplines are harder.  The discipline of reading, studying and meditating on God’s written word, the Holy Bible each and every day is harder than the discipline of tithing.  The discipline of taking more than a quick moment to say a prayer, but to really take time to listen is harder than the discipline of tithing.  Yet, it surprises me how many people who claim to be Christians, do not tithe but spend most of their money, get into debt and say they don’t have enough money to tithe.  May I encourage those of you who have not developed this discipline to do so.  Make that 10% the first thing you give before spending on other things.  Not because you have been told God promised to give back to you 10 fold, but because you love God and want to acknowledge not only with your mouth that God is God and owns everything but you also want to attest to that knowledge with your financial assets.

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June 3, 2019

Shooting Off Our Mouth

Filed under: Christ,confess,forgive,government,Jesus,Obey,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Acts 23:5 5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’” (NIV)

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. (NIV)

We take great delight in criticizing our government leaders.  We even say things about them that aren’t verified by fact.  We even enjoy hearing others speaking negatively about those who are in our government.  As much as we don’t like what scripture says, as a follower of Jesus Christ we are to follow what the scripture says.  We are not to say negative or evil things about those in our government.  In the United States, we have the power to choose who is in our government.  We do this by our vote.  I’ve noticed some of the people around me who complain and have the foulest mouth about those in the government are the same people who sit at home on election days.  Instead of mouthing off at those in government, let us practice obeying another verse in the scripture.  2 Chronicles 7:1  says if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Let us stop shooting our mouth off to others and use our mouth to confess our sins along with the sins of our government and ask God for forgiveness and direction.

May 5, 2019

God is God

Filed under: Christ,commands,God,God's Word,grace,Jesus,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

Hebrews 7:18 18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless (NIV)

The law of circumcision and obeying all the laws will not save us.  We aren’t capable of obeying all the laws in our own sinful nature.  It is only God’s grace that can save us from our sinful nature.  God chose to save us through our trust and faith in His Word made flesh in the Person of Jesus Christ.  There is no way we can every be righteous or good enough.  In our fleshly state, we are weak.  Our efforts to do good or to do God’s work are useless.  The only good we can do is to allow God to do His work through us.  God’s grace is available to all.  God desires all to come under His grace.  But, as with all God’s promises, there is a condition.  The only way we can come under God’s grace is through His Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  God made all that is and that give Him the only authority to set the rules and bounds.  Nothing we can do can ever change Who God is or what God chooses.  God is God and we are only able to relate to Him through His mercy and grace.  We try to obey but must lean on God’s love and forgiveness.  People say that’s prejudice to say there is only 1 way.  That is set by God.  Let’s make sure everyone knows the 1 way to God’s grace and mercy.

May 4, 2019

Humble Prayer

Filed under: anger,Bible,commands,Father,garden,God,Jesus,Obey,praise,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:04 pm

1 Corinthians 10:11 11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. (NIV)

As 1/3 of my daily Bible reading comes from the Old Testament, I am reminded of God’s anger against those who refused to honor, worship and respect Him.  Entire groups of people suffered from the stubbornness of their leaders.  We, too, are being complacent in following our leaders.  We are allowing laws to be passed that are against the commands of God. So many of us just raise our hands and say, what can we do about it?  We have the strongest weapon available to mankind.  We have prayer.  God promised to heal our land if we would only humble ourselves and pray.  Prayer is more than lifting up a few words and asking God to heal our land or work within our leaders.  Prayer is real conversation.  Two-way conversation.  How much do we want our land healed?  Enough to not only really petition God but enough to offer ourselves in any way He will work through us?  Each of us must ask ourselves if we are really humbling ourselves before God, if we are really wanting our nation healed (this applies to all nations.).  We must pray as intensely as Jesus prayed in the garden before His crucifixion.  He spent time pleading with the Father.  He ended giving Himself to the Father’s will.  Let us follow His example.

April 3, 2019

Lack of Knowledge

Filed under: Bible,commands,faith,God,grace,Holy Spirit,mercy,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.

God doesn’t want us to lack knowledge.  Faith in Him is not contradictory to knowledge.  He wants us to study His written word, the Holy Bible.  In those pages we find all the instructions we need for a full, abundant life.  As we read and study we must listen to the Holy Spirit for understanding.  Knowledge of facts without understanding and application is useless.  Knowledge just for the sake of knowledge is of little value.  God has given us the ability to learn from the mistakes of others.  The Old Testament is full of examples of mistakes in walking in obedience to God and His word.  Today we have no excuse for a lack of knowledge.  Holy Bibles are readily available in the United States and in many other countries.  The day is coming when they might not be so available so it is even more necessary to use the time we have to put the knowledge God has recorded for us into our minds and hearts.  Let us be sure we don’t lack the knowledge God has lovingly and mercifully supplied.

March 26, 2019

Intellectual Interpretation

2 Corinthians 10:5 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

Many people think they are smart enough, had enough theological courses and read enough to interpret scripture on their own.  The One qualified to interpret scripture is the author, the Holy Spirit.  Apart from the Holy Spirit no physical, human intelligence can possibly interpret what is Spirit.  There is such a large amount of pride amongst intellectual scholars of God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  There is no way our finite minds, on their own, can possible correctly interpret what is written by the Spirit of God.  Unless we are in Christ Jesus and have learned to listen to the soft, gently voice of the 3rd Person of the Trinity of God, the Holy Spirit, there is no way we can fully interpret, understand and apply the principles of the Bible.  There is nothing wrong with taking theological courses and feeding our intellects but let us remember it is only through opening our intellects to the Holy Spirit that true interpretation comes.  Let us combine our finite intellects with the openness to the Holy Spirit that we can take captive every thought to make ourselves obedient to Christ.

March 19, 2019

Context

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Obey,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Isaiah 55:2 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. (NIV)

Taken out of context we could read this as saying we can eat whatever looks good to us as much as we like.  In actuality, we are to eat what God says is good and delight in His provision for us.  This is an example of taking a verse of scripture out of context.  Unfortunately, many people do this to try and validate their sinful, lustful desires.  Taking a scripture passage out of context is as bad as adding to scripture or changing the definitions of words in order to agree with the current cultural desires.  Our desire, as children of God is to be pleasing to Him.  Children are pleasing to their parents when they obey and follow what their parents tell them.  God has provided us with an instruction book, the Holy Bible for our pattern or road map in living on this sinful earth.  We can’t edit it to make it agree with our own fleshly desires.  When we read a verse in the Bible, we must be sure we read all the verses before and after that deal with the same subject.  We can also verify our interpretation of a verse by looking at other references in the Bible dealing with the same subject.  God has been gracious to us in providing such wonderful instruction books (all the books in the Holy Bible).  Let’s not fail to take advantage of His generosity.

February 27, 2019

Image of God

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

1 Corinthians 15:49 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. (NIV)

The other day someone said to me they were glad they wouldn’t be overweight when they lived in heaven.  God did create us in His image but that image is our spirits.  That image died when man first disobeyed God.  That image was housed in our physical bodies, the image of the earthly person.  When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives we are reborn into the image of God. Our spirits are reborn.  We have no idea what our spirits will be housed in when the morning comes – the day God gives us new bodies.  Jesus put on the image of the earthly man so He could take on the sin, the disobedience of earthly man.  He showed us He knew the problems of earthly man for He experienced them first hand, yet without sinning – without disobedience to the Father.  We need not worry about how we will look in heaven.  We can be sure it will be beautiful and sinless.  We will know one another because we will recognize the spirit of each other – the part of us that is the real us created in the perfect image of our Father, God.  There will be no male or female but all will be in the perfect image of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Praise God.

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.

February 23, 2019

Look to the Cross

Filed under: confess,Creation,cross,forgive,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:25 pm

1 Peter 2:24 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (NIV)

When mankind chose sin over God, God had to look away and withdraw from mankind.  He had to do the same when His Son, Jesus, was on the cross taking on the sins of all humanity.  Until Jesus took on our sins oneness with God was impossible.  We now have a choice.  We can choose to continue in sin or we can choose to resist sin, keep our eyes on the cross and what it cost the Father and the Son, and embrace the Holy Spirit within us as we grow into the reality of abiding IN and the oneness of our being with our Creator.  The Son of Man, Jesus, had to experience the death that mankind experienced upon the first sin of disobedience by choice to overcome that choice by choosing obedience unto death.  Now, oneness with God is made possible.  Yes, we will sin but hopefully, not by conscious choice.  Keeping our minds on the cross and the price God paid for our reunion with Him will help us make the right choices.  When we stumble, we confess, repent (change directions) and are forgiven.  Then we make our minds up to grow in knowledge from our stumbling and move on into our oneness with God.  He died so we can choose to die to the desire to sin and live in His resurrection to eternal life.

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