Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 7, 2019

God First

Filed under: commandment,God,Obey,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:19 pm

1 Kings 17:13 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. (NIV)

Read the entire event here.  Notice Elijah told the widow to give to him first before she made bread for she and her terminally ill son (later the son dies and Elijah prays and he comes back to life).  This goes with the commandment not to put any other gods before God but always put God first.  God sent Elijah to the widow not to save Elijah but so God could save the widow and her son.  He saved her because she put Him first by putting Elijah first before her own need.  She never ran out of flour or oil during the entire famine.  What we are to learn from this is not only putting God first in giving our tithe but to put Him first in all we have and in the use of our time.  Putting God first in our lives enables Him to care for our needs.  Yes, God can care for our needs even if we don’t obey, but God is not a God of confusion.  He is the  God of order and by His nature He follows His order.  Let us learn to put Him first in our finances, our service, our time and every area of our lives

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February 1, 2019

God Loves All

Filed under: Creation,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Obey,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Many think, and say if God is love He wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  They are right.  God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  This is why He sent His Son, Jesus.  No one can be in heaven who isn’t righteous.  None of us is righteous.  To be righteous one must always be completely right.  Only God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are always right.  God set the rules of only righteous being in heaven because God won’t be in the presence of sin.  He is the One Who created all that is and therefore He owns all that is and He is the only One Who can set the rules.  But He loves us so He provided a way for us to become righteous.  We can be covered with the righteousness of Jesus.  The only way we can have His righteousness cover us is by believing in Him.  Believing in Him doesn’t mean we believe He existed on earth or that He is the Son of God.  It means we believe in Him by taking Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Savior and our Lord – our boss.  Yes God loves all mankind and desires for all mankind to live with Him in heaven for eternity but man must be covered with the righteousness of Jesus to have a place in God’s home.

January 25, 2019

It Takes Blood

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Obey,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

Genesis 3:21 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (NIV)

To cover the sinfulness of Adam and Eve, God killed animals and used their skin to clothe them.  It took the shedding of the blood of the animals to cover the sin of Adam and Eve.  Before God came down in flesh to this earth it took the blood of animals sacrificed daily to cover the sins of the people.  Today it takes the blood of Jesus to cover our sin.  Since Jesus is the perfect, sinless Lamb, His one-time sacrifice covers our sin for eternity.  Just as Adam and Eve had to wear the skins of the animals to be covered, we must wear the blood of Jesus to be covered.  We wear His blood through accepting Jesus in our hearts, minds and lives, choosing to follow, obey and serve Him and confessing (giving to Him) our sins daily.  Our clothing is no longer animal skins but the righteousness of the sinless Jesus through His shed blood.

January 15, 2019

Human

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Mark 6:2 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? (NIV)

The only way to really experience and understand what someone is going through is to walk in their shoes.  Jesus, Who is the Word of God, separated from God and became a human like us for about 33 years.  During this time He was completely human though still filled with the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the God-head.  This made it possible for Him to experience all the we, humans, experience.  He is no longer human but has returned fully to being the Word of God.  Sometimes we think that God can’t possibly understand what we are up against.  We thin His commandments are too difficult for us to fully obey.  But, God, through Jesus, His Word, fully understands because He has fully experienced.  We are fully flesh and blood, human beings.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and follow and worship Him, we receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Some day we will shed the flesh and blood but our Spirit, birthed by the Holy Spirit, will live with God.  We will be given new bodies, different from our sinful nature and live in the very real and tangible presence of God, the Father, God the Son and the Word and God the Holy Spirit.  What a glorious time that will be.  Knowing what is in our future enables us to face anything we must face in our temporary flesh and blood human state.

January 12, 2019

Trust and Obey

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,Obey,sacrifice,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 15:4 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” (NIV)

Abraham was a man of faith.  Yet, though God promised him a son from his own flesh, Abraham allowed his wife, Sara, to feed his doubt and have a son through Hagar, Sara’s slave.  It was a 25 year wait for Abraham to see God’s promise come through and Sara to give birth to Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Later we see Abraham’s faith very strong as he obeys God and prepares to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  We are impatient people.  We don’t understand God’s timing and because of that we often take things into our own hands.  This is a lack of faith and trust in the One Who can never lie, Who is always faithful to His promises.  We might not understand what seems like a delay of God in the fulfillment of a promise but we are the ones who can’t see beyond the moment we are living.  Let us choose to believe and trust God’s promises.  Let us wait for His directions and not rush ahead of God’s timing.  We don’t need to understand.  We need only to trust and obey.  As the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

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