Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 12, 2020

Reflecting

Filed under: blood,Father,God,Jew,joy,penalty,sacrifice,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

1 Peter 3:18 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.  (NIV)

I struggle when I partake of what we call the Lord’s Supper or communion.  It makes me thin about how much Jesus suffered so I wouldn’t have to pay the penalty for my own sins.  Reread what they did to Him.  Visualize it here in Matthew 27:27-31 27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. Can you imagine going through something like what He experienced?  It makes me cringe.  As I eat the bread and drink from the cup I think about what Jesus went through.  It makes me cry and leaves a biter taste in my mouth.  How do we show Him our thanks for what He experienced so we could live covered by His righteousness and blood sacrifice?  Do we thank Him with more than lip-service?  Most of us don’t spend enough time thinking about how our thoughts, words and actions represent our thankfulness and love to God the Father and to God the Son.  The sacrifice cost the Father to suffer as well as the Son.  None of us, in our imperfect love, likes to see on of our children suffer.  God’s love is purer.  The Father had to turn His eyes away from the suffering of His Son as His Son took on our sin.  I can’t imagine such pain – the pain either and both of them experienced.  Let us put our complaints about things we think are suffering and live reflecting His love and joy each and every day.

May 28, 2020

Knowing or Believing

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)

Believing that someone existed isn’t the same as believing IN the person.  When you believe IN someone you trust that person.  Trust is built on love.  When you love someone, you are loyal to that person.  It’s one thing to believe a person name Jesus Who was written about in a collection of books called the Holy Bible walked this earth but quite another to believe IN Jesus as the only Son of God Who, as God’s Word, put on the form of a God-created human and demonstrated God’s love and pan for us.  God, as the Creator of all that was, is and will ever be, calls the shots.  He is the One Who decided the only way for us to have fellowship with Him and eternal life is through believing IN Jesus Christ.  Reading the Bible, going to church and trying to be good on our own doesn’t cut it.  We must actually acknowledge we are sinners and can only be saved from the penalty of our sin through the blood of Jesus.  We must ask God to forgive our sins and welcome Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives not only as our savior but as the Lord, the director of our lives.  Later we read Jesus said if we confess our belief in Him before men, He will confess us before God the Father.  Our belief is personal but it isn’t privet.  We are to be open about our belief in order to follow the commission Jesus gave us; ( Matthew 28:19-20} 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)  Let’s confess Jesus before others and demonstrate His love through our words and actions.

May 20, 2020

Up to Us

Filed under: believe,Christ,Christians,God,internet,love,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Matthew 7:21 21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  (NIV)

Many think because they belong to a Christian denomination they are Christians and they have eternal life.  Religions don’t reject Christ.  Religions are a man-made system of beliefs that man-kind devises with their own ideas.  To be a saved believer/follower and have full access to God the Father is an individual decision.  God has no grandchildren.  Each person must enter through the door of Jesus by their own choice.  We each have 2 choices, heaven or hell.  We can’t blame God if we choose to reject the only door He has provided for us.  The choice is entirely up to us as individuals.  The only way we can walk through the door of Jesus is by opening more than just our mind in acknowledging He is the Son of God, died and rose from the dead to open the door for us, we must put our trust in Him and make the choice to follow in the way He demonstrated for us to walk.  Some say since God is a God of love He will give eternal life to all of His creation.  It is because He is a God of love that He sent His Son to pay the penalty for our sin for there is no way for us to pay the penalty since we are so full of sin.  It is His love that provided the door for us.  There is no greater love than God putting on full humanity, leaving His God completeness and experience life as we know it and showing us hoe to live it free from sin, suffering physically through beatings and crucifixion and emotionally by betrayal and rejection.  The choice is up to us.  We each must walk through the door of Jesus Christ on our own.

April 13, 2020

Within Us

John 20:29 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  (NIV)

The tomb was empty.  Then Jesus appeared.  Could they believe their eyes and their ears?  They saw Him die on the cross.  They saw the blood and water come out of His body when a spear was pushed into Him.  They saw Him put into the tomb and a big rock put in the opening to seal the tomb.  They saw guards at the tomb to be sure His body remained in the tomb.  Yet, here He stood, speaking to them.  He even offered for Thomas to touch His hands and look at the nail holes in His feet.  They had no choice but to believe.  Jesus spent the next 40 days with His disciples and with others continuing to teach them and tell them about the Holy Spirit the Father would be sending in His place.  We can’t physical Him nor can we audibly hear Him.  Yet Jesus said those who believe and can’t see or hear are even more blessed than those who had that experience.  We see through our faith with spiritual eyes.  We see all the effects His love does in our physical world.  We hear the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit.  We can feel His presence because we have been blessed to come to know Jesus, the risen savior, Who loved us so very much as to pout off His God-nature and put on our nature so He could take our sin on Himself, pay the penalty, die to defeat death and give us everlasting life in the very real presence of God the Father.  Yes, Easter Sunday is over but through the Holy Spirit we have Jesus in us each and every day.  That’s so much better than only getting to see Him physically from time to time.  Let us not enjoy having the presence of Jesus in us, let us share that joy with all we meet.

April 7, 2020

Not Discriminating

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

People accuse Christians as being biased and prejudiced because we say there is only one way to salvation and eternal life with God and that is through His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.  If there was any other way God would not have had to separate Himself from His Word, His Son, and send Him down in human likeness to suffer and die on a cross in payment form our penalty of our sinful nature.  That very fact is sufficient proof that there is only one way to eternal life with God.  There is so much proof that all Jesus said was truth.  Jesus said He is the only way to the Father because He and the Father are one.  So many think that they can be good enough to stand in the presence of God.  When we look at the attributes of God, (March 25 devotion) we find we cannot consistently hold up to them let alone being consistent with just one of His attributes.  By God’s very nature He cannot be in the presence of the opposite of His attributes.  We mostly live in the presence of the opposite of His attributes.  God desires all mankind to enter into His presence.  That’s why He sent His Son to pay our penalty and why He sent the Holy Spirit down to dwell in those Who would choose to enter by the only door – Jesus Christ.  No, we are not prejudiced or being biased or closed minded nor is God.  God loves all mankind and, in His love, and mercy He has made a way possible for us to stand in His very presence.  Let us reach out in love and mercy to others, demonstrating by our words and our lives the attributes of God and by this encouraging others to enter the way God has so lovingly provided.

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.

January 18, 2020

Being Saved

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christian,God,Jesus,penalty,save,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Romans 13:11-14 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.  (NIV)

These verses say a lot about today, the present time we are living.  We Christians, at least in the United States have been slumbering; we’ve been complacent.  We have taken the freedom of our worshiping in groups, owning and reding Bibles and sharing our faith with others totally for granted.  The hour has already passed.  Our freedom has been under attack.  We need to wake up.  We need to put on the armor of light.  God is light and His armor for us to put on is described in Ephesians 6:11. We need to recognize we were saved from the penalty of sin when we invited Jesus into our heart, mind and lives and now we are saved from the power of sin.  Sin only enters us by choice now and unfortunately, we still choose it many times. We need to choose to live according to the precepts laid out for us in the Holy Bible.  We do this without being anxious or fearful of the situation in our nation and our world.  We do what God tells us to do and trust Him as He fulfills all His promises.  Now we are being saved from the power of sin but soon we will be saved from even the presence of sin because we will be in the very real presence of God where there is no sin.

September 21, 2019

Penalty Paid

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

John 8:24 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”  (NIV)

We can’t do enough good or be good enough to get into heaven.  We, in and of ourselves, by our very sinful nature, are condemned to hell.  There is only one way to enter the Kingdom of heaven.  That is through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.  Basically, He had to die so we could live.  Without Jesus taking on the punishment of death for our sins, we remain condemned to hell because God is just and that is what we deserve.  If we don’t allow Jesus to cover us with His robe of righteousness bought by the shedding of His blood, we have no hope.  We must believe He clothes us with His righteousness as the very Son of God and submit to Him as our Lord and Savior.  This is a necessity because God is not only Love, God is just and justice demands penalties be paid for sin.  Jesus paid our penalty.

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