Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 14, 2019

Antidote

Filed under: anger,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,praise,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Hosea 14:4 4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (NIV)

Most of Hosea deals with the sins of Israel and the punishment for their sin by God.  But, as we read on to the last chapter we find God’s love and mercy are stronger than mankind’s sin.  This is so very encouraging.  As much as we would like not to sin, we are sinners.  We are in a fleshly body with a carnal mind living among other sinners and temptations.  God provide what we can call an antidote for our prone to sinning.  He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus to leave His God-head nature and clothe Himself in a fleshly body to demonstrate to us how God intends for us to live  Knowing we still wouldn’t live that as Jesus demonstrated, God allowed His Son to die as the perfect Lamb for a one time for all sin offering.  Three days later Jesus rose from the death to show us we, through our belief and following Him, can have life eternally with God.  Even though we bear the consequences in the here and now of some of our sins, God forgives and forgets them.  He no longer holds them against us and allows us to have an intimate relationship with Him.  He has every right to be angry with us.  So often we take Him for granted.  So often we treat Him like a Genie in a bottle.  So often our prayers are full of “I wants” rather than praise for Who God is and thanks for what He has done and continues to do for us.  Let us work to be less into ourselves and our wants and more into Who God really is and what He has done and is doing.

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May 20, 2019

Guarantor

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,praise,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Hebrews 7:22 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. (NIV)

When we sign as guarantor of someone else’s loan, we are saying we will pay their debt for them.  We can’t pay the debt of our sin and separation from God.  We are too full of sin.  It takes perfect righteous, it takes someone who has never sinned.  The only one Who has never sinned is Jesus, the Son of God.  He is the guarantor of our covenant with God.  Our covenant guarantees us a continual relationship with God throughout eternity.  The Guarantor has promised to cover all sin we ever have done, do or will do.  That is one provision to this guarantee.  We must confess our sins, repent from them (turn a different direction) and ask the Guarantor, Jesus Christ, to abide in us and have us abide in Him.  We do the abiding through the person of the Holy Spirit.  This can be hard for our finite minds to understand but we don’t need to understand.  We only need to accept the guarantee provided by God and trust Him.  He has said we must become as little children.  A little child trusts completely.  Praise God the Father and God the Son for providing us a way to worship, praise, trust, fellowship and be united with the three Persons of the Godhead now and for all eternity.

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 22, 2019

The Right Time

Filed under: Christ,God,praise,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Romans 5:6 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. (NIV)

In college English I was told the first sentence of each paragraph is one of the 2 most important, the other being the last sentence.  I never really noticed this phrase, “at just the right time,” before.  Everything God does is at just the right time.  He doesn’t explain to us the timing.  We are to trust as a child has to trust their parents.  Children are eager for things to happen quickly.  When they ask their parents, “when,” their parents say when it is the right time.  God’s concept of time is very different from ours.  To Him 1000 years can be one day or one day 1000 years.  We can’t possibly comprehend how many things must be coordinated for various things to happen.  We, just as a child waiting for Christmas or birthday, get quite impatient.  Sometimes we even think God must not care or didn’t hear or know of our problem.  We start to complain.  I’ve learned to ask one time and then the rest of the time I thank God He heard me and is in the process of bringing it about into my time and space.  Let’s remember Who is in control and knows when the right time is and practice thanking and praising while we wait.

March 1, 2019

Grumbling

Filed under: anger,God,mercy,praise,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Philippians 2:14 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, (NIV)

Wow.  No grumbling and no arguing.  There are so many things about which we like to grumble.  My biggest one is what I consider to be bad weather.  Along with this verse we might combine Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)  If we are grumbling about anything we are not being content.  The same is true when we argue.  Doing either of these implies we don’t believe God is in control of all that touches us.  No matter what we face, there is always a positive side to anything we consider to be an adversity.  Suffering, something most of us don’t really experience, produces endurance and faith.  We tend to grumble about the most inconsequential of things.  Instead of being negative, let’s always look for the positive in and through all situations we face.  Instead of arguing, let us remember arguing doesn’t change anyone’s mind but does hurt relationships.  In all we do and in all we experience, let us maintain an attitude of praise and thanksgiving to God for His grace and mercy.

 

February 12, 2019

Continually

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,praise,sin,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

Isaiah 27:3  I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it (NIV)

In Africa, when the graft a plant, they tie a water bottle to it just above the graft so it can continually seep water on the new graft.  God is grafting us to Himself.  He has His Holy Spirit within us to continually pour out in us enabling us to worship, praise and follow His commands.  It is our job to not block the flow of the Holy Spirit.  We block Him with willful, unconfessed sin.  We also block Him by failing to open up to Him.  Whether we put our attention elsewhere or not, He is in us, desiring for us to pay attention so we can continue to grow in the vine (Jesus).  Jesus prayed that we would be One in Him and in the Father (as well as in each other) in the same way Jesus is One in the Father and the Father in Him.  Let us not block the prayer of Jesus from coming about in our time and place.  Let us always pay attention to the Holy Spirit in us watering continually so we can come into that oneness.

December 22, 2018

Solo Worship

Filed under: devotion,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Lord,praise,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:32 pm

Psalms 100:2 2 Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. (NIV)

So many think they can only worship the Lord in a church service with a worship leader.  They think they need to be in a group of people to help them sing or speak forth their love for God in worship and praise.  We are to worship our God each and every day.  We don’t gather together every day so that means we need to learn to worship God on our own.  To help us learn, we can put on a CD or tune in the internet to have some worship and praise songs we know to sing with.  We don’t need to sing on key.  God says just to make a joyful noise.  Hearing others (even if only through our own electronics) helps and encourages us to join with what we hear.  Before long we will be able to continue our singing or spoken worship and praise for God to Him without the aide of others.  We worship and praise with others as a sign of our unity in the family of God.  When others aren’t around, we still show our unity with God through His Holy Spirit dwelling within us.  Let’s get our CD’s out or tune into some praise and worship songs, raise our hands and fill God’s ears with the sounds of love and praise from His children.

December 21, 2018

Lifted Hands

Filed under: God,love,praise,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:30 pm

Psalms 63:4 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. (NIV)

Why the lifting of our hands?  When we raise our hands, lifting them up into the air, we are exposing ourselves; we are leaving ourselves open.  So often we see people with their arms folded tightly in front of them.  This is a form of protection.  They don’t want themselves exposed to others.  When we praise the Lord, or God, we want to praise Him with our entire being.  We don’t want to close any part of us to God, the One Who made us and loves us. Raising our hands opens us up to God.  It is a sign of compete surrender and trust.  The only true praises come from a completely surrender heart and mind.  Raised hands show a complete trust in the love of our God.  If you are one who never raises your hands, try it in the privacy of your own home when you are in your daily worship time with God.  Learn to open up your entire being to Him as you sing and/or speak your praises to Him.  Before long, you will find a deep need and desire to be totally free and open in your praise to God.  For, as we praise, we open ourselves to receiving more of His love for and in us.  Let us lift our hands in praise to our God each and every day.

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