Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 17, 2020

In God’s Hand

Filed under: confess,God,heart,Lord,Obey,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Psalms 37:23-24 23 The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; 24 though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.  (NIV)

I love reading about the life of David.  I especially like to read the Psalms he wrote for they speak honestly about his heart and God said David was a man of His heart.  David messed up a lot.  He committed adultery, he murdered and did many other bad things, yet God loved Him.  David knew he messed up from time to time.  When it was pointed out to him, David was quick to confess and ask God for forgiveness.  We also stumble from time to time.  We trip over fleshly desires or doubt.  God has promised to uphold us just as He did David.  The only danger in falling comes when we don’t confess and ask forgiveness every time we stumble.  Building up many wrong words or actions without confessing and repenting leads to falling out from obedience and desire to walk with God.  David delighted in God and continually went back into following the steps of God.  God will uphold us in His hand but His hand is open.  It is our choice to remain in His hand or jump out of His hand.  Let us always choose to remain in God’s hand.

September 29, 2019

Pointing Fingers

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,judging,Lord,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Romans 2:1-3  You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?  (NIV)

The Message Translation reads, Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again.  Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself.  IT takes one to know one.  Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors.  We are so very good at holding others to higher standards than we hold ourselves.  We can always come up with an excuse as to why we do, say or don’t do or say certain things yet we don’t excuse others for the same things.  The Message continues by saying God isn’t so easily diverted.  HE sees right through al such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.  That’s pretty plane talk.  I’ve learned to some it up with the saying, “Except for the grace of God, go I.”  Jesus summed it up by saying, “Who is without sin throw the first stone.”  Before we criticize someone else, we must look at ourselves with complete honesty.  We don’t like to do this.  We, because of our sinful nature, like to see ourselves as the ones in the right.  Let us quit pointing our finger at others and daily ask God to reveal to us what is in us that we can repent and allow the Holy Spirit to work within us to become a better reflection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

September 18, 2019


Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,repent,salvation,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

2 Corinthians 7:10 10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.  (NIV)

Salvation is offered by God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Salvation is something we choose.  God doesn’t push it on us.  We must choose to accept salvation through believing in God’s Son, Jesus Christ and turning our backs on the sins of this world.  We choose to worship, praise and obey God and His statutes.  There is no salvation without repentance.  There is no other way for salvation from the penalty of our sins except through the Son of God.  It might not seem fair to us that this is the only way.  We falsely think a loving God would give salvation to everyone regardless of what they believe.  God is God and God makes the rules.  Because He is Love, He desires and offers salvation to everyone and has provided the way to salvation.  It is up to us to choose to accept the way He’s provided.  I pray you have learned the difference between believing Jesus is the Son of God and moved to believing IN Jesus as the Son of God and as your way to salvation.  He is simply a matter of choice – your choice.

September 13, 2019

Continually Confess

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (NIV)

The verb tense in the English translation is not in agreement with the original.  Confession is not a one-time thing.  We are to continually confess our sins – not repeats of ones already confessed and repented but the sins we make daily.  I don’t know about you but never a day goes by without my doing or saying or thinking something that is out of character with the character of Jesus.  Those things need confession daily.  We don’t just say, “Father forgive me for any sins I did today.”  We must be specific.  We need to be specific so we will actually realize what we have done, said or failed to do so we can repent – turn away from it – and move on building the character of Jesus in our thoughts, words and deeds.  Think you got through the day without any sin?  Be quite, ask the Holy Spirit to review the day with you and you will learn how imperfect we are in our human nature.  Let us continually confess each and every sin and God will continue to be faithful, forgiving us and continuing to purify us from all unrighteousness.

August 29, 2019

Nightly Check-up

Filed under: confess,forgive,fruit,Holy Spirit,joy,love,peace,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  (NIV)

We need to give ourselves a nightly check before ending the day.  We check each fruit of the Spirit to see how it grew in us during the day or how we squelched a particular fruit that day.  Did we show the fruit of forbearance (patience) In our driving or with the customer that carried on a tirade blaming us for a company police or their own indiscretion?  What about joy?  Did we go around with a joyful expression and attitude?  Self-control can be a big one.  Did we practice self-control at the “all you can eat” buffet we went to for lunch or dinner?  Each fruit is a barometer of how we are walking in the Spirit of God.  If you’re normal you will find at least one, if not more fruits lacking during the day.  That’s okay.  Confess the lack, choose to turn a different direction, ask forgiveness and forgive yourself.  Then ask the Holy Spirit to help you be more mindful of that (or those) particular fruit during the next day.  Fruit must be fed to grow.  This is one way of feeding the fruits within us.

July 14, 2019

On Our Account

Filed under: body,Christ,Christian,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (NIV)

I used to pray for Jesus to come quickly until I realized how selfish that is.  I know quite a few people that don’t acknowledge Who Jesus is.  They have no relationship with God.  I’m glad God is what seems slow to us in keeping His promise of Jesus coming for His Bride (the body of believers).  I’m glad He is patient with me.  I’m glad He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  But just being glad is not enough.  Just wanting others to believer is not enough.  We must take an active part in showing them the love of God so they will want to believe.  We do that through our words and our actions.  When they see us driving in traffic what do they see?  When they see us standing in a long line at a store, what do they see?  As believers we are to act as Jesus did when walking this earth.  Let us learn to take this seriously.  In the 80’ the big thing was “What would Jesus do?”  Before we act or speak, let us ask the Holy Spirit within us what Jesus wants us to do or say.”  Let none be lost on our account.

May 18, 2019

Only One Substitute

Filed under: Christ,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ezekiel 18:2 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
“‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? (NIV)

To fully understand this verse, we must read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 18.  What it says to us is no one can pay the penalty of the sins of another.  The only One Who can pay the penalty of the sins of another is the only One without sin, the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Each one of us is accountable for our own sin, not for anyone else’s.  Each one of us must come to the cross of Jesus, confess our sins, ask Jesus to be the ruler of our life and receive His resurrected body through the Holy Spirit in order to have the penalty of our sins transferred from our self to Him.  A parent can’t believe for their child nor can a spouse believe for the other spouse.  What we can do for another is to pray, share our testimony and encourage repentance.  Let us do our part to see no one is left without the saving and loving knowledge of Jesus Christ

April 16, 2019

As Judas

Filed under: God,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Matthew 26:50 50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. (NIV)

Jesus called Judas friend.  Judas knowingly betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.  Judas was in the habit of taking money that wasn’t his to take.  He served as the treasurer for the group of disciples and took whatever he wanted.  Judas’ motives weren’t good.  Judas was greedy.  Judas didn’t really believe Jesus as the Son of God.  As the steps to the crucifixion continued Judas began to question his own actions.  We don’t know what went through his mind.  Maybe the word “friend” said by Jesus echoed within him.  Whatever it was that was stirring within him drove him to suicide rather than to his knees.  I believe Jesus calling Judas friend was a hand reaching out to encourage him to repent.  We today betray Jesus through our own thoughts, words and actions or inactions.  We have a choice.  We can wallow in our sin or we cn get on or knee and repent.  Jesus calls us more than friends.  He calls us brothers and sisters when we ask Him to abide in us and we seek to abide in Him.  Let us not be as Judas.  Let us repent daily of anything we think, say, do or don’t do that would betray the love of Jesus abiding in us.

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