Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 6, 2019

In Jesus’ Name

Filed under: believe,God,Jesus,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 6:01 pm

John 16:26-27 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  (NIV)

When Jesus walked this earth people asked Him for their needs.  Before Jesus returned to the Father He said we no longer needed to ask Him.  We now have direct access to the Father and are to ask Him.  We are to ask in the name of Jesus.  This doesn’t mean we tack on “in the name of Jesus” at the end of all our prayers.  If we are believers and have accepted Jesus as God’s Son and the Lord of our lives we bear the name of Jesus on our very being.  When God the Father looks at us and hears us, He sees the blood of Jesus and His righteousness on us.  This is what gives us direct access to the Father.  Many think tacking on “in Jesus’ name” will give them a better chance of their prayer being answered.  It isn’t what we say that get’s our prayers answered but what covers us – the blood of Jesus.  Jesus even told us when we pray to pray to our Father in heaven.  We are to praise Jesus and thank Jesus but we are to make our request know to our Father in faith and thanksgiving.  Thank You, Jesus for stamping me with Your name.

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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

March 20, 2019

Eternity Now

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

John 17:3 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.  (NIV)

This verse is in my favorite chapter in the Bible.  It is my favorite because toward the end of the chapter Jesus actually prays for you and me.  That thrills and amazes me that, in such a troubled hour, Jesus would think ahead and pray for those of us who come long after He returns to the Father.  In this verse He explains eternal life.  Eternal life is the knowing God and Jesus Christ.  The moment we take Jesus into our minds, hearts and lives eternal life begins.  Yes, we are still encased in a physical, sinful body, but the righteousness of Jesus covers us.  From that moment on through eternity we come closer into a true oneness with God and known Him a little more each and every day.  If we are not coming closer in our knowledge of God daily, we are not living the eternal life God has made available to us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  All we need do to come closer is to make ourselves available through the study of the written word, the Holy Bible, through prayer (2-way conversation with the Father) and listening to the person of the Holy Spirit within us.  What wonderful discoveries of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit wait for us each and every day.  That certainly makes our life in these physical bodies so much more abundant and joyful.  Let’s not waist a moment of our eternity.

February 2, 2019

The Sound of Snow

Filed under: Creation,God,Jesus,love,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:36 pm

Proverbs 15:29 29 The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (NIV)

I was watching a documentary on snow in keeping with our current weather.  I found out that a snow flake actually makes a sound when it hits the ground or other snow.  No human ear can hear the sound but there are advanced electronics that actually pick up and record the sound.  Amazing.  When we pray, many time we pray without using our voices.  We pray silently in our heads with our thoughts.  No human can hear that kind of prayer.  But we have Someone, Our Creator, God, Who actually hears our silent prayers.  He hears them as long as we are robed in the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  It is such a comfort to know that even when we are in a location or circumstance were we cannot speak aloud with our voice, God still hears us as we pray silently.  Let us remember He hears what we think and turn our thoughts over to Him in confidence of His love for us.

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.

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