Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 29, 2020

Made to be Sin

2 Corinthians 5:21 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  (NIV)

God the Father made His Word, His Son, to be sin for us.  Up until that moment Jesus was without sin.  He had no sin in Him.  Yet, though His Father loved Him, He also love us who were full of sin so He made His son sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God through the righteousness of the Son, Jesus Christ.  Remember Jesus praying in the garden, “Father, if it be possible, remove this cup from me.”  Jesus wasn’t just asking not to experience the pain of the cross, He was asking not to be made sin.  But, since the time of Adam and Eve, the Father had this planned for the love of mankind whom He created.  Jesus was still without sin when He was nailed to the cross.  He still knew no sin and hadn’t been made sin.  It was while on the cross and the Father turned His head that Jesus was made sin for us and cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me.”  This was the first and only time that the Father and the Son experienced separation.  The Father remains without sin but the Son, Jesus, now bears our sin.  There is no greater love than the love given by the Father and the Son to us who were born in sin which separated us from God.  When we invite Jesus into our minds, hearts and lives and confess we are sinners and ask forgiveness, we are forgiven and covered with the righteousness of the Son, Jesus.  Since God the Father and God the Son love us so very much, how can we, who are constantly in need of forgiveness, not love our fellow sinners.

May 8, 2020

Flight Plan

Proverbs 1:2 2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;  (NIV)

2 Timothy 3:16 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  (NIV)

A few days ago, the Blue Angels did a formation fly over over Houston in honor of the medical profession.  Their formation was in the shape of the medical symbol.  What thrilled me the most was the tail plane pilot who had a body cam on him so we could see the entire formation through his window.  We could also see his hands on the steering wheel and his feet on the pedals.  From the ground the planes seem to be flying very smoothly and effortlessly.  When the tale plane’s camera we could see tremendous vibration.  His hands never left the steering wheel and he was continuously making little adjustments.  His feet were also busy pushing and releasing pedals.  To fly in such a close formation, 18 inches apart at wing tip, required complete concentration with no distractions. They are told to keep their sight on the star (on the wing tip).   We are called to live like we are flying.  Our star, the point we are to always keep in our sight, is God.  We have the scriptures, the Holy Bible, as our steering wheel.  We must keep our mind on the words in the scriptures and make little adjustments to our words, our thinking and our actions.  When we delay those little adjustments, we find a major adjustment is needed.  Our attention to needed adjustments is normally unexpected trials that capture our attention.  Just as the pilots needed a lot of schooling to learn to fly their planes, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to school us through the scriptures so we can learn to apply them to our flight on this earth.  The formations for our earthly flight is in the shape of a cross.  It is both vertical and horizontal.  We look vertically for our flight plans and fly conjunction horizontally with other believers as we are all different parts of the one body.  Let us fly well and safely.

February 13, 2020

Confession and Small Groups

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James 5:16 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.  (NIV)

This is something most of us don’t do.  It seems like the ones who do confess their sins do so over and over boasting about how bad they were and how good they are now.  Why are we to confess our sins to one-another.  One reason is, when done with the right attitude and motive, it helps keep us humble.  Another reason is it encourages others not to feel so bad about themselves for they have the same problem and temptations.  Confession out loud gets the sin in the open for us and enables us to better deal with why we are so tempted in that particular area.  When confessed, we can no longer deny we have a problem in the area.  We must be careful, however.  We must know who it is we are confessing our sins to.  Confession to a known gossip is an opening for major problems.  This is one reason it is important to be a member of a small group within the larger local church group.  Confession to a large amount of people isn’t wise.  In a small group we are more able to pray with and for one another.  Small groups know not to take out of the group what is said in the group.  If you’re not in a small group may I encourage you to either find one or start one yourself.  The purpose of a small group is to share what God is doing in your lives and encourage one another in continual growth in relationship to God and to one another.

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 3, 2020

We Choose

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Obey,Righteous,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Romans 6:16 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  (NIV)

We have a choice as to whether we will offer ourselves to the culture, be politically correct, or offer ourselves to God.  Every word we say, every act we do is a choice.  We are accountable for what we choose.  God has given us freedom of choice.  One choice leads to separation from God and one choice leads to righteousness through Jesus Christ.  No one can make us choose one way over another.  We can’t say, like Flip Wilson used to say, “The devil made me do it.”  Satan can’t make us.  He can only encourage us.  God has give us a sword to cut through the temptations satan, our culture or anything else brings our way.  The sword is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us choose to make ourselves very familiar with the words in the Holy Bible.  Let us keep the sword of the Spirit sharp and ready to use at a moment’s notice – at anytime we have a choice to make.

November 30, 2019

Presented

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,Righteous,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Romans 3:25-26 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus  (NIV)

God presented Christ.  He presented Christ to all in the world.  He presented Christ for Christ to demonstrate His righteousness.  The word “present” is being used as a verb.  It means “to deliver something.”  What was it God was delivering through presenting Christ?  He was delivering a way to righteousness.  It is only through righteousness (a right relationship with God) that we can have any kind of relationship with God.  Jesus Christ is the only one who is righteous.  Without receiving God’s delivery through Jesus Christ of His righteousness we have no relationship with God.  It is the righteousness of Jesus which justifies us, but only if we have faith in Jesus.  Faith is defined as complete confidence or trust in someone or something.  Trust is believing in the reliability of someone or something.  Throughout history, God has proven He is true and reliable in His word.  God isn’t a man that He could lie.  God can’t lie.  God is truth.  For us it is a matter of choice.  We can choose to believe and come under the covering of Jesus and His righteousness or we can choose to ignore what has been proven throughout history.  God, through Jesus Christ, is the only way presented freely to us.

November 22, 2019

A Strong Tower

Filed under: God,Jesus,Lord,prayer,Righteous,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 5:14 pm

Proverbs 18:10 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  (KJV)

There are tall microwave towers all over our country.  I pass several daily.  A few weeks ago, while passing one of he many all towers this verse, in song format, came into my mind and I started singing it.  It stayed in my mind for many days and still pops up as I pass one of those towers.  It makes a good reminder for us as we pass those towers.  When we find ourselves in trouble or in need of a decision, all we need to is call out the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.  It is knowing and looking to God, through Jesus, that we are safe.  Decisions made through prayer are wise decisions.  When trials try to weigh down our emotions, remembering to say the name of our Lord can lift us up.  When looking down we can fall into depression.  Looking up keeps us safe from depression.  Let us keep looking to our Lord for He is our strength and shield.

October 6, 2019

Believe into Righteousness

Romans 4:3 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Abraham was credited as righteous not because of anything he did.  He was credited with righteousness because He believed God.  He believed God to the point of total obedience regardless of what God asked him to do.  Abraham believed God had the power to raise his promised son up from the dead.  Was Abraham perfect?  No.  But Abraham believed God in and through his own imperfections.  We must ask ourselves if we really believe God in everything He says?  Are there words in the Holy Bible we choose to ignore?  If we truly believe God we won’t choose to ignore any word from God – including those words that require sacrifice on our part.  If we truly believe God we won’t shut our ears to the Holy Spirit when we pray.  IF we truly believe God we will not fear, worry or be anxious.  Let us take time to listen to the Holy Spirit, asking Him to reveal to us areas where our belief is weak or absent.  Let us believe to the point of being credited with righteousness – the righteousness of Jesus.

September 19, 2019

Righteousness, a Gift

Filed under: believe,Christ,gifts,God,Jesus,praise,Righteous,salvation,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  (NIV)

Unlike salvation, we can’t choose righteousness.  Righteousness is only found in Jesus.  Righteousness is something He gives those who choose salvation.  It is His righteousness that robes us.  It is Jesus Who gives us His righteousness.  There is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to be righteous.  While we are in our earthly bodies we continue to battle our natural sin nature.  Through our choice of salvation and our continual repentance we maintain the robe of the righteousness of Jesus.  Because of Jesus and the righteousness with which He robes us, God sees His righteousness on us and the penalty for our sinfulness is forgiven and put out of sight.  Righteousness costs us nothing but it cost Jesus more than we can ever imagine.  He had to separate Himself from His Godliness and become fully human to experience all we experience yet totally without our willfulness to sin to show us how much God loves us and desires for us to be with Him for eternity.  There is no way we can every imagine how much that cost Him.  Let us continually praise and thank Him for the great and glorious gift of righteousness which He so costly had given to all who choose salvation through Jesus.

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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