Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

April 5, 2019

Goal Oriented

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,save,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Luke 19:10 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (NIV)

Jesus was goal oriented.  He knew He was on earth for a reason.  That reason was to seek out and save all of us who are lost and separated from God the Father.  Everything Jesus did was to achieve this goal.  How did He know what to do to achieve the goal?  In Mark 1:38  Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”  First, He had to keep in mind what His goal was. In Luke 6:12 we read, One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.  Before any action or decision, Jesus spent time in prayer.  It’s interesting to read what occurred after Jesus prayed.  In this instance, Jesus chose the 12 disciples after talking and listening to His Father.  Even though Jesus is the Word of God and One Person of the God-head, He said (John 5:30) By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  How much more does this apply to us.  We end up not achieving what we set out to do because we think we can do it on our own.  We love our false feeling of independence.  In actuality, we can’t draw our next breath without the will of God for us to do so.  Let us remember to always pray and listen before we take action.  Let us also remember why we are here.  We are hers to bring glory to God and to share His love with others that they may come to know God.  It is God’s desire that not one be lost.

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