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.

January 2, 2020

Slavery

Filed under: Bible,cross,God,Gospel,Jesus,prayer,scriptures,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Galatians 5:1 ​1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

The word “free” is in the Bible117 times.  Freedom is in 28.  Freely is in 24 times.  Other forms of the word “free” are in the Bible a total of 28 times.   That’s 197 times the Holy Bible talks about various forms of being free.   Freedom is important.  Wars have been fought in the name of freedom.  The United States constitution calls for freedom from slavery and freedom of religion.  Notice is says freedom of religion not freedom from religion.    In 1988 the world was focused on setting 2 whales, hemmed in by ice, free.  The Russians even worked with the United States to help free the whales.  It seems some consider 2 whales more important than people.    As the above verse states, it was for freedom Christ came and died on the cross.  The question we must answer for ourselves is how much are we willing to do for the freedom to worship God?  Will we keep our mouths shut for fear of offending someone by our saying, “Thank You, Jesus” in the presence of another?  Are we willing to stand firm against anyone or any government that would take away our freedom to pray or worship or share the good news of the Gospel with others?  Some want to make having a Holy Bible against the law.  Are we willing to fight for the right to have our Bibles?  Let us stand firm and not be yoked by the slavery of unbelief.

December 22, 2019

Ask Until Peace Comes

Filed under: God,heart,peace,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

Colossians 3:15 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  (NIV)

Many ask how we can be sure we are hearing God and not our own thoughts or those of Satan or other people?  When we make a decision, we should have peace in our hearts and minds if the decision is of God.  The lack of peace after a decision is made is a sign of either the wrong decision or the timing of the decision is wrong.  God is faithful to guide us and to answer us when we ask. As long as we are seeking Him and our hearts are right (no active unconfessed sin, no unforgiveness, etc.) He hears and He answers.  What is peace?  It is a feeling of a positive outcome, a confidence that we have the right answer and the right timing.  When we have peace, we no longer feel the need to keep asking others what to do.  When we have peace, we move into thanksgiving to God for supplying what we need.  As a couple we never moved forward if either one of us were without peace.  Ask God and keep listening until peace comes.

December 14, 2019

Fully Human

Hebrews 2:14 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  (NIV)

Hebrews 2:14 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (ESV)

I also added the English Standard Version to help us understand this verse.  Many people claim Jesus wasn’t really human.  Scripture tells us differently.  The Word of God took off His God nature and became fully human, born from a woman’s egg but fertilized by God’s seed.  He was flesh and blood.  He needed to eat food, drink water and He bled, just as we do.  He had moments of exhaustion, He could laugh with His disciples and He could cry with Mary and Martha.  We can’t say He doesn’t understand how we feel or how hard it is to resist temptations.  He experienced all we experience except sin.  He had to be totally flesh and blood to conquer death for us.  When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil the image of God that was in them died.  God had to put on the image of man, had to become man, to let the image of man die and the image of God resurrect within man.  His image will only come into us through the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  Without our coming to the cross on which Jesus died for us, confessing our separation from God and asking Jesus to dwell in us we cannot be in the Image of God and will have to face spiritual death for eternity.  Praise God for His making a way for us to be united with Him, conquering death for all time.

December 13, 2019

B.C. and A.D.

Matthew 1:23 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  (NIV)

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.   (NIV)

It is amazing how this prophecy in Isaiah was fulfilled through a young virgin.  What’s even more amazing is that the entire world calendar is built around the birth of this child, Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.  The calendar is marked with the years before Christ (B.C.) and the years after the year of the Lord (A.D.)  Even those who deny the existence of Jesus agree with and use the calendar.  Notice the real translation of A.D. isn’t “after death.”  The Latin word are translated “After the Lord.”  Even though there is an attack on those who believe and accept the fact of God made flesh to demonstrate His love in a tangible way and take on our sin of separation, it doesn’t change the fact.  Let us continue to say with strength and conviction along with Peter, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.  As we celebrate with our friends and families, let us remember the amazing miracle we are celebrating.  In spite of our self-love and indulgences, God loves us so very much that He became human flesh and blood to bring us into right relationship with Him.  No religion believes in God.  Only Christians, not a religion but a way of life.

November 29, 2019

Fall Short

Filed under: glory,God,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Romans 3:23 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  (NIV)

To understand this verse we must first know what sin is.  Sin is a singular tense.  Jesus died for our sin; He didn’t die for what we call sins.  The word sin is an old archery word meaning miss the target.  When an archer shot, if he didn’t hit the bullseye it was said he sinned – he missed his target of the bullseye.  The above verse goes on ti say sin is falling short of the glory of God.  We are here to be in the image of God.  We should reflect the unseen character of God by displaying it in our lives.  What is the character of God?  God is love.  Look up 1 Corinthians 13.  As we read it, substitute our own name every place the word love appears.  These are the characteristics of God.  We fall short of those characteristics.  We reflect some of them some of the time but we are not consistent.  God is consistent.  We must all agree we are all sinners because we all fall short of the glory which is God.

November 26, 2019

No Monuments

Filed under: blood,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Genesis 11:4 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”  (NIV)

We, as sinful mankind, think we can build a way to heaven with our own hands and works.  There is no work, regardless of how good we might think it is, that will get us into heaven.  The only way to heaven is through the door Jesus, the Son of God, provided for us.  That door is accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and committing to live in obedience to His word.  We build monuments to ourselves in an effort to say how good we are.  In and of ourselves there is no goodness.  It takes the love of God for goodness to exist.  Only when we release the Holy Spirit Who resides in us when we accept Jesus, will real good come through us.  Jesus didn’t tell us to build monuments to Him.  He left us with 2 basic things in His honor; the bread representing His body and the wine representing His blood.  Here are the words to a song I wrote.

Two Simple Elements

No fancy statues, no monuments tall

To remember the Savior Who died for us all.

Just two simple elements, that’s all we need

To remember our Jesus our Lord and our King.

 

As they were eating He took up the bread,

He blessed it and broke it and gave it and said,

This is My body, take it and eat.

It’s broken for you in remembrance of Me.

 

After the bread He took up the cup

He blessed it and gave it to all and said.

This is My blood, the new covenant.

Take it and drink it be free from your sins.

 

Lord Jesus, I thank You for taking my place.

For giving Your body to strengthen my faith.

Lord Jesus I thank You for spilling Your blood.

It cleanses and washes and makes me God’s child.

 

Just two simple elements, that’s all it takes.

Take them and eat them and drink them in faith.

The Lord will sustain you and cleanse all your sins.

He wants to be in you, oh let Him come in.

He wants to be in you, your Lord and your King.

 

1976 Copyright

November 23, 2019

Identification

Filed under: Christian,Creation,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Philippians 2:6-8 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!  (NIV)

In our sinful, human state, we struggle and fight for importance.  We want titles in front or behind our names.  We want to be the ones in power, the ones to make the decisions.  Jesus is in the very nature of His Father, God.  It was through Jesus, the Word of God, that the Father created all that is.  Yet, Jesus was willing to take off the nature of His Father and become in the nature of man.  Instead of the privileges of the Sonship of God the Father, Jesus became a servant in the fleshly form of mankind.  It is our sense of false pride that leads us to strive for importance and fame.  God created us with a need to be filled by Him.  Sin separated us from that filling.  Mankind tries all sorts of things and ways to fill that void with us.  The void can only be filled through coming to the cross of Jesus and allowing Him to forgive us and fill us with the Holy Spirit.  We don’t need titles, fame or rewards.  We only need Jesus in our minds, hearts and lives.  The title, Christian an the job description follower of Jesus is all we need for identification.

November 17, 2019

Bringing Glory to the Father

Filed under: Father,forgive,glory,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 1:31 pm

Luke 23:34 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (NIV)

Most of my life, when I read these words of Jesus, I was thinking He was only asking God to forgive the ones that placed Him on the cross.  Now I understand I also placed Him on the cross for it was also for my sin He died.  Jesus is asking the Father to forgive me as well as the ones who were physically at the foot of His cross, jeering Him.  What a gift of love.  He was in deep pain and about to take His last breath, yet His thoughts were on us.  We, on the other hand, when facing trials no where near as severe as the trial Jesus was experiencing, think mostly about ourselves.  How was Jesus able to think of us as He was dying?  He was looking to His Father.  All Jesus said and did was to glorify the Father.  Jesus knew His purpose was to bring glory to the Father.  That is also our purpose.  Let us choose to desire to bring glory to our Father in all we say and do.

November 7, 2019

Hidden Treasure

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Colossians 3:3 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  (NIV)

As God’s treasure we are hidden in Christ.  That means we are under the protection of Christ.  There is nothing we need to fear because through Jesus Christ, we are protected as God’s treasures; hidden in His perfect love.  The old self, the self that chose to live in sin – separated from God, has been purchased by the blood of Jesus, God’s Son and through His resurrection, lives highly treasured by God the Father.  Nothing can touch us without first passing through God’s hand.  Does that mean we will never suffer?  No.  We live in a sinful world where, for now, Satin is still god of this world.  But even through suffering we are guaranteed to be victorious because we are God’s treasures, hidden under the blood of Jesus.  Let us live in boldness and stand firm in faith spreading the news of allowing Jesus to hide us as the treasure of God.

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