Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 5, 2018

Ultimate Love

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,sacrifice,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:56 pm

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

Any think that a loving God would welcome all to live with Him for eternity.  As long as they’re basically good, they should be able to go to heaven.  This is a misunderstanding of Who God is.  We are so accustomed to our right and freedom of choice that we think anything we choose is the right way for us.  God is the One Who created all that was, is and will ever be.  All things created are subjected to Him.  He created us.  He alone has the right and authority to set the rules.  He chose to send His Word, His only Son, in the physical form of Jesus Christ, to connect us to Himself, the Father, God.  He chose Jesus as the only way for people He created to spend eternity with Him.  His love is in the fact that He sent Jesus to die on the cross as a one-time sacrifice of blood to cover our sins.  Before Jesus shed His blood on the cross, mankind had to shed the blood of animals regularly as sin offerings.  We no longer need to sacrifice animals.  The sin offering was given by Jesus once and for all eternity for all who would come to Him in faith.  It isn’t a lack of love that God requires us enter His gates through Jesus.  It was an extreme love that allows us the way of entrance through His Son, Jesus.  This is the ultimate love.

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November 25, 2018

Seek Silence

Filed under: anger,Easter,God,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:27 pm

Matthew 6:6 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV)

Habakkuk 2:20 20 The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. (NIV)

There are many reasons we don’t hear God.  We have unconfessed sin, unforgiveness, anger.  We are surrounded by noise.  We are continually thinking and planning and worrying.  God says for us to go into our room or closet, close the door and have our conversation with Him.  Most of us are afraid of silence.  We can’t still our thoughts.  We don’t want to think about the things that bother us.  It takes time and practice to learn and be comfortable in silence.  Once we learn, it is beyond my ability to describe the peace and the feelings that envelop us in the silence.  As we are enveloped, we begin to hear the still, soft voice of our Father.  As we do this, we find we seek our prayer closet more and more.  It is so worth the effort and discipline.  Let us go into our special prayer “closets” regularly.  Let us be still and experience and know our Father God.

November 21, 2018

Put Off the Old Self

Filed under: anger,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:31 pm

Colossians 3:5-10 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (NIV)

There’s at least a months’ worth of devotions in these verses.  It takes a brave determination to look at them honestly.  We like to think we don’t sin.  But there are some of these things we are told to put to death that we all do.  The most common is lust.  Lust includes many different things.  Some lust after food.  Just look at the obesity rate in this nation.  Others lust for tobacco, alcohol, money through gambling, power over other people, sex outside of marriage and on and on.  We are also to rid ourselves of anger which includes when we’re driving in traffic and others cut us of.  We are told not to lie to each other but we have all been guilty of what we call “harmless, little, white lies.”  We pretend we lie to not hurt others but mostly it’s to protect the image of ourselves we want to show.  I pray we regularly take time to carefully go over these verses from time to time and check how we are doing.  Then confess to our Father the things we have not been able to keep away, ask and accept forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in those areas.  These are all from our old self and we are to put on the new self, renewed in the knowledge in the image of God.

November 13, 2018

Unprotected Back

Ephesians 6:10-18 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (NIV)

As we reread the full armor of God we must notice, unlike the armor of the knights of the mid-ages, there is no protection for our backs.  We are told to stand firm.  There is no option of turning our backs and fleeing.  God has enabled us to be victorious because He already defeated Satan and we can do our part on this earth.  When temptations come, we are not to flee and run because they will just continue to come until they break us down.  We are to stand with the full armor of God and defeat each temptation that comes our way.  Let us learn to stand firm, wearing the full armor of God, and grow in the strength of God, becoming more and more one in Him.

November 10, 2018

Flaming Arrows

Ephesians 6:16 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (NIV)

The flaming arrows of the evil one applies to our temptations to give into and enjoy things that separate us from God.  We are bombarded with these flaming arrows constantly through the media, billboards and those who live in those indulgences.  They can be as simple and “innocent” as over indulging in food not nutritional and harmful the our body which houses the Holy Spirit to holding unforgiveness or anger in our hearts.  Anything not  covered in the love of God is a flaming arrow.  Flaming because we are so tempted and it burns into our desire.  To take on the shield of faith we must change our desires to God and the things of God.  We must agree with the Psalm 42:1 and really want to seek after God and become one in Him.  Let us remember the arrows of temptation are flaming in effort to burn deep within our hearts.  Let’s choose to have God, through His Holy Spirit burn deeply in our hearts.  Remember, choice comes before feeling.

October 31, 2018

Pressing On

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

Philippians 3:13 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (NIV)

Forgetting what is behind can be interpreted in many different ways.  I believe Paul is referring to past sins that have been confessed and forgiven.  I know I have a long history of condemning myself over and over for a past sin which I had confessed and been forgiven.  The problem is, we often forget to forgive ourselves.  So many of us hold ourselves to a pretty high standard.  We want to do everything right.  We want to be perfect.  We don’t want to hurt anyone.  But, we are human and we, as long as we’re in our earthily, physical state, will not be perfect, will not do everything right and will hurt other people.  Paul had really hurt a lot of people in his past but he moved on straining toward the goal of loving, following, serving and being obedient to Jesus Christ.  Occasionally he would refer to his past, sinful life in order to make a point about God’s forgiveness but never did he berate himself once he had received the forgiveness from God.  No, we haven’t taken hold of being perfectly One in God but that is our goal and we are pressing forward rather than sliding back.  Let us always keep our goal in the forefront of our minds.  We are the Bride of Christ and in God’s perfect time we will be at the wedding banquet.

October 30, 2018

Self-Examine

Filed under: Christ,devotion,faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

2 Corinthians 13:5 5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (NIV)

Examine ourselves to see where we are in our faith in God.  This is something we should do each and every night.  Examine ourselves to see how we did throughout the day.  Confess where we acted or spoke reflecting lack of faith.  Every lie, regardless of how slight it might be, every unloving thought are sins in the sight of God.  Anything not done in love is not done in faith.  I’ve learned keeping short accounts with God, regularly examining myself and regularly confessing sins – anything not done out of love for God and for fellow beings, stunts my growth, my relationship and my hearing God through His Holy Spirit within me.  Unconfessed sins crowd out the Holy Spirit.  Let us learn to test ourselves daily.  We don’t want to crowd out Jesus.

October 29, 2018

Mindset

Filed under: devotion,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:54 pm

Philippians 2:5  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: (NIV)

This is a hard word for us.  We are to have the same mindset as Jesus had as He walked this earth.  To understand this we must read the next several verses in Philippians 2:6-8 (NIV) 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.  We don’t like to do this.  We would rather be served and be considered to be more important than others.  We do everything possible to preserve our own life.  We try to orchestrate things to be advantage for us. This is our sin nature.  Jesus displayed an entirely different attitude.  He had every right to demand being served by others.  He was (and still is) more important, knowledgeable, powerful than any other person, yet, He put His God-nature aside to demonstrate to us how God designed us to live together.  Jesus said others will know we are God’s children by the way we love one another.  He didn’t differentiate between gender, races, nationality or any other characteristic.  He reached out in love to all.  We can’t do this without the Holy Spirit actively working in and through us.  We can’t do this if we are not willing to let go of the prejudices we have been taught over the years.  Jesus loved (and still does) those who refused to love, trust, believe or obey Him.  Since Jesus, God the Father and God the Holy Spirit love all, who are we to decide someone, no matter how disobedient or harmful, isn’t worth our love.  Let us love all into the Family of God

October 27, 2018

Let Go

Filed under: devotion,God,Jesus,meditation,prayer,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:58 pm

Mark 10:27 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (NIV)

To understand this verse, we must look at the preceding verses to find out what the word “this” refers.  This is Jesus’ answer to the disciples’ question of who can possible be saved.  We have a brain set that we must live in sin.  We think it is impossible to live without sin.  We are conditioned to sin.  We have various sins in our lives we refuse to let go of.  The rich young ruler (Starting in Luke 18:18) who obeyed all the commandments given to Moses turned away from Jesus when he was told he had to let go of his love and false sense of security of his money.  We all have things we don’t want to let go.  This is because we trust the familiar more than we trust God.  Jesus demonstrated we could lead a sinless life.  Every time we sin it is because we have made a choice.  Our choices become habits.  But Jesus said all things are possible with God.  Our question is do we want to let go of our pet habits and let God take control?  This is something we each need to meditate on and talk with God about.  We each have more than one “pet” sin so it will take some time.  If we are willing to turn to Jesus and not walk away as the rich young ruler did, we will see all things possible.

October 23, 2018

Devil Can’t Make Us

Filed under: devotion,God,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (NIV)

There was a comedian that, whenever he did something bad, would say, “The devil made me do it.”  He quite often had a little mock up of a devil sitting on his shoulder.  Granted, the devil will do his best to tempt us to do what is against God’s will for us but he doesn’t have the power to make us do it.  The power is up to us.  Our danger comes in thinking we are standing firm, that we can’t be tempted.  This thinking puts us in the midst of being surrounded by what tempts us.  If we tend to too much alcohol we should stay away from it rather than going where plenty of alcohol is served.  If we tend to get into debt we should stay away from shopping malls or wherever it is we like to drop extra money for things not really needed.  If we tend to over eat and are over our normal weight we should stay away from all you can eat buffets.  I think you get the picture.  God is faithful but sometimes we aren’t.  The way out of temptation is to stay away from the temptation.  When we see it coming we have a choice.  Let’s choose to walk God’s way.

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