Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 19, 2019

Sin or Sinner

Filed under: Uncategorized,Christ,Jesus,God,love,sin,forgive — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

Jude 1:16 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. (NIV)

Recognize these people?  Our world is full of them.  We find them in our governments, our corporations, our legal systems, our schools, our churches—everywhere.  We even find ourselves, believers in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, tempted into these characteristics.  Praise God, Jude doesn’t stop there.  He goes on to tell us who to stay away from those natural, sinful temptations. 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21) Just because we do our best through the power of God’s Holy Spirit to keep those sinful characteristics out of our own lives doesn’t mean we’re better than the others. In verses 22-23 we read, Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.  As we often sum up, hate the sin, not the sinner.  It is in our mixing up the sinner with the sin that is one of the things that adds to the persecution.  In hating the sinner, the love of God through us is missing.  Since God loves the sinner (and we are still sinners even though forgiven through Jesus Christ) who are we to hate someone God loves?

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July 11, 2019

Blendin

Filed under: body,Christ,gifts,God,ministry,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

1 Corinthians 12:12 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (NIV)

Being in a choir, orchestra or band is a good training ground for how to function in the Body of Christ.  As believers, we are all members of one body.  In a choir or orchestra or band we are each part of one group.  We are to sing or play as one.  There are times when one particular part is to stand out above the others but, for the most part, all parts should blend as one.  We, as sinful humans like to shine out as individuals.  We want to be the one who is noticed.  We want to be known as better than other at what we do.  This is contrary to the body of Christ.  There are times when certain parts of the body of Christ believers are to stand out more than other parts but, for the most part, we are to blend our ministries and gifts.  Our purpose is to glorify God through Jesus Christ.  That is the purpose of each and everyone of us.  Through that glorifying we are to encourage others to come into the family of the body of Christ.  It is not a contest to see who can bring in the most people.  It is not a contest to see who has the most important “job” or position.  It is not a competition to see who shines the most.  We are a family of blended voices, talents, gifts in order to glorify God as the Bride of Christ.  Next time we find we want to be noticed, lets remember we are part of the Bride of Christ and it is the entire Bride of Christ to be noticed.  Yes, we are each a unique part of His Body, yet in our uniqueness we are to blend with the others parts (members).

June 25, 2019

Be Angry

Filed under: anger,depression,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

Ephesians 4:26 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, (NIV)

There are 2 important things to note in this verse.  The first is we are not told not to be angry.  Instead we are told not to sin in our anger.  It is how we express our anger and to what we are angry that are called sin.  Remember how Jesus turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple?  He didn’t hit the money changers.  His anger was not at them but at what it was they were doing.  We are not to be angry with the person but with what it is the person is doing.  People sin out of their own past hurts or out of false teaching or deceptions.   The second thing we must notice in this verse is that our anger must be short-lived; the sun must not go down on our anger.  We are to deal with our anger right away.  We are not to harbor our anger.  Harboring anger brings about hate, bitterness, depression and can even bring about physical illness.  Being angry is not a sin.  How we express our anger and what causes our anger are the thing that can lead us into sin.  Let us learn to be wise in our anger.

June 18, 2019

Confession for Forgiveness

Filed under: Bible,confess,Father,forgive,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

1 John 1:9 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  (NIV)

Many think, once they invite Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives they no longer need to confess any more sins.  The think sins in the future are covered by their initial confession.  Looking at tis verse it is important to read the first word, “if.”  It is the sins confessed that are forgiven.  That’s why I do what I call spiritual breathing each night.  I look over my day, what I did, didn’t do, said, didn’t say and thought.  I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal anything that didn’t bring glory and honor to God.  It takes a willingness to be totally honest with our self to admit what we did or didn’t do or say or think could qualify as a sin but, in reality, anything that doesn’t bring glory and honor to God, anything that doesn’t agree with God’s instructions on living contained in the Holy Bible, is sin.  When I first started doing this I ended with, “And God, if there’s anything I overlooked, please forgive me for it.”  As I’ve grown in my relationship with God I find Him holding me more accountable for my own actions and inactions.  Is there ever an evening when I have nothing to confess?  Absolutely not.  Will there ever be?  That will be when Jesus brings me in front of the throne of the Father.  Let us be quick to confess our own sins and equally quick to forgive others their sins.

June 17, 2019

Literal or Symbolic

Filed under: Bible,forgive,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Matthew 5:30 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.  (NIV)

A friend and I had a discussion on this verse.  Is it to be taken literally or symbolically?  My mind centered on the pronoun “it.”  Most read the pronoun referring to the right hand.  I see it referring to the word “stumble.”  It is the sin we are to throw away from us.  If our right hand, actually it is the choices we make with our mind, causes us to sin, we are to be sure our right hand, the thought in our mind that chose to carry out the sin, is cut away from us.  The parts of our body respond to the thoughts we harbor in our mind.  What the right hand does is a reflection of what we are thinking.  Literally cutting off our right hand won’t change the thoughts in our mind I see this as a symbolic statement.  It is important, as we read and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, that we listen to the spoken word of God, the Holy Spirit, and gain our understanding of the application of the words in our life for the here and now.  When we become aware of our sinning or stumbling into a temptation, let us renew our minds through confession, forgiveness and inputting both the written word of God and the spoken words of God in the here and now.

June 15, 2019

Pressure-Wash

Filed under: God,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:33 pm

Ephesians 1:7 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace (NIV)

I spent 2 days pressure washing the siding on my house.  The nozzle of the pressure washer has a couple settings.  It ranges from a fine mist spray to a strong, concentrated and mostly one-point spray.  The spray setting, I had to use depended on what was on the siding.  A good bit of it took the strong, concentrated and mostly one-point spray.  This required patience as there was a good bit of soil to remove and it was there long term.  It is the same with our sin.  It took the blood of Jesus to wash our sins away.  Some sins left us quickly.  But some of our sins had become long-term habits and took more of the strong, concentrated and mostlh one-point spray.  Our salvation is instantaneous the moment we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior but our renewing or washing of our minds is a process.  We mustn’t get discouraged when we are troubled over and over with an old, bad habit of a particular sin.  It takes the one-point concentrated strength of the Holy Spirit working in us.  Let’s thank and praise God for His continual work within us remolding a remaking us into His Image through the power of the blood of Jesus and the persistence of the Holy Spirit.

June 14, 2019

Antidote

Filed under: anger,God,God's Word,grace,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mercy,praise,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:51 pm

Hosea 14:4 4 “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (NIV)

Most of Hosea deals with the sins of Israel and the punishment for their sin by God.  But, as we read on to the last chapter we find God’s love and mercy are stronger than mankind’s sin.  This is so very encouraging.  As much as we would like not to sin, we are sinners.  We are in a fleshly body with a carnal mind living among other sinners and temptations.  God provide what we can call an antidote for our prone to sinning.  He sent His Word, His Son, Jesus to leave His God-head nature and clothe Himself in a fleshly body to demonstrate to us how God intends for us to live  Knowing we still wouldn’t live that as Jesus demonstrated, God allowed His Son to die as the perfect Lamb for a one time for all sin offering.  Three days later Jesus rose from the death to show us we, through our belief and following Him, can have life eternally with God.  Even though we bear the consequences in the here and now of some of our sins, God forgives and forgets them.  He no longer holds them against us and allows us to have an intimate relationship with Him.  He has every right to be angry with us.  So often we take Him for granted.  So often we treat Him like a Genie in a bottle.  So often our prayers are full of “I wants” rather than praise for Who God is and thanks for what He has done and continues to do for us.  Let us work to be less into ourselves and our wants and more into Who God really is and what He has done and is doing.

June 11, 2019

Not Humble

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,humble,Jesus,judging,love,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Timothy 1:15 15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. (NIV)

We are to be humble but very few of us really are.  Even this verse could point to a lack of humility.  We’ve all heard people actually bragging about how sinful they were and how very much God has forgiven them.  Even when we judge others as committing a sin far words than the sins we commit is a lack of real humility.  In God’s eyes, sin is sin.  All sin is equal whether it be rape, adultery, murder, stealing or even what we call a white lie.  Thinking within ourselves that we’re not as bad as someone else is a lack of humility.  As long as those kinds of thoughts are in our minds, we aren’t humble.  Jesus displayed real humility.  He emptied Himself of His God head identity and became just like us.  Yet, even like us, He never sinned.  He remained true to the Father and displayed nothing but love for all mankind.  He never told anyone their sin was worse than another’s sin.  He just spoke words of love and said sin no more.  He alone had the right to say that.  We don’t have the right to say sin no more to anyone until we manage to sin no more ourselves.  Let us not kid ourselves saying or thinking we are humble.  Let us, instead, ask God to fill us up with the Holy Spirit and enable us to love without judgement and walk in the way of Christ Jesus.

June 3, 2019

Shooting Off Our Mouth

Filed under: Christ,confess,forgive,government,Jesus,Obey,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Acts 23:5 5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’” (NIV)

Romans 13:1 1 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. (NIV)

We take great delight in criticizing our government leaders.  We even say things about them that aren’t verified by fact.  We even enjoy hearing others speaking negatively about those who are in our government.  As much as we don’t like what scripture says, as a follower of Jesus Christ we are to follow what the scripture says.  We are not to say negative or evil things about those in our government.  In the United States, we have the power to choose who is in our government.  We do this by our vote.  I’ve noticed some of the people around me who complain and have the foulest mouth about those in the government are the same people who sit at home on election days.  Instead of mouthing off at those in government, let us practice obeying another verse in the scripture.  2 Chronicles 7:1  says if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Let us stop shooting our mouth off to others and use our mouth to confess our sins along with the sins of our government and ask God for forgiveness and direction.

May 24, 2019

Pride

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
What was the mindset of Christ Jesus?  Let us continue with the next few verses. (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.  Lucifer was cast out heaven because of pride, the pride of wanting to be equal if not greater than God.  It was with that same motivation he was able to tempt Eve and Adam.  Ever since mankind has been pulled away from God with mankind’s own pride.  Before any of us think pride is not our problem, how many times have we been disappointed because something “good” we did didn’t get what we considered to be the appropriate acknowledgement?  In our sinful nature we don’t want to consider ourselves as being nothing in and of ourselves.  We want to be served rather than to serve.  We want an easy life rather than a life that would glorify God if in glorifying God means suffering in any way.  The only way we can become close to having the same mindset as Christ Jesus is through the power of the Holy Spirit.  In and of ourselves it is impossible.  Let us open ourselves up to the power of the Holy Spirit and give Him free reign in our mind and our lives.  Let us remember without God and His mercy, love and power we couldn’t even take our next breath.

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