Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 4, 2020

Because of Love

Filed under: believe,blood,Father,forgive,God,Guilt,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Hebrews 8:12 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”  (NIV)

We have a problem with guilt.  We expect ourselves to do better than we do.  When we sin, we get upset with ourselves and because of that we tend not to forgive ourselves.  This keeps us from accepting God’s forgiveness.  We have a hard time really believing He will forgive us every time we confess, we have sinned.  We tend to confess over and over.  God says after He forgives us, He no longer remembers the sin.  When He looks at us, the Father sees the blood and the righteousness of His Son, Jesus.  This makes it easy for Him to forgive us.  His love is that strong.  We, as parents, forgive our children time after time because we love them.  How much more God loves us and forgives us.  Let us be quick to confess our sins, accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves for not being perfect, and ask the Holy Spirit to help us not repeat that sin again.

March 30, 2020

No Longer Slaves

Filed under: Father,fellowship,glory,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,Obey,sin,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Galatians 4:7 7 So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.  (NIV)

Angels were created to be God’s slaves.  Though some rebelled against God along with Lucifer, most angels are happy serving God as servants.  We were created to walk with God and fellowship with Him.  However, we decided through Adam and Eve, to be on our own and since then, mankind has been a slave to sin.  It took God’s Word, His Son, to shed His God deity and put on the full body of created man to come and show us God’s love and mercy and to take our place for the penalty of our sin of self.  When we accept Jesus as God’s Son and as our redemption, we no longer are slaves to sin but we are children of God.  Our problem is keeping our mind and hearts to the fact we are God’s children and thus not to choose the sin of self-sufficiency and self-indulgence.  Let us choose to stop acting like slaves to sin and choose to be loving and obedient to God, our Father.  As a child of God we share in His work of loving mankind and bring glory to God.  Let us be wise in our choices of words, thoughts and actions and let us bring glory to God as we love our fellow mankind.

March 25, 2020

Attributes of God

Filed under: anger,forgive,God,heart,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

Exodus 34:6-7 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.  (NIV)

Re-read each adjective.  Each one describes one of the many attributes of God.  He is compassionate.  To be compassionate means to have sympathy and a desire to alleviate someone’s sufferings.  He is gracious. Gracious is marked by kindness and politeness.  God doesn’t force us to love and/or accept Him.  God is slow to anger.  Because He is love He is slow to get angry even when we go against His will for us.  He abounds in love because He is love.  He is faithful.  He never turns His back on those who look to Him.  He keeps loving no matter what.  He forgives wickedness, rebellion and sin never to bring what is forgiven up again.  Those attributes are plentiful to those who look to God through His Son, Jesus Christ. There is another side of God reserved for those who rebel against Him.  His punishment for them I out of love for them that through punishment they will open their hearts, minds and love to Him through His Son, Jesus.   How many of these attributes do we see at work in our own lives?  As we yield to the Holy Spirit within us we will find these attributes reflected and growing in us.

March 21, 2020

Conditions from God

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 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.  (NIV)

There are 1732 “if’s” in the Holy Bible.  The word “if” is a word meaning conditional.  Saying “I’ll get you some groceries if I go to the store” means I’ll only get you the groceries if I do go to the store.  The reason I writ this is to say man cannot put conditions on God though we often try.  We are good at making promises that if God does something specific for us we will do something specific for God.  Often we even fail following through on that.  God will only do what is in His nature and what is for His glory and our good.  However, God puts many conditions on man and God always follows through on His conditions.  Above is one such verse.  For our land to be healed there are 5 conditions we must meet.  We must be called by His name.  In other words we must be believers in and followers of Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  We must remember we are sinners who should be eternally separated from God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  We must recognize in and of ourselves we have no power nor right to seek God except for His grace through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That doesn’t mean the humbling of ourselves by others.  We must humble ourselves before others and before God.  We must remember we are sinners and in and of ourselves have no right to even pray to God, let alone ask Him for anything.  Third, we must pray.  That doesn’t mean to speak a few words.  It means to pray with our entire being like we really mean what we are saying and asking.  Fourth, we must seek God’s face.  We do this by meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and by listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within to become more intimate with God, knowing a little more about His nature. And fifth, we must turn from our wicked ways.  Before we thin we don’t really have any wicked ways let’s re-read 1 Corinthians 13 and see how we compare.  Then there is also the way we care for our physical body which is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  If we want our land healed let’s get serious with ourselves and meet the conditions of God’s “if.”

March 10, 2020

Work Out Our Salvation

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Christians,Church,cross,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
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)

Philippians 2:12-13 12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose  (NIV)

Some who call themselves Christians think they’re saved and that’s all there is.  They become complacent.  Others who have really accept Jesus think that’s all that’s needed and they continue on with their own agenda.  Read the above verses again really paying attention to what they say.  Jesus didn’t come to earth for the only reason of saving us from eternal separation from God.  He came to show us how to do our part in working out our own salvation.  We can only know how if we read, study and meditate on the wonderful instruction book, the Holy Bible, which He so mercifully gave us through His believers who have gone on before us.  We can’t just say we’re saved or say we are members of a Christian church.  We must learn to be obedient to His Word.  Working out our salvation isn’t a one-time thing.  It is a day to day job.  If we are the same as we were yesterday, we aren’t growing in our salvation.  We must ask ourselves Who Jesus is in our own life.  If we’re not different than yesterday, if we haven’t learned something new about our God than we knew yesterday, we are not growing.  A living being can’t be static.  We either grow or we fade away.  Let us really commit to working out our salvation, being a true reflection of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, each and every day.  Remember, we can’t work for our salvation.  Jesus did that for us. Salvation isn’t based on what we do but what Jesus did.    We are to work out what He has done for us until it really becomes a true, daily part of us.

March 7, 2020

Love Not Judgement

Filed under: encouragement,God,Holy Spirit,judging,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Joshua 22:18 18 And are you now turning away from the Lord?  “‘If you rebel against the Lord today, tomorrow he will be angry with the whole community of Israel. (NIV)

Though many churches are turning away from God’s word in favor of current culture, we must be careful in judging.  This is a lesson we learn in this recorded event in Joshua.  Looks can be deceiving and mis-interpreted as was in this case.  When accused of setting up an altar they responded in Joshua 22:24 24 “No! We did it for fear that some day your descendants might say to ours, ‘What do you have to do with the Lord, the God of Israel?  Their intent was good but good intentions can be mis-interpreted.  We must be careful that our words and actions don’t take on the possibility of being mis-interpreted.  Quite often our stance on the precepts of God, which are always correct, come over as hate.  We must learn to speak in love, not condemnation of the individual.  It is only man-kind who put value classifications on sins and select only certain sins to speak out on.  In God’s eyes, anything against His precepts is equal in separation from Him.  Telling lies, regardless of how “little” they are is equal to adultery.  Unforgiveness is equal to homosexuality.  We are to emphasize love of each other with encouragement to follow the precepts of God.  It is the love of God and the power of the Holy Spirit that can pull people out of sinful actions, not our judgement.  Let us reach out in love to all while at the same time showing them through our words and actions how living our lives in obedience to God’s precepts bring a joyful and abundant life.

March 3, 2020

Delight in the Lord

Filed under: heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:46 pm

Psalms 37:4 4 Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (NIV)

Delight ourselves in the Lord.  The word delight means a feeling of great pleasure.  We must ask do we really delight in the Lord.  Does it give us great pleasure to think of Him, talk with Him and tell others about Him.  Let’s be honest with ourselves.  Is talking with and/or about our Lord the subject that brings us the most pleasure?  The amount of time we spend doing that is a good indication of how much pleasure He is for us.  Or do we talk with Him to get the things we want from Him.  What if He were never to do anything for us?  Would that affect how we feel about Him.  Let’s take some really quality time and see how much of a relationship we really desire with our Lord.  We can ask the Holy Spirit to quicken our hearts and minds to really make Him first place in us.  There is really no one I’d rather speak to before speaking with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Yes, part of the reason is because He loves me enough to pay the penalty for my sin.  But a good part has become because of the relationship I feel with Him developed over years of talking with Him and seeing how His work of love had affected not only myself but many others I know.  Let us truly desire to delight ourselves in the Lord.

February 13, 2020

Confession and Small Groups

Filed under: Church,confess,encouragement,God,prayer,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:15 pm

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.

February 4, 2020

No More Guilt

Filed under: believe,confess,forgive,God,God's Word,Guilt,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Psalms 32:5 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess
my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin.  (NIV)

Jesus went to the cross so our sin can be forgiven.  There is something we must do to receive that forgiveness.  We must confess our transgressions to the Lord.  When we do this, He forgives us and we can put guilt away.  Continuing to feel guilty over a sin that has been confessed and forgiven by God is saying we don’t believe God is true to His word.  Continuing to confess the same sin (unless we keep doing the same sin) over and over is also a sign of disbelief.  When we feel guilty over a past sin we must be sure we have confessed it, accepted God’s forgiveness and forgive ourselves.  When guilt starts to reenter our minds let’s put it out.  Satan does his best to keep guilt alive in us as he wants us to think God isn’t true to His word.  When we feel like it’s a real battle, we must get into the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and read verses about God’s forgiveness.  Memorize some of them so we stay armed against false guilt.  I call the guilt false because once God forgives the sin it is gone with no reason for guilt.  Remember, God is always faithful and can never lie.

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