Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

November 5, 2019

Our Treasure

Filed under: God,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Matthew 13:44 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.  (NIV)

This is one of only 2 very shot parables.  This one is also the plot of the entire Bible.  The kingdom of heaven isn’t the treasure.  Jesus is the man who found the treasure.  We are the treasure Jesus finds.  We are the treasure because we are the ones who God loves.  He loves and treasures us so much and is so desirous of an intimate relationship with us that He willingly sent His only Son, Jesus, to this earth, casting off His divinity to become in the same physical shape of us in order to bring the treasure (us) to God.   Remember, Adam and Eve did not go looking for God after they sinned, God went looking for them.  God is still looking for all of His treasure.  Our question is are we wanting to be found?  There is a saying, where your heart is there is your treasure.  God’s heart is for us.  We are His treasure.  Where is our heart?  Have we made God our treasure?

November 3, 2019

Blemishes

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Jesus,Lamb,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:26 pm

1 Peter 1:19 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.   (NIV)

When God sent His Son to become flesh and blood just as we are, we must ask how did He walk this life on earth without sin?  Jesus lived constantly aware of the very real presence of His Father.  He spent time apart talking with His Father. Jesus’ sole purpose on this earth was to do the will of the Father.  In comparing ourselves with Jesus we fall vastly short.  Most of our thinking and awareness time is about ourselves.  We are more aware of our trials than we are of God’s very real presence.  We spend more time complaining and fretting than we do thanking and praising.  It takes time and discipline to bring ourselves into a constant and consistence awareness of our Father always being with us.  The more aware we become the less we fall into temptation.  Let us choose to consciously become aware of God’s very real presence through our Bible study, meditation and frequent conversations with Him.  Let us have fewer blemishes from sin.

October 24, 2019

Our Part

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,sin,thanks,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 7:16 pm

Genesis 2:19 19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name.

God doesn’t need anything.  He is always present, all knowledge, all powerful.  He is complete.  He doesn’t need us but He chose to make us.  He chose to make us in His image.  We must ask, why are we here?   What is our part in God’s plan?  Since He really doesn’t need us, do we really have a part?  God loves us and He chose to need us or He wouldn’t have created us.  When Jesus died on the cross in our place He made us co-heirs with Jesus.  Co-heirs don’t just share the blessings, they must also share in the work.  In Genesis we read God gave Adam the responsibility of naming all the animals.  God did the creating and left it up to Adam to do the identification of naming.  When sin entered the world mankind no longer participated in our part of God’s work.  It took Jesus to bring us back into doing what God chose for us to do.  He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in us to enable us to do our part.  In Mark 6:5 Jesus said He couldn’t do any might works because of mankind’s unbelief.  Later on He told His disciples we would do not only what He did but we would do even greater things.  What inhibited Jesus was our lack of faith.  What inhibits us is our lack of faith.  Our part is to worship, praise, thank, listen to instructions and obey.  Our part is through our worship, praise and thanks we connect with God’s power through the Holy Spirit and we can move mountains.  Let us do our part as we rest in faith that God is faithful and will fulfill His will in and through us.

September 29, 2019

Pointing Fingers

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,judging,Lord,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Romans 2:1-3  You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.  Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. 3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?  (NIV)

The Message Translation reads, Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again.  Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself.  IT takes one to know one.  Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors.  We are so very good at holding others to higher standards than we hold ourselves.  We can always come up with an excuse as to why we do, say or don’t do or say certain things yet we don’t excuse others for the same things.  The Message continues by saying God isn’t so easily diverted.  HE sees right through al such smoke screens and holds you to what you’ve done.  That’s pretty plane talk.  I’ve learned to some it up with the saying, “Except for the grace of God, go I.”  Jesus summed it up by saying, “Who is without sin throw the first stone.”  Before we criticize someone else, we must look at ourselves with complete honesty.  We don’t like to do this.  We, because of our sinful nature, like to see ourselves as the ones in the right.  Let us quit pointing our finger at others and daily ask God to reveal to us what is in us that we can repent and allow the Holy Spirit to work within us to become a better reflection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

September 25, 2019

Not Canabilism

Filed under: Bible,body,confess,forgive,God,God's Word,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:38 pm

John 6:53 53 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  (NIV)

That does sound cannibalistic.  How are we to eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus?  We eat by delving deeply into the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  We must more than read it to eat it.  We must study it, meditate on it and put it securely into our minds for total recall.  We drink His blood through continually confessing our sins, asking forgiveness, accepting forgiveness and repenting – turning our back on each sinful habit.  Drinking in His forgiveness after we have confessed is drinking His blood which was shed for the forgiveness of our sin of separation from God.  The eating and drinking is a daily thing not intended to be saved for what we call the Lord’s supper or communion.  Those elements are a symbol of what we are to do daily in eating and drinking of Jesus.  No matter how much we eat His body, the written word of God we can never get too full.  Let us make the eating and drinking of Jesus a daily practice.

September 21, 2019

Penalty Paid

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,penalty,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

John 8:24 24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”  (NIV)

We can’t do enough good or be good enough to get into heaven.  We, in and of ourselves, by our very sinful nature, are condemned to hell.  There is only one way to enter the Kingdom of heaven.  That is through the righteousness of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.  Basically, He had to die so we could live.  Without Jesus taking on the punishment of death for our sins, we remain condemned to hell because God is just and that is what we deserve.  If we don’t allow Jesus to cover us with His robe of righteousness bought by the shedding of His blood, we have no hope.  We must believe He clothes us with His righteousness as the very Son of God and submit to Him as our Lord and Savior.  This is a necessity because God is not only Love, God is just and justice demands penalties be paid for sin.  Jesus paid our penalty.

September 19, 2019

Righteousness, a Gift

Filed under: believe,Christ,gifts,God,Jesus,praise,Righteous,salvation,sin,thanks,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:42 pm

Matthew 6:33 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  (NIV)

Unlike salvation, we can’t choose righteousness.  Righteousness is only found in Jesus.  Righteousness is something He gives those who choose salvation.  It is His righteousness that robes us.  It is Jesus Who gives us His righteousness.  There is nothing we can do in and of ourselves to be righteous.  While we are in our earthly bodies we continue to battle our natural sin nature.  Through our choice of salvation and our continual repentance we maintain the robe of the righteousness of Jesus.  Because of Jesus and the righteousness with which He robes us, God sees His righteousness on us and the penalty for our sinfulness is forgiven and put out of sight.  Righteousness costs us nothing but it cost Jesus more than we can ever imagine.  He had to separate Himself from His Godliness and become fully human to experience all we experience yet totally without our willfulness to sin to show us how much God loves us and desires for us to be with Him for eternity.  There is no way we can every imagine how much that cost Him.  Let us continually praise and thank Him for the great and glorious gift of righteousness which He so costly had given to all who choose salvation through Jesus.

September 13, 2019

Continually Confess

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 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)

The verb tense in the English translation is not in agreement with the original.  Confession is not a one-time thing.  We are to continually confess our sins – not repeats of ones already confessed and repented but the sins we make daily.  I don’t know about you but never a day goes by without my doing or saying or thinking something that is out of character with the character of Jesus.  Those things need confession daily.  We don’t just say, “Father forgive me for any sins I did today.”  We must be specific.  We need to be specific so we will actually realize what we have done, said or failed to do so we can repent – turn away from it – and move on building the character of Jesus in our thoughts, words and deeds.  Think you got through the day without any sin?  Be quite, ask the Holy Spirit to review the day with you and you will learn how imperfect we are in our human nature.  Let us continually confess each and every sin and God will continue to be faithful, forgiving us and continuing to purify us from all unrighteousness.

August 27, 2019

Re-choose

Filed under: confess,faith,garden,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:52 pm

Luke 22:31-32 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers. (NIV)

Jesus knew Simon (Peter) would deny Him but He also knew Peter would return to his faithful obedience and through that encourage and strengthen others.  Just like Peter, we slip away from our faith and trust and obedience from time to time.  Jesus also prayed for us when He prayed in the Garden just before they came to take Him.  John 17:20-23 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.  I read this prayer often.  We are among those who believe in Him because of the message of those who have gone before us.  When we slip away from God, the Holy Spirit inside us will bring us back into our right relationship with Him.  We only need to choose to return, confess our sin of separation, and move forward In our growing more intimate with our Father.  Jesus prayed we would be one with and in them as they are One in each other and, because of the sacrifice of Jesus, we are able to be one in God as well as one in all the other believers.  He’s given us the means; we only need to make the choice.  We need to make the choice daily and sometimes re-choose in the day.

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