Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 19, 2018

Additions

Filed under: Bible,devotion,God,God's Word,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

Deuteronomy 4:2 2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you. (NIV)

Mankind has not followed this command.  Our disobedience of adding to what God said started in the Garden of Eden.  When Satan tempted Eve, it might have been her effort to emphasize what God said when she said to Satan, (Genesis 3:3) but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” Notice in Genesis 2:17   God said, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” He didn’t say, “you must not touch it.”  One thing we don’t know is did Eve add those extra words or did Adam add them when he told her what God said about that tree.  God gave His command to Adam before Eve was formed.  We continue to add to what God says.  Denominations add to God’s commands, individual churches add to God’s commands, people add to God’s commands.  Sometimes we add because we think by adding to God’s commands we are emphasizing them.  Other times we add because we want it to appear God is requiring what we want other to believe, say or act.  Whatever the reason for our adding to what God commands, the reasons don’t make it any less obedient or sinful.  This is one reason it is so important for us to read, study and meditate on God’s written word and get it deep into our minds and hearts.  It’s also why we should take our Bibles to church and read along as verses are quoted to us.  Leaving out words or adding words can lead us astray.  Let us stick with what God says and not edit it according to our own fleshy desires.

 

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October 16, 2018

To

Romans 6:11 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. (NIV)

The definition of the word “to” by Webster is —used to indicate the place, person, or thing that someone or something moves toward. —used to indicate the place where someone participates in a particular activity.  Paul writes in Romans that, as a human we navigate to sin but, after we come to Jesus Christ we change the direction we head from sin to God.  Our goal is to move closer and closer to God.  We do this through reading and meditating on His written word, the Holy Bible and through conversations (prayer) with Him.  In and of our own strength we can’t do this.  God knows that and has given us the Holy Spirit to live in us for direction and strength to continue our heading to God.  Our aim in everything we do, read, say and hear should be to help us continue to aim in the direction to God.  We must review our activities and see what direction they are leading us “to” – to sin or to God.

October 12, 2018

Pass the Glory

Filed under: devotion,God,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Daniel 2:28 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: (NIV)

Daniel 2:30 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind. *NIV)

Daniel was interpreting the King’s dream.  This was an impossible task for any man since the King wouldn’t even say what the dream was about.  Daniel and his friends prayed for the answer and God gave it to Daniel.  Most people would have taken all the credit and received glory for this but Daniel passed the credit and glory to God.  Daniel acknowledge with man it was impossible but with God all things are possible.  We still tend to take credit for things we say and do.  This stems from a desire to be the one “in the know” and the one with power because we think it makes us look better than other people.  We can take a lesson from Daniel.  He wasn’t trying to be the one who looked better than the others.  He acknowledged God’s provision of wisdom.  When we are complimented or praised for what we do, do we stuff it in our heads (which will make our heads swell with false pride) or do we acknowledge God at work in us?  Let us remember all wisdom and all good comes from God.

October 11, 2018

Always Watching

Filed under: God,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:25 pm

Proverbs 15:3 3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good. (KJV)

I was in my car expressing to myself my irritation at another driver who was now out of sight.  No one could see or hear me.  Then this verse came to mind.  God could see and hear me.  So often we act and speak one way when others are around to see and hear us but we act, think and speak differently when we think there is no one around to hear and see.  This is because of the natural sin pride.  We like to make ourselves look and sound better than we are.  But, we aren’t fooling God.  He knows exactly who we are.  We need to learn consistency in our lives.  We’re here to please God, not necessarily please ourselves or others.  Usually our pleasing God will also please ourselves and others.  We need not cringe at the thought of never being out of God’s sight or hearing.  He loves us; in spite of our pride, our disobedience and our vacillations, He loves us far beyond our ability to comprehend.  Let us learn to be who we are – a child of God who is striving to learn and act like our Father.  When we mis-step, He is right here to pick us up, love us and show us the right way.

October 9, 2018

Free Reign

Filed under: baptise,devotion,God,Holy Spirit,immerse,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Acts 19:4-6 4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied (NIV)

John was baptizing (the correct translation is immersing) before the ministry of Jesus.  His immersing was an outward sign of repentance from a life of sin.  After Jesus’ ministry the immersing was and is done in the name of Jesus.  It is more than a public sign of repenting from a sinful life.  It is, in the name  of Jesus, a public sign of following Jesus, believing and trusting Him.  At the time of immersion, we are now filled with His Holy Spirit.  This couldn’t happen until Jesus returned to the Father and He sent the Holy Spirit to the believers.  It is only with the Holy Spirit that we are able to fight the natural tendency to sin and walk our own way without God.  Our problem lies in recognizing the Holy Spirit’s presence in us and allowing Him to work in and through us.  All followers are filled with the Holy Spirit but not all give reign to the Holy spirit within our lives.  Let us learn to give free reign to the Holy spirit within us, to teach us, lead us and speak to us that we can be pleasing to God and glorify Him.

October 4, 2018

Overwhelmed

Filed under: devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sacrifice,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Matthew 5:17 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (NIV)

When we read through the book of Deuteronomy we can be overwhelmed by the variety of sacrifices for different sins.  The requirements for these sacrifices were very specific.  Each type of sin had it’s own special sacrifice.  When Jesus died on the cross, He fulfilled all these sacrifices for all sins for all time.  We no longer need to partake in those sacrifices.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins for all time. When we continue reading chapter 5 of Matthew we read we must still obey the commands of God given to Moses.  God knows we aren’t able to obey them perfectly.  That’s why He sent His Son, His Word made flesh to dwell among us and show us what He means.  He also sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in each and every follower to help us obey the commandments given through Moses.  If there were no other reason but this, it is more than enough to never be able to give God enough thanks and praise.

September 29, 2018

Trees

Psalms 96:12 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (NIV)

We live in an area with a lot of trees.  Many of them are big, old and beautiful.  I enjoy looking at them.  When I see them I am reminded of God, Who created them.  The word tree and trees appears in the Scriptures 299 times.  Sometime the tree is used as a symbol, many times representing us.  When I look at a big, old tree I see the strength of it’s branches.  I see how the branches come out of the trunk. The tree has weathered many a storm because it has deep and wide roots and the trunk is thick enough not to break.  The branches that are securely rooted in the trunk also weather the storms.  We are to be like the big, old tree.  We have a trunk that will weather any storm.  The trunk we are grafted in is Jesus.  As long as we are fully connected to the trunk we will grow strong enough to weather any storm that comes our way.  Our trunk, Jesus, has a big and deep root system because Jesus is the Son of I AM, the God of all Who created all through His Word, Jesus.  The only thing that can sever our branch from the trunk is sin.  We must be sure we stay current on confessions and repenting form any sin that would try to sever us from the trunk of the Tree of Life, Jesus.  Let us quickly prune any twig that tries to grow from our branch that isn’t in tune with the love and Word of God.

September 26, 2018

Roots

Filed under: Holy Spirit,meditation,prayer,scriptures,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:02 pm

Matthew 13:7 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. (NIV)

Because we travel often, our yard is gravel.  We don’t want to have the responsibility of keeping grass mowed.  Our neighbors have grass and, when they mow, grass seed comes into our gravel and springs to life.  We can spray it with weed killer and it’ll turn brown but it is still in our grave.  We must pull it out by the roots.  The same is true with the sin in our lives.  Recognizing it, confessing it, receiving forgiveness for it is like spraying it with weed killer but the roots are still there.  We must pull the root of the sin out of our hearts and minds.  We do this through the Holy Spirit and the renewing of our minds.  We renew our minds through careful study of the Scriptures, meditation and application of what we read to the thoughts and actions of our lives.  Confession without repentance and pulling out the roots does nothing.  Let us be sure we go after all the roots of our various sins.

September 25, 2018

Ripples

Filed under: Christian,depression,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Ecclesiastes 2:11 11 Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (NIV)

From time to time as I think about all many others are doing for the Kingdom of God, how they’re letting God work through them, I get discouraged about what He is doing through me.  I deride myself on how I waste so much time and how little God is doing through me.  Then the Holy Spirit reminds me about the ripples of a pebble thrown into still water.  The pebble lands in the water and sends out circles of ripples.  God seldom lets us see the ripples He sends out through us.  He knows our sin nature of pride and protects us from it.  The few times He has shown me some ripples were so very encouraging but never often enough to feed my sinful pride nature.  We know there is no way to work our way into His presence.  Our desire to work is out of our love for Him and our desire to be pleasing to Him.  So, let’s not be concerned about our ripples.  Let’s just enjoy becoming more and more intimate in our relationship with God through His Son Jesus and enjoy our ever growing relationship.  Working through us is the job of the Holy Spirit.

September 17, 2018

A Fresh Start

Filed under: God,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Lamentations 3:22-23 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NIV)

I am so thankful that every morning is a new day, a new start.  When we confess our sins at night they are forgiven.  In the morning we have a fresh start.  We are renewed in our relationship with God for our sins have been forgiven and forgotten by God.  We have a choice to walk out the new day in repentance.  We have a choice to turn in a different direction from the way we sinned the day before.  We have the Holy Spirit in us to help us move a new direction with the power He puts in us.  We can put yesterday behind us.  All things are new each day.  How wonderfully merciful God is to give us a new and fresh start each morning.  Let’s take advantage of this.  Let’s be sure to end each day asking God to search our hearts, confess anything not within His love, accept His forgiveness and know in the morning we have been refreshed.

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