Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 20, 2019

Value

Filed under: Bible,Christian,communion,God,Jesus,love,prayer,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Romans 4:25 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (NIV)

I have 2 pairs of black slacks.  One pair was very expensive.  The other pair was only $5.  I am very carful with the expensive pair but wear the cheaper pair when I don’t care what happens to it.  We tend to value things according to how much they cost us.  Our salvation, our belief in Jesus, didn’t cost us anything.  It cost Jesus His life.  So many are turning away from Jesus and their belief in Him because, since it doesn’t cost them anything, they don’t nurture and care for their belief.  It gradually loses importance.  So, as their belief loses importance things of this sinful world become more and more important.  Unless we take time to nurture our belief through Bible study, meditation and 2-way conversation with God, we will gradually lose our belief from a lack of interest.  We must remember, though our belief is free for us, it wasn’t free for Jesus to open the door for us to have our sins forgiven, have an abundant life and have eternal life with God, it did cost God the Father His Son and Jesus, His Son, the terrible pain of crucifixion on the cross.  Let us remember His cost and value it and our belief far above anything else.

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February 12, 2019

Continually

Filed under: Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Obey,praise,sin,Uncategorized,worship — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

Isaiah 27:3  I, the Lord, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it (NIV)

In Africa, when the graft a plant, they tie a water bottle to it just above the graft so it can continually seep water on the new graft.  God is grafting us to Himself.  He has His Holy Spirit within us to continually pour out in us enabling us to worship, praise and follow His commands.  It is our job to not block the flow of the Holy Spirit.  We block Him with willful, unconfessed sin.  We also block Him by failing to open up to Him.  Whether we put our attention elsewhere or not, He is in us, desiring for us to pay attention so we can continue to grow in the vine (Jesus).  Jesus prayed that we would be One in Him and in the Father (as well as in each other) in the same way Jesus is One in the Father and the Father in Him.  Let us not block the prayer of Jesus from coming about in our time and place.  Let us always pay attention to the Holy Spirit in us watering continually so we can come into that oneness.

February 9, 2019

Following Us

Filed under: God,Lord,love,mercy,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:34 pm

Psalms 23:6 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (NIV)

There is so very much contained in the verses of the 23rd Psalm.  Most of us have memorized it and tend not to really listen deep within our minds and spirits at what David really says in this Psalm.  I hope each of us will take the time to read it slowly and prayerfully.  For now we will look at the 6th verse.  What did David mean by “goodness?”  Goodness represents God’s provision for us.  He wants to be sure we have all we really need.  Usually He goes beyond our needs and showers us with so much more.  Many translations use the word “mercy” instead of “love.”  Either way it is His love for us that led Him to be merciful by forgiving us of our sins – over and over as often as we sin.  It is because of His goodness and love (or mercy) that enables us to dwell in His house forever.  We may choose to not turn around to see what and Who is following us but it doesn’t change the fact, wherever we go, the love and goodness will follow us.  We might choose not to receive it but it doesn’t mean it’s not there for us.  I pray every reader has chosen to accept the goodness and love following them every day of their walk on this earth that they will be dwelling in the house of the Lord forever.

February 6, 2019

Arrogance

Filed under: God,grace,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:46 pm

Romans 12:3 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. (NIV)

We’ve read many places in scripture that tell us to be humble.  When or if we say or think we are humble, in actuality we are being arrogant.  We are boasting about being humble.  Being humble is difficult for us sinful humans.  We like to think of ourselves as better than others.  We like other to think of us as better than them.  We have the sinful desire of being first in all we think, do and have.  Sometimes, in our striving to become humble we go too far and start to not like ourselves.  Instead of judging ourselves, let us learn to as the Holy Spirit to show us what we need to change.  Let us not worry about being humble or being proud.  Let us be content in learning to love, serve and obey our God.  Let us be concerned with building up others through encouraging words.  Let us think of ourselves as children of God, not though our own efforts but through the grace of God and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus.  When we speak, let it be of the love of God rather than of our presumed accomplishments. Rather than praising ourselves let us praise God

February 1, 2019

God Loves All

Filed under: Creation,Father,God,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,love,Obey,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:07 pm

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

Many think, and say if God is love He wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  They are right.  God doesn’t want anyone to miss out on going to heaven.  This is why He sent His Son, Jesus.  No one can be in heaven who isn’t righteous.  None of us is righteous.  To be righteous one must always be completely right.  Only God, the Father, God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are always right.  God set the rules of only righteous being in heaven because God won’t be in the presence of sin.  He is the One Who created all that is and therefore He owns all that is and He is the only One Who can set the rules.  But He loves us so He provided a way for us to become righteous.  We can be covered with the righteousness of Jesus.  The only way we can have His righteousness cover us is by believing in Him.  Believing in Him doesn’t mean we believe He existed on earth or that He is the Son of God.  It means we believe in Him by taking Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Savior and our Lord – our boss.  Yes God loves all mankind and desires for all mankind to live with Him in heaven for eternity but man must be covered with the righteousness of Jesus to have a place in God’s home.

January 27, 2019

Race

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,heart,Jesus,love,scriptures,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:12 pm

Hebrews 12:1 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (NIV)

Have you noticed what runners wear, or don’t wear, when they are running a race?  They don’t have anything in their pockets, in their hands, around their waist or necks.  They wear as little as possible.  They don’t want anything to slow them down.  In life, we carry a lot of baggage.  Some of our baggage includes, hurts from the past, unforgiveness, doubts, fear and on and on.  These things slow down our living a life of faith.  These things play against faith in God, in His provision, in His love for us, in His fulfillment of promises for us.  To run the race of a life of faith with perseverance, we must lay down these burdens of excel baggage at the cross of Jesus.  We lay them down by releasing them in faith to God and refusing to pick the up again.  We’ve probably done this several times but always end up picking the up due to a memory or a moment of doubt.  Instead of picking them back up, check the moment of doubt of the recurring memory with one of God’s words recorded for us in the Holy Bible.  Reading, meditating and reciting scripture does wonders for erasing doubt.  Let us learn to run the race with perseverance and faith and cast all excess baggage of doubt out of our hearts and minds.

January 25, 2019

It Takes Blood

Filed under: forgive,God,Jesus,Obey,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

Genesis 3:21 21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (NIV)

To cover the sinfulness of Adam and Eve, God killed animals and used their skin to clothe them.  It took the shedding of the blood of the animals to cover the sin of Adam and Eve.  Before God came down in flesh to this earth it took the blood of animals sacrificed daily to cover the sins of the people.  Today it takes the blood of Jesus to cover our sin.  Since Jesus is the perfect, sinless Lamb, His one-time sacrifice covers our sin for eternity.  Just as Adam and Eve had to wear the skins of the animals to be covered, we must wear the blood of Jesus to be covered.  We wear His blood through accepting Jesus in our hearts, minds and lives, choosing to follow, obey and serve Him and confessing (giving to Him) our sins daily.  Our clothing is no longer animal skins but the righteousness of the sinless Jesus through His shed blood.

January 24, 2019

Hiding

Filed under: forgive,God,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:09 pm

Genesis 3:10 10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” (NIV)

God was looking for Adam but Adam hid.  Adam realized he couldn’t stay hidden from God.  God always sees and knows.  We try to hide our sin from God.  In actuality we can only hide our sin from ourself.  God sees and knows our sin.  We must come to the realization God already knows our sin, admit it to ourself and to Him and accept His forgiveness.  Denying our sinfulness doesn’t nullify our sin.  The only way out of sin is confession and receiving God’s forgiveness.  Tomorrow we’ll read how God covers and forgives our sin.  Let us learn to be honest with ourselves and express that honesty to God.

January 23, 2019

God’s Treasure

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 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)

In order to correctly interpret a verse of scripture we must know how it relates to supporting scripture throughout the Bible.  In this verse the earth is the field and we, God’s created people, are the treasure.  Jesus is the man Who gave up His all and bought us, God’s treasure, with His blood.  This is what the entire Bible is about – God seeking His treasure in the field He created.  His treasure (us) has been buried in the sin of the earth.  We, His treasure, have a choice.  We can choose to stay buried or we can choose to allow the blood of Jesus that paid for us lift us out of our buried sin to not only bring us joy but bring God the joy of His treasure (us).  It is not us who find God.  It is God Who seeks and finds us.  Let us not choose to stay hidden.  Let us let Jesus remove our sin and God clothe us in the righteousness of His Son, His Word made flesh.

January 15, 2019

Human

Filed under: Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,Obey,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:52 pm

Mark 6:2 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
“Where did this man get these things?” they asked. “What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? (NIV)

The only way to really experience and understand what someone is going through is to walk in their shoes.  Jesus, Who is the Word of God, separated from God and became a human like us for about 33 years.  During this time He was completely human though still filled with the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the God-head.  This made it possible for Him to experience all the we, humans, experience.  He is no longer human but has returned fully to being the Word of God.  Sometimes we think that God can’t possibly understand what we are up against.  We thin His commandments are too difficult for us to fully obey.  But, God, through Jesus, His Word, fully understands because He has fully experienced.  We are fully flesh and blood, human beings.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and follow and worship Him, we receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.  Some day we will shed the flesh and blood but our Spirit, birthed by the Holy Spirit, will live with God.  We will be given new bodies, different from our sinful nature and live in the very real and tangible presence of God, the Father, God the Son and the Word and God the Holy Spirit.  What a glorious time that will be.  Knowing what is in our future enables us to face anything we must face in our temporary flesh and blood human state.

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