Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

August 24, 2019

Counteract Evil with Good

Filed under: commands,cross,forgive,God,grace,Jesus,mercy,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Romans 12:21 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.  (NIV)

This verse is hard for most of us. It follows these verses in Romans 12:19-20 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  It is part of the command to forgive others in the same way God forgives us.  We like to think there are some things we don’t have to or shouldn’t have to forgive.  Many of us have had some terrible things done to us.  How can we possibly be expected to forgive the person who killed a love one or raped us or someone we love or spread terrible untruths about us or many other things.  God forgives everything we’ve done or said or thought regardless of what it was as long as we ask through His Son, Jesus, for the forgiveness.  Jesus took every kind of sin to the cross.  Our forgiving and is not so much for the one we are forgiving but for us to keep us turning bitter.  To overcome the evil we start with praying for the one who was evil toward us.  We pray God will work His mercy and grace within that person.  When I did that, I asked God to let me see that person with His eyes.  As He revealed that person to me I began to hurt for that person and my attitude in prayer became less of following a command and more of wanting God’s love to be received by that person for it hurts God for those He loves (that means everyone) to not receive His love.  Forgiving doesn’t mean condoning what the person did or said.  It is right to hate evil.  It is the perpetrator of the evil who needs forgiving along with God’s healing grace and mercy.

August 22, 2019

Being Real

Filed under: confess,God,healing,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

James 5:15-16 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 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)

Sometimes we wonder why, when we pray for someone to be healed, they aren’t.  We can’t read just a single verse.  We must look at verse 16 along with verse 15.  In verse 16 we see a condition that must be met.  When is the last time you joined with someone (other than your spouse) and both of you confessed your sins to each other before voicing your request to God?    According to verse 16, each one doing the praying for healing must confess their sins to the others who are joining them in prayer.  Most of us have a hard time with this.  We only want others to see our “good” side.  The last thing we want anyone else to know is what we are currently doing that is displeasing to God.  As with most of God’s promises, this one for healing comes with a condition.  Let us learn to meet the conditions of the promises we want God to honor.  Let’s be willing to be real with one another.

August 12, 2019

David

Filed under: faith,God,heart,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (NIV)

I really enjoy reading about David.  I relate to him.  He was the youngest son.  He was considered as inconsequential and relegated to tend seep – a lowly and menial job.  He was so unimportant to his family he wasn’t even called to come with his other brothers when Samuel came to anoint one of them to become the future king.  After going through all the brothers assembled and God telling Samuel no each time Samuel had to ask Jessie if there wasn’t yet another son.  Jessie reluctantly called for David to come.  From there we trace the life of David.  God considered David to be a man after His own heart.  Wow.  I want God to feel like that about me.  What was it about David that caused God to feel that way?  Look at David’s trust in God.  Though still a young and small boy, David had absolute faith in God’s faithfulness.  I know of no one else who would ever face a giant in full body armor with nothing but a slingshot and a stone.  Yes, David disobeyed God and fell into sin several times.  What was good was he would admit it as soon as it was brought to his attention, confess and repent.  David recognized his nakedness before God and his absolute dependence on God.  Thank you, David for showing me an imperfect person can be one who God calls a person after His own heart.

August 10, 2019

Holy Spirit Welcome

Filed under: Bible,Christian,God,heart,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Acts 19 The first thing he (Paul) said was, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?  Did you take God into your mind only, or did you also embrace Him with your heart?  Did He get inside you?”  (The Message)

I like the way the Message amplifies this.  There are so many professing Christians who only know Jesus in their mind.  Many are believing in their minds because they were raised that way.  God wants us to be one with Him.  He wants to dwell inside us with His Holy Spirit.  Coming humbly to God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ is more than confessing our sins, asking forgiveness and saying we believe in Jesus.  We must be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  He is there wanting in us the moment we come to Jesus.  In actuality He is in us the moment we say yes to Jesus.  But being in us doesn’t help us unless we become aware of Him and give Him free reign in our hearts (the core of our belief).  If you haven’t fully welcomed the Holy Spirit in your heart and life, do so now.  Just tell Him you want His guidance in your life and want to learn to recognize His gentle whisper within You.  The Holy Spirit is our guide, our interpreter of the written word of God, the Holy Bible, and the comforter as we walk this earthly part of our lives.  Welcome Him with you.

August 5, 2019

Continuing to Surrender

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Mark 14:36 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”  (NIV)

There is a hymn that goes, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.” And continues, “I surrender all.”  We’ve looked at what surrendering means in the past.  Surrendering is not a one- time event.  Jesus wanted one thing yet He was willing for the Father’s will to supersede His own will and desire.  I know for me there are times I become aware I’ve taken control of one area of my life.  We must constantly look to see if we have really surrendered all.  How about our money, our time?  The hardest for me to surrender is my adult children.  It takes real self-honesty to recognize areas where we aren’t fully surrendered.  We may have said we surrender all but the human sinful nature is to pick up again what we gave at one time.  Let’s take time regularly to make sure all areas of our lives are surrendered to the One Who loves us most.

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

July 26, 2019

Two or Three

Filed under: Christ,Church,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:24 pm

Matthew 18:20 0 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (NIV)

When in a church service and the pastor or other leader offers the prayer sometimes our minds wander.  The prayer might be long and when our eyes are closed it is hard to keep our mins on what is being said.  I’ve learned to repeat in my mind what is being said but to turn it around to make it personal.  When the generic phrase is used like “be with those who are sick or hurting,” I put in the names of some I know who are sick or hurting.  When the generic phrase of “forgive us for our sins,” I specify some of my sins for which I have been trying to stop.  There are many different ways we can really plug into the prayer that is being said.  Why is this so important?  Because if we aren’t really in tune with the prayer that is being said, we are not together in the name of Jesus.  Jesus wasn’t referring to two or three gathered in His name in a particular place.  He was referring to two or three standing actively in faith and worship.  Let us no fool ourselves thinking we’re so good for being in church physically.  Let us also be in church mentally, spiritually and emotionally.  Let us really gather together with other believers in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

July 19, 2019

Sin or Sinner

Filed under: Christ,forgive,God,Jesus,love,sin,Uncategorized — 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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