Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 20, 2019

Guarantor

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,praise,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Hebrews 7:22 22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant. (NIV)

When we sign as guarantor of someone else’s loan, we are saying we will pay their debt for them.  We can’t pay the debt of our sin and separation from God.  We are too full of sin.  It takes perfect righteous, it takes someone who has never sinned.  The only one Who has never sinned is Jesus, the Son of God.  He is the guarantor of our covenant with God.  Our covenant guarantees us a continual relationship with God throughout eternity.  The Guarantor has promised to cover all sin we ever have done, do or will do.  That is one provision to this guarantee.  We must confess our sins, repent from them (turn a different direction) and ask the Guarantor, Jesus Christ, to abide in us and have us abide in Him.  We do the abiding through the person of the Holy Spirit.  This can be hard for our finite minds to understand but we don’t need to understand.  We only need to accept the guarantee provided by God and trust Him.  He has said we must become as little children.  A little child trusts completely.  Praise God the Father and God the Son for providing us a way to worship, praise, trust, fellowship and be united with the three Persons of the Godhead now and for all eternity.

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May 18, 2019

Only One Substitute

Filed under: Christ,Holy Spirit,Jesus,repent,Righteous,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:03 pm

Ezekiel 18:2 2 “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel:
“‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? (NIV)

To fully understand this verse, we must read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 18.  What it says to us is no one can pay the penalty of the sins of another.  The only One Who can pay the penalty of the sins of another is the only One without sin, the Word of God, Jesus Christ.  Each one of us is accountable for our own sin, not for anyone else’s.  Each one of us must come to the cross of Jesus, confess our sins, ask Jesus to be the ruler of our life and receive His resurrected body through the Holy Spirit in order to have the penalty of our sins transferred from our self to Him.  A parent can’t believe for their child nor can a spouse believe for the other spouse.  What we can do for another is to pray, share our testimony and encourage repentance.  Let us do our part to see no one is left without the saving and loving knowledge of Jesus Christ

May 17, 2019

Sorrowful

Filed under: confess,God,Holy Spirit,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

2 Corinthians 7:9 9 yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. (NIV)

When we are confessing our sins and asking for forgiveness, are we really sorry for our sins?  Sometimes confession becomes automatic.  We simply tell God we are sorry and please forgive us.  We don’t follow through by asking God’s Holy Spirit to enable us to repent, to turn in another direction and not repeat the same sin.  It takes true sorrow to desire to truly repent.  When we sin, when we recognize we have sinned, do we just say, oops or are we really sorrowful for slipping away from God’s way of life for us?  Let us realize how much unconfessed sin separates us from God’s power in us through His Holy Spirit.  Let us really be sorrowful and really have a heart for true confession and repentance.

May 12, 2019

Ascension

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

John 20:17 17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. (KJV)

John 20:27 27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. (KJV)

Hebrews 9:12 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. (KJV)

Prayerfully read these verses and ask the Holy Spirit to explain them more in depth.  In verse 17 we find Mary, early in the morning, looking for the body of Jesus.  When she sees Him, resurrected, she starts to touch Him.  HE says not to touch Him because He hasn’t yet ascended to the Father.  Later, the same day we read verse 27 where Jesus tells Thomas to touch Him.  Where was Jesus from that early morning to later that same day?  He ascended to the Father.  After He ascended to the Father He returned, having completed the redemption of sins for all of us for all time.  It was only then that we can touch Him.  If that doesn’t awe struck us I doubt anything can.  Also notice in verse 17 Jesus not only talks about ascending to His Father but also says He is ascending to your (that means our) Father, and to His God and to our God.  Jesus is identifying our oneness through Him with the Father because of His death, resurrection and ascension.  Amazing.  I am so thankful God has given us the written Word, the Holy Bible, for us to see in black (some red) and white the work He and His Son did so we could be called His children.

May 6, 2019

Take to Heart

Filed under: Bible,confess,Father,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:00 pm

Ezekiel 3:10 10 And he said to me, “Son of man, listen carefully and take to heart all the words I speak to you. (NIV)

Oh how much we all need to take this verse into us.  We must listen carefully.  We are so very distracted by all the noise surrounding us throughout our days.  We can’t take God’s words to heart if we don’t listen carefully.  I am guilty of keeping music playing.  We must have times of silence, especially when we pray and when we read God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  When listening carefully, we must really take what we hear and read to heart.  We can’t do this if unconfessed sin is blocking us.  Always start with confessing and a refilling of the Holy Spirit.  It takes a clean heart to receive the words of our perfect God.  Let us not fear silence.  Let us embrace silence and listen carefully to our Father Who so very much desires for us to hear Him.

April 16, 2019

As Judas

Filed under: God,Jesus,repent,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Matthew 26:50 50 Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. (NIV)

Jesus called Judas friend.  Judas knowingly betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.  Judas was in the habit of taking money that wasn’t his to take.  He served as the treasurer for the group of disciples and took whatever he wanted.  Judas’ motives weren’t good.  Judas was greedy.  Judas didn’t really believe Jesus as the Son of God.  As the steps to the crucifixion continued Judas began to question his own actions.  We don’t know what went through his mind.  Maybe the word “friend” said by Jesus echoed within him.  Whatever it was that was stirring within him drove him to suicide rather than to his knees.  I believe Jesus calling Judas friend was a hand reaching out to encourage him to repent.  We today betray Jesus through our own thoughts, words and actions or inactions.  We have a choice.  We can wallow in our sin or we cn get on or knee and repent.  Jesus calls us more than friends.  He calls us brothers and sisters when we ask Him to abide in us and we seek to abide in Him.  Let us not be as Judas.  Let us repent daily of anything we think, say, do or don’t do that would betray the love of Jesus abiding in us.

April 15, 2019

Ever Conscious

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,passover,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

Matthew 26:37-38 7 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”  (NIV)

As we look toward the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, let’s look at the days just before.  We’ll start with right after Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover Diner.  At the dinner Jesus did and said some things the disciples didn’t understand. They still looked to Him as being the King Who takes over from the Romans and sets the country of Israel free.  Now we look at Jesus taking 3 of His disciples a little bit away from the others.  He tells them He is overwhelmed with sorrow.  They can’t understand this.  There is no way for anything bad to happen to Jesus.  The saw Him raise people from death.  They believed He was truly God’s Son so nothing bad could ever happen to Him.  They were told to keep watch with Him.  After such a feast of eating they were very drowsy.  They kept nodding off to sleep.  They weren’t worried about anything.  Surely God was in control and victory would be theirs very soon.  From Jesus’ perspective we see things very differently.  Jesus knows what horrible suffering was soon to come His way.  He wanted the comfort of His friends but it wasn’t there.  He asked His Father to find some other way to save mankind from eternal separation from God because of sin.  Yet, regardless of His loneliness and the foreboding of suffering, He submitted to the Father’s will.  Two very different outlooks.  The disciples were oblivious and comfortable in their ignorance.  Jesus, sorrowful yet willing.  What is our own outlook?  We can’t fault the disciples.  They didn’t know.  We can fault us.  There are times we turn our backs on Jesus.  He wants to abide in us and us to abide in Him.  Yet we allow distractions to push Jesus out of our consciousness.  Let us not be spiritually drowsy.  Let us stay ever conscious of the ever presence of Jesus within us.

April 7, 2019

Hearing

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

James 1:22-25  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.   Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (NIV)

These verses are very self-explanatory.  Either we do what scripture says or we don’t.  Jesus talks about it in His parable of the farmer spreading out seed.  Some lands on rocky soil and doesn’t take root.  Please refresh your memory by reading starting with Matthew 13:3.   The farmer is God.  God is the One tossing out all the seed into all types of soil.  The seed is God’s Word, Jesus, and all that God has provided in His written Word, the Holy Bible.  The Word never changes.  What does change in this parable is the soil.  The soil represents the ears of mankind.  We must ask what kind of ears do we have.  Eyes have lids and are able to close.  God didn’t provide lids for ears.  He designed ears to stay open and always hear.  What are we tuned in to hear?  Do we hear the rocks – all the material things around us that seem to scream for attention?  Do we hear the weeds – all the fleshly desires of our sinful hearts?  We train our ears to hear the seed, the Word of God, through study and meditation on the scripture and through prayer – the practice of talking with God and then listening what He says to us, both through the scripture and through the soft voice of the Holy Spirit.  Let’s be sure we practice hearing

April 6, 2019

Forgiveness

Filed under: forgive,God,Lord,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:55 pm

Colossians 3:13 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (NIV)

Sometimes this can be emotionally hard to do.  We’ve all been hurt at times.  It’s hard not to want to hurt back.  It’s also hard to choose to forgive.  Forgiving means not bringing it up again or holding it against someone.  When God forgives us, He said He remembers it no longer.  We are totally forgiven and are no longer to bring it up ourselves.  In our human nature we like telling and retelling others about our hurts of the past.  When we forgive, we can no longer bring it up for telling and retelling.  We might not have trouble forgiving what we consider to be little things but when the hurt is big it is much harder to forgive.  However, God doesn’t qualify what kind or how much hurt we’ve experienced.  Neither does He limit what kind of sin we commit that He will forgive.  He forgives all and we must do the same.  Forgiving releases us from the hurt even more than it releases the one whom we forgive.  Healing from the hurt doesn’t begin to take place until forgiveness is given.  God commands us to forgive, not so much for the good of the one who hurt us for they usually have consequences and guilt from their behavior, but for our good.  Forgiveness brings us freedom in the love of God.  Unforgiveness fosters bitterness and eventually hate which will block the love of God from our hearts and lives.  Let us always choose to forgive and let God bring healing to our emotions.

April 2, 2019

The Image

Filed under: Bible,Christ,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Romans 8:29 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. (NIV)

God desires us to be just like His Son, Jesus.  He wants us to talk and act like Jesus did when walking on this earth.  He wants us to have the mind of Christ.  This takes major surgery on our hearts and minds.  Surgery isn’t pleasant.  We must walk through various trials (surgical procedures) to take out the old, sinful nature we inherit form mankind’s sin.  As the old is taken out, it must be replaced with the new or the old will return and grow.  A cancer cell must be completely removed or it will quickly multiply.  God doesn’t do this totally by Himself.  We must follow His instructions and do our part.  Part of our job is to read, meditate and put deeply in our mind the written words in the Holy Bible God has so mercifully and lovingly provided for us.  Unlike a majority of instructions manuals, this one was written by One Who created the product (us).  Knowing we might have trouble understanding His words, He has also provided us with in interpreter/teacher.  The Holy Spirit Who comes into us when we accept and welcome Jesus Christ into our hearts and minds, will teach and lead us every step of the way.  We only need to open our ears and minds up to His gentle, quiet words of explanation and instruction.  Each day, each trial, will bring us closer and closer to the image of Christ and will gradually renew our mind to be like the mind of Christ Jesus.

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