Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 24, 2019

Pride

Filed under: Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Philippians 2:5-8 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
What was the mindset of Christ Jesus?  Let us continue with the next few verses. (Philippians 2:6-8 NIV)  6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross.  Lucifer was cast out heaven because of pride, the pride of wanting to be equal if not greater than God.  It was with that same motivation he was able to tempt Eve and Adam.  Ever since mankind has been pulled away from God with mankind’s own pride.  Before any of us think pride is not our problem, how many times have we been disappointed because something “good” we did didn’t get what we considered to be the appropriate acknowledgement?  In our sinful nature we don’t want to consider ourselves as being nothing in and of ourselves.  We want to be served rather than to serve.  We want an easy life rather than a life that would glorify God if in glorifying God means suffering in any way.  The only way we can become close to having the same mindset as Christ Jesus is through the power of the Holy Spirit.  In and of ourselves it is impossible.  Let us open ourselves up to the power of the Holy Spirit and give Him free reign in our mind and our lives.  Let us remember without God and His mercy, love and power we couldn’t even take our next breath.

March 15, 2019

As Much Love

Filed under: cross,faith,Father,God,Jesus,love,sin,suffering,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

John 15:9 9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. (NIV)
The Father loves His Son, Jesus.  Yet, in that love He allowed His Son to suffer the cruelty of being whipped to the bone, being nailed to a cross and physically dying in horrific pain while being jeered by a crowd.  To us, that doesn’t look like love.  Yet, the Father knew the rewards for eternity His Son would have for what, in the eyes of eternity, is only an instant of pain.  When we go through trials and tribulation, quite often we think God has deserted us.  Surely He couldn’t love us if He allows such pain and suffering.  We only see the instance of the now in this sinful world and our sinful bodies.  We fail to realize the prize that is ours for eternity.  Let us learn to be strong in faith.  God does love us.  He loves us so much He endured watching the suffering of His only Son, Jesus, so we could be free from the debt of our sins and be united in His love for all eternity.  We seldom understand why we must walk where we walk on this earth.  That is why faith and trust is needed.  Our vision is short sighted but God knows all that was, is and will ever be.  Let us rest in faith of His love and mercy through each and every situation we face knowing His love for us is complete and perfect.

March 1, 2019

Grumbling

Filed under: anger,God,mercy,praise,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:43 pm

Philippians 2:14 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, (NIV)

Wow.  No grumbling and no arguing.  There are so many things about which we like to grumble.  My biggest one is what I consider to be bad weather.  Along with this verse we might combine Philippians 4:11  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. (NIV)  If we are grumbling about anything we are not being content.  The same is true when we argue.  Doing either of these implies we don’t believe God is in control of all that touches us.  No matter what we face, there is always a positive side to anything we consider to be an adversity.  Suffering, something most of us don’t really experience, produces endurance and faith.  We tend to grumble about the most inconsequential of things.  Instead of being negative, let’s always look for the positive in and through all situations we face.  Instead of arguing, let us remember arguing doesn’t change anyone’s mind but does hurt relationships.  In all we do and in all we experience, let us maintain an attitude of praise and thanksgiving to God for His grace and mercy.

 

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.

January 4, 2019

As Much As

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,love,sin,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:16 pm

John 13:34 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (NIV)

Most all of us recognize we are to love one another.  However, the first word in the second sentence is all important.  We are to love one another AS Jesus loves us.  How much does Jesus love us?  Enough to suffer a terrible death on the cross for us.  Though Jesus’ love for us involved giving His life for us, there is more to loving as He loves than physical dying for another.  We are, by nature, very selfish people.  We are selfish with our finances and with our time.  Are we loving one another as much as Jesus loves us with our time, our talents, our finances and/or any other possessions we might have?  With many of us our time is our most valued possession.  Are we willing to show God our love for Him by giving what we consider to be our time but it actually belongs to God, to others?  Yes, we need some time for ourselves but, if God is really in control of our lives, can’t we believe He will be in control of our time if we really return it to Him?  Let us be willing to learn to love others AS God loves us.  First we must be willing to love God as He loves us.  Then the Holy Spirit within us will enable us to love others as well.

December 2, 2018

Guaranteed Suffering

Filed under: God,Jesus,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:09 pm

Hebrews 5:8 8 Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered (NIV)

Since Jesus, God’s Word in flesh, God’s only Son, who was perfect had to learn obedience through suffering, why do so many Christians think, since they are children of God, they should never have to suffer.  So many preach a life style of always being blessed.  I can’t find anywhere in God’s written word, the Holy Bible, that we would live a life of ease.  I do find many references that we would have many trials and tribulations as we walk with God.  We have a hard time learning through the mistakes or sufferings of others.  We learn best through our own experiences and sufferings.  James, the brother of Jesus, knew this very well.  He starts out his epistle telling us to be thankful when trials and tribulations come our way.  This is the only way to build our faith and trust in God and His power and love.  When we find ourselves in a “suffering” situation it is definitely time to look to God and ask Him what it is we are to learn as we walk through the situation with Him by our side.  When we ask and listen, God is always faithful to provide the answers.

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